Every second of this video is bizarre and magnificent. And the twist at the end… Genius.
You can hear an exceptional grade of quality from the very first note of this luxuriously blended fusion of mellow electronica, pop and RnB. Delve deeper into who bodyimage are, and it all makes sense.
The LA-based duo behind this outfit are producer/ writers Cait Cole and Jordan Reyes, who have individually released records with the likes of Blackbear, Doja Cat, Trevor Daniel, BASECAMP, mai.la, Donna Missal, KYLE, and more.
Australia’s BENTLE is crafting some of the finest downtempo RnB you could ask for in 2020. Emotive melodies and silky smooth vocals gliding through dreamy and soulful tones. Pure bliss…
“’ABOUT YOU (ABOUT ME)’ is like a voice memo to myself reminding me how we’re often quick to notice the most insecure parts of ourselves in others, when instead we should be much more gentle and aware. Gently embracing those parts of ourselves and letting others love us in our entirety.”
Genevieve Vincent and Chris James collectively come together as darkDARK, an American outfit who create some of the most impressive dark electro-pop, filled with pulsating synths and complex textures.
This particular release features the uniquely distinctive vocals of French rapper Leonis, and is a song focusing on struggle and second chances.
“‘Sequels’ started when we made this gritty instrumental track inspired by darkness and excess, but we couldn’t create the right top-line for it. It had a few iterations, but nothing was quite right. Then we got inspired by the music we were hearing while traveling in Paris and realised Leonis’ bold, dark sound would be perfect. We added Genevieve’s vocals to the chorus as a counterpoint – a symbol of the false promises referred to lyrically.”
A quintessentially Scandinavian pop sound; one that carries a fine balance between melancholy and light-hearted introspection. A very promising release from Norwegian talent Andrea, who is still only 21-years old.
“I wrote this song in early 2020, while living in London. A song about not quite knowing where and how to move forward in life. Mentioning a failed relationship as well as the struggles with making and seeing through plans, ‘Fighting For’ addresses the pressures in the life of a young adult.”
Proof that you can create impactful and emotive music with a minimal approach, this new release from 19-year old Irish talent Luz is just stunning.
“It’s a song about patience and love, regardless of circumstance and hope that fate will one day bring them together.”
One of the most exciting Nigerian pop starlets of late, Simi has perfected a sound that feels dreamy, understated and sensual while still being distinctively Afrobeat in it’s essence.
Subtle fusions of RnB and pop flirt harmoniously on Asha Gold’s new single, ‘Debut’.
“It’s about falling in love for the first time, so it has this sense of innocence and sweetness throughout – navigating unfamiliar feelings, fighting those feelings off, and then eventually giving into them knowing they are genuine and not something to be scared of.”
While the UK is in no short supply of good indie pop, discovering something that is original, interesting and bold but still easy to connect with is a much harder ask.
That’s why Martha Hill is just about the most refreshing British talent that I have experienced all week. A sound that is so distinctively unique and really exciting to experience.
“‘Landslide’ is ultimately about not feeling right. When you’re down, it’s hard to imagine the up, and when you’re up, there’s no such thing as down.
Ever the charming talent, WizTheMc is back today with a song that’s all about unrequited love, delivered with a perfect balance of singing and rapping.
“I want people to think and live free, and music helps us do that.”
As far as songs go, this cut from Elyar is one of my favourites of the month. It’s the kind of track that is so intricate and textured that it needs a few listens to fully appreciate, but at the same time doesn’t feel overdone or busy. How it came about in it’s final form is quite a fascinating story in itself…
“The song was originally a freestyle I’d done in 2016 over a 4 bar loop before I’d even considered starting to produce my own music. Every few months from that point, I would have a lyric or a melody from the freestyle come to my head; but I ignored it because I thought the project was lost and felt the urge to just create new music. In 2020, I found a voice-note of the 2016 freestyle and decided to fill the gaps and let it belong to someone else. The production process was super spontaneous. I was staying at my girlfriend’s house in lockdown and I would hear things like sirens going past at the right moment (so I sampled a UK police siren and put it in the post-chorus)… I heard piano chords, cello, even a cat purring (which I sampled in the beat)… I really just trusted what I heard my head.”
Norwegian artist Paria has managed to create one of the catchiest slices of pop this year! A hypnotic, charming and beautifully simple track that will stay with you all weekend.
“‘C ́mon’ is really the most spontaneous song I have ever made. I wrote it while I stayed in a farm in Norway last summer, I remember walking around humming the melody that now has become the hook for this song ‘c’mon, c’mon, c’mon’ for some reason. ‘C’mon’ puts you in the situation of someone who tries to convey their basic needs to another person, but they’re too scared to say the words out loud.”
sander blue’s new cut features soulful vocals wrapped around minimal yet emotive beats and a finessed melody.
Press play and you’ll experience one of those rare moments in music when a chorus begins and the vocal just completely floors you with a rush of emotion. This release from Rett Madison is nothing short of being an outstanding blend of indie, country and folk.
RnB with a dreamy essence.
There’s a lot of interesting back story with this track. JIM OUMA is an outfit who have already crafted songs for likes of Tove Lo, Madonna and Maroon 5, while also behind the band NONONO (who I have featured countless times on here since they are so damn awesome).
They have now collaborated with British dance hall queen Alicaì Harley and newcomer Dear Sara to create a song which immediately grabs your attention; a blend of indie and soft dance-pop that is an instantly loveable sound.
This song is our reflection of the crazy times that we are living in right now. The sample kick-started the beat and from there everything just fell into place. We feel blessed to have the amazing Dear Sara and Alicaì Harley put their vibe on the track. – JIM OUMA
Bubblegum pop at it’s most charming.