Cool Set’s debut single, ‘Summer Retro’, has taken about a year to complete, thanks to Covid. The summery, electronic-pop track serves as a great introduction to the pair and their sound, and comes with a gorgeous music video, shot in and around Los Angeles, and taking in the sights that will be instantly familiar to anyone who’s visited the City Of Angels.
Niko has dropped another exciting single in the lead up to the release of her upcoming album, ‘Electric Union’. There’s something wildly reminiscent of Tubeway Army in her sound, along with Kate Bush, and Debbie Harry – but to us the strongest comparison would be to Lene Lovich. However, in the hands of Niko, all these sounds become her very own, and we are compelled by the urge to get on a train and make our way to The Palace Discotheque.
It’s always tough to take the big step and follow your heart’s desire. Harper Starling is one such person who made that leap, leaving the beautiful area of Eastern Wisconsin, in order to chase her dreams of making it in Los Angeles. We’ve previously written about her single, ‘Euphoria’, her collaboration with The Perry Twins, which made it on the Billboard Dance Chart, but now we’re taking a deep dive into how she got there, with her biographical track, ‘No More What If’, which is not only her story, but also an encouragement to anyone who is debating whether or not to make that jump, to get their voice heard.
Hailing from Ithaca New York, singer songwriter Janet Batch is the perfect blend of Stevie Nicks and Johnny Cash – with a little bit of Rosemary Clooney thrown in for good measure – with her brand new single, ‘Got No Idea’. Janet’s style will get your feet stomping as she beguiles you with her tales of being pulled by her bootstraps growing up in the Rust Belt of Northeast USA.
Trickshooter Social Club come from Chicago, where their musical style is full-on roots-rock, with nods also to country, pop, punk, and blues. Their biggest musical inspirations include Cash, Kiss, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick, Steve Earl, Tom Petty and early Wilco. Their new single, ‘Don’t Settle Me Down’, was released on September 10, through The Animal Farm.
Set for release Friday 17 September, ‘all my friends’ is the new single from 15 year old pop singer, Keegan Connor. The artist, who was born and bred in New York City, but now lives in the midwest USA, celebrates the return to normal life with the track, which comes ahead of two further upcoming releases.
Released yesterday September 3, ‘Auto-Tune My Love’ is the latest single from Jon Patrick Walker, a name that will be readily familiar to regular readers of Essentially Pop. The track comes ahead of his self-released new album, ‘The Rented Tuxedo & Other Songs’, which is due to drop on October 8. The song also comes with a fun music video, featuring the cutest dog you’ll see all day. There’s also a great outtake at the end.