New Music Fridays: 10 new songs you should hear featuring Bikini Trill and Couch Jackets

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Discover ten new songs by artists you’ve probably never heard of until now.

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Lefty Bey – I Won’t (They Say I Will) (Submission)

As the song suggests, do not settle for anything that doesn’t make your spirit feel whole. Unfortunately, I have walked those paths before. Now, I am comfortable with myself. I know what I want, and I know what I need. There’s no better feeling than wholesomeness. Listen to Lefty Bey’s new track entitled, ‘I Won’t (They Say I Will)’ below.


Bikini Trill – Need Me (Submission)

With a voice like that in your Surf-Pop trio, we “need you” in the music industry. It’s heartbreaking when someone you have counted on in the past no longer sees the value in you, but that’s how life goes sometimes. Painstakingly, there’s nothing we can do about the inevitable. Throughout human history, we have tried, but what will be will be. In the Arthur Reyna-direction, music lovers get to “experience” a Bikini Trill show. Watch the official video for ‘Need Me’ now. The band will play alongside Cardi B, Morrissey, and more in November in Long Beach, California at the Tropicalia Fest. When you have some time, also, check out their debut EP entitled, ‘Wassup, We Good?’ ‘Need Me’ is a song released in the loving memory of Frankie Reyna.


nottr – Organ Donner (Submission)

If you’re ever in the mood for looping Hip-Hop music, probably sampled from the Golden Era of the musical genre and more, the Irish producer-DJ has you covered. It reminds me of my musical phase in the mid-2000s when all that I listened to were records released by Stones Throw and the alike. Check out the infectious ‘Organ Donner’, which features Nas’ infamous line on Main Source’s ‘Live at the Barbeque’ below. The creator says it is “the result of drugs”. Large Professor produced the original track.


New Me – Something Green (Submission)

Starting off like many of my favourite classic Electronic songs, New Me open their song with lyrics about sometimes hating the one you love! I don’t know about you, but I can identify with wanting to stay away from people I love. At times, we have to be away from the ones we love. It helps us to grow, not hate them. If you cannot relate, that’s fine, too. Just feel the beat. It’s a high-tempo number, with simple lyrics. You’d probably learn the song by the time it goes off. If you have a similar taste in music like mine, you will appreciate what San Diego-based band New Me has accomplished. Listen to ‘Something Green’ now, below.


Men I Trust – Seven (Submission)

It feels like it has been a while since I’ve received anything from Men I Trust. It is because it is the Montreal group’s second single release this year. I’ve missed them. I enjoy how “warm” their music sounds. Watch the calming new video for ‘Seven’ below. There’s a triad of women who appear to trip off of psychedelics. ‘Seven’ is ahead of the band’s third full-length set to see the light of day in early 2019. I’ll be waiting.


Bullock Hearts – Pillar of Fire featuring Jeremiah Bonds (Submission)

How outstanding does ‘Pillar of Fire’ sound? I wish they had the time to teach some courses no how to make one’s music sound as endearing as theirs. I think the mix reminds me of what it is to achieve the perception of perfection. Please, check out the electrifying Swedish band’s new anthemic track now. It is their sixth single to date. Personally, I feel the rapping could have been executed better, or the song could have done without it, but to each his own. No slight to the San Diego rapper Jeremiah Bonds as an individual or an artist, but I am sure you can see where I am coming from with this one.


Couch Jackets – Don’t Think Just Breathe (Submission)

Recently, American Indie Rock band Couch Jackets released ‘Don’t Think Just Breathe’ and its comedic visual counterpart that tells its viewers it’s better to breathe than think by way of a “breaking news” broadcast. Displaying a stem of their humour and creativity, the band sit for a meal as hilarious text scrolls above their heads on the television screen. Their LP, ‘Go to Bed’, is out now. Watch the video for the Psychedelic Rock track now. The guys look like they know how to have fun.


KOPS – Gone (Live) (Submission)

Emotional and handsomely presented, KOPS sings the heartwrenching lyrics of a song he wrote back in 2016. He calls it ‘Gone’. When describing what the song is about, the artist simply said, “To me, ‘Gone’symbolizes a turning point in my life. Not only because it was the end of a terrible area in my life, but also because I might never write such a song again.”

Have you ever loved someone so much that you felt like you couldn’t live without them? Did it hurt so much when you broke up? Did you wish the pain away? In those times and moments of heartbreak, some people think that the pain will only lessen if they were dead. That way, they couldn’t miss them anymore because they’re gone. If you can identify with what is written, I believe you would like KOPS latest release. Without further ado, now, watch the new video of the Danish singer’s live session below. I love the ending. It reminds me of how beautiful and delicate life can be, and at the end of that moment, a stark sound creates an ending to those aforementioned moments.

I received a KOPS song in the past as a submission. It was for ‘Sorry Not Sorry’. I think this song is the better representation of his charming vocals.


Benedikt – Havana Nights (Submission)

Coasting through what’s left of the Summer in the morning, ‘Havana Nights’ feels like a song appropriate from bloom to ripening. Canadian singer Benedikt’s vocals pierce through the dermis of one’s soul, making you look deeper into yourself. What is love? It’s hard to quantify it for everyone to agree, but for the most part, we know what it is to be wanted and adored. It’s what this song feels like, with the addition of support to go on. Watch the cinematic Smina Bluth-direction for the sonically-fresh track below.


The Lost Wages – Highlife (Submission)

I love the South, so anything that reminds me of it gets a pass from me. Therefore, the Memphis, Tennessee sibling-led band caught my attention. Each phrase in the song, depicts the Southern lifestyle, almost making you feel the temperature rise as you listen. ‘Highlife’ is a well-executed Country song, keeping the authentic sound of the area yet modern. Lastly, is it me or can the lyrics of ‘Highlife’ easily be used for a Trap song, too? Just imagine Future singing the lyrics of The Lost Wages‘ song over a Metroboomin beat. Urban Contemporary Music aside, it’s no wonder they were the only country band among the Top 3 for the Nashville Scene’s “Best Local Band”, and landed a major motion picture placement in 2015’s “A Walk in the Woods”, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. I like The Lost Wages. I want to hear more from them in the future.


Ah Mer Ah Su – Need You, Need Me (Submission) (Bonus)

I am not one to lie about what I think about anything, so I will not start. To be razor sharp with everyone reading today’s article, I think most of the notes for ‘Need You, Need Me’ could have been executed better, but I am excited about the Star Amerasu musical project and what it could mean for representation of Black transwomen in today’s society. Therefore, I am doing my part to push the agenda for all communities who are invisible and silenced.


nottr – Sunny Day (Submission) (Bonus)

Following suit of his loop sampling, this round the Irish producer-DJ uses a Donna Summer original to express himself. Have you ever watched a producer-composer create a beat? It is the sweetest and funniest thing ever. I love to watch them dance to what they’ve made. No one else moves to the beat like the one who makes the music. Check out his rendition of the record below.