Wildly grey-haired, koala-identifying LA-based artist FRND wears his heart on his sleeve on his wonderful new electro-pop EP "Before U I Didn't Exist". The fourth track "Medicine" has a strikingly catchy and emotive vocal melody straight off the bat before introducing a groovin' bassline and snare percussion. He's currently working on his debut full length album to be released this year. He shares some pretty cool videos on YouTube like this one on the making of "If It Hurts", the final track from the EP, and another where he sampled his friend fighting over the phone and turned it into a really neat track.
Canadian singer/songwriter Don Brownrigg has released a heartfelt folk ballad called "Bad Timing" from his forthcoming album "Fireworks" about the struggles of love, set to be released February 22nd. He will be touring in support of the album soon after with upcoming dates booked in Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Toronto and Ottawa - more info on his website. His vocals on Bad Timing are richly textured and layered over rhythmic guitar work and beautiful violins.
Brownrigg wrote: "Bad Timing is an empathetic view on not being available to someone but understanding what they need and want from you. Rarely do timing and feelings align perfectly - for me, at least. It is a song on the album about me having to back away and reject someone where several others are about me having unrequited love."
Our Five for Friday this week has been postponed until Monday, but we have a beautiful track for you tonight from NJ-born producer Nurko and Nashville-based vocalist Luma, who have released a gorgeous melodic dubstep single together called "Tonight" out now on label Lowly Palace. Nurko is known for his tracks with feels, and over soft guitar and soaring electronic production Luma cements them again on Tonight with her beautiful vocals. As it says in Nurko's bio: "Some music gives you goosebumps. That music usually isn't played in the club. Nurko wants to change that."
Texan producer PRISMO has released a sweet, emotive electronic pop track called "Blame". He explains, "Blame is about caring for someone so deeply that you wish you could take the burden of their guilt and pain. It hurts to see the people I that love suffer, and sometimes I just wish I could suffer for them. I want the blame and the burden to fall on me." The verses feature soft synth pads, finger clicks and warm layered vocals before the track works into a big catchy progressive house chorus.
Los Angeles-based DJ/producer INRVISN has released an uplifting melodic dubstep single with lovely vocals from BAER called "Life Itself". The production is big and cinematic, and sweeps you up like a sonic hug which it offers confidently with the line: "this love ain't negotiable". His influences include Illenium, Kaskade and Hans Zimmer, and you can hear them along with some Seven Lions coming through on the track. He plans to release a song a month in 2019 so follow him for more! Check out his cute Shiba Inu Zoe too here!
Adelaide-based producer Mitchell Hughes has released a chillingly good trap banger called "All I Want". Pitched vocals float around enveloping production as the track works into an absolutely gorgeous drop that sounds like a shapeshifting ice or glass maze. The track has been receiving great reviews from Triple J staff, and his previous track "Creature" saw airplay on both Triple J and Unearthed. Prior to that, his track "Spinning Guns" reached #30 in the Top 100 Trap/Future Bass Beatport charts. With quality like this, Hughes is set for an exciting 2019!
Ukrainian producer KLYCHKEY has teamed up with Austrian producer Momentum on their breathtaking new single "Breathless". The track's reverberant vocals are like a shooting star in the sky over a beach stirring your heart, and the instrumental melody they've chosen perfectly compliments them like the reflective waves beneath. They've opted for a pitch-riser in the bridge which by all accounts should break the lovely melody, but instead adds a wonderful dynamic and intensity. For more, check out their fantastic other recent collaboration "Hold On Tight", released on Future House Cloud Selection.
Electronic pop trio PLYA have released a dazzling new single called "Adrenaline" showing off snappy percussion, production mixing vintage lofi with modern pop and spine-tinglingly good vocals. The band wrote: "Adrenaline is about that perfect high you feel when you fall for someone new. For us, the track captures the rush of living in that care-free moment, but not knowing where it will take you". The London-based trio had a great year in 2018, having sold out their first headline show, mastered at Abbey Road Studios, released two award-winning music videos and featured on Sir Elton John's Beats 1 radio show, and they've already set plans in motion for 2019 so expect more music and shows from them soon!
With a bopping bassline, catchy vocals and uplifting vibe, Tin Pigeons' new single "You're No Fun" defies its title. The indie duo from the East Midlands were acclaimed as "One of the best festival bands we know" by BBC Introducing after conquering every major festival stage in the country including Reading & Leeds. They've been on tour in support of the new single and have plans for another tour this year. Turn this one up and grab someone to dance with. If they don't, tell them they're "no fun" and pull them over anyway!
London-based rapper Big T ain't too fond of his school days. His new song and video "F's and E's" is directed at his educators with a fiery intensity. With a relatable theme and bars flowing out like a home run, the track commands attention. They said he'd never make it, told him he was "shite" and didn't teach him anything, so he hits back following the catchy titular hook "Fs 'n' Es" with: "Since I left school I learned how to rap, since I left school I learned how to act, and none of you f***ers ever taught me jack".