It’s December 2, and behind the second door of the Essential Advent Calendar is South London vocalist, Kelli-Leigh, who steps out from being a backing vocalist to taking her position in the spotlight, with the release of her debut Christmas EP, ‘Unwrap My Heart’. The four track EP was released on November 25 and is the perfect addition to our Advent Calendar.
Out now, ‘Our Subtle Disposition’, is the first EP from rising Australian artist, Joe Jackson. Mixed and mastered by Stay Nice, the release is a poignant exploration of Jackson’s experiences, marked by heartbreak and loss. The eight track EP is reminiscent in style to that of Post Malone, and fellow Australian, the hip hop artist 360.
As we approach Christmas, a traditionally family and love orientated holiday, a time of the year when we can get caught up worrying about what we might give to others, what could be better than to take a break from the sleigh bells and mistletoe to listen to an EP that is so beautifully crafted and vocalised, so emotionally invested that it really is the perfect gift to yourself. It’s a record that says:
“if it’s real, I’ll just wait for it, if its real, this could be our story. Everything we want will come true”
A little while ago, I got to hear the latest single from R.I.Pablo, singer/writer/producer and member of the Manchester writing collective, The Six, known worldwide for developing some of the catchiest pop melodies around. It’s always exciting seeing creative people do what they do best, and in the case of R.I.Pablo I was looking forward to hearing what the follow up to “Sunday Morning Boy” would be (Read my review of R.I.Pablo’s “Sunday Morning Boy” here: https://essentiallypop.com/epop/2021/08/hit-maker-r-i-pablo-strikes-out-on-his-own-with-new-single-sunday-morning-boy/). With the release of his first EP Bug Lyf coming out September 29th, I had the pleasure of catching up with Pablo, chatting about the inspiration behind the EP, and got an exclusive listen to Bug Lyf that I’m now passing along to y’all.
If by now you’ve not heard of Bulgarian singer songwriter VICTORIA, then you must have been living under a rock. The 23 year old artist, whose full name is Victoria Georgieva, represented her homeland Bulgaria at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, making it through to the finals, and finishing a commendable 11th, with 170 points.