Jade The Moon are an independent alt – pop band that consists of Dani, Benjamin and Jeremy who started making music from the age of six. They released a brand new single, “The Tide” as the second feature track from their upcoming new album, 11:11. The group says that the collection of tracks on the upcoming release are best described as “musical photographs”. A moment in time turned dance party, true story turned love song, a daydream turned eerie alt-pop lullaby. Real world inspiration. This is the follow up to the group’s self-produced 2015 debut release Habits and Hindrance sees the continued theme of “cycles” in human nature.
“We self produced our first record and our current record ’11:11′ was produced by Colin Munroe …except ‘HOTELS’ by Adam King. We are always very involved in every set of the creative process but it really helps to have some in the room to make sense of all the ideas. We are always looking to collab with new writers/producers. @mikkyekko if your listening ;)”
“Fall Tour Dates in the works. We will also be premiering our short film created and directed by Black/Cartel in Toronto last fall”.
Boys Choir is the new electronic prodigy from Scandinavia. A territory already renowned for its brilliant dance tunes. They deliver a true blend between pop and club music with their hard hitting tracks and infectiously catchy melodies. On June 8th they released their third single, “Sorry” – A lush, grand sounding track with punchy drums, massive synths and glimmering guitars. On vocals we find the amazing voice of HART.
‘MY2‘ – or Murder You 2 – is a remarkable introduction to an incredibly special new artist: TS Graye. At just seventeen years old, the Bristol singer-songwriter packs an almighty punch with her first release; powerful, smoky vocals glide atop smooth beats and neat production touches, with dark yet humorous lyricism inspired by her love of horror movies (fact: if she wasn’t a musician, she’d be pursuing a career as a makeup artist for horror shows).
Produced by Louis Mattrs, who she met online, ‘MY2’ is the first track from an EP due in October. In TS Graye’s words, “I wrote MY2 after finding out that someone I loved had broken my trust. It reflects the different and conflicting emotions I felt in the aftermath of that situation. At first, I play it off and try to fool myself that I’m cool with what has happened, but, in reality, I’m angry and hurting, hence the aggressive switch in the lyrics and production. I think you have to acknowledge and work through those feelings to accept the shit that happens and leave it in the past.“
Growing up in the West Country, TS Graye’s influences never strayed far from home; trip hop and the sounds of neighbouring Bristol (e.g. Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead) play out heavily in her music, but true to her generation she discovered most of the music she loves online (she references Lana Del Rey, Banks, Post Malone and Drake and her sound invokes likeness to greats Rihanna, SZA, Alicia Keysand Jorja Smith). Self-taught, TS Graye learned how to produce and play piano from her bedroom and has been writing two songs a week since she was thirteen.
Despite spanning genres, exploring multiple perspectives, and experimenting with different vocal styles, ‘MY2′ works; it is natural, smooth and believable, showcasing a sophistication that belies her age. TS Graye’s intricate lyricism must also not be overlooked. With this single, she engages wordplay and double entendre – the line “guess I have to murder you 2” has multiple meanings, as does “f*ck with your beauty“.
Living in a small town encouraged TS Graye to explore the bounds of her creativity, and nowadays her passions outside of music include experimenting with make-up and working on a zine, which she has put into print ready to distribute alongside the release of her first pieces of original material.
The debut single ‘MY2‘ (“This ain’t just a heartbreak, this ain’t just a heartache…”) will be closely followed by next release ‘Rich Or Poor’ (“I don’t care about the past no more, just tell me that you love me…”). Sincere, evocative, relevant and inspired: TS Graye is an artist full of promise.
She is an emerging pop artist working with PCG Universal and numerous industry professionals including Margaret Becker (four- time Grammy Nominee), Tom Michael (Shannon LaBrie, Twenty One Pilots), Judy Rodman (One Way Ticket), and Britton Cameron (former staff writer Warner Chappell).
Joy Kate‘s newest collaboration is co-writing with Nashville Pop Duo Sharke (Harrison Boyd, Charles Harke) who produced her new self titled EP scheduled to release Summer 2018. Her EP debut paints a youthful and innovative picture of a modern day Juliet, with compelling love themes that relay pure, Generation Z teen spirit. She will feature 6 – 7 songs including her newly released first single “FLIRT”.
All Faces is a pop/folk band from London. Lead by singing duo Ben and Daphne, the group formed in 2017. The band’s music relies heavily on the singular texture the mix of their voices creates and on meaningful songwriting.
Benjamin was born and raised in Paris. After having started to play the guitar at age 15, he quickly became involved with several bands, getting to play in notorious venues in France: The Bataclan, the New Morning, The Alhambra, The backstage and others.
He moved to the UK to attend the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) and met Daphne, with whom he would eventually form All Faces.
Daphne was born in Paris and lived in multiple countries like South Korea and Belgium before moving back to France. Her passion for singing started at age 12 and only grew stronger. By age 16, she had performed in many renowned Parisian venues and then moved to London to pursue her career. She enrolled BIMM London in 2016 and met Ben with whom she formed All Faces in 2017.
Influenced by the likes of Vance Joy, The Lumineers, Bon Iver and Simon and Garfunkel, they managed to achieve a distinctive pop/folk sound with a strong identity. Experienced performers, they have played in venues like The Troubadour, The Hoxton Underbelly, and The New Morning in Paris.
After meeting with the production team at The Record Label in October of 2017, they immediately started to work on their debut EP. Their first single “The Oaks” is a folk ballad that was released on April 15th and has already reached 22k streams on spotify. It was followed by their second single ”Summer In London” on May 18th, released with a lyric video. This track is the perfect summer tune that will transmit its happy vibes and make you dance all year long.
Their eponymous EP will be released in June and will include ”The Oaks”, ”Summer In London” and 2 other exclusive tracks.
Toffe is a 27-year old Swedish artist originally from Kalmar, now based in Stockholm. The multi-instrumentalist writes and produces his own material and since early 2017 has released three singles achieving New Music Friday across all Nordic regions. Inspired by music legends such as Peter Gabriel, Frank Zappa and Genesis resulting in an eclectic mix of electronica and organic topped with soaring pop melodies.
His talents have also been recognised by film director David Sandberg, contributing to the soundtrack of the highly successful indie movie ‘Kung Fury‘ with additional material on the soon to be released Kung Fury ‘Lost Tapes’ Limited Edition Vinyl.
Toffe takes indie-electro to a place Sweden often swerves. He is set aside from his peers with a full-on assault of beats and soaring vocals reminiscent of Michael Angelakos. With the release of his fourth single ‘Riverside’ approaching and an EP close behind this year is set to be an exciting one for Toffe.
X.ARI the Toronto born, LA based songstress deftly dances in and out of genre lines, moving from enchanting alternative pop to gritty hip-hop production under a cover of electronic elegance. All the while, her visceral lyrics transmit messages of hope as often as they ponder tragedy. It is the mixture of those two elements when X.ARI’s sound and voice come to life.
X.ARI finds healing and her unapologetic voice in her music. In addition to that she also dedicates much of her time and energy into her Pain into Power campaign, which focuses on self care and well being in regards to one’s mental health. Her latest single ‘Stay v Go’ and 5 track EP “Dis-Order” are being released in May as a part of Mental Health Awareness month. There will also be a line of self care products such as journals, candles, etc to accompany these releases.
A version of ‘Stay v Go’ was filmed to air exclusively in over 1200 Journeys stores, during a campaign that will run in Fall 2018. “We don’t need to be defined by labels and we can turn our weakness into strength with a lot of self love, radical acceptance, support, therapy, and consistency. If I can get through my traumas and turn pain into power, so can you” is one of her anchoring beliefs and much of the purpose behind her latest web series ‘Self Care Sunday’.
The identity and name X.ARI is a persona that was adopted amidst working on her debut EP in 2017, which she has stated “became the birth of a totally new process”. She goes on to say “In Nordic, ARI means eagle and in Hebrew, it means lion. It is more me than I’ve ever been”.
Her debut EP, Tunnel Vision went on to win several awards, including Artistic Echoes Indie awards for ‘Best Female Artist’, ‘Best Album of the Year’, and ‘Best Single’, for the title track ‘Tunnel Vision’. Her single ‘Teachers’ also won the Indie International Songwriting Competition in March 2018. In addition to all the accolades, X. ARI is also determined to give back. Proceeds from every show, music, and merchandise go to Jack.org, the only Canadian charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health. Through their programs, Jack.org is ensuring young people in Canada take care of their mental health and get the help they deserve, when they need it.X.
ARI’s music is aimed to serve as a vehicle for expression. 2018 has seen the release of her most recent single “Vapors”, which was produced by Justin Gray (Mariah Carey, Joss Stone) and premiered on Wolf In A Suit. This came fresh on the heels of the EP’s announcement and first single, “Cattle Call”, which came out on October 2017, was produced by Drew Skinner, and the single’s release party included a SOLD OUT performance at the acclaimed Toronto venue, The Piston.
Currently she is working on a remix for her latest single “Stay v Go” with Bimbo Jones. The release of the ‘Dis-Order’ EP, will be followed with new music she is already working on for her third EP with Midi Jones (2Chainz, Trey Songz).
Ellen Murphy know as the music artist Lenii is a singer, songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist from Cork, Ireland. Her musical journey started with classical violin at age 4 but, since discovering the endless possibilities in producing electronic music, she developed a love for fusing different genres and styles. At 15 years old she moved to New York to further her skills in music production, and subsequently spent years involved in the underground electronic music scene.
Her first single release of 2018 is ‘Human’, a subject of 80’s synth-pop influences and a forward-thinking approach to the underground electronic music scene. Having originally composed ballads and instrumentals from as young as 7, her musical style now showcases the melodic songwriting from her roots, mixed with electronic production reminiscent of the 80’s synth-pop era.
Her music is centred around her ethereal vocals and moving lyrics that focus on social and emotional subjects. Sent awash by reverb-drenched anthemic beats and twinkling synthesizers that shine bright matching a starlit night, her delivery of effervescent vocal qualities and reflective lyricism shows her clear pop qualities on full display.
Commenting more on the single, Lenii states “Today’s world is so divided and when it comes down to it we’re all human, we all feel the same emotions and deal with the same things.”
Following on from debut EP ‘Alice‘ and 2017 single ‘Zeitgeist’ – an exploration into the unspoken electricity of new human connections, Leeds trio Polo formed of songwriting trio Luke Lount, Kat McHugh and Daniel Edgell are continuing to push their niche of affective, dappled synth pop with new single ‘Louder Than Words‘.
Maintaining the intimate themes of their previous work, the track finds McHugh drawing from the age-old adage ‘actions speak louder than words’ and placing it in the context of a personal episode from her own life. “The song is about trying to find the right words to say to someone that you’re close to before there is a big change in the situation,” she explains. “It highlights how hard it is to find the right things to say when I had a million things running through my head, but also finding comfort in knowing deep down that those true feelings were shown through my actions.”
Written in the band’s hometown of Beeston in Leeds– an area they knowingly describe as “famous for being a total dive“, ‘Louder Than Words‘ is about as far from its rough and ready birthplace as you could hope to get. Taking Polo’s characteristic bubbling synths and glossy, high-shine textures, it’s a track that embraces the sheen of studio polish whilst also ringing with a very human heart underneath. “Although the song is introspective and covers a relatively tough period, it ultimately embodies personal empowerment and not forgetting the good times,” says Lount. “The music has all of our typical wobbly bits, but over a more refined and cleaner backdrop. We love to have a lot of fun when producing our music and we spend a great deal of time exploring new ways to create wacky and unique sounds.”
At its heart though, beneath the playful, plinking synth splashes that dance throughout or the subtle, undulating bassline that roots it down, ‘Louder Than Words‘ is an instant earworm that proves that Polo are growing as songwriters of clout even without the extra tricks. “It’s nice to have a song that sounds good, but if at its heart there is no substance, you know it”ll never go too far,” nods Lount. It’s a problem they certainly won’t have to worry about.