Ishani Addresses An Unhealthy Romantic Connection In Gripping New Single ‘Powertripp’ + New Video

Singer-songwriter and producer ISHANI has never been afraid of pushing the boundaries of her sound or shining a light on topics that others would wish to sweep under the carpet. Through her music, she engages with subjects that society sometimes finds difficult to talk about such as mental health and violence against women. Her empowering and gripping new single ‘Powertripp’ is a perfect example of this India & UK raised, London-based artist’s creative ethos.

Sonically, ‘Powertripp’ is a rich tapestry of oscillating electronica, intricately laced alt-pop melodies and enticing trip-hop beats. With this powerful soundscape behind her, Ishani confronts the reality of unbalanced power dynamics in toxic relationships. In her rendering, this narrative focuses on an unhealthy romantic connection, although the message can really be applied to any relationship. Her vivid storytelling brims with puissance to enable the listener to feel the “slam!” of that door or join the triumphant declaration “this is who I am!” Her raw and heartfelt lyrics take modern life’s surfaces, reflections and tribulations, and casts them through the prism of introspective voices

For Ishani, the most important factor is for her audience to have a truly cathartic experience, as she explains:

“This is a song about self-love and how you can overcome being in a toxic relationship where negative patterns repeat. You have to come to a point where you let go of the rope of that power struggle and choose yourself over the endless loops. Take off your mask and veil and walk away.”

The music video for ‘Powertripp’ was directed and executive produced by Yolanda Barker, with video DOP and executive producer Beatriz Delgado Mena, and alongside an all-women base crew. These captivating visuals are peppered with tangible cues that further communicate the power struggles, the mask-wearing, the cycle of bad behavior that defines toxic relationships.

‘Powertripp’ also marks Ishani’s bold return after a brief hiatus; she last left 2021 off with thought-provoking singles ‘I Like Who I Am (Caught up in the Moment)’ and ‘Perfect Life’ . Check out the video for the single below…

Song of the Day: Other Side Of The Room – Harve

South East London based non-binary artist HARVE sparsely blends R&B and electronic music with single, ‘Other Side Of The Room’. Accentuated by Harve’s signature play with distorted vocals and layering, this track was written whilst they were in a long term relationship – lyrically it explores gaining a new perspective and taking a step back to see things a little more clearly.

Speaking on the track, Harve says: “OSOTR is both a song I wrote entirely for myself; about finding home within, listening to my own needs. But it was also my final attempt to let my then partner know how I was feeling. OSOTR is about checking in with yourself, it’s about knowing when to let go, it’s about stopping yourself from being left behind, and finding yourself in your loneliness.

An incredibly exciting new talent, the past few years have seen Harve in all the right places including supporting Celeste alongside Fredwave at one of her first headline shows and stunning a packed out Hoxton Bar and Kitchen with a stripped back set for Jamz Supernova’s Future Bounce. Coming straight outta lockdown #1, they debuted music from their EP live on Sofar Sounds and begun to host a regular slot alongside non-binary artist Attz on Polyesterzine called ‘ENBY CHRONICLES’ discussing all thing non binary.

Early singles ‘City Scapes’, ‘Caught Up’ and ‘ReAD’ and caught the attention of key tastemakers including XL Recordings, COLORS Berlin and Glamcult as well as garnering multiple plays across NTS and Reprezent shows and support from Jamz Supernova, Mary Anne Hobbs and Phil Taggart on 1Xtra, 6Music and BBCR1. Blending elements of R&B, Soul and electronic, through ardent lyricism, Harve dissects what it is to be a queer person; the self-acceptance, the relationships, the doubts, and the love.

Coming up this year they have a new project in the works and will continue to co-host Smooth Operator on Foundation FM with their podcaster sibling Nic Desborough; playing new and old music from around the world with a focus on highlighting queer artists.

Check out ‘Other Side of the Room’ below…