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Oslo indie-popper OLA VILLAGE releases new single “Anger Problems”
Today Norwegian artist Ola Village releases his new single “Anger Problems”. It follows previous singles “A Ok” and “Love To Cry”, with all 3 tracks set to appear on Ola Village’s debut EP, due for release later this year.
Written and produced in his home studio in Oslo and mixed by frequent collaborator David Nakaji (Zack Villere, No Rome, Doja Cat), “Anger Problems” elevates Ola Village’s buoyant indie-pop to a whole new level.
HOSH & Jalja reunite on new single ‘Tighter’
Characterised by poignant, burgeoning melodies, refined dancefloor energy and Jalja’s seductive vocals, ‘Tighter’ sees HOSH craft a romance-infused house cut that leaves a lasting impression. Speaking on the release, HOSH comments, “For me ‘Tighter’ marks a turning point in many ways; written just before the world turned. Expressing the regrets that arise when something changes and reflecting on it. Also marking a turning point for me personally, as an artist, to break free completely.”
Blxst & Bino Rideaux hit the carwash in ‘Movie’ music video
Jelly Crystal announces debut album ‘Freak Show’
Marking the announcement the Gothenburg native has released his brand new single ‘Never Met a Cloud That I Didn’t Like’, which features Off The Meds frontman Kamohelo.
‘Never Met a Cloud That I Didn’t Like’ is a transfixing blend of African percussion, psychedelic guitars and synths along with suave vocals and shimmering harmonies set against a mesmerising funky bassline.
Jonas Blue & LÉON share music video for ‘Hear Me Say’
After its release just a month ago, ‘Hear Me Say’ has already smashed 18 million global streams and is fast becoming THE summer house anthem. The video perfectly captures the escapism and hedonistic summer vibe that everyone around the globe is feeling as we sit on the cusp of life beginning to re-open.
Robert Grace shares visual for tender new track ‘Self’ out now!
With over 16.5 million streams to date, the hugely successful Robert Grace returns with his new single, ‘Self’ ft Norwegian artist Emma Steinbakken. Out July 2 via Columbia Germany/RCA US.
Proving his knack for writing chart-ready, sincere pop with ease, Robert has hit the spot once again with ‘Self,’ with its breezy laidback beat, completed by Robert’s and Emma’s distinctive vocals. The song is about fighting the inner monologue that tries to ruin every good situation you put yourself in. Robert Grace: “I love this song so much because it’s about me. It IS me essentially. Super personal, super raw.”
Their first extended release in some 5 years, the South Wales trio dust themselves off with a collection of four varied new tracks that find a band broadening their sound and spreading their wings.
Kudu Blue share new single ‘December’
Brighton-based collective Kudu Blue have unveiled their new single ‘December’, out today via Nettwerk.
Steeped in emotion and punctuated by Clem’s soaring vocals, ‘December’ is an infectious dance cut characterised by a deep, brooding bassline and poignant horns. The vibrant accompanying video is a perfect match for the track’s energy.
Haunting, Cinematic Folk-Opera Aura // New Single
Ebony Buckle is a London-based singer/songwriter, originally from her tropical seaside home of Townsville, Australia. Writing and performing with her husband, musician Nick Burns, who also produces her music, Buckle uses captivating stories to hold a mirror up to herself and the world. Reflected in these songs is our humanity – our wants and needs, our struggles to fit in or break out. Throughout all of this is the hope that we can connect, that we can see the magnificent beauty of our universe and that we can grow and learn and evolve without fear.
MEYY drops seductive new single ‘Orchids’
A sensual ethereal R&B ballad, ‘Orchids’ combines downbeat, futuristic sound design with MEYY’s seductive vocals. Expertly capturing the experimental energy of the track, the accompanying visualizer sees the Brussels-born artist in a field of orchids, surrounded by butterflies in her own 3D world. It marks her second single release of 2021, following on from ‘Famous’, a hypnotic track that saw MEYY shift her sound in an experimental direction.
Eldé unveils sophisticated new single ‘Here We Go’
Her second release following a two-year hiatus, ‘Here We Go’ is a rousing moden R&B jam that combines sophisticated strings and a bumping 2-step beat with Eldé’s flawless vocals. It follows March’s ‘Epiphany’, a single characterised by busy percussion and fluttering melodies.
Horsey share new video for latest single “Lagoon”
Today, South London’s unclassifiable 4-piece curios, Horsey, have shared a new video for their latest single “Lagoon”. This is the third track to be taken from their highly anticipated debut LP “Debonair”, following their single “Seahorse”, which featured the band’s long-time friend and critically acclaimed songwriter Archy Marshall (King Krule) on vocals throughout.
‘Open Up’ has been written by Alice and produced with Troy Miller (Emeli Sandé, Jamie Cullum) with additional production by John Foyle (Years & Years, Maisie Peters). It’s a straightforward but extremely well crafted love song. Alice’s rich vocals and tastefully layered harmonies ride among tropical tinged synths and a high-flying euphoric chorus ready to set summer alight.
ICYMI- Sandwich-Based ‘New Age Jazz’ + Reggaeton From Charlie Garmendia (La China de la Gasolina)
During the pandemic, Charlie Garmendia (of Champagne Superchillin and La China de La Gasolina) and his buddy, Boone (Ben Timble of Fly Golden Eagle) started a Domician sandwich pop-up in Brooklyn. The sandwich is called a chimi and while it looks super delicious, the two realized they had WAY more fun creating jingles about the sandwich than actually making and selling the sandwich.
Today, LA-based Alt-Pop artist Alt Bloom releases his new track “Old Kick Drum,” a song about embracing past mistakes and persevering even when it feels difficult. An ode to anyone who feels like they are being held back by their past, Alt Bloom passionately describes the uplifting feeling one has when they not only accept their faults & mistakes, but learn to grow & live freely despite them.
Martin Sexton Invokes Our Better Angels On New Single “Calling On America” With Guest John Mayer
Today, renowned singer-songwriter Martin Sexton shared his new single “Calling On America.” Arriving just ahead of Independence Day weekend, “Calling On America” follows in the grand tradition of tender R&B cultural commentary epitomized by soul poets like Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. Featuring a guest appearance from longtime friend and supporter John Mayer on guitar, it’s a scene-setting song panning through visual vignettes of love and harmony while also contemplating division.