Austrian-born, neo-soul artist Marie Lang shares her debut EP ‘Body’; a beautiful collection of vulnerable pieces that vividly portray the cycles of lust, love, and sadness that come from interpersonal relationships.
Taking cues from soul songstresses such as Jessie Ware and Noé, the EP contains beautiful melodies blended with electronic instrumentals and heartfelt vocals.
Speaking about the EP, Lang explains,
“I lived in 3 different cities, went through multiple break-ups, reconnected with family and old friends, lost myself, found myself, thought I lost myself again and made my first EP.”
LA based producer, singer and songwriter Jamie Sierota brings us his very first release under his solo-project Meija. Focusing on the times when we didn’t have to worry about adult-hood. Jamie tries to speak to the inner child within us in order to remind us of the joyful youth.
His synth-drenched, indie pop adjacent brand of rock mines the simple moments we tend to ignore, those that tend to mean far more than we’d like to admit.
Grammy-nominated producer DAD shares the wittily written ‘Smash Bros’, which plays ode to her favourite video game.
At just 19, the virtual popstar, with standout pink hair, has garnered praise from newly recruited collaborators, Gallant and Wrabel, whilst her sound fits perfectly alongside the pop wunderkids of 2019 – think Doja Cat, Clairo and Beabadoobie.
Los Angeles-based Australian artist Harry Nathan shares his blissed-out new single, ‘Sweet Release’.
It comes as a surprise to us how much Nathan loves house music. He grew up wanting to be a house DJ, and the new single sees a fluidic connection between soulful lyricism and a stripped-back house influence within the instrumentation.
It’s the first taste of his upcoming second EP, his new lo-fi house project, about a psychedelic relationship.
Swedish duo I AM KARATE (aka producer and songwriters, Marta Pettersson and Erika Ahlström) shares new single, ‘Hey Love’.
Speaking about insecurity, the girls explain,
“The song is about insecurity and not feeling sure you’re being honest with your love. Like he’s got a secret world when he’s dreaming that you’re not a part of, and you wonder if it’s more than just dreams.”
Sounds like: Ralph, Say Lou Lou, MIYNT, Doe Paoro, Sirena, Susanne Sundfør, Shura, Kyla La Grange
Nottingham-born singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Ronika is back and sounding distinctively disco-noir.
Continuing Ronika’s inclination for all things funk and dream pop, the track features spoken-word contribution from Lee-Ann Curren (a French female pro-surfer and fellow musician) whilst also forming part of Ronika’s latest longer-form project.
Sounds like: ABBA, Chaka Khan, Aeroplane, Breakbot, Ballet School, Ladyhawke, Color War, The Human League, Little Boots, Bananarama, Annie
Bristol-born pop three-piece KOKO have a natural wall of energy which they call the “KOKO traingle”.
They’ve just dropped the acoustic version of their debut single, ‘Freak’. Stripping back the electro-tinged original of their debut singl, it’s all about embracing individuality – “It’s a FU to the man!”
A very cold Saturday evening it may have been, but the queue for Brighton’s Dome was brimming with bright, smiling faces ready for an evening’s entertainment with the newfound household name Sam Fender.
A name in the mouth of a lot of people over the past two years, there’s no doubt you’ve heard a least a track of his or two, and therefore no need cover his songwriting, which is clearly resonating with fans the world over.
That does lead to my main observation from the evening, aside from the powerhouse performance from the man himself and his stellar band, which is the fanbase that was absolutely rammed into the venue. As Sam let his winding storytelling spin a story of adolescent love, life and everything in between through his inimitable Northern charm, it became clear that there was everyone from demographics across the board in attendance, young teens to older folk all there for the sheer delight.
With such a stratospheric and short rise to the top of the pile, don’t expect Sam to be slowing down anytime soon.
Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, The Hunna, The Amazons, Marsicans, Viola Beach
German producer and multi-instrumentalist De Rien demonstrates his versatility with hazy sophomore through his new release “Chimes”
“Chimes” is about looking behind your own facade – discovering the flamboyance of thought and mind. As every step towards a dear person can be hard, it is easier to do so while sunken into reveries. – De Rien
Residing between neo-soul, organic electronica and a splash of nu-disco, De Rien not only showcases his ability to create wonderfully warm soundscapes as a producer, but proves he has the vocal chops to boot, with “Chimes” presenting itself as easy-going yet intricate piece of songwriting.
HOFFEY is an indie-electronic duo based out of Vancouver, Canada consisting of songwriters Jordan and Erika Toohey. While writing and performing songs together, they came to the realization that chemistry was not only found in their music but also romantically. In 2016 the couple were married and formed HOFFEY a portmanteau of their last names “Hoffmann and Toohey.”
The track is a combination of relaxed sound, bouncy groove and chilled melodic R&B. The track simply talks about the need of taking a break from real life.
“‘Holiday’ is a song most people can relate to — where you’ve been working at the same job, doing the same shit every day — to the point where you might lose your mind. This song is really about taking that dream vacation, so you can feel refreshed, renewed, and be a better version of yourself.”
Singer-songwriters Zoe Konez and Antonio Lulic combine on the rousing alternative-pop anthem “Echo”. Drawing on influences from Zoe’s indie background and Antonio’s stadium-filling pop tones, it’s an epic piece of pop-fusion that details a longing for adventure at the expense of personal relationships.
Sounds like: Oh Wonder, Of Monsters and Men, Ben Howard