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King Catcher – I Need You: Don’t Worry, It’s Not Another Ode To Co-Dependency

King Catcher’s latest Pop Track ‘I Need You’ became an essential part of my playlists before the first verse had ran through. The pensive approach to the Pop soundscape hits you almost instantly. Yet, it’s with the repetition of the lyrics ‘I want you more than I need you’ that the empowering sentimentally of the track really starts to resonate in a haunting way with a style reminiscent of bands such as Interpol, the Horrors & the Editors. It’s safe to say I had little expectation from a Pop track called ‘I Need You’, it’s so much more than an ode to co-dependency, in fact, I Need You is a realist’s dream. The London based prodigal sons of Pop Andy James and Stephen Bodger have created a defiling alchemy through their progressively fierce approach to sound which I will almost certainly drink in time and time again.

You can check out King Catcher’s latest single I Need You which was released on May 16th, 2018 on SoundCloud now.

You can connect with the powerhouse duo via Facebook & keep up to date with their latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Australian Pop Artist Jemma Siles Releases Debut Single DAMN.

Australian Pop singer-songwriter Jemma Siles who came to prominence doing covers of hit songs has finally dropped her debut single she titled D.A.M.N. Cool right?

Jemma Siles began her musical journey at a young age. While still a child, she’d perform as a singer and dancer at various shows and theatres to the astonishment of several audiences who always considered her a rare gem owing to her artistic talents.

Having worked with professional performers from childhood, Jemma Siles got to acquire all the skills and knowledge she needed to thrive in the music industry early in life.

Just at the edge of 20, Jemma Siles has done well for herself musically since she started posting covers of popular songs on Facebook. Her break came in the year 2017 when her performance for Rockabye by Cleanbandit and Symphony by Zara Larsson reached a staggering 500,000 and 200,000 views respectively.

With her performance of Zara Larsson’s Symphony she got the attention of dance producers NERVO and Wolfpack, who offered her a feature on their song Like Air. A single recorded to have garnered over two million streams on Spotify till date.

Jemma Siles debut single D.A.M.N which translates to mean Don’t Approach Me Now is a powerful pop song self penned by Jemma herself. The single captures the many stages of a heartbreak, and is also about finding strength to overcome tough times in life by choosing faith over hate.

Listening to D.A.M.N for the first time, one would almost think it’s a song by American Pop music star Taylor Swift, owing to the fact that Jemma’s voice on this electrifying pop single is as soothing and relatable as Taylor’s.

The release of Jemma Siles’ debut single D.A.M.N., establishes the Australian music performer as an artist in her own right. This is indeed a good start for Jemma, and we can expect so much more from her in coming years.

If you love good music, then you should head over to Spotify right now to stream and download this extraordinary song we are sure you’ll love.

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Joel Michaels – Giving Up: Empoweringly Soulful R&B Pop

Independent artist Joel Michaels latest single Giving Up (Done Dealing With You) took me right back to the 00’s with his nostalgic, anthemic approach to Pop. Whilst I’m usually adverse to the mainstream Pop soundscape Joel Michaels has an energy which you just can’t help falling in love with, which is pretty ironic considering that Giving Up is an anti-love song. Whilst Joel Michaels are sweet and charismatic and depict the breakup agony vividly, I have to say it’s the rap verse which unexpectedly comes into fruition which comprised by some of the steadiest bars I’ve ever heard incorporated into a Pop track. The momentum takes a massive shift and Giving Up progresses into a swirling vortex of synthy kicks, drops and electronic chaos.

If you’re looking for an empoweringly soulful Pop track you can check out Joel Michaels latest track which was released early May 2018 on SoundCloud now.

You can connect with the up and coming Urban artist on Facebook & stay up to date with his latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Haven – Escape: Pensively Euphoric Pop

Pop singer songwriter haven has just released her debut EP ‘Escape’, I wasn’t prepared for the connection that I would make with the sound. Haven’s contemporary blissful stylistic approach to her music won me over before the first verse was through. The title track from Haven’s EP has just set the bar for Pop artists everywhere. The sound is grounding yet at the same time uplifting, how she created that paradox in a track I’m not sure. But, I can guarantee you will feel every emotion which is pensively projected into the microphone from the emerging artist. After checking out Haven’s entire EP, it feels as though I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster. If more Pop artists were reminiscent of Haven, I have no doubt that the genre would gain infinitely more respect. There isn’t the slightest hint of plasticity to her ethereal sound.

You can check out Haven’s latest sensually soulful Pop hit Escape and the rest of her debut EP which was released on April 13th, 2018 on SoundCloud now or head on over to Haven’s website for more music & info.

If I don’t hear this track on the radio in the next few months I will have officially fallen out with mainstream music channels.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Anthony DeRoss – Wrong Reasons: Viscerally Piercing Pop

Anthony DeRoss may have just produced the most poetic Pop single that I’ve ever heard, what’s even more impressive than that is the fact that he did it with his first ever single. The introduction to the track is sublime, a pensive piano keying before the gentle echo of a guitar. Each note takes viscerally piercing stab, which alongside the lyrics is just absolute insult to injury. The resonance between the harrowed lyrics and the succinctly composed beat is almost enough to draw a tear.

Everything about the track is pure perfection, through his sweet yet edgy vocal style he projects such pained poignance it cuts through you like a knife. The New York based artist has set the bar emerging Pop artists, finding an artist with as much passion as Anthony DeRoss exudes is like finding a needle in a haystack. I’d put my money on the fact that this is just the beginning for the emerging artist.

If you’re a fan of Electronic Indie Pop you can check out Anthony DeRoss’ debut single Wrong Reasons for yourself on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rachelle – Running: A Beautiful Mystery That Took The Form Of A Music

Australian singer-songwriter Rachelle has come onto our radar, releasing her new single – Running – alongside an accompanying picturesque music video.

‘Running’ by Rachelle is a stellar new single steeped in the past, but still manages to be forward-facing. Even its version of forward seems like a different direction than we’re all looking.

‘Running’ was written on a whim, an experiment that evolved into a meaningful song of how “Yesterday will always catch up with you”.

The high point of the record in all aspects tends to further reveal the vocal and lyrical dexterity of the artist, that, which may be unsurpassed amongst her posse.

The single was a labour of love, but once recorded at Pink Bird Studios in East London, the creative process evolved to a work-in-progress that’s indeed reasonable make available for the world to hear.

In my mind, the old cathedral city is the mythical realm in which this record seems to take place. A spot between growing up and grown up, between what’s going on in your mind versus what’s happening in reality. It’s within these margins that ‘Running’ seems to operate. The gap between my mind and the real world is where I always seem to find myself living, so this single strikes a particular chord for me and I’m pretty sure you’ll like it too.

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BigTimeNate – The Children’s Song: Prepare for an Emotional Rollercoaster

As a general musical rule of thumb, the minute that you make a choir comprised of children and have them spreading messages of peace, love and resistance against modern day disparity the sentimentality hits you like an absolute brick.

BigTimeNate played a rather genius move with The Children’s Song which turned out to be pretty reminiscent of that iconic hit by the Black Eyed Pea’s – Where is the Love. Yet, the lyricism to The Children’s song packed infinitely more of a punch. The moment you consider seeing the world we live in today unfolding through a child’s eyes it’s one of the most harrowing contemplations your brain can engage within. As debut single’s go, BigTimeNate knocked it out of the park which mainly fell down to his evocative use of passion which created one of the most heart-wrenching tracks I’ve happened across this year. Move over Bono.

To check out BigTimeNate’s 2018 single which was created with a little help from seriously talented children, some, who may or may not have upstaged him (sorry Nate) head on over to Spotify and join me in having an existential crisis.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Momo Aphrodite – Painful: Pacifyingly Polyphonic Pop

If you like your Pop to be searing, cacophonous and instilled with swathes of electronic effect; Momo Aphrodite’s 2018 single Painful is the perfect cocktail of swirling, thrashing EDM beats around the trickling of Trap harmonies. The Baltimore based artist has put her audio engineering skills to test with this mix. Whilst the feedback was a little too much from the synth in parts there’s no disputing that Momo Aphrodite’s latest track Painful is a polyphonic paradise of hauntingly captivating sounds. With the right production behind the track, I have no doubt that Momo Aphrodite could see a short ascension to the top of her game. Her soulfully urban approach to the vocals on the track round Painful off perfectly and makes the track anything but it’s chosen name.

If melancholic polyphonic Urban indie Pop is your bag you can check out Momo Aphrodite’s latest single Painful on SoundCloud now.

Momo Aphrodite’s debut EP will be released in June 2018, once you’ve checked out Painful, there’s no doubting that you’ll join me in the bittersweet anticipation for her sound which is influenced by artists such as Lady Gaga, Blondie, SZA & Beyoncé.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Carla Stark – Start Starting: Organically Empowering Contemporary Pop

There’s something wonderfully raw and organic about Carla Stark’s latest single Start Starting. Whilst I was bowled over by the lyricism and the sentiment behind her music, I couldn’t help feel that the music didn’t quite fit or do Carla’s style justice. Carla Stark’s earthy yet smooth approach to her vocals didn’t seem to sit synergistically against the up-vibe jazz beat. There was such a strong message within the track, yet it pains me to say that instrumentally the track meandered into a cheesy territory and became a little distracting as you tried to envelop yourself within the empoweringly uplifting vibes exuded by the up and coming artist. That being said, the quintessentially styled Belgian Pop singer song writer undoubtedly has her own approach to sound which you can’t deny is a refreshing change from the plasticity of mainstream contemporary Pop.

Carla Stark’s much anticipated next release is her studio album Karma which will be available to stream and download across all major platforms from May 29th, 2018.

You can check out the official music video to Star Starting on YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Fun

So with the sun finally back, it is only natural that music is being released to match the vibe and the warmth, the sense of fun and freedom that it induces and Jimmy Gavin’s latest really sums up the whole spirit of summer. Not only does Too Much Fun capture the throwaway attitude that goes with season, he reminds us that it isn’t about spending money, that you can enjoy yourself by making your own merriment. It reminds us that as kids we never needed expensive effects to enjoy ourselves, when the weather got hot we just hit the beach or the local lake, so just embrace that childlike sense of wonderment and do the same and embrace your yonger more fun loving self again.

If pop is about escapism, good times and fun then Too Much Fun could almost be the modern template upon which the young commercial pop-dance artist should work too. It grooves, pops and struts with confidence and effortless cool, it blends latino exoticism with western swagger and is nothing short of the sound of the summer. It’s hard to think of one thing that he has missed out.

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