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Stereo Honey – The Bay

Stereo Honey

Stereo Honey are here to fill the void that Wild Beasts left with their announcement last week.

Not afraid to delve into dark and heavy subject matters, their new release ‘The Bay’ is about the people lost their lives at Morecambe Bay in 2004.

It is taken from their debut EP ‘Monuments’ which comes out in November on Beatnik Creative.

Sounds like: Foals, Wild Beasts, Dutch Uncles

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Culpriit – Driveway

Culpriit

Remember when you were young and you had nothing to do? Culpritt‘s new single has a sense of nostalgia as they look back to this time, playing in their ‘Driveway’.

Culpritt is the exciting new project by Los Angeles-based Colin Dieden (lead singer of The Mowgli’s) and London-based producer and songwriter Rob Ellmore.

It’s out now via Spinnin’ Records’ latest imprint Congo Records.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, Youngr, Draper

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OJ & Fridel – Feel My Love Feat. BYFYN

OJ & Fridel

Talented Israel-born, London-based producers OJ & Fridel have teamed up with electronic singer BYFYN on ‘Feel My Love’.

The producers have already worked with established Top 40 artists, as well as setting up a creative hub and collaborative project called Soho Sonic, where they help develop young producers and musicians in London.

The first release from the hub is this haunting pop piece, and one that we are very excited about.

Sounds like: Goldfrapp

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Lynda – Under The Pines

Lynda

LANY, you better buck up as Algerian / Welsh duo Lynda are going to give you guys a run for your money.

The guys met whilst working at American Apparel in London and soon discovered that they had similar tastes in music. They soon started writing and producing music from their home studio in Lewisham this

The latest result is ‘Under The Pines’. If you like dreamy synths and lavish pop harmonies, click below.

Sounds like: LANY, Paperwhite

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A-Minor – Next To You

A-Minor

London-based producer, A-Minor has turned to singing in his new single, ‘Next To You’.

He has already produced remixes for Raleigh Ritchie, Yousef and Bipolar Sunshine, so it’s no shock that ‘Next To You’ is just as fresh.

It’s a highly melodic number, with tidy drum patterns and generous nods to commercial house music throughout. A perfect one for summer, so polish those flip flops!

Sounds like: Just Kiddin, The Him, Blonde, Zac Samuel

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Draper – Worst Of Us

Draper

Kent-born, London-based Draper already has a reputation for choosing excellent singers to collaborate with as well as being a go to producer in the indie-dance world, but he has now turned himself to singing on new track ‘Worst Of Us’, which also features vocals from a mysterious woman “closer to home”.

Energising keys burst into climatic drums as Draper revives his modern pop production roots. With its anthemic melody and original lyrics, ‘Worst of Us’ will lift up the weariest of souls.

Speaking about the track, Draper explains,

“It’s about being part of a team, and no matter how crazy, how stupid, or how drunk you get it doesn’t matter. The worst of us is essentially about falling in love with a person’s flaws, and being 100% ok with every single one of them.”

‘Worst Of Us’ is out today on M:UK.

Sounds like: Will Joseph Cook, Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit, BOA, The New Coast

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Strong Asian Mothers – Don’t Know Why

Strong Asian Mothers

UK-based, friend-led band Strong Asian Mothers share their new single, ‘Don’t Know Why’, which once again sees the trio successfully blending electronic, hip hop and pop into danceable melodies.

It also gives us a real snippet into what to expect from their live shows as each of the members is “seen as an irreplaceable front man in their own right.”

They’ll be playing a round of festivals this summer, including Latitude this weekend.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club

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Caitlyn Scarlett – Human, Being

Caitlyn Scarlett

Upcoming UK artist Caitlyn Scarlett shares ‘Human, Being’.

We first covered Caitlyn when writing about her duet with Born Stranger, and she continues to impress us with her new track.

‘Human, Being’ is delicate, with Caitlyn’s celestial vocals and soft Eastern chimes tapping throughout. Listen below.

Sounds like: Melis, Zara Larsson, Rihanna, MØ, Lily Allen, Kehlani, Tove Lo, Tove Stryke

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Sasha – Picking Flowers

Sasha

Meet Sasha. Whilst we wouldn’t usually write about a folk singer/songwriter from London, Sasha also taps into the gentler side of electronica, in the same vain as Bon Iver and The Japanese House.

Her current single, ‘Picking Flowers’ has more of a commercial edge than her previous material. Lyrically, it addresses the idea of adultery, using the concept of ‘picking flowers’ to symbolise a lack of care in a relationship.

It’s out now via Lemon Zen Records.

Sounds like: Daughter, Maggie Rogers, The Japanese House, Bon Iver

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Jagara – Real Love

Jagara

Jagara are three sisters from London making genre-bending mature pop music, or so their press release says.

When reviewing music, we usually enjoy having a good listen through what we get sent before we even cast our eyes on what we’re supposed to think about it, so putting the press release out of mind is a good starting point.

On first listen nothing about their new single ‘Real Love’ drags us in, then nothing is making us switch off either. Musically it is quite simple with an under-produced feel (in a good way), good arrangements with a strange and interesting appeal. There is a vague but pleasing sense of familiarity and that coupled with that by the third and fourth listens the vocals begin to become really catchy means that we can see how this three piece are building up a great reputation.

Jagara have recently been on tour supporting Bastille on their sold out arena tour and we can see and hear the link to a group like Bastille, and fans of Bastille will definitely be on board, even though we feel ‘Real Love’ displays a more pleasant subtlety to it than most of what we’ve heard from Bastille.

There are definite elements of past pop triumphs with plenty of influences rooted in the 80’s but Jagara have used only hints of these to give a sense of something you might know and their abilities as writers and musicians carry these through to make a good, albeit slightly uninspiring piece of music. On the whole ‘Real Love’ will no doubt push Jagara further to where they need to be, it’s catchy, it’s poppy, it’s familiar but it isn’t pushing the boundaries of their abilities let alone the boundaries of music. We feel there is much more to come from Jagara and we’re really looking forward to hearing how the next single or two develops from here.

Sounds like: Shura, Bastille, New Order, Grimes, Blondie

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Written by Pat Dooner