Heavy Roc Music is one of the best stables of artists I’ve stumbled onto in awhile. Right now, they’ve got three of my favorite acts of the moment and obviously have an eye/ear for talent.
New York-based singer/songwriter Samuel has garnered a following for his take on Drake’s “Find Your Love” and breezy summer track “I Heart NY”. He doesn’t have any affiliation with Roc-a-Fella (hes currently signed to Columbia) as far as I can tell, but Kanye did cosign Samuel on his blog recently. Nice eh?
Samuel – Find Your Love (Drake cover) (free mp3)
This opera-trained chanteuse/guitarist happens to be a Detroit native, so thats already a reason to listen (Her artist profile photo is pretty breathtaking as well). Alex Winston instantly caught my ear by her impeccable taste covers with Jack Penate’s “Pull My Heart Away”. On her EP, The Basement Covers EP, she also tackles Teddy Bears, Francis & the Lights, and Rolling Stones to near perfection. She played drums, guitar and piano on the EP and seems to have talent the Motor City will be proud of soon. Her latest track “Choice Notes” has a ’60s hazy pop feel that should only further her buzz.
Alex Winston – Pull My Heart Away (Jack Penate cover) (free mp3)
Alex Winston – Choice Notes (free mp3)
Alex Winston – The Basement Covers EP (.zip file)
Buy Alex Winston – Choice Notes 7″vinyl single here
I first noticed this electro/dance duo while trolling Hype Machine for new music and stumbled upon their banging “Sleepyhead” remix. While they are experts at remixing, B-Roc and J-Patt make fun, party-ready music in their own right. Their pop music with electronic and fun often reminds me of Chromeo or MSTRKRFT and usually is queued next to those artists on my playlists. Whether its the anthemic (and relatable) fun of “Blackout” or hypnotic nature of “Something I Can Dance To”, you won’t be disappointed.
The Knocks – Make It Better (free mp3)
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (The Knocks remix)
B-Roc of The Knocks – The Transplants 2 (mash-up mix) (.zip)
Who is your favorite Heavy Roc artist? Leave it in the comments.