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.
On Day 20 of The Essential Advent Calendar, pop dynamo Carly Rae Jepsen brings some much-needed Yuletide cheer a little early with her cheeky new song “It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries,” out on 604/Schoolboy/Interscope Records. The snappy, synthy jingle—which grapples with vegan boyfriends, political uncles, and grandpas on edibles—sees the Grammy-nominated star doing what she does best: finding the joy in every situation, even when tears are falling. “It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries” is available now at all digital retailers.
We’ve been writing about Sonarpilot for a while now, the artist whose real name is Michael Moppert. With The Mirage Project, which he started in Spring 2020, he’s crafted six fractal films, using bespoke soundtracks, designed to appear monthly. Crazy to think that December is just around the corner, and with it comes the final two instalments, ‘Cathedral’, and ‘The Last Machine’.
The first thing you’ll notice in the clip for Moonray’s latest single, ‘When You’re Around’, is the DeLorean, as it pulls up outside some 80s style skating rink, and singer and synthesist Barbara Higginbotham gets out, hair wildly backcombed, and a cassette tape hanging around her neck on a thick gold chain. It’s ‘Back To The Future’ meets ‘Stranger Things’ and already we love it.
The music video for The Orange Apples. track ‘Naked Love’ opens with a shot of two young women and a young man, similarly dressed, all very attractive, together in a field, with their backs against a tree. The grasses are swaying in the wind, and it’s both idyllic and slightly unsettling. The unease continues when another man approaches the trio; it’s all very intriguing and confusing, deliberately ambiguous.
Formerly known as Maxxy From The Trap, Atlanta based R&B singer MaxKaella launched her new persona in August, with ‘In My Bag’, a soulful and buoyant, yet uproarious duet with Dasia Gray. Her new single, ‘Money Dance’, keeps the momentum going – she previously showed she’s got it, now she’s gonna flaunt it.