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Alex Frew – Antisocial Love Song

Alex Frew

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Alex Frew shares some nostalgic visuals for his new single ‘Antisocial Love Song’. It has a modern emo aesthetic with a pop tinge. Watch below.

Sounds like: Halsey, Gaspar Narby

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Seraphina Simone – O M D

Seraphina Simone by Tara Rowse

Seraphina Simone by Tara Rowse

The wonderful Seraphina Simone returns with her deeply personal and moving single ‘O M D’. It’s a ruminating love affair that sees Simone tackle the minefield that is life in your early twenties.

Sounds like: Celeste, Lana Del Rey, Laurel, Chløe Black, VÉRITE, Blondie

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Danny George – Thinking Out Loud

Danny George

Introducing UK/Stockholm based producer/artist Danny George. His new single ‘Thinking Out Loud’ is a harmony-led ode to dating in your twenties, from a male point of view.

Sounds like: BAD CHILD, Bronze Whale, Ayelle, Zanski, TWO LANES

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Mokita – Ready Yet

Mokita - Ready Yet

Multi-instrumentalist and all-round talent, Mokita shares his emotionally-charged pop/EDM single ‘Ready Yet’, continuing to explore songwriting themes such as depression, anxiety, and relationships.

Sounds like: EXES, Handsome Ghost, joan, FRND

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Aimée Steven – Today

Aimée Steven

Uniquely talented songwriter Aimée Steven is sharing her view on the fragility of the current world in new single ‘Today’. Taking a classic approach to the single, it’s reverb-drenched and full of retro charisma.

Sounds like: Goldfrapp, PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi

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Hedara – We’re Not The Same

Hedara

Hedara has just released ‘We’re Not The Same’, the final track from her stunning, effortlessly powerful new EP ‘Sad Girl Syndrome’, full of piano-led, electro-pop.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Kiesza

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Georgie – Chasing Kites

Georgie - Chasing Kites

UK-based Georgie shares the expressive ‘Chasing Kites’ taken from her album, out now. Georgie was the first signing to Soul Kitchen Recordings (the label set up by Jake Bugg’s management company: Soul Kitchen), and it’s the only song on the album that she didn’t write or produce during the lockdown. Listen below for that uplifting feel.

Sounds like: Sigrid, Adele, Emma McGrath

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Kasbo – Play Pretend Feat. Ourchives

Kasbo by Olof Grind

Kasbo by Olof Grind

Swedish artist and producer Kasbo shares his emotionally-charged new single ‘Play Pretend’. Featuring Ourchives’ soaring vocals, the track marks a new chapter ahead of his second studio album ‘The Making of a Paracosm’ will be out on 23 October via Foreign Family Collective / Counter Records, and features a passionate embrace amongst nature.

Sounds like: Frida Sundemo, Talos, Gryffin, Vanic, Shallou

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Jesse Hite – I’m Glad You Called Me

Jesse Hite

American-born French residing Jesse Hite combines music from the West Coast of the US with synth-laden electro inspired by his French antics. His new single ‘I’m Glad You Called Me’ combines poppy hooks with a generous nod to 80s disco.

Sounds like: Róisín Murphy, Shy Girls, Jungle, LCD Soundsystem, Ian Brown, Goldroom

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Dominic Fike – Double Negative (Skeleton Milkshake)

Dominic Fike by Daniel Prakopcyk

Dominic Fike by Daniel Prakopcyk

A new wave of rockstars are taking over, and with Billie Eilish‘s seal of approval, Dominic Fike is making huge waves with his modern take on emo-pop. The track ‘Double Negative (Skeleton Milkshake)’ is one of the more indietronica-friendly tracks taken from his genre-bending new album, ‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong’.

Sounds like: Glass Animals

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Glass Animals – It’s All So Incredibly Loud

Glass Animals by Ollie Trenchard

Glass Animals by Ollie Trenchard

Glass Animals shares the David Wilson (Tame Impala, Christine and the Queens) directed video for new single, ‘It’s All So Incredibly Loud’. Written about three seconds of life, in which during that short heartbreaking moment, devastation creates a deafening silence, followed by a point of no return.

Sounds like: alt-J, Tender, Pale Hands, Foreign Air, Everything Everything, Son Lux

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Josefine – Let It Go

Josefine

Releasing her first single of 2020, Josefine delights us with her alt-pop track, ‘Let It Go’. Living in Los Angeles, the Rytmus Music High School (Stockholm) graduate is in good company, with previous alumni including global pop icons Robyn, Tove Lo and Icona Pop.

Produced by Martin René (Meghan Trainor, H.E.R, Snoop Dogg, Madcon) the L.A. beach chill track could be her most popular song to date, although this is no easy feat, having racked up over nine million streams from her previous seven singles.

Sounds like: Frances, Aimee, Robyn, Tove Lo, Icona Pop

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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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Asha Gold – Passenger

Asha Gold

Classically trained London-based Asha Gold releases her new single ‘Passenger’, one of the first songs she ever wrote during her travels in Europe.

It’s a freedom inspiring release, full of escapism, as Asha keeps on travelling forward in a bid to grow as an individual.

Sounds like: Nakala, Frank Ocean

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The Endorphins – Parachute

The Endorphines

Stockholm siblings The Endorphins shares ‘Parachute’.

A more soulful change in direction to their previous single, ‘Dead or Alive‘, the ’90s inspired R&B breaker was written about intensely falling head over heals for someone.

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

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Junípero – Want To

Junípero

Continuing their quest to musicalise experiences and connect deepest desires, Mexican duo Junípero shares ‘Want To’.

Mixing dream-like melodies in a way that play with every sense, the well balanced folktronica-styled track is both multi-dimensional and atmospheric.

Sounds like: Beach House, Explosions In the Sky, Mogwai, Band of Horses

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Maude Latour – Furniture

Maude Latour

New York City-based Maude Latour‘s bubbly new single ‘Furniture’ is unapologetic as ever.

Written at the lowest point of a breakup, the song oozes bravery with an ounce of playfulness. This is her joyous breakup song, that she now shares with the world!

Sounds like: Caro, Chloe Lilac, Claud

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Urchin – Break In

Urchin

London-based jazz turned indie musician Urchin (aka Leo Appleyard) shares ‘Break In’, taken from his ‘Night Light’ EP.

Making his vocal debut on the left of the centre track, it features gorgeous, heavy vocal melodies that pick up some plucky UK-influenced electronica.

Sounds like: Kudu Blue, Kllo, Two Door Cinema Club, Von Sell, Ratatat

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TALU – Take You Home

Talu

Local Crawley band TALU share their new single ‘Take You Home’.

Recording the drums in a warehouse and everything else in their living room and kitchen, the band captures the joy in everyday moments, offering a delightful slither of nostalgia that you’d desire from a modern day indie-pop band.

Sounds like: The Wombats, Two Door Cinema Club, Sea Girls, Bombay Bicycle Club, Hoofa

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Alice MC – My Love

Alice MC

South London’s Alice MC shares her new single ‘My Love’, taken from her debut EP, ‘Storyteller’.

Despite her music fitting best within the jazz, soul and folk genres, Alice MC started by studying Opera at the Guildhall School. She soon realised her destiny was within the jazz worlds.

Sounds like: Laura Marling, PJ Harvey, Lianne La Havas, Beyoncé, Kate Bush

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Bjorn Rydhog – Into Your Heart

Bjorn Rydhog

The musical landscape in 2020 is full of high and heavy production, layers and layers and processed sound to please the listener, and in general, this sounds great. However, it’s a special moment when you can really appreciate a song for its raw authenticity, and that’s exactly what Bjorn Rydhog provides with his latest single, ‘Into Your Heart’.

The track introduces itself slowly, allowing you as the listener to settle into its vibe before Bjorn stuns us with his blissful vocals. Recorded in the legendary Tambourine Studios in Bjorn’s hometown of Malmö (Sweden), the singer takes us on an emotional and relaxing journey with the help from featured vocalist Moa McAllister from Peach Baby.

The video for the melodic track is soft in its visual presentation with gentle beams of colours. Watch below.

Sounds like: The National, Bon Iver, Elbow

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Alec Baker – Something About You Feat. MANX

Alec Baker

Stockholm based producer and writer Alec Baker is showing off Marcus Møller‘s dance moves in the Basliel Berhane-directed video for ‘Something About You’.

Much like the Wes Anderson-inspired visuals, the Swedish newcomer takes a minimalist approach to his pop music, combining saccharine vocals with ambient synths.

The song is co-produced with uber talent Summer Heart and features vocal melodies and lyrics from art-pop experimentalist MANX.

Alec Baker’s new EP is due to drop in the Summer.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, HAIM, The Japanese House

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Juno Francis – Queen’s Anthem

Juno Francis - Queen's Anthem

Psychedelic-glamour duo Juno Francis shares ‘Queen’s Anthem’, a glistening song with lush disco synth-scapes and dreamy vocals.

The now Berlin-based duo (originally from Sweden) enjoy ocean kissed winds and musical trips to the woods, and the new single is a nostalgic swim in the memory river, back to the roots in the north of Sweden.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør

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Big Fox – Let Love In

Big Fox by Anna Brånhede

Big Fox by Anna Brånhede

Taking a step back is important during these times.

Luckily for us, Charlotte Perrier – aka Big Fox – has released her sophomore album ‘See How The Light Falls,’ an effortless slice of sophisticated pop and melodic folk.

Discussing her new release, the Malmö born artist says, “I thought a lot about the unsaid. All the words that I constantly avoided, held back, and how they slowly created a wall between me and others. As if I was underwater, looking at the sun through the surface. And I finally realized that I was the one stopping myself. So, I think I subconsciously wrote this song to push myself off that cliff, to let love in.”

The album was initially due for release in May 2018 but had to be postponed when the singer received a shocking Lymphoma diagnosis. “It all happened very quickly, and it was almost like entering a parallel world with a different time scale, rules and priorities,” she said.

18 months down the line, Charlotta is better and “slowly reclaiming my life back.” The period of gestation gave the finished album more gravity and significance for the songwriter. “When I listen to it now, I actually like the album even more,” she says. “I have some distance from it. When you’re in the middle of the process, it’s easy to get caught up in the details and not really hear the song anymore.”

The single ‘Let Love In’ is one our favourites from the album – layered with hazy synths, string melodies, and soft effortless vocals, it signifies the feeling of desperately longing to be more open with others and taking new steps to change that.

Sounds like: Cate Le Bon, Aldous Harding, Alice Boman, First Aid Kit, Warpaint

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daste. – About Us

daste.

Australian trio daste. shares the smooth electro / lo-fi-funk single, ‘About Us’.

As with all things daste., the “d” is in the detail. Delivering an inspiration message, the song is about battling with uncertainty. Listen below.

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Sounds like: RÜFÜS DU SOL, Two Another, LEISURE, Tora

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uomo – All I Hear

uomo

Introducing the new project by Pietro Filippone – aka uomo.

His latest release, ‘All I Hear’, is the first song that Filippone has written by himself for the project. A decent bit of autotune in there, the softer house elements give the song a gorgeously gentle uplift.

Sounds like: Henry Green, Roosevelt, Goldroom, Hayden James, Elderbrook

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Tungz – Can’t We Just Be Friends Again

Tungz - Can't We Just Be Friends Again

Bristol-based quartet Tungz combines effortless funk riffs with infectious vocal melodies and indie-pop sounds in new single, ‘Can’t We Just Be Friends Again’, out now via Heist or Hit.

It speaks of the confusion and the weird frustration that comes with wanting to snap back to being happy with someone you’ve only ever really been cool with before.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Christine & The Queens, Patawawa, Bamily

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Amtrac – So Afraid ft. Alex Metric

Amtrac by Grant Spanier

DJ and producer Amtrac has teamed up with Grammy Award-winning British musician, DJ and producer Alex Metric on vocals in new single, ‘So Afraid’.

Looping vocals contemplate a simple question, “why you so afraid of love?” as Alex Metric’s breathy, enunciated voice lends an edge to the droning synths beneath, forming a steady crescendo of sound and passion that blooms.

Sounds like: Du Tonc, Cut Copy, Lane 8

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Dirty Nice – 100,000 Heartbeats

Dirty Nice

UK duo Dirty Nice releases ‘100,000 Heartbeats’. A synth-wave pop at the core, it’s the perfect counterpart to the more lo-fi B-side, ‘Love Team’.

Originally presented as a special Valentines Day release, Dirty Nice sent a number of personalised cards to fans. Continuing this theme on their Instagram, an intergalactic cartoon epic has unfolded with a new card revealed every day.

Sounds like: Elder Island, Camel Power Club, Gorillaz, Everyone You Know, 10 O’Clock Chemical

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Ekko – Off My Mind

EKKO

Norwegian native, singer/songwriter and producer Rebekka Danielsson – aka EKKO – shares the visuals for ‘Off My Mind’.

Highly energetic, glorious pop with addictive melodic hooks and immaculate production this tune ticks all the boxes to be a serious club anthem and floor filler.

Expect her debut EP ‘Symptoms’ out later in the year.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Chelsea Lankes, Allie X, ALMA, Kim Petras

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Langva – Different Things

‘Different Things’ by Norweigan artist Langva is the perfect antidote in these gloomy days we find ourselves in.

It’s a short and sweet burst of summer, with a groovy bassline that amplifies the affectionate feelings you may have for someone.

Sounds like: Easy Life, Yakul

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ELBA – Remember Me

ELBA - Remember Me

Rising Danish pop songstress ELBA is making waves.

Starting her musical journey in the local choir at the age of six, it was clear her destiny was singing. Her new single ‘Remember Me’ showcases her powerful vocal range, and perfectly fits with the electro-pop production.

Sounds like: Mabel, Harlee, JUJ

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Discrete x Chris Collins – Better Days

Discrete

Creative music producer Discrete teams up with Chris Collins on ‘Better Days’.

With a top-notch level of production and flawless vocals, combined with inspiration from an extensive range of genres, prepare to click repeat.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Le Youth, The Weeknd

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Emilie Nicolas – Who’s Gonna Love You

Emilie Nicolas - Who's Gonna Love You

The Norweigan artists are smashing it this week, and it’s truly great to see Emilie Nicolas return.

Showing a new side to her music – less “cool pop” and more reflective – ‘Who’s Gonna Love You’ is centred around the difficulties of letting go of a relationship, succinctly capturing despair, unbridled joy, and the desire to dance.

Sounds like: Tove Styrke, Tove Lo, Susanne Sundfør, AURORA

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Ed Prosek – Mercy

Ed Prosek

The Berlin-based indie-folk troubadour, Ed Prosek returns with a luscious ode to his love affair with music, lifted from his forthcoming EP.

It plays out like a heart-wrenching ballad and is brought into a tender balance by Ed’s genuine delivery.

Sounds like: Dermot Kennedy, Frightened Rabbit, Bruce Springsteen, Chet Faker, Talos

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Nic Hanson – Crush on You

Nic Hanson
Boy, have we got a little crush on Nic Hanson.

Having just toured with the wonderful Moon Boots and with a flurry of viral Insta covers, Nic Hanson is sending his take on funky pop.

Sounds like: Prince, Ed Sheeran

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The Endorphins – Dead or Alive

The Endorphines

Stockholm siblings Alva & August Heldt are The Endorphins.

As their name suggests, their feel-good future pop is set to induce endorphins. As they put it – “It’s about love, friendship, parties and sex“, and what’s wrong with that!

Listen to self-expressive ‘Dead Or Alive’ below.

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

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