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.
Bee Bakare is a Nigeria-born British soulsinger-songwriter. A charismatic live performer with a deeply-rich warm tone and catchy songs. Blowing away audiences with that big voice and smile, her songs have achieved and continue to achieve local and international radio play including BBC, Premier radio & Cross Rhythms.
Her known-for feel good charm and eloquence on stage and as live music compère/creator of “Soul Stripped Sessions“, landed her a role as TV Judge in BBC one’s brand new six-part series. A Saturday night primetime show called “All Together Now“. Bee Bakare is one of “the 100” music industry judges, aired 27th January 2018.
Passionate about connecting with people through music, despite starting off different career in the medical industry, she is a keen and ambitious personality with an impressive momentum in her career. For instance, she references covering a wealth of over 350 live performances in 2016/17 alone, including intimate shows as Ronnie Scott’s, Sofar sounds, Legendary Troubadour, festivals as well as concert venues in the UK, Europe & Africa. She is currently on her wider international tour including USA.
‘Brighter’, responsible for her songwriting award, is the title track to her April 2017 EP. The 5-track release contributed to almost 1 million minutes streaming time on Spotify alone for this artist in 2017.
She has also attained the No1 spot on UK R&b/Soul Charts on Reverbnation for Sept 2016 to Feb 2017 and remains in the Top 10 (jan 2018).
Singing and writing from a young age, she cites her songwriting in the early years as poems and simply as a way of “working out emotions”. Growing up listening to R&b, gospel and female acoustic soul singers such as Lauryn Hill, Tracy Chapman and India Arie, she describes these as her main influences that later inspired her to “play guitar and get on the streets busking” whilst she holds the queens of Soul pop, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey responsible for that impressive vocal range.
Hailing from Bath, UK she is currently most active on London’s buzzing live music scene, making a name for herself fronting her all-time sell-out show Soul Stripped Sessions. A 5* rated event known for its upbeat atmosphere and quality of music, it is a known brand in London’s soul scene, priding itself in inspiring creative women, advocating fairness, respect and support for female independent artists.
In her own words, “to be able to say someday that my music has reached the world and positively touched people’s lives would be the dream come true”.
She describes her most recent release as “upbeat, yet vulnerable and heartfelt songs that take you on an emotional journey”, Listen to Bee Bakare’s Brighter EP. Visit the Official site. Available now in stores.
“Bee Bakare began playing at a small Soho club the audience was utterly transfixed. Her richly textured vocals, catchy hooks and fizzing musicality immediately set this young acoustic soul pop singer-songwriter apart” -Cultural Highlights 2016 (Huffington post)
Foley started almost as a dare – a challenge between two long time friends to blend their mutual love of pop, funk and dance into a meaningful spin on pop music. Frustrated with the standard model of two-piece acts being pigeonholed into 1 vocalist and 1 producer, Foley made a point to be equal. Songs are crafted together, 50/50; with neither party more important than the other. In a male dominated industry where female vocalists are often commoditized, it’s an important distinction to make.
Both talented writers, producers, and performers, the pair collaborate on everything from lyrics & melody to instrumentation & performance – nothing is one sided and the result is greater than the sum of its parts. The long list of achievements following their debut single ‘Settle’ is proof that going against the grain works.
Released in October 2017, the bass-driven debut immediately launched the pair into local hearts and minds, receiving extensive radio support from one of New Zealand’s largest commercial radio stations ZM and NZ’s largest dance station George FM. ‘Settle’ also received wide support from DSPs, landing on Spotify’s prestigious Fresh Finds: Hiptronix playlist and clocking up over 50K streams since release. And after only one month in the public eye, Foley were invited to play New Zealand’s largest New Years festival, Rhythm & Vines for it’s second consecutive sold-out year.
Waves like this don’t go unnoticed – Foley’s success quickly pricked the ears of the industry, landing the duo features on tastemaker blogs like Coup de Main. The pair also secured government funding and a coveted spot on the NZ On Air’sNewTracks disc – which is presented to top level broadcast media. Behind the scenes, the duo have formed a relationship with some of NZ’s best producers: Josh Fountain (Thomston, LEISURE, MAALA) and Djeisan Suskov (Mitch James, Matthew Young) – trying new sounds and tearing apart old habits.
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.
Fresh indie-pop quartet Corella started their journey in Manchester early 2016. Joel (Vocals/Guitar), Ben (Vocals/Bass), Jack (Guitar) and James (Drums) are currently bouncing between the studio and the road with their powerful vocals, melodic guitars and pulsating drums.