Thursday, March 30, 2017

Video: The Living Wells, "The Flow"

Alt-rap duo The Living Wells have released a video for "The Flow", the latest single from their mixtape Folk Rap. The high-energy video was filmed in Israel by director Drew Feldman. The song, which interpolates Nico and Vinz' "Am I Wrong", has Living Wells frontman Moshe Friedman chronicling his personal and spiritual evolution and the people he's met and lost along the way.

Folk Rap is available to stream on YouTube as well as download free from The Living Wells' official website.

Hillel Gross releases debut single "Horeini"

Brooklyn-based vocalist Hillel Gross has released his debut single "Horeini". Composed by Gross and produced and arranged by Naftali Schnitzler (Beri Weber, Lipa Schmeltzer), the ballad features a mixture of Hebrew pesukim and original Yiddish lyrics that, according to the video description, relate to "our strong connection to Hashem".

Gross is reportedly working on a full-length album with Schnitzler producing.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ben Snof releases new single "Harega Shelanu" (Our Moment)

Israeli soul singer Ben Snof has released his newest single "Harega Shelanu" (Our Moment). The song, an original-lyrics wedding ballad that highlights Snof's impressive vocal range, is produced and arranged by his longtime collaborator Yogev Samina, while Kineret Samina wrote and composed the track.

Born in Tzfat, Snof began singing at age 7 as a soloist in the Pirchei Tzfat choir. He was brought up secular but became religious after releasing his first album in 1999 and retired from music for a time. He returned ten years later and has since released two more albums (2009's Hineh Hu Bo and 2010's The Journey) as well as several successful singles.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mordechai Ben David releases single "Boee Veshalom" for granddaughter's wedding

Veteran Hasidic crooner Mordechai Ben David recently released his new single, "Boee Veshalom", in honor of his granddaughter's wedding (the daughter of his son Yeedle Werdyger, also a big Hasidic star). The song was composed and arranged by established frum-pop songwriters Eli Klein and Yitzy Berry.

(Note: The song has not been given an official release on any easily shareable platform, so I just uploaded it to my personal Soundcloud, as you can see below.)

(Hat tip to Yossi Zweig at The Jewish Insights)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Aharon Razel releases new single "Ad Emtza Makom Lashem" (Until I Find a Place for G-d)

Aharon Razel has released his new song "Ad Emtza Makom Lashem" (Until I Find a Place for G-d), the second single (after last month's "Zeh Haesek") promoting his upcoming album.

Razel co-wrote the song with his wife, Efrat, based on verses from Tehillim 132. He also produced and arranged it with Avi Tal and recorded it at Midikol Studios in Jerusalem.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dedi Graucher returns with new single "Bou Nesameach"

Popular Israeli Hasidic singer Dedi Graucher has released his newest single, "Bou Nesameach" (Let Us Rejoice), a techno/rock number produced and arranged by Yoeli Dickman and composed by Graucher's son Aviel. The Hebrew lyrics, original with some pesukim interspersed, call for unity among all Jews (even specifically addressing Dati and Masorti at one point).

Despite Graucher's popularity in the frum world, this track is actually something of a comeback for the singer; outside of appearances at the annual HASC concerts, he hasn't released any solo material since 2004. Whether this single will lead to a new album has not been confirmed.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Video: 8th Day, "Torah"

Chabad rockers 8th Day have released a video for "Torah", the new reggae-rock single off their latest album Slow Down, which dropped earlier this month.The video was shot and edited by Mendel Katz.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Video: ohr, "Brother"

Singer-songwriter ohr (Jake Polansky) has just released a video for "Brother", the Avicii-influenced second single off his debut Side by Side EP. The video is credited to L.E. Doug Staiman, the former Groggers frontman who has also done videos for The Avoda and NOEY.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Video: Alliel ft. Moshe of The Living Wells, "Am Yisrael Chai"

The past week has seen a sudden explosion of Jewish hip-hop, with new releases from Hebro, Nosson Zand, Nissim, and Lev King D. But knowing the trends of Jewish music, the one likely to be most popular - and not undeservedly so - is this video for "Am Yisrael Chai", a collab between French R&B singer Alliel and rapper Moshe Friedman of alt-rap duo The Living Wells.

Based on Madcon and Ray Dalton's "Don't Worry", "Am Yisrael Chai" parlays that song's funk-enhanced optimism into a compelling Jewish Perseverance narrative ("We've seen the greatest kingdoms / Eventually they fall / Who knew the smallest nation / Would live to pass them all?"). Alliel is appropriately soulful and fun on the track, Friedman delivers a clever and forceful guest verse, and the visually inventive video, created by director Tal Zagreba and VFX artist Noam Toledano, references everything from classical artwork to Mortal Kombat (not even making that up).

In terms of background, Alliel has had a few other singles but is probably best known from last summer's megahit "WeR1", where he shared track space with Gad Elbaz, Nissim and DeScribe among others. Elsewhere, The Living Wells are part of that recent Jewish rapsplosion, having released their new mixtape Folk Rap on Friday. They are highly recommended by this author, particularly their single "The Process".

Happy Purim from Yidwise

Here's wishing a freilichen Purim to all the loyal and encouraging Yidwise followers. Have fun, be happy, and please drink responsibly. Or don't, you little rebel! But seriously though, don't get too crazy.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Zusha releases new single "Modeh"

Hasidic folk-soul trio Zusha recently released their new single "Modeh", a trippy R&B setting of the early-morning prayer Modeh Ani. The track was recorded, mixed, and produced by Jon Seale of Mason Jar Music.

Zusha can next be seen hosting the Zusha Purim Fest with rapper and Matisyahu protege Zeke Finn at the Bowery Ballroom this Saturday night (tickets here). Followers of Yidwise will recall that their debut full-length Kavana made my Five Great Jewish Albums From 2016 list.