Exclusive interview with Allegra

Allegra, star of new pop bop-and-a-half, Do What I Want, is a girl on a mission. Her aim: to get to know herself better and to encourage others to do the same. We sat down with the budding young talent to find out more.

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Lady Indiraa revives SHRINK in 2021

Times are tough, right? So why not put the melancholy to one side for a bit and get your ears around this, a whole bunch of soul-lifting remixes of that club classic from 2011, Lady Indiraa’s ‘Shrink ‘21’.

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Is It Time for You to Pick Up an Instrument?

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!

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LBM – ‘Bad Habits’

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.

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Hidden Beams – ‘Animals’

‘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.

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Kemme – ‘Cyclorama’ 

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…

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LO Shows Serious Depth With ‘BLU’

Counting labels such as a Cascade, Mixmash and Majestic Casual amongst those he has worked with, the Berlin based LO moves with full steam ahead in 2021.

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JOE McELDERRY RETURNS WITH ‘BABY HAD YOUR FUN’!

Taking cues from the almighty Fleetwood Mac, Joe McElderry’s new release, ‘Baby Had Your Fun’ combines disco, pop and country styles in order to create a fun-filled song which might just bring us enough joy to get us through the January blues and out the other end.

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EVER HAD THE FEELING YOU’VE BEEN TREATED? Slumdog Director Danny Boyle Signs On To Helm New Sex Pistols TV Series

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is to direct a new TV drama, based on the autobiography of Sex Pistols‘ guitarist Steve Jones. Starring Toby Wallace (Babyteeth, Acute…

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Brandon Legacy Releases Latest Album, ‘Dimensions’

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.

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The Kinks Announce ‘The Moneygoround’ – One Man Show Live Stream Available As One-Time Broadcast On YouTube January 29th At 8:00PM GMT

‘The Kinks ‘The Moneygoround’ – One Man Show Live Stream’ will be available to watch as a one-time broadcast on YouTube on January 29th @ 8.00pm GMT.

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Jeremiah Fraites Of The Lumineers Chats With EP As He Releases His Debut Solo Record ‘Piano, Piano’, An Instrumental Record Of Such Beauty That It’s So Much More Than Just Music, It’s A Salve In These Troubled Times

Steve Holley speaks with The Lumineers’ co-founder, Jeremiah Fraites, about his music, and new album, ‘Piano, Piano’.

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Layabout Black Bass Player And Co-Creator Greg Price Talks With EP About The Creation Of A New Musical Genre Born In The Land Of Pirates

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.

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Griffith Frank “You’ll Be There”

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’.

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Lesibu Grand – ‘Hot Glue Gun’

Lesibu Grand return with new single, ‘Hot Glue Gun’, the follow up to ‘WFS’.

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Cokah – ‘Boom Boom Boom’ 

Let’s get back into the summer vibe with Brooklyn hip hop artist. Cokah, and her new single, ‘Boom Boom Boom’! There’s a sizzling video to go with it as well, which is guaranteed to heat up even the coldest of hearts.

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Shadow Puppet Theatre – ‘SETIA’

SETIA Sky Residences, the forty storey apartment building stretches into the stratosphere in Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysian rockers Shadow Puppet Theatre take us inside one of the flats, in their song named for the Residences, ‘SETIA’.

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Leph Louie – ‘Motivated’

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.

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LOONY Unveils Sensual New Single ‘raw’ and Announces New Project ‘Soft Thing’

Last week, songstress LOONY released her brand-new single titled “raw.” The track is now available to stream on Spotify!

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Pete Muller & The Kindred Souls – ‘For What It’s Worth’

Produced by Peter Katis, known for his work with Interpol, and The National, ‘For What It’s Worth’ is the first single to be released from ‘The Sound’ EP, by Pete Muller & The Kindred Souls.

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