Thursday, February 23, 2017

Kiri T - I'm Not Here

Originally hailing from Hong Kong but now currently based in Los Angeles, singer/songwriter and producer Kiri T, who also studied Electronic Production and Design at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, has today unveiled her first new single in a little over a year called "I'm Not Here", a dark and moody electronic pop gem which was co-written with Max Mckellar and co-produced by Matthew Sim. A song about facing your inner demons with grace and irony, "I'm Not Here" invites listeners to roll with Kiri on a journey of self discovery; the haunting lyrics in the verse depicts her past traumas that cannot be reversed, but resolves in the chorus with a fiercer side of herself.

Listen to "I'm Not Here" below.

Premiere via The Line of Best Fit.

"I'm Not Here" is available now as a free download for a limited time.

Emma Dewing - Buttons

Having first come to our attention back in mid-2015 with the release of her debut single, "Beautiful Mess", Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, ballerina and model Emma Dewing has today unveiled her new single called "Buttons". Once again teaming up with longtime collaborator Ely Rise, who has previously written and produced for Justin Bieber, Mike Posner and Macy Gray, "Buttons" is a evocative and soulful piece of alt-pop perfection which further showcases Emma's songwriting prowess. With "Buttons", Emma cements herself as an exciting new Artist To Watch in 2017 as she begins her rise to pop notoriety.

Speaking on the track, Emma says:

"'Buttons' is about the push and pull of a relationship... how someone will drive you crazy, but you stay anyways cause there's just something about them."

Listen to "Buttons" below.

"Button" will released tomorrow (February 24th) via South By Sea Music.

Premiere via The Line of Best Fit.

Phebe Starr - Two Hearts

With her previous single, "They Keep Telling Me" still on heavy rotation here at WS headquarters, Australian singer/songwriter Phebe Starr returns today to deliver yet another pulsating and attention-grabbing electro-pop gem called "Two Hearts", which also serves as another taste of her eagerly-awaited 5-song EP, Chronicles, due for release on March 31st.

"People might think this song is about a guy, but it isn't," Phebe says. "I hardly ever write about romantic love. It's about my internal fight against doubt. My mom is an outspoken strong woman and my father is a conservative man. Sometimes I feel I inherited a battle of opposing values."

Listen to both "Two Hearts" and "They Keep Telling Me" below.

"Two Hearts" and "They Keep Telling Me" are available now on iTunes.

Premiere via Consequence of Sound.

Mikala - Save Your Love

Introducing Danish/Italian artist Mikala. Born and raised in the rougher parts of Copenhagen, money was always tight for Mikala's family, but there was plenty of love and creativity at home, with both her parents involved in music and arts. As a child she started playing drums and piano and in her early teens she joined a gospel choir, where she could really challenge and nurture her vocal talent. Citing her upbringing and the values it gave her as her main inspiration, Mikala's sound is best described as inclusive soul and R&B or as Mikala herself calls it "eye to eye soul."

For her first single "Save Your Love", Mikala has teamed up Scandinavian platinum producer David Mørup to create an old school. beat-heavy R&B meets pop track with a light cut-up piano melody and samples attached as well. The song has clear references to 90's music with all the laid back attitude and warmth that defines the young singer.

Speaking on the track, Mikala says:

"In the beginning I wanted to write a song about ‘the state of the world’ but it seemed a bit too heavy for me - so we ended up writing about a typical one-night stand where the girl kind of ditches the guy.. But while watching the election in LA last year we added the sample in the beginning that says "Makes you wonder what the world's coming to" - giving it a state of the world twist anyways."

Listen to "Save Your Love" below

Premiere via Clash.

Sulene - Haunting

26-year old South African-born, New York City-based artist Sulene Van Der Walt, better known mononymously as Sulene (who also performed as a live guitarist for Nate Ruess' post-Fun. solo project, Aussie popstress Betty Who and tri-state area pop-punkers Candy Hearts), has today unveiled her booming and guitar-driven post-breakup anthem called "Haunting", which also serves as the second single following "What We Had" to be lifted from her forthcoming debut EP, Strange, due out on March 31st via Sleep Well Records.

Speaking on the track, Sulene says:

"'Haunting' is about that lingering feeling that creeps up on you at night when you end a difficult relationship in your life. I wanted to write a song about all the complications that go along with letting someone go - how even when the rational decision has been made and you’re moving on, that your heart may still be playing catch-up and trying to adjust."

Listen to both "Haunting" and "What We Had" below.

Premiere + an article called 5 Reasons It's Totally OK Not To Be Over Your Ex written by Sulene herself via BuzzFeed.

Pre-order Sulene's Strange EP on iTunes and "Haunting" and "What We Had" instantly.