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dan crossley – closure

Dan Crossley is a 23-year old singer/songwriter from Telford, now based in London. Consistently drawing from personal experience, Dan’s lyrics are flawlessly honest. Following from the success of his previous singles off his EP ‘Closure’ (7 Minutes, Call Back, Mind Games and Heal) Forgive Me is the fifth and final chapter to the EP.

Dan wrote Closure about a toxic relationship he was in from start to finish. The EP goes through each stage of the relationship with 7 Minutes being that initial attraction despite knowing that person is going to be bad for you down the road. Call Back is the aftermath where you’re desperate for that person to get in contact. Mind Games represents the peak of the relationship where that person is constantly playing on your mind and you’re trying to get over them. Heal is the result of the break up and Forgive Me is realising your wrong doings and asking for forgiveness and making peace with the relationship resulting in closure. Speaking on Forgive Me Dan says “It was a chance for me to escape the bitterness, let my guard down and be more mature about my first heartbreak. Forgiveness is something I’m still learning everyday, not just in relationships but with myself. I’ll always have love for someone that taught me lessons and made me who I am today.”

Speaking on the EP Dan says “Closure was a writing journey I started after my first heartbreak. The relationship never fully ended and I’m still to this day left with a question mark hanging over the two of us. That being said the project gave me the closure I needed to move on. It’s been just as much as a personal journey as well as a musical one.” Having caught the attention of Billboard, CLASH, Earmilk and Notion, Dan certainly remains as ‘one to watch’. He has accumulated over 500,000 streams on Spotify along with editorial playlists such as Chilled Pop Hits, Out Now and New Pop Revolution and has also been included in Apple Music’s Best of The Week playlists. Dan Crossley has been featured as Track of The Week numerous times on BBC Introducing, which led to him being named BBC Introducing’s One To Watch for 2018 as well as finishing last year off with a sold out headline show at The Camden Assembly.

Anna Lisa – hate

Anna Lisa is a Bristol-based singer-songwriter and producer, who has spent the last few years cultivating her sound and paving the way for her solo career to take flight. Having already made it into the Top 20 of the MOBO Unsung competition in 2016, Anna Lisa’s distinctive, haunting vocal style continues to bring her recognition as she readies herself for a string of forthcoming releases. Drawing on influence from grime, dubstep, trap and hip hop as a whole – from both the UK and US – alongside co-writer and producer MUSSI, she has reinvented herself and fine tuned her talents. The result is a deeply personal sound and style, with Anna Lisa weaving stories of emotional battles, heartbreak and unrestricted resentment within her music. You can expect to hear a lot from her corner in the coming months, as she gears up to release three singles, as well as her first ever music video. Her debut EP is also in the works, with a release scheduled for Summer 2019. All of that, plus a run of upcoming gigs and other appearances, make Anna Lisa one to watch in 2019 and beyond.

As 2019 continues, so does Anna Lisa’s run of fresh music as she hits us with her third single, Hate. Ever since her debut, Give Me A Reason, appeared on Valentine’s day 2019 we have been blessed with a new single each month, including March’s offering, Courage. The singles all follow a similar theme, as the Bristol-based singer-songwriter deals with moral dilemmas and emotional struggles. The pulsating, trap style production on Hate takes a step up in terms of tempo, with the faster style giving Anna Lisa’s lyrics more urgency, without losing any of that haunting quality that she displays in abundance, every time she steps in the booth. The production comes courtesy of Anna Lisa’s creative assistant and lab partner, MUSSI as they team up for yet another powerful track. With three successful singles and her first video behind her, 2019 is already looking set to be a triumph, but with the news that her debut EP is scheduled for release in the summer as well, the year definitely belongs to Anna Lisa.

Sami nathan – in motion

Sami Nathan was born and raised in north London, and started playing the piano and singing from her early years. The scale and diversity of London, the neighborhoods she grew up in, its rich music scene has always blown her away with its musical influence and continues to be an important source of inspiration and energy for her.

She started recording properly at 18 and landed into song writing in 2011 when she signed with Bucks Music Group.

That phase included collaborating with Jake Gosling, No ID, Brian Kennedy, MNEK and participating in writing camps in LA, Australia, Sweden and Norway. She learned a lot!

Joining forces with Jake Gosling she wrote and featured on the soundtrack to Twenty8k a UK thriller film, the album also featured Ghetts and Mikill Pane. This followed with working alongside Rudimental’s featuring artist Syron, where Sami wrote first single “Breaking” which was well received with airplay on Radio 1, 1Xtra, MTV.

Sami Nathan went on to work with Jessica Mauboy and Kennedy whom she co-wrote the track “Go (I don’t need you)” for her platinum selling album “Beautiful”.

While Sami Nathan is a born collaborator and continues to develop that element of her work, in 2018 she turned more towards herself, emphasising developing her own music expressions from her heart, reflecting on the journey and experiences she has witnessed growing up in London, the ups and downs of trying to find a way as an artist and a young woman. Honing in on her powerhouse vocals to convey the emotions within her songwriting.

This resulted in the release of ‘Fossilised’ in January this year and with ‘In Motion’ set for release in May, 2019 marks an important new chapter in Sami’s journey.

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.

The Limited – Time

The Limited are Aled Williams, Josh Iszard, Jack Howell, Matt Featherstone & Jack Byrne. With 3/5 of the band from Cardiff, South Wales & 2/5 of the band coming from Devon, they came together and formed in London, aiming to make waves across the world whilst representing various parts of the UK.

This self-produced new age electro funk pop five piece have been cementing their sound all around the UK for the past few years.
Inspired by artists like Stereophonics, Prince & Fleetwood Mac, they find a unique style which separates them as ‘not just another pop band.

In the previous 3 years they’ve supported bands such as Pierce Brothers, Alt-J, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds & The Sugar Hill Gang in venues such as The Scala, The 229, the o2 Academy Islington & Cardiff Swalec Stadium. They’ve also done various Headline shows at venues across the country. They have created a strong and consistent online presence with over 100,000 views on there YouTube channel and a growing Facebook page.

The Limited aim to create a bigger fan base on all of their social media platforms and hopefully tour the country by the end of 2019 and also aiming to be played on national radio and gain attention from mainstream media.

The Limited are currently working on their 4th EP ‘TIME’ at their own studio and aim to have it out by the end of the year. Their discography consists of “Pseudoscience” (2015) “Small Talk” (2017) “Money” (June 2018) which is on all media platforms.

“The name may sound like any other popular boy band, but in their latest EP Pseudoscience, The Limited prove to the musical world that the pop genre label does not have to limit musicality.” (James Martin – wordpress.com)

“The Limited are a band with incredible musicality for their early stages as a pop band. My only hopes for this band are that their would be further strides towards consolidating their unique vibe, and that they would continue to not conform to the pretenses of the popular music stereotype.” (wordpress.com)

Will be performing their new EP ‘TIME’ live at The Courtyard Theatre, Old Street.

Leah Kate – WTF?

Leah Kate is a New York City based artist whose music is a true embodiment of her IDGAF attitude. The left of center pop artist fuses her passion for creating relentlessly honest and relatable music with feel-good dance-worthy anthems.

Leah Kate has been on a lifelong journey of confidence and self-identity. Having grown up in Los Angeles with a family in media and submerged in the entertainment industry, she found herself under enormous pressure. The songstress decided to escape, moving to New York City, where she discovered her creative fulfillment, flourishing into who she is today.

The positive and determined young artist delivers listeners with her breathtakingly candid new releases. With each song rooted from some form of personal experience, Leah Kate tells a true story of a girl trying to figure it out alone like the rest of us. The six cutting-edge tracks, emit dark lyrics, swirling unexpected soundscapes and electronic pop elements, highlighting the ingenious songwriters use of innovative and charismatic songwriting.

Her leading single “WTF?” narrates the familiar story of being ghosted by a crush you were texting. These insecure and confused emotions are portrayed through the use of glossy electronic synths and vocal harmonies. Drenched in playful tones with an infectious chorus “WTF?” is a knockout pop hit. Leah Kate confides “I want to remind girls and anyone not to let someone make you think that YOU did something. Sometimes you have to make light of situations and know that it is not meant to be. Sometimes, you just have to laugh at situations and realize it’s just your ego talking, you probably don’t really give a fuck, be strong.”

Her 2nd upcoming single, “She Left Him With A Broken Heart” is a self-explanatory song, taking a very pessimistic view on love. Featuring brooding melodies and melancholy instrumentation the single evokes stunningly dark atmospheric pop. The next single, “So Good” represents Leah Kate’s go-getter personality – she knows what she wants and she won’t give up till she gets it. Sonically the single is an upbeat track with staccato beats and assured vocals.  

Leah Kate has found success performing at both London and New York fashion weeks, as well as having worked alongside renown industry professionals. Having garnered hundreds of thousands of streams on Spotify alone, Leah Kate is ready to deliver audiences with her new and most authentic vision to date.

dwilly – ugh

South Carolina native David Wilson, commonly known as dwilly, first broke into the electronic music scene while attending Berklee College of Music in 2016. Currently based in LA, dwilly is a producer, songwriter, and vocalist that blends elements of hip-hop and EDM. With releases on Monstercat Records and Majestic Casual Records, dwilly has songs that have peaked at #24 on iTunes Pop Charts, #10 on US Viral 50 Spotify chart, and #48 on the Global Viral 50 Spotify Chart. dwilly has amassed over 10 million streams in 2018 and has been featured in New Music Friday US. Having “cooked up quite the sonic formula” (Hillydilly), dwilly has built notoriety as a producer having two top 5 Splice sound libraries becoming well known for his unique approach to sound design.

dwillly is an all-in-one artist, producer, singer, and songwriter that is extremely versatile among pop, EDM, and urban. He has been in NMF US, and is signed to APA. He has sync placements with Smirnoff, Bank of America, and MTV. Produced official remixes for “So Close” by NOTD Ft. Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts, “Move On” by Mike Posner and GREY’s “Want You Back“. Will be opening up at Zedd On The Rocks on June 19th, 2019 alongside Hippie Sabotage and Snakehips.

“CRAYOLA the EP is a retirement from the early stages of my artistry and into my deeper darker personal struggles. As I approach the age of 24, I realize my music has matured into something much more emotional and honest. That being said, the songs are flooded with immaturity, youthfulness, and a punch to the gut. I now see things differently as an adult, having to deal with the everyday bullshit that was once foreign to me as a kid. The lyrical content itself shies from popular topics like the culture surrounding drugs and violence and truthfully embraces things like failure and anxiety. My favorite part about the EP is how unsystematic the tracklist is, reflecting my impulsive imagination. Each song offers a different vibe. I want both kids and adults to fuck with this. I’m not targeting any audiences, just simply painting my mind onto a canvas for anyone to enjoy.”

Petrie – texting you

“Quirky pop duo Petrie build on their propensity for lovelorn millennial lyrics on ‘Texting You’.” – The Line Of Best Fit

Throughout 2018, Petrie launched a string of tracks which captured their uniquely multi-textural pop flavour, all of which now can found through the open doors of the duo’s Superstore .

Complex summarises Petrie’s style as “a combination of tender songwriting, upbeat rhythms and bursts of colourful melody,” while PopDust said that after listening “you’re so immersed and hooked for life,” and Hidden Herd couldn’t resist “irresistible grooves, sun-inflected sonics and unshiftable earworms.” All of this and much more you’ll find in plentiful stock over at Superstore , and look out for the sweet deal that is newest single ‘Texting You’.

Speaking about this bittersweet pop tune, Petrie say: “Texting You is one of the oldest songs on the record, born in the summer of ’17 as an impressionistic poem-turned-jazz-ballad. We’ve lost that poem now but it started something like: “Last May we met and fell in love/you told me everything at once/I felt free, like summer/like the birds tattooed across your back”. How that became a big sad banger with 808s and lyrics about George’s Ford Fiesta is a mystery lost in the sands of time. However, that stanza can act as a prelude not only to the song it became but also to Superstore as a whole.” And expanding their thoughts on the Superstore collection, the band share: “Over the course of the album that idyllic love affair slowly crumbles into madness and then into warm, fuzzy nostalgia. We’re proud to say that this narrative inspired an eclectic set of songs,
ranging from quiet defeat (Was That a Kiss?) to rhapsodic and heavy diatribes (Punch, which features our deeply inspiring friends Clive Mercury and JESS).

Yaeger – Dopamine High

With her new single “Dopamine High”, the 20-year-old emerging Swedish artist named Yaeger lets us enter her world; a bubbly, adventurous and yellow one, with surprises in every corner. The single is inspired by the ecstatic and releasing experience at raves, where the story of “Dopamine High” takes place. It’s about two young lovers, who after an intimate and electric first meeting, they do not dare to let their desires guide them back to each other. Instead, they get caught up in careers. Each hurrying, and looking for something they cannot define. The core feeling of the song is the thrilling moment when they meet again and ignore all the questions about when and why. “It’s that Dopamine High of feeling alive”, Yaeger explains.

yaeger
With her new single “Dopamine High”, the 20-year-old emerging Swedish artist named Yaeger lets us enter her world.

Anna Dellaria – I Choose Me

LA-based pop-meets-R&B songstress Anna Dellaria returns today with her new single, “I Choose Me.” The anthemic new tune will also be heard on TV Land’s critically-acclaimed show Younger, starring Hilary Duff and Sutton Foster.

Premiering today on The New Nine, “I Choose Me” is a powerful anthem for anyone who has ever felt apologetic for who they are or are not. Driven by tight production, Anna’s smooth soulful vocals captivate during intimate verses before booming with unbridled power on the refrain.

On the powerful meaning behind “I Choose Me,” Anna writes, “It’s an anthem for anyone who’s ever been manipulated, taken advantage of, or felt worthless for not fitting some ridiculous standard. In which you choose to commit to yourself and honor who you are, whether or not people are going to like or understand it. So often we are told to hide the parts of ourselves labelled as “flaws”, instead of looking at them as pieces that demonstrate strength, authenticity and character.  ‘I Choose Me’ is the moment you decide to say “f*ck that – I’m enough” and aims to allow those vulnerabilities to empower us instead of living with them as chains we can’t break and must make up for. ”

In keeping with the spirit of the song, Anna will also be donating a part of the proceeds collected from the song to Girls Inc of Alameda County. The organization gives girls from underprivileged neighborhoods the opportunities and resources that can help shape them into strong, smart, and bold young women.

A recent graduate of USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, Anna has truly honed her vocal and writing skills over the past few years – and it shows. She kicked off her career singing backup vocals for legendary acts such as John Fogerty and Chaka Khan.

Anna stepped into the spotlight last year with her single “Bolder,” landing a prominent sync of TV Land’s Younger and surpassing over 325K Spotify streams. With a rising profile, prominent furniture company Ethan Allen tapped Anna to sing in a national campaign that aired during the 2018 Academy® Awards.

Translating lyrical singer-songwriter catharsis a la Jeff Buckley through bold Aretha Franklin-style delivery, Anna Dellaria is quickly carving out a place of her own in the music industry.

Anna Dellaria
LA-based pop-meets-R&B songstress Anna Dellaria returns today with her new single, “I Choose Me.” The anthemic new tune will also be heard tomorrow (July 10th) on TV Land’s critically-acclaimed show Younger, starring Hilary Duff and Sutton Foster.