Song of the Day: Quit While Were Ahead – Voxxen (ft. Lulu)

Following up on his single, ‘Salt’, which claimed the blog’s Song of the Week title last month, VOXXEN presents his latest, ‘Quit While Were Ahead’.

Unlike his previous effort, ‘Salt’, which possess bold uses of electro rock and indietronica, ‘Quit While Were Ahead’ is more of a minimalist affair, taking on feathery indietronica soundscapes.

Check out the accompanied video below, which features the Norwegian artist himself. Expect a string of singles from Voxxen plus an album release later this year.

Song of the Day: Moving – John Dole

Hailing from Newcastle, alternative hip hop and electronic artist JOHN DOLE‘s single, ‘Moving’, is a reflection of his own personal
battles.

The latest release opens to paranoia-drenched synth strings, lending a tense and uneasy feel that sets the
scene for the bars to come. Dole’s vocals enter alongside hard-hitting percussion which
immediately ups the intensity levels further with an itching, fervent energy.

With regional and national support from the likes of Nick Roberts (BBC Introducing North East),
Huw Stephens (Radio 1), John Kennedy (Radio X) and Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music), ‘Moving’
follows in the footsteps of earlier releases, ‘Rolling’ and ‘Collective Thoughts’.

This one’s a true banger…have a go at ‘Moving’, out now via Snide Records

Song of the Day: Always Free – Barbarossa

British singer-songwriter and producer, James Mathé – aka – BARBAROSSA‘s euphoric single, ‘Always Free’, is a tender, emotively charged and electronically tinged piece. Written and recorded in December 2019, Mathé explains that the song is about mental freedom (any relevance to our current situation is purely coincidental):

“‘Always free’ is about me reminding myself that I always have access to freedom from my thoughts if I can find stillness and am open to change. I really struggle with this daily but sometimes a song/film/book/my kids or a conversation might remind me just how simple it can be to just let go of trying to control the outcome and get out of my comfort zone. That’s where the good shit is, it’s in those moments.”

Have a listen to Mathé’s first release of the year below…

Makk Mikkael Overcomes ‘Fear’ With Inspiring New Single

It’s great to see MAKK MIKKAEL back on the blog with her first release of the year titled, ‘Fear’.

The Canadian singer/songwriter was previously featured with singles, ‘How It Feels’ and ‘Jungle’ – which ranked at number 7 on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten singles of 2017 list.

While both tracks take on a downtempo urban-electro vibe, ‘Fear’ possesses pure electronic soundscapes with driving rhythms cruising throughout the production, giving it a feathery feel. ‘Fear’ represents a vulnerable chapter in Makk’s life where she was living by herself in an unsure time, feeling super liberated and nerve-wracked at the same time. Through this experience, the rising talent hopes to instill in others that it’s OK to not feel 100% all the time…and it’s perfectly fine to express how you’re feeling however scary it feels.

Produced by Alex Lustig, ‘Fear’ follows Makk Mikkael’s debut EP, ‘Nudes & Clouds’. Check it out below…

Song of the Day: Smells Like Sex – Sizzy Rocket

Following her debut appearance on the blog with sizzling punk-pop track, ‘That Bitch’, SIZZY ROCKET returns with something that no shirking violet can handle…

Inspired by the iconic Marcy Playground song ‘Sex and Candy,’ Sizzy’s latest track, ‘Smells Like Sex’, is a full-on ‘sex positive anthem’ with boastful electro-pop arrangements, topped off by  risqué wordplay that will leave you hot under the collar.

So if you can handle the heat in the kitchen, check out ‘Smells Like Sex’ below…