Jane N’ The Jungle – ‘Lucky 7’

Arizona alternative rock group Jane N’ The Jungle have been a fixture on Essentially Pop since June 2017. They always bring a distinctive sound with them, borne of the diversely different musical backgrounds of childhood friends, Jordan White and Brian Dellis.

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Chad Rico – ‘New Level/Night in Barcelona’

Chad Rico, from Richmond California, is not all he first appears to be. Entrepreneur, financial analyst, clothing manufacturer/designer, filmmaker – he’s been all of these, and a maths college professor as well. Now add hip hop artist to the the list! His debut 7 track EP, ‘Myth’, was released in 2018 to much acclaim, from which comes his single ‘New Level’.

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Jdot Breezy – ‘All In’

‘All In’, by Jdot Breezy, is an upbeat hip-hop track that works just as well listening to at home as it would in a club. Jdot Breezy has only been on the scene for a short time, but he’s already made a name for himself with his smooth sound, unmatchable timing and speed, and sick beats.

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Milquetoast And Company – ‘Hummingbirds’

Denver folk-rock band Milquetoast and Company bring flights of fancy not just to their latest single, ‘Hummingbirds’, but also to the accompanying animated music video. The clip sees the band join forces with animator and visual artist Brendan Huza, winner of Genero TV’s “Director of the Year” award.

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Rising Star Katie Kittermaster Releases ‘ Every Breath You Take’ And Answers A Few Questions For Essentially Pop

Katie Kittermaster is a singer songwriter from Kent who has recently been making real waves. This year would have been a very busy one with live dates a plenty in her own right and as a supporting act for some substantiated names in the industry. She toured with a recent interviewee of mine, Lucy Spraggan, and is about to release her new single, a cover of the classic ‘Every Breath You Take’. I was lucky enough to be able to ask her a few questions about what she’s been up to, the single and the sumptuous backdrop of the video to accompany it. Katie’s version of the song comes from a different place to the original and works beautifully. 

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ADIV – ‘Blue Gene’

ADIV’s single, ‘Blue Gene’, starts out with the beautiful sensitivity of a summer breeze, but a closer listen reveals the pain, regret, and above all, the hopes – sometimes desperate – of a citizen of the world, whose aim is to pour everything that he’s got into his music.

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Michael Ghould – ‘Girls & Boys’ 

Cleveland’s Michael Ghould takes the Blur classic, ‘Girls & Boys’ and ramps it up to 11 with a party sound like no other, along with a largely green-screen enabled music video, filled with bright colours and neon lights. The track comes as the first single from his ‘Private Disco’ EP, which is set to see the year out with its release on December 31.

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Lucky Harmon – ‘Party Life’

This year pop/dance singer Lucky Harmon strode into the world with October’s release of ‘Luckysworld 2020 Tha LP’, an album filled with propulsive beats and decorated flows, tasteful lyricism and fearless self-expression.

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Stacy Gabel – ‘High Heeled Shoes’

We spoke about Stacy Gabel last month, the artist who has stepped in front of the camera, after previously working as a promo producer and writer at Nickelodeon; now she returns with a new single, ‘High Heeled Shoes’, with a video just as fun-filled as the previous release, ‘Stir Crazy’.

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Camilla Covington – ‘White Kia’

Sacramento native Camilla Covington has given us the ultimate road trip song in her new single, ‘White Kia’. The calming and relaxing track is perfect for those days when you want to just get into your car and go for a nice long drive to escape all the madness.

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EMERGER Release Music Video For ‘State of Mind’

Alt/Dreampop duo EMERGER have released the music video for their new single, ‘State Of Mind’. The pair, comprising Emma de Goede and Gerry Matthee, both studied music at the University Of Cape Town, South Africa, and after graduation concentrated on writing material which would become their debut self-produced mini-album, ‘Bloom’. The new release is the first since that album, and marks a musical turning point for EMERGER.

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Kira Rizavi Releases Video For Debut Single, ‘Breathe Down’

New York artist Kira Rizavi brings soaring vocals along with warmth and positivity in her debut single, ‘Breathe Down’. The young singer-songwriter, who has been favourably compared to Diana Ross, and Rihanna, has already performed at Madison Square Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, and The Bitter End.

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for KING & COUNTRY’s ‘Little Drummer Boy’ is the 2020 Christmas anthem

You may think you’ve heard this Christmas favourite before, but you’ve not heard it like this. 

As re-imagined by country superstars for KING & COUNTRY (over one and a half billion global streams and an airplay audience of more than five billion can’t be wrong!), Little Drummer Boy takes on a dramatic, epic quality all its own.

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Kevin Phillips – ‘Order My Steps’

Maryland faith-based artist Kevin Phillips knows who to thank for every blessing in his life, and every day, when he loses sight of the better things in life, he turns to God for help and inspiration. Kevin started his music career back in his teens, with ‘Trilogy’, formed with two friends. The trio was signed to record deals in New York City. Now a solo artist, Kevin’s infectious energy and faith in God has provided him with plenty of lyric matter, and his record label – Phillips Music Group also pays homage to his Lord, with its acronym also standing for “Praise Mighty God”.

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AV Super Sunshine – ‘X File 8675309’

Do we love AV Super Sunshine? Yes we do! And when we saw the name of his most recent single, ‘X File 8675309’ we laughed out loud, because, if you’re of a certain age, you’ll instantly know what it means – in 1981 it became the most most famous phone number on earth, belonging to Jenny, from the song by Tommy Tutone, ‘867-5309/Jenny’. The song doesn’t just use the number, but it also features the hook from that song.

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Mr. Vegas – ‘Dancehall Hallelujah’

The King of Reggae and Dancehall, Mr. Vegas, returns with a hot new track to make us get up and dance. His single, ‘Dancehall Hallelujah’ comes with a great music video as well, and he brings everything he’s got and lays it out right there on the table.

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Greg Hoy – ‘Can You Take It?’

Congratulations! 2020 is nearly over and if you’re reading this now then you’ve managed to get through all the challenges that have beset you. And not only that, you’re a stronger, wiser, more empowered person than you were this time last year. Well done!

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Jae Mansa ft. RiFF RaFF – ‘SWAN iN MY POND’

Jae Mansa returns with a new collab, this time with household name and rapper, RiFF RaFF, and their new single, ‘SWAN iN MY POND’. It’s an intriguing sounding name, and the music video that goes with it features not just one swan – but two.

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GoodLook – ‘Rich Dance’

Cincinnati’s GoodLook’s debut single, ‘Rich Dance’ is for all those folks who are out there splashing their cash and fanning out those stacks. He’s young, and fresh, and new on the scene but he’s guaranteeing his place in history with his hard work and can do attitude.

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The Tennessee Werewolves – ‘American Dream’

The Tennessee Werewolves take classic American country music, with all its darkness and perfect harmonies, and add high energy tunes when they’re singing about those low points in life. The latest single from the trio, ‘American Dream’, released via Verado Records, is stripped down heartfelt angst, which comes with a near guarantee that you’ll be sobbing.

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