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.“
Track of the week. At first glance this is a chaotic, brash, loud pop noise. But the more you listen, the more amazing you start to experience the unique sound that brakence creates. It’s an intricate, heavily textured song with a distinct vocal that unveils something new to me with each play.
Track of the week. With everything happening around us right now, it’s nice to hear something a little more light-hearted every now and again. This is a mellow yet playful indie pop sound, with some very relatable lyrics to a lot of us.
Track of the week. Words couldn’t comprehend the emotions that ran through me when I first played this song from Norwegian talent Emilie Nicolas. It’s a haunting, heartbreaking piece with elements of soul and bluegrass, all combined together to create something truly beautiful.
Track of the week. A blend of indie, soul and RnB that’s been crafted together in a way that transcends any expectation you would have of how it could sound, and created something genuinely new to experience.
Track of the week. Hailing from South West London, Louis Culture shows that staying true to yourself can create the extraordinary. An exciting blend of styles are layered against one another and fused together with thoughtful lyrics, making this one of the most refreshing takes on British hip hop for some time.
Track of the week. The most sublime piece of chill pop I have had the pleasure of experiencing for a while. This kid has delivered a beautiful sound effortlessly.
“The meaning behind ‘Cherry Wine’ is super personal. I wrote about what life looked like before I was dating the girl I love. Before we started dating I was crazy about her (at the age of 14 haha that’s crazy to say) but didn’t know if she felt the same. I wanted to capture what that time of my life felt like. ‘Cherry Wine’ is most definitely a love song, and in the end it all worked out. I’m happy I’m able to share this moment in time. It’s a really special song.”
Track of the week. A song that feels definitive of the times we live in now, and on a personal level really gave me something to think about. Lyrics aside, the track balances gentle beats with a subtle sense of tension. Quite a beautiful piece.
“Often I feel like an outcast but then I feel like most of my peers feel like outcasts as well. I always thought that being young means being hopeful and full of ideas and energy. And I still believe that, but somehow the reasons to be hopeful get less and less.”
Track of the week. While there’s been a resurgence of 90’s techno and rave sounds lately, the balance of playing with the past and taking it to the future has not always been great. This though… Damn. It’s electro pop with a ruthless beat structure. Something that takes you hostage and demands your attention. And I am living for it. For a while it’s felt like the innovation from Swedish pop was slowing down – COBRAH might have just changed that.