Release Radar June 2021 | News | ICMP London

The ICMP community never stops surprising us and, once again, they have provided the best monthly soundtrack we could ever wish for!

Here is a great selection of tracks being released this month. Follow our playlist to not miss out on any new tracks by our students and alumni.

ELLA ELIZA • EGO

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German-born and now London-based emerging artist Ella Eliza (BA (Hons) Creative Music Production) is breaking cultural and musical barriers with her unique sonic blend made of Contemporary RnB and Soultronic. After being introduced to classical music by her mother, Ella went on to develop her own artistic vision when she began writing songs at a young age. Finding herself exposed to various genres, she took inspiration from artists such as The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Nao and KAYTRANADA.

Her recent single 'ALONE WITH YOU' premiered on Wonderland Magazine and was placed on Spotify's editorial playlist 'Fresh Finds: Pop'. This track is part of her debut EP 'INTROSPECTION'; a collection of songs that marks her most significant body of work to date, written and produced entirely by herself in her bedroom studio in Northwest London during the first lockdown of the pandemic.

Talking about the track’s meaning, Ella says:

The confrontational attitude in ‘EGO’ makes it my most daring track so far. The narrative could be perceived as me urging another person to ‘let go of their ego’, almost as if I am speaking to a love interest or a close friend, however, my creative intention behind this track is that I am talking to myself in the mirror just after I got up in the morning. This track is especially important to me as I feel it is the most reflective song I have ever created and it documents my journey of self-development.

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LAURELIGHT • Rainbow

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Laurelight is a UK based contemporary pop artist and students of our BA (Hons) Songwriting course whose eclectic vibe embraces genres from synth pop to disco funk music. His sound is inspired by artists like The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Charlie Puth and Christine and the Queens. Originally from Italy, Laurelight moved to London at the age of 20, where he is currently working on his solo artist project. In November 2020, Laurelight started a Podcast called ‘Laurechats’ where he interviews creative minds within the music industry to spread a message of hope during the pandemic. To find out more about his podcast work, click here to read his Spotlight page.

On the Release Day of their recent single ‘Rainbow’, Laurelight set up an Instagram live streaming party called ‘Rainbow Streaming Party’ featuring the young talented guitarist Andrea Conte. Also, Laurelight and his Visual Team have created from remote an animated Lyric Video adding kinaesthetic experience matching the single groovy ‘Nu Disco’ Vibe.

Laurelight gave us an insight into the track’s meaning, saying:

“’Rainbow’ was written in order to share a resilient message of hope, seen as vital necessity in order to re-activate our energy while going through life’s adversities and bring colours back in our lives.”

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XY GALA • Out Of My Mind

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XY GALA is a Hip-Hop artist from Rome, Italy, currently residing in London, United Kingdom. His unique delivery and sparkling punchlines give his music a moody vibe. During his teens, XY GALA developed a huge passion for music, inspired by Hip-Hop, Trap, and Rock. He began his music career performing and recording for numerous bands both in Rome and in London.

After being awarded a degree in our BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance course he decided, in 2021, that was the moment to establish his path as a solo artist, releasing his debut single 'Fighter' on April 17. The single featured on various radio stations, Word Play Magazine, and YMX Blog. His new single ‘Out Of My Mind’ is a sad ballad and is hard to be categorised under one music genre, because although it features a modern Hip-hop/Trap beat, it doesn’t present any rapped vocals. The song was also mixed and mastered by MA Popular Music Performance alumni Valentin Davion and Charlie Whiteside.

XY Gala talked on the meaning of the track, saying:

“In a few words, the narrator of the song is talking to a person who has suicidal thoughts. The narrator and the protagonist of the song are the same person though his mind is split in two different parts. One part is always thinking negatively, while the other part of his mind is the complete opposite and always reminds himself all the reasons why life is worth living.”

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TARANTOLA • Sugar Dumpling

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Tarantola is a London-based Reggae-Dub band that comprises 5 energetic musicians who come from Italy, Brasil, England, and Greece taking a various range of influences from the likes of Mellow Mood, Damian Marley, and Kumar Fyah. MA Songwriting alumni Mauro Lacandia seeks to recreate the legend of “Taranta” (the traditional music from Salento). Tarantola expands their web with each release, aiming to connect people from different countries, cultures, and heritage to be part of a family where everyone is celebrated as equal and where diversity matters as a form of connection and exchange.

After been featured on Irie Magazine, interviewed on Rai2 Tv NEWS (Italian national TV) and performing in many prestigious venues and festivals such as Koko (London) Bestival (Lulworth Castle), Hootananny (Brixton-Sold Out), Arts by the River Festival (Bournemouth - Headliners), Tarantola presents their fresh and best Reggae single release yet, called ‘Sugar Dumpling’.

Talking about their new single, Mauro says:

“Sugar Dumplin is a radio friendly tune that includes catchy vocals on top of infectious and danceable Reggae/Dancehall grooves mixed with that sunny vibe peculiar of South Italy Reggae Music! The song celebrates playful and mutual love. It also explores sexuality in a healthy way, through the comfort of 2 lovers who enjoy each other’s company!”

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