New Music To You: Lydia Mendoza, Rayland Baxter, and Mike & the Moonpies

With the Hummingbird Rotation, we hope to give folks a closer look at the songs that get the most play at Hummingbird HQ. This installment, hear about Lydia Mendoza, Rayland Baxter, and Mike & the Moonpies. Mal Hombre // Lydia Mendoza Want to listen to an amazing ballad? Trying to learn Spanish? ¿Por qué no los dos? Oh boy, do I have the song for … Continue reading New Music To You: Lydia Mendoza, Rayland Baxter, and Mike & the Moonpies

Free Nationals Burst on the Scene with Tail-Wagging Fun

Fresh, young talent defined 2019’s music scene. While the old heads are still relevant, acts like Tyler, the Creator, Anderson .Paak, JID, and DaBaby inserted electric energy into the final year of the decade. And closing the year with a surefire bang is the Free Nationals, a four-piece funk/soul/R&B band with a flair for creativity and experiment. They’ve gained popularity due to constant collaboration with … Continue reading Free Nationals Burst on the Scene with Tail-Wagging Fun

The New-Age Singer-Songwriter: A Creative Jack-of-All-Trades

As expanding artist-driven creative control renders much of modern music genre-less and musicians find the need to distinguish themselves artistically, you may have noticed a trend in the culture of insanely talented solo acts. These dynamos are seldom tethering themselves to a boxed-in sound but rather placing their personality in the absolute center of their work, broadcasting their inner workings through the media of lyrics, … Continue reading The New-Age Singer-Songwriter: A Creative Jack-of-All-Trades

RYAL Releases “Feathers,” a Haunted Freedom-Finding Song

Marking RYAL’s second song of the year, “Feathers” is a mysterious track dedicated to finding one’s freedom. The song naturally captures the scary feelings that can come about when one is approaching a more boundless version of their identity, as producer Aaron Nevezie gives the song plenty of instrumental decor, none of which comes off as frivolous. Singing about not being able to breathe, Jacque … Continue reading RYAL Releases “Feathers,” a Haunted Freedom-Finding Song

Elujay & J.Robb’s “GEMS IN THE CORNERSTONE” an Impressive, Timeless Effort [Album Review]

This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly newsletter. For more, make sure to check us out on Substack! With elements of R&B, soul, hip-hop, and lo-fi, GEMS IN THE CORNERSTONE might be the most widely likable album we’ve written about in this newsletter thus far. With Elujay’s baby-powder vocals and J.Robb’s funky basslines and futuristic styles, this album is one of 2020’s best and a strong … Continue reading Elujay & J.Robb’s “GEMS IN THE CORNERSTONE” an Impressive, Timeless Effort [Album Review]

Album Appreciation: Young M.A.’s “Off The Yak” Stakes Royal Claim

This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly newsletter. For more, make sure to check us out on Substack! This is your yearly reminder that Young M.A. is making some of the best drill and trap music these days. Off the Yak is a noisy collection of heavy hitting beats and undeniable braggadocio. “Hello Baby” sees the Queen of New York body Fivio Foreign, showing that … Continue reading Album Appreciation: Young M.A.’s “Off The Yak” Stakes Royal Claim

Interview: Muwosi Describes Gentle Confidence, Creating “Of Compassion”

Focusing on a strong yet gentle sense of self-assuredness, Muwosi’s recent EP, Of Compassion sees the young artist beautifully cultivate personal and airy lyrics and aesthetics.  Produced by LA jazz pianist-composer-producer Lionmilk, Of Compassion displays Muwosi at her core; an empathetic artist seeking to curate gentle and holistic music.  She says it’s relieving to finally release the EP, which was inspired by and started in … Continue reading Interview: Muwosi Describes Gentle Confidence, Creating “Of Compassion”

Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact Part 4: But You Caint Use My Phone Keeps Badu Boundary-less

This is part four of a four-part series on Erykah Badu’s massive role in communicating and normalizing Black feminism in contemporary discourses. Check out parts one, two and three. Badu’s most recent project, But You Caint Use My Phone, is a fascinating case study and provides plenty to discuss from black feminist and afrofuturist perspectives. The cover art is comparable to The New Amerykah, Pt. … Continue reading Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact Part 4: But You Caint Use My Phone Keeps Badu Boundary-less

Tune in Tuesday: Greentea Peng, Fire in Little Africa Show Out

Fire in Little Africa ~ Fire in Little Africa In the goal of memory and re-education about the Tulsa Massacre, a group of local artists created this album along with a multimedia education project you can find on their website. Mndsgn ~ Rare Pleasure A gentle, easy-on-the-ears listen, Mndsgn’s romantic musings will keep you repeating this album over and over. THE 6TH LETTER ~ Coneman … Continue reading Tune in Tuesday: Greentea Peng, Fire in Little Africa Show Out

Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact, Part 3: The “New Amerykah” Series Promotes Afro-Futurist Thought

This is part three of a four-part series on Erykah Badu’s massive role in communicating and normalizing Black feminism and Afro-futurism in contemporary discourses. Check out parts one, two, and four. At this point in her career, Erykah Badu had cemented herself as one of the all-time greats in music. Not only had she released three timeless albums, her work collaborating with members of the … Continue reading Erykah Badu’s Legendary Impact, Part 3: The “New Amerykah” Series Promotes Afro-Futurist Thought