Chiddy Bang - Been A While

“It’s been while since I’ve seen ya. It’s been a while since I’ve heard from ya. It’s been a while since I’ve checked back in. And I ain’t heard a word from ya.” These opening lines from the second single “Been A While” from Chiddy Bang frontman Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege’s return to the spotlight sum up what the Philly rappers most loyal fans have felt since the Billboard topping album “Breakfast”. After a near 4 year departure from releases, the phrase of the summer is about to be #ChiddyBack! Following the strong release of the debut single “Full Speed Ahead”, the followup is a much more laid back track that puts a lightly autotuned Chiddy at his best, wrapping lyrical loops around the listener.

As one who was personally influenced heavily by their indie/electronic-licked, care free, freestyle based hip-hop music, it’s been a rough go getting back into the music after such a long absence, capped off by a removal from Timeflies’ tour shortly after bandmate and producer Xaphoon Jones’s departure in 2013. With 2 strong releases under his belt in 2017, we couldn’t be more optimistic that it really is full speed ahead for this truly independent artist.

See the full post from Chiddy below:

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

zae faking love thatnewjam of the week

Topping our attention this week is the latest single “Faking Love” from London based pop artist ZAE. A total newcomer to our ears, this fresh perfectly chilled production pairs like fine wine with the sultry vocals with steel drums and runny synth sweeps. This is an easy one to nod your head to and makes you want nothing more than to dig in to what’s next from the UK songwriter.

Zae: SoundCloud | Spotify | Facebook | Twitter

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Porter Robinson & Madeon - Shelter (Robotaki Remix)

Sometimes, good things just happen to good people. After years of gaining traction with his feel good, pop soaked, dance floor friendly remixes, it felt like a win for everyone when Canadian producer Robotaki was asked to join Porter Robinson & Madeon on the North American leg of their hugely anticipated Shelter tour. After almost countless performances and afterparty sets across multiple continents, the storied project of Porter & Hugo has wrapped up with the last performance ever at this year’s Coachella and Robotaki (real name Preston Chin) has decided to commemorate the moment with a personal remix of the tours namesake track.

Robotaki: The Lab Group | Spotify | SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter

Opening up with the iconic vocal, Robotaki takes the tempo down to an easy “lighters in the air” speed sway and uses the extra space to load the track with fidgeting jazzy synth stabs, heavenly arpeggiator flurries and fat square basses that leaves you no choice but to show your teeth and your dancing feet.

Shelter will always have a special place in my life. Above all the things I learned, it taught me to shamelessly be myself and to pursue something that truly makes me happy without hesitation. It also showed me the richness of music and beauty of friendship.

This remix of Shelter is about capturing all those emotions now that it has come to a close 8 months later.

Thank you to Porter and Hugo, the entire Shelter crew, and all of you for the amazing memories and being a part of this journey.

– Preston

After a string of successful singles, this remix puts a nice cap on what was an incredible 2 years for the Canadian producer and sets the table for what is sure to be a great finish to 2017.

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Dual Citizen - Fresh Splash [tnj005]

Strap into your gaming chair, pull up a juice box and launch right into 1997 with ‘Fresh Splash’ – the single from newest Jam Family Records artist Dual Citizen. This song is a sun-drenched sonic odyssey that feels the mix of Crusin’ USA and Wave Racer 64 and genuinely leave no option but to get up and move your feet.  Stream the song below and check out our chat with the artist!

Dual Citizen – Fresh Splash [tnj005]

ThatNewJam: Looks like the Dual Citizen project went live on SoundCloud 2 years ago… is this your first dive into music? What does your musical background look like?

Dual Citizen: I’ve been making electronic music for years and before that I used to play in rock bands, including a punk band in Montreal called Fake Blood. After moving to the U.S., I started focusing more on making music on a computer.


TNJ: Coolest/weirdest story to come from your music making career?

DC: Arcade Fire once opened for me! I was playing bass for my friend Rick’s band Cosmos Quazar, and he got Arcade Fire to perform as his opening act at an album release show. The English-speaking music scene in Montreal was pretty small and close knit, and that was before Arcade Fire’s album Funeral, before they became this huge phenomenon.


TNJ: Have you played any shows live?

DC: Not as Dual Citizen. I used to play live all the time in bands in Montreal, but with electronic music, for me, it’s more about the joy of making music and listening to it than performing it. Plus, I feel like it would be boring to watch me stand behind a laptop, so I’d first need to develop a visual accompaniment and get a video projector or something.


ThatNewJam: Dope artwork, did you do it yourself?

Dual Citizen: Artwork was done by my friend imlih.w. (


TNJ: Where did you grow up and what did you do as a kid?

DC: I grew up in Nelson, B.C., Canada. It’s a small, beautiful town, and like many kids who grow up in small, beautiful towns, I wanted to get out as soon as possible and live somewhere more exciting. So as soon as I could, I moved to Vancouver, then Ottawa, then Montreal, then Boston and now I’m in Austin! Best city I’ve lived in yet, although I do miss Vancouver and Montreal a lot.


TNJ: How did you get turned on to Submithub?

DC: I think I received an email from Jason at IndieShuffle who created Submithub. Seemed like a good idea, plus I like how if you pay $1 with your submission, the blog/label is required to provide a few sentences of feedback. That has been extremely helpful, especially the constructive feedback. Music producers toil away in solitude and it can be difficult to get an objective opinion from a blogger or label.


TNJ: Why did you choose to submit to ThatNewJam?

DC: Like me, you value music that evokes emotion, regardless of what genre it’s in. I feel like my music kind of straddles some different genres and can be difficult to pigeonhole, so I thought you might be more open-minded to this blend of electronic genres. So much electronic music is trying to fit into these microgenres, which is cool, too. I like a lot of that music. But I just don’t want to do that.


TNJ: What else do you have planned?

DC: Right now, I’m actually starting a new project called Bern Ban, where I’m creating dozens and dozens of instrumental beats — mostly hip hop/trap and R&B — with the goal of teaming up with vocalists from Austin and elsewhere. I want to produce more tracks with vocals, because they seem to connect with a wider range of people, but I can’t sing well or write great lyrics. I’ve seen such great things come out of other people’s collaborations, so I thought I’d give it a shot myself.


Dual Citizen - Fresh Splash [tnj005]
Artwork by imlih.w