Radar #14

The music industry is a constantly evolving landscape, and upcoming recording artists and indie musicians need to stay up-to-date with the latest trends. 

Radar Sessions are a great way to discover new music, network with industry professionals, and gain valuable insight into the industry. 

Radar Sessions allow emerging artists to showcase their talent in front of an audience of music industry experts, allowing them to get noticed by labels and other related entities. 

Through these sessions, upcoming recording artists and indie musicians can gain invaluable knowledge about the current state of the music industry as well as what it takes to make it in this highly competitive field.

ADUB NATI – Emerging

Alrick Adub Nati is the stage name of American composer and rapper L.J. Warner. One whose parents came to the United States from the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts and Nevis.

He spent most of his youth moving about the greater Cincinnati, Ohio region, despite having been born in Houston, Texas. Adub Nati attended high school in Cincinnati and graduated from Princeton.

He began rapping after hearing musicians whose lyrics mirrored his own life. The mixtape “No Plan B” was released in the second half of 2015 and marked his debut as a recording artist.

After releasing his first Christian album, “Emerging,” in 2016, he made it clear that he intended for songs like “Battling Time,” about the spiritual battle, and others like them to continue to spread good and conscious themes.

This song stands out for several reasons: the message it conveys is potent, the beat has a captivating groove, and the two go hand in hand to create a memorable listening experience.

FNF – Nothing To You

FNF is an alternative pop band from the United Kingdom that effectively blend the sound of bands like Angels & Airwaves with the style of synth-wave acts like The Midnight.

They’ve lately been a great sensation with tastemakers because of their blend of introspective lyricism, ’80s stylings, and pop-punk-inspired delivery, and BBC Introducing has featured them.

What made the British duo Friday Night Firefight renowned in the world of music was their distinctive sound, which included gang vocals, funky guitar lines, explosive rhythms, and catchy guitar lines.

Their latest track, “Nothing to You,” is a melancholy ode to lost friendships and romances that ended too soon, not because of any sad events but just because people evolve and grow apart.

The single packs a powerful commercial pop punch with well-constructed vocals that crescendo without a refrain. At this point, the song unexpectedly transforms into a rewarding musical experience for the listener.

In The Dark Of The Evening

The Art Crimes Band, an r&b and soul band from Cork City, Ireland, formed in 2011, and in 2015 they released their first self-produced record, named “Radio,” at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

On April 30th, 2022, the band streamed a private performance of their 2015 jazz ballad “If Only,” using only vocals and piano, as part of UNESCO’s celebration of International Jazz Day. 

Their newest song, titled “In The Dark Of The Evening,” produced by drummer Niall Dennehy and featuring an arrangement heavy on the Fender Rhodes, aims to evoke the late-night soundscapes of the early 1980s L.A. studio “golden period” popularized by the likes of Quincy Jones, Toto, and Steely Dan.

The song’s message of hope and companionship is aimed at those struggling with mental health and the effects of isolation during the long winter nights. We recommend giving “In The Dark Of The Evening” another go.

The chorus vocals are catchy and evocative, the music is genuine and has a decent groove, and the song was crafted to a high enough standard for it to be considered a hit in its genre.

SØ – Falling Outta Love

Philly-born producer SØ currently makes his home in Atlanta. A producer since 2015, he and longtime colleague Matthew Feldman formed the duo Hypothetical shortly after moving in together.

Highlights of his career include having his song “No More” starring Travis Scott, 21 Savage, and Kodak Black included on Metro Boomin’s album “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” and playing guitar on the track.

He is getting ready to broaden the scope of his sound by releasing a collection of collaboration tracks, which will have songs performed by some of the most promising new voices in the music business.

After a couple of tracks late last year, he dropped Falling Outta Love, a hard-hitting pop-rap tune featuring South Carolina rapper and vocalist Riley Krantz about letting go of a lover who doesn’t care about you.

The song begins with a powerful guitar riff and builds to a solid pace that pairs well with Riley’s vocals, which oscillate between singing and rapping and reach a climactic peak during the song’s catchy chorus.

BROMSEN – Merryman

The Berlin-based indietronica duo Bromsen, founded in 2021 by Richard and Karlo Bromsen is in love with catchy melodies, framed by high-voltage synth-wave and forward-driving guitar elements. 

In the mid-2000s, Karlo and Richard performed together with their dear fellows from the pampelmuse in almost every indie rock club in Berlin. 

In order to promote their debut song “Merryman,” which came out last year, Karlo and Richard are pulling out all the stops.

The song Merryman is about being true to who you are and allowing your inner “Merryman” to show through so that he may help you find joy in this chaotic world; Being true to who you mean by letting your inner “Merryman” shine through.

The song begins with a tremendously powerful entrance on the synth, then as the vocals come in, you can definitely detect New Order’s influence. The music, which was produced well and resulted in a delightful listening experience, may be interpreted as having been influenced by the 1980s.

ZYE CA$H – Love Someone

Zye Ca$h, a singer-songwriter who works at the intersection of country and crossover music, has been getting a lot of attention from critics and those who work within the music business since the publication of his first single, Slide released in 2021.

Zye is the proud parent of a lovely daughter, and as he transitions into single life, he is working hard to find a relationship that is compatible with the things that are most important to him.

Promo materials for Zye’s new single, “Love Someone,” have been revealed. The song brilliantly captures both his identity as a single father and his future aspiration to find love.

The music was composed by Jake Angel Beats and mixed by Brandon Manley. The song, which Zye and Dustin Lamoureaux co-wrote, shows his longing for the kind of relationship that is built on meaningful actions like exchanging handwritten letters and mutual respect.

With a characteristic hip-hop beat and well-defined vocals and melodies with an expressive timbre, the country ballad skirts the edge of mainstream pop, guaranteeing it will find an enthusiastic audience among record consumers

BAYWUD – Back To Life

Independent musician and singer-songwriter BAYWUD, located in Los Angeles, has a classical piano background and a deep voice that has drawn parallels to Cat Stevens and other musicians of the 1970s.

Both Ed Sheeran and Bon Iver are on BAYWUD’s list of all-time favorite artists, and he has seen that many of his Spotify followers share his appreciation for the work of Joni Mitchell, Eliott Smith, Elton John, and PJ Harvey too.

On February 24, 2023, his first album will be released. His major composition collaborator, Grammy nominee Rune Westberg, has previously collaborated with Jessi Y. Joy, Matt Simons, Jon Bryant, Beth Hart, and Dylan Dunlap.

He has recently released a song called “Back to Life,” which is about overcoming one’s inner demons and discovering the inner courage to triumph over one’s concerns and fears.

Despite its sad subject matter, the song stands out because of its infectious rhythm and BAYWUD’s vocals, which include beautiful melodies that pair well with the song’s well-developed instrumental.


Popular British boy band Union J are celebrating 10 years since their X Factor audition, which resulted in more than 30 million record sales so far.

An estimated one million people have seen the award-winning band live in the UK, and they have gone on to open for Selena Gomez, The Vamps, and Christina Aguilera.

Damon Thomas, who has worked with Justin Bieber, Ciara, and Chris Brown, is one of the many A-list producers they have been working with in Los Angeles, Dubai, and the United Kingdom.

Following the success of their previous album, the boy band released an album titled Ten to commemorate the group’s tenth anniversary; The album comprises the singles “Paralysed,” “Alive,” and “Dancing,” and it also has guest appearances and co-writing from the well-known DJ and rapper Ironik.

From the rhythm to the vocals delivered, everything about this song screams “commercial pop” thanks to the vocalists, who have a classic sound reminiscent of vintage groups like Five. The electronic dance music influence is also clear and strong throughout the tunes.

SCARLET JOY – Mourning Pages

Full of unrestrained feeling, Scarlet Joy, has a sound that really cuts. The 2019 power trio of Sofire Woodcraft (vocals/guitar/lyrics), Tom Latham (bass/lyrics), and Drew Moore (drums/percussion) were put together by Woodcraft.

Scarlet Joy’s blend of haunting vocals, distorted guitars, and furious rhythms with the deep feeling owes much to the work of artists as diverse as PJ Harvey, QOTSA, Nirvana, and Nine Inch Nails.

Scarlet Joy has been touring the UK, performing at grassroots festivals and independent venues, where they bring their thrilling fusion of powerful grunge and expressive alternative rock.

Mourning Pages, Scarlet Joy’s latest album, is a heartfelt look at life through the lens of love, loss, hope, and fate. The music video for “Rescue,” the album’s first single, is evocative of the popular fare of the 1990s when MTV was at its peak popularity.

The song is excellent, with a hip, grungy vibe that calls to mind the aforementioned sources and which, in light of the present music industry’s dystopian climate, feels quite timely.

PRI ABROL – Cereal

Pri abrol was born and raised in Orange County, California, and is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. It was only at the start of 2022 that she made her debut as a professional musician.

She has been focusing on her music career, with the help of her band, and cites artists like Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Ed Sheeran as inspirations. Their forthcoming project is titled PRERUN.

After releasing a few songs and an album since her solo debut in 2022, she is now making a comeback to the music scene with a new single that came out in early January.

For all the festive cheer, Cereal is a heartbreaking ballad. She recounts a tale of accomplishment and remorse, perplexity and rage, fury and frustration, and many more complexities that serve to illustrate how multifaceted life can be.

The vocal beauty of the performer is further highlighted by the sparseness of the song and the production, both of which include voices and instruments. Pri’s voice is smooth and distinctive in its tone.


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