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One Liners: Rina Sawayama, DMX, J Balvin, more

By | Published on Friday 28 May 2021

Rina Sawayama


AIM’s Future Independents conference has announced keynote interviews with YouTube and Google’s Global Head of Music, Lyor Cohen; founder of Women in CTRL and Chair of AIM, Nadia Khan; and founder of Because Music, Emmanuel de Buretel. The event takes place on 3 Jun. Find out more here.



Rina Sawayama has been cast to star alongside Keanu Reeves in new movie ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’. “I’m so glad to have Rina on board to make her feature film debut in ‘John Wick: Chapter 4′”, says producer Chad Stahelski. “She’s an incredible talent who’ll bring so much to the film”.



The album that DMX was preparing to release when he died last month, ‘Exodus’, is out today. Guests on it include Swizz Beatz, Jay-Z, Bono, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Nas, Lil Wayne and Alicia Keys.

J Balvin has released new single ‘¿Qué Más Pues’, featuring María Becerra.

Will Young has released a cover of Claire Maguire’s ‘Elizabeth Taylor’, from his new covers album ‘Crying On The Bathroom Floor’, which is out on 6 Aug. “As soon as I read the first lyric ‘I feel like Elizabeth Taylor’ I was in”, he says. “It’s such a beautiful song and it’s such a brilliant sentiment. As a man to say that too just makes it even more interesting and sad in a way”.

Machine Gun Kelly has released the video for recent single ‘Love Race’, featuring Kellin Quinn.

Griff has released new single ‘One Foot In Front Of The Other’. Her debut mixtape of the same name is out on 18 Jun. “I’ve produced the majority of this mixtape”, she says. “I heard a stat that 2% of music producers are women, and so it feels important that as a young female in the music industry I should empower myself and continue to properly do it. It was challenging, but I hope in doing so ‘One Foot In Front of The Other’ feels like a raw, emotional and unpolished body of work”.

Sam Feldt and Sam Fischer have teamed up for new track ‘Pick Me Up’. “I’ve loved Sam Fischer’s voice from the first track I discovered from him, and always dreamt about doing something together”, says Feldt. “Remixing his latest single together with Demi Lovato opened the doors for a single together. I’m really excited to share the end result, because let’s be honest: two Sams are better than one”.

 is back with her first new music since 2018, a single called ‘Live To Survive’. The song, she says, “is about pulling yourself back up after the crash of a toxic relationship to someone or something. It’s a reminder that life is a constant dance of ups and downs, and that the downs are OK. We’re here for it, ready to survive another heartache and rebuild ourselves again and again”.

Tommy Genesis has released her first single for two years ‘Peppermint’.

Louis Dunford has released new single ‘Ballad Of Benjamin’, written in memory of his friend Ben Kinsella, who was stabbed to death aged sixteen in 2008. Dunford will also run a sponsored 10k in aid of the Ben Kinsella Trust. “I wrote this song a few years ago as a tribute to my friend, Ben”, he says. “My good friend Charlotte [Regan] made this video for the song and we hope to shine a light on Ben’s story, the trust his family have set up in his name, and the ongoing knife crime issues we still face in this country over ten years on from Ben’s murder”.

Girl Ray have released new single ‘Give Me Your Love’. “We worked on this song with Al Doyle and Joe Goddard from Hot Chip in their studio off Brick Lane in London”, says the band’s Poppy Hankin. “We had one day left with them, so thought we’d unearth an old demo of a slightly house-leaning song I’d been working on a few months before. It had a really loose structure, but the feel of the chords was good, so we decided to try fleshing it out. With all the awfulness of 2020 in our heads – it was important to us that it sounded optimistic and hopeful; a song for future summers where people can dance and enjoy music together once again”.

Larry The Pink Human have released new single ‘No Wrong No Right’. “It’s the summer of 2021”, they say. “You’re sixteen again, lockdown is almost a distant memory, the taste of freedom is in the air. So close you can almost touch it. Wireless AirPods in, you are on a journey. A walk to town, a trip to your nearest city on a train, plans to meet all your friends. £20 in your pocket – probably on a Monzo, actually. ‘No Wrong No Right’ is this very moment. Uncertainty, excitement, beautiful pure naivety, the human experience”.

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