A talent who grew up spending her time between the UK and Germany, the now Amsterdam-based singer Florence Arman creates a kind of pop that feels reflective and thoughtful, yet engaging and moving.
ADIV is no stranger to music, having already worked with the likes of Bridget Kelly, SZA and BOSCO as a songwriter.
Now with a stunning debut as a performing artist, ADIV has proven to be an all-round talent, crafting some of the finest blends of RnB you can expect to hear today and delivering them with beautifully finessed vocals.
“As an artist I feel that we have lost the art in making music, with this project I wanted to encapsulate that artists, especially black artists can deviate from what’s expected to tell their stories. Both ‘Blue Gene’ and ‘Time’ touch on topics of vulnerability and understanding that it’s simply ok not to be ok and we need to find solace in our emotions and definitely feel them. The world tells us that by 30 we need to have it all figured out, and that as black artist we have to look and sound like one thing which is just simply not true.”
Infectiously catchy and charming Californian pop, it’s near impossible to dislike this sound.
Can we assume this is the best debut from any goth-pop newcomer so far this year? Flawlessly produced beats and a vocal that you are instantly gravitated to; this track is simply outstanding.
“I’m drawn to dark and moody music and I wanted create a song in my own style about how the lockdown must have affected people’s minds and mental health. ‘FUNHXUSE’ is about the rollercoaster of emotions which I felt being locked up inside for so long during that time.”
Toronto-based creators MONEYPHONE have a musical aesthetic that is genuinely hard to describe, yet almost impossible not to feel connected with.
“We feel it is important to approach production and writing with a sense of levity. Being mature means not taking yourself too seriously. Growing into yourself means acting freely. Looking back means sometimes the things that made you happy were a little sad, and the things that submerged you made you a little stronger. We’re interested in the haze that happens when memories get far away, and figuring out why some seem so saturated.”
Taken from the ‘Faith* MIXTAPE’ which is out now.
A SoCal outfit who fuse indie pop with RnB to create a sound that feels smooth, sleek, timeless and effortlessly cool.
Even better, if you love this track as much as I do then you’ll be pleased to know that it’s taken from the new EP ‘summer nights’, out now.
“Writing ‘summer nights’ felt cathartic in a lot of ways; the record as a whole feels like a release of emotions and tension within ourselves. I think for the longest time, I was obsessed with fitting into a self-described box and wanted so badly to ‘be like’ my musical inspirations, but with this record – perhaps unlike our previous releases – we really weren’t trying to be anything other than ourselves.” – Andres Owens, TMC
It’s rare to come across an artist that is as well-rounded as Ruth Koleva. On one side, there’s the obvious talent she has in writing and performing pop songs with thought-provoking lyricism.
On the other, she’s a noted activist working with the likes of One Billion Rising, Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, and most recently as the Ambassador for All Out, a global movement fighting for LGBTQ+ rights.
On ‘All The Guys’, Koleva points out…
“Like many women, I’ve been shamed for my sexuality and have been the subject of gossip and criticism my whole life. But the truth is, we all have the strength to make our own life choices without the fear of judgement. I wrote ‘All The Guys’ to encourage women to stand-up for themselves in those moments of weakness – to know that they are strong and not alone.”
Victoria is putting Bulgaria on the world pop map with this sensational release. A talent who initially shot to fame earlier in the year as the country’s representative for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest (which ended up being cancelled due to Corona), she is now back with a follow-up single that is one of the finest pieces of dark pop that I have listened to all month.
A finessed blend of disco, soul, RnB and indie-pop come together so seamlessly on harrison cole’s ‘eyelash’. Watch out for this kid; he’ll win you over very quickly indeed.
A deeply provoking release from South London artist Bert Brett, who’s song ‘Shame’ looks into the stigma that surrounds male mental health that still exists today.
Sometimes there’s beauty in simplicity; and this release from British Singer-Songwriter and Pianist Renée Loren is just that.
Raw and vulnerable lyricism accompanies a melody that is carried through with just a piano. It’s a song that tells a story in a beautifully uncomplicated way.
“You are only as young as you feel… True beauty comes from within. Life is too short to be with someone who does not live in the present moment with you. Be with someone who makes you feel heard, feeds your soul and makes you feel alive! Life is too precious to be waiting around for someone to change or to recognise your worth.”
Stockholm based recording artist Ryk has an interesting approach to indie-pop that incorporates dramatic and intricate musical textures with captivating lyricism. It’s a sound that is like none other, and an experience from start to finish.
Taken from the debut EP ‘PARASITE FUTURE’ which will be out on the 5th February 2021.
LA-based talent Jordan Xidas has managed to encapsulate those emotions we all get when we feel the person we are interested in doesn’t like us as much as we do. The sound itself is a breezy and minimal approach to pop that feels warm and relatable.
“I wrote the chorus one night anxiously waiting for a text from a boy and finished it the next day with my friend Kyle. I’ve been in a few relationships where my partner’s attachment style opposes mine, so I’ve definitely had my fair share of nights sulking in feelings of non-reciprocation. This song is a playful snapshot of that moment.”
A smooth blend of soul, jazz and indie, wrapped in silky vocals and mesmerising lyricism.
Taken from the upcoming EP ‘Blossom’ out which is out on 4th December.
This Copenhagen-based pop group have been pretty established in their native homeland since 2018, when their debut single ‘Light Blue’ become on of the most played songs on Denmark’s biggest radio broadcaster, P3.
The hits kept rolling after that, as did the sold-out shows and festival appearances. Now in 2020, the band return with a glistening new track that blends indie with RnB and pop in a dreamy, almost cosmic vibe that is beautiful to experience.
Brixton-based artist BUSHROD has a polished style of hip hop that feels relaxed and smooth, all the while contrasting against sharp lyricism that tells of emotions and stories vividly.
‘Doing OK’ tells of how the pandemic led to BUSHROD losing his day job. While this would obviously affect anyone, he carried on and did the British thing of acting as though it was still fine.
“In a way I was trying to keep up appearances and putting on a ‘poker face’, because I was scared that people would judge me for not working or doing much with myself during lockdown. Me releasing this song is kind of a ‘f**k you’ to self-doubt and almost getting my own back on my old workplace for cutting me off, and showing people that I now actually am doing bigger and better things.”
Mexican singer, songwriter and DJ Pahua carries a style of music-making that blends organic sounds with electronica to create something that feels experimental and eclectic, yet sophisticated and captivating.
A distinctively British approach to hip hop that feels minimal and sharp yet atmospheric and intense.
A bold and captivating blend of rap, dark-pop and hip hop from New Jersey.
A minimal yet emotive mix of indie and pop with a beautifully melodic flow.