Welcome to the first edition of The Bees Knees series. Here at THP, we love to showcase upcoming talents. We’ll open our treasure box each week to find some deep gems around the world! Hands up to the new rising stars of tomorrow! Scroll down to find more about retro ballads, indie rock and soul in this week wrap-up.
Gang Of Youths- ‘the angel of 8th ave.’
They come from down under Australia. Gang Of Youths rocking vibes are back on the new single ‘the angel of 8th ave.’ Following their albums The Positions in 2015 and Go Farther In Lightness in 2017, we missed their ecstatic guitar riffs. They returned with more raw energy than ever. They take a huge part in the deepest corners of our hearts, there is no doubt about it! The band evolved on the new single, bringing fast pace drum and well-driven guitar strums. We are more than happy to find them back with new material in four years! The sound takes its inspiration from Arcade Fire harmonies. The producer Craig Silvey is no stranger to that as he also worked with The National. Gang Of Youths is our rising star of the week.
Take a ride to their new home in London. Stream ‘the angel of 8th ave’ here.
Laura Mvula – ‘What Matters’
Laura Mvula has the voice of an angel. Hailing from Birmingham, UK, the songstress ranges from soul to pop makes a strange team up with Simon Neil from the hard-hit rocker band Biffy Clyro. We are surprisingly in awe of the result of their new single ‘What Matters.’ It’s a definite throwback to Dirty Dancing’s ‘Time Of My Life’ and eighties-inspired ballads. Sultry like Celeste, the chemistry between Simon and Laura sparks in some great supersonic high notes! We are so ready for the new sounds of Pink Noise. Lots of surprises are on the way for our rising star third album Pink Noise that you can preorder here!
WORRYWORRY – ‘Miserable’ feat. Matt Maltese
We introduced you to South London’s WORRYWORRY with his track ‘Outside’ at THP a few months ago. We were then charmed by his poetic tones. He strikes back this week with the new song ‘Miserable.’ Will this rising star of the week become the next James Arthur? This piano ballad kills it with all the watery-eyes emotions it drops on us! “Every time I see you around I just wanna hide,” WORRYWORRY soars on Matt Maltese’s delicate notes. After dreaming in the forest, the singer left us alone in a pub, trying to cope with our feelings. He croons about how we are, sometimes, so hooked to someone that if they let go, we completely lose ourselves and our happiness fade. We want you to try not to fall into that sorrowful trap and cry, but WORRYWORRY knows how to make us addicted to his melancholic work.
Stream ‘Miserable’ everywhere now!
Samm Henshaw- ‘Still Broke (Live)’
Is touring with James Bay and Chance The Rapper your ultimate dream? Well, London-based rising star Samm Henshaw is so incredible and he did it! The British newcomer brings us to tears on the live version of his latest single ‘Still Broke.’ The gospel in his voice is so perfect! Samm Henshaw throws all the emotions at once in this groovy song. As The Beatles say, money can’t buy us love! Fans of John Legend and Leon Bridges, pay attention to this new soul man. The drive he exhales on the song is so gorgeous that we think we are dreaming. What about the majestic solo trumpet by Keyon Harrold? The whole track is chef’s kiss! The debut album’s Untidy Soul is coming soon and we are delighted to hear more! Stream ‘Still Broke’ and more here!
Yebba – ‘October Sky’
Did you know Yebba collaborated with some of our beloved artists like Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran? She got so much talent and she proved it again on her latest track ‘October Sky.’ It’s not even yet the peak of the summer but we can’t wait to see the stars in the fall season with this folk-infused song. The song was produced by the mighty Mark Ronson as well as the album is coming. We count the days and can’t wait as the Dawn arrives on September 10. The West Memphis rising star future looks very promising. She penned heartfelt metaphoric lyrics to express personal experiences. It works on us because it gives us shivers while listening reminiscing of the vibes of Ingrid Michaelson or traditional Celtic strings in all fragility.
Pick your platform and stream ‘October Sky’ here.
Mat Kearney- ‘I Don’t Really Care’
Lately, we are crushing on Mat Kearney. His collaboration with Echosmith on ‘Tell Her That You Love Her’ and his acclaimed album January Flower, which is out now, stole our hearts. On his new track ‘I Don’t Really Care,’ his voice pours some magical spells on us! How can we describe this rising star? With his voice in between Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Post Malone, Mat Kearney produces dreamy vibes. The singer gears us up for the summer with optimism and cheerful melodies. For all his music, tour dates, and all that jazz, head over here. Scroll down to enjoy the official new single ‘I Don’t Really Care’ visuals here.
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