New Music Saturdays: 5 new artists you should know featuring Vera Hotsauce and Tamu Massif

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


Vera Hotsauce
Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Drug – Moonlight 2.0

There’s no way around it. The intoxicating record feels like when you are in deep love with one of your soul mates. Have you ever listened to ‘They Don’t Know’ by Providence, Rhode Island R&B singer Jon B record in the nineties? That is the vibe I get from it the South Florida musician Drug (stylised with lowercase letters). Listen to the title track from drug’s new EP (out now) below. It’s a good record about love, sharing, and consent. I think the line about being soulmates like Vashtie and Pharrell is telling and dating the track, but it is what it is.

Westover – Nothing Between Us (Submission)

I’m in this stage right now. I’m talking to a gentleman from another state. We’re learning each other’s ways, getting closer to one another. It’s the best times in a budding relationship. Luckily, we can’t go back to those moments once we’ve had them. It’s the times to cherish the most with every person that you encounter. No pressure: Just wishing you the best. Listen to Westover, an artist based in Tennessee. You’d want to play the record until there’s nothing between you and who one you love.

Vera Hotsauce – Bring Me Down (Submission)

Can we begin with her name? “Vera Hotsauce” is the first thing that caught my attention. I believe it would be hard to disappoint anyone with that kind of confidence. Then, it was the Swedish newcomer’s vocals and the style of production she decided to tell her story on that piqued my interest to review. To be jarring, it is a tad bit more auto-tune than I’d support, but there’s an undeniable hitmaking ability here. The eighteen-year-old is going to do some good things if she decides to continue to be in the music business. Therefore, I’ve decided to write about her, to keep her going. Now, do your part and support her. Hear/watch the AO Beats and Robokid-produced record below.

Tamu Massif – Little Death (Submission)

‘Little Death’ is a song with deep-seated lyrics. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so you should listen to what’s said. I think it’s one of the best executions of what’s in so many people’s minds—that made it out—successfully.

Tamu Massif will go on tour next month to support his debut album: Little Death Summer. I haven’t listened to it, but the British artist says it is “beautiful escapism”. If you’re wondering where the name comes from, the singer named himself after the world’s largest volcano discovered under the sea. At the time, five years ago, he began working on the project.

Elle Azar – Mess (Submission)

Can you put me back together? I’m a mess.

I guess that’s what one would ask of another when they do not have a fair grip on their current circumstances. Or it is a requirement of a partner, of any kind. Elle Azar, like most of us, when writing the song, was feeling lost.

I think the opening scene of the new video really says it all, she explains. In that segment, I’ve got a massively overwhelming pile of mess behind me, and I’m standing there with a rickety old ironing board trying to straighten it all out and clean it up. It’s a metaphor for how times in my life have felt: overwhelming, impossible, exhausting, and hopeless. There’s a point where the mountain of mess almost comes to life and feels pretty ominous or moments where it looks like it’s swallowing me, but by the end, I’ve finally made it on top of the pile for a minute. It’s the struggle. It’s acceptance. It’s also believing you will find a way out.

Nashville, Tennessee singer-songwriter Elle Azar’s music video for ‘Mess’ looks like a hoarder’s fantasy—inflecting anxiety for anyone who cannot stand clutter. It’s far from minimal, cleanliness. When I am happier or figuring it out, I find that I want to be in cleaner spaces. So when I watched the video, it struck me in a personal manner. On a creative forefront, I also appreciate the experimental composition. If it weren’t right, I’d have a problem with it. Thus, it wouldn’t be here.

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