Mina Okabe – Walk Away

The Danish/ Japanese pop starlet returns today with a sublime piece of pop that shimmers with summery vibes and smooth vocal tones.

Listening to Mina Okabe gives you that sense of reassurance that something better is coming on the horizon – even if her love is bittersweet.

“I wrote ‘Walk Away’ about the feeling of not knowing if the guy that I was seeing was as interested in me as I was in him. I was asking myself, if I should walk away from what we had or keep giving him chances to prove me wrong.”

Mina Okabe

Olive B – Conversations

One of the standout indie-RnB talents to emerge out of Toronto in recent years, Olive B returns today with ‘Conversations’, her first single from a new upcoming EP.

True to the song’s title, the lyrics remind us all that just because someone is having a conversation with or about you doesn’t mean you have to engage with them.

With over a million cumulative plays on Spotify alone from her first two records, Olive B has developed a solid fan base that looks set to grow even further with this new chapter in her musical journey.

Olive B

Karaboudjan – Seems Like

A beautifully hazy mix of dreamy psychedelic indie and rock. Karaboudjan is the alias of Billy Kim’s solo project. The multi-instrumentalist has been a touring member of Tycho since 2016, and dedicates his name to his dad, the nostalgia of youth, and the expression of his musical pursuit.

“‘Seems Like’ is an attempt to shout out loud into the abyss. To wear my heart on my sleeve for once. To vocalise my frustrations of losing my dad twice; Alzheimer’s first, death second.”

Karaboudjan

Harry Gardner – Oblivious

A charming fusion of indie, pop and jazz from British talent Harry Gardner. This song symbolises the liberating feeling of freedom that you get when you finally recover from the effects of a former relationship that was toxic at it’s core.

Gardner has had an impressive surge in popularity since the release of his debut EP ‘Younger’ back  in 2018, which has since accumulated over four million streams on Spotify alone.

Harry Gardner

Ninajirachi & Kota Banks – Slytherin

One of Australia’s most exciting electronic pop partnerships, Ninajirachi and Kota Banks return with the sensational ‘Slytherin’. This is a low-slung, off kilter rap number that’s as heavy on bass as it is on fun.

“’Slytherin’ is a track that we wrote at the same time as we were creating the original True North EP. I think we were on the Pottermore website seeing which houses we would be if we were in Harry Potter – essentially super delirious at the studio, one thing led to another and Slytherin was born! Our joint instagram handle was actually originally “dumbledoreisdaddy” as a subtle shout out to this song, so it’s a special one in our catalogue.”

Taken from ‘True North Deluxe’, a new 10-track set due on 16th April 2021. 

Ninajirachi | Kota Banks

tmdistant – go get it

The massively talented Essex-based singer, rapper and songwriter that is tmdistant is back today with motivational new single ‘go get it’.

The track brings a melodic approach to rap, with a guitar progression, trap-infused drums and a motivational message that we could all do with hearing right now!

“I wrote ‘go get it’ when I was in a place in my life where I was thinking of change, I talk to my mum about how I’m going to make it and change her life. I want to make my family have a life they’ve always dreamed of, it is important to me to get it for the people around me, the people who support me, the people who look up to me. I want to show them that regardless of who you are what you look like or where you come from, if you want it you can go get it.”

tmdistant

Chris Tall – Dancin’ Alive

Swedish DJ Chris Tall returns today with his sixth release, ‘Dancin’ Alive’. Featuring the vocals of MLK, this is a perfected fusion of disco, electronica and pop that gives us an essence of empowered sensuality in the form of retro-futurism.

“‘Dancin’ Alive’s’ message is to never give up on that feeling of losing yourself to the music and dance yourself away into happiness.”

Chris Tall

Luminous Kid – Mountain Crystals (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)

Featuring a spoken word appearance from 4-time Grammy nominee Phoebe Bridgers, today sees the return of multi-talented Swedish creative Luminous Kid (Olof Grind) with the release of new single ‘Mountain Crystals’.

The pair first became acquainted after Grind shot the cover to Bridgers’ 2020 record ‘Punisher‘. As master of many arts, Luminous Kid is not only a pop singer and songwriter but also a photographer and visual artist. Together with his self-directed music videos, he aims to create a complete body of queer art with his portfolio of work.

“I think the more role models and queer experiences that exist in popular culture, the better. If a song or a work of art can make a sad and trapped young queer person feel better about themselves, then it is a step in the right direction.”

Taken from the new album ‘at the end of the dream’ which is due 23rd April 2021.

Luminous Kid | Phoebe Bridgers

Dear Sara – Do Better

One of my favourite Swedish talents so far this year, Dear Sara returns with a guitar-driven pop bop in the form of ‘Do Better’.

Featuring those distinctive vocals that float so effortlessly over an infectiously catchy melody, you’ll have this song playing in your head all weekend.

“Ever since I was little, I’ve had a very vivid imagination. I’ve always enjoyed writing and coming up with stories. ‘Do Better’ is not about anything I’ve experienced personally, but more of a ‘what if’ kind of thought experiment.”

Dear Sara

Valley Sixteen – Everybody Knows

It’s rare to convey as much deep emotion into a piece of stripped-back pop as Valley Sixteen has done with the release of ‘Everybody Knows’.

This song is an intricately structured piece of music, yet presented in a beautifully simple way. You can experience a raw sense of intensity come through from Valley Sixteen’s vocals, hitting you with such an impact that it’s hard not to be moved.

“This is my most personal single yet. I wrote, recorded and produced this one on the floor of the first bedroom I had when I arrived here in Frankfurt. After moving myself halfway across the world from South Africa to Germany, I watched many of my closest relationships slowly fall apart. ‘Everybody Knows’ is my confession – ‘I wouldn’t love me if I were you'”.

Valley Sixteen

MILA – High Hopes

A sublime and richly dark mix of alt-RnB and electro-pop from 27-year old Rotterdam artist and songwriter MILA.

“For as long as I can remember I have struggled with my sensitive side. But whatever we try to suppress will eventually come back even bigger. So my music became my confessional. Now I’m here, giving voice to all the thoughts I never dared to speak out loud.”

Taken from the new EP ”Let Go / Control” which is out now.

MILA

The Polar Boys – Let Go

It’s almost impossible not to fall for the charming talents from Miami outfit The Polar Boys. With their genre-bending fusions of indie rock, hip hop and jazz, this group of friends have their eyes set for global domination.

Garnering over 160,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone (not to mention over six million streams from previous singles), it’s fair to say that their ascent to the top is looking pretty likely!

The Polar Boys

mehro – not alone

American breakout star mehro unveils his latest single ‘not alone’ today, along with the release of highly awaited project ‘SKY ON FIRE’.

The song feels hazy and melancholy in equal parts, and further establishes this talent as someone who has a truly unique take on music-making. On the project, mehro says:

“With the Australian fires, the murders of Briana Taylor, George Floyd and countless others, along with a global pandemic, we found ourselves in the middle of an environmental and cultural disaster. It was on top of us and all around us. With so much fear burning through our communities, our homes, our minds and our hearts, it seemed as though there was nothing we could do to put it out. Like a sky on fire. It was the California fires, while seeing the ashes in the air and the blazing red sun, that inspired the concept for the project.”

Taken from ‘SKY ON FIRE’ which is out now.

mehro

TOVI – Hard Feelings

TOVI continues to mark herself as a champion in Canadian synth-rock with the release of the deliciously dark ‘Hard Feelings’.

The Alberta-born, Toronto-based artist shows off her delicate yet haunting vocals over crushing rock drums and toppling synths.

“This song calls myself out on self-sabotage. I was inspired by this article I stumbled upon. It was talking about people who often find themselves yearning for someone or something that is completely out of their reach, geographically or otherwise. You get to play the victim, you get to avoid change. It made me realise something in me needed to shift.”

Taken from the upcoming EP ‘Hard Feelings’ which is due out on 9th April 2021.

TOVI

VILDE – Motions

Now on her sixth single release, Norwegian talent VILDE is back a stunningly sensual slice of Scandinavian RnB-pop in the form of ‘Motions’.

VILDE

Chiiild – Sleepwalking

Genre-bending producer, singer and artist Chiiild returns with a dreamy blend of shimmering pop and RnB, painting a picture of hazy nostalgia that is beautifully mesmerising.

“‘How does it feel walking fast asleep, under the moonlight.’ Sleepwalking is a self-reflective song about reclaiming agency over your life. We all have something that makes us special, that nurtured can create something beautiful.”

Taken from the upcoming album ‘Hope For Sale’ which is slated for release this Summer via Avant Garden Records.

Chiiild

Foley – Anything Before You

A delicious blend of funk and electro-pop from one of the most promising duo’s to emerge from New Zealand over the past year.

Foley

Alexander Oscar – One More Dance

Danish wonderkid Alexander Oscar is back with an almighty banger of a pop tune that’s near impossible not to fall in love with.

Alexander Oscar

Delara – Swole

Norwegian talent Delara has become a musical institution in her native homeland. The singer, songwriter and record producer now commands well over 600,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, and with the release of the sensational ‘Swole’ it seems like the rest of the world is finally waking up to this tremendous artist.

Delara

Nasty Cherry – Her Body

You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who dislikes Nasty Cherry. The wildly popular group (who were founded by the legendary Charli XCX) continue to cause a frenzy; they’ve already garnered over 14 million global streams since their debut in 2019.

Taken from the forthcoming EP ‘The Movie’ which is set for release on 2nd April 2021 via Vroom Vroom Recordings.

Nasty Cherry