If you regularly pop by the blog, you may have come across Montreal singer/songwriter ANDRIA PIPERNI and her singles, ‘Above The Clouds’ and ‘Coming Home To You’, both possessing a jazz-tinged alternative fusion of R&B and soul, inspired by everyday experiences as well as her vividly surreal dream episodes.
Her latest, ‘Fresh Paint’ is just like a painting – the meaning behind the song is open to interpretation. Featuring Andria’s alternative soulful R&B/jazz fusion, the single takes us away from life for a moment and into a magical place.
‘Fresh Paint’ is from Andria’s forthcoming Who’s Counting? EP, slated for release next year. Have a listen below…
LA-based singer/songwriter BLÜ EYES unveils official lyric video for her fifth release of the year, ‘Just Life’, The relatable track, co-written with Jonny Shorr and Haley Joelle, tells a story of fights between friends that feel like actual breakups.
“The first line of the chorus is, “There’ll be nights you wanna punch the wall / spend ‘em crying in a bathroom stall,” and during that rough, emotional time, I lived out those lines like they were some sort of freaky premonition,” she explains. “I quite literally cried in several bathroom stalls while listening to that demo on my phone, speaker pressed up against my ear, trying to reassure myself that I was going to get through it.”
‘Just Life’ will appear on BLÜ EYES’ debut album, due next year.
‘Mañana’ was born from a long-standing mutual admiration between West Londoner XADI and Manchester’s Nina Cobham. Their musical chemistry is evident on the track with Nina’s ethereal bilingual vocals sitting atop Xadi’s production perfectly on the hook, and his two reflective, melodic verses proving a perfect complement to that hook.
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions, both artists have been extremely productive. Nina’s most recent single ‘Sola’ has amassed almost five million streams on Spotify and picked up support from the likes of Huw Stephens, Jamz Supernova, Children of Zeus and even music icon Christina Aguilera.
Meanwhile Xadi has also had an excellent year. Back in February, Xadi released his second EP project, ‘Day Ends’. The EP and subsequent follow-up singles have received support from Christina Aguilera, Reprezent, NTS, Rinse, No Signal and Foundation FM, and from tastemakers, Twin B, Lily Mercer, Jyoty and Jamz Supernova.
As well as official releases, Xadi also worked hard on putting out a series of Instagram freestyles and covers during the lockdown, which have led to him receiving praise from the likes of Kojey Radical, Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn and Jords. His work has also gained attention from the likes of The Guardian, Complex, Off The Block Magazine, The Pit LDN, Have You Heard, Mission Statement Magazine, Yahoo News and the Irish Times.
Check out the video for ‘Mañana’, directed by Kumiko….
Andrew Selkōw, who goes under the moniker, MIDDLE PART, shares his brand new single, ‘Busy’, inspired by early millennium alt pop artists like Michelle Branch and Natalie Imbruglia, with a modernised sonic twist to the likes of Clairo.
Speaking of his latest offering, Selkōw says: “A lot of this record is about ego, vulnerability, and dealing with loss. It’s also about finding a balance with your mental well being. Busy touches on that theme of letting go of your ego and being more vulnerable with the people around you. That’s the message I’m trying to get across, and I feel that ties in with the EP’s title, which is all about being more present rather than mentally checked out.”
‘Busy’ is the third single off Middle Part’s upcoming six-track EP, ‘I Wish I Was Alive’ which is heavily driven by his personal experiences, his shortcomings, his struggle with depression, dissociation and overall loss.
Have a listen below…