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courtship. – Number 1

courtship. - Number 1

“Have YOU ever been dumped? We here at courtship understand. Text us if you like the song and/or need a free therapy session from ya boys Eli and Micah 818-338-6877.”

Los Angeles duo courtship. is always here to help with their new single ‘Number 1’ and its sweet AF basslines, cascading piano keys and retro-inspired vocals.

The duo elaborates, “We wrote this song because we all know what it feels like to be number 2. Not good. The line ‘baby you’re fun, but you’ll never be number one’ sums it up perfectly.”

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Van She, Summer Heart, Jagwar Ma, Two Door Cinema Club, MGMT, Passion Pit

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Surf Rock Is Dead – Our Time

Surf Rock is Dead by Jacqueline Harriet

Surf Rock is Dead by Jacqueline Harriet

Introducing Surf Rock Is Dead (SRiD for short) – aka Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg from Chicago and Melbourne.

Their new wave and billowy single, ‘Our Time’ captures the moment where you are forced to face fear head-on and look within.

Expect the band’s debut LP in the spring of 2020.

Sounds like: My Bloody Valentine, DIIV, Day Wave

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Lauren Sanderson – Upset

Lauren Sanderson

Fiery LGBTQ artist Lauren Sanderson has incredible drive. That’s clear from her music and attitude (not many people can say they’ve given a TED Talk at the age of 18).

Her new single ‘Upset’ flips the issues of the despondent Generation Z on it’s head.

Sounds like: Post Malone, Rihanna, Sizzy Rocket

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Phoebe Sinclair – OMG

Phoebe Sinclair

Australian pop artist Phoebe Sinclair is a self-confessed emotional wreck, and this makes for intoxicating music.

Her new single ‘OMG’ is Sinclair taking ownership of her mistakes whilst not letting them define her.

Backed by a four-piece all girl ensemble, oozing confidence and power, and armed with a massive pop vocal, Sinclair smashes out electro pop tunes with an inescapable energy.

Sounds like: La Roux, Robyn, Vera Blue

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Tallsaint – Model Effect

Tallsaint

British artist Tallsaint releases the highly chic and addictive ‘Model Effect’.

Taking inspiration from early 2000’s tracks as well as a more modern pop culture of now – born from a visual scene in Killing Eve where Villanelle sees Eve in the bathroom for the first time and makes a comment on her hair.

Sounds like: Bat For Lashes, Anna of the North, Stereo Honey, RALPH, St Vincent, Lykke Li

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Hank Compton – Judge Me

Hank Compton

Nashville native, Hank Compton, shares his head nod-inducing single, ‘Judge Me’.

Combining his love of classic rock and 80’s pop, Compton’s music and rich storytelling creates a modern sound with a nostalgic feel.

Sounds like: Sam Fender, Bruce Springsteem

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Beau Diako x Jordan Rakei – Flamingo

Beau Diako

Self-taught musician Beau Diako shares his new single called ‘Flamingo’, taken from his debut EP, ‘Flutter’.

Featuring neo-soul artist Jordan Rakei, the track is probably his most “pop” song from the EP, which is a glorious fusion of indie, jazz, folk, electronic and soul.

Sounds like: Tom Misch, Bombay Bicycle Club

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ANDRO – GYMH

ANDRO by Johnny Diaz Nicolaidis

ANDRO by Johnny Diaz Nicolaidis

ANDRO may have plenty of experience touring in Jungle‘s band, but now it’s his time to shine.

His debut single, ‘GYMH’ (Give You My Heart) kicks off a new collection of theatrical pop melodies that balance between the ethereal and emotional, perfectly encapsulated by the beautifully shot video below.

Sounds like: Kyri

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Mokita – Colorblind

Mokita

Also from Nashville is singer/songwriter/producer John Luke Carter, aka Mokita.

Known for his lyrical and buoyant electronic-based pop, Carter was classically trained in piano in his youth and first started performing in his church. Later, he taught himself to play guitar and eventually transitioned into electronic music production.

His new single ‘Colorbind’ is an attempt to try and describe depression to someone who has never experienced it.

Sounds like: EXES, Handsome Ghost, joan, FRND, Nick Anthony, Luna Pines

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Penniless Cove – Too Tight

Penniless Cove

Named after a harbour road that lead to the sea, unique Welsh songwriter based in London Penniless Cove, is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist that writes raw, affecting music drawing from a number of different genres.

The music obsessive shares ‘Too Tight’ – a weird and wonderful array of jazz, blues and folk.

Sounds like: Regina Spektor, Björk, Ibeyi, Alev Lenz, Kate Nash

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Lake Jons – I Don’t Care

Lake Jons

Lake Jons releases their new single ‘I Don’t Care’, lifted from their forthcoming album, ‘The Coast’, released on 29 Nov via Playground Music.

Inspired their moniker’s birthplace in the Towards forest, the track focuses on “details soft thought before action” and how ruminating is not always the right thing to do. Sometimes it’s simply better to just go with the flow.

Listen here.

Sounds like: Paul Simon, Ásgeir, Band Of Horses, Bon Iver, Nick Mulvey, Midlake

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LANEY LYNX – Bad Attitudes

LANEY LYNX

Introducing Berklee graduate LANEY LYNX and her soulful take on electro-pop.

On the new single, ‘Bad Attitudes’, Laney has teamed up with songwriter Brooke Tomlinson about hitting it off with a dreamboat only to find out that his friends aren’t as down to earth as he’s made out he is.

Sounds like: Monogem, Dagny, Carly Rae Jepsen, HAIM, Sigrid, LÉON

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Coast Modern – Puppy Llama

Coast Modern

After a hiatus, Los Angeles-based duo Luke Atlas and Coleman Trap – aka Coast Modern – continue to defy boundaries with their signature adventurous sound.

As the name suggests, their thrill ride of a new single, ‘Puppy Llama’ is a testament to their fuck-the-bullshit-smile-at-a-stranger ethos.

Sounds like: Vampire Weekend, The Business Intl., Bad Sounds, Kurt Vile

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Whosah – Chemicals

Whosah

Mental health is a hot topic at the moment, but we’ve never come across a musician exploring the science behind mental health. That is, until now.

Produced by Aaron Anktum at Ariel Studios, ‘Chemicals’ by Whosah is another slice of bold and refreshing indie-pop.

Speaking to the motivation behind Chemicals, lead singer Spencer Grimes shares,

“Chemicals is about trying to understand each other. It explores the mystery about how our mental wellness is an emotional and spiritual experience, while simultaneously being a physical and scientific one. Chemicals digs into the uncomfortable space between how our thoughts can be both explainable and unexplainable at the same time and pushes us to draw together in the midst of that loneliness and find our shared humanity, our “beautiful soul” “Call it science or magic, I need to know your heart, and be whatever it is.”

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, Interpol, Walk On The Moon, Bleachers, MUNA, Chappo

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La Félix – Healing Feat. glasscat

La Felix - Healing Feat. glasscat

New Zealand producer La Félix teams up with Los Angeles artist glasscat on the nu-disco treat, ‘Healing’.

Feeling a bit down? This groovy track is the perfect antidote, creating a warm glow throughout.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Goldroom, RAC, Du Tonc

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Calper – Crowd Feat. Son of Cabe

Son of Cabe

Calper teams up with Son of Cabe on breathtaking new single, ‘Crowd’.

Both artists in their own right, Calper (aka UK/French songwriter Jamie Harper) and Son of Cabe (UK artist, producer and songwriter Conor McCabe) have a serious number of musical accolades between them.

‘Crowd’ follows a mellow and chilled route, as it develops into a soulful late-night electro tune, written about the importance of being yourself, and not following the crowd.

Sounds like: Banks, Ayelle

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Hot Minute – Hell Is Empty

Hot Minute

Manchester-based synth-pop outfit Hot Minute returns with ‘Hell Is Empty’.

An effortless “fuck you” to the bullshit frequently found in the music industry, this song arrives perfectly in time for Halloween.

Speaking of ‘Hell Is Empty’, frontwoman Keely Hutchinson explains,

“Hell is Empty is a modern-day anthem about taking back the power that you believe you are owed – and by any means necessary. When we formed, this is the first song we wrote after we realised we’d all experienced the all too familiar music industry bullshit.”

Sounds like: Pale Waves, The Aces, The 1975, Charley Stride

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Beck Pete – Vertigo

Beck Pete by Julia Abner

Beck Pete by Julia Abner

Introducing you to Beck Pete.

A singer/songwriter dedicated to “love, feelings, self-awareness, and telling stories about those things”, this lady is willing to take risks, and the result is paying dividends.

After waking up and realising that she had been making decisions out of fear, Beck Pete quit her job and started planning an Indiegogo campaign to complete her first-ever solo project (which she successfully funded), cut all of her hair off, and moved to Los Angeles. The result, some three years later, is a beautifully composed five-track EP called ‘Muse’, that considers who Beck Pete is.

Sounds like: Alev Lenz, Mara Simpson, Glory Daze

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