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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

Lower Loveday – Chains

Lower Loveday consist of four musicians from the Heart of England with a wide range of influences from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Blondie, The 1975 and U2. By creating an original brand of Indie Pop and combining this with a Rock n Roll edge, Lower Loveday have managed to find a unique formula of catchy pop choruses mixed with punchy basslines and muscular riffs. They’ve received plays on BBC Radio 6 Music on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape with their last release and the demo of ‘Chains’ received national TV play on ITV. Lower Loveday have had massive success on the road too having supported Only The Poets on their UK tour, APRE and Rory Wynne and performing at multiple festivals through BBC Introducing has helped them cement a loyal fan base all around the UK.

The song was written from the point of view of a young man, reaching adulthood and deciding what to do with his life. Having had so much fun throughout his university years, the real world doesn’t seem as good as it is made out to be. The punchy beats and thunderous nature of the song, provide the perfect backdrop for the big, melodic chorus of a man calling out for help.

Having already played BBC Introducing stages, supported the likes of Only The Poets and APRE, and received airplay on BBC 6 Music, Indie Pop 4-piece Lower Loveday return bigger and better than ever with ‘Chains’. Their fresh track and new sound, crafted by northern production duo Sugar House, is a reinvention for the band bringing a dark grittiness to their already catchy, Indie Pop sound.

Chase Zera – Said I Would

Chase Zera has been spreading her talents across the performing arts scene since the age of six. She grew up excelling in every dance genre from commercial jazz to hip-hop and cabaret. She then began singing and writing her own original material at the age of thirteen as well as learning the piano to refine her craft.

Chase Zera was accepted into the Australian Institute of Music and studied Composition and Audio Engineering as well as attending Ableton Live School where she learned the basics of music production. This helped spark her passion for pop and electronic music and allowed her to experiment and find her signature brooding, pop-house sound.

She has also collaborated in writing and production with various artists such as Xavier Dunn, Stu Turner from Set Mo, Commandeur, Bajillionaire & GANZ.

Chase Zera’s sound can be described as upbeat and electrifying, with the addition of her airy vocals, consistent with a distinct vibrato. Her live shows are packed with high energy as Chase showcases powerful, bold choreography alongside her dancers.

‘Clovers’, the debut single by Chase Zera was premiered by Purple Sneakers on 1st March 2019. ‘Clovers’ made its mark on Spotify’s prestigious ‘New Music Fridays’, ‘House Party’, ‘Office Stereo’ and ‘Pop Edge’ playlists. The single was also played on Declan Byrne’s ‘Home and Hosed’ on Triple J and added to the Triple J Unearthed weekly podcast, charting on Triple J Unearthed in its first week of upload.

“It’s a pop anthem that works hard to showcase her songwriting abilities, vocal prowess and production skill. The complexities of the lyrical content are reflected very aptly in the hard-hitting production, and the slick sheen of this one comes through with years of experience.” – Purple Sneakers.

Edie Bens – the first one

Brighton-based Welsh songstress Edie Bens will be releasing her debut single ‘The First One’ on all major streaming platforms. The song is a nostalgic account of teenage angst recorded with her live band and produced by the amazing Josh Harrison who is currently working with Royal Blood. Combining folk and Americana influences with hearty pop melodies, her heartfelt and honest music was first noticed by the producers of ITV’s ‘This Morning,’ where, at the age of 16, one of her songs was aired on live television, with host Philip Schofield noting her as ‘one to watch’. Edie has had airplay on BBC Radio Wales, BBC introducing and has live experience at festivals including last years ‘The Great Escape’ in Brighton, a hot-bed for emerging talent in the industry. Selling out her first headline show in Brighton this year at The Prince Albert Edie Bens has a growing reputation as one of the South Easts most exciting artists. 2019 clearly has a lot in store for this bright young starlet, with her return to ‘The Great Escape’ as well as tour support for Chloe Foy and a summer packed with numerous festivals and even a few dates overseas.

Trapdoor social – The Move

Trapdoor Social is a Los Angeles based independent rock band with a mission. With its origins in a college environmental studies program, the band has a record of fundraising and activism to promote sustainability. Starting in 2015 Trapdoor Social branched off from the usual mix of club/radio/college shows and began producing outdoor, solar-powered concerts and events around the US, including Sunstock Solar Festival, which is takes place in Los Angeles annually. Their other projects combining music with activism have benefitted Homeboy IndustriesMesa Ridge High School, and Kids Cancer Connection.

The band’s music is energetic and passionate, with lyrics that play with love, philosophy, and social critique. Several of the band’s songs— “Away”, “Fine on My Own,” “Sunshine,” and “Wining as Truth” – have received significant airplay around the country, a national TV ad placement and success on Spotify’s ‘Discover Weekly’.
Trapdoor Social are set to release a full album, as well as a national tour in the spring of 2019.

The infectious track is inspired by the idea of a growing movement of people who want to leave the world better than they found it. With funk-fuelled guitars, impassioned vocals and a contagious chorus the single is sure to be stuck in your head all day long! The visuals feature protests for environmental regulation change.
The indie rock band have a record of fundraising and activism supporting sustainability, producing outdoor solar-powered concerts around the US.

Rainer + Grimm – Be Your girl

Rainer + Grimm, self-proclaimed happy sad boys, have been described as Toronto’s contemporary dance music response to the alternative R&B sound the city is infamous for.

Their official remixes for Sam Smith, Jessie Ware, Years & Years, Johnny Orlando, R3Hab, and many others have found homes on commercial airwaves and basement dance floors alike while signing a string of original releases on Universal Canada, Casablanca and physical presents as well as independent releases on their own imprint Bleeding Hearts Club. With production and engineering credits for the likes of Drake, The Weeknd, French Montana, Swae Lee, and Allan Rayman, just to name a few, they are poised to push their sound to the masses like never before.

Rainer + Grimm have had countless number 1’s on the popular blog aggregate site Hype Machine and a top 5 chart position on the UK’s Music Week Club and Pop Charts helped R&G tour across North America multiple times preaching their duty gospel and touch festival main stages ranging from Digital Dreams and Escapade to Splash House.

Since being a Spotify spotlight artist back in 2016, Rainer + Grimm records have been streamed over 30 million times across all streaming platforms, while boasting millions of those streams independently, 2019 promises more success under their musical umbrella Bleeding Hearts Club (BHC).

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.