Mini Melon Mix Ups: GoGo Penguin, Bad Boy Timz, Idahams, Max García Conover, MELONYX, Statues

Here’s our latest selection of brand new tracks that we’ve discovered over the last couple of week, from every part of the music genre spectrum and every corner of the world. Enjoy!

Gogo Penguin’s new single “Glimmerings” marks the beginning of a new era for the band, with a new drummer and record label. The track captures the essence of new beginnings, offering a subtly updated and developed sound that is both transformational and ethereal. “Glimmerings” is the first track to be released from their upcoming album, “Everything Is Going to Be OK.” The title suggests optimism, which is reflected in the music, and the song itself represents the flickering first moments of something newly created. With their captivating and quasi-magical presence, Gogo Penguin continues to push the boundaries of modern jazz.

“The word glimmerings stood out when I was reading a book by Anil Seth called ‘Being You’. The book is about the science of consciousness and in the Prologue, he talks about how ‘glimmerings of ideas began to emerge’. It felt like the perfect way to describe the process of thought and creativity. Glimmerings — one of the first songs we started on the new album – started from a small kernel on the synth and over time we added more and more layers until it became something a lot more complex. The idea behind the title is the very beginning, where there is only an idea and an intent to start with, but you have an aim and an idea, and you have to trust in the process.”

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Independent label EMPIRE is gearing up for the release of their new compilation album Where We Come From (Vol. 1) with a brand new music video for ‘FAYA’ by Nigerian pop rising star BAD BOY TIMZ. The track, produced by Semzi, has already amassed over a million plays online and captures Bad Boy Timz in his artistic element. The video, directed by Ahmed Mosh, was shot in the heart of Lagos Island, bringing the infectious jam to life with its vibrant colors and visual storytelling about young love, romance, and companionship. Bad Boy Timz has been making waves in the music scene, with massive hits like ‘Move’ and ‘Loading’, and winning the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award at the Headies Award.

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Nigerian artist Idahams is back with his latest single, ‘WETIN NO GOOD’. The track, produced by Yussy Beatz, is a fusion of afrobeats and amapiano that showcases Idahams’ exceptional songwriting ability and vocal delivery. Backed by enchanting drum patterns and a thumping bassline, the song’s theme centers around love, sex, and relationships. ‘WETIN NO GOOD’ follows the success of Idahams’ debut album, Truth, Love & Confessions, which received critical acclaim from BBC 1Xtra, Rolling Stone IN, and Hunger Magazine, among others. With his latest single, Idahams proves that he is one of Nigeria’s rising stars in the music scene.

“This is one of the first songs I recorded this year, and I believe this song can be a global hit for Africa because of the glorious afrobeats and amapiano fusion that gives it an appeal that cuts across – I hope listeners can feel the song from the first vocal and get excited about ‘Wetin No Good’. Thematically, the song captures two different feelings and interpretations – on one hand, you are being served hot breakfast of sad love and heartbreak, but on the other hand, you could be having the best sex of your life”.

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Max Garcìa Conover’s latest release ‘yeye won’t wait’ is a hauntingly beautiful tribute to his grandparents and their love story. The song’s simple yet emotive melody draws listeners in, while Max’s poetic lyrics paint a vivid picture of the past. The stripped-back production, featuring acoustic guitar and Max’s soulful vocals, perfectly captures the intimacy and tenderness of the song’s message. As Max reflects on his grandfather’s journey to America and the enduring love between his grandparents, ‘yeye won’t wait’ becomes not only a personal story, but a universal ode to the power of love and connection.

“i wrote this album while going through letters my grandfather wrote to my grandmother in the 1940s. just after arriving in the usa, my grandmother was quarantined in a hospital for the consumptive poor for two years. my grandfather, who was 16 and had met her only a few days before she went away, sent her a mountain of love letters while she was in the hospital. after 70 years of sitting in a box, i found the letters last year and they’ve taken over my songwriting imagination.”

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MELONYX’s latest release ‘Solar Power’ is an electrifying celebration of the sun and its life-giving energy. Georgia Copeland and Nadia Latoya’s soulful vocals blend perfectly with the funk-infused production of Brighton-based producer J-Felix, creating a track that is sure to get listeners moving. The song’s Wurlitzer keys, synth-fuelled bassline, and horn-heavy groove create a rich and textured soundscape that perfectly captures the essence of the sun’s warmth and vitality. The lyrics of ‘Solar Power’ are carefully crafted and pay homage to the sun as a source of life and energy. MELONYX’s smooth vocal stylings bring these lyrics to life, with their soulful delivery perfectly capturing the joy and gratitude that comes from basking in the sun’s glow. The track’s upbeat tempo and infectious energy make it an instant classic, one that is sure to be a staple at summer gatherings and beach parties for years to come.

“Our purest source of vitamin D and a natural antidepressant; we stay in a constant state of yearning for its healing radiance. Solar Power” is our love letter, ode, and homage to the Sun – Giver of life and light.” 

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‘Agony’ by Statues is a blast from the past, reminiscent of the late 80s rock and punk scene. The track is the first single from their upcoming third studio album, Black Arcs Rising. The band’s influences from bands like Husker Du and Sonic Youth can be heard in their sound, making it an unpolished and spontaneous musical experience. The band’s members previously played together in Starmarket and The Vultures, which adds to the punk rock flair in their music. ‘Agony’ is a reinterpretation of Yung Lean’s song, transformed into a 90s-style tune that transports the listener back to a bygone era of alternative rock. The track is a perfect representation of Statues’ sound, with its rough, fast-paced guitar riffs and the gritty vocals that add an extra edge to the track. The lyrics perfectly capture the feeling of agony, as the vocalist sings, “Agony is all that I have left to give.” The song is a perfect example of the band’s ability to take inspiration from various sources and create a unique sound that captures the essence of the era they were influenced by.

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