Hugo Helmig – Champagne Problems

Hugo Helmig has steadily become one of the biggest new pop names in his native Denmark. Could this track be the one to get him wider attention in Europe?

Hugo Helmig

New Music: HIRA

This is the kind of talent that keeps my passion in finding new music alive after so many years.

London talent HIRA’s sound carefully balances a conceptual and innovative production with a strong sense of nostalgia that harks back to 90’s pop and new jack swing.

I don’t think you’ll have heard anything like this before, so get ready to listen to the future!

HIRA

Watch: Hamond – HOTEL ZAZA

British readers will recognise that this release from American talent Hamond samples UK garage classic ‘Rewind’ by Artful Dodger.

Flawlessly done too, if I say so myself. This kid brings a refreshingly bold and original approach to RnB and pop, and I am living for it.

Taken from the new EP ‘Source Material’ which is out now.

Hamond

New Music: LJ Benet

LJ Benet already has an interesting history; you may already recognise the name, but for the purposes of this feature, I’ll just focus on the music.

It’s a rousing blend of soul and pop that feels highly charged yet minimal and emotive. The vocal has a distinct uniqueness to it, and carries the lyrics throughout the song so beautifully.

“I just want to be the person that wrote songs that made you feel like you weren’t alone anymore. That you heard something, and for a moment, you paused and thought that for once there was another human that understood what you were going through. I don’t need to be famous to make music, I just know there’s people out there that don’t feel heard and understood and that’s enough.” 

LJ Benet

GRACEY – Don’t

I’ve yet to find a single GRACEY song that I dislike. Truly one of the UK’s most promising starlets.

Taken from the forthcoming mini-album ‘The Art Of Closure’ which will be out on 13th November via Polydor Records.

GRACEY

New Music: wiinter

Minnesota singer-songwriter wiinter crafts a sound that blends soft, electronic pop beats with emotive vocals to give a sense of melancholy that feels endearing and charming at the same time.

wiinter

Emily Vu – Self Love

American talent Emily Vu returns with a self-assured slice of pop perfection that’s all about being true to yourself.

“‘Self Love’ is basically just about how I’m a confident person. You’ll never catch me being in my feelings over something someone said. I wrote this song because ever since I started doing music and it becoming a real thing, people who have no idea who I am always have something to say about me. They say I’ve changed and that I’m full of myself, but I honestly just love myself.”

Taken from the forthcoming EP ‘Found’ which is due in November 2020.

Emily Vu

Josh Fudge – Summer Something

The Oklahoma kid returns with a mellow, psychedelic twist to indie-pop.

“Written about the bittersweet reality that two lovers will have to split after summer’s end, this track takes you on a journey sure to make you reminisce about losing love while swimming in its rich but simple harmony.”

Josh Fudge

New Music: WOLF

Flawless indie pop from New York talent WOLF. Aside from the distinctive and stunning vocals, this is a sound that feels characteristically unique, with lyricism dedicated to the friends that keep her grounded and encourage her to be the truest version herself.

WOLF’s previous six releases have reached over four million streams, and she’s garnered hundreds of thousands of monthly listeners. Here’s a true musician to watch out for, because it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches up on this kid!

WOLF

New Music: Robyn Harris

Emerging from the new hotbed of American talent that is Nashville, Robyn Harris crafts an eccentric yet playful pop sound that feels sharp yet relatable, and extremely catchy!

“The song is centred around working hard to support yourself and still feeling like you’re constantly getting left behind.”

Robyn Harris

Joel Malka – Hell Of A Summer

One of the most gorgeous releases to come out of Sweden this week, Joel Malka’s ‘Hell Of A Summer‘ is a delicate, emotive and captivating piece of experimental RnB-pop that looks into how this year is affecting our mental health.

“I guess most of us have had to get used to a feeling of loneliness this year, while missing birthdays and funerals and worrying about loved ones from a distance. I wrote this about appreciating whatever little moments of mental diversion I could find, like on some ‘we can stay strangers, it’s just nice to have someone to talk to for a minute’-type of vibe.”

Joel Malka

abrahamblue – You

No matter how you’re feeling right now, I can guarantee that this song will make you so damn cheerful. I’ve been quietly obsessing over abrahamblue ever since he hit the radar not too long ago.

Born to Syrian-Palestinian parents, he immigrated and settled in to a small downtown apartment in Antwerp at the age of five.

As with any kid in the same situation, he soon experienced an identity crisis as he struggled to feel at home.

Delving into pop music and discovering artists like James Brown and Michael Jackson, he began to create his own musical journey that’s been inspired by a host of genres; from Jazz to Brazilian BossaNova to 90’s hiphop, soul and gospel.

And here is the magnificent result of all that. Enjoy!

The debut EP ‘Tracks I Wrote Last Summer’ is out now via Believe.

abrahamblue

LOVA – Lonely Ones

I’ll let LOVA explain this song, because not only is it a beautiful cut of pop but the message will warm your heart:

“‘Lonely Ones’​ ​is basically me reaching out with a hand to anyone who feels alone or has ever experienced it. Loneliness is something I think we all feel sometimes, and it can come in so many different shapes and forms.You don’t always have to physically be alone to feel lonely. You can feel alone in your relationships, at work or in big crowds of people – like me. Usually when I feel lonely, I think to myself that I must be the only one feeling like this – pathetic, boring, and unlovable – and that no one can relate or knows how it feels. But I guess the truth is that we all feel it, and knowing that and hearing other people talk about it makes it all feel a little less lonely. So, I hope this song can do just that for you. That it can be a friend to keep you company in moments of loneliness and remind you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.”

LOVA

New Music: Kat Duma

A Toronto-based producer and vocalist who crafts dark-pop sounds that feel luxuriously ethereal, dreamy and totally encompassing.

Kat Duma

New Music: LEAP

Following on from the success as frontman of The Mispers, London-based talent Jack Balfour Scott has created some kind of fantastic musical reincarnation as solo project ‘LEAP’.

As far as indie rock goes, this sound is bold, confident, rousing and immediately arresting. There’s nothing that I don’t love about the track; it’s new British rock at it’s absolute finest.

“‘Where the Silence Goes’ is a song I wrote about embracing your inner animal and allowing the darker, more lustful beast within to come out to play once in a while.” – Jack Balfour Scott (LEAP)

LEAP

New Music: Chris Noah

Latvian talent Chris Noah’s distinctive vocals glide through a flawless production that has been crafted with legendary producer Kristofer Harris (who’s behind songs for Bears Den, and Ghostpoet to name a few).

The sound itself flirts between pop, synth and vaporwave in a highly finessed fashion, although Noah is keen to explain that his sound isn’t just limited to one style.

“Although I’m not trying to be tied down to one specific genre, especially in the writing process, it did take some convincing from Kristofer to take the track in this direction rather than in a more alternative/ indie one. I truly think that we got the best out of the song.”

Taken from the upcoming EP ‘Distance Deluxe’, coming out on 6th November.

Chris Noah

Emily Brimlow – Misfits

A beautifully balanced fusion of soul, indie pop and world music make up Emily Brimlow’s sound. I’ve been a fan of this 25-year old Canadian talent for a couple of years now, so it’s great to feature this release.

This track is just a very positive song and it’s all about living her best life (in a van!) with her partner Nathan. What a dream!

“It felt like my ‘crazy’ finally met another equally ‘crazy’. When ya know ya know, and you kind of just wanna get started on living the great adventure of life together.”

Emily Brimlow

Slodown – Lay TF back

The NYC-based, Singaporean singer-songwriter Slodown returns with a soulful and dreamy slice of indie and RnB; a perfect sound for your mind to escape with.

“It’s been a really rough couple of months, especially for those fighting the good fight. We wrote this song seeking a brief escape from all the world’s ills, something you can just lay back and smoke to, to get away for just a bit.”

Slodown