Singer-songwriter, producer, and artist AŸA has beguiled the Berlin scene and beyond with her latest RnB pop rendezvous, Sidewalk, which is anything but pedestrian for the way it breaks the monocultural mould by pulling on her Moroccan and Yemeni Roots while keeping the production refreshingly contemporary.
If I’m being honest, I dread the run-up to summer for the swathes of superficial sun-soaked singles that land on my metaphorical desk, but AŸA couldn’t be trite if she tried. The revolutionary soul in the ethereally warm vocal lines melding with the dominant percussion is a lesson in Summer pop alchemy. If the sax lines and the lyrics that narrate a story of romantic stagnation don’t leave you wanting to dive into realms of fulfilment, you may as well hibernate through summer too.
“The lyrics of the song are a metaphor for an ongoing relationship that is actually not going anywhere. Instead of riding into the sunlight with the one you love, you find yourself taking dark paths and compromises for the one you love even though it feels so wrong.”
Sidewalk was written, composed, and produced by AŸA, with help from Kurtis Wells, Johnny Kulo, and Gavriel. Executive production and mixing were taken care of by the #1 Billboard music producer, Ido Poleg, and the single was mastered by the award-winning engineer, Manon Grandjean.
Stream the official music video for Sidewalk on YouTube.
Showing us the way forward as they rep their home town and get the vibe alive with positive energy to lead the way, Timeflex returns with a lovers anthem to truly remember with, ‘Come My Way‘ (feat. Jgriff).
Formally known under the stage name Off Topic, Timeflex is a Connecticut, USA-based artist, music producer and sound engineer.
”Timeflex does produce for artists all over the world, but these days he focuses much more on his own music.” ~ Timeflex
Timeflex is joined by the well-established skateboarder/artist Jgriff on this mood-altering reggae-fused track that shall get your happy body jumping with joy and filled with that glowing groove. Showing true love is the message here, as we are blessed by a soundtrack that will have you feeling optimistic again, despite knowing that these sweet kisses aren’t going to last forever.
”From stage-presence, behind the scenes work and much more, Timeflex is always looking towards the future and what he can accomplish next.” ~ Timeflex
‘Come My Way‘ (feat. Jgriff) from Connecticut, USA-based artist/music producer Timeflex is an I’ll-be-back-next-summer track to tap your feet with all night long. There is so much to appreciate about a single that helps you remember that love is short, so making a maximum impact is the key to keeping that smile alive. Sizzling the airwaves awake with such peace and tranquillity to really get behind, this is a single to play when you know you need to say goodbye for now, but not forever.
Listen to this new single on Spotify and check out his IG page.
Dropped from ‘The Synthesis Collection: The Early Naughts‘ and released through The Jank Guitar Store Records, The Independent Sound open up our eyes to the boundless possibilities outside on ‘I Feel Like I’m Missing‘ (feat. The OBC).
The Independent Sound is a multi-talented Canadian pop project, inventor, technical designer, composer, arranger, prodigious drummer and multi-instrumentalist.
Gliding high as creatives with a poet, scenographer, pattern engineer, applied mathematician, systems engineer, and autodidactic polymath amongst their incredible team of music astronauts, this is a positive single that keeps things natural and in the moment. The lip-licking beat is rather sumptuously juiced to tasty perfection and this is a super single to reflect with as you dust off those sunglasses.
”Throughout their music career, they’ve placed a heavy emphasis on collaboration with other artists, lending the definitive style of The Independent Sound to a diverse roster of collaborators as well as solo works.” ~ The Independent Sound
‘I Feel Like I’m Missing‘ (feat. The OBC) from Canadian pop project and multi-talented juggernauts The Independent Sound, is a summer track to bake happily into. They take us for a ride with the top down so that we can see all the sights, as we marvel at the beauty of this world that needs way more love than is currently been demonstrated. If you feel like gazing outside the window and being inspired again, this will be the perfect tonic to quench your thirsty appetite.
Mowille is a UK-based Nigerian rapper known for recording in both English and his native Yoruba; for his latest, he’s partnered up with Damola Davis and Uchay to bring us the tongue-in-cheek ‘Sugar Daddy’. The track skirts around the boundaries of Afrobeat, hip-hop, and R&B whilst maintaining something playful and unique, all the while showcasing Mowille’s (occasionally on-the-line) humour.
Yeah, it’s probably not going to win any awards from the PC-brigade, but with a chorus this stormingly catchy, who cares? The lyrics are fun with a great hook, there’s some serious stylistic versatility across Mowille, Davis, and Uchay, and musically the track is bouncy, chilled, and uplifting all at the same time. Watch out for this one, it’s distinctive, frisky, and summery as hell, with a chorus that will stick in your head for days.
Artist and producer Carrión has followed on from the success of their debut single with the release of their soulfully high-vibe single “Never Let Me Go”.
By pairing anthemically electric House beats with resoundingly evocative female vocals, you get to feel every ounce of emotion which was projected into the deftly orchestrated mix.
The entrancing feat of Future Pop is exactly what you’d want to hear a poolside DJ in Ibiza spinning. The Swedish-based producer may be relatively fresh from their inception, but clearly, they have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Avicii, Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris and Tiesto. Get him on your radar.
You can check out Never Let Me Go for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
”Alone Together” is the love summer house song we all needed right now. Jeh is an Indian producer who is based in vibrant Mumbai and this vibe shines like sunglasses reflecting on a crystal blue pool.
Taken off the upcoming ”Sounds” Of Summer” this is a fine single from the young producer. There is summer vibes here in droves and I love the beat that makes me smile and remember the good times. The start puts you in the mood instantly with the sultry female vocals and fresh sound.
”Alone Together” from Jeh is all about wanting to be alone with that special crush. You know that going with the flow is the best way to go and you want this to last forever. Just like those hot summer days.
This party song is perfect for those summer days and sunsets with those close to you. Jeh has produced an absolute winner.
Stream this brand new track right here on SoundCloud.
“Hero” is just one of the recently released singles from up and coming Pop sensation Halle Abadi. The seductively moody soundscape is as resounding as it is pioneering.
With elements of rhythmically arrestive World music weaved into the mix and Halle Abadi’s distinctive vocals, Hero is transfixing from start to finish. The emotion which she’s able to project into the soundscape is unparalleled. With each vocal note pulling you into the lustful mood of the track, you can’t help but find the resonance in the lyrics which scratch well beyond the surface.
With a sound so visceral and immersive, it’s no wonder why Halle has been able to amass international acclaim since recently making her debut. Watch this space.
You can check out Hero along with Halle Abadi’s other releases by heading over to Spotify.
Malaysian born multi-instrumentalist Kelly Teh and London-based Jazz singer Cris Tanzi teamed up to create the most exotically inviting single which you’ll hit play on this year.
The chemistry perceptibly spilt from “Amano” as the Indie power couple poured their respective talents, soul and culture into the incandescent soundscape. The Latin Jazz single boasts accessible elements of Hip Hop along with infusions of Funk and Soul to create a dynamic hit which may put you off monocultural music for life.
My unilingual mind may not have been able to extrapolate the exact meaning from the lyrics, but the purifying, warming tones were efficacious all the same.
You can check out the sublimely sun-kissed soundscape for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
This summer may not be as exciting as usual for many people. But still being able to appreciate fresh new EDM summer hits such as HARAKAT MUSIC’s single Don’t Want It to End is a massive consolation.
The Swedish artist and DJ infused much needed feel-good vibes in the entrancingly tropic mix which fans of Future Pop and Progressive House alike are sure to appreciate. The beat in Don’t Want It to End finds the perfect tempo to feed you reflective ecstasy and allow your rhythmic pulses to become arrested by the deftly crafted danceable progressions.
Don’t Want it to End is a perfect example of a multipurpose EDM hit. Whether it hits you on a Dancefloor or on your drive home, it’s sure to sweeten your mood.
Naturally, we can’t wait for the next hit of aural euphoria from HARAKAT MUSIC.
You can check out the radio edit of HARAKAT MUSIC’s single for yourselves via Spotify.
Emily Cole, a rising singer-songwriter from Texas has released her new track ‘Ain’t My Vibe’: a summery, pop anthem that’s sure to be an earworm all season long.
Starting out to the tune of sparkly, pulsing synths underlining some sweetly soft vocals, Emily Cole proves herself to be a young pop artist with some serious songwriting chops. Her melodies and rhymes – and all their corresponding cadence – harken back to a younger, more rebellious Taylor Swift kind of attitude which helps get across her message in a fun, carefree way that truly shines through..
‘Ain’t My Vibe’ grows on you, and that’s because it’s simple and it’s fun – and delivered with a very solid vocal performance from Emily Cole. If you’re looking for some pop that’s fun, a little bit aloof and full of attitude, Cole has it in spades with ‘Ain’t My Vibe’.