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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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Julia Church – Marionette

Julia Church

One of our favs of 2020, South-African born songwriter-producer Julia Church, unveils her breezy new cut ‘Marionette’. A catchy track with clear intentions that showcase her stunning vocal range and innate ability to create a wonderful pop earworm.

Sounds like: London Grammar, Emma McGrath, Violet Days, Birdy, GRACEY, Harlequin Gold, Millie Turner, Louise Burns, Tom Odell

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Jimi Somewhere – Jesus Feat. Kacy Hill

Jimi Somewhere by Dev Dhunsi

Jimi Somewhere by Dev Dhunsi

Jimi Somewhere combines unique Christian rock and modern, sheeny emo. Inspired by Christian summer camps and his frustration & feeling of loss growing up as a Christian, the track features the angelic vocals of Kacy Hill.

Sounds like: Owen, Máni Orrason

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Lucky Idiot – Mud

Lucky Idiot

Lucky Idiot is an exciting new project from Maxwell Byrne (Golden Vessel), Kalem Woo (Rei So La) and Rei Sakakibara (Sweater Curse). Expect an upcoming debut EP, ‘Low Ceiling’, to be released in October via sumoclic.

Sounds like: Good Morning, Loving, Big Thief, Golden Vessel

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Dr Orange – Take

Dr Orange - Take<

Liverpool’s Dr Orange – aka Chas Moody – draws on indie alt-rock. His new single, ‘Take’, is luscious, high-frequency rock n roll with authentic nuances of a leftfield nature.

Sounds like: Attawalpa, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Libertines

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GRACEY – Like That Feat. Alexander 23

GRACEY - Like That Feat. Alexander 23

Move over Charli XCX, rising UK popstar GRACEY teams up with US newcomer Alexander 23 on new single, ‘Like That’.

From our home town of Brighton, GRACEY started out as a songwriter for the likes of Jonas Blue, Sub Focus, and MJ Cole, but soon developed her own style of UK influenced pop with a mischievous and fun flair.

You can watch the lyric video below:

Sounds like: RAYE, Charli XCX, Troye Sivan, Griff, Emily Burns, Caro

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Jolé by Doug Elliott

Jolé by Doug Elliott

Folktronica poet Jolé celebrates his ‘Silver Lake’ EP with the magical song, ‘Tie Dye Sky’. Immediately painting a picture of beauty in the title, Jolé once again perfectly encapsulates his love of friends and family, and his time in Los Angeles.

Sounds like: Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Ed Prosek, Hazlett, Benjamin Francis Leftwich

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TOMMASO – ‘Better On T.V.

TOMMASO

Dream pop newcomer and Chicago native, Tommaso Veronesi – aka TOMMASO – unveils his eagerly-awaited sophomore offering ‘Better On T.V.’. A friendly reminder not to get too caught up in the digital world, this is a must-listen.

Sounds like: Summer Heart

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Daniel Allan – Peanut Butter Feat. Perrin Xthona

Daniel Allan

Sometimes uncomplicated bedroom pop is best. Cue Daniel Allan and his delectable new single featuring Perrin Xthona, which will very likely be sticking in your head all day.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish

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Seraphina Simone – Hollywood $$$

Seraphina Simone by Tara Rowse

Seraphina Simone by Tara Rowse

Seraphina Simone delves into the smoke & mirrors world of fame in her sophomore single ‘Hollywood $$$’. Having experienced the celeb world from an early age (her godparents’ were Prince, Miles Davis, Christie Hynde, Pete Townsend and Mary Greenwell), she knows all to well the “predatory darkness under the glitz“.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Laurel, Chløe Black, VÉRITE, Blondie

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Gillian Heidi –  Desperate

Gillian Heidi by Jenn Curtis

Gillian Heidi by Jenn Curtis

At just 16 years old, Gillian Heidi treats her music as a conduit for truth and her sync-ready track ‘Desperate’ is no exception. Underscored by layered harmonies and full-bodied instrumentation, Gillian’s R&B-infused pop vocals take centre stage as she sings of the guilt and thrill that comes with having a crush while in a relationship.

Sounds like: Harlee

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Hedara – Fire With Fire

Hedara

London-based songwriter Hedara shares her self biographical song about living with anxiety. It’s a track that showcases Hedara’s raw songwriting ability by stripping the production down to just piano & vocal, resulting in an affecting and honest piece of work from a talented performer.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Birdy

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London Grammar – Baby It’s You

London Grammar

After what seems like an eternity, the London Grammar trio is back with a new single, ‘Baby It’s You’.

Co-produced with George FitzGerald, there’s no hiding away from Hannah’s glorious vocals, driven deeply amongst the deeply dreamy and ambient electronic production.

Sounds like: Another Sky, The xx, Wolf Alice, MS MR

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Arlo Parks – Hurt

Arlo Parks - Hurt

The lyrical talent that is Arlo Parks, releases new single ‘Hurts’.

The subject of the track is about the topic of loss. There’s always an endearing innocence in her vocal delivery that offers reassurance and inclusion, you can’t help but feel soothed by her delivery.

Discussing ‘Hurts’ further, Parks explains,

“‘Hurt’ surrounds the possibility of healing from pain and the temporary nature of suffering,” she explains. “It is supposed to uplift and comfort those going through hard times.”

Watch the video that follows, below.

Sounds like: Connie Constance, Joy Crookes, Amber Mark

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Shango SK – Sleeping On My Own

Shango SK

Brit-pop meets R&B isn’t a combination of genres that we usually come across, but we’re so glad that we have. Shango SK has a lot to answer for.

Raised in Stockport, the fast-rising prodigious talent takes cues from the melting pot of sounds that he’s been surrounded with growing-up. Citing Manchester legends Oasis as one of his main influences, he’s also quick to list Future and Bon Iver as guiding forces too.

Fusing his love of alternative rock, emotive balladry, experimental hip hop and pop melodies Shango SK’s sound is hard to pin down. Speaking about new single, ‘Sleeping On My Own’, he explains,

“SOMO is about getting cold feet basically. Having my own time and space to think is vital for my happiness, unfortunately in this case I felt smothered. This is the aftermath of being innocent, going from being crazy in love with someone and having to constantly chase them for gratification, to the roles being flipped and them now chasing you and it being overwhelming.”

He also released ‘The Rush’, which you can listen to below:

Sounds like: Hazlett, Bon Iver, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino

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NOISY – Put A Record On

Noisy

Worthing lads NOISY release ‘Put A Record On’ – a frenetic techno-infused indie banger with friendly combatant energy, perfect for a well deserved mosh in the music venues when they open up again, or one in your living room, if you can’t wait that long.

Sounds like: Everyone You Know, APRE, Jamie T, Bloxx, High Tyde, The Prodigy, Limp Bizkit, Bad Sounds

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Psyence – Tusk

Psyence by Mark Vyse

Psyence by Mark Vyse

British alt-rockers Psyence shares their bold new single ‘Tusk’. It’s been a moment since their release, and it’s a great return – a radio-friendly, expansive and modern take on psychedelia, full of swagger.

Sounds like: Queens of the Stone Age, Kasabian, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, The Blinders, Wolfmother

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Margot Polo – This Old Thing

Margot Polo

Margot Polo is back, with a softer approach to his usual electronica infused pop. His new song ‘This Old Thing’ is as nostalgic and emotive as anything we would expect Ben Gibbard to write, and reflects on Polo’s emo roots from back when he was growing up in California.

Sounds like: SYML, Death Cab for Cutie, American Football, The Album Leaf

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Jude the Obscure – Chapter 8

Jude the Obscure

Manchester’s favourite neo-jazz son Jude the Obscure is back with a feel-good single, ‘Chapter 8’, once again combining elegant hip-hop poetry with jazz-soul infused compositions.

Sounds like: Loyle Carner

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Kat Meoz – Somebody Else

Kat Meoz - Somebody Else

Ignore everyone else and walk your own path is the message that Kat Meoz is sharing in her new single, ‘Somebody Else’. Her swagger-rock single channels the darker and more electrifying side of pop.

Sounds like: Chløe Black, Broods

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Alfie Templeman – Things I Thought Were Mine

Alfie Templeman by Blacksockks

Alfie Templeman by Blacksockks

Gaming has been a safe haven for many during the worldwide pandemic, the variety of options has never been so vast, and in many ways this reflects the current state of the music industry also. Given the circumstances, what better time to introduce some 8-bit gaming/music fusion brought to us by Alfie Templeman in his latest music video for ‘Things I Thought Were Mine’.

In what could well be the most creative and unique music video release for quite some time, we are greeted with a clip reminiscent of the Mario glory days. As Alfie himself plays through the game levels, lyrics pop up as in-game rewards, genius! The track itself is a delightful and uplifting alt-pop tune that you can’t help but have a nostalgic association with thanks to the chorus line.

Gamers and Music lovers come together and enjoy a track that already feels timeless, and get lost in its brilliance.

Sounds like: Pizzagirl, APRE, Bad Sounds, Will Joseph Cook, Oscar Lang, Hot Flash Heat Wave

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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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