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Trap Pop

Lije. looks under the hood of capitalism in his RnB trap pop track, FNTY.


Up and coming alt-pop artist, Lije. is set to release his high-vibe sophomore single, FNTY, which pulls from a myriad of genres to groove with a brand-new, trappy soul-pop sound.

Right from the outset of his career, the Southwest Sydneysider is proving that he’s got a matchless sonic style that draws from Fijian culture, gospel and artists, including Khalid, Lucky Daye and Arin Ray.

With his lyrics that inspire introspection as deep as you will find on offer in the single, it’s impossible not to be caught up in the soul of the release with lines such as “Why does winning feel like a new low?”

Check out Lije. on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

RnB pop luminary Lánre shares the Cali sun in his latest soul-fix of a single, LA.

I’m fairly certain a significant part of my soul belongs to Atlanta’s trailblazer of soul-pop, Lánre, after hearing his latest good-vibe track LA. With his arcanely harmonic vocal melodies and the modern trappy indie-pop beats, it is easy to see how he has come to amass over 300k streams on his debut release. Hearing LA immediately becomes secondary to feeling the vibe in the emotionally charged single that finds a poetic way of proving that it is the people that make the place, not the landscape.

It’s tracks like LA that prove that there’s still plenty of originality to be pulled out of lovelorn pop, if you do it with enough soul. The sky is the limit for this quickly ascending artist and his affectionate panache.

Take yourself to Lánre’s depiction of LA via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

XANDE breaks barriers with his mental health alt-pop stormer, DOWNFALL.

Alt-pop singer-songwriter and producer, XANDE, is set to release his rawest single to date with DOWNFALL, which doesn’t just open up the MH conversation; it drops an atomic bomb to break down barriers and advocate for mental health awareness.

By mixing with contemporary pop elements with trap textures and alt-rock stylings, DOWNFALL could easily be  universally adored. If you thought that Wrecking Ball was evocative, brace yourselves for the emotional firestorm that blazes throughout this massive melodic hit.

The Portugal-born artist penned the single to reflect the emotions that transpired through being a caregiver for his father, who suffered from schizophrenia and PTSD. It finds a nuanced way of portraying the very real truth that the symptoms of someone’s mental health conditions can cause another’s trauma.

As someone that has also had to constantly creep around depression and anxiety during childhood, I couldn’t help finding myself in the lyrics; that hollowing feeling of knowing that your emotions will always be secondary and the people that should have your back just let you fall or push you even further. It’s a stunning single, in every conceivable way. We can’t wait to hear more.

The official video to DOWNFALL will premiere on October 8th; you can check it out for yourselves on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sun-Soaked Trap Pop: Captiøn – Malcølm In the Middle feat. Christian Awong


There are two kinds of experimental artists, the ones who strive to create anything as long as it is new, and the ones that give their tracks the same IQ as Einstein, the up and coming alt-pop artist Captiøn is definitively in the latter camp.

His latest single, created in collaboration with Christian Awong, is as alternative as it is emotional; the vocal hooks in Malcølm in the Middle pull you deeper into the trippy, sun-bleached melodicism. Summer may be coming to a close, but if there is any tropic trap pop track to keep you warm through the winter, it is this sweet and authentic earworm.

Check out Captiøn’s latest track on Spotify or SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Jamskillet has released his intoxicatingly authentic alt-pop track, Waterfalls.

If you’re sick of superficial love songs, strap yourselves in for the impassioned sincerity in Jamskillet’s latest alt-pop track, Waterfalls.

On the basis of Waterfalls, Jamskillet has the talent it takes to reach the same heights as Mac Miller and Post Malone; his intoxicatingly authentic mash of urban and alternative elements resonates like no other. Thanks to the striking lyricism, intricate cold guitar hooks and dark trappy beats, you’d need a serious concussion to forget the earworm of a melody in Waterfalls.

You can check out the cinematic official music video to Waterfalls that premiered on July 4th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

TheeOnlyMilo has made a seductive debut with ‘Gushy Gushy’, featuring Zaria.

Singer-songwriter and alchemist of soul TheeOnlyMilo has released his debut single, Gushy Gushy, featuring Zaria. In terms of salaciousness, it is practically on the same level as WAP, but there is no denying the underlying playful and sentimental feel to the single that flirts with elements of pop, soul, trap and hip hop.

If you can imagine what it would sound like if Andre 3000 turned his sex drive up to 11, you can get an idea of how endearing Gushy Gushy is despite the explicitness. The hazy stoner vibes and elements of soul can be found in the chemistry weaved between Zaria and TheeOnlyMilo’s vocals and the dreamy beats.

You can feel the rush for yourself by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Tasty takes the sting out of growing pains with his latest single, ‘Grow Up’.

After racking up over half a million streams with his EP, ‘Therapy’, New Orleans-hailing alternative artist Tasty is here with his latest sonic evocative firestorm, ‘Grow Up’. His lyrical exploration of growing pains collides with instrumentals which exhibit his versatility throughout the progressive track that incorporates elements of alt-rock, synth pop, hip hop and plenty of other textures in-between.

Carrying the same angst as Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory, the same atmospheric grooves as The Midnight and plenty of the new wave hip hop sound, Grow Up is a stunning act of unintentional genre-defiance. There is a real sense that the authenticity flowed through unadulterated expression, which explains Tasty’s success since rebranding themselves from a hip hop artist to a pioneer of the new wave.

Grow Up is now available to stream via Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Pray4Diego just can’t ‘Forget You’

Based out of Brooklyn, NYC, Pray4Diego is an independent recording artist and producer; new single ‘Forget You’ is a great mix of higher-tempo, hi-hat-focussed beats, tenderly picked electric guitar, and gentle, laid-back rap groove from Pray4Diego’s chilled, controlled delivery. Lyrically, it’s a plea to an ex-lover, where regret mingles with hope and a plea for another chance to make things right. It’s a well put-together track, nicely balanced between upbeat and longing, entreaty and repentance, all set to a simple backing of bass, hats, and that cute little repeating guitar line. The simplicity of the music and melody makes the track work, focussing the listener on the vocal line and lyrical flow, encouraging us to listen and take in Pray4Diego’s appeal. It’s tidy, it’s tasty, and it’d genuinely got soul.

You can hear ‘Forget You’ on Spotify; find Pray4Diego on Instagram and SoundCloud.

Review by Alex Holmes

RudyWade – Won’t Reply: Emotion Driven Indie Hip-Pop.

18-year-old singer-songwriter and producer RudyWade’s music always blossoms from pure emotion. His latest single, ‘Won’t Reply’, is a perfect testament to his emotional intellect and versatile style that allows him to create without constraint.

Won’t Reply kicks off with a jangly ukulele melody before hip hop, rap, and contemporary RnB influences start to take hold in the genre-melding soundscape that will inevitably lead the recently ghosted to comfort. The Boston-based artist’s track may be raw in sentiment, but in the delivery, you’ll find nothing but maturity and an excuse to add RudyWade to your playlists.

Won’t Reply is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Catch ¥oung Theory’s infectious high vibes in their latest trap single ‘Up Now’

Up and coming Dallas-hailing hip hop artist ¥oung Theory has dropped their latest single ‘Up Now’, with their tendency to start with a vibe and chase it with beats and lyrical flex, there’s no telling where ¥oung Theory will take their sound next, but we definitely appreciate the high vibe trappy direction of Up Now.

In a time when optimism is hard to find, you’ll find a delectable smorgasbord of it in Up Now which unravels as a series of mantras complemented by snapshots into ¥oung Theory’s life to make it a more intimate release.

He’s on a mission to change lives, one step at a time; based on Up Now, it’s easy to see how he’ll allow his listeners to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Sometimes, all it takes is to catch someone’s infectious vibe to shake you out of depressed stagnation.

Up Now is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast