Folk/pop singer Tally Spear shares her new single, ‘City Girl’.
You’d be forgiven for thinking Spear comes from further afield than London, with her fitting take on US-born country with a pop tinge.
Although Spear’s debut EP, ‘Fade To White’, received critical acclaim in the spring of 2018, she knew that something didn’t feel quite right to her. Despite having attracted nearly 200,000 streams for her single Days Like These, Spear decided to take time out.
During the 5 months she spent crafting her new material alongside acclaimed writer/producer MartinHollis (Adele, MarkRonson, TomWalker, TheStaves) at British Grove Studios.
Tally explains, “Something just happened with my taste. I just went through a change of what I was listening to when I was writing. It just became this new sound. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to do in terms of production.”
The result is ‘City Girl’. Listen below.
Sounds like: Dolly Parton, Harry, Wolf Alice, KT Tunstall
Máni Orrason – I Swear It’s True by Yannic Pöpperling
We are extremely excited about the first of this week’s gems! The Icelandic “cowboy baby angel” Máni Orasson returns with a reflective video about love in ‘I Swear It’s True’.
The visuals typify the hardships Orrason bravely struggles – agonizing fears for the future, unfulfilled longings, obstacles that life throws in the way of those in love – all within a beautiful, glitter-filled backdrop.
Australian singer/songwriter Harry Nathan releases his new single, ‘Sweet Vanilla Sky’.
Created following a break-up, the bohemian dream-pop song has bittersweet energy, which effortlessly resides between the lines of reality and fantasy, as Nathan explores love, loss, longing and remembrance.
…and what a way to finish off this week’s gems! Gorgeous, driving disco-pop courtesy of Finnish artit Onni Boi.
It’s rare to get a warm euphoric feeling that can instantly take over the body, but ‘Tides’ does just that. Boi has achieved the ability to make the whole room dance with his playful machine beats, as well as offering a shoulder to cry on.
Sounds like: Flight Facilities, Joe Goddard, Prince
Norwegian artist ODA (pronounced “Oo-da”) takes us on a breathtaking journey with her new single, ‘Don’t You Know’.
Taking influences from an eclectic mix, including a love for the ethereal electronica of SigurRós, heartfelt lyrics of BonIver, and the indie energy of British bands such as Coldplay and Keane, ODA stands out from the crowd with her own take on electro-pop.
ODA’s highly anticipated EP, ‘Hide’, is out today.
Nottingham-born multi-instrumentalist and singer George Gretton shares his stunning debut single ‘Tread Water’.
As a musician performing in bands, it wasn’t until he discovered production – which he taught himself – that he unlocked his creative potential. The result is a forward-thinking sound with expansive atypical arrangements, experimental processing and fitful drum samples.
Felix Räuber is one talent that you cannot ignore.
At the tender age of 13, he founded his first band in his basement that grew to become Polarkreis 18. Fronted by Räuber, their first studio album took them across Europe on tour, the second album achieved gold status, and single Allein Allein became one of the most successful German-language songs of all time (earning platinum status) and a global hit.
Räuber made the move to Berlin in 2012 to realign himself as an artist. Jump forward to 2012 , Räuber shares the video for his genre-pushing cineamtic pop new single, ‘Running Out Of Time’. Watch below.
Sounds like: Thomas Azier, Aquilo, Solomon Grey, Son Lux, Nils Frahm, Ulrich Schnauss
Broken Back (aka Jérôme Fagnet) is an advocate of friendly, tropical sounds, which may surprise you considering why he started making music.
His former life as a motivated entrepreneur and business student tragically came to an end when, at just 22 years old, his back gave out and he was confined to a bed. This free time was used to create music.
This flair for feel-good and infectious grooves, is perfectly showcases in his acoustic performance of ‘Young Love’.
The electro-pop project The Bliss is the latest coalition of pop songstress TYSM (Chelsea Davenport) and hip-hop/electronic producer Felix Snow (Leona Lewis, SZA, Kiiara, Gallant, IconaPop, RitaOra) of the pop-trio Terror Jr.
While both artists are established within their own realm, this partnership brings them collectively to a whole new level of creativity and wonder.
Incredible young talent Amahla makes neo-soul music with pure heart.
In times of hardship, authentic voices, stories, and creativity can always thrive, so I suppose there is at least one silver lining to Brexit and the issues of immigration and women’s rights.
Amahla has put together a playlist of a few songs that have influenced her recently. They differ in genre, but all put great vocals to the front.
Nick Drake – River Man I’m new to Nick Drake but I absolutely love this one, his voice takes you on a journey through the song
Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You There is so much class in this record, killer pre chorus, chorus and the dynamics flow just right.
Don Bryant – How Do I Get There? I only discovered this song last week but i’ve not been able to stop playing it! Turns out Don was a songwriter at Hi records (Al Green, Ann Peebles) it just fills me with warmth every time I listen.
Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers Ed’s language choices in this track are so powerful especially about such mundane things. I guess when you lose someone you do tend to focus on all the little things
Beyonce – Get Me Bodied I love this song, once it hits the middle 8 it reminds me so much of Chain of Fools by Aretha. An underrated song from B 100%
Brother Brothers – Colorado I really love the way the melody line sits above the guitar, it glides so effortlessly and makes their sound feel new.
Amahla – Consider This It’s lovely because every time I play this live I get to reinvent the arrangement, this is definitely a style that I’m hoping to build on in future releases
You can listen to her deeply personal EP below.
Sounds like: Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Grace Carter, Caswell, Lauryn Hill
Electro-pop trio PLYA shares new single ‘Dynamite’.
Julia Sykes is one frontwoman not afraid to get intense with her listeners – explosive melodies and powerful synths depict a fiery relationship that may not be good for you, but one that you just can’t get enough of.
nimino is the beautifully crafted project of tech college graduate, Milo Evans.
He creates lusciously deep, hip-hop infused electronic music with a smooth and breezy attitude. New single, ‘Grace’ is the most ambient of the tracks on his upcoming multi-instrumental ‘Vara’ EP and features the haunting vocals of Akacia.
Brighton-based alt-soul and electronic outfit Kudu Blue shares ‘Mountain Song’.
The hypnotic fusion of dance-floor sounds takes you on a musical journey of retro proportions and urban filling roots. Listen below.
UK and European Tour Dates
16th Feb – The Louisiana, Bristol (Cub Sport support)
20th Feb – Moth Club, London (Loyal support)
23rd Feb – Patterns, Brighton (Joel Culpepper support)
14th March – Lille Vega, Copenhagen (Tennyson support)
15th March – Berghain/Kantine, Berlin (Tennyson support)
17th March – Hydrozagadka, Warsaw (Tennyson support)
21st March – Le Pop-Up du Label, Paris (Tennyson support)
23rd March – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London (Tennyson support)
24th March – The Sound House, Dublin (Tennyson support)