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Marble Empire – Hold Me Up

Marble Empire

London-based multi-instrumentalist & producer Marble Empire (aka Matt Berry) shares his new single ‘Hold Me Up’.

Written about going back to his ex-girl despite disliking her, the song is pleasantly upbeat and warm in his delivery.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Kaytranada, Mura Masa

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Phil Good – Everything’s Good

Phil Good

Everything is far from ok at the moment, but perhaps we need a bit of light relief ahead of the weekend.

Cue Phil Good and his overtly optimistic attitude to what’s going on at the moment. Remember, someone always has it worse than you, so appreciate what you have. You can watch the Joren Cull-animated visuals below.

Sounds like: Honne, Joseph Salvat, Miike Snow, Glass Animals, Joywave, Just Kiddin’, San Holo

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Artio – All Things End

Artio

Unique band Artio share new single ‘All Things End’, released on Monomyth Records.

Embracing newly learned production techniques and taking an almost more mature approach to songwriting, with a feisty prowess not seen too often in modern bands.

Sounds like: Skies

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Phoebe Ryan – Reality

Phoebe Ryan

US based Phoebe Ryan shares her former ‘Reality’ with us, taken from a time when she was very dishonest with herself.

The visuals for the wistful and fantastical story is inspired by the psychedelic production of The Flaming Lips‘ 2006 album ‘At War With The Mystics’, a formative album for Ryan’s music career.

Sounds like: Grimes, ROZES, EXES

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Sea Girls – Do You Really Wanna Know?

Sea Girls - Do You Really Wanna Know?

Our favourte band in the UK right now, Sea Girls, share the visuals for ‘Do You Really Wanna Know?’.

Blurring the lines between reality and fansity, and touching on the topic of mental health, the video – directed by world class animator Francesca de Bassa – takes the band’s own self isolated photography and brings them to life as kaleidoscopic, animated collages.

Sounds like: Marsicans, The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Swimming Tapes, Slow Riot, Two Door Cinema Club, Sundara Karma

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Gia Woods – Naive

Gia Woods - Naive

Gia Woods is an emerging voice in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as in the pop sphere.

As a queer, Persian woman, born into a traditional Persian household in Los Angeles, Woods grew up a loner and used this time to make music. Her latest single, ‘Naive’ touches on the subject of discovering what you want out of an intimate relationship.

Sounds like: Zolita, WENS, Sizzy Rocket, L Devine

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Milq – Summer Again

Milq

Canadian self-proclaimed “boy band” Milq share their nostalgic tune, ‘Summer Again’.

With extremely strong echoes of LANY and joan., their new single is inspired by the romanticising of young love and past experiences.

Sounds like: LANY, joan.

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Kidnap – Start Again (Macious Remix)

Kidnap - Start Again (Macious Remix)

Remix connaisseur Macious has turned himself to Kidnap‘s classic track, ‘Start Again’.

As one of his biggest musical inspirations, the opportunity to remix the nostalgic original came about during a time when Macious was going through some exhausting changes. It’s offered as a free download.

Sounds like: Lane 8, Rüfüs Du Sol, Ben Böhmer

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Sirens of Lesbos – How Many Miles

Sirens of Lesbos by James Bantone

Sirens of Lesbos by James Bantone

Swiss jazz/soul collective Sirens of Lesbos shares ‘How Many Miles’.

Originally written about travelling the world with their future children, the song has since taken on an unexpected, larger meaning due to current travel restrictions. For those eager eared, it features some reworking of lyrics from The Fugees‘ ‘How Many Mics’.

Sounds like: De Hofnar, MYNGA

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Jouska – Born In Cash

Jouska

Contemporary Oslo bedroom duo Jouska – aka Marit Othilie Thorvik and Hans Olav Settem – shares ‘Born In Cash’.

With an underlying driving beat, the introverted club banger takes influence from the likes of The Internet, Grimes and Sassy 009, and is written about the internal conflicts associated with being in a toxic relationship.

Sounds like: Grimes, Sassy 009, The Internet

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Alara – Demons

Alara

Accomplished singer Alara shares the beautiful, ‘Demons’, a perfect antidote to current times.

Despite being heavily influenced by the power of Grimes, Alara’s music is also soft and hazy, with a soul-healing quality. Her new single is about finding solace in the idea that everyone is going through something, and we’re not so different after all.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Skott, Ryn Weaver

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Chris Wills – Pyro

Chris Wills - Pyro

Los Angeles-based artist Chris Wills shares the addictive ‘Pyro’.

Finally in a place to accept himself, Wills decided to write music and just give it a go. The result is a quirky inner reflective track, which he uses to find the answers he’s been craving.

Sounds like: Myylo, Michael Medrano

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GRAE – Slow Down

GRAE - Slow Down

Introducing Toronto artist GRAE.

Delivering powerful and mystical R&B leaning pop, her new single ‘Slow Down’ touches on the topic of feminism and empowerment, and considers the topic of women finding difficulty in expressing their wants and desires.

Sounds like: RALPH, Willa, ASHS, Louise Burns

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Mt. Wolf – Tayrona

Mt. Wolf

After a long hiatus, dream pop band Mt. Wolf returns with their misty new single ‘Tayrona’ featuring Tamsin Wilson from Wilsen.

This is the first single from a forthcoming collaborative project, to be released via Akira Records, and is complete with hazy, layered soundscapes that ebb and flow into a folktronica masterpiece.

Sounds like: Daughter, Phoria, Still Parade, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Active Child, Bon Iver

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Ernest – Never Leaving

Ernest - Never Leaving

Despite the inflicted isolation, Copenhagen-based Ernest keeps us moving with their smooth and funk-tinged single, ‘Never Leaving’.

A story conjured up following the band’s encounter with a beautiful cashier during a recent visit to the supermarket, the guys manage to dig up and present big emotions from everyday situations.

Sounds like: Liss, School of X, Frank Ocean, SILQUE

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Aaron Smith – Brother

Aaron Smith

Scottish singer/songwriter Aaron Smith shares his new single ‘Brother’, which touches on the topic of addiction.

A subject close to his heart, this release once again penetrates to the core of your emotions, fuled by experiences of both love and trauma.

Sounds like: Frightened Rabbit, Ed Prosek, Amber Run, Novo Amor, Talos

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Love You Later – Blindfolded

Love You Later

Love You Later is the brainchild of US-based 21-year-old singer/songwriter Lexi Aviles.

‘Blindfolded’, the final song on her latest EP, ‘Heaven Is Without You’, is the perfect crescendo to the lush and dreamy collection of songs, and pushes for self-realisation and liberation after shedding old skin from a recent breakup.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, Broods, The Japanese House

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Syd Silvair – The Moth

Syd Silvair - The Moth

Syd Silvair is endlessly inspired by the rich visual narratives of the deck, and the ways in which their divine messages manifest in our physical realm.

Using The Magician tarot card as her guide, her single ‘Moth’ encourages to reclaim the power on your own terms, and is equally as fierce in its presentation.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Harry, Stevie Nicks

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Raven Artson – Notice Me

Raven Artson

Ever-evolving LA-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Raven Artson releases his single, ‘Notice Me’.

It’s a lofty not-so-classic love song that takes an otherworldly opinion with eerily sweet vocals and piano-led composition.

Sounds like: How To Dress Well, ANOHNI

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OCTAVIO – Nineteen (Sad For No Reason)

OCTAVIO

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Octavio Herrera aka OCTAVIO is a 19-year-old artist making a unique concoction of hip-hop and indie music.

Whilst in his new song ‘Nineteen (Sad For No Reason)’, there are plenty of reasons to be feeling glum at this moment in time (and he’s by no means alone), we should join Octavio in celebrating his past year.

Sounds like: Rex Orange County, Mac Demarco

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Jillian Steele – New Orleans

Jillian Steele - New Orleans

Nashville-based pop artist Jillian Steele‘s new single is written about unexpectedly falling in love in New Orleans.

But this isn’t her first crush, Steele has been performing from a young age, having formed an early love for performing, including singing and acting in commercials. Listen below.

Sounds like: Savannah Sgro, Violet Skies, Charlotte Sands

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ÄTNA – Won’t Stop

ÄTNA

Our favourite German-based newcomer, ÄTNA shares the video for ‘Won’t Stop’, along with the release of their debut album, ‘Made By Desire’, both out now via Humming Records.

The striking visual from the avant-garde duo was filmed in Italy, close to the Croatian border, as the sun came up, and encapsulates the sense of alienation and dystopian unease which lies at the music’s heart, as well as the dramatic, celebratory feeling of emancipation embedded in the song’s lyrics.

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26.02 Ludwigshafen – dasHaus
27.02 CH-Baden – Royal
28.02 CH-St.Gallen – OYA Bar
29.02 CH-Biel – Le Singe
01.03 Esslingen – Cosmic Playgrounds / Dieselstrasse
06.03 Dresden – Objekt klein a
07.03 Wuppertal – Loch
08.03 Köln – Jaki
11.03 Berlin – Lido
12.03 Hamburg – Übel & Gefährlich / Turmzimmer
13.03 Nürnberg – Club Stereo
14.03 Jena – Kassablanca
18.03 AT-Wien – Fluc
19.03 AT-Salzburg – Rockhouse Bar
20.03 München – Milla
03.04 Lörrach – Between The Beats
16.04 Osnabrück – Popsalon / Haus der Jugend
16.04 Dresden – Beatpol

Sounds like: Grimes, Fever Ray, Vök, Kllo, Christine & The Queens, I Break Horses

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ÄTNA – Made By Desire

ÄTNA by Josefine Schulz

ÄTNA by Josefine Schulz

ÄTNA is soon becoming a name on everyone’s lips.

The exciting Berlin-based duo combines dramatic electro-pop with an array of synth variations and visual art in an innovative manner. Their catchy single ‘Made By Desire’ is the title track from their upcoming album, released on Valentine’s Day via Humming Records.

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30.01. Rüsselheim – Theater
26.02. Ludwigshafen – Das Haus
27.02. CH-Baden – Royal
28.02. CH-St.Gallen – OYA Bar
29.02. CH-Biel – Le Singe
01.03. Esslingen – Cosmic Playgrounds / Dieselstrasse
06.03. Dresden – Objekt Klein A
07.03. Wuppertal – Loch
08.03. Köln – Jaki
11.03. Berlin – Lido
12.03. Hamburg – Übel & Gefährlich / Turmzimmer
13.03. Nürnberg – Club Stereo
14.03. Jena – Kassablanca
18.03. AT-Wien – Fluc
19.03. AT-Salzburg – Rockhouse Bar
20.03. München – Milla
03.04. Lörrach – Between The Beats
16.04. Osnabrück – Popsalon / Haus der Jugend
16.04. Dresden – Beatpol

Sounds like: Grimes, Fever Ray, Vök, Kllo, Christine & The Queens

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ÄTNA – Come To Me

ÄTNA

German-based duo ÄTNA is raising pulses in their new video for ‘Come To Me’.

Retro and futuristically avant-garde at once, ÄTNA is creating their own work of art in a musical world, frequently pushing boundaries and playing with gender roles.

The visuals for ‘Come To Me’ feature a notable number of transport methods, as Demian attempts to reach confident singer Inéz in his last attempt to make an effort in their relationship before disappearing once and for all.

You can pre-order the album, ‘Made By Desire’ here.

Sounds like: Grimes, Fever Ray, Vök, Kllo, Daughter

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REECE – China Blue

REECE

After a move out of Los Angeles and a bit of a health kick, REECE comes back stronger with ‘China Blue’.

The track is about Reece’s self-reflection following a breakup, where he has some toxic traits that also need to be worked on.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Frank Ocean, ANDRO, Sam Smith

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YAS – Caroline

YAS - Caroline

Classically trained violinist-vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer YAS releases her stripped back and ethereal track, ‘Caroline’.

Further combining pop-electronic sounds with hints of contemporary R&B, the result is an intimately atmospheric song.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Banks

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Salt Cathedral – CAVIAR

Salt Cathedral - CAVIAR

Salt Cathedral asks for the simple pleasures in ‘CAVIAR’.

An impassioned rejection of materialism in relationships and a celebration of the liberation that comes with it, the track combines warm rhythms with icy vocal undertones.

Salt Cathedral is the duo of Nico and Juli, genre-defying artists who effortlessly draw from the vanguard of electronic music, a scope of Caribbean rhythms, and Colombian dance culture to create an infectious sound that transcends borders. Expect their debut album to be released in 2020 on Ultra.

Sounds like: Aurora

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Asha Gold – Too Good

Asha Gold

West London-based Asha Gold sticks to her guns against the sceptics in her beat-led new single, ‘Too Good’.

After battling with the pressures and opinions of those close to her, who, at the time, were persuading her to persue more “practical” endeavours than music, Asha took to her bedroom where she recorded a voice note of the pre-chorus and chorus for ‘Too Good’. The next day, Asha finished up the song in around ten minutes on the piano; this being all the reassurance she needed to stay on track with her music career.

Sounds like: Nakala, Frank Ocean

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Mallrat – Groceries

Mallrat

Following her tour with Maggie Rogers, we’ve decided to share Mallrat‘s ‘Groceries,’ which we think is one of her best releases yet.

The Australian pop-rap sensation delivers bittersweet records layered with danceable relatable disconsolation – a unique slice of modern nostalgia with a lyrical maturity, way beyond her years.

Sounds like: Alice Jemima, Grimes, Yung Lean, Charli XCX, Izzy Bizu, Uffie, Sofi Tukker, Maggie Rogers

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Low Hum – Strange Love

Low Hum

Los Angeles-based Low Hum shares his new single, ‘Strange Love’.

A low hum, this is not – ‘Strange Love’ is a circulating brawl of guitar riffs and retro-tinted vocals that tell a story of epic proportions.

Sounds like: Jagwar Ma, Liily

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Preston Lovinggood – Everything Will Be Okay

Preston Lovinggood

We don’t normally feature songs that are reasonably old, but we had to make an exception for Preston Lovinggood and his dreamy take on folk.

You can listen to his song, ‘Everything Will Be Okay’ below.

Sounds like: Ten Fé

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Ro – do you think it’s fine?

Ro - do you think it's fine?

British newcomer Ro shares her self-produced debut, electro-pop tune, ‘do you think it’s fine?’

Looking up to female artists such as Grimes and Robyn, Ro is striving to reach their great heights of artistic control in a modern electronic landscape. Expect an EP later in the year.

Sounds like: Melis, VÉRITÉ, Linney

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Dan Crossley – Heal

Dan Crossley

UK artist and vocal heavyweight, Dan Crossley shares his addictive new single, ‘Heal’.

It has everything that makes a perfect pop banger – sensual vocals, lucious synths loops and romantic guitars riffs.

Sounds like: The 1975, Cat Burns, Years & Years

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2CRE8 – Cheater

2CRE8

Dutch production and DJ duo, 2CRE8 returns with a cheeky number called ‘Cheater’.

Giving a wink to misbehaving and making the most of the summer, in a similar vain to the likes of The Him, you’ll be forgiven for having this track on repeat, even when the sun isn’t shining.

Sounds like: The Him, Jonas Blue

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Victoria’s Flight – Paradise

Victoria's Flight

Victoria’s Flight is a Glasgow-based band of childhood friends Matt Robertson and Craig Harkness.

Their new single ‘Paradise’ is the first of three singles that tells the story of summer love and loss, with a combined energy of tropical guitar riffs and contemplative vocals.

Sounds like: SKIES, The Island Club, Blossoms

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Kae Astra – Dreams

Kae Astra

Austin-native Kae Astra shares her effervescent alt-pop debut, ‘Dreams’.

One would be forgiven to thinking this is an ode to Kate Bush and Grimes, with it’s wonderfully expressive and falsetto vocals and painstaking melodies crowned in a lush dream pop soundscape.

Sounds like: CILVR, Kate Bush, Grimes, Beach House

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Jinka – Bare to the Bone Feat. BLVTH

Jinka

Jinka is carving the way for female-led electronic pop from Germany.

Her new single, ‘Bare to the Bone’ features fellow Berlin-based artist, BLVTH and perfectly blends BLVTH’s grungy future bass and Jinka’s happy trip pop.

The singlewill be featured on Jinka’s debut EP ‘Dr. Ara’, which will be released on 8 March.

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES, Billie Eilish

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Chelsea Effect – Tinseltown

Chelsea Effect

We all know many people head to Los Angeles and only a handful make it to stardom, but it doesn’t prevent the never-ending quest by actors, artists and musicians alike.

Chelsea Effect – the music/art/fashion project of Canadian born Emerald Isabella – discusses this such topic in her new single ‘Tinseltown’.

It’s a reflective message about trying to make it in L.A, “the land of almost stars.” It’s out now.

Sounds like: Monogem, Evvy, Ellie Goulding, REMMI

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Dan Crossley – Mind Games

Dan Crossley
Dan Crossley is calling out an ex-lover in his new single ‘Mind Games’.

It’s a R&B pop anthem from the artist who has a knack of writing honest music written from personal experiences, which has rightfully landed him the BBC Introducing’s One To Watch for 2018.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Charley Stride, Cat Burns, Years & Years

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Fred Daniels – Wetlands

Fred Daniels

Swedish artist Fred Daniels shares the gorgeously addictive pop number, ‘Wetlands’ – “an anthem for oral sex”!

After learning to play drums at nine and writing his first song at 11, it’s clear a successful career in music has always been in Fred’s destiny, which has included being a member of Södra Station with Shy Martin and collaborations with Andrew Taggart from The Chainsmokers.

Sounds like: SKOTT, The Weeknd, Years & Years, Lane 8, La Bouquet

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Broken Back – Breathe Slow

Broken Back

It’s been a heavy week for us so time to breathe slow and get some bright emotion back in our lives ahead of the weekend.

Broken Back is a singer, songwriter, producer, and creator…as well as of course an advocate of tropical and uplifting sounds. His new single ‘Breathe Slow’ is “a liberating invitation to focus on the glass half full rather than on the half empty one” and is out now via Ultra Records.

Sounds like: Kygo, Kazy Lambist

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Jackie Charles – Time Travel

Jackie Charles by Knut Åserud

Jackie Charles – the love-child, band and alter ego of Kaja Bremnes – looks at the topic of ‘Time Travel’, because after all isn’t the past sometimes better than the future?

The new single is Scandi-pop blended with anarchic tendencies – inspired the times spent between the rooftop bars of Berlin and a Norwegian fishing boat.

Sounds like: The Cure, Alvvays, Ariel Pink

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Daise – Glass Mind

Daise

Los Angeles-based dream-pop quintet Daise shares the ethereal and emotional ‘Glass Mind’.

It’s an intensely reflective song that almost borders in emo territory with its transfixing guitars and pensive melodies.

Sounds like: The Smiths

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Tallsaint – Warm Skin

Tallsaint

British electro-pop artist Tallsaint shares music that touches critical themes of obsession, romance, anxiety and womanhood.

‘Warm Skin’ is the first track taken from her debut EP ‘Hard Love’ on indie label Dance to The Radio, out now and takes a more vulnerable approach.

Sounds like: Stereo Honey, RALPH, St Vincent, Lykke Li

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Molina – Venus

Molina

The 26-year old Copenhagen-based producer & musician Molina (aka Rebecca Maria Molina) is channeling series 80’s synth vibes in her new single ‘Venus’.

Tinkering with experimental alt-pop sounds featuring heavy Japanese music

Sounds like: Wolf Alice, Tears for Fears, Kate Bush, Röyksopp, Georgia

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Uffie – No Regrets

Uffie

The first time listening to Uffie‘s ‘Pop The Klock’ was nine years ago and it simply blew our minds. We couldn’t get enough of the French-American’s experimental and nonconformist pop sound. The original modern pop star.

Fast forward nine years and Uffie has definitely not lost her sparkle. Listen to her straight-up pop single, ‘No Regrets’ below.

Sounds like: Mallrat, Alice Jemima, Grimes, Yung Lean, Charli XCX, Yelle

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Wild Moccasins – Doe-Eyed Dancer

Wild Moccasins

One of our ones to watch for 2019 is Wild Moccasins, a beautifully crafted band fronted by the magnificent Zahira Gutierrez with her notable soaring pop melodies.

Their new single ‘Doe-Eyed Dancer’ is taken from the ‘Look Together’ album, which is a resilient and volatile break-up record co-written by Gutierrez and guitarist Cody Swann after their decade-long romantic relationship dissolved.

Listen now and be prepared to click ‘repeat’ over and over again.

Sounds like: Tennis, Oh Land, Wild Ones, Tame Impala, Anteros

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KIDDO Feat. Decco – Drunk And I Miss You (Arturs Lapins Remix)

KIDDO

We don’t usually support remixes on the site, but it’s been a tough week and this track has got has raring to go for the weekend. It’s Arturs Lapins‘ remix of ‘Drunk And I Miss You’, by feisty Stockholm-based artist KIDDO

Sliced and diced into a more chill-hop vibe, check it out below.

Sounds like: MØ, Odesza, Billie Eilish, Jinka, ALMA, Rihanna

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Rebekah Fitch – Poison

Rebekah Fitch

We are intrigued by Belfast-based singer/songwriter Rebekah Fitch and her seemingly effortless avility to push artistic boundaries whilst still slotting into the mainstream with her memorable melodies.

Tinkering with 80’s pop and rock sensibiities, her new single ‘Poison’ considers the way we are taught to think and what we are taught to value by society, as well as the topic of control, stopping us from becoming the fullest version of ourselves.

Sounds like: Pat Benatar, YONAKA

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