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Sody – Butterfly

Sody talks of growth and loyalty in new single, ‘Butterfly’. It’s a uniquely positive effort that shows an emotional progression within the three-minute track itself. Her simplistic, but stirring, vocals speak of a Butterfly’s connection to her journey: “You remind me how real growth takes time.” 

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Halsey, Emily Burns, SHY Martin, dodie, Conan Gray

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Jake Schafer – Over And Over

Jake Schafer is an artist that focuses on the beauty of every single opportunity. Starting off his career as a producer, Jake now enjoys full creative control of his very own solo project. Part of a wider EP release from Jake, the focus track, ‘Over And Over’, injects accessible, sporadic funk and equally warped vocals.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Halsey, Emily Burns, SHY Martin, dodie, Conan Gray

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MAB – Lunar Eclipse

MAB is an electro-pop artist at the beginning of his career. Having kicked off with his ‘A World Beyond Our Own Ep’ in 2020, ‘Tale of Two’ (an ethereal track that looks at stories of ageing, amidst the idea of forever), saw most streaming success. Recent single, ‘Lunar Eclipse’ is a futuristic release with fast-paced vocals that express changing feelings within love.

Sounds like: Stats, RUI HO, Holy Fuck

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ISLE – Lone Wolf

ISLE are a Netherlands-based duo that are making music in the realms of indie, folk and dream-pop. ‘Lone Wolf’ is their beautifully eery new single that’s the fourth element from their upcoming album. About the single, ISLE note, “Lone Wolf is an expression of light-hearted self-mockery, voiced through a dreamy song with an animated electro-acoustic arrangement.”

Sounds like: Bears Den, Isaac Gracie, Lucy Rose

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Alex Frew – Something To Hold Onto

Alex Frew is the young Canadian singer/songwriter behind ‘Something To Hold Onto’. His music focuses on topics of teenage angst with a self-assured, sophisticated energy. Having only debuted last year, the buzz around this artist is immense.

Sounds like: BRDGS, Adam Turley, Delaney Jane

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Wolf & Moon – While We Ride

Wolf & Moon

Berlin-based dream-folk duo Wolf & Moon share more folktronica tunes in new album. After committing to one song a day, the highs and lows of recording were captured with an overarching sense of adventure. Listen to ‘While We Ride’.

Sounds Like: James Vincent McMorrow, Lea Porcelain, Xul Zolar, Ten Fé, Bryde, Rhye, Nick Mulvey, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, The Magic Numbers

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Jude The Obscure – Moments

Jude The Obscure

Neo-jazz talent, Jude the Obscure shares ‘Moments’. It’s a lyrically impassioned, piano-led, jazz and hip-hop influenced single oozing with soulful trumpet licks and impactful live drums, further highlighting the young Manchester-based talent.

Sounds like: Loyle Carner

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margø – someone else

margø

We all have those internal battles and none more so than Canadian-born margø, who has created a soundtrack for those who are finding their voice. Listen to the raw and unapologetic ‘someone else’.

Sounds like: DEELYLE, Ponette, RIELL

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Heath240 – ‘Chirp’ Feat. Daniel Price

Heath240

Introducing Boston-based Heath240. Blurring the boundaries of rap with indie and bedroom pop, he juxtaposes a light-hearted delivery with darker lyrics. Watch his video for ‘Chirp’ featuring Daniel Price.

Sounds like: Post Malone, Golden Vessel

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Chaz Cardigan – Haircut

After seeing success with his Holograma EP last year, this Nashville based singer/songwriter has returned with an alternative rock effort via Capitol Records and Loud Robot. Chaz Cardigan has brought an energetic feeling of reinvention with new single, Haircut.

 

Sounds like: Myylo, 90’s Kids, Madi

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Playlist: Akurei

Akurei

Australian artist Akurei has just released his most exciting EP of the year, ‘CLOVER’.

Lucky for Akurei, venues have now opened up in Australia, which has promoted him to recollect about those nights out where you drink to feel comfortable.

So with all that social anxiety in mind, whack on his dreamy and nostalgic playlist and drift off into a state of bliss.

Hovvdy – Runner
Most of the people I’ve spent time with over the last few months could attest to the fact that I’ve been humming this daily. I’ve made it a goal to write a song that makes people feel the way this one makes me feel – light, hopeful and nostalgic.

Hether – Twinkle
Obsessed with this song, and everything Hether has done really. It all sounds like falling in love.

The Nicholas, Odessa – Rockshow
I’m lucky to be friends with The Nicholas, I’m so inspired by his song writing and production. This songs been on repeat since its release, the melodies are so so catchy.

Buddy Ross, Gabriel Delicious – Bored Again!
This one just feels so good, it’s hard to have a bad time while it’s on.

Porches – I Miss That
I’m a new Porches fan. The drum loop pulled me in and I stayed for the lyrics and the melodies, so infectious. Also the synth parts are really interesting.

Huron John – Why Do People Grow (Long for the Day When I Had That Flip Phone)
This one hits the sweet spot between fun and self deprecating.

Billy Lemos, Tati – Midlife Crisis
I’m new to Billy Lemos. This song is wild, along with the album he dropped this year.

A. G. Cook – Being Harsh
I could just listen to the first 30 seconds of this song all day, that alone is so captivating. It’s just a really beautiful and simple song.

Dijon – alley-oop
Pretty much every time Dijon drops a song I think “Damn I wish I wrote this” and this song is no exception. He has the most expressive voice and melodies, and the lyrics to this song are so nice.

Golden Daze – Blue Bell
This song will probably be in my Spotify ‘Top Songs of 20__” for the rest of my life.

The ‘CLOVER’ EP is out now on sumoclic records.

Sounds like: LA Bouquet, LANY, The 1975, Golden Vessel, Joji, No Rome, Kevin Abstract, Emerson Leif

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CHERITON – Say Hey Feat. Lydia Clowes

CHERITON & Lydia Clowes by Tom Greenwood

CHERITON & Lydia Clowes by Tom Greenwood

CHERITON and Lydia Clowes of Bad Honey want to ‘Say Hey’ with bright new single. Communication and reconnection is the song’s key message, as it floats between breezy and playful.

Sounds like: Vampire Weekend, HAIM, Blossoms, Metronomy, Gaspard Eden

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Seraphina Simone – Blue Devil

Seraphina Simone by Marc Sethi

Seraphina Simone by Marc Sethi

Seraphina Simone shares the rich and velvety ‘Blue Devil’, as part of a double release, also featuring a track called ‘Skin’. It’s another passionate and 80s-dipped alt-pop number from the rising artist.

Sounds like: Celeste, Lana Del Rey, Laurel, Chløe Black, VÉRITE, Blondie

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Matilda Eyre – Let Me Be

Matilda Eyre

German-born singer-songwriter and producer Matilda Eyre returns with her newest offering, the raw and emotionally vulnerable indie-pop single, ‘Let Me Be’.

Sounds like: Birdy, Emma McGrath

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YASSiN – Take My Time

YASSiN

Introducing Toronto-based singer, songwriter and producer YASSiN, who invites us to escape with his uplifting new offering ‘Take My Time’. Teaming up with Sean Terrio, the track effortlessly blends folktronica, indie-pop, soul, and classic disco.

Sounds like: First Aid Kit, Arcade Fire

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milk. – I Hate the Way You’re Looking at Me (Lately)

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Hot on the heels of The 1975 is Dublin-born alt-pop quartet, milk.. Their bright new offering, ‘I Hate the Way You’re Looking at Me (Lately)’ is full of looping synths, catchy riffs and lulling vocals that immediately lure you in for more.

Sounds like: The 1975, The Japanese House, No Rome

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Benji Lewis – Stay Around

Benji Lewis

Benji Lewis has been busy songwriting during 2020. Written with his new friend Tom Eggert and bonding over their love of home-made smoothies, ‘Stay Around’ is about the progression of love in every subsequent relationship.

Sounds like: The 1975, The Kite String Tangle, Antony Hegarty, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Yazz, Jack Garratt, Disclosure, Lauv, Boy In Space, Zachary Knowles

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Asha Gold – Oscar

Asha Gold

UK R&B artist Asha Gold shares new single ‘Oscar’. It’s written about award-winning liars and cheats who deserve to be called out for their deception and good-for-nothing behaviour.

Sounds like: Nakala, Frank Ocean, Rosalia

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Solå – B Mine

Solå

Norwegian songwriter Solå strongly encourages us to value ourselves in new single ‘B Mine’. It’s a hazy piece of electro-pop that perfectly showcases her talent as both a intricate songwriter and performer.

Sounds like: Shura, Dagny, Chvrches, Empress Of, MUNA

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whatshisface – Magic Disaster

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Intriguing newcomer whatshisface is on the precipice of jumping into our hearts. His new single ‘Magic Disaster’ is a gloriously melancholic invitation, brimming with dense and warming aesthetics, creating an altogether sweeping atmosphere.

Sounds like: James Blake, George Gretton, Billie Eilish

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Mungbean – Slow Motion

Mungbean

Introducing eclectic Ohio-based outfit Mungbean. Performed as only seasoned performers would, new single ‘Slow Motion’ has layered and heavy synths to accelerate the track’s dreamy and kaleidoscopic intention.

Sounds like: Snarls, The Naked And Famous

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Gavin Haley – Self Control Feat. Izzy Bizu

Gavin Haley

Cheeky Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Gavin Haley has just released his vulnerable new EP, ‘Unfolding’.

Presented as an irresistible alternative pop sound with a hip-hop undercurrent offset by acoustic guitar and confessional lyrics, his feel-good music is both modern and connective.

Unfolding “a series of growing pains through music“, it’s a complex juxtaposition of actions and feelings, as Haley explains in more detail,

“I grew up in church, but I also raced bikes and listened to rap music when I could hide it from my family. I feel like I brought elements to this music from every area I’ve drawn inspiration from, but still staying me. Each song is its own story, and I hope this project connects with the people who find it and brings us closer. I wrote Unfolding almost entirely in a few days.”

The track ‘Self Control’ features Izzy Bizu and you can watch the video below:

The new EP is out now on Red Bull Records.

Sounds like: Easy Life, Shawn Mendes, Gareth Pugh, Jack Hawitt

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Gaspar Narby – Fragments Feat. Taura

Gaspar Narby by Aldo Filiberto

Gaspar Narby by Aldo Filiberto

The next instalment in the Gaspar Narby ‘Collab’ EP is ‘Fragments,’ featuring another incredibly talented vocalist hand selected by Gaspar – the talented singer, Taura.

Much like the title of the track, the fragmented piece of pop pie is full of splintered production techniques, delivered up with delicate vocal slivers courtesy of Taura.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Sufjan Stevens, Summer Heart, Bonobo

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Mokita – sleepwalking Feat. Mike Kinesa

Mokita - sleepwalking Feat. Mike Kinesa

We are blown away Mokita‘s new single, ‘sleepwalking’.

Taking a more acoustic turn than his prior electronica-infused releases, it features emo/folk legend Mike Kinsella of American Football and Owen and is a much welcomed addition to his ever-growing catalogue.

Speaking about the collab, Mokita explains,

“‘Sleepwalking’ is about wrestling with purpose and is more a song about questions than it is about answers. I think everybody struggles with purpose and asks a lot these deeper questions, especially as they get older. I was playing with this open baritone guitar tuning, and the guitar riff that happens throughout the song was the first thing that I wrote. I had the title, and some rough melodies, and a general idea about the lyrics, but once I showed the song to my buddy Trent Dabbs, we ironed out the rest of the song. I didn’t necessarily intend to have the track be so minimal, but it just didn’t feel like it wanted more in the production. It started with this droning note that floats throughout the whole song, and then I did a one take of the entire guitar part, which gave it this imperfection that made it feel more real. I had been talking to Mike Kinsella of American Football about possibly collaborating on a song, so I had sent him ‘Sleepwalking’ and the guitars just gave the song exactly what it was missing. I’m a huge fan of his guitar playing and just a fan of his in general, so needless to say I was so pumped to have Mike involved. I’m really proud of how the song turned out.”

Sounds like: EXES, Handsome Ghost, joan, FRND

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NOISY – I Wish I Was A (EP Live From The Petrol Station)

NOISY

You don’t often see a live session from a petrol station, but then there’s not always a band like NOISY lurking about.

Born down the road from us, we’re a little bit gutted that we weren’t filling up with petrol when this was being filmed. It’s a beat-ridden, boundary-free cluster of joyous noise and escapism.

NOISY Live Dates

YUNGBLUD TOUR SUPPORT DATES

8 March Nottingham, Rock City
9 March Nottingham, Rock City
10 March Glasgow, Barrowland
11 March Glasgow, Barrowland
17 March London, o2 Forum

YOU ME AT SIX TOUR SUPPORT DATES

19 May Glasgow, Barrowland
20 May Bristol, o2 Academy
21 May 21st Manchester Academy
23 May Newcastle, o2 Academy
24 May Cardiff, Great Hall
25 May London, o2 Forum
29 May Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington

BAD SOUNDS TOUR SUPPORT DATES

1 June Bristol, The Fleece
2 June Brighton, Patterns
3 June Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
5 June London, Lafayette
6 June Sheffield, o2 Academy 2
8 June Glasgow, SWG3
9 June Newcastle, St Doms
10 June Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
11 June Liverpool, Jimmys
12 June Manchester Gorilla

Sounds like: Everyone You Know, APRE, Jamie T, Bloxx, High Tyde, The Prodigy, Limp Bizkit, Bad Sounds

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KALI – Back To The Start

KALI by Sophia Ziskin

KALI by Sophia Ziskin

The music of 16-year-old singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Kali Flanagan has so much depth and boundless energy you could easily be mistaken in thinking her project KALI is by a band rather than a solo endeavour.

The video for her indie-surf single, ‘Back To The Start’ has sweet Bombay Bicycle Club vibes, comforting as a warm hug on a cold winter’s day.

Sounds like: Bombay Bicycle Club, The Big Moon, Phoebe Bridgers

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