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nasir mf. turned up the heat for electro heads in his hyper-pop exposition of obsession ‘romantic fury’

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.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

Jake Inzerra has unleashed his seductive 80s glam indie-pop earworm, Elevator

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There was no forgetting Jake Inzerra after his punchy indie-pop hit, No Lips; the singer-songwriter and producer is back on glam form in his latest single, Elevator.

Believe it or not, Inzerra’s Elevator is just as seductive as Aerosmith’s Love in an Elevator, which may have a fair amount to do with the raucous bite in his vocal timbre that sinks its teeth just as deep as Adam Levine’s.

I’ve long held the theory that all of the best artists carry androgyny into their music; Inzerra affirmed it with his infectiously hook-filled hit that soaks into your soul as much as your synapses.

Jake Inzerra’s latest single, Elevator, is due for official release on May 6th. You can check it out for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Mavi Veloso delivered a vindicating hit of urban electro euphoria with ‘Names’

Debut albums are scarcely as promising as the Brazil-born, Netherlands-based artist Mavi Veloso’s debut LP, Travesti Biológica, which hit the airwaves on January 21st, 2022. The LP celebrates the beauty of trans and non-binary bodies while making no bones about pushing the envelope in a more progressive direction. The mash of pop, trap and futurism is an indulgent throw-back to the electroclash era and simultaneously a definitive milestone in the evolution of electro-pop that breaks the heteronormative mould.

The standout single, Names, is a fierce electro-pop anthem that bites back and speaks out to anyone in the queer community that has felt the sting of derogatory and disgustingly dim remarks. You couldn’t ask for a more vindicating hit of urban electro euphoria. Mavi Veloso has exactly what it takes to become the Peaches of our generation. We are more than here for it.

Names is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Dutch queer pop icon, Tom Tom Park brings cool indie-disco grooves in his pop track, Déjà Vu, featuring Will Burton.

Tom Tom Park proved that he was more than worth a spot on our radar with the release of his sensually hypnotic pop track, Déjà Vu (Tomorrow, Tomorrow), featuring UK vocalist Will Burton.

While the solid danceable beats bring the structure, the moody synths flood the track with a slick yet cosy atmosphere that Tom Tom Park lays his up-vibe indie-pop vocals into. Instrumentally, Déjà Vu delivers the perfect pop formula; but the real magnetism in Déjà Vu comes via Tom Tom Park’s instantly arresting charisma that pulls you into the cool indie euphoria.

Remember how Scissor Sisters gave us no choice in falling in love with them? You’ll find all that affection and more in this vibrant anthem by the Dutch luminary. Coincidently, one-half of the Scissor Sisters’ duo has already given his seal of approval on Tom Tom Park’s last single ‘Adore Me’; who could argue with Jake Shears?

Déjà Vu hit the airwaves on October 22nd; it is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Neel Shah paints the dark side of romanticism in ‘no honeymoon’

Connecticut-hailing singer-songwriter neel shah discernibly came into his own with his latest single, no honeymoon. The first single from his upcoming EP follows the contemporary trend of pairing ambient wavy beats with pensive candour; while managing to be completely at the forefront of trippy aural ingenuity.

Mental health, self-love and compassion always fall into focus through the Queer artist’s lyrics, and no honeymoon is no exception. The confessional lyrics run through the impact of dealing with relationships while contending with mental health issues, the way he delivers romanticism and realism hand in hand is practically Shakespearean.

no honeymoon will officially release on October 22nd; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over here

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Dandy artfully demands an end to ableism with her single, In Their Shoes.

The Anchoress recently spoke out in her article in the Guardian about the ableist nature of the music industry that has ostracised her from live music; a similar experience is shared by the Shropshire, UK-based artist, Dandy.

Driven by the determination to see fair representation and visibility of disabled artists in the mainstream music industry, Dandy recorded a demo of her debut album, The Cycle, in 2020. The standout single, In Their Shoes, attacks the injustices that consistently happen due to the fundamentally broken fabric of our society as the piano melodies that will score well with Nick Cave fans support Dandy’s beguilingly baroque vocals.

In Their Shoes has the power to leave you as sobered as a Ken Loach film, while the demure artful grace of Dandy draws you deeper into the reality for the disabled and chronically ill.

In Their Shoes is available to stream along with Dandy’s debut album on Spotify.

Follow the artist on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sarah Proctor has released her essential LGBTQ+ ballad, Tired

In her latest single, ‘Tired’, Sarah Proctor treated her ever-growing fanbase to a stripped-back world-weary piano ballad that evades heteronormative stereotypes and hyper-normalised queer archetypes to paint a depiction of two women in love.

The semi-orchestral ballad carries all of the tenderness of a single by Bill Ryder-Jones, Tom Odell, Daughter and Bon Ivor. As her gentle, profound vocal timbre resonates above the sombrely minimalist keys, the vulnerability almost starts to feel like gravity.

As a queer woman who often feels ostracised by many facets of LGBTQ+ culture, it is beyond refreshing to find a relatable voice, a sincere artist looking to introduce reality onto the airwaves.

Since making her debut in 2020, the UK artist has garnered over 1 million streams on Spotify alone. Fans from all over the globe are drawn to the UK-born, LA-based artist’s intoxicatingly honest take on romanticism away from hyper-sexual toxic narratives.

The official video for Tired premiered on August 20th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

JABRIL YOUSEF celebrates authenticity in their debut electro-pop hit, ‘Electric’.

Non-binary, Arab-American singer-songwriter JABRIL YOUSEF has unleashed their debut indie electro-pop track, Electric; it is everything that it says on the tin.

With elements of shoegaze in the angular indie guitars, the soundscape comes complete with cutting sonic textures, but that’s not enough to dampen the ethereally euphoric nature of this high-energy release.

Any fans of Frankmusik, M83, Big Black Delta and MGMT will want to delve into the dreamy yet danceable track which celebrates authenticity in a time of exploitation.

Each of the artist’s releases finds a way to explore themes of love, longing and growth; if that wasn’t good enough of a reason to get their futuristically accessible sound on your playlists, I’m not quite sure what it is.

Get fired up by Electric for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Jord has released his indie dream-pop pride anthem ‘(Gay) Teenage Dream’.

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Following on from his chill electropop debut single, ‘Fuck, I’m Not Famous’ that hit the airwaves in May 2021, Chicago-born, NYC-based artist Jord has released his sophomore single, ‘(Gay) Teenage Dream’.

The single that was released for Pride month is a stunning feat of indie-pop with intricate shoegaze nuances found in the cutting angular guitar notes that pop around the danceable electropop beats, tender piano melodies and the deep sense of soul that won’t fail to fill your own.

Given that most queer people’s teenage years aren’t anywhere near as idyllic as the tones you will hear in the release, (Gay) Teenage Dream is a stunningly consoling single that allows your imagination to run rampant through sweet hazy possibilities.

The lyrics, “I don’t care if I’m not 17, I just want to live the gay teenage dream”, are profoundly reflective of the sadness and sense of loss felt by many members of the LGBTQ+ community as they come of age and have little affection to look back on. He’s the queer pop artist we never knew we needed.

There will be plenty more from Jord throughout 2021 and beyond. iI he isn’t already on your radar, make room.

(Gay) Teenage Dream released on June 25th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Christopher Ambrose has released his Pride pop anthem, ‘To Feel Love’

NYC pop singer-songwriter Christopher Ambrose has been creating and producing for almost a decade; he’s produced tracks for the drag icon Honey Davenport (Ru Paul’s Drag Race, S.11), Robert Garcia, Jayce Vegas, and plenty more high-profile names. If you’re not previously acquainted with his energetically emboldening sound, his 2021 pride pop anthem, To Feel Love, is the perfect introduction.

If you could imagine Carly Rae Jepson, Years and Years and Ru Paul all aurally rolled into one, you will get an idea of the sticky-sweet luxurious feel that To Feel Love effortlessly exudes. The noisy synths cut across tropic pop beats to create the perfect platform for Christopher Ambrose’s upliftingly light vocals that inspire self-love and authenticity in times of uncertainty.

To Feel Love is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast