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BAUM – This Body

BAUM

Our one to watch in 2018 is BAUM.

The Los Angeles-based pop angel takes control with her defiant anthem ‘This Body’. A song inspired by personal experiences with cat calling and a struggle with an eating disorder, it sends a hugely empowering message.

“One morning, while I was walking to the USC practice rooms on South Figueroa, I got aggressively cat called about my “fat ass.” I’m a fiery person. I talk back. I’m “sassy” and I’m not shy around strangers. I’m typically not someone who is great at “taking the higher road” or letting things go, but in that situation, I felt like a delicate flower. When a man confronts you without batting an eyelash, verbally scrutinizing your body, you feel like nothing. This man was asserting his dominance over me, letting me know that he was entitled to my body — looking, commenting, maybe even touching. So, I went inside the practice rooms with my face red and hot. I grew up in New York City. This was not the first time I had been cat called on a street corner, but for some reason it particularly bothered me that day. It was kind of a perfect storm because I felt like I wanted to yell or cry or something, and I had literally just stepped into a practice room with a piano. I started saying things that I wanted to hear — “I got my power,” “this body is my home” etc. Looking back on that experience, I guess writing the song was my way of getting my power back in the moment.

I recovered from an eating disorder in the summer of 2016, which is when I wrote this song. My whole life I grew up completely buying into the media’s definition of beauty. I thought that I needed to be rail thin (not my body type) and utterly despised any fat on my stomach. I started my first diet around the age of ten, and my battle with food, guilt, and self loathing continued on throughout the next ten+ years. For me, performing “This Body” is a reminder to myself that I’m sexy and I’m beautiful and I have all of my confidence. That’s why I start every show with it. It’s not just like I’m telling these lyrics to other people, but I’m sort of talking to myself as well.

My sophomore year of college, I was extremely lucky in that so many positive elements aligned themselves in my life. I had a boyfriend who loved my body and reassured me while I put on much needed weight and got increasingly healthier. I moved into an apartment with friends who were like family and were more supportive than I could have ever hoped for. That year, I also found the body positivity movement on social media. I read articles and watched videos of women talking about the stuff I had never been able to articulate and would never have felt comfortable articulating. All of these factors in my life came together and really allowed me to grow and to love myself. That kind of opened a door for me and inspired me to write about being a woman in very literal terms.

Honestly, my hope for this song is just that someone, somewhere can listen to it and feel what I feel hearing powerful women talk about loving themselves. When I see a quote that makes smile or a picture of someone owning their body, I feel companionship, knowing that we’re all in it together, and I feel empowered myself. If I can do that for someone else, then I will know I have accomplished something huge.”

Sounds like: Adele, Austra, YONAKA, MUNA, HAIM, Adele

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BAUM – Effortless

BAUM

Los Angeles native BAUM hits the right notes with her new single ‘Effortless’.

Taking inspiration in the romantic pitfalls of a close friend of the singer-songwriter, who was cheated on by an ex-beau, an “awful dude,” says BAUM, “I saw him do it and it broke my heart.”

BAUM immediately wrote the song after the event – originally a sad song, that soon turned into an angry one,

“I got to the chorus and just got so wildly angry and that tempo change and scream thing came out. I guess I turned the song into how I wanted her reaction to be: empowered, focused more on her anger than her sadness. I wanted her to realize her own strength and self-worth, so I wrote that into the song.”

Sounds like: Austra, YONAKA, MUNA, HAIM, Adele

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Nina June – If We Never Go

Nina June

Dutch artist, Nina June, has just released ‘If We Never Go’.

It’s the fifth track taken from her BON VOYAGE project, which greets a generation that is on a constant quest to overcome loneliness, despite being more interconnected than ever before.

Sounds like: Thomas Azier, Agnes Obel, Rhye, London Grammar, Adele

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Anna Pancaldi – Brother

Anna Pancaldi

Anna Pancaldi

It’s rare these days that music can hit you hard in your core, but Anna Pancaldi has managed to do that with her piano-led ‘Brother’.

As you would expect, ‘Brother’ covers a highly emotional subject, exploring the reality of loss.

Live Shows

March 3rd – House Concert, Glasgow
March 4th – Hemelvaart Bier Cafe, Ayton
March 7th – Whiskey Bar, Manchester
March 8th – Making Waves, Manchester
March 10th – The Steel Rooms, Brigg
March 17th – House Concert, Essex
March 16th – The Stables, Cricklade
March 18th – The Drawing Room, Chesham
March 19th – Apple Store, Regent Street
March 22nd – The Victoria, London
March 24th – Big Comfy Book Shop, Coventry
March 25th – St Peters on the Waterfront, Ipwich
March 27th -Bespoke Records, Brighton

Sounds like: London Grammar, Adele, Rhye, Birdy, Maiday

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POWERS – Sunshine

POWERS

POWERS

POWERS is a Los Angeles-based duo comprised of Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru.

Like many of their Californian musical counterparts, they create forward-thinking and invigorating pop.

The track is a really fun rollercoaster of indietronica sounds and melodies.

POWERS are crafting the new album alongside powerhouse producers such as Mark Rankin (Adele, Florence + the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age) and Rich Costey (Foster the People, Muse, Santigold).

Sounds like: X Ambassadors, The Knocks, LANY, Mainland

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Playlist: Leena Ojala

Leena Ojala

Leena Ojala

Disclosure: I am Leena Ojala’s publicist at the time of writing.

London-based alternative electro pop singer, Leena Ojala, has put together a playlist for us of ten tracks she has come across when listening to new music.

Of the playlist, Leena says, “I have gone for tracks that use varying influences and mix different styles in production.”

Oh Wonder: All We Do

I like the repetitive piano riff and the vocal melody. They create a sad yet beautiful feel for the song. The minimalistic approach makes the song memorable – it’s a case of less is more.

Dominique: Good Girl

I like the guitar hook she uses throughout the track. The hip hop beat underneath and the interesting distortion she uses are interesting giving the track a nice character. Big up for Dominique for creating her own lovely production!

Anevo: Electric Heart feat. Ameria

The unique sound of the different instruments used in the track come across nicely. Every section has different influences: the verse is more electronic and dance-like whereas the chorus is chilled. The different styles used give the track a nice vibe.

KINGDM: Say It Again

I like the use of drums with African influences. There is a soulful vibe going on with the vocals, melody and the piano which give the song a romantic feel.

MRGD: Skin Deep

I like the use of call and response mixed with the nice vocal hooks. The chorus incorporates different feels i.e. reggae rhythm and drum sound, synth piano and vocal hooks. This gives the track an unusual but unique crossover of styles.

XY&O: Low Tide

The minimal strumming and picking of the guitar in the verses gives the track a nice relaxed feel. I like the four to the floor drums in the chorus giving it kind of dancing in the summertime vibe. The vocals with an echo and a delay effect finish the track off nicely.

Phoria: Undone

I like the use of unusual blending of styles and rhythmic influences – the type you find with FKA Twigs. The track has a nice atmosphere, delivered by whispery vocals, hooks, dark piano tones and reverb effects.

Tess: Love Gun

I like the use of middle eastern feel in the track created by the vocal movement and the acoustic guitar. I can see influences of “Inna” here, but there are also elements of R&B, Pop and Hip Hop.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, YUAR, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Dominique, Amanda Merdzan

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Leena Ojala – Little Place

Leena Ojala - Little Place

Leena Ojala – Little Place

Dramatic songstress, Leena Ojala, returns with ‘Little Place’.

Written by Leena Ojala and produced by BenbrickAella Jordan-Edge was the obvious choice to direct the video (she also directed the video for Leena’s ‘Why‘).

The video was shot in NYC in freezing temperatures, and explores a young couple’s journey as they grapple with life in a new home, far away from their ‘little place’.

Of the video, Aella explains; “I moved to New York at the age of fifteen, so I knew the feeling well: of being awestruck and overwhelmed in a city that sweeps you up, propelling you forward whether you like it or not.”

Aella’s favourite scene is “the moment on the beach – it represents that frustrating time near the end of a relationship where you’re desperately trying to make it work, fighting the last fight.”

Disclosure: I am Leena Ojala’s publicist at the time of writing.

‘Little Place’ is out today via 51Den and available for purchase on iTunes.

Whilst you’re at it, check out the awesome Saturday, Monday remix.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, YUAR, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Evvy, Dominique

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Alice Olivia – Wings Like Yours

Alice Olivia

Alice Olivia

Acoustic cover guru, Alice Olivia, changes directly and releases new icy, R&B track, ‘Wings Like Yours’.

The song is about love, possession and jealousy.

Olivia has worked with emerging UK producer Lipso, to produce overall quite a minimalist track which is further enhanced by her weightless vocals, all of which have been added to some snappy and gothic percussion.

It is the second release from EP, ‘Wanderlands’.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, B. Miles, Lyves, Sasha Keable, Monogem, July Child, NÜME

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Leena Ojala – Together We Have It No More

Leena Ojala - Together We Have It No More

Leena Ojala – Together We Have It No More

Possibly the tallest woman in pop, Leena Ojala, returns with another catchy number called ‘Together We Have It No More’.

The track was written about a pragmatic realisation that a relationship has run its course. This is one mature popstar-in-the-making!

Disclosure: I am Leena Ojala’s publicist at the time of writing.

It’s out today via Den Music, and can be ordered on iTunes.

Whilst you’re at it, check out the awesome FØRTE remix.


Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Evvy, Dominique

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Lucius – Madness

Lucius by Piper Ferguson

Lucius by Piper Ferguson

Sometimes you listen to a song, and it instantly takes you. This seems to be a frequent occurrence whilst listening to any song by the female duo-led Lucius (aka Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig).

Lucius have yet again ramped it up on their new release called ‘Madness’; the second track off their new album ‘Good Grief’, which is out on 11 March via Play It Again Sam. It has a greater level of maturity than previous releases, and we adore the new addition of strings, reminiscent of Roxette‘s ‘Wish I Could Fly’)

The album has been co-produced with Shawn Everett (WeezerThe Alabama Shakes) and Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd), and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele and Beck).

Of Good Grief, vocalist Jess Wolfe says, “When we started writing for this record, we had been away from home for nearly two years. We had just returned from tour, having gone through such varied emotions—loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfillment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives…Whenever one of us had an idea or a feeling, the other was already a witness to it and could help navigate through it—for the two of us, this usually came in song form.” Vocalist Holly Laessig adds, “…When considering titles, we wanted to be sure to acknowledge any serious subject matter, while simultaneously allowing ourselves a comic sigh of relief from any personal turmoil. Ha! The yin and yang of the record naturally unveiled itself and, so, Good Grief.”

Full European tour dates

5/4 The Academy, Dublin
6/4 Gorilla, Manchester
8/4 Arts School, Glasgow
9/4 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
10/4 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
11/4 Thekla, Bristol
13/4 KOKO, London
14/4 La Maroquinerie, Paris
16/4 Botanique, Brussels
19/4 Melkweg, Amsterdam
20/4 Prinzenbar, Hamburg
21/4 Privateclub, Berlin
22/4 Strom, Munich

‘Madness’ is an instant grat. when you pre-prder the album on iTunes.

And for the record, we think Lucius have it completely figured out.

Sounds like: Goldfrapp, Scissor Sisters, Fleetwood Mac, First Aid Kit, The Carpenters, HAIM, Wet, Roxette

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