Hayley Kiyoko is important because:

-She’s mixed race.

-She’s bisexual.

-Her music is really good because it isn’t offensive and one of her more popular songs (Girls like Girls) is not only catchy, but sends a great message about queer girls :) 

-She’s an artist I would listen to while looking at a sunset in the summer.

-She has a video of herself eating a taco in her car on youtube.

We haven’t heard from BOA this year yet, and boy, are we glad they’ve re-surfaced. The Brighton x Bristol trio won us over with heart rending synth and alt pop songs like Pharaoh and Right Place Right Time last year. They now return to do the same with Steal It, succeeding in stealing our hearts once again. Steal It exudes an abundance of summer cool alongside its bittersweet musings. It also walks a very fine line between electronic pop and alt pop. The resulting drafty concoction captivates and allures like The Wombats gone St. Lucia. Steal It is out now on Manchester based independent label LAB Records. Alternate stream via Soundcloud can be found below.

Jaymes Young and Phoebe Ryan are two of the biggest and best up and coming names in the wide world of music. Lucky for us, they combined forces, and it is nothing short of amazing. Here is the duet’s We Won’t

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From the Gold Coast of Australia comes an indie pop singer songwriter named Amy Shark, who reportedly doesn’t play many live shows but when she does, it’s a memorable affair. She’s taken a tight hold on me with Adore, her latest single. Though weightlessly soothing, Adore is a moody composition, its electro tinged alt pop waxing heavily emotive with desperate longing. Amy Shark explains that the song is “about crushing hard on someone”, and she hopes listening to it will give us all a surge of confidence to make a move. 

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I can assure you I won’t be forgetting the name Batya any time soon, even though the New York based dream pop artist arrives on our radar with a song entitled What’s My Name. Batya already has a debut album slate for release this spring. She transfixes us with her fleecy vocals and a lush strumming form of alt pop on the latest taste from that album. Batya explains that What’s My Name is about self-discovery, or being unsure of where you came from or where you’re going. Like a feather in a blustering gust of wind, we’re blown hither and yon by her enchanting aria. For a moment, we are all free spirited nomads, traveling the dusty roads with Batya in hopes of finding our true selves. 

Nashville’s R.LUM.R continues to showcase some exceptional vocal talent on his intensive new tune, Frustrated. The future vibing, soulful R&B ballad cuts to the marrow with its moody crooning and opulent production. R.LUM.R’s high flying, jaw dropping vocals evoke Gallant, full of electrifying passion and bursting at the seams with emotion. Frustrated leaves no doubt behind in its wake. This is one remarkable artist who’s surely going to make massive waves in the near future. Frustrated is out now on iTunes.

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