3 For Thursday: This Week’s Most Scorching Tracks

Island Apollo – “Hold it Down”

We hate telling you we told you so but we totally told you these guys would be big (check out our feature here). In their brief career, they have been featured in countless ads and tastemaker’s lists. The LA darlings have a sound that is tight, catchy, and completely refreshing. Mixing surf vibes with a more modern rock approach, the guys are definitely one of the hottest “it” bands you will find. Their confident sound tells of a band firing on all musical cylinders with a great level of band chemistry. This track was crafted by an indie legend in his own right Eric Lilavois (who we also featured . . .just saying) who has worked with hit makers Saint Motel and Atlas Genius. This single catapults the band back into the scene in a dynamic way. We cannot wait for what is sure to be a highly anticipated release later this year.

Madeleine Dopico – “Nice Boy”

Dopico has the story we love hearing. Quitting her job at a NYC Health Tech startup to pursue her musical passions, she took a giant leap that seems to be paying off. Her fresh sound is more mature than the brief year and a half she has been fully honing her craft. She has an incredible pop sense about her without falling into the trop of shallow hooks and empty lyrics. The talent she has cannot be coached or even necessarily defined. Her powerfully sinister voice is made complete with a haunting instrumentation and alarm that screams of substance and pop sophistication. She only has a handful of releases at this point, but she is sure to be a rising star in the industry. Be on the watch for more genre busting releases in the future.

Yellow Radio – “Call Me Up”

Do you dig fuzzed out rock from Paris? Me too. This act has a style reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stone Age and we are sure you will fall in love. The formula is not groundbreaking, and it doesn’t have to be – classic desert rock vibes with the right amount of keys and vocals that carry the song along. It may be an easy formula yet it is unattainable to many. This single is off their newly released second LP and we are confident it will find a larger audience who admires their gritty rock. But don’t take our word for it; listen for yourself.

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