What’s Going On: Juliana Hatfield, Jeanick Fournier, LUNA AURA, King Cruff, NEIL FRANCES

Welcome to another exciting instalment of What’s Going On, Biff Bam Pop’s weekly new music roundup. Each week, we embark on a musical journey, exploring the hottest sounds that are defining the moment, defying genres, and setting the stage for the future of music. From a cover of an ELO classic to big dance-pop bangers, we’ve got your new music cravings covered. So, turn up the volume, make some noise, and add these songs to your own personal music playlists. As always, if you dig what you hear, be sure to stream and follow the artists.

Juliana Hatfield – If you’ve ever wanted to hear Juliana Hatfield cover ELO, it’s your lucky day. The third instalment in her covers series, Juliana Hatfield Sings ELO is set to be released on November 17 via American Laundromat Records. Juliana’s take on “Telephone Line” was just released as a single this week. Equal parts nostalgic and melancholic, Hatfield’s stunning rendition highlights the beauty of the song and feels true to its ‘70s roots. Talking about “Telephone Line”, Juliana says: “Some people might not know what a busy signal is and might not comprehend what it means not to be able to leave a message; what it means to feel essentially unable to communicate. But I do and it has nothing to do with technology. ‘Telephone Line’ is really just an expression of an isolation and a loneliness which music helps to make more bearable.” 

Photo credit: David Doobinin

Listen to Juliana Hatfield’s new single “Telephone Line” below.

Jeanick Fournier – Homegrown pop sensation Jeanick Fournier is nominated for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Adult Contemporary Album of the Year at the upcoming 45th Félix Awards. For those unfamiliar, the Félix Awards exist to honor achievements in Quebec music. If that isn’t enough, the Canada’s Got Talent winner also dropped a brand new single to mark the occasion. Written by Eli Rose and Caracol and produced by RealMind, the rousing “Quelque chose de beau” aims to inspire listeners to be optimistic and look for the silver linings in their hardships. Jeanick Fournier’s commitment to producing purposeful pop has to be admired.

Listen to Jeanick Fournier’s new single “Quelque chose de beau” below.

LUNA AURA – This week, alt-rocker LUNA AURA just dropped her new EP, THE FICTION. The 5-track project features the previously released singles “MONEY BAG” and “LOST IN THE FICTION”, both of which have garnered major buzz for the LA-based singer-songwriter. “CANDY COLORED DAYDREAM,” one of the EP’s standout songs, is the latest to get the single treatment. Despite the sweet name, this trippy empowerment anthem rocks hard. Explaining the story behind her new single, LUNA states: “’CANDY COLORED DAYDREAM’ is about my relationship with magic mushrooms, and how they’ve given me the confidence and courage to be authentically myself in a world full of actors.”

Listen to Luna Aura’s new single “CANDY COLORED DAYDREAM” below.

King Cruff – Canadian-Jamaican MC King Cruff is proving why he’s an artist to watch with his new single “SHEDOENEED,” out now via Universal Music Canada/Tuff Gong Collective. Joined by Ghanaian artist Stonebwoy and Bahamian MC Jag.Huligin, the track effortlessly blends Afrobeats, dancehall, R&B, and pop into an irresistible sound that Cruff is becoming known for. Who is “SHEDOENEED” for? According to King Cruff: “‘SHEDOENEED’ is one for the independent ladies. My family has always had a powerful matriarchal energy and growing up surrounded by strong women has inspired me to search for strength within myself. I have a deep respect for women and this song celebrates the beauty and strength in their confidence.”

Listen to King Cruff’s new single “SHEDOENEED” featuring Stonebwoy and Jag.Huligin below.

NEIL FRANCES – Los Angeles-based electronic duo NEIL FRANCES have got a new album on the way. The pair’s forthcoming album It’s All A Bit Fuzzy is due out on October 6 via Nettwerk. Giving listeners another taste of what they can expect from the project, Jordan Feller and Marc Gilfry have served up “Gimme” as their latest single. Uptempo, funky, and with a strong retro feel, “Gimme” is sure to get NEIL FRANCES fans and anyone else on the dance floor moving. What inspired this ’80s-tinged tune? Marc Gilfry says: “This tune is inspired by the many great instances in the history of pop music where a song speaks to pure materialism, i.e. The Flying Lizards’ “Money” and Madonna’s “Material Girl.”

Listen to NEIL FRANCES’ new single “Gimme” below.

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