nasir mf. won us over with his emo hyperpop debut in 2022; for 2023, the queer icon in the making reached stratospheric heights with his sophomore single, romantic fury. It is impossible not to feel the heat while revelling in the affirmation that there is nothing sane or rational about passion.
The independent Brooklyn, NY-based artist created a world of carnal pleasure through the cascade of luminous synth lines and beats built to body rock to – crafted by Flame Yuppie. For any fans of PC-adjacent music in the same vein as Charli XCX, Namasenda, Caroline Polachek and SOPHIE, the ECHOVALLEY remix may be more your hyper-sonic 8-bit cup of tea.
“This track is a hyper pop banger with rap verses for the electro-loving hopeless romantics. I made this track about experiencing limerence – that obsessive, unhealthy feeling that we often get for someone. I wanted to appeal to all the people who have someone who fucks with their mental state. It is super unhealthy, but hey, it happens… it is honest.”
Stream romantic fury and the ECHOVALLEY remix on Spotify now.
“etherial” is the latest alt-hyper-pop drop from one of Canada’s most promising rising artists, d4re. The evocative potential viscerally rivals the sonic power of the glitchy harsh electronic beats, yet d4re had plenty of fun playing with bitter-sweet textures to create a multi-faceted track that goes a long way in reflecting the true nature of love.
As relatable romantic insecurities come to the surface, as do the soulful proclamations that definitively prove that romance isn’t dead. The up and coming artist’s alternative influence shines through in the spacey yet spikey futurism-laced track, as does his proclivity toward trap and melodic glitchcore. All things considered, d4re is one of the most innovative electronica artist around right now. Take note.
The commercial potential that we first saw when Jeffrey Chan released his debut album in 2018 is steadily coming into fruition, with multiple of his singles racking up over 100,000 streams on Spotify alone, he’s well on the way to the top, especially following on from the release of his seductive dance-pop track, Call My Name.
The tropic beats tease the euphoria of fiery hedonistic nights while Jeffrey Chan laces the up-vibe dance track that utilises choppy staccato guitars around ascending synth notes with low reverberant vocal sex appeal. Jeffrey Chan could easily teach Boy George a thing or two in terms of vocal seduction.
Call My Name is now available to stream via Spotify.
Up and coming pop artist Dan Zimmerman has given the airwaves a taste of what he brings to NYC stages with his latest single, ‘Soldiers’. Penned as an LGBTQ+ Pride Summer pop anthem, Soldiers encapsulates the beauty and energy of blossoming romance away from heteronormative stereotypes.
Zimmerman’s explorations of lust, loneliness and loss fall into urban soundscapes that capture the buzz and the alienation felt by inhabitants of NYC and metropolises across the globe. With the same spacey, moody air as Big Black Delta and vocal reminiscences to Sam Smith, Soldiers drips with commercial potential. Zimmerman is definitely one to watch.
Soldiers is due for release on May 28th; you can hear it by heading over to Dan Zimmerman’s official website or SoundCloud page.
For his latest single, ‘Vertigo’, London-based deep house producer Zizzo World teamed up with pop vocalist Nick Sandler to release a dizzying feat of future pop that has the potential to climb the charts as the number 1 Summer EDM pop anthem.
The build-ups and drops conceptualise the track as they embody a complete loss of control and gravity, while the vocals transform the tech house mix into a euphorically visceral anthem that you’ll want to rewind for the repeat shots of ecstasy that it effortlessly exudes.
With his atmospherically on-trend production style, Zizzo World has already racked up millions of streams on his previous releases. Vertigo will undoubtedly receive the same hype.
Vertigo officially released on May 14th. It is available to stream and download on all major platforms via this link.
Fresh off the back of her recent single release ‘Hot Mess’ comes this new track from Calgary-based singer-songwriter Terez, an early 2000’s electro-pop ballad that’s all fizzing synths and multi-faceted vocals; dance-oriented, catchy as hell, and utterly relatable, ‘This City’ was inspired by Terez’ move to Toronto, and the reminiscing feelings of missing an old lover. Nostalgic and uplifting in equal measure, there’s elements of Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, or Victoria Monet in here; part pop-classic, part club-banger.
Terez is already a name in her home country, and rapidly becoming one of Canada’s most sought-after songwriters and creative directors; with a new EP due out later this year, on the basis of ‘This City’ it’s very easy to see why she’s already so much in demand.
‘This City’, and it’s accompanying video, will be released across all major platforms at the end of May; in the meantime, you can check out Terez on Facebook and Instagram.
After the success of her dance-pop debut, up and coming alternative artist Belly is here with her entrancingly riotous pop hip hop anthem, ‘Taking What I Want’,
With similarities to Neuroticfish’s industrial-electronica production style mixed with nods to the fearless icon, Lauryn Hill, Taking What I Want is an act of filthy unapologetic aural rebellion. Fleeting reminiscences may be there, but everything about Belly feels authentically candid. From her constraint-less sonic style to the galvanising energy she brings vocally to the playfully antagonising vocals.
Even if Taking What I Want was a downtempo track, it would have still left me stoked for finding such a charismatic punk-pop-hip-hop pioneer. Taking What I Want is the antithesis of plastic pop.
You can check out Taking What I Want for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.
‘Nobody But You’is the latest fierce feat of hyperpop left on the airwaves by the breakthrough artist Debrah Jade. After racking up hundreds of thousands of streams since making her debut in 2018 with her single, ‘Drenched in Love’, Jade has stayed true to her signature funk-fuelled, disco-pop affectionate style that unapologetically reminds her listeners of their capacity to feel.
Hit play on Nobody But You, and you won’t just hear Jade’s optimistic disposition; you will be inclined to share it. We may have all collectively endured the most trying times in living history. But the presence of resoundingly visceral voices, such as Debrah Jade’s that remind you of the time when Houston and Turner were the reigning queens of pop, bring back a sense of normality.
Nobody But You is now available to stream via Spotify.
Shaking off her small-town-girl status, TAYLOR ESPOSITO is here with her impassioned hyperpop earworm, ‘KISS ME LIKE IT’S NOT OVER’. In the same vein as anthemic tracks by Rihanna, Ariana Grande and Cardi B, the single resounds with fervent energy but you would be hard-pressed to find any singles by the aforementioned artists with a bassline that slaps as hard.
The debut is an unapologetically archetypal pop track but with the formula perfected under TAYLOR ESPOSITO’s meticulous approach to production and her fierce attitude colliding with the bass-riding beats. There’s no denying that KISS ME LIKE IT’S NOT OVER doesn’t leave you adrenalized and insatiable to hear what ESPOSITO has in the pipeline.
If her music wasn’t exciting enough, the artist and influencer has made it safe to see pop stars as role models again.
KISS ME LIKE IT’S NOT OVER is now available to stream via Spotify. Follow the artist via Instagram.
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.