Future Trap, Pop | UNIKID Shares Playful Debut EP “In Times Past” Via Frequency Music

Posted by on November 5, 2021

Based in Amsterdam, UNIKID has taken the world by storm over the past couple of years with his vibrant productions and unique sonic aesthetic. Trying to convey his energetic and happy charisma through his music, UNIKID landed a massive streaming hit with his 2020 single “Choose Me“ via Frequency Music, and has now returned to the Dutch label to share his debut EP ‘In Times Past.’ 

Spanning over 7 tracks, ‘In Times Past’ includes some of UNIKID’s most recently-released singles, such as the radio-ready “Out of Love” and the uplifting “Kids for Life,” as well as a handful of soothing instrumental pieces that perfectly accompany its focus tracks. 

“The EP is intended as a kind of digital diary for myself, to close an important period for myself,” explained UNIKID in a press statement. “All the songs of the EP contain stories from the past period and that way I was able to close those stories and save them to maybe look back on later. It is also not only a digital diary for myself, but also for others. In this way I want to close this period, to make room for a new period. The EP is a way for me to process my memories and events.”

Indie, Pop | COTTA Returns With Stunning Alt-Pop Anthem “Ghostin’”

Posted by on October 27, 2021

Three impactful singles deep into her music career, Cassidy Mackie aka COTTA is already showing signs of a mature artist who is preparing herself for a lengthy career within the industry. Based in Australia, the talented singer and songwriter has been described as “the lovechild of the late 1980s and Maggie Rogers,” having developed a tender sound that is as intricate as it is radio-ready. Detailing love, loss and the up and downs of life as she experiences it, COTTA is set to move lots of people with her personal and vulnerable lyricism, and her very first releases make up for great examples of her talent. 

Her uplifting debut single “Better” was released back in February of this year and was swiftly added to Triple J Unearthed’s radio rotation. Then came “Didn’t Call,” which was born from the trials of a long-distance relationship and produced by Oldland in Melbourne. It’s a nostalgic yet infectious cut filled with subtle percussion, smooth electric piano chords and light synth lines. Upon release it was debuted on Triple J’s show Home and Hosed, receiving great acclaim from host Declan Byrne, who commended COTTA’s ‘soulful and smart’ effort on the song.

Now, COTTA has just shared her third release, taking a jab at an ex-lover who deliberately led her on before she finally found out about their true feelings and decided to move on. It is a truly impactful story from the perspective of someone who is one the receiving end of being ghosted, driven by vocal lines that are perfectly complimented by the grandiose instrumental. Strong piano chords and hard-hitting drum work juxtapose subtle synths and effects, while COTTA’s passionate singing helps transcend the story and make it come to life. 

“The idea of ‘ghosting’ someone is ‘the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication,” explains COTTA. “’Ghostin’’ pays tribute to a particular time in my life, where I was strung along by someone with no intention of a follow-through, but who knew exactly what they were doing at the time, before they bailed. This song taps into the gut-wrenching, unexplainable frustration when you’re on the receiving end of being ghosted – even if it’s drawn out and maybe not immediate – and serves as an f-you anthem to the ones that never deserved your time anyway.”

Alternative, Pop | LaVo Molds a unique blend of alternative pop for “Enemy”

Posted by on October 26, 2021

LA based singer-songwriter and producer LaVo crafts a unique blend of alternative pop, incorporating various dance elements in stylish and suave production, especially on his latest offering “Enemy.” The upbeat vibe of this one has hints of Tame Impala influencec whille still staying on its own lane, and it’s a beautiful thing. The up-and-coming act is someone to keep an eye on without a doubt. Check out a quote from LaVo below and stream “Enemy” above now!

“At first I felt like I was writing this song from a point of attack. Through the process of finishing it, it became more about the duality we feel within ourselves and our relationship with others we hold close. I think it’s always easy to pick an “enemy” these days, But it’s never easy to see yourself as one. I think we have all wondered if that person you’re thinking about is simultaneously thinking about you. It’s always been one of those things I’ve wondered, maybe laughed at the possibility even but I do think there’s something beautiful about it.”


Alternative, Pop | JY MNTL, Nadia Rose and La Swave Team up for “LIGHT”

Posted by on October 20, 2021

JY MNTL team up with Mobo Award Winner Nadia Rose & King of essex La Swave for their second single of 2021. After gaining over 1Million streams on their debut project last year the boys took some time to get back in the lab and come back even harder. Directed by Rebbeka B Creative, Light is the second of 2 singles on JY MNTL’s sophomore project titled No Borders. With Lidl (single 1) being played on Capital Xtra and achieving radio b lists, Light is a perfect follow up with its current drill inspired sound. Check it out above now.

Alternative, Pop | Cchaz Cardigan Releases New Single/Video “We Look So Good”

Posted by on October 2, 2021

Nashville singer-songwriter Chaz Cardigan is back with new music! “We Look So Good” comes with a video and was put together during the Covid-19 lockdown. Chaz channeled the confusion and initial anger he had towards the way the U.S. treats its working class, immigrants and its sick into “We Look So Good”. With its powerful lyrics and anthemic chorus, the track compares patriotism to staying with a toxic partner because “you look so good on paper” when you’re really unhappy. The indie pop anthem is a breathe of fresh air from a topical stand point while also sounding great. Check it out above now!

Pop | German synth-pop producer Luis Ake unveils second album, ‘LIEBE’

Posted by on September 28, 2021

German musician and producer Luis Ake is known for his genre-bending, convention-defying and out-of-the-box musical creations. His 2nd album ‘Liebe’ is a 10-track-hybrid project that effortlessly blends boundaries between genres, crossing them and connecting the unexpected unlike anyone else, transcending genre altogether. Out now via Mansions & Millions, this is a real piece of golden German pop that deserves your attention.

Alternative, Pop | Newcomer Toronto artist, LOR explores addiction & heartbreak in her moving second single, “SIP”

Posted by on September 18, 2021

Upcoming Toronto based vocalist and songwriter LOR returns on the scene with her new single and second release to date entitled “Sip.” Honest and introspective, the new track sees the rising artist recall a difficult time in her past when a relationship with a partner who suffered from alcoholism began to have a negative impact on their relationship, and her as a partner and a human being.  This one hits deep, so stream it out above now and read a quote from LOR on the single below now.

“Sip is an emotional diary entry from a time where my head and heart felt ravaged. It’s about the sort of ‘crazy’ another person can swindle you into feeling – the madness starts to seep into your being. It becomes a sick, fun game you can’t stop playing.” – LOR