Song of the Day: Mood – JUJ

With tremendous passion and unstoppable drive, 19-year-old JUJ is proof in the power of believing in yourself against all fear and doubt. At age 17, the Philadelphia-bred singer/songwriter dropped out of high school and moved to L.A. on her own, despite having no family members or friends in town. Just as she’d started to establish herself in the music scene there, an untreated case of Lyme disease forced her to move back home and put her dreams on hold. Shaken but still determined, JUJ returned to L.A. as soon as she’d recovered, pushing forward with her music and quickly setting to work on an addictive selection of songs announcing her as a bold new voice of empowerment for her generation and beyond.

JUJ partly attributes her strength and determination to her mother, a former dancer who immigrated from Brazil to the U.S. at age 18. “She grew up so poor and moved here with $100 in her pocket, without really speaking any English at all,” says JUJ. “Knowing that she was able to do that was a big inspiration for me when I started to think about moving to L.A.” Raised on the Brazilian music her mother played at home, JUJ grew up singing in the church choir and took up piano at age 7. An accomplished theater actor, she developed her stunning vocal range in part by performing at her hometown’s famed Walnut Street Theatre, and at age 13 won a major singing competition at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.

By the time she started high school, JUJ had begun writing her own songs, as well as drawing attention online with her YouTubecovers of everything from “House of the Rising Sun” to Amy Winehouse’s rendition of “Valerie.” Songwriting soon became a crucial emotional outlet for JUJ, especially when one of her best friends died suddenly of a heart condition at age 15. “My favourite song I’ve ever written was for him,” JUJ points out. “A lot of the lyrics are about getting through the grieving process, and I wrote it without really thinking about it ever having an audience—I just wanted to create something that felt truthful to what I was feeling at the time.”

Produced by Essancy, the new single ‘Mood,’ is a quiet, powerful slow-burner that sheds light on the struggles JUJ faced in leaving home. “In my town everyone tends to follow one path, so when you decide to go off and do something different, you get a lot of people telling you how it’s never going to work,” says JUJ, “This is the story of my move at 17 years old across the country to chase a dream and do whatever it takes with any sacrifice necessary.”

With a magnetic blend of R&B and urban pop, JUJ is a force-of-nature type energy and effortlessly exudes charisma, soulful sensitivity, daring East Coast grit, and—perhaps most powerfully—a commanding vocal presence she’s honed by singing her entire life.

Absolutely stunning…here’s your chance to check out ‘Mood’ below:

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Song of the Day: Human Being – Wei Wei

Asian American Pop Singer/Songwriter, WEIWEI‘s latest single, ‘Human Being’, documents taking someone for granted then later realizing it.

WEIWEI further explains: “Human Being is about having someone in your life that tried their best for you but not seeing it at the time. You wanted them to be perfect but they are only human. You also have to also forgive yourself for behaving that way because you are only human too. We all aim for perfection but make mistakes and have regrets. That is part of the human experience.”

Born in China, now based in New York City, WEIWEI’s music is autobiographical, accompanied by a combo of electro/synth pop. As an artist, she envisions herself as being the first Asian-American name in pop music that isn’t under the ‘K-Pop’ banner. Not only is WEIWEI a musician but also a fashion influencer whose aesthetic, both musically and visually, really communicates her personality. Her music is not only representative of her story but also of freedom from cultural boundaries.

Check out the brand new video for WEIWEI‘s ‘Human Being’:

 

 

Bryce!Beats! Drops Summer Charged Track, I’m Sorry

New York’s producer/Artist Bryce Alvord slams down his brand new single, ‘I’m Sorry’, under his new moniker BRYCE! BEATS! 

Alvord also forms part of rap/pop act, Soho Kings, alongside rapper/DJ  Celsius911 who, with fellow musicians Troy Ave, Nitty Scott and Fame School, co-produced this electrifyingly pop banger.

I’m Sorry’ was released yesterday (9th June) on all major download/streaming sites. Check it out below….

Hunger ‘Light It Up’ With Brand New Single

Alternative pop-rock trio, HUNGER, have revealed their brand new single ‘Light It Up’ (via Born and Raised Records), the first release of a monthly release cycle leading up to their debut album Mosaik to be released on December 20, 2019.

Boasting a solid, driving instrumental serving as the foundation for the uplifting choir-esques vocal arrangements, ‘Light It Up’ is a rousing anthem exhibiting the fine chemistry the trio has established over the years.

Friends since childhood, Daniel Rumpel, Johannes Herbst and Lucas Fendrich grew up listening to punk-rock and pop in their hometown of Vienna, Austria. They formed HUNGER in early 2015, following the dissolution of their former bands, with the initial intention of establishing themselves as a songwriting trio. However, when they recorded their first songs in the studio, they realized that they were yearning to be played in front of a live audience. Standard song structures and melodies were disregarded in favour of the tone and evocation of the music, resulting in vast, dark, cinematic sounds and a moody blend of alt-rock and synth-pop.

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To date, HUNGER has garnered global attention through their track ‘Amused’ being featured as part of the soundtrack to Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’, on several TV and online commercials, and amassing over 3 million Spotify plays. The band has amassed over one million views on Youtube as well as heavy rotation on Austria’s Hitradio Ö3, the New Music Friday Playlist on Spotify, and the Global Viral 50 Chart. Their extensive touring schedule has seen them perform at a string of festivals, including Out Of The Woods Festival with the likes of Alt-J, Phoenix, Feist, Sohn, Milky Chance, and The Strumbellas.

Check out the trio’s latest effort below:

Uffie Delivers Bold Electro-Pop On New Single “Mine”

Electro-pop princess UFFIE continues her return to music with the release of a sparkly new single titled ‘Mine’. Co-written with Imad Royal (Panic! At The Disco, Bea Miller) and Rogét Chahayed (Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Halsey), the latest offering is melodic electronic perfection that calls back to UFFIE‘s signature “party-ready” vibe while still maintaining the more nuanced pop aptitude that the French-American artist has demonstrated in her recent work.

Since releasing her ‘Tokyo Love Hotel’ EP earlier this year, UFFIE has been welcomed back, arms wide open, to the music industry. Her new music has been praised by key tastemakers such as V Magazine, PAPER, i-D, FLAUNT, and DAZED, and has led to headlining gigs at Elsewhere (NYC) and Moroccan Lounge (LA). In addition to sharing her own music, UFFIE also recently co-wrote P!NK’s new single “Hurts 2B Human (ft. Khalid).” 2019 is proving that she’s is ‘ufficially’ back!

Warp your ears around UFFIE‘s ‘Mine’ below: