Rochelle Jordan – Got Em

More than anything, this release from Rochelle Jordan elicits memories of those days in your late teens when you’d just go to a makeshift rave somewhere in middle of East London and lose yourself to the early hours.

A perfected blend of electronica and RnB, underlined with subtle hints of UK garage.

“‘GOT EM’ is my song of Affirmation. I wrote it in 2017, a time where I had an intense epiphany about life. I started to become much more spiritually aware than I have ever been before. All the repetition in this song is my way of being able to meditate on these words of encouragement and confidence, affirm and push through. Talking my shit in the first verse, to speaking and encouraging whoever is listening in the second, I just wanted this song to seep into the veins of whoever needs to be lifted.”

Rochelle Jordan

New Music: Cat & Calmell

Dark pop from an emerging Sydney-based outfit who bring an assured and confident energy to their music.

With influences ranging from Kali Uchis, The 1975, Rihanna and T.S Eliot through to the Powerpuff Girls, you can be sure to expect the unexpected from this duo!

“We wrote this song as a way to express our frustration at the people in power and their complacency with the state of the world, it’s a cry of frustration from our generation to theirs and we hope it resonates and you think it’s a good jam!”

Cat & Calmell

New Music: Honeyboys

Just about the most charming song you will experience this week, Honeyboys create a nostalgic and melodic sound inspired by 50’s RnB and 60’s surf-rock.

Contrary to the style of music you hear from this emerging Californian group, they first got together in a very Gen-Z way; through social media follows, DM conversations, and Zoom sessions.

And if this is the first you hear of them, then ‘Davinci‘ is a perfect introduction; a song which seamlessly balances the playful with the melancholy, and is a pure delight to experience.

“We try not to put ourselves in a box. Not every song will sound the same and not every song is made the same way. We want to put people in a happy state of mind. We want people to have a good time, you know?” – Ari, Honeyboys

Honeyboys

New Music: Softcult

With influences ranging from Bikini Kill to the Smashing Pumpkins this is a razor-sharp slice of scuzz-pop with hints of 90’s indie rock, courtesy of Canadian duo Softcult.

“Even the baddest bish probably has a little bit of self doubt.” 

Softcult

New Music: 19&YOU

LA-based four-piece 19&YOU posses a rare style of indie-pop that makes their music instantly loveable. It’s a sound that feels fresh and exciting, all the while still maintaining a charm of nostalgia.

“It was one of those songs that started from a space of vulnerability and turned into just us having fun. There weren’t any rules of what we could or couldn’t do, as long as it felt good we added it to the song. To a certain extent the song is satire, it’s so over the top sassy, and none of us are that way in real life. But I think the hyperbole of it all is what makes it so engaging.” – Noah Taylor, 19&YOU

19&YOU

Bad Child – $1,000,000

This is one of those tracks that ends up on loop all day just because it’s so damn addictive.

Taken from the debut album ‘Free Trial‘ which is out on 26th February.

Bad Child

New Music: Naike

An exciting new talent who’s born and raised in London but based in Chicago. The sound is a polished blend of British hip hop, RnB and grime with sleek lyricism and a smooth vocal flow.

“‘GOYF’ (Get Out Your Feelings) emphasises becoming your best self and moving forward.”

Naike

Sports – The Look

A perfect balance of psychedelic disco, synth-pop, indie-funk from the Tulsan institution that is Sports.

“‘The Look’ was inspired by a comment a stranger made to me while I was out eating lunch. He interrupted me and asked who my agent was, assuming that I was a model. And then wanted to help represent me. I just kind of laughed because it seemed like such an LA cliché. But he was serious and told me, ‘You’ve got the look of the moment.'” – Cale Chronister (Sports)

Taken from the forthcoming project ‘Get A Good Look Pt. 1’ which is due 12th February 2021.

Sports

New Music: Issey Cross

Track of the week. From the first moment that you press play on ‘Who‘, you realise that it’s impossible not to have your attention immediately drawn to London talent Issey Cross.

This is a confident and striking approach to left-pop; a sound that is unafraid to claim it’s ground and be bold. It’s a song (and a talent) you won’t forget easily.

Issey Cross

Wild Youth – Champagne Butterflies

Part of a resurgence of tremendous talent hailing from Ireland, Wild Youth have created a track that is the definition of feel-good pop.

Wild Youth

Alexander Oscar – January

Of all the Danish pop talent that I listen to at the moment, I have confidence that Alexander Oscar could be one of those kids that breaks out and gets momentum across Europe this year.

Alexander Oscar

TiKA – I Would Die 4 U

Very few can recreate a Prince classic with such finesse. A true delight to the audible senses.

“From another lens, IWD4U reminds me of the importance of duality on multiple fronts. In spirituality and sensuality. In kindness and closeness. In forgiveness and reconciliation. In honesty and compassion. It’s all about balance. One can exist without the other, but it’s so much more delicious when these concepts exist harmoniously side-by-side. The song reminds me to be good to others, and to remain kind and loving even when the world is dark and cruel. Most importantly, IWD4U reminds me to see God in myself and in others.”

TiKA

New Music: Tribe

A new British trio with a flair for creating bold and atmospheric pieces alternative pop.

The result is a sound that is not only cinematic in it’s essence, but leaves you feeling breathless by the end. I have no doubt in my mind that these kids will get popular very, very fast.

Tribe

Watch: Zoe Wees – Girls Like Us

Hugely talented Zoe Wees releases visuals to her new single ‘Girls Like Us’, a song with empowering lyrics that send a message of togetherness and solidarity to girls around the world who feel the pressures of society.

“This video hopefully shows both sides of how I’m feeling right now.  I’m working hard on becoming the confident artist that I want to become, but I’m still a young woman, like many others, who’s always a comment away from being knocked back down. This video is that pain, but also the drumbeat for the empowerment I feel.”

Zoe Wees

Bernhoft – All My Loving

A decade later and Norwegian talent Bernhoft still creates some of the most refreshing blends of soul and indie-pop you could wish for.

Bernhoft

New Music: China Tiger

Australian alt-pop outfit China Tiger blend elements of psychedelica and indie rock together to create a sound that encapsulates that anthemic energy that the 70’s and 80’s held, while serving us with a sound that still feels current and fresh.

China Tiger

New Music: Nia Ashleigh

Some artists unleash a debut that is so effortlessly perfect that you wonder how they could possibly get any better as they continue onwards with their musical evolution.

Nia Ashleigh is one of those artists. A tremendously exciting RnB talent emerging from New Jersey who has everything you could hope for.

Stunning vocals that are loaded with maturity and depth glide over a finessed melody, on a beautifully constructed and and airy production.

“After a short lived relationship, I decided to write a ballad from an uncommon perspective. Through the juxtaposition of the lyrics and the production, I really wanted to leave the meaning of the song open to interpretation.”

Nia Ashleigh

Watch: Tom Grennan – Little Bit of Love

A beautifully honest yet euphoric pop-ballad, packed with raw emotion and an uplifting essence.

“This video is a representation of toxic masculinity and unconditional love, told via a story of two brothers. It was amazing to bring my song to life with one of my closest and long-time friends Keane Shaw, not only a close friend but someone who’s artistic vision I admire immensely.”

Tom Grennan

New Music: Michelle Ray

The first thing that grips you when you press play is Ray’s distinctive voice; it comes as no surprise that she was a former contestant on NBC’s The Voice.

The track itself is a gorgeously finessed blend of soul and pop, luxuriously produced and laced with captivating lyricism.

Michelle Ray

Greta Isaac – Pessimist

Punchy, fun, playful and textured indie tones from Greta Isaac.

“I wrote this song about seeing the contrast between having this very childlike carefree mindset and that suddenly switching into this negative, exhausted state of mind. This song is a perspective song, an ode to myself.”

The forthcoming EP ‘Pessimist’ is due out in spring 2021.

Greta Isaac