Here's something chilled out for your lazy Sunday - "Flume" by Swedish artists Kr1sh and Ema Rae. Rae's pretty vocals float over Kr1sh's muted airy production, and the track has a bluesy feel, particularly with the laidback lead guitar and wah sections.
Rae is clearly a fan of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly's Step Brothers making this hilarious reference in her SoundCloud bio: "My voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus. This is gonna sound weird, but for seconds, I think i take on the shape of a unicorn."
Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" was already a pop smash hit before she released her new video clip for it, and now in addition to her first #1 on Billboard Hot 100, she's also currently at #2 on YouTube Trending. The video heavily references classic female-centric movies Mean Girls, Bring It On, 13 going on 30 and Legally Blonde, and features a host of cameos from Troye Sivan to Jonathan Bennett to Kris Jenner and former castmates from the Nickelodeon show "Victorious". She's even seen with her own Burn Book filled with her exes - but instead wrote only positive comments in it in keeping with the song's grateful theme.
They've done a fantastic job putting together the clip and if you wanna know more about it, check out this great breakdown by INSIDER. And highly recommended - check out James Corden's hilarious parody, "Thank U, Jeff".
LA-based DJ and producer Le Youth has released a smooth new house/pop tune called "Stay" featuring summery vocals from Karen Harding. Le Youth wrote on Twitter: "Wanted to work with Karen for so long, so this one is special to me." The track has light, airy production, but is sure to get you up and moving on the dance floor. Also, if you're a Forza Horizon 4 fan, you can catch Ava Max (who recently hit #1 on UK iTunes charts with her hit "Sweet but Psycho") and Le Youth's song "Clap Your Hands" featuring in the soundtrack [...]
Melbourne-based alt rock band Dear Infamous have a powerful, guitar-heavy sound accompanied by strong lead vocals. Their song "Prisoner", which features on our Solid Muse: New World album, kicks off with the pedal down playing an immediately catchy riff and lyrically challenges the listener to consider their thoughts and actions and break free of self-imposed prison.
Venezuelan-born artist La Rogue has released a new single called "Believe" featuring soft production, warm bass and smooth vocals. It's a song that's there for you when you're feeling down and defeated and need something to lift you up again. As La Rogue explains, "This song is about self doubt. When you want something so bad and you work so hard but still don't feel like people support you or don't care to see your vision. I think we as humans or rather I personally find myself constantly struggling with an inner battle of doubt, fears, and sometimes failure because I called it quits too early. All we need is someone to believe in us... when we stop believing in ourselves."
Scottish singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi has released a moving ballad called "Someone You Loved" on his new EP "Breach" about deeply missing a past love. Over the piano, he pulls at the heartstrings with his powerful and emotive voice and lyrics, singing: "I let my guard down / And then you pulled the rug / I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved". He said on Facebook: "am so so proud of this tune! probably my favourite i've ever written!!!!"
He was recently nominated for the Brits Critics' Choice Award alongside fellow artists Mahalia and Sam Fender, and he joked on Twitter that he'd add the nomination to his Tinder bio in the hopes it may improve his match ratio! If he wins, he'll be joining the likes of Adele, Emeli Sande and Sam Smith. The winner will be announced December 7th when he'll be performing at The Helix in Dublin as part of his sold-out UK tour.
"Love After War" from LA-based producer & rapper duo PANDA$ features striking, beautiful vocals from Anastasia Elliot and superb rap that seems to flow effortlessly between. The track has an icy, cinematic sound with the lyrics telling of a turbulent relationship. The song is reminiscent of ZHU's dance hit "Faded" in parts with its entrancing vocals and echoic production. PANDA$ formed in 2016 after vocalist Manny had surgery on his vocal chords that could have possibly ended his career and ability to sing. Manny felt like this was his second chance and together with Landa they leapt at it. The two pull on their diverse range of influences, from trap and old-school hip hop to 60's soul and Frank Sinatra, giving them a unique creative chemistry.
Five-piece indie pop band Fuzzy Sun have released their sophomore EP "Warm Evening / Cold Morning" and it lives up to their name with lovely sun-soaked synths and lightly psychedelic style. Male and female vocal duets are a special treat in bands, and on "Heavy", Fuzzy Sun do a stunning job with singers Kyle Ross and Daisy Valentine bouncing off each other in the verse and joining together in the chorus. The track jumps straight from the outset into hooky guitar riffs and a groovin' beat giving it an instantly enjoyable, dancey sound.
Video game company Riot Games, responsible for popular multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends, have launched a wildly successful and creative marketing campaign by forming a K-pop group using characters from their game. The group is called "K/DA", likely a reference to the game's kill-death-assist ratio. Each of the four members are voiced by real-life pop stars including Jaira Burns, Madison Beer, and Miyeon and Soyeon from K-pop group "(G)I-dle". They are represented visually in their captivating animated debut by game "champions": Kai'Sa "Daughter of the Void", Akali "the Rogue Assasin", Evelynn "Agony's Embrace" and Ahri "the Nine-Tailed Fox", and the clip has racked up nearly 100 million views on YouTube in under a month! [...]
LA-based band The Regrettes have released a fun new indie pop punk track called "California Friends" about a two women flirting with being more than friends and the insecurities of doing so. It has an upbeat, dynamic style making good use of guitars, drums and backing vocals and shouts. Lead singer Lydia Night told Upset Mag, "I've just noticed how people are so scared to be vulnerable and really admit how they're truly feeling and I have felt that way in the past too. I was just sick of it. I feel like a lot of our songs were extremely personal and I'm a super personal writer, I felt like it made a lot of sense to make that the whole message of it."