Dario Lessing & Rezar – Keep On / Silence

The new double single ‘Keep On / Silence‘ is the second release of the new collaborative project of Dario Lessing and Rezar.

The two tracks showcase the musical range of their upcoming ‘Better Days‘ EP.

While ‘Keep On‘ is one of the more straight forward tunes of the record with catchy melodies and even an uplifting, subtle raggaeton rhythm carrying the beautiful piano parts. ‘Silence‘ is a more fragmentary, atmospheric and takes you on a musical journey with airy drums and abstract vocals.


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Elina Eriksson – I Don’t Wanna Be Mad At You

Elina Eriksson

Swedish artist and producer Elina Eriksson sings about her own experiences within a long-term relationship on self-written and produced new single ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Mad at You‘.

The follow up to her debut ‘Discover Her‘, is a heartfelt song which explores challenges and struggles that can appear in a relationship with someone. Part scandi-pop, part modern r’n’b: this is a delicious comeback single you shouldn’t miss.

Speaking about the song, she explains: ”You have so much love for that person and the last thing you want is to be mad at that someone, that means the most to you. But certain things keep occurring and sometimes it’s inevitable not to fight. It will either bring you closer or it will take a toll on the relationship and might ruin what was so good about it, in the first place”.

Sounds like: Ayelle, Billie Eilish, Gracie Abrams

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BLOXX – Off My Mind

Bloxx

Bloxx have announced a huge UK tour for April 2021. Find full details here.

The run of dates will come in support of the band’s debut album ‘Lie Out Loud‘, which is due for release 28th August via Chess Club. Pre-order available here.

With the news of the tour comes also the band’s latest single ‘Off My Mind‘, a contagious pop-rock anthem which come together with a clip about the importance of social distancing.

Sounds like: Wolf Alice, Sundara Karma.

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Muck Spreader – Carnal Tongues

Muck Spreader

Take a ride to sonic ecstasy with Muck Spreader‘s new single, ‘Carnal Tongues’. It’s a collision of genres and ideas, with vocalist Luke Brennan’s curious spoken words luring you into this weird and wonderful world.

Sounds like: Black Midi, Comet is Coming, Fat White Family, Attawalpa, YARD ACT

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Tungz – Go Out

Tungz by Cameron Nicoll

Tungz by Cameron Nicoll

Written in four different places as two of the band members were sofa surfing, Bristol-based outfit Tungz shares their latest single, ‘Go Out’ focuses on anxiety caused by overexertion and bad
routines.

Sounds like: Patawawa, Bamily, Vulfpeck, Tame Impala, Still Woozy

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Jeremy Zucker – supercuts

Jeremy Zucker by Stefan Kohli

Jeremy Zucker by Stefan Kohli

Platinum-Certified singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker shares catchy pop single ‘supercuts’. Named after the hair chopping salon, it’s feel-good summertime anthem co-written and co-produced by Jeremy and Max Martin’s MXM camp in Stockholm.

Sounds like: gnash, Chelsea Cutler, John K, Sasha Sloan

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Afonso – Bloom

Afonso

Soul and jazz-influenced artist Afonso shares ‘Bloom’. A big bold reflection on the first stages of a relationship, as the love grows and develops, set to a beautiful hazy groove.

Sounds like: Lianne La Havas, Nick Hakim, Moses Sumney, Yakul

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White Lights – Body Trap

White Lights

White Lights shares ‘Body Trap’, the lead single from his forthcoming ‘NUMBSKULL’ album. With its dark underbelly, the R&B track borders into the realms of hip hop and emotionally-withdrawn electronica.

Sounds like: MTNS, George Gretton, James Blake

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Amy Milner – Closer

Amy Milner

Amy Milner

Amy Milner shares a tale of inner conflict in her new single, ‘Closer’. Written alongside producer Tim Larcombe (Lana Del Rey, Halsey) between Amy’s home in Suffolk and Tim’s studio in Brighton, “Closer” is the second single from her new EP ‘Big Bad Thoughts’ due later this year.

Sounds like: Amy MacDonald, London Grammar, Rae Morris, Lucy Rose, Laurel, Gabrielle Aplin, Soak, Florence + The Machine

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Chaz Cardigan – Everything’s Wrong

Chaz Cardigan

Hot off the chat with his idol, Imogen Heap, pop artist Chaz Cardigan takes on post-breakdown life with his bombastic new single, ‘Everything’s Wrong’.

Sounds like: Harry Styles, Declan McKenna

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Galdive – Nescience

Galdive

Using fascinating art and interesting musical approaches to portray complicated relationships, Australian-based R&B duo Galdive shares their stunning jazz-fused song, ‘Nescience’.

Sounds like: Caswell, ODESZA

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Great Mountain Fire – Caroline

Great Mountain Fire

If you’re looking for some fresh, sun-kissed lo-fi vibes, you’re in the right place.

‘Caroline’, brand-new single from Belgian outfit Great Mountain Fire is a colourful and refreshing indie-pop gem. The murmured singing of Thomas de Hemptinne, languid and nostalgic, unfolds quietly on a neutral and straight tempo that invites waking dreams and urban wandering.

There’s a curious story behind the song. Caroline, in fact, is a well-known, almost legendary figure of the streets of Brussels, an allegorical figure of the city, free, happy and sad at the same time.

Caroline’ is taken from Great Mountain Fire’s ‘Movements‘ LP – which will be released later this year.

Sounds like: boy pablo, Fleetwood Mac, Mac DeMarco

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Temptress – Baby Blue

Temptress - Baby Blue

Dynamic duo Temptress hit us with their second single of the year, called ‘Baby Blue’.

The London groups RnB infused dark pop vibe is everpresent, with jazzy vocal influences and smooth synth work, the duos latest offering is one of their best yet.

Speaking about their new single, they say;

“‘Baby Blue’ is about acknowledging your sadness, after suffering from anxiety for so many years. This is a way of opening up about the struggles I’ve had and reflecting on my past that lead me to where I am now. It’s about saying I need help and I’m ready to move forward, it’s okay to be sad and how talking openly can help you come to terms with those thoughts and feelings.”

Sounds like: Ariana Grande, Kllo

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Playlist: daysormay

daysormay by Jeff Bassett

daysormay by Jeff Bassett

Meet Vancouver-based three-piece daysormay comprised of twin brothers Carson and Nolan Bassett and Aidan Andrews. Their name is taken from the English phonetic of the French word “désormais,” meaning “from now on”.

They’ve put together a playlist for us, check it out below.

Charli XCX – enemy
Carson: The chords and the melody along with the production of this song really all work
together to elevate each other, one of our favourites right now. It was so mind-blowing to hear
that this whole album was made in a month.

Ricky Reed, Terrace Martin, St. Panther – Real Magic
Carson: This song just brings the mood from wherever it is to a happier place, a feel-good song.

Toro y Moi – Lissoms (Instrumental)
Nolan: Love how this song is chill but manages to still make you groove. Even though this song
is 10 years old, it still feels fresh.

Mk.gee – Isn’t It So Convenient
Nolan: The drums on this song sound SO good. It’s just full of really cool and organic sounds
and I love how straight up and honest the lyrics are.

Grady – Let’s Stay Inside
Carson: The beat switch at the end is legendary.

Post-Modern Connection – Drowning
Carson: Glad to call these guys our friends, from just outside our hometown. Great chords,
beautiful vocals and keeps you interested all the way through.

Gia Ford – Waterslide
Nolan: So funky and kind of sinister-sounding at the same time. Whoever played bass on this
song killed it.

HAIM – 3AM
Nolan: The chords are SO good and the chorus bangs. Rostam is also one of my favourite
producers at the moment so I was stoked to find out he worked on this album.

CHIKA – DESIGNER
Nolan: It drops in hard and not in a way you would expect and I love how this song just plays
with your expectations the whole time. CHIKA also has such a good voice.

The 1975 – I Like America & America Likes Me
Aidan: The 1975 helped me realize that you could be in a band and not make “band music”.
Realizing that I could make a song with whatever sounds I wanted, that it didn’t have to be
based around guitar, drums, bass, typical “band instruments”, that was a big deal for me. I love
how they used the hard autotune in this, and the production and lyrics are so good.

Baby Keem – MOSHPIT
Aidan: A legend. I’m always drawn towards artists that have a unique vocal style/delivery, and
almost every line of a Baby Keem song is quotable. So good.

Charli XCX – claws
Aidan: this song’s been in my head for weeks now. Charli is so cool, and I’ve been trying to find
the snare sample Dylan Brady used on this ever since I heard it. It’s currently my favourite
song.

Watch their energetic video for ‘Role Model’ with Tessa Violet below, which happened after she brought the band on tour and was blown away, signing them up to her label, T∆G Music.

Sounds like: Passion Pit, Sea Girls, Cold War Kids, Peach Pit, Walk Off The Earth, Chloe Lilac, Tessa Violet, Local Natives, Phoenix, Tokyo Police Club

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L.A. Witch – Gen-Z

L.A. Witch by Marco Hernandez

L.A. Witch by Marco Hernandez

Introducing Californian trio L.A. Witch and their reverb-heavy and grunge-laden take on punk and rock’n’roll.

The new album ‘Play With Fire,’ due 21 August via Suicide Squeeze Records, is a collection of intoxicating vintage sounds with jangling guitar chords and gritty swagger.

Their latest release from the upcoming album is called ‘Gen-Z’, inspired by the high rates of suicide amongst the Gen-Z due to the pressures of social media.

 

You can also watch the Bradley Hale-animated video for ‘I Wanna Lose’, which also uses the album artwork by Future Shock.

Sounds like: The Kills, Deap Valley, The Big Moon, The White Stripes

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Katy J Pearson – Fix Me Up

Katy J Pearson

West country singer Katy J Pearson shares ‘Fix Me Up’, a brilliant follow up to her radio-friendly single, ‘Take Back The Radio’.

Formerly in Ardyn with her brother, Katy has decided to go out solo and give it another go, after learning quite a few good (and bad) lessons on the way, including creative stagnation.

And she’s come back fighting with more authenticity than ever, and we’re so glad. Check out the video for ‘Fix Me Up’ below, out now on Heavenly Recordings.

Sounds like: Stevie Nicks, Niki & The Dove, Kate Bush, Yonaka, Fleet Foxes

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Thor Rixon – Why Don’t You Love Me?

Thor Rixon by Andrea Rojas

Thor Rixon by Andrea Rojas

South African artist Thor Rixon impresses us with his satirical take on the road of love, which appears to be particularly rocky for this nu-funk loving lothario.

Trying to lure the object of his desire with flamboyant dance moves, alongside a 70’s disco & funk soundtrack with crisp modern pop production, things don’t go to plan.

Sounds like: strongboi, Dugong Jr, Chromeo, Jungle, Zimmer, Goldroom, Du Tonc, Akurei

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