April Jai Shares Single, ‘Stop Fighting It’

After scooping the number one spot on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Songs of 2022 with powerful ballad, ‘It Ends With Us’, APRIL JAI returns, gracing her presence with a fresh sound for 2023 with new single, ‘Stop Fighting It.’

Sporting a rhythmic bounce of an electro bass, later joined by raucous guitar riffs, ‘Stop Fighting It’ shows the London pop songbird’s sultry side as she seduces a prospective lover who’s trying so hard to resist temptation.

To date, April has released two original EPs as well as a stream of singles – including the TikTok viral hit ‘It Ends With Us’ – which has moved April from “the girl with the guitar next door” to “the queen of sad songs”. April’s ability to tug on emotions through her songs, combined with her trademark chill pop production style gives her the key to her audience’s heart.

Now she turns up heat in her new titillating single…Have a listen below…

Tilly Valentine Shares Her First Single Of The Year, ‘Statue’

Produced by rapid-rising musician, Conor Albert, TILLY VALENTINE latest single ‘Statue’, is an intimate and heavy-hearted love song, displaying Valentine’s fragile vocals with Albert’s intricate piano and production, infusing elements of soul, pop and R&B. A metaphor for sacrificial love, Valentine says, “Statue is about meeting the right person at the wrong time, but promising to wait for them until it’s right.”

Her creative process goes far beyond the music. Accompanying her first song of the year is a music video, capturing hope and sorrow both sonically and lyrically.

Valentine’s self-releases gain multi-million streams and broadcasts across BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, BBC 6 Music, The Hot List, Jazz FM and more. The BRIT School Alumna and independent artist continues to soothe the ears of many tastemakers, with 6 Music championing her “beautiful pop music”. ‘The brand new single ‘Statue’ earned itself a well-deserved spot on Spotify’s New Music Friday.

‘Statue’ producer, Conor Albert, experienced astronomical growth having caught the attention of Justin Bieber, Questlove, Jacob Collier, Tom Misch, Disclosure and Mac Ayres, alongside BBC Radio 1 plays with Jack Saunders; Future Artists, Sian Elery’s Chillest Show and BBC Radio 2 with Jamie Cullum.

This collaboration of London rising talent predicts ‘Statue’ to be a stand-out track of 2023…why not have a peep at the video for the single below…

Song of the Day: A Good Life – Marie Dahlstrom

Ahead of the release of her second album ‘A Good Life’, Danish/London based musician, producer and vocalist MARIE DAHLSTROM shares its title track ‘A Good Life’. The new album will feature collaborations with acts including Kofi Stone, Jay Prince, Conor Albert, Delleile Ankrah and Sipprell.

Produced by south London producer and Young Poet/Ninja Tune signee Conor Albert, the single ‘A Good Life’ exudes blissful positivity. Accompanied by warbling keys, soulful guitar passages and uplifting brass sections, ‘A Good Life’ was written as an ode to Marie’s son and explores the wonders of the world from a child’s eyes.

Speaking more on its inspiration and lyrical meaning, Marie Dahlstrom said: 

“A Good Life is a song about the wonders of everyday life, if we choose to stay curious. These moments will eventually be what we remember, and become a part of our story. This song is for my son, and everything he’s already taught me.”

Marie Dahlstrom is supported and praised widely at press by the likes of Billboard, NPR, Complex, The Line Of Best Fit, Mixtape Madness, NYLON, New Wave Magazine, Wonderland Magazine and more, as well as being listed as a ‘Sleeper Pick’ by Joe Budden (twice) on TheJoe Budden Podcast (the most influential podcast in R&B and hip-hop globally). Marie Dahlstrom has also received substantial radio airplay from BBC 1Xtra DJ’s Jamz Supernova, DJ Target, Toddla T and Rinse FM’s Jyoty.

Marie Dahlstrom’s new album ‘A Good Life’ is out 22nd May via her label, JFH Records. Have a listen to the soothing single, ‘A Good Life’ below…

Listen To Eleanor’s New Single, ‘Waste My Time.’

Canadian newcomer ELEANOR‘s new single ‘Waste My Time’, was inspired by a friendship that was tiptoeing into a relationship. With the guitar plucks echoing into a mesmeric backdrop and Eleanor harmonic vocals, the cheeky and flirtatious single has an unexpected lyrical reference in the chorus to “Kiss The Girl” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

‘Waste My Time’ has helped the Ontario-based singer/songwriter to recognise that not every song she writes has to be deep and pensive, “I can write things that feel light,” Eleanor says.

‘Waste My Time’ follows her 2022 debut single ‘Make Sense’ – which claimed the blog’s Song of the Week title back in December – and forms part of her upcoming EP, ‘A Late Bloom’. Check out the single below…

Song of the Day: Midnight Rose – Eliza

Following her critically acclaimed debut LP, ‘A Sky Without Stars’, British artist ELIZA follows up single, ‘Midnight Rose’.

Speaking about ‘Midnight Rose’, ELIZA says: “We made this song Midnight Rose whilst writing A Sky Without Stars but we didn’t finish it in time. I didn’t want to let it slip by without sharing it with you. We finally got it ready for you to hear, here it is. Keep your ears peeled as there’s more (almost) lost music to come.”

ELIZA has seen press support from NPR, i-D, CLASH, METAL Magazine, DUMMY, OkayPlayer, CRACK Magazine, and a plethora of others. After playing a run of sold-out record store shows in London to celebrate the vinyl release A Sky Without Stars on vinyl, ELIZA has featured on Grant Brydon’s podcast, ITV London News, and Radio Nova. Thus far in 2023 standout single ‘Dripping’ has reached #1 on FIP Radio, and she has recently curated an hour mix for BBC Sounds, as part of their ‘Focus Beats’ feature.

Have a listen to ‘Midnight Rose’ below…