Dej Loaf “We Be On It”

The Hip-Hop community is buzzing with female rappers taking centre stage and crossing over into the pop charts. Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea are probably the most famous female rappers at the moment. However, we think their dominant status is being challenged by a relatively new artist Dej Loaf (very interesting name indeed).

Dej comes from Detroit, released her first mixtape 3 years ago and is currently signed to Columbia Records. We’ve listened to all her tracks and the best of the lot is “We Be On It” taken from her album Sell Sole. The song is incredibly melodic, mixed with a serious beat and sports the line “She a little thug, she be rapping like she 2Pac”. I wonder to whom she is referring? I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from this girl!

The Aston Shuffle feat. Elizabeth Rose – “Back & Forth” (Official Video)

Here is a lovely infectious dance record that bypasses the usual cliches that riddles EDM at the momnent. Back & Forth is a bouncy tune that has lots of lovely synth blips and sounds and actually sounds brilliant sonically. We’ve had it on repeat at the Myhotmusic HQ!

So who are the Aston Shuffle? Well it’s not a dance made by Aston Villa fans who have only just begun to have something to dance about as they pull away from the relegation zone. In fact Aston Shuffle are Vance Musgrove and Mikah Freeman and they hail from Australia. They are joined by another antipodean, Elizabeth Rose , and the trio have conspired to produce one of the best dance records in a decade.

Elia Esparza – Starlight

We found a pretty amazing singer who has a contemporary sound but without the homogeneous inflections so loved by many of today’s young singers. This means she still has a genuine honesty in her emotions and sounds as original as God intended her to be. ELia is from NYC and is of Mexican-American background.

She’s just released her EP which you can find on Spotify and all the usual online stores. Check this young lady out right now! Go on do it!

The New Model – A brand new feature from My Hot Music

We’ve decided to bring to you a series of fantastic videos that can help you as an indie artist to get off your butt and create brand new records. We are going to try and cover every aspect of the new music industry from recording, production, a&r and promotion. This is a very exciting time to be recording and releasing music.

But a lot of young artists just do not know the wealth of material out there that will set you free and stop you from spending ridiculous amounts of money on recording or production and also stop you from mimicking every fashionable sound out there because guess what? You won’t get signed if you’re not unique or if you don’t already have a bazillion Facebook fans, millions of Youtube views and merchandise flying out the door. So to kick us off, let’s start from the absolute beginning. Graham Cochrane from Recording Revolution has shared a fantastic video about starting your own recording studio for $300.