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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New Music: brakence

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.

brakence

New Music: Jessy Rose

Track of the week. A hauntingly dark yet fragile sound that encompasses RnB with soulful tones.

Jessy Rose

New Music: Ryan Woods

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.

Ryan Woods

New Music: Evenson

Track of the week. An intensely grand and epic blend of indie, RnB and pop from this American 21-year old talent. A sound that is packed full of melancholy and drama.

Evenson

Emilie Nicolas – Oh Love

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.

Taken from the album ‘Let Her Breathe’.

Emilie Nicolas

Brandon – Weep

Track of the week. This is the second time I have fallen for Brandon so hard that I’ve called him my TotW. A truly wonderful piece of music, so simply crafted but pouring with emotion.

What’d I do to lose you?

Did I confuse you when I say, “I love you, baby?”

Brandon

New Music: ÒLAH BLISS

Track of the week. This London-based talent is above and beyond exciting for me. A fusion of dark pop and RnB, blended so finely and sung with such a distinctive vocal.

ÒLAH BLISS

Haux – Calico

Track of the week. So many words cross my mind when I listen to this piece by Haux… Ethereal, haunting, sublime, dreamy, transcendental… You get the idea. Just a very beautiful song.

Haux

New Music: Jeuru

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.

Jeuru

New Music: Louis Culture

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.

Louis Culture

New Music: ELLIANA

Track of the week. A connect between lo-fi beats and a strong essence of emotion is how I would describe this sound. If there’s one pop name to look out for this year, it’s these kids. So damn good.

ELLIANA

New Music: nina

Track of the week. I can’t remember getting this excited about a Manchester talent for such a long time. A fine balance between RnB and indie – it’s just an effortlessly easy sound to connect with.

nina

New Music: Luna Li

Track of the week. Sometimes the simplest melodies can really be quite exquisite. This song could be a definition of heartbreak and love.

Luna Li

New Music: Knucks

Track of the week. I literally can’t stop listening to this… A bold mix of vintage soundbites, old-school string samples and the smoothest vocal delivery this side of London.

Knucks

New Music: Zachary Knowles

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.”

Zachary Knowles

Novaa – To Be Yang

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.”

Novaa

New Music: COBRAH

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.

COBRAH

New Music: kamal.

Track of the week. Understated and mellow, subtle yet definitive teen indie pop from this 17-year old London talent. I’m just in love with this sound so much…

Kamal.

New Music: Lost Girl

Track of the week. There’s been somewhat of a resurgence in UK Garage of late (some good, mostly bad), but this has to be some of the best that I have yet to hear.

LOST GIRL