Purple Pop: T. Shan, Madam Bandit, Dasha, Alexa., Love You Later, Erin LeCount

In the ancient world, purple was originally the colour reserved for the imperial families of Rome, Persia and Egypt and while it’s no 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.

Over the past year, NYC-based artist T. Shan has been busy honing his craft and experimenting with new sounds around the theme of relationships, taking the good and the bad with both hands. The result is a cosmic 7-track EP, titled Flowers & Spice, that brings in elements of pop, R&B and soul, as you’ll hear in the dreamy focus track ‘Violet’. The artist’s voice swims in a smooth, effortless production, once that doesn’t crowd the romantic and melodious vocal tones. You’ll also find intimate and heartfelt sensations from the song in the simple lyric video for ‘Violet’, depicting T. Shan closely gripped a bunch of flowers surrounded by vibrant piles of ground spices. Even for such a laidback track, it’s immersive and sensory.

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Madam Bandit is such a fascinating individual who escaped a fanatical religious cult and a forced marriage as a teenager, yet she overcame those obstacles of her upbringing and decoded the brainwashed thinking. Part of her rebirth was the creation of her creative alter-ego, Madam Bandit, who has the ability to say and do all the things that the musician behind the moniker was prevented from doing for so long. The latest addition to her catalogue is ‘Me Plus You’ a dreamy, sweet and romantic electro-pop number that shows off the artist’s more wistful side. Built out of delicate keys, gentle rhythm and light pop melodies, this track is infused with melancholic infatuation.

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Anna Dasha Novotny, aka Dasha, recently released her provocatively titled debut album Dirty Blonde, a full-bodied pop record that celebrate juxtaposition. From that we have ‘Make A Scene’, a track that contrasts sweet and persuasive vocals with bold bass and hard-hitting percussion. As with everything that this songwriter creates, she doesn’t hold back on the themes here – unbroken sexual tension, unrequited love, personal power, and animal magnetism. You can’t help but feel empowered listening to this track and the storyline of the music video will keep you invested, right until the big twist at the end. Keep watching!

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Young singer-songwriter Alexa. was able to find her artist in the most current way possible, by going viral on TikTok. She was able to capture over 2.4 million views on that platforms and that translated into over 350K streams on Spotify, which is really impressive for an artist with just a handful of tracks under her belt. As we head further into 2023, Alexa. is cementing her recent success with her newest single ‘i hate the space’. This cathartic pop song uses driving synths and empowering vocals to vent those emotions about how difficult it is to face the present after all your plans have been said and done. The future is often unknown and the societal pressures can be overwhelming, so sometimes it’s easier to escape for a little while, especially when aided by such fun pop music as this.

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Love You Later is the project of Nashville-based artist and songwriter Lexi Aviles and she’s currently preparing for the release of her upcoming EP, From The Window Seat, from which we’ve got an early taster in the single ‘Girl With Headphones’. Similar to pop-meets-rock indie artists like Lauran Hibberd and Pixey, this artist’s style is stamped with effortless cool, honest songwriting and catchy hooks. That’s especially true of this cinematic and nostalgic coming-of-age track that combines fuzzed guitars, indie synths and dreamy vocals to completely capture the listener’s imagination.

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At just 19-years-old, British singer-songwriter Erin LeCount is already writing song that show a maturity beyond her young years and yet she’s also presenting relatable narratives that people of any generation will be able to connect with. Latest from this promising new name is ‘Bday Blues’, an elongated and unrushed melancholic pop ballad that uses minimalistic elements and reverberated production to accentuate the well of deep emotion that the songwriter is tapping into. This beautifully sad song is about feeling the growing pains, bittersweet nostalgia, and unstoppable motion of change – the kind that underpins many of our birthdays, whether we’re aware of it or not.

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