Trapdoor social – The Move

Trapdoor Social is a Los Angeles based independent rock band with a mission. With its origins in a college environmental studies program, the band has a record of fundraising and activism to promote sustainability. Starting in 2015 Trapdoor Social branched off from the usual mix of club/radio/college shows and began producing outdoor, solar-powered concerts and events around the US, including Sunstock Solar Festival, which is takes place in Los Angeles annually. Their other projects combining music with activism have benefitted Homeboy IndustriesMesa Ridge High School, and Kids Cancer Connection.

The band’s music is energetic and passionate, with lyrics that play with love, philosophy, and social critique. Several of the band’s songs— “Away”, “Fine on My Own,” “Sunshine,” and “Wining as Truth” – have received significant airplay around the country, a national TV ad placement and success on Spotify’s ‘Discover Weekly’.
Trapdoor Social are set to release a full album, as well as a national tour in the spring of 2019.

The infectious track is inspired by the idea of a growing movement of people who want to leave the world better than they found it. With funk-fuelled guitars, impassioned vocals and a contagious chorus the single is sure to be stuck in your head all day long! The visuals feature protests for environmental regulation change.
The indie rock band have a record of fundraising and activism supporting sustainability, producing outdoor solar-powered concerts around the US.

Rainer + Grimm – Be Your girl

Rainer + Grimm, self-proclaimed happy sad boys, have been described as Toronto’s contemporary dance music response to the alternative R&B sound the city is infamous for.

Their official remixes for Sam Smith, Jessie Ware, Years & Years, Johnny Orlando, R3Hab, and many others have found homes on commercial airwaves and basement dance floors alike while signing a string of original releases on Universal Canada, Casablanca and physical presents as well as independent releases on their own imprint Bleeding Hearts Club. With production and engineering credits for the likes of Drake, The Weeknd, French Montana, Swae Lee, and Allan Rayman, just to name a few, they are poised to push their sound to the masses like never before.

Rainer + Grimm have had countless number 1’s on the popular blog aggregate site Hype Machine and a top 5 chart position on the UK’s Music Week Club and Pop Charts helped R&G tour across North America multiple times preaching their duty gospel and touch festival main stages ranging from Digital Dreams and Escapade to Splash House.

Since being a Spotify spotlight artist back in 2016, Rainer + Grimm records have been streamed over 30 million times across all streaming platforms, while boasting millions of those streams independently, 2019 promises more success under their musical umbrella Bleeding Hearts Club (BHC).

Olive B – playmate

Olive B uses her melodic voice and emotive lyrics to take listeners on a reflective and often nostalgic journey through their past relationships, and the pain and pleasures that accompany love. Olive’s first release was a seven-song mixtape titled No(W)here, released May 2017, produced and mastered by Toronto-producer Kayobe. In 2018, she collaborated with Vancouver-based producer Chewy on “Always You” and “Joey Moon.” Olive B is currently in the studio with producer Bobby Love (“Illusion” and “Fine Wine”) working on finishing an eight-song album titled With Or Without You. It’s a mix of indie pop meets alternative R&B. Look for this release on all streaming platforms on May 31st.

I was inspired by a relationship I was in, where I felt fully committed to this person, and eventually it became one-sided. He didn’t seem to care about me, but put more effort in when I acted the way I thought he wanted me to. At first, writing this track was emotional, but the more I started writing the more empowered I felt. The lyrics for the chorus just came to me during a freestyle session in the studio while Bobby was playing some spooky synths. I discovered there are two themes in the song – a vulnerable submissive side, and one where I felt powerful and comfortable with being myself.

“Playmate” is produced by Bobby Love. I came up with the melody for the chorus right away. Once everything started coming together, I knew it was going to be a great track.

Jinka & BLVTH – Bare to the bone

Jinka has an eclectic sonic architecture, leaving you short of references. Her music could either be the latest import straight from space at your local vinyl store, or the mangled soundscape of a masquerade in a 22nd century castle. The Transylvanian producer set up her laboratory in the western part of Berlin, where she creates a vivid blend of surrealist production and minimalistic vocal performance style.

Jinka’s debut EP Dr. Ara, which features collaborations with British singer-songwriter Klei (“Bicycle”) and Berlin based artist BLVTH (“Disarray”), is conceptualized as a “federation of miniature soundscapes“.

Listening to it feels like a journey during which we watch the Transylvanian producer explore various stylistic approaches and curate an assemblage of tasteful, both zeitgeisty and retro references which compose her trademark Happy Trip Pop vibe.

Check out how Jinka manages to cite pop music stereotypes in a unique and surprising manner while bypassing the notorious genre traps.

“When you stream music it’s like you have access to an all-you-can-eat buffet. If you have an omnivorous taste like me this might turn out to be dangerous. Unless you embrace it, are not afraid to take a multidirectional approach and explore different perspectives. The process of writing and producing the tracks of this EP has eventually brought me to “Romeo”. The moment we had finished Romeo I was like: okay – this is the sonic palette which is going to serve as grounds for my future work in 2019. There’s actually already a few songs waiting in line!“

Jinka’s previous releases received support from Wonderland Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Milk Magazine and Indie Shuffle and were listed on Spotify NMF US, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Turkey and Iceland. Her single ‘Countdown Forever’ is also part of the H&M in store playlist.

dan crossley – closure

Dan Crossley is a 23-year old singer/songwriter from Telford, now based in London. Consistently drawing from personal experience, Dan’s lyrics are flawlessly honest. Following from the success of his previous singles off his EP ‘Closure’ (7 Minutes, Call Back, Mind Games and Heal) Forgive Me is the fifth and final chapter to the EP.

Dan wrote Closure about a toxic relationship he was in from start to finish. The EP goes through each stage of the relationship with 7 Minutes being that initial attraction despite knowing that person is going to be bad for you down the road. Call Back is the aftermath where you’re desperate for that person to get in contact. Mind Games represents the peak of the relationship where that person is constantly playing on your mind and you’re trying to get over them. Heal is the result of the break up and Forgive Me is realising your wrong doings and asking for forgiveness and making peace with the relationship resulting in closure. Speaking on Forgive Me Dan says “It was a chance for me to escape the bitterness, let my guard down and be more mature about my first heartbreak. Forgiveness is something I’m still learning everyday, not just in relationships but with myself. I’ll always have love for someone that taught me lessons and made me who I am today.”

Speaking on the EP Dan says “Closure was a writing journey I started after my first heartbreak. The relationship never fully ended and I’m still to this day left with a question mark hanging over the two of us. That being said the project gave me the closure I needed to move on. It’s been just as much as a personal journey as well as a musical one.” Having caught the attention of Billboard, CLASH, Earmilk and Notion, Dan certainly remains as ‘one to watch’. He has accumulated over 500,000 streams on Spotify along with editorial playlists such as Chilled Pop Hits, Out Now and New Pop Revolution and has also been included in Apple Music’s Best of The Week playlists. Dan Crossley has been featured as Track of The Week numerous times on BBC Introducing, which led to him being named BBC Introducing’s One To Watch for 2018 as well as finishing last year off with a sold out headline show at The Camden Assembly.

Anna Lisa – hate

Anna Lisa is a Bristol-based singer-songwriter and producer, who has spent the last few years cultivating her sound and paving the way for her solo career to take flight. Having already made it into the Top 20 of the MOBO Unsung competition in 2016, Anna Lisa’s distinctive, haunting vocal style continues to bring her recognition as she readies herself for a string of forthcoming releases. Drawing on influence from grime, dubstep, trap and hip hop as a whole – from both the UK and US – alongside co-writer and producer MUSSI, she has reinvented herself and fine tuned her talents. The result is a deeply personal sound and style, with Anna Lisa weaving stories of emotional battles, heartbreak and unrestricted resentment within her music. You can expect to hear a lot from her corner in the coming months, as she gears up to release three singles, as well as her first ever music video. Her debut EP is also in the works, with a release scheduled for Summer 2019. All of that, plus a run of upcoming gigs and other appearances, make Anna Lisa one to watch in 2019 and beyond.

As 2019 continues, so does Anna Lisa’s run of fresh music as she hits us with her third single, Hate. Ever since her debut, Give Me A Reason, appeared on Valentine’s day 2019 we have been blessed with a new single each month, including March’s offering, Courage. The singles all follow a similar theme, as the Bristol-based singer-songwriter deals with moral dilemmas and emotional struggles. The pulsating, trap style production on Hate takes a step up in terms of tempo, with the faster style giving Anna Lisa’s lyrics more urgency, without losing any of that haunting quality that she displays in abundance, every time she steps in the booth. The production comes courtesy of Anna Lisa’s creative assistant and lab partner, MUSSI as they team up for yet another powerful track. With three successful singles and her first video behind her, 2019 is already looking set to be a triumph, but with the news that her debut EP is scheduled for release in the summer as well, the year definitely belongs to Anna Lisa.

Sami nathan – in motion

Sami Nathan was born and raised in north London, and started playing the piano and singing from her early years. The scale and diversity of London, the neighborhoods she grew up in, its rich music scene has always blown her away with its musical influence and continues to be an important source of inspiration and energy for her.

She started recording properly at 18 and landed into song writing in 2011 when she signed with Bucks Music Group.

That phase included collaborating with Jake Gosling, No ID, Brian Kennedy, MNEK and participating in writing camps in LA, Australia, Sweden and Norway. She learned a lot!

Joining forces with Jake Gosling she wrote and featured on the soundtrack to Twenty8k a UK thriller film, the album also featured Ghetts and Mikill Pane. This followed with working alongside Rudimental’s featuring artist Syron, where Sami wrote first single “Breaking” which was well received with airplay on Radio 1, 1Xtra, MTV.

Sami Nathan went on to work with Jessica Mauboy and Kennedy whom she co-wrote the track “Go (I don’t need you)” for her platinum selling album “Beautiful”.

While Sami Nathan is a born collaborator and continues to develop that element of her work, in 2018 she turned more towards herself, emphasising developing her own music expressions from her heart, reflecting on the journey and experiences she has witnessed growing up in London, the ups and downs of trying to find a way as an artist and a young woman. Honing in on her powerhouse vocals to convey the emotions within her songwriting.

This resulted in the release of ‘Fossilised’ in January this year and with ‘In Motion’ set for release in May, 2019 marks an important new chapter in Sami’s journey.

Michel young – Human

The label 4 On The Floor proudly presents Michel Young – born 1993 of French and Finnish heritage but now based in Sweden. He is currently working with Jonas von der Burg, a songwriter and producer behind numerous worldwide mega hits.

The past year has been lined with successes. His latest releases “Talk Talk” and “Come Over” and Dance No More” has already been successful in both international DJ lists and radio shows. The remixes are done by the very well renowned StoneBridge as well as the the up and coming producer/writer/remixer Damien Hall.

Michel Young’s tracks has been on A-rotation on P4 in Denmark and hothits.uk. B-rotation in Sweden. Michel Young is also played in USA, Japan, South America, Kenya, Mexico and Thailand. Lux FM, Passort Approved och Kiss FM (Ukraina). Lollipop,Glasgow, Candy Radio and Hit Song UK med flera. The tracks has been released in Spain, Poland, UK, Greece and Ireland.

Michel can be described in many ways – unique, talented and charismatic, just seem to scratch the surface. However, there is one word that ties them all together and is true to their character; Michel Young is Real. Few people sing so honestly from their heart and soul. Michel Young does so in just the right way, combining art, story and song in perfect unison.

Crooked Colours – hold on

Crooked Colours burst onto the scene in 2013 with breakout singles Come Down, Capricious and Another Way, earning three consecutive #1’s on Hype Machine and gaining a solid fanbase around the world. The result of a patient approach from an act determined to create a timeless debut, new albumVera demonstrates diverse and layered productions from a breed proving themselves as one of Australia’s hottest rising acts in electronic music today. Hit singles ‘Flow’, ‘I Hope You Get It’ and ‘Come Back To You’ have been picked up by radio stations and press around the world such as Radio 1, Eins Live, triple j, Majestic Casual to name a few. To date Crooked Colours have had over 20 million streams of their new record and have released award winning music videos for all previously released singles.

Recently invited to perform as special guests for EDEN on his U.K. and European tour, the band has also supported RÜFÜS and San Cisco, in addition to many festival performances across Australia and North America. On their most recent ‘Perfect Run’ Tour, the band sold out shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Washington, London, Hamburg, Berlin, Zurich as well as multiple shows at home in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Lycio – Cash

Having started in 2016, Lycio have supported notable acts such as Rae Morris, Sophie Hunger, Low Island, Yonaka and Gurr. Live highlights have also included a Richer Unsigned session, BBC Introducing session, Chris Evans’ Carfest for BBC Children in Need 2017 & 2018, ‘Project Soundlounge’ at Birmingham Town Hall, and an exclusive in store Selfridges ‘Live + Loud’ session.

Out of Birmingham, Lycio are a hybrid electronic live band combining soulful vocals with real/electronic instrumentation. They have developed a distinct sound while creating music that covers a variety of moods and styles, from up beat pop to alternative electronic. With their focus on groove and emotion, everything is performed live; there are no backing tracks or stock loops.

Tim Arstall, BBC Introducing WM/BBC Radio 1Xtra – “A brilliant band from Birmingham called Lycio, I have seen them perform they are like nothing else”


Danny de Reybekill, BBC Introducing WM – “They for me are genuinely coming out of Birmingham as one of the biggest up and coming names in the city, huge huge talent”

Released Monday 22nd April, Lycio’s latest offering ‘Cash’ sees a temporary departure in narrative style for the band. The often ambiguous approach of front woman Genie Mendez is this time replaced by a more direct message in ‘Cash’ – one directly reflecting its title.

Of the track, front woman Mendez explains –
“I’m sure you can guess what ‘Cash’ is about. It’s all in the title. Living in a capitalist world, we all want nice things; we all want a little more cash to spend. It’s amazing that one way or another, all of us are broke. I’m pretty damn broke, and friends who earn four times as much as me complain about being broke. We always want it, we always need it; no one’s got it.”

Instrumentalists Charlie Kellie and Alex Lowe have certainly done their best to reflect this in the arrangement. A huge bass line hook (which took the band weeks to perfect) and jagged drum arrangement forms the heartbeat of the song.

‘Cash’ sees their most instrumentally varied effort to date. We see Lycio playing with call and response; washy, open textures are quickly contrasted by tight up-close-and-intimate answers. “We were really aiming for our most texturally diverse recording with this one, and the sounds took a lot more work than our other tracks” explains Kellie. Drummer Alex Lowe adds “I wanted to get an almost industrial vibe, but still keep that element of groove”.

Complete with a sub bass breakdown, bouncing choruses and a vocal delivery by Mendez at her best, ‘Cash’ is wrapped up in style with a huge final vocal outro; one of their proudest moments to date.
Mastered at Metropolis Studios by Stuart Hawkes (Jack Garratt, Lorde, Fickle Friends, Rudimental, Mura Masa), Lycio want to put this industrial pop number out there in good time for festival season and the sweaty clubs alike.