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One of the most surprising films we’ve seen this year is most definitely Lean On Pete.

Phil Marriott and I also got to interview the director Andrew Haigh who has been on our radar since his film about a London gay escort called Greek Pete.

Director ANDREW HAIGH Interview || LEAN ON PETE - YouTube

Andrew has since gone on to direct the incredibly relevant HBO series Looking as well as notable films Weekend and 45 Years.

Find out what Phil and I think of Lean On Pete in our Boys On Film review below.

Lean On Pete is out now on-demand.

MOVIE REVIEW: Lean On Pete starring Charlie Plummer & Chloë Sevigny - YouTube

New episodes of Boys on Film are released every Monday and Friday, so make sure to subscribe to Phil Marriott’s YouTube channel for updates.

For more EQ Music film and television reviews, check out our Film/TV channel right here on the site.

Lean on Pete | Official Trailer HD | A24 - YouTube

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EQ Music Blog by Raj Rudolph - 6h ago

Kim Petras set London on fire last night with her first ever sold out show in the UK capital with the support from legendary new songwriter Leland.

Ever since we saw her live at SXSW last March, we can’t get enough of Kim’s special brand of culturally-relevant, razor-sharp teen pop. Her incredibly simple stage show does nothing short of mesmerise us with it’s energetic, yet alternative hipster vibe which keeps the young ones hanging on her every breath.

Kim Petras Live in London - YouTube

Check out our video highlights of the show.

If you haven’t yet jumped on-board the Kim Petras pop express, it’s still a good time to become a fan whilst she’s enjoying her early indie success. Something tells us Kim Petras has the potential to achieve Lady Gaga like proportions as their is massive love for her from her extremely dedicated, loyal, “let’s all be freaks together” fan-base.

Listen to her new single “Heart To Break” on our “This Beat Is Poptronik” Spotify playlist below and watch the music video.

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I am so ready for the new Asbjørn album to arrive. The Danish singer-songwriter and producer has dazzled me more than a few times before, with his pristine, electronic pop offerings. The thought of landing a complete album, fresh with new songs is a very nice prospect indeed. It was only a short while ago since we were introduced “Nothing 2 Lose” the first single stemming from the “BOY PWR” album campaign and I am elated to learn follow-up release “We & I” has arrived hot on its heels.

The first thing that is noticeable about “We & I” is that its sound is far more commercial than anything found on the Dane’s, previous album “Pseudo Visions.” Which in comparison is alt electronic-pop leaning, and brimming with intelligently stylised, compositions. The new track is a departure in style and sound because it’s melodically, tailored as an electronic-pop anthem. It comes fully replete with punchy chords of soaring, synthesised melody and is most definitely best suited for a summer release.

Aside from the song’s catchy, upbeat direction. The powerful depth of lyricism translated into the song puts out a message, as Asbjørn says, “We and I” is a fuck you, but I love you kind of song.” Going into this album, the singer builds on his former catalogue of work. Pushing forward and intently sweeping away outdated male stereotypes. Taking inspiration from empowered women who fight their cause. “The girl power movement resonated with me because I felt different from the boys in school, and I wanted to explore what it meant for me to be a guy in my own way. “BOY PWR” is about, freeing yourself and celebrating the diversity of being male”, he says.

We & I” is a straight-up banger in every sense of the word. The melody bangs in a pop-sensible way and the lyrics bang with the power of love. The kind which rules the heart and not the head.

Connect with Asbjørn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asbjornmusic/
Twitter: @asbjornmusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asbjornmusic/

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What could be more appropriate than EQ favourite McEwen, aka Adam Tyler release new music to celebrate his and partner Erik’s third mc-wedding anniversary? In all truth, it’s a feat that Adam has found time to put out a new track at all given there has been a lot of events happening in the McEwen household. Over the past twelve months, the couple, the McHusbands have continued to keep their YouTube followers updated with plenty of news. Vlogging about their adorable twin daughters, fatherhood journey, and life as a gay married couple. Taking into account, the lovely family has also just, recently moved home. It is then, a small kind of wonder a miracle even “Love That About You” (which YouTubers will recognise as the intro and outro music to the McHusbands vlogs,) is released today.

 This song is particularly special because it speaks with so much love about the couple’s relationship and having found the right life partner. As Adam glowingly sings affectionately about all the little things which make the Mchusbands simply one of the loveliest of couples. Think about it, can you think of anything as endearing than to have a song written about you? It is the sweetest, the most, adorable way of outpouring you’re love for someone. Being topical for a moment, it brings on the same kind of feelings, much like the way in which HRH Prince Harry looked at his bride Meghan Markle when they were married last week.

With this song, McEwen has crafted a mature pop record which is, beautifully arranged as it is endearing. There is plenty of tenderness felt in the lyrics of this song it will melt your heart with happiness. Melodically the track comes at you with warm synth sounds. Combining the two elements makes for an exhilarating listening experience, where the love will shine through and reach out to touch you too.

If everything about the song wasn’t special enough, there’s an extra special bundle of treats loaded up on Bandcamp. A complete remix package and an additional song “SOS” for you to enjoy, stream, and purchase.

Connect with McEwen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcewenofficial/
Twitter: @mcewenofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mcewenofficial/

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EQ Music Blog by Mandy Rogers - 3d ago

Last year Raj and I went to The Great Escape in Brightonfor the first time. It was a super, fun experience for us having the chance to check out a variety of emerging electronic pop artists, and one that we hoped to repeat in the future. Personal commitments, unfortunately, meant we couldn’t attend the festival this year. However, my absence hasn’t dulled my enthusiasm for Europe’s biggest annual showcase of up-and-coming new music talent. As such, I have been keeping a keen eye on a selection of newcomers via the festival app, whose music seemed interesting to me. I thought I’d write about the best of them, all the same. If there was one thing I regretted missing out on during our trip down to the festival last year, it was that I didn’t get to see any Australian acts. The Aussie’s were again, represented at this year’s festival by some, excellent newcomers and I have become pretty interested in two of them, G Flip (who I have already written about) and Haiku Hands.

Melbourne and Sydney natives Haiku Hands are bringing the left-of-field pop vibes to the fore. The collective’s track “Not About You” has been kicking around for about six months, it’s a nice slice of quirky pop imagining that’s highly rhythmically, fashioned and buzzy. Styled with the kind of talk-sing, lyrics, and similarly oozing with the punchy singing style made cool by Janet Planet, from fellow Aussie party band Confidence Man. The reason I chose to wait before writing about the band is that the debut track, while good, feels in a way, quite gimmicky. I’ve wanted to see how far they were going to push this angle, prior to the quirky modernity wearing off.

HAIKU HANDS - NOT ABOUT YOU {Official Video} - YouTube

I learned more about the band from the follow-up release “Jupiter“, which is far less rhythmically driven than it’s predecessor, but by no means lacking a similarly catchy, energetic style. Swapping-out percussion elements for the strokes of indie-pop guitars means there is a real, alt-pop edge which cuts through the dance stylised melodic gaze of the track. People who have caught Haiku Hands live are saying, they bring the moves to the party. The music seems to have an unrelenting, thirst for being diverse, blurring genres and all that. Again, I am curious, of where they are going to take inspiration from next. Twisting and turning from one style to the next definitely, is the stuff which if done well, will keep me switched-on to them, and engaged.

Jupiter - SoundCloud
(225 secs long, 554 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Connect with Haiku Hands
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/haikuhands/
Twitter: @haiku_hands
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/haikuhands/

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Singer-songwriter newcomer Rajiv’s latest single “See You Dance” is a song which has got me heated up ready for the bank holiday weekend to come around fast. The plan is, to let my hair down, and hopefully enjoy some glorious weather (if it is still hanging around.) Maybe turn-up the stereo loud and allow the power of music to bring a party into my living room. After checking out the Essex raised singers current offering with “See You Dance“, I think there’s every possible chance I will be dancing around to this very, tune.

Rajiv has mobilized all of his strengths on this song, it starts quite staccato and punchy but gradually shifts into full dance mode, on the chorus. It’s not until we arrive at the dynamic refrain that we get a hint of the singer’s influences in music. It’s rather hard not to miss his little stylistic nods in acknowledgement to The Weeknd, Bruno Mars and Craig David. Another thing I have noticed about the song is how clever, Rajiv’s artistry must be, that it allows him to switch from pop opera to have us dancing, in the matter of a split-second.

Rajiv - See You Dance - YouTube

It isn’t only the song which impresses me we can thank the pop Gods the singer has used some, creative thought when putting together the music video. We all know that dance music video’s usually contain scenes of people dancing and even though it fits in with the music, more often than not, it ends up looking unoriginal and boring. Pleasantly there is no such lack of creative thought with the “See You Dance” visual. The clip is set-up, in a tech research laboratory turned dance studio, and Rajiv plays the role of a man-like creation brought to life by a scientist, who tries various ways of programming him to dance. When it comes down to it, no computer programme works, but the scientist’s lab assistant weird science ways turn out to be the key to unlocking the Rajiv-droids dance moves. Rajiv has fallen wide of the trap where a lot of dance-pop songs tend to end up, instead he has crafted a pop song and strong lyrical visuals with enough personality to leave a mark.

Connect with Rajiv
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rajivmusic
Twitter: @rajivmusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rajivmusic/

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I’ve been waiting on new music by Leon Else for a while. In fact, since he struck out last year in the most glorious fashion with the synth-drenched single “What I Won’t Do.” At the time of the single release, we were led to believe an EP was soon to follow. It has yet to materialise, and in its place, we now have a new track “My Kind Of Love” to enjoy, which forms part of the soundtrack to the popular yet somewhat controversial Netflix mystery teen-drama “13 Reasons Why” (Series 2.)

Anyone familiar with the show will know the soundtrack compiled for the original Netflix series reflected the dark pop aesthetic of the show. Similarly, the sophomore compilation picks up with the same kind of vibe featuring tracks heavily influenced by the 80’s and which feed into the post-punk grooves of the era. Featured artists include OMD – “Souvenir”, Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Cities In Dust”, alongside Years & Years – “Sanctify” and the track we have our sights on, Leon Else – “My Kind Of Love.”

The title of Leon’s latest track acts as a complete give away to the message this song is sending. It’s about the uniqueness of how we love in many different ways. I guess the crux of the song is really, about how two people form a connection, a special bond which makes a partnership flourish. Be it with an element of unpredictability or a relationship which exists on full-blown hearts and flowers. It boils down to us being individuals foremost, and that extends to any one of our kinships. Not one will ever be the same as another. Leon brings this very point to light in the song where he sings “My kind of love, its a deeper love, its a darker love” and about not having the same emotions in him that somebody else may have.

I can’t help, but be drawn to Leon’s stunning, deep-resonating voice along with the spectacular synths which power the song with a sense of purpose. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the summer anthem I’ve been waiting for everybody else can now steer clear from making air punching tracks and give me something upbeat but different instead.

Connect with Leon Else
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leonelse
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeonElse
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leonelse/

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Acclaimed pop singer, songwriter Bonnie McKee seemed to slip off our radar for a while, but she’s firmly back on our hot list with sparkling new effort “Mad Mad World.” The Britney and Katy Perry hitmaker turned solo artist, forges ahead making pop songs which speak with a social conscience. While never losing sight of great, use of melody and a catchy rhythm as the preferred style, in which she proudly claims as her own. She’s just tied up a tour supporting Kygo, so it has been an opportune moment to get new music out. And is very much, a start the ball rolling, kind of scenario, having been told there is more, to follow in the coming months.

According to Bonnie, “the underlying message of the song is that today more than ever, people need to come together, pay attention to what’s happening around the world, stand up against hate and make their voices heard.” You don’t really, need me to tell you. We live in times when we only have to switch our TV’s on for a minute, scroll through social media timelines, turn the radio on or read a daily newspaper to know the grim reality of the medias headline coverage is spent highlighting conflicts and despicable behaviour among us humans. The beauty of music is, with a cheery beat even the most poignant and heartfelt topics, can be uplifted with an inspiring, burst of melodic energy behind it. It is exactly, this style of thinking and message, which Bonnie has set out to deliver with “Mad Mad World.”

Following an electrifying synth-pop sound template, Bonnie sings about the negative, effects these kinds of world issues have on our mental health well-being. Essentially she’s pining, for a digital detox and a little detachment from some of the dreadful events which occur and are reported, by media sources every day. But, as a fair proportion of us can attest, Bonnie and myself included it’s not so easy when most people live by the pings of their smartphones. With this song, Bonnie is riding a great buzz and the summery style it’s moulded by is sure to have seen you, pack a suitcase by the time it’s finished. Or at the very least looking to book a last-minute holiday.

Connect with Bonnie McKee
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BonnieMcKeeOfficial/
Twitter: @BonnieMcKee
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bonniemckee/

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When Betty Who began releasing new music earlier this year, she wasted no time letting us know things were going to be a little different going forward. Already songs “Ignore Me” and “Look Back” have given the clear-cut indication of the new, nothing is off limits approach to her music making. And couldn’t be more defined than in both of the tracks melodic and stylistic differences. There is no doubt about it, becoming unleased from her record label has stirred up her creativity. With this fresh opportunity at her disposal, she’s intent on experimenting with new sounds and styles all the more. “Taste” is the next teaser track to arrive. It coincides with the announcement of “Betty Pt 1” EP, out June 15.

When Betty says, “For the first time in a long time, I’m not thinking about how each song flows together, I’m not worried about what people will think… I just wanted to push myself and find the songs and sounds that I’ve always wanted to put out but never had the guts to.” She means it. Not least with “Taste” which is properly the, boldest overhaul of sound and style as yet. The song begins as one big pop-funk jam which leads into the chorus which hits with a punch of glam sized power. Betty’s seductively cooed vocals prove she isn’t messing around, as she sings the words “the worse they are, the better they taste.” Mama Who, knows the thrill of an insatiable craving, right? “Taste” sure adds a twist of fresh spice to Betty Who’s pop life as we’ve known it.

I have no qualms in saying this new found appreciation of the unpredictable brings Betty out from the sugary pop era revitalised and in her element. By her, own admission, she’s not trying to tick boxes anymore. Some people will like, and some won’t. Don’t expect you’re first, listen to “Taste” to immediately, win you over but it will pique intrigue. On the second or third, listen to the track it will be pulling its standout, vampy kind of Pop Power with capital Ps.

Dates for your diary – Betty Who UK fans
Thursday, May 31st: Bush Hall, London – tickets here
Sunday, June 3rd: The Mighty Hoopla Festival, London

Connect with Betty Who
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bettywhomusic
Twitter: @BettyWho
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bettywho/

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It sure has been a meteoric rise for G Flip the Australian emerging artist has gone from making pop songs in her bedroom to being one of the most buzzed-about new acts at SXSW within a very, short space of time. Her quirky debut track “About You” continues to laud plenty of hits and on the back, it’s success it has Georgia Flipo now taking her music to festivals and such like, further around the world. In fact just this week, the drummer turned singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist is touching down in the UK to showcase her tunes at The Great Escape in Brighton. Sensing those festival goers making their way to the event would likeliest know break out hit “About You” from the support given by Annie Mac at BBC Radio 1, Zane Lowe at Beats 1, Spotify playlists and online blogs. During the last 24 hours, she’s snuck out “Killing My Time” as its follow-up.

The story goes. G Flip spent every day in, 2017 teaching herself how to produce, her songs. Together with working out in the first place how to turn the melodies, she hummed into her phone’s voice memo app into songs. It sounds as though it were a hugely creative time for the aspiring musician but having now heard sophomore release “Killing My Time” I really, think the memo’s had a lot going for them. Namely, exciting ideas and brilliantly catchy melodies. The new song takes up the batten from debut “About You” and proves no let up in the inescapably catchy, stakes. What is also clear, G Flip’s songwriting is a god given gift. To highlight this best I’ve chosen to put up the sweet, lyric video which does the perfect job of getting to the heart of the song and gives a good sense of how organic and unfeigned the narratives are.

G Flip - Killing My Time (Official Lyric Video) - YouTube

“The story behind “Killing My Time” revolves around a girl who kept distracting me from making music,” says G Flip. “It was hard to escape and be productive, so I inevitably ended up breaking up with her because I wanted to focus.” Out of the break-up came another attention-grabbing pop song, so all’s not lost. On the back of two great songs, I’m willing to stick my neck out and say whip-smart G Flip will end up having the upper hand in everything she puts her mind to in the end.

G Flip is a rarity, as a newcomer who’s style in music is catchy as it is smart, her tracks will inhabit your mind in much the same way as an earworm does. She’s no one trick pony, the hype around her is on point and relevant. My sound advice is, get onto her now. And, if you haven’t already, you really should check out the live footage Raj captured at G Flip’s much buzzed about showcase at this year’s SXSW.

Connect with G Flip
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gflipmusic/
Twitter: @gflipmusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gflip/

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