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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

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MAUD – ALONE TOGETHER

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

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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

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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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ORMISTON – REBEL

Ormiston is a debut artist from Montreal, Canada. His first single (ahead of his very first album) is a feel-good injection named ‘Rebel’. It’s an upbeat track that hopes to bring joy into a difficult year. Having grown up in a bilingual, musical family, Ormiston always intended to take musical into a professional sphere.

Of the single, Ormiston says, “Rebel is a song about a turbulent relationship between two lovers. A passionate relationship bringing the best and sometimes the worst out of both individuals. With this first single, Ormiston explores the sound of coastal beach tones mixed with indie pop.”

Sounds like: Milk & Bone, Heartstreets

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LO – LOST IN A DREAM

LO is the Berlin-based producer that’s delivered leftfield-pop inspired single, ‘LOST IN A DREAM’. Ahead of his forthcoming album, ‘Night Owls’, LO has released this electronic, chaotic injection. After his critically acclaimed single ‘Blu’, LO has built on his amalgamation of bass music, future garage and ambient, atmospheric music.

Of the single, LO states, “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. The song talks about this bizarre inception-like feeling of weird dreams that you want to wake up from but can’t. Sometimes our inner self feels this same strange feeling about things in reality, whether it’s life plans, relationships, or even just existing. I tried to transport the feeling through this track, the conscious/subconscious state of being.”

Sounds like: slowbrew, Walking Ocean, Flume, Bon Iver

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Jimmy Smash – Over

Jimmy Smash are the Norwegian duo behind slow indie effort, ‘Over’. Their soulful, alt-pop harmonies stand out after years of working tightly together. Because of this, the vocals seen in the ‘Over’ single hold an endearing vulnerable quality to them. Even though their musical roots and tastes can differ, the guys team up to bring both of their backgrounds into Jimmy Smash.

Sounds like: Patrick Breen, Ka2

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Bre Kennedy – The Hardest Part

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Bre Kennedy has teamed up with fellow Nashville artist, Hadley Kennary, for a new release ‘The Hardest Part’. It’s a soft, but sweetly painful indie-pop single around learning and eventually adapting to pain. The pair’s delicate, well-blended harmonies talk of getting lost in the past, being hurt and numbing your mind as a self-defence mechanism.

Sounds like: Sawyer, Mathew V, Liz Longley

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Julia Zahra – Indiana

Julia Zahra is a talented songstress that’s built up a solid following in her home country of Holland. As she’s started to garner attention internationally, Julia looks forward to her ‘Remedy’ album, releasing 5th of March. Her latest single from the album, ‘Indiana’, is a content, dream-like exploration that sees Julia wonder what her life could have looked like if she’d grown up instead with her birth parents.

Sounds like: Glen Faria, Jennie Lena

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1tbsp – In Europe, Kinda Sad

1tbsp is a completely new project from Australian electronic creative Maxwell Bryne (Golden Vessel). As he heads towards his EP, he releases the first slice of music that he’s been refining quietly for two years, ‘In Europe, Kinda Sad’. Inspired by both the Berlin club scene and making music with friends in Amsterdam, 1tbsp was born.

Sounds like: Ross From Friends, DJ Boring

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Paper Idol – Tightrope

Paper Idol has quite literally balanced electronic music with indie-pop in new single, ‘Tightrope’. The single is a somewhat comical take on the pain versus pleasure that relationships can bring. It’s a funky, precarious track that boasts catchy hooks and clever lyrical content. Paper Idol states that, “My music makes you want to dance, but has a deeper message”. 

Sounds like: Daniel Allan, Boon

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Sarpa Salpa – Another Life

Written, rehearsed and recorded in any moment they possibly could due to intermittent regional lockdowns, Sarpa Salpa grafted hard (like many bands) to bring out new music in 2021. Fresh single ‘Another Life’ features the head over heels kind of love and therefore the tunnel vision that comes in tow. Taken from their ‘Say Something’ EP, the single oozes continuous optimism in the face of (potentially) unrequited love.

Sounds like: Corella, The Zangwills

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JORDAN DEAN – LOCAL

Jordan Dean is an indie-pop artist that focuses on raw, live energy in his work. About his latest releases, Jordan says. “I told my producer that I wanted to sound like a four-piece band that packed a 300-person venue and I feel like we accomplished that on the Local EP.”  The lead track from his EP, ‘Local’, is an ironic acoustically-driven release that appears to be a constant inner monologue from the artist. It looks at the transition of young adulthood, from the light-hearted, alcohol-fuelled evenings, to the emotional weight that is shifted on you with a heavy, swift expectation.

Jordan started his musical career off by refining his piano skills, before finding his true sound in the guitar. The twang you hear in his latest work comes from years of refining his sound in jam-packed local venues and ensuring the guitar on recording transcends in a similarly raw sense. Not only that, but Jordan enjoys the community of music and the appreciation of bands working together to create a combined sound.

Sounds like: Jamie T, The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys

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FRANKI – are u gonna

FRANKI has dropped a funky pop track named ‘are u gonna’. The Dublin artist uses the track as a form of escapism, looking towards better, warmer, sunnier days. In the single, FRANKI sings, ‘are u gonna’ is about the contrasting emotions of love and insecurity. The fear of losing what you have because it’s becoming so important to you.”

Sounds like: tiger lili, Susy D, 1975

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Danny George – We’re Young

Danny George is the producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind the chilled, nostalgic effort, ‘We’re Young’. You can see Danny’s love for 80’s synthpop in this latest release. The single had an unusual start when it was written in an Uber after a late night of laying down tunes in a club. Danny brings that youthful spontaneity to the soundscape of ‘We’re Young’.

Sounds like: BAD CHILD, FARR

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Draper – Moments

You may know Draper from his work with Bring Me The Horizon or the Ellie Goulding and Lapsley collaboration. As we kick off 2021, Draper wants to focus his production skills on messages of confidence, growth and honesty. The new singe, ‘Moments’, is an introspective release that looks at the importance of pinnacle points of time, rather than a big rush through the days leading up to a seemingly endless end of COVID-19.

Sounds like: Stephen Walking, TwoThirds

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Francis – Postcards (featuring Jolé)

‘Postcards’ is the delightfully slow debut single from Francis. It’s a reminiscent track that weaves a beautiful tale of longing, around the hope of being together after your travels are done. Through his music, Francis wants to portray the feeling of tranquillity that develops through wild, free and immersive wanderlust. The alt-folk effort, ‘Postcards’ provides the first snippet into these adventures.

Sounds like: Stephen Walking, TwoThirds

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Webmoms – Rice & Potatoes

Webmoms is a Cornwall-based multi-instrumentalist and producer who is a self-confessed music obsessive. Having started out his musical career as a critically acclaimed guitarist (under birth name, Karum Cooper), Webmoms has developed into a prominent solo project that draws from the whole musical spectrum. Latest single, ‘Rice & Potatoes’ is a subtle nod to a sun-drenched, gloriously laid-back afternoon.

Sounds like: FacePaint, Milo Gore

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NEONI – DARKSIDE

‘Darkside’ is the powerful new single from female duo, Neoni, that kicks off with a rumbling, almost tribal rebellion of sound. With their staccato pop vocals, the track builds on top of electronic production with a thundering, intimidating nature.

Their new single is a feisty discovery of two people embracing their dark side. Neoni confront fear and vulnerability by instead saying welcome, welcome to my dark side. Mixing it up from pounding bass to fast-paced drums, Neoni talk about parts of them they cannot hide through some repetitive lyricism. The track frequently weaves into eery transitions that hold an innocent, child-like facet before erupting back into the explosive chorus.

Neoni talk about the track, “We write our music about things that scare us. We write about our moments of victory, our moments of defeat, the days we fight hard and the days we can’t seem to find the energy to go on. We write these songs and we share these vulnerabilities so we can all go out and face every day knowing that we aren’t alone in what we’re feeling and that there’s nothing we can’t overcome when we stand together”

Sounds like: RIELL, Layto

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LOLA WILD – SAND

Lola Wild are a London-based duo delivering a uniquely sombre debut, ‘Sand’. This project came together when the pair found commonalities in their obsessions with film noir, the indie scene and a more traditional slant on a musical vision. Lola Wild like to describe their sound as a proud and probable product of ‘beach house hanging out with Tarantino’.

The lead vocals call upon classic elements of pioneering singers like Billie Holiday and Roy Orbison. Dream-like backing vocals ride through all 4.28 minutes of the track, joined by boisterous building guitar.

 “Sand is inspired by themes of Mrs Dalloway, a novel by Virginia Woolf. Leaping between past and present, thoughts of past loves and losses, and reminiscing on what she could have had, now that she is an older woman”.

Sounds like: Warpaint, Chromatics

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