NEW MUSIC TO ADD TO YOUR QUARANTINE PLAYLIST BY JIMMY NEWSUM
From the moment the prospect of quarantining became reality, coronavirus/quarantine/COVID-19 playlists began popping u Here are a few tracks worth adding from some of our favorite out artists.
“NO LOVE” Jay Maq Most of the topics that Jay Maq explores in his music have to do with grown-and-sexy love. From longing for it, healing after being used by it or wasting it on someone who doesn’t want it. In “No Love,” his chilled island, dancehall track, he questions whether or not it is a crime to break someone’s heart. It’s a smooth, emotional and coy ballad; reminiscent of Monica, Ashanti and Toni Braxton. Its music video is also a must-see. It depicts Jay Maq being arrested for a love crime and forced to go through the judicial system. Though intended to be humorous, there is a serious side to it, too, as the video parallels the harsh reality faced by men of color who are unfairly imprisoned for non-violent offences.
“AMERICAN NIGHTMARE” Justin Utley Justin Utley unleashes his inner Nine Inch Nails in “American Nightmare,” his angst-ridden Industrial rock anthem that takes aim at conversion therapy, and the current state of our union’s blind allegiance with political parties and religion. It’s a different sound for the young singer who first rose to prominence in the alt-country pop realm with songs like “Stand for Something,” winner of Best Country/Folk Song of the year by the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts. Utley admits he has been wanting to explore the edgier side of himself and he does so in this track. The loud-soft dynamics serve as barbed hooks, drawing listeners into Utley’s world. The lyrics are personal, opaque, and dark. The guitars are loud and aggressive. The music video is captivating with Utley shining as an anti-authoritarian punk artist with a gentle soul and smoking body.
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