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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”

Sounds like: Cassia, Larkins, Judas

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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.

Sounds like: Global Charming, Meetsysteem

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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

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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

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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

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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


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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

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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



Novacane – Bad Breath

Novacane are a psych-pop outfit that met in their early high school years. Their Americana twinged project has delivered singles like ‘Pretty Colours’ and ‘Comfort Food’. Now, their ‘Bad Breath’ music video sees a sun-filled beach trip with 80’s style colour-grading and nostalgic scenes.

Sounds like: Laundry, The Macks

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flyckt – One Day

flyckt is a Swedish artist familiar to the music industry through his roles in Moodshift and Urban Cone. Continuing to embark on his solo project, with his own sound, flyckt has dropped an ironic tale of yearning within ‘One Day’. The video sees flyckt longing for the future, where boredom and endless days inside are no longer.

Sounds like: Moodshift, Urban Cone

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Perfectparacutepicture – The Stream

Perfectparachutepicture are an alt-rock duo that produce powerful, brash rock music. Their new single, ‘The Stream’, embraces driving guitar riffs, epic vocals and lyricism that touches upon areas of self-introspection. The message follows a need to break from the mundane, away from an overcast UK town.


Sounds like: Biffy Clyro, Royal Blood

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fucales – Mirror

fucales are a newly-formed indie fourpiece releasing from Bergen-based label, Eget Selskap. The young Norway-based band deliver untamed trumpets, psychedelic breakdowns and simplistic, collective vocals. Their single, ‘Mirror’, warps chaotic sounds and rampant piano into an explosive, dramatic finale.

Sounds like: Niilas, Eirik Aas

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Cyrano – White Wine

Cyrano has delivered a strong debut that circles around fleeting moments with strangers that change everything. The track looks at spontaneous, late-night conversations. Confessing that evenings are his most creative times, Cryano speaks of ‘White Wine’, “there’s something quite alluring about those early hours; the ambience and tranquillity provides a soft focus, away from the modern-day distractions of the world’s routine. I’m forever chasing the hours of night when time becomes elastic and I lose myself in the space of sound.”

Sounds like: Arthur Russell, Frank Ocean 
Annabel Allum – Ordinary Life

Annabel is a grunge-inspired singer-songwriter that’s dropped a lockdown inspired single named, ‘Ordinary Life’. In the release, she talks about her lived experience of social isolation in its everyday. The piece aims to reflect a collective frustration, reflecting a nation’s worth of feeling list and tired.

Sounds like: Beth Ditto, Coach Party, Low Hummer
Tom Williams – Follow The Leader

Tom Williams has focused his new collection of music on both pre and post lockdown life. The first segment, ‘Follow the Leader’, comes alongside a daunting, movie-inspired visual. The defiant story shows a reluctance to follow the pack is also described as an angry swipe as those on top who wrongly believe they know best.

Sounds like: Radiohead, The War Of Drugs, Phoebe Bridgers
Grace May – Angel

Grace May is a Candian singer/songwriter with a distinctive R&B tone. Following her debut ‘Quiet’, ‘Angel’ talks to a previous lover about a better, current partner. In the track, Grace sings, “An angel, I’ve found an angel”. It’s a proud reminder that we deserve happiness, and no one should purposefully get in the way of that.

Sounds like: Lianne Le Havis, H.E.R.
Jimmy Smash – August

Jimmy Smash are the Norwegian duo behind new single, ‘August’. You may also know them for their dreamy bop, ‘Over’. The new track is a funky effort that injects sunny excitement into the day. You can really imagine listening to this one in a middle of a field, in the height of summer fun.

Sounds like: Metronomy, Roosevelt, Washed Out.
BEHARIE – Won’t You Let Me Go

BEHARIE‘s ‘Won’t You Let Me Go’ is a touching piece of work. It’s a rich balladic piece that puts BEHARIE’s vocal (rightfully) at the forefront. As the final track from his upcoming EP, BEHARIE touches upon the pain that comes with the end of a relationship. It’s a stark realisation that you don’t need them to stay, an emotional transition that says you are better off to let them go.

Sounds like: Giddie Gang, Julia Henrikke


Twin Diver – Television

Twin Diver are an Irish post-punk duo that found themselves in a new city (London) with nothing to do. With only a bass guitar and a midi controller, the guys experimented until they found the sound that became Twin Diver. New single, ‘Television’, looks at what individuals do in their everyday life to feel special. They ask society whether it cares what people are thinking about you, as long as they are, in fact, thinking of you?

Sounds like: Tampa, George

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Lola Wild – Mirabella

With a familiarly beguiling execution, Lola Wild have a released new single named ‘Mirabella’. The London-based duo ooze retro film connotations after connecting through their love of film noir. Their music is equally entrancing and darly evocative. The topline says, “The mood has got a swing, the deeper that I sink inside of the devil”.

Sounds like: Chromatics, PJ Harvey, Warpaint

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1tbsp – Kanashi

As part of a wider lo-fi house EP, ‘Kanashi’ is an expansive indie dance track nearly 5 and a half minutes long. 1tbsp‘s sound is fresh, transformative and compelling. Following on from his debut, ‘In Europe, Kinda Sad’, 1tbsp has said this project sees him experimenting with sounds that haven’t been available to him in previous projects.

Sounds like: Two Legs, Ross From Friends, Four Tet

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juuku and Manila Killa – just lost

‘Just Lost’ marks the third musical segment from juuku‘s upcoming EP, ‘Warmth’. As the first collaboration between juuku and Manila Killa, the ambient electronic release embraces a bass-driven narrative and an infectious topline. juuku talks about the release, “I 𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘣𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭. 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘦’𝘴 𝘫𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦, 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘳𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘵” 

Sounds like: Jaron, Alter/Ego

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Ormiston – Rebel

Ormiston has delivered a delightful ode to Top of the Pop’s prime years. His new video for single ‘Rebel’, sees the band playling live through the retro, anologue inspired lense. Director, Ariel Poupart, talks about the use of cathodic televisions to distort and warp the visuals for the dersired effect. The track boasts funky bass riffs and a driving beat that’s accompanied by a disco-infused topline.

Sounds like: Milk & Bone, Heartstreets

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The Late Aprils – Hurricane

The Late Aprils are the new alt-rock band behind ‘Hurricane’. Made up of four guys from Hertfordshire, the band launched in the midst of the COVID outbreak, and didn’t let that stop them. Their third single talks about the hurricane of anxiety. Through their classic rock leaning melody, The Late Aprils want to express their lived experiences and cutural relevance through anthemic choruses and epic vocals.

Sounds like: Royal Blood, Queens of the Stone Age, Lower Than Atlantis

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Bonze – Jenny (Can You Hear Me?)

Bonze is an alt-pop artist with electronic twist. His new single, ‘Jenny (Can Your Hear Me?)’, is an unconventional love song that was written in the depths of winter. Bonze says this song helped him find and truly understand his sound as an artist. It expresses the rollarcoaster of emotions felt in a relationship and the hope that both parties feel the same.

Sounds like: Young Summer, Aquilo

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lotusbliss – Thunder In The Room

As the lotusbliss brother’s thunder towards their upcoming EP, they’ve dropped the colourful and inventive video for ‘Thunder In The Room’. The imagery focuses on a childlike adventure, or escape, that rides high with the band’s ethereal nature. The story follows a frustration at a failing system, sensations that have felt real and present over the past year.

Sounds like: Wolf Alice, Sundara Karma and Stereo Honey

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Issermann – Demons

As the lead track of his new album, Issermann‘s ‘Demons’ single is a fight between himself, and thoughts and feelings that he’s struggled with for years. Playing in the alt-emo space, Issermann lays down elements of trap in this explosive new single.

Sounds like: Spose, G Man


Flechettes – Man of the Hour

Flechettes are a new four-piece rock band that have delivered the gritty, fast-paced single, ‘Man of the Hour’. Showing their love for belter guitar riffs, the guys felt inspired by the insignificance of many experiences growing up. They remark on the desperation to be seen a certain way, in a certain place, and how distant that seems now.

Sounds like: Garden Party, Stanleys

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Danny George – Let’s Not Pretend

Danny George‘s new alt-pop single, ‘Let’s Not Pretend’ is the third single from his upcoming EP. In the single, Danny focuses on the early days of a relationship that are filled with butterflies and excitement. It’s an uplifting track (with a solid piano performance) that embraces the 80’s synth-wave production from Danny.

Sounds like: FARR, Bad Child

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IOTA PHI – Wolves Mate For Life

IOTA PHI is a Greek singer, songwriter, director and record producer that’s inspired by identity, post-humanism and Greek mythology. Her powerful sound comes in the form of elegant, evocative art-pop. Speaking of her latest single, ‘Wolves Mate For Life’, IOTA PHI says, “Songs grow inside of me parallel to my life. Some take years. Reading back the lyrics, the words “My tears are watering your flowers” stand out and all I’m trying to say is that it’s never too late to realize things and change your life; find the strength to be who you really are.”

Sounds like: Nalyssa Green

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LO – Nightowls

LO has been on the production scene since the early 00’s. He’s a Berlin-based artist that’s delivered a melancholy, expansive single named ‘Nightowls’, within his wider body of work. The track explores his own vocal abilities utilising his electronic toys. Speaking of the single, LO says, “LOST IN A DREAM is one of the tracks that made me decide to work on an album again. It has this raw electronic sound that really gave me a rush of excitement and inspired the whole sound of the album.”

Sounds like: Flume, Bon Iver

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Hongza is a British-Vietnamese indie-pop artist that’s been defined by his teenage years in the heart of the 2000’s. His new single ‘Accolades’ brings catchy lyricism, riotous guitar and honest songwriting to the genre. “I hate my self and I blame my friends”. 

In the single, Hongza expresses an endless, debilitating claustrophobia. It’s a detailed deconstruction on the struggles of lockdown living for Hongza. He touches upon the need for human contact, instead of Gen Z’s obsession with empty social media likes and comments.

Being in Lockdown is such a crazy experience, I had so much time that I was spending insane amounts of hours on my phone and making TikTok videos. I got caught in this mess where I thought my self-worth came from how many people commented on my videos & how many people followed me. Which is not true! I guess this is a lockdown to take care of your mental health & this track is a digital wellbeing anthem for me.” – Hongza

Sounds like: Cassia, Larkins, Judas

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Hands Down – Too Late

Hands Down is a Swedish artist that took a year out from his work as a sound technician and producer to write an intimate body of work. His “Too Late” single is a softly sad pop track that talks about memories and relationships slowly fading away. The melody for the single has been repeating in Hands Down’s mind since his High School years. Only now has he had the courage to know exactly where it fits.


Two Can – Your Only Option

Two Can is an Aussie indie-electronic producer that’s known for big collaborations with the likes of Major Laser, Jonas Blue and Rudimental. After deciding to go separate ways with his brother (originally the second member of Two Can), Myles took the project into his own hands. Recently, he has delivered the romantic focused “Your Only Option” single with Brandyn Burnette‘s soul-tinged vocals.

Sounds like: 2DEEP, Bella Renee

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Psyence – Dirty Gonzo

“Dirty Gonzo” is Psyence‘s penultimate single, before their “Reality or Design?” EP that’s coming later this month. The alternative rock single, released on Black Belt Recordings, boasts wild journeys with that one friend that owns the craziest stories. Psyence are old school friends that used their studio as a much-needed safe haven from the world last year. The result? The five tracks that will make up their new EP.

Sounds like: Honey, BathTub, The Blinders

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daste. – Hear With Me

daste. are an Australian trio working towards their debut album. Their latest musical segment, “here with me” calls upon the graceful vocals of DVNA. The couple sings delicately about staying emotionally and physically close to loved ones. The simplistic chords are exaggerated with an unbelievably slow tempo, bringing you ever so politely into the collective moment. “I need you here with me, I need you close”. 

Sounds like: Tungz, JVLY

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Solar Slides – The Other End

Solar Strides aim to lift spirits with their new single, “The Other End”. The indie-rock band deliver a lyrical reminder that asks you to reach out to the people you love. Of the single, the band say, “The first thing you hear in the song is the tune I hummed randomly whilst cooking one day. From there it was a case of finding lyrics that worked with both the structure of the melody and its apparent feeling of warmth.”

Sounds like: Gold Baby, St Jaspers

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Madsuis Ovanda – I Survived

Madsuis Ovanda are a Berlin-based duo that work within the dream-pop musical realm. The long-term friends have experienced critical success in their home-country with previous release, “Butter”.  New single, “I survived”, is an assertive message of unity. Riding above endless layers of analogue synths is an important message of strength and defiance, stating “there’s no room in here for you”.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Maggie Rogers

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Amy Milner – Could’ve Been Right Now

Amy Milner is a Suffolk-based songwriter who delivers refined, heart-wrenching indie-pop. Her new single, “Could’ve Been Right Now”,  realises the deeper meaning of a relationship. The track is written in collaboration with Tim Larcbome, known predominently as Lana Del Ray and Halsey’s producer. Talking about the collaboration, Amy says, “This one’s for the people we’ve been missing. The ones who have left our lives pending to be changed for the better as soon as we can be reunited.”

Sounds like: Daughter, Oh Wonder

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Kina – I’m Not Going Back

Kina is a platinum-selling producer that’s just released epic new single, ‘I’m Not Going Back’, with Nashville vocalist, Mokita. With prominent lo-fit elements, the track was born from a difficult, but inspirational time for Kina. Speaking of the single, Kina says, “I’m so happy with the final result simply because it completely represents my mood during that period of time.”

Sounds like: eli., Keshi

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KK Lewis – Good Enough

KK Lewis is the indie-soul artist behind the subdued, simplistic (but effective) vocals. Having grown up busking in Dublin, the Irish singer embraces a folk background with a rolling, gritty sound in the new single ‘Good Enough’. In the track, KK Lewis offers an abruptly honest take on our unprecedented times.

Sounds like: Joy Crookes, Biig Piig

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Webmoms – On My Way 

Webmoms have delivered a delicately soulful acoustic-pop track, ‘On My Way’. The delightful combination of sounds boasts aspirate harmonies and a prominent guitar hook. Webmoms comes from the cornish multi-talented musician named Karum Cooper. As a self-confessed music obsessive, his project looks to work with an array of musicians from around the world.

Sounds like: Facepaint, Milo Gore,  Elder Island

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Mass House – Temptations

Mass House’s new single, ‘Temptations’ is based around their experiences in the studio in central Bristol of ‘sheepish looking blokes scurrying in and out undetected’. The cheeky tale is told with an addictive, glitchy soundscape and tongue and cheek lyrical content. It’s a confident, funky single that talks of bad intentions and biting your tongue.

Sounds like: Tampa, George

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Emilia Tarrant – Honeymoon Phase

Emilia Tarrant is a young singer/songwriter from Winchester. After throwing herself into keys at the mere age of 12, the piano became her first love. Emilia notes that she sees songwriting as a form of diary writing, using it to divulge and understand life’s stresses. Her new single, ‘Honeymoon Phase’, looks at the blurry-eyed kind of love, and how this morphs and adapts after time.

Sounds like: Lily Beck, Grace Carter



Maud is a Norwegian electro-pop producer that plays with dark, impulsive electronic sounds. Her newest single, ‘Alone Together’ is an exposed track that forces Maud to look at the vulnerable, deep thoughts surrounding isolation. The expanse of sound creates a slow, self-reflective narrative of loneliness and confusion. Maud asks many questions along her quiet journey of self-discovery… One being, should we be alone, in peaceful solitude, or find relief in being alone together?

When exploring this unusual circumstance and the feelings of comfort found when you know others are alone too, Maud states, “the last year we’ve all kind of been alone, but together in facing these strange times. I hope the song can give the listener a sense of togetherness”.

Sounds like: ARY, Emilie Nicolas




Bonder – Gone in the Wild

There’s something about this new single from Bonander that’s reminiscent of Kate Bush. Perhaps, it’s a sense of wild, guttural freedom. Sometimes described as spellbinding, the new ‘Gone in the Wind’ single is an expressive piece of work that plays a big part in this artist’s feminist revolt.

Sounds like: Sara Parkman, Duvchi

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Vale – All Rise

Vale has created a track brimming with choral synths and his own, softly sweet, vocals. ‘All Rise’ builds slowly, starting with a slow, sensitive strength that leads to a thunderous, explosive representation of loneliness fear and patience. Of the track, Vale says, “loneliness in a time
where the entire planet was, if nothing else, communal in a shared isolation.”

Sounds like: Flume, Christian Cohle

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Tommy Lefroy – Northern Twins

Tommy Lefroy is made of two kindred spirits who bonded over endless days of songwriting obsessions and an innate need to story tell. Their beautifully intimate new single ‘Northern Towns’ holds an undeniable innocence whilst weaving a tale of intimate first love and hazy childhood memories. Their graceful vocals almost blend as one with their tight-knit harmonies softly riding over rising guitar riffs and driving percussion.

Sounds like:  Lucy Rose, Daughter, Fenne Lilly

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Gillian – Burnout

Gillian is a 16-year-old singer/songwriter based in Boston who focuses on topics of addiction, loneliness and relationship dissolution. Her first release of the year has come in the form of the piano-centric single ‘Burnout’. The track boasts her soulful, emotively stirring vocals, and insightful lyrics that show a doubtful scepticism in the young artist.

Sounds like:  Aprilann, Sloane


Luin Mei – Yellow

Luan Mei‘s ‘Yellow’ single has been injected with lashings of steady electronic elements that build towards a hypnotic, deeply personal release. Tiiva has meticulously layered addictive, staccato vocals with a punchy execution onto contrastly elongated synths. In the single, Luan Mei’s indie-pop vocal lays down vital words surrounding queer love and self-discovery.

Sounds like:  Nouel, Jambo

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Keir – Paranoid

Keir is the Bristolian artist that plays with an alternative, emotive, sometimes rocky, musical landscape. ‘Paranoid’ is the epic new release that sees Keir delve into an unusual anthemic, choral space. With his vocals once again at the forefront, the track explores obsessive paranoia surrounding iconic love.

Sounds like: KLAN, Giant Rooks, Provinz

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