Pop artist TAELA kicked off with a "Bang" earlier this year, the name of her debut single in April, and she's now followed up with another pop banger called "Dance Drink Repeat". She lets her emotion flow unbridled in the powerful bridge and then finds distraction in the chorus, shutting it all out with the catchy hook: "dance, drink, repeat".
"With Dance Drink Repeat I really wanted to capture that feeling of doing whatever you can to get your mind off of someone/something, and fighting the temptation to push your problems aside until the morning. And I was visualizing different party scenes and taking myself back to moments where I just wanted to go home - but knew I needed to be around other people in order to feel okay. It's been really exciting to watch this small idea I had for a song one day grow into something so meaningful to me."
Need some heavy music to lift those heavy weights to? Or just need some musical catharsis? Can't decide between metal and electronic? How about both! Mazare and Essenger come together combining Linkin Park and BMTH-like rock with Pendulum-like drum and bass. And it is EPIC! Essenger's singing and screams are full of intense emotion over swirling, dramatic production in the verses. The track then picks up into a heavy, climactic drum and bass drop.
U.K.-based rapper HEX continues to drop fire with his latest single "Paranoia", set to feature on his upcoming EP later this year. The track starts off with soft picked guitar, then the beat drops with HEX's melodic rap vocals taking the lead. His lyrics speak of mistakes and trusting no-one but himself, with lines like: "Don't care if she lied to me, she fine but she ain't fine for me. Broke one side of me, but that's on myself" and "Signed away my trust, big mistake without a lawyer, keep it on me, I've been feeling paranoia."
The song came together quickly in the studio working with producers Mohr and Roy Lenzo. Check out the neat behind-the-scenes video below for how Paranoia came together. HEX has made a big impression since his debut in 2017 and he's on the rise!
The bassline in this song is more delicious than chocolate to me right now. I'm talking about alt-pop artist Upsahl's new single "Wish You'd Make Me Cry". Upsahl sings about craving something real, a real emotion, something that's not just "perfect" from a partner. Combining a gritty rock rhythm with her fantastic vocals, she brings a hard edge to this alt pop gem.
She wrote of the track's inspiration: "'Wish You'd Make Me Cry' is about being with someone who is so good to you that it almost seems fake. When I wrote this song with Pete Nappi, I was caught up in that feeling, so I started just venting to him about it. At one point, I think I said something along the lines of 'I just wish that he would make me cry'. We wrote the song within an hour after that."
Toronto/Vancouver-based alt pop group Jade The Moon get us daydreaming on their sparkling new single called "If I Had Lots Of Money". The track has a nostalgic, airy melody propelled by a punchy drum beat. Singer Dani Le Rose's beautiful vocals lead the track, telling the story of someone in a broken relationship who admits if they had lots of money, they would leave. The track is the lead single from their upcoming album 11:11, following their 2015 self-produced release "Habits and Hindrance".
Armenian-born pop artist Asmik brings us her gorgeous vocals echoing over smooth synth pop production on her first single since 2016 called "Nice". The song speaks of a relationship with someone that is difficult to work on or leave because of the things they say when you talk to them about it.
She's always been into music and singing, showing talent early at 15 when she made her way into a national jazz orchestra in Europe, performing as the lead vocalist. Now having moved to L.A. and released Nice, we look forward to hearing where she goes from here.
Speaking of her music and where she is today, she said: "I'm inspired by who I am today because I am at the point in my life where I trust myself more than ever. I want my music to encourage all girls to be confident and appreciate themselves".
It's finally Friday, woo hoo! We're feeling good and hope you are too. Here's some good vibes country-pop from Norwegian artist Grand Alpaca (I love this name!) to kick-start your weekend.
With sun-soaked guitars and uplifting, singalong vocals it could easily make even the dreariest day better. This is Grand Alpaca's second single since his debut in May. Last month he released his first video clip too which you can check out here.
Naah and C. Gold have teamed up for their gorgeous new electronic pop single "Electric Life" about how: "in this new era of infinite scrolling through social media it can sometimes feel like your friends would rather spend time in front of the screen than with you." Naah's vocals take the spotlight in the verses with driving synth pads introduced in the bridge giving way to a delightful melodic vocal-chopped chorus.
New York-born, Sydney-bred artist Valencia James brings us an uplifting anthem called "Dreamers".
"I wrote Dreamers at a time in my life when I was learning how to dream again and believe for dreams that I had forgotten about. It's kind of that song where I was just like, 'Why can't I do all the things that I want to?' I had just come out of a period of depression about my future and this was my song ... I hope people listen to the song and remember to dream again, to hope again, and to believe in themselves again."
"Wild Night" is the new feel-good bop from Swedish twins Bahoz & Baran and it's sure to put you into motion! They wrote and produced the track in Africa where they were inspired by the happy African environment.