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Griff x Honne – 1,000,000 X Better

Griff x Honne - 1,000,000 X Better

British teen and born creative, Griff teams up with Honne on the sincere ‘1,000,000 X Better’. Once again tackling an array of important issues for generations, we say make some room Dua Lipa.

Sounds like: Owl City, GRACEY, Emily Burns, Sody

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Ed Prosek – Now and Then

Ed Prosek

Ed Prosek‘s new single ‘Now and Then’ marks the first chapter in a compelling new story for the talented solo artist. Picking up the folks riffs from his roots, he looks ahead with a fondness towards growing old.

Sounds like: Mumford & Sons, Jack Garratt, Frightened Rabbit, Bruce Springsteen, Ten Fé, Chet Faker, Talos, Solomon Grey, Aquilo

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Jimmy Smash – Under

Jimmy Smash

Rising Norwegian alt-pop production duo Jimmy Smash let us loose on their tranquil and groove-rich piece of electronic pop, ‘Under’. For fans anywhere between Jungle and Roosevelt.

Sounds like: Jungle, Tame Impala, Roosevelt, Maribou State

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Wolf & Moon – Eyes Closed

Wolf & Moon by Jordann Wood

Wolf & Moon by Jordann Wood

Berlin-based Wolf & Moon shares ‘Eyes Closed’. In doing this invigorates some sort of superpower, according to the duo, an ability to awaken the senses that were once sleeping. Try it for yourself.

Sounds Like: James Vincent McMorrow, Lea Porcelain, Xul Zolar, The xx, Bryde

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Beau Turrentine – Take Your Time

Beau Turrentine

‘Take Your Time’ and smell the flowers. That’s the message in Beau Turrentine‘s latest song, with its woozy and enticing demeanour that channels sweet and blissful dream-pop tones. It’s out now via Terrible Records.

Sounds like: Tame Impala

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Chillum – Waste My Time Feat. Devyn Sawyer

Chillhum

Chillhum shares ‘Waste My Time’ featuring a vocal duet with Devyn Sawyer. It’s another slice of intricate and experimental bedroom pop with acoustic-electric R&B from the budding singer-songwriter/guitarist/producer.

Sounds like: Gaspar Narby, Ed Sheeran, Flume, Louis The Child, Petit Biscuit, Troye Sivan, Robotaki

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jens – Tough Love

jens

Rising Norwegian pop songwriter jens shares ‘Tough Love’, taken from his new EP, ‘Call Me Back When You Get A Moment’. It’s another feel-good pop anthem, firmly rooted with a potent chorus hook and instant danceability.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, Myylo, Charlie Puth, Dagny

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Lazy Queen – Gutted

Lazy Queen by Fabian Framdal Fjeldvik

Lazy Queen by Fabian Framdal Fjeldvik

From one Norweigan act to another. At completely different ends of the spectrum, alt-rock outfit Lazy Queen shares brazen new single, ‘Gutted’. Discussing the topic of self-destruction, addiction and recovery, it’s spirited punk rock with an upbeat pop hook throughout.

Sounds like: Nothing But Thieves, The Hunna, The Amazons

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j. pastel – Senegal

j. pastel - Senegal

Chicago producers Chase Durrett and Casey Bruce – aka j. pastel – formed in the summer of 2019, and have been fusing 80’s synths and dreamy guitars with funk moves in their bedroom ever since. Listen to ‘Senegal’ below.

Sounds like: De Rien, gvn, Gaspar Narby, ford., Akurei

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Phil Good – Falling

Phil Good

Los Angeles Phil Good is back with a new breakup-inspired track called ‘Falling’. Despite being laid-back, the music video manages to convey the emotion of the song.

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

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Gillian Heidi – Fray

Gillian Heidi - Fray

At just 16, it’s hard to believe that pop singer-songwriter Gillian Heidi is already creating such raw and emotive tracks that reflect about relationships in a poetic eloquence not often seen of this age group. Listen to ‘Fray’ below.

Sounds like: Kelly Clarkson, Vanessa Carlton

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Jude the Obscure – Strong Enough

Jude The Obscure

Manchester-based musician Jude The Obscure shows resilience in the face of adversity in jazz, hip-hop and soul-inspired track, ‘Strong Enough’.

Sounds like: Loyle Carner

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James Blake – Are You Even Real?

James Blake

James Blake releases the atmospheric ‘Are You Even Real?’, in partnership with Apple’s Behind The Mac campaign. Another contender to the evergrowing back catalogue of comforting masterpieces from the British producer and multi-instrumentalist.

Sounds like: Jamie Woon, Jamie XX, The Weeknd, SOHN

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Declan McKenna – Daniel, You’re Still A Child

Declan McKenna

We all know a Daniel, or perhaps we even are one – the one that gets “lost in the sauce, stoned, lost in some existential fear or lost his way in some VR game”, yet has so much to prove. Declan McKenna gives us a delicious taste of his forthcoming album, ‘Zeros’.

Sounds like: HUNNY, Sea Girls, Peach Pit, The Night Café, Chaz Cardigan, The Beatles, Circa Waves, The Magic Gang, Vistas, Love Fame Tragedy

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Connie Constance – James

Connie Constance

Refreshing alt-pop artist Connie Constance bares all and dives into “an ocean of narcotics” in new single ‘James’, summing up how we all want to feel and act right now – to get a bit squiffy and then crawl back to bed.

Sounds like: Kate Nash, Laura Misch, Joy Crookes, Rosie Lowe, Poppy Adjudha, Arlo Parks, Cleo Sol, Moses Sumney

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NZCA Lines – Prisoner Of Love

NZCA Lines by Aleksandra Kingo

NZCA Lines by Aleksandra Kingo

Time to get sweet and funky with NZCA Line‘s ‘Prisoner of Love’. We surrender to its smooth and delectable slice of opulent disco.

Sounds like: Metronomy, Gold Panda, New Order, Ronika, Thor Rixon, Hot Chip, Prince, Roosevelt

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Aquilo – Moving On

Aquilo by Morgan Hill-Murphy

Aquilo by Morgan Hill-Murphy

Sounding particularly Glass Animals, and more instrumentally upbeat than previous releases, duo Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher – aka Aquilo – return after a two-year hiatus with the ‘Sober’ EP, featuring ‘Moving On’.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler, Glass Animals

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MAX RAD – It’ll All Be Fine

MAX RAD

Singer and producer MAX RAD takes a positive stance with new single ‘It’ll All Be Fine’. Comparing the track to an out-of-body experience, he advises to look at the bigger picture, and stop internalising. Wise words.

Sounds like: Tash Sultana, Foals, Chet Faker, Honne, Ben Khan

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narou – Deep End

narou

narou pens a love letter to the people around him. His new single ‘Deep End’ is the first paragraph.

Taking inspiration from his namesake (which means “becoming” in Japanese), the Vienna born, Berlin-based songwriter and producer is on a constant journey of discovery, as the visuals for the song reflect. He further explains,

“I wrote this song about my somewhat impulsive behaviour after fights in a loving relationship. I challenged myself to start with the hook in order to hit the listener with that dramatic message and feeling right away. Saying that I don’t ever wanna hear back from that person is a feeling that doesn’t reflect my actual needs when the storm has cleared, but more so a display of pure anger I felt in that very moment. The second verse really brings clarity because I realized that this feeling will pass and all I want to do is forget about it and move on. We often find ourselves in situations like this. For me personally it has been an immense learning curve and I am slowly learning to control my emotions and my anger from a place of peace and love.”

Sounds like: Chet Faker, Honne, Klyne, Bearcubs, James Hersey, Kllo

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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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KYOTI – Citadel

KYOTI

British art-pop trio KYOTI, share ‘Citadel’, the sixth single from their expansive ‘Project Twelve’, which sees the band release one track every month for a year.

Their disparate and captivating storytelling collides into rich soundscapes of jazz, folk, and pop-inspired synths and beats, interlaced with thoughtful lyricism.

Lyrically ‘Citadel’ considers personal issues and broader political ideas, both continuing themes throughout KYOTI’S work to date.

Lead singer, Ed says of the track, “In the turbulent times we are currently living through it can be so easy to shut ourselves off. Rather than engage with what is going on across the planet and in society, whether that’s climate change, homelessness, or mental health issues – instead people tend to seek comfort and shelter from those closest to us.

“The phrase “I need a citadel” sits at the heart of this song. I was thinking about how bombarded we all are in the modern world – by the news, social media, and constant expectations of success and progress – but that sometimes you just want to hang out with mates and loved ones, safe in the knowledge that there’s no judgement. For me that feels like a citadel and I think a lot of people are probably in need of that too.”

‘Project Twelve’ will be showcased in its entirety via a string of London shows early 2020 ahead of the final release completing the series in September.

Sounds like: Hot Chip, SOHN, James Blake, Two Door Cinema Club, Death Cab For Cutie, Honne, Dead Ceremony

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WATTS – Lie Here With You

WATTS

Nashville-based artist WATTS writes exciting pop music with a joyful sparkle.

Inspired by the great male pop acts of our time – LANY, Troye Sivan to name a couple – WATTS channels his piano playing experience into more digital forms of synths and keyboards.

His latest single ‘Lie Here With You’ can be listened to below, alongside another one of our favs, ‘Talk About It’.

Sounds like: LANY, Troye Sivan, COIN, Honne

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PHIL GOOD – Do You Ever? (RAC Remix)

PHIL GOOD - Do You Ever? (RAC Remix)

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter PHIL GOOD initially released his single ‘Do You Ever?’ in late 2019 after announcing his signing to Elektra Records.

It started as mumbles during a time when he was in a lost and stuck place. The track helped process that running away from your problems isn’t the answer.

Now to kick off 2020, he enlists Portland-based, Portuguese-American musician and record producer, André Allen Anjos (aka RAC) to up the electronic game.

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

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TENDER – 6 In The Morning

TENDER - 6 In The Morning

After a hiatus, TENDER returns with ‘6 In The Morning’, showing a slightly new direction for the duo.

Stripping it back to basics, James Cullen and Dan Cobb’s new release is upfront and at times, takes an unnerving dive into self-reflection.

“The track ‘6 in the Morning’ is about the bitter, petty end to a relationship, where both parties do things to push the other away,” says Cullen. “Avoiding being the one to call it off, they intend to do things to make the other break. When the relationship finally ends, it brings relief.”

“We have all been in those situations, where it seems easier to stay in a bitter and toxic environment instead of just calling it off. It’s like pulling off a plaster. The slower you do it, the more pain it causes.”

Sounds like: MOTHXR, Jungle, Glass Animals, HUNTAR, Caribou, Air, The National, Tame Impala, Boxed In, Honne

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OH Wonder – Hallelujah

OH Wonder by Olga De La Iglesia

OH Wonder by Olga De La Iglesia

OH Wonder returns with the glorious new single, ‘Hallelujah’! Praise be!

The visuals, shot in one take, feature Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht in a field amongst a selection of multi-coloured church gowns. As colourful and catchy as ever.

Sounds like: IYES, Kid Astray, Banks, Fickle Friends, Monogem, Paperwhite, PROM, Blood Orange, Years & Years, Bipolar Sunshine, Broods, ASTR

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Islandis – Slow Down

Islandis by Cormac Power

Islandis by Cormac Power

Australian duo Islandis – aka producer/instrumentalist James Chave-Dubois & Ben McInerney – share their bright new single, ‘Slow Down’.

Sharing one song a year, this radiant upbeat jam breathes nostalgia and contagious pop hooks

Sounds like: New Navy, Phoenix, Foster The People, Goldroom, Strange Talk

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Daniella Mason – Woman Lover Powerful

Daniella Mason

Damn right, Nashville-based Daniella Mason knows the power she has a woman.

A modern feminist anthem through and through, it spells out the world from many womens’ eyes. Her forthcoming EP, ‘Physical State’ is due out this fall.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, The Japanese House, Robyn, Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish, George Gretton, Luna Pines

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Tony Njoku – CONFIDENT

Tony Njoku

Nigerian-British avant-pop auteur and artist Tony Njoku shares the brilliant new Max Jedwab-directed video for ‘CONFIDENT’.

The intense single adopts a confessional, diary-like intimacy underpinned by whirring synths, which dissolve into effervescent chaos.

It is taken from his new album, ‘Your Psyche’s Rainbow Panorama’, released on 4 October via Silent Kid Records, in which he has taken inspiration from a work of Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s glass walkway, entitled ‘Your Rainbow Panorama’.

Sounds like: Sacred Animals, Ben Khan, Flying Lotus, Ghostpoet, Gaika, Lightfoot

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Zanski – Younger You Feat. Emilia Ali

Zanski

Zanski digs deeper with his creative new single, ‘Younger You’.

A laid-back RnB affair, Zanski has teamed up with vocalist Emilia Ali to deliver unparalleled vocal lines, rich harmonies, and sweet grooves that perfectly showcase his ability for some serious tuneage, with as much intrigue and substance as James Blake or Jai Paul.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, James Blake, Honne, Banks, Jai Paul

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Slow Shudder – Just As You Are

Slow Shudder

Pop music is always in a state of flux, and there are always artists doing interesting things with it if you know where to look. This week it’s Seattle-based producer-singer-songwriter Slow Shudder.

Reminiscent of the likes of Robokid and PC Music artists, ‘Just As You Are’ walks a fine line of forward-thinking contemporary production and early 00’s sugary pop, for a delightfully charming ballad.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Robokid

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Broken Back – One By One Feat. Alle Farben

It’s coming to the end of summer, which is why you need to listen to the almost-tropical ‘One By One’ by Broken Back and featuring Alle Farben.

The combination of Broken Back’s upbeat and quirky energies with his whimsical vocal styling, combine effortlessly alongside Alle Farben’s diverse, colorful, and boundless spirit.

It’s out now via Sony Music/Ultra Records.

Sounds like: Klingande, Möwe

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