If you stripped away the best elements of pop, new wave, post-punk, art rock and even a dash of indie, stir them around in pot and serve them as one consolidated dish on a plate, what you would get is the music of Bournemouth band Dumb Lovers. Comprised of Megan Rees and Robin Clark, their sound is sheer audible sexiness with the possibility of soundtracking everything from hedi underground clubs to runway shows. Their fashionable presence command instant attention with each member also being skilled visual artists. Dumb Lovers truly provide a full listening and visual experience.
Rebecka Rydgren aka RBECKA is an accurate representation of the pop greatness that Sweden has to offer. Hailing from Järfälla, the rising star hit the ground fully running with her 2016 debut single ‘Should Have Surrendered’. A darker cutting of the pop spectrum, her follow-up ‘Be The One’ contained all the right added ingredients that could help elevate a song straight to the top of the charts. Her current track ‘Raindrops’ finds the singer sounded better than ever, possessing a confidence and vocal impact that can surely compete with any popular artist presently in the music business.
Bruno Martini has been called the next superstar to emerge out of Brazil fostering international status. However, if you examine the history of the São Paulo-born musician, DJ, producer and actor, then global stardom would seen inevitable.
The son of musician Gino Martini of Double You fame, he exploded on the scene as a teenager signed to Disney Records as a member of the group College 11 with band mate Mayra Arduini. Releasing their self-titled debut LP in 2012 and 2015’s ‘Que Talento!’, The group would go on to tour with the likes of Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, earning Platinum status with sells and chart placement.
London-based singer Bella McKendree makes music that is touching and heartfelt, delivered from the depths of her soul. Also a pianist, her graceful flair for bringing forth songs that blossom with beauty spearheaded by her angelic voice, has critics throughout the press captured in the palm of her hands.
Joining forces with Grammy Award-winning production extraordinaire Brett Shaw, Bella McKendree is set to release her debut EP ‘Waiting’. Comprised of four songs in total, the emotive record finds the musical heroine baring her truths to the world.
Lots Holloway isn’t your everyday, run of the mill singer. She is an artist who has chosen to use her gift to spark conversation and movement around issues that are important of today, as well as delivering a window into the self. The Cornwall-born, London-based wonder is a powerhouse entity, not only blessed with a graceful voice, but is an insanely skilled multi-instrumentalist and producer.
Releasing her debut single ‘World’s On Fire’ earlier this year, the emotive pop record was a vivid slice of social commentary touching on the present global state that we’re all witnessing and living. Her follow-up song ‘Is Anything Real Anymore’ was another incredible and masterful offering of pop constructed with stunning orchestration and again insightful lyrics. Lots Holloway’s current track ‘Stay A Little Longer’ finds the artist spawning a darker sound swirling together indie and trip-hop-inspired electronica, bridging a 90s sound the now.
Aside from having recorded amazing music with the Welsh band Yr Ods, Griff Lynch has continued to create cultural bridges, performing songs in his native language, reeling listeners into the utterly magnificent offerings from the beautiful Wales land. Musically gliding between everything ranging from indie to electronica, it would do injustice to try to pin Griff Lynch down to any one specific box. However, his flawless tying between sometimes not so happy themes with contrasting, vibrant rhythms is a part of the listening wonder.
NYC band Ice Balloons are consistently dubbed as a super group. To an extent that may be true but the group are first and foremost friends who have come together to create art with absolute freedom and room to explore. Consisting of Sean Kennerly of Samiam, TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone, Sean Powell of Fuckemos, Midnight Masses’ Giselle Reiber, B.A. Miale, Rob Bryn of Wild Yaks and Dan Scinta, their music is a collage of riotous punk, New York no wave, garage rock and noise all rolled up into one event of a listen. To call it energetic would be an understatement and in terms of their stage show, well let’s just say that it is probably one of the liveliest performances one could see…ever! Wilder than wild, the ‘common fly’ charges about on stage singing vocals and at some point in the show there may even be sparks popping and flying about on his body.
Moody and dreamy; to fully appreciate the music of Wy is to be open to the true act of feeling. Their sound, a deeply lush and moving touch of indie and pop, is presented with honesty and sheer passion.
Comprised of singer Ebba Ågren and Michel Gustafsson, the Malmö-based couple made their debut with the beautiful single ‘In Bloom’. The song would set the tone for their ‘Never Was’ EP, released in November of 2016 via Hybris Records. Highly praised among music critics, the 5-song record was an enchanting soundscape of dream pop shining with deep and personal lyrics.
Somewhere in between bursting indie pop and raw, pumping garage punk is where Canada’s Mise en Scene sit, finely sewing all sounds flawlessly together. Hailing from Winnipeg, the group was established by members Stefanie Blondal Johnson and Jodi Dunlop who originally came together through their love of visual arts and of course music itself. The result was gorgeous sound, accessible to the masses yet true to their roots.
Singer and musician Rodes Rollins is quickly becoming the it girl. Loved by some of the most influential publications around the world, she is being heralded as a modern day wordsmith whose natural talent for storytelling is at the forefront of her music. Sonically she weaves between hazy alternative and sun-drenched pop, all wrapped with a bluesy sway. Her vocals float with a seductive bliss. To a degree spellbinding, there is a distinct magic that emits from every stretch of her artistry, and she delivers it with sheer grace.