This week’s edition of What’s Going On features the latest releases from Anthony Ramos, Wes Nelson, Charmaine, and Eddie Benjamin as well as the return of Garbage. Yes, Garbage, the band that everyone fell in love with after hearing songs like “Stupid Girl” and “Special” are back and I’ll tell you all about their first new single in over two years. As always, if you dig what you’re hearing, be sure to stream and follow these artists.
Garbage – Garbage are back! The beloved band have announced their new album No Gods No Masters, which will be due out on June 11 via Stunvolume/Infectious Music and they dropped the album’s lead single “The Men Who Ruled The World.” As you’d expect from the song’s title, “The Men Who Ruled The World” is a rousing protest anthem and takes aim at the patriarchy, rampant capitalism, sexism, misogyny, and racism. On what inspired No Gods No Masters, frontwoman Shirley Manson says: “This is our seventh record, the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content: the seven virtues, the seven sorrows, and the seven deadly sins. It was our way of trying to make sense of how fucking nuts the world is and the astounding chaos we find ourselves in. It’s the record we felt that we had to make at this time.”
Listen to Garbage’s new single “The Men Who Ruled The World” below.
Anthony Ramos – You’ll be able to watch superstar Anthony Ramos in Lin Manuel Miranda’s big-screen adaptation of In The Heights this June. In the meantime, the talented actor has released the music video for “Say Less”, his new single. “Say Less” is a bit of a musical departure, seeing the promising performer taking on a more dark and sensuous sound which was the right move coming off his inclusion in Calvin Klein’s steamy new Spring 2021 campaign. On what he was going for the new song and video, Anthony Ramos says: “Say Less’ is a transition song into this darker world I am exploring in my music. This video is a depiction of two people in a fleeting inferno of a relationship—one that can never be stable—but is too amazing to give up in spite of the inevitable outcome.”
Listen to Anthony Ramos’ new single “Say Less” below.
Charmaine – There’s currently a plethora of male Canadian hip-hop artists making big strides internationally and now Charmaine is putting on for the ladies in a major way with Hood Avant Garde, her debut EP. Hood Avant Garde breezes by with only tracks, the clear standout being the effervescent and braggadocious “WOO!” The Zimbabwe-born, Toronto-based artist writes, sings, and raps with the confidence of an artist that knows she’s doing something special. Having been featured as Spotify Canada’s April RADAR artist, Amazon Music Canada’s Breakthrough artist, and being placed on many high-profile streaming playlists, it’s only a matter of time until Charmaine blows up big time.
Listen to Charmaine’s new single “WOO!” below.
Eddie Benjamin – Singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, creative visionary – Eddie Benjamin does it all. The Australia-born, Los Angeles-based artist is out now with Emotional, his debut EP. In addition, he also dropped the new music video for his single “Speechless” which stars Maddie Ziegler. “Speechless” is a chilled-out slice of R&B-tinged dream pop with an equally spectacular video to match. Describing what the song is all about, Eddie Benjamin says: “the story is about an important moment in a relationship where you feel like you’re nearing the breaking point and how we sometimes go to crazy measures to show and prove our love.”
Check out Eddie Benjamin’s new music video for “Speechless” below.
Wes Nelson – After bursting onto the UK television scene via the reality competition shows Love Island and Dancing on Ice, Wes Nelson is establishing himself as a credible recording artist. His latest single “Nice to Meet Ya” was produced by Ayo Beatz and features East London artist Yxng Bane. As the weather starts to get nicer, “Nice to Meet Ya” is the sort of song you can envision listening to as you drive around with your windows open. Wes also sounds more confident on the track, his vocals continuing to improve. On his goal for “Nice to Meet Ya”, Wes Nelson says: “I wanted people to sing ‘Nice To Meet Ya’ and just feel good about themselves, like 3 minutes of escapism! Especially with lockdowns, we’re all feeling a bit trapped and people are down, I just want people to get up and feel good.”
Listen to Wes Nelson’s new single “Nice To Meet Ya” ft. Yxng Bane below.