One of the rising stars of America’s EDM scene, Wicked Empire, otherwise known as Chris Dickinson, manages to balance a career in the US army with the life of a house/techno producer and in-demand DJ. Blow the Roof off is his latest track and has already, it seems, been given the blessing of some passing cheerleaders! Here, Chris discusses his influences and plans for the future.
Whilst disco might seem like a genre of the past, back in the 70s when people were still wearing flared trousers, Anna Chiara and Felicia Singson of Tsunami Section are resurrecting a touch of the style in their brand of catchy pop music.
‘Keep My Spinning Wheel’, their new single, fuses an infectious pop-hook with a foot-tapping beat that you’ll find it hard to not move to. Consequently, the track is the perfect dance-floor anthem, whether you’re looking back to you disco days or you’re a regular frequenter of the club.
However, ‘Keep My Spinning Wheel’ is not just a great track for the ears, there’s subtext behind it too. Exploring the idea of karma in a positive sense, the track, written by Oliver Fell-Holden, looks at how no matter what life throws at you, there is always another chance.
The duo have a strong musical pedigree too, having performed at over 100 venues in the past, whilst Anna has even recorded an album with famed London producer, David Ezra.
Elani is the musical vehicle of Mali based musicians Wambui Ngugi, Brian Chweya and Maureen Kunga.
Having met whilst competing against each other at a music festival in Mali, the trio found that they shared a lot in common and had an inspiring affinity for creating music.
Having already released their debut album Barua ya Dunia, further work from the group has been highly anticipated and now they are back with their infectiously catchy single, ‘Kookoo’.
With a get-up-and-dance afropop style, Elani are a great discovery for those who like their fusion music. The trio appear to work seamlessly together, their vocals blending pleasingly between one another.
Elani have collaborated and worked alongside major artists such as Jose Chameleone and Sauti Sol and have even featured on the Pakistani music television series Coke studio.
Sean Paul presents his fans with another infectious anthem ‘No Lie’, featuring the English singer and model Dua Lipa. She will be releasing her debut album early 2017 but Paul has certainly helped the rising star gain some well deserved attention.
The Jamaican hip-hop artist has had a fantastic year working with Sia on ‘Cheap Thrills’ and Clean Bandit’s hit ‘Rockabye’ but now is his time to shine. The single is expected to appear on Sean’s upcoming album but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
Listen to ‘No Lie’ here:
With a killer dance beat, pop elements and emotive lyrics, Nancy Black’s ‘Dirty Little Bass’ has a unique edge making it stand out in the crowded commercial music market. The singer-songwriter has worked alongside Lonzo Starr, gained supported from Major Lazor and placed number 8 in the Music Week Commercial Charts.
Nancy Black found therapy in music after going through a nasty breakup with a girl she’d fallen in love with. ‘Dirty Little Bass’ is the result of the heartbreak, acting as an escape. The EP is bursting with pop anthems with prominent electro beats, making it a must listen to for all.
Watch the video for ‘Dirty Little Bass’ here:
British singer-songwriter Charli XCX has collaborated with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij to form the experimental remix of ‘Deadstream’. The recent single from electronic producer Jim E-Stack has not only been remixed by Rostam but features his vocals also.
Listen to the track here:
Inspired by a recent trip to Thailand, Future bass producer SoDown delivers this summery new single ‘Same Same’. Harmonica, saxophone, guitars, synths and whilstling all culminate into something incredible.