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Jolé by Doug Elliott

Jolé by Doug Elliott

Folktronica poet Jolé celebrates his ‘Silver Lake’ EP with the magical song, ‘Tie Dye Sky’. Immediately painting a picture of beauty in the title, Jolé once again perfectly encapsulates his love of friends and family, and his time in Los Angeles.

Sounds like: Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Ed Prosek, Hazlett, Benjamin Francis Leftwich

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TOMMASO – ‘Better On T.V.

TOMMASO

Dream pop newcomer and Chicago native, Tommaso Veronesi – aka TOMMASO – unveils his eagerly-awaited sophomore offering ‘Better On T.V.’. A friendly reminder not to get too caught up in the digital world, this is a must-listen.

Sounds like: Summer Heart

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Daniel Allan – Peanut Butter Feat. Perrin Xthona

Daniel Allan

Sometimes uncomplicated bedroom pop is best. Cue Daniel Allan and his delectable new single featuring Perrin Xthona, which will very likely be sticking in your head all day.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish

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Seraphina Simone – Hollywood $$$

Seraphina Simone by Tara Rowse

Seraphina Simone by Tara Rowse

Seraphina Simone delves into the smoke & mirrors world of fame in her sophomore single ‘Hollywood $$$’. Having experienced the celeb world from an early age (her godparents’ were Prince, Miles Davis, Christie Hynde, Pete Townsend and Mary Greenwell), she knows all to well the “predatory darkness under the glitz“.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Laurel, Chløe Black, VÉRITE, Blondie

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Gillian Heidi –  Desperate

Gillian Heidi by Jenn Curtis

Gillian Heidi by Jenn Curtis

At just 16 years old, Gillian Heidi treats her music as a conduit for truth and her sync-ready track ‘Desperate’ is no exception. Underscored by layered harmonies and full-bodied instrumentation, Gillian’s R&B-infused pop vocals take centre stage as she sings of the guilt and thrill that comes with having a crush while in a relationship.

Sounds like: Harlee

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Hedara – Fire With Fire

Hedara

London-based songwriter Hedara shares her self biographical song about living with anxiety. It’s a track that showcases Hedara’s raw songwriting ability by stripping the production down to just piano & vocal, resulting in an affecting and honest piece of work from a talented performer.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Birdy

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Matt Ryder – Not The Same

Matt Ryder by Milly Cope

Matt Ryder by Milly Cope

Young Birmingham based producer, singer and songwriter Matt Ryder follows up his 2019 debut single with new alt-pop fusion track ‘Not The Same’.

It addresses the current state of social media in the world and the role it plays in a young person’s life. Ryder’s lo-fi and atmospheric approach – shares a similar vein to The 1975’s Matt Healy’s process – allowing the listener to enjoy the creation even without vocals present at times.

It’s difficult to put a label on what kind of music this is, there is something for everyone here, a beautiful fusion taking the best influences from multiple genres, and creating a sound that can almost only be described as Matt Ryder.

Discussing the conception of the track, Ryder states,

“I felt like I was constantly overthinking everything I was doing and saying, even the thoughts I had I would overthink,”. Channelling this frustration into his writing he adds that “it was encouraged by the teenage society I was involved with. You can never really have a private life when you’re young.”

Sounds like: Daughter, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, RY X, James Vincent McMorrow

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Jolé – Alpine Green

Jolé

London-based songwriter Joshua Oliver – aka Jolé – is always soul searching, and this forms the very basis of the folk, indie and electronic music he so lovingly creates.

His new single, ‘Alpine Green’ was written during a visit to Los Angeles in August 2019, in which he was seeking solace from the separation from his loved ones. Speaking further, he explains,

“I wrote this song whilst being really homesick. The narrative is about experiencing something beautiful or uplifting that you wish you could share with someone that can’t be there. It’s about feeling grateful in the moment but wanting someone you love to experience it with you also. However, in not being with that person, holding them in your thoughts or in your memory can sometimes be good enough.”

Expect his ‘Silver Lake’ EP out in August, inspired by his visit to L.A in 2019.

Sounds like: Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Ed Prosek, Hazlett, Benjamin Francis Leftwich

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HUMAN – Feel Some Bright Darkness

HUMAN

Two deeply-rooted Hamberg-based friends form the duo that is known as HUMAN.

Writing about unrequited love, human values, everyday struggles and all the inbetween, you can listen to their slightly off-kilter latest release ‘Feel Some Bright Darkness’.

Sounds like: Like Swimming, Benjamin Francis Leftwich

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Leo Stannard – In My Blood

Leo Stannard

Leo Stannard

Leo Stannard is a 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Leicester, UK.

Leo is making anthems with pulsing electronic production, moving slightly away from his previous, more acoustic material.

On his new track, Leo explains,

“’In My Blood’ is all about people who become such an integral part of your life, people who don’t necessarily share the same blood-line as you but become like family. It’s all about the human connection.”

‘In My Blood’ is out via Black Butter Records.

Leo is also currently working on his debut album with Rich Cooper (Mystery Jets, Alex Vargas) and Fred Bull (Rihanna, Madonna) due for release early next year.

UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES

15 October Bristol, Louisiana
16 October Manchester, Deaf Institute
17 October Newcastle, Surf Café
18 October Glasgow, Hug & Pint
20 October Leeds, Headrow House
21 October Sheffield, The Rocking Chair
22 October Leicester, The Cookie
24 October Nottingham, Bodega
25 October Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
26 October London, Oslo

Sounds like: Tom Odell, The Temper Trap, Alex Clare, Sam Sure, Rudimental, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Nina Nesbitt, Rhodes

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RY X – Deliverance

RY X - Deliverance

RY X – Deliverance

An artist that needs no introduction. RY X.

RY returns with ‘Deliverance’; a thought-provoking and atmospheric track, that engulfs us with its distinctively ethereal vocal lines and undulating electronic-tones.

‘Deliverance’ is the second release from RY’s eagerly anticipated debut album, ‘Dawn’ released on 6 May via Infectious Music. A conscientious and unfeigned debut, RY discloses how the 12-track LP came to fruition via a candid process of self-discovery and trust – “I have followed my heart and it has been a beautiful process of building trust with myself, as an artist, and person.”

Live EU Dates
9th May – Paris, Le Divan du Monde
10th May – Heidelberg, Schloss Heidelberg
11th May – Cologne, Kulturkirche
12th May – Hamburg, Grünspan
14th May – Munich, Mixed Munich Arts
16th May – Berlin, Volksbühne
17th May – Amsterdam, Paradiso
18th May – Brussels, Orangerie (Part of Les Nuit Botanique)
20th May – Brighton, The Great Escape Stage Host Royal Albert Hall / St Georges
21st May – Oxford, St John the Evangelist
22nd May – Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre
24th May – Bristol, St Thomas the Martyr
25th May – Leeds, Leeds College of Music (Part of Beacons Presents)
26th May – London, Union Chapel

Sounds like: Matt Corby, James Vincent McMorrow, Jack Garratt, Bon Iver, James Blake, Rhodes, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Chris Kaz

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