Today sees the return of LU KALA with a disco number that’s infectiously catchy and a perfect way to start the week.
“‘No Smoke’ is my fun yet ruthless anthem. I’m tired of letting bullshit men think they can play me. I hope everyone who listens to this song will stick to their standards & cancel anyone who tries to waste their time.”
Track of the week. I don’t know why, but when I hear this song I feel the same way I did listening to Amy Winehouse’s ‘Take The Box’ for the first time, and it’s a beautiful thing.
“It was the quickest song that I ever wrote. I knew I was frustrated, but I didn’t think too much about it. But every time I listened back to the demo, it became very clear to me what this song was about. And every time I sang the song, it gave me this feeling of power that I didn’t realise I needed at the time. A reminder to myself that I have boundaries, and as a woman, there’s great power in being able to say ‘no’, when something doesn’t sit right with you.“
“‘Softstyle’ is the track blasting from the speakers of an underground club in a not-too-distant cyberpunk future. The brooding synth breakdown sucks everything into slow motion as strobe lights scan the dance floor before the beat drops and the rave kicks into overdrive.’
A finessed electropop track by Orlando-raised singer songwriter Tayler Buono, with a refreshingly honest take on social media.
“I wrote ‘Screen’ because I was lying in bed, scrolling through Instagram for hours, and eventually I realised I was becoming so insecure and depressed from comparing myself to everyone. I’ve had to learn to place a filter in my mind so I don’t jump straight into the comparison game, and start to believe that someone else’s life is better than mine because of what they show on social media.”
One of the finest power-pop songs sent to me this week. A sound that masterfully embodies the sensuality and the strength of being a woman, by Seattle-based songstress ALITA.
“I’d wanted to write a song like ‘Bodies’ for a long time, but felt like the unconscious biases in the room would affect my writing and my openness… I was worried the heart of it would get lost in translation. Eventually I realised that I had all of the instinct to explore it by myself, so I did.”