Brighton four-piece, YONAKA are back with a video for ‘Bubblegum’.
Directed by Ali Kurr (Loyle Carner), it exposes the chaotic world of YONAKA, both on stage and off (remember the guitarist cutting his head open at The Great Escape this year?!), as the band play to a packed and sweaty room.
Watch below and try and spot the giant bubblegum.
It’s out now on Atlantic Records.
The band will also be playing their biggest headline show to date at The Garage in London, on 28 February. Get your tickets here.
Sounds like: Gwen Stefani, Pat Benatar, Charli XCX, Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Drenge, Black Honey, Skindred
We receive a huge amount of submissions via SubmitHub, and unfortunately cannot review all of the tracks, so we have decided to compile those tracks into a weekly segment of gems we’ve particularly enjoyed.
Dream Lake – Midnight Sun
Swedish electro-pop duo Dream Lake share the dreamy ‘Midnight Sun’.
This song perfectly encapsulates the airy, long days of light during the summer in Sweden, with dreamy vocals and romantic keys.
US-based Tigers and Thieves share ‘Change Your Mind’, an indie rock track that has all the markings of a hit, despite being recorded in their garage studio. It’s been mixed by Brian McTear (TheWar on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, LocalNatives).
Sounds like: Local Natives, Foster the People, The Neighbourhood, alt-J, Surfer Blood, The Temper Trap, Nick Mulvey
Like the process of photosynthesis, Melis manages to capture light and formulate a blooming of beauty with her latest single ‘Flower’ which comes as the first official release from her upcoming debut EP ‘Parallels’.
Melis previously released ‘Love Song Idea‘ to much applause, as her debut grew and flourished across the blogosphere, landing a Hype Machine #1, Spotify New Music Friday playlists and some impressive plays and streams.
Unlike ‘Love Song Idea’, which was actually a demo, saved and repaired from old instrumental stems on her breaking hard-drive, Melis shows her talent in minimalistic electronic production, a hugely intimate vocal and once again, stunningly fragile lyrics. Being in love or been in love, this song will turn the heart on, re-light your emotions and help you love deeper, or move onwards.
You can pre-order her ‘Parallels’ EP, which is very limited 10″ Vinyl, via Qrates now here.
You may recognise the photo above, of Berlin-based Melis. She was previously one half of the gorgeous electronic duo, IYES.
Going it alone, Melis has produced a ‘Love Song’. Following a hard drive failure post production, Melis was forced to piece together the stems of the track. We can’t help think this is the perfect representation of love itself.
‘Drink Alone’ is the second track from Kudu Blue‘s debut EP ‘Shaded’.
Surprisingly, the Brighton-based band wrote, recorded, and produced ‘Drink Alone’ entirely in one of their bedrooms in their hometown of Brighton.
Originally conceived by singer Clementine Douglas whilst working a bar shift in their home town of Brighton: “The lyrical inspiration came a few years ago now. I was working in a pub in Brighton and we’d often have a drink during our shift. This one day I was trying to be good and decided to stick to some nutritious H2O. The girl that I was working with said “please don’t make me drink alone”, I thought it could be a good song premise so wrote it down, then had a pint.”
Clementine’s timeless vocals work well with the track’s pop-leaning songwriting and electronic production.
You can watch Kudu Blue play Camden Assembly on 3 May. Buy tickets here.
Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Nimmo, Mura Masa, Jamie XX
Original Brighton duo IYES make a surprise return with ‘Feelings’.
Now residing in Berlin, Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanova have begun their new musical journey together, taking more of a dance/electronic direction. The Berlin music scene has definitely shown its influence.
‘Feelings’ is a modern number, although surprisingly, the track was written in 2015. Following many re-works and versions, the pair decided to join forces with upcoming production duo Kilian and Jo to take the song to its maximum potential.
Sounds like: Le Youth, Astronomyy, The XX, Niki & The Dove, Chvrches, Ellie Goulding, Ben Khan
Talented songwriter, PATHS, returns with an A/B release of ‘Right Beside You’ and ‘Last One Standing’.
The two tracks follow on from ‘Neoprene‘. They were written and produced in close succession, and although different in sound – varying from serene to engaging synth pop with multi-cultural samples – all three are a lyrical reflection of relationship challenges.
Speaking of ‘Right Beside You’, PATHS explains,
“‘Right Beside You’ is about how you can be with someone 24/7 but it’s as if they don’t truly see you anymore and inside you’re screaming ‘I’m right beside you’.”
Sounds like: Σtella, Kate Nash, Lily Allen, HOLYCHILD