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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

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.

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.

ORKID – Lay Low

ORKID delivers a candid vocal over something like synchronized culinary clangor in “Lay Low”. Pots and pans, hand claps and the clinking of metal pipes contribute to a sense of frenzy that punctuates the rhythm as if ORKID has help from the kitchen staff. She refuses to submit to constraints and is prepared to drink, steal and outpace police to exercise her freedom. That recklessness reflects, as ORKID describes, “getting to a point where I simply don’t give a — and where I want to misbehave. I want to do whatever I feel like. I want to wake up in Vegas.”

The 21-year-old lives in Stockholm—the capital of pop—but grew up listening to Nat King Cole and Sam Cooke. These contrasting influences manifest in ORKID’s ability to be both on-trend and mature beyond her years. At only 16, she used the Idol stage to transition from performing small town gigs to playing on an international stage. In the next three years, ORKID completed her education, improved her songwriting and stage presence and developed into one of Sweden’s most exciting artist exports.

  • Over 6 million streams in first year
  • Featured on 20 + Spotify New Music Friday playlists all over the world
  • Playlisted on Swedish national radio
  • Posted on 25 + Hype Machine Blogs, reached top of most-posted list

“Swedish starlet ORKID combines velvet vocals with electro-pop” – Complex

Pop superstar in the making ORKID returns with another infectious banger – The Line of Best of Fit

Fabian Mazur – On Fire

Since 2010, Copenhagen-based producer Fabian Mazur has released many tracks and remixes, expanding from the Danish club scene to an international audience. Gaining support from artists such as Martin Garrix, Tiesto and Afrojack, Fabian’s recent releases have been pulling in streams from all over the world including Right Now” with over 7.2 million Spotify plays and Sun Goes Down” topping two million Spotify plays.

Fabian Mazur has an electronic and bouncy sound with a clear inspiration from hip-hop and R&B that has been supported on a variety of playlists including: Mint, Fresh Electronic, Dance Hits, Friday Crate Diggers, Spinnin Records Top 100, Trap Nation, Electronic Gaming, Mad Decent Weekly, Deep House Hits (Armada), Trap & Bass By Spinnin and New Music Friday in Germany, Denmark, Spain, Iceland, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Italy and France.

Fabian comes from a family with a musical heritage. His parents are career jazz musicians who continue to tour to this day. His father Klavs Hovman plays the bass and is a solid foundation the Danish jazz scene. His mother Marilyn Mazur is a world-renowned percussionist who has toured with legends such as Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter.

In 2013, Fabian received a platinum-certification for his remix of “Chuck Norris” by Kongsted.  Other accolades include six nominations at the Danish DJ Awards 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017 – “Mainstream DJ Of The Year,” “Urban Release Of The Year” and “Remix Of The Year.”  Fabian spends time producing a vlog series featuring all his own music.  His weekly videos–available here–give a glimpse into his daily life as a full-time music producer and DJ.

FEMME – What You Gonna do

Continuing her move away from pop and further into club territory producer/vocalist Laura Bettinson, aka FEMME presents her latest single ‘What You Gonna Do’. The first release on her newly founded electronic label Wurld Ltd. As a composer, producer, vocalist and DJ, she has worked with Charli XCX, Sasha, Four Tet and David Lynch. FEMME’s music has been used by Google, Boohoo, adidas and PES 2019 video game, among other global campaigns. She is also in the band ‘Ultraísta’ with Radiohead’s Nigel Godrich. FEMME has been supported by New York Times, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio One, Noisey, Fader, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Spotify, apple, Deezer, Amazon and many more.

“This is what the future sounds like” Billboard, Best in Dance 2018. FEMME will be performing at SXSW this year. Her shows are now fully DJ led, along with her own music. There are also dates scheduled in USA and Mexico before coming home to London, UK to play a residency which will see some of her closest friends in music come and DJ over April in Peckham.

What You Gonna Do is a fun and dumb track dedicated to all those people that never want the party to end. Those of us that cling on to the last remnants of every weekend whilst hurtling towards Monday morning with the stamp from the night before still inked on the backs of our hands.” (FEMME).

Manatee Commune – Famous ft. Cassandra Violet

Manatee Commune is on track to become a major electronic breakout artist in 2019.  With two extraordinary singles already released from his forthcoming album, PDA, Grant has again crafted another highly personal homage inspired from his childhood memories.

His latest single, “Famous,” tells the story of the seduction fame has on a young and naive dreamer.   

“I wanted to capture that feeling every kid has when they are alone, rocking out to their favorite song, fantasizing about becoming rockstars or celebrities. To illustrate that titillating feeling when not only have you made it to the top but are also envied by every person you’ve known since childhood. And how that ‘feeling’ is misunderstood and really pans out if/when you actually achieve of success.” – Manatee Commune

The collaboration with Cassandra Violet delivers sparkling vocals that elegantly detail the trappings of fame, over Manatee Commune’s beautiful, timeless production. “Famous” is a happy, feel-good tune that articulates the benefits and trappings of fame.

Manatee Commune has made quite a name for himself in dance music since his debut three short years ago. A native of the Pacific Northwest, this electronic based, classically trained multi-instrumentalist has ignited a wave of fans since his nationally aired interview on NPR’s Morning Edition and being named “best electronic artist” by Seattle Weekly.

The music is as unique as his name. Equal parts bouncy, glittering beats and cool contemplation, Manatee Commune’s compositions capture the sensation of taking a self-reflecting journey through the forest. The productions are masterful arrangements of field recordings, textures from nature, surfy guitar licks, rolling arpeggiated sine waves and classically influenced viola melodies.

Over the past years, he’s performed at SXSW, Bonnaroo, What The Festival, Decibel, Bumbershoot and Capitol Hill Block Party as well as toured with Odesza, Slow Magic, Emancipator and Blockhead. His flamboyant live show at Sasquatch! caught the attention of dance music aficionados; energetically bouncing across the stage from violin to guitar to drums to keyboard while vibrant, moody, projections of pastels & floral visuals behind him.

Manatee Commune’s 2016 self-titled album on Bastard Jazz Recordings explored the symphonic territory of electronic music, combining dance-driven beats, cosmic overtones and whimsical, complex melodies. The album instantly became a fan favorite with over 4.2 million streams on Spotify which eventually led to remixes for Petit Biscuit and RAC.

It’s this connection with nature that is fueling his emotionally creative approach to electronic music, and paving a path for a uniquely stunning album later this year. Add in a continually evolving live show and unmatched stage presence, and the future is looking bright for Manatee Commune and his following of passionate fans.


SYLK – ALL IN UR HEAD (Feat. Daragh Locke)

SYLK are a female electronic duo based in Ireland. Their sound is noir-pop with an edge, melodic while industrial, laced with distortion and a heavy bass that compliments their underground aesthetic. It is the blend of these elements that create SYLK’s signature darkwave sound, which compliments their energetic live show where they incorporate intensive visuals. They began their musical journey with the release of ‘Am I Alone’, followed by their acclaimed EP ‘nwyr’, which led to standout appearances at Forbidden Fruit Festival, Body & Soul, Hard Working Class Heroes, Electric Picnic as well as headlining the legendary Button Factory– to name a few. Ireland’s foremost music blogger, Nialler9, described them as an exciting “cross between Massive Attack and FKA Twigs”, and the premiere music magazine Hot Press classing the duo as ‘having already established a reputation for themselves as being a darkly mysterious, neon-soaked duo. SYLK are doing everything musical to establish themselves as an emerging Irish act.’

“Something tells us SYLK have an insatiable desire to infiltrate our airwaves and crawl under your skin. Y’know, we might just let them.” –GOLDEN PLEC

Princess Nostalgia – Ode to boy

Hailing from three generations of female artists, Princess Nostalgia was encouraged to express herself from a young age. Born on Tiber Island in the heart of Rome, her childhood unfolded amongst the ruins of an ancient world. This bittersweet sense of the past has informed her outlook ever since.

At 8 years old, she moved with her mother and brother to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father remained in Italy (their shared love of Kraftwerk, D’Angelo, and Chic has been the basis of their long distance relationship). The sharp divide between the two worlds in which she lived led her to develop a fascination with the feeling of nostalgia—which became not only a familiar friend, but a source of inspiration (hence the moniker).

In the fourth grade, Princess Nostalgia picked up the double bass. Ten years of classical training opened her eyes to the endless potential of musical composition, and an insatiable itch to do it herself was awakened. The subsequent discovery of Logic Pro X gave her the freedom to manifest this potential on her own terms.  Inspired by a wide array of genres including funk, r&b, electronic, and pop, Princess Nostalgia taught herself how to compose, arrange, mix, and master her own music. Despite the toxic aspects of being an artist in the age of social media, she is immensely grateful for the vast reserves of free information the internet has to offer, as she acquired many of her skills through youtube tutorials and music tech blogs.

Furthermore, her artistic background has allowed her to create her own album art and to direct and edit her own music videos. Headstrong and self-reliant, she takes pride in the knowledge that everything you see and hear is a product of her own creation. Today, Princess Nostalgia is a philosophy major at the University of Verm.