With his luscious tenor and seductive lyrics, San Francisco singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist 8th Grader (AKA, Jayson Martinovich) injects a unique and fresh R&B sensibility to his singular brand of nu-soul. His decadent vocals caress Afro-Cuban polyrhythms, Rhodes piano, and elements of Chillwave. With nods to Prince, Frank Ocean, George Michael and Janet Jackson, 8th Grader fills a nameless void somewhere in between pop and R&B. Currently creating a stir amongst the music blogs, 8th Grader has been gaining acclaim from fans and critics alike with his signature R&B meets Nu-Soul flare.
Antonette Goroch is a singer, songwriter, writer, mother and world traveler. A vocalist and storyteller since the age of 5, she has partaken in many musical styles including musical theater, opera, classical, eastern european folk, punk, rock, blues and Americana. Her sound has been compared to contemporary folk artists including Neko Case and Penelope Houston, but she draws inspiration from artist revolutionaries like Kathleen Hanna and Bertolt Brecht, musical poets like Patty Smith and Leonard Cohen, and reflective observers like John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac. Her music is equal parts celebration and seduction, pleasure and provocation,– but always an inquisitive dissection of human connection and the power that flows from it.
Astra Via’s sound is not “here,” and not “there,” exactly, but maybe here,
there, and everywhere. A bipolar marriage of past and future, where science
geek and hopeless romantic meet.
Astra Via is Olivia Mancini & Jarrett Nicolay. Olivia Mancini played bass in indie darlings Washington Social Club, and then moved on to a solo career. Bassist Jarrett Nicolay founded college circuit mainstays Virginia Coalition and cut his electronic teeth on his own project, My New Mixtape. The two bassists have garnered nothing but positive press for their latest endeavor, Astra Via, in which Mancini and Nicolay flex their composition and production muscles to make music unlike anything they have made before.
D E N A
D E N A is the music project of Berlin-based songwriter and vocalist Denitza Todorova.
Born and raised in Bulgaria, a few years ago she moved to Berlin, where she focused on writing music, singing and programming beats. She stepped into focus as a guest vocalist on the two The Whitest Boy Alive albums. Now she’s cutting a dash with pop songs influenced by Hip Hop, oldschool R&B and dance music. Currently she is finalizing her debut album with Finnish producer Jonas Verwijnen at Kaiku Studios in Berlin.
D E N A’s first single “Boyfriend / Games” is out now digitally and on a limited 7” vinyl edition via Aerobic International (US).
San Francisco producer Loose Shus creates tracks that can sound like 70s cop movie soundtracks, horror movies, or experimental electro. His sounds may range far and wide, but his latest work is focused on an aesthetic that's heartfelt, staccato, and playful. He has remixed songs for Jupiter and Sugar & Gold and has a forthcoming EP coming out on Voltaire Records this year.
San Francisco’s Social Studies are best described as explorers, creating music that is compelling and profound, taking broad ideas and emotions and expressing them in alluring and dynamic ways. Their anthems of regret and triumph reveal an essence of pulsing, dark pop that belie their complex themes of life, love, pain, and pleasure.
Portland’s electro-disco trio refined their Daft Punk meets Rolling Stones sexiness to its logical conclusion with the production of two flawless albums on Community Disco. Aerobic was proud to have released the lead vinyl single to the sophomore album, Mindreader. More to come soon with John and Bailey’s new project Phone Call slated for the Aerobic 12” series.
The original two man boy band based out of Athens, GA! Their debut 12” EP and split 7” with Kishi Bashi on Aerobic outlines the development of the R&B synth pop duo. Yips passion for a soulful electronic sound finds them embracing hardware technology from all eras to create their sound while at the once still searching for that simple song. Debut LP out now on New West Records. http://yipdeceiver.com/