Fresh Hit Radar, the sultry edit

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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

New music Friday, it’s time for our Fresh Hit Radar

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It’s that time again where we share some of the very best new releases from this week. This collection of tracks comes from ALL genres and styles but with one thing in common, they’re all great tunes.

Let’s get into the Music!

First up it’s Scottish songstress Roma Rose with her track How to Feel. This slow Pop number is a truly feel good tune, easy synths and Roma Rose’s soft vocals create a pure sounding and smooth track. Rolling drums sit underneath Roma’s heavenly harmonies as she spills her honest lyricism. Play this one on a slow Sunday afternoon in the living room.

Next up we have itsreeves with track Left N Right. This talented artist creates ‘product without genre’, a true fusion of elements of Pop, Lo-Fi, R&B and more into a blend that’s smooth sultry and curious. Left N Right is a catchy number with itsreeves’ raw yet subtle vocal style reminiscent of talents such as Mac Miller. This track’s catchy beat and simply pure synths are a certified easy listen.

Next up it’s the ultra smooth Christine Nguyen with track Finding Happiness, feat. Jhalon. This track is pure R&B brilliance, bright guitars, sultry vocals and roomy drum pads. Christine Nguyen’s lyricism has a sad yet beautiful feel to it, an emotive songstress whose soft delivery flows like water. With a sound reminiscent of Jhene Aiko, Christine Nguyen brings talent and potential galore to the table. Listen Below.

The final addition to our Fresh Hit Radar this week is an ethereal electro track from Gefahrgeist titled Graceless. A little different to what you may be listening to but this track is executed excellently. Pure toned vocals, haunting harmonies and some picture perfect production make for a quality electro track from this Scottish duo. An easy feeling electro single that brings a relaxing feel to a typically hectic genre. Take a listen below.

Happy Listening folks!

Written By:Jessica Rowe

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

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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

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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

This week’s Fresh Hit Radar is our best lineup yet

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Another Friday, another Fresh Hit Radar feature. This week is really something special, an incredible lineup full of fierce female talent that you’ll find impossible to fault. So, without further delay, let’s dive straight into the music.

Kicking off our list is a debut single from Irish singer-songwriter and vocalist Eiza Murphy. Single Blackhole is Eiza’s first ever release and what a strong start she makes. Emotive, powerful and moving Blackhole is a power ballad that established Eiza Murphy as an incredible songwriter and ethereal vocalist. Eiza Murphy is certainly one to watch in music. Listen to Blackhole below-

Next up is familiar face to the platform Lohrd Snohw with latest track You Look Like A Friend, featuring fellow female talent EM. Light, bouncy and free YLLAF is a feel good track from this fearless duo. Grooving and intriguing this single draws you in and leaves you wanting more. Perfect harmonies, light hearted synths and a busy beat, what more could we ask for? Listen to You Look Like A Friend Now-

Next up it’s Odillia with her pure R&B brilliance single Break It Down. This track is the perfect middle ground between Pop and Hip-Hop, a seamless blend of style that features none other than Snoop Dogg. Break It Down will have you dancing round the kitchen whilst wishing the clubs were open again.

Rounding up our list is the talented EEVAH with Alt-Pop track Apology. With driving guitars, smooth vocals and rising synths Apology is a stunning single that combines all the best elements of Pop, Electro and rock. A true mixing pot of genre that creates a powerful and attitude packed single from the incredible EEVAH. Apology is Pop Playlister’s first introduction to this artist, making EEVAH our favourite new music discovery of the week.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

The latest releases you NEED to have on your playlist this weekend

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It’s time for another instalment of the best music we’ve discovered this week, a collection of new releases you’ll wish you heard sooner. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for a chance to submit your track and be featured on the Fresh Hit Radar.

Kicking off the list is the talented India Dupriez with brand new single Kiss and Tell, a collaboration with Multi-Grammy nominated producer Boom Dice. This track couldn’t be hotter off the press as the stunning single was released TODAY (9th Oct). Upbeat, catchy and commercial Kiss and Tell is a classic Pop anthem. Kiss and Tell is a stunning single from the Australian talent and yet another beautifully produced track from Boom Dice. Big things are ahead for this incredible artist.

Listen to Kiss and Tell HERE

Next up it’s UK based Krankhead with their stand out new single Space Coupe. Driving, gritty and catchy this track is trap infused greatness. With intriguing synths, a rocking guitar and some clever bars we couldn’t ask for more from the talented duo. Space Coupe is accompanied by a caricature and lighthearted video which sees the duo dress up as Marty Mcfly and Doc respectively, guaranteed to make you smile AND Space Coupe is a must have on your playlist this weekend.

Third on our list is Kelsey Coleman with single Break Mine. No stranger to the Pop Playlister platform, Kelsey has already established herself as an exciting and innovative talent breaking onto the Pop scene. Smooth vocals sitting over gritty guitars creates a picture perfect contrast, and truly stunning Pop single. Listen for yourself and soak up all that talent!

The next hit to make it onto our radar is Melanie Masson’s Why Don’t You Love Me. Why Don’t You Love Me is the definition of a power ballad, featuring Melanie’s hugely impressive vocal prowess and some grooving brass sections that tie together into one of the best singles we’ve heard so far this year. Feel good and full of female power, Melanie Masson’s Why Don’t You Love Me has quickly become a Pop Playlister favourite.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Fresh Hit Radar is back and better than ever

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After a few quiet weeks we’re back with another Fresh Hit Radar feature! A collection of the best tracks we’ve heard all week that you NEED on your radar. To make up for lost time, we’re giving you a huge dose of new music with 6 different tracks.

Kicking off our list is an intriguing track from the Lowlives Collective titled Rusty Malcom. It’s hard to pin this huge tune down to a genre infused with elements of Electro, Rap, Indie and Trap Rusty Malcom is a curiously brilliant tune from the talented group. Lowlives Collective combines the talents of Orange Bloom, LumbeRoss, Valhalla Kid & OS Elliott. A true wonder team that have brought us a gritty, trippy and bouncing track. Take a listen below.

Next up is a moody yet groovy single title Day To Day by Tugboat Captain. Tugboat Captain are a four-piece musical crew made up of friends and family, so it’s no surprise the group work together seamlessly to create catchy tracks. Making waves in the DIY Pop scene, Day To Day will fill you of teenage angst, emotion and attitude. Take a listen now.

Familiar faces Trio Minutes make it onto our next slot with their track Progress. These three sisters have proven themselves an absolute dream team. Gentle and smooth vocals, infused with a throwback style that will have you raving like it’s the 90s. Not your average girl group, the soulful trio’s release Progress features jazzy horns, a bouncing beat and some cracking harmonies. See for yourself below.

Pale Fire bring us our next fresh hit with track All The World. A driving alt-indie track that has a classic and nostalgic Pop Punk feel to it, this one took me all the way back to my teenage emo days. Pale Fire were formed in 2011, combining the talents of a group of bedroom musicians together their music oozes quality, musicality and artists who REALLY know how to play their instruments.

Next up is the talented Dead Method with single Mind Games, a stunning Alt Electro-Pop single taken from full project Queer Genesis. Reminiscent of talents such as Troye Sivan but mixed with a little more edge and grit, Mind Games is a standout track and incredible introduction to Dead Method. Catchy, commercial and captivating Mind Games sets Dead Method out as one to watch in music. Listen for yourself!

Our Final Fresh Hit this week is Paul Usher’s Time Don’t Heal. A sultry R&B track infused with a 70s Pop style that makes for an ultra catchy and unique sound. The single is pure serotonin, bassy vocals AND one of the best falsettos I’ve heard in a long time this track will leave you truly impressed. Paul Usher sets himself apart as an incredible vocalist and hugely impressive songwriter. Taking an old-school style and making it fresh, Paul Usher is one of the best new artists I’ve heard in a long time.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Another dose of Fresh Hits for your playlist

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We’re back with the best new releases that made it on to our radar.

Since it’s a Sunday, we’re slowing it down this week, with a collection of tracks that are smooth, sultry and soulful.

Sit back and let us soundtrack your sunday.

First up it’s Please Don’t Be Me by Jburn and H I P P O. A blend between bedroom pop and smooth rap, this track is the definition of easy listening. Slow yet subtly groovy Please Don’t Be Me has an easy beat sitting under relaxed pianos and witty bars. This single oozes Sunday vibes, take a listen below.

Next up it’s Sally Rose with Hear My Voice. Sally’s deep and sultry vocals are a true pleasure to listen to, blending flawlessly with an indie-rock backing and motivated lyricism. Energetic and vibrant Hear My Voice is a song that demands to be heard. If you need a little push to get up this Sunday, Sally Rose’s Hear My Voice is the perfect tune to get you out of bed.

The third instalment on our Fresh Hit Radar feature is Ever Enough by Kissy. Upbeat, groovy and bouncing this track is a pleasure to listen to. Punchy beats, a groovy bass line and Kissy’s soft vocals make Ever Enough the full musical package. A catchy track that will have you dancing round the kitchen, Ever Enough is a stand-out single for Kissy. Alt-Pop brilliance, Kissy a certainly one to watch for 2020.

Last but by no means least is Sugar Moon by Pixi Ink and krapka;KOMA. This single is soulful, ethereal and heavenly. A fusion of electronic and acoustic soundscapes, combined with soft vocals and heavenly harmonies that make a hauntingly beautiful track. Sugar Moon is a smooth yet moody track and the Pop Playlister team’s top tune of the week. Take a listen.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

From struggles to successes, JayQ The Legend’s life story is like no other

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JayQ is a familiar face on the Pop Playlister platform. A talented artist whose recent release and song of the summer Amazing Girl stormed through the charts.

But behind the success is a story of struggle, hardship and trauma. A story JayQ is finally ready to tell.

Abused as a young child by his Step-father, music became JayQ’s only escape from the world around him. Putting pen to paper to express the pain no child should have to experience, he explains-

“Songs were a place for me to escape. Hiding in my room and getting lost in a verse was my safe place. I would write and write songs, hoping not to be found. I lived with just my mother and stepfather during these years of beatings.

The rest of my family, my father and grandparents were in the British Virgin Islands far away from St. Croix. The trauma physical abuse leaves on a child is unforgivable. When a man is violent to his family, he passes down a legacy of insecurity and anger. How does one enter manhood and climb out of this?”

Fortunately, JayQ was able to escape the abuse, but after the murder of his father JayQ’s world was understandably turned upside down once again.

In college, but unable to focus in a world that was spiralling out of control, JayQ was fighting against the odds.

“It was too much, home was still not safe, and college was not far enough away from my mother’s voice on the phone sharing her pain. However, always inside me was that will, the will to survive and be successful… to overcome my history. It took so much energy and fight, but I was determined to beat the odds. 

I decided I had to learn to fight, so I signed up on the college campus to become a military solider. I would go on to be a platoon leader in marines training, get my college degree, as well as an MBA and JD.  Finally, my stepfather passed away, but I still had to fix what he broke inside me – I was lucky to have my creative gifts to escape with during my darkest moments, because I am not sure I would have had been able to overcome the years of trauma otherwise.”

An inspiring tale of overcoming trauma, defying odds and achieving a wealth of success.

Yet this was not the end of the story for JayQ. Having fought his way through a childhood of trauma, adulthood had yet more challenge in store for him.

Facing a different kind of evil as he tried to make his way in the world, JayQ explains-

“Unfortunately, well into my adulthood, the abuse did not end. I was subject to another kind of abuse, institutionalised racism as a professional in the American south. 

It was awful to be held to a different standard than the privileged, less qualified and competent than me.  Black men had to be better than everyone to be seen.

That is another story, not a pretty picture of living in America. The United States of America is currently struggling to uncover the truth and impact of racism and move forward with enlightenment and compassion.”

Somehow JayQ remained inspired, creative and positive. Persevering through numerous challenges, defying all odds and putting out music into the world that is positive and up-lifting.

Life has tried to sour JayQ, but the incredible artist remains positive. Music has been a shining light through the darkness and his story is truly inspirational.

A star on the rise, JayQ The Legend deserves all the success the world can provide.

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Elyss Daya reveals stunning new single Limerence

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London based singer-songwriter, Elyss Daya, has revealed her stunning new single ‘Limerence’ that is nothing short of beautiful.

Born to Filipino parents, but raised in London, Elyss grew up with a rich tapestry of musical influence and experience.

The young singer songwriter has already captured the attention of BBC introducing, Slanted Press and Radio Wigwam to name a few.

Since her 2017 debut release, ‘Ignition’, Elyss Daya has been establishing herself as an emotive and moving songwriter.

An artist with stories to share beyond just being a musician, this young songstress is someone we are truly excited about.

Following on from the success of her hit single ‘We Could Stay’, Elyss Daya has released a subtly powerful and smoothly moving track ‘Limerence’. Delicate and atmospheric, the single is the definition of easy listening.

Elyss comments-

 “It’s a song that I wrote when I was 19, and it is probably the longest production I’ve ever worked on.”

‘Limerance’ is designed to tell the tale of each stage of infatuation, from the uncertain, the unspoken and the fragility of emotion.

“Sometimes, it’s not enough to want someone for the way you think they are.” 

Picking up support already from BBC Introducing, the track is a stand out single for Elyss, and sets her apart as an artist to watch for 2020.

Smooth, emotive and ethereal, ‘Limerence’ is a truly remarkable single.

Listen to Limerence NOW

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