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Julia Church – Cups & Balloons

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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.

Listen to the whole EP here:

Sounds like: London Grammar, Emma McGrath, Violet Days, Birdy, GRACEY, Harlequin Gold, Millie Turner, Louise Burns, Tom Odell

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Josefine – Dreamin’

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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.

Sounds like: Frances, Aimee, Robyn, Tove Lo, Icona Pop

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St. Lundi – To Die For (acoustic – ft. Kygo)

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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.

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Billy Vena – Talking 2 Myself

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Buzz artist Billy Vena has recently released a new bop titled ‘Talking 2 Myself‘.

If his previous single ‘Disco Maniac‘ was full of late 70s vibes, this new one taps into 80s nostalgia.

It’s a bittersweet tune which immediately grabs your attention. Contagious and accessible, but still highly recognizable. Billy’s vocal is really one of a kind and that sax finale is the cherry on top of an extremely strong pop song.

In Billy’s own words: “‘Talking to Myself’ is about convincing yourself someone you’re in love with also feels the same when they really don’t. This in turn means you’ve been talking to yourself the whole time

Sounds like: Bee Gees, Pharell Williams, Justin Timberlake

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Coyote Island – Hello Silence

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Maine-based songwriter Mike O’Hehir aka Coyote Island has just returned with a new single titled ‘Hello Silence‘.

Possibly his most radio release to date, the song is a contagious pop cut made of sing along melodies and enriched by sun kissed reggae vibes.

Speaking about it, he explains: ““Hello Silence” is about taking a break from the noise. The always turning wheels of thought in today’s era of information can be overwhelming. Sometimes a little peace and quiet can really set my mind straight. It’s like the calm after a storm. My favorite line is in the second verse: “seen a rainbow colored sky and I don’t even have to wonder why”. This carries some personal sentiment for me. Rather than a philosophical quest for meaning, it’s about demystifying the unknown by simply embracing it. In that letting go, so much more is received through the experience of awareness and presence. I’ve come to enjoy the simplicity of life lately, and this song reflects that. No matter how many trips or far out you get, sometimes catching the right sunset just really takes the cake. I wrote the lyrics shortly after the pandemic set in and they are very much about our current times. In a way, I look at this time like the end… but also the beginning of something brand new. “Hello Silence” invites you to tune out at the static and tap your toes.

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HYYTS – Lonely People

Hailing from Glasgow, HYYTS are best friends and flatmates Adam and Sam. Androgynous, inclusive, and ones to watch for 2020 as they unashamedly infiltrate the pop sphere proving pop is no longer a dirty word. Inspired by unconventional sounds and with a sonic palette that traverses genres, their sound draws from underground club culture, production laced with brooding beats and soaring pop ambition alongside frontman Adam’s work as a music therapist in some of Scotland’s toughest prisons providing a deep pool of emotion teamed with the theatre of sonic weaver Sam’s performance, drawing from his time curating and promoting underground nights around Edinburgh.

With their latest single ‘Lonely People‘, they continue to explore their genre-bending sound with the flux of life’s trials and tribulations. It’s a neon-drenched, euphoric banger that builds to a crescendo with soaring production and contrasted with an emotional, coming-of-age narrative.

Chatting about the single, singer Adam says: “Lonely People is about growing up and realising that you should always leave yourself open to be hurt because any kind of happy life needs some sadness in it. It’s better to feel anything than nothing. It’s a coming of age song and basically a wee bit of advice I wish someone had given me when I started going out and getting full of booze and drugs.

Watch the stunning acoustic rendition of track here below:

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Clairy Browne – Not The Only

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Australian Pop/RnB artist Clairy Browne has just released ‘Not The Only’, a sticky bop taken from her forthcoming EP ‘ANGEL‘.

The song seduces listeners with a mix of anthemic hooks, infectious vocal swells and a startlingly dystopian resonance. It comes together with an ultra-cool video which perfectly introduces us into Browne’s subversive musical cosmos: an ether devoid of heteronormativity, where queerness is celebrated in all its forms.

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dekleyn – What We Could Be

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Australian duo dekleyn are back with a new single titled ‘What We Could Be’.

Fans of LANY, Lauv and Shallou will fall in love with this one, thanks to its powerful combination of indie vibes and glossy textures. This is their more chilled track so far, but they’ve still managed to maintain that catchy element which seems to flow throughout all of their music.

Speaking about it, they share: “This song came out super quick and basically all at once. We were pretty much all set with our album tracks, but there was one song that we weren’t so keen on but decided to keep pushing ahead with it. Then one day this new demo idea came along and we instantly knew it had to be a part of the album, so we switched the two songs and ‘What We Could Be’ was created. We love this song as it is more relaxed and chilled but is also happy and catchy at the same time. It combines a bunch of laid-back pop elements that drive the song. It’s a song that fits all moods and settings and that’s why it came so easy to us and is such easy listening.”.

Stay tuned for their self-titled debut album which is set for release on 7 October.

Sounds like: LANY, Lauv, Shallou

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Emma Gatsby – 2 Steps

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Emma Gatsby – 2 Steps

Sassy 19 year old Emma Gatsby knows what the deal is, and she isn’t letting anyone get in her way.

Hailing from New York, Emma learned to play the piano and cello at the tender age of four, with her mother teaching her, until she sadly passed away when Emma was aged nine. Following this, Emma picked up a guitar and decided to teach herself to play. She was writing songs by aged eleven, but was using music as a way to distract herself from the realities that she found herself in, especially after her father passed away.

Of her latest song, Emma says, “‘2 Steps’ is a song I wrote about a relationship or should I say several relationships. As much as it’s based on my real life experience with an ex, it was more so, my realization that I was always the one doing the damage first that inspired the song.”

Sounds like: Violet Days, Dominique, Kissy, Amy Guess, Harper, Sizzy Rocket, SUMif, Sibling

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Petite Meller – Milk Bath

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Introducing our little French beauty, Petite Meller.

Born and raised in Paris, Petite writes obscure, visceral pop, that celebrates the surreal and the absurd, in the everyday. “I only make music for the reason that I didn’t have anyone to dance with,” she says.

The song was recorded between Brixton in London, and Johannesburg in South Africa, where much of the instrumentation was performed by musicians from Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Petite is sharing another unorthodox video for ‘Milk Bath’, and as with all her releases, Petite developed the video treatment with long-time collaborator Asaf T Mann. It sees her travelling to Germany, and Senegal, where they shot scenes at a naturally pink lake. To find the locations, Petite and her team reached out to scientists from Cornell University, who became involved in the project, helping with locations and access, and asking Petite to take a sample from the lake.

Sounds like: Grimes, MØ, Ji Nilsson, Allie X

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