Last week, a-Tunes quietly passed a significant milestone. We turned 5. In 2008, this blog was started to showcase and feature Asian-American artists. It evolved from a few posts a month by yours truly (GT), to a daily news site by a team that has grown, shrunk, and changed over the years. (Shout out to Music4UrSoul for her support from the beginning).
In those 5 years, it was a bit harder to come across content. Youtube musicians were starting to gain mainstream recognition and they eventually started stepping out from behind the webcam lens and covers of well known hits, and started writing, recording and sharing their own original material and touring the nation and world over. Several acts have signed major deals, had their music placed in international commercial campaigns, and performed on live television. It’s been incredible to witness first hand and have the privilege to interact with many of these artists.
Ooh. Canada’s D-Pryde has a new EP in the works by the title of Canal & Richvale. The lead single off the project is “Lifted”, a feel good joint that’s perfect for the summer time. And of course there is a music video in the works as well. The EP will be available on July 9th with pre-roders starting in a week, on June 18th. Get ready!
Guys! This is the first single off my new EP “Canal & Richvale” coming out on the 9th of July. This is one of my favorite songs on my new EP, so I had to choose it as the first single. I love the uplifting feeling of the summertime, so why not bring it to everybody as my first look for my EP? Music video coming soon. Let everybody know! #LIFTED
It’s been a little quiet from Sue Jin lately, though this summer will offer a new music video from the singer/songwriter. She will be promoting “Home” with a visual. The song is from her Am, the 2nd Installment project that was released last summer, and was produced by Tony T Nguyen. You can view the teaser for it below.
Rock outfit, Johnny Hi-Fi, have released the music video to their latest single, “Lover, Say It’s Not Over”. The sweeping rock ballad has a moody black and white video to match. You can download the song for free by liking their facebook page. This track is off the EP, City of Angels.
Director of Photography: David Smith
Editor: Ari Sigal and Brennen Brown of Fistfull of Cake Films
Philadelphia representative, Decipher, just dropped his new music video for the song “You Don’t Care”. It looks like De is slowly coming alive again in 2013, with it being over two years since the release of his last full length album, The Effect. The video was shot by Furis & Ken Nana and the music produced by Corbett. Lyrics can be found after the break.
Just a song for the cool females out there that don’t sweat the small stuff.
Last year, Illmind had the opportunity to contribute to Kanye’s Good Music Cruel Summer project. That placement has led to the following mini-album of instrumentals and beats that Illmind had created with Mr. West in mind. It’s every so appropriately titled !.B.F.K.W. aka !llmind Beats for Kanye West. There’s a total of 8 tracks on this release and it shows why Illmind is one of the most consistent veteran producers doing it right now. You can download the project in it’s entirety, here.
You can stream it below.
“Kanye West is undoubtedly one of the most exciting producer/artists to emerge in the last decade. His music is one of the few I can safely say I whole-heartedly admire (next to the late great J. Dilla). I had the pleasure of producing “The Morning” off of 2012’s highly anticipated “Kanye West Presents: G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer” LP. During the creation of that song, and between the months of July 2012 – March 2013, I created a handful of tracks with Kanye West in mind. This is a collection of some of that music. It features collaborations and co-production from my long time friend Symbolyc One (Produced Kanye West’s “Power”, “Murder 2 Excellence” on Watch The Throne & part of Kanye’s “Very G.O.O.D. Beats” entity), Dr. Know Jr., M31RK, Hippie Sabotage, Kailiin Yong &The Frontrunnerz. I had so much fun creating this stuff, and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do.” – !llmind
*Disclaimer: This project is in no way directly affiliated with Def Jam, Kanye West, or any of its affiliates, respectively.
Come end of June, we’ll have a new Andrew Huang project on our hands, and it’s called Youth Mouth. The EP will include the following song, “Too Much”, which finds A. Huang doing his usual mix of musical genres, song, and rap. The official release date is June 25th, so it it’s a few weeks away.
For those of you who haven’t quite gotten your day started yet, Ryan Bandong has a new tune to ease into this Friday. “Aubade” is a slower-paced song from the Mitchell Grey front man that takes on the aura of the quiet and serene beginnings of daybreak. Looking forward to hearing the studio version of the track.
Hopie from the Bay has just released her fourth full-length independent project, Sugar Water. It’s a 13-track album including the previously heard song, “Sunshine” (produced by Chops). In conjunction with the album, Ms Spitshard has also chosen to unveil the latest music video off the project, for the song “Breathe”. Pick it up via Bandcamp or CDBaby.
Today, we’ve got a new music video for you from Tommy C where he is joined by Maribelle Anes on the track “Full Circle”. The video was shot in Europe (for Tommy’s parts) and Maribelle filmed her section in her signature studio. If only they could have been in the same place at the same time to physically shot the video together. Regardless, you can also download the tune, here.
FULL CIRCLE by Tommy C ft. Maribelle Anes. Music produced by Platinum Seller Beats. This is an original song that I co-wrote by my fellow songwriters David Lundy and the multi-talented Maribelle Anes. I shot my parts when I was out in The Netherlands / Amsterdam and Rotterdam (Thanks to JReyez). This song speaks about the goals that we set, follow through and making it come to reality. My humble suggestion, keep working hard and don’t expect anything out of it.