Look out for Essy and the new track Cry For Me. If you love 80’s, you’ll like this uptempo pop track. It’s the female version of The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Light’s with an added sax at the end of the song. Yes, people are still obsessed with the 80’s. Before moving to Nashville, Rachel Braig aka Essy, studied at Berklee College of Music and collaborated with songwriters before writing with electronic duo Ship Wrek. Give it a listen.
NYC based Rachel Bochner shares Ultraviolet. It’s a really viby track and you’ll love if you like Lana Del Ray and Billie Eilish. Her influences range from Maggie Rogers, Lorde, Sasha Sloan, Lennon to Stella. The new release comes off her 5 song 2AM EP that she dropped on 1/15. She’ been featured on Spotify’s Indie Pop, Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds Pop, soda, and New Music Friday Peru Playlists. Give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders Playlist.
Look out for Estella Dawn and her new piano ballad Petty. It’s a standout track with an ethereal vocal and a haunting piano melody. Fans of Lana Del Rey, Zella Day, and Lorde will eat it up. “Petty is about the breakdown of a friendship, knowing someone’s intimate secrets and wanting to use them in retaliation but knowing better” shares Estella. The 23 year old Colorado based artist has been releasing a song every couple of weeks. At 15 she was a semi-finalist on New Zealand’s Got Talent. Check it out on KOAR’s Indie Invaders Playlist.
They say getting a driver’s license is an exciting milestone for any teen. Well, the 17-year-old actress Olivia Rodrigo has a smash hit with her song Driver License. It’s been a while since Disney broke an artist. The song is supercharged with top 40 radio play, Tiktok presence and a shoutout from Taylor Swift. The song has clocked more than 100 million streams on Spotify, making it the “fastest song on Spotify to hit this milestone.
The Kid Laroi is Australia’s biggest rap export, and he’s only 17. His real name is Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard and he is a self prescribed rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He loves Tupac, Erykah Badu, The Fugees, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West.
It all began when Laroi placed third in the 2018 edition of “Unearthed High,” a competition for high school artists sponsored by Australia radio station Triple J. He signed with imprint Grade A Records, alongside his mentor Juice WRLD. He supported Juice WORLD on multiple Australian tours during expanding his audience.
With the help of Spotify, Laroi garnered millions of streams via Spotify’s most popular playlists, including RapCaviar, Pop Rising, Most Necessary, Internet People, Tear Drop, and Hot Rhythmic.
It was his collaboration with Juice — “Go” that took him to the next level where he saw overseas chart success.
Now his first full length F*CK LOVE is topping the charts. You’ll love Laroi if you’re a fan of melodic emo-rap.
Anybody wherever I’ve ever been in my life, one thing they can always say good or bad, I was always doing music and I always wanted to be a rapper,” he said.