Gaspar Narby – Sleepless Feat. LEES

Gaspar Narby

Wonderful bedroom pop producer Gaspar Narby releases the dreamy ‘Sleepless’ featuring the ethereal vocals of LEES.

Another slice of downtempo electronica with melancholic pop tendencies and delicate melodies, Gaspar further explains,

“Sleepless, the EP’s first single, is the third song I write with LEES. She’s one of my closest friends and such a gifted writer; she just knows how to tell vivid stories through catchy melodies. This song is about the beautiful memories that haunt you, the ones you’d like to forget but never want to let go. It’s an uplifting sad song, basically!”

The ’Collab’ EP is out on 11 December via Radicalis.

Sounds like: Sufjan Stevens, Summer Heart, Bonobo

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ÄTNA – Grinding

ÄTNA

Looking incredibly familiar in their press picture, with a glint of political satire, the Avante-Garde German duo ÄTNA releases their dark and rebellious new single, ‘Grinding’.

Sounds like: Grimes, Fever Ray, Vök, Kllo, Christine & The Queens, I Break Horses

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Benji Lewis – Everything’s Alright

Benji Lewis - Everything's Alright

Australian artist Benji Lewis shares the result of his recent lockdown songwriting, with ‘Everything’s Alright’. Written with Golden Vessel, the track touches on the importantness of freedom.

Sounds like: The 1975, The Kite String Tangle, Antony Hegarty, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Yazz, Jack Garratt, Disclosure, Jeremy Zucker, Shallou, Emmit Fenn

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Alex Frew – Antisocial Love Song Feat. A Is for Arrows

Alex Frew

Alex Frew touches on the difficulties of being alone with new song, ‘Antisocial Love Song’, featuring the delicate tones of A Is for Arrows. A pop ballad at heart with harder hitting lyrics.

Sounds like: Gaspar Narby

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Nicole Chambers – Warm Body

Nicole Chambers

Nicole Chambers is confidence setting in her single ‘Warm Body’, taken from her debut album, ‘Voice of a Virgo’. A new voice on the R&B and neo-soul scene, with a killer falsetto that demands attention.

Sounds like: Caswell, Jorja Smith

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Asha Gold – Debut

Asha Gold

Showing how you can make music regardless of a lockdown, rising UK artist Asha Gold shares her sweet new single ‘Debut’, written on Zoom with producer Mitch Jones.

Sounds like: Nakala, Frank Ocean, Rosalia

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Ryan Jantz – Real

Ryan Jantz

Authentic artist Ryan Jantz faces the ‘Real’ in the new self-produced single. Taking cues from the psych-pop world, ‘Real’ is both fun and quirky.

Sounds like: Glass Animals, Toro Y Moi, Mac DeMarco

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Joe Parsons – Repair

Joe Parsons

Gay comedian and musician Joe Parsons shows a vulnerable and serious side in his new single, ‘Repair’. With tinges of folktronica and alt-pop, the shimmering track is written about toxic masculinity.

Sounds like: Yoke Lore, Fleet Foxes

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Webmoms – Pasta Bake Feat. Maddy

Webmoms

Cornwall-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Karum Cooper has a new lo-fi jazz/soul project called Webmoms. The new single ‘Summer Salad’ is a tasty selection of rich, audible treats with jazzy licks and organic grooves.

Sounds like: Jorja Smith, Loyle Carner, Oscar Jerome

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Dipha Barus x CADE – DOWN

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Indonesian music star Dipha Barus and singer, songwriter, and producer CADE have come together at the peak of summer to deliver an inspiring new single entitled “Down”.

The song fuses together pop sensibilities with bouncy basslines and soulful R&B-esque lyrics, in a perfectly polished way. The pair create an atmosphere of ease and joy in one fell swoop, through the use of uplifting, soul-soaked melodies that doesn’t confine to one genre, the new collaboration perfectly captures their vision of making music as medicine and doing their best to uplift spirits through our most universal language.

Speaking about it, CADE shares “‘Down’ is a record about simply living in the moment with your significant other and not stressing or over-thinking about what the future might hold. Simple as lemonade. I hope this record can bring smiles and joy to everyone as we experience stressful times around the world with COVID-19.

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Coyote Island – 11

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In the imagination of Maine-based songwriter Mike O’Hehir, Coyote Island is a sound and a place.

It is where he discovered himself as an artist and recognized the crossroads of his musical journey. Where folk meets pop and reggae meets R&B. Rather than choosing one path to follow, Coyote Island stands in the middle weaving them all together.

He’s brand-new but his music is already making waves (Spotify has recently added him on their Fresh Finds playlist and his 2 previously released singles topped the Hype Machine chart).
His third one is titled ‘11′ and it’s another demonstration of his incredible talent in mixing folk and indie vibes with an irresistible pop sensibility.

Speaking about it, he explains: “’11’ portrays the peak of Summer. It’s about discerning Love from lust, catching yourself in the heat, and believe it or not- ‘taking it slow’. “I was making demos in Garageband one day….these chords came to me and I got excited. I put a mic up and the whole song poured out in one shot.

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Julia Church – Marionette

Julia Church

One of our favs of 2020, South-African born songwriter-producer Julia Church, unveils her breezy new cut ‘Marionette’. A catchy track with clear intentions that showcase her stunning vocal range and innate ability to create a wonderful pop earworm.

Sounds like: London Grammar, Emma McGrath, Violet Days, Birdy, GRACEY, Harlequin Gold, Millie Turner, Louise Burns, Tom Odell

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Jimi Somewhere – Jesus Feat. Kacy Hill

Jimi Somewhere by Dev Dhunsi

Jimi Somewhere by Dev Dhunsi

Jimi Somewhere combines unique Christian rock and modern, sheeny emo. Inspired by Christian summer camps and his frustration & feeling of loss growing up as a Christian, the track features the angelic vocals of Kacy Hill.

Sounds like: Owen, Máni Orrason

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Lucky Idiot – Mud

Lucky Idiot

Lucky Idiot is an exciting new project from Maxwell Byrne (Golden Vessel), Kalem Woo (Rei So La) and Rei Sakakibara (Sweater Curse). Expect an upcoming debut EP, ‘Low Ceiling’, to be released in October via sumoclic.

Sounds like: Good Morning, Loving, Big Thief, Golden Vessel

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Dr Orange – Take

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Liverpool’s Dr Orange – aka Chas Moody – draws on indie alt-rock. His new single, ‘Take’, is luscious, high-frequency rock n roll with authentic nuances of a leftfield nature.

Sounds like: Attawalpa, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Libertines

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The Millennial Club – like i do

millennial club - like i do

SoCal-based quartet The Millennial Club have recently returned with the second song off their slated 2020 EP. Titled “like i do”, the track is a romantic ballad that has been in the making for the last five years, featuring Andres Owens’ silky and sultry vocal performance, a sweet disposition, and an undeniably evocative saxophone solo.

Speaking about it, singer Andres says: “This song illustrates finally being upfront with someone you really care about and finally letting out your built-up emotions. It is about releasing that honesty into the world and learning to be truthful with someone about how you feel.

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jackson lee morgan – falling down

jackson lee morgan - falling down

Texas-via-California artist jackson lee morgan has just returned with a bright and sweeping single titled ‘falling down’.

With a smooth and distinct psych-pop vibe, reminiscent of Glass Animals, Toro Y Moi, and Easy Life, ‘falling down’ sees the singer alongside producers Hoskins (Jean Dawson/Deb Never) The 23rd (Jean Dawson/Deb Never), and Denis Kosiak (Khalid) deliver one of his more sun-kissed offerings to date.

Speaking about his new release, he said, “‘falling down’ is about realizing your life is spiraling but choosing to embrace the thrill of the plummet down.

Sounds like: Easy Life, Glass Animals, Toro Y Moi

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Billy Vena – Disco Maniac

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Hailing from galaxies far far away, long lost dancer turned recording, artist Billy Vena returns today with ‘Disco Maniac’. Part Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever‘ / part early 00s Neptunes productions (see JT’s Rock Your Body), ‘Disco Maniac‘, as the title suggests, is a modern disco-tinged banger. Press play…and dance 🕺🏻🔥

Speaking about it, he says: “Disco Maniac is essentially about being raised by a television and wishing to live in an era you weren’t alive to experience. It’s about dreaming of a scenario in which you can live out that certain fantasy.

ICYMI, listen also to his previous releases ‘Space Hippie‘ and ‘Wiz

Sounds like: Bee Gees, Pharell Williams, Justin Timberlake

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Clairy Browne – Not The Only

clairy browne - not the only

Australian Pop/RnB artist Clairy Browne has just released ‘Not The Only’, a sticky bop taken from her forthcoming EP ‘ANGEL‘.

The song seduces listeners with a mix of anthemic hooks, infectious vocal swells and a startlingly dystopian resonance. It comes together with an ultra-cool video which perfectly introduces us into Browne’s subversive musical cosmos: an ether devoid of heteronormativity, where queerness is celebrated in all its forms.

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GRACEY – Like That Feat. Alexander 23

GRACEY - Like That Feat. Alexander 23

Move over Charli XCX, rising UK popstar GRACEY teams up with US newcomer Alexander 23 on new single, ‘Like That’.

From our home town of Brighton, GRACEY started out as a songwriter for the likes of Jonas Blue, Sub Focus, and MJ Cole, but soon developed her own style of UK influenced pop with a mischievous and fun flair.

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Sounds like: RAYE, Charli XCX, Troye Sivan, Griff, Emily Burns, Caro

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