Stockholm-based Augustine follows up his debut single with ‘A Scent of Lily’ – a cinematic and melancholic interpretation of Ariana Grande‘s ‘Into You’, and the powerlessness of losing yourself in a relationship.
Once again, Augustine takes us on a journey through a future-retro, bombastic-pop soundscape.
Sounds like: PNAU, Foster the People, James Blake, Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, Tame Impala, Phoenix
Sometimes the best pop songs are the most simplistic, allowing them to be catchy and emotive.
One of these contenders is ‘Change Your Mind’ by New Zealand-based Abby Wolf. An effervescent track which depicts the internal struggle faced when you’re unsure of the right path. Something we all can relate to.
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
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.
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.
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
KIDDO Feat. Decco – Drunk And I Miss You (Arturs Lapins Remix)
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.
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.
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Dylan Emmet has a gut wrenching story to tell. After discovering about a two year old daughter he never know about, Emmet packed his bags and moved to New York to be a full-time dad and musician.
He has enlisted Candian singer/songwriter Constance (NÉONHÈART) on their emotional song ‘Memory’, and the special chemistry between Emmet and Constance is clear throughout the song.
Alt-pop romantic RAIGN today releases her album ‘SIGN’, which features a dark and dreamy cover of ‘God Only Knows’, the Beach Boys‘ classic.
RAIGN runs her own record label, Millionaire London Records, designs clothes, writes songs for some of the biggest names in music and is currently penning an audiobook (scored by herself), and after taking a listen to her album, we’ve decided that this girl is badass!
Break-ups suck, we all know that, and Kent-based Gabriella Vixen perfectly describes the process of bumping into an ex in her new single, ‘Old Mistake’,
“Old mistake is about the empowering realisation that comes after that brief moment that we all at some point have experienced. When you bump into someone from your past, a flash of memories, followed by belly flipping butterflies, losing the ability to talk without stuttering, rosy cheeks and even an exchange of new numbers.”
Feisty! Gabriella is on our ones to watch list for 2019.
Sounds like: Zara Larsson, Ariana Grande, Mura Masa, Rita Ora
We do like a good festival, and after hearing that NOS Alive in Lisbon, Portugal is up there as one the world’s best music festivals, we decided to plan a trip in July to find out what all the fuss is about!
In the mean time, buckle up and check out our ones to watch within the indietronica genres (looks like we’ll mainly see you at the Sagres Stage then!).
THURSDAY 12 JULY
Friendly Fires, Sagres Stage
Energetic Brit boys Friendly Fires return to the festival circuit after a hiatus.
Having already had massive success with hits such as ‘Paris’, ‘Jump In The Pool’ and ‘Skeleton Boy’, their new single ‘Love Like Waves’ doesn’t disappoint and continues the theme of tropical-tinged synth sounds.
Expect a highly fun and bold performance at NOS Alive.
One artist we are super stoked to check out live is Khalid.
The American singer/songwriter originally started writing music during his college years, where he was also declared prom king. Amalgamating an array of sounds from classical, pop to hip hop, Khalid shows a real sense of urgency in his music.
We can’t get enough of his track with Billie Eilish, and can’t wait to see him perform at NOS Alive.
Sounds like: Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Father John Misty, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Lorde, James Blake, Billie Eilish
Indie rockers Wolf Alice have been our firm favourites from the UK for some time now. They never disappoint at a live show, fronted by a fresh-faced Ellie Rowsell’s seemingly blasé but endearingly nervous attitude.
Expect a set full of their most brilliant tunes…so that’s all of them then!
Sounds like: Black Honey, Peace, Superfood, Foals, Circa Waves, Harry
Sampha is to be one of the UK’s best musical exports in 2018.
He has a knack for writing songs with deep and personal lyrics of pain and reflection, some of which have unfortunately has stemmed from health hardships suffered with his family at home, and we can’t help but think we are supporting him on this journey.
Truly thought-provoking stuff, definitely worthy of a slot at NOS Alive.
Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Frank Ocean, Solange, Moses Sumney, James Blake, Chet Faker, SBTRKT, Dallas Green
Future Islands‘ front man Samuel T Herring’s dancing is reason enough to go watch these guys at NOS Alive. And of course, the US synthpop band are wildly brilliant in as many unique, refreshing and inspiration ways possible.
Kicking off Saturday’s ones to watch are Lisbon natives, Lotus Fever.
They fit somewhere in-between Alt-J and Pink Floyd and it’s really refreshing to hear. We are expecting a super tight performance, thanks to their longstanding stint together since 2011 and it being their local city.
Their music has tendencies to sway in the 60’s, psychedelic market – imagine riding on a surfboard in space. However, we expect their set at NOS Alive to be a relaxed affair, where you can chill out and have a cider…or ride a surfboard in space, whatever takes your fancy!
Patawawa is an exciting British trio. The group create infectious disco for a modern nation.
With a number of blood-pumping releases so far – all of which we can’t stop listening to – we figured we’d pick their brains and ask them for their musical inspirations. It’s an eclectic mix!
Crazy P – One True Light
Crazy P have had songs in most of my playlists for years now and this one from last year was exactly what I hoped for in a new release from them.
Don Raye – Standing in the Rain
This is one song that I knew I loved the first time I listened to it, all the spacey noises in the background with the disco instrumentation just made it a instant classic for me.
Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Crawl
Slow songs are few and far between in my music library, but this has something really nice about it, He’s got some other great songs but this is the one that I’ve been listening to a lot recently.
Jad & the – Strings That Never Win
There’s just something about a simple sample with a house beat that appeals to me massively and this song is a perfect example of that.
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
I absolutely love 80’s pop music and this song is the epitome of that genre for me. Its such a ‘cool’ song and its an absolute belter to sing along to.
Fela Kuti – Zombie
Afrobeat is the best music to dance to and also the best music to clean to! Vivd memories of dancing/cleaning my way round the house, and because its 12 mins long you feel like you’re getting a lot of song for your money.
Tensnake – Holding Back (My Love)
This is a great song anyway but when the guitar riff kicks in at the end, oh man, I cant help but get up and start shaking my ass, it’s a disgusting spectacle, but the song’s just too good.
Rex Orange County – Loving is Easy
I heard this song sometime around December last year and had it stuck in my head for a solid week and was playing it at every opportunity. Such a simple, brilliant song, I’m looking forward to hearing more from him this year!
Benny Sings – Rebuilding The Omega Man
I had couple of songs on my playlist from him (remixes I think) and then one day recently I thought I’d check out his stuff and was super happy I did! This is an absolute banger and I’ve found several more just as good!
Patrice Rushen – Let The Music Take Me
I got into listening to Disco pretty young, but I think again it was Rory who introduced me to Patrice Rushen. I love a lot of her stuff but have been playing this one a lot recently, just a proper feel good tune, a proper Disco banger!
Feist – Inside & Out
Rory first played me this song maybe about a year or so ago, and then it recently popped up in my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify and it has been great listening to it again. I love the chorus, such as beautiful voice with lovely lyrics and I love that synth! Very good tune indeed!
Liv Dawson – Hush
I discovered Liv Dawson in 2017, really with the help of Spotify! I loved her track ‘Searching’ and then she followed it up with this track, ‘Hush’. I think its a really cool song and her vocals work so well on it! It was also produced by Disclosure, so that’s a thumbs up from me!
Like what you hear? Check them out one of the upcoming live dates below:
22 Feb – Leeds, The Lending Room
27 Feb – London, The Sebright Arms
19 Apr – Sheffield, Mulberry Bar and Tavern
20 Apr – London, Camden Assembly
Sounds like: Shy Luv, Calvin Harris, Two Door Cinema Club
Another well trained, and self-taught musician. This time it is CaitlynScarlett.
Caitlyn moved to London at age 17 to pursue her dream of music, and cites influences from the likes of M.I.A and Kate Bush to Bob Dylan and GwenStefani.
Her emotive, downbeat pop single, ‘Rust’, produced by Jack Gourlay (TomOdell, JackGarrett), sung in Caitlyn’s signature soulful style, tells a haunting and raw story about love.
“Writing Rust was therapy for me. It’s about that very sad point that some relationships reach, where both people grow in a separate direction and things become beyond repair. Especially if there’s been a betrayal of trust. I’m a hopeless romantic so when my first relationship ended, it shattered a lot of my idillic beliefs about love and how the story of my life was going to look. I’ve spent so much time mentally pacing down memory lane, at times it’s felt like my address.”
Sounds like: Xan Young, Folly Rae, Tom Odell, Jack Garrett, Leo Kalyan