cactus? – Shitdisco
Cactus? is an innovative three-piece band from the industrial plains of Northern Italy.
Combining influences from the dance-punk phenomenon of mid-00s with the current Lo-fi Bedroom movement, adding to the mix 80s synths and samples – their new single ‘Shitdisco’, out now via Costello’s Records, is full of frenetic and unpredictable energy of crazy synths and poppy vocals.
Sounds like: Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Bloc Party
Stevie wolf – Paper maché doll
Indie-pop savant Stevie wolf is paving the way with his refreshing approach to unconstrained honesty.
Diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and major anxiety disorder, as well as meeting a lot of set backs when it comes to making music, hasn’t stopped him exploring the constaints of both personal and societal expectations.
Sounds like: Myylo, Phil Good
On’yu – Done Without
On’Yu is the creation of Australian multi-instrumentalist and producer, Rob Eggleston.
His new single ‘Done Without’ is a sweet slowburner with crisp 80’s influenced electric piano mixed with a soulful-synth bass and blushes of neo-emo in there.
Sounds like: Patternist, LOYALS, 90’s Kids, La Bouquet, MILKK
Alexander 23 – Loving You Gets Hard
Alexander 23 is calling it as it is, in the new song, ‘Loving You Gets Hard’.
Further showcasing his lyrical genius, the multi-million streaming Chicago-born singer/songwriter wishes to maintain normalcy as possible, and share his views on a compassionate relationship.
Sounds like: Lauv, Chelsea Cutler, Shoffy, Nolie
Linney – Cool
Pop sensation Linney returns in 2020 with ‘Cool’.
The single is full of breezy vocals with a full-fledged pop essence, written about navigating the complications of losing someone, something close to Linney’s heart.
Sounds like: CAPPA, Paperwhite, Poema, Scavenger Hunt
Mazoulew – Circles Feat. Bonnie Wylde
London-born, Italian-residing Mazoulew has been making music for 15 years.
Inspired by varying genres of Motown, acid jazz and drum&bass, the UK producer fuses these sounds with minimal and melodic electronic beats.
His new single features the ethereal vocals of Bonnie Wylde.
Sounds like: Kidnap, Model Man, Jessie Ware, Lane 8
NZCA LINES – Pure Luxury
NZCA LINES (aka Michael Lovett) shares his kooky and cosmic track, ‘Pure Luxury’.
It’s a rehashed response to the notions of luxury, status, and the insanity of pursuing material wealth in the face of environmental catastrophe.
Sounds like: Metronomy, Gold Panda, Ronika, Hot Chip, Ben Khan
East Harbor – Miss the Old You
It’s always a good sign when you turn the volume right up when initially listening to a track.
Florida-based quartet, East Harbor does just that in their infectious new single, ‘Miss the Old You’. Turn up and listen below.
Sounds like: La Bouquet, The Band CAMINO, The 1975, Manchester Orchestra
Surf Rock Is Dead – Immaculate
The Surf Rock Is Dead (SRiD) boys are back with the sweeping ‘Immaculate’, lifted off their debut LP ‘Existential Playboy’ out on 1 May.
Whilst appearing genteel, this is anything but. A juxtaposition that addresses the bleakness of societal affairs and corrosion of daily life amidst the capricious decisions made by those in power.
Sounds like: Day Wave, Hazel English, Swimming Tapes, The Cure, Beauty Sleep