6 songs from emerging artists that you need this Valentine’s Day

Written by frtyfve Team

The square on your calendar dedicated to February 14th might be surrounded by blue biro love hearts. Alternatively, it could be scribbled out in a desperate attempt to steer clear of the pressure and disappointment. Regardless of your Valentine’s Day expectations, with love and care, we’ve crafted you a playlist of the six essential ‘love songs’ from emerging artists that you need in your life.

New Religion by MAAD

New Religion by MAAD

New Religion by MAAD

Having modelled for the likes of Elle and Nylon, written tracks alongside Claude Kelly (Britney Spears, Jason Derulo) and Jonas Jeberg (Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato), MAAD has set her sights on a blossoming solo career. Her latest release New Religion is a funk and soul inspired, electronic R&B swooner, dedicated to a lover.

Of all the dreams I had baby you were my favorite
Of all the songs I’ve sung this is the one
Til’ this day still the sweetest I have tasted
You know you are home
When you no longer have to run”

Produced by Grammy-nominated producer GRADES (Dua Lipa, Khalid, NAO), the track has been extremely well received, increasing her total Spotify playlist followers to 275,000 and her direct following to 1200 (TalentAI).

Good Love Stories by Sheila and the Kit

Good Love Stories by Sheila and the Kit

Good Love Stories by Sheila and the Kit

Sheila and the Kit are an alt synth-pop band from the Netherlands. Their synth heavy tracks are groovy and fun, with an 80s danceability and irresistible melodies.

Good Love Stories is an instant pop banger, but its conception did not go to plan. Whilst being mixed by Barak Koren (Nick Cave, Typhoon a.o.) on the desk of world-famous producer Steve Albini, a fire broke out. The studio was destroyed and the track was cut short and released.

Despite this, it remains a super positive, chipper ode to happy relationships. The track has had a total playlist following increase of 42,000 in the past 7 days ( 29% increase), raising the grand total to 185,764 followers (TalentAI).

Bathwater by WESLEE

Bathwater by WESLEE

Bathwater by WESLEE

I’ve picked out this track by WESLEE for those long-distance lovers*. With members from two coasts, one from London and the other from New York, the duo are proof that air miles don’t have to get in the way of love. Thankfully, dumping FaceTime, the duo got together in the studio to record their latest single 'Bathwater'. Follow up to hotly tipped debut single ‘Gassed’, the track sees the mysterious duo combine their ambient indie-pop sound with grooving synths and a stunning vocal performance. With 2,027,654 playlist followers to their name and appearances on 20 Spotify playlists (TalentAI), it is certain that we will be hearing more from the duo very soon.

*WESLEE remain very mysterious. We are not clued up on their non-music relationship and will not make assumptions. They just make good music and live in two different cities.

Love You Like That by Dagny

Love You Like That by Dagny

Love You Like That by Dagny

Norwegian singer-songwriter Dagny has been on the radar of indie-pop critics since the release of her debut single ‘Backbeat’. With a collaboration with BØRNS and a summer anthem following in quick succession, it was only a matter of time until Dagny treated us to a proper love song. Her new single ‘Love You Like That’ has scored her 13,435,032 playlist followers this week, a clear sign of a pop triumph (TalentAI).

Discussing the theme of the track she said, “Love You Like That' is the first proper love song I've ever released. It's funny because I've always been wary of using the phrase 'I love you' in songs, in fear of sounding too cliché or corny, but then I just went and broke the "amounts-of-I love you-in-one-song" record. And it feels good”.

"I'm not a particularly romantic person nor am I great at telling people how I feel about them, so this was probably long over-due. If you love someone, you should tell them."

Dagny knows. Swipe right.

What’s Good by Fenne Lily

What’s Good by Fenne Lily

What’s Good by Fenne Lily

I said that this post was inclusive to all Valentine’s Day endurers, so here’s a song about heartbreak. Fenne Lily provides the tear-wrenching pleasure with her track 'What’s Good'. With over 19 million playlist followers and over 12,800 direct followers, it would seem that many have turned to her post-punk edge and soft vocal tone this week (TalentAI).  

The Dorset raised, Bristol based singer-songwriter began her music career at the age of 15, picking up the guitar with an unruly natural ability. A move to Bristol when she was 18 sparked an exploration of the arts, as she became a keen photographer and member of the growing music community. Whilst her friends were creating techno or raucous indie-rock, Fenne remained loyal to her acoustic and wrote songs about heartbreak. Her debut album, ‘On Hold’, is out in April 2018.

Palms by Allman Brown

Palms by Allman Brown

Palms by Allman Brown

"You're sunlight in my bones
When I'm all out of hope
I'm not lonely when I'm alone
Your sweet oxygen
Rushing through my blood
Deep satisfaction"

A true and heartfelt ode from Allman Brown. These lyrics are taken from Palms which features on his debut album, ‘1000 Years’. The singer-songwriter has an unfathomable ability to write smart, impossibly catchy and bitterly sweet lyrics. Whilst intimate in message, the track also teases the senses with fantastic vocal execution. Vocal riffs, melodies with Liz Lawrence and his soft tone move the track between personal tales and a floating pop chorus.

With over 11 million total playlist followers and 17,000 direct followers (TalentAI), Allman Brown is your Valentine’s Day storyteller.

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