South African singer-songwriter Kaien Cruz releases her brand new single, the alluring ‘Dangerous’, via Platoon.
Seamlessly fusing pop and nu-soul elements with an infectious electronic beat, ‘Dangerous’ radiates flickers of summer melodies, lyrically echoing the sentiment of ‘Maneater’ (both Hall & Oates, and Nelly Furtado versions).
“I wrote ‘Dangerous’ during a very frustrating time in my life. I’d just realised that a lot of people in this industry that I thought had my back, actually didn’t. So this song is about those people and and other things in my life that I thought were good for me, but were only holding me back. The chords I started with gave me a Michael Jackson kind of vibe which my dad absolutely loved! I built on this to give it more of a pop feeling.”
‘Dangerous’ is the first new music to come from the Durban-born artist, following the release of her 8-track debut EP ‘Mansion Mind’ last year.
Kaien Cruz has played guitar since she was 8 years old. By the time she had reached 16, having written and performed songs to her family, her sister suggested that she uploaded her music to Soundcloud. It was around this time that she began to put a voice to her creations.
The singer-songwriter’s big break came when she was discovered on Instagram by Durban-based producer Aewon Wolf of the Wolfpack. “Aewon gave me my introduction to the music industry and I have met a few people through him who have taught me a lot of things, good and bad. I’m a lot wiser since meeting Aewon and I definitely believe everything happens for a reason” she says.
At the tender age of 19, Kaien has already opened for Justin Bieber on the South African lef of the global megastar’s Purpose Tour; collaborated with Kyle Deutsch (of ‘Back to the Beach’ fame) and South Africa’s top rapping sensation Nasty C, and had her collaboration with producer Sketchy Bongy, ‘Love Me In The Dark’, nominated for the South African Music Award.
Kaien Cruz is currently working on a brand new EP out in LA.
Amy Macdonald has today shared the official video for her current single Woman Of The World. A beautifully shot video featuring strong, empowered women from across the globe, the track is the lead single to be released from Amy’s upcoming album ‘Woman Of The World: The Best Of 2007 – 2018’.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Amy recently performed as part of BBC’s Music Day on September 28. Her performance at Glasgow Central Station saw her sing new single ‘Woman Of The World’, as well as her classic track ‘This Is The Life’, backed by the all female, award-winning choir SoundSational.
Following an incredibly busy couple of years which has seen Amy tour Europe playing to live audiences totalling more than half a million people, she has recently announced two new UK shows for March 2019. Amy will play a headline London show at Hammersmith Apollo on the 21st and Manchester’s O2 Apollo on the 22nd. The acoustic shows will see her play a set of her greatest hits, accompanied by a special musical set up, including a string section.
Amy’s last studio album Under Stars was released in February 2017, going on to chart at number 2 in the UK album chart, making it Amy’s fourth Top 5 record in the UK, a feat she has equalled internationally. The album debuted at number 2 in Germany and number 1 in the Swiss album charts.
Amy has sold 13,000,000 records globally since first breaking through with her debut album This Is The Life in 2007. The record went on to sell over 900,000 units in the UK alone.
UK March Tour Dates:
21st March - London - Hammersmith Apollo
22nd March - Manchester – 02 Apollo
Mariah Carey is the best‐selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (17 self‐penned), more than any solo artist in history. Mariah is a singer/songwriter/producer recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" Award, the World Music Award for "World's Best‐Selling Female Artist of the Millennium," and BMI's "Icon Award" for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few – with her distinct five‐octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah is truly the template of the modern pop performance. Mariah's ongoing impact has transcended the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large.
She made her entry into the world of independent film with her landmark performance in "WiseGirls" starring alongside Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters. In 2009, Mariah was recognized with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Spring International Film Festival for her critically acclaimed role in Lee Daniels' "Precious." Mariah went on to appear in Daniels' stellar ensemble piece "The Butler" (2013). A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make‐A‐Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children' charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development.
Groundbreaking Norwegian pop star Sigrid releases the highly-anticipated new single Sucker Punch, following her critically acclaimed RAW EP and incredible festival performances at Reading & Leeds and Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend. Highlighting the breadth of Sigrid’s maturing talent and aptitude for song writing, Sucker Punch cements the 22-year-old’s rise to pop prominence. Sigrid also drops an augmented reality lyric video using new technology, which has a ‘smartphone’ aesthetic mirroring the masses of social content that populates our life every day, with the augmented reality twist.
“Sucker Punch is one of my favourite songs so far and I’ve been so excited for release day! Emily Warren, Martin Sjølie and I made it when we were in Ocean Sound Recordings in my home town a while ago. The song is just a result of our usual way of working: talking, cooking, strolling, singing, dancing, experimenting...! Ugh it was so fun - just like the track itself.” Says Sigrid
LISTEN TO ‘SUCKER PUNCH’ HERE: https://Sigrid.lnk.to/SuckerPunchPR
WATCH AUGMENTED REALITY LYRIC VIDEO: https://sigrid.lnk.to/SuckerPunch_LyricPR
With the colossal A-List record ‘High Five’, the certified-Gold Strangers, and zeitgeist defining Don’t Kill My Vibe – which catapulted Sigrid into the public consciousness last year – the pop star will play her biggest headline to date on 12 November, as she takes on O2 Brixton Academy. Sigrid will also support George Ezra in March on his arena tour, as well as Maroon 5 in June.
From winning the BBC Sound of 2018, to moving Helen Mirren on the Graham Norton Show and storming the stage at her Shepherds Bush Empire headline, Sigrid’s unforgettably impassioned live performances have sparked mass appreciation and defiant, rebellious pop songs. With her Spotify following tripling since the start of the year, and streaming numbers reaching almost 400M globally, Sigrid is undoubtedly set to continue her ascent with non-conformist and progressive attitudes to femininity with ‘Sucker Punch’.
04 November 2018 Birmingham O2 Birmingham Academy
05 November 2018 Dublin Olympia
07 November 2018 Glasgow O2 Glasgow Academy
09 November 2018 Manchester Manchester Albert Hall
02 November 2018 London O2 Brixton Academy
15 November 2018 Paris Gaite Lyrique
19 November 2018 Amsterdam Melkweg
20 November 2018 Brussels La Madeleine
George Ezra Support
07 March 2019 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
08 March 2019 Leeds First Direct Arena
09 March 2019 Liverpool Echo Arena
11 March 2019 Brighton Brighton Centre
12 March 2019 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
13 March 2019 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
15 March 2019 Glasgow SSE Hydro
16 March 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena
17 March 2019 Birmingham Genting Arena
19 March 2019 London O2
20 March 2019 London O2
22 March 2019 Sheffield FlyDSA Arena
23 March 2019 Manchester Manchester Arena
Sigrid - Maroon 5 Support
01 June 2019 Aalborg Molleparken
03 June 2019 Cologne Lanxess Arena
05 June 2019 Prague O2 Arena
06 June 2019 Krakow Tauron Arena
10 June 2019 Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
11 June 2019 Paris Accors Hotel Arena
Sucker Punch is out now on Island Records.
Swedish rising pop artist AmwinN has released her new single ‘DeLorean’, out now via Universal Music Sweden. She is outspoken on the track - lamenting on the men of today, wishing she could go back in time to visit her ideal men of the past.
Of the track, Amwin says:
“Making this song, we kind of just wanted to play around with how much I dislike the dudes in this day and age. I often go back in time and think ‘shit, if only I could get on Leonardo Dicaprio circa Romeo and Juliet or Kurt Cobain around when 'Nevermind' came out”. These Instagram models and YouTube dudes nowadays do absolutely nothing for me. Just makes me wish I had a time machine so I could head back and get what I really want.”
Listen to the track here here: https://AMWIN.lnk.to/DeLorean
“Wish I had a machine to go back in time,
’Cos future boys are lames, can’t get nothing right
I’d take that b*tch way back, back to ’99
And f*ck Leo DiCaprio in his prime…
DeLorean” - Lyrics from ‘DeLorean’
Amwin - real name Amanda Winberg - has been making her mark on the international music scene recently, with her previous big single ‘Uber’ which earned her over 1 million online streams alone.
Critically too, Amwin has already attracted the attention of tastemaker press, with Clash commenting that she “inhabits a world daubed in vivid colour, with those fluro tones used to craft a deeply personal spell”, and PopDust noting that “her lyrics are an authentic portrayal of the (often unsaid) thoughts that bounce around our heads”. The Interns remarked that she is “another Swedish newcomer that you need to be paying attention to”.
New York-based singer/songwriter/producer Amber Mark has returned with infectious new single ‘Put You On’ featuring Virginia native rapper/singer DRAM via PMR/Virgin Records. The brand-new single from one of 2018’s hottest talents oozes East Coast sensibilities and summer vibes, all the while displaying Amber’s trademark husky vocal tones and sublime pop melodies. ‘Put Me On Feat. DRAM’ is available to stream and purchase on DSPs from HERE.
Discussing how the track came together, Amber reveals:-
“The idea of the song came from wanting to talk about a woman who made it out of the hood in NY and into the top of success. Cardi B was really blowing up at the time and I thought a similar story to hers would be such a vibe for the production. The beat sounded so much like summer in NY and I figured it would be dope to lyrically make a subtle NY anthem.”
‘Put You On Feat. DRAM’ is the follow up to Amber’s critically acclaimed ‘Conexão’ EP, released back in May, which found Amber weaving her extensive knowledge of international styles into a gorgeous musical tapestry embracing everything from slinky soul to Brazilian bossa nova. Upon release NME professed, “honest, eloquent and impossibly talented, Amber Mark is a breath of fresh air” while Pitchfork praised the EP as a “remarkably accomplished. Even at just four songs, Amber Mark sounds like a veteran of pop songcraft and performance”. Nowhere is this more evident than on the EP’s imperious lead single ‘Love Me Right’, a flawless indicator of Amber’s skills as both a songwriter and a producer, or on the Sade-approved cut ‘Love Is Stronger Than Pride’.
Having blown crowds away in the spring at her sold out headline show at Camden Assembly in support of her ‘Conexão’ EP, Amber will return to these shores for a run of dates in support of Leon Bridges in the autumn when she joins him on his European tour. Full details of these shows can be found below with tickets available from here: https://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/leon-bridges/
Amber Mark’s UK + EU Autumn Tour Dates:
23rd October – Munich Neue Theaterfabrik (Germany)
24th October – Cologne Live Music Hall (Germany)
25th October – Hamburg Docks (Germany)
27th October – Oslo Rockefeller (Norway)
28th October – Stockholm Cirkus (Sweden)
29th October – Copenhagen VEGA (Denmark)
30th October – Aarhus Train (Denmark)
1st November – Amsterdam AFAS Live (Netherlands)
2nd November – Brussels Ancienne Belgique (Belgium)
3rd November – Paris Le Trianon (France)
5th November – Bristol O2 Academy
7th November – Dublin Olympia Theatre
8th November – Dublin Olympia Theatre
9th November – Glasgow O2 Academy
11th November – Birmingham O2 Institute
12th November – Nottingham Rock City
14th November – Manchester Academy
15th November – Leeds O2 Academy
17th November – London Brixton Academy
18th November – London Brixton Academy
*All dates supporting Leon Bridges*
Click HERE to stream/purchase ‘Put You On Feat. DRAM’
Click HERE to stream/purchase Amber’s ‘Conexão’ EP
New Zealand pop singer and songwriter Robinson has released her brand new single ‘Medicine’, out now on Ministry Of Sound Records. With over 55 million streams to her name to date and a record which has just gone Platinum in Australia, follow-up ‘Medicine’ is the very highly-anticipated new single from the 22-year-old artist.
The track, co-written by Robinson, is a searingly honest reflection on the pain of heartbreak, and a realisation of the pain caused in past relationships. Robinson says:-
“Medicine is about not realising the weight of your actions and words until it happens to you. It’s about having a taste of your own medicine”.
Continuing her knack for a pop anthem filled with honesty, attitude and melody, ‘Medicine’ follows Robinson’s single ‘Nothing To Regret’ which was released earlier this year to widespread acclaim. NME described the track as “all subtle builds and triumphant climaxes, with a huge, emotive earworm of a chorus…a pop juggernaut” with The 405 dubbing it “an immediate attention-grabber…you will undoubtedly find yourself listening to it on repeat”. Chosen as one of their Next Wave artists, Clash said of Robinson that “her songwriting is remarkably mature, incredibly fresh.” It was championed by Zane Lowe at Beats 1, with further support at BBC Radio 1 and Kiss FM. At only 22-years-old, Robinson is one to watch.
Listen to ‘Medicine’ by Robinson here:- https://robinson.lnk.to/Medicine
Commercially as well as critically, reception to Robinson’s output to date has been unprecedented. ‘Nothing To Regret’ is certified platinum in Australia, and its official video has surpassed 1.5 million views on YouTube.
Sipho the Gift makes his return to music in full force today with the majestic new track ‘Hold Up’, released via Pontoon.
'Hold Up’ is the first new music to come from the South African rapper and MC in 2018, following the release of 2017’s acclaimed sophomore collection ‘Kintsugi’, and sets the tone for his upcoming third project ‘INDIGO’ - with more tracks and videos to follow.
“Hold Up is an exciting song about love. A resilient love that’s withstood, not only the test of time but, any obstacles thrown its way. I’m in love myself and this was a huge inspiration to me. I think not enough rappers talk about it for fear of appearing soft or wearing their hearts on their sleeves. The sound is fun, melodic and very rhythmic which is something I’m hoping to explore a lot more in the future as I play with more sounds”.
Initially setting out to make music that sounded like the artists he loved, Sipho quickly learnt that he wanted to tell his own story. On his first EP, Sterkspruit-born MC sought to distance himself from the pack. His skill-set betrayed his age; at 21 years young, eyes fixed upon an uncertain future, he released the self-produced Coming of Age EP (2015).
"I wanted to give a glimpse into the mind of a 20 year-old turning 21, measuring himself against the world and learning what it is to be a man while making your own destiny,” he says of it.
Coming of Age showcased Sipho’s ability to employ words, rhythm and melody to “tell people about themselves, while using myself as a mirror.” Following the release of this debut, Sipho suffered a period of depression - frustrated by the perceived lack of success for his music, and fueled by the loss of his laptop and two hard-drives worth of music.
It was two years until he would return with a palpable determination and the follow-up release ‘Kintsugi’ - the Japanese word a source of strength and sharpened focus.
As well as producing his own music, Sipho has also achieved production credits on music by the likes of Well$, Deniro Ferrar, and King Mez, who featured prominently on Dr. Dre’s Compton album.
'Hold Up’ is the result of Platoon’s incredible ‘Lab’ event in South Africa, bringing together rising artists and incredible talents from across the country to celebrate and create.
Hozier has released his new EP today, titled ‘Nina Cried Power’. Consisting of four brand new tracks written and performed by Hozier, the EP’s lead single and title track features legendary soul/gospel singer Mavis Staples, with iconic musician Booker T Jones on organ.
Single ‘Nina Cried Power’ channels the raw spirit and energy of protest and social activism. In the song, Hozier name-checks several iconic artists, activists and proponents of the civil rights movement whose messages, activism and artistry contributed to change through protest. Those mentioned in the track’s lyrics include (among others) Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, James Brown, the song’s namesake Nina Simone, and Mavis Staples - whose peerless vocals feature on the track too.
Of the single, Hozier says:-
“The song was written sometime last year, my aim was to credit the actuality of hope, solidarity and love found in the human spirit at a time when their opposites were being given a mainstream platform 24/7. The song started as a tongue-in-cheek inquiry into modern popular language regarding political awareness and grew from there.
In many ways the song is a thank you note to the legacy of artists from the 20th Century whose work still inspires us, and whose well we draw from in times of uncertainty. Mavis Staples is one such artist. Getting to work with her on this song was a joy, and nothing short of a dream come true.”
Mavis Staples says:-
“Oh, Nina is gonna wake the world up. Such a huge sound it could shake the Earth, filled with soul, passion, and fire, and it channels the struggles of some of my contemporaries. I’m telling you when you hear it, it’s going to drive you to rise up.”
The ‘Nina Cried Power’ EP continues with second track ‘NFWMB’, a softer song in contrast to the opener, which builds from just a tender acoustic guitar to a full and brooding sound, reminiscent of the song’s assertive lyric. ‘Moment’s Silence’ follows, an up-tempo, blues-inspired number whose lyrics serve as an ode to the peaceful clarity which love can yield, even when surrounded by the chaos and confusion of the wider world. The final track on the EP is ‘Shrike’, an example of Hozier’s astonishing vocal range and poetic lyricism as he urges: “Remember me love when I’m reborn…As the shrike to your sharp and glorious thorn.”
Listen to ‘Nina Cried Power’ here: https://Hozier.lnk.to/NCPPR
Mavis Staples is a multi-Grammy Award-winning artist and performer, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 as part of The Staples Singers, the enormously influential gospel, soul and R&B group she was a founding member of. Fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Booker T. Jones also appears on Hozier’s ‘Nina Cried Power EP’ - his inimitable Hammond B3 Organ playing appears on tracks 1, 2 and 3.
Booker T. Jones says:
“Hozier is a rare artist who remains a wellspring of creativity. Like a baby who never becomes a child, he lingers selflessly at the source, rendering one fresh song after the other.”
Hozier will play a special show at prestigious London venue Koko next Tuesday 11th September. All proceeds from the intimate show - which sold out within minutes - will go to War Child, a charity close to Hozier’s heart. He will announce further UK, Ireland & European dates on 17th September.
Born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, Hozier is an award-winning musician, singer and songwriter from Ireland. His number one, debut studio album ‘Hozier’ was released in October 2014 and includes the multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated anthem 'Take Me To Church', which later won ‘Best Song’ for Hozier at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards. The record also featured the optimistic, up-tempo 'Someone New', the soulful 'Work Song', and early stand out 'From Eden'. In 2016, Hozier released the album’s closing track ‘Cherry Wine’ as a charity single to create awareness of the domestic abuse problems worldwide, with proceeds benefiting a series of international domestic abuse charities. The official video features 3-time Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan. Hozier followed up the success of his debut LP with the track 'Better Love', taken from the soundtrack of the Warner Bros’ adventure film The Legend Of Tarzan.
Hozier’s ‘Nina Cried Power’ EP is out now via Island Records. Listen to the EP and connect with Hozier here: https://hozier.lnk.to/FollowPR
South London indie pop band Wolf Girl have announced that their second album ‘Every Now & Then’ will be released via Everything Sucks Music on 19th October. The announcement comes alongside a new single ‘Toast For Dinner’. Healey from the band, who is on lead vocals and guitar for this song but also handles bass duties and back-up vocals on various other tracks on the record, says:-
“This song is a tribute to my love of amateur magic, dual guitar riffs and toast. Toast is maybe the greatest food of them all and it is also my go-to if I’m burnt out and can’t find the energy to eat/cook a meal. This song is about a point where I was finding it hard to say no to things and ended up constantly feeling physically and emotionally drained. Sometimes I fantasise about there being multiple versions of myself like in Fantasia’s ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ so I can invest myself fully in everything that I do.”
‘Every Now & Then’ consists of nine hook-laden tunes about queer feelings, coming out and dealing with social burnout and marks a real period of growth for Wolf Girl. With Healy helming the majority of the songwriting, each track acted as a strange kind of therapy and catharsis, exploring sexuality, gender identity and anxiety. The album was recorded with Mark Jasper of Sound Savers and the band really focused on capturing the energy shown in their live shows.
New single & music video ‘Toast For Dinner’ out now:
YouTube | Pre-order | Spotify | Apple Music
There are a lot of firsts on this record. Christabel gets her first songwriting/lead vocal credit in the form of 'Dream Partner'. She’d chosen a deliberately ‘50s/’60s pop chord sequence and song structure so the band tried to emphasise that in the studio with handclaps and Wall of Sound/Joe Meek type reverbs. ‘Breaking News' also sees the addition of saxophone played by Phil Whaite of Guttfull. “Being fans of X-Ray Spex, Roxy Music and Downtown Boys, we knew we wanted to include horns on this track,” enthuses Healey. “It’s about "choosing to come out when you want", in a society where queer people are forced to do so repeatedly.”
In the two years since the release of their much-loved first album ‘We Tried’, Wolf Girl have shared bills with the likes of The Spook School, Girl Ray, and Worriers. They’ve also branched out into other music projects, from The Whooperups (Healey’s collaboration with AC from the Spook School) to Suggested Friends (where Christabel also takes up the drums).
The crunching, distorted guitars and catchy melodies that fans will remember from the band’s first album can still be found on ‘Every Now & Then’. But this new album is a bigger, braver and, at times, completely heart-breaking collection of songs and experiences – political, poignant, yet perfectly pop.
Tuesday 24th July - Acoustic Indietracks warm up, Waterintobeer, London
Sunday 29th July - Indietracks Festival, Midland Railway Butterley, Derbyshire
Friday 3rd August - Viral Nights, The Lock Tavern, London
Sunday 5th August - How To Make Friends All Dayer, The Sebright Arms, London
Saturday 15th September - Loud Women Fest, Tufnell Park Dome, London
WOLF GIRL ARE:
Healey – Bass, Guitar, Vocals (Pronoun – They)
Christabel Williams – Drums, Vocals (Pronoun – She)
Carl Farrugia – Guitar, Vocals (Pronoun – He / They)
Christopher Wood – Guitar, Bass (Pronoun – He)
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