Mask wearing LA-based indie pop band Animal Island have released a new EP called "It Gets Better" following in their style of catchy, summery indie sounds. The final track "No Worries" has a great dancey beat and lives up to its name with uplifting vibes and youthful charm. Their music has been featured on a number of TV shows including MTV's "Are You The One?", AwesomenessTV's "This Is Summer" and Vanderpump Rules.
Netherlands-based electronic duo Sick Individuals have released an uplifting melodic banger called "Symphony" with beautiful vocals from the prolific and talented Nevve. Building from piano, the bridge will make your heart soar as the energy rises into the chorus to transport you to another place. The two, Rinze 'Ray' Hofstee and Joep 'Jim' Smeele, met at the conservatory for music in The Netherlands and since then have dominated the electronic scene with their infectious beats and progressive house melodies. They are currently on tour in support of Symphony with upcoming dates in Heifei, China tonight, Houston, New York, Edinburgh, London and Toulouse, France. We wish them and everyone out there a "sick" 2019, filled with lots of music and love!
With sugary pop vocals and a super funky beat, Canadian producer Sleepy Tom and LA-based artist Sophia Black are sure to get you moving on their new single. And if it's not hot enough already, there's even a sexy sax solo from Steve Hilliam turning up the heat. Speaking on genre, Sleepy Tom explains: "I started to feel confined to making strictly dance music. I wanted to explore pop song structures, more real instruments, more hooks - basically, to create a more accessible and intimate experience for people listening." Sleepy Tom is currently working on his debut EP "The Times".
Cappa has a released a confident new pop anthem titled "Sux" which stems from the lyrics: "now you're at a party / don't want anybody / 'cause everybody else sucks". As she explains, "It's a pretty honest song. I went through a rough breakup after a long term relationship. I wanted the song to feel empowering though and encouraging that you can come out on the other side of it." The track has a tight electro pop production and her striking vocals shine in the spotlight. She will be releasing a remix of the track soon and then a number of singles leading up to a brand new EP.
Melbourne-based rapper and producer Charchi goes hard at the club on his new single "GO". "The track is centred around a girl I'm infatuated with and the excessiveness that comes with a big night out," he says. His voice will have you nodding and humming along as he lays down the bars over metallic arps, kickin' bass and trap hats. Charchi will also be following up with a release called "Casino" that "marks the evolution of my sound, it led me to push my boundaries and stress my versatility as an artist". We look forward to hearing it!
Canadian indie band Fake Shark have just released their sophomore album "Walking Through A Fantasy". The fifth track "Smile" has an infectious groovy energy with funky distorted organs and vocals, a lovely melody in the bridge and dancey percussion and bass throughout. Frontman Kevvy wrote of the song: "Smile is a song about not trusting yourself romantically anymore because of your past, and so you are now cautious when you meet a new person. It's like a challenge to the new person you meet to live up to the version of themselves that they're portraying."
Scottish five-piece band Dancing on Tables' song "Colour Me Good" is filled with catchy melodies and positive indie pop energy, opening with a drum solo and showing off some lovely vocals. You can hear the Scottish accent coming through on the lines: "I know so much about you, but I want to know more. I can't get you off my mind". The lads are school mates who formed in the last year of school and they named themselves after arriving at a show and realising fans were well, dancing on tables. They wrote: "I think CMG is the most fun song we have written and brings out a new, less-serious side of us. The 'Space Race' EP tackles more serious and melancholy topics, but we thought this is the perfect track to encapsulate summer, and begin the release of our music."
LA-based producer NGHTMRE has teamed up with duo Big Gigantic on their new single "Like That". Big Gigantic formed in 2008 combining the talents of saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken and creating their unique sound blending EDM with live instruments. Along with NGHTMRE they bring fantastic horns and style to this absolutely groovin' dance track. NGHTMRE wrote: "Looked up to the Big Gigantic guys for a long time! Honored to be able to write some music together. I'm really happy with how it turned out! Hope you guys enjoy this one."
UK-based songstress Gabrielle has released her first ever Christmas song covering Donny Hathaway's This Christmas, a favourite of hers. Her gorgeous voice is sure to bring smiles and warmth to you and your kin this Christmas as she faithfully and beautifully renders this 70's classic. Gabrielle has enjoyed a long and successful career after making an impressive debut in 1993, breaking the record for the highest chart debut by a female with her single "Dreams" which rose to the number 1 spot. And she sure has character with her rich textured voice and visually striking eyepatch. Later, multi-platinum artist Adele would reveal she used to wear an eyepatch as a child impersonating Gabrielle who was one of her favourite singers growing up. Gabrielle's passion for music has never ceased and she will be touring again in March-April next year. Before her tour in 2016 she said, "Im so grateful that after 23 years I still have the chance to perform and record, It's what I know and what I love, when i said Dreams can come true, I wasn't wrong!"
For more, check out this cool interview with Gabrielle in the Guardian recently.