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MUSIC MONDAY | Jacob Plant’s “Amnesia” is a Song You Won’t Soon Forget

The UK DJ and producer collaborates with James Newman for smooth vocals over mind-blowing melodies and perfect percussion.

THE MIX | A step back into summer before fall freezes us out

10.22.18 | "This is my 'Summer Highlights' playlist. 2018 has been such a good year for dance music and these tracks have really stood out to me. If you're not a house music fan, I hope this playlist might get you into some new tracks. Enjoy!"

About Jacob Plant

Jacob Plant

DJ and producer Jacob Plant is a London-born breakthrough with tunes that have darted to the top of dance music charts in the past few years. After meeting Calvin Harris in L.A., Plant caught his big break with his 2013 singles, "Fire" and "Shakedown." Next came Rihanna, who commissioned Plant's "Drop That" for Dreamworks movie Home.

From remixing for Rihanna, Calvin Harris, and Iggy Azalea, to creating his own outstanding music, Plant is proving his talent to the world. Plant's latest, "Amnesia," is a project with James Newman, following the success of his radio hit "Only Love" with Becky Hill which hit #1 in the UK Shazam Dance Chart and was named BBC Radio 1's "Ibiza anthem." "Amnesia" is the perfect display of Plant's producing prowess and Newman's smooth vocal stylings. Stay tuned for more magic to come from Plant as he continues to innovate and entertain.

Listen to "Amnesia" below:

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MUSIC MONDAY | Against The Current – In the Mood for Something Moody

October 15 | 'Past Lives' from our current crush

THE MIX | Fall into fall with bittersweet beats, collected for you by Against the Current.

10.15.18 | "We made a moody fall playlist that's perfect for late night driving, evenings at home, and when you want to chill. As a band we've done a lot of late night drives in the fall months. We also grew up where people travel to [see] the apple orchards, pumpkin picking, and hay mazes nearby, so fall has always been a staple of growing up. These songs are mostly nostalgic and moody, that 'sweet sadness' feeling."

About the Band

Against The Current has been called everything from "pop-rock perfection" ( Alternative Press) to "super varied and compelling" (Billboard). Their latest album, Past Lives, brings fresh pop sounds to fans worldwide, keeping the praise pouring in.

Following noteworthy success with their first album, In Our Bones, which debuted at #2 on Billboard's 'Top New Artists' chart in 2016, Past Lives brings us to the present, with a sound that proves their sophomore album is just as juicy. "The album's title references the idea that we often don't recognize ourselves when we look back," the band says, "as one chapter of life closes and another opens."

Produced by Andrew Goldstein (Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Fifth Harmony) and Tommy English (BØRNS, Broods, Kacey Musgraves), Past Lives was written and recorded over the course of a year, resulting in pure pop perfection.

"Superstardom awaits," proclaims KERRANG! But we think Against The Current is already shining in the stratosphere.

Watch Against The Current's videos for "Almost Forgot" and "Strangers Again" below:

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Get Daphne Willis' Forgiveness

This unstoppable powerhouse is following up this summer's Hustle with a raw sound.

This past summer Daphne Willis dropped Hustle, a departure track that proved to the world that she can perform any musical style, with a gusto most artists can only dream of.

The tracks eclectic mix of R&B and hip-hop was met by fans with enthusiasm and general fist-pumping. Ever the unstoppable force, Willis scarcely took a break after "Hustle" before heading back into the studio. Her latest offering from these sessions is "Forgiveness." The new single doesn't disappoint, and Popdust got an exclusive first listen.

Digital and marching drums fire analog electricity in to the air. A twisted sound — part synth scream, part guitar shriek —accompanies piano chords as they steadily progress. Willis' starts singing of war and heavy metal. Soon, we're at the chorus, a passionate plea for forgiveness from the heavens, heralded by a major shift that feels like clouds parting on a bleak day. The respite ends, and we're back in the rhythmic verse. Willis speeds up her meter, spilling ideas, thoughts, and feelings like a broken dam. Before we can even process the verse, we're suddenly back in the angelic world of the chorus, begging again for absolution. Then, the breakdown; part ultimatum, part laying out of the facts. We settle into the chorus again, rounding off the story of two people who know they are the cause of each other's pain, but also each other's only hope for salvation.

Forgiveness carries on stylistically where Hustle left off. Willis is still playing with RnB aesthetics and hip-hop sensibilities. It's bold, but not brash, big, but intimate. It has all the power and feeling of a Rihanna ballad, but whereas some songs of this style tend towards universality, this track makes you feel like you know Daphne. It feels like she's letting you in to the struggle. It never quite spills over into a Mountain Goats level of hyper-personal, but it is nonetheless the closest you're likely to hear to that whilst retaining the accessibility of a pop format. In a word, the track is authentic.

Willis is undoubtedly building up to an album with this work. Hustle and Forgiveness show her emotional range brilliantly. The latter inspiring strength in vulnerability, and the former strength in invulnerability. This begs repeatedly the question of what lies between those two poles for her. Willis has a masterful hand for writing songs, she knows exactly what she's capable of, and has apparently surrounded herself with a production team that lets her turn a music studio into a savant's play-pen. It feels like she is being enabled in the best way, and soon the world will not be able to get enough of her. We've said it before, get on the Daphne Willis train now, or you really will have to ask for forgiveness.

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Thomas Burns Scully is a Popdust contributor, and also an award-winning actor, playwright, and musician. In his spare time he writes and designs escape rooms. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Check out these genre-bending artists as you head into your weekend.

RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of the top singles, albums, and videos of the week, so you can head into your weekend with a new list of killer tunes. Get ready to jam out with some of our favorite up-and-coming artists, plus celebrate new stuff from those you already know and love.


Nick Talos | "Home To You"

Berlin-based electronic artist Nick Talos partnered with Grammy-nominated songwriter Lucas Secon for his latest single, "Home To You." The catchy flute hooks are a departure from traditional dance music, but complement the infectious beats.

You Might Also Like: Thutmose, Matt Maeson, Sophie And The Giants

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⭐ PREMIERE ⭐ | Younger Hunger | "Dead Inside"

Haunt pop trio Younger Hunger's single "Dead Inside" is the perfect prelude to their debut EP, according to frontman Tony Davia. "We were all at this party and I was having a bad night. So we all left to go hang out at our studio and play some N64," he said. "We ended up jamming and that's when we wrote the hook over an old cowbell loop."

You Might Also Like: Foster the People, MGMT, The Neighbourhood

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⭐ PREMIERE ⭐ | Sheridan Reed | "Twisted Up"

Austin singer-songwriter Sheridan Reed's single "Twisted Up" is one of several singles slated for release in the coming months. "Twisted Up" describes the anguish of poorly timed love. "It's about the emotional push and pull of being attracted to someone who is already spoken for," noted Reed, "and whether it's worth the risk."

You Might Also Like: Billie Eilish, Allen Stone, Stevie Wonder

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Dominique Tey | "Let It Out"

MASSAI's Dominique Tey kicks dreamy pop music up a notch with her latest single, "Let It Out." The Sweden native marries spooky synth and gentle vocals, creating an otherworldly escape.

You Might Also Like: MAASAI, Robyn, Sigrid

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Quelle Rox | Dream Daisies

Bedroom pop artist Quelle Rox is a musical powerhouse. The video for her latest single, Dream Daisies, reflects her DIY approach to lo-fi pop. "My goal is to open the doors for women music producers," Quelle said, "while also creating my own dream world through my sound."

You Might Also Like: Mac DeMarco, Ariel Pink, Yellow Days

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Chris Jobe | Backwards

Chris Jobe's latest video pairs thoughtful lyrics and rhythmic beats with a trippy alternate reality we don't mind getting lost in.

You Might Also Like: Honne, Lauv, Chelsea Cutler

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Ricky Rebel | Life is a Runway

Ricky Rebel has an impressive resume: LGBTQ activist, singer, and dancer. In his latest video he shows off all three.

You Might Also Like: Adam Joseph, Miss Fame, Blair St. Clair

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The Collection | Entropy

Chamber pop band The Collection lives up to its name, sporting a myriad of instruments and, on their debut album, 25 members. They've since pared down to a manageable (and tour-able) sized group. Their bold harmonies and complex instrumentals sound more like a group of 25 than one of four.

You Might Also Like: Fun., Josh Ritter, The Oh Hellos

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Soul Cannon | Soul Cannon

Why don't more people play guitars when they rap? We're gonna queue up experimental hip-hop group Soul Cannon's other two albums while we speculate.

You Might Also Like: Flying Lotus, Anderson .Paak, BadBadNotGood

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Jessie Munro | On My Own

L.A.'s Jessie Munro streamlines traditional R&B, pairing soulful vocals with an electro-pop edge. Her six track EP tells the story of loves lost but not forgotten, and the courage it takes to move on.

You Might Also Like: Charlotte Day Wilson, Daniel Caesar, Emily King

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Allie Delyanis is an award-winning and losing freelance journalist based in New York City. She likes bands, books, breakfast food, and would love to be David Sedaris when she grows up. You can find more of her work on

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Pour some bubbly and settle in, we planned your weekend playlist for you.

RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of your top singles, albums, and videos to check out as you head into your weekend. Get ready to jam out with some of our favorite up-and-coming artists, plus celebrate new stuff from those you already know and love.


TELYKast | "101"

TELYKast is shattering stereotypes when it comes to electronic music. Sandwiched between DJs and computer-based beats, the L.A. trio features instrumentals, expertly mixed vocals, and catchy lyrics in their new single.

You Might Also Like: The Chainsmokers, Gryffin, Cheat Codes

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Oginalii | "No Littering"

Oginalii frontwoman Emma Hoeflinger is a rock 'n roll powerhouse--and don't you forget it. "I hope this song can be a reminder to all the beautiful women out there of your inner power," said Hoeflinger.

You Might Also Like: The Dead Weather, The Kills, Band Of Skulls

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⭐ PREMIERE ⭐ | Ghostly Kisses | "The City Holds My Heart"

Margaux Sauvé, better known as Ghostly Kisses, draws on her classical violin training for her new single. Heart-wrenching lyrics melt into a dreamy pop melody as two forlorn souls struggle between heart and home.

You Might Also Like: Daughter, Fiona Apple, Death Cab for Cutie

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⭐ PREMIERE ⭐ | Lauren Rocket | "Diamond Nights"

L.A.'s Lauren Willow White's first single as Lauren Rocket puts an '80s spin on otherwise modern synth-pop. "It was influenced by Blondie, and memories of driving across the country," said Rocket." Also what it feels like to be in love in your youth, when everything feels so intense and so permanent."

You Might Also Like: The Child, MGMT, Madonna

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Sakr | "Home Again"

Sam Sakr shows off his production prowess in his debut single. "'Home Again' is about the surrender of falling into dark places over and over again," Sakr explained. "The jagged nature of the arrangement and the complex sound design is a sonic projection of how frantic and uneasy my mind moves in those places."

You Might Also Like: James Blake, SOHN, Bonobo

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⭐ PREMIERE ⭐ | Anjulie | Hold Me Down

Award-winning songwriter Anjulie takes DIY and makes it her own in the video for her new single, which dropped during the Toronto Film Festival. "I didn't have a budget for a video but I'm super hype on the song so I thought it would be fun to just run through the center of TIFF with a camera," said Anjulie. "No one in the video could hear the audio so I looked even more insane in person than I do with the music."

You Might Also Like: Natalia Kills, Fefe Dobson, Neon Hitch

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WAFIA | I'm Good

Australian pop queen WAFIA is back with a video her single "I'm Good" (previously featured on Release Radar) and takes us on a spin around Highland Park in L.A.--in one continuous shot.

You Might Also Like: Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Amy Winehouse

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Lindsay Kay | For the Feminine, by the Feminine

Lindsay Kay's aptly-named debut LP celebrates womanhood in all of its forms. Kay collaborated with strong, powerful people who identify as women throughout the project. "I tried to imagine men recording this music," Kay says, "even men I love working with, and it made me uncomfortable. I needed people who could truly connect with the music on a personal level and would allow me to be completely vulnerable in the studio."

You Might Also Like: Laura Marling, Julien Baker, Joanna Newsom

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Mink's Miracle Medicine | Pyramid Theories

"Twang inspired rock 'n roll" group Mink's Miracle Medicine is back with their sophomore album, defying genres and leaving us yearning for more.

You Might Also Like: The Breeders, The New Pornographers, Uncle Tupelo

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High Turnover | Face Melt

Seattle's High Turnover turns classic folk rock on its head with their latest album, Face Melt. Frontman Alec Estes varies his approach to songwriting and crafts a unique story with each track and keeps raising the bar.

You Might Also Like: Lou Reed, Danny Brown, Ty Segall

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Allie Delyanis is an award-winning and losing freelance journalist based in New York City. She likes bands, books, breakfast food, and would love to be David Sedaris when she grows up. You can find more of her work on

Music Monday

MUSIC MONDAY | Kyle Reynolds is “The Real Thing”

October 1 | Brace yourself for the next breakout star

THE MIX | Reaching Inside and Getting Real

10.01.18 | "In my opinion, these are some of the realest songs out right now and I'm so excited to share them with you. These are all songs that make me feel something and inspire me to create more music. With a mixture of genres and voices, I think there's at least something for everyone in this playlist. I hope you find your new favorite artist in this batch of songs."

California-based Kyle Reynolds is on track to be the next big thing. With his pop songs already filling the airwaves and being featured on network television, the singer-songwriter-producer is brimming with talent and passion while his self-reflection and sense of purpose keep him personally grounded as he sets to soar professionally.

His single "The Real Thing," written by Kyle Reynolds and Adam John and produced by Mr. Popular just released September 26. The relationship-based lyrics prove Reynolds is a romantic at heart but knows when a connection can mean even more. He keeps it real, not only through the song's message but in his style and sound, detail and delivery. Catchy and creative, "The Real Thing" is exactly as it's titled. Real and relatable…and one you'll put on "repeat!"

Listen to "The Real Thing" below:

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