Kalan Cox is a 14-year-old Toronto Recording Artist, Wordsmith and Dancer with a resilience and resolve well beyond his years. In 2017 Kalan snapped his arm at the elbow while doing a flip.
It was a serious break, resulting in his wrist being immobilized for six months and potentially permanent nerve damage. But, true to form, Kalan continued to dance, while wearing a cast, and ultimately recovered.
Kalan channels that same variety of defiance and resolve in his eminently hook centric hard-hitting tunes in his EP, ‘New World’ – recorded over the course of the summer.
His songs throughout his debut EP have a simple message, but compelling; that any challenge is best met head up and straight on. That’s the approach Kalan has taken throughout his life artistically and personally. At age five he got into dance by emulating Michael Jackson so well that anyone who saw him dance knew instantly he’d go on to master some serious moves. Barely a year later, when his mother lost her battle with breast cancer, he began approaching music and dance with a dedication well beyond his years, throwing himself into both disciplines heart and soul as a means of moving forward.
“I want people who hear my songs to relate to what I feel and what I’ve gone through and realize that other people go through the same things. I want them to get energy from my music and understand that it’s okay speak your mind and stand up for yourself,” Kalan says.
That sentiment is at the core of the title track, ‘New World’, a song in which Kalan envisions a world without hate and without people judging other people – a world he believes can exist in the here and now if people work for it and put their differences aside – as he puts it: ‘no more waiting, no more hating, no debating, we gotta start relating’.
It’s a thread he picks up on his debut single ‘Can’t Tell Me.’ “That’s about not letting people tell you how to act or who to be - Kalan’s other songs include “Worry Bout Yourself”, which takes that even further by suggesting that people take a long hard look at themselves and deal with their own flaws before coming down on someone else. His latest track “Time” speaks to how we should all live in the present not the past and make an impact going forward.
Any negativity that comes his way only fuels his determination to progress creatively and personally. Put bluntly, moving forward and making short work of any obstacles in his path, as an artist and an individual, is Kalan’s signature move.
pop music paired with electronic, indie and folk. uk artist lucy warr releases new single 'rip it off'
After the roaring success of her debut single ‘Energy’, fireball Lucy Warr is back, and brighter than ever for round two. A kaleidoscope of colour, Warr always promises to deliver an infectious pop sound, with ‘in-yourface’ vocals, and melodic acrobatics that you simply can’t ignore – And to no surprise, her second single is no different.
‘Rip It Off’ showcases the writer’s natural born flow in her London tainted Somerset accent, that retains a kind of spoken word familiarity. Much like the greats, you can always tell if Lucy Warr is playing on your radio, and with over 29,000 streams she shows no signs of slowing down.
An air of London Grammar meets Jessie Ware, the track’s structure, dynamics, and percussion – courtesy of producer Tokøta – forever suspends you and keep you guessing, that you immediately want to go around again. A rollercoaster journey of Warr’s own experience with the world’s current climate and mental health, she states:
‘’I have become more aware of my mental health over the past few years and that I seem to tip from one extreme of the emotional scale to the next, sometimes hour to hour. I can feel powerful, strong and fierce, ready to take on the world, to then feeling completely overwhelmed by the complexity of life and the world we live in, unable to feel the need or desire to even get out of bed. Lockdown and the pandemic has hit so many of us in different ways, and for me it has sometimes escalated this feeling of inadequacy, and imposter syndrome has been cropping up at every turn. I want to normalise what goes on inside our brains, to expose the stigma around mental health and what it means to be human. ‘Rip It Off’ is about releasing that mask, to stop pretending, and being okay with sometimes, not being okay!’’
A fresh frontline vocal that leads an army of buzzing electronic echoes, and a middle eight that screams to be performed live (whenever safe to do so), this artist is ready to independently take on the music industry, guns blazing.
If you don’t know, get to know, because this is only the beginning, and THIS MEANS WARR.
Masha is a singer-songwriter, living in the UK. Her music is a dreamy blend of psychedelia, dark pop and melodic sweetness. Dreamy atmospheric guitar and soft mystery of her voice will take you deeply in a nostalgia mode. She is a Songwriting and Performance student of one of the prestigious music universities in the UK – Paul McCartney’s pet project, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
As a young musician she took part in popular TV shows and international festivals in Europe. She came 2nd in the National Final for Junior Eurovision Song Contest (both in 2011, 2015), won 1st place at Belarussian biggest international festival-contest Slavianski Bazaar-2009, represented Belarus at the International Festival of Language and Culture, performed at Moscow's prestigious "Song of the Year" concert in Kremlin palace, debuted her original song in the National Opera of Ukraine.
She gained 3 Presidential Grand Awards for winning international music contests. In 2017 Masha signed a recording agreement with an American label GFI music, the head of which is Tony Gross - a voting member of Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) -- before moving to the UK to further her musical studies at LIPA.
Now working as a solo artist, Masha has just released her new single 'I See You', which she wrote and recorded during the lockdown in her home studio in Liverpool/UK. The song is a spiral of loosing yourself to someone who’s lost in a completely different way.
She is also performing live with her musical project Afternoon Sisters, collaborating with many worldwide musicians and preparing for releasing more music.
New four-piece OMONOKO are fast becoming one of Ireland’s most exciting new exports with a rare timeless quality to their music that eschews genre and categorisation.
Their new single ‘Weight In Gold’ incorporates an addictive bass line, simple but effective electronic sounds, hooky guitar lines and falsetto vocals that deliver a chilled, yet uplifting track. Lyrically the song focuses on an individual's need to have a break from the outside world, to re-establish a connection with themselves, and to focus on what their next move in life will be.
It is an exotic and dreamy exploration inwards, that moves from washed out minimal moments to an infectious chorus refrain that gets further and further embedded under the skin as the track escalates. Living in different parts of Europe but coming back together in Newry, Ireland, the different members of OMONOKO have brought fresh experimentation and a rich melting pot of influences and experiences together with a pure and stunning result.
With streams racking up to over 3,000,000 on music licensing website Jamendo and their track ‘Empty Streets’ catching a sync wave on BBC Sport’s highlights of the six nations Rugby in 2019, plus acclaim from BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and top Irish tastemaker blogs Nialler 9 and Chord Blossom, OMONOKO are carving out an intriguing and interesting career for themselves.
It shouldn’t be long before the band are no longer Ireland’s best kept secret and are on their way to world domination in a similar lane to artists like Alt-J, Maribou State and Milky Chance.
irish singer with powerful voice pastiche to release her explosive debut single 'chasing down the fame'
Dublin-based singer/songwriter Pastiche is set to release her debut single, “Chasing Down the Fame” on November 20th.
The explosive electro-pop song features driving synths, energetic drums, and powerful vocals from Pastiche. The engaging production and layered vocals create a dynamic track that establishes Pastiche as a force to be reckoned with in the Dublin pop scene.
About the song, Pastiche says, “The song addresses the idea of achieving fame as a subjective journey; it almost never looks the same. I also think there’s a difference between fame and significance. Fame is usually an accident, but you can claim your own significance. I think this track is me doing that: showcasing my sound and trying to prove myself.”
She goes on to say, “I wanted to address not only where I hope to go but also where I came from. The line “I'll show them what they made of me” is about all the rejections and “no’s” that have led me to where I am, developing thick skin, and needing to rely on my own self-belief.”
On the Irish pop scene, Pastiche says, “Pop in Ireland always seems to be imported. There’s very few successful female Irish pop artists. The scene isn't here - so we have to create it. Radio stations are playing Dua Lipa every five minutes- so why can't we have Irish pop instead? I want to help break that barrier.”
Though Pastiche performs with a live band, this track was completed remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic with producer Fergal Mullen (Jupiter Parks). The vocals were tracked at Beardfire Music.
Pastiche’s sound combines dark pop, electronic pop, a rebellious club kid sound, and theatrical influences. She started stage school and musical theatre at a young age, and performed all over Ireland. Her love for music developed in school, and she studied vocals at BIMM Dublin, where she spent four years learning about the industry and honing her craft. She is now in the process of recording and releasing her original music.
canadian singer songwriter dani kristina releases music video 'drift away' featuring toronto skyline
Toronto-based Canadian singer-songwriter Dani Kristina just released her music video for “Drift Away”, a song that has quickly become a fan-favourite from her debut EP “Aura”.
The video features vibrant cityscapes and lights and the songstress sings of a lost relationship as she wanders through the night. Co-written with Grammy-nominated, Juno-winning Trevor James Anderson, the song was created in the Secret Genius Spotify studio at Noble Street Studios in
“After the EP came out, everyone was sending me messages and calling me up telling me that I had to make a video for Drift Away, somehow the song’s themes and just the overall vibe struck a chord with people. So, I decided to make that happen” Dani said about the music video, which was created with director Blake Garbe and cinematographer Mikey Tachuk.
The video centres around a 1967 Pontiac Parisienne, a car that Dani Kristina has revealed is her favourite possession, and one she’s always wanted to feature in one of her videos.
“Drift Away” is the third and final music video for the “Aura” EP, as Dani Kristina and her team prepare to release music for 2021.
french-british versatile vocalist gaby duboisjoli introduces her new single 'tonight was not the one'
Tonight Was Not The One is the debut single of Peckham based singer-songwriter Gaby Duboisjoli. The track was written and recorded during lockdown by Gaby in her home-studio in South-East London, and mixed and mastered by Ryan Whyte Maloney in Las Vegas. This catchy, feel-good song is about resilience. Gaby explains: “I wanted to remind people that we all have bad days, bad nights out, bad relationships… The most important thing is to keep fighting and accept that life’s not always sunshine and roses. Take the L and move on!”
When Gaby first had the idea for this song she was singing it in her head whilst walking down the street. She soon found herself dancing on her own to the beat in her head. There and then she knew she had to write it down. Through rewrites and proper production it became a heavybeated dance track, inspired by Azealia Banks’ 212 and Todrick Hall’s Dem Beats. “It was never going to be anything else!” she muses.
Gaby Duboisjoli grew up steeped in music and performance thanks to her parents’ career as cancan soloists at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Piano lessons and soloing in the choir throughout childhood at her regional conservatoire expanded her musical universe outward from cabaret and showbiz, and her love of music now spans all genres, with a particular penchant for jazz, funk, soul and blues. Moving to London from a rural French village at the young age of 17 saw the explosion of music, art and opportunities that she had always dreamed of, and she has been singing ever since.
On stage Gaby has been a member of the Sunday Assembly band and the Sunday Assembly Jazz Collective, London Beat Club (original funk band), Enchorus (Gospel choir), The Chromotones (all female a capella group), The Fabulous Honeys (Big Band) and Frank the Cat (funk and soul function band). In the studio she has recorded for Column:Inches, Zivonyx and the London Beat Club. She has also top-lined and recorded for British singer-songwriter Andy Evans and French rapper Omid.
The track will be accompanied by a music video, which will be released on 20 November 2020.
hip hop artist joesix returns with his stunning new single 'beauty queen', a mix of soul, funk and r&b
31 year old Hip-Hop artist Joesix already has a substantial back catalogue to his name and he has already begun to establish himself as a prominent name on the scene. Crafting himself a distinct sound, 'Beauty Queen' sees Joe blending a mix of soul, funk and R&B to create a single that is truly exciting and fiendishly danceable.
Beauty Queen was inspired by 90’s classic songs - Charles and Eddie’s ‘Would I Lie To You’ and Mike & The Mechanics ‘Over My Shoulder’. “These songs helped me open up and talk about my feelings. As men we don’t talk about how we truly feel about women. We are seen as soppy to our mates, so we put on a front.”
“This song is dedicated to all the women out there. It doesn't matter how old you are or what you look like. We are living in a world where everyone is being judged. Every woman out there is beautiful in their own way. I want every woman to feel good about themselves.”
The song is based on past relationships and tells of the quest to find the perfect woman, but upon finding her, believing that you will never be good enough for her. It is a plea to give the relationship a chance but expresses the disappointment that this was a love that was doomed to failure.
The upbeat funk and summer vibe provide the perfect opportunity to forget the misery and put your cares behind you. “I didn’t want to create a sad song, more something that reflects my upbeat personality!”