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milk. – I Hate the Way You’re Looking at Me (Lately)

milk.

Hot on the heels of The 1975 is Dublin-born alt-pop quartet, milk.. Their bright new offering, ‘I Hate the Way You’re Looking at Me (Lately)’ is full of looping synths, catchy riffs and lulling vocals that immediately lure you in for more.

Sounds like: The 1975, The Japanese House, No Rome

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Benji Lewis – Stay Around

Benji Lewis

Benji Lewis has been busy songwriting during 2020. Written with his new friend Tom Eggert and bonding over their love of home-made smoothies, ‘Stay Around’ is about the progression of love in every subsequent relationship.

Sounds like: The 1975, The Kite String Tangle, Antony Hegarty, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Yazz, Jack Garratt, Disclosure, Lauv, Boy In Space, Zachary Knowles

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Asha Gold – Oscar

Asha Gold

UK R&B artist Asha Gold shares new single ‘Oscar’. It’s written about award-winning liars and cheats who deserve to be called out for their deception and good-for-nothing behaviour.

Sounds like: Nakala, Frank Ocean, Rosalia

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Solå – B Mine

Solå

Norwegian songwriter Solå strongly encourages us to value ourselves in new single ‘B Mine’. It’s a hazy piece of electro-pop that perfectly showcases her talent as both a intricate songwriter and performer.

Sounds like: Shura, Dagny, Chvrches, Empress Of, MUNA

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whatshisface – Magic Disaster

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Intriguing newcomer whatshisface is on the precipice of jumping into our hearts. His new single ‘Magic Disaster’ is a gloriously melancholic invitation, brimming with dense and warming aesthetics, creating an altogether sweeping atmosphere.

Sounds like: James Blake, George Gretton, Billie Eilish

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Mungbean – Slow Motion

Mungbean

Introducing eclectic Ohio-based outfit Mungbean. Performed as only seasoned performers would, new single ‘Slow Motion’ has layered and heavy synths to accelerate the track’s dreamy and kaleidoscopic intention.

Sounds like: Snarls, The Naked And Famous

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Playlist: Golden Vessel

Golden Vessel

Our fav Australian artist Golden Vessel has just released his wonderful 11-track “road-trip” album, ‘colt’.

Led by a bass guitar, it’s a collection of genres and collabs spanning from indie, alternative, electro and pop, influenced by some songs shared in his playlist below:

Alex G – Gretel
This song blew my mind when it came out. I love the video too, it’s so sweet. It’s this really clever mix of light and dark, electronic and acoustic.

Big Thief – Black diamonds
I started listening to big thief just as I started making my album and they instantly became my favourite band. I got to see them play in Cambridge, UK and I had the worst hay fever but it was the best night.

Blood Orange – Smoke (Remix)
I love the mix of hip hop / guitar / sound design on this song. And the vocals are so dry and bolt it’s great.

Porches – Country
It’s such a sparse simple song but it also feels so powerful and that really intrigued me.

Mount Kimbie – Marilyn
A beautiful song, I love how it flows and evolves. Mount Kimbie’s recent use of bass guitar was influential on me, even just to see the way they incorporate it into an electronic composition.

The Nicholas – Addict
I found this song on a Spotify playlist and hit him up to see whether he would want to do a songwriting session. He quickly became one of my closest friends and really influenced the direction of colt (contributing to 6/11 of the songs).

Frank Ocean – Close To You
Blonde was so influential on me when I was making my first record but I found I kept coming back to listen through his entire catalogue whilst making colt.

Ross From Friends – Pale Blue Dot
This was actually my most listened to song of 2018. On colt I finally found ways to implement my love of house music into what I do (on midwest & blinker) and I love the sound design that Ross From Friends brings.

Toro Y Moi – New House
On tour in America we played this album on repeat and so it really feels like long drives and that period of time.

Adrianne Lenker – 10 miles
This is the lead singer from Big Thief (who I’ve already included) but Adrianne’s songwriting really shaped me and so I love her solo music also which is just to focus on the songs.

Sounds like: Akurei, GRAE, Alice Jemima

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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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Julia Church – Marionette

Julia Church

One of our favs of 2020, South-African born songwriter-producer Julia Church, unveils her breezy new cut ‘Marionette’. A catchy track with clear intentions that showcase her stunning vocal range and innate ability to create a wonderful pop earworm.

Sounds like: London Grammar, Emma McGrath, Violet Days, Birdy, GRACEY, Harlequin Gold, Millie Turner, Louise Burns, Tom Odell

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Jimi Somewhere – Jesus Feat. Kacy Hill

Jimi Somewhere by Dev Dhunsi

Jimi Somewhere by Dev Dhunsi

Jimi Somewhere combines unique Christian rock and modern, sheeny emo. Inspired by Christian summer camps and his frustration & feeling of loss growing up as a Christian, the track features the angelic vocals of Kacy Hill.

Sounds like: Owen, Máni Orrason

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Lucky Idiot – Mud

Lucky Idiot

Lucky Idiot is an exciting new project from Maxwell Byrne (Golden Vessel), Kalem Woo (Rei So La) and Rei Sakakibara (Sweater Curse). Expect an upcoming debut EP, ‘Low Ceiling’, to be released in October via sumoclic.

Sounds like: Good Morning, Loving, Big Thief, Golden Vessel

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Dr Orange – Take

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Liverpool’s Dr Orange – aka Chas Moody – draws on indie alt-rock. His new single, ‘Take’, is luscious, high-frequency rock n roll with authentic nuances of a leftfield nature.

Sounds like: Attawalpa, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Libertines

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dekleyn – What We Could Be

dekleyn - what we could be

Australian duo dekleyn are back with a new single titled ‘What We Could Be’.

Fans of LANY, Lauv and Shallou will fall in love with this one, thanks to its powerful combination of indie vibes and glossy textures. This is their more chilled track so far, but they’ve still managed to maintain that catchy element which seems to flow throughout all of their music.

Speaking about it, they share: “This song came out super quick and basically all at once. We were pretty much all set with our album tracks, but there was one song that we weren’t so keen on but decided to keep pushing ahead with it. Then one day this new demo idea came along and we instantly knew it had to be a part of the album, so we switched the two songs and ‘What We Could Be’ was created. We love this song as it is more relaxed and chilled but is also happy and catchy at the same time. It combines a bunch of laid-back pop elements that drive the song. It’s a song that fits all moods and settings and that’s why it came so easy to us and is such easy listening.”.

Stay tuned for their self-titled debut album which is set for release on 7 October.

Sounds like: LANY, Lauv, Shallou

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Briskey – Mesmerising

Briskey - Mesmerising

Releasing his second instalment of the year, Australian artist Briskey returns to our airwaves with exciting summertime pop track ‘Mesmerising’.

‘Mesmerising’ does just that, grabbing your attention with a Charlie Puth quality intro, before taking your breath away with a stunningly soulful vocal. As the track progresses we are treated to funky bass lines and some gorgeous synth sound design, taking a modern twist on the 80s.

As Briskey explains below;
“This is one of those songs that came together quite naturally, it’s a song about finding a sense of purpose and accomplishment, and also acts as a reminder to never give up on what you truly want or need.”

The newcomer to the music scene is still only dipping his toe in the water at this point, but rumour has it that he is working up to his debut EP that could be shared by the end of 2020.

Sounds Like: Bazzi, Charlie Puth, The Weeknd

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Golden Vessel – littlebitwild Feat. mallrat

Golden Vessel

Golden Vessel is sending a taste of his upcoming album, ‘colt’, which is set for release on 15 October. His new single ‘littlebitwild’ features the wonderful mallrat.

This song took some time and care, which is also what the subject matter is about. Golden Vessel started the track’s chorus during a writing session in Brisbane with mallrat. Fast forward nine months in Los Angeles and Golden Vessel is creating with The Nicholas…

“Nine months later in Los Angeles I created a separate demo with my friend The Nicholas. We built this idea around these guitar loops that he was feeding me from a sampler and I wrote some verses I really liked but I just couldn’t nail the chorus. I spent a week going on walks, recording voice memos and writing lyrics but it just didn’t come together, but then, often as I do, I put those two ideas together and I found they merged really well. It took me another 6 months to get the structure flowing but it seemed as if they were stemmed from the same train of thought!”

Listen below.

Sounds like: Akurei, GRAE, Alice Jemima

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Childe – Just Me

Childe by Scarlett Anderson

Childe by Scarlett Anderson

Childe releases his new single ‘Just Me’, about loneliness in a modern world. It’s a groovy whirl of eclectic synths and darker kaleidoscopic sounds within the chill-pop genres.

Sounds like: MK.Gee, Two Feet, FVLCRVM

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Dugong Jr – Float Feat. Rromarin

Dugong Jr - Float Feat. Rromarin

Chinese/Australian multidisciplinary creative Dugong Jr shares the dreamy new single ‘Float’ featuring Rromarin. Inspired by the UK garage scene, the electronic producer creates a refreshing take on a classic sound.

Sounds like: Jai Wolf, Qrion, Pat Lok, Rome in Silver, Robotaki, Cabu, Thor Rixon, Salt Ashes

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Matt Maltese – madhouse

Matt Maltese by Lainy Black

Matt Maltese by Lainy Black

Kid of the moment, Matt Maltese, is making waves with his soft take on 2020 indie. With a DIY aesthetic and scarily accurate prediction of current times, despite his continuous daydreaming, you can watch his cinematic video for ‘madhouse’ below.

Sounds like: Beach Boys, Oscar Lang, Glass Animals, Rex Orange County, The Last Shadow Puppets

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Hoofa – How Do We Know

Hoofa

Indie duo Hoofa considers the true cost of being a musician in 2020 in new single ‘How Do We Know’. A little more of a slow-burner than their usual ambi-pop take on indie, but this perfectly represents their abilities to consider aptly express real emotions.

Sounds like: Kodaline, Larkins, Sea Girls, PEACE, The Beautiful South, Little Comets

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The Bright Light Social Hour – Ouroborous 20

The Bright Light Social Hour by Jaycee Grover

The Bright Light Social Hour by Jaycee Grover

Austin’s premiere psychedelic-rock connoisseurs The Bright Light Social Hour return with their cosmic, uniquely brilliant new single ‘Ouroboros’. It’s a transcendent journey through psychedelic, distorted guitar licks and spaced out vocal parts.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Jagwar Ma, Jungle, Tame Impala, Pond, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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JYLDA – Impulse

JYLDA by Sophia Payne

JYLDA by Sophia Payne

London-based leftfield alt-pop artist JYLDA shares new single ‘Impulse’. Written about a dark romance, the track rouses in JYLDA’s trademark future-electronica style.

Sounds like: FKA Twigs, Arca, ÄTNA

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Moxley Rey & Jeff Carl – Garden

Moxley Rey

Burgeoning Aussie newcomer Moxley Rey returns with his triumphant sophomore single, a sun-soaked collaboration with Nashville-based alt-pop savant Jeff Carl. A kaleidoscopic cohesion of soothing indietronica, left-of-centre pop and euphoric EDM, it perfectly encapsulates boundless energy perfectly befitting any summer mood.

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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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Golden Vessel – midwest

Golden Vessel

Music genius Maxwell Byrne – aka Golden Vessel – is releasing the video for new single, ‘midwest’.

Once again crafting a unique sound with a simple and endearing visual treat – this time co-filmed & directed by Maxwell Byrne and Matthew Howard – ‘midwest’ is about getting on the road.

Showcasing Emerson Leif‘s Hofner bass guitar, the track blends elements of electronic music with hip-hop, R&B and alternative modern pop.

It is the first taste of his upcoming second album ‘colt’, and is being released via the recently launched label, sumoclic, which he co-owns with his good friend Akurei.

Sounds like: Alex Vargas, TENDER, Kanyon, Four Tet, Toro Y Moi, Brockhampton, Akurei

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