Tainted Black are a quintet from Stockholm, Sweden, who started out over a decade ago with their first lyrics written on a piece of paper. They finally released their debut and self titled album last summer, and new single, ‘Nirvana’, is the second track – and first video – to come from that record.
Tkay Maidza grew up surrounded by music, so it was only natural she should choose to follow it as a career. The niece of Zimbabwean singer and advocate, Andy Brown, Tkay recorded her first single just for fun, in a communal studio after school, but decided to focus on music once the track was picked up by a dance producer.
In yet another incredible acoustic guitar cover, John Grimes of Jedward has tackled a Harry Styles’ song, ‘Cherry’. The original, which was co-written by Styles and his frequent collaborator, Tyler Johnson, along with Jeff Bhasker, Kid Tycoon, and Sammy Witte, does not include the song title in the lyrics. In John’s version however, he has added a bridge which amends this.
‘R U IN’ is Heartour’s fifth and most recent album, and sees Jason Young take on the help of mixer Tony Hoffer, who’s shaped the dreams of Beck, and Belle & Sebastian, among many others. ‘Let The Robots Drive’ is the follow up to lead single, ‘Brain’, and is a skilful blend of psych rock and powerful synth pop.
‘Shooting Arrows At The Sun’ is an apt song title. All real musical artists do it: they all aim at the highest point they can and give it all they’ve got. And even though the majority will realise that it’s the journey itself that’s the destination, they’ll still keep shooting those arrows. No less so than Detroit’s David Drake, whose latest single is named thus, and who after a lifetime in music, is still aiming those arrows as high as he can.
Barbados born Rayvon, known as the “ambassador of hip hop reggae” has teamed up with international dancehall reggae performer and Jamaican native Sugar Bear: the result can only be an absolute smash hit. Based in New York, the pair have released their single, ‘I See You’, and will feature on rapper Wreckit Ralf’s upcoming release, ‘Wondergirl’, set to come out in the summer.
Bovine Nightmares are an Avant-Metal three-piece, from Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Comprising Erikk the Broken, Steampunk Munky, and The Mighty Tavros, they’ve managed with their dark riffs, maniacal growling, and crazed time signature, to find a niche in the heady and busy world of music. Latest single, ‘Giving Little Robots To Children’, sounds as bizarre as its name, but we can guarantee you’ll love it.
All over the world, talented young musical artists are being shut up in basements and their bedrooms, with musical instruments. Their genres might differ but they all have the same aim in mind – to write a ‘Big Hit Song’. No less so is John Paciga, who is not a stranger to readers of Essentially Pop by any means.
This current crisis has been difficult for a lot of musical artists, because by their very nature they want to be out there on the stage singing, or playing in a rehearsal room with friends, or meeting their fans. It’s not stopped the majority being creative though, and people like V. Contreras have kept right on making songs, including her latest single and video, ‘If I Could’, which has been composed and recorded while all the musicians have been at home in isolation.
#kieferband is the latest project of hard rock heavyweight Tom Keifer, who until he suffered a paralysed vocal chord in the 90s, was the singer with bluesy no BS stadium shakers, Cinderella. Several operations later, Keifer’s voice looked like it would never be the same, but he managed, through years of rehab, to recover, and bring back just as much power to his voice as before. Latest singles, ‘RISE’, and ‘The Death Of Me’, together with their accompanying music videos, show that you can never keep a good man down.