Playing piano keys that hold a duality of softness and fierceness, YSA paints the town black and white with her foxy tones alongside Breagh Isabel with latest release, Space.
Put simply, YSA just needs a little space, to take a step back, to hit the brakes - whatever it takes to meet on the same page, as she delivers colourful vocals draped in classiness and absorbed in feminine divinity. She aurally takes you back in time to an era of old-fashioned New York City, where the jazzy streets meet the sunsetting skyline.
Space follows the lyrical narrative of two unaligned energies moving at a fairly different pace.
When you unpack it, you have a love interest making big plans and thinking of the future, while the other is going with the flow and avoiding the pressure. It seems the only mutual ground found between the two is their liking for one another, but a grave commitment is at risk.
"I wrote this song reflecting on a relationship from last year where I was needing some distance even though I really liked the person." - YSA
The dynamic of Space makes you wonder if the anxious vs. avoidant attachment is present, especially since it's something much of society unconsciously faces. The production by YSA and Breagh Isabel creates an audible representation of the feeling of wanting space from someone who wants less of it, the slow instrumental undertones are met with buzzy layers. There is a resistance, a slight anxiousness in the sound, that depicts the imbalanced exchange between the two.
"I wanted something jazzy, and another dope artist, Breagh Isabel, and I got into the studio and created this track. We didn’t have any song or production ideas in mind while writing; we just kind of went for it. I’m a big fan of R&B artists SZA, Hope Tala, and Snoh Aalegra. So thoughts are all influences for sure." - YSA
YSA has been busy since her release of Space, with performances in Nashville as well as SXSW, and she's still on the move with more live shows in a state near you (if you're in the USA).
If you're unable to see her live as of yet, join us as we continue to run up the plays on Spotify and all other streaming platforms. Enjoy Space, and keep YSA on your radar.
Looking up to the sky and making a wish, Christos reminisces on a time when his youth was rich and he was young, dumb, and innocent on his pulsating pop-punk thrash of a track - still a kid!
The banging percussion and snappy verses create an immediate appeal. Still a kid roars with producer Boss Beats drum-heavy chorus, loud guitar, and uptempo vocals. The lyrics sway in emotion, underlying elements of melancholic nostalgia as Christos blasts listeners to his past.
Shifting gears and mind states accompanied by sonical sprinkles from the early 2000’s, Christos utilises the beauty of the obsolete and pulls forth his youthful experiences, sharing memories of wreaking havoc and coming face to face with a magical moment in life: falling in love, quickly for the first time.
"The early stages of life prove to be so important; so many crucial things happen when you’re a kid, and these experiences really shape your future self. It’s about experiencing the highs and lows of life for the very first time, especially as an adolescent. Our very first experiences shape our emotions and feelings towards different situations, such as our first loves and first heartbreaks. I feel like there are so many things I would go back and relive as a kid.
It’d be the good things I'd love to experience for the first time again. As for the bad, I’d be wiser and ready to take it on and try to change the outcome. I would love to be a kid again, and deep down, there are times I feel like I still am one." - Christos
Still a kid is the entree of releases before Christos serves the main course. He gives listeners a generous taste of what’s to come, focusing on creative growth, which can be heard in his newest releases medicine (for you), and when we say new, we mean it was released today!
Medicine (for you) is a slowed-down, anti-pop melody delivering raspy-like tones with an emphasis on consonants.
Join Christos on his journey of musical expansion, and do yourself a favour and click the replay button when listening to still a kid.
Melbourne-based artist JXCKY has come out swinging with his latest release, Kissing Other Boys.
JXCKY has once again demonstrated his mastery of the craft, delivering a track that is equal parts powerful and vulnerable. From the opening notes to the haunting vocals, Kissing Other Boys is a tour de force that is sure to leave a lasting impression on listeners.
"In the middle of 2022, I was beginning to see someone on and off, and I liked this person. The only problem was that every single time we went gay clubbing, despite knowing about each other’s desires and who we truly wanted, we ended up kissing other boys. I thought that idea of cat and mouse and being so close to having someone but not close enough was an interesting concept to turn into a fun, cheeky song." - JXCKY
With production by SB90, who has previously worked with artists such as Fractures, KLP, and Thandi Phoenix, "Kissing Other Boys" makes an impact right from the start. The beat is infectious, grabbing your attention and refusing to let go, and when JXCKY's haunting vocals enter the mix, the track achieves its objective of becoming an instant gay anthem.
"The best way I could describe the beat of that song is dirty AF and gangster, and I think Stu and I both took some inspiration from that. I can’t stress enough that that’s exactly the kind of music I want to keep making." - JXCKY
Kissing Other Boys is sure to make waves in the Australian music scene, so be sure to follow JXCKY on social media and check out his website, JXCKY.com for all updates and announcements.
Written by IYCM contributor: Sarah Duggan.
I.Hayes lures in listeners with frisky falsettos and risqué runs that'll send shockwaves through your body all day and night on his self-produced track, No Sleep.
Coming off his EP Weekend, I.Hayes turns up the heat and goes deep with this explicit mood setter.
He captures the state of demon time and shapes it into an arousable audible output. Simply put, he'll undress you without touching you; the vocals do ALL the work!
No Sleep is alluring with its mid-tempo and mesmeric vocals. The slow'n'steady chorus invites all freaks in between the sheets to participate and enjoy every verse until the climax. Whether you're zoning out and into flashbacks or zoning in and performing a fantasy, you'll need the lights dimmed.
"I wanted to make a record that could fully express what it’s like to go all night with your significant other. To give a red light special mood that real R&B feel. I wanted to emanate a slow and dark feeling when it’s about to get real grown and sexy." - I.Hayes
Each instrumental layer adds body to this sexy piece, and I.Hayes proves he doesn't play when it comes to producing; he's equipped and takes on any challenge effortlessly, creating a soaking session. If songs like When We (Tank), Take You Down (Breezy) or Talk (J.Howell) have a spot on your playlist, then go ahead and add this track to your rotation.
The future of I.Hayes foresees an album release titled Heal. This particular project focuses on 'all aspects of healing'. His intention for his music is to invoke physical, mental, or spiritual healing, and above all an earful of enjoyment.
Tap into the vibration of I.Hayes with No Sleep before you tap out.
You might be poppin' in this city, but R.em.edy is high-key that bad b*tch running this sh*t in the Melbourne scene, and that's proven on her latest release, Scooby Snack.
She's a catch and the cure; she's R.em.edy, and just like Velma, she'll save us by constantly delivering musical appetisers. Her vocality is dipped in glitter and gold and ignites into a sound full of fierceness, R.em.edy has officially infiltrated the industry with her first solo release of the year, and it won't be long until the globe catches on.
Scooby Snack expresses a hungry attraction between two individuals, which swiftly turns into a chase when the moderation becomes imbalanced. It's the type of situation that starts as harmless fun but ends up in a cycle of mind games, euphoric highs, dress-up letdowns, and a dash of delusion where you're left craving for more tease.
"It's about that feeling of falling head over heels for someone, even if you know in your heart that they don't feel the same way. Meanwhile, you wait for a man who isn't good for you, but you simply can't resist." - R.EM.EDY
It's a mistress mystery, but what is a mystery without any jinkies? What's the cost of integrity? R.em.edy doesn't shy away from vulnerability, however, knowing all the energy invested may never be returned, she knows her worth, she can't be tricked, she'll dip!
The whimsical riff on Scooby Snack produced by Leyvi harmonises with every inflection of R.em.edy's mellifluous tone, there is an underlying flirtatiousness to it; the instrumentals are sleekly upbeat, creating a vivacious vibe.
"The accompanying beat features reverb-drenched guitar licks over a dreamy and ultra-smooth arrangement, with plenty of space for R.em.edy's trademark vocals to shine." - Leyvi
While there are no official announcements for future releases or gigs that we can share, R.em.edy and her team are working to deliver more treats for listeners, expect a couple of projects later on in the year.
Hit the link below to keep Scooby Snack on repeat and fall into the harmony of R.em.edy.
Singing soulful tones that light up like a sunrise, Lo Naurel formerly known as Lauren McClinton serves a smooth sensation with Tim Gent on their track Make Up.
Enhancing luminance through grey clouds, Lo Naurel and Tim exchange verses pleading to find peace in
midst of relationship problems. The depth of the pacing drum loop slightly depicts the tempo of a heartbeat when faced with hurt as Tim Gent flows through his heart space and expresses "No need to fight love, let's fall in".
Lo Naurel gracefully flaunts gentle chorusing throughout the song, effortlessly easing listeners into a repeat eargasm.
Make Up is a much-needed reminder that despite differences in love, nothing beats surrendering, swallowing pride, and releasing ego to come home sweet home to one another. It demonstrates the power of love; after all, love is the highest vibration!
"I wanted to write about the reality of a real, authentic relationship and what two people want in the end, which is peace. No one enjoys arguing! Even if you convince yourself you do, which is common in this generation, it most likely comes from trauma, and the core of you despises it. So, I wanted to make the hook as simple as possible by repeating 'Let’s just make up' to reflect the simplicity we all want in a relationship at the end of the day." - Lo Naurel
Evoking emotion, Make Up is a song that every relationship can resonate with at some point; it reflects on humanity's default cycle of love and war, which is flawed but can slowly and easily be reprogrammed with one heart-warming embrace, a moment of vulnerability, and a need for connection. In the words of Lauren London "True love is without the ego", and without the ego, love forgives all.
Lo Naurel is constantly pumping out pure music for the heart and soul; she takes the crown for her personal pen producing music that is accompanied by her angelical vocals.
Some words of wisdom? Her 2019 EP 'Dawn' is a must-listen for all Neo R&B lovers, amongst her other track with singer Jamiah titled Granted, which falls under Lo Naurel's previous name.
Fall into love and lift your frequency by adding Make Up to your rotation, click the link below.