British/Jamaican/Nigerian singer-songwriter Bianca Rose has recently released her debut album No Fear Here after writing and composing music for the best part of a decade. In 2007 she self-released a debut EP ‘Truth and Tiny Tragedies’, but decided that a after a decade of continuous work with other artists, it was time to focus on music of her own ..
Last week, emerging artist Ilana Armida released her debut EP, Iridescent Flower Child, and it’s a delightfully funky R&B affair. Having previously studied at Florida Atlantic University’s Commercial Music Business Program, Armida worked on this EP with her fellow alumni and friends. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable EP, one that makes you feel like Armida is your ..
Dominique developed an interest in making her own music while studying biology at New York University. A self-taught artist, she learned producing and editing her tracks by herself, carefully creating an entire EP on her laptop, working in her NYC apartment and recording vocals in the closet. This is all very impressive, and with her ..
Taylor Noelle is a 20-year-old singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, and her debut EP, Out of My System, was released last November. During her high school years, Noelle spent time in Nashville working on her craft — something that’s very apparent by the country influences on her otherwise soulful pop sound. Noelle navigates the opening track, “Too Good,” ..
Omar Alhindi released his debut record Bedhead Level 1 back in October, and the result is a record of the California native showcasing his raw talent. The EP explores relationships, sensuality, and the beauty of falling in and out of love. On Bedhead Level 1, Alhindi navigates his material with ease making for a delightful album from start to ..
Meet Dia (Danielle Birrittella) and her debut EP, Tiny Ocean. Growing up on a Hindu ashram, Dia sang ceremonial ragas and grew up to perform as an opera singer throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her diverse background and well-trained voice have given Dia the vocal ability to produce great music and a finely tuned ear that knows how to ..
Southern California native G Matthews has released her new album Chasing Happy today. Matthews is an unfettered spirit, intent to mix many genres and cultivate a sound that’s truly unique and her own. Granted, nothing is entirely original these days — and Chasing Happy is no exception. The good news is that the bands and artists Matthews draws ..
Ohio-based indie pop band Plaid Brixx’s new self-tited EP shows that the band has big ambitions. You’d never know the band lacks a major Hollywood budget with the fine job their song’s productions and accompanying visuals boast. Where the EP falls short is in its authenticity. Great beats and vocals backed by lavish production values are commonplace on ..
Wÿnn’s got the vocal chops on her self-titled EP. Is that surprising? Not in the slightest bit. After working as an anthem singer at Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Staples Center in LA, Wÿnn is more than ready to take the reigns and shine on her own. Her debut EP experiments ..
Cruel Youth has premiered their debut EP, +30mg, after releasing three tracks – “Mr. Watson,” “Diamond Days,” and “Hatefuck.” Fans of the band’s front woman, Teddy Sinclair (previously Natalia Kills), will not be disappointed with Cruel Youth’s moody and sexual lyrics that ooze emotion. The EP combines the best of what pop music listeners came to ..
Cristina Lizzul, the Italian-American actress turned singer, has been hard at work on her EP Percipience. With a soulful voice suited well for the R&B genre, Lizzul has real talent and has been refining her sound. The result is laid back and mellow — exactly as it should be. Unfortunately, though, Percipience feels like less of an EP ..
M.I.A. has said that AIM will be her final album for a while, and with her last studio album, Matangi, dropping almost three years ago in 2013, the arrival of AIM is quite bittersweet. On the album, M.I.A. knows her brand and that it doesn’t appeal to everyone — “I’m someone’s shot of whiskey, not everyone’s tea” she raps ..
Canadian artist Laura Roy has released her debut eponymous EP, a delightful fusion of Pop and R&B. The six tracks on Laura Roy are a well-polished introduction to the singer as she beautifully mixes her powerful voice with 90’s synthpop production. From the very opening track, “Don’t Chase”, Roy’s R&B influences and pop crooning voice come ..
Singer/Songwriter Jonny Carroll tackles the tough situations life has given him on his debut album, Leaving On The Light. The Grand Rapids, MI native wrote much of the album wandering the streets in the United Kingdom one winter while trying to make sense of an abandoned wedding engagement. Carroll’s indie-pop sound and rustic, folksy lyrics come together to tell ..
In 2015, Joy Oladokun accomplished more than many musicians could hope to do in an entire decade. She self produced and released a debut EP, Cathedrals, and successfully raised $30,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to fund her first full-length album. This is quite an astonishing feat in a time when music is readily available for free ..
It’s probably not too much of an exaggeration to say I feel like I’m the only person who managed to escape Taylor Swift’s domination of the music world. I first discovered her music with 2008’s Fearless, an album I thoroughly enjoyed, but by the time 2010’s Speak Now rolled around, I just didn’t click with her music. ..
Olivia’s debut EP, Weightless, is ready to take you for a stroll down memory lane — to her positive world full of first loves, perfect summer days, and uplifting music to get you through the inevitabilities of growing up and experiencing heartache. Olivia isn’t going to light up a dance floor, nor does she want to; she’s ..
The U.K. is home to some of the best girl groups in history – the Spice Girls, Girls Aloud, Sugababes, to name a few – and in 2008, The Saturdays emerged with their debut Chasing Lights to take a shot at pop greatness. Since their formation, they’ve released four albums each with accompanying headlining tours. (They ..
Fifth Harmony wanted their sophomore release to be more soulful and reflect their growth as women and artists. To achieve this, the five-piece girl group known for the wildly popular “Worth It” capitalize on the the formula that has so far brought them success. Their new record, 7/27, ends up feeling a bit too manufactured and inauthentic ..
With Kerli’s music and visuals both getting more imaginative and unrestrained with her latest independent project, tracks like “Feral Hearts” and “Blossom” are a wonderful introduction to Kerli’s world. In 2013, Kerli released her second extended play, Utopia, which was the follow up to her debut, Love Is Dead, in 2008. Utopia showcased a new side of Kerli; ..
Simon Curtis is a shining example that when you study pop music and are an avid fan of it, the knowledge you learn of the inner workings of pop will work to your advantage in creating top tier music. In 2010, Curtis released his debut, 8Bit Heart, for free. It was recorded, mixed and mastered in a ..
Jessica Rotter has quite an impressive resume for an upcoming indie-pop artist. She’s worked with Carole King, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sam Smith, Alicia Keys and countless others. Her full length album Plains stands out for what it is not: overproduced. Every vocal, every instrument, every arrangement is in place and fulfills its duties on the ..
Hope Vista put her solo career aside to form the band VISTA with guitarist Brian Canfield and drummer Wolfgang Reiter. With only Hope’s superb farewell EP Prevail to go on, my expectations were high for VISTA — and the band’s debut effort, Versus, did not disappoint. “Mansions” opens Versus with wonderfully inventive lyrics and raw, emotional vocals that truly captures ..
The success of Meghan Trainor’s new album, Thank You, will play a pivotal role in her longevity as an artist. Her first studio album, Title, rocketed her to the mainstream with hits “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin”, but Trainor’s sustainability hinges on her second album. Now that the fanfare surrounding “Bass” has settled down, Thank ..
Ariana Grande is a petite popstar with big shoes to fill. Her 2013 debut album, Yours Truly, propelled her stardom to new heights with singles such as “The Way” and “Baby I”. With the following year’s release of My Everything, Ariana had established her place in the upper echelon of pop songstresses, and songs like the Iggy ..
I cannot put into words how much I am looking forward to M.I.A.’s forthcoming album, previously tentatively titled MATAHDATAH. Her latest work, like Ola and Borders, has been so fresh, sharp and culturally relevant that society is long overdue for some more words of wisdom from the goddess Matangi herself. 2013’s Matangi is M.I.A. at her best, and the dance/hip-hop album is ..
Shakira aims to showcase her diversity on 2014’s self-titled Shakira. Unfortunately though, from reggae, dance pop, club bangers and even a country track, there is much diversity but little cohesion on the album. Shakira is as strong as ever on her wisely picked singles, but the rest of the album falters trying to get its footing. Many ..