Purple Pop: Anna Bates, CAROLINE, ENNA, Bryde, Jeni Schaphire, Tessa Violet, Dance Yourself Clean, Joost Laméris

In the ancient world, purple was originally the colour reserved for the imperial families of Rome, Persia and Egypt and while it’s not longer elitist, there’s still something special to be had to the red-meets-blue hue. Our Purple Pop selection showcases the most luxurious, beautiful and unmissable pop music finds for our ears to yours.

We’re starting off strong with the emotional and craftily paced ballad ‘Something Greater’ from rising Canadian talent Anna Bates. Her smokey voice placidly sails over the expressive piano, while electronic samples spike through the calm expanse. In short, this cinematic single a textural delight.

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In true royal fashion, CAROLINE is ready to rule with her anthemic new single ‘Have My Cake and Eat It Too’. This bombastic electro-pop uses the contrast of the restrained verses pained by heartache with the cathartic impact of the hard-hitting choruses.

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Next up on our listening rotation is the alternative narrative ‘Burn’ from Berlin’s ENNA, a song about unrequited love. Her potent voice follows a rhythmic pattern that has a hypnotic effect on the listener, itself complimented by the rich piano and minimalist electro beats.

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British singer-songwriter Bryde takes a deeper look into the complexities on love in our modern world in the voyaging new single ‘Algorithms (cyber)’. While pop at its corse, Bryde also uses alt-rock undertones and her folky vocal melodies to really emphasis the rollercoaster of emotions this song takes us on.

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Let’s we move onto new discovery Jeni Schaphire and her alluring art-pop single ‘Porcelain’, which explores feeling of self-doubt, self-loathing, and feeling unworthy. This earnest synth-forward track shows off Nashville-based artist’s incredible vocals which rally against the harsh backdrop of crashing chords and punching percussion.

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As you’ll discover when clicking play on this one, ‘BREAKDOWN’ could have easily fit into our Dance Collective round-up as well as Purple Pop, but we felt that Tessa Violet’s deceptively sweet vocals and catchy chorus just edged her into this character. Perfect for when you’re feeling alone, this dance-worthy song really pushes the boundaries of electro-pop into avant-garde territory.

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This was another one nearing the Dance Collective mark, but since it reminded us so much of the indomitable Little Mix, ‘Last Call’ by Dance Yourself Clean made it into a luxurious pop selection instead. The Seattle party instigators turned production outfit dip their toe into the world of dance-pop with this feel-good and weekend ready banger.

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Taking us out on a heartfelt note is Dutch singer-songwriter Joost Laméris with his genuine post-breakup single ‘Falling Apart’. This chart-ready track pulls in some soulful elements through the artist’s rich vocal, but generally it sticks the pop ballad formula which is exactly what you want when consoling your own case of heartbreak.

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