NYC Scene Report – SunDub, Sammy Rae & The Friends, & aldrch & aldn

This week’s NYC Scene Report features SunDub finding “New Ways To Love,” Sammy Rae & The Friends covering a Cher classic, and aldrch & aldn baring their musical teeth on “biteback.”

* NYC-based reggae outfit SunDub will be releasing the physical versions of their latest album, Spirits Eat Music, on Friday, and that’s good news for listeners who are looking for “New Ways To Love.”

“New Ways To Love,” which features Peetah Morgan of Morgan Heritage, is a sun drenched jam from the album with feel good vibes that are downright infectious.

The video for the song was filmed on location in Florida, and that’s not the only travel SunDub has been enjoying, as the entirety of Spirits Eat Music was recorded at Lydgate Sound in Kauai, HI.

Discussing the recording experience in a statement, frontwoman Joanna Teters said, “We got an invitation to record at Lydgate Sound, a special studio located on a remote cacao farm. The island, and farm envelopes its visitors with lush nature, and sweet sunshine, offering a beautiful kind of inspiration that can only come from being disconnected from our everyday lives, and distractions.”

Disconnect from distractions, and connect with SunDub by clicking play on “New Ways To Love.”

* Cher’s “Believe” has become a modern classic, as it both brought about a rebirth of Cher’s career, and became a blueprint for Madonna’s next albums.

NYC favorites Sammy Rae & The Friends recently covered “Believe,” and put their own unique big band spin on the song that will make you want to get up and dance just as much as the original.

The cover comes as Sammy Rae & The Friends are prepping for their nearly sold out EU/UK tour, which runs from January 25th through February 4th, and will mark the band’s first shows outside of North America.

Click play on their take on “Believe,” and for more Sammy Rae, check out my interview with her from this past fall.

* NYC-based alternative artist aldrch recently teamed up with VA-based artist aldn for a biting single titled “biteback.”

Discussing the two minute song in a statement, aldrch said, “‘biteback’ is a song that explores the relationship that our generation has with love … the struggle of finding, and keeping it in a digital world.”

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent far too much time swiping right, and even more time swiping left, so use that finger to click play on “biteback.” We need a reminder that all that swiping is not a normal, or healthy way to live, and it’s nice when that reminder sounds this good.

For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.


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