9 Nov 2018

Essential New Music: Blake Rose, Babeheaven, Kagoule

Check out this week's Essential New Music, as selected by the Instrumental music scouting platform.

Our A&R scouting platform tracks over 460,000 artists and 5 million tracks on Spotify, highlighting artist momentum through dynamic audience reach data. We've picked our favourites from this week's fast-risers.

Australian newcomer Blake Rose makes strong first impressions on his powerful debut single. Babeheaven fuse shimmering indie-pop with trip-hop beats and Nottingham alt-rockers Kagoule drop a convincing sophomore album.

1. Blake Rose

Australian singer-songwriter Blake Rose has made impressive first impressions with his debut single “Hotel Room”, a powerful anthem dedicated to those who feel cheated in a relationship.

Written alongside Joel Adams and Justin Gammella (Steve Aoki; Sam Feldt), “Hotel Room” is driven by Jack Garratt inspired hooks and driven beats.

“I wrote this song with my roommate, Joel Adams. We were riffing melodies over some guitar chords when I came up with the hotel room line and instantly the whole song was there. When you’ve been screwed over by someone you love it hits deep and the anger you feel can be unfathomable so I wanted this song to be a release for that. It’s a song people can scream out and get angry to, but at the same time is a catchy jam that everyone else can vibe with,” he explained.

With features on an impressive 24 influential Spotify playlists, the 20-year-old has picked up 3.5 million new playlist followers this week (+170%), taking his total to 5,596,747. Also enjoying a 17.4% increase in his direct artist following, Rose features the Instrumental Hot Chart. “Hotel Room” is an impressive debut that marks the entry of an exciting pop artist (Instrumental Music Scouting Platform).

2. Babeheaven

Babeheaven have dropped a new single from their forthcoming EP. Also announcing a headline UK tour for early 2019, the West London band share “Fresh Faced”, a milestone release which follows an intense period of writing, recording and growth.

Cutting into an atmospheric trip-hop intro, Nancy Anderson’s remarkably emotive vocals glide alongside shimmering guitar parts. A beautifully intimate return, "Fresh Faced", says Babeheaven's front-woman Nancy, is "my take on a relationship, be it with a family member or a partner. There are moments when you have clarity and perspective on a relationship, but there are also times when you become weighed down and confused. Being with someone and carrying their emotions can be exhausting. There is also relief in offloading onto someone but possibly doing the same thing to them."

“Fresh Faced” has encouraged a surge in Babeheaven’s playlist following, with features on 4 influential Spotify playlists. Spots on The Wind Down and This is Chill have pushed their following by 237% to over 218,000. Their direct artist following also continues to grow consistently, up 0.86% this week (Instrumental Music Scouting Platform).

3. Kagoule

Nottingham three-piece Kagoule have released the follow up to their 2015 debut full-length record, 'Urth'. Prooving that rushing things is too often the wrong way, Kagoule have clearly spent all of their time off the stage, in the studio, honing a sound that they are happy with.

Fusing grungey alt-rock tones with post-punk elements, 'Strange Entertainment' is lyrically confusing, but sonically endearing. Journeying through stories, emotions and left-field breakaways, with fuzzy guitars and juxtaposed vocal play between Cai Burns and Lucy Hatter, Kagoule offer a refreshing take on the difficult second album.

Features on four hugely influential Spotify playlists, including Spotify's The Other List and Hype Machine's Most Blogged Artists, has encouraged a huge increase in Kagoule's playlist following. With 109,556 playlist followers and a 13% rise in Spotify artist popularity in release week, Kagoule are picking up significant momentum (Instrumental Music Scouting Platform).

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