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Black Jeans – Lap Dog

Black Jeans is a singer, songwriter and producer born and raised in New York.  Growing up in a family with a Puerto Rican and Italian background, music and rhythm was an inherent trait felt deeply in much of his upbringing.  

Through years of studying music and theater, Black Jeans naturally fell into a music production and live performance style that leaned heavily into theatrics while prioritizing rhythm and groove.

This foundation has lent to a recurring theme in all of his creative projects which poses the question “How Do You Move?” and will serve as the title of his debut album. 

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!!”.

Thalo – I Mean

Thalo is the pseudonym for Jack Harbo, an American musician who is disrupting the presumed conventions of genre and pretense. Jack and his sister, Paige- who lends vocals to some tracks- are old souls sporting modern sparks. Thalo blends familiar constructs and exciting innovation with the lost, wandering tone of a generation of dissatisfaction. All while maintaining wry humor, and inviting the listener to laugh together at a world that seems hell-bent on falling to pieces.

The new release, “i mean.” is, in a lot of ways, about the difficulties of communication. It seeks to parse out the differences between romanticism and optimism, and to acknowledge the loneliness that has become so potent for those of us that struggle just to meet the bare minimum. It explores the micros and macros of our modern world, all with climbing, sliding melodies to remind us of the inherent joy of music– to remind us to have fun along whatever road we walk.

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

Amy Jo – Doing Better

Since winning North-West’s Search for A Star at only 13, Amy Jo has become no stranger to the music industry; regularly supporting big names such as Scouting for Girls, Rick Astley, Heaven 17, Alexander O’Neal and Toploader. She also performed alongside artists such as Pixie Lott, Little Mix and The Vamps for two consecutive years at Blackpool Illuminations and has recently finished touring with chart-topping band ‘The Christians’.

Amy Jo began writing songs at 13 and has since had her tracks played on BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Manchester. She also recently featured on the Women in Music segment on Indie Rocks Radio.

Keen to release her original music, Amy Jo released her first self-penned EP ‘Innocence’ at only 15 and her second EP ‘Integrity’ at only 17. She has since been releasing new tracks which she has not only written; but helped to produce and her headline show sold over 250 tickets in her hometown of Lancaster.

Thursday night of the annual Lancaster Music Festival saw eighteen-year-old singersongwriter; Amy-Jo Clough amaze a packed audience at the Penny Bank with her country-pop sound reminiscent of a young Taylor Swift. Yet, there was a twist. With her soulful, bluesy covers of Mercy by Duffy and Paolo Nutini’s Last Request as well as inclusion of her own catchy songs, she really showcased her range of talent even mastering the rap in Blackstreet’s No Diggity”, Scan Newspaper – 2015

“Amy Jo Clough is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from Lancaster. Inspired by pop, country and RnB; her entirely self-penned, catchy songs are truly unique, relatable and enjoyable for all ages. Growing up around music, you can expect to find Amy Jo with her guitar or piano writing about the world around her; from love and heartbreak to world issues, equality and social media”.

Amy Jo is a bubbly and thoughtful character who loves to connect with audience members as well as fans of her music online. She knows how to work a crowd with honest, original music and unique renditions of popular covers that will have the audience up on their feet”.

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.

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.

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.

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.