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milk. – I Hate the Way You’re Looking at Me (Lately)

milk.

Hot on the heels of The 1975 is Dublin-born alt-pop quartet, milk.. Their bright new offering, ‘I Hate the Way You’re Looking at Me (Lately)’ is full of looping synths, catchy riffs and lulling vocals that immediately lure you in for more.

Sounds like: The 1975, The Japanese House, No Rome

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Benji Lewis – Stay Around

Benji Lewis

Benji Lewis has been busy songwriting during 2020. Written with his new friend Tom Eggert and bonding over their love of home-made smoothies, ‘Stay Around’ is about the progression of love in every subsequent relationship.

Sounds like: The 1975, The Kite String Tangle, Antony Hegarty, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Yazz, Jack Garratt, Disclosure, Lauv, Boy In Space, Zachary Knowles

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Asha Gold – Oscar

Asha Gold

UK R&B artist Asha Gold shares new single ‘Oscar’. It’s written about award-winning liars and cheats who deserve to be called out for their deception and good-for-nothing behaviour.

Sounds like: Nakala, Frank Ocean, Rosalia

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Solå – B Mine

Solå

Norwegian songwriter Solå strongly encourages us to value ourselves in new single ‘B Mine’. It’s a hazy piece of electro-pop that perfectly showcases her talent as both a intricate songwriter and performer.

Sounds like: Shura, Dagny, Chvrches, Empress Of, MUNA

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whatshisface – Magic Disaster

whatshisface

Intriguing newcomer whatshisface is on the precipice of jumping into our hearts. His new single ‘Magic Disaster’ is a gloriously melancholic invitation, brimming with dense and warming aesthetics, creating an altogether sweeping atmosphere.

Sounds like: James Blake, George Gretton, Billie Eilish

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Mungbean – Slow Motion

Mungbean

Introducing eclectic Ohio-based outfit Mungbean. Performed as only seasoned performers would, new single ‘Slow Motion’ has layered and heavy synths to accelerate the track’s dreamy and kaleidoscopic intention.

Sounds like: Snarls, The Naked And Famous

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ÄTNA – Grinding

ÄTNA

Looking incredibly familiar in their press picture, with a glint of political satire, the Avante-Garde German duo ÄTNA releases their dark and rebellious new single, ‘Grinding’.

Sounds like: Grimes, Fever Ray, Vök, Kllo, Christine & The Queens, I Break Horses

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Benji Lewis – Everything’s Alright

Benji Lewis - Everything's Alright

Australian artist Benji Lewis shares the result of his recent lockdown songwriting, with ‘Everything’s Alright’. Written with Golden Vessel, the track touches on the importantness of freedom.

Sounds like: The 1975, The Kite String Tangle, Antony Hegarty, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Yazz, Jack Garratt, Disclosure, Jeremy Zucker, Shallou, Emmit Fenn

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Alex Frew – Antisocial Love Song Feat. A Is for Arrows

Alex Frew

Alex Frew touches on the difficulties of being alone with new song, ‘Antisocial Love Song’, featuring the delicate tones of A Is for Arrows. A pop ballad at heart with harder hitting lyrics.

Sounds like: Gaspar Narby

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Nicole Chambers – Warm Body

Nicole Chambers

Nicole Chambers is confidence setting in her single ‘Warm Body’, taken from her debut album, ‘Voice of a Virgo’. A new voice on the R&B and neo-soul scene, with a killer falsetto that demands attention.

Sounds like: Caswell, Jorja Smith

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Asha Gold – Debut

Asha Gold

Showing how you can make music regardless of a lockdown, rising UK artist Asha Gold shares her sweet new single ‘Debut’, written on Zoom with producer Mitch Jones.

Sounds like: Nakala, Frank Ocean, Rosalia

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Ryan Jantz – Real

Ryan Jantz

Authentic artist Ryan Jantz faces the ‘Real’ in the new self-produced single. Taking cues from the psych-pop world, ‘Real’ is both fun and quirky.

Sounds like: Glass Animals, Toro Y Moi, Mac DeMarco

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Joe Parsons – Repair

Joe Parsons

Gay comedian and musician Joe Parsons shows a vulnerable and serious side in his new single, ‘Repair’. With tinges of folktronica and alt-pop, the shimmering track is written about toxic masculinity.

Sounds like: Yoke Lore, Fleet Foxes

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Webmoms – Pasta Bake Feat. Maddy

Webmoms

Cornwall-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Karum Cooper has a new lo-fi jazz/soul project called Webmoms. The new single ‘Summer Salad’ is a tasty selection of rich, audible treats with jazzy licks and organic grooves.

Sounds like: Jorja Smith, Loyle Carner, Oscar Jerome

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Playlist: Phil Good

Phil Good

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Phil Good has unveiled an official remix of his latest single ‘Everything’s Good’ from DJ and producer Slow Magic.

He’s kindly taken time out of his busy schedule and put together an ace playlist, which you can listen to below.

Charli XCX, BJ Burton – 7 years
I’ve been falling hard for Charli’s music in the last few years. It’s so aggressively pop and so aggressively experimental, and I feel like no one can do it like she does. This song blows my mind.

Sylvan Esso – Ferris Wheel
Sylvan Esso is one of my favorite bands. I loved their last record “what now?” and was so excited to hear this song “Ferris Wheel” as their first single off the upcoming album. its everything I love about them wrapped into 2:58.

Deaton Chris Anthony – I love all my friends
This song gives me Francis and the Lights vibes but in such a cool and youthful way. I think Deaton Chris Anthony is such a creative force and I love this song.

Flume, Toro Y Moi – The Difference
This song makes me feel all of my feelings and memories from this life and my past 236 lives combined. Something about the sounds and Toro’s voice just gets me goin’.

Phil Good – Everything’s Good (Slow Magic Remix)
This is my song remixed by Slow Magic. I love how he took the previously upbeat and guitar-driven song to a totally new world. makes it a bit sadder and I love me a sad song.

Dijon – rock n roll
I’ve never heard anything like this before and every time I listen there’s something new and fresh for me to discover. The guitar is amazing and his vocals melt my soul.

Toro Y Moi – Who I Am
This is one of my favs on Toro’s latest album “Outer Peace”. I love that this song is so upbeat and simple but the closer you listen to it, the more that gets revealed. It makes me want to party.

Caribou – like I loved you
Another sad bop with the craziest production. I love the synthesized bass/guitar sound and the drums hit harder than a 20-foot bong.

Jim-E Stack, Empress Of – Note To Self
I found Jim-E Stack less than a year ago and then proceeded to listen to his whole discography non-stop for a few weeks. This song embodies everything I love about his production and sound. Makes me feel like going on a road trip.

The 1975 – I Like America & America Likes Me
I love The 1975. I didn’t really care for this song when listening to their album “a brief inquiry..” the first few times, but then I saw them play this live and watched him scream his soul into autotune and it made me cry. Now this song is one of my all-time favs.

Sounds like: Honne, Joseph Salvat, Miike Snow, Glass Animals, Joywave, Just Kiddin’, San Holo

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Matt Ryder – Not The Same

Matt Ryder by Milly Cope

Matt Ryder by Milly Cope

Young Birmingham based producer, singer and songwriter Matt Ryder follows up his 2019 debut single with new alt-pop fusion track ‘Not The Same’.

It addresses the current state of social media in the world and the role it plays in a young person’s life. Ryder’s lo-fi and atmospheric approach – shares a similar vein to The 1975’s Matt Healy’s process – allowing the listener to enjoy the creation even without vocals present at times.

It’s difficult to put a label on what kind of music this is, there is something for everyone here, a beautiful fusion taking the best influences from multiple genres, and creating a sound that can almost only be described as Matt Ryder.

Discussing the conception of the track, Ryder states,

“I felt like I was constantly overthinking everything I was doing and saying, even the thoughts I had I would overthink,”. Channelling this frustration into his writing he adds that “it was encouraged by the teenage society I was involved with. You can never really have a private life when you’re young.”

Sounds like: Daughter, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, RY X, James Vincent McMorrow

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Playlist: daysormay

daysormay by Jeff Bassett

daysormay by Jeff Bassett

Meet Vancouver-based three-piece daysormay comprised of twin brothers Carson and Nolan Bassett and Aidan Andrews. Their name is taken from the English phonetic of the French word “désormais,” meaning “from now on”.

They’ve put together a playlist for us, check it out below.

Charli XCX – enemy
Carson: The chords and the melody along with the production of this song really all work
together to elevate each other, one of our favourites right now. It was so mind-blowing to hear
that this whole album was made in a month.

Ricky Reed, Terrace Martin, St. Panther – Real Magic
Carson: This song just brings the mood from wherever it is to a happier place, a feel-good song.

Toro y Moi – Lissoms (Instrumental)
Nolan: Love how this song is chill but manages to still make you groove. Even though this song
is 10 years old, it still feels fresh.

Mk.gee – Isn’t It So Convenient
Nolan: The drums on this song sound SO good. It’s just full of really cool and organic sounds
and I love how straight up and honest the lyrics are.

Grady – Let’s Stay Inside
Carson: The beat switch at the end is legendary.

Post-Modern Connection – Drowning
Carson: Glad to call these guys our friends, from just outside our hometown. Great chords,
beautiful vocals and keeps you interested all the way through.

Gia Ford – Waterslide
Nolan: So funky and kind of sinister-sounding at the same time. Whoever played bass on this
song killed it.

HAIM – 3AM
Nolan: The chords are SO good and the chorus bangs. Rostam is also one of my favourite
producers at the moment so I was stoked to find out he worked on this album.

CHIKA – DESIGNER
Nolan: It drops in hard and not in a way you would expect and I love how this song just plays
with your expectations the whole time. CHIKA also has such a good voice.

The 1975 – I Like America & America Likes Me
Aidan: The 1975 helped me realize that you could be in a band and not make “band music”.
Realizing that I could make a song with whatever sounds I wanted, that it didn’t have to be
based around guitar, drums, bass, typical “band instruments”, that was a big deal for me. I love
how they used the hard autotune in this, and the production and lyrics are so good.

Baby Keem – MOSHPIT
Aidan: A legend. I’m always drawn towards artists that have a unique vocal style/delivery, and
almost every line of a Baby Keem song is quotable. So good.

Charli XCX – claws
Aidan: this song’s been in my head for weeks now. Charli is so cool, and I’ve been trying to find
the snare sample Dylan Brady used on this ever since I heard it. It’s currently my favourite
song.

Watch their energetic video for ‘Role Model’ with Tessa Violet below, which happened after she brought the band on tour and was blown away, signing them up to her label, T∆G Music.

Sounds like: Passion Pit, Sea Girls, Cold War Kids, Peach Pit, Walk Off The Earth, Chloe Lilac, Tessa Violet, Local Natives, Phoenix, Tokyo Police Club

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kwassa – sucker

kwassa

Following a short-lived hiatus, soulful pop act kwassa makes his long-awaited entrance into 2020 with new single, ‘sucker’, released on LAB Records.

The multi-talented individual not only surpassed over 25 million Spotify streams on his previous release but also co-runs his own fashion brand, Hundred Club, as well as writing and producing for fellow artists, which includes releases from Greyson Chance and Charlotte Clarke.

‘sucker’ hits with a more lo-fi feel than we are used to from kwassa, this is however purposeful. The track – aided by its raw fashion – feels like it comes straight from the heart. With plenty more releases to come in the remainder of 2020, kwassa is looking to hit the ground running and return with a bang.

On the track, kwassa says;

“I was in the middle of one of those crappy weeks where things kept going wrong (my car was broken into and then my bike was stolen) when I made ‘sucker’. Writing it down in a totally non-figurative way and putting it into a song was the perfect way to joke it off and use it as fuel to make something cool. Everyone is a sucker for something or someone, and this is just a tongue in cheek take on the relationship between my life and my music.”

Sounds like: The 1975, Patternist, joan, Fickle Friends

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Benji Lewis – Peaceful

Benji Lewis

Benji Lewis has been delighting his fans with a consistent stream of exciting music for the past couple of years now. His latest offering, ‘Peaceful’ is exactly what it sets out to be, it’s hard not to be transported to a space of tranquillity when listening.

Benji’s dulcet tones are the standout feature in what is a new minimalist vibe compared to tracks like the hit single, ‘New Day’, showcasing his Sam Smith-esq soul.

Discussing his thoughts on the track, Benji says,

“This is a bit more of a sad song, but it’s also a song about finding peace and calm during a time when things aren’t so great. I’ve been trying to enjoy the quiet times and the people who are in my life, cherishing the ways we’re able to communicate and just be there for each other.”

Sounds like: The 1975, The Kite String Tangle, Antony Hegarty, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Yazz, Jack Garratt, Disclosure

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Gillian – Static

Gillian - Static

Boston-based pop singer/songwriter Gillian covers the highs and lows of life, with a guitar in hand or behind a piano.

Her new single ‘Static’ is a melancholic reflection about suffering FOMO.

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Grant Knoche – AS IT SHOULD

Grant Knoche

17-year-old Grant Knoche shares another knockout pop single.

It’s everything we expect from a vexed teenager – controlled angst displayed in delicate melodies with beautiful keys and vocal harmonies – about a love that has got away.

Sounds Like: FINNEAS, Billie Eilish, Troye Sivan, Noll, Nikless, Kenzie, In Real Life, XXXTentacion

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Omar Addis – Easy

Omar Addis

Cardiff-based Omar Addis shares his breezy self-produced song, ‘Easy’.

Written from a reflective point of view, it looks back at the people who are no longer in your life, and how things could have gone differently.

Sounds like: Roosevelt, Washed Out

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Amelia Dare – Wrong About Me

Amelia Dare - Wrong About Me

On her sophomore single, South-East London based talent Amelia Dare channels themes of empowerment on the summery and addictive, ‘Wrong About Me’.

Maintaining the same organic sound established on her debut, ‘Teaser,’ Amelia is fast becoming a resounding new voice in the alternative R&B space.

Sounds like: ELIZA, Caswell, Cleo Sol, Snoh Alegra

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Tentendo – Thoughts Feat. Vetta Borne

Tentendo

Hotly tipped Melbourne-based bassist and producer, Tentendo returns with fellow Australian singer-songwriter Vetta Borne on brand new single, ‘Thoughts’.

Taking heavy inspiration from KAYTRANADA, he effortlessly fuses elements of hip-hop, disco and pop in an irresistible three-minute slice of down-tempo future funk.

Sounds like: Kaytranada, Pomo, AlunaGeorge

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The Dryas – Make You Mine

The Dryas - Make You Mine

Brighton-based trio The Dryas share their ambitious debut release, ‘Make You Mine’.

Comprised of Hudd Hunter-Smith, Luke Cowie & Connor Tagg, the song conveys heartfelt and raw emotion, privy to fellow boybands, LANY and The 1975.

Sounds like: LANY, The 1975

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Akurei – SEROTONIN

Akurei

After teaming up with his good friends Golden Vessel and Emerson Leif, Australian artist Akurei releases three stunning tracks that form his ‘SEROTONIN’ EP.

The title track covers the morning after a big night (remember those?!), when you don’t want to get out of bed.

“I started thinking writing for this project almost immediately after I put out my last ep ‘September’, but it really came together in February. I took Maxwell (Golden Vessel) and Caleb (Emerson Leif) out to regional Queensland for three days to write music and be creative without any distractions. It was hugely refreshing and productive, we left with the bones of 6 songs.”

‘SEROTONIN’ is also the debut release for the recently launched independent label sumoclic, which is co-owned/operated by Akurei and Golden Vessel.

Sounds like: LA Bouquet, LANY, The 1975, Golden Vessel, Joji, No Rome, Kevin Abstract, Emerson Leif

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Another Sky – Fell In Love With The City

Another Sky

Another Sky returns with the DIY video for ‘Fell In Love With The City’.

Filmed on some old mini DV tape cameras, kindly donated by a few fans, the visuals, directed by frontwoman Catrin Vincent, capture the excitement of being in a city.

On the single, Vincent explains,
“I hate breakup songs. I don’t know why, it’s the most universal feeling. Maybe because the world has so many of them. Moving to London was a dramatic shift from small-town life where it didn’t even occur to me I could do music, where this vision of me as a housewife who never amounted to anything felt inescapable, in to a bigger world, of people from all over, of new ideas and a new version of myself.”

Their debut album ‘I Slept On The Floor’ is due for release on 7th August via Fiction Records and continues their ability to cover hard-hitting, difficult topics with unparalleled cinematic sounds, with a tentatively hopeful outlook, as always.

LIVE DATES 2020
11th November – Earth, London
19th November – Think Tank, Newcastle
20th November – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
21st November – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
26th November – The Bullingdon, Oxford
27th November – Star & Garter, Manchester
28th November– The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
3rd December – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
4th December – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
5th December – The Louisiana, Bristol

Sounds like: London Grammar, Everything Everything, The 1975

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