Single Spotlight: sV – Summer Snow

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It’s not easy to listen to someone being mentally torn apart, to have their innermost personal thoughts laid bare on a song is often a heartbreaking experience. With RnB riser sV, however, his stripped-back single ‘Summer Snow’ may be a lesson in heartbreak but is a refreshingly cathartic and emotionally relatable experience.

With a history soaked deep in fashion design, experience producing music for acts in China and Korea as well as crafting his debut EP (or self-proclaimed ‘mini album’) around his war with depression – sV is ever the intriguing artist as all great names tend to be.

The track itself is the sound of genuine anguish. As sultry loops of electric guitar fill the reverb-laden soundscape, sV accompanies a wave of soft, crashing beats with his own sorrowful deliveries – begging us to “not let him fade away”.

One could write books on the track’s compositional accomplishments – with its crescendo-like structure bringing a natural evolution to such a short track – but track’s crown jewel lies in how well sV translates his own emtoional strife into something almost tangible.

This, of course, relates to the entire ‘AnxiousAlbum’ project from which ‘Summer Snow’ originates – a collection of material spawned from a harrowing grief.

“I created this album at the height of my depression. After years of not being able to create anything.The album is dedicated to my cousin who passed three years ago. Bringing mental health to the forefront; the impact of anxiety, depression, and stress in one.”sV

It’s certainly a message that resonates with the strength of the artist that laid it before us. It doesn’t matter what your musical affiliations might be as, with such emotional poignance on display, ‘Summer Snow’ is required listening for everyone and anyone.

‘Summer Snow’ is out now everywhere!

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

Alt-Pop, Alternative, female singer, Music News, New Music, New Release, pop, R&B, Retro

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.

Check out Jade Moss at these internet places:

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

Website: http://www.jademoss.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jademossmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jademossmusic

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

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!

Mahalia and Rico Nasty bringing us a new collab single this week!

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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.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Ready to soundtrack the weekend, we’re back to satisfy your new music needs

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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.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for your chance to submit to the Fresh Hit Radar feature every week.

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-

Fresh, fiery and fantastic- All the Fresh Hits you need to fill your weekend

Alt-Pop, Electronic, female singer, Hip Hop, New Music, New Release, pop, Pop Music, R&B, Rap, UK Music

Happy Friday readers! We’re back to round off the week with a collection of stunning tracks that are HOT off the press.

With an insane number of great releases to choose from we were truly spoiled this week, and delighted to be sharing another Fresh Hit Radar lineup with you.

Let’s kick off with the wonderful Vicky Trantou and single All About Me. Smooth and sultry All About Me is an accomplished R&B track from the young songstress. Ethereal vocals, bouncing percussion and some gorgeous runs make for a stunning single from Vicky Trantou. All About Me comes off latest release and debut EP from Vicky titled ‘Seventeen’, a collection of four stunning tracks that establish Vicky as a rising star in UK R&B. Stream All About Me below-

Next up is Electro-Pop ballad I Can’t Get Away from Scottish artist Konner. Packed full of bright synth pads and Konner’s deeply rich vocals I Can’t Get Away is an ambient single. Melodic and glossy this track is true Synth-Pop brilliance. With just a hint of sorrow hidden behind those sparkling synths, don’t blame us when this track has you shedding a tear or two.

Third on the line-up are Sad-Pop masters Audrey’s Dance with emotive track ‘Internet Queen’. Heart-wrenching and icy, Internet Queen is a softly sad tune from the duo. Gentle vocals sit effortlessly over warm piano chords to create an atmospheric track. Moody and melancholy, Audrey’s Dance emanate a sad yet sweet tone, depressing yet heavenly they find a perfect musical blend between light and dark.

Next up it’s SoulClap with track Val, featuring Illa Jjo & Verb Turner. Soulful and grooving, Val is a kinetic and smooth Alt-Rap track from the talented trio. Packed full with witty bars, jazz influence and subtle bounce the track carries genuine flow and movement. Produced to perfection, Val is a faultless track. Listen to Val to add some groove to your weekend.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Back and better than ever, it’s the very first Fresh Hit Radar lineup of 2021!

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Happy New Year one and all! We’re so excited to be back in the saddle and bringing you another instalment of our beloved Fresh Hit Radar.

We’ve line-up a few of the best tracks we’ve heard this week, bringing you nothing but tunes. Buckle up and let’s dive into the music!

First up it’s Pop Playlister’s fave Lohrd Snohw back with another single titled Call Me Deadly. This one comes in collaboration with fellow talent Kate Brunotts, and the two of them make for one hell of a duo. Haunting and atmospheric, this Alt-Pop single is packed full of intriguing synths, innovative percussion and icy lyricism. Curious yet wistful Call Me Deadly is a cinematic track from the duo, with glossy vocals and nimble runs we truly couldn’t wish for more. Listen Below.

Next up it’s Mattiechi with the aptly titled single ‘Smooth’. This grooving single is classic old-school R&B goodness, with an easy sitting beat some sultry vocals and understated harmonies. Mattiechi’s sound has an openly nostalgic feel, reminiscent of 90’s/00’s style R&B this track will take you back to your younger days. Laid back and peaceful Smooth is the definition of an easy listening tune, pop this one on your playlist and feel truly tranquil.

Next up is psych-rock single Cafe from band Bad Chemicals. Driving and heavy this track is back full of punchy drums, gritty guitars and impenetrable vocals. Gloomy instrumental with a strangely cheery vibe make for the perfect equilibrium between light and dark. This track will have you up and moving in no time.

Rounding off the list is a stunning single and music video from the talented Araya titled Color Palette. Vibrant and animated this single is full of bright guitars, smooth beats and some gooey vocals. Araya is an artist that transcends genre, bringing a curious yet polished sense of style to the scene. Color Palette is a feel good track, accompanied by a music video that is nothing but good vibes, take a look below.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Time for New Music, we’re back with a dose of our beloved Fresh Hit Radar

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That’s right it’s time for another stunning line-up of new music we’ve had the pleasure of stumbling across this week.

From Pop to R&B, Indie to Folk this week we’ve well and truly got it all

Let’s dive straight in to the Music.

First up it’s Joani with her hauntingly beautiful ST MORITZ. Ethereal vocals, mournful harmonies and twangy guitars make for a stunning yet haunting track from the talented Joani. This Alt-Indie track is a curious wonderland of subtle and smooth sounds, layering of gorgeous textures and some truly beautiful vocals ST MORITZ is as soft as a lullaby. Listen Below.

Next up it’s Brett Altman with his Folk-Pop track Holding on to Now. This bright acoustic number is a true mood booster, a gently grooving track with subdued guitars and a mellow beat to keep an effortless and understated vibe to the tune. Brett Altman’s vocals are packed full of power, certain to lift your spirits and put a smile on your face. Listen to this track for a little weekend motivation.

Third on our list is a blissful ballad from Clara Moschetta titled Happy and Healthy. This track’s glossy piano chords are complimented perfectly by Clara’s gleaming runs and brawny vocals. Happy and Healthy is an emotive and smooth piece contrasted by its powerful and striking delivery from Clara Moschetta. We can think of one word for the single, ‘glorious’.This track is not one to miss.

The final addition to our list is Second Chances from Samina Lovelyn. Second Chances is a sultry R&B single from the young talent, with some bright vocals and snappy beats to compliment. Samina Lovelyn oozes old-school R&B goodness, with that classically soppy lyricism, striking instrumentals and smooth vocals Samina brings a nostalgic vibe to the table.

Happy Listening Folks!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

Fresh Hit Radar, the smooth edit

Acoustic, female singer, Folk, New Music, New Release, pop, Pop Music, R&B, Singer-Songwriter

We’re back with another line-up of great new music releases to soundtrack your weekend.

This time we’ve gone down the ‘easy-listening’ route, a collection of smooth and sultry tracks to calm the soul.

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

First up it’s Delusions of Grandeur from Granny Smith. This track is a wonderland of sound, a single that transcends all genre by throwing Indie, Alt, Electro, Jazz and more into the mix. Rising synths, some pure toned vocals and a flowing beat make for a curious yet calm track from Granny Smith. A single to soothe your mind, and peak your musical curiosity all at the same time. Take a listen below-

Next up is Katana with her smooth R&B tune Bad Timing. Fusing a 00s R&B influence, with some JoJo-esque vocals Katana’s sound is pure old-school brilliance. Some gorgeous runs ,coupled with pianos pads and a punchy beat, make for a stunning and sultry R&B single from Katana. Bad Timing reminds me of some of the absolute R&B-Pop classics from the 00s, Get Out (JoJo), Foolish (Ashanti), you name it Katana oozes all the potential and prowess of some of music’s top R&B divas.

Third on our list is the talented Paige Keiner with Alt-Pop single Inside My Mind. Paige Keiner’s vocals are bright toned perfection, smooth and light sounding guaranteed to make you relax. Inside My Mind is a soft Alt-Pop single, with some heavenly harmonies provided by Paige, and a guitar-infused instrumental to compliment. A stunning introduction to Paige Keiner for the Pop Playlister team, we can’t wait to hear more.

Last but by no means least it’s Fine Wine from Olivia Thom. This acoustic single is as gentle as a lullaby, light and pure Fine Wine is a feel-good Folk-Pop single from the talented Olivia Thom. Perfected harmonies sit over the foundations of bright guitar picking and gentle strums. A witty wordsmith and effortlessly good vocalist, Olivia Thom’s sound is the definition of relaxation (with just a hint of groove.) Listen below.

Happy Listening!

Written By: Jessica Rowe