Edie Bens – the first one

Brighton-based Welsh songstress Edie Bens will be releasing her debut single ‘The First One’ on all major streaming platforms. The song is a nostalgic account of teenage angst recorded with her live band and produced by the amazing Josh Harrison who is currently working with Royal Blood. Combining folk and Americana influences with hearty pop melodies, her heartfelt and honest music was first noticed by the producers of ITV’s ‘This Morning,’ where, at the age of 16, one of her songs was aired on live television, with host Philip Schofield noting her as ‘one to watch’. Edie has had airplay on BBC Radio Wales, BBC introducing and has live experience at festivals including last years ‘The Great Escape’ in Brighton, a hot-bed for emerging talent in the industry. Selling out her first headline show in Brighton this year at The Prince Albert Edie Bens has a growing reputation as one of the South Easts most exciting artists. 2019 clearly has a lot in store for this bright young starlet, with her return to ‘The Great Escape’ as well as tour support for Chloe Foy and a summer packed with numerous festivals and even a few dates overseas.

cuja – don’t forget about me

Cuja, otherwise known as Alyssa Cudamat, is an electric LA-based pop artist that is creating her own terms when it comes to music. She fuses elements of retro-pop with a fresh forward-thinking electro-pop twist, combined with cheeky and relatable lyrics; her personality shines through every aspect of her music. 

Her passion for music began at a very young age as she spent most of her childhood traveling around the world in a touring choir, performing everywhere from France to China. This experience cultivated not only her voice, but her sense of self (and her love of food!). She’s skilled and self-taught in guitar, piano, and ukulele and is currently teaching herself how to make her own music. Cuja strives to be a woman of all trades. 

Inspired by girl-power artists like Hayley Kiyoko, Dua Lipa, and Ariana Grande, Cuja took her sound and transformed it into her own: a shimmery, electronic pop that serves as her canvas for heartbreak, jealousy, and pleasure. 

She has a drive to succeed like no other, partially due to the lack of Asian-American representation within the music industry. She felt a huge disconnect growing up as a mixed Asian-American child in America. Instead of getting upset about the lack of diversity, she decided to utilize her own voice and story, making it her goal to provide more opportunities for minorities and marginalized groups in music. On this topic, Cuja explains “I’m very excited to be a part of diversifying the pallet of creative individuals in the industry. It’s a personal mission of mine to work with and support marginalized creatives. I think everyone is yearning badly to hear the stories of POC’s, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, people with disabilities, etc. It’s time mainstream pop, and all genres for that matter, reflect the world. It’s time these voices are heard.”

After releasing her debut EP, simply titled Vol. 1, on June 21, Cuja has plenty more planned for the year. Stay tuned for a new single in July, along with an accompanying show at Los Angeles’ esteemed The Peppermint Club on July 20.

Cuja brings forth her enlightening style of electronic/pop with her debut EP titled ‘Vol.1’ that sparkles and shines with its crystal-clear production.” – Acid Stag

…infectious bops with powerful undertones of feminism.” – The New Nine

Jenko – by your side

JENKO (real name Richard Jenko) is a 26 year old EDM, dance-pop artist from the midlands, UK with a rich musical background supported by the likes of Calvin Harris and Dallas Austin  in the past.

After having some success in his younger years as ‘Richard Jay’ he received airplay on national and international radio and began working with some of the industry’s top songwriters. He was also included in the Converse shoes ‘rising sparks’ campaign as one of the top up and coming talents.

Calvin Harris, Dallas Austin and other top producers agree. Richard Jay is  one of the most notable new pop talents to look out for. The young  British pop prodigy has been stirring up interest on both sides of the  Atlantic with his blend of pop, electro and heartfelt balladry.

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RICHARD JAY,  one serious pop prodigy at seventeen(!), who’s quite a busy bee in the  studio as he writes, records, produces, and masters his own material.  He’s been floating around the interwebs for some time, garnering the  interest of BBC and thus being featured on a variety  of radio shows. The young aspirant is also taking part in the latest  Converse campaign promoting new talents on the block, to which they  described Richard Jay as a “creative centipede”.

Richard Jay’s music is just the right mix of bright, shimmering synthesizers and deep bass sound that both sounds gorgeous

Richard  is now branching out by himself once again, this time as JENKO and beginning to make his mark by releasing his latest solo track ‘By Your Side’ on the 25th June on all major platforms (i.e. Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music).

Eva Lina – you so cool

Eva Lina is a pop artist and producer from Sweden with an in your face attitude that is instantly recognisable in her RnB infused beats and infectious melodies. Shortlisted in the Isle of Wight Festival New Blood Competition and fresh from a headline set at Moth Club Eva Lina  is one to watch. Brought up singing in church and fed a steady diet of rock music by her older brother, Eva-Lina has a wide range of musical influences also including P!nk and Gwen Stefani.  Known for her captivating stage presence, since leaving her day job as a builder and moving to London, Eva has performed at festivals such as  The Great Escape, North Atlantic Flux and Frimley Lodge Live.

Swedish pop artist and producer Eva-Lina is dropping the soundtrack to your summer romance with the release of her second single , ‘You so Cool’.

Co Written/produced with the top industry “Modestep” producer & guitarist Nick Tsang and inspired by artists such as Tove Lo and Charlie Puth, ‘You so Cool’ was set for biggest names in pop but this attitude packed banger was to ‘cool’ for her to let go of.  It may have been written for someone else but this track is about feeling yourself…

I don’t sing this about anyone, I sing it to myself, to everyone. It’s message of empowerment because it is ‘so cool’ when you to have the confidence to take charge and have fun. – Eva-Lina

Fire burns with strength and magnetism though this single…we are witnessing the birth of a big player in the pop world’ – Come Here Floyd

Jemma Siles – Light me up

Introducing Jemma Siles, twenty one year old, Melbourne based pop singer/songwriter. Jemma has already attracted a significant online following, with over 20,000 followers on her ever-growing social media channels.

Jemma initially gained attention from fans after posting a cover on Facebook of Anne-Marie and Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” in January of 2017 which was reposted by the Facebook page Radio One Lebanon and reached over half a million views in just a few days. She later on posted a multitude of videos and reached 200,000 views on her own post of “Symphony” by Zara Larsson and Clean Bandit. Jemma then went onto work with International DJ’s NERVO (Olivia Nervo and Miriam Nervo) and Wolfpack on the track “Like Air” which was later on release in December of 2017. “Like Air” has now reached 2 million streams on Spotify alone.

Jemma was a part of an elite performing arts company called Patrick Studios Australia for many years and has been on stage from a very young age performing for hundreds of people. Jemma has with and trained among many professionals across the board in singing, dancing and acting. She has always been told that her stage presence has shone above and beyond anyone else.

Jemma has performed in over 20 locations on multiple occasions all across Melbourne including; 170 Russell, Lux, Bond, The Princess Theatre, The Comedy Theatre, The National Theatre, Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre and Gasworks Theatre, The Evelyn Hotel just to name a few. Jemma has just recently returned from a Nation wide tour performing in Melbourne (170 Russell)Perth (The Astor Theatre) and Brisbane (Royal on the Park Hotel) as an opening act for LA artists; Indiana Massara, Tayler Holder and Bad Zach. Jemma has also performed at the Canterbury Herlstone Park in Sydney.

Jemma Siles, released her debut single “D.A.M.N.” earlier on in the year, which went on to win Australian Songwriter of the Year (2018) in the category ‘Contemporary Pop/Dance’. Presented by APRA AMCOS & ASA

Jemma’s self-written records follow the sounds of Taylor Swift, Tove lo and George Maple. Her records are packed with raw emotion, an edgy pop sound and strong lead vocals. As a writer Jemma is constantly playing with the use of intelligent symbolisms and intriguing hidden messages.

Jemma’s latest release Light Me Up, within 24 hours has been featured on a major publication The AU Review and Australia’s very own JOY radio station (94.9FM) as well as music injectionessentially pop and pop spotlight. Jemma is gearing up to release many more songs throughout the year.

Jemma has worked with MSquared a production company part of The Mushroom Group and has two unreleased songs with them. MSquared consists of two very talented artists; Michael Paytner, who was one of the members of the world renowned band called Icehouse and Michael Delorenzis, who written songs with Bonnie AndersonReece Mastin and Nussy, as well as countless others.

With so much talent and ambition, matched with a strong work ethic, Jemma is set for a massive career!

moglii – flow

Moglii is a producer, songwriter and synth slayer based in Cologne. He studied jazz piano in Düsseldorf, Germany. After his collaborative “Down Under EP” with NOVAA in 2016 (single “Mother” reached #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral Charts and 4 million hits), he dropped his very first solo 7 Track EP called Naboo in 2017 on Majestic Casual Records (over 1 9 million plays). His music reached the top 10 of Hype Maschine Charts several times and got featured by COLORS, Fresh Finds or The Sound you need.

 Moglii is creating his unique and significant style out of warm beats, analogue synthesizers and soulful vocal samples. His modern electronic compositions are often supplemented by acoustic instruments and an organic soundscape. Its futuristic pop music influenced by the sound of Mura Masa, James Blake or Bon Iver Moglii ’s lively and playful tracks are made for big stages as well as for the headphones of an urban music enthusiast. A lot of samples are self made, with the help of field recording of coffee machines, shopping bags or cactuses. Simon is also the mastermind of 5 piece band MOGLEBAUM, in which he already played on national and international Festivals (Bulgaria, India , UK ). Their single “Raindrops” reached #1 on Spotify’s global viral charts in July 2016 and more than 1 million streams. This second project is frozen since 201 8.

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.