We at TREMG love spotlighting rising and underappreciated talent to give underground creators a platform and the recognition they deserve. So many artists spent April offering fans new treats, releasing some of the best work of their career, and opening up in their lyrics like never before. Throughout April, we got to talk to incredible artists like Maddox Jones and Lakookala about their new projects, but there’s a whole world of talent making their own waves. Here are some of our favorite new releases from this month!
bbno$ – “mathematics”
Perfect off the tails of tax season, bbno$ (pronounced “baby no money”) flexes his success on “mathematics,” shouting out everything from his paycheck to the girls in his life. As he says in the song, he’s a “big deal like TJMaxx,” and “mathematics” should be the first of many songs you add to your playlist. Even with such a popular subject matter, it stands out and offers a fresh summer anthem to motivate you to reach your own goals. bbno$ is only going further, so be sure to connect with him on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. And doing the math, he already has a combined three million followers on socials – why aren’t you one of them already?
I was raised to be fiscally responsible which is something I want to pass on to my fans. How am I doing? 1 milli paid in tax, you do the math.”bbno$
Budjerah – “Get Down”
“Get Down” is one of the standout tracks on Budjerah’s fresh EP, Conversations, combining soulful R&B with the synth-pop sound that has totally taken over the airwaves over the past few years. It’s a self-love anthem of sorts, acknowledging how far he’s come in achieving his dream and making a promise to himself to keep pushing for it. And with one listen, you’ll want him to keep pushing for it, too! Join in on Budjerah’s journey on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and his official site.
‘Get Down’ is about the idea that I’ve come so far now, I have to keep going, it’s too late to stop what I’m doing now.Budjerah
Capri Wagner – “My Angel”
Capri Wagner offers a beautiful tribute to her late father with “My Angel,” a testament to their close bond and her dad’s impact on who she is. You can hear the emotion unfolding in her voice with every lyric, and it’ll definitely tug at your heartstrings. She recounts her experiences over the past few months while appreciating her time with her dad with a graceful power reminiscent of greats like Jordin Sparks. If this song touches you like it did us, be sure to connect with Capri on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter!
I knew in my heart I’d eventually write a song for my dad, but I didn’t think I was going to be ready to this soon. Weeks went by, and I was waking up in the middle of the night writing this song and on the days I went to visit his grave. I felt in my heart ready enough to record this and share it with all of you for a couple reasons. One, I wanted to share this on my birthday as a special connection to have with my dad and as a tribute to him. Two, for you all, especially for those of you who know this pain of losing someone you love. I truly hope that this song will help or bring healing power to any of you. Your angel(s) are watching over you always.Capri Wagner
Cassie Marin – “Push Me”
Cassie Marin stands up for who she is on “Push Me,” an electropop jam about defining your own life and refusing to let others “push [you] down” in the process. It’s the perfect anthem for days when you need a quick pick-me-up… or should we call it a push-me-up? There’s an effortless confidence Cassie emits with every line, making the song a late-night playlist staple. Check out more Cassie Marin content on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter!
When I originally wrote and produced ‘Push Me,’ I was in a headspace where I felt as if the outside world was telling me ‘no’ all the time. I was abused by people in my life, then judged for my sexuality and for who I was inside. I was surrounding myself with friendships that weren’t allowing me to express the full essence of who I am, and I felt like I was constantly being asked to change who I was in order to make others more comfortable. ‘Push Me’ became my medicinal message and constant reminder that the more I welcome every unique part of myself, the more complete I will feel all on my own.Cassie Marin
Chxrry22 – “The Falls”
Chxrry22, pronounced like “cherry 22,” makes a triumphant debut with “The Falls,” merging pop and R&B while owning her mistakes and flaws. The Toronto native started posting music online for the world to hear in 2018, and it took off so well that she relocated to Atlanta to hone in her craft. The results we hear are sleek, confident, and simply addicting. Get ahead of the curve by following Chxrry on Instagram, because if “The Falls” is any indication, she’s going skyward.
Elyse Jewel – “Tbh Idk”
Elyse Jewel delivers a breakup anthem for the digital era with “Tbh Idk,” a pop-rock banger that calls out a guy who didn’t treat her right, even after months of dating. It’s a confessional account of each stage of the relationship… up until the moment she texted her “boyfriend” asking how important she was to him. Perfect for fans of GAYLE’s “abcdefu” and Olivia Rodrigo’s “good 4 u,” it sees Elyse realizing she deserves better and starting to move forward. Move forward with Elyse in her career by keeping up with her on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and her official site!
The chorus and the title of the song were inspired by his response when I asked what our relationship was to him. He actually said ‘tbh idk’ and ghosted me.Elyse Jewel
Forrest Isn’t Dead – “Born or Made”
With an almost emo take on synthpop, Forrest Isn’t Dead urges someone to find their strength on “Born or Made,” a poignant reminder that you’ve been through difficult situations before and can push through difficult situations again. We could totally picture this track playing in an action-packed scene of Stranger Things where someone remembers how powerful they are and ultimately uses their power to effortlessly defeat an enemy. It’s upbeat, meaningful, and really, really catchy! Get to know Forrest Isn’t Dead on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and his website.
This song is one of my favorites because of the crisp energy that immediately draws you in upon first listen. And I think everyone can take something away from the lyrics of this one. We drew a lot of inspiration from the first Halloween movie for the music video. We wanted to go for a gorilla-style horror flick while still letting the deeper message shine through. This is our first video with director Noah Lamport and it was an amazing experience all around. I hope to get into more acting in my videos as our journey continues.Forrest Isn’t Dead
Holly Humberstone – “Sleep Tight”
In the simplest terms, “Sleep Tight” feels like a warm summer afternoon. Holly Humberstone tells a thrilling tale of complicated romance and potentially unrequited love with some help from Matty Healy of The 1975 and Rob Milton, her prolific co-writers who definitely helped bring out some of her best work to date. It’s no wonder why she’s supporting Olivia Rodrigo on her spring tour – Holly manages to make even her biggest hits feel like a warm conversation between close friends. Join Holly’s circle of friends by linking up with her on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and her website!
It’s awkward trying to navigate catching feelings for a friend, as they are often feelings we might have been suppressing for some time. When they float to the surface, you have to weigh up the risks of getting hurt and potentially losing them in your life. I wrote ‘Sleep Tight’ about the uncertainty of friendships evolving into something more. The first summer out of lockdown was pretty crazy for my friends and I because we finally had our freedom back and acted like we had nothing to lose. This song takes me back to that time of what felt like no consequences and impending heartbreak.Holly Humberstone
Lindsey Lomis – “die with my friends”
Many people have experienced that fear of growing apart from your friends upon graduation, and Lindsey Lomis channeled her own experience with it into the stunning “die with my friends,” a vulnerable pop track that manages to touch on that feeling without sounding too weighed-down. After “kids and jobs and picket fences,” Lindsey wants to reunite with her teenage friend group and relive the best times of their lives. It’s a sweet ode to friendship that’s perfect for nights you’re spending with your besties! You can become one of Lindsey’s friends by following her on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and her official site.
‘die with my friends’ is about the naïve idea that we could all live our separate lives and come back together for the end of them. It’s not about wanting to die, but wanting to spend your life with the people you’re closest to.Lindsey Lomis
MAX – “GUCCI BAG”
Need a little mood boost? MAX has you covered with his latest jam, “GUCCI BAG!” The track delivers silky confidence with a retro flair that will give you the ultimate summer vibes. It’ll make you feel like you’re right under “palm trees in Beverly Hills” on a carefree, exhilarating vacation… don’t we all need that energy right now? MAX totally reminds us of Justin Timberlake on this song and we can’t get enough. If you also can’t get enough, check MAX out on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and his website!
I was writing with my friends Jacob Ray and Cody Dear, and we hit a wall creatively, so we decided to loop a beat we worked on while we played Catan for 2 hours. I had this title ‘Gucci Bag’ in mind as a metaphor for feeling really confident, and midway through the game, inspiration hit and I grabbed the mic and sang this chorus.MAX
Noah Cyrus – “I Burned LA Down”
Noah Cyrus turns the page for a new chapter of her career with “I Burned LA Down,” a smooth pop-country track that compares heartbreak and pain to a blazing wildfire. Perfect for fans of artists like Kacey Musgraves, it’s quick-witted and mature, forging its own vulnerable spotlight far from anything we’ve heard from Noah in the past. It sets the stage for a promising debut album, which Noah will be giving us in July with The Hardest Part! In the meantime, stay up to date on all things Noah Cyrus on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and her official website.
Living in California, you’re constantly living with this dread of wildfire season. At the time, I was reeling from my breakup, and Caldor was dominating the news. All this internal, emotional pain I was feeling was intertwined with the anxiety around this out-of-control fire and climate change in general. The song took shape around the idea that the only way my ex could comprehend the scale of my emotions was if I became this agent of chaos and set the entire city on fire. That idea of your internal struggle manifesting itself in the real world and affecting your surroundings is a big theme of the record, and that song feels so much bigger than anything I’ve written before. It’s the perfect introduction to the album.Noah Cyrus
PinkPantheress – “Where you are” (feat. WILLOW)
PinkPantheress recruits WILLOW for what might be one of the best collabs of the year with “Where you are,” a guitar-driven track about trying to figure out who you are and finding the right people who belong in your life. With PinkPantheress’ signature airy hyperpop vibe and WILLOW’s powerful voice, this song is a must-hear you won’t be able to get out of your head. After one listen, you’ll have “please tell me where you are, are, are, are…” playing in your mind on a loop – we speak from experience. And then you’ll have to run to follow PinkPantheress on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and her website.
I had a lot of fun writing this song. It took loads of attempts to get it right but this is probably my proudest work to date, and I’m super happy for everyone to hear it.PinkPantheress
Sophia Marie – “What a Waste”
Sophia Marie winds up heartbroken in the middle of one of the world’s prettiest cities on “What a Waste,” a recap of a trip she went on to London hoping to rekindle a flame that only got stomped out. The wonder and whimsy of the city sharply contrasts her disappointment and sadness, perfectly painting a story of heartache and loneliness in a time that was supposed to be full of anything but. By the end of the song, you’re rooting for Sophia to find the love she deserves. Link up with her on Instagram to see when she does and anticipate her next great love song!
Lyrically, this track means the most to me. It was written about my first real experience with heartbreak, the product of many crying sessions and attempts at closure that didn’t work out. But this song came out of all that. I hope to transport you to a London as nostalgic as the one I know.Sophia Marie
Stephen Sanchez – “Until I Found You” (feat. Em Beihold)
Stephen Sanchez flips his fan-favorite track “Until I Found You” with a beautiful duet recruiting none other than Em Beihold. This song is simply retro heaven, offering a sweet love song that sounds straight off of a romantic vinyl record from the 60s. If you have that special someone in your life, this would be the perfect soundtrack for a date night, and if you don’t, it’ll give you hope that you’ll find them when you least expect it. You can find Stephen Sanchez on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and his official site, and Em Beihold on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and her website.
The first time I heard ‘Until I Found You,’ I literally did a double-take. Stephen’s voice is insane and when I got the opportunity to feature on it there was no question. I’m so honored to be on it!Em Beihold
Steve Aoki & HRVY – “Save Me”
Steve Aoki always chooses some of the best talent for his collaborations, and “Save Me” with HRVY is no exception. This track has serious Song Of The Summer potential! From HRVY’s smooth vocals to Steve’s upbeat, thrilling production, we’ve had this song on repeat since the first time we heard it. Whether it’s a pool party, a night out with friends, or even just an afternoon lounging around the house, “Save Me” needs to be on your playlist. And you need to keep up with Steve and HRVY’s future projects – get to know Steve on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and his website, and HRVY on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
For ‘Save Me,’ I wanted to create a vibrant and fun drop that had a special bounce to match HRVY’s incredible vocal style. When we did the video, it felt like a haunted church vibe was the perfect setting for what the soul-stirring lyrics depict.Steve Aoki
Tayo Sound – “Forwards & Backwards”
Kicking off with a bassline that’ll get stuck in your head instantly, Tayo Sound’s “Forwards & Backwards” perfectly captures the passion and frustration in a back-and-forth relationship. It’s immediately slick and polished despite tackling such a conflict-filled subject, showcasing Tayo’s ability to condense harsh feelings into earworm melodies and clever lyrics that bring the story to life. Keep up with Tayo’s story by connecting with him on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter!
Forwards and Backwards’ is about an unhealthy relationship that kinda feels like a tug of war. Melodically, it’s very Jon Bellion-inspired. Finn Keane (Charli XCX) wrote the guitar part, Frances (Dua Lipa, Holly Humberstone) the hook and then I had the verse melody and the rest came together really quickly. I wanted it to feel bouncy but lyrically really sad, which is kind of the whole point of the song: a constant battle between the good and the bad of a breaking relationship.Tayo Sound