Amsterdam-based DJ/producer The Axe has re-worked his debut single "Secrets" giving it a slick new coat of electro pop production. The track ties in guitars with the electronic production and features alluring vocals from Michaela Shiloh, a.k.a. MRS. The Axe first got into music after joining a marching band at ten. Eventually he saved up enough for a drum kit at home and he's never looked back since.
UK-based rapper Broughton takes us back up to the clouds on his chill hip hop single "Re-Up". The track has a hazy, lofi instrumental with a filtered vocal melody, loungey chords and a punchy beat underneath Broughton's even punchier vocals. Broughton is also part of the duo NQH with fellow rapper Brydon and in March the two released their first official single together called "Gangrene P III". If you're looking for something more downtempo, check out Broughton's more recent single "Isolate".
Que Believe's funky new single shows us that diamonds come in many forms. The song is about being grateful for the blessings we have and sharing kindness with others, especially those less fortunate. He's used the video clip to highlight poverty and homelessness and encouraged fans to submit video responses where they go out and share acts of kindness in their community. The song has a groovin' bassline underneath Que's hip hop vocals building to a catchy chorus.
Producer duo KDL have teamed up with singer Ferras for their burning hot new electro pop single 777. Emotive electronic production gives the song a driving, trancey atmosphere, while Ferras holds nothing back, delivering passionate vocals about going all-in on love.
Over the past few years Ferras has written music for Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin and Katy Perry. We'd love to hear more of his voice and collaborations, especially with KDL!
Johannesburg-born, New York-based artist Lenkie brings us her gorgeous debut single "Flower Girls". The track features her soulful vocals and acoustic-like guitar playing as she delicately tells the story of someone that gave her strength, singing: "These daffodils would look lovely in your curls, darling don't be shy, there's no-one else here to hear your cries but me, and I'm listening to you... Come on, let's be flower girls." With her powerful vocals and intimate style, she's one to keep an ear out for!
Check out her video of how Flower Girls came about:
Based around a rip-roaring electric guitar riff, Australian country artist PHIL brings us the rock! You know what the world needs more of? Guitar solos. And this track doesn't disappoint, something that's even more impressive considering he only started learning and playing 3 years ago. His lyrics tell of heartbreak and trying to drown the sorrow, with only his guitar as his trusted partner. He plans to take his guitar on tour through Nashville after the release of his debut EP later this year.
Zine Yaala brings us a tense, sparse electronic track about "getting your revenge on your enemies and becoming 'the mean guy'". Co-produced with Iggy Jai, Yaala clevery switches out the typical finger-click percussion used in pop songs for something more aggressive that sounds like a fist hitting a palm. Although the production is quite minimal, it packs lot of power in its restraint, with a palpable feeling that something intense and bad could happen at only a moment's notice. This is particularly pronounced in the outro section that begins at 2:31. Yaala sings alongside SAME, their passionate vocals echoing over the dark soundscape.
The fashionable Yaala is Morroccan, Canadian, Vietnamese, speaks French (which you can hear him whisper seductively at the end of the track) and graduated from Abbey Road Studios in London. You might have also seen him on The Voice France 2018.
Our second album Fearless is now open for submissions! We're looking for artists around the world to be creative and let us know what Fearless means to them! To us, it's not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it. We want to hear exciting, forward-thinking sounds, particularly electronic tracks, as well as pop, alt pop, rap/hip hop, rock and a variety of other styles. We'd love to close out the album with a cinematic score!
Submissions are due by Feb 3rd 2020 and must be original, unreleased tracks. There's more information on our Releases page. Check it out and let us know if you'll be submitting so we can keep you in the loop!
Sam Reed charms us with his vocals and acoustic guitar skills on his new single "Short Guy". The track has a chill, lofi hip hop and bedroom pop vibe, written about: "rejecting the mainstream expectations of monetary wealth and physical beauty, while putting more weight on bettering oneself on a deeper level, through meaningful relationships and a drive to leave a positive mark on the world."
Reed has quite an environmental, socially conscious attitude which comes through in his songs and projects. In July he released "Honeydew Moon", showcasing some of his lovely raspy vocals over acoustic for a climate change focused short film by renowned nature cinematographer Roger Fishman - see more here. Check out Reed's Instagram for more.