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Double Agent – Feels Like (Remixes)

Double Agent is Australian music producer returning with three solid reworks of the original new single Feels Like including a VIP version from the DJ himself. Partnering with upcoming producers Wildfire and Secret Spade.

Having seen support on the original number from the likes of Don Diablo, Felix Jaehn, Hardwell, FTampa, Kryder, Sophie Francis, Rainer & Grimm and Kryder,  Feels Like remixes  offer a fresh take on the much loved heater.

Known for his hold over dancefloors across Australia, Double Agent can often be found commanding clubs and warehouses with his deep, dark and club-orentitated tunes. Often drawing on the diverse styles of house music, the remix pack brings together the multi-spanning sounds to help demonstrate how he continually pushed boundaries within both the scene and his releases. Wildfire’s interpretation uses a jackin’ house beat complete with pumping basslines perfect for the club, whilst Secret Spade slows down the tempo of Feels Like with a pollination of funky bass synths. Drawing the remixes to a close, Double Agent rounds off by adapting the original tune by warping the vocals to transform the pop-tinged track into a bass house banger.

Ant Antic – Slow Down

Ant Antic is the project around singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Tobias Koett. The unique mix of ambient, electronic dance music and contemporary R&B, carried by an unmistakably haunting voice, encompasses the whole spectrum of emotions: music that stirs up and at the same time gently envelops. Dreamy melancholy and carefree weightlessness on the one hand, crisp basslines and accurate hip hop beats on the other side. The signature sound of Ant Antic is reduced and uncompromising in its implementation, a few but essential elements and ideas come into focus. The reduction of instrumentation creates a lot of air for the vocals in the foreground, while creative unconventional sound design in the background creates the foundations for an effortless balancing act between pop and club music.

Following the release of the EP Blood Sugar in May 2015, the live as a trio in clubs and on festival stages. The debut was followed by a tour with over 48

Shows in Central & Southern Europe. A new EP and second album released in 2019.

Kehli – Believe It

London based pop starlet KEHLI has announced the release of her next single ‘Believe It’, slated for release on 20 September. Recorded at the prestigious SARM Studios (Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode) the track was mastered by Mike Marsh (Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris). It follows on from her hugely popular ‘One Last Kiss’ (feat Kid Eternal & Sam Ojo). KEHLI has worked alongside acclaimed producers including MSRD and Cam Poole (Anne Marie, Mabel, Raye) and has shared the stage with Irish pop acts Josh Gray and also recently Soulé. The track has already reached Top 5 positions in UK Club charts including contemporary pop, urban and club urban as noted in Music Week, and received radio airplay from BBC Radio 1’s Charlie Hedges and Melvin as well as Kiss FM. The young songstress has already racked up over 215K streams across her Spotify alone, reached over 44K monthly listeners. She’s also seen support from When The Horn Blows, The Digital Fix, CelebMix, Vents Magazine, Ear Milk, Hot Press, The Irish Times and Chill Sounds Good.

KEHLI first made waves when footage of her singing Jorja Smith’s ‘Let Me Down’ went viral on Instagram, racking up 22K views in its first 48hrs. The Dublin native had already gained invaluable experience performing on shows such as X-Factor and The Voice, and had started to pique the interest of fans around the globe, but the power of social media led to an introduction with New York/London based songwriter/producer MSRD, who worked alongside her to cultivate her soulful, passionate and unique interpretation of contemporary pop music.

KEHLI is influenced by acts such as Anne Marie, Adele and Raye, but it is her buoyant energy and ability to put her own stamp on current pop trends that brings a distinctive edge to her sound, while at the same time drawing parallels to contemporary pop counterparts such as Halsey, and Dua Lipa.

On ‘Believe It’ KEHLI lets her crystalline vocals take centre stage, underpinned by a bold beat and gutsy electronic textures. Teaming up with the same powerhouse production team KID ETERNAL as her previous release, the track showcases her magnetic performance abilities, with a certain brave, defiant spirit that is a testament to her live-wire charisma. ‘Believe It’ captures both her vibrant spirit as well as her arresting voice, to create a snappy and utterly enjoyable pop offering.

Speaking of the single, KEHLI says, “I recorded ‘Believe it’ this summer at SARM Studios and had the best time! It’s a fun track that I hope people include in their prinks playlist as it gets me in the mood to go out! Love the upbeat tempo and energy of it!!”.

Hedara – Skin Deep

Since leaving the BRIT Academy in 2016 along with Freya Ridings, Hedara – aka Scarlet Billham – nearly died by falling into a diabetic coma. Little did Scarlet know that she had type 1 diabetes until she was omitted to hospital.

This led Scarlet to reevaluate her music and scrap everything to start again. Over the past 16 months she has been working with a number of songwriters and soon found a connection with Carey Willetts (Dua Lipa, Freya Ridings, Dermot Kennedy) who helped co-write and produce 8 tracks, 3 of which form the foundations to her Debut EP – Slow.

Hedara received excellent support from Radio 2 via Jo Whiley’s new music show and appeared on a number of Spotify, Apple and Deezer playlists. She is back with her second single Skin Deep, which is all about finding your strength.

‘You’re the one finally taking control in a relationship where someone has tried to play you like a puppet on a string, now you’re the one calling the shots.

I wanted an anthemic feel to the song, so I took a lot of inspiration from female musicians that I admire like Florence and the Machine, Jessie Ware and Dua Lipa.’

She’ll be supporting Tom Speight at Bush Hall on the 21st November

Pelicandy – Underlove

Specialising in finely crafted alt-pop centred around a collection of irresistible hooks, London newcomers Pelicandy have made quite the statement ahead of their debut EP release Underlove.

Marshalled by acclaimed recent singles Silent Treatment and You and Me Baby, the electronic duo’s hook-laden efforts have earned warm praise throughout the online community (The Line Of Best Fit, Dork, The 405, Earmilk) so far in 2019, with keen lyrical musings and sparkling atmospherics reinforcing their eccentric qualities.

Speaking ahead of their EP release, the two-piece explained: “Underlove aims to pry into the world’s unhinged psyche with a collection of songs for the armchair psychiatrist. Love songs for the therapy generation, you could say. These are the four songs that define Pelicandy so far and we’re thrilled to finally be sharing them with the world”.

With a series of shows lined up in the capital throughout the autumn, including an EP launch show at The Waiting Room and a date alongside Thyla at Electrowerkz, the risers are primed to gather pace on the live front in the coming months and introduce themselves to an even wider audience.

Pelicandy’s Underlove EP is released and will be available via all digital platforms. Pelicandy is TC Beecham (vocals, guitar, synthesiser & keys) and Nick Mills (drum kit, drum programming, backing vocals)

“No-one’s bottled 1980s Miami excess quite like Pelicandy” – NME

“Off-kilter sleaze that makes them sound like weird pop rather than straight-up chart filler” – Noisey

“Contagious synth pop brilliance” – The Line Of Best Fit

“Seductive hooks and dancefloor-ready grooves” – Dork

“Melodic pop-poem” – Clash

“Mesmerising melodic hooks…dreamy synths” – Earmilk

“Swaggers with the confidence of a band that have been doing this for years” – DIY

Eva Lina – you so cool

Eva Lina is a pop artist and producer from Sweden with an in your face attitude that is instantly recognisable in her RnB infused beats and infectious melodies. Shortlisted in the Isle of Wight Festival New Blood Competition and fresh from a headline set at Moth Club Eva Lina  is one to watch. Brought up singing in church and fed a steady diet of rock music by her older brother, Eva-Lina has a wide range of musical influences also including P!nk and Gwen Stefani.  Known for her captivating stage presence, since leaving her day job as a builder and moving to London, Eva has performed at festivals such as  The Great Escape, North Atlantic Flux and Frimley Lodge Live.

Swedish pop artist and producer Eva-Lina is dropping the soundtrack to your summer romance with the release of her second single , ‘You so Cool’.

Co Written/produced with the top industry “Modestep” producer & guitarist Nick Tsang and inspired by artists such as Tove Lo and Charlie Puth, ‘You so Cool’ was set for biggest names in pop but this attitude packed banger was to ‘cool’ for her to let go of.  It may have been written for someone else but this track is about feeling yourself…

I don’t sing this about anyone, I sing it to myself, to everyone. It’s message of empowerment because it is ‘so cool’ when you to have the confidence to take charge and have fun. – Eva-Lina

Fire burns with strength and magnetism though this single…we are witnessing the birth of a big player in the pop world’ – Come Here Floyd

Jemma Siles – Light me up

Introducing Jemma Siles, twenty one year old, Melbourne based pop singer/songwriter. Jemma has already attracted a significant online following, with over 20,000 followers on her ever-growing social media channels.

Jemma initially gained attention from fans after posting a cover on Facebook of Anne-Marie and Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” in January of 2017 which was reposted by the Facebook page Radio One Lebanon and reached over half a million views in just a few days. She later on posted a multitude of videos and reached 200,000 views on her own post of “Symphony” by Zara Larsson and Clean Bandit. Jemma then went onto work with International DJ’s NERVO (Olivia Nervo and Miriam Nervo) and Wolfpack on the track “Like Air” which was later on release in December of 2017. “Like Air” has now reached 2 million streams on Spotify alone.

Jemma was a part of an elite performing arts company called Patrick Studios Australia for many years and has been on stage from a very young age performing for hundreds of people. Jemma has with and trained among many professionals across the board in singing, dancing and acting. She has always been told that her stage presence has shone above and beyond anyone else.

Jemma has performed in over 20 locations on multiple occasions all across Melbourne including; 170 Russell, Lux, Bond, The Princess Theatre, The Comedy Theatre, The National Theatre, Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre and Gasworks Theatre, The Evelyn Hotel just to name a few. Jemma has just recently returned from a Nation wide tour performing in Melbourne (170 Russell)Perth (The Astor Theatre) and Brisbane (Royal on the Park Hotel) as an opening act for LA artists; Indiana Massara, Tayler Holder and Bad Zach. Jemma has also performed at the Canterbury Herlstone Park in Sydney.

Jemma Siles, released her debut single “D.A.M.N.” earlier on in the year, which went on to win Australian Songwriter of the Year (2018) in the category ‘Contemporary Pop/Dance’. Presented by APRA AMCOS & ASA

Jemma’s self-written records follow the sounds of Taylor Swift, Tove lo and George Maple. Her records are packed with raw emotion, an edgy pop sound and strong lead vocals. As a writer Jemma is constantly playing with the use of intelligent symbolisms and intriguing hidden messages.

Jemma’s latest release Light Me Up, within 24 hours has been featured on a major publication The AU Review and Australia’s very own JOY radio station (94.9FM) as well as music injectionessentially pop and pop spotlight. Jemma is gearing up to release many more songs throughout the year.

Jemma has worked with MSquared a production company part of The Mushroom Group and has two unreleased songs with them. MSquared consists of two very talented artists; Michael Paytner, who was one of the members of the world renowned band called Icehouse and Michael Delorenzis, who written songs with Bonnie AndersonReece Mastin and Nussy, as well as countless others.

With so much talent and ambition, matched with a strong work ethic, Jemma is set for a massive career!

Olive B – playmate

Olive B uses her melodic voice and emotive lyrics to take listeners on a reflective and often nostalgic journey through their past relationships, and the pain and pleasures that accompany love. Olive’s first release was a seven-song mixtape titled No(W)here, released May 2017, produced and mastered by Toronto-producer Kayobe. In 2018, she collaborated with Vancouver-based producer Chewy on “Always You” and “Joey Moon.” Olive B is currently in the studio with producer Bobby Love (“Illusion” and “Fine Wine”) working on finishing an eight-song album titled With Or Without You. It’s a mix of indie pop meets alternative R&B. Look for this release on all streaming platforms on May 31st.

I was inspired by a relationship I was in, where I felt fully committed to this person, and eventually it became one-sided. He didn’t seem to care about me, but put more effort in when I acted the way I thought he wanted me to. At first, writing this track was emotional, but the more I started writing the more empowered I felt. The lyrics for the chorus just came to me during a freestyle session in the studio while Bobby was playing some spooky synths. I discovered there are two themes in the song – a vulnerable submissive side, and one where I felt powerful and comfortable with being myself.

“Playmate” is produced by Bobby Love. I came up with the melody for the chorus right away. Once everything started coming together, I knew it was going to be a great track.

Jinka & BLVTH – Bare to the bone

Jinka has an eclectic sonic architecture, leaving you short of references. Her music could either be the latest import straight from space at your local vinyl store, or the mangled soundscape of a masquerade in a 22nd century castle. The Transylvanian producer set up her laboratory in the western part of Berlin, where she creates a vivid blend of surrealist production and minimalistic vocal performance style.

Jinka’s debut EP Dr. Ara, which features collaborations with British singer-songwriter Klei (“Bicycle”) and Berlin based artist BLVTH (“Disarray”), is conceptualized as a “federation of miniature soundscapes“.

Listening to it feels like a journey during which we watch the Transylvanian producer explore various stylistic approaches and curate an assemblage of tasteful, both zeitgeisty and retro references which compose her trademark Happy Trip Pop vibe.

Check out how Jinka manages to cite pop music stereotypes in a unique and surprising manner while bypassing the notorious genre traps.

“When you stream music it’s like you have access to an all-you-can-eat buffet. If you have an omnivorous taste like me this might turn out to be dangerous. Unless you embrace it, are not afraid to take a multidirectional approach and explore different perspectives. The process of writing and producing the tracks of this EP has eventually brought me to “Romeo”. The moment we had finished Romeo I was like: okay – this is the sonic palette which is going to serve as grounds for my future work in 2019. There’s actually already a few songs waiting in line!“

Jinka’s previous releases received support from Wonderland Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Milk Magazine and Indie Shuffle and were listed on Spotify NMF US, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Turkey and Iceland. Her single ‘Countdown Forever’ is also part of the H&M in store playlist.

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.