no rome // Seventeen

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Filipino artist Rome Gomez AKA no rome has been around for several years now, but he’s just recently cropped up on my radar since his recent signing to one of my favorite indie labels, Dirty Hit (The Japanese House, Pale Waves, The 1975). Based on his label mates, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it certainly wasn’t the gorgeous, smooth R&B of his second official track, Seventeen. The song is a update of a 2017 track that ticks all the boxes for me. It shows off no rome’s vocals effortlessly, has forward-thinking production and beats, and tops it off with a chord progression that draws you in instantly. It’s a track soggy with nostalgia that harkens back to the simpler days of youth. With just this track, no rome jumps up my list of new artists to be keeping an eye on. With two extremely solid efforts under his belt (his first release with Dirty Hit, “Do It Again”, is another winner), I can’t wait to see what no rome has up his sleeve, and it looks like we won’t have to wait long with a debut EP on the way soon. In the meantime, check out “Seventeen” and “Do It Again” below or click HERE to see the video.

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Zoe Nash // Lovebug

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I featured LA-native Zoe Nash and her debut track, “Rather Die” (check it out HERE), on Symbiosis at the beginning of the year, and have since been eagerly awaiting her follow up ever since. Her extremely unique, dusky vocals carve her out a niche for her in music that she is clearly capitalizing on with her sultry brand of pop. Her new track, Lovebug, continues this trend but with a different twist. While “Rather Die” was considerably more upbeat, “Lovebug” takes a more melancholy, subdued approach. Nash’s vocal delivery drips with heartache as she sings of a former love who is moving on. Zoe Nash has one of the most exciting voices in pop music at the moment, both literally and figuratively, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. In the meantime, be sure to check out “Lovebug” below.

Mekdes // Out of Here

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I know I’ve said it before but Denmark is certainly making a name for itself when it comes to forward thinking pop music. I’ve had several Danish artists feature on my lists of Artists to Watch and I’d be shocked to not see a few more popping up on my 2019 list, with 19 year old artist Mekdes being a new candidate. I missed out on her debut, “Right Direction” a few months back (which you should definitely go back and check out), but I am fully on board with her latest track, Out of Here. It’s the perfect song to usher in the summer months, with its playful production and escapist lyrics. Speaking on the track, Mekdes says “This song is about listening to your inner passion, when being young and feeling like you don’t belong in the conformities of society and other people’s expectations.” With obvious dance influences propelling the track forward and soulful vocals, “Out of Here” makes for an interesting blend of sounds that point towards a bright future for Mekdes. I can’t wait to see what she does next, but in the meantime I’ll keep enjoying “Out of Here”. Check it out below or click HERE if you don’t have Spotify.

Wes Allen // 1 Kiss

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Canadian folk singer/songwriter Wes Allen has made quite the impression in the last month. He shared his debut track, “Ask Me Now”, which served as an excellent introduction to his sound, (If you missed it, you should check it out HERE); now he’s already back with his debut EP, Funny Thing, and you’re not going to want to miss it. It collects “Ask Me Now” and two new tracks, 1 Kiss and the title track. While they’re both worth your attention, I want to focus on the former today. It definitely finds itself in the same vein as his first offering, but still breaks new ground. With a simple beat and acoustic guitar laying the groundwork, again it’s Allen’s vocals that take center stage. Over the course of the EP, Wes Allen proves why he’s an artist you should be paying attention too and I’m hoping it’s only a matter of time until other people catch on. In the meantime, check out “1 Kiss” below and get on board.

Saya // Side Ting

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Saya is having an incredible 2018 so far. She kicked off the year in January with the release of an excellent single, “Paid”, followed by her debut EP, Chills & Thrills, that collected a good chunk of the music she had released up to that point. I’ve been following Saya since she released  her first track back in 2016 and she delivers with everything she shares. She has a take on laidback pop/R&B that no one else is doing that always leaves me wanting more, and her latest single, Side Ting, is no exception. The song finds itself in a similar lane to some of her earlier work, but definitely explores new sounds at the same time. I love what Saya is doing and can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next. In the meantime, be sure to check out “Side Ting” a listen and if you’re a fan, go back and check out Chills & Thrills.

COTIS // All Night

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Canadian artist COTIS debuted in April with one of my favorite tracks of the year so far, “Phone Light Up”. It’s an incredible fusion of rap, hip-hop, and pop that makes something effortlessly cool and supremely catchy. If you haven’t heard the track yet, I definitely recommend checking it out HERE. After one of the best debuts of the year, the pressure was definitely on for a strong follow-up, and COTIS has definitely met that challenge with his sophomore effort, All Night. While “Phone Light Up” definitely had more elements of rap, here COTIS tries his hand at more of an R&B sound with great success. With a trip-hop beat and one of the catchiest choruses I’ve heard in a while, “All Night” has all the makings of a hit. He’s rapidly become one of the artists I’m most excited about and I can’t wait to see what he does next. It seems we won’t have to wait too long as a forthcoming Wonderland EP has also been announced for release later this year. In the meantime, be sure to check out “All Night” below and get on board with COTIS. The track has already racked up over 300k listens in just over a day so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before he totally blows up.

TWINKIDS // I’m Sorry

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No one makes pop music quite like duo TWINKIDS. The way they seamlessly weave in seemingly disparate influences to make something completely new is instantly engaging and consistently has me going back for more. After a stellar 2017 which saw the release of their debut EP, Boys Love, which contained my favorite of their tracks so far, “Overdressed” (check it out HERE) the duo are on their way to recreating that success in 2018. A few months back they gave us our first taste of new music with “Jigoku Tengoku”, which as the title suggests, saw the group doubling down on their J-Pop influences. It was a great way to kick off a new music cycle and you should check it out HERE if you haven’t heard it yet. Now TWINKIDS are back again with another new track and it’s one you don’t want to miss. While a lot of their music has been upbeat and danceable, I’m Sorry, definitely explores new sonic territory for the pair. Starting out in a fairly subdued manner, it’s a full out anthem by the chorus that will get you belting along. Based on the album art, it seems their latest two tracks are going to be part of some part of cohesive body and I can’t wait to see what they have in store. In the meantime, be sure to give “I’m Sorry” a listen below or click HERE to check out the video.