A chat with Jazmine Flowers

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Keeping track of the hordes of ‘rising stars’ is as much of a task as any – the accessibility of new music is definitely a double-edged sword at times – but one name to bloom out of obscurity that demands attention is Jazmine Flowers. Having beaten lockdown as well as the ‘debut jitters’ on first EP ‘adulting’ we had a chat with one of Alt-R&B’s most promising names.

AM: First of all, huge congratulations on the new EP! How does it feel to have it out?

JF: Thank you! Ahh, it feels really good, I put so much energy into ‘adulting’ I’m just really happy that people can finally listen to and experience it. 

AM: Up until now you’ve been releasing singles, how does it feel to have released your first ‘body of work’? Did it allow you to craft something with a wider message?

JF: It’s definitely a different feeling, this feels like a bit more of a statement, like you said with a way broader message. Of course, the EP is about growing up but I touched on so many subjects within each of these songs so it’s really just a cool opportunity to voice all these experiences and feelings I’ve had.

AM: Could you walk us through your general songwriting process?

JF: It does depend on who I’m working with and how I’m feeling that day. But I will usually pull up notes on my phone, where I have pages and pages of words, phrases and concepts that I like and see what fits the vibe of whatever the producer is working on. Then I’ll put some sort of meaning to those words and build from there!

AM: What were the most challenging aspects of recording/writing ‘adulting’?

JF: Well, a couple of weeks before I was due to finish recording the final vocals and mix the whole EP I got the coronavirus hahah which wasn’t ideal. Thankfully, I was out of self-isolation and completely better the day before I got back in the studio but I still sounded quite ill, if you listen to the middle 8 of ‘not like my friends’ you’ll see what I mean! But the whole writing process was chill, it’s made up of songs from before, during and after lockdown.

AM: The entirety of the ‘adulting’ EP is something you can really lose yourself in, was it ever intentional to write something that could be felt like an ‘escape’ from the world?

JF: Wow, thank you, that’s a huge compliment! Umm, I think because I tend to listen to music as an escape, I maybe make music like that naturally? It feels great to know that, with my music, I can do for other people what music does for me.

AM: You’re very first single ‘Awkward’ was released during a period of lockdown, was the writing and recording process of ‘adulting’ plagued by the lockdown as well? What challenges did it present?

JF: Half was and half wasn’t haha! I first wrote ‘awkward’ out in the beautiful city of Bergen, Norway back in autumn of 2019. Then in 2020 when we decided that ‘awkward’ was going to be my debut single, it was lockdown and I, of course, couldn’t fly back to re-record anything. So I finished writing and recording the vocals in London; it was a pain discussing every tiny detail by email rather than just in person but we made it work.

AM: What do you think you’ve learnt as both a person and an artist from writing ‘adulting’?

JF: Ahh so so soo much! The biggest thing I’ve learnt is that I’ll always be learning. When I write songs, like ‘ANGEL FORM’, I don’t really know what they’re about until i look back way later and realise ohhh yeah in that month I was feeling really happy or I went through this or that then. So it was interesting to go through some old songs and work out what they were about and why those lyrics came out of me when they did!

AM: Since the release of ‘Awkward’ in February, your status as a musician has grown significantly in a relatively short time? Has it taken some adapting to?

JF: To be honest, it doesn’t feel like much has changed haha so not much to adapt to! Numbers on my socials have grown and I have a lot more people supporting me now which is incredible! But it still very much feels like the start and that I have a lot more to do in terms of proving myself as an artist…or not proving myself but more so building a connection with the people who listen to my music and progressing as a writer, producer and musician!

AM: As a young artist, what are your main career aspirations?

JF: As an artist, all you can really wish for is to have as many people as possible hear or see your work. That’s all I really want.. and to one day do a ‘Hot Ones’ interview… then I’ve made it hahahah!

AM: I’ve recently graduated from uni and am of a similar age so I can understand the stress that comes with ‘needing to get your life started’, do you have any advice for musicians of your age that might not know how to handle the stress of adulting (excuse the pun).

JF: Congratulations on graduating from uni! I could never haha! Well, I’ll first be honest and say, I also don’t know how to handle the stress of adulting! What seems to be working for me is staying genuine as an artist and just as a person. If you’re falling out of love with what you’re doing then take a break. Stay in check with yourself, do a quick little self MOT, are you drinking enough water, eating vegetables, doing some form of exercise, even just a walk? And don’t forget to masturbate.

AM: Is the next step for your musical career already planned? Tours? A debut album perhaps?

JF: In truth, I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing with my life. I have nothing planned hahaha, I do have a show lined up on 25th October which is SOO exciting, I haven’t performed live in three years! and I also have a fuck load of songs. I just need to choose how to release them!

Thank you so much for chatting to us Jazmine!

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Sophie Kilburn Releases Incredible Debut Indie-Pop EP ‘My Room Made Public’

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Sophie Kilburn drops her EP ‘My Room Made Public’, an edgy and impressive indie-pop debut that has received widespread acclaim and is available everywhere now.

London based but born in Derbyshire, Sophie’s music is introspective and gritty. Each track brings into focus a new subject, be it romantic relationships (‘Movements’), mental health issues (‘I’m In Love With My Therapist’), pressures of ambition (‘Ruthless’) or identity crisis (‘Under the Heat’). The production is guitar-based with pounding drum machines giving a nostalgic feel, powered through with catchy hooks and strong vocals. It is in the successful alt-pop bracket as HAIM or Soccer Mommy and wouldn’t seem out of place supporting either.

“With My Room Made Public, I wanted to create a body of work that is an emotionally open and honest introduction to me as an artist and the songs I write. At the end of the day, I just want to bring emotional comfort and make people want to fight for what they want out of life, find themselves in their own way and to never settle for something that hurts them. I guess I am trying to do that for myself too, but there is always strength in numbers.” 

Garnering much support from publications including Complex, BBC Introducing and XS Noize, while Clash called her “something special”. Without a doubt, Sophie Kilburn is a very exciting musical prospect and ‘My Room Made Public’ an example of her prodigious talent.

For her full EP, listen HERE.

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Marina announces titular single for upcoming album and Livestream event

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Marina (previously Marina and the Diamonds) debuted the title track from her upcoming album, set to be released on June 11th, ‘Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land’.

This will be the artist’s fifth album, joining the likes of ‘Electra Heart’ (2012) and ‘Love + Fear’ (2019), and to celebrate, Marina is offering a live global one time concert stream. ‘ANCIENT DREAMS Live from the Desert’ will take place on June 13th showcasing the new album in full as well as featuring some all-time fan favourites, and as the name implies, it’s going to be taking place in a desert.

Fans can purchase tickets for the event itself and an afterparty invite, merchandise, and the potential for a virtual meet & greet from Moment House whilst listening to the freshly released single (which can be found above) to prepare them for what’s to come.

Alongside all this exciting news, the tracklist for the forthcoming album has also been released. It promises other great tracks alongside the titular single, ‘Purge The Poison’ and ‘Man’s World‘, which were previously dropped on April 14th.

Tracklist for ‘Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land’:

  1. Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land
  2. Venus Fly Trap
  3. Man’s World
  4. Purge The Poison
  5. Highly Emotional People
  6. New America
  7. Pandora’s Box
  8. I Love You But I Love Me More
  9. Flowers
  10. Goodbye

Make sure to grab your tickets whilst you can and don’t forget to stream ‘Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land’.

Words by Ellen Oakley

Taylor Swift- Fearless (Taylor’s Version) Drops

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As reported in NME ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ is an impressive collection of pithy country pop songs – but, of course, we already knew that. Initially released in 2008, Taylor Swift’s breakout second record ‘Fearless’ was the one that catapulted her to the stratospheric levels of success she retains today.

Receiving largely positive reviews and massive commercial acclaim, it has sold over 12 million copies internationally and it won a 20-year-old Swift her first Grammy for Album of the Year in 2010.

Now, though, Swift has done something totally unprecedented: she’s re-recorded the entire thing.

It’s the first release in Swift’s ongoing battle to regain control of her master recordings that will eventually see her re-record each of her first six albums (that’s everything from her 2006 self-titled debut up to 2017’s ‘Reputation’). This bold step is a first for the music industry and comes following several sales of Swift’s back catalogue.

Taylor’s version of her beloved album ‘Fearless’ is proving to be a huge hit with fans across the globe. Nostalgic in nature, the re-recorded singles are taking us back to our teenage years of angst and heartbreak.

A dose of new Music for your Friday, Pop Playlister’s Fresh Hit Radar

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We’re back once again to bring you a striking line-up of new Music with our Fresh Hit Radar.

Today we’ve got some power-packed tracks to help you get in to the feel-good Friday spirit.

First up it’s Mildflower with gorgeous Synth-Pop track ‘Just a Boy’. This single is bedroom Pop at its very best, subtly groovy and electro infused ‘Just a Boy’ is a total ear worm of a track. Packed full with innovative instrumental elements Mildflower creates a truly curious and other-worldly soundscape. Listen below-

Next up is a power packed single from Motion Sickness ‘Ether’. Ethereal vocals sit over punchy pianos chords and a steady beat. ‘Ether’ feels full of mystery and just a hint of darkness, softly sweet vocals are contrasted by the track’s lurking and leering synths to create a threatening yet freeing soundscape. ‘Ether’ wouldn’t be misplaced in a James Bond film, intense and anthemic Motion Sickness establishes himself as a producer powerhouse.

If you’re feeling a little more angsty we’ve got a track for you. ‘Better off Meditating’ is a grungy single from Tamar Berk. Full of attitude and resentment ‘Better off Meditating’ has us feeling like we could take on the world and everyone in it. If you reminisce over the golden days of Pop-Punk you’ll love this one!

Ending on a sultry and soulful note we have Pavit Sanghera’s R&B single ‘Fake Love’. Pavit’s pure toned vocals will have you well and truly in your feels, not to mention those gorgeous runs! ‘Fake Love’ is just great R&B, reminding us of the soulful divas from the 90s, Pavit Sanghera has that nostalgic R&B style.

Happy Listening!

Olly Alexander to release first solo Years & Years song

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As reported by Music News Olly Alexander has announced his first solo Years & Years song, ‘Starstruck’.

The pop trio – which originally formed as a five-piece in 2010 – revealed last week that the 30-year-old singer will continue to front Years & Years, but as a solo project, without Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Turkmen.

And now the ‘Desire’ hitmaker has confirmed his first solo Years & Years single will be released on April 8.

Olly captioned the artwork for the song on Twitter: “S T A R S T R U C K april 8th i’m really really excited. (sic)”

The group – whose debut album ‘Communion’ was released in 2015 – said of their future in their statement last week: “Dear Y&Y fans… There’s been some changes that we want to fill you in on.

“This upcoming new album has been an Olly endeavour and we’ve decided that Years & Years will continue as an Olly solo project.

“The three of us are still good friends. Mikey will be part of the Y&Y family and play with us live and Emre will focus on being a writer/producer.

“These past 12 months have been crazy for us all and we want to thank you for the love and support you’ve given us over the years (& years).

“New Y&Y music will be coming this spring.”

Best of luck to Olly as he turns Years & Years into a solo project!

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Ariana Grande, Saweetie & more to feature on Demi Lovato’s upcoming album

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As reported in NME Demi Lovato has revealed that artists like Ariana Grande, Saweetie and more will appear on her forthcoming album ‘Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over’.

Over the weekend, Lovato revealed a string of featured artist on Twitter by posting snippets of various pieces of music. In addition to Grande and Saweetie, the album will also feature appearances from Noah Cyrus and Sam Fischer.

In an interview with PAPER, Lovato also revealed the title of a few of these collaborations. Her song with Grande is titled ‘Met Him Last Night’ and her song with Saweetie is titled ‘My GFs are My BFs’.

The collab with Sam Fischer is one fans have already heard, ‘What Other People Say’. The track, penned by Fischer, was released early last month.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Can’t wait for the weekend to begin? We’ve got you covered with our Fresh Hit Radar Feature!

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It’s the best part of the week and time to share with the world our Fresh Hit Radar line-up!

The Fresh Hit Radar is that end of the week pick me up we all need, a collection of striking singles to get you into the weekend spirit.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for your chance to submit every week.

Let’s start with a dose of fearless feminine flair with track ‘Move Me’ from EMME & Rabbi Recc. ‘Move Me’ is a rhythmic Alt-R&B track from Memphis born EMME ,whose sound is infused by that warming Southern style and a generous mix of genres. The track comes packed full of mesmerising beats, softly grooving melodies and EMME’s sugary sweet vocal runs. ‘Move Me’ has an infectious groove, full of vibrancy and warmth EMME‘s style is pure good vibes.

Following up with a generous taste of Indie-Pop perfection courtesy of Tom Shawcroft. ‘I Don’t Care, Never Mind’ is a glossy yet gloomy single from Shawcroft. Glittering guitars are contrasted perfectly by Tom’s beautifully sad lyricism and a punching beat. Softly gritty vocals and some gorgeous falsetto make this single a lullaby worthy number. A total earworm of a track ‘I Don’t Care, Never Mind’ is a soothing soundscape of subtle sadness. Don’t blame us when your eyes start leaking…

Slowing it down just a tad we bring you Harriet Rose’s acoustic single ‘Love Me Like That’. Finding a perfect blend of Country and Folk ‘Love Me Like That’ is a catchy track full of melodic hooks, lusciously layered guitars and wonderfully emotive word-smithery. Multi-instrumentalist Harriet may be UK born and raised but the young talent oozes that enviable Nashville-style. Pouring true passion into her singles ‘Love Me Like That‘ is full of feeling. We’re strangely drawn to Harriet Rose, her warm energy and bright toned vocals have an addictive nature that leaves us wanting more. We’ll be keeping a firm eye on this one.

Rounding up our list with some raw Pop goodness from Cassandra. ‘Like You’ is an energetic single from Pop Princess Cassandra, infused with feminine flair and power-packed lyricism. ‘Like You’ is the definition of feel-good, a gloriously catchy chorus and some grooving melodies make this a striking Pop single. Cassandra’s vibrant personality is truly enchanting, an infectious cheer that pours from her sound in abundance. We can’t get enough!

Happy Listening!

Written 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

Justin Bieber to release new music this week

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As reported in NME on his 27th birthday, Justin Bieber has announced plans to release a new single, ‘Hold On’.

The singer-songwriter revealed on March 1 that he will drop the track this Friday (March 5).

In his social media post announcing ‘Hold On’, Bieber uploaded the single’s artwork, which depicts him on a motorbike. Alongside the caption “Hold On. Friday”, Bieber shared a pre-save link to his forthcoming album, implying that the single will feature on the record. See the post below.

Last month, Justin Bieber announced details relating to his sixth studio album, ‘Justice’, which drops on March 19. The record is set to feature the previously released singles ‘Holy (ft. Chance The Rapper)’, ‘Lonely (ft. Benny Blanco)’ and ‘Anyone’.

On announcing ‘Justice’, Bieber said that he hopes the album will “provide comfort” to his listeners.

Exciting times ahead for Bieber fans, with a HUGE catalogue to live up to, will Justin’s sixth album meet the standard?

Reported By: Jessica Rowe