On the shelves now! – Pop/Rock
MAZ | Emo Season
EP release: 5 May | Beast records
“EMO SEASON” is a collection of songs reminiscent of early 2000s emo rock and dealing with a state of mind specific to the artist’s generation. It explores, among many other themes, a newfound confidence in queer expression, coming-of-age insecurities, body image, love and heartbreak. Throughout the seven tracks, Maz confronts his own vulnerability and paints a very human picture of the ups and downs of self-esteem.
“Hope’, the final single from the EP can be streamed here:
CHAiLD | Urgent Care EP
EP release: 14 April | Beast records
“This world just seems a bit too heavy sometimes. I seek shelter in my inner world, my dreams and my imagination. As I close my eyes, my mind slows down and I feel myself fading away to peaceful places. “Urgent care” is a collection of songs about vulnerability and healing from trauma through honesty with oneself and others. I wrote it in a time where I felt hopeless, and in which songwriting was my way to cope with my anxiety. In a way, making this record was my “urgent care” – CHAiLD
Judasz&Nahimana | Meu Inferno
Single release: 24 March | Cotard Collectiv
“A beautiful lost soul pursued by an entity from her inner terrors and wandering through vast, misty meadows, seeking a way through the most deceptive forests to get close to her. She has dared to enter the sacred place from which there is no escape, finding herself in a space frozen in time, for eternity…”
Turnup Tun | REALTALK
Album release: 28 April
Among the 11 songs on the album, some have already been released as singles, including “Mamacita”, “Nach e Kuss”, “Hook”, which was created in collaboration with Skinny J, and “Camouflage”, on which CHAiLD sang in Luxembourgish for the first time. The album also includes new tracks, such as “Stratosphere”.
Josh Island | Rewind
Single release: 17 March
Album release : 15 September
With “Rewind” Josh calls on listeners to take a step back when things don’t work out: “We all have moments that we worry about what’s next, a fear of failure. Sometimes you’re not comfortable with a situation, things don’t go to plan or you’re simply unsure what steps to take. Take a step back – and start over again.”
This theme not only comes up in the lyrics, but also in the song’s arrangement, with lots of reverse effects and repetitive riffs. Rewind is a pop-rock track full of driving guitars, rhythmic vocals and a massive, crescendo finale. The single was produced once again by Nelson Canoa (Sara Tavares, Carminho), who also produced Josh’s last EP and upcoming album. Musicians from The Black Mamba (Eurovision 2021) formed his studio band during recordings.