Reyn Hartley – Time

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Fast rising unsigned artist Reyn Hartley goes pop on his latest single ‘Time‘.

Known for his sultry-rasp on rap records, for the first time we hear the Texas native sings all the way through. He croons powerhouse vocals over a signature flow and rhythm, carrying his low rasp into massive high belts as he paints a visual that will hit you right in the chest and give you flashbacks of that special someone you lost.

Built upon a classy, Mark Ronson-esque production, this is Hartley’s most accessible song to date. A pop banger you shouldn’t miss.

Speaking about the song, he explains: “When you care for someone it all gets laid out on the table. The record is about that internal panic of meeting and falling for someone that has had a different walk in life than you have. Am I reading this situation right? Are they going to be okay with my background and my past? It’s that paranoia, that fear that comes with the vulnerability of realizing you love someone.

Sounds like: nobody else

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Maddox Jones – Somewhere There’s A Plan

This Northhampton-based artist has produced a high-octane single, ‘Somewhere There’s A Plan’. Maddox Jones is infectiously positive with his injection of energetic future-pop. It’s a groovy effort that captures joy in uncertainty and pushes you to feel faith in your future.

Sounds like: Bombs Away

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LYR – Winter Solstice (Daniel Avery remix)

This Daniel Avery rework of LYR‘s poignant ‘Winter Solstice’ is expansive and beautiful. It’s a sophisticated injection that continues to highlight the poet laureate’s role in the group. Nearly five minutes long, Avery’s fresh interpretation of this remix nods delightfully to the original.

Sounds like: Special Request

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Tommy Lefroy – Knievel

Tommy Lefroy explode with turbulent times in their new track, ‘Knievel’. They cover heavy expectations you can put on yourself, and the journey that leads to hopeful, easy acceptance. When you feel yourself, are you happy? And how long will that take?

Sounds like:  Lucy Rose, Daughter, Fenne Lilly

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Cameron and the Slumberknights – Old Jacinto

With an easy, delectable beat, Cameron and the Slumberknights inject soulful harmonies and driving, pop-infused lyrics with new single ‘Old Jacinto’. The track imagines and works to create a whole new world. A world or new life that is made with the ruins left of another.

Sounds like:  Loyle Carner

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Gillian Heidi – 3AM

Gillian Heidi explores the uneasy feelings of fear that get mixed up in love. ‘3AM’ comes from Gillian’s debut album. Of the release, Gillian says, “I’ve been building 3AM for almost 2 years now, and I have never been more proud of music I’ve released. To me, the album is all about growing up, falling apart, and coming back together. It is my coming of age story.”

Sounds like:  Taylor Swift

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CAPYAC – ooeeooeeoo

CAPYAC are a fantastically cheeky LA crossover duo. Their bass-ladened new single, ‘ooeeooeeooo’, is obscure, surreal and full of theatrics. Know for their riotous, extravagant behaviour, the single does not disappoint. Combining elements of techno, trap jazz and nu-disco, these two aren’t afraid of experimentation.

Sounds like: Franc Moody

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Sam Walwyn – Littered Sense of You

Sam Walwyn has released an uplifting, atmospheric new single, ‘Littered Sense of You’. Of the new track, he said, “After nearly a year of a bad end to a relationship I realised ohh if I’m still thinking about them so much then I’m clearly not over them. All this time I’ve been convincing myself I was over them and comparing any current relationship to that previous one. This is when I realised ahh man I’m way more heartbroken than I thought I was, so I wrote Littered Sense of You”.

Sounds like: Tadhg Daly

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Sam Teskey – Love

Sam Teskey, of Australian blues-soul band The Teskey Brothers, has announced his debut solo album, ‘Cycles’. The album is influenced by great psychedelic bands of the late ’60s & ’70sThe first track from the album ‘Love’ is out now, it’s a stirring, pastoral folk song that establishes the album’s own life cycle, ending with the reprise ‘Then Love Returns’.

Sounds like: Casa Rosa

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Volleyball – Aloosh

 

Volleyball are as psychedelic as they look. Behind new track, ‘Aloosh’, Volleyball reveal more deliciously carefree, swirling melodies. With lashings of guitar, the track nods to the prominence of 60’s specific psych-rock through visions of warped paisley and beards galore.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Pond, Temple

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Ruby Duff – Party

With a bold image surrounding (what seems to be) teenage girl rebellion, Ruby Duff has dropped quirky pop effort, ‘Party’. The track focuses on the severe aftermath of a particularly heavy weekend. The accompanying visual is reminiscent of the colourful, innocent eeriness of Alice in Wonderland … “I get dressed up just to party”.

Sounds like: Maggie Rogers, Lorde, MUNA

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Elaskia – Can’t Help Loving You

ELASKIA‘s new single, ‘Can’t Help Loving You’, is perfectly described as cinematic, emotively led pop. Simplistic piano lets ELASKIA’s pure vocal ability shine through. ELASKIA shares, “I wrote this song after someone really let me down. They really promised a lot more than they were willing to give, and it felt like they went from being this major part of my life to literally dropping off the face of the earth. I guess the part that really frustrated me was that even though I felt extremely hurt I didn’t hate them and at the end of the day I still think the world of them, but some relationships aren’t meant to stay close and it can be a really scary thing accepting that and letting go”.

Sounds like: Dua Lipa

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Smokehouse – Too Many

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Canadian duo Smokehouse is the project of Daniel MacKenzie and Peter Mol, two musicians who were introduced through mutual friends in 2010 at a music festival at which they were both performing.

In a quick-cook instant pop dominated scenario, they carve their own path and take time to sculpt the songs exactly how they want them. Their ability to experiment musically without limits is due to the two separate studios in Edmonton & Nashville, that boast an impressive array of both vintage and modern recording equipment. Producing, engineering, and performing everything themselves, their unique process keeps everything in-house and gives them total creative control.

After the release of their first 2 singles (which both hit #1 on Hype Machine and were listed on Fresh Finds), the damn pandemic slowed down their plans, but they’re finally back on track with ‘Too Many‘, a multi-layered alt-pop song you should immediately add to your playlist.

Speaking about it, they said: “‘Too Many’ was a song that took its time unfolding. Originally it started as a vibe worktape in LA with Jon Joseph. It came back home with us and eventually became the floating psych experience it is now after a couple years of identity crisis, and has become one of our favorite songs we’ve ever worked up.

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Forester – She Said

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Forester, the rising LA-duo signed to Kygo’s Palm Tree Records, have just returned with a new single titled ‘She Said‘.

It’s the perfect song for the summer. A dream-pop tinged gem, full of sun kissed textures and waterfalls of jangly guitars.

Speaking about it, they said: “‘She Said’ is a completely new sonic direction for us. It was originally written for a documentary about a surf trip Xander took to the Pacific Northwest. When the documentary fell through, we listened back to the demo and decided to finish it together as a Forester track. It’s a song about living in the spur of the moment and enjoying the simple pleasures the world has to offer.

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LA Parties – Butterflies

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Singer-songwriter LA Parties has just released his personal reinterpretation of Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Butterflies‘.

Fourth and final single of his Romance era, this version is completely detached from the sound of the original and fits fully into LA Parties’ catalog, made of distorted guitars and indie-rock aesthetics.

Speaking about the song, he explained: “In the summer of 2018 I was living in Los Angeles and interning at Atlantic Records. One day at work, a few people at the desk next to me were playing the video for “High Horse” and obsessing over it. Earlier in the year, my sister had briefly tried to get me into Kacey’s music, but I wasn’t having it. For some reason though, this time I was enthralled. The disco beat and flashy visuals pulled me in. For the rest of the summer, I was bumping “High Horse” all over LA. Sometimes a song has a time and place in your life. For me, “High Horse” is undeniably Los Angeles, summer 2018. It wasn’t until the end of summer, the day I was packing up my apartment to move back east to finish university that I gave all of Golden Hour a listen. I was surprised with how mellow the album was, but I didn’t hate it. I understood that it was a songwriter’s album, but didn’t immediately take to it. Fast forward a few weeks later, and I’m home as summer is beginning to turn to fall. The words just popped into my head “You gimme butterflies”. I was like, “Kristina, is that Kacey Musgraves?” to which she was begrudgingly like “YES”. From that moment on, a long and intense love affair with the entire album began.

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MAYN – Polyphonic

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MAYN is the moniker of producer and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Maynard.

He draws inspiration from photography and film to create a dark, textural and emotive electronic music.

His brand-new single ‘Polyphonic‘ is a hypnotic instrumental jam, built upon layers of lush synths, otherworldly samples and relaxing rhythms.

Speaking about the track, he explained: “The past year has been heavy with tension, and so full of change—personal shifts in my own life with those close to me, and massive shifts on global scale. In times when change is so abundant and there are so many voices competing for action, it’s easy to be trapped by fear. Polyphonic is a song about acceptance. It’s about tuning out the noise and moving forward with what matters most to you—even if it’s likely to change you forever. That’s the only way to find your light.

Sounds like: Bonobo

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Lois Levin – Burden

Lois Levin is an emerging talent with a passion for old-school jazz and soul. ‘Burden’ is a single that taps into a very personal experience for the artist. The lyrics follow her devastating journey around alcoholism. She talks about watching her mother’s struggles with drink, and facing the fear of losing her father to the same poison.

Sounds like: Celeste, Laura Mvula, Lianne La Hava

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VÉRITÉ – He’s Not You

‘He’s Not You’ is a funky bop from singer/songwiter, VÉRITÉ. It’s a relatable post-breakup craving for a previous lover. As the artist explores new relationships, simply put, she states, “He’s Not You is a song about knowing you should be alone, but ignoring that reality because fucking around is more fun.”

Sounds like: Fletcher, Call Me Loop

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Cyrano – Tundra

Cyrano is a detail-oriented artist with big plans. Aptly aiming to create music for the late-night-over thinkers, Cyrano is early on in his career. His latest release, ‘Tundra’, tackles the overwhelming, all-encompassing feelings of social anxiety.

Sounds like: Vaults, Arab Strap

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KK Lewis – Dreaming

Delicate and alluring. KK Lewis is the sophisticated songstress behind ‘Dreaming’. It’s a legato extravaganza with an addictive sense of freedom. With each track from the EP, KK Lewis hopes to explore a different facet (and representative sound) to her personality.

Sounds like: Joy Crookes, Biig Piig

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Mokita & Slenderbodies – speeding up

‘speeding up’ is a vibrant track from Mokita and Slenderbodies. It’s a smoothly executed indie-pop release that creates an admirably buoyant atmosphere. The dreamy guitar work is blended with falsetto harmonies and lasing of silky, sleek electronic layers.

Sounds like: EXES, Handsome Ghost, joan, FRND

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Emilia Tarrant – Here You Are, Again

Increasingly known for her mature approach to songwriting, Emilia Tarrant oozes fascinating qualities of an old soul. As she bravely says, “‘Here You Are, Again’ is a song brought on from the drop of my mental state after just entering the second lockdown of last year. After experiencing this collapse in emotion multiple times (one day feeling content, and the next, real sadness) I realised that mental health comes and goes as it pleases.”

Sounds like: Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell

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The Cavs – Man in the Suit

The Cavs are an indie-rock five-piece from Manchester. Brimming with dark, enthusiastic production, ‘Man in the Suit’ brings their relentless energy to the forefront. The lyrics carry a strong anti-capitalist message through gritty vocals and empowering delivery.

Sounds like: Kasabian, Elbow, The Libertines

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Benji Lewis – Polaroids

A delightfully modern love story, ‘Polaroids’ looks at memories through a deliciously rose-tinted lense. Clearly deeply appreciative and aware of each other’s talents, this track feels like a shiny celebration of so many positive aspects of the past.

Sounds like: Shoffy, Colouring

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updog – overthink

‘overthink’ aims to encapsulate the mind of an obsessive worrier. High octane and filled with nervous energy, updog tackles his familiar sense of remunerating with a fast-paced, darkly comical effort. Saying ‘overthink’ over 50 times in this song sends the message of its repetitive, incessant nature, perfectly.

Sounds like: Silent Child

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Mabes – Radio

Mabes‘ ‘Radio’ single is a sparkling pop gem. Brimming with the spirit of an Essex gal, Mabes has produced a nostalgic single nods to her lifelong obsession with Nashville folklore. Speaking on the new single Mabes states, “I wrote Radio about hearing a song that takes you back years… in this instance it reminds me of a past relationship that I look back on fondly. The lyrics mention how I always skip this song, but I hear it in the back of a taxi and it’s in my head for ages reminding me of that past love.”

Sounds like: Kacey Musgraves, Lana Del Rey, Jade Bird, Lily Allen

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Emilia Tarrant – Here You Are, Again

19-year-old singer-songwriter, Emilia Tarrant, has enjoyed writing songs and playing piano since the young age of 12. She utilises songwriting as a diary, an escape from any stresses faced in everyday life. Her newest single, ‘Here You Are, Again’, presents her trusting, dynamic vocal at the forefront.

Sounds like: Kate Bush

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NEZZY – The Walk

Nezzy has released his first album on his 20th birthday. Filled with aerial pop tracks, our favourite is ‘The Walk’, which showcases Nezzy’s musical journey perfectly. Intentionally scatty and high-octane, the single is an epic effort from the young producer.

Sounds like: Badrapper, Coopex

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Chapter and Verse – After Midnight

Big and bolshy, Chapter and Verse have laid down confrontational single, ‘After Midnight’. Speaking of the track, one of the members says, “Musically, ‘After Midnight’ is one of our more guitar-driven songs. Josh and I had a lot of fun playing with diverse tones and I think that variation keeps it interesting. There’s also some subtle pop production in there which hopefully people will start to hear after repeat listens. But overall it’s a big old rock song and we can’t wait to deafen you with it at a live show!”

Sounds like: DONT BLINK, Fourword

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Billy Fox – It’s A Mess

Australian artist, Billy Fox, plays within the soulful electro/alt-pop space. The newest effort, ‘It’s a Mess’, is a laid-back injection that embraces the chaos in life. Taking things in his stride, Billy wrote the track for the times when you’ve yourself, your footing or your way.

Sounds like: Winston Surfshirt, RY X, Jarryd James

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Lukewarmdaily96 – Peaching

Lukewarmdaily96 is an Irish singer-songwriter behind the quietly touching ‘Peaching’. Originating from Cork, this artist delivers a dreamy escape. Marking his debut release, the single is a reassuring sigh of relief, especially when he poignantly sings, “I’m bruising with you”.

Sounds like: Elliott Smith, James Blake

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Summer Heart – Wash You Off

A quirky dream of what could have been. Summer Heart’s latest single, ‘Wash You Off’, talks honestly of pride and expectation. The Swedish alt-pop track sees the artist attempt to remove an unwanted past, and literally, wash it off.

Sounds like: Brothertiger, Millionyoung

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Inude – Ok, It’s Monday

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Rising Italian alt-pop trio Inude will release a new LP later this year.

Today we’re able to listen to the third single off of it, the beautiful ‘Ok, It’s Monday‘. It’s an evocative alt-pop song in which geometrical drums make the pair with distorted synths, highly emotional melodies and a shoegaze-esque explosive finale.

Speaking about it, they said: “It’s Monday again, you need to wake up, start another day. But what is the arrival point? What is the end goal? Routine, boredom, habits—they all scare me as it scares me to look myself in the mirror during these times, when I’ve been feeling unstable and bored, looking for answers in places which can only feed me new questions.

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