A beautifully textured blend of RnB, soul and electronica from one of London’s most exciting rising talents, Faye Meana.
Taken from the new EP ‘Sweeter Than Heaven’ which is out now.
One of my favourite soloists to emerge from the US so far this year, Russ Reiss is back today with a summery pop banger in the form of new single ‘too old for my age’.
If you’re a fan like me then the good news is we have more songs written in this style to look forward to in the future!
Just in time for the weekend comes one of the most uplifting slices of disco to set you in a good mood.
Courtesy of NYC producer warner case and French producer Jean Tonique, ‘summer on the inside’ is part of the duo’s collaborative EP of the same name which is out now.
“Parents claim they love all their children equally, which is a lie. But I love all the songs on our ‘summer on the inside’ EP equally, and I wouldn’t lie to you.” – warner case
EREZ is back with the breathtakingly original ‘Dance It Away’. A seductive slow-burner, the song evolves from a dark and sinister composition into something that feels ethereal and surreal.
“I’m so deep into dance and the journey it takes you on. I love the sexiness of it, I love the passion behind it, I love the energy it creates between people, I love the speed, I love the intention in every movement I make when I dance, I love the improvised choreography and the freedom of the moment. The only way to truly enjoy the dance floor is by letting it be your boss. Once you do that, you’re rewarded with a clear mind and open heart and connection to yourself, the music, the people around you, the world. People are happy when they dance. They’re not judgmental. They’re in tune with their bodies and chemicals. They want to fuck. They want to scream. They want to reach out and in. Dancing is therapy. Mind-body connection. Somatic healing.”
Inspired by his struggle with identifying as LGBTQ+, talented Londoner SXMSON is back today with new anthem ‘L2LY’.
Produced and co-written by EMRE, the song sees SXMSON reassure his younger self that life gets better when you learn to love who you are.
“I spent a lot of my childhood learning to hate myself. I think many of us are inherently taught to not like who we are. Years of verbal abuse, social pressures and feeling lonely had a long lasting impact on my self-esteem, which, now as an adult, I am trying to slowly unlearn. Even though I am proud of the person I have become today, I wonder how different things could have been if younger me had the chance to spend [even just] 10 minutes with present me. ‘L2LY’ was written as a daily reminder that however hard life gets, you gotta keep pushing through because life is too short to not know how badass you really are.”
Singer-songwriter Zed, The Dreamer (alias of Zé Pedro Viveiros) returns today with stunning new release ‘Honour & Pride’.
This is a dark and haunting song, flowing with truly raw emotion that further proves this Portuguese artist as one to watch.
Look out for the upcoming EP ‘The Life and Death of McKenzie Kane’ which is out soon.
One of Montreal’s finest, Ivytide return today with the release of new single ‘call it what u want’.
A perfect indie bop for the summer, this is an upbeat track that encapsulates the excitement of a new relationship, while also embodying the instability that comes along with it.
“We’re excited about the release of “call it what u want” because we feel it shows a different side of our music. It’s more upbeat, summery and hype than our previous songs, so we’re looking forward to seeing the kind of reception we’ll get from our fans. The theme of the song comes from the stress of putting a label on a relationship that started as something casual. The lyrics ‘call it what u want’ are a direct response to when hot boy/girl summer gets too serious.”
Siena Bella returns with a melodic slice of pop that is stripped-back yet tremendously intriguing to listen along to.
‘Lights Out’ is one of those songs that creates a lot of impact with minimal production, further proving the quality of artistry from this Cleveland native.
The UK’s most exciting rap powerhouses come together on ‘Blama’, which features on Steel Banglez’s debut album.
“I always vision what the fans would want to see and hear. I’m blessed to able to put together two of the hottest artists in the UK scene right now. With Tion Wayne’s rise into mainstream success and Morrisson one of the most explosive breakthrough artists of the year, ‘Blama’ is a statement piece of art.”
Quote via Complex UK
Indie-pop outfit Varley have constructed one of the most thought-provoking singles so far this week with ‘One Two Three’.
The song serves as a reflective response to the feelings of inadequacy that we experience in today’s culture, particularly from social media.
“We wrote ‘One Two Three’ about the unachievable beauty standard we are surrounded by in today’s society and how people’s lives online can seem so perfect and how it becomes harder not to compare yourself or your life to everything you see online. It talks about the feeling of being stuck in a big machine that’s trying to change us but also has the realisation that if we apologise for being ourselves then we will be lost forever.”
With the help of Ivorian Doll and Haile from RnB collective WSTRN, the British musical powerhouse that is KAMILLE releases a summer bop like none other in the form of ‘Sad Party’.
“’Sad Party’ is all about trying to get over the one you miss the most, and how difficult it can be to move on. Everyone around you seems so happy, and you feel like the only one heartbroken. ‘Friday night highs but I’m feeling low’ – I love this lyric so much! We’ve all been there – t-shirt, a bad movie & binging on ice cream on a Friday night because you’re just.. that.. sad.”
Just to remind you of how special this seasoned hitmaker is, KAMILLE is not only a singer, songwriter and producer but also a label, studio and publisher owner who was the first artist to ever be offered their own studio within London’s iconic Metropolis Studios.
Cult LA indie-rock outfit Inner Wave return with the spellbinding ‘Take 3’, taken from the forthcoming album ‘Apoptosis’.
The album’s release marks 15 years to the day since their first ever rehearsal as a group. Since then, their unique brand of psych-rock has garnered 100m Spotify streams and won acclaim from the likes of i-D, Pigeons & Planes and the LA Times.
‘Apoptosis’ drops on 30th September 2021.
New Zealand alt-rock outfit Tablefox create a kind of sound makes instant impact; this is punk-pop at it’s wildest and most fun.
‘Burning Bridges’ is an anthemic bop that opens their forthcoming album ‘Battles’, and signifies everything about the last few years for the band.
‘Battles’ is out on 30th July 2021.
With his distinctly unique brand of neo-soul pop, West Coast-soul funk maestro Pretty Sister is back today with new single ‘Bad Things’.
Immediately infectious, the track weaves an intimate and refreshingly honest story through Pretty Sister’s distinctive vocal tones and production style.
Taken from the debut album ‘Catalina’ which is out now.
Track of the week. The big challenge in creating conceptual pieces of music is that the chances of mainstream audiences connecting with your work is somewhat limited.
I can confidently say that this is not the case with Carter Ace’s ‘The One and Lonely’. Truly a sublime composition, the Cameroonian-American singer, songwriter, rapper and artist has seamlessly blended RnB with hip-hop, soul and even space funk to create one of the most impressive songs that I have experienced so far this month.
“This track is about creating art in the void of loneliness, intensified during the last year with the forced isolation of the pandemic and navigating my growing success. In this void, the pressure to create has turned into a distracting white noise as I recognise that I am truly ‘the One and Lonely.’ As the track morphs static noise into inspirational melodies, I realise ‘I don’t know my purpose, so I might as well enjoy the ride.’”
London-based talent Kianja returns with a Latin and Dancehall influenced RnB track that is sure to move both your heart and hips!
‘I Appreciate You’ was written as an ode to every partner out there – acknowledging the support they have given in their relationships, especially after the pandemic.
LA talent Coleton Rubin returns with a sublime piece of melodic indie-pop, featuring that distinctive voice and captivating lyricism.
LA-based artist and producer Mothé returns today with their new single, ‘Summers Almost Gone’.
The track itself feels beautifully nostalgic and warm, thanks to Mothé’s heavy reliance on analog recording techniques:
“With every single thing I do, I want to take a little bit longer because I put a bit of care into it. I want all of my work to exist outside of the digital sphere, too. I love the idea of having things come to life in a physical form before they make their way to other platforms.”