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Weekly Gems 135

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

milk.

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

whatshisface

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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Caspian Pool – Insider

Caspian Pool

French synth-dance duo Caspian Pool likes to keep us on our toes with their wide-ranging selection of electronic music. Cue the colour-fuelled visuals for the foot-thumping ‘Insider’.

Sounds like: Nimmo, The Chemical Brothers, Hercules & Love Affair, Goldfrapp, Joe Goddard, Chvrches, Digitalism, Holy Ghost!, Boys Noize, Little Dragon, Cut Copy, Icona Pop

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Psyence – Retrospect

Psyence by Mark Vyse

Psyence by Mark Vyse

Anthemic alt-rock band Psyence returns with psychedelic sensibilities in rousing new single ‘Retrospect’, reminding us that every bitter end has a new beginning.

Sounds like: Queens of the Stone Age, Kasabian, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, The Blinders, Wolfmother

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Beharie – Me & My Lonely

Beharie

Distinctive Norwegian voice, Beharie shares his soulful, folk and ambient blend in the form of ‘Me and My Lonely’. Pastoral and beautiful, the track orbits a peaceful finger-picked acoustic riff.

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Bombay Bicycle Club

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Flechettes – Chasing Youth

Flechettes

Wigan-based four-piece Flechettes share the radio-ready and uplifting ‘Chasing Youth’, with blazing indie-pop guitar riffs and catchy vocals, making for a seriously dynamic record.

Sounds like: Sea Girls, Red Rum Club, The Blinders, Stanleys, Garden Party

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Chillhum – Dancing (Alone)

Chillhum

22-year-old producer, songwriter and musician Ethan Bedell – aka Chillhum – shares ‘Dancing Alone’, a stripped back and melodic blissed-out track that celebrates the joys of being alone.

Sounds like: Gaspar Narby, Couro, Flume, Ed Sheeran, Flume, Louis The Child, Petit Biscuit, Troye Sivan, Robotaki

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Bre Kennedy – Where Did Summer Go

Bre Kennedy by Lindsey Patkos

Bre Kennedy by Lindsey Patkos

Songwriting heavyweight Bre Kennedy winds down for the cooler months with her acoustic track ‘Where Did Summer Go’, a nostalgic ballad that symbolises the passing and loss of time and dreams that never got to see the heat of summer.

Sounds like: Charli Adams, Taylor Swift, HAIM, First Aid Kit

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Izza – Lows

IZZA by Sam Rockman

IZZA by Sam Rockman

Dark-pop artist Izza chronicles the ups and downs of dealing with anxiety and depression in a world where people are obsessed with the perceived perfection of their online selves, in new single ‘Lows’.

Sounds like: Dua Lipa, Gracey, Call Me Loop, Mabel

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Tungz – What for?

Tungz by Cameron Nicoll

Tungz by Cameron Nicoll

Bristol-based outfit Tungz shares shimmering new single ‘What For?’, taken from their exciting new, self-produced EP.

Channelling more of that bold and funk-filled direction throughout, their latest offering looks to cement this new EP as one of their most engaging and reassured releases to date with a notable psychedelic swagger.

Speaking about the new single, they say,

“This song is about letting your thoughts do their thing without worrying about it. The lyrics and melody came all at once one late night. The best way to hear your subconscious. We spent a lot of time on the drum production and rhythms to take it to our dance roots as a live band. We always knew this would be the opening track to the EP. Play it at all your parties.”

The EP ‘Why Do Anything?’ is out now via Heist or Hit. The band will also be playing a pair of socially distanced EP launch shows in November. Visit here for tickets and see details of both seated events below.

4 November @ Signature Brew Walthamstow, London
12 November @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Sounds like: Thor Rixon, Chromeo, Patawawa, Bamily, Vulfpeck, Tame Impala, Still Woozy, Kaytranada

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Beau Turrentine – Animals

Beau Turrentine by Jessica DiMento

Beau Turrentine by Jessica DiMento

Nashville-based singer and songwriter and all-round rock’n’roller Beau Turrentine shares his new single ‘Animals’, taking a closer look at how unpredictable and animalistic human nature can be.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Jack White, Orville Peck

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Kip Macklejar – The Coal Miner’s Daughter

Kip Macklejar

Continuing the rock vibes is Kip Macklejar and his new single, ‘The Coal Miner’s Daughter’. Surprisingly, Kip is from Copenhagen, and this is not your usual Scandi-music affair – you won’t find any ethereal dreamscapes here.

Sounds like: Jack White

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Lazy Queen – Last Call

Lazy Queen by Fabian Framdal Fjeldvik

Lazy Queen by Fabian Framdal Fjeldvik

Reckless Norweigian punks, Lazy Queen shares ‘Last Call’. Reminiscent of raw garage demos recorded in garages in the early Noughties, the track sees lead singer Henrik take an objective view on personal struggles surrounding addiction & mental health.

Sounds like: Nothing But Thieves, The Hunna, The Amazons, Nirvana, Death Cab for Cutie

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SHARDS – 2020 (I want to go home)

SHARDS by Giles Holroyd

SHARDS by Giles Holroyd

Time for some authentic indie from Liverpudlian four-piece SHARDS. Their new single ‘2020 (I want to go home)’ sums up how we’re probably all feeling about the year in a hazy and nostalgic manner.

Sounds like: The Charlatans, Sundara Karma, Black Honey

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Emanuel – Black Woman

Emanuel by Eric Miles

Emanuel by Eric Miles

Rising star Emanuel shares the powerful new visuals for his latest single, ‘Black Woman’, out now on Universal Music Canada.

Shining a light on Black women, the Jamar Harding-directed video in Los Angeles features women of various ages, shades and lifestyles, as the resilience, beauty and uniqueness of the Black woman’s spirit is portrayed.

Emanuel explains,

“‘Black Woman’ is about reconciliation and also celebration – celebrating how strong our women are and how they hold us up,” says Emanuel. “People might think this song was written as a response to the moment right now but it’s saying the exact same thing it was saying when it was written a year ago – ‘I see you, I recognize you, I appreciate you and I love you’.”

It forms part of Emanuel’s “I AM BLACK WOMXN” portrait series, creatively directed by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, that puts five influential Black women from Toronto’s artistic and advocacy communities in the spotlight. View the portrait series and vignettes HERE.

Sounds like: John Legend, Dylan Sinclair, Son Little, Michael Kiwanuka

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