Briskey – I Will Be Here

Briskey - Nothing To Lose

Australian pop artist Briskey releases his astoundingly catchy debut EP, ‘Nothing To Lose’.

A first attempt of producing, Briskey eventually teamed up with renowned Australian engineer JP Fung, resulting in an EP full of bedroom dance-pop feelings of loneliness, emotions & ambitions that push the limits of Briskey’s songwriting ability.

You can listen to the EP and synth-pop single ‘I Will Be Here’ below, which is about the butterfly state you feel at the start of a relationship.

Sounds Like: Bazzi, Charlie Puth, The Weeknd, Troye Sivan, Calvin Harris

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ALBRT – With You

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ALBRT is the project of Italian songwriter and producer Alberto Pagnin, born from his urgent desire to express himself by combining electronic pop music with minimal ambient and piano compositions.

His brand-new single, titled ‘With You‘, is a nocturnal electro banger full of dreamy vocals, smooth synths and massive dose of Jamie XX vibes.

Speaking about it, he explains: “I painted a melancholic harmony with the bass; but I wanted something more, something magical and nostalgic. I wanted to create an ethereal modern piece, something that makes you feel like you’re floating on a cloud. So I added harp arpeggio, dreamy vibes, reverb-soaked textures and my beloved piano on top of that. The result is ‘With You’, possibly the most romantic songs I’ve ever written

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FIERO – Reunion

FIERO by Collin Erie

FIERO by Collin Erie

Slotting in perfectly amongst some of the wonderful female-led acts music has to offer in 2020 is FIERO – a duo comprised of Los Angeles-based Kelsey Bulkin and Nashville-based Joseph Bogan.

They have just released their new EP, ‘Reunion’ – a collection of four indietronica based songs. With their breezy vocals that glow with a vintage aesthetic, you feel wrapped in a warm musical blanket, that invigorates the ultimate euphoric and dream-pop state.

Speaking about the new EP, the band says,

“Everything in existence is one. this oneness has never been more clear than now with the cause and effect of individual actions affecting the whole. when you see more of life you realize everything eventually comes together or collides or collapses. all appearance of separation or division are temporary and are serving an eventual and inevitable reunion. the oneness cannot be divided; not in any real sense. these songs are sensitive and pulsing as the heart is as it journeys through the wilderness into that promised land. fiero means bold and i like to think of it as the abandon that comes when you have nothing left to lose and everything feels cheap except what’s in your heart.”

Sounds like: Shura, Anna Of The North, Say Lou Lou, Wet, Paperwhite, Scavenger Hunt, HAERTS, Prinze George, MS MR, Mr Little Jeans, Men I Trust

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jens – Tough Love

jens

Rising Norwegian pop songwriter jens shares ‘Tough Love’, taken from his new EP, ‘Call Me Back When You Get A Moment’. It’s another feel-good pop anthem, firmly rooted with a potent chorus hook and instant danceability.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, Myylo, Charlie Puth, Dagny

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Lazy Queen – Gutted

Lazy Queen by Fabian Framdal Fjeldvik

Lazy Queen by Fabian Framdal Fjeldvik

From one Norweigan act to another. At completely different ends of the spectrum, alt-rock outfit Lazy Queen shares brazen new single, ‘Gutted’. Discussing the topic of self-destruction, addiction and recovery, it’s spirited punk rock with an upbeat pop hook throughout.

Sounds like: Nothing But Thieves, The Hunna, The Amazons

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j. pastel – Senegal

j. pastel - Senegal

Chicago producers Chase Durrett and Casey Bruce – aka j. pastel – formed in the summer of 2019, and have been fusing 80’s synths and dreamy guitars with funk moves in their bedroom ever since. Listen to ‘Senegal’ below.

Sounds like: De Rien, gvn, Gaspar Narby, ford., Akurei

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Phil Good – Falling

Phil Good

Los Angeles Phil Good is back with a new breakup-inspired track called ‘Falling’. Despite being laid-back, the music video manages to convey the emotion of the song.

Sounds like: Honne, Joseph Salvat, Miike Snow, Glass Animals, Joywave, Just Kiddin’, San Holo

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Gillian Heidi – Fray

Gillian Heidi - Fray

At just 16, it’s hard to believe that pop singer-songwriter Gillian Heidi is already creating such raw and emotive tracks that reflect about relationships in a poetic eloquence not often seen of this age group. Listen to ‘Fray’ below.

Sounds like: Kelly Clarkson, Vanessa Carlton

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Tungz – Somebody To Get Shy With Feat. Bad Sounds

Tungz by Cameron Nicoll

Tungz by Cameron Nicoll

Bristol-based outfit Tungz shares the bright and psych-pop tinged single ‘Somebody To Get Shy With’, featuring our all-time favs and fellow Bristolians, Bad Sounds.

Bringing definite sunkissed vibes (much needed at this time, thank you very much guys) and a breezy attitude, we can’t get enough of their addictive swagger.

Speaking about the new collaboration, Tungz said,

“We’ve been fans of Bad Sounds for so long and always felt a spiritual connection to their vibe. We gradually got to know them through the Bristol scene going to each other’s shows and hanging out afterwards. So when the Tungzphone rang and the gang wanted to do a song with us we were buzzed as fuzz. We’ve only ever produced music at home so it was crazy to see the Bad Sounds mothership and sit side by side exploring new musical worlds. It was so cool to get to know the guys better, and bring into real life the connection we’d felt to them both as fans and Bristol music people. The song is about changing relationships: falling for a friend and not knowing how to deal with your new feelings.”

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

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April – Watching You Disappear

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Rising Irish act April reflects on the intention to forget with ‘Watching You Disappear,’ the latest cut from her second EP ‘Luna’, out October 23. It’s an elegant pop ballad made unique by her hypnotic vocals and brilliant songwriting.

The track is accompanied by a video directed by Callum L. James, which sees April move through a hazy night out, tying closely to the track’s meaning.

April explains; “I wrote ‘Watching You Disappear’ at a time I was going out loads and doing things to take my mind off things and feelings, so the title is basically about me watching someone fade away in my mind as I preoccupy my brain! I used to listen to “I’ll come too” by James Blake every night I’d go out, so I put the lyric “I’m in that kinda mood” in my song as a little homage.

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HYYTS – Lonely People

Hailing from Glasgow, HYYTS are best friends and flatmates Adam and Sam. Androgynous, inclusive, and ones to watch for 2020 as they unashamedly infiltrate the pop sphere proving pop is no longer a dirty word. Inspired by unconventional sounds and with a sonic palette that traverses genres, their sound draws from underground club culture, production laced with brooding beats and soaring pop ambition alongside frontman Adam’s work as a music therapist in some of Scotland’s toughest prisons providing a deep pool of emotion teamed with the theatre of sonic weaver Sam’s performance, drawing from his time curating and promoting underground nights around Edinburgh.

With their latest single ‘Lonely People‘, they continue to explore their genre-bending sound with the flux of life’s trials and tribulations. It’s a neon-drenched, euphoric banger that builds to a crescendo with soaring production and contrasted with an emotional, coming-of-age narrative.

Chatting about the single, singer Adam says: “Lonely People is about growing up and realising that you should always leave yourself open to be hurt because any kind of happy life needs some sadness in it. It’s better to feel anything than nothing. It’s a coming of age song and basically a wee bit of advice I wish someone had given me when I started going out and getting full of booze and drugs.

Watch the stunning acoustic rendition of track here below:

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Lars and The Magic Mountain – Invincible

Lars and the Magic Mountain by Sanja Marusiç

Lars and the Magic Mountain by Sanja Marusiç

All-round creative, Dutch musician Lars Kroon has been making music for years in the Yacht punk band St. Tropez.

He now turns his ideas to a new project, a self-described cult-like art band called Lars and The Magic Mountain.

Reminiscent of spacey and symphonic bands such as Arcade Fire, The Velvet Underground, and The Jesus and Mary Chain, his music is full of hope, devotion, sincerity and love. You can watch the kaleidoscopic and cosmic visuals for his new single, ‘Invincible’.

His album, ‘Everything Looks Good From Here’ will be presented is out on 2 October.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Velvet Underground, Beck

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Gaspar Narby – Sleepless Feat. LEES

Gaspar Narby

Wonderful bedroom pop producer Gaspar Narby releases the dreamy ‘Sleepless’ featuring the ethereal vocals of LEES.

Another slice of downtempo electronica with melancholic pop tendencies and delicate melodies, Gaspar further explains,

“Sleepless, the EP’s first single, is the third song I write with LEES. She’s one of my closest friends and such a gifted writer; she just knows how to tell vivid stories through catchy melodies. This song is about the beautiful memories that haunt you, the ones you’d like to forget but never want to let go. It’s an uplifting sad song, basically!”

The ’Collab’ EP is out on 11 December via Radicalis.

Sounds like: Sufjan Stevens, Summer Heart, Bonobo

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ÄTNA – Grinding

ÄTNA

Looking incredibly familiar in their press picture, with a glint of political satire, the Avante-Garde German duo ÄTNA releases their dark and rebellious new single, ‘Grinding’.

Sounds like: Grimes, Fever Ray, Vök, Kllo, Christine & The Queens, I Break Horses

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Benji Lewis – Everything’s Alright

Benji Lewis - Everything's Alright

Australian artist Benji Lewis shares the result of his recent lockdown songwriting, with ‘Everything’s Alright’. Written with Golden Vessel, the track touches on the importantness of freedom.

Sounds like: The 1975, The Kite String Tangle, Antony Hegarty, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Yazz, Jack Garratt, Disclosure, Jeremy Zucker, Shallou, Emmit Fenn

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Alex Frew – Antisocial Love Song Feat. A Is for Arrows

Alex Frew

Alex Frew touches on the difficulties of being alone with new song, ‘Antisocial Love Song’, featuring the delicate tones of A Is for Arrows. A pop ballad at heart with harder hitting lyrics.

Sounds like: Gaspar Narby

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Nicole Chambers – Warm Body

Nicole Chambers

Nicole Chambers is confidence setting in her single ‘Warm Body’, taken from her debut album, ‘Voice of a Virgo’. A new voice on the R&B and neo-soul scene, with a killer falsetto that demands attention.

Sounds like: Caswell, Jorja Smith

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Asha Gold – Debut

Asha Gold

Showing how you can make music regardless of a lockdown, rising UK artist Asha Gold shares her sweet new single ‘Debut’, written on Zoom with producer Mitch Jones.

Sounds like: Nakala, Frank Ocean, Rosalia

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Ryan Jantz – Real

Ryan Jantz

Authentic artist Ryan Jantz faces the ‘Real’ in the new self-produced single. Taking cues from the psych-pop world, ‘Real’ is both fun and quirky.

Sounds like: Glass Animals, Toro Y Moi, Mac DeMarco

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Joe Parsons – Repair

Joe Parsons

Gay comedian and musician Joe Parsons shows a vulnerable and serious side in his new single, ‘Repair’. With tinges of folktronica and alt-pop, the shimmering track is written about toxic masculinity.

Sounds like: Yoke Lore, Fleet Foxes

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Webmoms – Pasta Bake Feat. Maddy

Webmoms

Cornwall-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Karum Cooper has a new lo-fi jazz/soul project called Webmoms. The new single ‘Summer Salad’ is a tasty selection of rich, audible treats with jazzy licks and organic grooves.

Sounds like: Jorja Smith, Loyle Carner, Oscar Jerome

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