Conan Gray is ready to make you cry once again with his latest release ‘Astronomy’

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Conan Gray has released another follow up to his debut album in 2020, ‘Kid Krow’, and it’s a pure pop heartbreak. ‘Astronomy‘ follows the story of falling out of love whilst being in denial, creating a painful, drawn-out process. The track wraps this devastating narrative in ethereal vocals and a beautiful melancholic instrumental, both of which have become signatures of Gray’s work.

Proving a talent for delicate ballads, ‘Astronomy’ utilises a gentle vocal performance and acoustic backing, allowing Gray’s grounded lyricism to intimately capture such a relatable experience. This ability is more than apparent in the aforementioned ‘Kid Krow’, and ‘Astronomy’ simply shows the world how much further Gray can go creating authentic pop listening experiences.

Astronomy (Official Video)

As reported in Dork, Gray said: ” ‘Astronomy’ is about that slow, painful, often denial inducing process of growing apart from somebody,” continuing on to say, “I find the worst heartbreaks happen slowly. No blowout fight and slamming doors and showing up on doorsteps while it’s raining. Just a gradual decaying of love with nothing left to do to stop it from slipping away. There’s no explanation, nobody to blame. That hurts the most.”

Gray has also released the single ‘Overdrive‘ in the time after his debut album, which is an example of his knowledge on how to create excellent pop tracks no matter the tempo used.

Words by Ellen Oakley

Billie Eilish tugs at heart strings (and tear ducts) with latest single ‘Your Power’

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In the week in which the 19-year-old announces her upcoming album title ‘Happier Than Ever’, Billie Eilish has dropped the single ‘Your Power’ (April 29th) which strips back the singer to the raw emotion listener’s were introduced to back in 2017 with her debut EP ‘dont smile at me’.

The track itself is a soft yet forceful call out to those who use their power to take advantage of others. Combining Eilish’s ethereal vocals with a delicate acoustic backing, the song does not shy away from directly confronting the situation with questions of “Will you only feel bad when they find out?“. 

Eilish again proves her talents as she creates an intimate space for listener’s to absorb her story without overwhelming them. The track has a melancholic beauty with a sobering grounding in reality, a style the singer has perfected over the years. Simple yet effective, ‘Your Power’ lives up to everything people expect from Eilish and is an incredible sign of what’s to come.

Words by Ellen Oakley

A dose of new Music for your Friday, Pop Playlister’s Fresh Hit Radar

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We’re back once again to bring you a striking line-up of new Music with our Fresh Hit Radar.

Today we’ve got some power-packed tracks to help you get in to the feel-good Friday spirit.

First up it’s Mildflower with gorgeous Synth-Pop track ‘Just a Boy’. This single is bedroom Pop at its very best, subtly groovy and electro infused ‘Just a Boy’ is a total ear worm of a track. Packed full with innovative instrumental elements Mildflower creates a truly curious and other-worldly soundscape. Listen below-

Next up is a power packed single from Motion Sickness ‘Ether’. Ethereal vocals sit over punchy pianos chords and a steady beat. ‘Ether’ feels full of mystery and just a hint of darkness, softly sweet vocals are contrasted by the track’s lurking and leering synths to create a threatening yet freeing soundscape. ‘Ether’ wouldn’t be misplaced in a James Bond film, intense and anthemic Motion Sickness establishes himself as a producer powerhouse.

If you’re feeling a little more angsty we’ve got a track for you. ‘Better off Meditating’ is a grungy single from Tamar Berk. Full of attitude and resentment ‘Better off Meditating’ has us feeling like we could take on the world and everyone in it. If you reminisce over the golden days of Pop-Punk you’ll love this one!

Ending on a sultry and soulful note we have Pavit Sanghera’s R&B single ‘Fake Love’. Pavit’s pure toned vocals will have you well and truly in your feels, not to mention those gorgeous runs! ‘Fake Love’ is just great R&B, reminding us of the soulful divas from the 90s, Pavit Sanghera has that nostalgic R&B style.

Happy Listening!

Celeste receives Oscar nomination for track ‘Hear My Voice’

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As reported in Music News Celeste received an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song for “Hear My Voice” which she co-wrote with composer Daniel Pemberton for the Netflix film The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Celeste and Pemberton said:
“What an amazing journey a song can have…
From being in lockdown, stuck at home, yet somehow still managing to write, collaborate and record over phone calls, text messages and video chats to create something from nothing that is now nominated for an Oscar is just, well, mind-blowing!”

‘Hear My Voice’ is a song written in the spirit of protest and we wrote this song with the intention to in-still hope and belief into those who feel they aren’t heard, to know that one day they will be. We are so lucky to have had such a powerful film from Aaron Sorkin to inspire the song and great collaborators in each other to complete it. To the Academy: a huge thank you we are both truly honoured.”

Celeste’s debut album Not Your Muse entered the UK Official Artist Albums Chart at No 1. It features twelve songs, including nine brand new tracks alongside acclaimed singles “Strange,” “A Little Love” and “Stop This Flame.” The deluxe edition contains an additional ten tracks, including “Hear My Voice.”

Congratulations to the soulful star!

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

New Music Fridays with The Pop Playlister

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Happy Friday Pop Playlister people! We hope it’s been a great week, trust us it’s about to get even better, as our Fresh Hit Radar feature is here!

Today’s feature is a mood booster, a select line-up of free flowing and grooving singles to brighten your day.

Kicking off our list is Samuel Slater with track ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. A follow up to his successful and summery single ‘So Far,Gone’ Slater is back with another Funky tune. ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is a striking Indie-Pop tune full of relentlessly rolling drums and beachy guitar riffs. Samuel’s sound has all the warmth and cheer of a sunny afternoon, bright and breezy the soft sense of groove in his sound is unapologetically addictive. We can’t fault this one, honestly. Take a listen below.

Next up it’s BrunchBox (what a name!) with track ‘Palace.’ Vibrant and energetic, ‘Palace’ is a hyper Indie-Pop track full of catchy hooks, bright vocals and glowing guitars. The striking single brings with it a wave of happiness, a carefree energy that sweeps over you in the form of groovy riffs and and light lyricism. This three piece are guaranteed to put a smile on your face, full of cheek and charm, BrunchBox are the mood booster we all need right now.

There was ‘No Question’ about adding Jessica Jolia’s latest release to the lineup. This Electro-Pop track is the definition of glossy, Jessica’s ethereal vocals, heavenly harmonies and easy sitting beat create a lullaby-like soundscape. Produced to perfection ‘No Question’ is a heavily textured and melodically layered track from the talented Jessica Jolia. Electro infused without losing the soothing nature of Jessica’s vocal tone, ‘No Question’ is true easy listening. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Rounding up the list it’s alternative powerhouses Cherry Fuzz Club with gritty single ‘Hot Bath’. Cherry Fuzz Club have all the guts and gore of a traditional Rock and Roll band, distorted and driving their hefty guitars are enough to wake you up from the deepest slumber. This group have a deliciously DIY feel, raw and authentic their sound has a relentless energy. Cherry Fuzz Club remind me of a once well known fact, Brit bands know how to Rock harder than any other.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Get ready to groove, The Fresh Hit Radar is back!

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The end of yet another week means it’s once again time to bring you some great new music.

A highlight in our diaries, there’s nothing we love more than bringing you some of the very best new sounds we’ve stumbled on this week.

Today we’re feeling the funk, and pulling together a line-up of energetic and grooving tracks to give you that Friday feeling.

Kicking off the list it’s familiar faces and talented sister group, Trio Minutes. This power-packed group of sisters have been on our radar for some time, carving out a name for themselves in the Electro-Pop scene. Combining a sound both modern and nostalgic the trio make a sound that’s truly innovative, intriguing and catchy. Latest release from Trio Minutes ‘Vampire Boy’ is another effortlessly grooving, ear-worm of a track. A punchy beat, bright harmonies and innovative electronic elements make for another stunning single. Trio Minutes continue to impress.

Summer may feel very far away right now, but Motion Sickness’ track Proselyte has us feeling the warmth of sunny days may not be so far away. Driving and atmospheric, this track is full of punchy hits, rising synths and bright as the sun vocals. Proselyte is a striking release that reminds us of huge names and summer anthem makers The Chainsmokers. Creating an Electro sound that’s heavy yet freeing, Motion Sickness is a truly talented producer. We can’t wait to see what he brings us next.

Next on our lineup is Synth-Pop mavericks Screams From The Sun with track Keep on Running. 80s inspired with a modern pop-punk twist, this London based duo are true masters of synths. Combining hefty drums with a softly gritty vocal style and nostalgia-inducing synth elements. Screams From The Sun truly bring something new to the table, emo meets 80s, pop-punk meets synth-pop, and we are HERE for it!

We’re rounding up our list with something a little smoother, Redwood’s Honey Sauce. Don’t be fooled, this Singer-songwriter still packs an absolute punch. Combining elements of Rock, Indie and Acoustic-Pop Redwood creates an eclectic soundscape of acoustic guitars and rolling drums. Redwood’s sultry and deep vocals are a true stand out in the world of singer-songwriters, an intense sense of power and drive oozes from track ‘Honey Sauce’. Motivating and moving, this track is a true stand-out number from Redwood.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Fresh Hit Radar is back to soundtrack your weekend

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We’re back to showcase some of the very best new music released this week.

This week’s edit is full of grooving tracks to get you and moving and motivated ahead of another lockdown weekend.

Let’s kick off with Friends From Enemies from Arcade Skies. This utterly funky track has an old-school feel, electro infused and full of movement Friends From Enemies has an 80s Electro-Pop style to it. Punchy percussion, rhythmic synths and some innovative vocal samples make for a truly atmospheric track from Arcade Skies. This one is guaranteed to give you that weekend feel, energetic and bouncy Friends From Enemies has us feeling like we could conquer the world.

Next up it’s Time Machine from Riley Whittaker. At just 16 years old Riley might just be the youngest artist EVER to make it on to our Fresh Hit Radar list. Time Machine is a grooving Alt-Pop track, heavenly vocals complimented perfectly by sharp guitars and rising synths make for a hell of a track. Riley Whittaker is a singer-songwriter bursting with talent, her smooth vocal delivery of emotive lyricism making for power packed singles. The talent of Riley Whittaker is comparable to a huge name in music, Taylor Swift. Keep your eye on the rising star that is Riley Whittaker.

Third on the line-up is guitar driven track ‘Monsters’ from Andrew Bradley. This track has a truly feel-good vibe, bright guitars, gentle percussion and some effortlessly smooth vocals from talented Andrew. ‘Monsters‘ has a soothing and soft sense of groove, moving fluidly like a lullaby to the listener. With heartwarming word-smithery ‘Monsters’ is a truly perfect and subtly beautiful Acoustic-Pop single.

Rounding up the list it’s Annie Elise with single Open Eyes. Ambient and charming, Open Eyes is a truly anthemic Electro-Pop single. Something about Annie Elise is intriguing, her deeply texture and layered instrumentality is contrasted perfectly by her stripped back yet stunning vocals. Open Eyes is a genre-bending track combining elements of Pop, Electro and even a hint of R&B. The single draws us into the curious musical world of Anna Elise, and we never want to leave.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

New Music Mondays, let’s kick off the week with some fresh hits

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Lacking that Monday motivation? We’re here to bring you some new music guaranteed to get you moving this morning!

We’ve got a line-up of fresh hits and new releases from across the boundaries of genres. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to never miss a post!

Kicking off the list it’s Raihanna Estrada with track June. Summer may feel far away but this track brings with it a sense of sunshine; bright and flowing June is a freeing Indie-Country track. Rolling drums, lively guitars and some soft yet powerful vocals make for an accomplished single. June has real movement to it, an energetic feel that will bring a little light into your day. Raihanna brings with her that feel-good vibe, radiant and glowing we truly can’t get enough of this track.

Next up it’s new single from duo Gefahrgeist titled Nukular. This track is dark and atmospheric, with some hauntingly beautiful vocals, sweetly sad lyricism and intricate production. Scottish duo Gefahrgeist are the definition of unique, their innovative instrumentals, experimental electronic elements and mysterious, melodic harmonies make the group a real stand out. Not to be limited by genre, Gefahrgeist create dark Ballads that have a strangely comforting feel, like a warm hug that brings tears to your eyes. The duo pull you in with their soundscapes, taking you into a musical space you won’t want to leave.

Third on our list is single Sunshine from Shawn Mathews. Just like its title this single is bright, warm and care-free. Sunshine is a grooving Alt-Pop single from multi-instrumentalist Shawn Mathews. Punchy beats, smooth harmonies and softly driving guitars make for one STUNNING track. Produced to perfection Sunshine is full of good vibes, a sense of freedom and the promise of better days. A real mood booster, Sunshine is one of the best tracks we’ve heard so far this year.

Rounding up our list it’s Indie Rockers Waiting for Winry with their outstanding track Find That Feeling. The south Wales duo have a soulful feel to their music, infusing raw emotion into lamenting lyricism to create vivid stories through sound. Some wonderfully soft harmonies coupled with nimble guitars make Find That Feeling a polished single. Waiting for Winry have really captured our attention.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Vintage-pop diva Jade Moss brings us sultry new single ‘Hey Babe’

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Smooth yet sharp, talented songstress Jade Moss has released her latest single ‘Hey Babe’.

The moody yet alluring track is all about finding love in a disposable age; a cutting criticism on the shallow nature of the world and a warped take on a love song.

Jade Moss‘ signature sound is a seamless blend of modern and old-school influences; taking inspiration from Jazz, Pop and Trip-Hop genres, Jade Moss has a deeply unique quality to her artistry.

‘Hey Babe’ features some gritty-good vocals, a rolling beat and catchy melodies. The track is defiant, with Jade’s lyricism packed full of wit, force and fire.

If there’s one thing that strikes you about Jade Moss it’s her attitude. Fearless and intense, Jade’s personality packs a real punch that listeners won’t forget anytime soon.

Jade’s creative talents are by no means limited to music, having made her name as an innovating entrepreneur in the world of fashion and textiles.

Just like her sound, Jade’s designs have a retro feel, combining contemporary fashions with trends of the distant past to create pieces that have landed her in huge online retailers.

Jade’s addictive melodies and defiant energy will have you feeling fearless and ready to take on the world. Creating a unique blend of genres both old and new, Jade Moss’ sound oozes quality and potential.

“The music that I write is about my experiences with love, joy, strength and the importance of self-worth.”

Jade Moss

Ready to make her mark on music, Jade Moss is set to bring us a full EP in April this year titled ‘Only You’.

With plenty more magical music in the works there’s no better time to get to know Jade Moss.

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Written By: Jessica Rowe

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Ready to soundtrack the weekend, we’re back to satisfy your new music needs

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Another Friday, another Fresh Hit Radar lineup. We’re back to bring you a line-up of stunning new singles we’ve discovered this week.

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Let’s kick off with a stunning Chill-beat track from Hentos titled -1 is better than 0. The definition of soothing, this soft and gentle instrumental track is produced to perfection. Calming and chilled, -1 is better than 0 is the perfect beat to listen as you work, study or simply relax. Simplistic yet accomplished, listen to -1 is better than 0 below.

Picking up the pace a little with Datini’s Old Sunshine. This bright track is a true breath of fresh air, joyful guitars and a softly rolling beat compliment gentle synth pads. Another Chill-Hop track to soundtrack a slow morning watching the world go by. Old Sunshine feels like witnessing a beautiful sunset, calming and atmospheric that track is Chill-Hop at its best.

Third on our list it’s R&B rising star Christine Nguyen with new track Regardless, featuring Justice Gbada. Stunning songstress Christine’s pristine vocals are complimented perfectly by the gritty vocal delivery from Justice. Witty bars, smooth and melodic harmonies and twinkling synths make for a sultry R&B single from the duo. We’ve got our fingers crossed this won’t be their last collaboration.

Rounding up our list is Dream Girl from Big Deal Bills. This smooth Hip-Hop track is a true motivator, uplifting and bouncy this track is certified to add some energy to your weekend. Witty bars, gently flow and a grooving beat make for a catchy track from Big Deal Bills. Listen below-