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Jude the Obscure – Strong Enough

Jude The Obscure

Manchester-based musician Jude The Obscure shows resilience in the face of adversity in jazz, hip-hop and soul-inspired track, ‘Strong Enough’.

Sounds like: Loyle Carner

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James Blake – Are You Even Real?

James Blake

James Blake releases the atmospheric ‘Are You Even Real?’, in partnership with Apple’s Behind The Mac campaign. Another contender to the evergrowing back catalogue of comforting masterpieces from the British producer and multi-instrumentalist.

Sounds like: Jamie Woon, Jamie XX, The Weeknd, SOHN

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Declan McKenna – Daniel, You’re Still A Child

Declan McKenna

We all know a Daniel, or perhaps we even are one – the one that gets “lost in the sauce, stoned, lost in some existential fear or lost his way in some VR game”, yet has so much to prove. Declan McKenna gives us a delicious taste of his forthcoming album, ‘Zeros’.

Sounds like: HUNNY, Sea Girls, Peach Pit, The Night Café, Chaz Cardigan, The Beatles, Circa Waves, The Magic Gang, Vistas, Love Fame Tragedy

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Connie Constance – James

Connie Constance

Refreshing alt-pop artist Connie Constance bares all and dives into “an ocean of narcotics” in new single ‘James’, summing up how we all want to feel and act right now – to get a bit squiffy and then crawl back to bed.

Sounds like: Kate Nash, Laura Misch, Joy Crookes, Rosie Lowe, Poppy Adjudha, Arlo Parks, Cleo Sol, Moses Sumney

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NZCA Lines – Prisoner Of Love

NZCA Lines by Aleksandra Kingo

NZCA Lines by Aleksandra Kingo

Time to get sweet and funky with NZCA Line‘s ‘Prisoner of Love’. We surrender to its smooth and delectable slice of opulent disco.

Sounds like: Metronomy, Gold Panda, New Order, Ronika, Thor Rixon, Hot Chip, Prince, Roosevelt

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Aquilo – Moving On

Aquilo by Morgan Hill-Murphy

Aquilo by Morgan Hill-Murphy

Sounding particularly Glass Animals, and more instrumentally upbeat than previous releases, duo Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher – aka Aquilo – return after a two-year hiatus with the ‘Sober’ EP, featuring ‘Moving On’.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler, Glass Animals

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MAX RAD – It’ll All Be Fine


Singer and producer MAX RAD takes a positive stance with new single ‘It’ll All Be Fine’. Comparing the track to an out-of-body experience, he advises to look at the bigger picture, and stop internalising. Wise words.

Sounds like: Tash Sultana, Foals, Chet Faker, Honne, Ben Khan

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MAX RAD – Old Toy


Introducing singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist MAX RAD.

Born in the peaceful countryside of Stroud in Gloucestershire, the now-London based artist reflects on the tranquillity and silence of his birth place to create an emotionally deeper type of music. Since moving to London, an increase in anxiety has led to his music taking a slightly different turn.

His new single ‘Old Toy’ takes on a deeply personal message about holding on to something you love during a painful time.

Speaking on the track, Max says, “Old Toy is about missing someone, the passing of time making it worse. It is about nostalgia. Being stuck in a sadness from missing the person and the issues it causes.”

Sounds like: Tash Sultana, Foals, Chet Faker

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Hamster feat. Lee – This Is Mine

This Is Mine is a follow-up collaboration between genre-defying indie-electro-pop producer Hamster and brazen genderqueer singer-songwriter Lee. It’s a massive electro-acoustic-flavored track featuring a powerful blend of melodic timbre and heartfelt lyricism from Lee. The track kicks in strongly with a simple guitar lead covered with Lee’s beautiful voice which builds up for a more catchy melodic atmosphere with strong vocal leads all over the way.


The track is about finding the inner resolve to be comfortable in your own skin, to succeed on your own terms, and to shed toxic relationships and the harmful expectations of others. This Is Mine is the first track from Hamster’s forthcoming EP, (tentatively titled ‘Old World’), set to release February 2020.


Sounds Like: LP, Tash Sultana, Simply Falling, Sam Smith