Like swathes of pop fans, we have been caught up in the hype amassing around LA-based singer-songwriter Leeza’s latest single, Stars. A month on from the July release, the smoothly interstellar single has racked up almost 45k streams on Spotify alone.
With the honesty in the lyricism acting as the centre of gravity in this future-pop-meets-old-school-pop-serenade, it’s impossible not to succumb to the romanticism as the track explores our tendency to long for comfort after someone has knocked our emotions out of orbit.
Her commanding vocals over the seductively moody synth lines proved to be a stylish recipe for pop magnetism. It is far from just titularly beyond earth’s atmosphere. Leeza is a conduit of connection who deserves to be lauded for her ability to translate our deepest fears and desires into melodic bliss.
In her own words, here is what Leeza had to say about her latest single
“Stars is a song about finding new love, and all the scary things that come with it that make you want to distance yourself from the person. Regardless of those fears, you realise that you are already in too deep anyway, and just need to give in, fall and see where it takes you, hopefully to the stars!”
With her debut EP, which will also be produced by fellow Berklee alumni, Jordan Sweet, due for release this October, she is more than worth a spot on your radar.
For anyone that bemoans “they don’t make ‘em like they used to”, Luanne Hunt’s latest new country single, The Butterfly Effect, will show you just how wrong you are. The timelessly classic and instantly beguiling love song, which was written by Greg Matthews and Bill O’Hanlon, allowed the country singer’s vocal timbre to flourish next to the quiescent pulls of the acoustic guitar strings and bright yet subtle piano keys. The instrumentals build momentum in synergy with the Grammy-nominated vocals and lyrics that get more ardent and urgent as this powerfully sentimental single unfolds.
The emotions we contend with when we are at the butterfly stage of affection aren’t the easiest feelings to understand. It is songs like The Butterfly Effect that captures those emotions in the rawest form and help us to navigate them. After all, there is a reason why the term love-sick exists.
The Butterfly Effect is now available to stream Via SoundCloud.
Right from the first note, the urgency of American singer-songwriter James Bene’s hyper indie-pop ballad, Hours, grips you. The strong melodies and visceral vocals resound so powerfully that any indication of the intensity of the balladic electro-pop anthem seems like an understatement.
Lyrically, you couldn’t ask for rawer intimacy, but sonically, the soundscape is almost matchless. With the overdriven indie guitars searing around the snappy percussion and the depth in the keys, the instrumentals are only just robust enough to platform Bene’s fiercely impassioned vocals as they question waning affection. Needless to say, it is a hit. If any up and coming artist has what it takes to dominate the charts, it is James Bene.
Kendre Streeter sings with so much love and understanding on the fantastic new release that will have you lighting those candles with your lover close by on ‘U Stay on My Mind‘.
The focused singer-songwriter and producer from Clarksville, Tennessee, Kendre Streeter is a humble man who sings with such grace and imagination on his latest soulful single. He has ability to lift the mood and he mixes so many genres into one style, that he makes your heart beat extra fast.
When you believe in the power of positivity, great things are destined to happen if you put in the hard work and do what you love. This is a singer who was brought up in the local church and you can hear how his faith guides him, and he wants to be the best possible man he can be.
‘U Stay on My Mind‘ by Kendre Streeter is a song that vibrates into your heart from beginning to end. His voice is so clear and transfixes all that hears him. This story about loving someone so much makes your mind float above the clouds and you wonder if you will ever find your soulmate, if you haven’t already. If you have, then you will dance with your partner and hope that the night never ends.
Time is short so filling your heart with real love is the only was to be really happy where it counts. Pure imagination and happy energy always wins.
Stream this exciting new single on Spotify and see his social life on IG.
Trevious is back with ‘Different Love‘ and this is the 5th straight single from one of the hardest working indie artists in the game, as he further cements his growing name.
The Stone Mountain/Decatur-based R&B singer Trevious, sends us all a song to light the candles and slow dance to. His vocals are pure and honest, he has risen to do what he loves after working in dead-end jobs that weren’t fulfilling his soul. He is taking full opportunity of his chance and doesn’t intend to ever go back to that life. Music and making his fans happy are the only options.
His voice is different to the rest of the average singers out there. With a tone that is so sensual and strong at the same time, his charismatic vocals grab a hold of you like the truly great singers do. You can’t stop listening and turn the volume up so you don’t miss any word.
The story of believing deep inside that you are different to the rest, the night is so special and you know that she likes your vibe. The night gets better and better and the lights are so low, your energies are so transfixed, you will be probably see a shooting star together.
Georgia-based R&B singer Trevious is so breathtaking on ‘Different Love‘ and you might need a cold shower after listening to this brand new steamy single. They do say that confidence is sexy and this is a track that shows that this is indeed true.
Turn the lights down low and stream this track via Spotify and see his journey on IG.
Soulfully honest Forest Lake, Minnesota singer-songwriter Ethan Ness returns with his new storytelling gem on ‘In Love Again‘ which is taken off this latest full length album ‘Along The Way‘.
The jazzy-blues start walks us into the door of this intricate song that soon morphs into more of a pop song to add even further intrigue into the mix. The bouncy rhythm gets you into the mood to dance and be free again, after this locked up inside kinda year.
This is an immensely talented singer who has the gift to tell a story so vividly and with a real look inside the world of being in love. You have that fuzzy feeling inside your stomach and your whole world feels so much better when you think of her.
The story evolves throughout and soon we hear how he feel so deep in love and everything was so fun and real. The feeling inside his heart was happy and calm, but then something happened. She moved on and left him behind and from there, it was over so quickly like a flame that has been blown out by the wind. You took it badly but it seemed at first that she didn’t really care.
Then, the world swung around 360 degrees and she is back in town. The love is there again and you are smitten. Falling in love with the same person twice is always risky, especially if you get let down again as that would hurt you twice as hard.
This is a groovy love story with layers of incredible background music and the chorus will have you singing at th etop of your lungs all day. ‘Along The Way‘ from the eloquently talented Ethan Ness is a sweet story about how you can still love someone even through they seemed to walk away form you before. If you can both trust each other again, maybe a 2nd chance of love is truly possible.
Stream this new track via Spotify and see his story on FB.
The beat captures your imagination like staring at Table Mountain for the first time, your heart beats a bit faster and you meet that person that was a stranger a few hours ago. Your eyes lock in and you know this is going to be a fun night. London based trumpeter, keyboardist & writer Jop joins forces the gorgeous vocals of GraceWalker, and they burst into our lives with the soulfully sweet sounds of ‘Thief in the Night‘.
The beat is quickly in sync to what we need as there is so much soul here. Her voice is so magnificent and graceful, just like her name. The two are so connected to making an absolute classic here. This is about meeting a person that you want to connect with and your heart has been taken already. You know you need to be careful but the lust is so quick to draw you in.
There are so many influences here that make this such a great listen from Jop & Grace Walker, as you close your eyes and just smile in that goofy grin that makes you feel good. The rhythm is galvanizing and everything is alright again with the world. They don’t make music like ‘Thief in the Night‘ anymore, and a throwback to those good old days is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Bay Area singer Phil Q steams up the windows with new R&B single ‘Temptations‘ and this is a hot new single from the promising Filipino artist.
With a sultry start, you feel yourself dozing off. When you are with her, the smell of her fragrance has you instantly hooked. Her sweetness is what you are looking for and her voice just makes you melt. Your heart is clearly with her and you want this to work out so badly.
After learning the piano when he was 6 years old, Phil Q is always challenging himself to learn new things. He is determined to show what he can do, guitar or any other instrument. Learning is the way Phil operates. His voice is fantastic here, each note feels like it has been carefully molded.
‘Temptations‘ from the multi-talented Phil Q is a marvel to behold. This is a fun R&B sultry and seductive single from this USA-based artist.
Fans of the 1975 won’t want to deliberate on hitting play on “Kiss Me Through the Phone”, the first single to be released from Jimmi Ski’s EP “Missed Calls”.
It certainly isn’t the first lockdown-inspired pop track to hit the airwaves, but it is possibly the first lockdown-born track which manages to maintain romanticism, optimism and a smorgasbord of other high-vibe emotions without reminding you of how soul-sucking the experience has been.
Jimmi Ski will be dropping a new track every month, if they parallel the sentimentality and intimacy of Kiss Me Through the Phone, you’ll definitely want to save space on your radar.
You can check out Kiss Me Through the Phone via SoundCloud.
UK singer Craig Stuart pulls at our heartstrings with his love-torn new single called ‘The Way Love Should Be‘.
Craig Stuart is a London based indie-pop singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist. He is well traveled and experienced as a performer, busker and troubadour and has tallyed up nearly 300 flights in the last 5 years to travelling the world with his guitar, playing 6 of the 7 continents. This is a man that will do whatever it takes to perform his music all over the globe.
Having previously been a part of the London Underground Busking scheme for many years gained him a mass amount of experience as a performer and being able to interact with his audience which plays a vital role in his shows to this day. Craig was previously in a band as the sole songwriter before parting ways and taking is venture as a solo artist, where he lays down his emotional side into heart felt melancholic pop songs. He is ready to perform wherever he is wanted, this is a determined young artist with big dreams.
‘The Way Love Should Be‘ from Craig Stuart is a song all about loving someone so much. You care for them deeply but something has happened and that spark of passion is now over. A sad song and one that is well-performed by this talented singer-songwriter.