Looking fine, looking good, looking great—looking for a funky flex with satiated storytelling that'll stimulate the senses? Well, then we've got you, but most importantly, Squid The Kid has got you on this musically tasty track, First Glance, featuring Dann Dib.
The Kid has been cooking with First Glance, slapping listeners with a whole lot of indie sleaze and a cup full of coolness. Squid The Kid continuously connects the audience to his music through his hyper-spirited artistry, down-to-earth delivery, and a mouthful of Hip-Hop references that the 90s babies won't glaze over. Think Big Pun, Big Sean, and a Breezy crossover, then add a sprinkle of Purple Rain tones, and base it on the streets of Melbourne; that's a snippet of the Squid The Kid recipie.
Inject Dann Dib into the mix, and you become the spectator to an old Hollywood movie that pays homage to the jazzy cool cat aesthetic. First Glance takes you on a first-player trip when you come into contact with a PYT (pretty young thing). The hormones start pumping into the curiousity of lust, and questions of love arise.
"First Glance is a song about a first date type of scenario. First dates and spending time with someone who has caught your attention are situations that are always hard to gauge, especially with the limited amount of time spent. Generally, the best-case scenario is that you fall in love with the person opposite you from the jump; for others, it could be the worst time of your lives and you will probably never see one another again, but for some, it honestly could just be a bit of work in progress, but there is just an underlying feeling between both parties that keeps bringing them back together for another date. Stated above is essentially the main story line of this new single, ‘First Glance’, with of course a hint of humour and playfulness, which both me and Dann Dib bring to the forefront with our light-hearted lyrics." - Squid The Kid
The outro presents an opportunity for instrumental appreciation, a space where listeners can indulge in the Jazzy, Hip-Hop-Funk.
"After the release of ‘Getaway, which was a more dancy electronic song, I really wanted to bring it back to my roots a bit and have that more jazzy feel. People are probably bored of hearing this specific man's name come out of my mouth, but ‘Jewelz’ by Anderson Paak was a song me and the guys were playing constantly, so naturally that influenced the making of ‘First Glance." - Squid The Kid
Squid The Kid and Dann Dib are constantly on the move, with The Kid wrapping up a recent show at the Bergy Bandroom with max Melbourne, Kid Drest, and Mizuki, as well as his set at the Yours and Owls event in Wollongong, and Dann making moves in the UK—the drops won't stop. The Kid is back in the studio as we speak, with more music, otw!
With that being said, jump into the rotation with us and run up First Glance until your last blink (link below!).
Take a minute to slow down while J.B.T subtly steams up as he reminisces about an ex-now-muse. She’s a baddie; she’s fine, and J.B.T serves a reminder that good things are hard to find while singing on his eurythmic track Thanks2U.
From the beat drop, J.B.T lets an eruption of thoughts loose, accompanied by all those intimate feels, letting listeners take a peek into his personal life. Thanks2U exudes vulnerability, uncovers J.B.T’s gentle side when it comes to relationships, and unveils his duality in music.
Expressing missing her scent, her smile, and memories of smoking up in the clouds, J.B.T is haunted and hypnotised by his past lover, yet finds grounding in the second verse as he sings about using your mind and heart while navigating the end of a connection.
"What inspired me to write this song was unfortunately a breakup caused by long distance; I wrote this shortly after it in November. We didn’t end on bad terms; it’s just that our circumstances made it hard, so I wanted to show her that I appreciated her and everything she had done, even though we decided not to stay together. This was my way to express that there’s no bad blood; it's an ode to her, a thank you. It shows another side to me; when I really care about someone, I’ll express it through my music and my lyrics." - J.B.T
Producer Somnia and J.B.T served up the instrumentals, using enough textures to create an enjoyable listening experience that avoided overpowering the lyrics. Their ability of simplicity carries this track into a sunset of resonance, pulling in the audience and immersing them into J.B.T's previous reality. It's undeniably heartfelt with a dash of spice.
"I was in my homie’s room and we were making beats, and he came across the sample you hear in Thanks2U, and essentially we decided to use that. We then added the drum pattern to give it a 90s-2000s RNB Soul vibe. Usually, I would write and record on the spot after hearing a beat, but due to time constraints, I ended up writing to the beat the day after, which turned into a five-day process—a lot of starts and stops because of my schedule at the time, but overall, if I subtracted the disruptions, it only took twenty minutes to create." - J.B.T
Since the release of Thanks2U, J.B.T has dropped a handful of tracks that should be on your listening list. Our particular favourites are Whants, which is a straight flex and sonical switch up from Thanks2U, and his latest release featuring Clariyah Boss titled Rivers, which pays homage to Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me a River.
Stay connected with J.B.T on Instagram and jump back into the IYCM rotation through the link below.
Emerging Sydney based singer-songwriter Hetticee is back with her second single,"Something to Say."
Embarking on a journey of disco-pop with a delightful blend of early 2000s and late '90s sounds, Hetticee manages to captivate listeners with her infectious energy and refreshing approach to love.
Right from the beginning, "Something to Say" lures you in with its groovy beats and catchy melodies reminiscent of the dance floors from the turn of the millennium. Hetticee's vocals are the star of the show, exhibiting a dynamic range that effortlessly glides from soulful verses to an anthemic, heartwarming chorus. Her voice is both powerful and emotive, adding depth to the track's theme of cultivating a healthy and happy relationship.
Lyrically, Hetticee shines as she poetically expresses the joys and wonders of being in love. With heartfelt sincerity, she paints a picture of two people who have found solace in each other's arms. The lyrics embrace vulnerability and authenticity, resonating with audiences who have experienced the euphoria of a genuine connection. It's a refreshing take on love songs, steering away from clichés and instead offering a sincere and relatable portrayal of affection.
Produced by Matt Sampson, the fusion of nostalgic disco-pop elements with modern beats creates an exhilarating soundscape that instantly transports listeners to a carefree era of dance and celebration. The tight instrumentals, including groovy basslines, funky guitar riffs, and well-placed synth accents, perfectly complement Hetticee's vocals, resulting in a track that's irresistibly enjoyable.
While "Something to Say" may draw inspiration from the past, Hetticee's youthful charm and unique style bring a contemporary twist to the genre, making the song accessible and appealing to a broad audience. It's a testament to her artistry that she can breathe new life into a classic sound, effectively bridging the gap between generations of music enthusiasts.
Overall, Hetticee's "Something to Say" is a euphoric and uplifting addition to the world of pop music. With its infectious rhythms, heartfelt lyrics, and Hetticee's standout vocal prowess, the track leaves an indelible mark on listeners. This emerging talent from Sydney has certainly proven her ability to craft a memorable tune that celebrates love and happiness. If "Something to Say" is any indication of what's to come, we can't wait to see what musical wonders Hetticee has in store for the future.
- Written by IYCM Contributor Sarah Duggan.
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Switching it up, messing it up, and not giving a flying ____(fill in the blank), singer-songwriter Gen Bello is straight outta Harlem and straight into heartbreak with her latest release, Not Fair.
We're flipping this R'N'B slow burn onto you while Gen Bello flips it on her boo and his usual BS excuse. When you explore the depths of Not Fair, there's an array of emotions lurking on the bottom, waiting to rise to the surface. Gen Bello fuels her conviction, knowing she deserves more as each note is exhaled. Her comforting vocals hug each verse, while the chorus plunges into feelings of hopelessness, disappointment, and a yearning for connection while glazing the surface with heart-wrenchingly sweet notes.
"This song is about being vulnerable with your partner and your partner using those things against you, causing them to treat you differently, so I’m expressing how it’s unfair." - Gen Bello
Not Fair delivers all the feels. Every instrument is channelled in the keys of Sad Girl, from the slow-tempo guitar loop to the lullaby-like chords, accentuating the grief found within betrayal. Gen Bello delivers tonefuls of sombreness and a bucket full of relatability regarding relationship breakdowns. The echos of the electric guitar at the end of each drawn-out ad lib are the magic of producer Kindsey.
"The producer ended up vibing out and sending this track over to me, and I got to writing and recording." - Gen Bello
After wrapping up a number of performances in New York City, Gen Bello is adding the final touches to her next project, titled Not Again, which continues the theme of love and heartbreak.
Stay in the loop by jumping into our Spotify-curated playlist, updated weekly, and keeping your finger on the replay trigger for Gen Bello's - Not Fair.
POV: You escape the chilly breeze on a Saturday night by entering the warm, rowdy atmosphere at Whole Lotta Love Bar in East Brunswick, waiting to experience the ethereal presence of Adye Jane.
Opening for psychedelic blues group Numidia, alongside chaotic grunge band Sistine Guns and mellifluent misadventurer, Adye Jane started off the show, easing the audience in with timbre tones and harmonic consistency that sonically presented itself as a steady Koi Pond waterfall. A brief false start was met with an angelic breathy adjustment, and her Mezzo-Soprano vocals bathed and transformed every aura in the cosy bar's vicinity. She took off on a paradisical high with her latest release, Sister Mary, which was emotionally mesmerising with effortless endurance and stunning storytelling consisting of manipulation, love, and all its polarities. It’s safe to say that whatever the audience felt before the show was swiftly replaced with a symphony of highs and sensitive intensity.
Adye Jane delivered an aural submergence of peace as she lightly strummed her Ukulele for a forty-minute set. Her relatability pulls from her experiences within life’s journey, and her intent to create musical art through raw vulnerability undresses the soul, while her transparency beams a crown full of healing light. No narrative is untouched; Adye Jane dives into themes of anxiety, depression, heartbreak, discontentment, illusions, reconciliation, and the power of moving forwards.
Her April release, Toxic Love, paraded the stage with elongated tones that were met with the story of a past bleeding heart. The short pauses in between verses allowed enough room to soak in her expression of solitary confinement. She gently and politely commanded the audience’s attention.
The spotlight hue shifts matched her musical transitions as she faded into a pool of emotion with numerous unreleased songs, due for release soon! Even while shut-eyed and immersed in music, her engagement with the crowd is energetically and melodically maintained, barely missing a beat with a ukulele in hand.
Adye Jane brightens the stage with effervescence and a sweet curtsy after every song; her energy changes gears during brief breaks, and you’re able to witness her artistic melancholy transform as her vibrant personality shines under the limelight. She is simply born to do this—to sing centre stage, to create, and to resonate. She’s dynamic and unveils her own polarity of gentle goddess and badass boss as she throws back a shot gifted by her fiancé, ready for her remaining rounds of intimate aural acoustics as she closes her set.
Despite the melodic calmness, you’re still left in awe and on a musical high. Adye Jane is based among the stars, even though she’s earthbound and grounded in the city of Melbourne. This is an artist who owns the stage and fights through nerves to deliver one hell of a show—a local gem filled with mystic songwriting creations, microphone ready in hand.
Her next show is yet to be announced, but we advise all to tune into the frequency of Adye Jane when she’s once again stagebound. Follow her on social media, as she’ll be releasing an album sooner rather than later and stay ready for the next chapter of Adye Jane’s celestial evolution!
Sydney Miller breaks through her mould, breathing a swift moment of acapella that transforms into a pop-electronica showpiece on this treasure of a track, ‘Behind Closed Doors’.
Where does one even start with the listening experience! Should it be Sydney Miller’s holy melody that uplifts you into the energetic arms of another dimension? Or the minimalistic percussion loop, bringing forth a moment of aural focus rather than overstimulation? Or the enigmatical verses creating space for the audience to form their own narrative? You're bound to drift into the curious plane of existence or into a pleasant dissociation; either way, it’s welcomed.
Behind Closed Doors feels vocally lunary, dipped in a sweetly plated innocence. However, a closer listen starts to unveil a noticeable resistance in her pitch, which lingers for a split second in her delivery; projecting itself as fear. Her tone then does a 180 and a push of strength is felt in the synths, following echos of resilience. Sydney Miller creates depth with vocal stacks, and each pause resembles a slight temperance found behind those same closed doors.
"This song started from a university project I made in 2018 in three hours. It had roughly 20 vocal lines, a recording of me patting my leg to the beat, and that was it. No processing, just raw audio stacked on top of each other. It was before I really had confidence in production, which is why there is such a strong focus on the (very minimal) lyrics and vocals and a lack of any structure that resembles a typical pop format. I finally went back to it last year to fix it up with my newfound production skills. Writing the song itself was a significant turning point for my self-confidence, and I felt like I owed it to myself to fix it up and finally share it.
I always gather a collection of object recordings specific to the song I’m writing before I begin fleshing out the production. I’ll make sure I have a solid variety of sounds that cover a range of textures, harmonic/melodic qualities, and lengths to somewhat replace traditional instrumental sounds you would expect in a song, like drums and synth lines." - Sydney Miller
Her ability to bring lyrics to life with faint inflections is what separates Sydney Miller from the current bandwagon; she takes pride in her craft, experimenting with sound and not limiting her skills to singing and songwriting; she’s on pure fire when it comes to production, specifically on Behind Closed Doors, which is also mixed and mastered by Robert Downie.
As she travels across sun-drenched Europe, her current music hiatus means we can expect a vault full of inspiration and an earful of heaven once she locks in a headline tour upon her return. Jump back into the world of Sydney Miller by following our rotation, and while you’re at it, journey through her current catalogue before her next season of releases drops!