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Raphi poured soulfully organic good vibes onto the airwaves with her Lo-Fi Pop track “When We Gonna”


It’s safe to say that up and coming Pop artist Raphi is on creative fire during lockdown. Her latest track “When We Gonna” is just one of the organically soulful singles which she’s written and co-produced during quarantine to share some much-needed good vibes on the airwaves.

She definitely succeeded with When We Gonna which borrowed nuances of 90s RnB Pop to infuse in a modernistic resonantly uplifting Lo-Fi Pop earworm. Between the funky basslines, Raphi’s instantly magnetic vocals and the distinction which lies in the production of the track, When We Gonna demands repeat attention.

When We Gonna is due for official release on May 22nd, in the meantime you can head on over to Facebook to keep up to date with news on the release, and you can check out Raphi’s former releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Nickita has released the tear-jerkingly enamouring lockdown video to their Pop single “You’re All I Want”

Even a lockdown couldn’t get in the way of up and coming Pop artist Nickita’s creative ingenuity. On April 7th the official homemade video to her single “You’re All I Want” premiered, even my slightly cold and damp soul feels a little warmer for seeing it.

Forget fast cars, sandy beaches and other snapshots of hedonistic glamour, seeing people step up to the plate to entertain the masses achieved more than a professional production ever could. The beaming faces of resilience were the perfect visual pairing to the smoothly romantic sun-soaked Pop hit.

There are hints of 90s Pop nostalgia weaved into the mix, but commercial appeal drips from the euphorically enamouring soundscape where Nickita’s soulful talent is undeniable.

You can check out the official video to You’re All I Want for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Elsa Dedi – Falling Apart: Resoundingly Captivating RnB Pop

Elsa Dedi’s latest RnB Pop single Falling Apart featuring ABaire and Clever is a strikingly powerful radio-ready hit which stands as a testament to their dynamic vocal talent.

They may have utilised a timeless style in Falling Apart, but when the vocals are as fiercely passion-soaked as Elsa Dedi’s, the archetypal RnB Pop structure offers a brand-new contemporary appeal. To say Falling Apart is resounding feels like an understatement.

While many artists have versed about falling apart, through the lyrical poignancy and vocal intensity, you get a sense that Falling Apart is more than a soundscape. It’s an aural polaroid of the artist’s soul which captures lovelorn grief and frustration.

There’s no doubt that Elsa Dedi vocally held her own in Falling Apart. Yet, bringing ABaire & Clever into the mix, brought an alchemic amount of collaborative chemistry. There’s complete synergy in the emotion offered by each of the vocalists. It’s definitely not every day we get to hear that on a collaborative record.

You can check out Elsa Dedi’s latest single Falling Apart for yourselves via Apple Music or Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Mandell – I Think I Love You: Sun-Soaked High-Vibe RnB Pop

If you’re on the lookout for sun-soaked high-energy RnB Pop tracks for your summer playlists, look no further than the latest single I.T.I.L.Y (I Think I Love You) from breaking artist Mandell.

The soulfully romantic single transcends accessibility and offers sheer aural magnetism as the familiar, yet distinctive track unfolds.

The atmospheric synth notes bring plenty of texture and depth to the mix along with a slight hint of 80s Synth Pop. Yet, with the harmonically dynamic vocals and danceable energy behind the melodically crafted hit makes it a playlist essential for any fans of fresh, ahead of the curve RnB Pop.

You can check out Mandell’s latest single I Think I Love You for yourselves via Spotify.

You can keep up to date with all Mandell’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Natasha Jane Julian has put her own evocative twist on Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness”

Up and coming Pop artist Natasha Jane Julian completely transformed Lana Del Rey’s iconic hit “Summertime Sadness” with her innovative cover.

Summertime Sadness may have been released while we’re still in the grips of winter. Yet, with the ethereal chill which lingers between the pensive notes and Natasha Jane Julian’s striking almost barque vocals, fans of arcanely melancholic Pop will definitely still want to pay it some attention.

You can check out Natasha Jane Julian’s atmospheric restyling of Summertime Sadness for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

With a newly formed band by her side, Natasha Jane Julian will be taking her sensually resounding sound on tour in 2020. You won’t want to miss a chance to see it.

Keep up to date with new releases and tours via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Vince Palmeri – It’s Complicated: straight-from-the-soul Pop

Prepare to pacify your scorned hearts with NYC Breaking Pop artist Vince Palmeri’s latest release. He’s provided the perfect soundtrack for your frustrative romantic confusion with their latest single “It’s Complicated”.

The straight-from-the-soul Pop single puts a fresh and adrenalizing twist on your average lovelorn love ballad. The harmonic hit may be perfectly polished and radio-ready. But there’s still a raw and evocative nature which won’t fail to grip you as you listen to the eclectic instrumental arrangement. Expect to find stylistic orchestral swells which infuse melancholy amongst the deftly curated melodies and soaring vocal harmonies.

You can check out It’s Complicated via YouTube now. The official music video for It’s Complicated is due to drop in March 2020, so make sure you subscribe to the artist’s channel.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Alecness – Bars Full of Stars: Sticky-Sweet Future Pop

Up and coming artist Alecness’ futuristic approach to Pop music won’t fail to leave you transfixed, especially in their standout single “Bars Full of Stars”.

The soundscape may be a hazy sticky-sweet arrangement, but in perfect contrast to the dreamy concordant instrumentals, you’ll find Alecness’ strikingly bold lyrics which will ensure that you’re as hooked into the lyrical narrative as you are the melodies in Bars Full of Stars.

Once you hear it, there’s little chance of you forgetting the Electronic Indie Pop single which oozes with magnetic kaleidoscopic colourful tones as you’re pulled along by the deftly produced progressions.

There’s a smorgasbord of ingenuity in the mix but you’ll find it all too easy to let Bars Full of Stars consume your consciousness.

You can check out Alecness’ latest single for yourselves via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Alt Pop Artist Nolai Has Dropped His Latest Single “Without You”

After his debut single dropped in Summer 2019, artist and producer Nolai’s sound has attracted a feverous amount of attention. With his magnetically mellow charismatic vibe, it’s all too easy to see why.

His latest single “Without You” is a melodically dreamy work of contemporary EDM Pop mixed with elements of Hip Hop and R&B. With ethereally-light reverb softening the beats in Without You, the track unravels with an ambient feel. Yet there’s still plenty of fire in the concordant mix –, especially through Nolai’s energetically passionate vocals. And with lyrics which transcend the usual lyrical Pop tropes, Nolai is pretty much a triple threat.

Without You is the first single to be released from Nolai’s debut EP “Wild Thoughts” which is due for release in March 2020. Make sure you keep up to date with all of his future releases via Facebook.

You can check out Nolai’s single Without You for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Zoe Wakelam – Clumsy: Conversationally Candid Ukulele-Led Bubblegum Indie Pop

Zoe Wakelam

While many Pop artists busy themselves by projecting a plasticised version of their being into their songs, up and coming singer-songwriter Zoe Wakelam has gone in the opposite direction with their refreshingly human single “Clumsy”.

Any fans of the style of Kate Nash and Lily Allen are sure to appreciate the soulful sticky-sweet offering of ukulele-led Bubblegum Pop. It’s endlessly endearing, and it stands as a testament to Zoe Wakelam’s talent when it comes to cooking up impossibly accessible melodies.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Clumsy for yourselves. In the meantime, you can head on over to SoundCloud and listen to her previous releases.

Keep up to date with Zoe’s new releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Aprilann – Good Friends: Conversationally Immersive Bubble Gum Pop

Breaking Pop artist Aprilann dropped her latest single “Good Friends” as 2019 drew to a close and undoubtedly ensured a successful 2020 after the release of the radio-ready earworm.

Good Friends brings back the immersive conversational lyrical Pop-style and is lyrically reminiscent of artists such as Kate Nash and Lily Allen. It’s packed full of unabashed honest expression which hooks you in from the first verse. There’s also a touch of the Bubble Gum Pop style which will go down a storm with any fans of Taylor Swift.

Aprilann may be an up and coming artist, but that has no bearing on the talent in her tracks or the quality of the production. She’s definitely one to watch.

You can check out Aprilann’s latest single Good Friends for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast