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OH Wonder – Hallelujah

OH Wonder by Olga De La Iglesia

OH Wonder by Olga De La Iglesia

OH Wonder returns with the glorious new single, ‘Hallelujah’! Praise be!

The visuals, shot in one take, feature Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht in a field amongst a selection of multi-coloured church gowns. As colourful and catchy as ever.

Sounds like: IYES, Kid Astray, Banks, Fickle Friends, Monogem, Paperwhite, PROM, Blood Orange, Years & Years, Bipolar Sunshine, Broods, ASTR

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Islandis – Slow Down

Islandis by Cormac Power

Islandis by Cormac Power

Australian duo Islandis – aka producer/instrumentalist James Chave-Dubois & Ben McInerney – share their bright new single, ‘Slow Down’.

Sharing one song a year, this radiant upbeat jam breathes nostalgia and contagious pop hooks

Sounds like: New Navy, Phoenix, Foster The People, Goldroom, Strange Talk

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Daniella Mason – Woman Lover Powerful

Daniella Mason

Damn right, Nashville-based Daniella Mason knows the power she has a woman.

A modern feminist anthem through and through, it spells out the world from many womens’ eyes. Her forthcoming EP, ‘Physical State’ is due out this fall.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, The Japanese House, Robyn, Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish, George Gretton, Luna Pines

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Tony Njoku – CONFIDENT

Tony Njoku

Nigerian-British avant-pop auteur and artist Tony Njoku shares the brilliant new Max Jedwab-directed video for ‘CONFIDENT’.

The intense single adopts a confessional, diary-like intimacy underpinned by whirring synths, which dissolve into effervescent chaos.

It is taken from his new album, ‘Your Psyche’s Rainbow Panorama’, released on 4 October via Silent Kid Records, in which he has taken inspiration from a work of Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s glass walkway, entitled ‘Your Rainbow Panorama’.

Sounds like: Sacred Animals, Ben Khan, Flying Lotus, Ghostpoet, Gaika, Lightfoot

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Zanski – Younger You Feat. Emilia Ali

Zanski

Zanski digs deeper with his creative new single, ‘Younger You’.

A laid-back RnB affair, Zanski has teamed up with vocalist Emilia Ali to deliver unparalleled vocal lines, rich harmonies, and sweet grooves that perfectly showcase his ability for some serious tuneage, with as much intrigue and substance as James Blake or Jai Paul.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, James Blake, Honne, Banks, Jai Paul

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Slow Shudder – Just As You Are

Slow Shudder

Pop music is always in a state of flux, and there are always artists doing interesting things with it if you know where to look. This week it’s Seattle-based producer-singer-songwriter Slow Shudder.

Reminiscent of the likes of Robokid and PC Music artists, ‘Just As You Are’ walks a fine line of forward-thinking contemporary production and early 00’s sugary pop, for a delightfully charming ballad.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Robokid

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Broken Back – One By One Feat. Alle Farben

It’s coming to the end of summer, which is why you need to listen to the almost-tropical ‘One By One’ by Broken Back and featuring Alle Farben.

The combination of Broken Back’s upbeat and quirky energies with his whimsical vocal styling, combine effortlessly alongside Alle Farben’s diverse, colorful, and boundless spirit.

It’s out now via Sony Music/Ultra Records.

Sounds like: Klingande, Möwe

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Whosah – Slomo

Whosah

Minneapolis-based indie-pop outfit, Whosah shares the addictive new single, ‘Slomo’ – a call out to those rushing life too quickly, asking them to take a breath and slow down.

The single by the authenticity advocates is a refreshing, feel-good song that reflects on the band’s mantra of positivity and realness.

“Can we talk in slow motion, can we fight in slow motion, can you love me slow?”

Sounds like: Walk On The Moon, LANY, Bleachers, MUNA

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Helax – Tell Me, Tell Me

HELAX

Exciting electronic act Helax releases the mysterious and melodic, ‘Tell Me, Tell Me’.

Combining 90’s rave inspirations with modern ambient electronica, the Swedish-born, now Berlin-based producer admits to writing and recording the track in a cheap hotel located on Reeperbahn, the main avenue of Hamburg’s red-light district.

The single is taken from his debut four-track EP – both out now – which were directly inspired by the nocturnal and hedonistic vibe of the strip clubs area as well as by his aimless walks down the harbour, watching the incessant comings and goings of freighters and sailors from all over the world at night.

Sounds like: Cyril Hahn, Tourist, Kllo, Jamie xx

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Val Astaire – Say You Will

Val Astaire by Shelby Parks

Val Astaire by Shelby Parks

Philly born Val Astaire likes to break hearts with his emo bangers.

Set in a fairground, the visuals for his new single ‘Say You Will’ features a lost and bloody Val Astaire searching for his love, who you’ll be pleased to know, he eventually catches up with. It perfectly matches the melancholic tone throughout.

Speaking to the motivation behind ‘Say You Will’, Val Astaire explains,

“‘Say You Will’ is an extended hand to the people who struggle like me. A lot of my songwriting has been pretty transparent about my own struggles with depression and anxiety but Say You Will is my chance to reach out to someone, anyone and say “I know. I understand. And I see how heavy this is on you right now. You can lean on me, too.””

Sounds like: La Bouquet, The 1975, Pale Waves, Bring Me The Horizon, No Rome

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Reece – Too Much

Reece by Finn Peterson

Reece by Finn Peterson

Like many artists, Reece uses music as an emotional outlet, revealing a vulnerable side that blends perfectly with his alt-pop and R&B style.

His latest single, ‘Too Much’ is about learning to love yourself enough to let someone else go. Listen below.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Frank Ocean

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Luke Wylde & Rhea Robertson – Save Yourself

Luke Wylde & Rhea Robertson Save Yourself

Hip hop DJ-turned writer and producer. Luke Wylde, and Australian singer-songwriter Rhea Robertson, are both giving you the opportunity to face your demons and finally be honest about with your feelings in new song ‘Save Yourself’.

The combination of Robertson’s dreamy jazz undertones and alt-pop sounds with Wylde’s bluesy interlude makes for an enticing track.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Rag’n’Bone Man

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Golden Bantic – Simmer Down (Macious Remix)

Golden Bantic - Simmer Down (Macious Remix)

Manchester-based producer Macious has worked his magic again, this time on longterm friend and musician, Golden Bantic‘s indie tune, ‘Simmer Down’.

Putting a completely different spin on the track, Macious has lovingly converted ‘Simmer Down’ into a late-night disco frenzy full of looping electronica and tinges of glistening pop.

Sounds like: Lane 8, Rüfüs Du Sol, Henri

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Benji Lewis – Fast Forward

Benji Lewis - Fast Forward

If things are getting tired, change it up. Wise words from Los Angeles-based Benji Lewis indeed.

His nostalgic new single ‘Fast Foward’ is the first taste of a brand new five-track EP that Lewis has planned for release in early 2020, it features the slick production of Los Angeles artist Kid Froopy and it also comes with a visually stunning Chris Weigen-directed music video.

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

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Nick Anthony – When I’m Gone (feat. Chloe Gendrow)

Nick Anthony

Artists these just seem to get younger and younger, and Nick Anthony at just 19-years of age has not only found success as a dance producer but soon realised that his talents have overflowed from dance into poppier, crossover sounds – which has become a sound distinctly his.

His latest, ‘When I’m Gone’, which features the vocal talents of Chloe Gendrow and taken from his forthcoming EP is the next chapter in his ever-evolving sound and sets and irrefutable mood.

Sounds like: Odesza

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More Giraffes – Treehouse

More Giraffes

Songwriting aficionados More Giraffes (aka Mark Hadley and Keeley Bumford) return with their carefree new single, ‘Treehouse’.

Written in an actual treehouse (in Hawaii no less), the vibe carved throughout is carefree music that aims for the sky.

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Charli XCX, Manila Killa

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Gabrielle Aplin & JP Cooper – Losing Me

Gabrielle Aplin & JP Cooper - Losing Me by Louie Banks

Gabrielle Aplin & JP Cooper – Losing Me by Louie Banks

Popstar and advocate for all things healthy and environmentally conscious, Gabrielle Aplin teams up with JP Cooper on new single, ‘Losing Me’.

The heartfelt rendition, produced by Lostboy (Liam Payne, Mabel) and Mike Spencer (Zara Larsson, Tom Walker, Rudimental).

Sounds like: Dagny, MONOGEM, Ellie Goulding, Chlöe Howl, Hannah Grace

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HOAX – Unamerican Dream

Hoax

NYC-based indie-pop outfit HOAX shares their second single from their ‘b?’ album, called ‘Unamerican Dream’.

A satiryical playoff of the “American Dream”, centred around immigration, a topic close to both Michael Raj and Frantz Cesar’s hearts.

Having been close to the subject, HOAX will be donating 50% of royalties from “Unamerican Dream” to KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), an organization that helps immigrant children who entered the U.S. alone find a safe haven.

Sounds like: Manic Street Preachers, Hers

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LOVER – Starving

LOVER

LOVER (aka Oliver Kirby) is taking a pragmatic approach to making music in his new single, ‘Starving’.

A track written about his personal struggle with not being able to afford groceries – something he says is “the classic starving artist cliché” – the laid back groove sets the tone throughout.

Sounds like: Gold Coast, Tanssi

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Elena Flury – Say No

Elena Flury

London based singer-songwriter Elena Flury is channelling the neo-soul and jazz revolution that’s happening here in the UK.

Bringing vintage sounds to the forefront of the capital’s scene, Elena is gaining a reputation with her live performances. Speaking about her new track, she explains,

“Say No talks about the beginning stages of a relationship; the protagonist has a hard time fully engaging in it, instinctively pushing the other person away but at the same time is unable to resist how good it feels.”

Sounds like: Eliza Doolittle, Caswell, Jorja Smith, Jordan Rakei, Fatima, Laura Misch

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STORME – Queen

STORME

Swedish project STORME shares the effervescent ‘Queen’, an inspiration song for all the queens out there who need to be moving forward with their lives.

“Queen is inspired by the worst day of my life”, explains lead singer, Amanda Liedberg. “I realized I’d suffered enough, my eyes were dry and I was ready to walk away from a toxic relationship. With this song, I could let my frustration out – but also regain my power. It’s a sort of goodbye letter, with a twist.”

Sounds like: Rae Morris, KATE BOY, Björk, Aurora, RAINDEAR, CILVR, Bat For Lashes, The Knife, Róísín Murphy

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Akurei – Hollow

Akurei

Akurei follows on from the brilliant ‘Stockholm‘ with equally as melacholic alt-pop, ‘Hollow’.

Using the track as a tool to open up and share his honest and emotional side in an alluring delivery.

Speaking on ‘Hollow’, Akurei explains,

“‘Hollow’ is the last of the collection of songs I wrote abroad last year. I’d just left Europe and arrived in Bali to meet with some friends to work on a record together. Europe had been a confusing and emotionally intense time, whereas my time in Bali with friends provided a lot of clarity and peace. Lyrically, Hollow is me revisiting and reevaluating the faith I had when I was younger.”

Sounds like: LA Bouquet, LANY, The 1975

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Margot Polo – Let’s Get Out

Margot Polo

Margot Polo (aka David Provenzano) releases his new single, ‘Let’s Get Out’.

A song about breaking out of routine ruts (something he is guilty of), Polo has teamed up with esteemed producer, Brad Wood, and their main goal with the track was to create a fun and huge chorus…and they have definitely succeeded.

Expect a five-song EP out this fall.

Sounds like: Von Sell, Foster the People, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, CHAPPO, The Beatles

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Holt – Tower

Holt

We all have safe pillars in our lives and London based self-taught singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Holt is no exception.

Using her father as the reference in her new single, the lyrics tell a non-linear story about that is capable of transporting the listener to another world.

Sounds like: RUNAH, Bat for Lashes, Björk, Enya, Massive Attack, Nils Frahm

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Bokito – Freckle

Bokito

Indie-funk band Bokito releases their new single ‘Freckle Leather’. Often mistaken for a heavy metal band, Bokito bring back their combination of signature hooks, unshakeable melodies and playful lyrics. A tightly-packaged, uproarious mix of indie, rock and perfect pop cadence that hooks listeners in straight at the first beat.

At first, ‘Freckle Leather’ reminds of Vampire Weekend, however, the five-piece stand their ground pretty quick and combine a lot of different styles. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Jeff Buckley and Justin Timberlake, the group created a completely new sound of modern indie regulated by ergonomic melodies.

Sounds like: Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club, Stereohoney, Shiners

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The Hails – Sugar

The Hails

Inspired by the cool glamour and fast life of the Miami Vice era, The Hails share their new song ‘Sugar’.

With its danceable beats and 80’s synth pop influence, ‘Sugar’ is a crafty juxtaposition that melds truth and fiction with the lyrics telling the story about a girl who lives life brazenly and recklessly.

The five-piece from Miami have met at Florida University and since then have dedicated their unique sound with classic drum machines to create an irresistible trademark sound of their own.

Sounds like: Sade, Hippo Campus, Kid Bloom

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Halfloves – Polvo

American indie band Halfloves releases their latest release ‘Polvo’ from their forthcoming sophomore album ‘Dazer’, out on August 30.

‘Polvo’ is a fresh new indie addition with melodic riffs and upbeat drums. With its carefree instrumentals and dreamy lyrics, the song is only a taster of what the upcoming album has to promise.

“We recorded this song in a barn in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa where the classic NY studio ‘Magic Shop’ has found a new home, now dubbed the ‘Magic Barn’.”

The band praise themselves on having recorded ‘Polvo’ in the same studio that Bowie, Björk, Coldplay and many others used to make some of the most defining records of our time.

Sounds like: Clinic Blonde, Two Door Cinema Club

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Vacation Club – Always or Never

Vacation Club

‘Always Or Never’ is the latest single released by the edgy, yet colourful band Vacation Club.

Written and produced by the band themselves, the laid back and catchy pop song elevates the perfect combination of upbeat beats and Helena Hahn’s beautiful vocals. The band has taken a raw and youthful approach towards the journey of love heightening both the highs and the lows.

Sounds like: LANY, Pale Waves, The 1975, Donna Lewis

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Noble Oak – Evaporate

Noble Oak

Canadian-born, singer-songwriter Noble Oak has released his latest single ‘Evaporate’.

The song features his melancholic, beautiful vocals combined with captivating instrumentals he’s Oak yet again managed to create a dreamy release that will sound even better performed live on a big stage.

Noble Oak’s full-length debut album with Last Gang is set for worldwide release in 2020.

Sounds like: Luna Pines, Tame Impala

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