Release Radar Is A Weekly Roundup Of Artists Who Topped The Charts, Dropped New Music, Or Finally Released That Much Anticipated Album, Just In Case You Missed It.

Maggie Rogers: “Heard It In A Past Life,” Album

Maggie Rogers has been on an upward trajectory to stardom for a couple years now. Rogers quickly became a viral phenomenon after Pharrell discovered her three years ago. After releasing a few singles and EPs, Maggie Rogers finally released her debut album, “Heard It In A Past Life.” The 12-track album puts Rogers’ powerful folk voice on display and features her hit songs “Alaska” and “On + Off.” Her vocals, which are often emotional and relatable about life in your twenties, are layered into an electronic background beat. Each song on the album plays with a variety of eclectic sounds — different drum beats and percussions and nature sounds she grew up with. Maggie Rogers breaks barriers with “Heard It In A Past Life” — she’s a female singer-songwriter in 2019 that refuses to let her music pinhole her into a specific genre. The songs in Rogers’ debut album are pop, R&B, folk and dance music all blended together.

Logic: “Keanu Reeves,” Single

This track was originally leaked online in September 2018. Logic finally released a full and remastered version to streaming platforms last week. Logic’s song, “1-800-273-8255,” featuring Khalid and Alessia Cara, topped all the charts in 2017. The song title is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the song — which shed light on the suicide rate in America and created awareness of the Prevention Lifeline — catapulted the volume of calls to the Prevention Lifeline. “Keanu Reeves,” though, is about a whole different topic in Logic’s life — his fame. Logic’s fast bars poke fun at his worldwide fame, wealth and even how people now recognize him (“Finally knew I made it, sittin’ at the red light / When them soccer moms pull up in they van while I ride / Like, ‘Oh my God, children, it’s the 1-800 guy”). Logic has been on the scene since 2009 and his natural flow and rapping skills in “Keanu Reeves” bring listeners back to the Logic sound in his first mixtape “Logic: The Mixtape.”

James Blake: “Assume Form,” Album

James Blake released his fourth studio album, “Assume Form,” and fans have quickly embraced his new music. Blake has never shied away from showing his truest and most raw emotions in his songs. In recent years, the singer-songwriter has collaborated and produced with artists outside his genre. Beyoncé, Travis Scott, Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar are just a few of the artists Blake has helped transform their music. “Assume Form” shows Blake’s versatility in creating music that crosses genres. “Tell Them” and “Mile High” are produced by Metro Boomin and give Blake’s romantic ballads a hip-hop twist. Each track on “Assume Form” continues to display Blake’s hard work of curating music that crosses genres.

Hozier: “Almost (Sweet Music),” Single

It has been four years since Hozier hit the spotlight with his hit song, “Take Me To Church.” Now, Hozier is releasing new music getting to get his fans ready for his sophomore album, “Wasteland Baby!” which drops on March 1. “Almost (Sweet Music)” is a light-hearted and catchy song, which is a bit of a change in sound from the Irish singer songwriter. Hozier’s jazz-meets-folk vocals are the core of his music and his newest release keeps his vocals on display, with the help of his trusty guitar. This song has much more of a pop-sound and beat, similar to his song “Jackie and Wilson” from his 2014 self-titled album “Hozier.” But, keeping true to his jazz sound, and his love for the genre, Hozier mentions a few of his favorite jazz musicians throughout the tune. Duke Ellington, Chet and the classic jazz song “Stella By Starlight.” All at once, “Almost (Sweet Music) is an homage to the greatests of jazz music and to the happy, new relationship in Hozier’s life.

Dillon Francis: “Catchy Song (From LEGO 2: The Second Part),” Single

The newest release from Dillon Francis, “Catchy Song (From LEGO 2: The Second Part),” sure is self-explanatory. The DJ teamed up with rapper T-Pain and That Girl Lay Lay to create the theme song for the new LEGO Movie, “LEGO 2: The Second Part.” The song is repetitive. From the lyrics to the thumping electronic beat, “Catchy Song” is, in fact, incredibly catchy. This is the first collaboration between the three artists. But, Dillon Francis is not new to the collaboration scene. He crossed over to the Latin music sector and released a Latin dance electronic album. got the chance to see Dillon Francis at North Coast Festival. He is set to go on tour with Alison Wonderland later this year. Get your tickets here. 

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