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.

Words by Ellen Oakley

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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Jade Moss brings the world of retro glamour to the masses with her upcoming single ‘Only U’

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Dropping May 14th, ‘Only U’ is a beautiful collection of retro pop and contemporary R&B nuances all tied together with Jade Moss’ smooth vocal performance. Moss, whose brand is nostalgic charm topped up with a distinct style and sense of self, croons through the tale of a female character fighting against the waves of love at first sight whilst creating a rich, charismatic track.

The track, taken from Moss’ upcoming debut EP, is sleek and sophisticated from the word go. With a real Amy Winehouse-Esq feel, the song is full of addictive harmonies that highlight Moss’ voice perfectly without overshadowing it and an upbeat instrumental with a level of class present throughout. ‘Only U’ never feels aged; it utilises retro styling in a way that keeps it grounded in a modern setting, avoiding over saturating the listener with overplayed cliches. The overall result is a soulful pop bop that fits Jade Moss to a ‘T’.

“The music that I write is about my experiences with love, joy, strength and the importance of self-worth”Jade Moss

‘Only U’ is Jade Moss in her element. The song is a showcase of her style and her ability to connect through her lyrics and voice, allowing Moss to give the nod to her influences (Etta James, Grace Jones and Lauren Hill) whilst simultaneously carving her own distinctive path in a musical landscape that seems to be missing a bit of retro glamour. Make sure to keep an eye (and ear) out for ‘Only U’ dropping May 14th.

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jademossmusic/

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Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/user-789899991 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4hsVMOWHuptQXh34KCOEsi

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdat_o2sz115bl7WRXzt7Pg/videos

Words by Ellen Oakley

Billie Eilish tugs at heart strings (and tear ducts) with latest single ‘Your Power’

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In the week in which the 19-year-old announces her upcoming album title ‘Happier Than Ever’, Billie Eilish has dropped the single ‘Your Power’ (April 29th) which strips back the singer to the raw emotion listener’s were introduced to back in 2017 with her debut EP ‘dont smile at me’.

The track itself is a soft yet forceful call out to those who use their power to take advantage of others. Combining Eilish’s ethereal vocals with a delicate acoustic backing, the song does not shy away from directly confronting the situation with questions of “Will you only feel bad when they find out?“. 

Eilish again proves her talents as she creates an intimate space for listener’s to absorb her story without overwhelming them. The track has a melancholic beauty with a sobering grounding in reality, a style the singer has perfected over the years. Simple yet effective, ‘Your Power’ lives up to everything people expect from Eilish and is an incredible sign of what’s to come.

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

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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.

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Fresh Hit Fridays- This week’s musical highlights

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It’s time for another dose of Fresh Hits that NEED to be on your radar.

It’s been another amazing week of new releases, here’s just a few of them to soundtrack your weekend.

First up it’s Lil T.O with track with track Beautiful. Following in the footsteps of his late classmate XXXTentacion, this rapper is brimming with young talent. His trap infused track is bouncing and infectious, with a heavy hitting beat and witty lyricism Beautiful is a must have on your favourite playlists.

Next is the talented Hannah Elkins with her summery single ‘Breathe Deep’. With soulful harmonies and a voice that is truly ethereal, Breathe Deep is the perfect blend between Pop, Soul and Indie. A huge accomplishment for the young singer who has plenty more music in the works. Keep your eye on this one.

The Structures and their Future Pop power anthem Hopely makes the next addition to our Fresh Hit Feature. Heavenly vocals contrasting with a heavy electro instrumental make for a perfect juxtaposition, and sound out Future-Pop single. A blend between light and dark, smooth and heavy, this tune is a huge accomplishment for The Structures.

Our final addition to the playlist is one-woman-wonder Jessmo, with her stunning Dance It All Out EP. A classically trained song writer and multi-instrumentalist, this young star is brimming with talent. Dance It All Out is a stunning 4 track project from Jessmo, who combines modern rhythm and beats without diluting the powerful lyricism that comes naturally to her. Feel good Pop-dance beats meets emotive and heartfelt lyrics, Jessmo is clearly a star on the rise.

Happy Listening!

Full of wonder- Lohrd Snohw is our artist of the month

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The Pop Playlister team are excited to debut our latest feature, ‘Artist of the Month’, a space for us to share the very best talents we’ve discovered and put them on your radar. 

Our first Artist of the Month, and the best thing we’ve heard in July, is Lohrd Snohw. Now that name may sound familiar to our readers (and no we’re not talking Game Of Thrones), the talented Lohrd Snohw has made it onto more than one of our Fresh Music Friday playlists and has turned the Pop Playlister team into die hard fans. 

I was lucky enough to have a catch up with Lohrd Snohw (aka Cazzie) ahead of her latest release ‘Dogs’. Cazzie is a UK singer-songwriter whose childhood has taken her from the big smoke, all the way to rural midlands and beyond. Music has always formed an important part of Cazzie’s life, from writing her very first songs at just 11 to performing in local band scenes as a teenager, the 21 Year Old singer has a wealth of musical experience.

 Yet it is Cazzie’s recent releases that are the truest expression of her diverse artistry. Cazzie rightfully refuses to place herself and her music in a genre, an artist who draws inspiration and influence from far and wide; it is hard to box Lohrd Snohw in.

She describeS her music as deliberate, intentional and with purpose. Music with meaning, and a style that is truly authentic and raw. The words Art-Pop and Electro can be thrown around when discussing Lohrd Snohw’s artistry, but the best way to understand her genius is to listen to her music yourself. 

‘Dogs’ is Lohrd Snohw’s most recent release, an ethereal piece featuring Cazzie’s dreamy vocals and trippy electro inspired instrumental. Cazzie is full of originality and innovation, an artist not afraid to push the boundaries of sound and genre making her music truly new, fresh and exciting. It is artists like Lohrd Snohw that show most promise in what is undeniably an oversaturated musical market, Cazzie is a true stand out talent in our eyes. 

The rising star has an EP in the works, and plenty more musical genius to share with the world. The future is bright for Lohrd Snohw so watch this space. 

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Rina Sawayama teases BTS documentary – ‘The Making of Sawayama’

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Japanese-British popstar Rina Sawayama has released a short teaser for an upcoming documentary on the making of her debut album, ‘SAWAYAMA’. The video features a collection of footage from her tours, studio sessions and day-to-day life.

Watch the teaser for The Making Of SAWAYAMA below.

Rina Sawayama released ‘SAWAYAMA’ earlier this year in April. In the trailer, the singer can be heard expressing her fears during its creation process.

“It’s scary to alienate some people,” she says of the shift from her 2017 EP ‘Rina’ to this album. “The sound has definitely changed. It’s quite sad and angry, and it kind of reflects my overall feelings towards the world.

“You just never know. People are savage online, you know? You never know how it’s going to get received. I can only make it super authentic to how I’m feeling. I could sell out on the second album, sure, but my first album is pretty precious to me, and I have a lot to say, lyrically.”

Rina Sawayama is one of the most exciting and innovative Pop talents in the UK. Rina’s style and flair is effortless, her 2020 album titles Sawayama was a true electro-pop dream and established her as a trailblazer for the next wave of contemporary Pop.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Quarantine Queens, the female Pop artists saving us from the lockdown blues.

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Suffering from a bad case of the lockdown blues? Understandable, after months of quarantine to say we’re all feeling a little blue would be an understatement. However there is a cure. Here at Pop Playlister we’ve put together a list of some female icons whose tracks will lift your spirits and brighten up your day.

First up is an old but gold track from none other than Mary J.Blige. ‘Mary Jane (All Night Long)’ may have been released well over two decades ago but it remains one of our top ten feel good songs. With an infectious happy feel and carefree vibe it’s the perfect song to turn your grey skies blue.

Next on our luscious lineup is UK R&B prodigy Mahalia with her track ‘Sober’. Let Mahalia’s smooth vocals sitting on a chilled beat take you back to the sunny summer days of the past. If ‘Sober’ leaves you wanting more, check out her recent release ‘Isolation Tapes’, a 3 track project guaranteed to make you smile.

Thirdly we bring you the beautiful voice of Pip Millett with her single ‘Love The Things You Do’. A voice so sweet and addictive you’ll want to play Pip on repeat, the young soulful singer is set to be next up in the world of UK R&B. Pip Millett guarantees her music will always be ‘chilled but emotional’, head to her Spotify to get your fill of relaxation and feeling.

Last but certainly not least we have the Beyonce approved duo Chloe X Halle with track ‘Do It’. Need we say more? The duo bring style, flair and soul into their Pop/R&B infused track with a beat designed to get you moving and grooving. A feel good song of the summer featuring vocals and harmonies smoother than silk. If ‘Do It’ doesn’t cheer you up it’s safe to say nothing will.

Happy Listening!