New Music: quami.xyz

Track of the week. Ontario-based artist quami.xyz has been one of the most exciting discoveries so far this month.

With its thought-provoking and intelligent lyricism, new single ‘evolve’ is a beautifully dreamy and airy fusion of alternative R&B, soul and lo-fi pop.

quami.xyz

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New Music: Freddie Lewis

Track of the week. Sometimes a song just gives you joy, no matter how often you listen to it. That can certainly be said every time I press play on ‘Coca-Cola’, from rising Bristolian poet and musician Freddie Lewis.

Beautifully simple in style, the song showcases playful lyricism that glides over a melodic production, making it a very easy track to fall in love with.

Freddie Lewis

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emir taha – Lades

Photo / Hasan Kuyucu

Track of the week. Anatolian psych-R&B fusion artist emir taha returns with one of the most impressive releases of the month so far.

Produced together with Jay Moon (duckwrth, Col3trane), ‘Lades’ is an arresting song that is conceptually experimental while also maintaining a dreamy and melancholic essence.

“‘Bile bile lades’ is a Turkish idiom which means doing something that you know is futile. You know you’ll lose at the end but you still do it, knowing that it’s gonna harm you. It’s like taking a bite of the forbidden fruit. It will taste sweet at first but you know it’s going to poison you. Sort of like wilful ignorance. I wrote it about something I knew I had to get rid of, but still kept anyway.”

The track comes ahead of the artist’s sold-out debut UK headline show at The Waiting Room on May 18th.

emir taha

New Music: Monday Was Special

Track of the week. Hailing from West London, soul and R&B artist Monday Was Special is a phenomenal new talent who has released one of the strongest debuts so far this year.

Telling the story of a young black couple as they grapple with unplanned parenthood, ‘Bespoke’ and its accompanying visuals are both emotional masterpieces.

“The video explores the themes of birth, death and separation through references to ancient mythology. It’s split into three acts, with each linking to different Greek and Roman Goddesses. Act 1 features Urania (associated with universal love and the Holy Spirit), Act 2 features Hera and Juno (Goddesses of women, marriage, family and childbirth) and Act 3 features Artemis and Diana (Goddesses of childbirth and midwifery). The track is dedicated to my late mother, another strong woman and the most influential figure in my life.”

Monday Was Special

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New Music: Good Scott

Track of the week. Already a noted artist and producer within the UK music industry, Good Scott is the new moniker for the talent formerly known as Kwassa.

Showcasing some of the most exciting new music to emerge from London in quite some time, Good Scott’s new single ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ features ST LUNA – and could well be your favourite alt-pop bop for the summer.

 “‘Sorry Not Sorry’ was the breakthrough from a year or so of writing and nothing clicking – I’d been doing a lot of writing / production on other projects and whilst being able to jump around different genres is my favourite thing ever, it made it pretty hard to settle on what my sound for this project was going to be.

When me and Luke (ST LUNA) started making the track, it fell into place pretty fast – and felt like one of the first songs I’d made recently that I would’ve listened to anyway if I’d stumbled across it. At the time I was just craving a break from sad boy culture and desperate to make something tongue in cheek and a bit silly. Fun lyrics combined with the hints of breakbeat / early 2000’s vibes in the drums is something I wanna keep in the rest of the tracks coming.’’ – Good Scott

Good Scott | ST LUNA

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Chlöe – Treat Me

Video Directed by Diana Kunst

Track of the week. After her last massive hit Have Mercy‘, Chlöe returns with a phenomenal follow-up in the form of ‘Treat Me’.

It’s probably too early in the year to say this, but I’ll say it anyway. This is my favourite R&B-pop release so far in 2022, and I think it’ll remain that way for some time. The song perfectly balances late 90’s and early 00’s R&B nostalgia with a modern twist that is not only perfectly constructed, but immensely impactful.

Chlöe

New Music: Ellie Dixon

Photo / Holly Dixon

Track of the week. With over a million fans on TikTok alone, online sensation Ellie Dixon has rapidly gained a huge following thanks to her style of creating intelligent pop bops from her bedroom studio.

To date, Dixon has recorded a live Maida Vale session for BBC Radio 1, had a featured Track of the Week on BBC Radio 1 Introducing (‘Green Grass’), performed at Camp Bestival and Latitude Festival, as well as reaching over five million Spotify streams across her catalogue.

‘Crikey! It’s My Psyche’ EP is out now.

Ellie Dixon

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New Music: Ogi

Photo / Kanya Iwana

Track of the week. Nigerian American, Los Angeles-based songstress Ogi has created one of the most stunning releases of the year with her new single ‘Envy’.

Punchy lyrics glide over a production that seamlessly blends elements of indie and alt-R&B, all-together making for a song that is nothing short of perfection.

“I think of ‘Envy’ to be like a personal love letter to haters in my life. I’m basically telling them that it’s not my fault that you want what I have, don’t be mad at me. I was channeling the same energy Nicki Minaj had when she said, ‘It’s me, I win, you lose!’ on ‘Itty Bitty Piggy.’ I can be a little petty at times and this song gives a little glimpse of that side of me.”

Ogi

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UGH, THESE TEMPORARY HIGHS TOUR – SNOH AALEGRA W/ SPECIAL GUESTS AMA LOU & OGI

APRIL

  • 5 – Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
  • 6 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
  • 9 – New Orleans, LA – Fillmore New Orleans
  • 30 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

MAY

  • 1 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
  • 3 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
  • 4 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
  • 5 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
  • 7 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
  • 8 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
  • 11 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
  • 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
  • 27 – Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl
  • 28 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
  • 30 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

New Music: Dré Six

Track of the week. Emerging from the UK comes newcomer Dré Six. With a sound that seamlessly blends elements of mellow and alternative pop with R&B, this artist is creating a sound that is refreshingly original yet incredibly easy to connect with.

Dré Six

New Music: REMIEWORLD

Track of the week. Emerging from the British city of Northampton is hugely exciting new talent REMIEWORLD.

From the moment you press play on ‘Come Back To You’ there’s a sense that this artist’s special approach to music-making could make him one of the UK’s new rising stars.

Seamlessly fusing elements of alt-pop with punk, indie and rap, REMIEWORLD delivers a sound that is not only distinctly unique but refreshingly original.

REMIEWORLD

Graham Lake – Run em Down (feat. Avelino)

Track of the week. Emerging Swedish newcomer Graham Lake joins forces with UK rap star Avelino on the release of massive new single ‘Run em Down’.

The Stockholm-born singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist presents a sleek production on the track as he threads clean guitar through energetic synths, serving listeners with a sound that is immediately captivating and hugely exciting.

“‘Run em Down’ was made during a part of my life when many people influenced my decisions, dreams, and ambitions. My music was the thing keeping me grounded and this song came to be my freeing from all those attachments. ‘FOCUS’ came to life quickly but ’Run em Down’ was even quicker. That proved to me that I was on the right track and that this song was meant to be the follow-up. I never intend to speak on what my song’s true meaning is because it’s different for everybody but to me, it’s a celebration of knowing what you deserve and that nothing besides yourself can stop you from reaching that.”

Graham Lake | Avelino

New Music: [ K S R ]

Track of the week. Emerging from the musical powerhouse that is Manchester is soul wonder-kid [ K S R ]. Words really can’t express how deeply impressed I am with this new talent.

This artist creates music that is stunningly finessed, beautifully melodic and timeless in concept.

Taken from the new EP ‘Peace + Harmony’ which is out now.

[ K S R ]

New Music: Erica Manzoli

Track of the week. One of the most exciting newcomers to emerge from the UK over the last few months, London-based singer, songwriter and musician Erica Manzoli crafts beautifully melodic pop sounds that carry honest and raw lyricism.

‘My Best Friend Is My Therapist’ was written during lockdown, and narrates the feelings of disconnect that were suffered during the pandemic.

“This song explores feelings of loneliness and the irony that connecting virtually disconnects you from reality. I’d lost all contact with my friends during lockdown and the only person I was speaking to on a regular basis was my therapist via Zoom. Being in your house for months and trying to navigate things like love and friendships entirely through our phones is extremely difficult and tiring. You can’t ‘read the room’ when you’re not physically in the room and although screen time often makes you feel worse, if you stop using them then it’s easy to lose contact with the outside world completely.”

Erica Manzoli

New Music: BLVU

Photo / Grant Decyk

Track of the week. ‘iwoulddoanythingforyou’ came up on my Spotify randomly over the weekend, and I have been obsessed with the song ever since. This is likely to be my favourite release from a newcomer to date this year, thanks to its immersive and atmospheric tones.

The artist behind the song is elusive; all I know is that this is a producer, writer and singer from Boston who is currently based in LA. Somehow, I don’t think it will be long before we discover more about this huge talent.

BLVU

Nix Northwest – Satan Doesn’t Swim

Photo / Bisky Rusiness

Track of the week. London based rapper, producer and multi-instrumentalist Nix Northwest has crafted a sound through ‘Satan Doesn’t Swim’ that seamlessly blends current sounds with elements of bossa nova, samba, Brazilian folk and nostalgic jazz tones.

“The song is about letting go of the fears, temptations and ego that restrict us in truly finding acceptance and love within ourselves. The song also evokes a sense of the bittersweet, as Xin [fictional character trying to navigate an escape from his town] has had to leave behind his home city along with a lot of his friends and family in order to achieve this mental freedom.”

Taken from the upcoming debut album ‘Xin’s Disappearance’ out soon.

Nix Northwest

Celine Love – Good Girl

Track of the week. Hamburg born and London based singer-songwriter Celine Love shares her stunning new single ‘Good Girl’. This is a melodic piece of indie-R&B perfection that is nothing short of pure bliss to experience.

Celine recorded the vocals at home in her closet and her dad recorded the bass virtually, giving the track an endearing charm thats perfectly compliments the lyrics.

“The inspiration behind this song was my desire to shed the ‘Good Girl’ image that has been almost imposed on me by my family, and in turn I always felt that’s the way I needed to be in order to be accepted. I’ve always been afraid of being judged, but this year has been a huge journey of self-love and growth and coming to terms with the fact that sometimes I’m not at my best – and that’s ok. I am an overthinking, people-pleasing, stubborn, either emotionally unavailable or far too available Aquarius and needed to own that!”

Taken from the upcoming debut EP ‘Aquarius SZN’ which is out on 16th February 2022.

Celine Love

New Music: Harry Stone

Photo / Daniyel Lowden

Track of the week. Harry Stone’s ‘Daydreaming’ has been on repeat for most of the weekend, purely based on its finessed and hypnotic twist on soul-pop.

Atmospheric and full of movement, the song is about the challenge to connect (least of all, dating in a pandemic) and ultimately how not to lose yourself around someone new.

“A song about personal space. I’m more emotional than I’d like to admit, which didn’t help me get a read on a situation where I could have protected my energy a little better. When I hear the track it reminds me how you never actually know you’re dreaming until you snap out of it.”

Harry Stone

WIINSTON – blood moon

Track of the week. Danish outfit WIINSTON has been on my radar for a good few years – and yet still they continue to surprise and impress with their releases.

‘blood moon’ is an immediately arresting piece of melodic alt-R&B that feels richly atmospheric and beautifully raw in tone.

WIINSTON is made up of producer/songwriter Alfred Thomas and singer/songwriter Daniel Richards; two longtime friends who write, record, and produce most of their music in Thomas’s one-room apartment. The duo rarely invite other musicians into their sessions – favouring one-on-one collaboration instead.

WIINSTON

New Music: Lauren Spencer-Smith

Track of the week. Still only 18-years old and already somewhat of a social media star (with significant followers across TikTok and Instagram), Lauren Spencer-Smith is picking up phenomenal momentum with ‘Fingers Crossed’.

This is pop at it’s purest and most effective, with a simple melody laying the foundations for Spencer-Smith’s impressive vocals to shine through.

Lauren Spencer-Smith

Ponette – Losing Me

Track of the week. Norwegian artist Ponette has rapidly shown herself to be one of the Nordic nation’s most promising new talents recently.

With a production that is stripped-back and relatively subdued, ‘Losing Me’ is a mesmerisingly moving song that is immediately captivating.

Ponette