LISTEN: Madame So – ‘Who Are We To Judge?’

Experimenting with shoegaze elements and exploring her wonderful vocal range, Madame So has shared her latest single ‘Who Are We To Judge?’. Following on from previous releases ‘Generation Y’ and ‘You Say’, this new offering sees the Paris-born, London-based songwriter re-tracing memories of her hedonistic youth, whilst also encouraging listeners to show compassion to the youth of today.

Through the gently repeated lyric “Who are we to judge?” and her hazy guitar sounds, Madame So allows space for reflection and acceptance. “Who are we to judge what they say? / There isn’t just one way,” she reiterates, urging listeners to remember their own adolescent lives and to stretch their understanding of what it means to be young now. The single is accompanied by a colourful lyric video centred around an illustration of Madame So by Brazilian artist, Jesso Alves.

Watch the video for the track below and follow Madame So on Facebook & bandcamp for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Show Boy – ‘Turn It On’

Following the release of his debut Surreal EP last year, which received acclaim from the likes of Tom Robinson and BBC Introducing, and with a reputation across London for his dazzling live shows (with support slots for bands such as HMLTD and Black Midi), artist and producer Show Boy has now shared the first single from his upcoming new EP.

Inspired by the spark of excitement that comes with meeting a new friend or starting a new relationship, ‘Turn It On’ is propelled by a jangly groove and vibrant sunny energy. With shimmering keys and Jovis’ distinctive impassioned vocals, this latest offering showcases his knack for creating perfectly catchy slices of colourful pop that’ll uplift and inspire. Interweaving an intricate musicality with a sparkling soulful splendour and euphoric drive, ‘Turn It On’ offers another truly unique soundscape from this innovative artist; blurring genre boundaries, and highlighting Show Boy as a definite one to watch.

 

‘Turn It On’ is out now, listen on Spotify. And keep your eyes peeled for Show Boy’s upcoming EP, Ishtar Lion.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

LISTEN: Amaroun – ‘Rise’

Having received support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins, GIHE fave Jay Brown – aka Amaroun – returns to grace our ears with the fifth in a string of new singles she is releasing each month.

Flowing with shimmering hooks and glitchy beats alongside Brown’s rich, emotion-strewn vocals, ‘Rise’ continues the theme of being a queer woman, which has run throughout each of the tracks she’s released this year. Oozing a stirring, effervescent power, juxtaposed with a gritty energy, it’s a truly poignant reflection on rising up against oppression.

Of the track, Amaroun explains:

When you fall or get knocked down, do not stay down, do not let them hold you down,  rise up, rise up against oppression. If you are marginalised, if you are queer, it’s hard out there! Tell your story proudly, see yourself, your change and your journey as beautiful and as growth. You are an ever changing authentic being so just be exactly that.

 

Co-written with Boris Labant, ‘Rise’ is out now.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

LISTEN: Amaroun – ‘Alive’

Having received acclaim from the likes of BBC 6Music and The Line Of Best Fit, upcoming artist Amaroun’s second single, ‘Alive’, featuring Mansa, is a banger that uplifts.

In the very first strains of the tune, Amaroun’s propulsive vocals chant “I feel alive!”, whilst later, they sing about letting go and persevering through storms and fears; celebrating every moment in life. Set to glitchy and trippy clave-like rhythms, ‘Alive’ creates a majestic soundscape, pulsing with simple bass drum hits, before Mansa sends us out of the song with a rap on his own come-up. A stirring, uplifting accompaniment to these strange times.

Amaroun is a project by producer and songwriter Jay Brown. They have worked with Charlie Andrew (Alt-J/London Grammar/Marika Hackman) and collaborate with Charles Watson, Benin City, Francobollo, Boris Labant and Adam Betts.

 

‘Alive’ is out now. Listen on Spotify.

Aisha Kasmir
@aisha_vocal