Canadian singer/songwriter Ezra Jordan brings us his first single for 2020 "Cliffs". Set to feature on his upcoming EP "Cheap Therapy" in April, the fantastic electro pop offering captivates us with its catchy vocals and irresistibly dancey synth work in the chorus. Explaining the track's inspiration Jordan wrote: "The central concept for CLIFFS came to me while I was standing on a massive cliff watching the sunset over the ocean in Thailand. It was a few days after breaking up with my then girlfriend, which was what inspired most of what I wrote about on this EP."
"I remember being so overwhelmed by the unbelievable beauty of what I was seeing up there that it actually gave me a little bit of hope that eventually, everything was going to be okay. However, my memory of that evening took on a different meeting when I met up with my ex 6 months later. Seeing her again changed my memory of that night to feeling like she was dangling me over the cliff and holding me hostage, instead of feeling like everything would get better from then on."
Stay tuned for the EP in April and follow his Instagram @ezrajordan for covers, jam sessions and more!
Swedish artist SHY Martin talks through fears on her gorgeous new ballad "Slow". She started writing songs and poetry as a teenager, saying: "I was never good at talking about my feelings so I wrote them down instead. When I felt sad, me and my mum wrote letters to each other about it. So expressing myself through songs came pretty naturally for me." She has since found success writing for the likes of Bebe Rexha, Kygo and Ellie Goulding and began releasing her own music in 2017. On Slow, soft guitar and piano play a warm melody underneath SHY's raw, vulnerable vocals. She leaves nothing out, singing: "Someone left me with a broken heart, that I passed onto someone and broke a new one apart." SHY released a cool behind the scenes video for the track which you can check out below.
Canadian rappers Matt Yonge and Green Hypnotic effortlessly bounce off each other spitting bars over a chill guitar-led beat on their collab single "Save It". Speaking on the song's inspiration they write: "This song sends the message of minding your own business, keeping your head down and working hard, and knowing you're going to reach a winning position. It's driven by confidence and self belief and has that 'me vs. everybody' mentality." The track is Matt Yonge's fourth single after his debut in 2018 with the hard hitting and catchy track "Creeper". For Green Hypnotic, the track comes amid the release of the third installment in his Bando Midori album trilogy.
London-based pop artist AEO closed out 2019 with the release of "Rounds", one of the lead singles from his upcoming debut EP set to be released in spring. Despite its theme of heartbreak, the track has a warm, uplifting sound supported by choir vocals. AEO grew up singing in his school choir and studied music in secondary school. He found success in 2016 with his single "Fight" with press from the likes of Vents Magazine and ColoRising among others and hit number one on the UK10 chart. He has recently started posting cool throwback covers on his IGTV channel, check it out @aeosings. He writes that his aim is: "to create something that will live forever" and we look forward to hearing him reach for that this year!
Tel Aviv-based singer/songwriter Michael Rose has unleashed his powerful debut single "Tornado", written about a girl he met in Frankfurt with scars on her arm. Driven by acoustic guitar and heartfelt vocals, he says about the song: "Angry at the world, I wrote this song out of my love for her. I just wish I could sing it to her back in time when she needed it most." Rose has previously fronted and toured internationally with the Israeli progressive metal band Distorted Harmony and now he's focused on kickstarting his solo project. With such an impressive debut, we look forward to hearing more from him soon!
"We've all had those moments: when you think things just can't get any worse. When you feel so lonely, so vulnerable. Moments when all you wanted was to be loved, to be understood - to be heard." Read more below from Rose on how the song came about.
Dua Lipa shows us who's boss on the title track of her upcoming album "Future Nostalgia". The track has an irresistibly funky beat and catchy topline, mixing nostalgic 80s synth work with modern bass and vocals. And she knocks it out of the park with her lyrics: "No matter what you do I'm gonna get it without ya / I know you ain't used to a female Alpha / You can't get with this if you ain't built for this / I can't build you up if you ain't tough enough / I can't teach a man how to wear his pants."
Not one to do anything by half, she's even had the album title tattooed onto her arm! Explaining the creative inspiration for the album, Dua wrote: "What I wanted to do with this album was to break out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to make music that felt like it could sit alongside some of my favorite classic pop songs, whilst still feeling fresh and uniquely mine. I was inspired by so many artists on the new record from Gwen Stefani to Madonna to Moloko to Blondie and OutKast, to name just a few."
Lucky fans in Europe will get to see her perform the new album live on her Future Nostalgia tour, kicking off in Madrid in April with a busy schedule of dates taking her through to Dublin in June.