With Summer officially started in the UK, lockdown restrictions have been lifted and we’re amidst a heatwave so that means a lot of sun and a lot of new songs to be featured on part 2 of the #IMDiscovers: July Roundup.
JACK DRINKER – WHO IS THIS PERSON (SINGLE)
Emerging Los Angeles, artist Jack Drinker released his third single “Who is this Person?” at the start of the month. In the track, Jack seems to be emotive and opening up about the person within or in a mirror as he refers back to it in the song tackling themes of depression and negative self-image. The song has a traditional indie vibe with a catchy chorus making this a song to add to the playlist when wanting to listen to a song that is raw and honest with very good acoustic guitar and harmonies.
TAYLOR NOELLE – BE AROUND (EP)
With her debut EP released, Taylor Noelle gives an introduction to herself as an artist and songwriter with “Be Around”. Noelle, is a Los Angeles born and Nashville raised artist that has a sound that combines her influences from SZA and Tame Impala to Maggie Rogers and Haim, the six-track EP is beautifully blended with hints of pop and both modern and retro sounds and you get this when listening to the intro track “What can I do“. The EP as a whole is both a great collection and body of work to listen to from a debut artist, it is confessional, emotional, and full of great lyricism that delves through a range of the artist’s feelings as she put the project together over three years.
B MELA – Unbreaking
Emerging singer-songwriter B MELA brings the summer vibes with her first single of 2021 – “Unbreaking”.
Hailing from East London, B MELA (Mastering Expressing Love Always) is an artist who aims to bridge the gap between R&B and Pop. B MELA takes inspiration from life experiences when writing songs, hoping to tell well thought out stories in her lyrics.
The Alternative R&B/Afro-Pop fusion tells the tale of a never-ending lovers feud as B MELA lays down smooth, powerful vocals.
MAGGIE ANDREWS – SURVIVAL MODE (SINGLE)
Maggie Andrews is a New York native and LA based pop artist. Her single “survival mode” is the final part of a three-song trilogy. The series so far has told the story of a female reclaiming her trauma and other dark obstacles up to now where Andrews further shows her vulnerability in her aloneness in the song. “I just got comfortable being alone.” Though the themes of the song are quite sombre, the use of the piano against her vocals pair well to show a stripped back vulnerability to the artist and allow her listeners to clearly take in what she’s singing about. Andrews has also released a video directed by Grammy nominated Andy Hines who has worked with stars like Kanye West and Lizzo.
LX – NAKED TRUTH (SINGLE)
LX is a rising pop singer; you may know her from previously performing along with Diplo and Luis Fonsi at the 2017 Latin Grammys. “Naked Truth” is her new single and if you enjoy listening to songs that delve into the world of relationships LX will not disappoint. As LX sings, she is honest about the toxicity and truths within a relationship she’s experienced that her audience can relate to combined with an electronic/pop melody the song is both passionate and playful “This is the Naked Truth, I’m not in love with you.”
EJAY MALLARD FT. MYND – REPARATIONS (SINGLE)
This new single “Reparations” by Ejay Mallard is the third single from the artists upcoming album and most definitely is a great R&B addition to summer playlists. The smooth vocals and steady beat along with fellow Houston native songstress, Mynd and her addition of femininity the track is a perfect collaboration and love song. On the track, you hear, “I was too cocky, to stubborn but you always showed up.” Both artists in retrospective are singing about how their past relationships brought them to the point of realising that maybe they should be grateful for them as they are in spaces of growth and see the lessons they needed.
CERISE SKYE – SELFISH (SINGLE)
Homegrown artist from South East London Cerise Skye, has a new single called “Selfish” the song is uplifting as she sings about self-love with a soulful voice that paired with the R&B melody in the background. “This time I’ll be all about me, myself and I.” This song honestly is great for a chill self-care day and as a songstress, Cerise Skye is one to look out for and is making a way for herself honestly much like many female UK R&B artists she gives a similar vibe to Cleo Sol if that’s what you’re into.
CALLIE REIFF & KAEYRA – HEART AIN’T SAFE (SINGLE)
Callie Reiff is both an artist and producer from New York, who has started to develop her own sound and on this new single “Heart Ain’t Safe” she’s teamed up with singer and songwriter Kaeyra. The song is giving bold party vibes and shows off Reiff’s style of ‘indie-club’ sound along with Kaeyra’s vocals, Callie says, “I tried to mimic the lyrics with a somewhat dark feeling bassline, intense drums, and an energy that makes you want to be in the middle of a dark rave dancing with all of your friends.” Both Reiff and Kaeyra have made a great song that might just have you thinking about the one person who you can’t get off your mind.
MAGGIE SZABO – REBUILD (EP)
Canadian and LA-based artist, Maggie Szabo has a new 6 track EP called “Rebuild”, her single “My Oh My” has been featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday in Canada and is the first song on the EP. The EP is a mixture of pop styled songs but it also includes acoustic versions of her fan favourites that allow Maggie as a singer to showcase her lovely vocals. Maggie is a pop artist that is making her name for herself as she has been featured for TV placements for notable networks like E!, Disney, NBC, Netflix showing that her fanbase is really growing with currently over 6 million Spotify listeners. Not only that she is an LGBTQ+ supporter with her single “Rebuild” named a 2021 “Pride Jam” by Queerty.
SAM WALWYN – LITTERED SENSE OF YOU (SINGLE)
If you are not yet familiar with Sam Walwyn as an artist you might know him for being a popular TikTok influencer with over 100,000 followers. Sam is an indie-folk and alt-pop singer-songwriter and breaking more into the music scene with his newest single, “Littered Sense of You.” The artist’s soft and soothing vocals couple well with the pop-rock production on the song “someone to hold, something to hold.” This song continues to show Sam’s audience his emotional side and displays his songwriting abilities. He has, performed live for BBC Introducing & Sofar Sounds, sold out his first headline show, self-promoted his own UK mini-tour, & performed at Notting Hill Arts Club, The Bedford, The Troubadour, Ronnie Scott’s, and even at the O2 Arena.
JAMES SMITH – GOT THE LOVE (SINGLE)
Budding singer and songwriter James Smith is back with another single called “Got the Love,” the track focuses around an important issue of mental well-being, “I wrote it for my brother and closest friends. I’ve found that a lot of younger people nowadays, including myself, are struggling a lot with the pressures of today.” The song is full of compassion and through his lyricism James Smith reminds his audience to not only take the time to care for themselves but also, to be a good citizen and be there for those who might need it around them.
GRAMN. – GLOW UP (SINGLE)
Hackney, London based collective GRAMN. have released the first single “Glow Up”, in anticipation of their new EP. The collective have already started to make a musical stance with their release from last year gaining praise from the likes of GUAP, WONDERLAND, GAL-DEM, and more. The track interestingly opens with soulful Spanish vocals sung by Aux before the track switches to a dancehall sound fused with English vocals, synths, and bass to create a unique and exotic sound. Aux has described the song as, “A love song to the black community.” It is screaming to be played on some bass filled speakers over the summer at home by yourself or in the park, “Glow Up” is a track that makes you feel good and remember to glow up. GRAMN. are solidifying their place with a fresh sound that we look forward to hearing more of.
OBONGJAYAR FT SARZ – GONE GIRL/ SWEETNESS (SINGLE)
Collaboration Announcement, now this is very exciting as artist Obongjayar has collaborated with well-known cross-cultural producer Sarz who’s previous discography includes Skepta, Beyonce, Drake, and Wizkid. Their joint EP “Sweetness”, is set to be released and they have given fans a taster with visuals to the single, “Gone Girl”, Directed by French duo Julia et Vincent. The project is seductive and passionate to lyrically tell the story of falling in love through the various stages to the point you form a relationship. Producer Sarz described the EP as, “I have never created a project like this before. I would describe the EP as genre bending – it fuses synthwave, 80’s music, afrobeats and pop. Different elements were blended together to create Sweetness.”