7@7: An evening playlist featuring Grace Gillespie, Kerb Staller, and more

This 7@7 evening playlist consists of Grace Gillespie, Kerb Staller, Colin Magalong, and more.

Photo: Twitter
Grace Gillespie
Photo: Twitter

Grace Gillespie – Restoration (Submission)

Lately, I’ve been relaxing like the Dream Pop singer Grace Gillespie on the cover art of ‘Restoration’. Based in London, the singer and producer spent time on tour with the 4AD artist, Pixx. If you’re into calming music, you will enjoy the new track, “Restoration”. Play it below.

4i – Rainbow Child (Submission)

Imagine hearing the instruments in the track after you’ve fallen in love with someone special. You’re in a healthy relationship. The appearance, soul, and demeanour of your spouse is everything you’ve ever wanted. You are in utopia. Nothing has the power to interrupt your space with your love.

4i, the British recording artist found inspiration from his nieces, but it feels like a song for strong love. Hear the multi-genre record intentionally created for parents and music lovers below.

Paige – Hey Little Mama (Submission)

As usual, Paige is an energy producer through his masterfully-crafted work. “Hey Little Mama” makes it easy on the single folks looking for someone special. All you’d have to do is turn this record on and dedicate it to your new crush. The words will speak for themself. The ‘Everywhere‘ EP, Paige’s five track effort, is out now on Armada Deep and it is everywhere.

Paige, will you be at SXSW next month?

The Pearl Harts – The Rush (Submission)

It’s been a long time since we’ve covered the Pearl Harts. Since we’ve interviewed them, they’ve released their debut album entitled: Glitter and Spitvery GRUNGECAKE of you. The British duo are keeping the style of music alive on the underground fronts on their twelve track album. How’d they met? They were touring and in their former bands. When it comes to the band’s single, it is counted as an embodiment of feminine empowerment and psychological strength.

Check out the guitar-heavy record about opening your mind to let them see what’s inside.

Kerb Staller – Tell Lies (Submission)

How could you not bop to “Tell Lies”? It’s the brainchild of House and Techno behemoths Matt Tolfrey, jozif, and revered vocalist and songwriter DNCN; the three forces together forming a unique identity all of their own: Kerb Staller. The single came out February 23. Hear the record now, out on Skint Records. It is the new group’s debut single.

Kerb Staller, will you be at Movement in May?

Colin Magalong – Blossom (Submission)

Made with the dancefloor in mind, San Francisco recording artist Colin Magalong wows us with his new single, “Blossom”. Based on what I’ve heard, he has the vocal ability to fall in the category of a Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber. The Soul-Pop singer is exciting due to his star quality and what he likes to sing about. Listen to the sultry new record below.

Cautious Clay – Blood Type (Submission)

With a voice as soothing as John Legend and Kid Cudi’s, Cautious Clay returns with the title track from his latest EP. Hear the outstanding composition below. The artist created it from scratch and is responsible for its production, vocals, and songwriting. The six-track EP, Blood Type, is out now.

ARDENCY – Bad Moon (Submission) (Bonus)

If you’re digging the sounds of Indie-Electro with a splash of alternative, I suggest you check out this up and coming 2-man group based in sunny Los Angeles. The song “Bad Moon” is ideal in its poetic ability to metaphorically relate a girl running a “lost and found” to revisiting a “lost” relationship, giving you the sense that there’s been a changing of tides. And of course, there’s possibly some angst in one’s decision as far as revisiting an old relationship. Ardency is what I would call legit in their songwriting abilities; they have talent. I can picture this song on a soundtrack for the big screen. Going further, their song “Bloom” is very fitting for movie soundtracks as well. The group ARDENCY is comprised of Christian Gomez and Daniel Noguera; in terms of a group growing into its potential, I’d say this group is one to look out for. I believe the group’s motto: “a work in progress, as long as it takes” is a very fitting and realistic approach to their mentality as far as their work as a group is concerned.

Better sound quality/electronic sound gear would definitely enhance this song and the group’s lasting potential, catapulting them to the next level of their appeal. With that being said, the “after-beat” (isolated rhythmic pops); possibly a synthetic wood-block? seems a bit too present and monotonous, perhaps a little more understated would do the trick which would help in matching the mood of the song. It would be great to hear real instrumentals instead of the stock electronic ones, and would no doubt enhance the poetic beauty of the lyrics and showcase this group’s talents even further. Perhaps we will hear this upgrade in the future of Ardency’s career… I hope so. (Kathryn Ogletree)

Quad Baby Love – I Want’chu (Submission) (Bonus)

Quad Baby Love has an unusual and somewhat eerie quality to his tone in this song entitled “I Want’chu” which leans on the verge of an obsessive behavior for a certain mystery female. It seems he is aiming for a sultry R&B feel; However, he misses the mark and it comes across as weak. In my opinion, this song needs more work. He still deserves props for putting himself out there. (Kathryn Ogletree)

Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics – Call Out My Name (Submission) (Bonus)

There’s some soulful funk rocketing its way out of Atlanta, Georgia and it seems to be gathering steam. “Call Out My Name” is a song on the group’s new album said to drop this Spring. It’s certainly catchy. Velle’s smooth and sultry voice carries Soul, with a Rhythm and Blues vibrancy that melds perfectly with the retro sounds of The Soulphonics. This seems to bring a touch of Garage Punk and even a bit of foreign flavor, Egyptian or perhaps Indian style in the mix within the chorus. Think Amy Winehouse meets Diana Ross spun into their own unique new style. I’m a fan. One criticism: The instrumental intro seems to introduce one mood and abruptly drops it with no return which detracts from the overall presentation of the song. Otherwise, kudos! (Kathryn Ogletree)

Written by Richardine Bartee

Her unprejudiced love for people, the arts, and business have taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, and a GRAMMY U Mentor. She is the North American Press Agent and US Business Manager for Oxlade; Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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