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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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Playlist: Sean Turk

Sean Turk

Production seems to be Sean Turk‘s forte, having already released material on Warner, Spinnin’ Records, and Ultra Records and gained support from some key players.

We wanted to get inside the musical mind of the New York-based #BedroomBass enthusiast to find out where he finds the inspiration for his music.

The result is the below playlist, or in Sean’s own words…

Hey what’s going on y’all! Here is a playlist that kind of encompasses the vibes I’m feeling at the moment. A lot of similar stuff that I am usually influenced by. These songs are my go to for traveling/driving around from day to day. Hope you guys enjoy!

Sounds like: Gryffin, Prince Fox, CHIMES

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MOK – The House VP

MOK

MOK

Brighton based alt-pop collective, MOK, return with ‘The House VP’; a nearly-twenty minute video that shows a brooding situation developing with a character that encounters different lives and stories throughout suburban Brighton.

Personal lyrics and a haunting video to match, MOK reflect back on “friendship, excess, mental health, everyday life, highs and lows”.

Sounds like: Nine Inch Nails, Die Antwoord, Professor Green, Childish Gambino, Rihanna, Harper

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Harper – SKIN

Harper

Harper

Hot on the sexy heels of Dua Lipa is uk R&B artist, Harper.

‘SKIN’ is another sultry number with a pulsing electro beat and addictive hook.

Harper describes the track as ‘an earthy, raw, alt-pop record with a much deeper concept than you may perceive from first impressions. I wanted to write about the properties of ‘skin’; how it’s our protective barrier from the world, it’s power to heal when cut, and apply that sentiment to my love for a person.’

Her EP will be out via ICU Label.

Sounds like: Dua Lipa, Rihanna, Banks, Sizzy Rocket, Charli XCX

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Leo Stannard – In My Blood

Leo Stannard

Leo Stannard

Leo Stannard is a 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Leicester, UK.

Leo is making anthems with pulsing electronic production, moving slightly away from his previous, more acoustic material.

On his new track, Leo explains,

“’In My Blood’ is all about people who become such an integral part of your life, people who don’t necessarily share the same blood-line as you but become like family. It’s all about the human connection.”

‘In My Blood’ is out via Black Butter Records.

Leo is also currently working on his debut album with Rich Cooper (Mystery Jets, Alex Vargas) and Fred Bull (Rihanna, Madonna) due for release early next year.

UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES

15 October Bristol, Louisiana
16 October Manchester, Deaf Institute
17 October Newcastle, Surf Café
18 October Glasgow, Hug & Pint
20 October Leeds, Headrow House
21 October Sheffield, The Rocking Chair
22 October Leicester, The Cookie
24 October Nottingham, Bodega
25 October Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
26 October London, Oslo

Sounds like: Tom Odell, The Temper Trap, Alex Clare, Sam Sure, Rudimental, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Nina Nesbitt, Rhodes

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Playlist: Harper

Harper

Harper

Eclectic R&B singer, Harper, has put together a wicked playlist for us!

Check it out below.

FKA Twigs – Two Weeks

For me, this track solidified Twigs’ ability to transcend into the mainstream without losing any of her individualism, and therefore made me a serious fan. The production is dark and brooding with a distinctive top-line that evokes all kinds of emotion.

Drake – Now and Forever

I love Drake’s ability to say things as they are without sounding insincere. The female vocal sample loaded with reverb is beautiful and haunting; something I try to emulate with my sound.

Emilie Nicholas – Put Me Down

I was completely floored by this tune! As well as the drop being pretty epic, the opening few lines are breathtaking. (Melodically she hits notes you would really struggle to find naturally when songwriting.)

An inspiring artist.

Kanye West – Blood On The Leaves

Love him, hate him. In my opinion he deserves to be highly credited for his music, especially this tune, sampling the incredibly moving Nina Simone song, ‘Strange Fruit’. Yeezy loves to sample, but he picks ’em well.

Radiohead – Codex

This track takes me on a different journey every time I hear it. The song is simple and not as sonically complex as you would expect from Radiohead, but it doesn’t need to be. Three words: ambient, moving and visual.

M83 Feat Susanne Sundfør – Oblivion (soundtrack)

If you like tunes with an 80’s aesthetic, this is for you. Big drums, big synths and big vocals. It’ll make you want to act out a dramatic scene from a movie in slo-mo, guaranteed.

Björk – All Is Full of Love

For me this is a masterpiece and one of the most beautifully written pieces of music I’ve heard. Dramatic and powerful, as Bjork always is. Electronica meets raw instrumentation = Genius.

Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money

This track has led the way for female pop artists like myself to experiment with elements of Trap music. I have a serious ‘girl power’ moment every time I hear it. It’s fierce, dark and empowering, yet still fits under the pop umbrella.

Major Lazer – Get Free

This is my summer anthem forever! An understated tune for Major Lazer, with a profound sentiment. I love a track you can enjoy for the vibe and the story it tells.

SZA – Babylon

SZA killed me with this track! Her tone is like velvet and her lyrics are quite abstract, which I love.

New wave R&B at its finest.

Beyoncé feat. Drake – Mine

This is my favourite tune from her previous record. Drake’s stamp is all over this track, with simple but energy-inducing melodies. This is met with Bey’s characteristically raw lyrical message and flawless vocals. Slaying all day with this tune!

Harper is playing the Alternative Escape on 21 May at 2pm.

Sounds like: Rihanna, Banks, Sizzy Rocket, Charli XCX

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MOK – Call Carlton

MOK

MOK

Alternative, electronic, rock, rap group, MOK share their new track ‘Call Carlton’; a highly emotive, multi layered and energetic song which truly highlights the band’s uniqueness and originality.

Of the track, MOK say;

“Call Carlton sheds light on the darkest parts of living a life of excess.”

MOK are currently self managed, self promoted, and self funded and are in full control of all creative output, and it remains very difficult to pigeon hole these guys.

The closest we can get is a comparison of Rihanna rapping in torture gear whilst smashing some cars up.

LIVE DATES
20th May, Fiddler’s Elbow, Brighton (Alt Great Escape show)
4th June – The Haunt, Brighton (Headline show)
1st July, Blissfields Festival

Sounds like: Nine Inch Nails, Professor Green, Rihanna, Harper

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Astrid S – Hurts So Good

Astrid S by Ole Marius Fossen

Astrid S by Ole Marius Fossen

ZAYN has met his match, in Norwegian singer and musician Astrid S.

Following on from the epic ‘Paper Thin,’ is the video for ‘Hurts So Good,’ directed by the acclaimed screenwriter and director, Andreas Öhman at Naïve Studio in Sweden.

About the video, Astrid remarks:

“It was a very cool experience to do this music video. I went to Stockholm for two days, and we filmed it by a beautiful summer house outside of the city, as well as in a studio. It felt so uncomfortable doing the scenes with the actor which depict the aspects of a complicated relationship reflected in the song’s lyrics. But after seeing the final result it was so worth it. I’m very happy with the video, and I think it suits both the song and me.”

It’s the lead single from her upcoming, self-titled EP, and was written by Lindy Robbins (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato) and Julia Michaels (Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Little Mix) and produced by Max Martin Studios and MAG. That would explain the strong pop influence!

Of the EP, Astrid says:

“Until now, my fans have had to wait a long time to hear new music from me, one track a year! But, I’ve been in the studio, working hard, and now I have lots to share with you. This May, my first 5 track EP will be coming to you all to listen to whenever and wherever! I am so excited!”

The EP is set to be released on 20 May via Virgin EMI.

May Tour Dates

Monday 2nd – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Tuesday 3rd – Kaufleuten, Zurich, Switzerland
Thursday 5th – Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany
Saturday 7th – Ottakringer Brauerei, Vienna, Austria
Monday 9th – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
Tuesday 10th – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friday 13th – Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Sunday 15th – Huxley’s, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday 17th – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark

*Headline show – not supporting Troye Sivan

Sounds like: ZAYN, Zara Larsson, Rihanna, Evvy, Noosa

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Harper – Blood Sweat Tears

Harper

Harper

R&B pop songstress, Harper has unveiled her brand new video for ‘Blood Sweat Tears’.

It is a haunting and cinematic story that ties in perfectly with Harper’s lyrics about the aftermath of a lost love.

The 24 year old cites an eclectic mix of influences from Björk and Radiohead, and more recently, Sia and Lorde.

Sounds like: Rihanna, Banks, Sizzy Rocket, Charli XCX

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Sizzy Rocket – Need Somebody

Sizzy Rocket

Sizzy Rocket

It was International Women’s Day on Tuesday, but every day is IWD as far as we are concerned.

Cue the video for ‘Need Somebody’ by Sizzy Rocket.

‘Need Somebody’ is a warm, synth number, showing a softer side of Sizzy. The video is romantic as hell, and features visual glitches similar to those of 90’s computer footage.

Sizzy has a real knack from switching between popstar and electro queen with a drop of a hat.

On that note, the candy pop track, ‘Thrills’, is also out today.

Check Sizzy out with all of her releases!

If you have a chance to listen to out her album when it’s out, do. It’s music that any respectable man would be proud to have created. Pre-order on iTunes here.

Sounds like: Evvy, Blood Orange, ASTR, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Elohim, Rihanna, Taylor Swift

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