Friends, Family, Fruit loops, welcome to another juicy lil’ Mini Melon Mix ups playlist. By now I’m sure you know the drill but if you’re new to the tutti fruitiness allow me to explain. Here is where you will find a carefully curated list of absolute TUNES, that we at Purple Melon have been jamalamin’ to. Perfect for the weekend ahead, there’s sure to be something for everything in our MMM, so lets get with it!
Brighton’s Single Ruin has just dropped his debut EP – Unique – it’s a vibrant and esoteric collection of tracks that revolve around the bedroom producer’s jaunty alt-pop single. Title track ‘Unique’ is particularly vivacious, incorporating a menagerie of tinny percussion, metallic production, fuzzed-out guitars and bass-forward beats. Completing a series of releases that started last year, ‘Unique’ is a song to celebrate with.
“I tasked myself with creating an Idea a day at the start, it didn’t have to be a full song, it could be anything that sparked a new idea.”
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Just because the official Pride month is over, that doesn’t mean we have to stop celebrating all the colours of the flag. One artist who is using the medium of music and performance to explore gender expression is John Murry, the acclaimed Americana songwriter who has teamed up with a cast of Irish drag queens in the video for ‘I Refuse To Believe (You Could Love Me). It’s a playful, tongue-in-cheek song that contrasts to some of the darker moments on his recently released album, The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes.
“This song is my take on what Ric Ocasek (RIP) from The Cars mighta written if he had been into those dark “UK Surf” era Pixies mixes and found himself a bit trapped in Kilkenny, Ireland, for some years and – while there – grew a bit more alienated, broke, maligned, and bored by the day, then week, then month, then years. Ric would’ve probably written something much catchier, but y’all catch my drift, yeah?”
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Debut track ‘Peaching’ from Irish singer-songwriter Lukewarmdaily96 is next in the mix. Soft, dreamy and gentle, this acoustic style track is a welcome moment of calm and a lovely introduction to this brand new artist. Melody-driven, jangly guitars and filled with whimsical story telling, this track is sure to transport you to wild flower meadows on a lazy Summer afternoon. The first glimpse at a debut EP titled ‘Cluck’, we look forward to more from this intriguing new artist.
“It’s about friendship really. I wanted to make a low-key country song, and have the focus on the story telling. Each person will hear something different in the story and that’s what interests me.” – Lukewarmdaily96
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A brand new video from Robert Grace for ‘Self’ has arrived on the scene next! Catchy, upbeat and feel good, this track is filled with clever rhythms and ear worm melodies. Carefully crafted songwriting for the masses, this tune is sure to appeal to fans everywhere. With lyrical content that we can all relate to, ‘Self’ is a sincere, yet laidback response all about fighting that inner critic inside our heads. Featuring the distinctive vocals of Emma Steinbakken, pop ‘Self’ on when you need a little pick me up and it’s sure to renew that bounce to your step!
“I love this song so much because it’s about me. It IS me essentially. Super personal, super raw.” – Robert Grace
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A fiery female for the mix, AMAVA has revealed her electric new single ‘Jungle’. Overflowing with fun, bouncy synths and an computerised style vocal, this new single is a fresh, rich tapestry of sounds and flavours. With a popping beat to match, ‘Jungle’ is reminiscent of other Pop super stars Charli XCX, Phoebe Bridgers and Lorde.
“Jungle is about the empowering space between ending a relationship and falling into someone new. I didn’t want to write a ‘this person was terrible and I’m gonna be with someone better than you’ kind of song because not all relationships end horribly and need some sort of chaotic, upswing rebound. I didn’t want to write a break-up song, I wanted to write about feeling alright wanting someone new.” – AMAVA
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Soulful new single from New Orleans based alt-rock artist Sean Hobbes is next with ‘I’m Not Sorry’. Taken from his forthcoming EP Things Feel Slow, this newest offering is filled with electric guitars and an energetic live band. With catchy melodies from the get go and a jovial brass section that provides a beautiful contrast to the feel of the tune. Angst ridden, yet cathartic, this song was made for bedroom jam outs when you need a release and a sing along all at the same time.
““I’m Not Sorry” is the triumph of being done with someone’s bullshit. I actually wrote the lyrics on a flight and I was just fuming by the time I finished because it’s kind of the message you wish you had been able to say to that person’s face.” – Sean Hobbes
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Gorgeous contemporary, cinematic Pop ballad from ELASKIA is next on our radar. Soft yet soaring, ‘Can’t Help Loving You’ starts gently, with ELASKIA’s beautiful, tuneful tone detailing emotive lyrics across dreamlike melodies. The single is a slow burner which builds to a powerful bridge and is surrounded by whispery, flowing synths. Creating waves, ELASKIA has featured on Netflix series ‘Dynasty’, ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ and ‘Home and Away’.
“I wrote this song after someone really let me down. They really promised a lot more than they were willing to give, and it felt like they went from being this major part of my life to literally dropping off the face of the earth. I guess the part that really frustrated me was that even though I felt extremely hurt I didn’t hate them and at the end of the day I still think the world of them, but some relationships aren’t meant to stay close and it can be a really scary thing accepting that and letting go”. – ELASKIA
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Last up is the alternative, avant-garde and utterly unique, Jihae’s who is back with an alluring new single, ‘Utopia’. Filled with unconventional yet intriguing melodies, this single was made for a futuristic world. Space-like, atmospheric and overflowing with sci-fi sounding synths, Jihae has created a vision of her own artistic world with ‘Utopia’. Dark, yet hopeful and completely alluring, we look look forward to seeing where this singer-songwriter takes her fans next.
“I wanted to shift the focus from terror to beautiful dreams and brighter visions, it’s time to shift the pendulum from dark to light, division to unity and hate to love.” – Jihae
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