Watch: KING – Angel Dust

Danish-Cuban artist KING is back with a new single that showcases Scandinavian music at it’s finest; this is a vital and urgent song that hits hard and leaves a lasting impression.

“On ‘Angel Dust’ I felt like doing something very sensual – as opposed to sexual – in my artistic visual identity. So I just pushed it as one long foreplay with beautiful movements. We could be naked doing this stuff and it would still be sensual and not sexual: that was the mission with this visual.” 

KING

Pretty Sister – Bad Things

With his distinctly unique brand of neo-soul pop, West Coast-soul funk maestro Pretty Sister is back today with new single ‘Bad Things’.

Immediately infectious, the track weaves an intimate and refreshingly honest story through Pretty Sister’s distinctive vocal tones and production style. 

Taken from the debut album ‘Catalina’ which is out now.

Pretty Sister

New Music: Gianni Mae

Caribbean artist Gianni Mae has gained significant traction in a very short space of time, having already achieved a seal of approval from the likes of Vogue and Complex.

This is a talent who delivers a sense of self-confidence and empowerment with each release, while also keeping the values of self-expression and discovery at the heart of her song writing.

“’Love Me Long’ tells the story of a woman who will not be played or fooled by no man in a relationship. She shows vulnerability and softness because she does want to be connected despite the lows and highs. But the time has come to restore thoughts and intentions and prepare for new beginnings and ultimately letting go.”

Gianni Mae

Carter Ace – The One and Lonely

Track of the week. The big challenge in creating conceptual pieces of music is that the chances of mainstream audiences connecting with your work is somewhat limited.

I can confidently say that this is not the case with Carter Ace’s ‘The One and Lonely’. Truly a sublime composition, the Cameroonian-American singer, songwriter, rapper and artist has seamlessly blended RnB with hip-hop, soul and even space funk to create one of the most impressive songs that I have experienced so far this month.

“This track is about creating art in the void of loneliness, intensified during the last year with the forced isolation of the pandemic and navigating my growing success. In this void, the pressure to create has turned into a distracting white noise as I recognise that I am truly ‘the One and Lonely.’ As the track morphs static noise into inspirational melodies, I realise ‘I don’t know my purpose, so I might as well enjoy the ride.’”

Carter Ace

WEIRDO – TRANSCENDENCE

UK talent WEIRDO returns today with a brooding, dark and eluding song in the form of ‘TRANSCENDENCE’. A blend of alt-RnB and indietronica, this is a sound that feels intense, sultry and emotive.

Taken from the upcoming mixtape/ LP ‘A MIXTAPE FOR HEARTBREAK’ which can be pre-ordered here.

WEIRDO

Kianja – I Appreciate You

London-based talent Kianja returns with a Latin and Dancehall influenced RnB track that is sure to move both your heart and hips!

‘I Appreciate You’ was written as an ode to every partner out there – acknowledging the support they have given in their relationships, especially after the pandemic.

Kianja

New Music: Noa Kirel

To say that Noa Kirel is still a ‘new music’ artist is a little misleading, I must admit. She’s already achieved megastar status in her home nation of Israel, although it’s the release of ‘Please Don’t Suck’ which will truly turn this artist into a global name. A perfect blend of disco and pop, this is a joyous track that is sure to be on many people’s summer playlists.

Noa Kirel

Coleton Rubin – Zebra

LA talent Coleton Rubin returns with a sublime piece of melodic indie-pop, featuring that distinctive voice and captivating lyricism.

Coleton Rubin

Mothé – Summer’s Almost Gone

LA-based artist and producer Mothé returns today with their new single, ‘Summers Almost Gone’.

The track itself feels beautifully nostalgic and warm, thanks to Mothé’s heavy reliance on analog recording techniques:

“With every single thing I do, I want to take a little bit longer because I put a bit of care into it. I want all of my work to exist outside of the digital sphere, too. I love the idea of having things come to life in a physical form before they make their way to other platforms.”

Mothé

New Music: Pekoe Cat

Canadian talent Pekoe Cat is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who’s style of music-making is truly rather eccentric.

This is indie rock with a unique, fun and quirky edge that leaves you intrigued yet craving to hear more.

“I’ve never recorded a song that is finished being written; I write and record at the same time. So even I don’t know where the songs will end up once the recording process has started.”

Pekoe Cat

New Music: Justin Clancy

Massachusetts-based artist Justin Clancy crafts a style of alt-pop that is truly quite indescribable. This is genre-bending music at it’s finest; a sound full of individualism and charm.

On a deeper level, Clancy’s journey with substance abuse and mental health issues have enabled him to extract the good in the worst of times, and music is his way of expressing those feelings freely.

“‘Noose’ represents the not-so-perfect circle I have experienced throughout my lifetime. Often feeling as if that very same circle is a noose slowly killing me. It’s a summation of my personal struggles and inner turmoil.”

Justin Clancy

Winston Surfshirt – All Of The Little Things (feat. Ramirez)

Iconic Australian collective Winston Surfshirt today return to share their newest single, ‘All Of The Little Things’ featuring Californian rapper Ramirez.

“I got a tweet from Ramirez last year just said ‘u the truth bruh’ I was like how’s he even know me!? We started chatting n throwing music we were working on to each other and I ended making something with him in mind, within a couple of days he’d sent a verse back and we’ve been sitting on it ever since. He put a snippet of it on his story and it’s been my most frequent dm since so I’m glad to be finally releasing it for those people.” – Winston Surfshirt

Winston Surfshirt | Ramirez

The Joy Formidable – Interval

One of the most successful indie-rock outfits to emerge from Wales, The Joy Formidable are still going strong ten years after forming.

Their new single ‘Interval’ is taken from the band’s upcoming album ‘Into The Blue‘, which will be available from the 20th August 2021. Of the album, the band says:

“It’s about opening your eyes to beauty and love again. Making it to the other side. Whilst not conceived as a metaphor for the times we all live in now, it certainly turned out that way.” 

The Joy Formidable

Xander Sol + Lethr – GLOW

Initially connecting through Discord, Xander Sol and Lethr have seemingly formed a perfect musical partnership, as is evident with new single ‘GLOW’.

This is a summery track that carries through a distinctive approach to hip hop that feels lo-fi and hazy. Perfect for the weeks ahead, this is a very easy song to fall in love with.

“We began to share projects back and forth over DMs and email (as Lethr is from India while I am from the U.S.), building our own unique creative relationship while developing a sound that we ourselves felt driven to tackle. The day that ‘GLOW’ came about, I had woken up to this beat that Lethr had sent me. The drive and the mood of the instrumental had me hooked so fast, I wrote the whole song in under 2 hours and had the rough song recorded by the end of that day.” – Xander Sol

Xander Sol | Lethr

New Music: Kevin Hackett

At the age of 22, Canadian talent Kevin Hackett is already an accomplished songwriter, producer, rapper, director, graphic designer, clothing designer, and photographer.

‘After’ is an understated yet moving blend of dream-pop and shoegaze that feels almost timeless in it’s sound, building up to an ending that leaves you wanting to hear so much more from this hugely gifted artist.

Taken from the new EP ‘AWAKE AFTER MIDNIGHT’ which is out now.

Kevin Hackett

New Music: Ben Provencial

One of the most emotive songs to come up this week, Ben Provencial’s ‘PHASES’ is a beautifully honest real-life love story of the many relationships that deal with pain and emotional struggles.

This American talent is already building a name for himself thanks to his uniquely charming style of soft-pop that blends beautifully crafted melodies with catchy lyrics.

Ben Provencial

Xavier White – Slip n’ Slide

Just in time for summer’s peak weeks, Xavier White releases cheeky new single ‘Slip n’ Slide’.

A perfect addition to your summer playlists, this is a sleek fusion of RnB and pop that was co-written by B.Martin & FLYiZDR, and produced by Dan Bravo of Sweden.

“Summer vibes, its 2021 everyone has been vaccinated every thing is opened now, and the song is all about a hot boy hot girl summer, fun in the sun, playing in the water, enjoying each other. Just good sexy vibey energy. “

Xavier White

Misha – Glory (feat. Latrell James & Najee Janey)

Hailing from Helsinki. Misha is half Finnish and half Ukrainian producer who is crafting some of the most finessed blends of hip hop and RnB to emerge from the Nordic nations right now.

And with over ten million streams and support from the likes of BBC Radio 1Xtra/ Jamz Supernova and Okayplayer, this is one talent to watch out for!

Taken from Misha’s new EP ‘Gusto’ which is out now.

Misha | Latrell James | Najee Janey

Neena Rose – Perfect Stranger

Undoubtedly one of my favourite RnB-pop bops this week! Canadian talent Neena Rose is a 19-year old Ontario-based artist who’s debut single ‘Rock N Roll Lullaby’ was recorded at just the age of 12 with Diamond & Platinum producer-songwriter Roy “Royalty” Hamilton III.

Despite her young age, this artist is emerging onto the music scene with a magnetism not encountered every day. On her artistry, Neena says:

“I love it all, but writing lyrics is my favourite part. I want people to gain empowerment from my music. I want it to communicate to them: ‘You’ve got this. You can be different. You can do anything.’”

Neena Rose

New Music: Alana Sukul

Hailing from South West London, Alana Sukul’s approach to music-making crosses several genres, yet still feels easy and relatable to listen to.

‘Be Friends’ showcases luxurious RnB-inflected vocals that sincerely ask ‘can’t we just be friends?’ while respecting the boundaries of a former friend.

“Friendship breakups can sometimes hurt a lot worse than your typical romantic breakup, I hope this song will help listeners to grieve over the loss by dancing it out.”

Alana Sukul