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
This is an absolute banger – ‘Afterglow’ by Tailor featuring Lizzy Land.
Tailor is a Birmingham based songwriter who has collaborated with the likes of MØ, Peking Duk, BETSY, Blithe and CallMeLoop, and now Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Lizzy Land.
The track showcases Tailor’s innate ability to lay down addictive vocal productions and toplines in a refined pop manner.
Speaking about the track, he states:
“Afterglow is about being in the moment with someone, but with the bittersweet feeling that comes with knowing it might all end. You want to re-assure them that you’ll still be there after the party stops, but can’t really know for sure… so you stay with it for as long as you can.”
Birmingham electro-pop, jazz-inspired trio Lycio shares new single, ‘Young Ties’.
A moody yet enjoyable journey full of musical and emotional contrast between deliberate and powerful textures, using vulnerable versus, massive choruses and driving bass lines.
Of the track, frontwoman Genie Mendez explains,
“Young ties is about mental health. Trying to understand how my head works, whether it’s a gift or a curse (‘the beauty that’s inside my mind’), and then trying to accept it (‘I’ll go where you are taking me’). Then of course everyone’s getting on with their daily routine not knowing the struggle of those around them (‘all the young men in long ties…’). And of course ‘can you bring me home/can you take control’ is a question for my own head. I’m asking my mind if it can really handle this, if we can bounce back from it.”
Sounds like: Foxes, Dua Lipa, Birdy, London Grammar, Grace Carter, Jack Garratt, YONAKA, Gwen Stefani
Effortlessly combining apt songwriting with progressive, electronic textures, Lycio perform everything live to enhance the experience. We can’t wait to see them perform, and we’ll be playing ‘Saharan King’ during the wait.
T.O.L.D stands for ‘The Order of Life and Death’ and is the project of the British-born, Dan Smith.
His new track ‘Return Forever’ is gospel synth pop. From timid beginnings, the track has a surprisingly uplifting chorus, reminiscent of his last hit ‘Lucifer’s Eyes’.
Written with Jas from Simian Mobile Disco, T.O.L.D say “we spend a day in his studio in London fucking around with synths & drum machines, three years later this song emerged from a studio in Echo Park. A kind of Nietzchean dance song.”
Amateur Best is the alias of Birmingham-based “personal pop” musician, songwriter, and producer Joe Flory.
His new video for ‘They Know’ has been directed by Effie Pappa and is “inspired by the warmth and paranoia of John Carpenter’s best horror movies” and builds up to the foreboding chorus refrain: “It’s like they know what’s coming next, it’s like there’s not point running. It’s like we’re hanging on the edge of the end, it’s like we never had a chance to run.”
The track has been taken from his long awaited second album ‘The Gleaners’, which will be released on 2 October, as well as the single, via Brille Records (The Knife, Gwilym Gold, John Wizards).