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Gillian – Static

Gillian - Static

Boston-based pop singer/songwriter Gillian covers the highs and lows of life, with a guitar in hand or behind a piano.

Her new single ‘Static’ is a melancholic reflection about suffering FOMO.

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Grant Knoche – AS IT SHOULD

Grant Knoche

17-year-old Grant Knoche shares another knockout pop single.

It’s everything we expect from a vexed teenager – controlled angst displayed in delicate melodies with beautiful keys and vocal harmonies – about a love that has got away.

Sounds Like: FINNEAS, Billie Eilish, Troye Sivan, Noll, Nikless, Kenzie, In Real Life, XXXTentacion

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Omar Addis – Easy

Omar Addis

Cardiff-based Omar Addis shares his breezy self-produced song, ‘Easy’.

Written from a reflective point of view, it looks back at the people who are no longer in your life, and how things could have gone differently.

Sounds like: Roosevelt, Washed Out

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Amelia Dare – Wrong About Me

Amelia Dare - Wrong About Me

On her sophomore single, South-East London based talent Amelia Dare channels themes of empowerment on the summery and addictive, ‘Wrong About Me’.

Maintaining the same organic sound established on her debut, ‘Teaser,’ Amelia is fast becoming a resounding new voice in the alternative R&B space.

Sounds like: ELIZA, Caswell, Cleo Sol, Snoh Alegra

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Tentendo – Thoughts Feat. Vetta Borne

Tentendo

Hotly tipped Melbourne-based bassist and producer, Tentendo returns with fellow Australian singer-songwriter Vetta Borne on brand new single, ‘Thoughts’.

Taking heavy inspiration from KAYTRANADA, he effortlessly fuses elements of hip-hop, disco and pop in an irresistible three-minute slice of down-tempo future funk.

Sounds like: Kaytranada, Pomo, AlunaGeorge

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The Dryas – Make You Mine

The Dryas - Make You Mine

Brighton-based trio The Dryas share their ambitious debut release, ‘Make You Mine’.

Comprised of Hudd Hunter-Smith, Luke Cowie & Connor Tagg, the song conveys heartfelt and raw emotion, privy to fellow boybands, LANY and The 1975.

Sounds like: LANY, The 1975

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TOBY – Gold Feat. Otiuh

TOBY

Australian/UK producer TOBY hits us with his popping new single ‘Gold’, featuring the mad vocal-slinging work of Perth duo Otiuh.

The alt hip-hop/electro-house sound, that we haven’t really heard much of before, is heavily influenced by the likes of Kaytranada, Disclosure and Mura Masa.

A super easy track for TOBY to make, it was meant to be.

Sounds like: Chance The Rapper, Kaytranada, Young Franco, Mura Masa, Georgia, Disclosure, Jerry Folk

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XY&O – Left Alone

XY&O - Left Alone

What a way to kick off the gems this week! Welcome back XY&O.

Teasing a debut album (finally!) comes ‘Left Alone’ – another slice of hazy pop with simple and effective melodic structures, and of course, Skip Curtis’ luscious vocal mix.

Sounds like: Kid Astray, Sir Sly, Lost Boy Crow, Nonaphoenix

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Limón Limón – Barcelona

Limón Limón

Future indie duo Limón Limón is taking us back to sweeter times in ‘Barcelona’.

Conjuring up dreams of warm summer nights sitting on the beach drinking wine, as the salt air drifts over our warm bodies. Perfect!

Sounds like: Midnight Pool Party, La Felix, All The Rest, argonaut & wasp, Goldroom, Pastel, 90’s Kids, Empire of the Sun

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Jamws – Toronto

Jamws - Toronto

When you are in flow, you are completely engrossed in the task in hand. Hours can pass without even noticing. This appears to have happened to South London multi-instrumentalist, performer and bedroom producer Jamws whilst working on his debut EP ‘Toronto’.

The five heartfelt tracks describe various stages of heartbreak, starting with a separation, following his partner of ten years moving to Toronto.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, The 1975

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Max Alexander – Stay Where You Are

Max Alexander - Stay Where You Are

Max Alexander is a new alt-pop singer/songwriter from London.

Originally an acoustic artist by heart, he’s decided to go straight in with the electric guitar, to create an all together fist-to-chest sound in ‘Stay Where You Are’.

Sounds like: WEIRDO

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Victor Perry – What I Observe

Victor Perry

It’s always worthwhile to take a step back sometimes, and reflect.

NYC-based singer-songwriter/vocalist Victor Perry does exactly that in his lyrically mature new song ‘What I Observe’. As he croons in a poetic form of self-expression, we witness a subtle electro-pop space in which the track really starts to breathe.

Sounds like: Rhye, Rationale, Jacob Banks, James Blake, The Weeknd, Labrose

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dekleyn – Who We Are

dekleyn - Who We Are

Australian duo dekleyn fuses electro-pop with pop-leaning dance in the catchy single, ‘Who We Are’.

It touches on the topical subject of mental health and the sense of vulnerability that comes with almost every relationship.

Sounds like: LANY, joan, LAUV

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PELA – South Of

PELA

South London duo PELA share ‘South Of’, the first song they wrote together.

Amalgamating differing musical influences, it’s another stellar example of the duo’s sonic trajectory into a moody, melodic melodious song.

Sounds like: Kudu Blue, James Blake, KAYTRANADA

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Amy Milner – Wildside

Amy Milner

Singer/songwriter Amy Milner shares her new single, ‘Wildside’.

Written about catching yourself before you lose control, facing those demons and welcoming the dark side of your mind, it’s energetic commercial alt-pop at its finest.

Sounds like: Birdy, Emma McGrath, Florence + The Machine

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Jens – Nocturnal

Jens by Sigurd Fandango

Jens by Sigurd Fandango

Bergen-born Jens could be the next big Scandi-pop superstar.

His off-kilter single ‘Nocturnal’ has all the makings of a pop banger – upbeat, catchy vocal hooks with a carefree bass line.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, Myylo, Charlie Puth

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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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Sour Face – Paradise Ain’t So Cheap

Sour Face - Paradise Ain't So Cheap

Brand new Los Angeles-based duo Sour Face woo us with their new single, ‘Paradise Ain’t So Cheap’.

Packed with intricate twists and turns and the nonconformist attitude of Glass Animals, Sour Face continues to challenge addiction in a song packed full of very real demons.

Sounds like: Glass Animals

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PREP – Pictures Of You

PREP by Meg Meyer

We are excited to share PREP‘s single, ‘Pictures of You’.

A nonchalant nu-disco vibe laced with summery alt-funk and pop, this is something the foursome shine at. They comprise of Grammy-nominated producer Dan Radclyffe (AlunaGeorge, Foxes & Chronixx), French drummer Guillaume Jambel (George Fitzgerald, Odyssey & Kasabian), Welsh keys player Llywelyn Ap Myrddin and London vocalist & frontman Tom Havelock (Snakehips, Celeste, Anna Of The North).

Sounds like: Supertramp, Kaytranada, Mac DeMarco, Thundercat, Chronixx

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Caswell – Distraction

Caswell - Distraction

Soulstress Caswell returns with ‘Distraction’, and it’s just that amidst these tough times.

Her signature sound is rich in vocal intelligence with attractive soul-pop melodies. This time, Caswell shows a more brazen side, as she questions why the rebound is such a taboo topic to talk about.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Skott, Lorde, Charlotte Cardin, Jorja Smith, JONES, Ray BLK, Sigrid, Maggie Rogers

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JYLDA – Jeopardy

JYLDA by Sophia Payne

JYLDA by Sophia Payne

Quirky and off-kilter is JYLDA‘s musical middle name.

Glitchy jazz chords mixed and soulful vocals represent her mysterious and experimental new single, ‘Jeopardy’ – a homage to risk and produced in collaboration with classical composer Marino Arcaro.

Sounds like: FKA Twigs, Arca

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Alan Finan – The Drive

Alan Finan

Rising Irish folk singer/songwriter Alan Finan shares his new single, ‘The Drive’.

Inspired by a visit to a town in rural Ireland deeply affected by a car accident that had changed the lives of families throughout the town, it’s a track that examines a theme of movement and travel in a simple and evolving manner.

Sounds like: Ben Howard, Talos, James Vincent McMorrow, RY X

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Franky – Follow My Lead

Franky - Follow My Lead

Yorkshire isn’t particularly known for his pop heritage. That is until now. Meet singer/songwriter Franky.

Her influences range from funk, disco and R&B, and her new single ‘Follow My Lead’ will urge you to do just that, with its fizzy attitude and feisty pop sensibilities.

Sounds like: Icona Pop, Harlee, Charli XCX

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Estereomance – Crimson Queen

Estereomance

Estereomance is a trio from El Paso/Juarez comprised of Manu, Paulina and Adria.

The three artists may come from different experiences and backgrounds but they share one common goal – artistic fearlessness that invokes sensitivities of emotional fibres reachable through consciousness.

In a gentle nod to 70’s French dream pop, the single ‘Crimson Queen’ explores the themes of vanity, obsession, insecurity, gender and beauty through surreal and metaphoric music.

Sounds like: Men I Trust

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CHERITON – Parallel

CHERITON

Kent-born, London-based indie-pop newcomer CHERITON (aka Nick Harrison) shares his catchy new single ‘Parallel’, out now So Good So Good.

The infectious single, full of guitar-pop and vibrant melodies, is produced by Andy Hall (Bastille, Fickle Friends, James Gillespie) and reflects on social media and the damaging effects it can have on mental health.

Sounds like: Vampire Weekend, HAIM, Blossoms

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Overcoats – Fire & Fury

Overcoats

Overcoats is made up of critically acclaimed Brooklyn duo, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell.

Channeling punk emergy with vulnerable vitality, their champion new single ‘Fire & Fury’ is equal parts dark and brooding as well as hopeful and anthemic – a dichotomy which is mirrored in the its soaring chorus “there’s a fire, there’s a fury, the sky is falling, but we’ll get through it.”

Watch the her Productions-directed video below.

Sounds like: The Magnettes, HAIM, First Aid Kit, Cold War Kids, The Violent Femmes

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Jesse Merineau – Honey

Jesse Merineau

Jesse Merineau shares his energetic new single ‘Honey’.

A sweet rendition of a simple track that hits you in all the right places. New, but not unfamiliar. Like a warm hug on a cold evening.

Sounds like: Viola Beach, King No-One, High Tyde

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Marina Kaye – The Whole 9

Marina Kaye

21 year old multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Marina Kaye continues to heal wounds with her music.

Her twisted piece of alt-pop single ‘The Whole 9’ is a sultry rebirth with a superb vocal range and lush key changes throughout.

Sounds like: Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga

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Reva Devito – Bet You Stay

Reva Devito - Bet You Stay

We are super excited about Reva Devito‘s fresh hustle on soul and R&B.

The Portland native has already featured on some of the most recognizable tracks of KAYTRANADA, Young Franco, Chuck Inglish, and B.Bravo, as well and as the live vocalist for Australian indie-pop rising musicians Miami Horror.

Produced by longtime collaborator B.Bravo, ‘Bet You Stay’ is a nostalgic, slower jam. Smother this over your ears right now.

Sounds like: Janet Jackson, Aaliyah

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LeyeT – Here For You (Labit + LeyeT)

LeyeT

LeyeT (pronounced “light”) channels emotional vulnerability into alternative-pop songs with a solid heartbeat.

She’s teamed up her friend Labit on new single, ‘Here For You’ – a song about friendship, being there for each other through the highs and lows of life, and sticking together through it all. The song was written with the Make Sure Your Friends Are Okay initiative in mind, a community that encourages you to have meaningful discussions with people you care about – answering truthfully the question of ‘how are you?’.

Sounds like: Halsey, Imogen Heap

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dekleyn – See Right Through Me

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The Sydney duo dekleyn shares new single ‘See Right Through Me’.

Writing infectious heartbreakers, their songs have meaningful influences throughout. Speaking about the new one – a lesson about love and forgiveness – they explain,

“The song is about giving so much to a person and becoming so close with them that they know everything about you, even more than you know about yourself. As the relationship begins to break down, it begins to become obvious that the two could never be without each other, “I don’t plan on leaving this feeling at all, this is all I have.”

Sounds like: LANY, joan, LAUV

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Ruben Dawnson – FYALMA

Ruben Dawnson

Phew! This is what we’ve been waiting for. A big “Fuck You!” to anxiety anthem!

Cue Norweigan artist/producer Ruben Dawnson and his emotionally expressive tuneage, namely ‘FYALMA’. Speaking about the track some more, he explains,

“It’s a big fuck you anthem to anxiety! Like many others I’ve been struggling with it for a long time… hopefully this can lift people’s spirit and I hope people will connect with it and scream out the lyrics!! I really want it to reach as many as possible and help create a big “fuck you” wave towards anxiety!!”

Sounds like: Day Wave, Hazel English, Summer Heart

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Small Talk – Alarm

Small Talk

Connecting at a music school in the Netherlands, the now duo Small Talk is making music to the standard of industry veterans, as it’s clear the understand what it takes to put together a hit, and have achieved that with ‘Alarm’.

Running the length between upbeat indie-pop and melancholic EDM, the pair masterfully play with different shades and moods. Expect much more from the youthful duo in 2020.

Sounds like: The Him, Bastille, The Chainsmokers, Imagine Dragons

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NASAYA – Plastic Straw Feat. Tim Atlas

NASAYA

Berklee graduate NASAYA teams up with The Voice’s Tim Atlas for effortlessly cool new single, ‘Plastic Straw’.

Ironing out the issues with someone you want to part ways with, but they keep sticking around, the song is heavily influenced by classic 2000-2010’s records such as Phoenix, Daft Punk and Jungle.

Sounds like: RAC, Goldroom, Autograf, Pat Lok, Kaytranada, Shay Lia, Tame Impala

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NASAYA – Patterns Feat Sara Diamond

NASAYA

Madagascan musician NASAYA is bringing back the funk to our ears with his new single ‘Patterns’ featuring Montreal songstress, Sara Diamond.

Inspired by a vast spectrum of sounds, NASAYA champions jazz, electronic, pop, and classic rock, prompted by African, Indian, European, Malagasy, and Chinese cultures.

Forging a new path for his breezy take on syrupy electronica, ‘Patterns’ truly hits the spot.

It’s out now via Minerva Music – the new label from RAC and Goldroom.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Le Youth, Autograf, Pat Lok, Kaytranada, Shay Lia

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TheColorGrey – Nothing At All

TheColorGrey by Segraphy

TheColorGrey by Segraphy

We just can’t get TheColorGrey‘s new song, ‘Nothing At All’ out of our heads. It’s purely addictive urban pop, and therefore makes our Ones to Watch for 2019.

The single marks a distinct change in direction for the Belgian-based multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer. For the first time, he has recorded with a full live band, pushing his modern take on R&B and soul up a notch or two.

It’s out now on Warner Music.

Sounds like: John Legend, KAYTRANADA, MNEK

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Little Dragon – Lover Chanting

Little Dragon

Little Dragon share their new single called ‘Lover Chanting’, the first release following the band’s signing to Ninja Tune.

Looping in bass-heavy electronica and R&B sensibilities, the Swedish group are exploring new sounds and seeking inspiration from the strangest of places,

“It started with Fred searching for a wedding march inspired by a Swedish prog funk folk keyboardist called Merit Hemmingson Erik got inspired by the track and started singing! After Erik wrote his vocal verses Yukimi got a bit worried about his lyrical abilities and stepped in to add her part on the song. Håkan flew to Germany to record a beautifully tuned clavinet. Once the clavinet was recorded Fred and Erik added their flavour with some drums and deep synth bass. For all the lovers out there, chant along! Dance for peace and unity in this world of madness.”

The three track ‘Lover Chanting’ EP is out on 9 November.

Sounds like: RAINDEAR, Phantogram, Santigold, SBTRKT, CSS, BADBADNOTGOOD, Kaytranada

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