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Jade The Moon – The Tide

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”.

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Jade The Moon
Toronto’s Jade The Moon has 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”.

Boys Choir – Sorry

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.

Boys Choir
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.

Bee Bakare – Waiting To Happen

Bee Bakare is a Nigeria-born British soul singer-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. 

Amongst her achievements include performing at Buckingham palace with Souls of prophecy, featuring Emeli Sande and Idris Elba as benefactors of the Princes trust, and Prince Charles. A crafty songwriter, she was awarded a winner in the Future music UK songwriting contest 2016/2017.

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)

Bee Bakare
Bee Bakare is a Nigeria-born British soul singer-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. 

Foley – Talk About It

Foley  started  almost  as  a  dare  –  a  challenge  between  two  long  time  friends  to  blend  their  mutual  love  of  popfunk  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.

Foley
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.

Toffe – Riverside

Toffe

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.
Toffe
offe 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.

Hip Abduction – Come On Get Up

Hip Abduction.

Hip​ ​Abduction​ ​began​ ​through​ ​informal​ ​jam​ ​sessions​ ​and​ ​quickly​ ​coalesced​ ​into​ ​a​ ​sound​ ​that​ ​attracted national​ ​attention.​ ​For​ ​Gold​ ​Under​ ​the​ ​Glow,​ ​the​ ​band’s​ ​third​ ​full​ ​album​ ​released​ ​on​ ​March​ ​11,​ ​2016,​ ​THA engage​ ​an​ ​indie​ ​pop​ ​acumen​ ​alongside​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​emotive​ ​and​ ​roots​ ​driven​ ​sound.​ ​Recorded​ ​in​ ​Nashville, Gold​ ​Under​ ​the​ ​Glow​ ​was​ ​produced​ ​by​ ​Dabney​ ​Morris​ ​(Wild​ ​Cub)​ ​who​ ​is​ ​credited​ ​with​ ​incorporating synth-pop​ ​teeth​ ​into​ ​the​ ​band’s​ ​global​ ​foundation​ ​and​ ​summery​ ​vibe.​ ​It’s​ ​a​ ​smart​ ​blending​ ​of​ ​world​ ​pop and​ ​club​ ​aesthetics​ ​that​ ​appeals​ ​to​ ​both​ ​audiences.

Sometimes​ ​inspiration​ ​strikes​ ​from​ ​the​ ​immersion​ ​of​ ​living​ ​in​ ​a​ ​far​ ​away​ ​place.​ ​The​ ​view​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ocean.​ ​The sound​ ​of​ ​a​ ​rainforest​ ​at​ ​sunrise.​ ​The​ ​smell​ ​of​ ​an​ ​open-air​ ​market.​ ​The​ ​embrace​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wild​ ​human experience.​ ​However,​ ​maybe​ ​the​ ​nostalgia​ ​for​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​place​ ​might​ ​be​ ​attributed​ ​instead​ ​to​ ​a​ ​feeling,​ ​or​ ​a time,​ ​or​ ​even​ ​a​ ​person.​ ​Sometimes,​ ​inspiration​ ​stems​ ​from​ ​a​ ​place​ ​that​ ​everyone​ ​can​ ​relate​ ​to,​ ​but​ ​maybe no​ ​one’s​ ​actually​ ​been.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​music​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Hip​ ​Abduction,​ ​the​ ​vibrant​ ​St.​ ​Petersburg,​ ​FL-based collective​ ​that​ ​formed​ ​over​ ​a​ ​mutual​ ​appreciation​ ​for​ ​West​ ​African​ ​and​ ​early​ ​Jamaican​ ​reggae/dub​ ​music.

​Hip​ ​Abduction​ ​featuring​ ​David​ ​New​ ​(lead​ ​vocals,​ ​guitar),​ ​Chris​ ​Powers​ ​(bass),​ ​Dave​ ​Johnson (baritone​ ​and​ ​tenor​ ​sax),​ ​Sean​ ​Fote​ ​(keyboards),​ ​Matt​ ​Poynter​ ​(drums,​ ​vocals)​ ​and​ ​John​ ​Holt​ ​III​ ​(kamale ngoni,​ ​guitar,​ ​vocals)​ ​have​ ​shared​ ​stages​ ​with​ ​the​ ​likes​ ​of​ ​Grace​ ​Potter,​ ​Ziggy​ ​Marley,​ ​Umphrey’s​ ​McGee, Thievery​ ​Corporation,​ ​Matisyahu,​ ​311,​ ​Galactic,​ ​and​ ​Moon​ ​Taxi​ ​and​ ​has​ ​performed​ ​at​ ​Shaky​ ​Knees, FloydFest,​ ​Wanee​ ​Music​ ​Festival,​ ​Suwanee​ ​Hulaween,​ ​Deep​ ​Roots​ ​Mountain​ ​Revival,​ ​Sunfest,​ ​Orange Blossom​ ​Jamboree,​ ​Tropical​ ​Heatwave​ ​Music​ ​Festival,​ ​The​ ​BIG​ ​What?​ ​and​ ​more.​ ​Watch​ ​out​ ​for​ ​more festival​ ​plays​ ​in​ ​2017​ ​including​ ​Jam​ ​Cruise,​ ​Sweetwater​ ​420​ ​Fest,​ ​Summercamp,​ ​Electric​ ​Forest, FloydFest,​ ​Deep​ ​Roots​ ​Mountain​ ​Revival,​ ​Peach​ ​Fest​ ​and​ ​more​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​coast​ ​to​ ​coast​ ​dates.

The Hip Abduction
The​ ​Hip​ ​Abduction​ ​featuring​ ​David​ ​New​ ​(lead​ ​vocals,​ ​guitar),​ ​Chris​ ​Powers​ ​(bass),​ ​Dave​ ​Johnson (baritone​ ​and​ ​tenor​ ​sax),​ ​Sean​ ​Fote​ ​(keyboards),​ ​Matt​ ​Poynter​ ​(drums,​ ​vocals)​ ​and​ ​John​ ​Holt​ ​III​ ​(kamale ngoni,​ ​guitar,​ ​vocals)​ ​have​ ​shared​ ​stages​ ​with​ ​the​ ​likes​ ​of​ ​Grace​ ​Potter,​ ​Ziggy​ ​Marley,​ ​Umphrey’s​ ​McGee, Thievery​ ​Corporation

X.ARI – Stay v Go

X.ARI

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).

X.ARI
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.

Lenii – Human

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.”

Lenii
Ellen Murphy know as the music artist Lenii is a singer, songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist from Cork, Ireland.

Polo – Louder Than Words

Polo

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. 

Polo
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’.

Corella – Caught Up

Corella

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.

Their 5 singles have been supported by the likes of BBC Introducing, ITV’s ‘This Morning’, Manchester United, BMX brand ‘Mongoose’, and Spotify playlist’s ‘The Indie List’ and ‘Indie Roadtrip‘ both with over 195k followers.

A busy festival season included appearances at Truck, Y NOT, Blackthorn, Tramlines, Ramsbottom and Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a UK tour in October including their biggest headline show to date at a sold out Academy 3 in Manchester.

The lads have an upcoming Spring tour with shows across the UK including a headline show at the iconic Band on the Wall in Manchester.

Corella
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.