Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat. Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email lisa@essentiallypop.com

Edina Balint – ‘Race To The Top’

Singer songwriter Edina Balint is from British Columbia, Canada, and began playing piano at the age of nine, and guitar at thirteen. Her guitar-led track ‘Race To The Top’ is a heartfelt and deeply personal insight into her quest to make a success of her music.

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Demetrius N Vince – ‘Good Soul’

Demetrius N Vince is a guitar duo from Chicago, Illinois, who met at an open mic event in 2016. ‘Good Soul’ is from their album, ‘Americana Soul’, released in 2017.

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FNA Releases Single ‘Take Him Out’

Based in New York City, FNA are a shadow collective, whose latest release, the single, ‘Take Him Out’, is a prelude to their upcoming Babylon Dying project.

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GARY DRISCOLL – ‘THE OLD EAST END TONIGHT’

Gary Driscoll is a London-based crooner who counts among his influences the likes of Frank Sinatra, and other jazz pioneers. His latest release, ‘The Old East End Tonight’, is backed by arranger Paul Campbell and Studio Orchestrations Belfast. Mixing was performed by Alastair McMillan, of Masterlabs, Dublin.

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NYT FOXES – ‘Giants’

NYT Foxes is the solo project of Ben Lovas, a singer songwriter from Hungary. YT Foxes’ track, ‘Giants’, follows on from his previous releases, ‘Found’, and ‘Circles’. It’s strong and punchy, and the feel-good pop sound will appeal to just about everyone.

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Bhat Junaid – ‘Kid in Love’

Bhat Juanid is a singer songwriter born in a village called Karapora, in Kashmir. Now in his early 20s, the artist whose friends call him Juni, has moved into pop music, as well as making his own beats. ‘Kid In Love’ is from the intriguingly dual-titled ‘Falcon/Kid In Love’, released this year.

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Oasis – ‘Wonderwall’ (Peter Cloud Remix)

21 year old producer Italian producer Peter Cloud makes remixes which are guaranteed to get you up out of your seat and onto the dance floor. His remix of ‘Wonderwall’ takes the Oasis classic and completely turns it on its head, while at the same time losing nothing of the beauty of the original.

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Dan Marsh – ‘Undress’

Dan Marsh includes among his influencs the likes of Marvin Gaye and Anita Baker, and his single, ‘Undress’, set for release on 6 July is strong, passionate, and heavy.

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AWKWARD SATELLITE – ‘AUTHENTIC’

Originally from Ohio, but now based just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, Awkward Satellite relased his new single, ‘Authentic’, on June 15.

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Captain Kirk Set To Save Planet Jedward

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. That’s what it felt like yesterday when William Shatner, best known among his many roles as Captain Kirk, in the Original Series of Star Trek – came to the aid of Jedward, whose verified Twitter account @planetjedward, which they’d had since 2009, has been suspended since mid October.

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Lizzy Latimer – ‘Can’t Cage Me’ feat. Kyah Baby

Lizzy Latimer is a singer/songwriter from Sydney, Australia, whose new single, ‘Can’t Cage Me’, has a similar style to artists such as Meghan Trainor and P!nk.

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MADDISON – ‘RECOVERY’

Maddison, from Chepstow in South Wales, cite their inspirations as coming from the likes of Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Muse, but after listening to their new EP, ‘Recovery’, we feel their sound is possibly influenced by artists from closer to home, such as Manic Street Preachers.

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One Possible Option – ‘No King’

Out now, ‘No King’ by One Possible Option, from Rijeka in Croatia, is a hard rocking track which will have you wanting to hit repeat as soon as its nearly 4 minutes are finished.

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Brandon R – ‘OMW’ (prod. by Donato)

‘OMW’ is the new single from Brandon R. An upbeat pop track, it’s been produced by Donato.

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Danu5ik – ‘Far’

Danu5ik is an up and coming DJ and producer. A gifted musician, writer, and performer as well, his music embodies dynamic beats with the addition of hypnotic vocals. Danu5ik’s track, ‘Far’, is the latest release from his album ‘Synthonization’.

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TEHSKI – ‘Say Nothing’ (feat. Valentine) [Tehski Remix]

Nick Teske is an electro music producer and DJ from Margaret River, Western Australia, who works under the name of Tehski. He’s also one half of DJ duo Kachina, founded in 2013, who are making a name for themselves around Western Australia. Tehski’s latest track, ‘Say Nothing’ (ft. Valentine) is a remix of the track by Fly Flamingo.

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