We are all going through a difficult time that none of us ever expected. The pandemic has made us more vulnerable, more scared, more alone.
For artists, the impossibility of being able to perform live is probably the aspect that most strongly impacted them.
But music and creativity are too powerful to be stopped !
Italian artists HÅN and GIUNGLA have been able to create a gem while they were spending their lockdown in two different countries (Italy/UK).
Their collaborative single ‘CTR‘ is the result of tonnes of emails, eternal ZOOM sessions and heavy files exchange. It’s an euphoric and original upbeat song, fruit of the collaboration between two of the most talented young women of the newcomers scene.
Detailing the writing process behind the song, they explain: “The track was born last summer at Giungla’s place in Milan when we sat down for a writing session together. Visually videogame characters like Crash and Sonic came to mind and we thought that the idea of a race was perfect for the melody. We imagined a sort of silly competition against frenzy, anxiety, tiredness, what other people think about you, and at the same time the need to keep going and challenge yourself. We finished it remotely between Milan and London (where Hån lives) during this lockdown and it’s also a reflection on what it feels like to be a musician in a year when you can’t really tour. We felt that the only thing that makes sense now it’s collaborating and sharing. We’re in this race together.”
South-African songwriter-producer Julia Church returns this Autumn with her achingly beautiful new EP. A stunning collection of heartfelt alt-pop songwriting, that cements Julia’s place as one of the hottest prospects in pop right now. The project ebbs and flows from emotive, orchestral-tinged compositions such as the lead single (and our favorite) ‘Cups and Balloons’, to groovy undeniable bops such as ‘don’t really care what we call it’. The project showcases the nuance and endless creativity to Julia’s songwriting, with an impeccable pop sheen throughout.
““Cups and Balloons” is maybe my most special release to date. Written with EEVA, its a more emotional spin on the classic hangover demons of the night before. It’s waking up next to that person who you know isn’t good for you but you just can’t resist. Its about the harmful decisions we can make when we’re vulnerable and in a state of healing.”
Josefine is the latest LA-based female pop sensation out of Stockholm.
She quicked built an audience with her first 5 singles, having already pushed over 15M streams on Spotify alone and features on Swedish national radio NRJ and UK national radio BBC Radio 1 with renowned curator, Jack Sanders.
Her brand-new single “Dreamin’” is an irresistible pop banger produced by Martin René (Meghan Trainor, H.E.R, Snoop Dogg, and Madcon).
Speaking about it, she says: “‘Dreamin’ is one of the personal and intimate testimonies for me immortalising those high endorphin and super nostalgic moments when you first begin to fall in love and you need to pinch yourself to see whether you are dreaming or not and whether this other human in front of you truly feels the same crazy feelings. I wanted to capture those butterfly-filled and super passionate and irreplacement moments which are engraved in time. To complement this, I wanted to make a song and production that just has super dancey energy to take you away from all the craziness of 2020 and dance the night away too.”
Over the last few months Australian artist Harry Nathan has been busy working on his next EP, and this week he’s ready to give us the first taste of that EP with new single ‘High’, which is being released via Majestic Casual Records.
Harry Nathan has been making himself known for creating smooth blends of indie-dance/pop music with catchy nu-disco sounds, ultimately creating these lush lo-fi indie-dance jams that can be likened to a mix between Classixx, Cosmo’s Midnight and Pnau.
Harry Nathan’s new single ‘High’ is a damn fine example of this; from the moment it begins Harry’s sweet serenade draws us all the way in, takes us by the hand and walks us through this captivating world of seductive beats and sexy grooves.
Speaking about it, he explains: “The song is a romanticized daydream about a girl who moved in across the hall. I was living in Los Angeles and I had just picked up a 1982 MT-45 Casiotone keyboard. I fell in love with the sound of it and it inspired me to write the song quite quickly. The majority of the drums come from Roland CR-78 and Roland 505 drum machines. Run through a series of guitar pedals, the Casio keyboard’s signal chain is visible in the song’s artwork; a photo I took on my 1982 Canon AE-1 film camera”
Having only released his debut single in March 2020, St. Lundi has gone on to release a debut EP ‘Heavy Words’, as well as collaborating with Norwegian streaming mega-stars – Kygo and Seeb.
He has just released his own acoustic rework of ‘To Die For’. The original composition was created by Kygo and Dermot Kennedy – Dermot writing the lyrics and then deciding to use them for another project. Left with the stripped-back production, Kygo reached out to St. Lundi to write a completely new concept using his production. Over the course of a weekend, St. Lundi wrote ‘To Die For’, which ended up being a last-minute addition to Kygo’s billboard charting ‘Golden Hour’ album (check out the original version of ‘To Die For’ here).
After the initial release, St. Lundi went into the studio and arranged a beautiful acoustic version of the song.
Brussels indie five-piece Great Mountain Fire are ready to release their new LP ‘Movements‘ on Nov 20th.
The date is close but today we’re able to stream a new single lifted off of it: a psych-soul banger titled ‘The Way’
It’s an eccentric but elegant song, made of washed out synths, a groovy bass and a massive dose of ethereal vocals.
The lyrics explore a pacific-resistant acceptance, then humbly elevate in the chorus claiming “Don’t be afraid to dream the way it has to be“, a mantra to reshape the days we all have in front of us and put the world to rights.
The swagger-rock star Kat Meoz stuns us with her electrifying new single ‘Run Tonight’.
Continuing her recent exploration into more pop & electronic production, while still keeping true to her rock and guitar-based roots, the track shines the light on an artist that’s consistently pushing her badass sound to the max. Featuring her ever-present strong vocals, a ripping guitar riff and an upbeat chorus, ‘Run Tonight’ is one that’s going to make you dream and dance.
She explains: “Technically it’s a song written from the perspective of shooting stars. I think it’s also a love story, getting lost in the moment and finding a true connection with someone and running with it”
Having spent the last year releasing a wave of bold and captivating alt-rock offerings, Bonnie Lola have now returned with their latest stunner ‘Vanilla Ice Cream’.
Treading the line between alt-rock and indie-rock tendencies, the song sees the outfit channel a far more atmospheric and textured direction. Filled with powerful riffs, anthemic production, and frontman Grady Neff’s soaring vocals at the helm, this new release looks set to see them make their most diverse impact yet.
Speaking about the new single, Grady said, “The song is about a fleeting addiction that hooks you on the first taste. You might forget over time or move on, but once you’ve had it, it will remain a memory forever.”
Soak in the wonderfully ethereal and moving work of British pop artist Blakey.
Self producing his music entirely, Blakey has garnered over 10 million global streams, Spotify New Music Friday placements across the world including US and UK and reached the Viral Top 50 and Top 50 Chart in 7 countries.
Blakey has picked up significant attention from likes of BBC Radio 1xtra, Noisey, Clash, ROTD, Notion and TMRW with sync placements on adverts and TV shows in the US and internationally on Netflix.
Mixing between soaring melodies that meant to be sung to the rafters, and more faster paced rhythmic verses, Blakey has a unique yet universal appeal and isn’t afraid of wearing his heart on his sleeve.
His brand-new single ‘If I Go‘ is a dreamy electro pop number, full of celestial vibes and timeless melodies.
Speaking about it, he said: “‘If I Go’ is a song about teetering on the edge of loves abyss. To gaze long enough into it, to find out if love’s looking back”
Indie rock band from Newcastle The Pale White have just released a huge new single titled ‘Glue‘.
It’s a distortion drenched banger that not only embraces the band’s roots, but pushes things into their heaviest territory to date. It’s a mammoth statement from The Pale White that lays the foundation for a gamechanging 2021.