Maya McCoy

Diving Deep into Tasneem’s Just Before the World Ends

August 31, 2020

Tasneem is a songwriter, producer, and multidisciplinary artist whose most recent EP, Just Before the World Ends, dropped late last year. Tasneem, who recently relocated from LA to Toronto, produced their own record and is sharing their experience with other artists who may feel isolated in their creative processes. Just before the pandemic took hold … Read More

Qais Essar Sees Optimism in Alignment on “Syzygy”

August 7, 2020

A syzygy occurs when three planetary or celestial bodies are in alignment — when the sun, earth, and moon are in a straight-line configuration. Qais Essar and Alam Khan’s latest single, “Syzygy,” brings their traditional rabbab and sarod instruments into a new kind of alignment. They wrote and recorded the song all in quarantine, from … Read More

Kohinoorgasm’s “Exhausted” Gives Voice to Burnout

June 15, 2020

Kohinoorgasm’s newest single, “Exhausted,” dropped this month. The single is the artist’s latest exploration of themes common in her work, questioning how to navigate a world shaped by burnout-inducing capitalism. Using experimental production and her hypnotic vocals, she asks poignantly: “How can I free my mind / when I don’t own it?” The release is … Read More

Longing for Proximity with Raveena’s Moonstone EP

May 26, 2020

Longing for closeness meant something very different in February, when Raveena’s Moonstone EP was first released. Now, Raveena’s signature sensual sound elicits something familiar during a time when everything else is incomprehensible. Attempts to make actual sense of what’s happening in the world feel misguided. Universalization feels dangerous when, despite the pandemic affecting everyone, those … Read More

Curtis Waters Grapples with Growing Pains on “Pity Party”

April 30, 2020

Curtis Waters’s sophomore album Pity Party will get you just as in your feelings, as the title suggests. On the record, Waters flips between addressing his own emotional growing pains directly and taking on a persona of cold detachment. The result is a journey through palpable and familiar angst, a story of someone vaguely hoping … Read More

The Soul’s New Album Enry Pete Balances Discord with Harmony

April 24, 2020

“I want to come to a place like this every day and stay in peace,” one band member says, water rushing by. Another responds, “Why not…why can’t you machan?” This is just a brief moment in The Soul’s 2019 film Where We’re From. The video showcases the Sri Lankan band exploring the nature of the … Read More

SAMAVAI’s Spring Collection Rethinks the Sari’s Possibilities

March 11, 2020

SAMAVAI is launching a new collection, featuring the shirt silhouette Vedavalli, this week. The silhouette, named after Shriya Samavai Manian’s grandmother, is a classic button-down, calling back to 70s and 80s old school gems with broad collars and bright patterns. Samavai, the designer, namesake, and multi-disciplinary artist behind the SAMAVAI line, transforms saris formerly worn … Read More

Neel Murgai Ensemble’s Reorientation Reflects Grief Through Experimental Composition

February 25, 2020

The Neel Murgai Ensemble, known for their self-described “raga-meets-jazz” sound, released their new album Reorientation this month. Led by Brooklyn Raga Massive co-founder and co-director Neel Murgai, the group experimented with hypnotic soundscapes on this album. Many of the pieces included on the album are reflections of Murgai’s experiences coping with loss and grief, transformed into … Read More

Cartel Madras is Striking Gold

February 14, 2020

A sword and a gun: these are the weapons that Eboshi and Contra, together the duo Cartel Madras, brandish at the end of their striking video “Goonda Gold.” “Striking” feels like the perfect word for what Cartel Madras puts out. Their music, part of a new style of trap that they’ve dubbed “goonda rap,” strikes … Read More

Ashou’s “Hair” is a Slow Jam for the New Year

January 27, 2020

New York musician and producer Ashou released a new single and music video this month, titled “Hair.” The track comes after Ashou’s 2019 debut, including the songs “New Beginnings” and “Lucid Dream.” The video, which similarly to “New Beginnings” is shot and edited by Mastermind Richy, features Ashou alternating between rapping about excess and extravagance … Read More

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