Hongza – Dream Eat Sleep
In new single, ‘Dream Eat Sleep’, Hongza tackles the (somewhat) exhausting journey of finding the one. He talks dating apps, superficial conversations and an endless stream of potential perfect partners. Hongza speaks of a specific period of his life, “I’d date, get to know someone, not find that spark between us, feel guilty for upsetting them, get depressed from not finding the one & do it all over again. I guess the song is about the cycle of online dating”
Raven Artson – Breathing Secrets
Raven Artson splits his time between Los Angeles and Amsterdam. He’s dropped more music after his ten-track song EP named, ‘Peak In Me’. New single, ‘Breathing Secrets’, comes in the form of (what Raven calls) slow-motion, hyper-pop. The self-produced single featuring expansive, deliciously warped vocals from LYZZA.
Keir – Leave a Light On
Keir has released a deeply personal track with one of his closest friends and fellow musicians, Fenne Lily. ‘Leave a Light On’ looks at the pair’s friendship through Keir’s struggles of grief, lockdown and a relationship breakdown last year. The piece is a beautiful expression of support, loss and a yearning to start again. Among many emotive lyrics, it’s particularly poignant when Keir sings, “everyone has to go”.
Sounds like: KLAN, Giant Rooks, Provinz
Solå – Feel What I Feel
Solå is a Norwegian alt-pop artist that plays with dreamy, retro synthpop. Reminiscent of artists like Christine and The Queens, ‘Feel What I Feel’ from her new EP talks about finding comfort in your own thoughts and feelings, and truly being yourself. “I don’t need to be heard, don’t need to be seen, as long as I feel what I feel when I’m with you”.
Sounds like: Shura, Annie & Beenie, Chvrches, Empress Of
Tom Ashbrook – 30five
Tom Ashbrook is a Liverpool-based composer, producer and songwriter. ’30five’ is the third neo-classical effort from his upcoming EP. The track combines ample strings, delicate electronic elements and atmospheric, powerful highs and lows.
Sounds like: Nils Frahm, Max Cooper, Jon Hopkins, Olafur Arnalds
Equal & Shiah Maisel – Wide Open
‘Wide Open ‘ is the product of two artists in their own right, Equal and Shiah Maisel. The single utilises Equal’s pulsing percussion and string infused percussion, alongside Shiah’s gritty vocal delivery. The lyrics hope for change, a familiar worry and growing obsession when witnessing events in the world around you.
Sounds like: Jack Shore
George Gretton – Clear
George Gretton is the British artist behind glitchy new bop, ‘Clear’. As one of the quickest tracks he’s ever made, ‘Clear’ boasts improvised vocals and choppy samples. George confesses that even though the track may not sound like him, it was inspired by an enjoyable return to old school Kanye and his use of samples.
Sounds like: Maribou State, Mount Kimbie, Gorillaz
Peak Futures – Broadway (feat. Joe Bernie)
Peak futures are an international six-piece collective that have just released their third single, ‘Broadway’. Inspired by New York, and its magnetism for those with high-flying aspirations, ‘Broadway’ looks at the continued character of both the city and its people. Having worked around remote sessions for a year (like many musicians) the track has funky bass and layers of vocal gust.
Sounds like: Darcy Callus
AtticOmatic – Align Us
AtticOmatic are a Brighton-based band behind the whimsical, initially simplistic release, ‘Align Us’. With a soothing melody and driving percussion, the single is built below the contrast of male and female vocals asking for alignment, rather than division. Released alongside a single named Jericho, the ban wanted to demonstrate the range of experiences in lockdown.
Sounds like: Little Dragon, Yves Tumor, CID Rim