Mabel is another artist who has had a stellar 2017 and has really catapulted herself to stardom. Earlier this year she released her debut Bedroom EP, from which I covered the title track (check it out HERE). The EP also spawned “Finders Keepers” which went on to be a top 25 hit in the UK. Sadly she hasn’t experienced the same success here in the US yet, but if she keeps releasing music as strong as newest single, Begging, I’m sure it’s only going to be a matter of time. “Begging” picks up where her previous work left off, utilizing minimalistic but danceable beat to set the stage for her powerful vocals to soar over; the UK-based songstress sounds more confident than ever here. The single comes with the announcement of a new mixtape, Ivy to Roses, set for release tomorrow, October 13th, so be on the look out for that and in the meantime check out “Begging” below or click HERE if you don’t have Spotify.
LÉON is just having an incredible year so far. After releasing her For You EP in March of this year, she would’ve been totally excused for wanting to take a bit of a break before jumping back in, but that’s exactly what she did. Starting back up in July, she shared a string of three impeccable singles leading up to the release of her third EP, Surround Me, this past Friday. If you’ve been following Symbiosis at all, this shouldn’t be a surprise as I covered all three of the tracks. In the case of the EP, however, LÉON saved the best for last in the form of No Goodbyes. After playing with a vintage vibe on some of the more recent tracks, “No Goodbyes” is a modern pop anthem, complete with the pop sensibility, production, and songwriting that skyrocketed her to visibility back in 2015, but this time including her most soaring chorus yet. It all comes together to make what I think is potentially her strongest track to date. One of the most exciting things about LÉON, is she’s not afraid to take risks and try new things and that definitely has paid off in this EP cycle. I can’t wait to see what she does next, but I’ll be enjoying “No Goodbyes” in the meantime. Check it out below or click HERE if you don’t have Spotify.
Effee is a new name for me, but one I’m instantly excited about. Although I missed her debut track, “Work It Out” (which you should definitely check out as well), when it came out at the beginning of last month, luckily I came across her second, Lying, which in my opinion is even better than her debut. While “Work It Out” features heavier electronic elements, the clean production on “Lying” gives Effee’s crystal clear yet full vocals room to shine. It all comes together to make something really special; by the time the second chorus hits with its irresistible melody and pulsating synths, you’ll be singing along. It’s exciting to get in on the ground floor of an artist that seems destined for greatness, and I feel confident based on the strength of her first two offerings that Effee is only getting started. Listen to “Lying” below and be on the look out for more from her hopefully soon.
So far I’ve covered every song Blondage has released this year because each track has been incredibly strong. Obviously that trend continues this week as the Danish duo share their latest, Call It Off. Blondage have a way of producing left of center tracks while still maintaining their pop sensibilities. It’s a fine line between bizarre and accessible that they walk gracefully. “Call It Off” is like their two previous singles, “Stoned” and “BOSS” (check them out HERE and HERE), in that they don’t sound like anything else out there. Of course there are reference points, but they put things together in a unique way; the instrumental here sounds like an off kilter circus, which shouldn’t work but somehow does. I’m hoping “Call It Off” is a harbinger of things to come, but in the meantime, be sure to check it out below!
Jadu Heart easily are making some of the coolest music being released right now. Their previous track, “I’m A Kid” saw them tackling a more traditional song structure with great success (check it out HERE). The way they blend textures and styles is something truly special and unique. After making us wait a long time between their Ezra’s Garden EP and “I’m A Kid”, the UK duo are thankfully back already with a new track, Harry Brompton’s Ice Tea. The track picks up where the previous one left off, again touting more defined vocals and a more straightforward song structure. Jadu Heart often utilize dual male/female vocals, which is something I love to see, and I think it’s the most successful it’s been so far here. What makes the track even more impressive is this is the first song they created together. Perhaps the best news surrounding the release of “Harry Brompton’s Ice Tea” is the announcement that this song is taken from an album, so hopefully we don’t have to wait too much longer. Check out “Harry Brompton’s Ice Tea” below and be on the look out for more from the duo soon!
In my opinion Kimbra is one of the most underrated pop stars out there. She’s been releasing incredible music for over six years now and deserves to be on everyone’s radar. Her previous album, The Golden Echo, was easily one of my favorite albums of 2014 and spawned several of my favorite songs too. It was an eclectic array of songs, showing Kimbra’s ability to tackle different sounds and take musical risks. After an extended period of relative silence, last week she shared the first taste of her forthcoming third album, Primal Heart, in the form of Everybody Knows. It’s interesting to contrast this lead single with her previous, “’90s Music”, a bombastic, harsh pop song. “Everybody Knows” takes its time to build and expertly showcases Kimbra’s excellent songwriting and pristine vocals. It doesn’t really sound like anything we’ve heard from her, but it’s an incredible track. If this is what we can be looking forward to from the Kiwi, Primal Heart is an album not to be missed. Check out “Everybody Knows” below and keep checking for new music in the coming months!
Another day another new Scandinavian artist you should be paying attention to! Today that artist comes in the form of Danish multi-instrumentalist SAVEUS and his newest release Watch the World. Occupying a soundscape almost reminiscent of Rag’n’Bone Man or Jack Garratt, “Watch the World” feels very of the moment but with a forward thinking bent. Speaking on the song, Martin Hedegaard says “‘Watch the World’ is a note to myself. It’s a reminder that I’m an accomplice in this new world order where rules for common sense is changing. Worst part is that I don’t do anything about it. I just watch.” At a time where the world can feel like a terrifying place, the paralysis of feeling as though one can’t make a difference is all too relatable. However, SAVEUS takes a complex and difficult emotion and makes it palatable on his newest track. Check out “Watch the World” below or click HERE if you don’t have Spotify, and be on the look out for more from the new talent soon!