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LLUCID – Fake Love (feat. Mulay)

LLUCID is a Berlin-based artist and producer that’s teamed up with R&B singer and producer, Mulay. Speaking of the new single, ‘Fake Love’, LLUCID explains, “This one felt special and since Mulay and I both are quite perfectionists, we put a lot of effort into refining each and every element of the song: re-recording vocals, rearranging the song & trying out different ideas. Fun fact: We even imitated an old school type house sample, so the vocals you hear right after the chorus are actually Mulay’s. In the end it’s always fascinating how you seem to learn new things with every song you make, especially when it comes to collabs.”

Sounds like: Tender Games

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Chaz Cardigan – We Look So Good

Chaz Cardigan had dropped a new video for ‘We Look So Good’ single. The vision for the single came from the confusion and anger Chaz felt towards the US and their treatment of the working class and immigrants amidst the COVID-19 lockdown. The track powerfully likens patriotism to a toxic partner.

Sounds like: Harry Styles, Declan McKenna

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Hands Down – Why

Hands Down are the charming band behind ‘Why’. The single asks why you are feeling alone, with the unique balance that Hands Down have mastered: sad and sweet.

Sounds like: Riga Tiger

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Alto Key – waiting

‘waiting’ is a new single from up-and-coming musician, Alto Key. This single is particularly personal for the artist. The single describes the uncomfortable limbo state you find yourself in when a family member is in hospital. He says, “There’s not much you can do, but you can’t just move on. I wanted this one to be really vulnerable and one that people can let out their emotions to, or at least feel assured that they’re not alone in this situation.”

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Coldplay, Oh Wonder

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Say So City – It’s On

Say So City has debuted with a brilliantly glitchy pop track through Cloudkid. The group want people to feel like rock stars when people listen to their music, “like they’re on top of the world, like they’re unbeatable”. 

Sounds like: Keir

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Queen Cult – Show & Tell

Queen Cult are an exciting femme-queer pop-rock ensemble with strong frontwoman, Maisie Johnson. Their fierce new single, ‘Show & Tell’, explores their struggles with the British government and their haphazard response to the pandemic.

Sounds like: Bad Pop

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Macious – Ca$ino ft. F.A.R

Created during a train journey – where his thoughts tend to free flow into new music – Macious started to question the motivation and desire behind an excessive lifestyle often associated with the DJ world and club nightlife. The result is ‘Ca$ino’ – a song full of attitude which is complemented by a catchy bassline and unique groove.  Luscious loops of disco beats weave in and out of F.A.R’s signature thrusting vocals.

Sounds like: Solomon, Camelphat, MK, Hot Since 82, Solardo

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Jazz Mino – Somone Else To Talk To

 

Jazz Mino is a Manchester-born blessing. The vibrant pop maverick has delivered a new single, ‘Someone Else to Talk To’. In the track, she talks about the false promises of forever and the loneliness that inevitably follows a relationship breakdown.

Sounds like: Shura, Maggie Rogers,  MUNA

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The F16s – Easy Bake Easy Wake

The F16‘s are a notable Indian alt-pop band that have previously been noticed by Rolling Stone as artists to watch. Their smoothly executed new effort ‘Easy Bake Easy Wake’ looks at a surreal and sultry summertime. Their quirky press shots are accompanied by a need to defy the allure of stardom, and the rejection that they feel it brings.

Sounds like: Breakup Shoes

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Harry Edwards – I Hope You Hear

Sweetly sad, Harry Edwards revealed an intimate video for new single, ‘I Hope You Hear’. The deeply poetic single is accompanied by intimate snapshots showing memories of a close relationship. Arguably, the most mundane moments like this, are the most important.

Sounds like: SOHN

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Emilia Tarrant – September

Emilia Tarrant‘s ‘September’ is a powerfully melancholic release that is said to be Emilia’s favourite release from her Honeymoon Phase EP. Written in September last year, Emilia used the time to reflect on 2020. There are clever moments of inspiration from the month in the lyrics, ‘ berries are bitter, the swallows have flown’.

Sounds like: Lilla Vargen, Luz, Violet Skies

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Drex Carter – Idk

An Orlando based rapper and member of seeyousoon have joined for this ‘IDK’ visual. Filmed over the course of four years, the intention of the video is to demonstrate multiple timelines and simulated realities. Altogether, it aims to accept the uncertainty of everyone’s future.

Sounds like: Trick James

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Crypto – All The Small Things (ft. updog)

With visuals that can be likened to futurama, Crypto embraces this other-worldly aesthetic, presenting songs and bands that he listened to during his teenage years. Of the latest offering and story of Crypto’s time on earth (as opposed to his alien background), updog says, “Crypto told me that it reminded them of their time on Earth. They followed this by insisting I get back into the vocal booth to record the vocals. Alien abduction is definitely not fun, but at least singing, and recreating, a Blink-182 anthem helps make it a bit more bearable.”f

Sounds like: Airmow

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Mulimba – Here I Go

MULIMBA combines soul and indie influences in new track, ‘Here I Go’. Drawing on powerful images of freedom marches, MULIMBA shares, “Here I Go is a tune we wrote during the Black Lives Matter protests in London. It’s weird because I was struggling with my own sense of weakness at the time, and the protests really lifted me up, so the song sort of hits both those nails at the same time. It’s about how we treat each other, and how you treat yourself.”

Sounds like: Run The Jewels, Jacob Banks, Gorillaz

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LOR – Sip

Toronto’s newest singer-songwriter LOR follows her debut single with ‘Sip’. The single is described as an emotional diary entry from LOR. When your emotions are in the hands of another, “it becomes a sick, fun game that you can’t stop playing”. 

Sounds like: Vaults

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Safiyyah – Let You In

Safiyyah has created a song for herself. The lyrics described a certain character that’s reserved at times, but can come to life around the right people. She says that, “being introverted but selectively extroverted, letting someone into my world, leaving motives way too soon.”

Sounds like: RADA

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Murdo Mitchell – Faded

Murdo Mitchell is the bold Glaswegian songwriter behind ‘Faded’. In the track, Murdo talks about a darkness that lies within everyone. “When you spend a lot of time with your own mind everything starts to come up out the woodwork, things from the past that you’ve done wrong, things that of others who have done you wrong and it can bring with it a sort of sinister revenge type of feeling – wanting to get back at life for the fact that you are living.”

Sounds like: Jose Gonzales, Ben Howard, Daughter

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Metteson – Under Your Shirt

Metteson is a pop artist that is following on from his critically acclaimed EP, ‘Convince Me’. With ‘Under Your Shirt’, Metteson confesses that he hasn’t yet experienced what he calls the ‘love of his life’. But, he’s learned to receive love in the first moments of kindness in a relationship

Sounds like: Perfume Genius. Robyn, Shura

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Bad Pop – Heartache On The Reddit Boards

Bad Pop are a Candian band born from (what they describe as) dusty music and an abundance of comedy clubs in Vancouver. Their mutual taste in music and humour turned the friends into eight years into music creation. Talking of their new single, they say,“The song is written through the perspective of a young artist who feels like they’re special and deserving of success, whose purpose is to have an audience, how they get it or what they say in front of it doesn’t really matter. So we wanted to use footage that had a real performative feel to it but also hinted at this vapid, perception based internet culture that we live in, where attention is the goal in itself” 

Sounds like: My Bloody Valentine

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Nora Lilith – Daysof8

‘Daysof8’ is a darkly warped new track by mesmerising artist, Nora Lilith. The Majestic Casual signing drops an equally creative visual that embraces her skill, and love, for DIY and everything that goes with it. Each moment experienced is inspired (and tinted) by the overwhelming feeling of not being good enough.

Sounds like: James Blake

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Sophie Kilburn – My Room Made Public

Sophie Kilburn‘s ‘My Room Made Public’ questions intentions and movements with gritty angst. It’s an inquisitive exploration of modern age and its need to share every second. She asked why sharing is associated with identity and relatability. And importantly, is it associated with bravery?

Sounds like: Joni Mitchell

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Summer Heart – Insecurities

Summer Heart is a futuristic artist that delivers wavy alt-pop gems. Speaking about the EP, he said, “I worked on Insecurities together with my two friends Joakim Buddee and Myra Granberg. It was like time was standing still when these songs came about. Nothing on the outside mattered and we were in our own little world right there in a basement somewhere in Stockholm. I had inner peace in that moment and that is what Insecurities is about; when you are captured by the beauty of a certain moment and you forget about everything else.”

Sounds like: Millionyoung

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Jazz Mino – Sorry Ur Bored

 

 

With youthful impatience, Jazz Mino unveils pop injection ‘Sorry Ur Bored’. The lyrics explore the period of frustration in a breakup where you are, quite literally, just over it. Jazz Mino’s approach to songwriting is energetic and addictive, with a touch of childhood zest thrown in.

Sounds like: Shura, Maggie Rogers,  MUNA

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Adeline FEat. KAMAUU – Stages

With a bold, sultry vocal, Adeline is the French-Caribbean singer, bassist and producer behind ‘Stages’. Over the past year, Adeline admits to embarking on a journey to find a deeper meaning to her musical experience. Within her sound, she finds the ability and strength to fight racism, as well as finding a musical oasis in both writing and recording, ‘I can always find a magical place to go to.’

Sounds like: Lianne Le Havas

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Enda Gallery – Cowboy Coffee

Enda Galllery‘s new single is beautifully surreal. ‘Cowboy Coffee’ talks about a world of hedonism that is experienced through the eyes of an innocent newcomer. Talking about the track, he says, I was living with my girlfriend at the time, but her parents were very religious so when her father visited, we had to pretend we didn’t live together, so I had to stay at an Airbnb.  There was ground coffee but nothing to make it with, so we made it like the cowboys used to make – simply adding the hot water and letting the coffee settle on the bottom and drinking. That’s where the name came from.”

Sounds like: delush

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The F16s – I’m on Holiday

This idyllic holiday banger injects endless sun into your day. Aptly named ‘I’m on Holiday, The F16‘s are a quirky indie group that just want that delightful holiday glow, forever. The topic is intentionally nostalgic after being written in lockdown, yearning for the sweet release of time away.

Sounds like: Breakup Shoes

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Love Level – Love Level

Love Level create electronic-leaning indie music that is intriguing and sophisticated. As part of their EP, Love Level is an atmospheric release that pushes vocals to the forefront. As part of a wider self-titled EP, the pair tackle expectations and uncertainty that faces the creative industries today.

Sounds like: Japanese House, James Blake, Glass Animals

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seeyousoon – NO DAYLIGHT

seeyousoon are a 9-piece rap effort behind new single, ‘No Daylight’. Speaking of the track, they say, “Our descent into true form. Welcome to the show. The single was inspired by Berlin’s electronic music scene. When we sat down to produce the track, there was a convention by the name of Mussikmesse taking place in Germany at the time. One of our producers was keeping up with the coverage of the event and felt inspired to make a track that pulled a lot of energy from Germany’s rich history in dance music culture.”

Sounds like: AG Club

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Ruby Francis – Let Me In

Featuring the epic Blue Lab Beats, fresh single ‘Let Me In’ was born after a car ride to a festival. Ruby Francis splits her time between London, LA and Japan and calls upon her British, Jamaican and Italian roots in her work.

Sounds like: MAAD

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Maddox Jones – Somewhere There’s A Plan

This Northhampton-based artist has produced a high-octane single, ‘Somewhere There’s A Plan’. Maddox Jones is infectiously positive with his injection of energetic future-pop. It’s a groovy effort that captures joy in uncertainty and pushes you to feel faith in your future.

Sounds like: Bombs Away

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LYR – Winter Solstice (Daniel Avery remix)

This Daniel Avery rework of LYR‘s poignant ‘Winter Solstice’ is expansive and beautiful. It’s a sophisticated injection that continues to highlight the poet laureate’s role in the group. Nearly five minutes long, Avery’s fresh interpretation of this remix nods delightfully to the original.

Sounds like: Special Request

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Tommy Lefroy – Knievel

Tommy Lefroy explode with turbulent times in their new track, ‘Knievel’. They cover heavy expectations you can put on yourself, and the journey that leads to hopeful, easy acceptance. When you feel yourself, are you happy? And how long will that take?

Sounds like:  Lucy Rose, Daughter, Fenne Lilly

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Cameron and the Slumberknights – Old Jacinto

With an easy, delectable beat, Cameron and the Slumberknights inject soulful harmonies and driving, pop-infused lyrics with new single ‘Old Jacinto’. The track imagines and works to create a whole new world. A world or new life that is made with the ruins left of another.

Sounds like:  Loyle Carner

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Gillian Heidi – 3AM

Gillian Heidi explores the uneasy feelings of fear that get mixed up in love. ‘3AM’ comes from Gillian’s debut album. Of the release, Gillian says, “I’ve been building 3AM for almost 2 years now, and I have never been more proud of music I’ve released. To me, the album is all about growing up, falling apart, and coming back together. It is my coming of age story.”

Sounds like:  Taylor Swift

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CAPYAC – ooeeooeeoo

CAPYAC are a fantastically cheeky LA crossover duo. Their bass-ladened new single, ‘ooeeooeeooo’, is obscure, surreal and full of theatrics. Know for their riotous, extravagant behaviour, the single does not disappoint. Combining elements of techno, trap jazz and nu-disco, these two aren’t afraid of experimentation.

Sounds like: Franc Moody

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Sam Walwyn – Littered Sense of You

Sam Walwyn has released an uplifting, atmospheric new single, ‘Littered Sense of You’. Of the new track, he said, “After nearly a year of a bad end to a relationship I realised ohh if I’m still thinking about them so much then I’m clearly not over them. All this time I’ve been convincing myself I was over them and comparing any current relationship to that previous one. This is when I realised ahh man I’m way more heartbroken than I thought I was, so I wrote Littered Sense of You”.

Sounds like: Tadhg Daly

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Sam Teskey – Love

Sam Teskey, of Australian blues-soul band The Teskey Brothers, has announced his debut solo album, ‘Cycles’. The album is influenced by great psychedelic bands of the late ’60s & ’70sThe first track from the album ‘Love’ is out now, it’s a stirring, pastoral folk song that establishes the album’s own life cycle, ending with the reprise ‘Then Love Returns’.

Sounds like: Casa Rosa

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Volleyball – Aloosh

 

Volleyball are as psychedelic as they look. Behind new track, ‘Aloosh’, Volleyball reveal more deliciously carefree, swirling melodies. With lashings of guitar, the track nods to the prominence of 60’s specific psych-rock through visions of warped paisley and beards galore.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Pond, Temple

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Ruby Duff – Party

With a bold image surrounding (what seems to be) teenage girl rebellion, Ruby Duff has dropped quirky pop effort, ‘Party’. The track focuses on the severe aftermath of a particularly heavy weekend. The accompanying visual is reminiscent of the colourful, innocent eeriness of Alice in Wonderland … “I get dressed up just to party”.

Sounds like: Maggie Rogers, Lorde, MUNA

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Elaskia – Can’t Help Loving You

ELASKIA‘s new single, ‘Can’t Help Loving You’, is perfectly described as cinematic, emotively led pop. Simplistic piano lets ELASKIA’s pure vocal ability shine through. ELASKIA shares, “I wrote this song after someone really let me down. They really promised a lot more than they were willing to give, and it felt like they went from being this major part of my life to literally dropping off the face of the earth. I guess the part that really frustrated me was that even though I felt extremely hurt I didn’t hate them and at the end of the day I still think the world of them, but some relationships aren’t meant to stay close and it can be a really scary thing accepting that and letting go”.

Sounds like: Dua Lipa

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Lois Levin – Burden

Lois Levin is an emerging talent with a passion for old-school jazz and soul. ‘Burden’ is a single that taps into a very personal experience for the artist. The lyrics follow her devastating journey around alcoholism. She talks about watching her mother’s struggles with drink, and facing the fear of losing her father to the same poison.

Sounds like: Celeste, Laura Mvula, Lianne La Hava

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VÉRITÉ – He’s Not You

‘He’s Not You’ is a funky bop from singer/songwiter, VÉRITÉ. It’s a relatable post-breakup craving for a previous lover. As the artist explores new relationships, simply put, she states, “He’s Not You is a song about knowing you should be alone, but ignoring that reality because fucking around is more fun.”

Sounds like: Fletcher, Call Me Loop

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Cyrano – Tundra

Cyrano is a detail-oriented artist with big plans. Aptly aiming to create music for the late-night-over thinkers, Cyrano is early on in his career. His latest release, ‘Tundra’, tackles the overwhelming, all-encompassing feelings of social anxiety.

Sounds like: Vaults, Arab Strap

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KK Lewis – Dreaming

Delicate and alluring. KK Lewis is the sophisticated songstress behind ‘Dreaming’. It’s a legato extravaganza with an addictive sense of freedom. With each track from the EP, KK Lewis hopes to explore a different facet (and representative sound) to her personality.

Sounds like: Joy Crookes, Biig Piig

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Mokita & Slenderbodies – speeding up

‘speeding up’ is a vibrant track from Mokita and Slenderbodies. It’s a smoothly executed indie-pop release that creates an admirably buoyant atmosphere. The dreamy guitar work is blended with falsetto harmonies and lasing of silky, sleek electronic layers.

Sounds like: EXES, Handsome Ghost, joan, FRND

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Emilia Tarrant – Here You Are, Again

Increasingly known for her mature approach to songwriting, Emilia Tarrant oozes fascinating qualities of an old soul. As she bravely says, “‘Here You Are, Again’ is a song brought on from the drop of my mental state after just entering the second lockdown of last year. After experiencing this collapse in emotion multiple times (one day feeling content, and the next, real sadness) I realised that mental health comes and goes as it pleases.”

Sounds like: Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell

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The Cavs – Man in the Suit

The Cavs are an indie-rock five-piece from Manchester. Brimming with dark, enthusiastic production, ‘Man in the Suit’ brings their relentless energy to the forefront. The lyrics carry a strong anti-capitalist message through gritty vocals and empowering delivery.

Sounds like: Kasabian, Elbow, The Libertines

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Benji Lewis – Polaroids

A delightfully modern love story, ‘Polaroids’ looks at memories through a deliciously rose-tinted lense. Clearly deeply appreciative and aware of each other’s talents, this track feels like a shiny celebration of so many positive aspects of the past.

Sounds like: Shoffy, Colouring

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updog – overthink

‘overthink’ aims to encapsulate the mind of an obsessive worrier. High octane and filled with nervous energy, updog tackles his familiar sense of remunerating with a fast-paced, darkly comical effort. Saying ‘overthink’ over 50 times in this song sends the message of its repetitive, incessant nature, perfectly.

Sounds like: Silent Child

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Mabes – Radio

Mabes‘ ‘Radio’ single is a sparkling pop gem. Brimming with the spirit of an Essex gal, Mabes has produced a nostalgic single nods to her lifelong obsession with Nashville folklore. Speaking on the new single Mabes states, “I wrote Radio about hearing a song that takes you back years… in this instance it reminds me of a past relationship that I look back on fondly. The lyrics mention how I always skip this song, but I hear it in the back of a taxi and it’s in my head for ages reminding me of that past love.”

Sounds like: Kacey Musgraves, Lana Del Rey, Jade Bird, Lily Allen

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Emilia Tarrant – Here You Are, Again

19-year-old singer-songwriter, Emilia Tarrant, has enjoyed writing songs and playing piano since the young age of 12. She utilises songwriting as a diary, an escape from any stresses faced in everyday life. Her newest single, ‘Here You Are, Again’, presents her trusting, dynamic vocal at the forefront.

Sounds like: Kate Bush

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NEZZY – The Walk

Nezzy has released his first album on his 20th birthday. Filled with aerial pop tracks, our favourite is ‘The Walk’, which showcases Nezzy’s musical journey perfectly. Intentionally scatty and high-octane, the single is an epic effort from the young producer.

Sounds like: Badrapper, Coopex

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Chapter and Verse – After Midnight

Big and bolshy, Chapter and Verse have laid down confrontational single, ‘After Midnight’. Speaking of the track, one of the members says, “Musically, ‘After Midnight’ is one of our more guitar-driven songs. Josh and I had a lot of fun playing with diverse tones and I think that variation keeps it interesting. There’s also some subtle pop production in there which hopefully people will start to hear after repeat listens. But overall it’s a big old rock song and we can’t wait to deafen you with it at a live show!”

Sounds like: DONT BLINK, Fourword

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Billy Fox – It’s A Mess

Australian artist, Billy Fox, plays within the soulful electro/alt-pop space. The newest effort, ‘It’s a Mess’, is a laid-back injection that embraces the chaos in life. Taking things in his stride, Billy wrote the track for the times when you’ve yourself, your footing or your way.

Sounds like: Winston Surfshirt, RY X, Jarryd James

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Lukewarmdaily96 – Peaching

Lukewarmdaily96 is an Irish singer-songwriter behind the quietly touching ‘Peaching’. Originating from Cork, this artist delivers a dreamy escape. Marking his debut release, the single is a reassuring sigh of relief, especially when he poignantly sings, “I’m bruising with you”.

Sounds like: Elliott Smith, James Blake

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Summer Heart – Wash You Off

A quirky dream of what could have been. Summer Heart’s latest single, ‘Wash You Off’, talks honestly of pride and expectation. The Swedish alt-pop track sees the artist attempt to remove an unwanted past, and literally, wash it off.

Sounds like: Brothertiger, Millionyoung

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Mani Orrason – Change The World

This is an epic feel-good anthem. ‘Change The World’ really sees a different Mani Orrason. In the wake of the pandemic, he explores a substantial period of introspection. The Icelandic creative has even said that this song felt as though it was the missing part of the puzzle. The perfect bold injection that moves Mani away from his more commercial background.

Sounds like: Some Sprouts, KYTES

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Summer Heart – Wash you off

‘Wash you off’, the latest single from Swedish artist Summer Heart, is a vibrant alt-pop groove teasing psychedelia. His vocal manages to find a subtle middle ground between graceful and utterly bold. 

“Wash You Off is about trying to get rid of a negative past and moving on to a new and hopefully exciting phase in life. Leaving bad habits and old patterns behind is definitely something I struggle with and it feels like I’m stuck from time to time.”

Sounds like: Millionyoung, Work Drugs

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Perfectparachutepicture – White Walls

“Comfortable in not doing that much, and ending up thinking that you’re happy with that.” The Sheffield two-piece offer up a reminder that need to be constantly evolving. They say that becoming content with your situation may contradict your overall happiness. This motivational message is delivered with a force that grips the listener in a chaotic storm tossing between catchy hooks and thunderous rhythms.

Sounds like: Death From Above 1979, Biffy Clyro, QOTSA

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Keir – Boys Will Be Girls

In this technicoloured roller coaster through gender identity, Keir tackles the ridiculousness of gender stereotypes. His fourth release of the year, ‘Boys Will Be Girls’ disputes, dissects and then demolishes the predetermined ‘normalities’ of gender expectations. The track promotes freedom of identity lined with catchy lyrics packed in an enjoyable head bobber. 

Sounds like: KLAN, Giant Rooks, Provinz

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Mass House – Reasons To Be Dancing 

The Synth-Punk duo’s second release of the year sees Mass House offer up their reasons to be dancing. Looking forward, as many musicians are, to a time where music events can take place again. A heart-pounding kick drum feels like the excited heartbeat of the Bristol-based Brummies, whilst shiny synths dance above the music like the ghosts of ravers of a simpler time. 

Sounds like: Tampa, George

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Quarry – Puppy Tears

Quarry is an artist that plays with slick, leftfield pop. ‘Puppy Tears’ is a strong lead single taken from his latest mixtape. Of the release, Quarry says, With this mixtape I’m holding out real pieces of my heart and hoping people see themselves in it. I’m not the only one that feels these things, and I want the ones that get it to know that as well! I want them to feel understood.”

Sounds like: James Blake, Troye Sivan, Lauv, Rex Orange County

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Paper Idol – Mania Days

‘Mania Days’, by Paper Idol, is another injection of intoxicating, exuberant fun. The EP aims to capture the wild side of your imagination, and removes you from reality and instead, places you in a world of indie melodic glory.

Sounds like: Daniel Allan, updog

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Murdo Mitchell – Hollow

Murdo Mitchell is a young Glaswegian singer-songwriter with a lyrically vulnerable new release. ‘Hollow’ shows a raw, emotional facet to Murdo and his work. It’s a guitar-led track that takes the listener on a unique exploration through Mitchell’s mind.

Sounds like: Jose Gonzales, Ry X, Glen Hansard

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Olive Featherstone – Opium Requiem

Bristol artist, Olive Featherstone, is a charming debut artist. Inspired by her eventful, turbulent experiences with men, Olive’s new single, ‘Opium Requiem’,  describes a bitter demise of a relationship. She tells of, “someone who would be awake whilst I was sleeping in the same room – he’d be sat by the window, smoking and watching people go by. I always thought that symbolised the distance we had between us in that relationship.”

Sounds like: Marika Hackman, Angel Olsen, Alvvays

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Hotel Decor – Could It Take Me Any Longer

With a sense of hazy numbness, Hotel Decor has dropped his fresh ‘Could It Take Me Any Longer’ EP. The Canadian artist effortlessly blends elements of psych-rock, chill-wave and indie-dance music. After deciding to take his music in a different direction, and a new name, Hotel Decor talks about the transition,  “I decided to start doing vocals as I hit a pretty big stop with my previous project. It was an exciting project to work on as there wasn’t really any expectation as to what I would write or try to make.”

Sounds like: Toro Y Moi, Metronomy, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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NASAYA – TEMPO

Producer and multi-instrumentalist, NASAYA, is hugely inspired by his eclectic upbringing. The crossover artist has teamed up with Portuguese artist, MARO, for a perfect electronic fusion. ‘TEMPO’ is described by the pair as a world they are only just beginning to create. MARO says, “It regards time and its spiral sensation, which we then print by doing a play with words on a repetitive, nostalgic beat.”

Sounds like: On Planets, YOSIE

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Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License (juuku flip)

Progressive, expansive and utterly beautiful. juuku‘s flip of the Olivia Rodrigo classic, ‘Drivers License’ is a skillful demonstration of his work. Following on from his ‘Moving Castle’ EP, this flip grows patiently into a bashful, dynamic electronic masterpiece.

Sounds like: Madnap, yetep

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Ormiston – Hammer Down

Ormiston‘s music is funky and frivolous, in equal parts. Raised around an abundance of female musicians, Ormiston found his musical corner when mixing and producing for artists like Milk & Bone, Heartstreets, Misage and Freida Mari. His eight-track body of work, ‘Hammer Down’, demonstrates the artist’s ability to deliver sophisticated indie-pop.

Sounds like: Milk & Bone, Heartstreets

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LIONLION – What Remains 

After their critically-acclaimed debut album, the LIONLION twins have not disappointed. ’13 Siver Lining’ is taken from their epic 13-track album, ‘Perspective’. The album follows the band’s journey of finding connection and ultimately, perspective, within the band, as well as their individual lives.

 

Sounds like: Lex Audrey

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