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In Notion Now: Week 21, hear new music from the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, MARINA, Sinead Harnett, Holly Humberstone, Meridian Dan, Zoe Wees, Biig Piig, Billie Marten and more.
"hope ur ok" by Olivia Rodrigo
A lot of hype built around the world's biggest new popstar, Olivia Rodrigo, after her viral "Driver's License" swept the globe. With great power comes great responsibility, however, but Rodrigo more than delivered on her debut album 'Sour'. The album perfectly bottles the deeply felt emotions and experiences of being a teenager, and with it, Rodrigo instantly cements her place in the pop hall of fame.
"Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land" by MARINA
The title track from her upcoming album, MARINA keeps the energy high and the messaging clear: "You don't have to be like everybody else / You don't have to fit into the norm / You are not here to conform".
"Anymore (feat. Lucky Daye)" by Sinéad Harnett
Sinéad showcases her vocal acrobatics on new album 'Ready Is Always Too Late'. Lucky Daye is recruited for the song "Anymore", where the duo's vocals mix like milk and honey for a tall glass of sonic deliciousness.
"The Walls Are Way Too Thin" by Holly Humberstone
Inspired by her move to London where she felt "claustrophobic and alone", rapidly rising singer-songwriter, Holly Humberstone, says her new single is "about a time in my life when I felt like I’d lost control of where I was heading and struggling to find my place in the world". To cope, she would sneak out the flat and go on train journeys to see her friends, get drunk, and return hungover, filled with inspiration for a new song.
"Teachers Pets" by Meridian Dan, Jme & President T
Meridian Dan has released a comeback track like no other with hard-hitting Sir Spyro-produced banger "Teachers Pets", featuring Meridian Crew originals, President T and Jme.
"Hold Me Like You Used To" by Zoe Wees
Zoe Wees has shared her debut EP, 'Golden Wings', which alongside her hits "Control" and "Girls Like Us", also births new tracks such as "Hold Me Like You Used To". Kitted out with classic Wees powerful vocals and heart-wrenching lyrical content, the song is about cherishing those closest to you whilst you have them.
"American Beauty" by Biig Piig
Dropping her new 'The Sky Is Bleeding' EP, Irish star Biig Piig continues to make her sonic stamp on the world. The record is "about secrets; kind of written for myself, but putting them out into the world. No shame and guilt - it’s healing thinking it’ll be out there - it’s about sex and drugs and my experiences”, she shared.
"Human Replacement" by Billie Marten
Dark and ominous, building to a rock chorus, "Human Replacement" from Billie Marten's third album, 'Flora Fauna', shows her adaptability as an artist and power as a songwriter. Varying in sonic texture, the record is sealed with her stunning, trademark hushed vocals.
"Bad Tattoo" by Lola Young
Soulful singer Lola Young describes the complexities of recovering from a toxic relationship on new single "Bad Tattoo". It's about "falling in love and not knowing whether it’s going to last, young love can be real hard sometimes", Lola explained.
"Very Original" by Guvna B & D Double E
Guvna B returns with the 'Black Edition Deluxe' of his recent album 'everywhere + nowhere', now featuring six new tracks including lead single “Very Original” with D Double E. It's a full-circle moment for Guvna who has long admired D Double E. The track touches on the damaging reality of negative stereotypes whilst pushing to rewrite the script and uplift.
"Who's She" by Eloise
Eloise does what she does best on this delicate, intimate new number. It's peaceful, warm and romantic, and we can't wait to hear what she does next.
"One of Those Days" by Josie Man
Josie's sweeter-than-sugar vocals walk us through a bad day when nothing is going right on this endearing new single. It's a lesson in life to take the rough with the smooth and not sweat the small stuff.
"Wickid Tongues" by Kojaque
Kojaque continues to tease his much-anticipated debut album ‘Town’s Dead’ with brand new track "Wickid Tongues". It's a trippy, mesmerising number about "falling too deeply in love with someone a little too fast, and how that can play with your head and make you paranoid", Kojaque explained.
"i deserve 2 b alone" by Tai Verdes
Mood-boosting singer-songwriter, Tai Verdes, has dropped his debut album 'TV' and it's full of upbeat, sunshine tunes that put the record firmly on repeat.
"seaside_demo" by SEB
A rising artist to watch, SEB is the LA-based bedroom pop producer enchants us again with the new single "seaside_demo".
"Medicine" by Dayglow
Gleaming soft-pop soundscapes course through the veins of DIY artist Dayglow's sophomore album, 'Harmony House'. It's an uplifting, synth-laden record that is the antidote we all need to these troubling times.
"Dinosaurs (S4E7)" by salem ilese
Rising popstar, salem ilese, drops her '(L)only Child' EP, which features this new bop that discusses morality, climate change and the general uncertainty of life. A tune for our times.
"Seven Nights" by Mysie
"Seven Nights is about the excitement of fast love” explains Mysie. “It's about doing something out of the ordinary, booking that plane ticket and chasing a love that you want but have no clue as to where it will end up."
"Slow Song (feat. Kasien)" by Master Peace
Master genre blender, Master Peace, teams up with Kasien for this high-energy track. It's the latest single to be released from Peace’s upcoming ‘Public Display Of Affection’ EP.
"Lessons" by Kalpee & Mortimer
Kalpee’s heartwarming, island pop single "Lessons" features fellow West Indian artist Mortimer. The self-written tune is the first single Trinbagonian singer Kalpee has released since his 2020 EP 'Feel Good Playlist Vol.1'.