Bristol-based outfit Tungz shares the bright and psych-pop tinged single ‘Somebody To Get Shy With’, featuring our all-time favs and fellow Bristolians, Bad Sounds.
Bringing definite sunkissed vibes (much needed at this time, thank you very much guys) and a breezy attitude, we can’t get enough of their addictive swagger.
Speaking about the new collaboration, Tungz said,
“We’ve been fans of Bad Sounds for so long and always felt a spiritual connection to their vibe. We gradually got to know them through the Bristol scene going to each other’s shows and hanging out afterwards. So when the Tungzphone rang and the gang wanted to do a song with us we were buzzed as fuzz. We’ve only ever produced music at home so it was crazy to see the Bad Sounds mothership and sit side by side exploring new musical worlds. It was so cool to get to know the guys better, and bring into real life the connection we’d felt to them both as fans and Bristol music people. The song is about changing relationships: falling for a friend and not knowing how to deal with your new feelings.”
Worthing lads NOISY release ‘Put A Record On’ – a frenetic techno-infused indie banger with friendly combatant energy, perfect for a well deserved mosh in the music venues when they open up again, or one in your living room, if you can’t wait that long.
British alt-rockers Psyence shares their bold new single ‘Tusk’. It’s been a moment since their release, and it’s a great return – a radio-friendly, expansive and modern take on psychedelia, full of swagger.
Margot Polo is back, with a softer approach to his usual electronica infused pop. His new song ‘This Old Thing’ is as nostalgic and emotive as anything we would expect Ben Gibbard to write, and reflects on Polo’s emo roots from back when he was growing up in California.
Gaming has been a safe haven for many during the worldwide pandemic, the variety of options has never been so vast, and in many ways this reflects the current state of the music industry also. Given the circumstances, what better time to introduce some 8-bit gaming/music fusion brought to us by Alfie Templeman in his latest music video for ‘Things I Thought Were Mine’.
In what could well be the most creative and unique music video release for quite some time, we are greeted with a clip reminiscent of the Mario glory days. As Alfie himself plays through the game levels, lyrics pop up as in-game rewards, genius! The track itself is a delightful and uplifting alt-pop tune that you can’t help but have a nostalgic association with thanks to the chorus line.
Gamers and Music lovers come together and enjoy a track that already feels timeless, and get lost in its brilliance.
Sounds like: Pizzagirl, APRE, Bad Sounds, Will Joseph Cook, Oscar Lang, Hot Flash Heat Wave
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.
Alt-pop band Sarpa Salpa always strive to create upbeat, danceable tracks with unexpected changes and hidden meanings. The new video for their single ‘Lost Time’ aptly features a selection of tour clips showing this.
With support from Jack Saunders and Bombay Bicycle Club, definitely tune into these guys.
Sounds like: Island Club, Larkins, FEET, Two Door Cinema Club
Very much up to date with indie-pop trends, UK based trio Cassia, shares latest jam, ‘Do Right’, which talks about waking up to what’s happening in the world and making a conscious decision of wanting to make a positive change.
The video is set in sunny isolation. We love their all round positivity and sun drenched calypso sound.
Sounds like: Dancing on Tables, Vampire Weekend, Bombay Bicycle Club, Still Woozy
R&B artist Chloe Tang shares her latest single, offering a less rosy-colored side of love and youth.
Full of angst, she tells us how it is in ‘Fanning The Flame’. This isn’t a romantic gesture, this is a slow burn about knowing you’re trapped in a bad romance and knowing you’re powerless to escape it.
Today, record label, artist management company, and live promoter Killing Moon releases VolumeVII of its NewMoons compilation, and Indietronica has the exclusive.
With a solid reputation in the knack of discovering talent – having supported artists on previous Volumes, including first and formative releases from the likes of Slaves, IDLES, FickleFriends, Laurel, BadSounds, CalvaLouise, Yonaka, OneBit, Fatherson, PaleHoney, NadineShah, and Meadowlark, amongst others – their latest Volume provides twenty sterling tracks of the best of new and emerging talent from around the world.
New Moons – Volume XII Tracklist
1. The Ninth Wave – A New Kind Of Ego (Scotland/UK)
2. Mina Rose – DAYZ (UK)
3. Annabel Allum – You Got It Good (UK)
4. Madge – Fight Or Flight Club (USA)
5. WAAX – Labrador (Australia)
6. Chapter and Verse – Magazines (UK)
7. Kingswood – Creepin (Australia)
8. Farebrother – I’d Be The Worst (UK)
9. Lazy Day – With My Mind (UK)
10. Cleopatrick – Bernard Trigger (Canada)
11. Old Blue Reunion – Social Interaction (UK)
12. Roseanne Reid – I Love Her So (UK)
13. Rick Feds – Wake Up (Latvia)
14. Go Go Berlin – Here Comes The Darkness (Denmark)
15. Superlove – Catch Of The Day (UK)
16. Rebecca Lou – Take Ur Time (Denmark)
17. The Bongo Club – Tell Your Friends (Sweden)
18. Wyldest – Alive (UK)
19. Bad Animal – Oh No (Canada)
20. ROE – Girls (Ireland)
You can listen to and download the compilation here.
Apart from the brilliant name, Portsmouth-based quartet Sad Palace also writes some decent songs, all with a quirky tinge…obviously.
Like many other bands based on the British South Coast, Sad Palace’s sound has an upbeat mentality stirred with moody jangle-pop. Speaking about the lyrics, frontman Louis explains,
“The lyrics were born from the frustration of failing to communicate with people, of being overloaded with information, and a feeling that you can’t keep up with the sheer amount of things happening around you.”
Their upcoming ‘Longbaby’ EP, out on Friday, takes from tracks written across a period of two years and recorded in four days at Press Play Studio, influencers of the five-track EP include artists such as Peace, AmericanFootball, TheWarOnDrugs, Ratatat, and Late of the Pier, and follows a string of singles released by Kissability and Kitsuné.
Sounds like: Bad Sounds, Black Honey, Superfood, Arcade Hearts, The Levity, The War On Drugs, Ratatat
Big news. Ben Khan returns with the announcement of his debut album (hurrah!) and a self-directed dystopian video for spine-tingling new single ‘2000 Angels’.
The album – set for release in the summer – was produced alongside Flood (PJHarvey, DepecheMode, Nine Inch Nails) and mixed by Spike Stent (Björk, Frank Ocean), with Ben playing every instrument on the record.
Always with a creative hands-on approach, Ben also plans to launch his new interactive website, The Foundation, which offers an insight into the richness and depth of the album’s story.
Sounds like: Leo Kalyan, Twin Shadow, Jai Paul, JUNGLE, Disclosure, Prince, Blood Orange, Harts, Oyinda, Shy Girls
NAVA is the highly energetic project of Persian songwriter Nava Golchini and three other Italian musicians. Visually, NAVA is a mix of horror and fashion inspired by the works of visionary designer Gareth Pugh.
The debut single ‘Ritual’ gives us a glimpse into the NAVA world – full of electro arrangements, tribal instruments and dark metropolitan landscapes.
It could be 2014 again, and boy it feels good! During your visit, expect luscious vocals, addictive synth drops and and nu-disco undertone. All this, courtesy of Betablock3r and the new single ‘Make You Happy’.
It is the first single off their debut EP Monolith, out now.
It wouldn’t be a decent weekly gems feature without some pop in there. This week Tanners is the chosen one.
Tanners is the moniker of New York City-based songwriter and producer Tanner Peterson. Leading the way for women in creative music tech, Tanners has also spoken at TEDxTeen.
Inspired by her childhood love for the beach, ‘Holy Water’ celebrates the beauty and electricity born from allowing yourself to be completely vulnerable and enveloped by the ocean. “It’s a thank you song to the ocean for teaching me to embrace vulnerability,” Tanners says of the track.
Mysterious UK-based duo Weslee share their visuals for ‘Boy Like You’.
Another lip-smacking and dreamy song, the Alexandra Gavillet-directed video for ‘Boy Like You’ takes inspiration from Kanye West and centres on the infatuation of the lead male figure through a series of personal camcorder style shots filmed around a hazy American summer.
Sounds like: Ben Khan, Kacy Hill, Blood Orange, Wet, Off Bloom
Rising Swedish teenager Amanda Mair shares ‘Empty Blockings’.
In the video, Amanda broaches the highly important topic of anxiety and depression,
“I wanted to show the feeling of the continuously searchers desperation. The every day hope for running away from anxiety and sorrow but the faith is to weak and puts you in a circle of running and running until you don’t know what you’re running away from.”