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Eloise Viola – Trying To Love Ya

 Eloise Viola

London-based singer-songwriter Eloise Viola oozes positivity and self love. With a degree in Psychology and recent modelling with sustainable clothing brand Positive Outlook Clothing, Eloise Viola is more than one of the hottest artists in the pop scene.

Her funk-rich, disco-leaning single ‘Trying To Love You’ is out now.

Sounds like: Dua Lipa, Gracey, Call Me Loop, Mabel

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BLYNE – Randomness

BLYNE

Forging their own pop path, Berlin-based artist & producer duo BLYNE share new single ‘Randomness’. It’s another great example of bedroom pop coming out of Germany, with bright synths and youthful vocals.

Check it out below.

Sounds like: Arca, Aphex Twin, ANOHNI, Oneohtrix Point Never, Charity Children, Pnau

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Tommy Lefroy – Vampires

Tommy Lefroy

Alt-pop girls Tommy Lefroy – aka Tessa Mouzourakis and Wynter Bethel – share the soothing ‘Vampires,’ just in time for Halloween.

It’s a laidback rock track from the transatlantic duo. About staying with someone through trying times, it really exposes delicate and soothing vocal delivery.

Sounds like: Phoebe Bridgers, Big Thief, Weyes Blood, Soccer Mommy, Fenne Lily, Emma McGrath

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Carol Ades – Through

Carol Ades by Cash Danielsen (Love Artists Agency)

LA-based Carol Ades (pronounced addis) shares ‘Through,’ the title track of her debut EP.

With echoes of a soundtrack for a 90’s cult film, ‘Through’ marks a powerful reclamation of personal artistry for the New Jersey-born talent, who has penned penned fan favourite hits with Demi Lovato, Benny Blanco and Ava Max.

It’s about a break up that Ades went through last year where she traveled to London during the pandemic to win back the old relationship, but this didn’t go to plan and she ended up being stuck in London during the lockdown.

Sounds like: Avril Lavigne, Maggie Rogers, Wolf Alice, Ava Max

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Wil Owen – After Dark

Wil Owen by Celyn Morris

Wil Owen by Celyn Morris

Bristol-based Wil Owen shares ‘After Dark,’ a song he worked on with Tamu Massif (Fenne Lily).

As raw as it gets, the delicate plucks of acoustic guitar and breathy vocals conjure up a reflective and honest image of a crowd of people in a room, completely isolated from each other.

Sounds like: Bombay Bicycle Club, Bon Iver, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Damien Jurado, Ben Howard, Fenne Lily

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Hazlett – Karaoke

Hazlett

Pop troubador Hazlett shares his highly anticipated EP, ‘Thundering Hopes’.

As expected, it explores the journey of life, which can often be mundane and uneventful, yet Hazlett seems to capture its beauty in heartfelt lyrics and effortless vocal harmonies.

His single ‘Karaoke’ is about being there when your friends need you, or in this case during a night out with Lindsay Lohan in NYC that got out of hand,

“…when that happens I have a paternal instinct that kicks in, I get a one track mind for making sure nothing happens to my friends.”

Listen to the full EP below:

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Dermot O’Kennedy, Ben Howard

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Sour Face – Paradise Ain’t So Cheap

Sour Face - Paradise Ain't So Cheap

Brand new Los Angeles-based duo Sour Face woo us with their new single, ‘Paradise Ain’t So Cheap’.

Packed with intricate twists and turns and the nonconformist attitude of Glass Animals, Sour Face continues to challenge addiction in a song packed full of very real demons.

Sounds like: Glass Animals

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PREP – Pictures Of You

PREP by Meg Meyer

We are excited to share PREP‘s single, ‘Pictures of You’.

A nonchalant nu-disco vibe laced with summery alt-funk and pop, this is something the foursome shine at. They comprise of Grammy-nominated producer Dan Radclyffe (AlunaGeorge, Foxes & Chronixx), French drummer Guillaume Jambel (George Fitzgerald, Odyssey & Kasabian), Welsh keys player Llywelyn Ap Myrddin and London vocalist & frontman Tom Havelock (Snakehips, Celeste, Anna Of The North).

Sounds like: Supertramp, Kaytranada, Mac DeMarco, Thundercat, Chronixx

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Caswell – Distraction

Caswell - Distraction

Soulstress Caswell returns with ‘Distraction’, and it’s just that amidst these tough times.

Her signature sound is rich in vocal intelligence with attractive soul-pop melodies. This time, Caswell shows a more brazen side, as she questions why the rebound is such a taboo topic to talk about.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Skott, Lorde, Charlotte Cardin, Jorja Smith, JONES, Ray BLK, Sigrid, Maggie Rogers

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JYLDA – Jeopardy

JYLDA by Sophia Payne

JYLDA by Sophia Payne

Quirky and off-kilter is JYLDA‘s musical middle name.

Glitchy jazz chords mixed and soulful vocals represent her mysterious and experimental new single, ‘Jeopardy’ – a homage to risk and produced in collaboration with classical composer Marino Arcaro.

Sounds like: FKA Twigs, Arca

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Alan Finan – The Drive

Alan Finan

Rising Irish folk singer/songwriter Alan Finan shares his new single, ‘The Drive’.

Inspired by a visit to a town in rural Ireland deeply affected by a car accident that had changed the lives of families throughout the town, it’s a track that examines a theme of movement and travel in a simple and evolving manner.

Sounds like: Ben Howard, Talos, James Vincent McMorrow, RY X

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Love You Later – Said You’d Be There

Love You Later by Sara Anne Waggoner

Love You Later by Sara Anne Waggoner

Love You Later is the brainchild of Nashville-born, synth-pop artist, Lexi Aviles.

She creates heartbreaker bangers with dreamy landscapes and an infectious pop vulnerability.

Her new single ‘Said You’d Be There’ is about not getting caught up with the small things that happen in life, but to let go, be free, and dance your way through the endless horizon ahead.

Sounds like: The Japanese House, MUNA, Soccer Momm, Snail Mail

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Zoe Konez & Antonio Lulic – Echo

Zoe Konez & Antonio Lulic - Echo

Singer-songwriters Zoe Konez and Antonio Lulic combine on the rousing alternative-pop anthem “Echo”. Drawing on influences from Zoe’s indie background and Antonio’s stadium-filling pop tones, it’s an epic piece of pop-fusion that details a longing for adventure at the expense of personal relationships.

Sounds like: Oh Wonder, Of Monsters and Men, Ben Howard

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Yaeger – I Tried

Yaeger

Extreme sport fanatic and Swedish pop act Yaeger (“hunter”) shares her dynamic single, ‘I Tried’, out now on Chess Club Records.

It’s infectious pop with a solid backbone. Listen below.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Zara Larsson

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STORME – Back To Her

STORME

Scandinavian STORME returns with her new single ‘Back To Her’.

Written in the Swedish wilderness, the track’s topic considers how beautiful the Earth is, but also how fragile it is in it’s current, dying state.

It’s out now via Humble Angel Records.

Sounds like: Rae Morris, KATE BOY, Björk, Aurora, RAINDEAR, CILVR, Bat For Lashes, The Knife, Róísín Murphy, Billie Eilish

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BOII – Footwork

BOII

British duo BOII have us quite taken aback with their ‘Footwork’. Seems like we’re not the only ones expressing our feelings through the mode of movement.

The track focuses on the time when you can truly experience the “moment” by moving away from a challenging place and escaping reality.

Sounds like: Zola Blood, Tourist, Mansionair

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Fruut – R.O.E (Running on Empty)

Fruut

Philadelphia based singer/songwriter/producer Fruut shares her lo-fi take on indie pop and RnB to create the smooth and breezy ‘R.O.E’.

The new single is her first collab with producer Fortunewest and it’s guaranteed to get those ears twitching.

Sounds like: Sorcha Richardson, Mallrat, Vera Blue, Geowulf

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Tensnake – Rules Feat. Chenai

Tensnake

After a two year hiatus, the greatly awaited single from Tensnake arrives. Titled ‘Rules’, the feel good track features vocals from Chenai in an ode to 90s house, with a modern twist.

It’s out now on Armada Electronic Elements.

Sounds like: MNEK, Le Youth, Joe Goddard, Disclosure, Fred Falke, Louis La Roche

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Ben Kidson – Money

Ben Kidson

Self-taught rock fan turned esteemed pop-writer Ben Kidson has given his hand to producing and the result is the energetic ‘Money’.

Featuring heavy sampling of 90s video game sounds hidden throughout the track, ‘Money’ calls on people who have said they can help you to “put your money where your mouth is”.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Yungblud, Twenty One Pilots

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Eli & Fur – Wall To Wall

Eli & Fur

UK-based rising stars Eli & Fur provide lush and haunting vocals in their new single ‘Wall To Wall’.

Released on Big Beat Records/SIKR (Gavin Koolmon from Disciples new label) the progressive electronic track works perfectly listening to at home as it does on the dancefloor.

Sounds like: Luttrell, Kidnap, Henri

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Benji Lewis – New Day

Benji Lewis

Benji Lewis returns with the wonderful ‘New Day’, conjuring up images of happiness and freedome.

Shot around Los Angeles by Chris Weigen, the video for ‘New Day’ features Benji singing in front of various pastel backdrops.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, The Kite String Tangle, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, James Blake, Jack Garratt

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CENTVRIES – Tension

CENTVRIES

Born in 2015, CENTVRIES create explorative electronica, pushing the boundaries of standard indietronica sounds with techno beats and vivid lyrics.

Their new single ‘Tension’ is out now via Beans & Bacon.

Sounds like: Dead Ceremony, The Kite String Tangle, The Aston Shuffle, Tube & Berger

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Men I Trust – Tailwhip

Men I Trust

Finally, a song has been written about the most epic BMX trick known to man, the ‘Tailwhip’! Thank you Men I Trust!

Now based in Montreal (previously residing in Québec), this mellow song is full of bittersweet nostalgia.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Wet, MUNA, Lucius, The Japanese House

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Lolahiko – Alone

Lolahiko

Ambient electronic duo Lolahiko share brooding new number, ‘Alone’.

They remind us of an early Broods or GEMS with a melancholic edge.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Broods, GEMS

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The Franklin Electric – Burning Flame

The Franklin Electric

Another Montreal-based band to be included in this week’s SubmitHub gems.

Meet indie folk band, The Franklin Electric, who have shared their video for ‘Burning Flame’, a cinematic showpiece filmed in Toronto.

“This was a spontaneous last minute addition to the record about the fire that feeds us and brings us to do all the things we do, or ignore the things we don’t do but wish we had. A voice inside most of us that can easily be ignored but the burn is a constant reminder. This video was all about the casting! I walked in the day of the shoot and met George, who plays the main role in this music video. He is the most endearing, honest, pure, yet driven 17 year old kid I have ever met. From that moment I was sold on the director’s story & concept. I invite you to meet George for yourself.”

It’s taken from their sophomore album, ‘Blue Ceilings’.

Sounds like: The Lumineers, Vance Joy, Ben Howard

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Ava Raiin – Tree

Ava Raiin

Brooklyn-based singer Ava Raiin may have worked closely with the likes of Blood Orange, Carly Rae Jepsen and Solange, but what we are really interested in is her solo material.

‘Tree’, taken from Ava’s self titled album, has a sentimental R&B sound throughout, with modern vocal libs – a theme that runs throughout the album, and the main reason why she grabbed our attention.

Her self-titled album is out now.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Solange, Jessie Ware

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Tennis – No Exit

Tennis

Dreampop husband and wife duo Tennis ramp up the b.p.m on new single, ‘No Exit’.

It’s one of those songs that catches your breath upon first listen – woozy synths and vocals that are just about sensual enough to get you hot under the collar…no more, no less.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Stevie Nicks, Alvvays, Beach House

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Miles Graham – Let It Shine

Miles Graham

Dublin musician, Miles Graham, isn’t one that you would usually associate with electronic music, but his recent collaborations with L’Tric and Don Diablo suggest otherwise, but we are not here to discuss his electronic endeavours, but rather his new track ‘Let It Shine’.

The visuals for ‘Let It Shine’ are by Peter J Cooney, and follows the theme of the track – a beautifully down to earth narrative following the pain, anguish and ultimately, elation that we all experience in day to day life, perfectly demonstrated by Mile’s apt lyrics laden over very radio friendly gospel melodies.

Sounds like: James Morrison, Jack Savoretti, Ben Howard, Foy Vance, Ed Sheeran, Van Morrison, Alex Clare

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Hider – Yosemite

Hider

Yosemite is a tranquil place, full of varying landscapes. London-based Hider channels this level of beauty in his new track, ‘Yosemite’.

It’s a feel-good summertime song, that reminds you of sweet holiday romances.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Ben Howard, MÖWE, James Bay, The Lumineers, Arcade Fire

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Oscar and the Wolf – Breathing

Oscar and The Wolf

Belgium artist, Oscar and the Wolf is a bit of a split personality – one half daydreamer, one half a lonely animal – so it’s not wonder his music reflects this.

In the video for ‘Breathing’, his skin is made from diamonds reflecting a sexy sadness for creatures of the night.

‘Breathing’ is available now via Neon Gold / Play It Again Sam.

Sounds like: Ben Howard, Fever Ray, The Weeknd, SOHN, Phoenix

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Playlist: KEELS

KEELS

KEELS

The ever-poetic KEELS has just shared his new track, the unapologetically hook-driven ‘Prison Walls’, ahead of his sold out show at St Pancras Old Church on the 27 April.

KEELS has put together a playlist for us, perfect for a Monday morning coffee break.

The National – Hard To Find
Beautiful track I can listen to when in so many moods.

Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up
Great uplifting vocals

AC/DC – Thunderstruck
This track never fails to get me ready for action.

Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
When summer is in the air this track is a winner.

Ariana & The Rose – Supercool
Really like this relatively unknown track.

Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind (Mwah)
This girls got attitude I like

Circa Waves – T-Shirt Weather
Seen these guys live a few times and they are great. Again another seasonal track.

Vance Joy – Fire and the Flood
Great moody track.

Lumineers – Ophelia
Love this.

Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in The Dark
Always have to have a few classics in the playlist and who better than the Boss to have on play.

Sounds like: Keane, Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit, Coldplay, Young Guns, Bon Iver, The National, Birdy, Ben Howard, Jack Savoretti

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Jake McMullen – Falling

Jake Mcmullen

Imagine if Ben Howard was transported back to the 80’s in a time machine and you’d be pretty close to imagining what Jake McMullen sounds like.

‘Falling’ maybe a little more upbeat than his last track, ‘Giving Up’, but it still has Jake’s classic folk-inspired lyrics. The honesty found in Jake’s music is something that beautifully shrines through alongside his engaging vocals and retro synths.

It has been produced by MYZICA’s Micah Tawlks.

This is the third track off of his new album that’s set for release on 21 April.

Sounds like: Ben Howard, Foals, Blood Orange

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