BabyJake – Funny Thing About Love (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)

Alternative singer, songwriter and producer BabyJake teams up with UK singer-songwriter Bipolar Sunshine on ‘Funny Thing About Love’, and it’s just about the smoothest, sleekest, and most finessed release you’ll experience all week.

“The inspiration behind creating this record was definitely motivated by Anderson .Paak and Mac Miller (RIP). Both of those guys really understand modern mid-tempo dance music and that funky middle ground that lays in between. I always wanted to make a track that had that type of bounce to it, and there was no one better to do it with than Bipolar Sunshine. With both of us going back and forth with each other throughout the entirety of the track, it never gets boring. It feels like a constant party and no better way to kick summer off. As for the meaning of the track, it’s really about falling in and out of love, how quickly those transitions can be and how closely they are related to each other.” – BabyJake

BabyJake | Bipolar Sunshine

New Music: Viia

An almighty epic blend of dark-pop, rock and gospel come together on Viia’s debut single ‘Falling’.

This is one of those tracks that makes an immediate impact and leaves you wanting to hear so much more from the 17-year old Darlington-based starlet.

“‘Falling’ is about a guy who didn’t know what he wanted. He rejected me, but he still wanted me around. We used a text message that he sent me, at the start of the song, and we turned a heartbreaking situation into a dark pop anthem. It was the first song that really gave me my sound.”

Viia

Cautious Clay – Wildfire

Track of the week – and dare I say, one of the finest that I have selected in recent months. You’ll already struggle to find anyone who doesn’t love Cautious Clay, but even by his own standards ‘Wildfire’ is a sublimely flawless piece of RnB.

Taken from the upcoming debut album ‘Deadpan Love’ which is out on 25th June 2021.

Cautious Clay

HYYTS – Hold On Cowboy

Your favourite Scottish duo are back with another spellbindingly fantastic slice of pop.

Best friends Adam and Sam have steadily been building a solid fan base (to include Sir Elton John himself) ever since signing with Warner Records in late 2019.

Now they’re preparing for the release of upcoming EP ‘Helluvatime’, and I for one cannot wait to give it a spin.

“‘Hold On Cowboy’ is our anthem for getting carried away and falling in love instantly. The inspiration from the song came from my real life relationship- I was working the first time I met my girlfriend and I served her in the bar where I worked but I don’t remember it! And then the second time I met her I fell head over heels cos I’m super dramatic and I couldn’t believe I’d met her before and not realised how perfect she is. And we just love cowboys so we used that phrase in the chorus lol. But we’re constantly getting carried away with ourselves so we thought we’d write a song about it. And it’s probably my fave HYYTS song ever!” – Adam, HYYTS

‘Helluvatime’ is out on 4th June 2021 via Warner Records.

HYYTS

Watch: renforshort + glaive – fall apart

‘fall apart’ marks an anthemic production debut for renforshort, who teams up with the equally fantastic glaive on this piece of pop-punk perfection.

“This song has been a favourite song of mine for so long now, I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to put it out, I knew it needed a feature though and that’s why it was taking even longer, legit a year later I knew who I wanted to do it and we got glaive on it, who is probably one of my favourite artists ever, so I’ve been so excited about that for so long now and I think it’s a really cool song.” – renforshort

Taken from renforshort’s forthcoming EP ‘off saint dominique’ which is out on 4th June 2021 via Interscope Records.

renforshort | glaive

New Music: Zueva

Through a haunting blend of dark pop and trip hop, Zueva’s suspenseful ‘preying on me’ is nothing short of sublime.

Both atmospheric and cinematic, this song commands your attention and takes you on quite the journey.

Zueva

King Promise – Slow Down

Firmly putting Ghanaian talent on the global music map, King Promise delivers a smooth blend of Afrobeats, highlife and RnB in a way that is unparalleled.

‘Slow Down’ is a finessed and majestic track with beautiful vocals gliding over an infectiously memorable melody.

King Promise

New Music: Moon Fever

Anthemic indie rock from an LA-based outfit who create songs that are bursting with energy, character and charm.

Moon Fever are out here to have fun and take us all along that journey with them. They’re poised to usher in a new era of rock that pulls no punches and leaves no bottle left upright – fully enjoying every second of fast living along the way!

“‘Payphone Blues’ we came up with in Hollywood after listening to a bunch of Oasis and Weezer. I think that sums up the musicality of the song. Heavy guitars broken up with melodic music. We also used a kid toy piano. To me it’s a song about being totally down and out. Where your lost looking for some sanctuary anyway you can.” – Mitch, Moon Fever 

Moon Fever

Claire Rosinkranz – Frankenstein

Claire Rosinkranz has already garnered over *half-a-billion* streams to date, and still continues to win fans all over the world.

She returns today with an exceptionally quirky bop in the shape of ‘Frankenstein’, which sees Claire add her own spin to the song inspired by The Cardigans’ classic 90’s hit ‘Lovefool’.

“I imagine somebody who’s been in a bunch of past relationships, and they haven’t worked out for whatever reason. The guy is just too egotistical. So, you’re fed up and actually try to Frankenstein your perfect boy together. It’s honestly innocent, carefree, and cute.”

Claire Rosinkranz

SHY Martin – Feelings

The weekend has just gotten a little better after listening to SHY Martin’s new single ‘Feelings’.

A low-key pop banger, this track softly builds up before the chorus hits mild shots of euphoria into your blood stream.

“I was going through some major changes when we wrote ‘Feelings’ and felt extremely lost and exhausted. I wasn’t sure I wanted to release more music, so I stopped writing for myself for a while, but after writing this song I found myself listening to the demo every time I was working out or on my way to the studio. The lyrics were pretty much about what I was going through and had been feeling for a long time. It’s about the moment you realise you’re a few words from breaking something that means a lot to you because you’re caught up in feelings”

SHY Martin

ALITA – It Takes Two

ALITA consistently creates pop songs that not only sound amazing, but have very captivating lyricism at their core. ‘It Takes Two’ is no different, and it’s message is one that I think we can all relate to at some point in our lives.

“‘It Takes Two’ is a coming of age song at its core. It’s about recognising that in every relationship, there are always two people participating and deciding to give it their time and energy. I hope it encourages people to look at their own relationships and what they participate in from a different perspective.”

ALITA

Ambar Lucid – Get Lost In The Music

A perfect fusion of nostalgia and psychedelica come together on Ambar Lucid’s ‘Get Lost In The Music’.

You won’t have heard a song quite like this before – a sound that feels retro, playful and kitsch yet still dark and intensely hypnotic.

Ambar’s a name to watch: her previous EP ‘Garden of Lucid’ was released just last year and has already amassed over 9 million streams!

Ambar Lucid

New Music: The Starships

The Starships are an independent music collective consisting of five artists who embody a synergy that is really quite unique to experience.

Their aim is to try and heal the world through music, and if ‘Living Water’ is anything to go by, they’re doing a pretty good job of it.

Be sure to also check out the video,  which was filmed on 57 acres of black-owned and woman-owned land in Alabama.

The Starships

New Music: VICU

Washington D.C. native VICU is not only a performer with a finessed vocal tone, but he’s also a self-taught producer, audio engineer, and songwriter. 

And listening to ‘Focused On You’ shows just how talented this up and coming talent is; this is a sleek and stripped-back RnB affair which is so easy on the ears that you’ll be playing it on loop for a good while.

VICU

New Music: Cooper Bloom

Born and raised just outside of Toronto, Cooper Bloom has been performing since the age of two. Growing up through to his teenage years also saw Bloom take part in the world of competitive dance, so it seems only natural that we now have the formations of a promising new pop star.

‘Drinkin Alone’ is a magnificent electro-pop bop that’s all about being honest with yourself and speaking your truth.

“Ultimately, I want to create music that forms a community. For people to be authentically themselves – free of judgment, and to know they are not alone. I want to encourage people to go after what they want and not let anything get in the way.”

Cooper Bloom

girlhouse – pretty girl in la

With support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, DUMMY, WONDERLAND, NOTION, and EARMILK (plus flagship Spotify playlists), it’s only a matter of time before fast-rising bedroom pop artist girlhouse (aka Lauren Luiz) takes over the world.

Today she’s one step closer to that happening, with the release of fantastic debut collection ‘the girlhouse ep’ and new single ‘pretty girl in la’. The song pays homage to her time in the infamous city, focusing on the anxiety-inducing aura that it has around it.

“This one is very nostalgic of my West Hollywood days, wanting to be an actress and letting people destroy my confidence daily for the sake of the ‘craft’. I have so many memories of being out at bars/ clubs in LA having a lovely time, when out of the blue some stranger would come up to me and tell me that I’m ‘kind of pretty, but not LA pretty.’ Drilling deeper saying that ‘in my hometown I might be a 7 or 8 but in LA I’m merely a 4.’ This happened so many times that I really started to take it to heart, I was 23 and it kind of destroyed me! I would hold my breath going through tunnels just wishing that I could be an LA 8, thinking that would fix all my problems.”

Taken from ‘the girlhouse ep’ which is out now.

girlhouse

New Music: Mia Baron

Extraordinarily, the song you are listening to is being performed by a talent who is still only 13-years old.

Canadian singer and songwriter Mia Baron’s voice shows signs of a fearless and focused starlet in the making.

‘Hide and Seek’ serves as her debut single, and is a moody pop song that tells the story of feeling unseen and invisible.

Mia Baron

New Music: Peachcurls

The best way to describe Cleveland-based artist Peachcurls is to let him do it himself:

“I draw from my, Black American traditions to portray my life experiences as vignettes using drum machines, synthesizers, and live instruments. My work blurs genre lines and often blatantly oversteps them. Life has a wide dynamic range, and I believe my work reflects that.”

And listening to ‘King Vitamin’ is exactly that; a slice of indescribable bliss that takes you to another place, with a beautifully melodic rhythm and captivating lyricism.

“This song, my most honest work, tells a story about helplessness, redemption, and love. It’s the embodiment of the Black tradition of innovating in art and turning pain into beauty forever – not just to survive but to, despite the pain, create joy.”

Peachcurls

Soon – Soda

Hailing from Aarhus in Denmark, duo Soon have created one of the catchiest Scandinavian bops that you will likely listen to all weekend. ‘Soda’ is an infectiously feel-good track that reminds you to stop, smile and appreciate life for a moment or two.

“‘Soda’ is all about letting go of your worries. It came together after a long writers’ block and is a reminder of the importance of naivety and immediacy in life. It’s charming, persuasive and youthful – and we hope ‘Soda’ will make you let go of your worries and inspire you to go after what you really want in life!”

Soon

New Music: AICK

I am really excited to introduce new Danish duo AICK ( Helene Hoier and Eik Petterson).

‘Only’ is an upbeat blend of alt-pop and RnB, with lyricism that looks at finding the inner strength and courage to stand up, break free, and move forward despite the odds.

AICK