The past year has seen many of us pick up new hobbies and activities to help ourselves occupy our time throughout the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic. With government restrictions encouraging us to spend more time in our homes and away from people who do not live in the same household, we’ve grown bored and are looking for productive and enjoyable ways to spend our time. By now, chances are you’ve already made it through most of the films and programmes you’ve wanted to watch on streaming services. You may have mastered the art of making bread. You could be sticking to home workouts well, building your health, stamina and strength. But if you’re running out of things to do, why not consider learning how to play an instrument. Now, many associate this skill with children, but it really is never too late to get started. Here are some steps that will help you along the way!
LBM is not a new name for us here at Essentially Pop, in fact, we’ve been following his journey for nearly a year now, starting with his singles, ‘Stranded’, in May, and ‘Make Believe’ in July, last year. He’s back now with a fab new release, ‘Bad Habits’, along with a music video that beautifully captures the good looks and charm of the Pennsylvania singer and rapper.
‘Animals’ is the new single from Hidden Beams, who you may recall from his previous single, ‘Hidden’, back in September. The nom de plume of Carlos Argon, Hidden Beams’ style takes inspiration from the prog rock masters of the early 70s, while injecting his own melodic style, sense of rhythm, and novel chord stacking.
Kemme is a young singer songwriter, who’s never played by anybody’s rules except her own. This much is evident from her music videos, on which she takes a singular, and very personal approach. Her new single, ‘Cyclorama’, is in reality a seamless bend of the primary sections of three very different songs in her upcoming visual EP. Yes. You read that correctly. Her EP is visual. Like I said…
Based in San Antonio, Brandon Legacy is a UK hardcore dance producer, who cites as his major influences, Gammer, Darren Styles, and Fracus & Darwin. For his latest album, ‘Dimensions’, Brandon takes his inspiration from Drum and Bass, Pop, Trance, and Future Bass, while the title refers to the many different facets of the dance music genre.
Greg Price is a man on a mission. Also known as Layabout, the vocalist and bass guitarist from South London is making music for a new generation. With co songwriter Pharaoh Black and vocalist Robyn a new genre is being created in a place steeped in the history of some of the most famous Pirates. Punk Reggae is a genre that takes the legacy of Jamaica’s rich history of trade and anarchy and unleashes it in musical form. Not trying to be anything old but with respect of the past, not trying to be something other than a new music for an ever changing world but forged in the culture of Jamaica but with a hint of South London swagger. I was lucky enough to chat to bassist and co creator of Layabout Black about this new adventure and found him to be knowledgeable, hopeful and creative. A polite savage making music to transport you to a different place. Enjoy.
Griffith Frank is an acclaimed artist, and has also distinguished himself as a composer, writing songs for the likes of Kendall K, Annie Leblanc, and Jojo Siwa among others, with his compositions being collectively streamed more than a billion times. His knack for incredible melody, and adept lyricism are evident in everything he does, and no less so than in his new single, ‘You’ll Be There’.
Although he’s left his mark all over the US, and starting his TTO (Travel Team Official) label in Denver, Colorado, Leph Louie now makes his home base in Tampa Florida. The rapper’s name is derived from his left-handedness, as well as his talent for coming out of left field – paired with a play on the name of Louis Vuitton, indicating that Leph Louie knows how to produce high quality. His new single, ‘Motivated’, is out now, along with a music video.