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Recent RockDafuqOut Favs (0002): Discover New Music

It's been a seriously hot summer here in NYC and our inbox has been sure to keep pace. With a seemingly unlimited amount of jams pouring in lately, we have been more ready than ever to connect to any blue tooth speaker that may be plugged in and in need of some freshness. While the hits just keep on coming, keep scrolling to check out some more artists/songs that we think you should be paying attention to.

Doktored - TFUMO

It has been quite some time since I have had a track land in my inbox that had me as utterly confused as the new single, "TFUMO", from Doktored. Hear me out. Usually, it only takes me about 30 seconds to tell if I am feeling a track - maybe a full listen - but I had to listen to this 5 times before I could decide if I hated it or loved it. I can tell you now though - I love it. While so many artists tend to stick to the formula, this new joint from Doktored seems to have thrown the formula straight out the window - a pent house window - in a Manhattan skyscraper - into a very strong breeze. Opening with some steady drum loops from his MPC, it takes a bit to get going, but if you can stick it out, you're in for a real treat. This is without a doubt one of the coolest tracks I have heard in a while - the arrangement is wonky, the vocals are hypnotizing and the song makes sure to keep you on your toes from beginning to end. Written during the middle of the night while in quarantine from COVID, "TFUMO", is the first track this UK festival mainstay has produced since the 90's and to be honest, we can't wait for more.

Riley Lynch - I Wish

Based in LA, it has only been a year since newcomer Riley Lynch launched his solo project. With a number of releases under his belt, he continues to develop his sound while using his music to get it all off his chest. Having been performing since he was 13, he went on to land a spot on The X Factor at 15 and has been hard at work ever since. Most recently, he released his latest angst filled Pop gem, "I WISH", firmly landing on our radar while leaving us instantly impressed with his lyrics, vocals and songwriting skills. About the tune he says, "I Wish” is my upbeat pop take on the unrelenting mental health struggle I’ve faced throughout my life. Each and every song I create always carries a piece of my psyche. To let go of the pain I was feeling in the moment that I wrote it, is deeply cathartic. Maybe we can’t wish to not feel anything, but hey, for 3 minutes we can dream together." With a driving energy, gritty production and dynamic performance, this tune is more than enough to make sure we keep tabs on Riley Lynch.

Crazy Daylight - Phat Couch

To be completely honest, this new joint, "Phat Couch", from Melbourne based Crazy Daylight was almost a bit too left-field for my usual tastes. From the start, it all feels a bit sporadic and confusing, but once it gets going, it really gets going. With a whole lot of originality, light-hearted vocals elements and, deep groove and highly-interesting sound design, I think the fact that this one feels like nothing else is what makes me think it's a total jam. With a sound all his own and the technical ability to pull it all together, Crazy Daylight delivered a funky, energetic and quite frankly, totally cool track with his latest offering. If you are looking for something fresh to get you feeling freaky, this just may be the jam for you.

STVN - Summer Healing (with Palm City)

Having been featured on RDFO a number of times, we have to admit that we always get a bit excited when we see new tunes from STVN in our inbox and his latest jam, "Summer Healing", with Palm City may just be our favorite yet. Impeccably produced, topped with an upbeat performance, sun-drenched melodies and an undeniably feel-good vibe, we just can't seem to get enough of this one. With both artists coming together and putting their best foot forward, this is a perfectly executed bop that brings along with it the perfect balance of groove and good vibes. Do yourself a favor and make sure you add this one to your favorite summer playlists. A major mood-booster that will without a doubt have you cheesing for no good reason. BRB, going to run this back a few more times.

Jenny Kern - I Should Lose You

Canadian born Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Jenny Kern never misses. Having landed on the site a number of times, her talent is undeniable and since she first landed on our radar a few short years ago, she has continued to pump out jam after jam, further securing her spot as an artist to watch. Her latest single, "I Should Lose You", is a retro feeling bop that brings bright synths, funky guitars, phat pads and as always, her stunning vocals to tie it all together. About the tune she says, "This song is about falling out of love with someone and realizing you need to let them go. The relationship was failing and it became so one-sided. It’s easy to realize that you no longer have feelings for someone but it’s the intrinsic difficulty of hurting them is what makes it so hard. You can be in a relationship, feel a shift and know something isn’t right anymore but the second you say it out loud it’s in the open. You can’t take it back. The truth is, the best solution is to rip off the band aid and move on. That’s what I had to do." Moody and uplifting, "I Should Lose You", is yet another stellar addition to her already impressive catalog. With a growing fanbase, Jenny Kern is slowly but surely making some major waves. Now's the time to hop on board. Make sure you check this out and give her a follow.

The Moss - Insomnia

While I cannot in my right mind understand why anyone would ever leave Oahu and head to Utah, 4-piece Indie group The Moss have seemingly taken the move in stride and luckily it doesn't seem to have hindered their ability to jam. While their new single, "Insomnia", may be the first I have heard from them, it is certainly enough to make sure I keep an eye out for what's next. With millions of streams and a devoted fanbase already secured, I can't help but think that I may be late to the party - either way, I am glad I finally got the invite and I am ready to rage. With a dusty, organic, utterly-authentic feel, "Insomnia", is an undeniable jam that will have your head rocking in no time. Dynamic vocals, driving guitars, bright melodies and a bit of a surf-rock feel, The Moss' latest tune is without a doubt worth your time. Check it out and run it up.

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