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.’
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.
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.
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
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 andFrimley 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
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 overhalf 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; 170Russell, Lux, Bond, The Princess Theatre, The Comedy Theatre, The National Theatre, Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centreand 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 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 Anderson, Reece 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 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 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.
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.
ORKID delivers a candid vocal over something like synchronized culinary clangor in “Lay Low”. Pots and pans, hand claps and the clinking of metal pipes contribute to a sense of frenzy that punctuates the rhythm as if ORKID has help from the kitchen staff. She refuses to submit to constraints and is prepared to drink, steal and outpace police to exercise her freedom. That recklessness reflects, as ORKID describes, “getting to a point where I simply don’t give a — and where I want to misbehave. I want to do whatever I feel like. I want to wake up in Vegas.”
The 21-year-old lives in Stockholm—the capital of pop—but grew up listening to Nat King Cole and Sam Cooke. These contrasting influences manifest in ORKID’s ability to be both on-trend and mature beyond her years. At only 16, she used the Idol stage to transition from performing small town gigs to playing on an international stage. In the next three years, ORKID completed her education, improved her songwriting and stage presence and developed into one of Sweden’s most exciting artist exports.
Over 6 million streams in first year
Featured on 20 + Spotify New Music Friday playlists all over the world
Playlisted on Swedish national radio
Posted on 25 + Hype Machine Blogs, reached top of most-posted list
“Swedish starlet ORKID combines velvet vocals with electro-pop” – Complex
Since 2010, Copenhagen-based producer Fabian Mazur has released many tracks and remixes, expanding from the Danish club scene to an international audience. Gaining support from artists such as Martin Garrix, Tiesto and Afrojack, Fabian’s recent releases have been pulling in streams from all over the world including “Right Now” with over 7.2 million Spotify plays and “Sun Goes Down” topping two million Spotify plays.
Fabian Mazur has an electronic and bouncy sound with a clear inspiration from hip-hop and R&B that has been supported on a variety of playlists including: Mint, Fresh Electronic, Dance Hits, Friday Crate Diggers, Spinnin Records Top 100, Trap Nation, Electronic Gaming, Mad Decent Weekly, Deep House Hits (Armada), Trap & Bass By Spinnin and New Music Fridayin Germany, Denmark, Spain, Iceland, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Italy and France.
Fabian comes from a family
with a musical heritage. His parents are career jazz musicians who continue to
tour to this day. His father Klavs
Hovman plays the bass and is a solid foundation the Danish jazz scene. His
mother Marilyn Mazur is a
world-renowned percussionist who has toured with legends such as Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter.
In 2013, Fabian received a platinum-certification for his remix of “Chuck Norris” by Kongsted. Other accolades include six nominations at the Danish DJ Awards 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017 – “Mainstream DJ Of The Year,” “Urban Release Of The Year” and “Remix Of The Year.” Fabian spends time producing a vlog series featuring all his own music. His weekly videos–available here–give a glimpse into his daily life as a full-time music producer and DJ.
“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).