Following the pop path, Brooklyn babe, KingDeco, is back with ‘Read My Lips’.
If this wasn’t proof enough of how talented King Deco is, then perhaps you should be paying more attention…”‘Read My Lips’ is basically saying and re-saying the same thing a million different ways in hopes the person will finally get the message: ‘If you’re a little uncertain, I’ma give you that 151 proof.'”
Sassy 19 year old EmmaGatsby 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.”
80’s music lover, RALPH, is questioning whether there is ‘Something More’ in her new track, asking whether the grass is always greener?
“‘Something More’ was inspired by Aziz Ansari’s Netflix show ‘Master of None’,” explains RALPH, continuing “The show honestly narrates the existential issues faced by young adults now. Consumed with social media and dating apps, we’re obsessed with the idea of something more or someone better, often leading us to sabotage the good things we have.”
Hot on the sexy heels of Dua Lipa is uk R&B artist, Harper.
‘SKIN’ is another sultry number with a pulsing electro beat and addictive hook.
Harper describes the track as ‘an earthy, raw, alt-pop record with a much deeper concept than you may perceive from first impressions. I wanted to write about the properties of ‘skin’; how it’s our protective barrier from the world, it’s power to heal when cut, and apply that sentiment to my love for a person.’
Her EP will be out via ICU Label.
Sounds like: Dua Lipa, Rihanna, Banks, Sizzy Rocket, Charli XCX
Eclectic R&B singer, Harper, has put together a wicked playlist for us!
Check it out below.
FKA Twigs – Two Weeks
For me, this track solidified Twigs’ ability to transcend into the mainstream without losing any of her individualism, and therefore made me a serious fan. The production is dark and brooding with a distinctive top-line that evokes all kinds of emotion.
Drake – Now and Forever
I love Drake’s ability to say things as they are without sounding insincere. The female vocal sample loaded with reverb is beautiful and haunting; something I try to emulate with my sound.
Emilie Nicholas – Put Me Down
I was completely floored by this tune! As well as the drop being pretty epic, the opening few lines are breathtaking. (Melodically she hits notes you would really struggle to find naturally when songwriting.)
An inspiring artist.
Kanye West – Blood On The Leaves
Love him, hate him. In my opinion he deserves to be highly credited for his music, especially this tune, sampling the incredibly moving Nina Simone song, ‘Strange Fruit’. Yeezy loves to sample, but he picks ’em well.
Radiohead – Codex
This track takes me on a different journey every time I hear it. The song is simple and not as sonically complex as you would expect from Radiohead, but it doesn’t need to be. Three words: ambient, moving and visual.
M83 Feat Susanne Sundfør – Oblivion (soundtrack)
If you like tunes with an 80’s aesthetic, this is for you. Big drums, big synths and big vocals. It’ll make you want to act out a dramatic scene from a movie in slo-mo, guaranteed.
Björk – All Is Full of Love
For me this is a masterpiece and one of the most beautifully written pieces of music I’ve heard. Dramatic and powerful, as Bjork always is. Electronica meets raw instrumentation = Genius.
Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money
This track has led the way for female pop artists like myself to experiment with elements of Trap music. I have a serious ‘girl power’ moment every time I hear it. It’s fierce, dark and empowering, yet still fits under the pop umbrella.
Major Lazer – Get Free
This is my summer anthem forever! An understated tune for Major Lazer, with a profound sentiment. I love a track you can enjoy for the vibe and the story it tells.
SZA – Babylon
SZA killed me with this track! Her tone is like velvet and her lyrics are quite abstract, which I love.
New wave R&B at its finest.
Beyoncé feat. Drake – Mine
This is my favourite tune from her previous record. Drake’s stamp is all over this track, with simple but energy-inducing melodies. This is met with Bey’s characteristically raw lyrical message and flawless vocals. Slaying all day with this tune!
Harper is playing the Alternative Escape on 21 May at 2pm.
Time for an uber cool track from alternative pop/R&B vocalist, Kissy.
Kissy has had plenty of time to hone her vocal skills, having been born to a pair of working musicians, and already toured and recorded backing vocalist for artists like Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, The Kills, and Arum Rae.
Her single, ‘Killer Vibes’ was produced by Mark Solomich from Junior Prom. It’s got that catchy, uplifting vibe, validating just how radio-ready Kissy is.
Sounds like: Sizzy Rocket, Great Good Fine Ok, Ghost Beach, Sleeplust
Meet SUMif, a San Francisco-based electro pop producer and singer.
After studying music business at NYU, SUMif moved to Nashville to write country music. However, it turns out that music that producing electronic music was more her forte.
One of the results is ‘Malaga’.
Of the track, SUMif explains;
“Malaga” is about my favorite thing in the world – dancing my face off at music festivals with my favorite friends. I wrote this song about those magical moments, an ode to everyone who I’ve ever danced with, in the desert, in a French-Canadian rainstorm, in the fields of Golden Gate Park, on the Isle of Wight, or while watching a rainbow meet the sunset over The Gorge. Those are among my favorite memories, so I tried to capture those feelings in a song.”
King Deco is a newcomer who writes bubbly indie pop music with heartfelt lyrics.
“A lot of my music has to do with the idea of breaking free and growing the courage to go against the grain when you need to,” Deco says. “It also explores what it’s like to be a woman in number of different situations. I rarely write straight up love songs but when I do I like to approach it in a very fun, comedic, tongue-in-cheek kind of way.”
With that in mind, King Deco created a playlist for us!
Lostboy Crow – Love Won’t Sleep I love it when a song starts and you think it’s going to be one thing but it seamlessly opens up into something totally different.
Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing
Feels like candles are lit and incense is burning
Kill J – Trickle Trickle
My go to song when I’m getting ready to go out
Miike Snow – Genghis Khan
Obsessed with these lyrics
Great Good Fine Ok – Already Love
Perfect song to start your day
Jeremih – Planez
The opening reminds me of Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” and in the first 3 seconds of the song I never know which one is gonna start playing.
The Knocks – Kiss The Sky
Makes you feel good. Every. single. time.
Imad Royal – Down For Whatever
It’s one of those songs you can play anywhere. Car, club, bedroom, studio.
The Weeknd – As You Are
The little details in the production, like that fluttery synth floating in between the lines of the second verse.
Christine and The Queens – Saint Claude
Always yes to french vocals.