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
Limón Limón – Barcelona
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
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
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
Victor Perry – What I Observe
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
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
PELA – South Of
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
Amy Milner – Wildside
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
Jens – Nocturnal
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