Newcomer Demetrius presents a soulful take on techno in his debut release ‘Black Diamonds’, out today.
Having originally begun his career as the singer of electronic/alternative outfit Suntalk, as well as a backing vocalist for both EltonJohn and AliciaKeys, producer Demetrius Subayar has spent the last few years forging a name for himself within Berlin’s illustrious techno scene. Now going by simply as Demetrius, the New Yorker looks to make a passionate entrance with the release of his debut single ‘Black Diamonds’.
Aptly the same title as the label in which the track is released – Black Diamonds Records, a new Berlin-based imprint from acclaimed house music veteran Joyce Muniz and guitarist Joshua Tennent that caters for all – Demetrius combines his Berlin techno routes with a forward thinking and dramatic synth-driven electronica.
Kiev-born Delena is making waves with her ambitious take on modern pop music and strong message on female empowerment.
Born in Kiev, Delena relocated to a Switzerland school at just 12 years old and went on to London, to study at the London Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance. Music was always in her veins, through her relation to Ukrainian screenwriter, film producer, and director Alexander Dovzhenko.
Ever keen to inspire, we decided to ask Delena to put together a playlist for the Indietronica readers that does just that. Check it out below.
Ariana Grande – God is a woman God is women.
Alicia Keys – Girl On fire The vocal is great.
Beyoncé – Run the World (Girls) It has a very strong message.
Little Mix – Salute It’s the sound of female empowerment.
Gloria Gaynor – I will survive I listen to this song when I’m scared.
Lesley Gore – You Don’t Own Me I feel very independent.
Lady Gaga – Born this way I’m in a right track baby I was born this way.
Delena – Animal Power and will.
Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman Sexy.
Christina Aguilera – Fall In Line (Feat. Demi Lovato) It’s so important to know who you are and follow what is right for you.
Madonna – Material Girl Madonna is just an icon.
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun Makes me want to dance with my girls.
Aretha Franklin – Respect It’s a statement.
Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful We are how we are and it’s can be sometimes challenging to except it.
Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money I always say that hard work pays off.
Christina Aguilera – Fighter There is nothing to be afraid of.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Bad Reputation Has a killer punk spirit.
Delana – Done It’s important to say I’m done and move on.
Incredible young talent Amahla makes neo-soul music with pure heart.
In times of hardship, authentic voices, stories, and creativity can always thrive, so I suppose there is at least one silver lining to Brexit and the issues of immigration and women’s rights.
Amahla has put together a playlist of a few songs that have influenced her recently. They differ in genre, but all put great vocals to the front.
Nick Drake – River Man I’m new to Nick Drake but I absolutely love this one, his voice takes you on a journey through the song
Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You There is so much class in this record, killer pre chorus, chorus and the dynamics flow just right.
Don Bryant – How Do I Get There? I only discovered this song last week but i’ve not been able to stop playing it! Turns out Don was a songwriter at Hi records (Al Green, Ann Peebles) it just fills me with warmth every time I listen.
Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers Ed’s language choices in this track are so powerful especially about such mundane things. I guess when you lose someone you do tend to focus on all the little things
Beyonce – Get Me Bodied I love this song, once it hits the middle 8 it reminds me so much of Chain of Fools by Aretha. An underrated song from B 100%
Brother Brothers – Colorado I really love the way the melody line sits above the guitar, it glides so effortlessly and makes their sound feel new.
Amahla – Consider This It’s lovely because every time I play this live I get to reinvent the arrangement, this is definitely a style that I’m hoping to build on in future releases
You can listen to her deeply personal EP below.
Sounds like: Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Grace Carter, Caswell, Lauryn Hill
New Finn on the block, Anni, writes empathetic, piano-laden music.
Her EP, ‘Redemption Street’ is out now and to celebrate, Anni has put together a playlist for us.
Alicia Keys: In Common
Alicia Keys has always been one of my big role models. She’s a goddess. Once again she shows us her musical genius and eloquence with her new single.
D’Angelo: Another Life
What is there not to love in this song? I play the piano part at home on top of the track and imagine I’m jamming with his band.
Laura Mvula: She
It had been a long time without hearing any new songs that really touched me. Those periods are terrible. You don’t want to overuse the songs you love yet you can’t find anything that feels honest and fresh. Then I heard this and listened it on repeat for days. Learned to play it to understand what’s the magic behind it. This song brought me to life again.
Banks: Warm Water (Snakehips remix)
Just love this.
Låpsley: Falling Short
She’s super cool. If you haven’t heard of her, you should.
James Vincent McMorrow: Higher Love
James Vincent McMorrow’s cover of Steve Windwood 80’s hit breaks my heart every time I hear it. Also, just check out the lyrics. The original song bears such a beautiful message.
Tony Allen: Calling
After hearing Alicia’s new single I had to go back to some classic afrobeat songs. This still brings shivers. (P.s. If you’ve ever listened to early Jamiroquai, you might realise where they got their influences.)
Sérgio Mendes feat. Fergie: Look Of Love
Even more that afrobeat, I love Brazilian music. It’s the combination of dancable rhythms and big, beautiful melodies that simply gets me. The legendary Sérgio Mendes collaborated with Black Eyed Peas and this classic jazz standard is one of the songs I especially love.
Caribou: Can’t Do Without You
I quite rarely like this kind of music. Except Caribou!
Stevie Wonder: Overjoyed
Stevie is greatest inspiration of my music that will ever be. His voice is just otherworldy. And his songs.