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cuja – don’t forget about me

Cuja, otherwise known as Alyssa Cudamat, is an electric LA-based pop artist that is creating her own terms when it comes to music. She fuses elements of retro-pop with a fresh forward-thinking electro-pop twist, combined with cheeky and relatable lyrics; her personality shines through every aspect of her music. 

Her passion for music began at a very young age as she spent most of her childhood traveling around the world in a touring choir, performing everywhere from France to China. This experience cultivated not only her voice, but her sense of self (and her love of food!). She’s skilled and self-taught in guitar, piano, and ukulele and is currently teaching herself how to make her own music. Cuja strives to be a woman of all trades. 

Inspired by girl-power artists like Hayley Kiyoko, Dua Lipa, and Ariana Grande, Cuja took her sound and transformed it into her own: a shimmery, electronic pop that serves as her canvas for heartbreak, jealousy, and pleasure. 

She has a drive to succeed like no other, partially due to the lack of Asian-American representation within the music industry. She felt a huge disconnect growing up as a mixed Asian-American child in America. Instead of getting upset about the lack of diversity, she decided to utilize her own voice and story, making it her goal to provide more opportunities for minorities and marginalized groups in music. On this topic, Cuja explains “I’m very excited to be a part of diversifying the pallet of creative individuals in the industry. It’s a personal mission of mine to work with and support marginalized creatives. I think everyone is yearning badly to hear the stories of POC’s, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, people with disabilities, etc. It’s time mainstream pop, and all genres for that matter, reflect the world. It’s time these voices are heard.”

After releasing her debut EP, simply titled Vol. 1, on June 21, Cuja has plenty more planned for the year. Stay tuned for a new single in July, along with an accompanying show at Los Angeles’ esteemed The Peppermint Club on July 20.

Cuja brings forth her enlightening style of electronic/pop with her debut EP titled ‘Vol.1’ that sparkles and shines with its crystal-clear production.” – Acid Stag

…infectious bops with powerful undertones of feminism.” – The New Nine

Jenko – by your side

JENKO (real name Richard Jenko) is a 26 year old EDM, dance-pop artist from the midlands, UK with a rich musical background supported by the likes of Calvin Harris and Dallas Austin  in the past.

After having some success in his younger years as ‘Richard Jay’ he received airplay on national and international radio and began working with some of the industry’s top songwriters. He was also included in the Converse shoes ‘rising sparks’ campaign as one of the top up and coming talents.

Calvin Harris, Dallas Austin and other top producers agree. Richard Jay is  one of the most notable new pop talents to look out for. The young  British pop prodigy has been stirring up interest on both sides of the  Atlantic with his blend of pop, electro and heartfelt balladry.

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RICHARD JAY,  one serious pop prodigy at seventeen(!), who’s quite a busy bee in the  studio as he writes, records, produces, and masters his own material.  He’s been floating around the interwebs for some time, garnering the  interest of BBC and thus being featured on a variety  of radio shows. The young aspirant is also taking part in the latest  Converse campaign promoting new talents on the block, to which they  described Richard Jay as a “creative centipede”.

Richard Jay’s music is just the right mix of bright, shimmering synthesizers and deep bass sound that both sounds gorgeous

Richard  is now branching out by himself once again, this time as JENKO and beginning to make his mark by releasing his latest solo track ‘By Your Side’ on the 25th June on all major platforms (i.e. Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music).

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.

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.

Michel young – Human

The label 4 On The Floor proudly presents Michel Young – born 1993 of French and Finnish heritage but now based in Sweden. He is currently working with Jonas von der Burg, a songwriter and producer behind numerous worldwide mega hits.

The past year has been lined with successes. His latest releases “Talk Talk” and “Come Over” and Dance No More” has already been successful in both international DJ lists and radio shows. The remixes are done by the very well renowned StoneBridge as well as the the up and coming producer/writer/remixer Damien Hall.

Michel Young’s tracks has been on A-rotation on P4 in Denmark and hothits.uk. B-rotation in Sweden. Michel Young is also played in USA, Japan, South America, Kenya, Mexico and Thailand. Lux FM, Passort Approved och Kiss FM (Ukraina). Lollipop,Glasgow, Candy Radio and Hit Song UK med flera. The tracks has been released in Spain, Poland, UK, Greece and Ireland.

Michel can be described in many ways – unique, talented and charismatic, just seem to scratch the surface. However, there is one word that ties them all together and is true to their character; Michel Young is Real. Few people sing so honestly from their heart and soul. Michel Young does so in just the right way, combining art, story and song in perfect unison.

Crooked Colours – hold on

Crooked Colours burst onto the scene in 2013 with breakout singles Come Down, Capricious and Another Way, earning three consecutive #1’s on Hype Machine and gaining a solid fanbase around the world. The result of a patient approach from an act determined to create a timeless debut, new albumVera demonstrates diverse and layered productions from a breed proving themselves as one of Australia’s hottest rising acts in electronic music today. Hit singles ‘Flow’, ‘I Hope You Get It’ and ‘Come Back To You’ have been picked up by radio stations and press around the world such as Radio 1, Eins Live, triple j, Majestic Casual to name a few. To date Crooked Colours have had over 20 million streams of their new record and have released award winning music videos for all previously released singles.

Recently invited to perform as special guests for EDEN on his U.K. and European tour, the band has also supported RÜFÜS and San Cisco, in addition to many festival performances across Australia and North America. On their most recent ‘Perfect Run’ Tour, the band sold out shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Washington, London, Hamburg, Berlin, Zurich as well as multiple shows at home in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

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.

Asking You – AIR APPARENT

As Spring hastily approaches, Atlanta native AIR APPARENT returns with a delightfully warm electro-pop single ‘Asking You’ – serving as the perfect love anthem to jump into warmer weather.

‘Asking You’ is a lively shift in tempo from AIR APPARENT’s conventional relaxed soundscapes. As the single’s luminous bassline is swiftly met with mellifluous vocals, lush synths collide with an oscillating percussion line to create the ultimate playful melody for a love-inspired track.

The Indian-American DJ and producer has only just begun to make his mark on the dance music world since the release of his 2018 debut EP ‘Imaginary’. AIR APPARENT’s standout single ‘Your Love’ is a dreamy love boasting track that has amassed over 60,000 plays on Soundcloud alone and is a true testament to the young artist’s transcendent production capabilities. With a summer EP currently in the works, AIR APPARENT shows no signs of slowing down and will continue to prove his progressive artistic prowess while working to solidify his standing as the breakout electronic artist of 2019. Stay up-to-date with everything Air Apparent is up to by following his socials for news about upcoming music, albums, tour dates and much more.

ORKID – Lay Low

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

Pop superstar in the making ORKID returns with another infectious banger – The Line of Best of Fit