Michell C. Clark

I started Artistic Manifesto in 2009 and it changed my life. A Virginia native. Looks like Huey, acts like Riley. Terrible at directions, somewhat decent at writing, mildly obsessed with SoundCloud surfing. Part time all caps texting enthusiast.

Recent posts by Michell C. Clark

to the light
New Music May 26  |  

A.CHAL delivers mesmerizing visuals for “To The Light”

Los Angeles-based singer and producer A.CHAL has released a mesmerizing, futuristic video for his ominous single, “To The Light.” With his ON GAZ mixtape set to release this summer, it’s safe to say that we’re in for a treat. Watch the video for “To The Light” below.

True Care
New Music May 26  |  

James Vincent McMorrow creates impactful music with ‘True Care’

James Vincent McMorrow is a special artist. He has beautiful vocal ability, but his songwriting and emotive depth are equally powerful tools on projects such as his latest drop, True Care. The 15-track new album is a testament to the lasting impact that heartfelt music can have on the listener. Via his website, James explained: . . .

Emmit Fenn
New Music May 25  |  

Emmit Fenn conveys complex emotions with “Woman”

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Emmit Fenn‘s “Woman” features a complex array of emotions that simmer beneath the surface. The NoMBe-assisted single is slightly ominous, but distinctly alluring, due in no small part to Emmit’s bluesy vocals. Look for Emmit’s Prologue EP to release in the near future, and stream “Woman” below.

New Music May 25  |  

Terrace Martin & The Pollyseeds – “Intentions” ft. Problem

Terrace Martin doesn’t just work alone; he has a jazz group called The Pollyseeds, and they just released a track with Problem called “Intentions.” The group is composed of instrumentalists and artists such as Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Rose Gold, Brandon Owens, Marlon Williams, Trevor Lawrence Jr. and more. Look for The Pollyseeds to release . . .

To You
New Music May 25  |  

BADBADNOTGOOD drops “To You”; announces ‘Late Night Tales’ compilation

BADBADNOTGOOD has announced that they are the latest to be resident curators for Late Night Tales, a compilation series in which artists compile an album’s worth of material that fits into their sound. To cement the announcement, they released their contribution to the project, a cover of Andy Shauf’s “To You.” The compilation releases on . . .

Zack Villere
New Music May 25  |  

Zack Villere (f.k.a. Froyo Ma) puts himself first on “Cool” (Video)

Zack Villere, like many of us, just wants to be “Cool.” The Louisiana-based producer and vocalist, formerly known as Froyo Ma, isn’t afraid to be his true, quirky self. He delivers honest perspective over funky, forward-thinking instrumentation. Zack is dropping an album called Little Cool in the near future. Stream “Cool” below.

June Carter
New Music May 24  |  

JMR’s “June Carter” is piercing, haunting, futuristic soul

JMR‘s “June Carter” is haunting, futuristic, beautiful soul music that you can’t afford to ignore. The Nashville resident’s latest touts influences that bring Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to mind, as he uses his crystal clear voice to create lush harmonies and deliver piercingly honest lyrics. Stream “June Carter” below.

Count Up
New Music May 24  |  

Koltrane supplies polished rhymes on his soulful debut, “Count Up”

Koltrane‘s “Count Up” feels like a venture back through an earlier era of sound. Maybe it’s the vintage samples that takes me back. Maybe it’s his dynamic, charismatic delivery. Regardless, this is a solid debut sample that piques our interest for his forthcoming project.He fills fellow Virginia native Tyler Wrighteous‘s soul-sampling production with emphatic, polished . . .

New Music May 24  |  

GEOTHEORY drops a jazzy remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA”

Kendrick Lamar‘s “DNA” is possibly the most aggressive record on Damn. GEOTHEORY flips that with his new release, “D & A.” Think of this as the jazzier b-side version of the original. It’s an unexpected new direction, but it works. Stream “D & A” below.

Ms. Communication
New Music May 23  |  

Da-P and theMIND talk modern dating frustrations on “Ms. Communication”

“Love sure feels like Murphy’s Law.” Montreal-based producer Da-P and Chicagoan vocalist theMIND prove to be a salient combination on “Ms. Communication,” a track that focuses on the complications that can come with miscommunication in modern day dating situations. The soulful record is pushed forward by soulful instrumentation, along with gorgeous vocals from theMIND and . . .

New Music May 23  |  

Dumbfoundead puts on for the outsiders with his ‘Foreigner’ EP

Los Angeles-based emcee Dumbfoundead digs deeper into his life experiences for Foreigner, his new EP. The project isn’t afraid to examine how that word is used to cultivate negative perceptions and stereotypes. Dumbfoundead explained: “The Foreigner project is for all the outsiders.. As an Asian-American (a.k.a. gyopo) I never knew where I belonged. I had . . .

Post Bloom
New Music May 23  |  

Soft Glas gives us mellow futurism with “Post Bloom”

Soft Glas has been supplying subtle, relaxing music of the future for quite some time now, and he continues to do so with “Post Bloom.” Live instrumentation is supplemented by futuristic sound effects and other minuscule, but ultimately important details. Kick back and cool down to this one. Stream “Post Bloom” below.

Mask Off

Kendrick Lamar hops on the remix to Future’s “Mask Off”

This is one of the best things I’ve seen on a Tuesday morning in a considerable amount of time. Guest feature Kendrick Lamar is back in the building, and this time he hopped on the remix to Future‘s “Mask Off.” The flutes are having a good run right now. This track was originally premiered on . . .

dumb playing
New Music May 22  |  

IshDARR takes to the court for “Dumb Playing” (Video)

Milwaukee emcee IshDARR heads to the BMO Harris Bradley Center, a.k.a. the home of the Bucks, in his new video for “Dumb Playing.” The song, which is a standout from his Broken Hearts & Bankrolls project, is pensive and thought provoking. The dramatically shot video matches that vibe. Watch the Damien Blue-directed video for “Dumb . . .

when i die
New Music May 22  |  

London emcee Jay Prince goes off on “When I Die”

Jay Prince has a lot of upbeat, soulful songs under his belt, but the London native takes things in a different direction on his reflective new release, “When I Die.” As the title would suggest, Jay uses this record to list everything he wants to happen upon his death. Gloomy, polished production courtesy of Axlfolie . . .