[Interview] TMN Gets To Know Zach Maxwell

It’s no secret that unearthing new and exciting artists is the main vein running through the pages of TMN. Sometimes an album strikes you just the right way, providing our ears with a dose of dopamine, while also signalling a wealth of untapped potential. One such artist and album is Zach Maxwell and his recent Music for Life EP. A songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Maxwell’s music manages to flit around the edges of multiple genres while offering a completely unique scope to listen through. Recently, Maxwell has been converting his recordings into a live setting behind a highly buzzed about residency in Denver at the eclectic Your Mom’s House venue; building loads of Mile-High hype over the past year.

Zach Maxwell will be playing the final show of his residency this Saturday, June 16th at Your Mom’s House, and we had the chance to sit down and get to know the burgeoning artist a little better before this weekend’s show. Read our interview with Maxwell below, and be sure to listen to Music For Life streaming on all major platforms.

The Music Ninja: First off, thanks so much for taking the time to sit down and chat with us a little bit. We’ve had the chance to listen to Music For Life a few times through, and more layers seem to reveal themselves with each passing listen. With this being your first official release more than a single, can you speak to the writing and recording process? Was your process any different trying to make a cohesive multi-track statement, or were things pretty routine when it came to getting the individual tracks in order for Music For Life?

Zach Maxwell: Thanks so much for the kind words about Music for Life! I’m glad that more and more layers are revealing themselves in subsequent listens.  It’s interesting, the process for making this EP was super nonlinear for me. Before I decided to release this EP, I spent a few years just making music that I wanted to listen to.  Just flowing with whatever vibe I was feeling on whatever day I happened to be making music. After a few years, I had 100’s of songs to choose from and realized it was probably time to put some of them out in the world! In listening to all the material I had made, certain songs seemed to fit together as a unit more than others.  I wanted my first release to be something that was more of an offering to the listener as a complete unit with a message versus a bunch of songs that I happened to like and put together. Additionally, my friend and longtime music Veteran Jayson Jackson helped me curate the songs and put together something that worked together. So the process was more working backward than thinking from the get-go that I was going to put a collection of music together.

’Zach Maxwell – Are You?’

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[Electronic/R&B] VenessaMichaels – FLIGHT EP

It’s been years since we’ve waited for an EP from VenessaMichaels, but now it’s here. Not only do we get an EP, but it’s a concept project called FLIGHT featuring some of her favorite collaborators including Effy, Outlaw The Artist and $K.

Complete with four tracks, FLIGHT exceeds our expectations not only in quality, but due to the fact that she flexes hard with her songwriting abilities by moving through a various collection of sounds. Venessa manages to keep her signature eclectic style, but never before have we been able to see it play out in a cohesive long-form project. Through and through, FLIGHT will get you lifted. Have fun trying to pick a favorite and make sure to add this EP to your digital library.

’Ridin’ The Waves (Feat. Effy & Outlaw The Artist)’
’Chemistry (Feat. Outlaw The Artist)’
’Interlude (Hold Me)’
’Dance Forever (Feat. $K)’
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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 61]

This week saw the release of two incredible projects from the likes of Jorja Smith and Kids See Ghosts. If you’re anything like us, then your ears have been glued to these albums all weekend long–which also means you likely may have overlooked some other incredible gems that just surfaced. No need to worry though, as we’ve got you covered with an incredible selection of soulful tracks below. As always, you can also find our playlists on SoundCloud and Spotify, so make sure to follow us to get regular weekly updates.

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Rad Hatter – Dangerous w/ still haze
Kadhja Bonet – Delphine
lulunah – Not The Same(prod. Strehlow)
michelle – natsumeku
Ayelle x Alex Lustig – Body
griff – Spaceship (ft. Lexi the Lexiconist)
Tierra Whack – Flea Market
Jessica Domingo – Outline
Khalid, H.E.R. – This Way
Sinead Harnett – Body (Acoustic)
Vancouver Sleep Clinic & Drew Love – Closure (Acoustic)
diveliner — 2 hearts
VILLETTE – Money (prod. Troy Samuela)
Saya – Vertigo (Interlude)
Jorja Smith – On Your Own
Full Crate – A Storm On A Summers Day Ft. Gaidaa
Mack Keane – Scorpio
Ash – Lover Friend
ChrisLee – Found Her
Nikon – Right Now
Deverano – Jean (feat. AV)
SuperShaiyen – Let Me Know
ForteBowie – loveliesrmx
THEY. – Pops
Allen Ritter – Temporary (No Love)
Zaia – Judas (Prod. Blumajic)
MOLI – Didn’t Mean to
rx Soul – I Was on a Trip (feat. The Kount)
ZENDR – Could Be
tiffi 🌺 – remedy (tiffi x city girl)
GREGarious – Sticks & Stones (feat. Akacia)
LimRinse – How It Goes
Masego – Lady Lady
Devin Tracy x Evil Needle – Give it Back
yù yī – PEACHES (ft. Ellen)
Kali Uchis – After The Storm (Pete Rock Remix) (feat. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins)
Radiant Children – Life’s A Bitch
benny mayne – say my name
Ruchir – Love Me Ft. JThaMC
Andrew Luce – GET AWAY (feat. Indica & Sophie Meiers)
Roy Woods — Snow White
Jay Stones – Wand
Silk Cinema – NO MORE
Louis Futon – Kevin’s Heart Ft. Bellah, BXRBER & Armani White
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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 60]

As another weekend flies by, we’re here to help you hit pause and slow things down to reflect a bit. It’s hard to believe we’ve been keeping this Sunday Night Soul revival going 10 weeks strong already, but we hope you’ve enjoyed the ride just as much as we have so far. If you’re curious to check out some of our previous offerings from this year, you might want to poke around our 2018 archive on Spotify at the link below. You can also follow us on SoundCloud and Spotify to get weekly updates directly in your feed as the playlist goes live.

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Ian Ewing – Willow (ft. Yasmeena)
Chloe Lilac – acne
Tom Bailey — Patriarch
Elyah – Lost Love (feat. Josh Rubin)
Wednesday – Rendezvous (Prod. by ENT)
ward wills – sweet mirage (ft. FAWNA)
Marcella – Occupied ft. Jords
emma kiel – THINKING TOO MUCH (prod. jennejenne)
Madson Project. – I Just Wanna Smile (prod. Masked Man)
cresce – WINE (prod. by cresce & custody)
Vada – Meant to Be (produced by j.robb)
PUP – Stay With U(W/Ripley)
Clairo – Hello? (feat. Rejjie Snow)
Nick Hakim – Vincent Tyler
jhon myquale – The Jones, The Jane Ft. Matt James
James Vickery – Until Morning
Guthrie Galileo – Wishes
Jerome Thomas & Warren Xclnce – Take The Risk
baccyard – STRANGER
Tera Kòrá – pistols w/ Paul Mond
Ojerime – Moisturise
Sara Diamond – Fool (Prod. by Brody Gillman)
BLAISE – Only Talking
J.O.Y – 547 (prod. by HEARTBRK)
Eric Bellinger – Hours
TYuS – City Of Rose
PLANET GIZA – Attention
Charlie Puth – Done For Me (ft. Kehlani)(soulecist Remix)
No2zcat X Sutt. – Falling (ft. Hyungsun)
salute – Skin (f. THE DIAMONDS ARE BLACK!)
K, Le Maestro – why you watchin’ me? w/ Claire Reneé
Devin Morrison — That’s All
Kelsey Vaz – Change Directions (Ft. Keats The Geek)
Simone – Think About Girls Sometimes
Liv Lovelle – Special
Rozie – Brown Sugar
Moods – Get To Know You Feat. Pip Millett
HYPERCOLOR – Luv The Way (feat. Myca)
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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 59]

Everybody knows the best Sundays are the ones where you don’t have to go to work the next morning. Since it is a long weekend, we decided to give you an extra long edition of Sunday Night Soul to match. With Memorial Day signaling a shift in seasons, you’ll notice a number of tracks in this week’s playlist appropriately featuring the word “summer” in their titles. We’re not expecting to soundtrack your barbecues this weekend, but if you need a few tracks to set the mood we’ve got you covered. Check out our selection below, and make sure to follow us on SoundCloud and Spotify to get regular updates every week!

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Zed – 11am feat. Dani Sofiya
jsng – lost the project for this last year
Monsoonsiren – Man Of The Cloth (Prod. Laplace)
Amanda Huff – Slow Water(Feat. SistaStrings)
Jess – The One. (prod. by ZeekyBeats)
Madson Project. & Your Bijou – If You Want Me
Elijah Fox – Marseilles (Acoustic)
ward wills – whisper (ft. eunhae)
Summer Walker – Deep
Kwamie Liv – Sweet Like Brandy
Sunni (Colón) – Summer Blu
LOUIS VI. – Floatin’ Ft. Jelani Blackman (Prod. Louis VI)
angelo mota – Madonna
Kyan – Like Summer
Sam Spiegel – 20 Below (feat. Anderson .Paak & Doja Cat)
sophie meiers ☏ – fade away ( sophie meiers x lederrick + holt stairs)
Shaqdi – Wanna See You High
Maya Hirasedo – Cocaine
cucu 回顧 – white lies (feat. Jenni Potts)
olive b – joey moon
Kaiya Crawford – Working For It (prod. by Ashton McCreight and Sean Matsukawa)
Riian Raquel – leveler (prod. moflo music)
Brandon Banks – Autumn
Jorja Smith – February 3rd
Lyves – Still
kerri – fml
Rahn Harper – For You/For Me (Prod. Charley Cooks)
Leven Kali – Need U (Prod. Leven Kali, Frans Mernick, Diego Human)
JULiA LEWiS – Pink and Blue (ft. DUCKWRTH, BOSCO, and Jay Anthony)
Sola Rosa – Back To You ft. Noah Slee (Potatohead People Remix)
Oscar Key Sung – Club Mate
Eliza – Alone & Unafraid
Casper Jones – Jupiter
verzache – No more
Summer Soul – Kill Your Darling (with Charming Lips)
Jay Prince – With U (feat. Mahalia)
Madson Project. & Adriana Proenza – A Summer Feeling (prod. masked man)
Elujay – Locked in
AZEKEL – Good Wine
Naji – Misfit
The Trp – Swoop
Haich – Peak
Rex The Rager – Amanda Bynes
FORTY38 – Pulling Strings (prod. datboigetro)
Dugong Jr – Voyager (Feat. Ruby Chase)
Snugs, HAILZ – Radio Silence (Finis Mundi Remix)
bearson – go to sleep ft. kailee morgue (oshi remix)
RALPH – Girl Next Door ft TOBi
SRNO – Holding (feat. Kaleem Taylor)
yellow shoots – desert rose
Moon Boots – Keep the Faith (feat. Nic Hanson) (Live)
MEERA – Fine Without You
Paul Point – I Thought (feat. Galvanic)
Element – You (ft. Khamari)
SWU – Mulholland Drive (feat. Amy Kirkpatrick)
DJ IXSXI – Dance Like This
Jamie Blake And MistaDC – Vegas Girl
ECHLN – Do Your Thang (feat. Daev Martian & EMAMKAY)
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Sunday Night Soul [Vol. 58]

With the world fixated (or at least the internet) on the royal wedding happening this weekend, we here at The Music Ninja would like to toast to the happy couple by honoring their undying love. In the off chance that Prince Harry and Meghan do stumble across this humble playlist, we hope that we we’re able to help soundtrack their beautiful honeymoon. Don’t worry though, the common folk out there are always welcome to enjoy a little Sunday Night Soul as well. As always, check the lineup we have assembled below and make sure to follow us on Spotify and SoundCloud to get updates every week.

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Lexi the Lexiconist – New Story
BOWTYE – quicksand (interlude)
splash downey – parasite w/ ben owens (prod. ryan reents)
brandon* – These Quiet Nights (feat. Sipprell)
Angelo LeRoi – Faaade
Giorgi Holiday – Internet Boyfriend
Jelani Aryeh – Daunt
Slum Sociable – Do Something About It
TeaMarrr – Bent Hella – (Prod by) Rilla Force
Alanna Aguiar – spring in blue
Hiram ft. John Allen Stephens – For Anou
Patrick Paige II – Red Knife (feat. Daisy)
Mulherin — Never Know
Brady Watt – Black & White (ft. Ro James & Topaz Jones)
Alex Da Kid – Go ft. H.E.R., Rapsody
Kllo – Potential
(Stoneface) – Honest This Time
plage 84 – no where ft. khadijah lopez
Strehlow 🌺 – Red Lights w/ Lussx
Kelleia – Majesty (Prod. Jonny Joon)
KYLO – Sometimes
Alex Lustig, Anjulie – The Morning
Vindata x R.LUM.R – Emotion
Haile Supreme – Let It Go (prod. by Khüdósoul & Flamingosis)
Pastel – Save Me
Blasko – Ms. Love
ORKID – So Rude
JiKay – Roses (feat. Cat Clark, MNKN) (Jengi Remix)
Louis Futon – Fall On Me (feat. BXRBER)
Cautious Clay – French Riviera
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[Music Video] Kllo – Potential

Melbourne-native cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul have often been featured here on The Music Ninja, under the artist name of Kllo. They’ve returned today with their first single release since their acclaimed 2017 album Backwater, which firmly cemented their sound and identity as artists. With nothing left to prove, Lam and Kaul take some creative liberties and experiment a bit more on latest single, titled “Potential”.

“Potential” interlaces Kaul’s characteristically dreamy vocals with moody piano chords, said to have been conceived in a green room while on tour one day. You see a little bit more R&B influence come through on this track, representative of the duo’s desire to expand beyond the sonic persona that they established for themselves in 2017. The emotional track laments the loss of a love that just couldn’t work out. It comes with an accompanying music video, check it out below:

If you liked what you heard, Kllo will be kicking off a tour at the end of the month, making stops in the States before heading off to Europe. Tour dates and a ticket link are available below. Continue reading

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