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INsiders Guide: Regard, Chyng Diamond, Kat Von D, Blanks, Maya Killtron, Harper Starling, Light Humor, Eden Rain, SAYANA, SaintAhmad….

BRIT Award nominated powerhouse DJ and producer Regard, has joined forces with British singer-songwriter Kwabs for an energizing new single, “Signals.”  Listen HERE.

Opening with an effortlessly conjuring hook sung by Kwabs, the new track combines every element you’d expect of a club anthem, with deep basslines, bright synth-riffs, FX sweeps and syncopated house piano chords. Kwabs’ powerful and soulful vocals command attention throughout.

“You can never get bored with deep house” says Regard, with Kwabs explaining:

“I recorded the vocal for ‘Signals’ so long ago that it was crazy to think I’d ever be hearing it on the radio. It just goes to show that sometimes you can’t keep a good song down. Huge kudos goes to Regard; he really transformed it into something new. And now it’s this whole mad, amazing, emotional dance record. I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

A collaboration that joins platinum selling artists who boast a BRIT nomination and worldwide charting singles, Regard and Kwabs are an unstoppable duo.

Just yesterday, Regard, received an American Music Awards nomination in the category of Favorite Dance/Electronic Act, alongside names like ILLENIUM, Marshmello and Tiesto. He was previously nominated for a 2021 BRIT Award for Best British Single for “Secrets” ft. KAYE. This spring, he released the acclaimed single “You” ft. Troye Sivan and Tate McRae. Watch them perform the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon HERE!

This track is about creating your own self-confidence and not being bothered by what others have to say. There’s always going to be someone that doesn’t like you or tries to bring you down because people love to hate. Weight can be lost but a bad spirit… that follows you forever.” – Chyng Diamond• “Lose The Ugly” is the highly anticipated follow-up single to Chyng’s breakout “Get It Go.” Both tracks will appear on her as-yet-to-be-titled debut EP due out in early 2022.• Chyng Diamond’s infectious energy and big personality are resonating across social platforms as well as in the greater hip hop community. “Lose The Ugly” has already experienced a viral moment on TikTok in advance of its release, earning a co-sign from Lizzo. Look for a feature version of the track with Memphis-based female rapper Jucee Froot dropping before year’s end!

 

Gifted multi-hyphenate Kat Von D continues to explore the darker sides of love with her ongoing series of remixes for her single ‘Exorcism’, this time recruiting electronic darkwave favourite Cold Cave for a seductive yet eerie ‘Foolish Heart’ reinterpretation. Stream ‘Exorcism’ Cold Cave Remix Here

The second remix in a series of upcoming reworks selected by Kat, with remixes including the previously released reimagining of ‘Exorcism’ by British synthwave pioneers Gunship, and an upcoming complete ‘Exorcism’ remix EP out on November 12, featuring reworks by electronic duo Scratch Massive and NEO.

Cold Cave states, “The song was crafted as a perfect pop melody and we wanted to deconstruct it and showcase the infectious nature of the vulnerability we heard and create a haunting and reverent love song that was demure and alluring.”

Netherlands-hailed indie-pop artist and effervescent rising star, Blanks, has Nothing Lasts Forever And That’s OK, his shimmering debut album, alongside new single Dance Like This

STREAM “NOTHING LASTS FOREVER AND THAT’S OK” HERE

Having long felt a strong connection between music and his own memories, the concept behind his new album came innately to the “rising songwriting force” (CLASH). Across ten tracks, Blanks draws inspiration from the bittersweet nostalgia of his past, like finding first love and unforgettable summers spent with friends. The pop maverick intricately weaves vulnerable storytelling amidst an endless spectrum of moods and sonic influences. From the synth-driven riffs of the 80s, to the sounds of popular music from Blanks’ youth, “Nothing Lasts Forever And That’s OK”, will instantly carry you away to another time and place.

The first half of the album, comprised of the project’s five official singles, sees Blanks unfurling a classic tale of summertime love. From its feverish beginnings on high-energy bops like “What You Do To Me” and “Classic Armstrong”, to the moment it all comes crashing down on the sombre piano-driven ballad, “I’m Sorry”. To bring the story to life, Blanks also rolled out a five part visual series that channels a much loved nostalgia of teen movie cliches.

In the latter half, Blanks reminisces on the summer gone by with an underlying sense of melancholy. Though the memories will always remain, he realizes that all experiences are truly once in a lifetime. Latest single “Dance Like This” accurately illustrates this feeling, “the instrumental builds on the notion of time that seems to keep unconditionally going (clock sound), while the lyrics explain the concept of realizing from the bottom of your heart it’s about to be over” – Blanks. 

Maya Killtron makes music that is fun, feel-good and makes you want to rollerskate. Her vibrant style and lush upbeat take on modern boogie have landed her features in Noisey, Earmilk, & Huffington Post. Singles have appeared in episodes of Broad CityKim’s Convenience & soundtracked collections for Swedish fashion house Gina Tricot. Her vinyl 12″ and limited edition 7″ vinyl have sold out to collectors and boutique record shops around the world.

The Toronto based singer, violinist and DJ now finds herself at home in modern boogie and funk. Maya’s records remind fanatics and newbies alike that modern boogie is not just a kitschy sub-genre of 80’s jeans and retro enthusiasts. It’s an entire culture of dance, music, music technology, and fashion.

Harper Starling returns with her new single & video, “Cannot Tell a Lie.” Written by Harper Starling and co-written and co-produced by Cindy Valentine (Bebe Rexha, Britney Spears, Alisha) and Niko The Kid (Outkast, Ariana Grande), “Cannot Tell a Lie” is a fiery, candid dance-pop anthem that serves as the perfect follow up to her late-Summer hit, “No More What If.”Built around a mesmerizing, pulse-quickening backbeat, “Cannot Tell a Lie” is the kind of song that will have listeners letting loose on the dance floor. Just as she did on her prior single, “No More What If,” Harper delivers captivating storytelling as she shares her experiences — the good, the bad and the ugly — with her listeners. “No More What If” was the tale of a woman shaking free of small-town Wisconsin to pursue her showbiz dreams in California; “Cannot Tell A Lie” is the too-true story of the interpersonal machinations that she finds once she gets there.

Episode 4 of 4Wall Entertainment’s animated series Light Humor stars Tony Award-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart as The Ghostlight.Stream here now: Light Humor Episode 4 – YouTubeLight Humor Episode 4 – FacebookWhile most people in live entertainment were out of work for 18 months, the theatres weren’t completely dark. One member of the lighting team, the ghostlight, never left its post. In this episode, directed by actress, director, and writer Kate Wetherhead and written by Cory Pattak, Light Humor checks in on one particular Ghostlight to see how he passed the time. Animated by Skylar Smith and produced by Jeff Croiter and Drew Quinones, Episode 4 is now available for streaming on 4Wall’s FacebookYouTube, and Instagram channels.

Fresh from making her live debut in her hometown at Live At Leeds,  newcomer Eden Rain continues to stand out as one of the brightest new lights on the UK scene with the reveal of razor sharp new single, Sugar Baby. Produced by Benji Gibson, the track showcases Eden’s stand out vocals and stellar songwriting as she sings about the sugar baby dating dynamic in a unique way.  Speaking on the release, Eden states:

Sugar Baby was written after listening to a friend’s experiences of being a sugar baby and dating for money. It’s an eye opening world that I observed for a while. I wanted to play with the phrase ‘fuck bitches get money’ and turn it into something where the women are in control, especially in this situation the women are often perceived to be ‘fucked up’ but my friend sees herself as taking control of her own life and the situation she is in. I still definitely worry about my friend and want her to be safe and happy, especially as these relationships have a unique dynamic, so I wanted that to come across in the verses of the song, while the chorus is her saying yes girl! get that money ! fuck the patriarchy!

Debuting only a few months ago, Eden has quickly established herself as one to watch on the back of her first four singles, Wake Up You’re Stuck,Out In The Cold, Rent In The City and Being Human.  Creating autobiographical left-of centre pop with an R&B bend, Eden’s sound has the heart of neo-soul but backed by hip-hop beats and dressed with indie-pop melodies. There’s a touch of the etherealism of Låpsley and FKA Twigs, but with an earthy and streetwise grounding.It’s the culmination of a lifetime of education that came from hand-me-down mixtapes and inherited love of discovery through listening to Desert Island Discs. Gaining support already from BBC Radio 1,  DAZED, DIY The Line Of Best Fit, CLASH, Wonderland, Fashionably Early, Before The Data and more, Eden looks set for strong finish to 2021. Look out for more very soon.

Toronto based musician SAYANA creates music as unique as her story. Born in Central Asia, she grew up at the epicentre of where vastly different cultures, traditions, and sounds collide. Though her music can best be described as Contemporary R&B, it’s influenced by what she listened to back then – the catchy hooks of European radio, the intricate melodies of the Middle East, the folk songs passed down from generations before, and everything in between.
After moving to Canada at the age of 11, SAYANA started writing songs, first as a way to practice English, then as a vehicle for sharing her experiences. Today she is a prolific writer and storyteller.

SaintAhmad is a Brooklyn-based rapper, singer, dancer, and songwriter who creates soulful, innovative R&B songs mixed with throwback hip-hop aesthetics. Being somewhat of a hopeless romantic, his music has undertone themes of love and sex, where he explores the fantasies that ruminate in his head.

 A natural at singing, rapping, and crafting hooks, SaintAhmad is a versatile artist who can do it all. He radiates natural charisma and infectious energy, busting out dance moves and flashing a big smile while commanding the spotlight. Born in Tashikawahi-shi, Tokyo, Japan, Ahmad first discovered his love for singing and performing while at church and holds a BFA in Dance from Florida State University. As an out-and-proud gay man, his music reflects the confidence and empowerment that comes from being his true and authentic self. SaintAhmad’s debut single “It’s Just Me” is a svelte-smooth record that leaves the listener hanging on every word and note. “I really wanted to highlight myself with this record, feel good being myself, and just enjoy life. It’s a feel-good record that is about young love, being free, and enjoying your time together with that person. This record is meant to show the confidence in myself to ‘Just Be Me’ and nothing else.” The track drips with swagger, funk-fueled R&B soundscapes, and earnest lyricism. Acclaimed jazz/funk artist Aidan Paul adds his touch on this undeniably catchy and vivacious record. Ahmad’s powerful, soulful vocals stand out in the mix, providing movement and rhythmic flow that play off the old school inspired hip-hop beat. His youthful exuberance draws the listener into his world, and this, combined with the versatile, innovative production makes you feel like not only are you going on a journey, but it’s a trip worth taking.His second single “Clouds” is a vibey, feel-good song that explores SaintAhmad’s feelings as he lets go of the pressures from the pandemic and the concept of his sexuality as it relates to smoking weed. I wrote this record via zoom during the pandemic. I was quarantining down in Miami and honestly smoking a lot of weed to cope with the realities of graduating college during the pandemic. When I’m in Miami I always feel so sexy, there’s something about the sun, the air and the vibe. I’m always in a speedo and just feeling the best about myself and my body.

“Slow” is provocative and empowering, dripping with sultriness, style, and rich, hypnotic dancer soundscapes, and SaintAhmad confides, “With every record that I work on I want to touch on the fact that I am multifaceted and capable of so much. I currently work as a go-go dancer at Q-Club in Hell’s Kitchen New York and It’s my dream job. Every night I’m there I get to feel sexy, make money and entertain the crowd. I really wanted to express that on this record and even create a strip club in the video, which was filmed in the living room of my apartment. ‘Slow’ is a stripper anthem that you hear at the club around 2 am when you’re lit and feeling yourself. You get to shake ya ass and even make some cash!”

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