The independent pop artist, who’s real name is Steph Wells, garnered a lot of buzz during Spotify’s wild west days, circa 2015-2016, when independent artists were regularly playlisted based solely on the merit of their music – (what a concept!). While the game has gotten increasingly harder for independents, Wells has pushed on, continuously growing and evolving as SUMif.
Houston, Texas based HipHop/R&B artist ArmstrongWW released “CONTROL”, a smooth and easy feeling track that inspires and is perfect for life’s most enjoyable moments. The Cameroonian born musician is a strong believer of honest music and uses his sound to tell stories from his heart and to connect with fans of all backgrounds.
Los Angeles based newcomer mehro just released “Lightning, a song that soothingly melts in your ears. Speaking on the track, he states: “The song is about the duality of existing: loneliness and companionship, love and fear, life and death, nights you wish could last forever, and days you wish could be forgotten. One summer night, I got to witness my first lightning storm, and with my experiences and outlook on life, this song was what came from me.”
London based newcomer Hope Tala just dropped her beautiful new track Crazy, the second offering taken from her upcoming major label debut EP Girl Eats Sun. And her soft voice intrigued us right from the start.
With its relaxing yet hypnotising sound “Neyð” becomes branded on our minds. When currently Reykjavík based musician and producer Janus Rasmussen released his solo last year he proved just how much he is an incredible talented composer.
“My motto? “Earn Yo Sleep.” It just means to make the most of each day, to go for what you want in life, and knock out your goals by working toward them every day.” We had a talk with with Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Cocoa Sarai about her latest single “Strange Fame”, how do you stay positive during the ups and downs of 2020 and showing another side of her.
Arab-German singer and songwriter DALEE released a new single called “Focus” which helps to get rid of the bad vibes in our life. “Focus is about the conscious decision to concentrate on myself and my path rather than being distracted by the opinion of others.”
Western Australian hip-hop artist T$oko shares OverKiLL, a mini compilation of material which he recorded and which didn’t make the upcoming project. The collection takes us down the memory lane to the earlier days of US hip-hop, which makes it a gripping listen.
Ottawa-based artist Akeem Oh just released an ethereal soft sound and dreamy indie-pop folk piece called “School Girl” which is written about a close friend. “There is beauty in one’s vulnerable moments, and within simplicity there can still be complexity.” he explains.
You can´t get enough of a good thing. And so we keep pressing repeat for Rachel Foxx´s latest track Progress. With it´s very intriguing energy this exclusive video premiere is just the perfect way to end this workday.
With three singles under his belt already in the rollercoaster ride that is 2020, he’s back with yet another new jam in “The Word”. It’s a smooth dance pop tune with a groove and guitar tone that are perfect for the late summer feels. At the ripe young age of 20, he’s got a bit
Montreal based singer-songwriter Janette King just released a new video for her soulful track “Mars” which was produced by Jonny Tobin. “The song is a story about intimacy between two lovers whose connection is otherworldly. Basically the song is playing with the idea that going to the bedroom and being on the bed with your lover is so wild and exciting it’s like going to Mars.”
With his new emotional and personal song “Soundless Motion” in which he processes the struggles that can arise out of growing up, the 17- year young Birmingham singer and songwriter Matt Ryder gives us goose bumps.
“Juicy is a legend and it was a true honour to work with him. He even added a few of his signature touches to the production to give the song that much more energy. We grew up fans of that OG southern hip-hop, artists like UGK, 8Ball & MJG and Three Six Mafia, and always wanted to experiment with that sound from a R&B perspective.”
It’s a piano piece, but it has the swing of a soft techno jam. The pulse is heavy and the whole thing is full of drive, even if it’s mostly implied! And it’s still very lyrical, too, pensive and full of melancholy.