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TESSA – Bad Bad Love


Australian artist Tessa Neale (fka Hoodlem) wants to leave her ego at the door whilst making music. Unfiltered and full of sass, this is TESSA at her core.

Produced with Jeff Hazin and featuring Toronto rapper Terrell Morris, her new single ‘Bad Bad Love’ is an upbeat anti-love song sending a message to the game-playing lovers everywhere…we see you.

Sounds like: Mahalia, Empress Of, Nao, Jessie Ware

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Francis Novotny – Someone I Wanted To Be

Francis Novotny

Young Swedish songwriter Francis Novotny shares the beautiful ‘Someone I Wanted To Be’.

With modern rings of The Cinematic Orchestra‘s ‘To Build A Home’, the cinematic approach to this stripped-back song – about love, regret, and new perspectives – is delicately composed with an emotional piano progression, whilst his vocals take centre stage.

Sounds like: The Cinematic Orchestra

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STRØM – Blurred Out


After months of anticipation, Swedish artist STRØM finally unveils his earnest chops, whilst, ironically sharing his new single called ‘Blurred Out’, taken from his debut album, ‘Immortal’ out now via This is Scandinavia / Sony Music.

With a cascading beat of drums and vocal loops, the track gives us an intriguing glimpse into the album.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, TENDER, Solomon Grey, James Blake

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Benji Lewis – No Alibi

Benji Lewis

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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Christian Cohle – Breathe

Christian Cohle by Adrian Wojtas

Christian Cohle by Adrian Wojtas

Dublin-born Christian Cohle shares his haunting and melancholic debut single, ‘Breathe’.

Mixing majestic synthesizers and driving rhythms, ‘Breathe’ explores the emotional struggle of feeling interlinked with something that turns out to be artificial. Discussing the inspiration behind his new record, Cohle says: “Breathe was predominantly informed by experiences I was going through at the time, but also very much influenced by the neo-noir science fiction film, Blade Runner 2049.

Sounds like: James Blake, Sampha, Jai Paul, Solomon Grey

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Matthew Scott Ragland – Here and Now

Matthew Scott Ragland by Holly Peyton

Matthew Scott Ragland by Holly Peyton

Dallas-based songwriter, producer, recording artist and former band member of Austin based Nelo, Matthew Scott Ragland finds solace in a new project.

His double single, ‘Here and Now / Now is Here’ was written by Ragland from a purist point of view, where synthesizers, drum machines and string samples take the place of his trusted guitar.

Sounds like: The Stone Roses, Ulrich Schnauss, Jon Hopkins, Joe Goddard

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Pastel – Let You (Feat. Haoting)

Pastel - Let You (Feat. Haoting)

French-Polynesian singer and multi-instrumentalist Pastel unveils his impossibly smooth new single, ‘Let You’.

It’s a blissed out neo-jazz Bossa Nova fusion compiled alongside long-time friend and Taiwanese artist, Haoting.

Sounds like: FKJ, Miller Blue, Yakul, Easy Life, Hers, Tom Misch

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Blossoms – At Most A Kiss

Blossoms by Laura Harvey

Blossoms by Laura Harvey

After the unprecedented success of ‘Charlemagne‘, Blossoms are back with the vintage rock n roll video for ‘At Most A Kiss’.

Blossoms will release their brand new EP ‘At Most A Kiss’ on 19 February, produced by James Skelly and Rich Turvey at Parr St. Studios in Liverpool.

The emphatic, fast paced title track sees Blossoms channel their unique pop-rock sound with shimmering synths, crashing drums, a catchy bass line and Tom Ogden’s now unmistakable vocals.

‘At Most A Kiss’ is available now as a free download for anyone who pre-orders the EP on iTunes.

Tour dates in February

4th Cork Cyprus Tavern
5th Dublin Green Room @ The Academy
6th Belfast Voodoo
10th Reading Sub89
11th Leamington Spa Zephyr Lounge
13th Guildford Boiler Room
18th Bournemouth Old Firestation
19th Brighton Concorde 2
20th Oxford Bullingdon
24th Hull Welly
25th London Scala (NME Awards show)
26th Leicester O2 Academy 2
27th Manchester Albert Hall

Tour Dates in March

2nd Aberdeen The Tunnels
3rd Edinburgh Liquid Room
4th Coventry Kasbah
5th Stoke Sugarmill
25th Liverpool Academy

Sounds like: Suede, The Stone Roses, Shed Seven

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Blossoms – Charlemagne



Madchester locals, Blossoms, return with the brilliant new track ‘Charlemagne’, teaming up once again with producers James Skelly and Rich Turvey.

‘Charlemagne’ has reigned over our musical hearts with its catchy synths and an unforgettable bass line complimented by Tom Ogden’s distinctive vocals (which really remind us of Suede‘s Brett Anderson).

They are definitely on our list of ones to watch for 2016.

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It is the lead track from the four track EP, out 30 October.

Sounds like: Suede, The Stone Roses, Shed Seven, Years & Years

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