Merging her unforgettable Swedish pop sound with classic references to the 70s and 80s, ‘Envious’ is launching Elvira onto the pop scene. Envious is her first single off of an upcoming EP, coming next spring. Complete with beautiful chord patterns, harmonies, and a strong groove, Elvira’s sound is inspired by not only old, but new. Growing up, her family used to host dance parties every Friday where they would listen to old music like Earth, Wind & Fire or Chaka Khan and perform for each other. Mixing that with modern day influences, such as Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor, and Tove Lo, Elvira’s sound is a blended masterpiece linking different eras together, and Envious is no different.
Envious is the first single on the project, but more singles are coming out during the fall. we can expect intimate love songs, beautiful visuals and get to know her better through her songwriting and socials. Envious also comes with a gorgeous music video, filmed entirely on an iPhone in her old apartment. With help from her friends, they planned, directed, recorded & edited the video in two days. The video will be out the same day as the single.
Dutch-Ghanaian singer-songwriter Nana Adjoa releases her I Want To Change, the closing track from her highly anticipated debut album, Big Dreaming Ants due for release on 24th September via Bloomer Records
Following a string of irresistible singles including, Consequence of Sound-approved ‘She’s Stronger’, ‘Throw Stones’ which received praise from the likes of i-D, Noctis, The Voice, C-Heads, Mahogany and Indie Shuffle to name a few, the Complex-premiered ‘No Room’ featured by London In Stereo in their Tracks of The Week and spinned by Chris Hawkins and Lauren Laverne on their BBC 6 Music shows, the upcoming album focuses on Nanas poignant lyricism tackling complicated questions of race, gender, religion, and sexuality – Nana often meditates on the meaning and make-up of one’s identity.
In the reflective new track Nana analyses the human condition, is about how you want to change yourself and your world around you, in many different ways, but it’s always in a kind of passive manner. It’s the magnitude of things you feel need changing that is paralyzing, but not paralyzing enough to not feel the urge to change anymore. Written on the piano, the track was built from the artist original demo I had a demo with the taped piano, delayed taped piano, ukulele, glockenspiel, synths, percussion, and drums. With the producer we built the track around the original demo. Nana handled the majority of the instrumentation herself, using a wide palette of instruments. A process that helped her to develop a multi-layered sound, rich in tonal textures, which is as intimate as expansive.
Nana Adjoa is sonic explorer armed with a deft poeticism and a fierce sense of musicianship, a skilled multi-instrumentalist and trained jazz player. Born in Amsterdam to a Dutch mother and a Ghanaian father, Nana joined her first band as a teenager, choosing to play bass because, every other instrument had been claimed. It was a lucky twist of fate, unbeknown to the musician, her mother had once been the bassist in a Ghanaian Highlife band and happened to have her instrument. Accepted to study jazz (electric bass and double bass) at the prestigious Amsterdam Conservatory, Nana traded the restrictions of a structured curriculum for the free-flow of her own compositions.
Since her debut in 2017 – the vulnerable EP Down at the Root (Pt. 1)– she has been praised for her sonic explorations and effortless lyrical poetry. Her second EP, Down at the Root (Pt. 2) and the Stereogum-approved A Tale So Familiar, increased support from international press including Consequence of Sound and The Fader, influential radio stations such as USA tastemakers KCRW, KEXP and streaming platforms. Making her USA live debut in 2018, Adjoa played a series of headline shows as part of a worldwide Communion residency, as well as performing on some of the European largest festival stages.
Trip-hop duo Kruder & Dorfmeister have shared their futuristic video music video for their new single ‘Johnson’. The single will feature on long-awaited album release 1995 set for release in October. The ‘Johnson’ music video will be any dystopian fan’s daydream.
The music video was directed by Oscar Pecher (BMW, Audi and Adidas) and Stefan Pecher who talk about the music video concept: “When we heard the track for the first time, pictures immediately came into our minds. The cinematic, atmospherically dense sound, supported by emotional vocal samples, reduced breakbeats and deep basslines gave us a lot of visual input. Someplace that has stood still in time, the dark corridors, the mysterious musical mood that fits the current time, combined with a young, sensitive leading actress whose sluggish movements increasingly develop towards dance as the track progresses. It matched perfectly, the sounds reflected everything we had thought about during the quarantine, just waiting to be packed into picturesque images.“
“Personally, it was important to us to create a music video that would uplift the music rather than compete with it. We were given absolute freedom by the musicians during the creation process and were allowed to dream, experiment and explore. The song is very expressive in itself and rewards anyone who takes the time to listen carefully – so it was important for us to capture our personal feelings and build on them both narratively and visually.”
The ‘Johnson’ music video provides dystopian landscapes that tie in with beautifully with Kruder & Dorfmeister’s captivating downtempo flair that leaves one to ponder on what to listen to next.
1995 Album Tracklist:
2. Love Hope Change
3. Swallowed The Moon
6. King Size
8. Don Gil Dub
9. Stop Screaming (only available on physical copy)
Your Girl Pho is the vivacious on stage persona of Perth based vocalist/producer Phoebe Gunson. In a short time she racked up a slew of coveted support slots with the likes of Post Malone, The Avalanches, E^ST, Kllo, Alice Ivy & spots on acclaimed festivals Groovin’ The Moo, Falls Festival, Laneway, Listen Out, FOMO, Festival Vaiven (Mexico), Music Matters (Singapore), & in 2019 performed her first North American shows when she appeared on the prestigious Canadian Music Week lineup.
Pho is known for her big vocal range, high energy and live looping during shows. A dynamic young artist that bounces with ease across genres, ranging from somber, nostalgic R&B to bright, colourful electro-pop that will have you dancing in your seat. The power, sass and closeness of Pho’s voice is bigger than the limitations of genre, and in 2019 Acid Stag acknowledged her ability to experiment with her sound, referring to her single ‘Don’t Wanna’ as an “extremely impressive cross-genre offering that will leave you gobsmacked.” The crown jewel in her fizzing, elasticated blend of genres, Pho’s“soulful vocals” (NYLON) have enjoyed airplay with triple j, Beats 1, FBi Radio, RTRFM, 4ZZZ and more – via her own work as well as collaborations with electronic producers Palais, Tayrell and Ukiyo.
Often backed by her 4-piece band, consisting of drums & two saxophones, Pho’s warm, dynamic vocals and playful attitude certainly command the room. Acknowledgement of her enthralling live show was received in 2019 when she won the West Australian Music award for ‘Best Live Electronic Act’. Following on from a huge year in 2019 which included acclaimed releases ‘Five-Thirty PM’ and ‘Don’t Wanna’, which sat at #1 in the AMRAP metro download charts Nationally, it’s no surprise she was snapped up by Untitled Group’s tastemaker label Daily Nightly in June of 2020. The tail end of this year sees Pho pen new music & perform shows in her home state of Western Australia.