#HGMusic: Listen To New Releases From Zaeden, Disco Puppet, & More

The Homegrown Music Round-Up
The Homegrown Music Round-UpL: Kamakshi Khanna R: Jafa

Welcome to Homegrown's New Music Round-Up, the ultimate destination for discovering the week's hottest releases across all genres. Each week, we curate a handpicked and homegrown selection of fresh sounds. This week features experimental electronic, dance-pop and much more.

Cheese Chase by Disco Puppet

Disco Puppet's latest full-length release, Princess This, follows a string of successful albums and stands as a continuation of their distinctive style, evident in previous works like Astronot, Spring, and I’m Going Home. Penned during and post their tour of China, the album both builds on the artist's signature aesthetic and ventures into new territory. Departing from conventional genre restrictions, Disco Puppet incorporates iconic pop sounds such as 808s, autotune, and gated drums. The album introduces a high-contrast palette, blending pop elements with unconventional features like processed and distorted drums, super-saturated recordings, and carefully chosen samples, creating a dynamic interplay of restraint and abrasion throughout the record.

Listen to a track from the album below.

5 am by Zaeden

Zaeden's 2024 release, 5 am, marks his debut in the dance-pop genre, showcasing a fresh evolution in sound and visuals. The track beautifully encapsulates the nuances of long-distance relationships, symbolizing the early morning connections between partners. With infectious beats, an anthemic chorus, and euphoric melodies, the track demonstrates Zaeden's musical prowess. The release includes four derivative versions. Zaeden expresses excitement about the collaborative effort, emphasizing the journey of self-expression and trust.

Listen to it below.

Love Is Not A Fucking Game by Kamakshi Khanna

Kamakshi's new single Love Is Not A Fucking Game, a lead from her upcoming EP born during the 2020 lockdown, explores the complexities of modern romance. It addresses power dynamics, mind games, and the pain of being taken for granted. Its fierce music video, directed by Vasudha Rungta, metaphorically portrays a woman's emotional turmoil in a video game, symbolizing the challenges of heartbreak. The video emphasizes the realization that love should not feel like a conquest, empowering her to break free from toxic relationships.

Watch it below.

Words Leave by Jafa

Ananya Jafa, known as Jafa, unveils her latest track, Words Leave, under Molfa Music. The singer-songwriter and producer describes the song as an exploration of the loss of friendship, reflecting on the unpredictable nature of humans. Jafa, who also produced the track, shares insights into the theme, expressing the instinctual urge to fight for friendship but acknowledging the maturity of learning to let go as one grows older. The song, inspired by the personal experience of her best friend abruptly ceasing communication, captures the emotional complexities of navigating changing relationships.

Listen to it below.

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