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.
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.
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.
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)
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.”
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.
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.
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-
Songstress Melanie Masson has brought out a brand new single ‘Seasons’. The cheery track is a follow up to Melanie’s acclaimed debut track ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’.
The soulful single ‘Seasons’ is Melanie’s unique take on the classic hit Seasons (Waiting on You). Putting her own northern sultry spin on the track, Melanie has already received praise from the band themselves, with Bassist (William Cashion) calling her rendition a ‘beautiful version’.
We whole-heartedly agree. Melanie’s ‘Seasons’ is a bouncy and light track, packed full of deeply soulful vocals and some ultra-punchy percussion.
“I loved the melody and lyrics to Seasons and really connected to it. It felt very reflective yet optimistic and that’s the mood I wanted to create for the video. I wanted to send out a positive message. It feels like we’re all in the same challenging situation right now.
We all have our struggles, our ups and down but there’s always hope. It’s about hanging on to what’s important, taking strength from that and holding onto the belief that better days are coming. It’s a message to everyone to hang on in there.” – Melanie Masson
The track was once again produced by the talented Tristan Longworth, utilising a team of skilled live musicians to bring an authentic feel to the single.
The talented team behind the track perfectly compliment Melanie’s smooth vocals, packed full of power, emotion and feeling just like some of soul’s greatest voices of all time.
The accompanying video for ‘Seasons‘ is a flowing and free set of feel-good visuals. Light and Joyous, the ‘Seasons’ video sees Melanie moving through nature looking nothing short of glorious.
Watch the ‘Seasons’ video below-
The stunning video was directed by acclaimed Film and TV actress and director Simone Lahbib (currently a regular in Eastenders) and is certain to bring a smile to your face.
Glasgow-born Melanie grew up with performer parents; destined for a career in creativity she began singing in local venues from a young age.
The rest, as they say, is history. Melanie went on to train in Music and Drama at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University. Her eclectic career has seen her become a solo recording artist on EMI records, tour with the likes of Pink and Stereophonics and gain top 40 hits with groups WiFi as well as The Bassheads.
Melanie shows no sign of stopping, with her recent releases landing her firmly in the hearts of the British public.
Melanie Masson’s soulful style and emotive delivery bring a moving tone to everything she touches, truly turning tracks into gold.
With a bright personality and cheerful energy that is truly infectious, Melanie Masson is the soulful songstress the world desperately needs in these challenging times.
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.
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.