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Wild Horse – Don’t Want You To Go

Wild Horse

Kickass trio Wild Horse shares the slow-burning, yet anthemic single, ‘Don’t Want You To Go’.

With it’s soaring and dynamic energy, it gives us a snippet of what’s to come from their upcoming album, ‘We Are In An Identity Crisis… But We Love It!’.

Sounds like: Somebody’s Child, Sam Fender

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CRi x Jesse Mac Cormack – Never Really Get There

CRi

Montreal-based electronic artist CRi is quickly becoming a household name within the ambient electronic scene.

Having already released on TOKiMONSTA’s label, Young Art, and Anjunadeep, his new single ‘Never Really Get There’ is driven by his anxieties and desires for introspection, represented in expansive synths and Jesse Mac Cormack‘s elegant vocals.

Sounds like: Ford, Ben Böhmer, Cubicolor

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Motion Cntrl – EROS

Motion Cntrl

Bi-coastal synthpop duo motioncntrl shares the dreamy and elegant ‘EROS’.

A nod to the spirit of the 80’s and throwback pop, they’ve managed to fine-tune a sound that evokes a future where technology and humanity collide.

Sounds like: Beach House, Chromatics, The XX, Karen O, Joy Division

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Rangleklods – Like That

Rangleklods

Danish artist Esben Nørskov Andersen- aka Rangleklods – shares his beautiful electro/house fusion, ‘Like That’.

Complete with deep club grooves, intended to make you move, the opening track, ‘Like That’, taken from his new EP, is a euphoric rave of melancholy.

Sounds like: WEIRDO, Caribou, Kashmir

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The Endorphines – Home Feat. AMAYA

The Endorphines

Stockholm siblings Alva & August Heldt – aka The Endorphines – continue their fresh take on nostalgic R&B in new single, ‘Home’.

Featuring the vocals of AMAYA, it’s set with a dreamy and euphoric backdrop, as they croon about finally not being lost anymore.

Sounds like: The Magnettes, Banks, Fabich, Pastel, Midnight Pool Party, Keljet, Caswell, JUJ

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Lazy Queen – Sober

Lazy Queen by Lukka Fogie

Lazy Queen by Lukka Fogie

Oslo-based alt-rock/punk outfit Lazy Queen share the potent new single, ‘Sober’.

Discussing the complex nature of addiction – a subject close to lead singer Henrik’s heart – it’s a frenetic and unpredictable beacon of sound as the band explore to find balance and normality.

Sounds like: Nothing But Thieves, The Hunna, The Amazons

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Inhaler – Falling In

Inhaler by Lewis Evans

Inhaler by Lewis Evans

Dublin quartet Inhaler shares their psychedelic visuals for ‘Falling In’.

A song written about the ego, the band worked with renowned filmmaker and former Jesus & Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart (Paul Weller, The Horrors, My Bloody Valentine) and Antony Genn on the vibrant clip, which was shot entirely over Zoom with each member in isolation during the worldwide lockdown.

Expect a forthcoming album soon.

Sounds like: Sam Fender, Sports Team, U2, Sea Girls, Blossoms, Joy Division, The Strokes, The Cure, Interpol, Depeche Mode

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Playlist: Alfie Neale

Alfie Neale

Neo-soul artist Alfie Neale has just released his ‘If My World Falls Apart’ EP, written about the topic of reliance.

He’s put together an awesome playlist of music together, something we can all count on at some point during these testing times.

J Felix – Mind Up
I picked this tune because it’s a breath of fresh air for everything we’re going through at the minute, we need all the positive vibes we can get at the minute.

King Krule – Easy Easy
I know this tune was released years ago, but I was pretty late to jump aboard the King Krule bandwagon. I’m well and truly on it now though, and as this is the first tune on his most famous record it was the first I heard, so it’s kind of become my favourite.

Sam Fender – Hypersonic Missiles
Wanted to pick this one because it’s an absolute anthem, I listen to a lot of funky music but wanted to switch things up with this one because the build-up to the solo is absolutely unreal!

Pip Millett – Fancy
This one is such a class tune about just being in love and the way someone can make you feel on top of the world. It’s so bare, laid back and such a sick tune to listen to any time of day.

Greentea Peng – Downers
This is one of the hardest beats I’ve heard in a while, my girlfriend put me on to Greentea Peng and I’ve been absolutely rinsing her tunes since.

Mac Miller – Blue World
I’m pretty sure this was produced by one half of Disclosure, and is one of my favourite Mac Miller tunes ever, this one IS the hardest beat I’ve heard in a while haha.

Sticky Fingers – Cool & Calm
These guys have been one of my biggest inspirations for a long time, and I only got to see them live for the first time last year. Hands down one of my favourite gigs ever, their newest album is full of regret but this tune is so positive.

Jarki Monno – Fade Up
Included this one because I live with Jarki and also play guitar for him in his band, so there’s not a day that goes by where I’m not listening to something Jarki Monno related!

Yakul – Getting Late
James Berkeley (lead singer and keyboardist in this band) produced my debut EP, he’s such a ridiculously talented and hardest working guy I know, also makes ridiculously good tunes!

Sounds like: Yakul, Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei

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Live Review: Sam Fender at the Brighton Dome

Sam Fender

A very cold Saturday evening it may have been, but the queue for Brighton’s Dome was brimming with bright, smiling faces ready for an evening’s entertainment with the newfound household name Sam Fender.

A name in the mouth of a lot of people over the past two years, there’s no doubt you’ve heard a least a track of his or two, and therefore no need cover his songwriting, which is clearly resonating with fans the world over.

That does lead to my main observation from the evening, aside from the powerhouse performance from the man himself and his stellar band, which is the fanbase that was absolutely rammed into the venue. As Sam let his winding storytelling spin a story of adolescent love, life and everything in between through his inimitable Northern charm, it became clear that there was everyone from demographics across the board in attendance, young teens to older folk all there for the sheer delight.

With such a stratospheric and short rise to the top of the pile, don’t expect Sam to be slowing down anytime soon.

Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, The Hunna, The Amazons, Marsicans, Viola Beach

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Surf Rock Is Dead – Our Time

Surf Rock is Dead by Jacqueline Harriet

Surf Rock is Dead by Jacqueline Harriet

Introducing Surf Rock Is Dead (SRiD for short) – aka Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg from Chicago and Melbourne.

Their new wave and billowy single, ‘Our Time’ captures the moment where you are forced to face fear head-on and look within.

Expect the band’s debut LP in the spring of 2020.

Sounds like: My Bloody Valentine, DIIV, Day Wave

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Lauren Sanderson – Upset

Lauren Sanderson

Fiery LGBTQ artist Lauren Sanderson has incredible drive. That’s clear from her music and attitude (not many people can say they’ve given a TED Talk at the age of 18).

Her new single ‘Upset’ flips the issues of the despondent Generation Z on it’s head.

Sounds like: Post Malone, Rihanna, Sizzy Rocket

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Phoebe Sinclair – OMG

Phoebe Sinclair

Australian pop artist Phoebe Sinclair is a self-confessed emotional wreck, and this makes for intoxicating music.

Her new single ‘OMG’ is Sinclair taking ownership of her mistakes whilst not letting them define her.

Backed by a four-piece all girl ensemble, oozing confidence and power, and armed with a massive pop vocal, Sinclair smashes out electro pop tunes with an inescapable energy.

Sounds like: La Roux, Robyn, Vera Blue

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Tallsaint – Model Effect

Tallsaint

British artist Tallsaint releases the highly chic and addictive ‘Model Effect’.

Taking inspiration from early 2000’s tracks as well as a more modern pop culture of now – born from a visual scene in Killing Eve where Villanelle sees Eve in the bathroom for the first time and makes a comment on her hair.

Sounds like: Bat For Lashes, Anna of the North, Stereo Honey, RALPH, St Vincent, Lykke Li

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Hank Compton – Judge Me

Hank Compton

Nashville native, Hank Compton, shares his head nod-inducing single, ‘Judge Me’.

Combining his love of classic rock and 80’s pop, Compton’s music and rich storytelling creates a modern sound with a nostalgic feel.

Sounds like: Sam Fender, Bruce Springsteem

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Beau Diako x Jordan Rakei – Flamingo

Beau Diako

Self-taught musician Beau Diako shares his new single called ‘Flamingo’, taken from his debut EP, ‘Flutter’.

Featuring neo-soul artist Jordan Rakei, the track is probably his most “pop” song from the EP, which is a glorious fusion of indie, jazz, folk, electronic and soul.

Sounds like: Tom Misch, Bombay Bicycle Club

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ANDRO – GYMH

ANDRO by Johnny Diaz Nicolaidis

ANDRO by Johnny Diaz Nicolaidis

ANDRO may have plenty of experience touring in Jungle‘s band, but now it’s his time to shine.

His debut single, ‘GYMH’ (Give You My Heart) kicks off a new collection of theatrical pop melodies that balance between the ethereal and emotional, perfectly encapsulated by the beautifully shot video below.

Sounds like: Kyri

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Mokita – Colorblind

Mokita

Also from Nashville is singer/songwriter/producer John Luke Carter, aka Mokita.

Known for his lyrical and buoyant electronic-based pop, Carter was classically trained in piano in his youth and first started performing in his church. Later, he taught himself to play guitar and eventually transitioned into electronic music production.

His new single ‘Colorbind’ is an attempt to try and describe depression to someone who has never experienced it.

Sounds like: EXES, Handsome Ghost, joan, FRND, Nick Anthony, Luna Pines

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Penniless Cove – Too Tight

Penniless Cove

Named after a harbour road that lead to the sea, unique Welsh songwriter based in London Penniless Cove, is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist that writes raw, affecting music drawing from a number of different genres.

The music obsessive shares ‘Too Tight’ – a weird and wonderful array of jazz, blues and folk.

Sounds like: Regina Spektor, Björk, Ibeyi, Alev Lenz, Kate Nash

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Preview: SXSW Festival 2019

SXSW

It’s that time of year. SXSW. One of the biggest music festivals in the world and we have to confess…we are SXSW virgins. Not to worry as we’ve scoured the line up to ensure we don’t miss any music whilst stuffing our faces with tacos.

Here’s a list of ones to check out (in no particular order).

GEORGIA
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Georgia by Rosie Marks

Georgia by Rosie Marks

We are starting out with a strong contender for our all-time favourite artist of 2019.

Her name is Georgia and she writes pop inspired by the Chicago house and Detroit techno of the 80’s era, with pure determination.

Sounds like: Chase & Status, Madonna, New Order, Jungle, Kanye West, Santigold

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APRE
SXSW Artist Page

APRE

London duo APRE (aka Charlie Brown and Jules Konieczny) creates low-slung indie with heart-bonding melodies.

A witty take on alternative pop, these two have spent their days creating music in the backroom of a West London chess club and we can’t wait to see what their live performance has in store.

Sounds like: Kasabian, 10 o’clock Chemical, Everything Everything, April Towers, Fickle Friends, Sea Girls, Nick Mulvey

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ANTEROS
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Anteros

Indulgent rock-pop band Anteros is a London-based four-piece, headed up by frontwoman Laura Hayden who set up the band with Josh in London after her move from Barcelona.

We expect their show to be glorious, glamarous and pushing boundaries.

Sounds like: Blondie, Wolf Alice, Black Honey, Ladyhawke, Blondie, Garbage, The Cardigans

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RUN RIVER NORTH
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Run River North by Stephen Yonsik Lee

Run River North by Stephen Yonsik Lee

We’d not heard of Los Angeles-based trio Run River North until browsing the SXSW schedule but they’ve made the cut due to their hopeful and upbeat approach to indie-pop.

Expect their EP ‘Monsters Calling Home: Part 1’ out in the spring.

Sounds like: Like Swimming, Beauty Sleep, Of Monsters and Men, Grouplove, Fleet Foxes

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GOLDEN VESSEL
SXSW Artist Page

Golden Vessel

We’ve covered Golden Vessel are fair bit on the site. He is currently on tour across North America supporting BAYNK, before making his debut appearance at SXSW.

Check out his newest single ‘DIZZY’ which features the voice of Australian artist Oscar Key Sung, a taste of his forthcoming debut album.

Sounds like: MØ, Brolin, The National, Gang of Youths, Bon Iver, Alex Vargas, TENDER, Kanyon, REFS

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SAM FENDER
SXSW Artist Page

Sam Fender

We are super excited to watch BRITs Critic’s Choice winner, Sam Fender play his rocky and reckless form of abandon to a crowd.

Sam has a rebellious attitude througout his music, as he challenges modern assumptions and actions.

Sounds like: Duran Duran, James Bay, Stereohoney

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SIR SLY
SXSW Artist Page

Sir Sly

Correct us if we are wrong, but we are pretty sure Sir Sly was on an indefinite hiatus the last time we checked a few years back, so to our surprise they are on this year’s SXSW bill.

We are not complaining one single bit – we this authentic and brazen Los Angeles trio explode with frenetic energy on stage.

Sounds like: Growlers, Wolf Gang, All We Are, Gypsy & The Cat, Jagwar Ma, Anteros

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MORGXN
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morgxn by Shervin Lainez

morgxn by Shervin Lainez

Alt-pop morgxn has singing in his blood, which has carved out a path to writing deeply personal lyrics with an smoking, yet upbeat edge.

He wants to break down barriers with his music, so we can stop and look at who we really are – “fierce, loving, beating hearts.”

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, Jack Garratt

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ELDERBROOK
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Elderbrook

Following the success of his massive hit ‘Cola’ with Camelphat, young British artist Elderbrook is set to take over the US.

He creates neo-soul infused with elements of dance, and puts on one hell of a show.

Sounds like: Fyfe, Jamie Woon, Hayden James, Bob Moses, Kaasi

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FLORA CASH
SXSW Artist Page

Flora Cash

US/Scandi husband and wife duo Flora Cash write heartfelt ballads with cinematic keys amidst a brooding Scandi backdrop.

They are set to play SXSW and we are really looking forward to seeing the chemistry on stage, whilst they sing of heartache, politics and general struggles.

Sounds like: Laurel, Lana Del Rey, Lucius, Bon Iver, Johnny Cash

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