More than anything, this release from Rochelle Jordan elicits memories of those days in your late teens when you’d just go to a makeshift rave somewhere in middle of East London and lose yourself to the early hours.
A perfected blend of electronica and RnB, underlined with subtle hints of UK garage.
“‘GOT EM’ is my song of Affirmation. I wrote it in 2017, a time where I had an intense epiphany about life. I started to become much more spiritually aware than I have ever been before. All the repetition in this song is my way of being able to meditate on these words of encouragement and confidence, affirm and push through. Talking my shit in the first verse, to speaking and encouraging whoever is listening in the second, I just wanted this song to seep into the veins of whoever needs to be lifted.”
A perfect balance of psychedelic disco, synth-pop, indie-funk from the Tulsan institution that is Sports.
“‘The Look’ was inspired by a comment a stranger made to me while I was out eating lunch. He interrupted me and asked who my agent was, assuming that I was a model. And then wanted to help represent me. I just kind of laughed because it seemed like such an LA cliché. But he was serious and told me, ‘You’ve got the look of the moment.'” – Cale Chronister (Sports)
Taken from the forthcoming project ‘Get A Good Look Pt. 1’ which is due 12th February 2021.
Very few can recreate a Prince classic with such finesse. A true delight to the audible senses.
“From another lens, IWD4U reminds me of the importance of duality on multiple fronts. In spirituality and sensuality. In kindness and closeness. In forgiveness and reconciliation. In honesty and compassion. It’s all about balance. One can exist without the other, but it’s so much more delicious when these concepts exist harmoniously side-by-side. The song reminds me to be good to others, and to remain kind and loving even when the world is dark and cruel. Most importantly, IWD4U reminds me to see God in myself and in others.”
Punchy, fun, playful and textured indie tones from Greta Isaac.
“I wrote this song about seeing the contrast between having this very childlike carefree mindset and that suddenly switching into this negative, exhausted state of mind. This song is a perspective song, an ode to myself.”
The forthcoming EP ‘Pessimist’ is due out in spring 2021.
An exploration into the delicate balancing act between a songwriter’s music and her personal life.
“I think I developed this mindset where music always got in the way of my friendships. I’d always miss birthday parties or other random stuff and over time I’d slowly lose touch with people. So I guess this song is about finding someone you love, but being scared of it not working and always assuming you know how it will end. Maybe it’s a kind of protection.”
Taken from the new EP ‘Settled in Motion (Silent Minds, Pt. 3)’ which is out now.
Mixing indie with heady doses of power-pop, British talent Edenhill is back with a track that demands your attention right from the start. While still early on his journey to pop stardom, this kid is one to watch.
“I wrote ‘Reliever’ to assess the relationship between love and escapism. Whether we sometimes use love and distractions as escapism from our pain, and as a way of avoiding facing the reality of ourselves. From personal experience I noticed, the longer we live with this confusion, the harder it becomes to distinguish between what is real and fake emotion: what is love and what is just us running away from ourselves. So, similar to how we can all hide behind distractions from reality, I thought the song should similarly be deceptive, and hide behind the facade of a glossy, fake, pop aphetic.”
Shaé Universe starts the year with an empowering track that is stylistically reminiscent of early 00’s RnB, blended seamlessly with the sounds of UK Drill.
“This song was written for my tribe around the world. It’s an anthem for all kings and queens to empower themselves with. It took me a long time to comfortably sit in my own worth for a multitude of reasons, many of which were subconscious influences that I was completely oblivious to until recent years, and I know many other people have experienced the same or are still somewhere in that unlearning process. This song is a reminder that you’ve got this and you’re worthy.”
The London duo return with a slice of nostalgia today, fusing early 90s indie-dance with hip hop to create a low-key banger just in time for the weekend.
“What’s great about this song is it was made less than a month ago. And as soon as we recorded it we knew it was gonna be the single. It’s unusual to have such a quick turn around with a tune, so to release this so quickly after making it is really refreshing. The inspiration behind it isn’t anything mind-blowing, it’s just things that you might hear and see on a night out, at a party or at an afters. It’s a (after) party anthem essentially. And we are buzzing to play it out live.“
It’s impossible not to feel moved with this release from Australian talent Laura Hyde. A flawlessly crafted production that blends dark electronic pop with indie to create something that is beyond epic as it culminates.
“‘Coca Cola’ is about watching someone trying to cover their tracks. It’s calling that person out and letting them know they’re not going to get away with it. It’s about standing up for those who don’t feel strong enough to stand for themselves. This song is a flagpole for anyone who has been grossly mistreated and thinks they won’t be heard or believed. The truth ALWAYS comes out in the end, you will be heard and peoples true colours will be seen.”
This spring will see the long-awaited release of Emmit Fenn’s debut album, ‘Far From Here’.
In the meantime, the first single from the record was unveiled today and it’s just the most stunning and heart-melting piece of cinematic dream-pop you could ever wish for.
“I think a lot of artists find themselves in a certain lane early on and feel like they need to stick with it their whole career, but constantly creating different things is something that has always excited me and something I will always do. Each song on the album brings something new, something different, and ‘Edge Of The Dark’ is no different.”
Consistently delivering beautiful music in the form of dreamy vocals, smooth melodies and sincere lyricism, Dana Williams continues to delight with her unique approach to soul and RnB.
“‘You Win’ is about contemplating the end of a relationship in the aftermath of an argument. It’s about the moment of clarity that is required to break out of a toxic relationship, and having the foresight and regret for not doing it sooner.”
“‘Hate Myself’ is an inner monologue of someone who seems to find themselves in relationships of any kind with people who deal with their feelings internally – unfortunately resulting in assuming the issue is with them.”
Feel-good soul vibes courtesy of three exceptionally gifted talents who’s collective collaboration on this release is just pure genius.
“I always feel like the word ‘remember’ means something different to whoever hears it. I suppose this song is about what it means for me. Honoured to be able to share this one with my mates, the incredible Samm Henshaw and Mumu Fresh.” – Jake Isaac
A truly sensational fusion of electronic-pop and soul from Australian talent Odette.
“‘Amends’ is a song I wrote during a period of unwellness. I was hurting myself and the people I loved with cruel disregard. This song is about trying and persevering even when you feel like you’ve already failed.”
Taken from the upcoming sophomore album ‘Herald‘ which is out on 5th February via EMI Music Australia.