Single Spotlight: Kiey – Sunday Sanctuary

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Despite the world of real estate not being the expected driving force for musical invention but Vietnamese electro-pop icon and real estate executive, Kiey, is not one to let such stereotypes hold him back. The artist’s lead single that borrows its namesake from his latest EP, ‘Sunday Sanctuary Part. 1’, is an eclectic journey through some of the year’s most enchanting pop music.

The track arrives as a lighter insight into the rising stars palette, especially when compared to the likes of the exec’s darker 2019 debut EP ‘Night To Myself’ with a focus on an assault of striking strings and beats that appear to swell and fade with each rising verse. It may mark a stylistic change but only proves to explore the artist’s versatility. It’s a soundscape that will be as easy to lose yourself in as is it is hard to get out of your mind; a true earworm incarnate.

What is, perhaps, most surprising about the track is its maturity and professional production value. I don’t think anyone would have batted an eyelid for a slightly wooden performance or sloppy mastering – considering Kiey’s drastic swap between his day job industry – but instead Kiey arrives on full form with no intention on letting his inexperience be anything other than a reason to heighten his ambition.

Overall, there is no better introduction to the shimmering and glistening world of Kiey, there is something here for those of any tastes. Plug in, take note and pay attention; Kiey is one to watch.

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Funk-fused “Fresh’n’ Nu” Sees Medy Lema Take Long Overdue Centre Stage Position

Dance, funk, Music News, New Music, New Release, R&B, Soul

When you’ve worked behind names like Stormzy, Lisa Stansfield and IAMDDB, carving yourself an identity is no easy feat – having lived in the shadow of so many greats – but RnB star Medy Lema has found no issue in doing just that with new single “Fresh ‘n’ Nu”.

Carrying over a plethora of on-stage experience, performing to crowds since he was three, Lema’s persistence and bold spirit is told through autobiographical lyrics and pounding funk bass beats.

“I was in a difficult period of my life a few years ago but it was with the help of a few friends and the will of rising up that brought me this far because I’m not a quitter. Most of my songs are autobiographical in a way.” Medy Lema

With this in mind, the Manchester-hailing genre-blender makes quick word from standing out from genre’s congested scene as the track bursts into a ripping guitar solo and funk jam to divert expectations and move feet; a sound as fresh and new as the title suggests.

Medy Lema is undoubtedly destined to take his unique brand of RnB, Soul, EDM and Funk to high places and beyond – whatever your musical preference, “Fresh ‘n’ Nu” is an undeniable hit and deserves to be heard.

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Dark-Pop Newcomer LOR Drops Emotional New Single ‘Sip’

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Vocalist and songwriter LOR releases her stunning second single ‘Sip’, a sweet yet dark ballad touching on addiction and heartbreak. Following on from her debut release ‘Used To’, both pop songs create a unique tone. Both are available everywhere now while the music video for ‘Sip’ drops September 22nd.

Hailing from Toronto, an exceptional hub for new musical talent, LOR’s sound merges pop, folk and R&B. Teaming up with producer SLWJMZ (Sean Leon, Freddie Gibbs) and vocal producer Nevon Sinclair (Daniel Caesar, LOONY) on both her first tunes, LOR’s vocals float effortlessly over strummed ukelele contrasted with thick 808 bass hits and atmospheric gentle piano. It tells the story of a past relationship with a partner who suffered from alcoholism, and how it affected the relationship.

“Sip is an emotional diary entry from a time where my head and heart felt ravaged. It’s about the sort of ‘crazy’ another person can swindle you into feeling – the madness starts to seep into your being. It becomes a sick, fun game you can’t stop playing” – LOR

Having received much praise from tastemakers for her previous single, such as LOCK Mag, Noctis Mag and Best In New Music, ‘Sip’ is sure to be a smash hit. And with the release of its incredible video, available everywhere Sept 22nd, LOR is sure to continue her musical ascension through 2021 and beyond.

Stream the music video for ‘Sip’ from Sept 22nd HERE.

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Sintra recreates a dynamic club energy with his debut original single ‘Break’

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Straight out of Nashville, DJ and Producer Dennis Mongan, also known as Sintra, brings the masses a rich mix of electronic and cool pop tones in the form of ‘Break’. After discovering the joys of electronic-based music Bonnaroo music festival, his curiosity spiralled into creating his distinct sound, a boiling pot of various influences and scenes that culminate into an addictive new take on the long-lived genre.

Bass-heavy and driven with impressive control, ‘Break’ incorporates electronic signature tropes as it builds behind a smooth vocal performance, only to spill into energetic layers that conjure up images of a dark lit club bathed in LED lights. The track is effective as it encourages listeners to let go and feel the music, demonstrating Sintra’s ability as an artist to create a response that goes far beyond a foot tap.

“Break is about being caught in a bad romance. There’s frustration but there comes a point when you decide to stop caring and just enjoy yourself. That’s the energy I wanted to capture.” – Sintra

Bold in its production and unapologetic in its style, ‘Break’ stands out from the crowd of mass-produced electronic-based tracks, a common trend in music culture currently, due to its complimenting layers, consistent builds without becoming repetitive and vibrant soundscape it creates. Overall, Sintra establishes himself as someone to watch, with the ability to create catchy tracks that don’t skimp out on the soul; he has the talent to go far, and listeners should be thankful we’re here for the ride.

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LOR brings dark-pop elegance from Toronto to the masses with debut single, ‘Used To’

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Dropped July 23rd, ‘Used To’ is a sinfully rich dark pop single, overflowing with style and R&B influences; the track is the perfect introduction to Toronto based singer LOR and her refreshing authenticity.

Official Music Video // Directed By: Sanjeev Kugan

A clean and straightforward piano-led instrumental is enriched with LOR’s distinct vocals as she croons about an unfulfilling relationship and flawed romance. Whilst the topic is effortlessly relatable, LOR manages to take ownership of it and not only infuse her musical spin but honest and deep cutting lyricism to keep the track mature and fully realised. This isn’t a breakup song; more, it is a recounting of how being lost in ‘love’ can keep you from finding yourself or your self-worth.

Using her vulnerability to radiate control, LOR takes a sour experience and turns it into audio magic, turning pain into power and demonstrating her skills as a lyricist and creative force. ‘Used to’ combats broken promises with smooth melodies, ethereal harmonies and certain vocal runs that will give you goosebumps every time. Coming in just under three and a half minutes, the track is all-encompassing and doesn’t waste a second, keeping a solid pace and bursting with a bittersweet narrative.

“Used to is about being in a relationship with someone who constantly lets you down but knows how to make it up to you every time, just enough that you don’t have the guts to walk away.”LOR

‘Used to’ is available for streaming now, why not listen below?

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Words by Ellen Oakley

Zac Hurst digs deep for emotional follow up to iTunes charts success ‘Falling In Love On My Own’

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Hailing from East London, Zac Hurst is going from strength to strength with his newest single, ‘Falling In Love On My Own’. Modern pop excellence dripping with realistic emotion, Hurst’s latest offering comes after the hugely successful ‘2020’ which stormed the iTunes charts, and offers a tale of genuine feelings and relatable experiences.

Teaming up with Tik Tok famous couple Shan Wills & Ryan Snellings for the accompanying music video (see below), the story is further weaved from colour pallettes, or lack of, and real people back up the raw lyricism in the track. The stylistic yet straightforward video is refreshing and compliments the contemporary production and tone of the song. There’s no need for flashy visuals or over the top effects; instead, the narrative-driven video perfectly offers another look into the music and the songwriter.

‘Falling In Love On My Own’ official music video

‘’This project began during the first lockdown. I wanted to write a song about being away from someone you love, without being able to do anything about it… hence ‘falling in love on my own’. I’ve played this song close to 100 times on live streams/live gigs now, with some of my followers knowing all the words, so it’s tried and tested, and I would say this song is probably around a year’s work on and off which makes it very exciting to finally release’’ – Zac Hurst

Overall, ‘Falling In Love On My Own’ (released July 2nd) is clean and showcases a smooth and powerful vocal performance from Zac Hurst that perfectly wraps up the sentimentality that oozes out of each note. It’s an excellent example of modern pop devoid of cliches, replacing them with frank honesty and solid storytelling.

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Everything we know about Halsey’s “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power”

Alt-Pop, Alternative, female singer, Indie-Pop, Metal, Music News, New Music, New Release, pop, Punk, Rock

Halsey has announced her fourth studio album, “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power,” on Twitter, complete with artwork and release date. The ‘Closer’ singer tweeted yesterday (July 7th) simply with a caption containing the album’s title and the date ‘August 21, 2021’, accompanied by the dubbed ‘striking’ artwork oh Halsey sat on a very ‘game of thrones’ style throne, holding a baby and dressed in regal finery. (See below – CW//Partial Nudity)

The Nine Inch Nails produced album also got a video posted on Halsey’s youtube channel, which also literally unveils the artwork from behind a red curtain, under the guise of a thirteen and a half minute walk around New York’s Metropolitan Museum Of Art. The video is silent and carries a dignified power to it as the singer wanders around the location dressed in a similar thematic outfit. Never feeling drawn out or over the top, it nails the feeling of anticipation – making it tangible for anyone who watches.

The upcoming album is being hailed as Halsey’s step into the world of punk rock, yet previous collabs of hers (e.g. Bring Me The Horizon and Yungblud) prove that she is no stranger to the genre. It will be interesting to see the usually pop-centric artists take on a more alternative sound. If the success of the likes of Olivia Rodrigo’s angsty sing-alongs tells us anything, it’s that the charts are screaming out for some alt-pop rock fusion.

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Lana Del Rey teases song and album artwork for upcoming ‘Blue Banisters’

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The ‘Summertime Sadness’ singer has taken to Instagram to share little teasers for her forthcoming release ‘Blue Banisters’. She has set the tone for what will be her eighth studio album by sharing the artwork for the proposed album in an Instagram post on July 4th.

Whilst her 19.8 million followers were not given a release date; they were treated to a snippet of an unreleased song earlier that day. Accompanied with the caption “Album out later later… Single out soonish. Have a good fourth x”, the clip contains a melancholy piano piece and Lana singing the lyrics “my body is a map of LA”. The clip delivers what people can expect from the singer as her clear voice produces an emotional performance. Even just from this small snippet, fans should be excited for more of her trademark style so soon after her March 2021 release, ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’.

With three singles already released: ‘Wildflower wildfire’, ‘Text Book’ and the titular ‘Blue Banisters’ (all dropped May 20th), the music world should be gearing up for the album to be gifted soon. After a supposed release date of July 4th, which Del Rey gave in April of this year, who knows when it will see the light of day.

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Lorde’s ‘Solar Power’ is set to be the highest new entry on the Official Singles Chart

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Lorde dramatically returned to the current music landscape with her single ‘Solar Power’, which dropped June 11th, just days after announcing her upcoming album of the same title. The track, released to correspond with the solar eclipse that occurred on June 10th, came as a surprise to the world and is now set to act as the highest new entry on the official singles charts – as reported by officialcharts.com.

– Official music video –

Racking up over half a million streams since its initial drop, the single listed in the number seven position on the Official Chart: First Look, which will come to fruition on the standard official chart if the hype around the track continues. If this occurs, it will mark the singer’s second top ten UK single and her first since 2013, when ‘Royals’ dominated the charts.

The forthcoming album, ‘Solar Power’, will be Lorde’s third studio album, following on from Pure Heroine (2013) and Melodrama (2017). Initially scheduled for a release in June 2020 but delayed due to the singer’s pet dog Pearl passing suddenly, the album currently has no confirmed release date. However, the singer has seemingly hinted more natural time stamps to fans with the line “look to the natural calendar for clues”. Regardless of when it drops, ‘Solar Power’ is being described as “light, playful and fun” by Lorde herself and promises to be a moment in music pop culture after the response to the single drop.

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Raya Max insists on empowerment with her 70s infused single ‘Starlight’

Disco, Music News, New Music, New Release, R&B, Retro, Review, Singer-Songwriter, Soul, UK Music

Dropping June 21st, ‘Starlight’ is a straight-up disco soul anthem that brings pure joy. It is the perfect platform for Raya Max to reach her goal of bringing “listeners’ inner disco divas back to life following the miserable time we’ve had recently”, and she more than delivers on that.

The song itself is a hundred per cent Raya as she not only wrote and sung the track but produced it too, which further infuses Raya’s infectious passion with the traditional soul song format. Whilst ‘Starlight’ is steeped in ‘old school’ influences (Jazz, Soul, Disco etc.), the message of liberation from stagnation in life is more relevant than ever and, along with the sleek production, grounds the single in the modern soundscape. The upbeat nature of the instrumental effortlessly blends with Raya’s rich vocals creating an experience that oozes joy and professionalism.

‘Starlight’ is an open, authentic offering to the world in the form of a dance along anthem. Not only is it a pick-me-up melody to bring listeners out of lockdown blues, but it is also an inclusive experience that lifts from “the flamboyance of London club culture”, creating a new influence for Raya in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Overall, ‘Starlight’ is a new optimistic track that exudes endless energy, showing the strengths of Raya Max and her potential in the UK disco soul scene. It is the perfect soundtrack for the upcoming summer, and people should be ready to stream this bop when it drops on June 21st repeatedly.

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Words by Ellen Oakley