Close-knit duo Magdalena Bay share the dreamy new single ‘Waking Up’.
Ultimately a love song, ‘Waking Up’ is laden in driving synths and fresh perspectives.
Sounds like: Goldroom, Chela, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Fiora
Georgi Kay – Guilty Pleasures
Singer Georgi Kay is warning us about guilty pleasures in her new single.
Quintessentially indietronica-based, ‘Guilty Pleasures’ is a song about falling in love with someone who, despite the deep emotional connection being mutual, is romantically tied down by another.
Sounds like: Fjer, Alpines
Satin Jackets – Mirage
The story goes something like “when we’re good, we’re good. And when we’re low, we’re low”. Sound familiar?
Satin Jackets is tapping into our relationship insecurities with a strangely upbeat melody in ‘Mirage’. I guess that’s kind of the definition of a mirage!
It’s out now via Eskimo Recordings.
Sounds like: Goldroom, RAC, Le Youth, Pink Feathers
Slenderbodies – Amnesia
Exciting new Californian-based duo Slenderbodies share their new single, ‘Amnesia’.
Their music shares intricate guitar melodies and breathy vocal work that is both nostalgic and forward-thinking at the same time.
This is definitely one act you won’t forget in a long time.
Sounds like: Glass Animals, Alt-J
LANNDS – Words
LANNDS is Memphis-born artist Rania Woodard and she shares her exciting slow-burner called ‘Words’.
There is nothing brash about this type of music, it’s soothing in its intent as well as thought-provoking.
‘Words’ is the second song off her forthcoming EP, ‘LEGENDS’ (expected March 2018), released on Kobalt/Kitsuné.
Sounds like: Björk, Vök, Låpsley, The Japanese House, Daughter, TENDER
Von Sell – Hell No
We have been huge fans of Brooklyn-based artist Von Sell for a long time, and we are extremely happy he is back well and singing again after a six month break due to vocal chord issues.
Von Sell takes more of a funky attitude in the production techniques of ‘Hell No’ but we dig it – we’re gonna call it his come-back track!
Sounds like: Summer Heart, Hazel English, Teen Daze
Jayce Cantor – Done For Now
Singer/songwriter/producer Jayce Cantor shares his radio-ready single ‘Done For Now’.
The song has elements of catchy R&B blended with modern indietronica-influenced production that works brilliantly with Jayce’s soulful vocals as he sings about love and heartbreak.
Sounds like: Craig David, Le Youth
Bliss Nova – Now
…And finally, it’s time for some blissed-out music from Toledo-based duo, Bliss Nova.
Their second single called ‘Now’ hits you instantly with its chilled pop sensibilites and dreamy vocal harmonies.
Some exciting times ahead for these guys.
Sounds like: Summer Heart, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Porches, Cut Copy, Toro y Moi, Caribou, Wild Nothing, Phoenix, Tame Impala, Tuska
Shy Luv is the project of Manchester based Karma Kid and Armeria.
The video for their new single, ‘Lungs’ is directed by HUMANS and produced by CANADA. Shot in a Mars-like red clay quarry, it illustrates the songs overriding theme of wanting to re-tract an open offer of love to your object of desire who’s feelings aren’t openly reciprocated, and works perfectly with the track’s spacey production depicting such nostalgic moments.
The ‘Lungs’ EP is out now and the guys play The Courtyard Theatre in London on 14 December. Get tickets here.
Sounds like: Patawawa, Roosevelt, Cut Copy, Ten Fé, Honne, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Jagwar Ma, SG Lewis
Katherine Evans – Take It Slow
Meet 22 year old Katherine Evans. It says on her SoundCloud page that she likes to sing and sleep. We are not sure about her knack of sleeping, but she sings a damn good song!
With plenty of awards under her belt, she is far from taking it slow, unlike her new single, which is about capturing a fleeting and reckless moment.
It’s out now via Afromartian, an indie record label based in Italy.
Sounds like: Dominique, Billie Eilish
Jarami – Hear This
Dynamic Swedish production duo Jarami share the cool new video for ‘Hear This’.
It features a children’s choir singing and dancing alongside a perfect slice of percussive, psychedelic funk with bass heavy tones.
Sounds like: Day Fly, Amber Mark, Everything is Recorded, Love Ssega, Frank Ocean
Teflon Sega – NEØN
Enigmatic singer Teflon Sega is right on point in the modern music scene having wracked up high numbers of streams on Spotify with his previous releases, and we are sure ‘NEØN’ will do just as well.
The track perfectly highlights Teflon Sega’s magnificent range of sultry lows and stirring highs. Listen below.
It’s out now via Majestic Casual.
Sounds like: The Weeknd
Louis Futon – Restless Sea Feat. Opia
Louis Futon is bringing the funk with new single, ‘Restless Sea’, featuring rising duo Opia.
Quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, Louis Futon flies high on the track with his buzzy production methods and soft melodic touches.
Sounds like: Ben Khan, Gallant, ODESZA, Louis The Child
Vera – Nobody Else
Standing firmly on his own two feet is the young Copenhagen-based Vera (aka William Asingh).
His latest single, ‘Nobody Else’, was a collaborative effort with Off Bloom, and is influenced by the Caribbean novel ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys, which is about a landowner’s Jamaican wife who is locked up in an attic for allegedly being mad.
The ‘Good Job – No Conversation’ EP is released on 8 December through Ultra Records/Ministry of Sound.
Sounds like: Banks, Off Bloom, Soleima, MØ, Liss
FKL – 1-800
FKL is an experimental London/Seattle-based duo comprised of Joe Gillick and Sage Redman.
We’ve not heard anything like this in a long time, and can’t quite pinpoint their sound, which we think is a great thing!
So…pick up the phone, dial ‘1-800’ and order some sweet, trippy beats blended with highly seductive vocals.
Sounds like: The xx
Sacre – Stereo Feat. Dopize
Sacre are hitting some serious Drake vibes with their new single ‘Stereo’.
It’s not the usual sound we hear from the French duo, but we kind of like it. The contrast between the classic electro vocals works well with the addition of rising French artist, rapper Dopize.
Sounds like: Goldroom, Chela, Miami Horror, Autograf, The Knocks, Cut Copy
Year of the Brother – Slow One
Finally, we have the brilliant new indie-pop trio from Portland called Year of the Brother.
We are particularly excited about these guys as they seem to have something special about them. Perhaps it’s the soaring, yet delicate production? Perhaps it’s the on-point falsettos? Or perhaps it’s the enticing lyrics? You decide.
The ‘Filling Empty Pools’ EP is out now.
Sounds like: Kyko, Will Joseph Cook, Owl City
Rae Isla – Mexico
Our hearts go out to those in Mexico at the moment. This one is for them.
‘Mexico’ is a debut song by Seattle-born Rae Isla, who has a family interest in South America. It features guitarist Lito de la Isla and was produced by Gianluca Buccellati (Tei Shi, Yellerkin).
Rae is donating all of her profits from the sale of the song to Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexican Red Cross).
Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Laurel
Motion Trap – The Movement
Denver duo, Motion Trap (aka Kyle Williams and Nathan Rogers) release spirited new single, ‘The Movement’, and the synth-rock-pop number does just that. Make you move.
Expect their sophomore album ‘Heavenly Bodies’ out soon.
Sounds like: Depeche Mode, OMD, Future Islands, Roosevelt, Cut Copy
REFS – Fool
REFS is the project of Brooklyn-based producer, Zach Lipkins.
Pure emotion and intimacy oozes from his R&B hit ‘Fool’, all perfectly enveloped with fervorous production.
Sounds like: John Legend, Jack Garratt, Klyne
Nocturnal Tapes – All I Need
Wow, Nocturnal Tapes have arrived and aren’t we happy they have!
Their new single ‘All I Need’ takes you on a spacial journey of floaty dreamscapes and psychedelia attitudes. It is about that moment when you realise you have everything you need and suddenly the pressure you’ve been putting on yourself can lift.
Sounds like: Kasabian, Tame Impala, Du Tonc, Cut Copy
Kendall Morgan – Undertow
If Lorde decided to dabble in hip hop, this might be the result – ‘Undertow’ by Kendall Morgan.
Kendall grew up in Nashville, and started writing songs as early as she can remember. Her experience in songwriting has led her to working on tracks with Kendrick Lamar and Yo Gotti.
Listen to ‘Undertow’ below.
Sounds like: Lorde, Kacy Hill
LIMITS – Falling
Belgian artist LIMITS shares ‘Falling’.
Having recently signed to Different Recordings (Anna Of The North, Kllo, Claptone), LIMITS manages to perfectly blend slices of ethereal, tech-house with melodic pop-inspired vocals.
The track is out now.
Sounds like: Shy Luv, Claptone, Tube & Berger, Rüfüs, The Magician, The Aston Shuffle
Wayfarer// – Broken Wire ft. LANKS
Wayfarer// teams up with fellow Australian LANKS on ‘Broken Wire’.
It has a great positive message, about not letting fear force you to waste opportunities, with a d’n’b undertone.
It’s the third single off the upcoming ‘Garden State’ EP, due out later this year.
Sounds like: Sampha, Radiohead, Rudimental, Becky Hill
Satin Jackets – Northern Lights Feat. David Harks
German-based Satin Jackets teams up with British singer, David Harks on ‘Northern Lights’.
As with all of Satin Jackets’ music, ‘Northern Lights’ has a distinct cosmic vibe, which is to be expected with the title of the song. Add to the mix, nostalgic vocal tones and reflective melodies, to create a breathtaking listening experience.
It’s out today on Eskimo Recordings.
Sounds like: Empire Of The Sun, Goldroom, RAC, Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Du Tonc, Future Islands, Phoenix
Alice Gray – Pink Cadillac
San Diego native, singer-songwriter and visual artist Alice Gray shares her debut single ‘Pink Cadillac’.
Describing her music as “sad songs you want to dance to”, Alice’s sound has a bittersweet edge to it thanks to beautifully planned pop hooks and wistful lyrics.
‘Pink Cadillac’ is out now.
Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, LINNEY, Sigrid, Billie Eilish
Lissa Lo – All I Need Feat. Patrick Dunn
New song ‘All I Need’ is a collaboration between Brooklyn-based, bedroom producer Lissa Lo and Patrick Dunn.
On the duo’s second encounter, ‘All I Need’ was born with its innocently played vocal loops and lashings of romanticised lyrics.
Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Caswell, The Kite String Tangle
Secret Weapons – Comeback Season
Love songs don’t have to be all about the doom and gloom of a relationship, they can be about the music you adore. Brooklyn locals, Secret Weapons do just this with uplifting new single, ‘Comeback Season’.
The twosome deliver a positive message about overcoming the odds (specifically the struggles they encountered whilst writing their album), which is further highlighted by the delightful addition of a gospel choir!
It’s out now via Epic.
Sounds like: Youngr, The 1975, Lionel Richie, The Levity, The Island Club, Ghost Beach, Backstreet Boys, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The Knocks
Seersha – Typical
Talking of love songs…Atlantic artist/producer Seersha has written a gorgeous track called ‘Typical’ for her husband to listen to on his summertime drives.
Seersha’s ethereal vocals immediately make you feel free, as if you are screaming with joy at the top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere.
Sounds like: MS MR, CHVRCHES, Tears For Fears, Lights, Paramore, Phil Collins
AWAY – Sleepwalker
Los Angeles producer, AWAY, shares the stunning new video for ‘Sleepwalker’, featuring
Paving the way for the next generation of sound, AWAY likes to expose mixed feelings in his music, often touching on confusion, sadness, apathy, and anger.
Sounds like: Chainsmokers, Kiiara, Børns
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.
Sounds like: Summer Heart, Beach House, M83
Vanguards – Rosie & The Blackheart
Vanguards are a indie pop focused four-piece from Brighton.
‘Rosie & The Blackheart’ is a bittersweet love song that echoes 80’s guitar legends. The track was recorded live and produced by Steve Harris (Kodaline, Dave Matthews, Kaiser Chiefs).
Sounds like: INXS, Kings Of Leon, The 1975, Kodaline
Tigers and Thieves – Change Your Mind
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 (The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives).
Sounds like: Local Natives, Foster the People, The Neighbourhood, alt-J, Surfer Blood, The Temper Trap, Nick Mulvey
Gold Fir – Night Walk
Despite what the name suggests, London duo Gold Fir (aka James and Mabel) play funky tracks for our immediate pleasure, day or night.
Their music is full of sass n soul, and is definitely bold.
Sounds like: Madonna, Little Dragon, Goldfrapp
Someone – Say Something
Songstress, Someone is shaking off her cutesy appeal with a more earthy sound on ‘Say Something’.
Jangling beats sway nicely alongside upbeat guitar riffs and catchy vocal leads.
Sounds like: Few Bits, Bryde
ALKE – Without You
Los Angeles-based pop duo ALKE release ‘Without You’.
There is no denying the obvious chemistry shown between Jameson Flood (production, guitar, keys) and AK Karrasch (vocals) on the track as it explores love versus independence.
Sounds like: Monogem, Phantogram, Shura
Vox Eagle – Sweet Temptations
Australian/US duo Vox Eagle share the glistening ‘Sweet Temptations’.
It’s a song about late nights out on the town and those sweet temptations that you may (or may not) encounter.
Expect their EP to arrive next week.
Sounds like: Cut Copy, Joe Goddard, Roosevelt, Goldroom, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem
DVWEZ – Giving Into Us
DVWEZ (pronounced “Dames”) is making a stand for independence, all the while giving into strong desires.
Lush R&B melodies breathe over unique alt-electro soundscapes in ‘Giving Into Us’.
Sounds like: Salt Ashes, Aaliyah
Saro – Eyelids
Newcomer Saro continues to produce dark pop music.
His new track ‘Eyelids’ is delicately produced with its brooding falsetto vocals and a soft touch of melancholy.
Sounds like: Aquilo, Jack Garratt, Draper, Clean Bandit, Years & Years
Multi-instrumentalist, Pierce Fulton drops new single, ‘Autumn Blossom’, featuring vocals from the lovely Noosa, who we have been a fan of for a long time.
The track has an uplifting undertone throughout, with cinematic guitar riffs and pulsating synths.
Pierce Fulton’s album ‘Better Places’ is out on Potential Fun and can be purchased on iTunes here.
Sounds like: Cut Copy, Two Door Cinema Club, The Presets
This is one of our favourite bands. Nottingham-based April Towers return with a rebellious new number called ‘Takes One To Know One’.
Once again, the duo have cleverly blended new wave sounds with bold, modern electronica.
Expect their debut album ‘Certified Freaky’ (co-produced by Ben Pearce) to be released early next year.
Sounds like: New Order, LCD Soundsystem, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, OMD, Pet Shop Boys
We absolutely love a positive message, especially when conveyed through music, and it appears that ‘Spread Love’ by Goldroom does just that.
Goldroom has decided to release the live favourite as a single (featuring vocals by Rooty) and although it edges towards pop more than his former releases, it still offers that signature feel-good dance sound that Goldroom is renowned for.
Goldroom said of the release: “My goal for this song was to try and capture the kind of simple earnestness that a lot of early French House had, which was a major inspiration for me. Playing it on the road the last few months, the vibe in the room would just light up as audiences reacted to the energy of the song. It felt like it was the right time to release the song to the world.”
Sounds like: Holy Ghost!, Flight Facilities, Autograf, Cut Copy