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School of X – Forgot Me on the Moon

School of X

School of X (aka Rasmus Littauer) shares the visuals for new single, ‘Forgot Me on the Moon’.

What starts off as a sombre beginning, soon turns into an uplifting slice of pop.

Ten years ago, a much younger Littauer first wrote the chorus to an unfinished song out of anger, unable to take the initiative of moving on from a fading love. However, the song now shows a newfound sense of resolve in the face of heartbreak and confusion.

His debut album ‘Armlock’ is out next week.

Sounds like: Augustine, MØ, Máni Orrason, Soleima, Goss, Mura Masa, Clairo, Röyksopp, Lo Moon, Mew, Thomas Azier

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chillhum – I’m Slippin’

chillhum – I'm Slippin'

Los Angeles-based chillhum blends guitar-led pop sounds with future-beat/electronica.

A potentially unusual combination, his new single ‘I’m Slippin’ shows how it can be done successfully, immediately captivating us with lush and slightly erratic beats that are delicately weaved with his smooth vocals.

He explains,

“I felt as if the song was building towards an eerie and almost disorienting climax, and that’s what I tried to achieve with my sound design, all of which I did entirely from scratch. The way the almost acoustic verse and pre-chorus build and lead into the droning lead synth and distorted bass reminded me of the feeling of transitioning between two different states of mind. This idea is where the lyrical concept of “I’m Slippin” was really solidified, and I tried to draw on my own personal experiences to give the listener vivid descriptive phrases that made them feel almost as if they themselves are making such a transition just from listening to the song.”

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

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Emily Litta – Not a Love Song

Emily Litta

Emily Litta is a name you absolutely should remember. Based in London, her half-Kiwi/half-Italian heritage had inspired her to travel the world and immerse herself in different musical cultures, culminating in her new material releasing across 2020.

Her latest single ‘Not A Love Song’ is an anti-love song intended to be an “unfiltered fuck you”, as Emily puts it. The record perfectly displays the unique abilities the young singer possesses that distinguish her from the ever-growing crowd. Her delivery grabs you from the outset, it’s hard to find a direct comparison. Taking influence from her love of both urban and jazz subgenres, the resulting tone and delivery of the vocals we as listeners receive is outstanding and endlessly interesting.

Despite this record being only her sixth release, it’s clear that Emily has a strong creative vision behind each of her works.

Sounds like: Tinashe, No Doubt, TLC, Lana Del Rey

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Future Jr. – Rewind

Future Jr.

Your “friendly neighbourhood goodboi” Future Jr. returns to release ‘Rewind’.

Taking a mental trip back to his summer of 2019, Future Jr. reflects on better times with his friends in what he calls the best summer of his life.

A perfect light-hearted antidote to the dark and often lonely days and nights in isolation.

Sounds like: joan, XY&O, Colouring, EXES, Akurei, Nightly

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Flawes – Don’t Count Me Out (Lowlights Version)

Flawes

Setting the mood with their live four-track EP, British alt-pop trio Flawes share ‘Lowlights’, out now via Red Bull Records.

With echoes of classical pianist Ludovico Einaudi and even the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, the stripped-back ‘Don’t Count Me Out’ gives the listener an opportunity to get to know the band on a much deeper level, as the band remove their invisible rockstar barrier.

Undeterred by lockdown, the band has also been recording and releasing a series of isolation sessions, with each member performing remotely from their own home.

Watch one below.

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

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Kate Lynn – Easy For You

Kate Lynn

New alternative pop act Kate Lynn returns with her second single of 2020. Following her debut single ‘Summer 09’ and sophomore release ‘Told You to Stay’, ‘Easy For You’ is the summer pop break-up anthem we all need to hear at least once in our lives.

Now living in Nashville, the young singer-songwriter draws from personal experiences, specifically in this case discussing the emotions she felt during an awkward run-in with her ex. “It just made me think about how you can go from knowing someone on such a deep level to strangers in only a few months, I was still frustrated with how things ended and couldn’t understand how it was so easy for him to move on.

The song begins with a perfect introduction to Kate’s softer tones and sublime vocal control. As the track grows, the power within the delivery builds to match culminating in a huge anthemic finale. Full of luscious synths and a catchy hook in the chorus, ‘Easy For You’ is a hard tune to ignore.

Sounds like: Dagny, Ralph

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Ed Prosek – Make It Easy

Ed Prosek

Ed Prosek takes an unexpected turn and shows us his creative vision in his video for new single, ‘Make It Easy’. As talented as Ed Prosek may be, the star of this particular feature is no doubt Nino – a small white dog which you can’t help but stare at. We cannot 100% confirm the breed, sorry! The video features Nino singing the song in its entirety, allowing a sense of fun into a deeply personal lyric.

The record itself occupies a unique space between soulful singer-songwriter and pop artist, Jack Garrett. An obvious appeal to this record is the outstanding vocal talent Ed possesses, summoning us with a soulful and powerful tonal edge. This is of course occupied by the undeniable writing talents of the British native.

Expect his EP ‘Flesh & Blood Part Two’ to be released in the summer.

Sounds like: Jack Garratt, Frightened Rabbit, Bruce Springsteen, Ten Fé, Chet Faker, Talos, Solomon Grey, Aquilo

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Sour Face – Paradise Ain’t So Cheap

Sour Face - Paradise Ain't So Cheap

Brand new Los Angeles-based duo Sour Face woo us with their new single, ‘Paradise Ain’t So Cheap’.

Packed with intricate twists and turns and the nonconformist attitude of Glass Animals, Sour Face continues to challenge addiction in a song packed full of very real demons.

Sounds like: Glass Animals

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PREP – Pictures Of You

PREP by Meg Meyer

We are excited to share PREP‘s single, ‘Pictures of You’.

A nonchalant nu-disco vibe laced with summery alt-funk and pop, this is something the foursome shine at. They comprise of Grammy-nominated producer Dan Radclyffe (AlunaGeorge, Foxes & Chronixx), French drummer Guillaume Jambel (George Fitzgerald, Odyssey & Kasabian), Welsh keys player Llywelyn Ap Myrddin and London vocalist & frontman Tom Havelock (Snakehips, Celeste, Anna Of The North).

Sounds like: Supertramp, Kaytranada, Mac DeMarco, Thundercat, Chronixx

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Caswell – Distraction

Caswell - Distraction

Soulstress Caswell returns with ‘Distraction’, and it’s just that amidst these tough times.

Her signature sound is rich in vocal intelligence with attractive soul-pop melodies. This time, Caswell shows a more brazen side, as she questions why the rebound is such a taboo topic to talk about.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Skott, Lorde, Charlotte Cardin, Jorja Smith, JONES, Ray BLK, Sigrid, Maggie Rogers

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JYLDA – Jeopardy

JYLDA by Sophia Payne

JYLDA by Sophia Payne

Quirky and off-kilter is JYLDA‘s musical middle name.

Glitchy jazz chords mixed and soulful vocals represent her mysterious and experimental new single, ‘Jeopardy’ – a homage to risk and produced in collaboration with classical composer Marino Arcaro.

Sounds like: FKA Twigs, Arca

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Alan Finan – The Drive

Alan Finan

Rising Irish folk singer/songwriter Alan Finan shares his new single, ‘The Drive’.

Inspired by a visit to a town in rural Ireland deeply affected by a car accident that had changed the lives of families throughout the town, it’s a track that examines a theme of movement and travel in a simple and evolving manner.

Sounds like: Ben Howard, Talos, James Vincent McMorrow, RY X

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Smalls – Tail Lights

Smalls - Tail Lights

Singer-songwriter Will Robinson delights us with his debut single from a new project called Smalls.

Hailing from Sydney in Australia, Smalls set out to write a song about “the ups and downs of being in a committed relationship with a loved one who struggles with their mental health.” Many of us have been through an experience like this, and those who have, know the struggles that this can pose.

With a very British indie band sound, sonically, it takes no longer than 10 seconds to feel the influences of The 1975 and Sea Girls on the track, as layers of shimmering synths fill you with joy.

Will continues to say in a statement – “You want to logically communicate to this person that they are loved and cared for, but depression and anxiety don’t present themselves in a logical manner, so the song is about the struggle of understanding that.

Sounds like: Hoofa, Sea Girls, The 1975

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Izzy Bizu – Faded

Izzy Bizu - Faded

The wonderful Izzy Bizu returns with her first single of 2020 called ‘Faded’.

Written in the aftermath of an exhausting fall-out that left her feeling drained, ‘Faded’ marks a strong new return for the acclaimed British singer.

Lashings of sway-inducing licks and subtle disco-pop, Izzy says of the song,

“It’s one of those weird feelings; when you’re with them you feel faded but when you’re without them you feel faded in another way; and you can’t decide if you want them in or out of your life.”

Sounds like: JONES, Zak Abel, Ella Eyre, RAY BLK, Gabrielle Aplin, Lady Gaga, Solange

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