Showing posts with label United Kingdom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label United Kingdom. Show all posts

Sunday, February 21, 2021

United Kingdom | Dua Lipa - "We're good"

BRAND NEW

Dua Lipa has done it again! The British superstar has just released "We're good", and we have no doubt it's going to become a huge hit. It's an amazing piece of pop music! It has a melody that is highly captivating and addictive, from the very first second.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

United Kingdom | Scouting for Girls - "I wish it was 1989"

BRAND NEW

It's time to have a lot of fun with Scouting for Girls' new single. It's "I wish it was 1989", track taken from their forthcoming album "Easy cover". It's a very entertaining pop-rock song, with amazing retro elements and references!

Friday, February 19, 2021

United Kingdom | Clean Bandit feat. iann dior - "Higher"

BRAND NEW

iann dior is a 21-year-old singer and rapper hailing from Puerto Rico. He has joined Clean Bandit to record and release "Higher". It's a modern electropop song with a fun melody and a very smooth chorus.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

United Kingdom | Birdy - "Loneliness"

BRAND NEW

British singer Birdy is back with new music! She will release a new album, "Young heart", in April. And we're already getting to listen to singles taken from it. Such is the case of "Loneliness", a nostalgic take on downtempo pop with an ethereal feel that only Birdy could convey.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

United Kingdom | James Humphrys - "Three weeks"

BRAND NEW

British singer James Humphrys has just released a new single. We're talking about "Three weeks", an upbeat indie-inspired track in which James explores how the Covid lockdown has affected us.

About the track, he comments: "For me, much of the time I tried not to think about how rubbish it felt to feel so distant and disconnected, and for the most part I managed fine and tried to focus on the fact that this would not be forever; but ultimately, sometimes those thoughts felt pretty overwhelming. This song is me being honest about the situation".

Friday, February 12, 2021

United Kingdom | Steps - "To the beat of my heart"

BRAND NEW

Every time Steps has a new single, we know we're bound to have a great time. And their latest one is no exception! "To the beat of my heart" is an empowering dance track which creates a very fun atmosphere. It's the perfect party starter! The song is included in the band's latest album, "What the future holds".

Sunday, February 07, 2021

United Kingdom | James Smith - "My oh my"

BRAND NEW

British singer James Smith (who recently gave us a fantastic exclusive interview) is continuing his successful musical take off with the release of an exciting new single! "My oh my" is a powerful ballad with chill-inducing vocal arrangements. About the song, James says that it "is a song about loss, of any type really. I wanted to write something that wasn't too specific to my situation and felt simple but powerful; something that could stand as the voice of a lot of people".


Saturday, February 06, 2021

United Kingdom | Sam And Sounds - "Silly"

BRAND NEW

Sam And Sounds is a 19-year-old London-born, Surrey-based indie artist. He gained popularity last year upon the release of his debut single "Do it all again", and is now ready to show us more of his music. His latest single is entitled "Silly", an instant mood lifter that will get you in the mood to dance!


Friday, February 05, 2021

United Kingdom | Rag'n'Bone Man - "All you ever wanted"

BRAND NEW

British artist Rag'N'Bone Man is finally back with new music! He is promoting his upcoming studio album, "Life by disadventure", with the release of the single "All you ever wanted". The song brings back the glorious sounds of classic Brit-pop, resulting in a captivating track from beginning to end.


Wednesday, February 03, 2021

United Kingdom | Bow Anderson - "New wave"

BRAND NEW

British singer Bow Anderson is back with a new single. In "New wave", she presents a groovy pop song with a very captivating R&B melody. The chorus is quite upwards and entertaining!

Sunday, January 31, 2021

United Kingdom | Finn Askew - "Egotism"

BRAND NEW

It's time to remeet British rising star Finn Askew. He has just released a new single, entitled "Egotism". It's such a fun pop-rock song: the melody is irresistible!

Italy | Mr.Rain feat. Birdy - "Non c'è più musica"

BRAND NEW

Italian rapper Mr.Rain and British singer Birdy got together to release a great collaboration. It's entitled "Non c'è più musica". The song offers a grandiose melody, led by great strings, and a perfect mix of their talents.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

United Kingdom | JC Stewart - "Break my heart"

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British singer JC Stewart has started 2021 with the right foot: he was selected as MTV's Push Artist for this month! And this coincides with the release of his latest single, "Break my heart". The song is a relaxed pop that is bound to become an international hit soon!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

United Kingdom | Tom Grennan - "Little bit of love"

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British singer Tom Grennan has just released a new single! "Little bit of love" talks about toxic masculinity and unconditional love, all wrapped in his classic pop-rock mix that makes your toes curl every time!

Friday, January 22, 2021

United Kingdom | RAYE feat. Rudimental - "Regardless"

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British singer RAYE and drum and bass band Rudimental (from Hackney, London) got together to start 2021 with a banger – quite literally! Their collaboration is entitled "Regardless", and it brings a sensual dance floor anthem that is bound to put you up to dance!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

United Kingdom | ZAYN - "Vibez"

BRAND NEW

British star ZAYN has a new single on offer. It's entitled "Vibez". It's a smooth soft electropop song with very involving beats. It's very cool!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

United Kingdom | Melanie C - "Into you"

BRAND NEW

It's time to listen to a new release by Melanie C. The British star has just released "Into you". It's an inviting electropop song with an entertaining melody and a very modern chorus.

Friday, January 15, 2021

United Kingdom | Harry Styles - "Treat people with kindness"

BRAND NEW

British singer Harry Styles kicked off 2021 by releasing a new single. "Treat people with kindness" is a lively mix of sounds that will take you directly to the 1950s.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

United Kingdom | Fenn Rosenthal feat. Tom Rosenthal - "Dinosaurs in love"

RECENT

Sometimes viral songs escape us. But there are a few we feel we need to share even though some months have gone by. In the beginning of 2020, Fenn Rosenthal (aged 4) and her dad Tom (33, both hailing from London) made headlines thanks to "Dinosaurs in love". Little Fenn came up with the whole concept of the song while her father played the piano. We'll be away for a while, someone is chopping onions nearby.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

10 Questions For: James Smith

INTERVIEW

He was one of the best names in European music in 2020. And he was in our top 50 of the best songs of the year. Interviewing someone whose work we admire so much is always a joy. Especially when the artist is as cool as he is! These are our 10 questions for James Smith:

Sounds European!: We'd like to start the interview by talking about your musical background. What artists did you grow up listening to? And how would you say they have shaped you as an artist, and your work?

James Smith: Well, I was actually a crazy obsessive Elvis and Johnny Cash fan when I was younger. I know, odd. From the age of about seven I would get up and sing their songs wherever I could. I actually had a copy of Elvis' birth certificate on my wall, hahaha. It was something about that era of music that really resonated with me as a kid. It was so rootsy and cool – and the songwriting was amazing. I later got into a lot of Bob Dylan and The Beatles – and more currently Paolo Nutini. Paolo is my guy. Obsessed with his records. I think these lot have probably shaped me as an artist in the way that they approach songwriting. They all seem to write from a real songwriters point of view – everything is super simple, but super effective.

SE!: What are your early memories singing and playing instruments? We've seen you guitar-in-hand in some of your videos, but you play other instruments. Which ones, and how did you learn to play them?

JS: I first started playing guitar when I was about 10. I remember seeing Johnny Cash play on my dad's computer. I bought a guitar from the charity shop and would wear it super high like he did. It was almost impossible to play how high I had it, lol. In recent years I've taken up the piano too. I got into keys from listening to a lot of Stevie [Wonder] and Ray Charles – I got a Wurlitzer at home which is my favourite sound ever! It's the sound from "What I'd say" tune.

SE!: You compose your music and write your lyrics. How would you describe your creative process? What inspires you to compose and write? What similarities and differences can you point between the two?

JS: I always start with the song, I never usually start production until the song is finished. I find it important that a song can be played acoustically and not rely on a track to make it any good! In terms of the actual songwriting, it changes all the time for me. Sometimes I'll start with a melody and sometimes I'll take inspiration from a lyric or phrase. I often write a lot of my lyric ideas while I'm on the tube and more recently, I've been doing voice notes as soon as I wake up. I've found that I dream a lot of melodies and words so this has been super helpful! I'd describe my process as very in-the-moment. Sometimes I'll go a few weeks without writing anything and then I can't stop... it's all a bit random really.

SE!: We feel your music is a cozy haven, but we would like you know how you see it. How would you describe your own musical genre and style? And what would you like to communicate, what would you like your fans to feel when listening to your music?

JS: Thanks so much! I think the stuff I've released so far is definitely cosy vibes but I've been sitting on a whole different catalogue of songs for years! I'd say that my music is very "songwritery"- soul/chord driven. I'm a big fan of all types of music so I try to include as many little snippets of my inspiration as possible into my own music. To be honest, I'd say that I'm writing a lot about my life and how I feel, so maybe my style will change a little as a grow as an artist. My song "Tell me that you love me" was me as an 18 year old. The music I'm making right now is me as a 21 year old. Maybe by 23, I'll change a little and have different experiences – so the sound will change! The thing that will make the songs all intertwine is me and my story.

SE!: One of your first big steps was taking part of the eighth edition of Britain's Got Talent. How did you decide to participate in the show? What would you say it brought to your future career?

JS: My mum signed me up for it when I was 14! It was a big learning curve from a young age. I learned a lot about the industry and how I could squeeze my way in. It definitely gave me a lot of confidence to start doing my own thing! Very grateful to the show for showing me that!

"Seeing the success of some of the music early on makes me know that I can do even better because I've got better music on its way"

SE!: You have several big hits in your pocket ("T-shirts" and "Tell me that you love me" amassing more than 85 million streams, combined, on Spotify). And your songs are also very well appreciated by the critics. How does it feel to have your work so well received by both fans and the critics? What goes through your mind before putting out new music?

JS: It feels amazing! I never expected people to latch on to the music so quickly actually! The streams and numbers are really crazy. And the streaming platforms have really supported me along the way. I can't actually fathom that many people. But what I would say is that it drives me to want more. Seeing the success of some of the music early on makes me know that I can do even better because I've got better music on its way. I'm so excited to get into an album and release some new music.

SE!: You've taken your music all around the world, touring in Europe, America and Australia. How was the experience of singing in such settings? How do you plan your concerts, and what can your fans expect from them?

JS: Playing abroad has been the best experience ever. Fans whose first language isn't English knowing every word to my songs... beautiful! I'm so grateful to them. I love travelling and I love new experiences so I'm looking forward to COVID being over so we can get back on tour and play some new tunes.

SE!: It's hard to plan ahead in these turbulent times, but what can your fans expect from you during 2021? What are your next steps in your career?

JS: EP 3 and the start of my debut album!!!!!!! Hopefully some live shows too. Then 2022 we're coming for the Grammys baby.

SE!: If you could choose anyone, who would be some British and international artists you would like to collaborate with?

JS: I would love to do a Mark Ronson collab. Or Jacob Collier. Those guys are great producers. Michael Kiwanuka is a big fave! I'm also a big fan of Phoebe Bridgers at the moment. I think we'd write some great songs together.

SE!: We would like to finish this interview with a song of yours. What is your favorite song by James Smith, and why?

JS: My favourite song of mine is probably "Rely on me". It was one of the first songs that I really connected to emotionally and one of the first I took complete control on. It's me all over. Very proud of this song! Hope ya like it xxx