Song of the Day: Nu Genea – Marechià

After three years the music of Nu Genea is finally back: their new single Marechià anticipates the new recording project to be released soon for NG Records under license from Carosello Records. Nu Genea is the artistic project of Neapolitan musicians / DJs – based in Berlin – Massimo Di Lena and Lucio Aquilina. The inspiration of their artistic path comes from a historiographical investigation on dance music since its dawn: following the musical routes of the world, Nu Genea have sought the sonorous echoes that, over the centuries, have touched the coasts of Naples, their city native and inexhaustible source of cultural sensitivity. Their meticulous research stands out for exploring unknown territories, finding music from the past and the most remote places on earth, to elaborate it in an original groovy equation completely pervaded by disco, funk, electronic, folk and much more. Also in Marechià, with the collaboration of the French artist Célia Kameni who lends the voice to the song, the influence of the peoples who have touched Naples is very clear: in this specific piece it is precisely the French influence that gives it a well-defined connotation. precise. The influence of the French language on Neapolitan has very ancient origins that we still find today in the Neapolitan vocabulary thanks to dialectal terms that come precisely from the French language. Enjoy one of the best tunes of this year!

Song of the Day: Imelda Gabs – Alter Ego

Artists like Imelda Gabs are the reason why pop music never gets stale and evolves with the times that we live in Bold and unexpected, she manifests her passion and emotions through her music, both on stage and in the studio. The 23-year-old Belgian & Congolese artist grew up in Switzerland where she studied the piano, violin and singing, As she naturally dived into composition and songwriting, performing quickly came her way. Enjoy Alter Ego!

Magazine / Issue #85


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Song of the Day: The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa 

Here at This Is Pop? traditions are important. There is one about Christmas and it is related to this song, published by us every December 24th since 2016. Merry Christmas!

Song of the Day: Cat Powers – I’ll Be Seeing You

Cat Power, the singer/songwriter/producer Chan Marshall, previewed her forthcoming album Covers (January 14, 2022/Domino) with a fresh interpretation of Billie Holiday‘s I’ll Be Seeing You along with an updated rendition of her song Hate from The Greatest (2006), retitled Unhate for the album. She’s also released a music video for I’ll Be Seeing You which nods to Lady Day as Marshall sings behind a classic 1940’s-style Shure microphone in a cabaret hall evoking the jazz legend’s beautifully restrained vocals. Here it is, enjoy!

Song of the Day: Fka Twigs – Tears in the Club (feat. The Weeknd)

Fka Twigs, innovative artist, incredible performer, today releases a new song with superstar The Weeknd entitled Tears In The Club. London-based Fka Twigs has Jamaican origins and is one of the most important artists of the British trip hop and urban scene. Singer-songwriter and dancer, she has shown over the years that she has a talent, capable of making her gain acclaim in each of her performances. The song is accompanied by a fantastic video that bears the signature of Amber Grace Johnson, enjoy it!

Song of the Day: Voie 81 – 1989

Voie 81 is a Parisian pop wave electro duo, which adds the female voices of three European capitals: Paris, Madrid and Berlin. Their music finds its inspiration in the 1980s’analogical sound. The lyrics are unifying and socially committed, performed in German, English, Spanish and French. They are Kraftwerk’s long lost sons or the result of David Gahan’s multiple affairs during his 1988 tour in the US. It might also be a reconditioning of Bishop that Ridley Scott kept in the fridge? Or two rebel students who did not attend their classes and stayed in their room to compose their music? Actually, the truth is even more impressive… Voie 81 is two policemen jaded with their everyday life, who finally wrote songs about women’s complaints in a 19th Parisian district’s police station. Here’s 1989, enjoy!

This Is Pop? 6×4 (21.12.2021)

New Order – Everything’s Gone Green
Ex Olympian – Penny in the Well (feat. Sam Lawrence)
Blay Ambolley – Afrika Yie (Dandara Edit)
Umoja – 707
Poppy Ajudha – London’s Burning
Wet Leg – Too Late Now
Big Thief – Time Escaping
Little Simz – Introvert
Arlo Parks – Hope
Squid – Pamphlets
Human League – Don’t You Want Me
Apparat – Black Water

Song of the Day: Sumo y Los Ermanos del Alma – Oya (Wichy de Vedado Remix)

Since its creation in the late 90s, we have seen Sumo roam various territories: electro, soul, funk, hip-hop, dub… Loyal to their initial state of mind, the group made up of brothers Alex (guitar, vocal) and Fred Sumi (bass, production) doesn’t box itself into one specific style, embarking instead on a constant musical odyssey. For its 6th opus Oya, the journey continues by exploring new horizons, rhythms and sounds. The group exiled itself to Cuba, where two tours (Habanarte festival, Cubadisco in 2017) had brought about striking and heartfelt friendships. In this new adventure, Sumo met his Cuban soul brothers to become:
Sumo y Los Hermanos del Alma. The result is both fascinating and fulminating. Oya is an afro-cuban rock record… a kind of Ufo with multiple sounds: afro-beat, rock-fusion, latin-jazz, afro-cuban soul voices. Enjoy the Wichy de Vedado Remix of the tune!

Magazine / Issue #84


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