Los Angeles based pop act VOILÀ just dropped a new electro-acoustic track Don’t. With lyrics like “I should probably hate you but I don’t” it has all the ingredients of a smash. The band tells Kings, “It’s an ode to the oxymoronic nature of love and loss. It’s about that person who’s the reason you keep dreaming, yet also the reason you can’t sleep.” The band has an interesting backstory. Luke Eisner, a male model met Gus Ross who was a big band jazz singer at the Thornton School of Music in LA. The duo started making a name for themselves in early 2018 when BBC Introducing dubbed them Ones to Watch. Moreover, the duo has opened for the Kesha, The Fray, and X Ambassadors. With their latest track landing on Spotify’s New Music Friday, it will be interesting to see where the fully independent band goes from here. Also, with a sold out LA show with Cub Sport, the majors will come peeking around.
Although the R&B world is a bit over-saturated, the South London indie-pop band Balcony are making a bit of noise with their recent single releases. Think Charlie Puth meets Nick Jonas with a bit more edge. They recently dropped two new tracks You’re So Cool and Parking Lots. They’ve even managed to grab a spot on UK’s Spotify New Music Friday. Having their live show together, they’ve played several UK festivals over the summer. Give it a Listen.
Soul singer Rosie La Posta who goes under the moniker of December Rose releases the ballad Hanging On. Finding a vocal style of her own, she hits all the notes effortlessly. You can hear past influences but she still keeps contemporary. Think Andra Day’s mega smash Rise Up. As far the inspiration behind the song , December tells Kings, “Besides the grief of a crumbling relationship, the hardest part in moving on is realizing neither person ever really closed the door. ‘Hanging On’ really paints the melancholy of the process.” She first made waves her first single “Ball Game” which received a New Artist Spotlight award and was featured on AOL/Slacker Radio’s “New Pop First” channel. Give it a stream.
Maiya releases the new track Changes. Maiya tells Kings, ‘I wrote changes to show that we need to make a change and not just talk and argue about doing something, but actually taking actions to ensure Changes are made for the better”. At 18, Maiya keeps getting better and better. Her first two tracks Sidelines and No Stopping Me Now are fun, whereas her new single Changes is a bit more serious. Her debut Sidelines has clocked nearly 300k + streams on Spotify and won radio support from KDLW (106.3) Albuquerque, New Mexico, while garnering blog features in Unclear Mag and Vents. Give it a stream!
London based singer-songwriter Lyves releases the track Tell Me That You Feel It Too. Musically, she mixes alternative pop and r&b. I like that Lyves has taken a different approach with her single releases. She dubbed the project ‘Eight Rooms’ in which she releases a song a month for eight months, with each song accompanied by a video. On how she sees herself as artist, Lyves tells Kings, “It’s about human connection. My biggest dream is that the music reaches people on a deeper level and that it helps people get in touch with their innermost feelings”. As far as songwriting, she likes to keep it personal. “Someone once told me that for every 10 days of songwriting you do, you may get one good day. That’s always stuck with me. As Joni Mitchell once said “a songwriter’s job is to show up at their instrument every day.” Laying a path to success, her tracks have clocked over 20 million streams winning support from music blogs and radio support from BBC 1Xtra, 6Music, and BBC I. Moreover, Lyves supported Coldplay on 15 dates of their stadium tour last year. firstname.lastname@example.org