Sainte Barae – Power + Control
The brilliant Australian artist Saint Barae returns with an intimate and nostalgic offering through his latest single ‘Power + Control’.
In a raw and empowering message behind the song, Saint Barae begins to open up as he takes us into a very personal and intimate tale of handling his sexuality with the people that mean the most to him.
Sounds Like: Téléphonik Muzik, Tame Impala
Die Orangen – Sonne
Since listening to Die Orangen‘s single, ‘Sonne’, we’ve become slightly obsessed with their psychdelia approach to industrial sounds.
Having originally forged their partnership in the diverse electronic music scene of Australia, Kris Baha and Angus Gruzman recently decamped to the thriving Berlin scene to develop their dark and pulsing industrial-inspired productions.
Pre-Order it on Apple Music
Sounds like: Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine, The Chemical Brothers
Somebody’s Child – Jungle
Irish-born, indie artist, Somebody’s Child returns his frenetic new single ‘Jungle’.
Usng music as a platform to discuss topics of mental health, ‘Jungle’ is a nervous yet honest display of indelible guitar riffs and beautifully coarse vocals.
Sounds like: Foals, Mystery Jets, Arctic Monkeys
Royal Cinema – CHA-CHING
These ladies are having a fun time, and we want to be involved.
Royal Cinema was formed by longtime friends Johanna Cranitch, Isaac Carpenter and Sydney Wayser who, having spent years playing in their own solo projects and in other various touring bands such as The Cranberries, LORDE and Awolnation, decided they wanted an additional musical outlet where they could let loose and have fun.
Their new single is ‘CHA-CHING’ – a self-produced, pulsing pop track.
Sounds like: B52s, Goldfrapp, Sofi Tukker
Tessa Dixson is back with another bittersweet single, in the form os ‘Hiding’.
Once again produced by Reinhard Vanbergen and mixed by Neil Comber (M.I.A., Charli XCX) is a silky and bittersweet affair.
Tessa’s torn but soulful voice is high up in the mix, locking you in from the first verse. The chorus is huge, there’s a sitar hook and warm backing vocals guiding you through the raw emotions of the song.
Sounds like: The xx, Kllo, Grace Carter, Lorde, Billie Eilish
HÅN – It’s Better When I Sleep
Taking more of a The Japanese House vibe, HÂN shares the dreamy new single, ‘It’s Better When I Sleep’.
Considering the topic of sleeping, simply as it is – a necessary process that is both “intimate and reassuring, but also imaginary and illusionary”.
Take shelter and listen now.
Sounds like: Daughter, Skott, The Japanese House
Aaricia – For Two
The darker shades of pop music have risen to the top of the pile of late, with artists like Banks consistently enthralling a captivated audience and Billie Eilish sensationalism reaching much of the world. Aiming for a slice of that pie is Montreal’s Aaricia, who balances her darker ethos with a soaring, honeyed vocal.
Her new single is equal parts sugar and spice, with Aaricia outlining ‘For Two’ is about desire and fantasy. It’s about that one person you can’t resist. You can try to play it cool but, in the end, you know you’ll succumb to temptation.
Sounds like: Liyv, CLAVVS, Charlee Remitz, Tessa Rae
archmotors – Sitcom
From the west coast of Ireland comes a distinct blend of alternative rock and post-punk that simultaneously rides a wave of nostalgia whilst sitting ahead of the contemporary curve. archmotors, a duo with prowess and skill that extends far beyond their meagre membership, second single to date ‘Sitcom’ is darkly humorous in the most compelling way.
Fans of older video games will be charmed by the ‘point and click’ style video accompaniment – a perfect pairing, tune in below.
Sounds like: The National
Canadian producer, Tep No is one of our favs, and it’s been a minute since we last supported his music on the blog.
Exhilarating production of the highest order complemented by emotively tinged vocals from fellow music enthusiast, Joycelyn Alice, his new single ‘Never Been Hurt Before’ is another entry into the growing back catalogue of an exciting up and comer.
He’s put together an excellent playlist of his favourite tunes right now. Take a listen below.
Riah – Heartbreak Magic
Good engaging voice and nice 80’s production on it.
Grady – 500 Days of Summer
Interesting voice, high-end production on it.
Aalta, Lenachka – Closer Than Ever
Great immersive song, very dreamy
Elohim – TV
Very very distinct voice, really well carved out production and well thought out lyrics, everything gels so well. Lots of feeling in her voice and lyrics.
Toro Y Moi – Balance (Feat. Washed Out)
What can I say, 2 of my favorite artists ever, and what drove me for the longest time. Dreamy song, it makes you feel like everything will be fine. And the song is 4:20 minutes long I mean.
Liyv – In My Guccis
Relatable, I work hard in my Guccis I mean. What else is there to say.
Noirre – numb
The production is so wild on this, so well done.
Broods – Peach
Amazing song, I can relate to the lyrics, I’ve listened to this 1000 times. The pre-chorus is insanely good.
bülow – Get Stupid
Really quirky song from fellow Torontonian. Great voice, catchy lyrics and clean production.
Hazey Eyes Feat. Moli – Hungover You
I’m always feeling hungover these days so I can relate. Nice natural-sounding vocals mixed with 80s production.
‘Never Been Hurt Before’ is out now on Ultra Music.
Sounds like: Gryffin, Goldroom, Odesza, The Chainsmokers, Washed Out, Summer Heart, Bon Iver
LAYNE – The Fog
Introducing Los Angeles-based duo LAYNE (aka lead-singer/guitarist Layne Putnam and drummer Alex Rosca).
Their new song ‘The Fog’ follows on from the viral success of their previous two singles, ‘Good’ and ‘Somebody’, and has everything you’d want from a decent electro pop track – lush vocals, bright lyrics, and catchy hooks sculptured around modern production.
Their EP ‘The Black Hills’ is out now.
Sounds like: CAPPA, Halsey, Paramore
BONEAGE – G.N.P.M
Moscow based Boneage share curious new track ‘G.N.P.M’ which stands for ‘Good Nights – Pale Mornings’. It follows on from the spiritual single, ‘Crystal Rainbows’.
Speaking to the duo, we were told ‘G.N.P.M’ is about MDMA (also the name of their EP – ‘My Dreams Mean All’, out now) – that feeling you have when you are high, followed by the downward spiral of reality the following morning.
Sounds like: Goldroom, Jessie Ware
Radio Wolf – Song On The Radio
Wait. Are we in a David Lynch film?!
There is a huge sense of familiarity with Radio Wolf‘s sound – a unique fusion of electronica with retro-futuristic power.
Listen to ‘Song On The Radio’ below.
Sounds like: The Jezabels, Ladyhawke, The Ravonettes, Chromatics
Oddnesse – Are You Down
We are super excited by Oddnesse, a music project by Rebeca Arango and producer Grey Goon. The duo amalgamate flamboyant and infectious music with heavy rock sounds.
‘Are You Down’ is their “‘Pina Colada’ song”, about the lure of a future lover.
Sounds like: Goldfrapp
Liyv – Weeknight
Seattle pastel pop artist Liyv shares ‘Weeknight’.
‘Weeknight’ is an easy-going song that encourages friends to get together on a weeknight and stay up late. There is just enough upbeat production to entice you to do just that. Get inviting!
Sounds like: Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, Evvy, Kyla La Grange, Kimbra, Ellie Goulding
LINNEY – Always
In our eyes LINNEY is already a pop-star. She just seems to have it and you’ll see why when you listen to her new single ‘Always’,
It immediately takes us back to the Britney Spears era of enticing pop tunes that would make us really understand our broken heart.
Sounds like: Britney Spears, Monogem, Paperwhite, Poema, Scavenger Hunt
NUUXS – Real Love
We are suitably winding things down for our last song – ‘Real Love’ French-born artist NUUXS.
The soothing, minimalist-pop track has been co-written and produced by Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, Hot Chip, Wiley, The Libertines), so no wonder it has a level of sophistication!
Sounds like: Gwen Stefani, BETSY, Billie Eilish
Liyv is a dream pop duo from Seattle, comprising of Olivia Paige Holman and Joel Marchand.
They like to make songs for sad people who like bright colours, combining sky high synths with lush vocals.
Their debut ‘You Should Know Better’ is the first in a long line of monthly releases. We can’t wait for February’s track.
Head over to Liyv’s Soundcloud for a free download of ‘You Should Know Better’.
Sounds like: Evvy, Noosa, BLSHS, Leena Ojala, Kyla La Grange, Kimbra, Ellie Goulding, Ayer