Golden Vessel – midwest

Golden Vessel

Music genius Maxwell Byrne – aka Golden Vessel – is releasing the video for new single, ‘midwest’.

Once again crafting a unique sound with a simple and endearing visual treat – this time co-filmed & directed by Maxwell Byrne and Matthew Howard – ‘midwest’ is about getting on the road.

Showcasing Emerson Leif‘s Hofner bass guitar, the track blends elements of electronic music with hip-hop, R&B and alternative modern pop.

It is the first taste of his upcoming second album ‘colt’, and is being released via the recently launched label, sumoclic, which he co-owns with his good friend Akurei.

Sounds like: Alex Vargas, TENDER, Kanyon, Four Tet, Toro Y Moi, Brockhampton, Akurei

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Ben Hobbs – Own Arms

Ben Hobbs

Multi-instrumentalist and producer, Ben Hobbs returns with his punchy new single, ‘Own Arms’.

Mastered by the acclaimed Robin Schmidt, this is a catchy indie-rock-pop banger, full of more dynamic energy than his last single, ‘How We Care’. It explores the act of saying
farewell to the things that may be holding someone back and improving oneself to
feel free again.

Discussing the project, he says; “I wanted to capture this fast-paced punk idea, circling around on 3 chords and create something with loads of energy. It started out a lot more electronic with the production, but we decided that to really make it work everything had to be live and real.”

Sounds like: Tears For Fears, Cape Lion, The Levity

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Raven Artson – Won’t Forget Just

Raven Artson

Fulfilling the listener in a way they never knew they needed, Raven Artson transports us on a journey through various genre elements and sound design.

A blissful intro welcomes us into a beautifully soft space before the gracious tones of Raven’s voice gently encourage us to keep listening. The real treat arrives after a reversed guitar takes us into a captivating chorus. Once we reach this point, it’s near impossible not to vibe out to the beat that hits different to most modern Pop / RnB if you are brave enough to categorize this under one genre.

About collaborating with producer Mucky (Sevdaliza) and mixer Chris Coady (Beach House), Raven says, “It was crazy and unexpected that two of my favorite producers were into my music and jumped on board. Their input allowed me to color outside the lines and helped me grow both as an artist and a person.”

Sounds like: How To Dress Well, ANOHNI

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Gillian – Static

Gillian - Static

Boston-based pop singer/songwriter Gillian covers the highs and lows of life, with a guitar in hand or behind a piano.

Her new single ‘Static’ is a melancholic reflection about suffering FOMO.

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Grant Knoche – AS IT SHOULD

Grant Knoche

17-year-old Grant Knoche shares another knockout pop single.

It’s everything we expect from a vexed teenager – controlled angst displayed in delicate melodies with beautiful keys and vocal harmonies – about a love that has got away.

Sounds Like: FINNEAS, Billie Eilish, Troye Sivan, Noll, Nikless, Kenzie, In Real Life, XXXTentacion

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Omar Addis – Easy

Omar Addis

Cardiff-based Omar Addis shares his breezy self-produced song, ‘Easy’.

Written from a reflective point of view, it looks back at the people who are no longer in your life, and how things could have gone differently.

Sounds like: Roosevelt, Washed Out

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Amelia Dare – Wrong About Me

Amelia Dare - Wrong About Me

On her sophomore single, South-East London based talent Amelia Dare channels themes of empowerment on the summery and addictive, ‘Wrong About Me’.

Maintaining the same organic sound established on her debut, ‘Teaser,’ Amelia is fast becoming a resounding new voice in the alternative R&B space.

Sounds like: ELIZA, Caswell, Cleo Sol, Snoh Alegra

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Tentendo – Thoughts Feat. Vetta Borne

Tentendo

Hotly tipped Melbourne-based bassist and producer, Tentendo returns with fellow Australian singer-songwriter Vetta Borne on brand new single, ‘Thoughts’.

Taking heavy inspiration from KAYTRANADA, he effortlessly fuses elements of hip-hop, disco and pop in an irresistible three-minute slice of down-tempo future funk.

Sounds like: Kaytranada, Pomo, AlunaGeorge

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The Dryas – Make You Mine

The Dryas - Make You Mine

Brighton-based trio The Dryas share their ambitious debut release, ‘Make You Mine’.

Comprised of Hudd Hunter-Smith, Luke Cowie & Connor Tagg, the song conveys heartfelt and raw emotion, privy to fellow boybands, LANY and The 1975.

Sounds like: LANY, The 1975

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Hazlett – Karaoke

Hazlett

Pop troubador Hazlett shares his highly anticipated EP, ‘Thundering Hopes’.

As expected, it explores the journey of life, which can often be mundane and uneventful, yet Hazlett seems to capture its beauty in heartfelt lyrics and effortless vocal harmonies.

His single ‘Karaoke’ is about being there when your friends need you, or in this case during a night out with Lindsay Lohan in NYC that got out of hand,

“…when that happens I have a paternal instinct that kicks in, I get a one track mind for making sure nothing happens to my friends.”

Listen to the full EP below:

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Dermot O’Kennedy, Ben Howard

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Savannah Conley – Never Want To Be In Love

avannah Conley - Never Want To Be In Love

Combining nostalgic guitar-driven musicality, sombre lyricism, unavoidable Southern charm, and a healthy dose of cross-genre inspiration, new kid on the block, Savannah Conley has carved out a sound that feels both fresh yet timeless.

The new track from the Nashville-based sweetheart, ‘Never Want To Be In Love’, has been co-written with songwriter Andrew Petroff (Sheryl Crow, Devon Gilfillian) and songwriter/producer Gabe Simon (Dua Lipa, COIN).

Sounds like: Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, First Aid Kit

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Akurei – SEROTONIN

Akurei

After teaming up with his good friends Golden Vessel and Emerson Leif, Australian artist Akurei releases three stunning tracks that form his ‘SEROTONIN’ EP.

The title track covers the morning after a big night (remember those?!), when you don’t want to get out of bed.

“I started thinking writing for this project almost immediately after I put out my last ep ‘September’, but it really came together in February. I took Maxwell (Golden Vessel) and Caleb (Emerson Leif) out to regional Queensland for three days to write music and be creative without any distractions. It was hugely refreshing and productive, we left with the bones of 6 songs.”

‘SEROTONIN’ is also the debut release for the recently launched independent label sumoclic, which is co-owned/operated by Akurei and Golden Vessel.

Sounds like: LA Bouquet, LANY, The 1975, Golden Vessel, Joji, No Rome, Kevin Abstract, Emerson Leif

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Lauv – Dishes

Lauv - Dishes

Lauv is a name that’s known worldwide, and for good reason, hit after hit has left the young artist on a meteoric rise leading him to over 26 million monthly listeners.

His latest offering ‘Dishes’ is the first track of the brand new EP ‘Without You’ – unbelievably his seventh EP of 2020. In keeping with his chill pop vibe, ‘Dishes’ opens with a slow acoustic guitar, and a rare showing of Lauv’s lower vocal range shortly before the dulcet tones we all know and love, to take over on a hypnotising chorus line.

Having surpassed the majestic and almost unheard of five Billion stream mark, need we say more to encourage you to join us in some Lauv love.

Sounds like: gnash, John K, SHY Martin, FINNEAS, Ruel

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props – you & me

props

props returns with the buoyant and buzzy ‘you & me’.

With a off-kilter backdrop, the pop nugget discusses the messed-up world we live – “sleepwalking to self-destruction” – in a joyful and cheerful manner.

Sounds like: Bad Sounds, Only Real, Winston Surfshirt, Superorganism

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Red Robyn – I’ll Stay The Same

Red Robyn

The wonderful Red Robyn shares her delicate new single, ‘I’ll Stay The Same’, taken from her trilogy EP called ‘Girls Wear Pink’, out now.

A delicate rendition with pleasing vocal tones and instrumentation, her music is a mirror that reflects the current state of the world.

Radiating a strong sense of self-worth and surety, the new single is exactly what we need right now.

Sounds like: HAIM, Maggie Rogers, Chairlift, Lykke Li, King Princess, The Aces, Phoebe Bridgers, Wet, Men I Trust, LÉON, Emma McGrath, Birdy

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