Keir Gibson – Circles

Keir Gibson

Following the successful release of debut single ‘Eyes Wide’ and follow up ‘Hollow’, new Scottish sensation Keir Gibson treats us to ‘Circles’, an emotional journey with an alt-pop twist.

From the outset, Keir’s powerful voice and soulful tones reminiscent of Lewis Capaldi take centre stage. However, Keir has no issue separating himself from the obvious comparison, the record itself builds a stunning radio-ready space in which we can delve into the meaning behind his lyrics, and showcase his talents to the full, culminating in a huge, emotion-filled grande finale.

Sounds like: Lewis Capaldi, James Arthur, Maggie Rogers, Julia Michaels, Lauv

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Petit Biscuit – I Leave Again Feat. Shallou

Petit Biscuit - I Leave Again Feat. Shallou

French producer, composer, and songwriter Petit Biscuit has teamed up with the forward-thinking artist, Shallou, on tranquil and nostalgic new single, ‘I Leave Again’.

Petit Biscuit explains about the collab,

“We first met when Shallou supported me on my first American tour and what I saw on stage was absolutely crazy. Joe is a passionate guy and a nice human being and we became friends. I came to the US in April 2019 for a change of scenery to get some inspiration for my new music and I invited Joe to come to where I was staying to work on some music together. We spent hours listening to a lot of different stuff and tried lots of different things, but it wasn’t until a few months later that we had finally found the perfect tune to collaborate on. “I Leave Again” is about the end of a relationship with all of its nostalgia, but we’ve tried to turn it into “the song to a new start,” with all of the excitement that it can bring.”

As for Shallou, he remarks,

“In some ways, this pandemic has made musicians from all over the world more likely to connect. I have traditionally made music on my own, then sharing the demos with artists over the internet to collaborate with. These past years I’ve made an effort to connect more in person in the studio. Now that it can’t happen, I feel like a lot of bedroom producers are reaching out again the old way. Petit and I connected on this one online and it was really fun to work on something that feels like a true combination of our sounds.”

‘I Leave Again’ is out now via Petit Biscuit’s self-run, wholly independent label Écurie.

Sounds like: Kasbo, Fakear, Talos, pluko, Emmit Fenn, ODESZA, ford., Tep No

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Asha Gold – Passenger

Asha Gold

Classically trained London-based Asha Gold releases her new single ‘Passenger’, one of the first songs she ever wrote during her travels in Europe.

It’s a freedom inspiring release, full of escapism, as Asha keeps on travelling forward in a bid to grow as an individual.

Sounds like: Nakala, Frank Ocean

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The Endorphins – Parachute

The Endorphines

Stockholm siblings The Endorphins shares ‘Parachute’.

A more soulful change in direction to their previous single, ‘Dead or Alive‘, the ’90s inspired R&B breaker was written about intensely falling head over heals for someone.

Sounds like: The Magnettes, Banks, Fabich, Pastel, Midnight Pool Party, Keljet, Caswell

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Junípero – Want To

Junípero

Continuing their quest to musicalise experiences and connect deepest desires, Mexican duo Junípero shares ‘Want To’.

Mixing dream-like melodies in a way that play with every sense, the well balanced folktronica-styled track is both multi-dimensional and atmospheric.

Sounds like: Beach House, Explosions In the Sky, Mogwai, Band of Horses

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Maude Latour – Furniture

Maude Latour

New York City-based Maude Latour‘s bubbly new single ‘Furniture’ is unapologetic as ever.

Written at the lowest point of a breakup, the song oozes bravery with an ounce of playfulness. This is her joyous breakup song, that she now shares with the world!

Sounds like: Caro, Chloe Lilac, Claud

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Urchin – Break In

Urchin

London-based jazz turned indie musician Urchin (aka Leo Appleyard) shares ‘Break In’, taken from his ‘Night Light’ EP.

Making his vocal debut on the left of the centre track, it features gorgeous, heavy vocal melodies that pick up some plucky UK-influenced electronica.

Sounds like: Kudu Blue, Kllo, Two Door Cinema Club, Von Sell, Ratatat

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TALU – Take You Home

Talu

Local Crawley band TALU share their new single ‘Take You Home’.

Recording the drums in a warehouse and everything else in their living room and kitchen, the band captures the joy in everyday moments, offering a delightful slither of nostalgia that you’d desire from a modern day indie-pop band.

Sounds like: The Wombats, Two Door Cinema Club, Sea Girls, Bombay Bicycle Club, Hoofa

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Alice MC – My Love

Alice MC

South London’s Alice MC shares her new single ‘My Love’, taken from her debut EP, ‘Storyteller’.

Despite her music fitting best within the jazz, soul and folk genres, Alice MC started by studying Opera at the Guildhall School. She soon realised her destiny was within the jazz worlds.

Sounds like: Laura Marling, PJ Harvey, Lianne La Havas, Beyoncé, Kate Bush

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joan – Magnetic

joan

New single ‘Magnetic’ from Arkansas duo joan is the result of an almost fairytale story of how the band came together. Working in separate projects at the time, the two first met at a show performing in different groups and became fast friends.

Steven from joan tells us “this song is sentimental. We started writing together while we were still in two separate projects. When I heard Alan working on “magnetic” for his band in the studio, I fell in love with it. we joked back and forth for several years about making it a joan song.”

The pure pop ballad is the band’s second single release of 2020, full of catchy hooks and gorgeous harmonies, the track builds nicely culminating in a memorable final chorus with attractive adlibs from the boys. If you’re going to listen to one new track this weekend, make sure it’s this one.

Sounds like: LANY, Two Door Cinema Club, Great Good Fine Ok, COIN, flor, La Roux

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props – house on fire

Props

South London newcomer Props has just released his three track EP, ‘Wired’.

Our favourite of the bunch is ‘house on fire’, which started as a song about bonding with someone at a house party into cynically diving into a commentary on the egos within the UK Houses of Parliament.

Random and fun. Just how we like it. You go ahead, Props.

Sounds like: Bad Sounds, Only Real, Winston Surfshirt, Superorganism

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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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