This Week In Music: Sasha Alex Sloan, Air Apparent, and More!

We at TREMG love spotlighting rising and underappreciated talent to give underground creators a platform and the recognition they deserve. But while we love a good monthly roundup, there’s so much great music coming out on a weekly basis that we wanted to share even more. And artists like Brenzy and WHOKILLEDXIX were killing it this week! Here’s what you may have missed over the past few days.

TREMG Interviews

We got an exclusive for you with Maddox Jones! Maddox just dropped his debut album, Believe It, and it’s the perfect soundtrack for a spring afternoon. He gave us a track-by-track breakdown of the album, so be sure to check that out here!

TREMG News

The music industry is still buzzing from last weekend’s GRAMMY Awards, and Tidal is no exception. Their staff put together an insightful Twitter Space event with guest appearances from GRAMMY winners like DJ Drama, DJ Khalil, and D’mile. If you missed it, you can check out our recap right here!

New Singles

Brenzy offers a breezy, feel-good soul pop track with “brunch,” where she daydreams about spending a relaxing morning with friends grabbing pancakes and mimosas. It’s a total summery vibe that we’ll definitely have in our rotation as the weather gets warmer. And not gonna lie, it makes us wanna call up half our contact list and invite them to a brunch party ASAP.

Air Apparent and ÊMIA refuse to stoop down to a past lover’s level on “100%,” a playlist-ready banger that sees them affirming their boundaries and sticking with their choice to break up with someone who didn’t treat them properly. ÊMIA’s voice sounds stunning over Air Apparent’s slick production, and up-and-coming rapper Reo Cragun puts the icing on the cake with his own verse. This is one trio we definitely want more of!

I wrote ‘100%’ with one of my favorite writing partners Teresa Tuan and Anh Le (ÊMIA) in Brooklyn. We were talking about the nearly universal experience of someone we know, may have dated, or may have briefly had a thing with trying to slide back into our messages. We’ve all experienced it – when one person is willing to give everything for someone while that someone has remained unwilling to commit. Weeks, months, or even years later, somehow that someone always comes back around with a change of heart… when it’s far too late.

Air Apparent

Sasha Alex Sloan veils a little existential crisis behind a catchy pop-rock guitar riff and synth notes on “I Blame The World,” embracing her pessimistic side and offering a relatable alternative to all the pandemic positivity that others want to lift us up with. It’s a white flag of sorts to that voice in our heads that tells us there’s simply no point in some things because the risk might outweigh the reward. Now for some of our own negativity: we won’t be able to hear the rest of Sasha’s album right now. We’ll have to wait until May, but you can presave it right here!

On the soulful “Bad Guy,” Davion Farris comes to terms with the end of a relationship and recognizes that women can be the “bad guy” of a heartbreak as well. With every raw lyric, you can tell Davion poured his heart into this narrative and will definitely help fans going through something similar to feel less alone. Davion recently won a GRAMMY Award for his writing credits on Lucky Daye’s Table For Two, and if “Bad Guy” is any indication, it’s only a matter of time until he wins one for his own work.

‘Bad Guy’ is about understanding that pain and heartbreak isn’t exclusive to men or women. It’s also about learning how to stick by your boundaries, and an honest look at a man being the one in that position of vulnerability (as you’ll often find me).

Davion Farris

New Albums and EPs

The Von Tramps turn up the energy on their new album GO, their first post-pandemic project that explores perseverance, feeling lost and anxious, and living life with as much passion as possible. It’s gritty and guitar-driven, but manages to touch on difficult topics without feeling weighed down by negativity. The four-piece balances angst with optimism and positivity, making it an uplifting record full of messages everyone needs to hear. Some of our favorite tracks include the No Doubt-esque “Love & War” and the previously-released “Live Fast,” a high-octane celebration of freedom and seizing the day.

GO is all about momentum. Coming out of the pandemic, all we could think about was how far we could go, when we could go. By being forced into a break from our everyday lives we were also forced to reflect on it; and ultimately found the mundane can trap your soul, if you’re not careful. We hope GO inspires future listeners to break through these pressures in order to find a more honest version of life lived fully and creatively.

Vocalist Jenna Enemy

WHOKILLEDXIX offer their most ambitiously thrilling work to date with their new EP LORE vol. 1, a nine-track journey of 8-bit effects, booming basslines, and even some guitars and live drums provided by members Karm and Skayda. It’s a unique take on the trending hyperpop and glitchcore genres unlike anything you’ve heard before. Going from playfully raunchy over electro notes to existential over metal guitars, LORE is an expansive offering of everything that WHOKILLEDXIX have up their sleeves, affirming that there’s no limit to where they can go in the future and that they’ll find new ways to surprise us along the way.

Live Events

From May to September, English rockers BAUHAUS are going on a tour including stops in America, Italy, Belgium, and more!  It’s their first tour together in sixteen years, so you definitely won’t want to miss this. You can browse the dates on Ticketmaster and get into the band’s sound with their latest single, “Drink The New Wine.”

So we’ve shouted out longtime stars… now let’s move on to a group of up-and-comers you need on your radar! From April to August, they’ll be touring the US and stopping at a few festivals along the way, culminating in a Florida festival they’re curating themselves. Check out their new (and independently-released) single “Playground” below, then hop on over to their website to grab your tickets! 

What were your favorite releases this week? Let us know in the comments below or link up with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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Hi! I’m Madison Murray, a pop culture and music writer who also loves writing about lifestyle and fashion. I have credits on sites like TREMG, The Honey POP, Genius, Young Hollywood, and Audible Addixion, as well as my own Melodic Musings blog. Find me on socials @madisonmwrites!

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