june 2018: kato, motions
Following the massive success of his collaboration with Sigala ‘Show You Love’, platinum selling Danish producer KATO reveals his brand new single, the summer-ready anthem ‘Motions’.
KATO said: "The break from releasing songs since 'Show You Love' has been a bit too long, but instead of just sending out whatever new song I come up with each month, I wanted to wait until I had something special; As soon as I cracked the theme for this single, I knew it was the one."
JUNE 2018: CAITLIN MACNAMARA, NEVER RAINS
London based singer Caitlin McNamara reveals her hot new track, the future-garage tune ‘Never Rains’.
‘Never Rains’ showcases Cailtin’s soulful vocals alongside production from Operator S - the track
combines old-school garage sounds with a future-facing vibe.
june 2018: chaney, Dixons (chaney refix and dave angel remix)
UK producer and hero of Swindon, CHANEY drops two remixes of his latest single ‘Dixons’. Along with his own acid-flecked refix, UK Techno legend Dave Angel delivers a chunky house version primed for the dance floor.
On the surface, the song might be an ode to one of Britain’s forgotten High Street icons; but under the dancefloor-friendly facade, it’s a lament to the perils of small-town suburban claustrophobia.
JUNE 2018: BAKERMAT, DO YOUR THING
After the release of his first track 'Lion' last week, Dutch DJ and producer Bakermat reveals his second single 'Do Your Thing' June 8th.
Stepping out of the spotlight, Bakermat locked himself away with a collection of his most inspiring and diverse influential records to date and completely reinvented the Bakermat sound. The resulting new music is the funkiest he has produced to date, with an eclectic array of audible cue points. Essentially, at the heart of both of these tracks, is a sense of pure fun.
June 2018: UTC ft. ANGIE, BLAME IT ON MY BODY
Universe and The Citizen (UTC) reveals his debut single ‘Blame it On My Body’ featuring Angie. The song blends 80s inspired synths with Angie’s smooth and soulful vocal, showcasing the pure class of UTC’s electronic production.
Angie said: "'Blame It On My Body is a song about female empowerment and embracing the modern day woman, her attitudes towards sex and switching the roles.”
june 2018: bakermat, lion
Bakermat's first new track 'Lion' has been released via Be Yourself/Sony Music on the 1st of June.
"Lion is a product of experimentation, time and unfiltered fun. I wanted to go back to the roots, and take my time to produce music that's fresh, isn't out there yet and diverse. The track isn't particularly mainstream, but also not underground. It's for people that want to hear something new and interesting, but still want to have a feel good vibe to it."
JUNE 2018: emergency tiara, a good day
Emergency Tiara kicks off the summer season with her brand new song ‘It’s a Good Day’. Showcasing her signature, vintage-inspired sound, the single is an instant feel-good classic.
Fresh off the back of a series of UK tour dates, Emergency Tiara is the New York based artist you need to get to know. Fronted by Juri, the lead singer, queen, curator and ringleader extraordinaire to the Emergency Tiara kingdom. In Juri’s kingdom, everyone can feel like royalty in an instant - through her unique and intriguing pop sounds, ranging from sultry soul to rampaging swing anthems - taking in everything from French noir to J-Pop in between.
June 2018: royale avenue, the rhythm is you
Parisian electronic three piece ROYALE AVENUE release their debut single ‘The Rhythm Is You’ via Danish label Disco:Wax.
ROYALE AVENUE said “For our debut release, we just made the music we love, combining elements that don't necessarily go together. Twisted, classic-sounding soulful vocals and vintage sounds merged with an electro french-touch infused beat; old elements infused with modern production. We always try to mix different worlds together. Ultimately it all comes down to the song for us - and we hope it’s something people will connect with”
may 2018: hyperclap, clouds
Berlin based DJ & Producer act HYPERCLAP have revealed their debut track ‘Clouds’. The track is the inaugural release from brand new Hamburg based imprint NAPA Songs.
HYPERCLAP make electronic music with no musical boundaries. While their production style is firmly rooted in dance music, their soundscapes can be reminiscent of artists as diverse as Flume, Mount Kimbie, Timbaland and Aphex Twin.
may 2018: pbr streetgang, montu
UK electronic DJ/production duo PBR Streetgang will release a Paul Woolford remix of ‘Montu’,
their collaboration with Crazy P co-founder Ron Basejam via Skint.
The duo say: “Montu is a salute to the UK's piano house culture - it's big, bold and fun! Think
'Space terrace back in the day’. Montu is a cheeky nod to those glorious days. We simply wanted
to make a record that could transport us to that place.”
may 2018: pasha, park album
Pasha is truly one of the most exciting hip-hop acts emerging from Norway’s rap-scene.
Titled “PARK.”, Pasha salutes the people who have been cheering him on as well as his many experiences during his many live shows the past years. Being talked about as one of the great live acts from the Scandinavian urban scene, Pasha has been building his following steadily through delivering everything he’s got, every night.
Continuously inviting new talent into his atmosphere, “PARK.” includes features from up and comers such as RebMoe, Soul Gem, Henrik The Artist and Jimi Somewhere, many who have also have been included in the artist’s explosive live act.
may 2018: Asbjørn, We & I
Asbjørn has revealed his new single, the anthemic ‘We & I’.
"We and I is a f**k you but I love you kind of song", Asbjørn says. "Writing it was like taking back the power over my own heart. Like a personal mantra to celebrate that, despite the heartache, someone finally hit me so hard that being myself was no longer enough; it had to be we instead of I.”
‘We & I’ is the second single to come from the Berlin-based Danish singer this year, following February’s ‘Nothing 2 Lose’.
may 2018: la fleur, outbreaker ep
It’s been a year and a half since we last saw La Fleur grace Watergate Records with a proper EP, having been featured on remix duties for Sasha’s ‘Trigonometry’ and her contribution ‘Femton’ to the celebrated 15 Years compilation.
Her brand new ‘Outbreaker’ EP arrives just in time to curb any impatience you might have waiting for her signature blend of house and techno aesthetics fused with modern production techniques that sets her apart from her peers.
may 2018: jayddyn, Save Tonight
Berlin based producer Jayddyn reveals his new single ‘Save Tonight’ - a gorgeous, future-
pop rework of the classic hit single by Swedish artist Eagle-Eye Cherry. Over 20 years
after the original, Jayddyn’s version features vocals from Pearl Andersson.
A somewhat mysterious persona, Jayddyn has always drawn inspiration from his home-
town. The unbridled and untameable creativity in every corner of Berlin providing the
perfect backdrop for his sonic development.
MAY 2018: ART BASTIAN, ANIMAL
Art Bastian reveals his debut solo single, a collaboration with Australian DJ Lara Fraser - ‘Animal.’
Art Bastian is a new artist project centred around the vision of an already established songwriter and producer to champion up and coming artists. Having worked behind the scenes for some of the biggest names in music already, the mysterious artist is stepping only slightly out of the shadows, to release a slew of tracks under his new adopted moniker.
MAY 2018: ASN AND INGA, GLASS
Norwegian power-house producer ÅSN has teamed up with singer Inga for the hot new single ‘Glass’, released via Sailor Music on May 4.
‘Glass’ is all about longing back to a time where things were less complicated. It reflects over how love-struck a couple can be in the beginning, and how this feeling is gradually replaced by annoyance over small trifles in everyday life. It’s sometimes hard to remember how easy things were in the beginning of the relationship or life itself.
May 2018: maybon, lover
Norwegian electronic artist Maybon revealed his emotionally charged new single ‘Lover’ via Sony Norway on May 4th. The song continues to showcase Maybon’s undeniable talents as a producer. The 19 year old wunderkind has created a lush future-pop soundscape, layered with a stunning vocal top line.
Maybon said: “I’m really proud of ‘Lover’. It’s a song I’ve been working on for over a year and it’s evolved completely during that time. It’s my version of a classic love song and I made it with my generation in mind. It represents my style and my evolution as an artist, I hope you love it as much as I do!”
May 2018: WILLIAM., FALL ON ME
London singer songwriter WILLIAM. reveals the third and final track to be unveiled from his debut EP. ‘Fall on Me’ follows ‘Behave’ and the title track ‘Blindside’ and the three songs now form a complete body of work.
WILLIAM. said: “'These were the first songs I wrote and recorded when I started this venture on my own as a solo artist. After blood, sweat and tears and sitting on them for over a year I'm happy to finally let them go”
April 2018: mountain bird, cubism ep
Hotly tipped rising Swedish producer Mountain Bird has released his new EP ‘Cubism’. The EP is his first for Nettwerk Records, following previous releases via tastemaker label HMWL.
The EP features four songs, including the brand new ‘Moment’ - a driven and hyper-kinetic track featuring a characteristic vocal from Lara. ‘Moment’, which initially started out as a remix before becoming a new original song, has been described by Mountain Bird as his “most fun”.
April 2018: pasha, p.y.g
Pasha is truly one of the most exciting hip-hop acts emerging from Norway’s rap-scene. Despite being only 23 years old, Pasha has already created buzz in media such as NME, Highsnobiety, Hilly Dilly, Nothing But Hope And Passion and Rap City with his unique and playful style.
“P.Y.G” is an upbeat, energetic party anthem. Combining his love for organic funk beats with
French house inspired electro edge makes a vivid, catchy urban pop track.
April 2018: Rainbow riots, we need love video
International LGBTQ rights organisation and artist collective Rainbow Riots have revealed new
video for their Pride anthem ‘We Need Love’. The video was filmed in Uganda, and is the final
single to be released from Rainbow Riots’ self-titled debut album which was unveiled last June.
The track features Brayo Music, a Ugandan LGBT artist who after finding himself discriminated against in his home country now reaches a global audience with the worldwide release of ”We Need Love”.
April 2018: SJUR & Isaac Elliot, Rich and Famous
Hailing from a small town on the west coast of Norway, SJUR is back and has teamed up with one of Finland´s biggest pop stars, Isac Elliot, on the super catchy summer tune “Rich & Famous”.
"Working on Rich & Famous has been a long and interesting process. I’m quite thorough, especially
when it comes to details in the production. I spent much time trying out different variations of the hook in the chorus, and I’m more than pleased with the result. It’s the first time I’ve been working with Isac Elliot and he did an excellent job. His voice is brilliant for the song. Can’t’ wait to let people hear what I’ve been working on for the last year!" – SJUR.
April 2018: WILLIAM., BEHAVE
WILLIAM. reveals brand new song, the soaring and melancholic 'Behave’. The track is the follow
up to last year’s debut single ‘Blindside’, which garnered critical acclaim for the relatively unknown
artist, and both will feature on his debut EP due for release in May.
WILLIAM. said: “Behave is about being told what to do. When you stick to your guns and stay true
to yourself you can achieve way beyond what you or anyone else believed possible, you just have
to believe it yourself. The song is about ignoring those who try to tell you who you are.”
April 2018: CHANEY, DIXONS
Coming through with the Hacienda-swagger of Primal Scream and the dry wit of The Streets, hero
of Swindon CHANEY released his new single ‘Dixons’ via Skint.
Despite describing it as the “least aspirational place in the world”, Swindon is at the beating heart
of Chaney’s music. His hometown – a nowhere-land slap-bang somewhere between Bristol and
Reading – has recently become something of an obsession for the 20-year- old with tracks lament to the perils of small-town suburban claustrophobia.
April 2018: stitch, champagne
British pop trip STITCH have revealed their latest track, the dark and brooding alt-pop anthem
‘Champagne’ which appears on the
band’s debut EP ‘Welcome to the Dream’.
The band, unique in that they write, perform and
produce all of their material in-house, blend a unique and organic, raw instrumental sensibility with modern electronic elements. Their musical philosophy is built on creating popular music outside of sub-genre and era, combining sounds and styles from the present and past to be redefined using bleeding edge production methods.
April 2018: LOVESPEAKE, IMAGINATION
Lovespeake entered 2016 with the critically acclaimed debut album “DNA”, topping CMJ’s college radio charts in the US with a top five most added album. The album’s respective singles also hit blogs and radio stations around the globe and scored additions to some of Spotify’s most influential playlists in North America, the UK, Europe, Asia and Scandinavia. The title-track “DNA” was playlisted on Norway's biggest radio station NRK P3 for 16 weeks straight. Lovespeake also became a "Tidal Rising”-artist, and is regarded as one of Norway’s top performers.
March 2018: LCAW, MEET IN THE MIDDLE
LCAW releases his long-awaited debut EP ‘Meet In The Middle’ today, via Columbia Germany / Ultra Music. The EP contains 3 brand new songs, plus the recently released single ‘Hummingbird’ ft. Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
‘Meet In The Middle’ is a celebration of LCAW’s ever developing sound, and the collection showcases not only his production talents, but his songwriting abilities. Each of the 4 tracks is an example of perfect pop meets electronica.
FEBRUARY 2018: HANNE Mjøen, VANILLA
Hanne Mjøen reveals her new single ‘Vanilla’, released on February 16 via Norwegian independent label Sailor Music.
In short time, Oslo’s Hanne Mjøen has established herself as a fast-rising one-to-watch. The hardworking artist and songwriter has released a handful singles, earning her acclaim from local media as well as international press including The FADER (who named her as one of the top Scandinavian artists to watch this year) and Billboard.
FEBRUARY 2018: MADILYN BAILEY, TETRIS
US pop artist Madilyn Bailey, releases her catchy new track ‘Tetris’ today. The single marks the first UK release for the singer, who has built an incredible following online.
‘Tetris’ captures that cold rush of excitement and anticipation of tumbling into love, going in for a first kiss, jumping in head over heels – kind of like, say, when a game of Tetris suddenly kicks into high gear. It's not hard to imagine new couples drunkenly singing it to one another at a Soho karaoke bar, or becoming a favourite first-dance at weddings.
FEBRUARY 2018: ÅSN, BEATING ME
Up and coming Norwegian producer ÅSN is releases the an energy bomb of a pop song, ‘Beating Me’ feat. Celine Helgemo
ÅSN grew up in the tiny town of Spydeberg in east Norway, miles from Sunday open stores and cafés, actually any stores and cafés. The remote surroundings inspired him to pick up the guitar and start making his own music from an early age. But the ÅSN story really begins when the 21 year old songwriter moved to Trondheim. He finds himself in a pop landscape inspired by hitmakers such as Lemaitre and Astrid S.