► Maxine Ashley – Lobster

shockwebpic_maxineashley_lobsterNew music from Bronx native Puerto-Rican and Pharrell co-signee Maxine Ashley.

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► Jorja Smith – Blue Lights

shockwebpic_jorgasmith_bluelightsNew smoothed out debut single from 18 year old rising talent Jorja Smith. Video directed by Drew Cox.

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► Black Atlass – Tonight

shockwebpic_blackatlass_tonightNew Fool’s Gold – Canadian producer/singer Black Atlass is out with a new wavy track – Tonight. Video directed by fashion photographer Kenneth Cappello.

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► Rationale – Something For Nothing

shockwebpic_rationalesomethingfornothingUp-and-coming music producer and songwriter, Rationale is out with a new simmering track. Video directed by Crooked Cynics.

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► Sylvan Esso – H.S.K.T

shockwebpic_sylvanesso_hsktNew video from Durham, North Carolina based duo Sylvan Esso for their self-titled album. Directed by Adam Heathcott and Sara Padgett Heathcott.

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Let’s UnPop This: Repetitive Pop Music & The Shazam Effect

shockwebpic_repetitivemusicA must-read feature from The Atlantic looks into why the state of [pop] music is the way it is…repetitive, monotonous, homogeneous, super loud and compressed and in many cases, super cheesy.

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► FKA Twigs – Two Weeks

shockleewebpic_fkatwigstwoweeksUK based artist FKA Twigs is back with an ancient egyptian themed video for her slow burner track Two Weeks which is off her forthcoming album LP1. Video directed by Nabil Elderkin and illustrated by Ignasi Monreal.

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► Thump Premieres New Emika Video For Let’s Dance + Interview

shockleewebpic_emika_letsdancevideoEmika talks about her new David Bowie cover experiment, collaborating with Hank Shocklee, new music + much more in a new interview for Thump which also premieres the brand new video for Let’s Dance directed by MKMK.

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CNET Talks To Shocklee As Gangnam Style Hits 2B YouTube Views

shockleewebpic_ganghamstyle2bPsy’s global colossal hit Gangnam Style just hit a major milestone, 2 billions views on YouTube and is now officially the most viewed video on the site with Justin Beiber’s ‘Baby’ at a distant 1 billion. What does this all mean for music, streaming, how it reaches us and future global successes? CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt talked with a few people about this in the music and video ecosystem including our own Hank Shocklee.

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► Emikaized Mix 002

shockleewebpic_emikaclashmix002A brand new mix from Emika which is also featured in and available for download at Clash Magazine. Listen close for a few teasers from the upcoming album.

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