Maybe it’s the 90’s kid in me, but there’s something about hyperpop that I find really interesting to listen to. Trophie’s sound has a more emotive spin on the genre, which is pretty sweet.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Bubblegum pop at it’s most charming.
Now then, tell me… Have you heard anything so sweet as this song in all of 2020? This sound is as much pop as it is a lullaby of love, and features the breezy vocals of Stefani Kimber for added goodness.
“I’ve always liked the idea of writing a love song about two people who refuse to say they’re in love. There are a few lines that act as cheeky excuses for not getting close – ‘I didn’t want to tell you ‘cause I knew that shit would go to your head.’ But writing the song from just that one perspective felt cold. What if both people had their reservations, but had something to bring them together despite them? The first thing that came to mind was alcohol. A little bit of liquid confidence – ‘I take another sip and say ‘You’re one in a million.'” – Jesse Gold
A blend of emotive indie-pop and melancholy shoegaze, with a melody that leaves you feeling a little soft on the inside.
“‘Always A Party’ is about starting to feel like you’re no longer better off on your own as you begin to allow someone else to take some of your weight.”
Taken from the debut EP ‘Always a Party’ which is out now.
A gorgeously crafted blend of dark pop and soul, wrapped with mesmerisingly delicate vocals.
You may recognise the voice, since Irish talent Flynn was the featured vocalist on Lost Frequencies’ ‘Recognise’, which has so far exceeded 40 million streams.
Now with the release of new single ‘B-Side’ we get to experience a playful take on soul-pop that’s easy to listen to and connect with.
“’B-Side’ is a song about being cheated on but, despite that being a harsh lesson, letting it go and having no hard feelings; Instead of letting it break your heart… sing, dance and party those unhappy vibes away.”
A refreshing and universally loveable blend of pop and RnB by this emerging duo from Santa Cruz.
A fusion of old-school soul blended with a modern and eclectic edge to create a sound which feels conceptual yet emotive.
A powerful pop number that defines knowing your self-worth and believing that you are more than what people think of you.
“On ‘GO FAST BABY,’ I’m talking directly to the people who were shitty to me and held me back from reaching my potential. I’m telling them, ‘I’m out of here and you can’t stop me, I’m so far beyond where you thought I would be.’”
Taken from the forthcoming debut EP ‘HEROGIRL’ which is out later this year via Mark Ronson’s Zelig Records/ Columbia.
Summery, hazy indie pop with a sense of mischief.
A new British talent who creates breezy, almost dream-like pop sounds that are both catchy and emotive.
“How it feels when somebody you care about leaves the country. You see their face everywhere you go and your hometown just isn’t the same without them there.”
Mesmerisingly dreamy jazz-pop with soulful undertones; the kind of sound that helps you escape to your happy place.