Fifi Rong – ‘Awake’

London-based vocalist, songwriter and electronic music producer Fifi Rong is back with her new EP, ‘Awake’.

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THE WILD BUNCH – New Book Tells The Story Of Massive Attack, Trip Hop And The Influential ‘Bristol Scene’

Emerging from the Bristol Party scene of the late 1980s, Massive Attack have been hailed as one of the most original and influential groups the […]

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JADEN SMITH ALBUM ‘SYRE’ SURPASSES 100 MILLION STREAMS ON SPOTIFY

‘SYRE’, Jaden Smith’s debut album which was released on November 17, 2017 via the artist’s own MSFTS Music/Roc Nation label through their Interscope Records partnership has reached over 100 million streams on Spotify.

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LAOISE RELEASES INFECTIOUS NEW TRACK ‘BOTHER’ FROM UPCOMING SECOND EP

Originally from Galway, in Western Ireland, Laoise grew up surrounded by traditional Irish music. The 21 writes ambitious, frank, and dreamy pop songs which cover topics such as relationships and heartbreak, often with dark and moody, introspective undertones. Laoise (pronounced Lee-sha) pulls apart her own experiences and examines them with a gritty and impressive honesty and bravery. Laoise’s latst song, ‘Bother’ tells the very familiar story of a love gone wrong – a relationship that’s turned sour and spiteful.

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KIM WILDE – ‘POP DON’T STOP’

When pop moves on, it leaves some stars behind. For others – the ones who were in it for the music – it opens new avenues.

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Video Premiere – ‘Paranoia’ By Sarah Ragsdale

Regular readers will know Sarah quite well. The singer songwriter and musician based in New Jersey has been absolutely on fire with her “Ragstime” style of music, with releases in the past year such as ‘This Kiss’, ‘Ferris Wheel’ and ‘Next Time’ bringing her attention and critical acclaim. So we’re super proud to be premiering the official music video for Sarah’s latest song, ‘Paranoia’.

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Jazz Mino – ‘Together In Electric Dreams’ Out Now On New Streaming Only Label Humble Angel Records

Jazz Mino has been someone we’ve watched for a lot of years at Essentially Pop, so it was exciting to hear that she’d been signed to the new streaming only label, Humble Angel Records. Jazz’s first release with Humble Angel is a cover of the 1984 Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder classic, ‘Together In Electric Dreams’, and is out now.

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Rock/Pop Artist Mohammad Zaheer Releases Newest Album ‘Angry Ballerina’, With All Proceeds To Charity

Mohammed Zaheer, from Pakistan, has released his latest album, ‘Angry Ballerina’, with the aim to raise awareness of the plight of the people of Yemen and the Rohingya, and also raise funds for the charities that assist them.

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Soul Newcomer Kai Exos Announces Video For ‘Fire & Brew’

Born in Canada but raised in the US and now based in LA, singer songwriter Kai Exos launched his first full length album, ‘Telegraph’ in 2014. His latest single, ‘Fire & Brew’, is now available on SoundCloud, TIDAL, Spotify and ITunes.

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John Dredge & The Plinths Are ‘Going Down’ With Lead Track From Debut ‘The Emergency EP’

Short and sweet at just over two minutes long, ‘Going Down’, from John Dredge & The Plinths, is the lead single from their debut release, ‘The Emergency EP’. The album came out on 29 January and is available from all major download sites, as well as Bandcamp.

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Jason Vitelli – ‘Head Above Tide’

Released on January 17 this year, ‘Head Above Tide’ is New York City artist Jason Vitelli’s third full length album. The album blends dramatic arrangements, folk sentiment, and strong high fidelity production values, and has a vibe similar to that of Elvis Costello, and David Bowie, particularly in his ‘Hunky Dory’ era.

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JES – ‘Get Me Through The Night’

For the past decade Grammy nominated New York artist JES has been one of the most exciting forces in dance music. She has a distinctive sound and bold and unique fashion sense, and is a singer, writer, producer, and DJ, with the knack of cutting straight through to the emotional core of a song. JES’s latest track, ‘Get Me Through The Night’ follows in similar vein to her previous recordings – it’s wonderfully danceable, it’s beautifully sung, and it offers the same message of hope and comfort in hard times that have become her signature.

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Pilot Touhill – ‘Fever’

Born in White Plains, New York. but now living in Southern California, Pilot Touhill is on a mission to spread the good vibes. A singer/songwriter and animal rights activist, he volunteers at local animal shelters and rescues, as well as with his favourite non-profit organisation, Mercy For Animals, which focuses on protecting farm animals. 100% of the CD sales from his newest album, ‘Quiet Now’ will go to the charity. His latest track, ‘Fever’, is a catchy pop song with a hint of reggae, that’s guaranteed to hook his listeners in.

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Rossemberg Maza – ‘A Bad Guy’

Electronic music has over the past few years moved from being an underground niche moved to having a culture and universe of its very own. Growing up in Villahermosa, Mexico, Rossemberg Maza moved to Lancaster, Lancashire, England, to attend university. Living in Europe allowed Rossemberg to immerse himself in the world of EDM, but deep down – “Villahermosa still represents safety and creativity.”

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Bryan Fox – ‘I Saw My Ex-Wife Workin’ At The Bait Pro’

Bryan Fox is a whole lot of country and a little bit rock and roll. The Louisville, Kentucky native works as a dentist by day but music is where his heart lays, and he makes regular trips to Nashville and California to write and record music. Bryan’s song, ‘I Saw My Ex-Wife Workin’ At The Bass Pro’ was first released on his 2010 album ‘Big City Lights’, and six years later he released sophomore album, ‘It’s Gonna Be That Kind Of Night’. In 2017 he dug through his song catalogue to find the one which would lend itself best to a video: ‘Bass Pro’ leapt out at him. When Bass Pro denied his request to shoot the clip in their store, he decided to rework the song as a parody, and ‘Bait Pro’ was born.

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The Essential Weekly Playlist of: Jess And The Bandits

We’ve been proud to support Jess And The Bandits pretty much from the start, and we love how far they’ve come and how far they’ve still to go. JATB are about to tour the UK and we caught up with them for their Essential Weekly Playlist.

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