Fresh Hit Radar, the sultry edit

Acoustic, female singer, Folk, Jazz, New Music, New Release, pop, Pop Music, R&B, Singer-Songwriter, Soul, UK Music

We’re back with another instalment of our Fresh Hit Radar feature. This week we’re really slowing it down with a collection of sultry, R&B infused tracks from some incredible artists.

First up it’s sibling duo Skelly with track Sentiment. This Jazz-inspired single is the perfect blend of old and new, fusing classic Jazz elements with modern R&B flair. Grooving brass sections and some stunningly smooth vocals make track Sentiment a stand-out debut release from Skelly, we can’t wait to see what they do next. Listen below.

Next up it’s familiar face Eiza Murphy. This Irish songstress made it on to our Fresh Hit Radar feature with previous track Blackhole. Now she’s back and better than ever with moody single Taxi. Heavenly harmonies and a dark instrumental make Taxi a dark-pop wonder-track. Full of vocal prowess and some witty lyricism Taxi maintains Eiza’s reputation as one of the most exciting new artists in 2020.

Next on the lineup it’s Crying Beauty Queens with their single Blackbird. Atmospheric and intriguing this track has a sultry yet dark tone to it. A combination of lush guitars, rolling drums and soft yet driving vocals make Blackbird an accomplished track from Crying Beauty Queens. Listen to this track if you need some motivation for your weekend workouts!

Last but not least it’s Myla Vie with her soulful R&B track Real Love. This single has an effortlessly good old school vibe, combining all the best elements of classic R&B with Myla’s smooth vocals and an easy yet grooving beat. A stunning introduction to Myla for the Pop Playlister team, we can’t wait to see what else she will bring to the table.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

A dose of Fresh hits a day keeps the doctor away!

Alternative, Band, Hip Hop, indie, Jazz, New Music, New Release, pop, Pop Music, Rap, Singer-Songwriter, Soul

That’s right! We’re back with another healthy dose of new music for you to fill your boots with this Friday. A collection of great new tracks you truly don’t want to miss.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and without further ado let’s get into the music…

Kicking off our list with a BANG it’s grooving rockers MeMe Detroit with rolling track Mean Rock N Roller. This one is gritty, raw, catchy and guaranteed to get you up and moving on a slow Sunday. Pure Rock brilliance MeMe Detroit are the fearless, female fronted group Music has been missing. Check out the single below.

Next up it’s familiar faces The Kaizens with new release Left Hand Side. These Alt-Indie geniuses are no stranger to the Pop Playlister radar, having firmly established themselves as a band to watch in 2020 these musicians are bursting at the seams with angst, power and true instrumental ability. Left Hand Side is yet another subtly dark track from The Kaizens, a driving yet effortless tune that confirms what we already knew: The Kaizens are the most exciting band emerging onto the Indie scene in 2020.

Third on our list is a powerful single from I.Am.Tru.Starr titled Something’s Gotta Change. Creative, deep and moving Something’s Gotta Change is a statement through music. With elements of soul, Hip-Hop and Jazz I.Am.Tru.Starr’s music is a soundscape of spirit, soul and emotion. Making music in a lane that is truly his own, I.Am.Tru.Starr is one to watch in 2020.

Rounding up our list is EarthWindMud with his smooth Lo-Fi track Speak. The perfect single to relax your mind to, EarthWindMud creates a vibe that it the definition of calming. Speak is the perfect song for your Sunday playlist.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

A new dose of fresh hits for your Friday

Electronic, female singer, Folk, Jazz, New Music, New Release, pop, Pop Music, Singer-Songwriter, Soul

We’re back with our favourite weekly feature, a collection of new music to soundtrack your weekend. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for a chance to submit to our Fresh Hit feature each week.

First up is a sultry number from Sonia Linares titled Go Unknown. Smooth like velvet, Sonia’s vocals on this track are truly heavenly. Coupled with bright guitars and a soft beat Go Unknown is true Indie-Folk brilliance. With emotive lyricism depicting rich stories Sonia Linares establishes herself as a hugely talented songwriter. Check out Go Unknown below.

Next up is Rum & Her from Tansen and Atteev. A Bedroom-Pop inspired single with a flawless production style that throws a Lo-Fi, Electro influence into the mixing pot. Atmospheric and emotive, Rum & Her is a well rounded and accomplished track which will bring out all the feels. See for yourself below.

Next up is the talented MicroMatscenes with track Bring Me To You. This soulful and jazzy track benefits from the vocal talents of Mayah Camara, creating an emotive and powerful pop ballad. Reminiscent of the power ballads of the 80s Bring Me To You has a nostalgic style and flair to it. A track that would sit perfectly over an 80s Romance film, Bring Me To You is a must listen this weekend.

Rounding up our list is Don’t Panic from Audrey’s Dance. This track slows it right down, a moving piece with smooth vocals and pure toned piano chords. Don’t Panic is a simple single, a stripped back track that lays all bare to the listener. Powerful lyricism and honest storytelling make for a truly emotional love song from Audrey’s Dance.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Recognising Salena Jones’ Place in Musical History

female singer, Jazz, pop, Soul

On the 28th September at the prestigious Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Salena Jones will step on stage to perform a concert in celebration of her 70 years in the music industry – so today at Pop Playlister we are going to take a step back from our usual chart toppers to overview her life and times in the industry.

Born in Virginia, USA, Salena moved to New York at a young and, remarkably, by the age of 15 she had recorded as many albums as she had lived years. But following increasing racial tension in the US she moved to Europe in 1964. Throughout her career she met and worked with a number of the biggest names in jazz and beyond: Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Wes Montgomery, Chico Hamilton and Stan Getz.

She worked as a session musician, recording guide tracks for Peggy Lee, Brenda Lee and Lena Horne. Following this she became a bill-topping act herself, with her backing band, The Blues Express Orchestra. One notable member of this band was her saxophonist, King Curtis (to whom she gave his nickname). Following her first visit to Japan in 1978, she became known throughout Asia as “The Queen of Jazz and Blues.” Her repertoire ranges from standards through to covers of all kinds of pop songs from the 60s to the present day. Her skill is as an interpreter, performer and story telling.

In terms of numbers her career is staggering: she has released 43 solo albums and 22 singles to date, she holds the record for singing at Ronnie Scott`s each night for seven consecutive weeks’ (the longest run by far) and still sells out the venue multiple times a year. From singing with Louis Armstrong to performances with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Salena Jones has never taken a break from her impressive musical output and remains to this day an impressive vocalist:

In celebration of her career she will be performing at the Southbank in London – the city she has called home for a number of years and a fitting location for the celebration.

Friday 28th September 2018 The Purcell Room, Southbank, London SE1 8XX

www.salenajones.com

Toyface ready for new album: ‘Follow the Rules of the Trainwreck’

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Having been described by a fellow artist as ‘like Laura Marling crossed with Billie Holiday’, Bristol based duo Tamsyn and James, aka Toyface, are a mouth watering proposition for music fans. With a varied collection of 11 songs making up their debut album, the pair have blended an eclectic range of influences that has resulted in an album with strong jazz and cinematic leanings; both playful and plaintive.

The pair’s songwriting process is varied: sometimes involving Tamsyn writing lyrics alongside her own simple structures on guitar; but often times working from a cappellas, which James then lays piano chords underneath. This is clearly a combination that works well and has yielded a crop of songs which are relatable to anybody who has ever found themselves working hard to find a place in the world – a situation most, if not all of us, know well.

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In Tamsyn’s own words, the album ‘charts a process of experiencing, coping with, and the eventual resolution of, existential angst that I went through in my early 20s’; by way of heartbreak, physical insecurity and complex family ties’. And it’s from this well of shared stories where Toyface’s main strength lies – their ability to write with searing honesty about the common human experience, and lay those tales out across an intense, shifting musical backdrop.

The album is set to be exclusively launched in the duo’s home town of Bristol on April 24th, with the album to follow shortly after. The release marks the culmination of a journey that started with a chance meeting on the way back from the Secret Garden Party festival a number of years ago.

Trying to find a way back to Bristol at the end of the festival, Tamsyn managed to find her way onto a truck with a group of revellers heading in that direction. Not long into the journey, an incident on the road left the group stranded for 28 hours waiting for the journey to continue, during which time the group bonded.

Links:

Www.soundcloud.com/toyface

https://www.facebook.com/toyfacemusic?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/toyfacemusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/toyfaceTV

http://toyface.bandcamp.com/