There has been a recent influx of female artists taking back their power in the most positively brazen of ways.
One such artist is French multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter MarinaKaye.
At just 21, Kaye is left to explore her self-proclaimed “weird” alter ego in the sultry new single ‘Twisted’. Accompanied by the macabre new visual – directed by Julien Hosmalin and Kaye herself – Kaye is inspired by a personal experience she had in a psychiatrist’s office.
“The guy didn’t believe a word I told him and looked at me like I was a freak. I wanted to use this experience, and turn the tables for this music video.”
Sounds like: Ava Max, Marina & The Diamonds, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Billie Eilish
Manchester-based band Larkins release their brand new single ‘Not Enough Love’ via Good Soldier Records.
The rich synth-infused, guitar-led track has just the right amount of The 1975 in there, whilst retaining their vibrant originality.
Regarding the single frontman Josh Noble says,
“‘Not Enough Love’ was born from thinking about our hometown. I just remember feeling like we just had to get out of there and moving to Manchester was such a big deal for us. The production is my favourite yet. We slowed stuff down to record and then sped it up to create really cool guitar tones. I think lyrically I just wanted to talk about everything that went on when I was a kid and being so frustrated with the politics that comes with a small suburban town.”
Tour Dates [Tickets here]
12th – Manchester, Neighbourhood Festival
16th – Derby, The Venue
17th – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
18th – Bournemouth, The Anvil
21st – Southampton, Joiners
22nd – Bristol, Rough Trade
23rd – Exeter, Cavern
24th – Brighton, The Pipeline
29th – Leeds, Wardrobe
31st – Glasgow, King Tuts
1st – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
3rd – Newcastle, Think Tank?
4th – Nottingham, Bodega
6th – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
7th – Bishop’s Stortford, The Half Moon
8th – Leicester, Duffy’s Bar
11th – Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre
12th – London, The Garage
13th – Stoke-On-Trent, Sugarmill
14th – Liverpool, The Zanzibar Club
16th – Huddersfield, The Parish
18th – Milton Keynes, The Craufurd Arms
20th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
21st – Hull, The Polar Bear
22nd – Sheffield, Leadmill
25th – Dublin, Academy 2
27th – St Albans, The Horn
29th – York, Fulford Arms
30th – Sunderland, Independent
5th – Wigan, The Old Courts
6th – Banbury, Also Known As
8th – Plymouth, Junction
Sounds like: Draper, The 1975, Sea Girls, The Wombats
Classically-trained Australian producer LUCIANBLOMKAMP shares his immersive new single, ‘Sound of the Morning’.
A potent version of the track (of which there are four dramatically different versions), inspired by the opening melody of TAPZ‘s ‘Shadow’, which, ironically, is no longer in the song after a few reworks.
Sounds like: Khalid, The Weeknd, Lastlings, Seekae, TAPZ
Upcoming producer Feather – aka the moniker of Minnesota born/Nashville native, Kyle Featherstone – shares his remix of ‘GTFO’ by Trove, a cross-over between anthemic pop and EDM.
Growing up playing piano, Feather was surprisingly inspired by groups such as Coldplay, Jack’s Mannequin, and Augustana. Fascinated by the blossoming electronic genre, he quickly left his touring band and began producing.
Nigerian-British avant-pop auteur and artist Tony Njoku shares the brilliant new Max Jedwab-directed video for ‘CONFIDENT’.
The intense single adopts a confessional, diary-like intimacy underpinned by whirring synths, which dissolve into effervescent chaos.
It is taken from his new album, ‘Your Psyche’s Rainbow Panorama’, released on 4 October via Silent Kid Records, in which he has taken inspiration from a work of Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s glass walkway, entitled ‘Your Rainbow Panorama’.
Sounds like: Sacred Animals, Ben Khan, Flying Lotus, Ghostpoet, Gaika, Lightfoot
Zanski digs deeper with his creative new single, ‘Younger You’.
A laid-back RnB affair, Zanski has teamed up with vocalist Emilia Ali to deliver unparalleled vocal lines, rich harmonies, and sweet grooves that perfectly showcase his ability for some serious tuneage, with as much intrigue and substance as James Blake or Jai Paul.
Sounds like: Ben Khan, James Blake, Honne, Banks, Jai Paul
Exciting electronic act Helax releases the mysterious and melodic, ‘Tell Me, Tell Me’.
Combining 90’s rave inspirations with modern ambient electronica, the Swedish-born, now Berlin-based producer admits to writing and recording the track in a cheap hotel located on Reeperbahn, the main avenue of Hamburg’s red-light district.
The single is taken from his debut four-track EP – both out now – which were directly inspired by the nocturnal and hedonistic vibe of the strip clubs area as well as by his aimless walks down the harbour, watching the incessant comings and goings of freighters and sailors from all over the world at night.
Philly born Val Astaire likes to break hearts with his emo bangers.
Set in a fairground, the visuals for his new single ‘Say You Will’ features a lost and bloody Val Astaire searching for his love, who you’ll be pleased to know, he eventually catches up with. It perfectly matches the melancholic tone throughout.
Speaking to the motivation behind ‘Say You Will’, Val Astaire explains,
“‘Say You Will’ is an extended hand to the people who struggle like me. A lot of my songwriting has been pretty transparent about my own struggles with depression and anxiety but Say You Will is my chance to reach out to someone, anyone and say “I know. I understand. And I see how heavy this is on you right now. You can lean on me, too.””
Sounds like: La Bouquet, The 1975, Pale Waves, Bring Me The Horizon, No Rome
Hip hop DJ-turned writer and producer. Luke Wylde, and Australian singer-songwriter Rhea Robertson, are both giving you the opportunity to face your demons and finally be honest about with your feelings in new song ‘Save Yourself’.
The combination of Robertson’s dreamy jazz undertones and alt-pop sounds with Wylde’s bluesy interlude makes for an enticing track.
If things are getting tired, change it up. Wise words from Los Angeles-based Benji Lewis indeed.
His nostalgic new single ‘Fast Foward’ is the first taste of a brand new five-track EP that Lewis has planned for release in early 2020, it features the slick production of Los Angeles artist Kid Froopy and it also comes with a visually stunning Chris Weigen-directed music video.
Sounds like: The 1975, The Kite String Tangle, Antony Hegarty, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Yazz, Jack Garratt, Disclosure
Nick Anthony – When I’m Gone (feat. Chloe Gendrow)
Artists these just seem to get younger and younger, and Nick Anthony at just 19-years of age has not only found success as a dance producer but soon realised that his talents have overflowed from dance into poppier, crossover sounds – which has become a sound distinctly his.
His latest, ‘When I’m Gone’, which features the vocal talents of Chloe Gendrow and taken from his forthcoming EP is the next chapter in his ever-evolving sound and sets and irrefutable mood.