Tuesday, April 25, 2017

RYAL - Father Figure (George Michael Cover)

Ahead of the release of their forthcoming debut debut full-length, Silver & Gold, due out in July, New York City-based alt-pop duo RYAL, comprised of singer/songwriter Jacque Ryal and renowned producer Aaron Nevezie, have today unveiled their heartfelt rendition of George Michael's 1987 hit "Father Figure", a moving tribute to one of Ryal's musical heroes, who she fell in love with when she was little, and whose catalog she revisits constantly for inspiration. She describes her version as a moody homage that’s not just a thank you, but a flower on the grave for one of her favorite pop stars of all time.

"I loved this song when I was a kid. I had no idea what I was singing about when I'd sing along as a child, so when we decided to cover it, there were a lot of 'whoa' moments with the lyrics - and what a powerful moment as a woman being able to sing lyrics 'I will be your father figure,'" Ryal tells Popdust, who premiered the track earlier today. "George Michael was an incredible singer-writer, so inherently the melody and lyrics were a big challenge. It was harder than I expected. It was an exercise in personas. We also made the decision to chop out the bridge...while we love the 80s cheese, we felt obliged to remove a bit of it. Hope George isn't upset with us from above."

Listen to "Father Figure" below.


DVWEZ - The Life

Orlando-based R&B/pop artist Delia Albert, aka DVWEZ (pronounced "Dames") continues to impress on her last offering entitled "The Life", which once again sees her collaborating with producer Kaixen and also serves as the second single to be lifted from her forthcoming Paradise EP, due out later this year.

Speaking on the track, DVWEZ explains:

"I wanted to explore the idea of taking the wrong path and embracing your mistakes along the way. I was inspired to write 'The Life' after a conversation I had with my girlfriend. I think it's especially hard for loved ones watching someone they care about try to make it in the industry. They're very protective, and as the artist, you have to assure them that you're making the right decisions – a truly impossible task. You're really learning as you go."

Listen to "The Life" along with the EP's first single and title track below.

Premiere via Noisey.


Dollie Demi - Ruby Lips

Having first come to our attention last year with her debut single, "New Girl", 22-year-old Manchester-based singer/songwriter Dollie Demi now returns with her latest offering called "Ruby Lips", a sassy pop rock song driven by crunchy guitars and a distinctive bass line.

Listen to "Ruby Lips" below.

"Ruby Lips" is available now on iTunes.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Tuelo - Saint Margaret

Blending African melodies with American soul and punk rock to make what's been dubbed "revival music", Tuelo, led by South African-born, Brooklyn-based songstress Tuelo Minah, who The Huffington Post labelled as New York’s Best Singer (and The World's), has just unveiled her new single entitled "Saint Margaret", which was written as an homage to Tuelo's mother, Seabi, whose "English" name is Margaret. Oddly enough, Tuelo's mother has yet to hear her sing or see her perform, yet she remains a favorite topic amongst fans because of how Tuelo weaves her into every conversation and every show. Tuelo credits her love for people, environment, tradition, culture, words and learning, spirituality, and her non-conformist and awkward nature to her mother, and often remarks that if somebody had told her as a child that her mother was God, she would have been a believer a long time ago.

Listen to "Saint Margaret" below.

Premiere ​via Consequence of Sound.


Squidgenini - Alligator

Following last year's release of her debut single, "Fire", Melbourne-based singer and producer Squidgenini (pronounced; Squid-jeh-ni-ni), who has previously supported artists such as Kilo Kish, Nai Palm, Japanese Wallpaper and The Drones, now returns with her second offering called "Alligator", which further showcases her use of forward-thinking electronic production and blends it together with lyrics that are not only relatable but also brutally honest. Mixed by Becki Whitton (Anatole, YonYonson, Eilish Gilligan), "Alligator" is a not so subtle reminder of just how easy it is to say "I’m just not that into you dude" than allowing things to get to the next level.

Listen to "Alligator" below.

Premiere via The Ladies Network.