ENNY – I Want

by FABRICE BOURGELLE
ENNY / Photo by @FABRICEBOURGELLE

Track of the week. With over 28 million global streams to date from just a handful of singles, ENNY is without doubt one UK name that is firmly on everyone’s radar.

‘I Want’ is a sleek blend of RnB, pop and disco that’s finessed yet eccentric and boldly confident.

“This tune is deffo a significant song in my musical journey as it was the first song that Paya and I made together. We had no expectation, just vibes, London and some wavy weather. I hope this tune paints more of a picture into the world I’m coming from and the story of the EP. This is one to bubble to and motivate you to get up and get what you want!” 

Taken from the debut EP, which is out soon.

ENNY

girl in red – body and mind

Track of the week. I didn’t ever think I would have a specific girl in red song be a favourite (since each release has been excellent to date), but I think ‘body and mind’ might be it.

“It’s that dissonance between your mind and who you are as a person… Sometimes it’s really hard to grasp that we’re actually just humans, even though we take that shit for granted every day. We walk around, eat our breakfast, eat our dinner, we’re talking to people. ‘Body And Mind’ was an outlet to express that I’ve gotten a deeper understanding of what it is to be human. Seeing what happens to your body but you don’t feel that happening to your body – it’s just a really weird thing.”

Taken from the critically acclaimed debut album ‘if i could make it go quiet’ which is out now.

girl in red

Agnes – 24 Hours

Track of the week. To put it simply, Agnes is one of Swedish pop’s all time icons. Since her debut back in 2005, this phenomenal artist has been releasing hits that have not only become a part her country’s music history, but also achieving worldwide attention.

Now she’s back with a banger of a track that flirts with the classic disco concept, all the while injecting a heady dose of the future into it. It’s an exhilarating song that has been on loop all day.

Agnes

Cautious Clay – Wildfire

Track of the week – and dare I say, one of the finest that I have selected in recent months. You’ll already struggle to find anyone who doesn’t love Cautious Clay, but even by his own standards ‘Wildfire’ is a sublimely flawless piece of RnB.

Taken from the upcoming debut album ‘Deadpan Love’ which is out on 25th June 2021.

Cautious Clay

New Music: OCTAVIO the Dweeb

Track of the week. Sometimes a song plays and you know right from the start that the talent will take over the world.

Case in point: LA-based artist OCTAVIO the Dweeb and his release of ‘Someday I’ll Be Happy’. This is anthemic indie-pop at it’s finest, leaving you rooting for this kid to become the next big thing.

“We’re all dweebs in our own way – just trying to fit in and find ourselves. Some people just hide it better than others. I don’t know how the hell I’ve made it this far but we all love to root for an underdog and I’m rooting for me. Hopefully you are too :)”

OCTAVIO the Dweeb

New Music: Artemas

Track of the week. British artist Artemas has delivered one of the finest cuts of indie-pop that I have heard so far this year. This is a catchy bop that feels refreshingly raw and original, yet still easy to vibe along and connect with.

Artemas

Aziya – Heaven For Me

Track of the week. With a perfect fusion of melodic pop and hazy psychedelic indie-rock, British musician Aziya has crafted one of the most sensational releases that I have heard all month.

Effortlessly cool yet enticing, ‘Heaven For Me’ takes you on a fantastically dreamy and kaleidoscopic journey.

“‘Heaven For Me’ is a romanticised and fantasised version of a very toxic relationship – it relays the story of someone in love with a person plagued by narcissism and inner demons. I’ve tried to depict the ill fate it brings to the one in love with that person. It’s a fairytale description of a very real scenario that happens in front of us everyday.”

Aziya

anaiis – juno

Track of the week. A sublime fusion of RnB, soul and pop from French-Senegalese artist anaiis. This is an understated affair that flows with emotive tones and introspective lyricism.

“I wrote about being okay with not being okay, it’s not always easy to make space for ourselves when we are feeling so very low. When writing this song, I was looking for glimpses of solace whilst searching for ways to see beyond the confines of my thoughts and to find the little crack where I felt I had choice again.”

anaiis

Emilie Adams – Play God

Track of the week. A stunning fusion of cinematic dark pop and electronica that grows in intensity the longer you listen.

A truly sensational piece of music from British-Norwegian talent Emilie Adams, ‘Play God’ could well be one of the finest songs you’ll experience all week.

“My music comes from a dark place, but the creative process is a positive one.”

Emilie Adams

New Music: Keni Can Fly

Track of the week. At 21-years old, Californian talent Keni Can Fly creates a captivating blend of hip hop and pop that’s packed with a youthful sense of energy, charm and character.

Keni Can Fly

The Beach – Still In Love

Track of the week. British talent The Beach (George Morgan) returns with a fantastic slice of alt-pop in the form of new single ‘Still In Love’, which was produced by and co-written with Fyfe.

While the song initially comes across as stripped-back and minimal in it’s concept, delve further and you’ll experience layers that are full of texture and character. The sound feels playful and animated while still maintaining an essence of raw emotion.

“Essentially a confession/ play by play of how I acted/ felt about my ex-girlfriend after we broke up. I convinced myself that I was over it but was brutally reminded I wasn’t when I bumped into her at a mutual friend’s birthday. You never know how you’re gonna react when you see an old flame out somewhere and I guess this song is my experience of still feeling something when I didn’t think I would.”

The Beach

New Music: Tim Chadwick

Track of the week. I think this may very well be the most beautiful piece of pop that I have heard so far in 2021. ‘In Another Life‘ is just a phenomenally moving song; there’s no amount of words I could say that would do it justice. Just press play and experience four minutes’ of musical perfection.

Taken from the new EP ‘Timothy’ which is out now.

Tim Chadwick

Fionn – Taste For It

Track of the week. If there’s one essential pop song to listen to this week, let it be ‘Taste For It’ by twin-talents Fionn.

A certified bop in every sense of the word, this banger propels old-school disco into the future and creates something that is in equal parts delight, euphoria and fun.

Fionn

New Music: EXUM

Credit: Chelsea Dacosta

Track of the week. There’s truly no other song like ‘Dark Kept Secret’ out there right now. And that makes EXUM one of the most promising talents for me so far this year.

A luscious fusion of indie, pop and orchestral tones come together in the most majestic way you could imagine. It’s a sound that feels future-forward while still retaining an essence of timelessness.

EXUM

mehro – chance with you

Track of the week. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I come across a song so powerful that I find myself having to hold back the tears when it plays.

This release from LA singer-songwriter mehro is a prime example of just that; it’s music at it’s purest, deepest and most meaningful.

“When I wrote ‘Chance With You’, it was an acknowledgement that I let something slip through my fingers. I let fear overpower my desires, and I won’t let that happen again.”

Taken from the debut EP ‘sky on fire’ which is due on 25th March.

mehro

New Music: Phoenix Laoutaris

Track of the week. Undeniably, this is one of the most exciting names to emerge from the UK so far this year. Blending a finessed RnB sound with hints of neo-soul and drill, Phoenix Laoutaris is a name to watch out for.

Inspired by the likes of Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway and D’Angelo, this talent is not afraid explore the deeper side of love and translates it into the most stunning musical way you could imagine.

“The song pinpoints a moment and time in my life when I was coming to terms with the reality of relationships. That you can’t always trust what feels real. I’ve always been independent but I learnt to never put your independence onto another soul”.

Phoenix Laoutaris

Annika Rose – just like you (demo)

Track of the week. I am always in awe of songs that are stripped back to the bare minimum yet still find a way to bleed through as much emotion as this release does, from LA-based singer and songwriter Annika Rose.

“When I’m writing it has to be past midnight, and everyone has to be asleep. I turn off all the lights and turn on my lava lamp, light some incense and just sit there until I’m literally asleep at the piano. The only thing I have to be vulnerable with is my piano, and luckily it doesn’t talk back to me. This is my only way of fully expressing who I am and what I feel, and I’m not afraid of it anymore.”

Annika Rose

New Music: ilselena

Track of the week. Beautifully stripped and understated melodic pop from a London-based talent who is not only making strides as a musician, but also as a model who’s worked for the likes of Dazed and Burberry.

ilselena

Finn Askew – Egotism

Track of the week. I have no doubt in my mind that Finn Askew will become a household name by the end of this year. His EP ‘Peach’ is out now, and with it comes the release of ‘Egotism’, which is just about the best pop song you’ll listen to all day. On the EP, Finn says:

“I wanted to create something that showed how creative I really am. I’m a kid from a small countryside town where there is no music scene at all but I’ve had so many musical influences, which has created my mad diverse music taste.” 

Finn Askew

New Music: Issey Cross

Track of the week. From the first moment that you press play on ‘Who‘, you realise that it’s impossible not to have your attention immediately drawn to London talent Issey Cross.

This is a confident and striking approach to left-pop; a sound that is unafraid to claim it’s ground and be bold. It’s a song (and a talent) you won’t forget easily.

Issey Cross