Black Jeans is a singer, songwriter and producer born and raised in New York. Growing up in a family with a Puerto Rican and Italian background, music and rhythm was an inherent trait felt deeply in much of his upbringing.
Through years of studying music and theater, Black Jeans naturally fell into a music production and live performance style that leaned heavily into theatrics while prioritizing rhythm and groove.
This foundation has lent to a recurring theme in all of his creative projects which poses the question “How Do You Move?” and will serve as the title of his debut album.
London based pop starlet KEHLI has announced the release of her next single ‘Believe It’, slated for release on 20 September. Recorded at the prestigious SARM Studios (Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode) the track was mastered by Mike Marsh (Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris). It follows on from her hugely popular ‘One Last Kiss’ (feat Kid Eternal & Sam Ojo). KEHLI has worked alongside acclaimed producers including MSRD and Cam Poole (Anne Marie, Mabel, Raye) and has shared the stage with Irish pop acts Josh Gray and also recently Soulé. The track has already reached Top 5 positions in UK Club charts including contemporary pop, urban and club urban as noted in Music Week, and received radio airplay from BBC Radio 1’s Charlie Hedges and Melvin as well as Kiss FM. The young songstress has already racked up over 215K streams across her Spotify alone, reached over 44K monthly listeners. She’s also seen support from When The Horn Blows, The Digital Fix, CelebMix,Vents Magazine, Ear Milk, Hot Press, The Irish Times and Chill Sounds Good.
KEHLI first made waves when footage of her singing Jorja Smith’s ‘Let Me Down’ went viral on Instagram, racking up 22K views in its first 48hrs. The Dublin native had already gained invaluable experience performing on shows such as X-Factor and The Voice, and had started to pique the interest of fans around the globe, but the power of social media led to an introduction with New York/London based songwriter/producer MSRD, who worked alongside her to cultivate her soulful, passionate and unique interpretation of contemporary pop music.
KEHLI is influenced by acts such as Anne Marie, Adele and Raye, but it is her buoyant energy and ability to put her own stamp on current pop trends that brings a distinctive edge to her sound, while at the same time drawing parallels to contemporary pop counterparts such as Halsey, and Dua Lipa.
On ‘Believe It’ KEHLI lets her crystalline vocals take centre stage, underpinned by a bold beat and gutsy electronic textures. Teaming up with the same powerhouse production team KID ETERNAL as her previous release, the track showcases her magnetic performance abilities, with a certain brave, defiant spirit that is a testament to her live-wire charisma. ‘Believe It’ captures both her vibrant spirit as well as her arresting voice, to create a snappy and utterly enjoyable pop offering.
Speaking of the single, KEHLI says, “I recorded ‘Believe it’ this summer at SARM Studios and had the best time! It’s a fun track that I hope people include in their prinks playlist as it gets me in the mood to go out! Love the upbeat tempo and energy of it!!”.
Thalo is the pseudonym for Jack Harbo, an American musician who is disrupting the presumed conventions of genre and pretense. Jack and his sister, Paige- who lends vocals to some tracks- are old souls sporting modern sparks. Thalo blends familiar constructs and exciting innovation with the lost, wandering tone of a generation of dissatisfaction. All while maintaining wry humor, and inviting the listener to laugh together at a world that seems hell-bent on falling to pieces.
The new release, “i mean.” is, in a lot of ways, about the difficulties of communication. It seeks to parse out the differences between romanticism and optimism, and to acknowledge the loneliness that has become so potent for those of us that struggle just to meet the bare minimum. It explores the micros and macros of our modern world, all with climbing, sliding melodies to remind us of the inherent joy of music– to remind us to have fun along whatever road we walk.
Since leaving the BRIT Academy in 2016 along with Freya Ridings, Hedara – aka Scarlet Billham – nearly died by falling into a diabetic coma. Little did Scarlet know that she had type 1 diabetes until she was omitted to hospital.
This led Scarlet to reevaluate her music and scrap everything to start again. Over the past 16 months she has been working with a number of songwriters and soon found a connection with Carey Willetts (Dua Lipa, Freya Ridings, Dermot Kennedy) who helped co-write and produce 8 tracks, 3 of which form the foundations to her Debut EP – Slow.
Hedara received excellent support from Radio 2 via Jo Whiley’s new music show and appeared on a number of Spotify, Apple and Deezer playlists. She is back with her second single Skin Deep, which is all about finding your strength.
‘You’re the one finally
taking control in a relationship where someone has tried to play you like a
puppet on a string, now you’re the one calling the shots.
I wanted an anthemic feel to the song, so I took a lot of inspiration from female musicians that I admire like Florence and the Machine, Jessie Ware and Dua Lipa.’
Specialising in finely crafted alt-pop centred around a collection of irresistible hooks, London newcomers Pelicandy have made quite the statement ahead of their debut EP release Underlove.
by acclaimed recent singles Silent
Treatment and You and Me Baby, the electronic duo’s hook-laden efforts have
earned warm praise throughout the online community (The Line Of Best Fit, Dork,
The 405, Earmilk) so far in 2019, with keen lyrical musings and sparkling
atmospherics reinforcing their eccentric qualities.
ahead of their EP release, the two-piece explained: “Underlove aims to pry into the world’s unhinged psyche with a
collection of songs for the armchair psychiatrist. Love songs for the therapy
generation, you could say. These are the four songs that define Pelicandy so
far and we’re thrilled to finally be sharing them with the world”.
With a series of shows lined up in the capital throughout the autumn, including an EP launch show at The Waiting Room and a date alongside Thyla at Electrowerkz, the risers are primed to gather pace on the live front in the coming months and introduce themselves to an even wider audience.
Pelicandy’s Underlove EP is released and will be available via all digital platforms. Pelicandy is TC Beecham (vocals, guitar, synthesiser & keys) and Nick Mills (drum kit, drum programming, backing vocals)
“No-one’s bottled 1980s Miami excess quite like Pelicandy” – NME
“Off-kilter sleaze that makes them sound like weird pop rather than straight-up chart filler” – Noisey
Emerging from the smoky late nights of Brisbane’s humid streets, Keelan Mak is a singer, songwriter, and producer creating a unique and sultry palette of electronic sounds.
Combining a blissful intoxicating song writing style with lush atmospheric production, Keelan seamlessly blends indie and electronic genres and combines them with his smooth, honeyed, emotional vocals and heartfelt personal storytelling.
Launching his career last year with debut single “Weigh You Down” and follow up single “Flicker“, Keelan Mak has made a mark with his sound and style. The two tracks have amassed over 500k streams, were added to major Spotify playlists (New Music Friday, Fresh Finds, Indie Arrivals and more), and has received spins on triple j unearthed, triple j, and handfuls of community radio stations.
The tracks also caught the attention of bookers and artists around Australia – leading to Mak supporting Vera Blue, E^ST, Matthew Young and Alice Ivy, as well as co-writing with some of Australia and New Zealand’s top upcoming producers including Fossa Beats, Maribelle, and SACHI, and a feature vocal on single “Wouldn’t Be The Same” from Australian electronic favourites Tora.
Recently winning the AMEX Music Backers grant, Keelan was also a finalist in the 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship, and was one of two hand-picked showcasing artists representing triple j unearthed at BIGSOUND 2018.
After announcing the forthcoming release of his debut EP ‘Test The Shallows’ , Keelan Mak today reveals the dark and enigmatic video for new single “Sleep Talker“, a melancholic disco track which plays with garage house influences, woozy layers of synth and beats, and smooth vocal toplines. Premiering on Notion Magazine overnight, the concept of the video centres on a lover who’s manufactured a fantasy world to escape the reality of his relationship.
The motel sets the real-life situation of two lovers meeting for a late-night rendezvous. The protagonist is quickly pulled into a hypnotic state which draws him out of the motel, stumbling towards a glowing red box within another world where he can temporarily be himself.
Lyrah is a singer, songwriter and producer in San Francisco. A dark and haunting vibe drenches all of her indie pop songs and can draw the comparison of Daughter meets Halsey. She has been writing for other producers for the last few years and her recent Chemicals EP is the start of her solo path.
Following the release of her debut EP ‘Chemicals‘ earlier this year, she has earned support from a number of industry tastemakers, including the likes of EARMILK and Indie Shuffle. Also featured in popular playlists including Spotify’s Fresh Findsand Tidal’s Pop Somber. Lyrah was also handpicked by Swedish producer Axwell to feature in his personal Weekend Weapons playlist.
Lower Loveday consist of four musicians from the Heart of England with a wide range of influences from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Blondie, The 1975 and U2. By creating an original brand of Indie Pop and combining this with a Rock n Roll edge, Lower Loveday have managed to find a unique formula of catchy pop choruses mixed with punchy basslines and muscular riffs. They’ve received plays on BBC Radio 6 Music on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape with their last release and the demo of ‘Chains’ received national TV play on ITV. Lower Loveday have had massive success on the road too having supported Only The Poets on their UK tour, APRE and Rory Wynne and performing at multiple festivals through BBC Introducing has helped them cement a loyal fan base all around the UK.
The song was written from the point of view of a young man, reaching adulthood and deciding what to do with his life. Having had so much fun throughout his university years, the real world doesn’t seem as good as it is made out to be. The punchy beats and thunderous nature of the song, provide the perfect backdrop for the big, melodic chorus of a man calling out for help.
Having already played BBC Introducing stages, supported the likes of Only The Poets and APRE, and received airplay on BBC 6 Music, Indie Pop 4-piece Lower Loveday return bigger and better than ever with ‘Chains’. Their fresh track and new sound, crafted by northern production duo Sugar House, is a reinvention for the band bringing a dark grittiness to their already catchy, Indie Pop sound.
Chase Zera has been spreading her talents across the performing arts scene since the age of six. She grew up excelling in every dance genre from commercial jazz to hip-hop and cabaret. She then began singing and writing her own original material at the age of thirteen as well as learning the piano to refine her craft.
She has also collaborated in writing and production with various artists such as Xavier Dunn, Stu Turner from Set Mo, Commandeur, Bajillionaire & GANZ.
sound can be described as upbeat and electrifying, with the addition of her
airy vocals, consistent with a distinct vibrato. Her live shows are packed with
high energy as Chase showcases powerful, bold choreography alongside her
‘Clovers’, the debut single by Chase Zera was premiered by Purple Sneakers on 1st March 2019. ‘Clovers’ made its mark on Spotify’s prestigious ‘New Music Fridays’, ‘House Party’, ‘Office Stereo’ and ‘Pop Edge’ playlists. The single was also played on Declan Byrne’s ‘Home and Hosed’ on Triple J and added to the Triple J Unearthed weekly podcast, charting on Triple J Unearthed in its first week of upload.
“It’s a pop anthem that works hard to showcase her songwriting abilities, vocal prowess and production skill. The complexities of the lyrical content are reflected very aptly in the hard-hitting production, and the slick sheen of this one comes through with years of experience.” – Purple Sneakers.
Since winning North-West’s Search for A Star at only 13, Amy Jo has become no stranger to the music industry; regularly supporting big names such as Scouting for Girls, Rick Astley, Heaven 17, Alexander O’Neal and Toploader. She also performed alongside artists such as Pixie Lott, Little Mix and The Vamps for two consecutive years at Blackpool Illuminations and has recently finished touring with chart-topping band ‘The Christians’.
Keen to release her original music, Amy Jo released her first self-penned EP ‘Innocence’ at only 15 and her second EP ‘Integrity’ at only 17. She has since been releasing new tracks which she has not only written; but helped to produce and her headline show sold over 250 tickets in her hometown of Lancaster.
“Thursday night of the annual Lancaster Music Festival saw eighteen-year-old singer–songwriter; Amy-Jo Clough amaze a packed audience at the Penny Bank with her country-pop sound reminiscent of a young Taylor Swift. Yet, there was a twist. With her soulful, bluesy covers of Mercy by Duffy and Paolo Nutini’s Last Request as well as inclusion of her own catchy songs, she really showcased her range of talent even mastering the rap in Blackstreet’s No Diggity”, Scan Newspaper – 2015
“Amy Jo Clough is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from Lancaster. Inspired by pop, country and RnB; her entirely self-penned, catchy songs are truly unique, relatable and enjoyable for all ages. Growing up around music, you can expect to find Amy Jo with her guitar or piano writing about the world around her; from love and heartbreak to world issues, equality and social media”.
“Amy Jo is a bubbly and thoughtful character who loves to connect with audience members as well as fans of her music online. She knows how to work a crowd with honest, original music and unique renditions of popular covers that will have the audience up on their feet”.