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Hot Minute – Hell Is Empty

Hot Minute

Manchester-based synth-pop outfit Hot Minute returns with ‘Hell Is Empty’.

An effortless “fuck you” to the bullshit frequently found in the music industry, this song arrives perfectly in time for Halloween.

Speaking of ‘Hell Is Empty’, frontwoman Keely Hutchinson explains,

“Hell is Empty is a modern-day anthem about taking back the power that you believe you are owed – and by any means necessary. When we formed, this is the first song we wrote after we realised we’d all experienced the all too familiar music industry bullshit.”

Sounds like: Pale Waves, The Aces, The 1975, Charley Stride

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Phantogram – In A Spiral

Phantogram by Eliot Lee Hazel

Phantogram by Eliot Lee Hazel

Our favourite high energy pop duo, Phantogram is back with their brilliant new single ‘In A Spiral’.

With a rock-inspired edge and nods to rave culture, the track is enticing as it is unnerving.

Sounds like: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric, Sleigh Bells, Charli XCX, ASTR

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STIIR – Heartstrings

STIIR

London based alt-pop trio STIIR shares their upbeat new single ‘Heartstrings’.

Produced by the band’s drummer Prem Rupawala, the track – about the dilemas of love – is a delectable dish of psychedelic pop, making for a truly dreamy and warming listen.

Sounds like: Plastic Plastic, temp.

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Blle – Don’t Be Surprised

Blle

Nottingham-based artist Blle is set for the bright lights of pop stardom.

Started out by writing songs in her bedroom, she soon saw herself performing in every venue she could. The most recent result of all her hard work and dedication is ‘Don’t Be Surprised’, written about the downfall of a relationship.

Sounds like: Banks

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Urchin – Night Light

Urchin

Jazz turned indie musician Urchin (aka Leo Appleyard) makes his label debut on BonFire Records with ‘Night Light’.

Expect his four-track EP later this year.

Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Von Sell

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TWINKIDS – I Luv You

TWINKIDS

Los Angeles queer pop duo TWINKIDS share their second release of 2019 called ‘I Luv You.’

With their bittersweet, nostalgic and cinematic approach to music, the single explores the complicated feelings that follow a breakup in a mid-tempo, yet soaring synth-pop tune.

Sounds like: The 1975, Matt & Kim, Tame Impala, Oli Hannaford, Boxed In

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SHiiVERS – Crook And Flail

SHiiVERS by Karl Andrew

SHiiVERS by Karl Andrew

London-based electro-pop duo SHiiVERS releases dark new offering, ‘Crook And Flail’.

Taking into account the crook and flail symbol used across Ancient Egypt, the song considers the unsettling impact of slavery and exploitation in Ancient, and perhaps, more Modern times.

Sounds like: CHVRCHES

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Emily Litta – +1

Emily Litta

The resurgance of R&B and soul sounds in pop music is well recieved across the board due to it’s multifaceted appeal, and Emily Litta is the perfect example of that.

Inspired by her love of old-school hip-hop, funk and jazz records, her inspirations perfectly collide on latest single ‘+1’.

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KELAA – Serefe

KELAA

Growing up in Sweden, surrounded by her Kurdish and very musical family, KELAA naturally gravitated to mixing the bold and sugary sounds of Scandipop with elements of traditional Kurdish folk – breaking new sonic grounds in the best way.

With this being her second single to date, expect this inspired artist to continue pushing boundaries.

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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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Larkins – Not Enough Love

Larkins

Manchester-based band Larkins release their brand new single ‘Not Enough Love’ via Good Soldier Records.

The rich synth-infused, guitar-led track has just the right amount of The 1975 in there, whilst retaining their vibrant originality.

Regarding the single frontman Josh Noble says,

“‘Not Enough Love’ was born from thinking about our hometown. I just remember feeling like we just had to get out of there and moving to Manchester was such a big deal for us. The production is my favourite yet. We slowed stuff down to record and then sped it up to create really cool guitar tones. I think lyrically I just wanted to talk about everything that went on when I was a kid and being so frustrated with the politics that comes with a small suburban town.”

Tour Dates
[Tickets here]
October
12th – Manchester, Neighbourhood Festival
16th – Derby, The Venue
17th – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
18th – Bournemouth, The Anvil
21st – Southampton, Joiners
22nd – Bristol, Rough Trade
23rd – Exeter, Cavern
24th – Brighton, The Pipeline
29th – Leeds, Wardrobe
31st – Glasgow, King Tuts

November
1st – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
3rd – Newcastle, Think Tank?
4th – Nottingham, Bodega
6th – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
7th – Bishop’s Stortford, The Half Moon
8th – Leicester, Duffy’s Bar
11th – Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre
12th – London, The Garage
13th – Stoke-On-Trent, Sugarmill
14th – Liverpool, The Zanzibar Club
16th – Huddersfield, The Parish
18th – Milton Keynes, The Craufurd Arms
20th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
21st – Hull, The Polar Bear
22nd – Sheffield, Leadmill
25th – Dublin, Academy 2
27th – St Albans, The Horn
29th – York, Fulford Arms
30th – Sunderland, Independent

December
5th – Wigan, The Old Courts
6th – Banbury, Also Known As
8th – Plymouth, Junction

Sounds like: Draper, The 1975, Sea Girls, The Wombats

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Reece – Too Much

Reece by Finn Peterson

Reece by Finn Peterson

Like many artists, Reece uses music as an emotional outlet, revealing a vulnerable side that blends perfectly with his alt-pop and R&B style.

His latest single, ‘Too Much’ is about learning to love yourself enough to let someone else go. Listen below.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Frank Ocean

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Luke Wylde & Rhea Robertson – Save Yourself

Luke Wylde & Rhea Robertson Save Yourself

Hip hop DJ-turned writer and producer. Luke Wylde, and Australian singer-songwriter Rhea Robertson, are both giving you the opportunity to face your demons and finally be honest about with your feelings in new song ‘Save Yourself’.

The combination of Robertson’s dreamy jazz undertones and alt-pop sounds with Wylde’s bluesy interlude makes for an enticing track.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Rag’n’Bone Man

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Golden Bantic – Simmer Down (Macious Remix)

Golden Bantic - Simmer Down (Macious Remix)

Manchester-based producer Macious has worked his magic again, this time on longterm friend and musician, Golden Bantic‘s indie tune, ‘Simmer Down’.

Putting a completely different spin on the track, Macious has lovingly converted ‘Simmer Down’ into a late-night disco frenzy full of looping electronica and tinges of glistening pop.

Sounds like: Lane 8, Rüfüs Du Sol, Henri

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Benji Lewis – Fast Forward

Benji Lewis - Fast Forward

If things are getting tired, change it up. Wise words from Los Angeles-based Benji Lewis indeed.

His nostalgic new single ‘Fast Foward’ is the first taste of a brand new five-track EP that Lewis has planned for release in early 2020, it features the slick production of Los Angeles artist Kid Froopy and it also comes with a visually stunning Chris Weigen-directed music video.

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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Nick Anthony – When I’m Gone (feat. Chloe Gendrow)

Nick Anthony

Artists these just seem to get younger and younger, and Nick Anthony at just 19-years of age has not only found success as a dance producer but soon realised that his talents have overflowed from dance into poppier, crossover sounds – which has become a sound distinctly his.

His latest, ‘When I’m Gone’, which features the vocal talents of Chloe Gendrow and taken from his forthcoming EP is the next chapter in his ever-evolving sound and sets and irrefutable mood.

Sounds like: Odesza

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Akurei – Hollow

Akurei

Akurei follows on from the brilliant ‘Stockholm‘ with equally as melacholic alt-pop, ‘Hollow’.

Using the track as a tool to open up and share his honest and emotional side in an alluring delivery.

Speaking on ‘Hollow’, Akurei explains,

“‘Hollow’ is the last of the collection of songs I wrote abroad last year. I’d just left Europe and arrived in Bali to meet with some friends to work on a record together. Europe had been a confusing and emotionally intense time, whereas my time in Bali with friends provided a lot of clarity and peace. Lyrically, Hollow is me revisiting and reevaluating the faith I had when I was younger.”

Sounds like: LA Bouquet, LANY, The 1975

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Margot Polo – Let’s Get Out

Margot Polo

Margot Polo (aka David Provenzano) releases his new single, ‘Let’s Get Out’.

A song about breaking out of routine ruts (something he is guilty of), Polo has teamed up with esteemed producer, Brad Wood, and their main goal with the track was to create a fun and huge chorus…and they have definitely succeeded.

Expect a five-song EP out this fall.

Sounds like: Von Sell, Foster the People, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, CHAPPO, The Beatles

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Holt – Tower

Holt

We all have safe pillars in our lives and London based self-taught singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Holt is no exception.

Using her father as the reference in her new single, the lyrics tell a non-linear story about that is capable of transporting the listener to another world.

Sounds like: RUNAH, Bat for Lashes, Björk, Enya, Massive Attack, Nils Frahm

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Bokito – Freckle

Bokito

Indie-funk band Bokito releases their new single ‘Freckle Leather’. Often mistaken for a heavy metal band, Bokito bring back their combination of signature hooks, unshakeable melodies and playful lyrics. A tightly-packaged, uproarious mix of indie, rock and perfect pop cadence that hooks listeners in straight at the first beat.

At first, ‘Freckle Leather’ reminds of Vampire Weekend, however, the five-piece stand their ground pretty quick and combine a lot of different styles. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Jeff Buckley and Justin Timberlake, the group created a completely new sound of modern indie regulated by ergonomic melodies.

Sounds like: Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club, Stereohoney, Shiners

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The Hails – Sugar

The Hails

Inspired by the cool glamour and fast life of the Miami Vice era, The Hails share their new song ‘Sugar’.

With its danceable beats and 80’s synth pop influence, ‘Sugar’ is a crafty juxtaposition that melds truth and fiction with the lyrics telling the story about a girl who lives life brazenly and recklessly.

The five-piece from Miami have met at Florida University and since then have dedicated their unique sound with classic drum machines to create an irresistible trademark sound of their own.

Sounds like: Sade, Hippo Campus, Kid Bloom

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Halfloves – Polvo

American indie band Halfloves releases their latest release ‘Polvo’ from their forthcoming sophomore album ‘Dazer’, out on August 30.

‘Polvo’ is a fresh new indie addition with melodic riffs and upbeat drums. With its carefree instrumentals and dreamy lyrics, the song is only a taster of what the upcoming album has to promise.

“We recorded this song in a barn in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa where the classic NY studio ‘Magic Shop’ has found a new home, now dubbed the ‘Magic Barn’.”

The band praise themselves on having recorded ‘Polvo’ in the same studio that Bowie, Björk, Coldplay and many others used to make some of the most defining records of our time.

Sounds like: Clinic Blonde, Two Door Cinema Club

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Vacation Club – Always or Never

Vacation Club

‘Always Or Never’ is the latest single released by the edgy, yet colourful band Vacation Club.

Written and produced by the band themselves, the laid back and catchy pop song elevates the perfect combination of upbeat beats and Helena Hahn’s beautiful vocals. The band has taken a raw and youthful approach towards the journey of love heightening both the highs and the lows.

Sounds like: LANY, Pale Waves, The 1975, Donna Lewis

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Noble Oak – Evaporate

Noble Oak

Canadian-born, singer-songwriter Noble Oak has released his latest single ‘Evaporate’.

The song features his melancholic, beautiful vocals combined with captivating instrumentals he’s Oak yet again managed to create a dreamy release that will sound even better performed live on a big stage.

Noble Oak’s full-length debut album with Last Gang is set for worldwide release in 2020.

Sounds like: Luna Pines, Tame Impala

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Playlist: Mokita

Mokita

Nashville based multi-talent, Mokita is the one-stop-shop for sparky acoustic pop.

His new six-track EP, ‘4201’ is out now and whilst it’s powered by club engineering, it pleasantly switches up between R&B, pop and country, and all that’s inbetween.

Check out some of his influences below.

‘Elevate’ – St. Lucia

This is has been one my favorites since it came out in 2012. One of my favorite albums as well. I love the 80’s undertones w/ the roto toms in the transitions. The wavy chorus-y guitars make me feel like I’m on a cloud.

‘All Day All Night’ – Moon Taxi

This song has been a staple in my running playlists. Its the perfect tempo for a morning jog and it just gets you bobbin your head. I’ve been a fan of this band ever since I saw them play live when I was in college.

‘You Never Need Nobody’ – The Lone Bellow

One of my favorite bands in college. The three part harmonies are so tight and perfect. I’ve seen them live and their vocals are even better in person. Zach Williams, the lead singer, has one of my favorite voices in the world. This song blends folk with pop melodies so well.

‘Find Yourself’ – Great Good Fine Ok

I’ve always loved Great Good Fine Ok ’s production and melody choices. I love the sparseness in the production. This band has taught me a lot about how making smart production choices can make a song feel so big without needing a bunch of elements. This chorus is infectious.

‘Hide and Seek’ – Imogen Heap

I know this is a well known song and sure most people are familiar with it, but hearing this song for the first time made realize the power of simplicity. This is the one of the most beautiful melody compositions I’ve ever heard, and I love that its slightly messy and airy. The breathiness of the vocals and the white noise just makes its feel so organic.

‘Settle Down’ – The 1975

This guitar and arpeggiated synth in the intro just immediately hooks you. I love the repetitiveness of the melodies and how they follow a lot of the guitar lines. The syncopated pocket of the chorus melody just makes me wanna dance.

‘Blu’ – Jon Bellion

Several things get me on this one. I love that the pre chorus almost happens in between 2 verses . Its unpredictable just like all of his songs, which is why I love him. The chorus has its own vibe and just feels so airy and warm matched with a beautiful falsetto melody. Also love the tempo slow down before the chorus

‘Need the Sun to Break’ – James Bay

This album really changed my life in college. Still one of my favorites. One of my favorite songs of the last 10 years. The chorus melody just feels classic .

‘When a Heart Breaks’ – Ben Rector

As a piano player, any song that can be driven by just a piano I’m all in. Just a great song. It has the folky feel but the melodies are just so infectious.

‘Industry’ – Jon McLaughlin

This album taught me so much about how to write songs on piano. I remember learning this whole album on piano when I was in college. To this day this is still one of my favorite piano riffs to play.

‘Ocean’ – Martin Garrix, Khalid

The soundtrack feel of this song is what hooks me. Khalid’s voice is so listenable and the minimal production is so well placed. Just a great vibe.

Sounds like: EXES, Handsome Ghost, joan, FRND

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Luna Pines – Uneven

Luna Pines

Following their headline show in London this week, hazy dream-pop act Luna Pines shares ‘Uneven’.

DIY through and through, the three-piece produces and mixes all of their own material in their home city of Leeds, UK.

The new release contemplates the monotonicity of normal life. It is also written in remembrance to the song’s co-writer and close friend of band member Lotte van den Berg, who explains,

“It was the last song we ever began writing together. In December, the day after the first demo was completed, he took his own life. I remember taking the song to Ryan (Lead Vocals/Guitar) and Rob (Drums) and just feeling like it needed to be done, and we finished it in about two hours. For that reason, it’s such an important song to us as it’s one that has been through so much during its creation, and I think there’s a certain pain and desperation you can feel because of it.”

Sounds like: The Postal Service, The Japanese House, The 1975, George Gretton

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All The Rest – Way Out

All The Rest

Four-piece All The Rest continues their theme of 80’s inspired heartbreak pop in latest release, ‘Way Out’.

Essentially a breakup song, singer Baylee Waller explains, “Sometimes it’s just easier to call it quits than to forcing it to work.” Word.

Sounds like: LANY, joan., The 1975

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