Iyamah – Won’t Work

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.

IYAMAH

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Zara Larsson – Love Me Land

Zara never fails to disappoint. I am living for this disco vibe she’s worked up… Absolutely huge. HUGE!

Zara Larsson

mehro – Hideous

“When I wrote this song I was in dark place. When I closed my eyes, my thoughts were ones of self hatred, when I looked in the mirror I saw a monster.”

mehro

ALITA – Bodies

One of the finest power-pop songs sent to me this week. A sound that masterfully embodies the sensuality and the strength of being a woman, by Seattle-based songstress ALITA.

“I’d wanted to write a song like ‘Bodies’ for a long time, but felt like the unconscious biases in the room would affect my writing and my openness… I was worried the heart of it would get lost in translation. Eventually I realised that I had all of the instinct to explore it by myself, so I did.”

ALITA

Emma Oliver x loyalties – Sad Sometimes

With over 430k followers on TikTok, today sees the debut from Emma Oliver, created alongside producer & songwriter duo loyalties. It’s a nicely crafted sound that gives feelings of melancholy and introspection.

“I just want to be sad sometimes… is that too much to ask for? For the most part I think people feel like sadness is a weakness. They aren’t okay with sitting in their sad emotions and memories and instead fake happiness. I just want people to know it’s okay to be sad, to cry, to scream, to feel hurt. That’s what this song is about.” – Emma Oliver

Emma Oliver

Yes Please – Turn It Around / Dip Lo (feat. Ro Ransom)

Two fantastic released from one of my favourite pop duo’s of late, Yes Please. First up is this summery slice of funk pop bliss…

… and on the flip side, we also have the mellow, hip hop inspired ‘Dip Lo’.

“Getting in the studio with Ro was our ultimate dream; he’s an incredibly talented artist we both look up to and cite as inspiration. When apob [one half of Yes Please] sent him this song and Ro wanted to put a verse down, it was kind of surreal. And then for him to walk over to our apartment during a pandemic to pick up a mic to record the verse, that was even crazier.”

Taken from the album ‘Updog’ which is out now.

Yes Please | Ro Ransom

NOA – Patience

In a relatively short space of time, NOA has managed to garner over a million streams on Spotify with just a handful of singles.

This latest release is a blissful slice of charming soul-pop and is sure to gain her a new legion of fans.

NOA

Future Jr. – Sidewalk Teens

Just in time for the weekend, Future Jr. returns today with an inspirational slice of electro pop.

“This song is basically a middle finger to the haters who say you can’t do something. A ‘screw you’ anthem to the people who underestimate you, or the people who think less of you for having big dreams.”

Taken from the EP ‘I Think You’ll Find’ which is out now.

Future Jr.

Eli Moon – killmeinmysleep

Gorgeously haunting and powerful with some of the most intense lyrics I have experienced all week.

“The song is an introspective expression of the both the inner turmoil I face everyday with not wanting to deal with people and the self-sabotaging results of that behaviour. With all that’s going on in the world today, I think it’s fair to say we have all found ourselves feeling claustrophobic and out of touch with reality and if this song can help ease the tension for just one individual, then I have done my job.”

Eli Moon

Isanna – 1998

Crafting a retro-synth sound into something current is not an easy task, but somehow, London based American-German producer Isanna has managed to make it sound perfectly simple.

Isanna

Golda May – Hear Me Out

The vocals and lyrics are so powerful on Golda May’s new release that it really doesn’t need much in the way of instrumentation. Listening to this is quite a stunning experience.

“Sometimes you want to be heard and understood but you don’t have the words yet to communicate your thoughts properly, so you’re speaking in a kind of jumbled long winded sentence with the occasional pause and worry that you’re saying it all wrong. Despite the fact that you’re not speaking poetically or eloquently, it’s important that you’re heard and you need to be heard.

“That’s the feeling I tried to capture in ‘Hear Me Out.’ I feel this way again now, struggling to communicate my frustrations of our current government administration and its constant failure to lead effectively and thoughtfully, finding myself once again lost and scared with how to express my thoughts but still really needing to be heard. Now is our time to speak and to listen, and we will make sure that they hear us out.”

Golda May

Gabrielle Current – Sun Will Find You

A song that reminds you to look at the better things in life, no matter how hard it gets. And suitably so, the track is a stunning piece of escapism and hope.

“The heavy moments are often filled with pessimism and it’s easy to miss the surrounding beauty, but beauty is still there. Just like the sun. It’s always there. It never leaves.”

Gabrielle Current

James Blake – Are You Even Real

This beauty was co-written by Starrah, Ali Tamposi and Blake. The song is featured as part of Apple’s ‘Behind The Mac’ campaign.

James Blake