Foxxglove returns with her latest single 'Bad Timing’. This heart wrenching alt-pop ballad gives the listener a deeply personal insight into her life; about a profoundly dark time within a relationship.
The Ferndale songstress cries out “You make me feel, like I’m hard to love” as the realisation of her isolation within her world. Speaking about the track Foxxglove says, “This song is about a specific relationship, where the person broke my heart in an emotionally manipulative and frustrating manner. He fought for my attention at the start, led me on and ended up gaslighting me. The most important part of a song for me is the lyrics, that’s how I write my music at the moment and I hope people can be empathetic to the emotional weight they carry. This song represents closure to me and I hope others can find solace within the song; knowing they aren’t alone in their feelings.”
The raw, emotional and uncensored lyrics are put front and centre of the song and are backed, with a simplistic yet powerful production by MINAS. He builds from a simple stripped back piano to more chaotic layers that mirror the emotions on the track. “I sent a raw song of lyrics and melody to MINAS via a voice note, he worked his magic and it perfectly captures how I feel about the song.”
Foxxglove is a dark and alternative pop artist from Ferndale in South Wales. Taking inspiration from her own life experiences, films, and art to tell a story that captures people's hearts; her raw and open emotion seeps through every part of her music. She began working alongside producer & artist Minas, part of the PRS Foundation backed artist development scheme: Forté Project in 2019.
In 2020 Foxxglove received support from the BBC’s launchpad scheme for artists. She has also performed at Swn Festival and supported the fast-rising UK rockers Holding Absence.
Hailing from the tropical shores of the exclusive Caribbean island of Anguilla; London born songstress, Zipporah, is back again with her latest single, "Pull up", which was released today.
Based in Manchester, England and raised in Anguilla, Zipporah embodies the musical soul of each nation entirely, creating an innovative amalgamation of dancehall, pop and alternative R&B music. In each song, she is able to paint a distinct combination of bluesy, sultry lyrics contrasted by tantalizing, waist-rolling rhythms, and sprinkled with messages of enlightenment. Her sound has captured the attention of many people with her previous single “Cake” obtaining 21,000 views on Youtube and over 13,000 listens on Spotify in less than 3 months, while also being featured on blogs like Grid Magazine and Umusicians.
Zipporah’s latest single features an electrifying dancehall beat, when combined with its infectiously catchy lyrics, makes it a fire-blazing, nation-roaring, summer anthem. With a lyrical focus on emotionally abusive relationships, Zipporah is able to exude authenticity and vulnerability, allowing listeners to feel connected as they relate.
Speaking more on the release, Zipporah says: “It’s crazy how common emotional abuse is today, and yet how afraid we are to talk about it. While it is not as evident as physical abuse, its scars are just as traumatic. I wanted to draw attention to the feelings experienced when in an emotionally abusive relationship, particularly the feeling of being torn about ending the relationship. This song is about gaining the courage to demand better for yourself. Being able to understand that a problem exists and if it isn’t rectified, you’re not going to settle. You deserve not only happiness but peace of mind”.
The song's music video expands on the theme painting a 1980s visual, representing a time where women were limited in opportunities. As the video progresses, messages of freedom of choice and freedom of expression are drawn.
Zipporah's femme fatale attitude contrasted by her charismatic and humorous personality makes her a fan favorite. Ultimately, this small-island girl is set to make a big wave in the music industry.
Irish Galway pop rock trio Hybrazil have just released “Four Seasons”, the latest single from the genre-blending street band.
Throughout the track, the sound of a band forged by live performance is evident. Bright and smooth guitars and a brisk jazzy beat set the pace, before finding a clever contrast in Coughlan’s blues-infused vocals. A seamless fusion of soul, jazz and pop create a background for the tale of a recurring conflict, where emotional instability is compared smartly to fluctuations in weather.
“When all four seasons come in just one day,” vocalist Orla Coughlan sings. The story is anchored by a spunky walking bass line, with a persuasive jazz swing to it. “I originally wrote it as an acoustic song,” Coughlan says. “Someone at work had said the weather was like four seasons in one day – and it made me think of someone I knew like that.” She laughs, “I literally wrote it in twenty minutes.”
Then came the instrumental elements. The band has explored many genres while playing together, but found something that felt right while developing “Four Seasons”. “We realised – we’re a pop rock band.” Maxwell explains. “We love rock. A bit of funk. Orla brings a lot of soul. But I think this song helped us figure out who we are.”
Hybrazil are Orla Coughlan, Willians Maxwell, and Luan Lopes; a pop rock band with jazz and soul influences, from Galway City, Ireland. Their story began when Luan and Will met working as sign-holders, in the rain on Shop Street. They began talking about bands they loved, and soon realised they might as well start busking.
Hybrazil was formed by Maxwell in 2018, with Lopes and Coughlan joining to complete its line-up in 2019. With increasing popularity and success, performing first on the streets and then to the packed and happy venues of Galway City, they began to turn their attention to releasing original music.
2020 gave them all the time and opportunity they needed to record, and saw the release of several singles, including the well-received “Orange Soles”. Their music has been featured by Listen to Discover (Ella McLaren), Indiecriollo, and Right Chord Music. In one year, Hybrazil has gained over 40k streams on Spotify alone.
Hybrazil take their influence from bands like Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles and Paramore, while being also indebted to soul and funk. The result is a deft fusion of sunny genres - a mix of the local and the exotic - and a band to keep a close eye on in 2021.
australian alternative rapper lou vicious releases new single 'blast off' and takes on international listeners
Lou Vicious’ major punk rock, pop and alternative influences lead to the development of his high energy and melodic new era Rap.
Since his debut release in October 2016, Vicious has established his unique sound, gaining experience working with fellow artists, producers and media groups.
His new single 'Blast Off' has just been released and is now available on all major platform.
Raised in an everchanging environment Vicious picked up human behaviour and culture from Postcodes across the Brisbane and Sunshine Coast region. Finding stability through music, Vicious started building a passion for playing the guitar, drums and many other instruments at a young age. Thought Rap and Hip-Hop were not of interest until his formative years, influences such as Earl Sweatshirt and Young Thug were the beginning of something bigger than himself.
Vicious decision to pursue his aspirations of becoming a rock star was heavily inspired by Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Peep and other emerging artists, and Vicious utilised his new found time focusing on building the foundation for his own career, creating his own Music.
Still in an early stage, Vicious is now under management, on track to achieving all that he set out for. Having already gained loyal supporters and a local audience, his music is beginning to reach new international listeners.
Having now released his first EP and Music Video, Lou Vicious is aggressively chasing his first performance opportunity, creating an abundance of content on his way.
two strangers meet online during covid and create the duo honey&eve. the latest output is their new song 'i speak through storms'
Honey&Eve lets you delve into something much deeper with their new dark pop single ‘I Speak Through Storms’ (Night Drive Version). Together they create moody alternative pop music with shades of cinematic sound scapes.
Honey&Eve are a duo from Berlin, consisting of Hannah, writing and covering all the vocals, and Alex, guitar, piano and accordion multi-instrumentalist that co-writes and produces the songs.
Hannah and Alex met online through a mutual friend and decided to make music together. The group cites influences from Lana Del Rey and Lorde as well as German born film score composer Hans Zimmer.
During Covid-19 lockdown, Hannah and Alex spent most of their time at Sonic Boom Studios in Berlin where they wrote and recorded 6 different remix versions of ‘I Speak Through Storms’. All 6 songs have now been released on their latest EP ‘I Speak Through Storms (Remixed)’.
They teamed up with two other producers to create a metal-rock version and an electronic version of the song. To round it up, Alex delivers a trap version as well as two different instrumentals. Song #4 on this EP, which is the Night Drive Version made by Alex and Hannah, has now been picked out as the single that stands out most and is for all indie rock/dark pop lovers.
The song is about the destroyed relationship between nature and humanity. Mother nature is complaining about the way humanity treats the once so close bond. Everything they write, so the duo, “is based on our personal experiences. Sometimes you create a new reality, but it is still filled with your own suffering and sometimes it is all pure and raw out of your own life”.
Li3a (pronounced “L-e-e-z-a”) is a singer, songwriter and producer based in Brighton, UK.
Since the summer of 2020, Li3a started live streaming on a weekly basis and had an early success with her online performances attracting 800k viewers per stream.
This experience changed the direction of her musical journey. The support provided by her online community has made possible the release of her new single "Not Knowing You" as well as the follow up EP "Dear Broken Hearted".
"Thanks to them, I was encouraged and motivated to work on these songs and to finish them even though at times it was emotionally difficult to do it", Li3a says.
"Not Knowing You" is different from the previous material that Li3a put out, and has an acoustic and raw feel to it. The song describes the feeling of valuing your past even if it was painful.
There is no shame in feeling sad or lonely. Unfortunately, mental health is still a taboo subject, and the inability to express feelings without fear of judgment is not just scary, but it makes you feel like you are on your own. It’s true that current events have triggered emotions that often make us feel like nobody understands what we are going through. But it’s important to remind ourselves that even when human connection is taken away, it doesn’t mean it’s lost. Music, for one, doesn’t understand physical barriers.
I started live streaming because I always had this urge to play for people and I always felt this strange connection that develops when you play music for somebody else; you connect to people on an emotional level” says Li3a.
The challenges brought by last year’s restrictions did not mean a limitation for this emotional connection. Li3a quickly understood that live streaming allowed her to establish a space for overcoming challenges through reflection and sharing.
Every week, over 800k viewers tune in to her performances and have helped her redefine her musical direction. Songs that she never thought would be released were requested more often by the community and lead to the release of “Not Knowing You”.
These online performances created a safe space for many people to come back to and connect not only with Li3a but with each other.
T. Cole is set to follow up her shining debut, with her second single “Sipping Not Tripping”. Rippling synth arpeggios set the stage for introspective melodies, which are paired with a confident, outgoing outlook. The result is an intelligent pop song, coursing with gorgeous harmonies and irresistible rhythm.
T.Cole’s strong relationship with her production team is evident throughout – who built the track from a voice memo made while she was doing her chores at home.
“I couldn’t get this song out of my head.” T. Cole explains. “I asked my brother Josh to play some chords to it in the studio. And it just came together. Solo, my producer, jumped onboard, and we just created it around that melody.”
“I love that about it – I can hear my input. This song, I just find, is so different to how I’ve written in the past – writing to a beat.”
“It’s about missing someone.” T. Cole explains, on the meaning behind the track. “I wrote it about one of those moments in time. When you’re out with friends, and you think, ‘Oh, this person would love this’, or ‘I wish this person were here right now.’”
“It could be a love interest, or a best friend. It’s thinking about how I wish we were enjoying this moment together. Doing this together.” Eventually T.Cole is able to choose to let go and enjoy the moment. As the song reaches the chorus, she sings, “Get off my mind.” – she refuses to feel guilty for enjoying herself.
T.Cole is the alias for Tunolase Margaret Cole. Born and raised in Drogheda, Co. Louth, the singer began singing at the age of eight in her local church choir – for which she and her friends auditioned by singing a remix of ‘Push It to the Limit’, from Scarface, with the words, ‘I Wanna Join the Choir’.
Encouragement and training from her local community in Drogheda, several years in a band, and joining forces with her friend and manager Mani, led her to feel she was ready to step out and begin a solo project. She was spotted by LJ Platform, and joined the agency’s roster in 2020. With a strong debut, ‘Thankful’, already under her belt, and a steady stream of strong singles ready to follow, T.Cole is ready to join the best of the rising talent emerging in Irish contemporary pop today.
T.Cole’s music is inspired by a host of popular genres, including classic pop, afroswing and R&B. She listens to everything, leaving her with a well-rounded sound. Prominent influences include Jackson 5 and Prince, as well as contemporary artists like Kiana Lede and Amber Marks.
Zach James Douglas is an indie/alternative producer and songwriter, hailing from the South Dublin suburb of Tallaght, but brought up by a pint of Guinness and a packet of crisps in any number of city centre dive bars. Having previously had the pleasure of playing festivals such as Glastonbury and Electric Picnic with former band “Little One”, Douglas now steps out alone for the first time, with his debut single 'Something / Anything' which was released on 28th April 2021 on ZJD Records via Faction Records.
With musical elements reminiscent of Sylvan Esso, Grimes, Maribou State, and The Knife, "Something/ Anything" is a blistering track featuring guest vocalist Kintsuku.
About the song Douglas says..."Something/Anything deals with the bitterness and the anger that began to engulf mine and my Ex’s relationship, as she struggled to come to terms with her own personal demons and issues at home. It documents how my role in her life began to change from one of positivity, comfort and reliability, to the new position of the perpetual scapegoat."
A recurring theme throughout Douglas’ first furor into the moody abyss of a solo songwriter, is the concept of nature versus technology. This is best illustrated through the stark contrast and combinations of natural, conventional instrumentation and synthetic glitchy soundscapes. However, it is also seen through Z.J.D’s desire to dispel the natural feelings of shame, anxiety and depression and instead, compartmentalise and methodically process these emotions in a way that humans are generally not capable of.
With the promise of lots more music to come, and the much anticipated return of live music on the horizon, 2021 is set to be an exciting year for Zach James Douglas, even if the first half of it will most likely be enjoyed through his aging laptop screen, while sitting at his parent’s kitchen table.
Anyone who lives long enough in a country learns that it has its ups and downs. “Ireland Song”, the upcoming debut single from Irish-American indie-folk balladeer Devin Reardon, mesmerizingly navigates finding home in a cold land. It’s about learning to find warmth in a handful of good people around you.
“The song really just wants to wrap you in a blanket of calm,” Reardon says. “That’s how I feel it’s been moving back in with my family in Ireland.” His mother, a native of Rathmines, Co. Dublin, moved back to Ireland from America while Reardon finished college in Florida. “I had a bad break-up after college. I felt I needed to get out of the States, and start over.” He too moved to Ireland, and within a few months, the first lockdown hit. “It was hard. But it also helped me realise songwriting was a way for me to manage my mental health, and reflect. It became a beautiful experience for me.”
The track is a heartfelt and deeply intimate indie folk ballad, about finding home. Reardon crafts a careful cocktail of sleepy-eyed guitars, sweet choral harmonies, and the gentle whisper of birdsong in the distance. Reardon explains, “It began with me just walking around Arklow, and recording random sounds.” Subtle use of synth and organ elements complete a lush, garden-like picture. Reardon’s voice is assured, and conveys a cheerfulness which feels authentic. “I turned all the lights off,” he sings, “and let moonlight into my wounds.”
“People always need more positivity,” Reardon asserts. “I just want to make some art out of this madness, these strange days, and try to find and share the beauty in them. I think this song does that.”
“Ireland Song” was recorded and produced both at Reardon’s home studio in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, and at the home studio of Arklow musician and producer Tristan Howurd.
Devin Reardon is a new Irish-American multi-genre contemporary artist from Florida, now based in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. After studying theatre at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and Florida State University, at one of the top theatre programs in the US, he developed a deep appreciation for the power of sound and stage. Spending his summers working as a white-water rafting guide gave him a love for nature, and writing songs in the wilderness.
In 2020, he moved to Ireland to live with his family. Within a few months, lockdown hit. Turning difficulty into an opportunity for honest reflection and personal growth, the initially difficult time became, in Reardon’s words, “a beautiful experience.” On his upcoming EP “The Untangling of Things”, Reardon wrestles with everything - the struggle for mental health, homesickness, learning to love routine, and seeking to blossom into adulthood.
Reardon’s inspirations and influences are varied – from Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, Beck and Queen, to Ben Howard, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jack Johnson and Sara Bareilles. Devin Reardon’s EP, “The Untangling of Things”, will be released in 2021, of which “Ireland Song” is the first of several singles to come.
writing music and singing stories, this is british pop allrounder gallia introducing her new single 'don't go there'
Gallia is pop-culture’s atomic bomb; an explosive combination of a fiery front woman, significant songwriter and punchy producer accounts for her booming reputation.
A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Gallia’s boundary breaking mindset pushes her to new limits, where 100% is the minimum. With a personality bubblier than gum, Gallia is bursting the bubble of gender stereotypes with her unshakable drive.
With only 5% of music producers being women, Gallia is making a statement with her next single 'Don't Go There' by both writing and producing it.
From songwriting in her bedroom, to writing with a Beatle, Gallia’s songwriting prowess was given a tick of approval in a 1 to 1 session with Sir Paul McCartney. Gallia has received support from the likes of BBC Introducing, Bido Lito! Magazine, SongLink Int. to name a few.
Gallia is a champion of performance, from sharing lineups with names such as Charlie Simpson, Miles Kane and Craig David to dueting 'The Power Of Love' with it's writer (Brian Nash, Frankie Goes to Hollywood) in Liverpools famous Cavern Club.
Don't Go There is a warning song to another woman about an ex-boyfriend - something that Gallia did when at 17, she discovered her boyfriend at the time had 2 girlfriends when she found 2 identical Valentines Day gifts in his car!