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Nicky Jam Releases X (Spanish Version) with J Balvin

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Nicky Jam, a pioneer of the Urban Latin movement and a globally recognized music icon, is today releasing a special Spanglish version of his hit, featuring Colombian singer, J Balvin.

The original of X already sits as one of 2018’s most lauded and universally adored anthems - boasting over 600m YouTube views, sitting at #1 in 10 countries on Apple Music, at #1 on the Top 100 Global Shazam charts and even reaching #9 on Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart.

It’s also responsible for an international viral campaign named the X Challenge, with millions of people (including celebrities such as Will Smith) getting involved in the trend to reenact the choreographed dance featured in the music video.

Also featured is Colombian musician, J Balvin, who recently collaborated with Liam Payne for Familiar, and joined Beyoncé on stage at Coachella to perform their track, Mi Gente.

BTW The Beat Escape, Nightseeker, Frigs, The Long War, Lev Snowe, Felix Cartal, Harry Manx

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Long before they were a band, Montreal duo, The Beat Escape, took a small first step towards a long journey at a university video class. "We made a short oddball work; a video piece that followed two characters through a psychedelic waking dream," said Beat escapists, Addy Weitzman and Patrick A Boivin, of their founding collaboration. Many other projects and outside collaborations later, the duo have crafted a debut album their younger selves would be proud of: released through Last Gang/Bella Union on April 27 th, the sublimely immersive Life Is Short the Answer's Long plays like a waking dream of near-psychedelic electronic pop, moving to its own beat in the push-pull of forwarding motion and submerged reflection.

That sense of propulsion ushers opener, Sign of Age, into rising view, its sparse drums, hypnotic sequence and melancholic chords resembling house music as reimagined by Angelo Badalamenti. The enveloping mood holds as Moon in Aquarius unfurls like a night-time road ahead, ghosted by narcotic harmonies. Limestone Alps lingers meditatively, hymnal vocals reverberating; Where Water Ends and More Dreams, meanwhile, navigate the porous boundary-lines between krautrock, Factory Records and obscure minimal wave records of the 80s.

BTW Jonas Bonnetta, The Stanfields, Okkervil River, Jeremy Dutcher, Hugh's Room Live One Year In Celebration, KNASH, Len Mizzoni, Brent Haynes, Brenda Lewis

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Over the past few years, Jonas Bonnetta has used the time in between touring and performing as Evening Hymns to record his first full-length ambient album, All This Here. The record began as the score to the documentary film Strange And Familiar: Architecture On Fogo Island which follows the story and construction of the Fogo Island Inn and a series of artist studios on the island designed by architect Todd Saunders. "I was given a bunch of footage from the production company to put music to and was really drawn to that desolate landscape and Saunders' architecture," says Bonnetta, "It still feels like a dream project to me. Getting these images from the filmmakers and being totally free as far as music goes. I'd put the landscape footage on loop and just play with sounds in my studio, trying to match the pace of that place. I wanted the music to float. There was so much water footage in the film and I really wanted to have some connection to that."

The Honest Heart Collective Releases Separate Ways

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On April 20, 2018, The Honest Heart Collective released their second single, Separate Ways, from their forthcoming sophomore album, Grief Rights. Have a listen to Separate Ways on Apple Music, Spotify and pre-order Grief Rights here.

" These songs capture that everyday fight you have with who you are and who you want to be, " says lead singer, Ryan MacDonald. " A year and a half ago, I was an anxious mess. I started to see a therapist who really made me dig deeper into myself. After a few sessions, he told me that the root of my anxiety was that I wasn't giving my grief rights. It's a period of time when it was okay to not be okay. It was a strange concept to me and not knowing what to do, I dove into books about my idols and revisited some of my favourite Springsteen records. The phrase 'Grief Rights' has stuck with me since that session, and honestly, it changed my life ."

BTW Dave Allen, Hearing Trees, Sc Mira, The Damned, Allen Stone, Derek "Spinal Tap' Smalls, Brenda Lewis

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On the heels of his song "Plainview" being featured in the CBC television drama Burden Of Proof, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Dave Allen will be heading west with dates throughout May in northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. "Plainview" is the opening track on Allen's debut solo album, When The Demons Come, now available to purchase at Zunior.com.

When The Demons Come has drawn critical acclaim for Allen's approach that blends a wide range of country, folk, blues and gospel influences. Recorded at various locations around Ontario over a year, the album gathers a decade's worth of material not used with his previous band Stonetrotter. A common thread of sin and redemption connects all of the songs, and through the assistance of several of his Stonetrotter band mates and pedal steel virtuoso Aaron Goldstein, it adds up to a haunting and rewarding listening experience.

Lead single "Oak," "Plainview" and "Saint John" sparkle with the instrumental interplay of The Band, blended with the brooding soul of Bill Withers and the pop inventiveness of Harry Nilsson.

BTW Nature Boy, Little Miss Higgins, Rufus John, Paul Cherry, Ellevator, Lowell, Float Your Fanny Down The Ganny

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All over the map or fiercely inclusive? That's Opia, the recently released, inaugural musical statement from Nature Boy a.k.a. Toronto-based singer/songwriter Vincent Bertucci.

Opia is the album Bertucci has been striving towards his entire life. And he’s got the extraordinary backstory to prove it. Featuring 10 dazzling original songs – all written or co-written by Bertucci on guitar and piano alongside a marquee group of long-time collaborators — Opia explores life, death, and love (and raising the odd glass) via jazz-informed pop and soft-rock.

Consider Opia’s head-spinning instrumental roster which includes glockenspiel, Hammond B-3 and Rhodes organ, various synths, drums, percussion, guitars and… wait for it… manmade “whale sounds” and Tibetan singing bowls, correctly listed in the liner notes as being “wicked.” Opia’s songs soar… even the candlelit ones. Check the iridescent, keyboard-guided slow burn of “10 Past 9.” The album’s fearlessly knock-kneed first single juxtaposes an urgent message of desire against a languid vocal delivery. The track gets extra oomph from a kooky (also bitingly sad/funny) accompanying video chronicling the exploits of a furry blue mascot trying to snag his costumed crush’s attention.

Tribe Royal Release New Single ‘My Kind of Girl’

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The talented band from Ottawa, Tribe Royal, have released a new single from their debut album, ‘Colours of the Sun’ with a video collage of live and studio scenes, showing the charismatic foursome at their best.

Following on the heels of the single “Wasting Time”, Tribe Royal’s latest offering with “My Kind of Girl” is a crossover of A/C and Hot A/C with a focus on strong harmonies and vocals with a clean, crisp production.

Tribe Royal broke out last year, with college and secondary radio, building a loyal fan base in the Ottawa area, and setting their summer goals to tour across Canada and Europe in 2019. Notable appearances to date have been RBC Bluesfest 2017, The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Ottawa CityFolk/Marvest, Para Pan-Am Games, Canadian Tulip Festival, TD Union Summer, Steam Whistle Brewery, CTV Morning Live, Octopus’s Garden Shediac Park Market Tribe Royal onstage with Sam Roberts Band, RBC Bluesfest 2017, Canada Day 150 at Petrie Island and CBC Radio 'Fresh Air' to name a few.

This latest release is just a teaser of what is yet to come, when this Canadian band heads south of the border late April 2018 to record with legendary producer Norbert Putnam at The NuttHouse Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

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Watch ‘My Kind of Girl’ by Tribe Royal here:
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BTW-Astrocolor, Yoke Lore, Leif Hall, The Tiki Collective, Slow Leaves

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Victoria-BC’s six-piece electronica group, Astrocolor drops their new EP, Astrocolor III, April 6 th via eOne. The album follows Astrocolor II, a stunning beat-and-pulse driven record of techno, house and funk, blended with intricate strings and jazzy percussion. Astrocolor III, the third release in a trilogy of EPs on Softtone/eOne, sees the band’s instrumental and electronic roots expand into traditional song formats with feature vocals ( A Light Goes Out feat. Kuba Oms), acid breakbeat (Smell of Acid), alternative house (Daylight Savings", and electro-funk (Break Your Body). Produced by Neil Cooke-Dallin, Astrocolor III is built equally for a big night out in the clubs or a dinner party soundtrack at home.

Book of Ryan Royce 5’9” Due Out on May 4, 2018

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Detroit rapper, Royce 5’9”, releases a new video for his single, Boblo Boat, feat. J. Cole today and announces his forthcoming album, Book of Ryan, (Entertainment One/Heaven Studios, Inc.) on May 4, 2018. J. Cole also directed the video for the track.

Complex.com shared the cover art and track listing last week, and Royce released the single on Friday. On Boblo Boat, Royce warmly looks back at his childhood growing up in the D, a proud, blue-collar city that has not always received the most positive of accolades. Royce transports listeners back to a time in the ‘80s when families could take a boat ride to Boblo Island and forget, for just a few hours, the stinging realities of life for black folks in Ronald Reagan’s greed-is-good America. “The song came together super organically,” he says of the heartfelt Boblo Boat. “There was a boat back in the days that took people across the Detroit River to these little obscure islands. One of the islands, Boblo, housed a poor man’s amusement park where a lot of young black kids would go. It was the best shit ever. We didn’t realize it was a cheaper option looking back at it in retrospect. We were too busy having fun.”

BTW-Five Alarm Funk, Friendly Rich, Slambovian Circus Of Dreams, Excuses Excuses, Frigs

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Hard knockin' Vancouver-based groove masters Five Alarm Funk have released their mini EP - Boots & Wheels - featuring We Play The Funk with the legendary Bootsy Collins, and Wheels On The Bus .

Check out Boots & Wheels Mini EP at http://smarturl.it/BootsandWheels

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