Portland, Oregon artist, Dom Blvd finally releases his EP, “Hopeless Vibes,” and after listening to the lead single, “Fun Forever,” a vibe is exactly what you’re going to get. He’ll take you through love, lust, and pain that he felt as he traversed through his relationships, and by the end of the collection, you’ll have relived some of your own trials and tribulations. Dom lyrically paints how inconsistent and temperamental love can be, and by doing that, each track's scenario echoes haunting memories of relations past. “Hopeless Vibes” shines light on the naked truth about human connection. It stripes it down in an in your face, gentle manner from the moment you press play, slowly coaxing you to explore your own sexuality. We would totally be lying, if we said that we didn't blush a few times as we intently listened to Dom Blvd's deep, sultry voice fill the room.
Get ready to fall deep into Dom Blvd’s musical abyss, and while you make your descent, don’t be afraid to go through the motions as you creep closer to the bottom of his trench. Our personal fast favorites off the EP are “Fun Forever, Yo Body, and Patience.” These three specific tracks definitely had us in a mood with their honest lyrics, excellent melodies, and sublime production. Come up for air once in awhile, but feel free to make the dive over and over again as needed.
We reached out to Mr. Dom Blvd himself for a little more insight on who he is as an artist and the motivation behind this project.
Nelum Playlist: Why the name Dom Blvd?
Dom Blvd: Dominque is my legal name, and a lot of my friends call me Dom for short. When deciding a stage name, I knew i was going to be different than most artists, and I knew how the industry loves to box you in, so the Blvd represents my own lane. I have no desire to fit in or be something I am not. Dom Blvd is an opportunity for me to be my unapologetic self while contributing to the many communities I am apart of.
Nelum Playlist: What was your inspiration behind this project?
Dom Blvd: Oh God! It started out with my most recent ex. I was in LA alone and I wanted him back. He was in New York and had no interest in getting back together. I wanted him to hear the music and understand everything we went through from my perception.
As I was writing and coming up with concepts for an album, I realized that the main reason we didn’t work is because I still had feelings for all of my exes. I know that sounds like some fuck boy shit, but it’s true.
I wont say I’ve had perfect breakups, but I have been lucky to date men (minus one) who were mature enough to call it off but remain friends, and we know how that goes.
Nelum Playlist: What made you decide to release “Fun Forever” as the lead single?
Dom Blvd: Prior to coming out, I would date women and I assumed that being gay would be a lot easier, but I realized that love is love and heartbreak is heartbreak. “Fun Forever” is not only an overview of the album, but a summarized version of the majority relationships I’ve seen.
Nelum Playlist: Do you think the world is ready for openly gay artists creating music that isn’t stereotypically gay?
Dom Blvd: There are many cities that are ready, but the world, naw! There are too many folks confused with themselves, and no time to understand others.
With respect to those individuals and our differences, I tried to create music that was universal, while still expressing my true feelings. I don’t believe something like love should be segregated or limited. We all need love.
Nelum Playlist: Is there a specific track on your EP that you’re particularly proud of, and why?
Dom Blvd: “Love’s Creed.” I wrote that song years ago! It has been recorded three different times, and sonically it changed each time. Initially, I didn’t want to put it on the EP. It’s more uptempo than what I would prefer to do, but now that I am able to listen and enjoy it, I actually love it, and love how it shows that a breakup doesn’t have to be a negative, dark time. It can be celebrated! Each song is special in its own way because alone they remind me of a particular ex.
Nelum Playlist: For other songwriters and artist looking for direction, what was your creative process like, and how was it different from your past projects?
Dom Blvd: I don’t have a label, or a team of professionals to help guide me through any of this. For me, it was all about planning, and executing. I had to be my own A&R, songwriter, executive producer, etc.
I started with defining who I was, and what parts of me did I want Dom Blvd to represent. Once I knew who Dom Blvd was, it was figuring out what he wanted to say. I had no insight on the industry, so I assumed that everything was strategically done, you know like they taught us in grade school.
I focused on the music for a solid year, recording demos and writing everyday. I knew the EP was going to be eight songs and about a relationship. I had to play with song selections and arrangements until it felt right. Once I had a solid eight, I took the demos to my producer, and we started building tracks. Only three of the initial eight made the EP. Somethings got lost in creating, and no longer fit the vibe.
In the past, I would be so focused on perfecting one song before moving on. The biggest difference was knowing when to be the artist, and when to be the critic. There were times in the past, where I was excited to have something recorded that I would overlook the quality of the record. There were also times I would be so obsessed with doing it like someone else, I forgot about my uniqueness.
Nelum Playlist: Who helped make your vision become a reality in terms of production?
Dom Blvd: Marc Solomon is my producer @marcsolomonsound. Scott Braucht is my videographer @brauchtfilm80. Evan James Atwood is my photographer @evanjamesatwood. Rap is my stylist @rapisoffensive.
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Have you ever missed somebody so bad that you just had to write about them? Ginette seems like she has, and after watching her new official music video, it would be quite a difficult task to resist having her back in our lives. She’s coming hard for a position at the top of everyone's playlist, and with her latest release of “True," under SummerChild Records, our love for her intensifies.
Smooth Pop/R&B tracks are so hard to come by these days, and if you check out Ginette's track record, she's been consistently churning out the Pop/R&B heat. It’s true, this track is fire with a quick lipped opening melody that’ll pistol whip you into her signature wavy stylized chorus. Her soft vocal approach will always rock you into a daze, and then all of a sudden, you’re either wanting to push the envelope on your current relations, fall back into love with someone, or get back on the market in search of a new boo.
In terms of visuals, she is the visual. Ginette is like the good girl baddie that doesn’t have to try too hard to get your attention. The video has great dance snippets incorporated, which we love, and round of applause to whoever cast Ginette’s love interest because yum! Ginette, if you’re reading this, could you please drop his IG meets already! Sharing is caring!
After you listen to “True," make sure you also take a few minutes out of your mundane week to listen to “True's" predecessor, “Twisted." You won't regret it!
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Are you looking for something a lot heavier on the substance to add to your playlist that’ll help memorialize this hot ass 2018 summer other than your skin being hermetically sealed to every surface on the face of the Earth? There’s a million summer songs on rotation right now, but after awhile, they all start to sound the same, and we’re only halfway through. Can somebody save us from the stank drabness of the cheap ear candy we can’t seem to escape from?
Enter, the dark and mysterious Sugich. He’s a Latin kid straight from the Sonoran desert of Mexico diving head first into the infamous sea of creative possibilities out in Los Angeles, California. Don’t think of him as a newbie though because his latest track, “Summer Never Dies” is his first official single off his second EP, which is set to be released by the end of this year, where he’ll be turning up the cool and shutting down the cliches.
“Summer Never Dies,” is the perfect introduction to this era in Sugich’s musical journey. With it’s 90’s twist on contemporary rock/pop, we had extreme moments of nostalgia of R.E.M.’s 1991 classic, “Losing My Religion.” A risky move in delivering a dreamy paced love song to listeners at the height of vacation season where everyone’s searching for endless, boundless amounts of fun, but let’s be real for a minute here. You know you love something smooth and creamy to listen to while you settle into your picnic blanket with your ice cold beer in one hand, and summer bae’s head on your lap as you both stare into distant space, pondering life’s unexplainables. If you’re not listening to music like this when it’s titillate time, then we totally understand why it’s been a little dry in the love and romance department for you. Do yourself a favor by downloading this song, reading a few self-help guides on how to undouchify yourself, and enjoy the summer like its meant to be enjoyed. Relax and chill. There’s no rush. According to Sugich, summer isn’t going anywhere, and to be honest, we like it that way.
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German producer @lennyl_official links up with U.K. emerging artist, Tim Moyo on “Won’t.” If you’re in search of something different to revive your playlist, this EDM/R&B/Pop track with layers upon layers of musical movements will keep your ears aroused for sure. Lenny’s hard hitting production perfectly blends with Tim’s smooth vocals, creating nail-biting anticipation for more from this duo. Remember to keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle, and prepare yourself for an audio rollercoaster ride.
@nelum.playlist: Could you explain what the process was like for ”Won’t.”
@timmoyo: “Lenny sent me the instrumental, and that same day I sent him back
the track almost finished.”
@nelum.playlist: Can you tell our readers what you were thinking as you were
writing the lyrical content?
@timmoyo: “We just wanted to do a fun song, but it was really how I was feeling
that day. You know those days where you want to turn off your phone
for a week because you’re always saying the wrong thing?
Also, it’s just that feeling of knowing something is wrong, but not
having the strength to stop. It’s like me telling myself that I should be
keeping my distance, but I won’t.”
@nelum.playlist: Do you have any unique advice for aspiring singer/songwriters
wanting to do the same thing you’re doing?
@timmoyo: “Write down anything inspiring that you go through, or any unique words that come up in
conversation. Even if there are no melodies or chords, you can always build from a unique idea
@nelum.playlist: Should we stay tuned for anymore projects coming in the near
@timmoyo: “I have new music coming out with @valesco_official, @luciantune,
Listen here: soundcloud.com/edm/lenny-tim-moyo-wont
Do yourself a favor, and keep your eyes locked on this talented singer/songwriter. Tim has been playing the music game for a minute now, and is finally coming into his own. Along the way he's developed a sound and writing style that is true to himself, but in addition, if you take the time to really delve into his catalog of work, it's quite apparent that Tim really understands music. The melody changes he utilizes keeps listeners interested, never bored, and his vocal presence and delivery, although on the softer end of the spectrum, is in your face, front and center, unquestionably just great fucking music blasting out of the speakers into your life. We started following Tim a few months back, and it's pretty safe to say that we're definitely feeling the "Moyo Effect."
Need some mo’ of Moyo’s music to hold you over? We advise you to lose yourself in his 2017 collaborative release with @luciantune and @jupelife, “Love & Leave.”
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We know that the big stories of the week are Cardi B’s hotly awaited album drop and baby bump confirmation, but there’s another album that has been highly anticipated as well, so we felt like we needed to send well-deserved love to the Zimbabwean mixed pop sensation, Tinashe. Our obsession for this lady was revived when she released “No Drama” featuring Offset, and “Me So Bad” with perfect assists from Ty Dolla $ign and French Montana. Honestly, these highly rhythmic, hypnotic dance tracks were exactly what we’ve been wanting from her. The music just oozes her personality, which makes her stand out in the era of soft spoken rnb/pop. If she focuses on her current style and capitalizes on the buzz she’s creating right at this moment, why wouldn’t she be able to catapult herself into levels that she envisions herself enjoying. Tinashe could very well become Gen Z’s answer to Gen Y’s Britney Spears. Give us that “Joyride” album girl! We need that summer sizzle!
#tinashe #newalbum #joyride #nodrama #offest #migos #mesobad #tydolla$ign #frenchmontana #britneyspears #cardib #nelumplaylist #np
As @liveleongandprosper casually walks the red carpet in a beautiful floral lace gown alongside her hubby, they are greeted with the roar of hysterical Pitch Perfect fans screaming on either side. When inside, she grabs a cutesy wristband freebie to add to the rest of her haul. Making her way into the theater, her eyes caught a glimpse of Vanderpump Rules' heartthrob, Tom Sandoval, solidifying that he is without a doubt, one tall, handsome glass of water, on and off screen, just in case you were wondering and in need of thirst quench.
Check in tomorrow to discover how the rest of her dream date night turned out! Until then, we're going to sit here and devour the macaron care package she sent us.
#pitchperfect #pitchperfect3 #uso #dolby #moviepremiere #vanderpumprules #tomsandoval #macaron
Budding mommy blogger, @liveleongandprosper started her glamorous world movie premiere evening at the Dolby Theater on Hollywood and Highland, chowing down on hors d'oeuvres of tantalizing tuna tartare, shrimp balls, bacon and cheese amaze balls, and irresistible red velvet cake. After enjoying a few glasses of bubbling Prosecco and cran, overlooking the Pitch Perfect fandemonium, this military wife and macaron baker engaged in some kiki with some of our country's most esteemed military heroes as they excitedly waited to stroll across the red carpet.
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Nelum Playlist got an exclusive first listen of Drew Allen's “All The Girls I Loved Vol. 2.” It’s set to be publicly released tomorrow, Thursday the 7th of December, so keep an eye out because you will not be disappointed. The release date falls on the same day as the "birthday of his beloved ma," adding even more feel good vibes to the already incredible energy currently oozing out of our speakers here at the den. We can't lie, these tracks that you will soon be able to listen to are not listen once, then shelf them type of songs. They are undeniably playlist worthy; intricate and unique in structure, yet relatable and familiar in terms of the story each track tells.
Drew Allen's Vol. 2 is an exceptional example of a strong, cohesive project that leaves the traditional album form behind, which can usually be riddled with fillers to create a "worth your money" illusion. As music lovers, we want direct access to great art, and Drew doesn’t have us wasting our precious time skipping through a 12 track collection of half-assed produced songs in search of reasons to align ourselves with him and his work.
Since each track included in Vol. 2 "came from such a real place, developing the music came quite easily” to Drew. Probably the only time it might have gotten difficult for him was deciding on an effective format for "Break It Easy," which veered away from a “typical song arrangement of two verses, three hooks, and a bridge." He opted to only include "one verse, and the song shifts," a bold, audience attention-holding move. Its uncommon production is probably the reason why listeners should expect “Break It Easy” as the lead single, and also probably why although the album as a whole weighs heavy in exceeding current R&B standards, we agree that “Break It Easy, along with Non'a They Business, and Not Good For You" were the undeniable numbers that’ll hook you.
Drew Allen allowed this project to develop organically, stating that "it took me some time to realize that all of the songs in Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 were about specific people." The track list order is reminiscent of Rihanna's transformation between albums, from a goodie into a baddie, but compressed within the length of roughly 30 minutes. "Vol. 2 picks up where Vol. 1 left off, continuing the hopeless romantic, heartbroken feel, and gradually transitioning into the I don't give a fuck anymore kind of attitude." Think about it, this seems like the definitive self-discovery moment in Drew's personal life and music career that will set him up for even more honest, uncontrived offerings in his future.
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Every creative has a vision, and sometimes the best way for that to manifest is to include oneself in every aspect of the process possible, so as a true independent artist, Allen decided not to only topline write the entire EP, but also produce each track on the project as well. When asked about what studio he recorded at, and the engineers he worked with, Drew Allen humorously replied "the whole project was recorded at this amazing state of the art studio in Dublin, CA named Drew's room, and was mixed and mastered by the world renowned engineer by the name of Drew Allen. LOL!" And where did he acquire these skills? Well, he can thank his mother, who was a recording engineer herself.
Kevin Curro (@Kd0gg) and Tristan Custodio (@TrizzzzTannnn) were entrusted to bring Vol. 2 to visual reality. Looking back at the amazing work done by videographer Adrian Per (@omgadrian) for "Sophia," Marco Bercasio (@MarcoBercasio), Director of Photography for "Sara," and Allen contributing his creative direction, we are excited to experience another layer of his mind, heart, and soul. He truly shines and more importantly, is believable on camera. Check out his previous music video offerings for self-confirmation just in case you think we’re kissing ass. LOL!
When it came to choosing the right instrumentals, Drew utilized the beat work of FabeStar (@ProdFabeStar) for five of the six tracks on Vol. 2 because "he's got a great RnBass sound that I really connect with," and for the perfect blend of Pop and RnB on “Not Good For You, Allen looked to the talent of Omito (Omitobeats).
In terms of promotional art, Allen once again reached out to Cody (Cody.Babcock), an incredible photographer responsible for Vol. 1's cover, content material, and performance shots. "I'm super privileged to have him as my photographer because even with a schedule full of headlining artists as clients, he manages to make time for me." For styling, Drew turned to Iman (ImanBenet), "a super talented creative director who helps take my one little idea and expounds it into a full concept."
Don’t make the mistake of not knowing who Drew Allen is because we’re betting that this guy is going places, and “All The Girls I Loved Vol. 2” is his catapult. We can almost smell the blood, sweat, and tears turn into the smell of sweet success. Nelum Playlist readers, all you got to do is patiently wait for the collection to drop, quickly scoop it up, and then wade in its sonic glory. Happy body rolling!
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When thee Pharrel Williams considers you his protege, you must have something truly extraordinary to offer the world. We’re bringing back Yuna’s “Crush,” which features powerhouse, Usher because the holiday season calls for feel good, lighthearted music. DUH! Her eyes will peer into your soul, and her voice will ever so gently rock you into a blissful daze.
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If you’re seeing Ginette Claudette for the first time, it’s time to get familiar! She recently dropped “The Reason” featuring J. Rabon, and her smooth delivery makes it so easy to fall in love with this track. Ginette lays down vocals that mesmerizes you; never overdone, just the goodies. Ginette, “that’s the reason why we can love you the way you want us to!”
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