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Cyrano – Afterburns

Cyrano

Edinburgh-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Cyrano shares meditative new single ‘Afterburns’.

Inspired by Susan Cain’s book ‘Quiet’ about introversion and extroversion, the Kit Monteith-produced track became a kind of therapy, as he pens the thoughts not shared and the words not said in his breakup.

Alongside the release, Cyrano has created a 12-question personality test for listeners to identify if they are introverted or extroverted. Depending on their answers, they will be diverted to the Introverted or Extroverted mix of the track. Take the quiz here, but for now, take a listen to the Extroverted version…

Sounds like: Vaults, Arab Strap

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Attawalpa – Done Hanging On

Attawalpa by Holly Whittaker

Attawalpa by Holly Whittaker

Very much a leftfield psychedelic visual and auditorial journey, former Jamie T guitarist Attawalpa shares the timeless hand-painted visuals for ‘Done Hanging On’, by modern visionaries Alex Gamsu Jenkins and Joe Taylor.

Sounds like: Jude Shuma, Alfie Templeman, Muck Spreader, Leonard Cohen

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Caspian Pool – Special Way Reloaded

Caspian Pool by Quentin Deronzier

Caspian Pool by Quentin Deronzier

Strongly influenced by 90’s French touch and techno, two French characters from Annecy, namely Low Bird (vocals) and Jimmy Q (guitars, synthesizers, production) – aka Caspian Pool, blast their contagious electronic cold wave in ‘Special Way Reloaded’.

Sounds like: FFO: Nimmo, The Chemical Brothers, Hercules & Love Affair, Goldfrapp, Joe Goddard, Chvrches, Digitalism, Holy Ghost!, Boys Noize, Little Dragon, Cut Copy, Icona Pop

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Lucia & The Best Boys – Forever Forget

Lucia & The Best Boys by Oli Erskine

Lucia & The Best Boys by Oli Erskine

The dreamy ‘Forever Forget’ is taken from Lucia & The Best Boys‘ new EP, ‘The State of Things’, and is a generous nod to the 80’s queens, Pat Benatar and Stevie Nicks.

Sounds like: Pat Benatar, Yonaka, Calva Louise, Courtney Love, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush, Miley Cyrus

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Emanuel – Black Woman

Emanuel by Eric Miles

Emanuel by Eric Miles

Toronto R&B artist and songwriter Emanuel shares his new single ‘Black Woman’. Written a year ago, the message hasn’t changed – it’s a healing, celebratory ode to the resilience of Black women.

Sounds like: John Legend, Dylan Sinclair, Son Little, Michael Kiwanuka

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Sirens of Lesbos – PALA

Sirens Of Lesbos by Dominik Hodel

Sirens Of Lesbos by Dominik Hodel

Swiss sibling collective Sirens of Lesbos gear up to release their album, with the release of new single, ‘Pala’. It’s turned-on pop for a new psychedelic age.

Sounds like: De Hofnar, MYNGA, Talking Heads, Outkast

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Julia Church – Don’t Really Care What We Call It

Julia Church

South-African songwriter-producer Julia Church shares catchy pop gem ‘Don’t Really Care What We Call It’, a song about navigating those awkward feelings in a new relationship.

Sounds like: London Grammar, Emma McGrath, Violet Days, Birdy, GRACEY, Harlequin Gold, Millie Turner, Louise Burns, Tom Odell, Monogem

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Lissy Taylor – High

Lissy Taylor

British singer-songwriter Lissy Taylor shares her alluring single, ‘High’. Echoes of Lana Del Rey ooze from untamed Lissy, amongst the soft guitar riffs, driving rock percussions, and jangling tambourine.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey

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Felix Räuber – Autsider

Felix Räuber by Madlen Krippendorf

Felix Räuber by Madlen Krippendorf

German multi-instrumentalist turned producer, Felix Räuber‘s bold new video aims to turn the preconceptions surrounding autism on its head, as it tells the story of an autistic character, deemed to be an outsider.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Solomon Grey, Son Lux, Nils Frahm, Ulrich Schnauss

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Lucia & The Best Boys – Perfectly Untrue

Lucia & The Best Boys by Oli Erskine

Lucia & The Best Boys by Oli Erskine

Lucia & The Best Boys returns with the bold visuals for ‘Perfectly Untrue’.

A more euphoric take on previous releases, the new video perfectly captures the glamorous essence of frontwoman, Lucia Fairfull, who is adorned in the LOVERBOY collection by renowned fashion designer Charles Jeffrey (winner of the British Emerging Talent Award at Fashion Awards 2017), as she adopts numerous guises in order to create multiple versions that reveal a darker understanding of self, and championing symbolic insights of perceived behaviour.

The single is taken from their nostalgia-laden EP ‘The State Of Things’, out on 9 October via Sweet Jane Recordings.

Sounds like: Pat Benatar, Yonaka, Calva Louise, Courtney Love, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush, Miley Cyrus

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Keir Gibson – Circles

Keir Gibson

Following the successful release of debut single ‘Eyes Wide’ and follow up ‘Hollow’, new Scottish sensation Keir Gibson treats us to ‘Circles’, an emotional journey with an alt-pop twist.

From the outset, Keir’s powerful voice and soulful tones reminiscent of Lewis Capaldi take centre stage. However, Keir has no issue separating himself from the obvious comparison, the record itself builds a stunning radio-ready space in which we can delve into the meaning behind his lyrics, and showcase his talents to the full, culminating in a huge, emotion-filled grande finale.

Sounds like: Lewis Capaldi, James Arthur, Maggie Rogers, Julia Michaels, Lauv

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Super Inuit – Mothering Tongue

Super Inuit - Mothering Tongue

Edinburgh duo Super Inuit make dreamy electronic pop that is also on an experimental plane.

Their music, crafted from mangled samples and synthetic melodies, immediately captures the listener. The latest single, ‘Mothering Tongue’ – which we also think is their strongest to date – is about the truths and untruths we tell ourselves.

Take a listen below.

Sounds like: Chvrches, Kelly Lee Owens, Four Tet, Sylvan Esso, Luna Pines

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Dancing on Tables – Not to Need You

Dancing on Tables

Scottish band, Dancing on Tables, explores a more melancholic side in ‘Not To Need You’.

Written in Nashville alongside legendary songwriter Liz Rose (Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood), the hopeful song encapsulates the uphill battles everyone goes through in life but reminds us that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sounds like: Sea Girls, Biffy Clyro, Circa Waves, The 1975, Rat Boy, Circa Waves, The Amazons, Blossoms, Wild Nothing, Cassia, Catfish and the Bottlemen

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Stellie – How Do We Look So Good?

Stellie by Jackson Thornbury

Stellie by Jackson Thornbury

Like an early Billie Eilish, Australian artist Stellie is transforming our take on pop.

Inspired by strong female voices, her tender and personal tales are indie-pop slow-burners that cut straight to the heart. Listen to her hazy new single, ‘How Do We Look So Good?’ below.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish

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Lila Drew – Locket

Lila Drew

We continue to eagerly turn the pages in Lila Drew‘s magical scrapbook full of uncertainty and confessions, both positive and negative.

The next chapter from the rising 19-year-old London born and LA based independent singer/songwriter is the souful and dreamy, ‘Locket’.

Sounds like: Ariana Grande, Caswell, Billie Eilish

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Cat Ryan – Mannerism

Cat Ryan

Newcastle-based trio Cat Ryan is no ordinary modern shoegaze band. Oh no. These guys are paving way for a new era of British dreamy indie-pop.

Their new single ‘Mannerism’ is a self-conscious spin on mesmerising music and is out now via Pillar Artists.

Sounds like: Wolf Alice, Sundara Karma, Alvvays, Bombay Bicycle Club, Youth Sector, Tranqua Lite

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GusGus – Out Of Place

GusGus - Out of Place

It’s great to see GusGus back with another stellar release.

The electronic innovators have released ‘Out Of Place’, highlighting the duo’s affinity for rolling synth-lines and sharp, pop-driven vocals. Listen below.

Sounds like: Simian Mobile Disco, Tears For Fears, Simple Minds, Röyksopp, Goldfrapp, Orbital, Roisin Murphy

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Llovers – Feeling Sound

Llovers

Another Newcastle band for us this week – Llovers.

Releasing the infectious new cut, ‘Feeling Sound’, it’s clear that anyone listening to the track will be enamoured by their immense potential, thanks to their irresistible anthemic tendencies with sparkling riffs, sing-along choruses and playful songwriting.

Sounds like: Alt-J, Foals, Blossoms, Larkins

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Weird Milk – Is That Love?

Weird Milk

London baroque pop band Weird Milk shares ‘Is That Love?’.

Having already supported indie risers Alfie Templeman and Pip Blom, and about to support APRE on their UK tour, their latest offering doesn’t disappoint.

Songwriter and drummer Charlie Glover-Wright explains, “The song itself is about a relationship turning sour as a lemon and the main character realising that they don’t need it anymore and they’ll be better off on their own.”

Sounds like: FEET, Sports Team, The Magic Gang, Genghar, The Last Shadow Puppets

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Kelli-Leigh – Cotton Clouds

Kelli-Leigh - Cotton Clouds

You may recognise Kelli-Leigh’s vocals from such hits as ‘More Than Friends’ by Jame Hype, ‘I Got U’ by Duke Dumont and Second City‘s ‘I Wanna Feel’, but it’s time for the British singer/songwriter to step out into the light and reveal her first solo music of the decade.

The uptempo pop song, ‘Cotton Clouds’ describes a blissed out relationship. Lovely.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Karen Harding, Harlee

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The Day – Tenderfoot

The Day

Dutch DIY duo The Day are Laura Loeters from from Antwerp/Belgium and Hamburg based Gregor Sonnenberg.

Sharing the fancy-free video for their cover of ‘Tenderfoot’ by The Lemonheads / Smudge, the latest release is inspired by their youth, as the dream-pop band continue their tasteful take on original classics.

Sounds like: Eliza Shaddard, Ilgen-Nur

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Talii – Good To Be Bad

Talii - Good To Be Bad

Orlando-based 25 year old Talii has a wicked streak, as can be witnessed in her sultry and dark pop song, ‘Good To Be Bad’.

Born into a musically gifted and diversely talented family of musicians and performers, she began singing at age 3 and was playing the piano and writing songs by age 7. There is no denying her talent.

Sounds like: Banks

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Lucia & The Best Boys – City of Angels

Lucia

Lucia & The Best Boys shares brand new single ‘City Of Angels’, taken from their ‘Eternity EP’, both out now via Sweet Jane Recordings.

With a nod to driving 80’s inspirations combined with a frontwoman, who bleeds a fierce rock attitude, ‘City of Angels’ focuses on isolation and the trappings of society. Lucia Fairfull explains,

“City of Angels is for anyone who has ever felt unaccepted in society, and trapped in a mindset of anxiety.

“People are constantly judging themselves, others, and comparing the two, which is now intensified by social media. The point is that we do not live in a world full of perfect people (A city of Angels), everyone is entitled to originality, flaws, and no one should feel the need to suppress their personality for the sake of someone else, who probably has also felt the same way.”

Live

23 Feb – Manchester YES Bar Headline
24 Feb – St Albans The Horn Headline
25 Feb – London Shacklewell Arms Headline
12 Mar – Glasgow King Tuts Headline
23 Mar – Dundee Church w/ The Ninth Wave
24 Mar – Aberdeen Tunnels w/ The Ninth Wave

Sounds like: Pat Benatar, Yonaka, Calva Louise, Courtney Love

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Victoria’s Flight – Love Will Come Back

Victoria's Flight

Glasgow band Victoria’s Flight shares new single ‘Love Will Come Back’, the third in a trilogy of singles that together tell the story of a summer of love and loss.

An accidental song that took very little time to create, it’s got a bittersweet attitude and once again showcases the band’s ability to write rich and memorable melodies.

We can’t wait to see what else is to come…

Sounds like: Sea Girls, Blossoms, Biffy Clyro

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Dancing On Tables – Stay

Dancing on Tables

Scottish band Dancing On Tables shares their effervescent new single, ‘Stay’.

The topic of the song talks about the over-reliance on the other half of a relationship. Usually a subject of heartbreak, the track builds towards the desperate and angry situation the left behind half finds themselves in.

Listen below.

It’s out now via LV Music.

Sounds like: Sea Girls, Biffy Clyro, Circa Waves, The 1975, Rat Boy, Circa Waves, The Amazons, Blossoms, Wild Nothing, Cassia

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The Ninth Wave – Imitation

The Ninth Wave

We’ve seen defiant Scottish duo, The Ninth Wave play a few times now, and it’s safe to say that Haydn Park-Patterson and Millie Kidd are going to be making waves in the coming months.

Their new single ‘Imitation’ arrives with the announcement of their biggest UK headline tour to date, taking place in November 2019.

Speaking about the track, Haydn says: “Imitation is what happens when I forget about my lonely disposition and get too caught up in everyone else’s lives. It’s about how easy it is to become something you hate and we hate simple songs, so we made this song really simple and straightforward. We recorded it in the summer of 2018 with Dan Austin and Phil Parsons. This song was the quickest one of all of the 12 songs we recorded to track, as we did the backbone of it live to capture the feeling we felt when we played it live in the months prior to the Infancy sessions.”

‘Infancy Pt. I’ is out now on Distiller Records, while ‘Infancy Pt. II’ will be released on 15 November. You can pre-order here.

Tour Dates [Tickets]

09/11 Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle
11/11 Picture House Social, Sheffield
12/11 The Cookie, Leicester
13/11 Sound Basement, Liverpool
14/11 Soup Kitchen, Manchester
16/11 The Flapper, Birmingham
17/11 Green Door Store, Brighton
18/11 Portland Arms, Cambridge
19/11 Electrowerkz, London

Sounds like: Walt Disco, The Lapelles, LUCIA, The Snuts, White Lies, YONAKA

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