Cherry - Lost EP by Alex Young

It’s only a few hours into 2019 and the New Year’s Eve party is leaving from a house on the North Side headed towards Oakland, Pittsburgh’s college town, to the after-hours spot Ritual. But, this young music artist who just dropped out from U. Pitt as a Freshman also lived and recorded songs on Meyran Ave where the club was. He told me to pull up on him to listen to his stuff after we met at the NYE house party.



I passed on Ritual, I’d been before, and I appreciated the artist’s invite to the press to listen to unreleased music. Cherry, a 19-year-old from Fox Chapel, showed me his flat, aptly lit with deep purple considering the time was past 2 a.m. Cherry is part of a larger community of college students who make music in Pittsburgh.

“I have the lowest amount of support right now,” Cherry said. He recognized he’s at the start of his career ready to build his act. His first step, the debut “Lost” EP, which is available for your listen now.

In his apartment, Cherry played various tracks he produced, as well as others like Wali. Sometimes, Cherry sounds like a mix between Lil Peep and Trippie Redd. His lyrics lovely, melancholic, generally emotional but it’s refreshing because of the pop beats and riffs. I caught his lyric. “You’ll never find me ‘cause I’m lost in the dark.” Check out the song “Rainy Days.”

This year, Cherry plans to followup “Lost” with his “Found” EP. Follow his social media for updates here.

Janet Jackson Looking Sprightly by Alex Young

Since losing Prince, musical legends still walk Earth, and while their music lives forever, it is imperative to enjoy their presence whenever possible.

Janet Jackson's family and musical legacy spurs on, as the almost 50-year-old singer is reportedly pregnant, and has released a new music video from a song off her most recent album, Unbreakable. With the news, the magical woman is sprightly in this black and white, well-choreographed video for her song "Dammn Baby."

Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran, Big Sean & Vic Mensa - Lay It All On Me by Alex Young

Listeners may have heard "Lay It All On Me" upon its debut on BBC Radio 1 back on Sept. 24, 2015, or on Ed Sheeran's album, X (Wembley Edition). With Sheeran as the song's feature artist, it gave UK band Rudimental plenty of exposure and air time on radio waves across the world.

"Lay It All On Me" served as a promotional single for Rudimental's third studio album, We The Generation. Now that the album's October release is behind us, rappers Big Sean and Vic Mensa deliver a refreshing remix to "Lay It All On Me." Rudimental supplied The FADER with a statement:

We did a remix for Big Sean and when he was next in London we hooked up a session. We wanted to collaborate on something and he really felt ‘Lay It All On Me’ so we changed the beat a bit so it suited a rapper. Vic Mensa is one of our favourite up and coming rappers so we got really excited when he agreed to jump on for a verse and felt like a good fit with Big Sean.

Listen to the new version of "Lay It All On Me" below.