Tagged: pop

Ardyn – Throwing Stones

ARDYN_May2017_2One of the things we’re most pleased about typing whenever we get the chance is the phrase ‘new music from Ardyn‘, so naturally we’re rather excited about this post.

New tune Throwing Stones is a further twist in the evolution of the sound of Katy and Rob Pearson, a brother/sister duo from Gloucestershire. Speaking of the song, Katy said: “The song was inspired by feeling very disillusioned, in particular with the current state of politics and unrest in the world. With everything seemingly going a bit haywire, I felt I needed to put that into words. We’d also recently watched The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock which definitely stuck with me, so the song party draws from that film.” Continue reading

Liv Dawson – Painkiller

Released today, Painkiller is the latest tune from Liv Dawson and it has a smooth, slick vibe.

The singer from Shepperton, Surrey, has been steadily building up traction over the past year with a string of super-strong songs, including the excellent Searching. The new song comes following a busy schedule of summer dates including appearances at Dot To Dot, Bushstock, Wild Life, and Barn on the Farm festivals.

Liv Dawson – Painkiller

BC Unidos – Bicycle (ft. Shungudzo)

Here’s one that has been bubbling under for a while and since we can’t get it out of our heads, decided it was deserving of a share. BC Unidos is the brainchild of two of Sweden’s biggest producers, Markus Krunegård and Patrik Berger, who have worked with big names such as Santigold, Charlie XCX, Icona Pop, and Robyn. Bicycle is a real feel-good summer cut which has unsurprisingly been picking up a fair bit of airplay. BC Unidos have also released the Carli remix of the track which takes the original into club territory by fusing grime and dancehall and is well worth a listen.

And hey, if cycling-relating music is your thing, then see also this and this…. but be warned that the ladies in the latter one are not wearing cycle helmets!

BC Unidos – Bicycle (ft. Shungudzo)

Elena Ramona – The Neon Lights

We’re very much liking the groove of this tune from singer-songwriter Elena Ramona. Born in Greece but now based in Guildford, Surrey, Ramona’s smooth vocals are accompanied by some big, bold production on The Neon Lights and the whole thing comes together so well. One to watch.

Elena Ramona – The Neon Lights

SPINN – Notice Me

Liverpool dream pop four-piece SPINN have unveiled the video to their latest song Notice Me. The video is a fairly simple performance piece up until the end when the band become almost parodies of themselves, looking like Pale Waves in their There Is A Honey video, and really just having the same kind of fun that their music evokes.

Notice Me was first made to actually gain some radio play from SPINN’s local BBC Introducing host, Dave Monks. The idea was to write a song about wanting the attention of Monks. Of the track, singer Jonathon Quinn said: “Notice Me started out as a way to get some radio play. We used to say it was a homage to BBC Radio Merseyside because when we wrote it we couldn’t get any radio play, and wanted to be noticed by them. The lyrics are a bit more meaningful, it’s essentially us trying to portray the concept of hero worship in a pop song.”

SPINN – Notice Me

Nakita – In The Water

No stranger to the pixels of Sync – largely thanks to last year’s track Second Chances – New Zealand singer Nakita is back with new tune In The Water.

The lead single from her forthcoming Vision EP, it has a tropical vibe and presents an evolved version of Nakita; an 18-year-old channelling the growing pains of leaving home, now-distant friendships, moving to the big city and maturing as an artist. She recently performed as support for LANY at their Auckland show at the end of last month.

Nakita – In The Water

Roche – Four Walls (ft. Liyv)

Simply beyond dreamy, this work of art comes from Reading-based producer Roche and features the flawless vocals of Sync favourite Liyv. Four Walls is a track taken from the new EP Pink Sounds which has been entirely written, produced and recorded by Nick Roche in his own bedroom.

The full EP – which also features collaborations with Siad Cole and Justin Richard – can be found on Spotify. Also, check out Liyv’s wonderful Hot Lights which features on the latest Sync List.

Roche – Four Walls (ft. Liyv)

Tom Forest – Believer

British singer/songwriter Tom Forest returns with the second release from his upcoming debut album Hope. Believer has all the soulful, uplifting brilliance of previous song Summer.

It has a simple melody, with a sincere vocal delicately delivered and totally compelling. Of the song, Forest says: “Last year I was in a dark place with music. It felt like life was telling me it was time to stop, even though it was something that had always been second nature. To make an album took a huge amount of support from friends and family – many people contributed to that process and I’m so grateful.

“Sometimes the value of dreams is not in whether you achieve or fail, but in the belief in that it brings out in those around you. If you find yourself fighting a battle, even if you lose, you see who comes to join you.”

Tom Forest – Believer

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Skott – Mermaid

Heading up our latest Sync List, the new song from Swedish singer-songwriter Skott has all the ethereal beauty of her earlier songs Porcelain and Glitter & Gloss, building delicately to something of altogether epic proportions. There’s a hint of Lana Del Ray to start with, some Kate Bush-esque magic too, but really, Mermaid signifies more of a confirmation in earnest of Skott’s very own distinctive style.

Hearing her live is believing – those high notes really are that flawless when she performs. Shortly heading to the US for a couple of support slots with the mighty Phantogram, her next UK headline show in London on 13 September is sold out but fans can track her down supporting on her autumn tour dates in Bristol (23 October), Glasgow (24), Manchester (25), London (27), Norwich (28), and Birmingham (29).

Skott – Mermaid

The Penelopes – Roses

New from Parisian art-pop duo The Penelopes is Roses, a nostalgic, electro-pop track from their new EP Leave Them All Behind. The London-based pair – Axel Basquiat and Vincent T – have been busy remixing work by the likes of Alt-J and Lana Del Ray but are now focusing on their own material.

The single is accompanied by a striking video by acclaimed Ukrainian director Alina Gordiyenko.

The Penelopes – Roses

Lots Holloway – Stay A Little Longer

Lots Holloway 2Follow-up to her debut single World’s On Fire, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lots Holloway has unveiled new tune Stay A Little Longer.

It’s a track that combines pop appeal with real substance and thought-provoking lyrics, this time on the topic of ‘manipulative people’ as she explains: “Be it in relationships, friendships, or even in politics. Those that are controlling, possessive and power thirsty – with charm and an ability to hypnotise you.”

Born in Cornwall but now London-based, Holloway not only writes her own songs but is also responsible for most of the instrumentation, production, and programming of her music, as well as the accompanying visuals and video.

She plans to continue recording throughout 2017 for her debut EP and, with a string of UK dates are set to be announced in the near future, we’re looking forward to catching her live soon.

Lots Holloway – Stay A Little Longer

ALBUM: Declan McKenna – What Do You Think About The Car?

DeclanMcKenna album coverCertain things in life can make you feel very old indeed… [cliché alert!!] like the seemingly ever-youthful police officers on the streets, or teachers that look young enough to still be at school themselves. The effect Declan McKenna can have on someone like me is on an altogether different scale however. It’s not just that the Hertfordshire-born singer-songwriter is a mere 18-years-old, it’s much more the fact that his songs are so full of depth and meaning that it’s hard to comprehend they are the handiwork of someone of such tender years.

Throughout, the album is full of great, catchy hooks, backed with polished arrangements and sung with consummate ease. Album opener Humongous sets the tone with its big, bold chorus. Brazil – a song about FIFA corruption around the World Cup in the South American country – then leads-in to a track that’s probably brought him more airplay than any other; the superb Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home, which packs arguably the best chorus of the album.  Continue reading

Olly Chamberlain – Fear

The debut EP from promising young pop singer-songwriter Olly Chamberlain is out now, with lead and title track Fear a particular stand-out. With a blend of smooth electronica and R&B, his falsetto voice sounds pure and effortless, suggesting a talent whose profile will be growing strongly over the coming months. The singer from Harrow, North London, is one to watch for sure.

Olly Chamberlain – Fear

Luxia – Me, My Selfie and I

Now here’s one that will divide opinion! Me, My Selfie and I is a tongue-in-cheek debut from Swedish pop artist Luxia whose Instagram-obsessed alter-ego delivers a bouncing bubblegum pop tune with a dark undercurrent.

Once you get through the difficult first listen and come back to give it another go, it may well get stuck in your brain for good. It’s brilliantly weird, and if this kind of brave, offbeat and outlandish stuff is a flavour of what’s to come from the Malmö-based artist, then bring it on.

Luxia – Me, My Selfie and I