JOYFULTALK: Ballad In 9

Canadian recording artist JOYFULTALK (aka multidisciplinary artist, musician and composer Jay Crocker) opens the door to an atmospheric, experimental jazz journey with his latest release, “Ballad In 9.” From Crocker’s forthcoming album, Familiar Science (out 6 May), the sublime sonic blend floats angelic, processed vocals over pronounced percussion and an alluring alto saxophone part contributed by Nicola Miller, which was recorded in one take. Altogether, it’s …

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Empress Of: Save Me Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez) has just released her first new solo work since the 2020 album I’m Your Empress Of. “Save Me” by the multi-talented synth-pop artist (and CH favorite) is dramatic with a frenetic energy thanks to soaring strings that punctuate the layered track. “This is probably one of my favorite songs I have ever made. I’ve never put …

Kadhja Bonet: Dear Gina

Equal parts elegant and eerie, Kadhja Bonet’s “Dear Gina” is a luminescent, lo-fi track that’s imbued with atmospheric ’80s synths. It’s the companion piece of “Delphine” (which begins “What’s it mean Delphine? This letter you wrote to me”) from her 2018 debut album Childqueen. As Bonet explains, “‘Dear Gina’ is… for anyone who ever wondered what Delphine’s letter said.” The gorgeous song comes accompanied by …