Tall Blonde – Wonderful

Tall Blonde - Wonderful

Sweden exports a lot of audacious acts, and it’s rare to find music from an artist that doesn’t fit that bill.

Cue the project of timid indie pop crooner, Frithiof Stenvall (aka Tall Blonde), who resides amongst the Northern forests of Sweden.

Frithiof initially found interest in music when he formed a band in 2013. The self-named project released three singles but things took a turn in 2017, when two of the band’s members left and Frithiof suddenly found himself fronting a solo project. Not deterred by the unexpected news, Frithiof took the new name Tall Blonde and finished writing his EP ‘Wonderful’, out today on Diginorth / Musichelp.

Sounds like: Tom Odell, Coldplay, Cage The Elephant, Radiohead

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Sea Girls – Eat Me Whole

Sea Girls - Eat Me Whole

It’s yet another banger from British indie rock band, Sea Girls!

Much like the source of its inspiration, ‘Eat Me Whole’ is impulsive and feisty in nature, and was written when vocalist Henry Camamile witnessed a vibe-killing disagreement at a party.

Live dates

18th April Heartbreakers, Southampton (supp. The Academic)
19th April The Garage, London (supp. The Academic)
21st April The Cellar, Oxford (supp. The Academic)
22nd April Mama Roux’s, Birmingham (supp. The Academic)
6th May Liverpool Sound City
17th-19th May The Great Escape, Brighton
15th July Citadel Festival, London
20 – 22nd July Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
4th August Belladrum Festival, Scotland
25th August Reading Festival
26th August Leeds Festival

UK Headline Tour

4th October Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
5th October King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
11th October Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
12th October The Leadmill, Sheffield
13th October Think Tank, Newcastle
18th October Scala, London
19th October The Haunt, Brighton
20th October Joiners Arms, Southampton
21st October Thekla, Bristol
+ further dates to be added. All gigs are 14+ except Scala 16+

Sounds like: The Kooks, The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Swimming Tapes, Slow Riot, Two Door Cinema Club

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Felix Räuber – WALL

Felix Räuber by Madlen Krippendorf

Meet German producer Felix Räuber.

No, his debut solo single ‘WALL’ is not a tech-house track, despite what his press shot may look like, but rather rich and fragile cinematic pop that builds and erupts into something simply mind-blowing.

‘WALL’ is neo-classical and electronic in its nature. Initially intended as a remix of the song of the same name by composer Nils Frahm, it quickly developed into a track of its own.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Solomon Grey, Son Lux, Nils Frahm, Ulrich Schnauss

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Electro-pop princess RAINDEAR today releases ‘SKY’, a song inspired by escapism and self-determination.

It follows on from the huge success of ‘Diamonds In My Chest’, and reminds us just how adventurous and quirky RAINDEAR is in both her songwriting and production skills.

Disclosure: I am RAINDEAR’s publicist at the time of writing.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Ballet School, Kate Boy, Lykke Li, Phantogram, Santigold, SBTRKT, CSS

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BoTalks – Fuck It Feat. Caroline Pennell


We are loving these two – a former X Factor winner who goes by the name of Alex Lee Kinsey, and a Swedish songwriter/producer Johan Lindbrant. They both run the Los Angeles-based project BoTalks, creating catchy and melodic electronic pop through fluid but fun songwriting processes.

Their sophomore release, ‘Fuck It’ featuring the legendary vocals of singer/songwriter Caroline Pennell, is about letting love slip through your fingers, but somehow embracing all the feelings you tried to ignore.

Sounds like: Fickle Friends, Billie Eilish

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STEELE – Know Her


Kicking off our weekly gems on International Women’s Day is dark pop project STEELE with ‘Know Her’.

Comprised of producers Charles Elmi, Dejan Sajinovic and Swedish vocalist/artist STEELE, the heavy and progressive sounds they create slot nicely alongside the likes of Monogem or Banks.

Listen to the sultry ‘Know Her’ below, which is taken from their forthcoming LP on Firegate Music.

Sounds like: Monogem, Banks

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Tiaryn – Falling


Tiaryn is an exciting Australian artist who is making waves this side of the world.

Her new single ‘Falling’ is the first single off an upcoming EP. It’s laid back and feel-good song that reflects on the evolution of a young relationship; from initial infatuation to the thrilling discovery of true connection.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Jorja Smith, Caswell


Alexx Mack – Wine In Bed

Alexx Mack

A refreshing break appears to be just what Alexx Mack needed, because she is back with a song of epic proportions, and something that we all can relate to – ‘Wine In Bed’.

Inspired by her own toxic coping mechanisms, Alexx explains,

“Wine in Bed is about me learning that my coping methods were adding to the toxicity in my life and relationships. I would drink and cross my fingers to feel better, and almost every time I’d end up making another mistake. I thought that every sign was pointing to me needing to be alone, the truth was that I was pushing everything good in my life away.”

Sounds like: Charli XCX, Julia Michaels, Halsey, Kate Boy, The 1975, The Magnettes

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SAGE – Not Really

SAGE - Not Really

It’s a battle of the pop songs this week, that was until we heard ‘Not Really’ by SAGE. There really is no competition!

The feminist pop track has been produced by double-diamond producer PJ Bianco (Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, ARIZONA) and written by SAGE alongside famously rumoured actual Britney Spears vocalist, Myah Marie Langston.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Grimes, Billie Eilish, Britney Spears, Linney

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Lucy Neville – Ransom

Lucy Neville

Young choir singer-turned songwriter Lucy Neville has hit us hard with her sweet vocals and striking lyrics on ‘Ransom’, a song about falling in lust and then in love.

Australian-born, you’d be forgiven for thinking Lucy was brought up in Nashville surrounded by country and pop, a true testament to her talent.

Sounds like: Kygo, Griffin

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Scottish born “ethereal pop” artist Y.A.S is sending good ‘VIBRATIONS’ with her new single.

A Drake-style loop kicks off the track preparing us for Y.A.S’ rapturous vocals to kick in. A song about an incredibly rare connection so deep with someone that you can communicate without words.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Caswell, JONES, Raye, Jake Alder

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TEEN RAVINE – Hall of Horrors

Teen Ravine

Toronto’s Teen Ravine (Nick Rose and Dan Griffin) share the John Smith-directed video for ‘Hall Of Horrors’, a melancholic track about feeling lost and reaching out for someone who’s no longer there.

This dreamy song is ironically about nightmares – running around in circles, trapped in a fuzzy lovesick state surrounded by a “mirrored hall of horrors”.

Sounds like: The Carpenters, The Avalanches, Chet Faker, The Japanese House

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Emma Elisabeth – Soul Traveller

Emma Elisabeth - Soul Traveller

The dewy folktronica tones of Swedish-raised artist Emma Elisabeth have immediately struck a chord with us.

Her slightly eery single ‘Soul Traveller’ is the first release from her coming debut album, something that was not initially planned by Emma during her creative outburst in Berlin, where she now resides.

Listen below.

She plays SXSW, as follows:

Barracuda Backyard on Monday, March 12 from 8:30 PM to 9:10 PM
Esther’s Follies on Friday, March 16, Time TBA

Barracuda, German Haus Event, March 10 from 22.10 PM to 22.50 PM
Second Play Stage – SFA / Thursday 15th / 4:00pm (stripped back set)
Second Play Stage – Hilton Cannon + Bell / Friday 16th / 6:00pm (stripped back set)

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Lucy Rose, Laurel, First Aid Kit, Susanne Sundfør

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Fakear – Lost in Time

Fakear - Lost in Time

Meet French producer Fakear, who creates interesting music within the indie and electronic realms.

His new single ‘Lost In Time’ takes things one step further with its amalgamation of worldly sounds and instrumentation, but it somehow this intense mix works.

Sounds like: ODESZA, Shy Girls, Zhu, Kasbo, Petit Biscuit

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Patawawa – Patagonia


Patawawa share the bright and infectious video for ‘Patagonia’.

When we first heard the single earlier in the year, we thought the trio were from Paris and not Derbyshire, but it seems we are not the only ones to see this connection – the video has fittingly been created by one of France’s hottest illustrators and animators, Regards Coupables.

Watch below.

Sounds like: Shy Luv, Calvin Harris, Two Door Cinema Club

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