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February 24, 2021 Rising alt-pop singer Khazali share introspective song, ‘NYC to CDG’

Rising alt-pop singer Khazali share introspective song, ‘NYC to CDG’

Rising London based singer-songwriter Khazali is poised to announce a brand new release with the arrival of ‘NYC to CDG’, an introspective minimal pop gem lifted from his debut EP ‘Going Home Vol. 1’ due 17th March through Kitsuné Musique.

Drawing on a myriad of influences from RnB, Soul, electronica and pop, ‘NYC to CDG’ is the first single taken from the EP and will be accompanied by a cool lyric video featuring Khazali himself. He says: “NYC to CDG is a story about a character trying to escape his small town for famous landmarks. That character isn’t me – I grew up in the big city. And I actually escaped to a small town when I was 19 – when the journey to this mini EP began. I really needed someone to tell me that what I had around me and inside me was enough, and I could never escape this anxiety. So I just said it to myself. It’s nice to have a love letter for me, by me.”

He goes on to add: “Five years in the making from start to finish, Going Home (Vol.1) EP is the first of two mini EPs that I finally feel are ready to be heard. The EP tracks my use of songwriting as a way to better understand my anxieties about life, using dream journals as a device for lyrics.”

With a soft touch that floats above indie-tronica infused electronic beats, recent Kitsuné Musique signee Khazali creates a brand of alternative pop that exists in a space that subtly references teenage influences; SBTRKT, Sampha, Little Dragon and HONNE. Raised in West London, Khazali recalls his earliest memory ‘in a hotel lobby watching Christmas movies’ whilst his Moroccan-born single mother worked as a cleaner. 

But it wasn’t his childhood dream to become a singer-songwriter. Although always keen on the arts in some form, Khazali’s journey to his debut EP, ‘Going Home’, was almost accidentally born out of using songwriting and poetry as a therapy for generalised anxiety disorder, diagnosed in his second year of graphic design studies at a small seaside-town university.

After a suggestion from sixth-form school peer and Slow Dance Records founder Marco Pini (of indie band Sorry), Khazali – who has not been classically trained in singing – began exploring his vocal range, and has found comfort in that expression.  With ‘a naturally sunny disposition’ (Notion), his voice makes you ‘feel careless’ (C-Heads), with a unique style that spans melancholy, euphoria and dreaminess.

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December 1, 2020 Alt-pop trio Polary release upbeat song ‘Nothing In Common’

Alt-pop trio Polary release upbeat song ‘Nothing In Common’

Since bursting onto the scene with blistering singles “Nothing” and “Losing Sleep,” electrifying alt-pop three-piece Polary continue to impress with their latest release “Nothing In Common. Based in Cheltenham, this vivacious young band are masters of the alt-pop genre, seamlessly blending the sound of heavy guitars and nostalgic synths against rousing pop vocals and effortlessly wrapping it all together in stellar production value. This new release is the perfect showcase for their sound that can be heard in full effect in lockdown-inspired hit Nothing In Common.

Speaking about the single frontman Harry explains “I was consciously writing something really different lyrically this time. It’s been a mixture of finding the right sound to embody this, and also putting to bed anything I wanted to say in the previous singles. “Nothing In Common” is about young romance and the reckless attitude that goes with it. You think everything at that point in your life is so big, and recalling that feeling felt right for this single.”

Having already landed a coveted slot on the Neu Stage at 2000 Trees Festival, racked up performances alongside The Faim, Circa Waves, The Beaches and YONAKA , whilst also getting nods from Rock Sound and Upset magazine, this young trio have proven themselves quick off the mark when it comes to industry recognition and if Nothing In Common” is anything to go by, this is sure to continue! 

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August 21, 2020 Electro-pop artist susan announces mixtape ‘Suepreme’

Electro-pop artist susan announces mixtape ‘Suepreme’

susan is an experimental electro pop artist , led by the unique musings of singer/ songwriter/producer Susan Reby. susan explores the overpowering feelings of growing up different, documenting their utopian getaway. The melancholic lyrical woes are transformed into an archive of hope and surreal daydreaming. Sinister electronica loops and guitar riffs encapsulating poetic singing, kaleidoscopic dissonant noises and abstract vocal melodies.

Taking influence from artists like: Pulp, FKA Twigs and Lorde, susan hopes to create a sound that is undeniably dark pop, with a hard hitting message. After their debut tour in 2018, playing latitude festival and their “tour vlog” reaching 300,000 views. susan continued to release music into 2019.

In 2019, susan was on the road again, touring around the UK. Previewing their new material whilst also performing some sounds from their first EP acne. Following this, in March, susan played their sold out headline show at ‘504 Arch – Brixton’. Selling out of merchandise and debuting new content. Last summer, susan appeared at Brighton and Nottingham Pride, and also debuted an atmospheric set at 2000Trees festival. Susan’s next project, a self produced mixtape titled Spit on it, was released in October 2019. Susan continued the message of expression and self identification and writes about the struggles of finding oneself whilst feeling content in a world that is truly uncomfortable. Combining their natural electronic background with indie singer/ songwriter/producer, ‘James Casperrsusan aimed for a more emotional commercial sound. The single to the mixtape titled ‘Immune’, mastered by Rob Baldock (Little Mix, One Direction), was released with a visual. This project being focused around the meaning of the track: Looking into the feelings of bitterness after a first encounter with somebody. works with dark lighting and visual effects that aims to encapsulate the audience and push the meaning behind the lyrics. susan was also cast as a main character in Johnny Marr’s video for ‘Armatopia’, which was premiered on Noisey. and recently walked the runway for the second time at ‘London Men’s Fashion Week’, where they walked for ‘Art School’, which was covered by Vogue, Wonderland, Dazed and The Face. To finish the year with a high, susan debuted two shows in London and Nottingham throughout December to thank people who have followed them throughout 2019.

Heading into 2020, susan will be releasing a further mixtape titled “Suepreme” which will be released monthly throughout the year. Each will be supported by a visual created by an array of different visual artists and videographers. The aim for this project is to move much more commercially and continue releasing content to their audience.

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August 11, 2020 Leanne Tennant’s song ‘Overthinker’ is a thoughtful ode

Leanne Tennant’s song ‘Overthinker’ is a thoughtful ode

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UK born singer and songwriter Leanne Tennant new relatable single off of her Happiness Is album titled ‘Overthinker’ is comforting to the lost and fragile in these times of chaos around the world. The songstress has mentioned the tensions and anxieties that she was facing as an artist in her previous single ‘Everspin’. 

Leanne shares personal details behind the development of the song, “As a sufferer of anxiety, I have a tendency to overthink things.  I started writing this song when I was feeling a little fragile however what came out was quite powerful.  Even though the lyrics are about my overactive mind, I wanted this song to be a song of strength.  A reminder that I am strong.”

Leanne is an open book to anyone that will hear her sincere and thoughtful lyrics about the small victories and challenges that she faces every day as a creative and human being. but ‘Overthinker’ digs deeper into the vulnerable space of mental health. 

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