Written by: Jen Dan
An artisanal batch of recent tracks that deserves to be heard (and videos to be seen). This 6th hand-picked playlist features NYC-based EDM-pop artist Danny Blu, electro-pop songstress JYLDA, art-pop singer XI.ME.NA, and pop-rock musician Rob Alexander.
Bubble by Danny Blu
NYC-located Danny Blu is a dark pop LGBTQ+ artist who steeps his catchy pop-structured compositions in edgy rock and body-moving electronica. The frontman for glam-pop band Echo Black is influenced by industrial, Goth, and rock music from the alt-‘90s on his solo output. He recently unleashed a killer video for his lyrically gleefully wicked trackBubble.
Guard by JYLDA
Electronic-pop songstress JYLDA hails from London and she just released her new single Guard on platforms. The track follows up on an EP titled Twitch that JYLDA dropped earlier this year. The artist is known for her rich and velvety vocals and restless and vibrant electronic-driven music. On Guard, a reflective vulnerable JYLDA sighs wistfully, her melancholic vocals floating over gentle piano accompaniment.
Before You EP by XI.ME.NA
NYC-by-way-of-Venezuela art-pop (and opera) singer XI.ME.NA (AKA Ximena Borges) creates vocals-centric music in the ambient and electronica realms. Her latest release is the Before You EP that is rife with her expressive voice. The multi-platform artist is equally comfortable using digital and analog technology, and forming neo-classical operatic modern electronic songs.
Being Myself by Rob Alexander
South Florida-located pop/rock musician Rob Alexander just delivered his new album Being Myself. It’s a catchy, piano-focused second LP that follows up on his acclaimed debut Long Road Coming Home. Alexander worked with three musicians from Elton John’s band on his latest record, as well as with current and former members of Frankie Valli’s touring band. Lead single Never Gonna Let You Go is a contemplative slow-burner filled with subtle piano notes, warm sax pulls, and heartfelt vocal reflection.