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Playlist: Hank Compton

Hank Compton

Rich storyteller Hank Compton creates music that dives beyond the surface level, exposing his greatest highs and lows. His new EP is called ‘Loser’ and portrays a moment in his life when he was experiencing ups and downs, and well, life.

We asked the Nashville native to put together a playlist for us with any chosen theme. His theme of choice is “Music That Keeps Me Going,” which is probably needed, now more than ever.

Duster – Travelogue
The thing about this entire record that really inspired me was this band’s way of making a beautiful soundscape out of gritty, unorthodox instrumentation. Also, music always takes me back to physical places or “era’s” of my life and this is reminiscent of the summers spent skating through the neighborhood with my friends growing up.

Sad Penny – Pissing
This song has some of the coolest, 90’s esque melodies/guitars and the whole story behind the song has this comical yet serious theme, which I adore.

Westerman – I Turned Away
This song has such a lush undertone to it. Something about the voice/production has this beautiful innocence to it without losing its depth.

The Blue Nile – The Downtown Lights
The emotion in Paul Buchanan’s vocal performance is unmatched. One of my favorite 80’s bands.

Lonas – Doesn’t Feel Right
This song is all-around one of my favorites, but the detail that sticks out to me the most is how well the percussion holds its organic quality while the synths and guitars create the atmosphere around it. Also, Lou and I produced my entire “Loser” EP together 🙂

Zander Hawley – Thumbs
I had the privilege of working on this EP with Zander and he never ceases to amaze me with his talent both lyrically and melodically. His voice is so good he could sing the telephone book to me and still find a way to make me cry.

The Cure – Pictures Of You
The Cure is one of my favorite bands of all time. Definitely a song you could catch me unapologetically belting at the top of my lungs at a stoplight.

Kevin Krauter – Piper
The writing and production on all of his stuff has always been so inspiring to me. This song specifically gives me chills every time the guitars come in before the last chorus. So dreamy and dissonant.

Prince – Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
Prince has not only been one of my favorite artists of his decade but one of my favorite guitarists as well. That being said, the guitar parts on this song are fucking mint.

Roger – I Want To Be Your Man
One word. VOCODER.

The War On Drugs – Up All Night
In my opinion, this band is one of the best at combining folk and new wave into an edible, modern package. Also, this record on a sonic level is incredible. One of my go-to records for a pointless drive around town at dusk.

The Paper Kites – When It Hurts You
This chorus melody KILLS ME. This song/record takes spacious, anthemic production and still makes it feel desperate in the best ways.

The Replacements – Achin To Be
The Replacements have a band mentality that seeps into their music. I’ve always been such a fan of their entire vibe both musically and stylistically. The line in this song “She’s kind of like a movie that everyone rushes to see, but no one understands it sitting in their seats” always gets me.

Shania Twain – Forever and For Always
My admiration for Shania Twain has been apparent ever since I was 5 years old and my mom would play her CD’s as we rode around in our clunker minivan. This song is melodic candy to me and will always have a special, nostalgic place in my heart.

Listen to his ‘Loser’ EP below:

Sounds like: Ten Fé, Ryan Ashley, Zander Hawley, Hardcastle, Lonas, Young In The City

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Inhaler – Falling In

Inhaler by Lewis Evans

Inhaler by Lewis Evans

Dublin quartet Inhaler shares their psychedelic visuals for ‘Falling In’.

A song written about the ego, the band worked with renowned filmmaker and former Jesus & Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart (Paul Weller, The Horrors, My Bloody Valentine) and Antony Genn on the vibrant clip, which was shot entirely over Zoom with each member in isolation during the worldwide lockdown.

Expect a forthcoming album soon.

Sounds like: Sam Fender, Sports Team, U2, Sea Girls, Blossoms, Joy Division, The Strokes, The Cure, Interpol, Depeche Mode

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cactus? – Shitdisco

Cactus? by Riccardo Michelazzo

Cactus? by Riccardo Michelazzo

Cactus? is an innovative three-piece band from the industrial plains of Northern Italy.

Combining influences from the dance-punk phenomenon of mid-00s with the current Lo-fi Bedroom movement, adding to the mix 80s synths and samples – their new single ‘Shitdisco’, out now via Costello’s Records, is full of frenetic and unpredictable energy of crazy synths and poppy vocals.

Sounds like: Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Bloc Party

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Stevie wolf – Paper maché doll

Stevie Wolf - Paper maché doll

Indie-pop savant Stevie wolf is paving the way with his refreshing approach to unconstrained honesty.

Diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and major anxiety disorder, as well as meeting a lot of set backs when it comes to making music, hasn’t stopped him exploring the constaints of both personal and societal expectations.

Sounds like: Myylo, Phil Good

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On’yu – Done Without

On'yu - Done Without

On’Yu is the creation of Australian multi-instrumentalist and producer, Rob Eggleston.

His new single ‘Done Without’ is a sweet slowburner with crisp 80’s influenced electric piano mixed with a soulful-synth bass and blushes of neo-emo in there.

Sounds like: Patternist, LOYALS, 90’s Kids, La Bouquet, MILKK

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Alexander 23 – Loving You Gets Hard

Alexander 23

Alexander 23 is calling it as it is, in the new song, ‘Loving You Gets Hard’.

Further showcasing his lyrical genius, the multi-million streaming Chicago-born singer/songwriter wishes to maintain normalcy as possible, and share his views on a compassionate relationship.

Sounds like: Lauv, Chelsea Cutler, Shoffy, Nolie

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Linney – Cool

Linney

Pop sensation Linney returns in 2020 with ‘Cool’.

The single is full of breezy vocals with a full-fledged pop essence, written about navigating the complications of losing someone, something close to Linney’s heart.

Sounds like: CAPPA, Paperwhite, Poema, Scavenger Hunt

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Mazoulew – Circles Feat. Bonnie Wylde

Mazoulew

London-born, Italian-residing Mazoulew has been making music for 15 years.

Inspired by varying genres of Motown, acid jazz and drum&bass, the UK producer fuses these sounds with minimal and melodic electronic beats.

His new single features the ethereal vocals of Bonnie Wylde.

Sounds like: Kidnap, Model Man, Jessie Ware, Lane 8

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NZCA LINES – Pure Luxury

NZCA LINES

NZCA LINES (aka Michael Lovett) shares his kooky and cosmic track, ‘Pure Luxury’.

It’s a rehashed response to the notions of luxury, status, and the insanity of pursuing material wealth in the face of environmental catastrophe.

Sounds like: Metronomy, Gold Panda, Ronika, Hot Chip, Ben Khan

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East Harbor – Miss the Old You

East Harbor

It’s always a good sign when you turn the volume right up when initially listening to a track.

Florida-based quartet, East Harbor does just that in their infectious new single, ‘Miss the Old You’. Turn up and listen below.

Sounds like: La Bouquet, The Band CAMINO, The 1975, Manchester Orchestra

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Surf Rock Is Dead – Immaculate

Surf Rock Is Dead

The Surf Rock Is Dead (SRiD) boys are back with the sweeping ‘Immaculate’, lifted off their debut LP ‘Existential Playboy’ out on 1 May.

Whilst appearing genteel, this is anything but. A juxtaposition that addresses the bleakness of societal affairs and corrosion of daily life amidst the capricious decisions made by those in power.

Sounds like: Day Wave, Hazel English, Swimming Tapes, The Cure, Beauty Sleep

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Alfie Neale – Vices

Alfie Neale

Brighton-based singer/songwriter Alfie Neale shares his latest laid back and soul sweeping single, ‘Vices’.

It’s a song that describes the importance of the little things in life and a support network to help you through the fun times, and the more serious.

Sounds like: Yakul, Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei

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JupiterMoon – The Reason

JupiterMoon

Young Midlands-based quartet JupiterMoon is causing a bit of a ruckus.

Their energetic choruses and Asian influenced guitar hooks are written for sweaty, intimate venues. Conjuring up homegrown rock anthems at Blank Studios in Nercastle, their strongest track to date ‘The Reason’ is all the justification you need.

Sounds like: Foals, Blossoms

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A Is For Arrows – Roses

A Is For Arrows

Toronto electro-pop duo A Is For Arrows shares the lush new single, ‘Roses’.

Echoes of heartbreak glistened with a retro glow, this is easy listening electronica at its best. Listen below.

Sounds like: Lights, Jocelyn Alice, Goldroom, RAC, Le Youth, Broods

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Mokita – colorblind

Mokita

Nashville’s John-Luke Carter, aka Mokita, is a singer/songwriter/producer known for his lyrical and buoyant electronic-based pop.

Classically trained in piano in his youth, he later taught himself to play guitar and eventually transitioned into electronic music production. Taking a rewind to his classical routes, Mokita shares an orchestral version of ‘colorblind’ and it’s spellbounding.

Sounds like: Nirob Islam, EXES, Handsome Ghost, joan, FRND

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Tsar B – Unpaintable

Tsar B

Effortless and majestic with a highly cinematic yet vulnerable approach, Tsar B‘s single, ‘Unpaintable’, sees her functioning as a one-woman orchestra, songwriter, producer and singer.

An ode to the muddled emotions people that are too intelligent to just live a normal life feel; ‘They are uncatchable. They are unpaintable.”

Sounds like: GRAACE, Billie Eilish, FKA Twigs, ÄTNA

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Seafret – Magnetic

Seafret - Magnetic

The coastal town of Bridlington isn’t the first place in the UK that you think has a buzzing music scene, but we’ve stumbled upon the brilliant Seafret, who have proved us wrong.

Made up of Jack Sedman and Harry Draper, their new single ‘Magnetic’ is an indie-pop anthem at it’s finest – addictive vocal harmonies and commercial riffs, complete with a killer pop chorus

Sounds like: Kodaline, Amber Run, Imagine Dragons, Lewis Capaldi

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Luna Li – Trying

Luna Li - Trying

Luna Li (fka VEINS) shares the brooding new single, ‘Trying’.

A undeniable strong presence in the alt-pop world, Luna Li uses and blends her 14 years of classical piano and violin training with dreamy rock, to create a vulnerable and distorted sound.

Sounds like: Lykki Li, Niki & The Dove, Oh Land, Perfume Genius

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Matt Simons – Cold

Matt Simons

L.A Songwriter Matt Simons shares ‘Cold’ – a powerful piece of electronic pop that blends nostalgia and melancholic sentiment.

Speaking about the track, which has been released in time for any Valentine’s Day pessimist, he explains,

“People change, and change in any relationship is inevitable. The only question is, can the two people change together and adapt? Cold is about a relationship where they did not.”

Sounds like: Ruel, JP Cooper, Zak Abel

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Dräger – New Life

Dräger

An introvert at heart, Dräger creates unabashed synth pop bangers born from a modern heartbreak.

Co-produced by House producer LEFTI, the single ‘New Life’ marks a fresh start for the singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Spencer Draeger, as he uses sounds of the past to channel themes of the modern age, taking a satirical approach to the narcissisms and anxiety illuminated through technology.

Sounds like: New Order, Soft Cell, Holy Ghost!, Dansu, The Cure, White Lies, Cocteau Twins

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Surf Rock Is Dead – Diabolik

Surf Rock Is Dead

Surf Rock Is Dead (SRiD) is comprised of Chicago native Kevin Pariso and Melbourne native Joel Witenberg.

The new single ‘Diabolik’ is a vent about the crazy and hindsight-amusing roommate situations that you find yourself in. It’s a fusion of jangly surf-pop and lo-fi post-punk.

Their debut LP ‘Existential Playboy’ is out on 1 May.

Sounds like: Day Wave, Hazel English, Swimming Tapes, The Cure

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Fun Balloon Animals – It’s Alive!

Igor

Watford based, horror synth-pop, psychedelic oddities Fun Balloon Animals releases their latest track “It’s Alive” as part of their debut LP Frankenstein.

A Post Modern Prometheus, layers musical landscapes underneath a vocal narrative taken  straight from Shelly’s Gothic tale.

Sounds Like: Gang of Four, Joy Division, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees

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ALL THE REST – Our Youth

ALL THE REST

We challenge you not to become obsessed with ALL THE REST, a band from Georgia comprised of best friends, Caleb Smith (vocals, guitar), Baylee Waller (vocals, guitar), Jud Harris (drums), and Tre Housman (bass).

Their electro-pop catch, ‘Our Youth’ represents captures the essence of the band – loneliness and love while representing those who are “all the rest” of society.

Sounds like: LANY, joan.

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Tyne – Some Things (Macious Remix)

Macious

We don’t usually post remixes, unless they really grip us. Electronic producer and newcomer, Macious‘ remix of Tyne’s previously unreleased sample track of ‘Some Things’ does just that.

With it’s looping piano keys, the remix slots perfectly into the realms of hypnotic electronica and infectious melodic house, extending the original into a beautiful late-night crescendo.

Sounds like: Lane 8, Rüfüs Du Sol, Henri

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Jackie Charles – Dominikas Song

Jackie Charles by Knut Åserud

Jackie Charles by Knut Åserud

Gothstar-in-the-making, Jackie Charles returns with the visuals for the washed-out and hallucinogenic ‘Dominikas Song’.

It’s a brutally honest track hidden by sweet melodies, that is “egging you on to stop overthinking and utilise the vessel that is your body”.

Sounds like: The Cure, Alvvays, Ariel Pink

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Crystal Knives – When I’m Okay

Crystal Knives

Hailing from Milwaukee, Crystal Knives (aka Spencer Mutsch) is a 22-year-old jazz drummer turned electronic producer and songwriter.

His passion for melody and pop music illuminates through his production sound and style which has gained the attention of many listeners and industry watchdogs alike. He has teamed up with vocalist,
Sarah Warren and the track is out now via Elysian Records.

Sounds like: Draper

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Beauty Sleep – Nature Will Eat Me

Beauty Sleep

Belfast trio Beauty Sleep has just shared the latest single taken from their upcoming album, ‘Be Kind’.

It’s called ‘Nature Will Eat Me’ and is a romantic take on dream-pop that takes cues from other acts such as Passion Pit and Bleachers.

Sounds like: All Tvvins, Pleasure Beach, Passion Pit, Bleachers

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Claudia Bouvette – Cool It

Claudia Bouvette - Cool It

Quebec artist Claudia Bouvette shares her short’n’sweet new single, ‘Cool It’.

Switching things up throughout, the Sebastien Duguay-directed visuals for ‘Cool It’ were shot in Quebec and depicts Claudia reclaiming her self-empowerment.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, AlunaGeorge

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Mokita – Til I Don’t

Mokita

Moving on from a relationship can be challenging. The best thing to do is to write it into a song. This is exactly what Nashville-based Mokita (aka John-Luke Carter) has done with ‘Til I Don’t’.

Mokita started playing the piano and at the age of six and singing in the choir shortly after. After adding the guitar to his list of skills later on, he eventually ended up in the world of music production; giving him everything he needed to begin crafting his body of work as an artist.

It’s out now via Armada Music.

Sounds like: Zayn, EXES, XYLØ

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Triptych Miró – Maybe

Triptych Miró

When two talented multi-instrumentalists get together, the result is Triptych Miró.

Effortlessly combining electronic jazz & soul, the duo – comprised of Erez Sivan & Sapphire Adizes from Los Angeles via Tel Aviv – melt boundaries with their ultra cinematic, but heartwarming production.

Sounds like: Kudu Blue

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Jackie Charles – Time Travel

Jackie Charles by Knut Åserud

Jackie Charles – the love-child, band and alter ego of Kaja Bremnes – looks at the topic of ‘Time Travel’, because after all isn’t the past sometimes better than the future?

The new single is Scandi-pop blended with anarchic tendencies – inspired the times spent between the rooftop bars of Berlin and a Norwegian fishing boat.

Sounds like: The Cure, Alvvays, Ariel Pink

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Daise – Glass Mind

Daise

Los Angeles-based dream-pop quintet Daise shares the ethereal and emotional ‘Glass Mind’.

It’s an intensely reflective song that almost borders in emo territory with its transfixing guitars and pensive melodies.

Sounds like: The Smiths

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Tallsaint – Warm Skin

Tallsaint

British electro-pop artist Tallsaint shares music that touches critical themes of obsession, romance, anxiety and womanhood.

‘Warm Skin’ is the first track taken from her debut EP ‘Hard Love’ on indie label Dance to The Radio, out now and takes a more vulnerable approach.

Sounds like: Stereo Honey, RALPH, St Vincent, Lykke Li

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Molina – Venus

Molina

The 26-year old Copenhagen-based producer & musician Molina (aka Rebecca Maria Molina) is channeling series 80’s synth vibes in her new single ‘Venus’.

Tinkering with experimental alt-pop sounds featuring heavy Japanese music

Sounds like: Wolf Alice, Tears for Fears, Kate Bush, Röyksopp, Georgia

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Uffie – No Regrets

Uffie

The first time listening to Uffie‘s ‘Pop The Klock’ was nine years ago and it simply blew our minds. We couldn’t get enough of the French-American’s experimental and nonconformist pop sound. The original modern pop star.

Fast forward nine years and Uffie has definitely not lost her sparkle. Listen to her straight-up pop single, ‘No Regrets’ below.

Sounds like: Mallrat, Alice Jemima, Grimes, Yung Lean, Charli XCX, Yelle

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Wild Moccasins – Doe-Eyed Dancer

Wild Moccasins

One of our ones to watch for 2019 is Wild Moccasins, a beautifully crafted band fronted by the magnificent Zahira Gutierrez with her notable soaring pop melodies.

Their new single ‘Doe-Eyed Dancer’ is taken from the ‘Look Together’ album, which is a resilient and volatile break-up record co-written by Gutierrez and guitarist Cody Swann after their decade-long romantic relationship dissolved.

Listen now and be prepared to click ‘repeat’ over and over again.

Sounds like: Tennis, Oh Land, Wild Ones, Tame Impala, Anteros

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KIDDO Feat. Decco – Drunk And I Miss You (Arturs Lapins Remix)

KIDDO

We don’t usually support remixes on the site, but it’s been a tough week and this track has got has raring to go for the weekend. It’s Arturs Lapins‘ remix of ‘Drunk And I Miss You’, by feisty Stockholm-based artist KIDDO

Sliced and diced into a more chill-hop vibe, check it out below.

Sounds like: MØ, Odesza, Billie Eilish, Jinka, ALMA, Rihanna

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Rebekah Fitch – Poison

Rebekah Fitch

We are intrigued by Belfast-based singer/songwriter Rebekah Fitch and her seemingly effortless avility to push artistic boundaries whilst still slotting into the mainstream with her memorable melodies.

Tinkering with 80’s pop and rock sensibiities, her new single ‘Poison’ considers the way we are taught to think and what we are taught to value by society, as well as the topic of control, stopping us from becoming the fullest version of ourselves.

Sounds like: Pat Benatar, YONAKA

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Interview: Ten Fé

Ten Fé by Eleanor Harwick

Ten Fé by Eleanor Harwick

British five-piece, Ten Fé have announced their second album ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’. It’s due for release on 8 March 2019 via Some Kinda Love/PIAS and is a ambiguous album full of pessimistic and optimistic traits.

We caught up with guys.

1. Describe your sound in three words.

Deep Soul Brothers.

2. How did you all meet?

Leo and I met at a party in North London, began writing and recording together and formed the band. Then Rob and Johnny joined as they were old school friends of Leo’s from Birmingham. When we were looking for a drummer, we were put in touch with Palex by a producer friend of ours, tapped him up, and first time he laid down that sexy Hammond shuffle we knew he was our man.

3. We can’t believe Ten Fé is gearing up to release a second album. Tell us about the process of creating ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’ and how it differs from your first album?

Yes, we can’t quite believe it either. We thought it would only take a few weeks, but we only finished about month ago.

We began recording in Oslo late last year with a guy called Christian Sprengfelt in his studio there, which was completely run on vintage music gear, and band equipment. It was the first time we’d gone into record as a five piece rather than just as a duo, and we’d had Fleetwood Mac, War on Drugs and the like on heavy rotation, so we were going for a classic ‘band’ sound, dynamic, but also lean, tight and pop.

4. What was it like working with Luke Smith?

We came to Luke when we were already someway down the line with the recordings. It was great because we knew him already from some of those early Fé singles we did together, he was able to get his head into the music straight away, and had strong ideas for how to take the songs forward. It was a really productive few weeks we spent with him in May, just as the summer was beginning, the sun pouring in to the studio all through the afternoon, vibing on the tunes, and just hanging with him was wicked.

5. You are going on a world tour next year. Where are you most excited about visiting?

Excited about all of it. Lots of new places we’ve never been to before both here, in Europe and the States. We’ve got a few dates in the U.S. driving through the south west, places like Denver, and Phoenix, I’m sure no one is looking forward to those drives more than our bass player Rob, who will surely be at the helm.

6. We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to

I’ve been listening to Amen Dunes record for a while now, his grooves, and his songwriting is deep. Westerman – is another recent favourite, from London, well worth checking out. We went to see a guy called Honey Harper play during the summer, he is a country singer from Atlanta but based here in London, very soulful, he will be supporting us out our next London show on the 15thNovember – one more reason to come down.

Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, Night Drive, The Rapture, Jagwar Ma, CliffLight, War on Drugs, The Cure, Fleetwood Mac

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Ten Fé – Single, No Return

Ten Fé

Ten Fé return with a delightful new number called ‘Single, No Return’.

Now a five-piece, this band love touring and being on the road, something which comes across in the swagger of the country-motivated track.

Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, Night Drive, The Rapture, Jagwar Ma, CliffLight, War on Drugs, The Cure

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