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On The Rise: PRETTYMUCH

21st July 2017 | Pop Stop

On The Rise: PRETTYMUCH

Pop Stop is W!ZARD Radio Media’s pop brand. We track thousands of emerging pop artists and use data to track their future growth. Then we play their music on-air (Fridays, 3pm BST) and write about them right here to introduce you to your next favourite artist.

In 2017, the direction of pop music often seems to start with the letter ‘R’ and end with the letter ‘B’ (if you didn’t get that, we were referring to R&B). The direction of massive pop producers such as Calvin Harris says a lot about where music is coming.

Introducing: PRETTYMUCH


Imagine if One Direction were made in 2017 – 5 boys, all kind of good looking, none of them play instruments… that is who PRETTYMUCH are.

Oh, and it helps that they’re signed to the same label as Harry and the Gang (*epic fan tension*) were – Simon Cowell’s Syco Music.

The American group are Simon’s latest project to help fill that gap in his heart which is used to being filled by the sounds of Harry’s high notes and Niall’s tender Irish accent. The only difference being that, as much as you loved One Direction (and trust us – WE LOVED THEM), PRETTYMUCH are pretty much cooler.


The band made up of Brandon Arreaga, Nick Mara, Zion Kuwonu, Austin Porter and Edwin Honoret have released their debut single ‘Would You Mind’ today (with a notable exception of the obligatory question mark after what is obviously a question).

The track reminds us of N*SYNC (well, we weren’t alive when they were popular, but still a bit of a Throwback Thursday) and is a love song about whether a girl would mind if they, you guessed it, made out.

At least there’s…

Myles McCaulskey's Top 5: Wednesday 19th July

18th July 2017 | Music

Every week, Myles McCaulskey picks his Top 5 favourite hip-hop tracks that he's been listening to over the past week. We reveal the list right here, every Wednesday.

1. Dave - Tequila

Dave is putting out banger after banger at the moment. This is another example of that – all starting from a freestyle Dave did in LA, he has transformed it into a song!


2. Chance The Rapper - Big B's (feat. Young Thug)

Chance’s attempt at saving SoundCloud yeah? Game on. Let’s see what he can do – this one is a banger though!


3. 21 Savage - Bank Account

From Savage’s new album Issa. Not the biggest fan of 21 Savage, but this one gets me gassed.
 


4. One Acen - Beneath (feat. Gene Carmello)

This one is an underrated throwback you know! One Acen is a growing name in the music scene and Beneath is an example of what he can do. Vibes 100%.


5. Quavo - 200,000 (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)

Coming off the surprise Quavo “ATL” Tape which dropped a couple weeks ago, I finally got round to listening to it. The hook it catch and this is definitely break out song on the album.


You can hear Myles McCaulskey exclusively on W!ZARD Radio Station, every Saturday from 4pm (UK time). Hear his latest episode on W!ZARD Repeats, here.

 

Review: Community Festival

15th July 2017 | Music

The line up of music festivals in London has gotten slightly bigger this year, with the introduction of Community Festival, which took place inside one of the capital's spiritual homes for festivals, Finsbury Park.


As Community Festival is in its first year, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this brand new festival. Although under the guidance of Festival Republic, I felt assured that the festival was in a safe pair of hands. The festival site wasn't too big or too small, with one large stage at the bottom and a second stage, also known as the N4 Stage, which was for the smaller, "undiscovered" bands and less than a 5 minute walk away, which was great when you wanted to catch as many new bands as you possibly could and without feeling that the festival site was overcrowded.

The main stage got the crowd ready for the festival's big acts, with new kids on the block Redfaces, Fickle Friends, Darlia and the new "Wolves Of Watford" The Hunna more than keeping the crowd on their toes. While the likes of the newcomers on the N4 stage Rosborough, Saint Phnx, Wild Front, Stereo Honey and Anteros kept the crowd jumping between the sets on the main stage, as well as keeping the crowd warm for N4 Stage headliners Clean Cut Kid, for those who didn't fancy watching arena-headlining Catfish & The Bottlemen wrap up the festival.


Never did I think that I would see mosh pits at a festival that I would have considered to have been "indie", but Nothing But Thieves provided just that, with arguably the heaviest set of the weekend, which was a bonus.

Slaves were what I would consider to sound a lot like Blur, but just…