Canadian duo Daniel MacKenzie and Peter Mol met in 2010 at a music festival at which they were both performing.
Fast forward seven years, SMOKEHOUSE was formed, allowing both MacKenzie and Mol to carve their own path and take time to sculpt the songs exactly how they wanted them, or “indie hip-pop” as they describe.
Their laid back and enigmatic new single ‘Slowly’ takes inspiration from artists like Anderson Paak, Tame Impala, and Bombay Bicycle Club. Listen below.
Justin Timberlake-mentored trio The Shadowboxers have blown us away with their luxurious, beat-driven pop.
After searching high and low for their identity, it feels as if they have found it. Their new single ‘Float On By’ is a perfect example, written about ambition being the ego and surrendering yourself to the plans of the universe.
Swedish indie-wonder Augustine shares his pulsating new single ‘Coast’, released exclusively as part of Spotify’s Studio Oyster program.
Another wonderful story told to capture the idea of how seeing a happy loving couple together stirs up painful emotions in a delicate and groovy manner.
“‘Coast” is a song about loneliness, and a longing to understand this world a little better. I was confused and jealous of everything I laid my eyes on when I wrote it. And I often get struck by this feeling about wanting to escape from myself and from my body when I’m feeling down. I guess it comes down to the desire to have someone by your side who understands you and all your weird thoughts.” Augustine says.
Sounds like: PNAU, Foster the People, James Blake, Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, Tame Impala, Phoenix
It’s clear that the world has been completely bizarre in recent times, so we couldn’t ask for a more perfect setting to find some great new music to relax to and escape from the chaos. Thankfully, Sol Paradise has arrived on the scene with his debut release ‘No Doubt’.
‘No Doubt’ occupies a beautifully unique sonic space taking influence in particular from the jazz and afrobeat genre. This is the first single from the upcoming EP by the London Born artist/producer, which is set to be released in full later in the Summer.
Sounds like: Fat Freddy’s Drop, Steve Lacey, Tame Impala, Tom Misch
Introducing London-born producer, Tom Skyrme – aka Swim Moutain.
Combining breezy 60’s inspired psych with more modern dream-pop tendencies, his latest self-produced and recorded EP ‘If’ conjures, in his own words, “the slow demise of a relationship told across an interchanging timeline of pre and post internet.”
Listen below to the swaggering highlight of the EP, ‘Somebody New’.
The EP is released on Tourist‘s record label Monday Records, and he has also been announced to support Tourist at his upcoming headline shows at London’s Village Underground on 8 and 9 April.
Sounds like: Tame Impala, MGMT, Toro Y Moi, Miike Snow
After a hiatus, TENDER returns with ‘6 In The Morning’, showing a slightly new direction for the duo.
Stripping it back to basics, James Cullen and Dan Cobb’s new release is upfront and at times, takes an unnerving dive into self-reflection.
“The track ‘6 in the Morning’ is about the bitter, petty end to a relationship, where both parties do things to push the other away,” says Cullen. “Avoiding being the one to call it off, they intend to do things to make the other break. When the relationship finally ends, it brings relief.”
“We have all been in those situations, where it seems easier to stay in a bitter and toxic environment instead of just calling it off. It’s like pulling off a plaster. The slower you do it, the more pain it causes.”
Sounds like: MOTHXR, Jungle, Glass Animals, HUNTAR, Caribou, Air, The National, Tame Impala, Boxed In, Honne
We’re very excited to share ‘Stay Fantasties’ by wife and husband duo, Hollie and Keith Kenniff aka Mint Julep, an expertly manicured electric-pop venture that stands in stark contrast to the nebulous and experimental Helios and Goldmund outputs for which the latter member is known.
The vulnerable track shimmers underneath an amalgamation of textures and is out now on Western Vinyl.
Sounds like: Beauty Sleep, Tame Impala, Electric Youth, The Naked And Famous, Cocteau Twins, Helios
From one lonely artist to another…introducing transatlantic duo FARR (by way of Los Angeles and London) vocalist Roméo and producer Linden Jay (who has also produced for Rejjie Snow, LION SNOW, RITUAL and more).
Born from London loneliness, the soulful new track, ‘Heal Me’, was written with Carl Barat and Olly Burden and is full of heartfelt longing for missed loved ones.
Sounds like: RKCB, Jadu Heart, Dan D’Lion, James Vickery