Mom I Made It! This slogan applies to no one better than Eli Preiss. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter is the latest signing to Universal Music Austria’s sublabel of the same name. Eli Preiss released three independently and critically acclaimed EPs and earned the title as FM4 Soundpark Act of the Month.
Socialized with the R&B of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Eli has retooled her influences from back then. To a multi-layered, musical melange between hip-hop, R&B, pop and rap, Eli Preiss deals in her lyrics with the acceptance of her own self – with all its contradictions and mood swings, life, growing up and her role as a young woman in society.
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Vaovao – Six letters of a journey through synthesizer sounds and sound collages, supported by fragmentary violins, driving beats and a hypothermic vocal. The music of Vaovao draws on various elements of the recent history of pop music, reflecting and quoting them, but remaining reflects or quotes them, but due to new combinations always remains more than a pure retro phenomenon. The lines of the German-language lyrics are sometimes Dadaist, they are fragments of narratives and movements, literary vibrations and oscillations that challenge. Sound and text move in musical and lyrical spectra, rather than in delineated patterns. The music swims freely instead of delimiting itself. And at the same time it does not hollow itself out, it remains dense and engaging. This is not a journey on the way to a destination. The destination is the journey. A journey that is just beginning.
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The Rodeo is the anagram of Dorothee, a sassy Parisian musician and singer. She discovered music at the age of 15, when she found an acoustic guitar in her uncle’s attic. This magical key opened the door to the most beautiful journeys, both real and imaginary. After making a name for herself with her first two albums (Music Maelström and La Musica Del Diavolo), recorded all over the world, she returned with a third album, Thérianthropie Paradis, a radical metamorphosis, entirely sung in French and influenced by the highly orchestrated European pop of the 60s and 70s, a sort of mix between France Gall & Blonde Redhead. Dorothée Hannequin’s sensual and evocative mother tongue guides her songwriting and voice onto new paths, full of hidden trails and nuances.
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SUN is a Franco-German singer, songwriter, guitarist and actress. Her first EP Brutal Pop stunned the press and the public with the new kind of sound she created: Pop songwriting with elements of Rock and Metal aka “Brutal Pop.”
SUN started out screaming and shredding in Death Metal bands on one side, belting and dancing in musicals on the other: she played Edith Piaf in France, South Korea, Japan and got recognized on The Voice France. Her unique vocal and acting skills recently led her to the big screen. Her first part is a leading role in a feature film in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2021, made by internationally awarded director Tony Gatlif. Her character is inspired by herself: she acts, sings her own songs and plays her sparkly Telecaster.
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Mimi Kőrös, Budapest-based singer-songwriter-producer and Twitch streamer grew up in Malaysia in a musician family – her stage name ’Saya Noé’ means ’I am Noé’ in Malaysian. She’s making mellow electro-pop, alternative pop tunes in a do-it-yourself mode and (after some early attempts) started her live music career in 2019. In her first full year she became one of the selected talents of the Hungarian Support Programme, also made the Top15 shortlist of HOTS Export Office and CEE professionals voted her to the line-up of Budapest Showcase Hub. ’Under The River’, her biggest hit so far was a collaboration with Grammy-awarded UK producer Matt Lawrence and got a unique video, shot in a torrent. She got coverage in IQ Magazine (2020/11) and became ’Band of The Day’ on Europavox on 18 Dec 2020, referred as ’the Hungarian Lana Del Rey’ upon her first album ’Museum of Sins’ which was released also in December.
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SALÒ lives in Vienna and, according to his own statement, makes music for dog petting,
people who refuse to work and everyone else who has feelings. The whole thing sounds like a wild mixture of German post-wave, pop and punk. Since his performance at this year’s c/o pop xoxo, one thing is certain: SALÒ has to be experienced live.
SALÒ’s latest single “Heißes Blei” feat. the Viennese neo-RnB singer Eli Preis, released at the beginning of June, tells the story of two lovers who are only able to live together through the inflicting pain on each other are able to feel pleasure and love.
SALÒ and Eli Preiss paint the picture of a generation that would rather suffer than feel nothing at all, and whose toxic relationships have long since become the norm and whose toxic relationships have long since become a fetish.
SALÒ and Eli Preiss were brought together by the DJ and producer APUA, who also produced “Heißes Blei”. The “Kopf bei Fuss” – label boss is not only known with his parties and releases for several years now, he is an integral part of the local and international electronic scene for several years.
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Mulay is a Berlin-based alternative/R&B singer-songwriter, producer and artist. She started her first band projects as a jazz and pop music student in the Netherlands.
The experiences she had there sparked her multidisciplinary approach and the continued journey of discovery of her artistic self-realization.
In a world of fleeting moments, Mulay wants to make music that lasts. The source of her inspiration are artists* who have gone their own way, such as FKA Twigs, SZA and Sevdaliza. Sound textures, vivid imagery, intimate emotions and irrevocably infectious grooves from a wide musical spectrum cross-pollinate. Mulay shapes a kaleidoscopic downtempo sound that can be captured at the intersections of soulful R&B, trip-hop, emphatic pop and electronica.
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Autumn 2019. Kickstart. The kids lock themselves in their DIY studio with the aim
of finally giving their pent-up drive a musical outlet. While the pandemic rages
outside, Kids In Cages spend almost 20 months working on over 60 songs, of
which their debut single “Tired” was released in May 2021. A song in which the
Liechtenstein quartet deals with isolation and the imposter syndrome as well as
the all-pervasive corona fatigue.
Spring 2021. Fatigue turns into anticipation: With strategic foresight and armed to
the teeth with fresh music, the kids eagerly await the starting gun. Loaded with
modern rock mixed with rap that strikes a nerve of the contemporary zeitgeist with
surprising precision. When it finally starts, they’ll be eccentrically dancing around
to dubstep breakdowns and a mix of electronic music made up of self-created
Summer 2021. Live at last. The kids dance their way from the headquarters in
Liechtenstein through the veil of the reopened club and festival scene and stagger
euphorically into the new reality. With the necessary dose of world-weariness and
no fear of tomorrow, Kids In Cages have the potential to make a promising
contribution to the renaissance of Central Europe’s art and culture scene.
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