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Christine and the Queens – People, I’ve been sad

Christine and the Queens

Christine and the Queens shares the beautiful ‘People, I’ve been sad’.

A minimalistic and melancholic rendition, sung in both English and French, it’s a true piece of Letessier’s still vulnerable heart about teenage sorrow, an inward approach and yet a sad unity.

Watch the COLORS session below.

Sounds like: HAIM, MUNA, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Robyn, Empress Of, Roisin Murphy, St. Vincent, ÄTNA

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VEAUX – You Won’t Say That

VEAUX - You Won't Say That

Despite nearing their thirties, Nashville-based VEAUX is bustling with electro-pop energy that’s big on head and heart.

Although life so far might not have gone completely the way the trio planned, they’re taking the opportunity to connect with fans about it.

Expect the release of their 2020 Mixtape and see them on the upcoming national headlining tour.

Sounds like: LOYALS, Hardcastle, MILKK, 90’s Kids, Miike Snow

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STRØM – Mermaid

STRØM

Swedish-born, Berlin-based producer/artist STRØM shares his mesmerising new single, ‘Mermaid’, taken from his forthcoming ‘Immortal’ album.

Using the project as an experimental outlet for musical expression free of genre bounds, his music embodies this ethos.

In ‘Mermaid’, echoes of Swedish dust drift over a deeply dark electronic melody and sweeping melodies, further showcasing STRØM’s captivating production prowess.

It’s out now on This Is Scandinavia/Sony Music. His debut album, ‘Immortal’, is released on 21 February.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, TENDER, Solomon Grey, James Blake

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Solomon Grey – Interstate 695

Solomon Grey

London based electronic duo Solomon Grey returns with the breathtaking new single called ‘Interstate 695’, showcasing the first in a selection of new works culminating in the forthcoming EP ‘Music For Picture: Vol. I (Parallels)’ released on 27 March.

Soundtrack ready, the new single is dynamic, an ethereal track with bold analogue synths, pulsing drums, wide strings and other orchestral score elements. Inspiration for the song came from Solomon Grey’s soundtrack work, in their words “we played with the idea of watching films of our childhood. Inspired by our youth and looking at it from where we are now. What did that innocence mean to us now, and how would we score it.”

Sounds like: Aquilo, Heaven 17, Depeche Mode, Ásgeir, Chet Faker, James Vincent McMorrow, Hozier, Lane 8, The National, Son Lux, M83, James Blake, Bon Iver

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Lucia & The Best Boys – City of Angels

Lucia

Lucia & The Best Boys shares brand new single ‘City Of Angels’, taken from their ‘Eternity EP’, both out now via Sweet Jane Recordings.

With a nod to driving 80’s inspirations combined with a frontwoman, who bleeds a fierce rock attitude, ‘City of Angels’ focuses on isolation and the trappings of society. Lucia Fairfull explains,

“City of Angels is for anyone who has ever felt unaccepted in society, and trapped in a mindset of anxiety.

“People are constantly judging themselves, others, and comparing the two, which is now intensified by social media. The point is that we do not live in a world full of perfect people (A city of Angels), everyone is entitled to originality, flaws, and no one should feel the need to suppress their personality for the sake of someone else, who probably has also felt the same way.”

Live

23 Feb – Manchester YES Bar Headline
24 Feb – St Albans The Horn Headline
25 Feb – London Shacklewell Arms Headline
12 Mar – Glasgow King Tuts Headline
23 Mar – Dundee Church w/ The Ninth Wave
24 Mar – Aberdeen Tunnels w/ The Ninth Wave

Sounds like: Pat Benatar, Yonaka, Calva Louise, Courtney Love

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TENDER – 6 In The Morning

TENDER - 6 In The Morning

After a hiatus, TENDER returns with ‘6 In The Morning’, showing a slightly new direction for the duo.

Stripping it back to basics, James Cullen and Dan Cobb’s new release is upfront and at times, takes an unnerving dive into self-reflection.

“The track ‘6 in the Morning’ is about the bitter, petty end to a relationship, where both parties do things to push the other away,” says Cullen. “Avoiding being the one to call it off, they intend to do things to make the other break. When the relationship finally ends, it brings relief.”

“We have all been in those situations, where it seems easier to stay in a bitter and toxic environment instead of just calling it off. It’s like pulling off a plaster. The slower you do it, the more pain it causes.”

Sounds like: MOTHXR, Jungle, Glass Animals, HUNTAR, Caribou, Air, The National, Tame Impala, Boxed In, Honne

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Flawes – Highlights

Flawes

Fast-rising British alt-pop band Flawes is comprised of JC, Huss and Freddie. They’ve just released their debut 12 track album, ‘Highlights’.

The lead single – co-written with Nick Atkinson and Ed Holloway (Lewis Capaldi, Gabrielle Aplin) – explores the band’s relationship with social media and its negative impact on the world.

Live

5 Feb – Jumbo Records (instore), Leeds
31 Mar – London, Omeara
1 Apr – Manchester, The Castle
2 Apr – Poetry Club, Glasgow

Listen to ‘Highlights’ in full below.

Sounds like: Larkins, Twin Atlantic, Biffy Clyro, Bastille

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Victoria’s Flight – Love Will Come Back

Victoria's Flight

Glasgow band Victoria’s Flight shares new single ‘Love Will Come Back’, the third in a trilogy of singles that together tell the story of a summer of love and loss.

An accidental song that took very little time to create, it’s got a bittersweet attitude and once again showcases the band’s ability to write rich and memorable melodies.

We can’t wait to see what else is to come…

Sounds like: Sea Girls, Blossoms, Biffy Clyro

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BAILE – Leave Me feat. Kauf

BAILE - Leave Me feat. Kauf

In a perfect musical match, depressive house electronic producer, BAILE (aka Reed Kackley) teams up with Los Angeles-based vocalist, Kauf, who is best known for his ability to create music that can be so introvert and emotive, yet at the same time be sonic and mind-altering.

The new single ‘Leave Me’ starts out with simple chords (recorded by BAILE on an abandoned upright piano near the entrance of his rehearsal place) before the addition of empty beer bottles, analogue synths and acoustics bring the track to life. Kauf adds a narrative on impending heartache, beautifully articulating the agonising grief of lost love.

Listen below.

Sounds like: James Blake, Rhye, Fjord, SBTRKT, Asgeir, Solomon Grey

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MAX RAD – Old Toy

MAX RAD

Introducing singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist MAX RAD.

Born in the peaceful countryside of Stroud in Gloucestershire, the now-London based artist reflects on the tranquillity and silence of his birth place to create an emotionally deeper type of music. Since moving to London, an increase in anxiety has led to his music taking a slightly different turn.

His new single ‘Old Toy’ takes on a deeply personal message about holding on to something you love during a painful time.

Speaking on the track, Max says, “Old Toy is about missing someone, the passing of time making it worse. It is about nostalgia. Being stuck in a sadness from missing the person and the issues it causes.”

Sounds like: Tash Sultana, Foals, Chet Faker

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