If you find that the average perennial pop earworm lacks bite, get acquainted with the teeth in the flawless futurepop earworm, ‘Demons’, by Justine Eltakchi.
After a productive 2020, which saw the singer-songwriter releasing two EPs and six singles, 2021 shows a different side of Justine Eltakchi. Her latest single brings forth a darker, more experimental hyperpop sound that isn’t afraid to lyrically rip right through to the core of suffering as the instrumentals echo the mental instability before the final crescendo that illustrates that breakthrough when the black cloud finally shifts.
Demons is a single that compels the listener to put themselves first and throw away the saviour complex. Considering that there is a fair amount of women out there lusting over serial killers with the belief that they can ‘fix’ them, Demons is an essential track.
‘Maltese singer-songwriter’ isn’t a phrase you get to use all that often as a music reviewer, but when it comes to Dylan De Bono it’s one that we can fully expect to become much more common in 2021 and beyond. As one half of pop duo Royals, Dylan’s no stranger to musical acclaim, but with this – the first single from forthcoming solo album ‘Loose Wire’ – De Bono brings us an absolute belter of an electro-pop banger.
Dark yet humorous, edgy and sexy, with one eye on that perfect pop mix of accessibility and catchiness whilst avoiding cliché or ‘throw-away-ness’ (is that a thing?) and the other on an absolutely spot on understanding of dancefloor groove and pop-radio immediacy (aided, no doubt, by the writing and production collaboration with maestro David Vella), ‘Feeling S**t Right Now’ is a superb melting pot of clubby dance stunner and autobiographical songwriting, a mix of 70’s disco, 80’s club classic, and totally up-to-date electro-pop killer. Prince and Bowie mix with the Pet Shop Boys, Years & Years, and David Guetta here, to produce what may be one of the first ‘spot-on’ pop songs of 2021. The sound of the summertime might have just landed.
Check out the official video for ‘Feeling S**t Right Now’ on YouTube, and follow Dylan De Bono on Facebook and Instagram.
‘Make U Happy’ is the fourth single released by the up and coming Chicago-residing pop artist and producer REMY QUINN in collaboration with vocalist Haley Warner. If your summer pop playlists need shaking up, they will get a seismic shift in cool with Make U Happy.
The urban dance-pop track comes with polished production, but there is still enough room for the intimate indie vibes to breathe through the short and sweet mix that finds the perfect balance of energy. Make U Happy delivers plenty of affectionate passion. Yet, Haley Warner delivers the lyrics with a touch of realist reservation, accentuating the organic feel of the stylish release. Make U Happy is the kind of authentic pop that the airwaves has been crying out for. It is the antithesis of plastic pop music.
Make U Happy is now available to stream via Spotify.
While finding fragments of inner strength is harder than usual, Essex-based singer-songwriter Faith Louise is making up for the shortfall with her upbeat KPop-inspired tracks that pay ode to 90s pop and bring the blazing beats of club anthems.
‘Boss’ is the latest single to be released by the 15-year old performer who could easily teach women twice her age a thing or two about empowerment. The high-vibe track provides hard-hitting bass-riding beats, as the vocals bring a touch of RnB hip hop into the verses, easily paralleling the instrumental energy.
Boston-born pop singer-songwriter Aricka J pushed the feminist movement forward with her latest release, ‘Man Up’, which addresses the toxic immaturity that every woman, at some point, has probably endured in their lives.
Whether you want to vent about a man reaching out with entitlement and expecting you to save them or a partner dragging you down with them in a relationship, Man Up is an empowering track that reminds the listener that there is no virtue in tolerance, and you have full permission to walk away from what no longer serves you. The upbeat pop track, which is accented by afrobeat elements, is powerful enough to put toxic relationships to bed; for good.
You can check out Man Up for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
Pop producer Treyeful has followed on from the success of his 2020 EP, ‘Neon Green’, by collaborating with vocalist Esther Rowena Louise, whose vocals breathed plenty of multifaceted soul into the production.
It’s the aural equivalent to a page-turner as the progressive track evolves through the ebbs, flows, crescendos and breakdowns, steadily increasing the adrenaline. When the track hits its energetic peak, you’ll remember the haunting echo of Esther Rowena Louise’s melancholic harmonies from the intro while simultaneously being arrested by her ability to command such resilient ferocity through her dynamic vocal range..
Outside of soundscapes, it may take longer than 5:46-minutes to weather storms and come out on the other side, but it’s a stunning reminder that the clouds have to move eventually, and when they do, everything will be brighter. A Different Heart may sting for anyone with raw romantic wounds initially, but by the outro, you might find that the entrancing dance-pop track has put yours back together – or at least implanted a little bit of optimism.
A Different Her is now available to stream via Spotify. Keep up to date with Treyeful’s latest releases via Facebook.
If descents into darkness have been part of your daily routine lately, your sanity could probably benefit from hitting play on RavenRain’s latest EDM pop hit ‘Don’t Back Down’.
The forcefully rhythmic is strong enough to push back on feelings of existentialism and apathy as RavenRain’s entrancing vocals reach out and offer an olive branch of consolation that you’ll be inclined to grab.
Her positive presence on the airwaves is a breath of fresh air. Not all too many artists can simultaneously offer danceable beats and empowering vibes, but with RavenRain’s alchemic approach to production, she can seemingly do it with ease.
Naturally, we’re all too excited to hear what follows her sophomore single.
Don’t Back Down is now available to stream via Spotify.
South London’s Sam Pearce stormed the airwaves with his forcefully visceral debut dance-pop single, On & On’, created in collaboration with Denmark’s acclaimed Pop producer, Fred Millar.
The energy emitted by the strong synth lines and bass kicks is phenomenal, but Sam Pearce’s vocals easily match the veracity as they verse lyrics inspired by all too relatable post-relationship anxiety. There’s potentially nothing more frustrating than being haunted by the past when your conscious mind tells you that you’re ‘over it’, On & On perfectly captures those emotions, but ultimately it proves that they can be overcome.
With debut releases, there’s usually a slight sense of tentative creative uncertainty, but the level of assured confidence in On & On lets you know that Sam Pearce is one to watch.
‘Good Girl’ is the latest entrancing electro-pop single to be released by Welsh singer, rapper and chart-topper, Nesdi Jones, which leaves little room to wonder why she’s garnered global recognition through her original tracks and her Bhangra and Bollywood covers.
It’s not only genres that coalesce in Good Girl which unravels as a mash of 90s pop, disco and progressive future pop. Nedsi’s Hindi and Punjabi heritage and influence also feeds into the mix, allowing the rhythm behind this danceable drop to arrest with distinction.
If you could imagine what it would sound like if Corona’s The Rhythm of the Night was released today and had bags more affable attitude behind it, you’ll get an idea of what is in store in this teasingly stylish release.
You can check out the official video to Good Girl which premiered on February 9th via YouTube.
‘Almost’is the dreamy darkwave debut single from Zeli, an 18-year-old artist and producer who has already left the indie electronica scene enraptured with her intimate approach to production and lyricism.
Billie Eilish comparisons are easy to make but capturing the evocative sensuality behind this moody electro-pop hit is infinitely harder.
The entrancingly dark synth-led melodies groove at a steady tempo, ensuring that each syllable projected into Almost leaves you arrested until you reach the ethereal outro which will undoubtedly leave you feeling as eager as us to hear the London-based artist and producer’s sophomore release.