- Category: New Music
- Published on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 06:00
Julia Michaels - Issues
Julia Michaels helped shape the sound of 2015/2016 as much as anyone with multiple credits on Selena Gomez’s Revival, Justin Bieber’s Purpose and Britney Spears’ Glory. The 23-year-old is now hoping to make the leap from songwriter to pop star with debut single “Issues,” which arrives today (January 13) via Republic. And she’s off to a flying start. Produced by Benny Blanco and Stargate, the deceptively upbeat bop that falls somewhere between “Good For You” and Gwen Stefani’s “Misery.” Which is obviously a very good thing.
“I’m jealous, I’m overzealous,” the budding diva begins the song. “When I’m down, I get real down.” Just when you think you’re in for a break-up anthem, the “Carry Me” singer flips it around in the chorus. “Cause I got issues but you got ‘em too, so give ‘em all to me and I’ll give mine to you.” It can be hard for songwriters to carve out a unique voice when they step out on their own (after all, they are chameleons by trade), but it doesn’t look like that will be a problem for Julia.
Izzy Bizu - Talking to you
In between the rush for Christmas and the cold, well-intentioned start of the new year, the music industry bestows its accolades. As 2015 turned into 2016, singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu was getting plenty of them. An appearance on Jools Holland and placement on the Brits Critics Choice Award and BBC’s Sound of 2016 poll cumulated in a gentle prod into the limelight and whispers of “next big thing”.
Like many supposedly emergent musicians, Bizu – who was born Isobel Beardshaw – wasn’t an entirely fresh face to the biz at this point. Now somewhere in her mid-Twenties (Wikipedia claims she’s 22; interviews would suggest she is older), Bizu has done the hard graft: supporting Justin Bieber in a failed girl group called SoundGirl, then Sam Smith and Jamie Cullum as a solo artist.