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by PopMatters Staff

16 Mar 2016


Photo: Elvett Sicli

Switzerland’s ELVETT intriguingly blend acoustic instruments and mellow electronics via analogue synthesizers to create a mesmerizing soulful pop sound. “Everybody Say…” is the duo’s new summery video and it springs from the recent Who Shot First? EP, which we recommend and you can listen to below.

by Cole Waterman

16 Mar 2016


Her debut EP hasn’t even been released yet, but Hollywood-based songwriter Carly Van Skaik is already making waves. A remixed version of the eponymous mini record’s lead single, “Blue Diamond Eyes”, appeared in a March 6 episode of Showtime’s Shameless and the original recording is due to appear on SyFy’s The Magicians on March 28.

by Sarah Zupko

15 Mar 2016


Photo: Soleil Konkel

Benji Hughes writes hook-filled, quirky, fun pop songs that wind up as pure ear candy and sport a deft, light humor that can brighten the darkest of days. So, it’s not a surprise that he began his music career penning advertising jingles, a task that demands instant memorability and cleverness with melody and words. Hughes’ music is so winning that upon reviewing his recent album Songs in the Key of Animals, we said that “this Jekyll and Hyde hop from funky to somber on Songs in the Key of Animals caters to a wide a range of audiences and there’s not one throw away track to show for it. Suturing hooks and crafting theme songs has clearly given him a creative perspective unheard in quite awhile.”

by Sarah Zupko

15 Mar 2016


There’s no doubt that we have been in the middle of an extended period of ‘80s synthpop worship for some time now with numerous groups peddling New Order riffs and such. Less acknowledged is the degree to which ‘70s disco has remained strong and keeps growing in our time. Alongside, the rich funk revival spearheaded by top notch producers like Dam-Funk, disco has appropriated elements from progressive house, such as the laid back trancey vibe, where progressive house originally drew from disco. out of this rich mix springs Los Angeles’ LUXXURY, also known as Blake Robin in real life, a producer devoted to deep disco sprinkled with a dash of gentle funk and a mellow late night chill vibe.

by PopMatters Staff

11 Mar 2016


Bermudian singer-songwriter Heather Nova has built a big fanbase on both sides of the Atlantic on the back of her nine albums and numerous musical appearances in both TV and film. Her career began back in the ‘90s in the Lilith Fair era, where her folky alternative rock sound was hugely popular and her second album, Oyster, sold over a million copies in the U.S. Nova has remained successful to the present day based on her great talent for melody and songwriting chops. Now, Nova is returning with her 10th record, The Way It Feels, which shows she hasn’t lost a step. The album releases March 25th and she’s back in North America for a tour in March and throughout April. “Girl on the Mountain” is the new single and we have her band new video for you today.

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