June 21, 2020

Selected #22: From Powerful Vocals To Playful Instrumentals

This week's featured artist is Blue W3rd. One of the winners for the REC Philly X Amuse Partnerships, Philadelphia-based, Blue W3rd's sounds are original, political and often played along with a strong beat.

Take a look at their Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Blue W3rd - W3rd To

'W3rd To' is a clever blend of intellectual lyrics, mixed in with political attributes and a hard beat. Part of the REC Philly x Amuse Winners, Blue W3rd is one to watch as an emerging artist in the rap game.

Location: US
Streams: 55
Instagram: @_bluew3rd

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Ney Liqa Ft. Whattodo - LIE

This upbeat pop song by Sweden-based Ney Liqa is a dreamy addition to add to your playlists. With catchy lyrics and and an 80s vibe, this track will surely get you in a great mood in no time.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 5.5K
Instagram: @ney.liqor

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Asha Elia Ft. Sharyn - Dreams

UK-based Asha Elia carries a beautiful full voice along with complimentary upbeat sounds. Her music is titled under 'UK Christian Rap' and certainly stands out within this genre.

Location: UK
Streams: 30K
Facebook: @ashaelia

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Travi The Native - Heavy Love

Soft boy in nature and in their music, Travi the Native's track 'Heavy Love' is a tuneful melodic song intertwined with feelings of heartbreak and catchy lyrics.

Location: UK
Streams: 8K
Instagram: @travithenative

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Naomi Lien - Don't Need None

Sweden-based Naomi Lien has created this punchy, powerful pop track with intense lyrical melodies and a hard beat - definitely one to blast on high volume if you need to let out some steam!

Location: Sweden
Streams: 5K
Instagram: @naomilien

Go get nostalgic here!

Joe - Prismatica

The mysterious artist Joe has created this funky tune ready to kickstart your week ahead. With playful instrumentals and bluesy influence - this bop is a fun new addition to add to your playlists.

Location: Canada
Streams: 7K
Instagram: @_xxot5xx_

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June 14, 2020

Selected #21: From Relaxed Rap to Bluesy Melodies

This week's featured artist is Raghd. We absolutely adored this multi-talented rapper, producer and singer from Sweden. Her sounds are original, smooth and definitely one to add to your playlists.

Take a look at their Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Raghd - Same Time

'Same Time' is a catchy, youthful track, filled with smooth rap and calm beats. The perfect tune to carry you into the weekend. Raghd is taking over the rap scene so keep an eye out for new music.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 8K
Instagram: @ra5ghd

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Greatness Jones, Kelvyn Colt, Dotto - DLMD

This track by Greatness Jones is an easy breezy ode to relaxed beats and summer blues. The talented artist brings the best in this track, featuring Kevin Colt and Dotty.

Location: UK
Streams: 118K
Instagram: @greatnessjones

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Kyle Sparkman - Mrs. Robot

REC Philly X Amuse winner Kyle Sparkman brings buttery tones and bluesy melodies with his track 'Mrs. Robot'. A catchy tune with playful elements that you'll be humming on your Sunday mornings.

Location: US
Streams: 2K
Facebook: @kylesparkman

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Misbah Uddin - Baadal

This track by Misbah Uddin is mysterious and upbeat all at the same time. Carrying summery synthy vibes and dreamy like melodies, this track is the underdog for your playlists.

Location: Pakistan
Streams: 500
Instagram: @misbahaviorrr

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7ru7h - Save Me

This punchy track by British artist 7ru7h is loud and memorable. With an addictive chorus and strong hard beats, this track is a winner.

Location: UK
Streams: 1,8M
Instagram: @7ru7h

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Portuguese artist L V I N has released this bop of delightful instrumentals, you can almost feel those sun rays falling over you. This track carries day rave energies and will lift you right back to the club.

Location: Portugal
Streams: 300
Instagram: @lvinofthewired

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June 1, 2020

Selected #20: Smooth R&B to House Party Remedies

This week's featured artist is Chi Virgo. We fell in love with her addictive track 'Bye Bye', a real hidden gem. Check them out below!

Take a look at their Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Chi Virgo - Bye Bye

If you're looking to update your playlists, then look no further. Chi Virgo's track 'Bye Bye' is an effortlessly smooth track, intertwined with soul and R&B vibes. This young artist is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Location: UK
Streams: 2K
Instagram: @chivirgo

Go get stuck here!

KALM - Bad Habits

We've all been missing the dance floor, this track by KALM brings us right back into the club energy and staying up into the early hours of the morning. A must-add track to switch up your weekend.

Location: UK
Streams: 380K
Instagram: @thisiskalm

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Troop Brand Ft. Kota the friend - Cherry Trees

Troop Brand is not only a cool guy that you'd want to hang out with but also super talented. Channeling Childish Gambino/Anderson Pack vibes, his track 'Cherry Trees' is a sweet, playful mix, perfect for carefree summer days.

Location: US
Streams: 490K
Facebook: @troopbrand

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Martin Masarov - mig, Mig, MIG!

mig, Mig, MIG! is a gloriously loud single, showing the best of Swedish-rap. Martin Masarov plays carefully with strong beats, bars and heavy lyrics to produce this eclectic track.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 4K
Instagram: @martinmasarov

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Tom Ashbrook - Too Soon

This gentle track by Tom Ashbrook shouldn't go unnoticed, it carries thoughtful piano playing, and almost makes you fall into your favourite black and white film. Slow, careful and poetically produced.

Location: UK
Streams: 1,6M
Instagram: @tomashbrookmusic

Go get nostalgic here!

Quentin Miller - Stuck Up.

This weighty track by Quentin Miller is lyrically original, fuelled by aggressive bars and tough beats. Even so, there's a cool calmness in his voice that brings out a more poetic side in rap that often goes unappreciated.

Location: US
Streams: 82K
Instagram: @quentinmiller__

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May 24, 2020

Selected #19: Teenagers and lazy pop from the Philippines

This week's featured artist is American AP The Plan. Their track 'CAPTIONS' as well as their inspiring visual identity really spoke to us. Check them out below!

Take a look at their Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Ap The Plan - CAPTIONS

This young, american duo creates a certain modern teen vibe. The way the synths work as a teasing element in the production, makes the track real interesting and alive. Their visual identity is also admirable - we’re def impressed by this project.

Location: US
Streams: 10K
Instagram: @aptheplanmusic

Go get stuck here!

Mala Junt'a - Adicto a Ti

We. Love. Reggaeton. Beats. This chill, classic reggaeton pop song, about being addicted to someone, makes us move our hips - as usual. These beats never fail to create happiness and good vibes - keep ‘em coming Mala Junt’a!

Location: Chile
Streams: 12,3K
Instagram: @malajuntacl

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Jaze - In Your Heart

The singer/songwriter guitar together with the pop drums makes this track a mix between Avicii and Of Monsters and Men’s Little Talks. It’s cozy, happy and chill at the same time - perfect for that Sunday playlist of yours!

Location: Sweden
Streams: 8K
Facebook: @jaze

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Jemiloh - Paths

This lazy pop track is perfect for a sunny day, drinking lemonade on the balcony looking out over some quiet covid city. A bit of indie pop, a bit of shoegaze and a lot of calm, warm vibes.

Location: Philippines
Streams: 16K
Instagram: @jemilohbeats

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Shermanology - Sunshine

Even though the album title is a bit too This catchy, fast beat driven Ibiza soundtrack is a piece of sugar. The singer’s classic, solid RnB voice, makes the nostalgia wake up inside of us. When the chorus comes on we can’t help singing along since the melody easily sticks.

Location: UK
Streams: 16K
Instagram: @shermanology

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LD - Intro

This heavy track by British LD sure got the attitude UK-rappers are known for. With church bells, fast spitting and a driving treble beat - this sure qualifies as one of UK’s up-and-coming rap exports. Keep it up LD!

Location: UK
Streams: 226K
Instagram: @official6ix7

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May 21, 2020

Isanna Guides Us Through Her New Ethereal Music Video

We caught up with the talented American-German producer, Isanna, ahead of her newest release 'Moshpit of Emotions'. After creating the entire music video from her living room under self-isolation and with limited resources, we discussed how she and her team went about producing the unique and dramatic visuals to her new track during these unprecedented conditions.

Introduce yourself!

Hey I’m Isanna, a German/American songwriter and producer currently based in London.

What was the inspiration behind the music video for Moshpit of Emotions?

We really wanted to capture the feelings of isolation, wonder, and awe that I felt while writing the track. The character I play in the video is floating through space, and through life in general, to mirror that. She’s lost in the middle of nowhere, but still refusing to lose her sense of wonder.

Did you have any assistance creating the film? If so, who?

My amazing brother Alex co-directed the video with our wildly talented VFX editor Harry Lindley. I did my own makeup and styling, and my mom did my hair haha. It was a family effort, to say the least.

Can you explain the process behind the production?

Alex and I filmed the video in front of a green screen in our living room during lockdown. It was the most chilled process ever. It was honestly just like hanging out at home, but every 5 minutes my mom was running around, touching up my flyaways and decreasing the green screen. She’s such a legend, shout out mom!! Then we handed the shots off to Harry to create a whole CGI world on earth, in space, and somewhere in between :’)

How long did the entire filming process take?

The filming took approx. one and a half days as we didn’t have much to work with, so we wanted to make sure all of my performance shots were as good as they could be. The editing and VFX process happened over the span of four weeks, with Alex and Harry collaborating remotely to make the whole thing as fantastical and wild as it could be.

Were there any major obstacles that you encountered?

Our living room is teeny tiny, and the green screen wasn’t massive, so we kept having to re-film scenes where my arms and legs would have disappeared off screen once we put in a background. Also, we were working with really limited lighting, which makes a green screen edit super difficult. We had to get creative with ways to bounce light off of my face, like using a small plastic card as a reflector. 

How did it feel to create a music video under the conditions of quarantine?

It was difficult, but if there’s one thing my team loves, it’s a challenge. 

How did being in lockdown affect the final result?

I think filming during self-isolation was beneficial for my performance. It really helped me get into character because I was running through the gamut of emotions in real life as well, as I’m sure many people are during this time.

What's next for you?

I’m writing/producing towards my debut EP at the moment, so I’m still in a place of exploring what I really want to say with my first bigger body of work. We’re releasing my next single at the start of summer as well, so I’m really psyched for that! Sadly the festivals that I was meant to play at this summer got cancelled, but on the bright side, it allows more time for writing and introspection.

Follow Isanna on Instagram for more.

May 19, 2020

Harry Styles’ New Music Video Is A Quarantine Dream

The newly released music video for the track 'Watermelon Sugar' is a juicy ode to 'touching', and a tease for life before and after lockdown.

Harry Styles has returned with a deliciously succulent new visual part of his Fine Line album, giving us fans a more traditional 70s sepia-toned energy and a celebration of summer. Whilst most of us are still in lockdown mode, this new video transports us to warmer climates and is a big ol' tease to traveling and touching. "DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Practice social distancing," Styles pranked on Twitter.

Fuelled by shots of tanned bodies swimming under sand, fruit being seductively eaten, and plenty of watermelons, this video is a tortuous gift that has been blessed to us by the prince of pop himself. Thank you Harry -we love you.

May 18, 2020

Music-related Podcasts You Need in Your Life

Lets get real, podcasts are underrated. Sometimes a great podcast can be the catalyst to new ideas, the ideal remedy after a stressful day or even just the perfect accompaniment when you need some 'you' time. We've rounded up some essential music-related podcasts to add to your daily routines 😌🙌

#When you just want to know more

Named 'Best podcast of 2018' by The New York Times, Dissect is a podcast dedicated to breaking down the meaning of various albums from pivotal figures in the music industry. From The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to the mystery of Frank Ocean, each season looks to dissect and forensically examine the music, lyrics and the backstory behind one song. Hosted by Cole Cuchna, Dissect is every music nerd's dream come true 😎 Listen here.

#When you need inspiration

Hosted by Musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding, 'Switched on Pop' is the necessary podcast tackling the latest trends in popular music. The podcast is there to convince that maybe 'the worst song you've ever listened to' still has had huge time and effort poured into it. From Justin Bieber to Lady Gaga, the podcast is a refreshingly open and an energised way of viewing the music industry 💕 Listen here.

#When you need a self-care day

Okay so this isn't exactly a *podcast* more of a playlist but nonetheless the wonderfully addictive NPR Tiny Desk Concerts (which has recently revealed to be not so tiny after all) have kindly transformed their originally video based series into a podcast so that you can listen to live music on-the-go. A perfect accompaniment to your 'you' days 🤩 Listen here.

#When you need new music

Recorded in NYC, Not97 is the podcast you've been needing your whole life. Three hosts and a guest industry-expert meet to discuss music from talented, under-the-radar artists around the world, with each of them presenting two recently released tracks and breaking down the reason behind their choosing. The podcast is the perfect solution for when you're in need of some new music to switch up your playlists 🔥Listen here.

#When you need that 'Gurls Talk'

The Gurls Talk Podcast is here for your every need. Whilst it's not directly a music-related podcast, its a collation of stories and discussions from strong independent womxn, making moves in life and unravelling the truths of what it means to be a 'woman' today. Hosted by it's creator, activist and model, Adwoa Aboah and featuring the likes of Dua Lipa and Jorja Smith, this podcast is one to inspire. Send to your sister, mother, grandmother, girlfriend, partner and anyone in-between that you think could connect with these open and honest conversations 💁Listen here.

May 17, 2020

Selected #18: From a French rapper to UK’s new Birdy

This week's featured artist is French rapper Luni. His track 'Paris-Bruxelles' really got us - have a listen in our playlist 'Selected by Amuse💛'.

Take a look at his Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Luni, Krisy - Paris-Bruxelles

The way this tune creates a certain vibe, it instantly got us hooked. Luni sure spits in an intriguing, smooth way - his voice feels like a warm breeze in July and at the same time, a pumped party on a rooftop somewhere in Paris. The fine beat, together with the string-like instrumentals, creates a dreamy sound that has been on repeat ever since we heard it the first time.

Location: France
Streams: 30,3K
Instagram: @yoluni

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Nahh, C.Gold - Electric Life

Its playful, fun cover is a perfect fit for the chill, summer track 'Electric Life'. If we were to have a beach party tonight, which we won't, this would be on the playlist. The soft vocals as well as fun synth harmonies make it easy, lively and entertaining.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 71,2K
Instagram: @naahthewizard

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Julia Church - Shiloh

Her live videos on Instagram as well as the cheeky bio proves a playful kind of view on artistry. Working hard on her online presence, it makes sense her audience is growing each day. The track Shiloh is beautifully raw, emotional and strikingly cinematic.

Location: UK
Streams: 153,8K
Instagram: @juliachurchmusic

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SONNY OH! - Upside Down

Funky beats, airy pop vocals as well as the catchy lyrics and topline - this track could definitely be a classic already. SONNY OH!, Deraj and Quinten Coblentz, have done an amazing job with this glitter filled track - let's get dancing!

Location: US
Streams: 14,7K
Instagram: @sonnyohmusic

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Leeky Bandz - Bulletproof

Even though the album title is a bit too contemporary (I bet we all shiver by now, seeing that word) - 'Bulletproof' feels like a great, classic hip hop track. The repetitive piano melodies together with the heavy beat makes us nostalgic. Keep 'em coming Leeky!

Location: US
Streams: 1K
Instagram: @lilitaly

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Mares- En sista minut

'Mares' are one of the most popular indie pop bands in Sweden right now. Their hit 'Sunnanvind' reached over 25 million streams in total. This track is about 'the last minute' - an intriguing, dramatic lyrics talks about the moment when we get our final doom. Their music has captivated many Swedes during the past years - and will probably continue to do so for many years to come.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 460,7K
Instagram: @mares.band

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May 11, 2020

7 Must-See Music Videos of All Time

We've curated a selection of music videos we believe are amongst the best ever have been made. There are so many fantastic pieces of art out there - new magical videos are created every year! From Childish Gambino to Björk, we've got you covered with some of the must-see videos on the web👌

#1 This Is America - Childish Gambino (2018)

This never ending journey of horrific surprises won a Grammy for Best Music Video in 2018. Directed by Hiro Murai, this genius body of work is filled with symbols and metaphors about race and gun violence in the US. The four-minute long one-shot video will sure hit you hard - be aware that there is graphic violence.

#2 Nothing Compares 2U - Sinéad O'Connor (1990)

Originally written by Prince, Sinéad O'Connor made this song a huge hit with this cutting, exceptional video. The focus on just her face, exposed while going through the stages of anger and sadness that comes with losing someone loved. It feels so real, so raw and so, so beautiful - probably because all the emotions in the video are real. Sinéad O'Connor thought about the death of her mother while recording it - and wow - it sure worked. In 1990, the video won three VMA’s - amongst others ‘Video of the Year’.

#3 It’s Oh So Quiet - Björk (1995)

This iconic video for Björks remake of Betty Hutton’s It’s Oh So Quiet, made in collaboration with the Hollywood director Spike Jonze, has become one of her most famous releases. The playful choreography, each shot looking like a real-life Disney movie, sure is something special. The delicate slo-mo during the verses makes the chorus feel like a trip on sugar. The video received six nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards in 1996.

#4 Humble - Kendrick Lamar (2017)

This gorgeously-shot music video, directed by Dave Meyers, took Kendrick Lamar’s track Humble to a whole new level. Bursting with symbolism - the video brings an edge to the song since it fearless shows the opposite of humbleness. The way Lamar looks into the camera, with such power in his eyes, makes it impossible to look away. Nominated for eight VMAs in 2018, it took home six - of course including Video of the Year.

#5 Cranes in the sky - Solange (2016)

This magical piece of art is something truly unique. Solange way of acting in front of the camera is somehow meditative. Art directed by Carlota Guerrero and co-directed by herself and her then husband Alan Ferguson, it was shot in 42 (!) different setups, all between New Orleans and New Mexico’s mountains through the deserts of Texas. It took them two, completely dedicated, weeks to film everything - impressive!

#6 Yellow Submarine - The Beatles (1968)

This classic, groundbreaking film was revolutionary when it came out in 1969. This video is a short part of the full movie - 87 minute long - that changed the animation industry. John Lassester (Toy Story etc) and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons) have both claimed that the film gave birth to modern animation and that without it, we probably wouldn’t have either Family Guy, Frozen or Shrek.

#7 Bad Girls - M.I.A (2012)

M.I.A has always been controversial - it’s her thing. This video was no exception. Bad Girls is a middle finger to Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving, which is now legal since 2018 - this badass video took the world by storm when it was released in 2012. Women armed with machine guns, racing in the beautiful deserts of Morocco, dragging their feet alongside the car at 60 miles/hour - this video is as much of a political stand as it is visually mind blowing.

May 8, 2020

Selected #17: Romantic rock stars and successful covers

This week our featured artist is romantic indie rockstar Hazlett. Originally from Australia, but now based in Sweden.

Take a look at his Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Hazlett - Easy now tiger

With his daring, romantic lyrics Hazlett sure stands out. If Bon Iver and Miley Cyrus were to have a child, and that child became an artist - the music would probably sound something like this. His taste in photography and film is also something to check out - his IG is full of gems.

Location: Sweden/Australia
Streams: 113K
Instagram: @thisishazlett

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Bere - Perigo

This young rap tune from Portugal, talking about perigo (danger in English) is here to fill your head with chill back beats and playful synths. Why don't you make an ice coffee, sit back and take a break with this easy tune.

Location: Portugal
Streams: 1,3K
Instagram: @ilyevemonteiro

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Lil Gemi - All On My Mind

If you were to be on a boat for six hours, this would be the tune for you. This track almost feels infinite while listening to, in a good way. With its repetitive warm guitar theme as well as Lil Gemi’s relaxed, soft voice, it will most likely put you in an airy trance.

Location: Norway
Streams: 545K
Instagram: @adamlinard

Go boatin' here!

Revelries - Feel It Still

Ever thought of releasing a cover? That could be a great idea! Revelries’ version of Portugal. The Man’s Feel It Still has amassed over 13 million streams since its release in 2018. So if you ever feel like recording a version of that song you love - do not hesitate!

Location: Netherlands
Streams: 13,6M
Instagram: @revelriesmusic

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sexjacket - bipolar

If a song could sound like the palm trees of Los Angeles - this would be it. In a way it feels like sexjacket is out of breath, singing his last words for us to hear. ‘Tell me what I’m missing’ - the lyrics sure are relatable atm.

Location: Los Angeles, US
Streams: 16K
Instagram: @sexjacket

Go relate here!

Fallon - YUP

Ever been fooled? Do you remember how it felt? This remake of Kelis’ hit Trick Me from 2003 will work like an injection of sassiness - no doubt! With it’s confident, unmistakable lyrics, it will give you that power boost we all need sometimes!

Location: UK
Streams: 983K
Instagram: @fallonmusic

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