Maya McCoy

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

ELSZ Supports Bushfire Relief with New Track “Take Me to the Sun”

January 21, 2020

Singer, harpist, and producer ELSZ dropped a new single this week, the Bandcamp proceeds of which will go to a bushfire relief fund for First Nations communities in Australia. The song features ELSZ’s simultaneously sweet and haunting vocals, singing about seeking and finding peace “in a body that aches.” In the context of raging fires … Read More

Blood Cultures’ “Broadcasting” Asks Questions Without Answers

November 25, 2019

Blood Cultures, an experimental outfit that chooses to keep its individuals anonymous, dropped the video for their single “Broadcasting,”directed by Saleem Barbados, last week. The track, taken off their most recent album Oh Uncertainty! A Universe Despairs, tackles the question of dual identity – how does one work themselves into the in-between? While the whole … Read More

Kapil Seshasayee Critiques a Bollywood Trope with “The Item Girl”

November 20, 2019

Kapil Seshasayee, a Scottish multi-instrumentalist and songwriter previously known for his work critiquing caste, released a video for his latest single “The Item Girl” this month. The song and video call into question the item girl trope in Bollywood movies in which young women are overly-sexualized and employed as props. Seshasayee described the item girl … Read More

FLTY BRGR GRL’s “Be My Boy” is an Ode to Crushes Everywhere

November 11, 2019

Oslo-based girl band FLTY BRGR GRL debuted their first single “Be My Boy” last week. The song captures the feeling of crushing on someone a little too hard, playing with the line between sweet and creepy vibes. “I just really like that gray area between being really charming and having a cute crush on someone, … Read More

Qais Essar Processes the Past on Letters to My Best Friend

October 28, 2019

Qais Essar talks about his music as a kind of telepathy. Not limited by lyrics that signal specificity, the award-winning rabab composer and musician is able to develop a different kind of conversation, a voice that goes beyond concepts to something deeper. He communicates on a different plane. On his new EP, Letters to My … Read More

For Ananya Birla, Not a “Day Goes By” Without Gratitude

October 1, 2019

Ananya Birla met Sean Kingston by chance at a cafe in Mumbai. Birla, known for being the first Indian musician with an English single to go platinum, introduced herself to Kingston and he quickly invited her to open for him at his upcoming show in Goa. Their collaboration continued from there and resulted in Kingston … Read More

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