The Brits Recap: Winners Addition

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The Brits 2021 took place on May 11th at London’s O2 Arena with an in-person crowd of 4000 people, particularly revolutionary in these socially distancing times. Hosted by Jack Whitehall, who has maintained the hosting role since 2018, and chock full of performances from the likes of Dua Lipa and Coldplay, the night was a success, especially as a government COVID piolt event.

It was a big night for firsts as Taylor Swift became the first female to receive the ‘Icon’ award. Little Mix became the first all-female band to win the ‘Best British Group’ Award, proving that girl power is still very much alive by winning an otherwise all-male category.

The Brits 2021 Highlights

A true highlight of the night was a joint performance from Sir Elton John and Years & Years, who honoured the TV smash hit ‘It’s a Sin’ with the Pet Shops Boys classic of the same name.

Overall, the night was a triumph and a reminder that music not only survived but thrived even during a global pandemic.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

Global Icon – Taylor Swift

Rising Star – Griff

Breakthrough Artist – Arlo Parks

Male Solo Artist – J Hus

Female Solo Artist – Dua Lipa

British Single – Harry Styles (Watermelon Sugar)

British Group – Little Mix

International Group – Haim

International Female Solo Artist – Billie Eilish

International Male Solo Artist – The Weeknd

Mastercard Album Of The Year – Dua Lipa (Future Nostalgia)

Words by Ellen Oakley

The future will be live streamed thanks to Brite Spires’ upcoming track ‘Futurist’

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Electro-pop rich, female-fronted Brite Spires takes listeners to the future with their upcoming release ‘Futurist’. Taking inspiration from Gill Scott-Heron’s piece ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’, the four-piece reimagine the narrative into a refreshing synth-heavy track. Complete with ethereal harmonies, bouncy backing and a lively energy that keeps it grounded in modern-day pop, Brite Spires bring a wave of contemporary nostalgia that works effortlessly.

Following on from the success of their February 2021 release ‘Crystalize’, Brite Spires channel all things New Wave and 80s pop, but rather than sound like a cliched ode, ‘Futurist’ elevates the nuances through a driving beat and a dynamic performance. The vibrant instrumental, full of sleek synths, compliments the combination of sung and spoken word featured throughout the song, creating a musical landscape akin to a fast-paced sci-fi tale. The vocal performance itself is soft but never lacks emotion; taking on the role of the narrator through a story of modern technology, it guides the listener from start to finish, never coming across as passive but instead fully immersed into the world Brite Spires have built. Singer Bella Glanville nails the airy pop vocal, which acts as another driving force behind the track.

Being compared to artists such as Blondie and Madonna (courtesy of NIGHTSHIFT) is an example of how slick both the production and performance Brite Spires generate are. They are a pop literate experience, taking inspiration from the likes of New Order and La Roux and reworking them into a refreshing mixing pot of modernised electronic pop.

Overall, ‘Futurist’ is clean, full of life and a good time all around. Whilst feeding into the growing trend of nostalgic pop, Brite Spires stand out with their synth-pop stylings due to how genuine it feels. The joy that spills from the track is palpable and should not be missed out on.

Make sure to check out Brite Spires on Spotify.

Words by Ellen Oakley

Griff named as the BRITS Rising Star for 2021

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As reported in NME Griff has been announced as the winner of this year’s BRITS Rising Star Award, after fending off competition from the likes of Pa Salieu and Rina Sawayama.

The 20-year-old, who was nominated for the prestigious honour earlier this month, now follows in the hallowed footsteps of other artists who have won the prize – including the likes of Adele, Celeste, Florence & The Machine, Sam Fender and Ellie Goulding.

“In my head I’m still screaming from the phone call when I found out,” Griff said of the honour.

“It’s honestly such a miracle: how on earth did we manage to win a BRIT and break through during a pandemic?”

Griff, who is originally from Hertfordshire, signed to Warner Records in 2019 and received initial acclaim with tracks such as ‘Black Hole’ – which saw her exploring the trickiest parts of teenage life such as mental health and family ties.

Congratulations to Griff! We look forward to seeing her performance this year at the Brits…

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

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

Mahalia and Rico Nasty bringing us a new collab single this week!

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Mahalia and Rico Nasty have announced the forthcoming release of their collaborative single, ‘Jealous’, out later this week.

Announced on both artists’ social media overnight, the single will be released this Wednesday (February 17). It will mark the first release this year from Mahalia and the second from Rico, following ‘Lil Bitch’ with Chillpill and Soleima.

Both artists released records in 2020, Mahalia with her three-track EP ‘Isolation Tapes’ and Rico with her debut album, ‘Nightmare Vacation’. ‘Isolation Tapes’ won Mahalia the Best Female Act and Best R&B/Soul Act categories at the 2020 MOBO Awards.

We can’t wait for this one! The track is due to drop this Wednesday, keep your eyes and ears peeled.

Reported 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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Fresh, fiery and fantastic- All the Fresh Hits you need to fill your weekend

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Happy Friday readers! We’re back to round off the week with a collection of stunning tracks that are HOT off the press.

With an insane number of great releases to choose from we were truly spoiled this week, and delighted to be sharing another Fresh Hit Radar lineup with you.

Let’s kick off with the wonderful Vicky Trantou and single All About Me. Smooth and sultry All About Me is an accomplished R&B track from the young songstress. Ethereal vocals, bouncing percussion and some gorgeous runs make for a stunning single from Vicky Trantou. All About Me comes off latest release and debut EP from Vicky titled ‘Seventeen’, a collection of four stunning tracks that establish Vicky as a rising star in UK R&B. Stream All About Me below-

Next up is Electro-Pop ballad I Can’t Get Away from Scottish artist Konner. Packed full of bright synth pads and Konner’s deeply rich vocals I Can’t Get Away is an ambient single. Melodic and glossy this track is true Synth-Pop brilliance. With just a hint of sorrow hidden behind those sparkling synths, don’t blame us when this track has you shedding a tear or two.

Third on the line-up are Sad-Pop masters Audrey’s Dance with emotive track ‘Internet Queen’. Heart-wrenching and icy, Internet Queen is a softly sad tune from the duo. Gentle vocals sit effortlessly over warm piano chords to create an atmospheric track. Moody and melancholy, Audrey’s Dance emanate a sad yet sweet tone, depressing yet heavenly they find a perfect musical blend between light and dark.

Next up it’s SoulClap with track Val, featuring Illa Jjo & Verb Turner. Soulful and grooving, Val is a kinetic and smooth Alt-Rap track from the talented trio. Packed full with witty bars, jazz influence and subtle bounce the track carries genuine flow and movement. Produced to perfection, Val is a faultless track. Listen to Val to add some groove to your weekend.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe