Liverpool-based singer/songwriter and guitar virtuoso Ben Hughes also known as Tall Children released the funky track ‘Be With Me‘ as well as the video showcasing a string of live performances. Having shared the stage with Paul McCartney, his debut single Song For You landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday and garnered support BBC Introducing. Ben tells Kings, “Be With Me is a song that totally encapsulates what I’m about. It’s about Pop done in an interesting way – bringing organic instruments and the electronic together and wrapping it in a big ball of fun. I feel like ‘Be With Me’ has achieved things as a single that perhaps a straighter run-of-the-mill tune would not. I’m essentially laying the groundwork to show that yes, Pop is fun, but it can also have sharper edges and few curve balls and go places you wouldn’t normally go, if you know how to get there!” Give it a stream!
Lil Nas X inked a deal with Columbia. The Atlanta rapper released a track in December 34 Ghosts IV which sparked over 20 million Spotify streams. His latest “country trap” single Old Town Road has clocked over 10 million YouTube views since its release. The single led to a seven figure bitting war among the music labels. Ironically, he posted on Instagram last year that he dropped out of college last year to pursue music full time – “Everybody thought I was crazy,” “I knew what I was doing. Thank you everyone, this just the mf beginning!”
Alternative pop act Whale City recently released the single Daylight. It’s a solid track reminiscent of Coldplay. Without a doubt, Andy the singer has a great voice. The band tells Kings, “Just because something can not go on does not mean that it wasn’t worth it.” That’s why Daylight sounds melancholy but never pessimistic.” This is the second single release which follows their debut single Echo of Joy. The band is starting to garner press with mentions in Music Injection Popmuzik. Popular DJ duo Stereoact released a remix of Echo of Joy, which charted on the German Dance Charts. The band is currently booked for a club tour. Check it out!
Natalie Lynn, a Toronto based pop/rock artist, recently released her debut single One. It’s a solid uptempo track, a nice change from the gloomy-sad songs dominating the charts. Natalie says “it’s like the feeling of being at the top of a roller coaster. Not the part when you actually start going down, but right before that. Pure excitement and vulnerability. The feeling like you might just be on the top of the world.” Pulling influence from Stevie Nicks, Haim and The 1975, her sounds connects the dots between pop, indie, and rock. You can check her out on the Rad To Riverfest Tour that begins on 4/27 at Elora Brewing Co. Give the track a stream.
Austen delivers a haunting electronic pop sound in her latest track Anthem. Think a darker Ellie Goulding. She was named in triple j unearthed’s Top 40 Most Played Artists last year and ‘Artist to Watch‘ by Pilerats. The Australian artist debuted with the single ‘Faded’ which clocked over 500,000 Spotify streams and has shared the stage with The Kite String Tangle, Nicole Millar, KLP, and Running Touch. Check out her performance at Curious Music Festival in Brisbane on 3/30.