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Rydell – Pastime

Vienna-based Rydell (Kimberly Rydell) only unveiled her debut release a couple of months ago and she’s already back with new single ‘Pastime’.

Kimberly’s silk-smooth vocal has a newfound confidence as distorted guitars and loose industrial percussion crash their way into the mix. Her every word commanding the track as it reaches the explosive finale, melody and rhythm await her signal as she sings, ‘Let’s get in trouble’.

Sounds Like: Two Feet, Alina Baraz, Blush FM, Hippie Sabotage

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Meija – Kid

LA based producer, singer and songwriter Jamie Sierota brings us his very first release under his solo-project Meija. Focusing on the times when we didn’t have to worry about adult-hood. Jamie tries to speak to the inner child within us in order to remind us of the joyful youth.

His synth-drenched, indie pop adjacent brand of rock mines the simple moments we tend to ignore, those that tend to mean far more than we’d like to admit.

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Sounds Like: echosmith, Yoke Lore, Bay Ledges, LP

De Rien – Chimes

German producer and multi-instrumentalist De Rien demonstrates his versatility with hazy sophomore through his new release “Chimes”

“Chimes” is about looking behind your own facade – discovering the flamboyance of thought and mind. As every step towards a dear person can be hard, it is easier to do so while sunken into reveries. – De Rien

Residing between neo-soul, organic electronica and a splash of nu-disco, De Rien not only showcases his ability to create wonderfully warm soundscapes as a producer, but proves he has the vocal chops to boot, with “Chimes” presenting itself as easy-going yet intricate piece of songwriting.

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Sounds Like: Flume, Khalid, Tove Lo

HOFFEY – Holiday

HOFFEY is an indie-electronic duo based out of Vancouver, Canada consisting of songwriters Jordan and Erika Toohey. While writing and performing songs together, they came to the realization that chemistry was not only found in their music but also romantically. In 2016 the couple were married and formed HOFFEY a portmanteau of their last names “Hoffmann and Toohey.”

The track is a combination of relaxed sound, bouncy groove and chilled melodic R&B. The track simply talks about the need of taking a break from real life.

“‘Holiday’ is a song most people can relate to — where you’ve been working at the same job, doing the same shit every day — to the point where you might lose your mind. This song is really about taking that dream vacation, so you can feel refreshed, renewed, and be a better version of yourself.”

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Sounds Like: Alina Baraz, Galimatias, Molly Moore

Fun Balloon Animals – It’s Alive!

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Watford based, horror synth-pop, psychedelic oddities Fun Balloon Animals releases their latest track “It’s Alive” as part of their debut LP Frankenstein.

A Post Modern Prometheus, layers musical landscapes underneath a vocal narrative taken  straight from Shelly’s Gothic tale.

Sounds Like: Gang of Four, Joy Division, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees

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Delena – I Need You Tonight

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‘I Need You Tonight’ is the latest in what’s been a prolific year of electro-pop anthems from the fast-rising European pop artist, Delena.

Lyrically suggestive, it’s an ode to the initial, exciting stages of a relationship. Set to the foundation of contemporary pop production, it’s another gem going above and beyond the high expectations set by Delena.

Sounds Like:  Dua Lipa, Halsey, Call Me Loop, Charlie XCX

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Marie Lang – Don’t Wanna Go Back

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Trying her hand at a more pop-oriented track, ‘Don’t Wanna Go Back’ by Marie Lang is another stunner, with lyrical candour, creating a constructive narrative about Marie’s romantic life and tales of love, connection, and everything in between.

A classic friends-with-benefits situation, Marie once again takes a personal story and turns it into a vibrant piece of R&B and pop.

Sounds Like: Mickey Valen, Noé, Mafalda

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daste – What If?

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The dreamy ‘What If?’ introduces us to the smooth vocals and rhymes of three-piece, daste.

With neat production elements with a touch of nostalgia, the track considers the thought of what could have been.

Sounds Like: Men I Trust, Tora, Parcels, Toro Y Moi

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ELME – Kids

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Melbourne-based ELME draws musical inspiration from a diverse selection of sources, musical and otherwise.

With a vocal character rooted in singer-songwriter origins, his sound has evolved to blend elements of electronica and pop with his love of acoustic guitar and piano.

Listen to the fearless ‘Kids’ below.


Sounds Like: Tiny Ruins, Tamas Wells

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Abraham Tilbury – So R

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Another Australian gem, this time from Abraham Tilbury, who is looking back over the last few years living in Melbourne in his latest single, ‘So Right’.

Now living in Brisbane, the solo artist is determined to focus on writing music under his own name instead of ghost-producing. The result is a fine piece of electro-pop.

Sounds Like: Jackson Dyer, JVLY, Friends in Paris, Georgia Mae

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Grant Knoche – Sorry for the Honesty

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At just 17 years old Grant Knoche self-produces, writes, records, arranges and plays all his own music.

With seven years already under his belt, this youngster perfectly balances pure pop tendencies with a modern take on R&B.

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

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Maude Latour – Lovesick

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Maude Latour‘s new single is an exploration of the anguish and physical wear and tear related to heartache.

Latour’s self-assured vocals, lyricism inspired by ancient Greek poetry, and her elegant yet unconventional structure make ‘Lovesick’ her boldest effort to date.

Sounds Like: Zella Day, Léon, Empress Off, Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek

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TONI&MASH – I Want It

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German / British duo TONI&MASH teases us up with the first track from their debut EP ‘I Want It’. Going full on acid and synths, the track will take you through their world and warm you up for the full EP.

With a wide range of influences that includes everything from Abra to Patti Smith, and Grace Jones to The Sugababes, TONI&MASH have developed a DIY aesthetic with a riot girl attitude that borrows just as heavily from their retro inspirations, as much as more contemporary ones.

Sounds Like: Icona Pop, LCMDF

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Louskylar – Stop, Go (feat. Kavi)

After launching Damaged Goods with local Melbourne act KAVI and eager to start working with feature artists, the duo decided to bring KAVI onboard for Stop, Go. Co-writer and producer Nathan Batham, keen to work with the emerging talent says “He’s such a genuine, humble artist with an amazing songwriting technique and we just knew right from the outset, we should collab. Stop, Go was the perfect opportunity and we love the flavour he brought to the track with his soulful lyrics and unique tone.”

The track kicks in right on point with KAVI’s beautiful voice building up to a harmonic and bassy drop. The production is minimal, yet the vocal chops did an amazing job keeping it melodic.

From the schismatic vocal samples to sharing their platform with peers, LouSkylar are proving that they’re approach to pop music and community matures with every advancement in their repertoire. Stop, Go ft. KAVI shines in the revealing light of their progression.

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Sounds Like: PLS&TY, Running Lights, Effie

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Ariane – Sweatshirt

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French-American pop singer and songwriter Ariane speaks to champion the underdog. Combining Lorde’s dreamy and atmospheric vocals with the moody sound of Banks and Billie Eilish, Ariane creates a refuge for her listeners.

Ariane’s rhythms build up together with a simple drum kit toward a heavy bass/kind of solid drop highlighted with her smooth progressive voice.

Sounds Like: Banks, Billie Eilish, Blood Orange, Lorde

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Tasha Angela – Lost in Nostalgia

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Toronto based Tasha Angela is back with a new single entitled ‘Lost in Nostalgia’ in which she explores groovy productions mixed with tender vocals performance. ‘Lost in Nostalgia’ starts sharp with a minimalist approach that progresses smoothly and perfectly backed by Tasha’s beautiful voice.

Sounds Like: Mahalia, ren, BAYNK

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Aimee Milner – A Little More

‘A Little More’, is the dreamy new collaboration between singer-songwriter Amy Milner and producer Tim Larcombe (Lana Del Rey/Halsey).

The second track from a stunning forthcoming project, it’s a breathtaking piece of electronica that’s right at home among the likes of The Japanese House or Bon Iver. The track is accompanied by a visual, created from clips of Amy & Tim’s process recording the album, showcasing the depth and creative flair involved in their artistic process.

Sounds Like: The Japanese House, Luna Pines, James Blake, Bon Iver

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DAD – Alligator

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DAD debuts her project with her new single ‘Alligator,’ with visuals from designers and illustrators Beverly Johnson & Cam Chan.

‘Alligator’ weaves lush instrumentation, catchy vocals hooks, and cheeky lyrical content as an ode to her ex-boyfriend, who, despite all his questionable actions, she still has to thank for leading her to Los Angeles.

Sounds Like: Lolo Zouaï, Doja Cat, Snow Tha Product, Lil Miquela, Gorillaz

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Ellen Krauss – Let Me Have It

Rising Swedish pop artist Ellen Krauss releases her brand new single ‘Let Me Have it’ through Tiller Inc. licensed to BMG Recorded Music.

An empowering stripped-back track about standing up to your oppressors and your inner demons, the song’s intro is calm. It features beautiful vocal progressions throughout and a guitar-based buildup, all the while reflecting Ellen’s strong and personal songwriting.

Sounds Like: Isak Danielson, Hov1, Smith & Thell, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo

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Kylie Spence – Walk Away

From a small town in Montana, Kylie Spence is a pop artist with a knack for empathy. Starting at the age of 12, she began writing songs telling stories beyond her youth. Over the next few years she would go on to perform covers and originals at local open mics and coffee shops, realizing her passion to connect with listeners. 

Walk Away, kicks in strongly with Kylie’s tender voice, progressing to a catchy bridge building up to a minimalist yet catchy atmosphere backed up with wonderful vocal-chops out of Kylie’s voice.

In the track, Kylie is repeatedly led on by a boy she strikes a connection with at a party who keeps talking to all the other girls in the room. Tired of the games, Kylie decided to walk away from this toxic stranger, setting the tone for an empowering song. 

Sounds Like: LUME, Eden Farrow, Charlee Remitz

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IRIS – Cotton Candy

Norwegian newcomer iris today releases the first track from her upcoming ‘femme florale’ EP. Cotton Candy and its accompanying visual signal a huge step up from this fascinating young talent.  A long way from the gentle, pastoral feel of her previous work, Cotton Candy is a slinky detour, with its shuddering, infectious trap beat.


Stream or download Cotton Candy via this link.

The track and its video both tell a story of a romantic encounter iris had long fantasized about, but never quite believed she’d have or had been ready to reveal “I’ve never been a fan of putting labels on my own sexuality,” she says, “but with this song I kind of have. It’s a song about a different kind of love”.

Sounds Like: SHY Martin, Arif, Dagny, Anna of the north, Brenn.

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