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On The Rise: EDEN

10th November 2017 | Pop Stop

On The Rise: EDEN

Pop Stop is W!ZARD Radio Media’s pop brand. We track thousands of emerging pop artists and use data to track their future growth. Then we play their music on-air (Fridays, 3pm BST) and write about them right here to introduce you to your next favourite artist.

In a world of a constant turn-table of indie-pop bops, very few artists On The Rise can claim a solid catalogue of high quality, meaningful tunes since 2015 (2 years before signing with a major label).

Introducing: EDEN


The Irish electronic musician and singer-songwriter (real name: Jonathan Ng – yes, his surname only has two letters and we love that) first appeared in 2015 when his track ‘Nocturne’ was released by SuicideSheep (linked to a very famous YouTube channel of similar name). From there, his brand of emo-pop-synth was established and worldwide domination has been the plan ever since.

Worldwide domination has looked relatively likely since 2016.


i think you think too much of me’ (yes, all lower case, AND WE LOVE THAT) is EDEN’s multi-million streaming EP which features bops such as ‘sex’, ‘drugs’, ‘and’, ‘rock + roll’ which is actually a very smart selection of songs and ordering when you think of it.

Highlights off that EP – and his first project with Astralwerks (the same label as Halsey!) – are definitely the drum-fuelled ‘sex’ with the catchy and relatable hook, “I don’t know how to forget you” which really hits home to those thoughts we have on a night out when we just can’t stop thinking about how proud our parents would be of us right now; as well as the more depressing ‘drugs’.


EDEN is clearly an artist who loves his fans (as should be the norm);…

On The Rise: Pale Waves

27th October 2017 | Pop Stop

On The Rise: Pale Waves

Pop Stop is W!ZARD Radio Media’s pop brand. We track thousands of emerging pop artists and use data to track their future growth. Then we play their music on-air (Fridays, 3pm BST) and write about them right here to introduce you to your next favourite artist.

It’s the age old question: If you go back in history, discover The 1957 and go to one of their first gigs, would you?

The answer, every time, is inevitably a giant YES. Well, now you have that opportunity with a band that are championed by, produced by and signed to the same label as The 1975.

Introducing: Pale Waves.


We’re going to stop mentioning that OTHER band now, because this Manchester brand (fronted by Heather Baron-Gracie – a lead singer too cool for us to even comprehend) has merit in their own musical ability.

Pale Waves are much ‘cooler’ and ‘organic’ and ‘indie’ than most bands we’ve featured on ‘On The Rise’ in the past, but their music is just too infectious for us to not scream and shout about.

In their first single (‘There’s A Honey’ – released by Dirty Hit, the same label as that other band we’ve mentioned twice) they sing, “’Cause I would give you my body, But am I sure that you want me?” which is the classic dilemma for anybody choosing a tattoo artist for some new ink.

There’s A Honey’ was pretty hot, but it didn’t come closer to the absolute FIREEEEE that is ‘Television Romance’.


This song is amazing. It just is. We’re in love with it and we know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will…

On The Rise: Tayá

13th October 2017 | Pop Stop

On The Rise: Tayá

Pop Stop is W!ZARD Radio Media’s pop brand. We track thousands of emerging pop artists and use data to track their future growth. Then we play their music on-air (Fridays, 3pm BST) and write about them right here to introduce you to your next favourite artist.

Flashback: It’s the 1960s, you’re a smartly dressed gentleman walking into a jazz lounge. Whilst puffing on your cigar, you make your way to the bar and ask for “one on the rocks” in a husky voice. Suddenly a voice appears from the stage. It’s cool and calm – a bit poppier than the jazz you were expecting – but still this is something you can “get down with”*.

Introducing: Tayá

*(For historical purposes, we’re not sure that the phrase “get down with” was used in the 1960s).


Why did we start this week’s On The Rise with that flashback? Because Tayá oozes the same levels of cool that you probably thought you had if you were that man in the 1960s. Only, now we’re in 2017, we know that Tayá is much cooler (and less greasy).

The Liverpool-based artist produces music which is categorically R&B – but her catchy hooks have the potential for a big pop cross-over. She first caught our attention with ‘Deeper’ in 2016 (her fifth single) – a track which merged electronic, drum and bass beats with her smooth voice.


But it’s 2017’s ‘When Ur Sober (feat. Yxng Bane)’ which really solder her.

The song, which combines jazz and R&B influences to form a pretty great pop track, is about how a man refuses to say those all important words when he’s sober, leading the girlfriend to start losing her patience.

By “those all important words” we’re…