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Overnight sensation Stevan makes his grand return with second single ‘LNT’

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After releasing his warm hit single ‘Timee’, Stevan’s strikingly mature songwriting has become explosively popular, and there’s no denying ‘LNT’ is any different.

As well as featuring smooth vocals, mesmerising guitar melodies, and lush production with a late 60’s feel, the poppy track detailing blissful young love demonstrates a completely understood direction for the artist. 

The 18-year-old Frank Ocean inspired artist knows exactly how to create a faint tune that saunters in on its back-beat and burrows itself in the listener’s head. You’ll be humming along to ‘LNT’ before you know it.

The song’s catchy innocence is prominent, specifically within lyrics like “All I need from you is just a little love and some tenderness”. Of all the places the masterpiece could’ve been written, Stevan says the song was formed in an airport terminal.

He explains: “The song captures some fun moments I had in the Sunshine Coast… Great weather, nice music, and even better company”.

Once he graduated from high school, Stevan has never looked back. He signed to US label Honeymoon Records/300 Entertainment, Niche Productions, and management team Astral People alongside other huge artists like Cosmo’s Midnight, Winston Surfshirt, and GL.

The musician with a future brighter than you’d ever expect has smashed it with the new single. Listen to Stevan’s ‘LNT’ now and if you’re still craving more, see him live at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND music festival this September.

Jamie Lane gets sensual and atmospheric on new R&B banger, 'Desire'

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Jamie Lane is back! Hot on the heels of his eclectic single he dropped last month ‘Say It Again’, the enigmatic Queensland artist has returned with a new R&B banger, ‘Desire.’

Lane has been carving out a name for himself in the underground over the last year, achieving some crossover success with the song ‘Sink.’ However, 2019 has shown the forward-thinking R&B artist is looking ahead to bigger and better things.

Known for his experimental approach to hip hop, Lane keeps that eccentric style that made ‘Say It Again’ so interesting, but at the same time, has brought a real sense of smooth catchiness to this track. This is a low-key, nocturnal effort, filled with bass, reverb and atmosphere.

On the surface, this is a very sensual track, with heavy, bassy verses contrasting nicely with shrill instrumental choruses, with punchy synths introducing themselves into the mix to compliment Lane’s unique singing style. Flying solo on this effort, Lane is able to take centre stage a bit more and it is needed; his performance here is a much more emotionally driven one than his previous efforts, which is a welcome change of pace.

However, the lyrics detail a much more sombre story, as Lane details how he is fighting in a romantic relationship, almost to the point where he’s barely able to feel good about being in love, restoring the fire in the relationship, and attaining the eponymous desire he so desperately craves.

A sign of a great artist is when they are able to push forward and create experimental music that not only pushes boundaries, but also appeals to people. For Lane, this track signals a confident step in the right direction. More, please!

Jamie Lane Expertly Blends R&B And Electro On Effortlessly Cool New Track 'Say It Again' (ft. Naji)

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R&B is a genre that has become something of the zeitgeist of this decade, surfacing across many other genres and trends. Nowhere is this more the case than with it’s blend with electronic music. With that comes a risk of over-saturation, which means it often takes something unique to stand out in the R&B crowd.

Enter, Jamie Lane. Recently turning heads with his first single, ‘Sink’, the Queensland artist has brought an eclectic style when it comes to crafting electronic R&B. The guy has a fantastic command of production, with this first single serving as a daring example of his sampling talents, as well as a unique, quivering vocal style.

Now, Lane has heads turning again with his latest effort, ‘Say It Again’ feat. Naji. While this follow up isn’t as experimental or as sample focussed as ‘Sink’, it makes up for it by being an effortlessly cool piece of music.

The track starts with a crisp beat, with some piano keys at the beginning adding a lot of colour. The production choices are consistently fire, with the choice of drones and nice, sparkling keyboards at the song’s climax giving the song a nocturnal, sensual feel.

Lane’s vocals add a unique quality to the track, especially when he multitracks them in the chorus. However, Naji’s efforts in the second verse almost steal the show, with his more chilled-out style blending so nicely with the production and adding the crowning touch.

This is a really smooth, sensual piece of electronic R&B, and while not as experimental, confirms that Jamie Lane is a talent we should be keeping an eye on.

Electro-Pop & RnB Collide In Jason Winston’s Life-Affirming Debut Bop ‘Foreverland’

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Sydney-based, Melbourne-raised singer/songwriter Jason Winston has planted his flag firmly on our radar with an attention-stealing debut dubbed ‘Foreverland’.

Fusing minimalistic electro-pop production with rhythmic RnB-infused vocals that lift into an ear-caressing falsetto in the chorus, this life-affirming sonic gem is - at its core - a love song, and undeniably inspires the emotion upon which it muses (insert heart-eye emojis ad infinitum)

Winston explains the track as follows:

I wrote this song as a celebration of everything this relationship made me feel. Joy underpins this track...it represents an idea that some of us chase permanence in relationships, but it doesn’t exist. Moment to moment is all we have and love.

Making his foray into the music world after graduating from NIDA in 2013 and spending his early twenties pursuing acting, Winston is poised to drop his debut album later this year and our ears are ready.