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Keelan Mak – Sleep Talker

Emerging from the smoky late nights of Brisbane’s humid streets, Keelan Mak is a singer, songwriter, and producer creating a unique and sultry palette of electronic sounds.

Combining a blissful intoxicating song writing style with lush atmospheric production, Keelan seamlessly blends indie and electronic genres and combines them with his smooth, honeyed, emotional vocals and heartfelt personal storytelling.

Launching his career last year with debut single “Weigh You Down” and follow up single “Flicker“, Keelan Mak has made a mark with his sound and style. The two tracks have amassed over 500k streams, were added to major Spotify playlists (New Music Friday, Fresh Finds, Indie Arrivals and more), and has received spins on triple j unearthed, triple j, and handfuls of community radio stations.

The tracks also caught the attention of bookers and artists around Australia – leading to Mak supporting Vera Blue, E^ST, Matthew Young and Alice Ivy, as well as co-writing with some of Australia and New Zealand’s top upcoming producers including Fossa Beats, Maribelle, and SACHI, and a feature vocal on single “Wouldn’t Be The Same” from Australian electronic favourites Tora.

Recently winning the AMEX Music Backers grant, Keelan was also a finalist in the 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship, and was one of two hand-picked showcasing artists representing triple j unearthed at BIGSOUND 2018.

After announcing the forthcoming release of his debut EP ‘Test The Shallows’ , Keelan Mak today reveals the dark and enigmatic video for new single “Sleep Talker, a melancholic disco track which plays with garage house influences, woozy layers of synth and beats, and smooth vocal toplines.
Premiering on Notion Magazine overnight, the concept of the video centres on a lover who’s manufactured a fantasy world to escape the reality of his relationship.

The motel sets the real-life situation of two lovers meeting for a late-night rendezvous. The protagonist is quickly pulled into a hypnotic state which draws him out of the motel, stumbling towards a glowing red box within another world where he can temporarily be himself.

Sugi Dakks – Black Coffee

Sugi Dakks is the brainchild of LA based Kyle Donald, a Jazz Piano Performance major, his dual interests in poetry and music merged into the pop/soul/jazz/hip hop sound that is Sugi Dakks. His blend of rap, singing, jazz piano is largely self-produced and draws inspiration from Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis. As a writer/producer he has upcoming cuts with Wale, DWY and Raina Rich. His early artist singles have reached over millions of plays, #1 on Hype Machine, spun on BBC Radio and supported widely by tastemakers. In 2018 his debut mixtape ‘The Business’ was recognised widely by key industry figures followed by a much touted debut EP – ‘Black Coffee’.

Ali Gilbert – Truth Be told

Ali Gilbert is a self taught Singer/Rapper/Songwriter from Tamworth West Midlands and has been performing music since the age of 18. After starting on the karaokes to build up confidence and get used to singing in front of a crowd he started to take it more seriously and move on to the open mic nights doing covers and started to learn acoustic guitar.

From his early 20’s he began performing his own gigs at local pubs clubs bars and starting to get regular bookings which boosted his confidence and sent started to make covers my own and think about getting into writing my own material.  I wrote my first song ‘Days go by’ at 22 which was has rap/vocal style vibe and set him in the direction of what genre and artist he wanted to be. Ali Gilbert has since gone on to release debut EP ‘Truth Be Told’ which includes 5 tracks based on real life personal experiences about love rejection and mental health.

After receiving recognition from local press radio stations such as Touch FM and having some success in music competitions such as Open Mic UK and Soundwaves Music Competition in which he reached the National Finals in both competitions. He has performed and headlined venues such as Cafe 1001 London The Sunflower Lounge 02 Academy 2 & 3 & 02 Institute 3 as well as the NEC Birmingham. He has recently supported the Australian Indie/Folk band The Sons Of The East on there UK/Europe Tour in May 2019. 

His main influences in music are artists such as Plan B, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, The 1975, James Morrison, Paolo Nutini and Motown. He is due to be booked to play at music festivals in the UK in 2019/2020 and continues to write new music and hopefully release his debut Album in 2020. If you would like to follow his music and fins out more about this artist search @Ali Gilbert Music on all social media platforms also check out debut EP ‘Truth Be Told’ available to download/Stream across all stores.

moglii – flow

Moglii is a producer, songwriter and synth slayer based in Cologne. He studied jazz piano in Düsseldorf, Germany. After his collaborative “Down Under EP” with NOVAA in 2016 (single “Mother” reached #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral Charts and 4 million hits), he dropped his very first solo 7 Track EP called Naboo in 2017 on Majestic Casual Records (over 1 9 million plays). His music reached the top 10 of Hype Maschine Charts several times and got featured by COLORS, Fresh Finds or The Sound you need.

 Moglii is creating his unique and significant style out of warm beats, analogue synthesizers and soulful vocal samples. His modern electronic compositions are often supplemented by acoustic instruments and an organic soundscape. Its futuristic pop music influenced by the sound of Mura Masa, James Blake or Bon Iver Moglii ’s lively and playful tracks are made for big stages as well as for the headphones of an urban music enthusiast. A lot of samples are self made, with the help of field recording of coffee machines, shopping bags or cactuses. Simon is also the mastermind of 5 piece band MOGLEBAUM, in which he already played on national and international Festivals (Bulgaria, India , UK ). Their single “Raindrops” reached #1 on Spotify’s global viral charts in July 2016 and more than 1 million streams. This second project is frozen since 201 8.

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.

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

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).

JAIME feat. KEMELION – WITH YOU

Cihan Ozaman is a producer, singer and songwriter known as Kemelion. He was born in Istanbul, grew up in Paris and went to school in Hannover. Currently he lives in Stuttgart and often commutes to the Alps, where he works with the producer Joe Styppa aka Jaime (drummer of Cro, Cassandra Steen, Estikay, KMN Gang) on his debut EP, which will be released in spring 2019.

On January 25, 2019, they released the fourth single by Jaime “With You (feat. Kemelion)”, which will also be available together with” Over Us “on the debut EP of Kemelion. He combines oriental beats with groovy bass lines that are beating through the melodic walls of the synthesizers. On top you hear guitar licks with different funk & pop influences. His striking voice complements the 26-year-old with huge choirs and harmonies. He describes his own musical genre as “Modern Electro Pop”. Kemelion does nothing be behind his music. He becomes one with it. In March 2018, Kemelion had applied for the nationwide band promotion Play Live. Against 60 artists, he made it through live performances to the last top 4. In December 2018, the final took place at the Scala in Ludwigsburg where he convinced the jury again and earned a slot at the 2019 Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival.