Kaboutertje Putlucht

Kaboutertje Putlucht makes music like a highway toilet in the south of France. Lyrics that come straight from the shower drain. Ready to smell? Kaboutertje Putlucht is the remedy for all those freshly washed sounds. Dirty riffs, a bit of wave, pinch of rave and most of all, a lot of dancing. Arms in the air and smell those armpits!


Malu

Imagine a blend of refined Burgundian flavors in combination with a healthy touch of Dutch pragmatism. That's what you’ll taste in Malu's music. The sensual vocals, soft synthesizers and danceable bass lines bring you into a summery state of mind. Be carried away by Malu, one moment in a fantasy, the next on the dance floor. Catch her dreamy indie-pop at Hit The City!


Morpheus

Morpheus is an Amsterdam-based singer-songwriter who creates cinematic pop music that lends itself to ‘chanson’, but adopts a contemporary writing style. After the unexpected loss of his mother, Morpheus decided to transform this poignant experience into strength, healing, and wisdom; he decided to work on the music that would result in the debut EP 'Morphosis.' Each song was recorded in one take in the living room, so the mechanics of the piano and every breath can be heard. Inspired by Jacques Brel and Kate Bush, the project revolves around telling real stories with soulful vocals. For Morpheus, beauty lies not in a perfect recording but in capturing the moment. With 'Morphosis,' he manages to deeply touch the audience.


Chartreuse

Hailing from the Black Country, Chartreuse are Hattie Wilson, Mike Wagstaff, Rory Wagstaff and Perry Lovering. Friends before they were a band and inseparable before they even spoke of forming it. Their music oozes warmth, intimacy and melancholy. Loosely fronted by the alternate vocals of Mike and Hattie, these are thoughts, feelings and curiosities initially scrawled out on paper scraps, and songs that act as their writers’ own personal therapy.


Yaro Mila

Yaro Mila is avant-garde (hyper)pop. Loud, rebellious, fierce and at the same time sugary sweet. Fusing together punk guitars with hammering beats and digital synths to escape to an empowering pixelated new age land. Taking the last couple decades of pop music's children and making her own hyperactive sonic Frankenstein-baby. In Yaro's musical candy store, you'll taste the unapologetic sweet flavours of Britney Spears, the sourness of Mother Gaga's early work and Ashnikko's and Dorian Electra's dirty and confusing aftertaste.


The Indien

The Indien is the project around Rianne Walther. They blend past influences, crafting lively pop songs with a unique touch. Their tracks feature Rianne's distinct vocals, often paired with stripped-down percussion, cinematic layers, and guitar melodies. "At its core, it's pop music with a hint of alternative," Rianne explains. "We usually start with live recordings as the foundation, but a significant chunk of production happens during home sessions. It's pop, it's vibey... but with a DIY vibe too."


Porcelain id

Rwandan artist Porcelain id, aka Hubert Tuyishime, burst onto the scene in 2020 with a unique blend of raw vocals and emotional depth. They effortlessly switch between Dutch and English, crafting lyrics about identity, gender, and racism. Influenced by artists like Destroyer, Bon Iver, and Daniel Johnston, their music has made them a standout talent in Belgium. While their debut ‘Mango’ was a concept EP about queerness, police brutality and identity, follow-up 'Reprise' is an intimate and poetic state of affairs. The lo-fi sound has been replaced by breathtaking minimalism. It's highlight? Vlaanderen, a heartfelt gospel song sung in Porcelain id's Flemish accent and a poignant ode to life's struggles, echoing their own childhood challenges as a black and queer individual.


Naaz

Meet Naaz; an artist, producer, director, songwriter and overall powerhouse emerging from Amsterdam. Growing up in a refugee household, she defied the odds in the art world, fueled by her unique Kurdish roots. With hits like "Words," "Loving Love," and "Up To Something," plus the captivating "Azadî" from her new album, Naaz's authenticity shines brilliantly. Even legends like Bono and Elton John applaud her songwriting. Dutch Grammys, awe-inspiring concerts and a support-slot for Lana Del Rey? She's got those too. Make sure to give this rising star a listen.


Jimmy Whispers

The Search for God by lo-fi/indie-rock singer Jimmy Whispers is a wake-up call for a troubled world that’s still worth saving, animated by a belief in the power of small connections to add up to big changes. Jimmy Whispers’ sophomore album was created mostly with two vintage synths, a drum machine, and a busted karaoke machine. It channels Midwestern emo, the Beach Boys’ Smile, subtle nods at hyper-pop production and forgotten jewel-box era college radio of the early aughts into a pure pop sound that transcends easy categorization.


Guusje

Unfortunately, Guusje had to cancel his performance in PopEi due to health reasons.

Guusje is the pseudonym of 28-year-old singer-songwriter Guus Mulder. Hailing from Groningen, he released his debut album Songs About Girls last year under Universal Music and has performed as an opening act for artists such as Racoon, Bazart, and Roxeanne Hazes. His second album, Stay Here a Little Longer, emerges from a challenging period of burnout. While this phase deeply impacted his life, it also proved to be fertile ground for crafting new material. The distinct blend of candid and incisive coming-of-age narratives, touching on significant themes and combined with vibrant pop and straightforward melodies, holds the potential to resonate with all age groups. These compositions swiftly seize attention, embed themselves within, and remain irresistibly hummable. Guusje encapsulates a warm, distinct, and contemporary alt-pop sound.