Nika Roza Danilova has been recording and performing as Zola Jesus for more than a decade. As a classically trained opera singer with a penchant for noisy, avant-garde sounds, she has explored her own skewed vision of pop music on releases like Stridulum, Conatus and Okovi. She has also raised her voice for a change towards a more human and sustainable business model for independent musicians.
Tel Aviv pop auteur Noga Erez has been steadily building steam for years now, and judging from its latest single, her new album KIDS might be the moment she pops off for real. Erez spent 2020 trickling out tracks from the LP — “Views,” “NO News On TV,” “You So Done” — all of them bursting with a zippy, almost cartoonish energy that neatly contrasts her lackadaisical sing-spoken vocals. Influences of Gorillaz, Fiona Apple, M.I.A., and Billie Eilish in the mix among other things.
Politically-minded, socially conscious, and armed with bucket loads of acerbic swagger, Noga Erez has always had her finger on the pulse of the present. Her new single ‘End of the Road’, however, shifts her focus to the future.
Donna Missal is a potent emerging musical force, making an incredible rise in the industry. A soulful singer with boundless intensity blending pop, R&B and rock, and themes of love, passion and heartbreak. Her debut album This Time in 2018 showed the elegant collision of elements at play in Missal’s music: a poet’s command of tone and a willful embrace of intimacy and experimentation. Lighter is her brand new album.
Penning songs with the emotional forthrightness of indie and the sumptuous vocal tones of soul, Rachel Chinouriri is the 22-year-old singer-songwriter who’s set to be one of the biggest musical discoveries of 20201.
Rachel Chinouriri returns with the mellow ‘Darker Place’, and adjoining video, which sees the artist explore life’s contrast between light and dark. ‘Darker Place’ switches between dark and bubblegum pop, with a sinister through-line making sure that the whole thing gives off an air of chic foreboding.
Adult Mom began as the solo project of Stevie Knipe at Purchase College. Adult Mom now falls between the playful spectrum of solo project and collaborative band with beloved friends and musicians Olivia Battell and Allegra Eidinger. Since forming in 2012, Adult Mom has released five EPs and two full-length albums. Knipe writes clever and intimate indie pop songs that offer a glimpse into the journey of a gender-weird queer navigating through heartache, trauma and subsequent growth.
Few days ago Adult Mom has announced their new album Driver will be released March 5 via Epitaph, and to celebrate, has shared new single “Sober.”
Laura Jane Grace is best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!. Since coming out as transgender in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she has become an outspoken advocate for transgender awareness.
Across the 14 songs that comprise Grace’s debut solo album, Stay Alive, she takes all her pent-up fears, anger, and anxiety and releases it, like an olive branch to the weary listeners who are feeling those exact same ways
Bree Runway defies categorization. She has lost count of the number of times she’s been asked if she makes R&B or soul music. In fact, she’s asked it so often that she likes to list all the varying styles her music draws on to make the point that it evades any simple categorisation. It’s pop, trap, dance, R&B, rock, PC music and even country music too,
The London-born artist is mysterious, unapologetic, and intensely passionate. Her debut mixtape 2000AND4EVA, which she finished in her bedroom during quarantine, is a 9-track project featuring heavy-hitters like Missy Elliott, Rico Nasty, Yung Baby Tate, and Maliibu Mitch.