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Rise Rock n’ Shine: AJ Smith + Nina Anto

The line for PSLs is too long regardless of how early you wake up. Trust me.

It’s time to Rise Rock n’ Shine…

Who: AJ Smith is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville. He developed his trademark approach to music through his experience in the National Symphony Orchestra and as an engineer for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Smith traverses many genres but always seems to bring an effortless glamour to whatever realm he is currently exploring.

What: Checking out this jam is sure to make you “Cooler”.

Why: A muffled, rumbling rhythm ambles through the track with its strength revolving around the icicle-crisp hooks. Whether it’s the sliding electric-guitar wails or Smith’s playfully inflected “cool-AH”, the hooks pay the bills; we’re talking hefty 2-bedroom-apartment-in-downtown-LA bills. Drag and drop this tune in your pre-party confidence-booster playlist and go out there to melt some hearts.

FFO: idobi Radio

Find AJ Smith on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

“Hey idobi listeners, it’s AJ Smith. I’m so excited to announce the release of my new song, ‘Cooler’ out now. If you’ve ever felt awkward meeting someone new and wanted to impress them, then I wrote this song for you. Thanks so much for listening – send me a message on my socials @ajsmithmusic and let’s all be ‘cooler’ together.” – AJ Smith

Photo Credit to Karol Pałka

Who: Nina Anto is a Polish singer-songwriter who moved to London to study with some of the best vocal coaches in the world. Despite being a classically trained pianist, she always felt a calling to sing. Now, with all of her training and charm, she is set to bring her unique brand of music to the world at large.

What: Don’t get caught “Without” this dreamy song.

Why: Producer Lessless creates the perfect environment to showcase Nina Anto’s supernatural vocals. Subtlety is the prevailing effect of the instrumentation achieved via strings, reverb, and the lapping of gentle waves. Rich and full, each note held by Nina Anto’s voice hums with meditative energy. This vibe is perfect for early morning yoga or midnight mushroom trips.

FFO: idobi Anthm

Find Nina Anto on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

“‘Without’ is an optimistic song about loneliness, it’s a journey. It’s a journey I was on for quite a while. From despair and helplessness to a strong connection with inner self and joy. I feel like I’ve learned how to ‘surf’ through smaller and bigger waves of life, and this process is visible in this piece. Actually, water was an important inspiration when we were creating this song. I think ‘Without’ is not only about searching for this connection with our authentic, inner nature, but also about searching for this external connection with surrounding us nature, and how to rebuild our relationship with it” – Nina Anto


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