New Music Friday: Emarosa, Dej Loaf, & Lisa Lampanelli

We know it would take far too long to highlight every client’s new release each week, so we’re going to choose a few select titles each week that we feel everyone should support. These are albums we will be buying ourselves, and we hope at the very least you give them a proper spin before deciding to purchase something else. James may write the column, but everyone at Haulix will have a say in who gets chosen.

Emarosa – Versus Reimagined (Digital/Stream)

Just under a year since the release of their first album with vocalist Bradley Walden, Emarosa have returned to music headlines with an EP of updated songs that will break your heart in two. Versus Reimagined takes four of the best songs from the band’s previous record and showcases them as never before, with piano and acoustic instrumentation taking the place of the band’s largely alternative rock sound. It’s the kind of record you can get lost in, even if only for twenty minutes, and it proves once and for all that this version of the band is the strongest to date. If anyone claims to make it through the new version of “I’ll Just Wait” without experiencing the kind of relationship flashback most believe only Drake can create I might have to call them a liar. This band is great, and this record is one that everyone should make it a point to own.

Dej Loaf – #AndSeeThatsTheThing (Digital/Stream)

Detroit’s Dej Loaf has been one of the most talked about young emcees of the past year. It’s rare that a female rapper rises through the various underground echelons without relying on her sex appeal to move units, but Dej has long proven her beauty is just one of many things that make her great.  #AndSeeThatsTheThing offers a five song preview of Loaf’s unique sound, sharing both her soft and more aggressive sides, as well as collaborations with Big Sean and Future. “Back Up” is the one track that will find success online without much trouble at all, but in our opinion the entire EP is worth your time and money. In fact, we recommend picking this up and then downloading Loaf’s 2014 mixtape, Sell Sole. Dej is the future of hip-hop, and for a limited time you can experience the best of her catalog for next to nothing. Don’t wait.

Lisa Lampanelli – Back To The Drawing Board (CD/Digital/Stream)

Haulix works with everyone in entertainment, and that extends to performers who fall outside the world of music. Lisa Lampanelli is a comedy veteran with a unique brand of in-your-face humor that never pulls a single punch. People seek out Lisa’s live shows in an attempt to shake off the worries of the week and celebrate the things that make us different in the funniest way possible. Her sixth special, Back To The Drawing Board, is her most personal release yet. Having lost a lot of weight, as well as a husband, Lampanelli is as alive as ever on stage. She tears into weight loss myths, Bill Cosby, dating, and more, all without making a single person feel alienated. If there is a funnier women working in comedy today, we have yet to hear her perform.

James Shotwell is the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. He is also a professional entertainment critic, covering both film and music, as well as the co-founder of Antique Records. Feel free to tell him you love or hate the article above by connecting with him on Twitter. Bonus points if you introduce yourself by sharing your favorite Simpsons character.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.