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Khartoum – Some Days

KHARTOUM

KHARTOUM

London three piece KHARTOUM releases the fresh new banger, ‘Some Days’ ahead of their Glastonbury performance this weekend.

Self-produced by the band and mixed by multi-Grammy award winning mix engineer Eduardo De La Paz (Peace, The Horrors, Noel Gallagher), the adventurous anthem oozes indie-rock to get down and dirty to.

Sounds like: The Beatles, Beck, Harry Styles, OK Go, Sunflower Bean, Wolf Alice, Black Honey

common goldfish – Shout Louder

common goldfish - Shout Louder

common goldfish – Shout Louder

London-based common goldfish channels 90’s indie rock in his new track, ‘Shout Louder’.

Inspired by the Get Back documentary, the summery single uses a mix of 90’s break samples and psychedlic guitar riffs that are making a come back of late.

Sounds like: Happy Mondays, Liam Gallagher, Kasabian, Ian Brown, Primal Scream, Stone Roses

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Magsy – Midnight Blue

Magsy by Alek Blik

Magsy by Alek Blik

Bay city beaut, Magsy releases his new EP, ‘Brite Nite’ and you can listen to ‘Midnight Blue’ below.

Magsy has been writing since he was 14 years old and has used it to answer his questions of belonging, perfectly reflecting his personal experiences. As well as music, he also works in construction, which has helped him hone his creative side. 

Sounds like: Majid Jordan, Years & Years, Troye Sivan, No Rome, LANY, Justin Bieber

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Celestial North – The Nature Of Light

Celestial North

Celestial North’s luminary new single ‘The Nature Of Light’ is inspired by her studies as a Herbalist and by the concept of The Light Of Nature.

Surging with a pulsing life force of wonderful cosmic pop: woven with bubbling beats, sci-fi keys, fragments of arpeggio and imbued with a euphoric rush of dreamy melodies that invoke the spirit of pagan folklore and our connections with nature and inner hope.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Bat For Lashes, Kate Bush, Oh Land

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Playlist: Milky Chance

Milky Chance by Anthony Molina

Milky Chance by Anthony Molina

High school friends turned Billboard charting duo, Milky Chance have been on our radar for some time now, so we figured it was about time they did a playlist for us.

It’s perfect to listen to whilst you’re sipping on your morning coffee (or something stronger, if you’d prefer).

ROSALÍA – Delirio de Grandeza

She is just overall so good and really is one of the most powerful female pop artists around right now.

Rodrigo Amarante – Tardei

Such a good Songwriter, with beautiful Melodies. So raw and honest.

James Blake – To The Last

A master of perfection and detail. So much love for his music and dedication, and also as a singer he just never stops getting better and better.

Parcels – Tideuprightnow

Super sick band based in Berlin. Makes your hips go round and lovely harmonies you‘ll hear them sing.

Harry Styles – As It Was

One of the Greatest right now. His new album is a real masterpiece and shows his talent and variety in music.

Fred again.. – Kyle (i found you)

Such good vibes and awesome productions. Really made us dance in times when there was no real dancing together.

Wallners – All Again

Really fell in love with the melodies of this song, such a vibe.

Charlotte Day Wilson – If I Could

She is such a great performer and this song in particular made us shiver when we saw it!

C. Tangana – Demasiadas Mujeres

Watch his performance at NPR Tiny Desk Sessions – unbelievable and by far the best one ever on there!

Stromae – L‘enfer

His music is so powerful and he really is a maestro of transition heavy topics/feeling into danceable music.

Listen below to Christan Löffler‘s remix of Milky Chance’s ‘Unknown Song’ featuring another high school friend, Paulina Eisenberg.

Sounds like: Will Heard, KYKO, Paul Simon, Jagwar Ma

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HĒIR – Vertigo

HEIR VERTIGO

London based, singer/songwriter and style-icon Patricia Manfield – aka HĒIR has just dropped a new single titled ‘Vertigo‘.

Hypnotic vocals, experimental textures and a massive dose of pop appeal, make of the song a must listen.

Speaking about it, she explains: “The difficulty in maintaining balance and the fear of letting go. The song symbolizes the transformation we experience as soon as we leave a relationship behind, when we feel lost yet attracted to a new beginning and the unknown. The sample within the song is meant to simulate a video game, where you fall and get back up until you pass onto the next level. “Vertigo” is the jump to the new level.

An outstanding music video accompanies the track, with ultra cool visuals shot at the most beautiful metro station in Europe: Metro Toledo (Napoli).

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Tove Styrke, Lorde, Banks

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Midnight Pool Party – DON’T KILL MY VIBE

Midnight Pool Party

The Australian duo Midnight Pool Party are back doing what they do best – bringing classic disco to the fore.

The new single – influenced by PNAU‘s remix of Elton John and Dua Lipa‘s ‘Cold Heart’ – is a heavy dose of pop, making even the weariest of heads feel undefeated.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, Goldroom, Tourist, Roosevelt, Cosmos Midnight, Dua Lipa, Pnau, The Knocks, LIZZO

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George Gretton – Morning Feat theMIND

George Gretton

George Gretton

London-based multi-instrumentalist and singer George Gretton takes a turn in genre in ‘Morning’ featuring theMIND, ahead of his new EP, ‘Ordinary Life’ out in August.

Made during “a bit of a 90s boom-bap phase,” ‘Morning’ is about the predictability of taking some time out which ultimately leads to becoming a bit of a recluse.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, James Blake, Bon Iver, Easy Life, Frank Ocean, Mura Masa, Ratatat

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Black Pines – SAINT

Black Pines

Black Pines

Essex band Black Pines shares ‘SAINT,’ a hugely personal song about grief and loss.

Used as a therapy for the band, it is jam-packed with raw and passionate emotion and continues that rich and shimmering alt-rock direction the band have cultivated for themselves.

Expect their eagerly-awaited new EP ‘Talk Of The Devil’ on 29 July.

Sounds like: Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic

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L’objectif – Feeling Down

L'objectif by Dan Broadley

L’objectif by Dan Broadley

Iggy Pop-endorsed, Leeds band L’objectif release their new EP, ‘We Aren’t Getting Out But Tonight We Might’ via Chess Club Records.

Comprised of schoolmates Saul Kane (vocals, guitar) and Louis Bullock (drums) – who first formed a band together at the age of 12 – Ezra Glennon (bass) and Dan Richardson (guitar), the young friends have a shared love of genres and musicians that belies their tender age: jazz funk, hip-hop, punk, post-punk, and almost everything in between.

Watch the video for current single, ‘Feeling Down’ below:

Commenting on the EP, Saul says:

“I hope this project is a progression from the first, stylistically at least. The influences for it feel more varied as, naturally, what you’re listening to changes. More synth and electronic parts were something that I wanted to include as well as more piano. I wanted to combine different textures into our sound that we hadn’t done before, so there’s more layers to our songs this time around. As an EP itself, it’s another insight into what we want this band to be and how it should sound. It’s one more step forward, but it’s not the final destination.”

You can listen to the EP in full here:

 

Tour Dates

22 Jun | The Dome, London*
25 Jun | Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow*
26 Jun | YES, Manchester*
27 Jun | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds*
29 Jun | Rough Trade, Bristol*
5 – 7 Aug | Distortions Festival, Birmingham
1 Oct | Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester
20 Oct | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

*supporting Geese

Sounds like: Folly Group, Sports Team, Courting, Home Countries, Everything Everything

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Tamino – Fascination

Tamino by Selleslags

Tamino by Selleslags

We’re incredibly excited to share Tamino‘s new single ‘Fascination’ which comes with the announcement of his second album, ‘Sahar’ (due out 23 September via Communion Records), as well as a string of live dates.

The grandson of one of Egypt’s most famed singers and film stars, Tamino channels his own lineage, as well as the folk and rock music traditions from the Middle East and Europe for a borderless and timeless record.

Born in his Antwerp apartment, the upcoming album features the oud, an Arabic lute, which Tamino took up under the mentorship of a Syrian refugee living in Antwerp. The instrument served as a key tool in the songwriting process and provides a melancholic soundscape that is threaded throughout the project.

‘Fascination’ is a perfect showcase of the project, with its wistful and thought provoking strings.

The record is a distillation of Tamino’s solitary reflections, and a product of work with close collaborators including Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, producer/engineer PJ Maertens, and drummer Ruben Vanhoutte.

Tour Dates

14th June – Café de la Danse, Paris
20th June – The ICA, London
26th June – Salon Gezgin, Sisli
19th August – Pukkelpop Festival, Hasselt
16th September – XPoNential Music Festival, Camden NJ
19th September – The Sinclair, Boston MA
20th September – Club Soda, Montreal QC
21st September – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
24th September – Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
25th September – Fine Line, Minneapolis MN
28th September – Neumos, Seattle WA
29th September – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
2nd October – The Independent, San Francisco CA
4th October – The Regent Theater, Los Angeles LA
5th October – Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ
7th Oct – 10th Oct – Austin City Limits Music Festival, Ausin TX
9th October – Terminal West, Atlanta GA
11th October – Black Cat, Washington DC
12th October – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
21st November – Le Trianon, Paris
24th November – Koko, London
29th November – Gloria Theatre, Cologne
30th November – Metropol, Berlin
2nd December – Paradiso, Amsterdam
5th December – Cirque Royal, Brussels

Tickets go on general sale from 10am local time on Friday 10th June here.

Pre-order ‘Sahar’ here.

Sounds like: Warhaus, Oscar and the Wolf, Patrick Watson, Jeff Buckley, Hozier, J. Bernardt, Alexandra Savior, Asaf Avidan

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Inhaler – These Are The Days

Inhaler

Inhaler

Breakthrough Irish band, Inhaler share new single, ‘These Are The Days’, a widescreen indie-rock anthem led by foot tapping drums, with a bubbling bassline, and full of spirited synths as well as lifting vocal harmonies.

It’s the first new music since the release of their debut album ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ in July 2021, a record that went to the top of the charts in both the UK and Ireland.

UK Tour dates

June

11th – Summer Sessions, Dundee, Scotland (Noel Gallagher Support)
13th – Arena, Birmingham (Kings Of Leon Support)
22nd – Cambridge Junction, England
24th – Glastonbury Festival, England
26th – The SSE Arena, Belfast (Kings Of Leon Support)

July

5th – AO Arena, Manchester (Kings Of Leon Support)
23rd – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield, England
24th – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire, England

August
27th – Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, England

Sounds like: Sam Fender, Sports Team, U2, Sea Girls, Blossoms, Joy Division, The Strokes, The Cure, Interpol, Depeche Mode

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HAVET – Child

HAVET by Leonie Spiess

HAVET by Leonie Spiess

Introducing HAVET – German-Swedish Sisters Mimi (18) and Josy (16) who have been brought up by multi-instrumentalist parents.

Their new single ‘Child’ draws upon influences in pop, R&B, folk, and indie styles. Speaking about today’s release, the duo say, “Child is an ode to your heritage. It’s about being proud of your past and your roots and trusting the future because of it.

Watch the video below.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Billie Marten

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Go Hawaii – Dolphin’s Touch

Go Hawaii

Lo-fi, post-punk duo Go Hawaii release new single, ‘Dolphin’s Touch’.

Taken from their debut album, ‘Trespass,’ it fuses distant vocals with present, melodic guitars for an introspective indie track that steadily builds into a grungy and reflective masterpiece.

Sounds like: Terry vs Tory, Black Marble, Chastity Belt, Men I Trust

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IORA – Brother, Sister

IORA

Hard grafter Manchester-based songwriter and producer IORA (aka Holly Phelps) shares ‘Brother, Sister’.

Supported by the PRS Open Fund, the project is a futuristic blend of alt-pop with layers of electronica, field recording and punchy samples providing the backdrop for Holly’s top-line.

Sounds like: Georgia, Kate Bush, Aluna, Kito

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LIAS – Need Me Now

LIAS by Arton Sefa

LIAS by Arton Sefa

Classically-trained, Berlin-Based Songwriter LIAS explores vulnerability in new single, ‘Need Me Now’.

Emotionally-charged vocal energies effortlessly blend with a warm production of glorious chord progression that leads to a beautiful interlude of vintage keys.

His new EP ‘Run Boy Run’ is out now via his own label, Moontune Music.

Sounds like: James Blake, Sampha, SOHN, Jamie Woon

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Foals – 2001

Foals by Alex Knowles

Foals by Alex Knowles

Foals release new banger, ‘2001’. Bringing back the naughties inspired hi hats and Chic-worthy disco funk laden riffs, it’s safe to say that summer 2022 has arrived.

The Esteban-directed video depicts summer time antics, hot cruises, ice cream licking delights and beach chats. Watch below.

Expect their seventh album, ‘Life Is Yours’ on 17 June.

Sounds like: The Black Keys, Muse, The Maccabees, The Griswolds, Coasts, Sea Girls, Blossoms, Viola Beach, The Night Café, The Amazons, Klaxons

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