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

Alternative, Electronic, Lo-Fi, New Music, New Release, pop, Review, Weird-Pop

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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Words by Ellen Oakley

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

Alt-Pop, Alternative, female singer, Indie-Pop, New Music, New Release, pop, Pop Music, R&B, Review, Singer-Songwriter

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.

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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

Mokita & slenderbodies bring you the soundtrack for your summer in the form of ‘speeding up’

Alt-Pop, Electronic, indie, Indie-Pop, Lo-Fi, New Music, pop, Review, Singer-Songwriter

Released July 2nd, ‘Speeding Up’ is the newest indie-pop collaboration between Mokita and the electro-indie duo slenderbodies. The track is a cohesive ‘bop’ that merges dreamy ambient pop tropes with a full sounding instrumental, producing a chilled out catchy arrangement that will fuel a montage worthy summer.

The artists have a combined 3.4 million monthly Spotify listeners respectively, and that number is more than well earned as they create stunning pieces filled with indie-electric pop excellence as separate artists. Dropped July 2nd, ‘speeding up’ is just over three minutes long but doesn’t waste a single second. With R&B-esq vocals smoothly weaving their way through an upbeat backing, the track feels straight from a movie and creates a listening experience that can only be described as ethereal. With each artist blending their signature styles effortlessly, the audience is invited to sit back and enjoy, as the unhurried single expertly takes them on a rich-sounding adventure. 

Mokita, otherwise known as John-Luke Carter, is a singer/songwriter/producer from Nashville who excels in refreshingly honest storytelling and brutally beautiful pop music. Having worked with the likes of Stand Atlantic and American Football (and so many more), and his catalogue has 400+ Million Streams on Spotify alone and 12.9 Million streams on Apple Music, Carter is a force to be reckoned with. His willingness to bear all for his art is not only commendable, but set’s him apart from the rest of the pop pack due to a blatant authenticity that cannot be ignored. 

On the other side of the coin, slenderbodies are a duo steeped in electro-indie pop that formed in 2016. With a discography of ‘low-key pop’, they consistently create whimsical soundscapes accompanied with soft grounding vocals. Their 2021 album ‘are we?’ is an excellent collection of songs that perfectly show off not only their style but skill too.

Overall, ‘speeding up’ is a great collaborative effort that deserves to be played at max volume whilst speeding down a dirt track in the heat of a post lockdown summer. Both slenderbodies and Mokita have brought their best to the single, and it shows.

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

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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

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

Fresh Hit Radar, the festive edit

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We’re back with more new music you need on your radar. This week we’re feeling festive. Get ready to get into that Christmas spirit, we’ve got a list of heart-warming singles to soundtrack your December weekend.

Diving straight in with Christmas Without You from Council. This Pop-Rock track is a festive, flair-filled ballad. Featuring smooth pianos, velvety vocals and some light chimes, the track is a soft Pop anthem delivered with effortlessly good Rock inspired vocals. Uplifting and atmospheric, Council bring us a classically brilliant Christmas song with just a dash of Rock to keep things exciting. If you’re not feeling festive yet, Christmas Without You is here to change that.

Picking the pace up it’s Andy Mison with track Indigo Child. Whilst not a festive tune, this track has a super retro feel reminiscent of that seasonal nostalgia. Funky and grooving Indigo Child is a guitar driven, electro heavy single from the talented Andy Mison. Another feel good number with elements of electro, rock, funk and beyond Indigo Child will truly keep you on your toes. Listen below.

Next up is Bluesy Rock single It Happens All the Time from Postindustrial Poets. This smoothly grooving single features some gritty rock vocals, a Jazzy beat and gentle guitar strums. It Happens All the Time is a sad yet soft track from the Alt-Rock talents, the perfect tune to play whilst you sit by a warm fire on a cold December night.

Rounding up our list is Lusanda with mellow Pop single Left Behind. Beautifully soft this smooth pop ballad is an uplifting release from the talented Lusanda. Ethereal vocals, heavenly harmonies and gently keys make for a truly relaxing single. Left Behind is an emotive piece, described by Lusanda as a track to ‘soothe those who have felt left behind and stuck in life’ what better time to listen than the season for giving.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Fill your boots with some new music from our Fresh Hit radar!

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How do the weeks fly by so fast? We’re once again back to share some great new music with the world.

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First up it’s Roveena with her power ballad Fly. This smooth yet atmospheric track is pure soulful pop brilliance. With huge vocals, haunting harmonies and soft piano Fly will have you feeling unstoppable. Fly is a cinematic soundscape you won’t want to miss, get ready to be motivated and ready to take on the world after a listen.

Switching it up it’s In The Forest with their Indie-folk track On the Run. This four piece acoustic band harmonises effortlessly to create a vocal blend that is naturally beautiful and purely instinctive. On the Run will have you feeling free as a bird, and ultra relaxed on your weekend. Listen below.

Tacking it up a notch it’s Four Crooks with their stand-out single Black Magic. This track is a driving yet grooving indie-rock track from the four piece. Deep vocals, gritty guitars and a rocking beat leaves us wanting more from this talented foursome. Listen below-

Switching it up for the final track by bringing you a stunning video! These Streets is an accomplished Pop-Rock from Killing Kenny. Accompanied by an emotive and powerful video These Streets is a heartwarming track to soundtrack your weekend. As the UK goes back into lockdown for a second time, Killing Kenny is back to lift our spirits and warm our hearts.

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Written By: Jessica Rowe

Singer Antonia Grace releases stunning new single ‘My Little Ten’, at just 10 years old

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Yes you read that correctly. Stunning single, My Little Ten, comes from ten year old talent Antonia Grace. A performer since the age of just 5, Antonia is no stranger to the entertainment world.

My Little Ten tells the story of Antonia Grace seeing the world as more than fairy tales and dreams. It gives her first impressions of adult problems, whether they be climate change, pandemics or hatred.

French born and London based, Antonia Grace began her entertainment career in musical theatre before progressing to the world of performing in front of thousands by the time she was just seven years old.

Astounding and incredible, the young star soon began writing lyrics and making music. Having performed in her native France as well as in LA at the Vocalstar Awards, where she beat hundreds of competitors to snap the prize for Best Music Video Award, Antonia Grace is a vocal veteran.

Antonia Grace was inspired to start her vocal journey by none other than Depeche Mode singer, David Gahan. Taken to see the band by her parents when she was seven, Antonia knew singing on stage was where she wanted to be.

My Little Ten is the first release from Antonia’s debut EP entitled London Grace. Already making waves in radio and significant publications, many exciting things lay ahead for Antonia Grace.

Bursting with talent and potential, this youngster has already established herself as an award-winning vocalist and catchy song-writer.

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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