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Khartoum – Some Days

KHARTOUM

KHARTOUM

London three piece KHARTOUM releases the fresh new banger, ‘Some Days’ ahead of their Glastonbury performance this weekend.

Self-produced by the band and mixed by multi-Grammy award winning mix engineer Eduardo De La Paz (Peace, The Horrors, Noel Gallagher), the adventurous anthem oozes indie-rock to get down and dirty to.

Sounds like: The Beatles, Beck, Harry Styles, OK Go, Sunflower Bean, Wolf Alice, Black Honey

common goldfish – Shout Louder

common goldfish - Shout Louder

common goldfish – Shout Louder

London-based common goldfish channels 90’s indie rock in his new track, ‘Shout Louder’.

Inspired by the Get Back documentary, the summery single uses a mix of 90’s break samples and psychedlic guitar riffs that are making a come back of late.

Sounds like: Happy Mondays, Liam Gallagher, Kasabian, Ian Brown, Primal Scream, Stone Roses

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Magsy – Midnight Blue

Magsy by Alek Blik

Magsy by Alek Blik

Bay city beaut, Magsy releases his new EP, ‘Brite Nite’ and you can listen to ‘Midnight Blue’ below.

Magsy has been writing since he was 14 years old and has used it to answer his questions of belonging, perfectly reflecting his personal experiences. As well as music, he also works in construction, which has helped him hone his creative side. 

Sounds like: Majid Jordan, Years & Years, Troye Sivan, No Rome, LANY, Justin Bieber

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Celestial North – The Nature Of Light

Celestial North

Celestial North’s luminary new single ‘The Nature Of Light’ is inspired by her studies as a Herbalist and by the concept of The Light Of Nature.

Surging with a pulsing life force of wonderful cosmic pop: woven with bubbling beats, sci-fi keys, fragments of arpeggio and imbued with a euphoric rush of dreamy melodies that invoke the spirit of pagan folklore and our connections with nature and inner hope.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Bat For Lashes, Kate Bush, Oh Land

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Midnight Pool Party – DON’T KILL MY VIBE

Midnight Pool Party

The Australian duo Midnight Pool Party are back doing what they do best – bringing classic disco to the fore.

The new single – influenced by PNAU‘s remix of Elton John and Dua Lipa‘s ‘Cold Heart’ – is a heavy dose of pop, making even the weariest of heads feel undefeated.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, Goldroom, Tourist, Roosevelt, Cosmos Midnight, Dua Lipa, Pnau, The Knocks, LIZZO

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George Gretton – Morning Feat theMIND

George Gretton

George Gretton

London-based multi-instrumentalist and singer George Gretton takes a turn in genre in ‘Morning’ featuring theMIND, ahead of his new EP, ‘Ordinary Life’ out in August.

Made during “a bit of a 90s boom-bap phase,” ‘Morning’ is about the predictability of taking some time out which ultimately leads to becoming a bit of a recluse.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, James Blake, Bon Iver, Easy Life, Frank Ocean, Mura Masa, Ratatat

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Black Pines – SAINT

Black Pines

Black Pines

Essex band Black Pines shares ‘SAINT,’ a hugely personal song about grief and loss.

Used as a therapy for the band, it is jam-packed with raw and passionate emotion and continues that rich and shimmering alt-rock direction the band have cultivated for themselves.

Expect their eagerly-awaited new EP ‘Talk Of The Devil’ on 29 July.

Sounds like: Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic

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L’objectif – Feeling Down

L'objectif by Dan Broadley

L’objectif by Dan Broadley

Iggy Pop-endorsed, Leeds band L’objectif release their new EP, ‘We Aren’t Getting Out But Tonight We Might’ via Chess Club Records.

Comprised of schoolmates Saul Kane (vocals, guitar) and Louis Bullock (drums) – who first formed a band together at the age of 12 – Ezra Glennon (bass) and Dan Richardson (guitar), the young friends have a shared love of genres and musicians that belies their tender age: jazz funk, hip-hop, punk, post-punk, and almost everything in between.

Watch the video for current single, ‘Feeling Down’ below:

Commenting on the EP, Saul says:

“I hope this project is a progression from the first, stylistically at least. The influences for it feel more varied as, naturally, what you’re listening to changes. More synth and electronic parts were something that I wanted to include as well as more piano. I wanted to combine different textures into our sound that we hadn’t done before, so there’s more layers to our songs this time around. As an EP itself, it’s another insight into what we want this band to be and how it should sound. It’s one more step forward, but it’s not the final destination.”

You can listen to the EP in full here:

 

Tour Dates

22 Jun | The Dome, London*
25 Jun | Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow*
26 Jun | YES, Manchester*
27 Jun | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds*
29 Jun | Rough Trade, Bristol*
5 – 7 Aug | Distortions Festival, Birmingham
1 Oct | Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester
20 Oct | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

*supporting Geese

Sounds like: Folly Group, Sports Team, Courting, Home Countries, Everything Everything

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Go Hawaii – Dolphin’s Touch

Go Hawaii

Lo-fi, post-punk duo Go Hawaii release new single, ‘Dolphin’s Touch’.

Taken from their debut album, ‘Trespass,’ it fuses distant vocals with present, melodic guitars for an introspective indie track that steadily builds into a grungy and reflective masterpiece.

Sounds like: Terry vs Tory, Black Marble, Chastity Belt, Men I Trust

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IORA – Brother, Sister

IORA

Hard grafter Manchester-based songwriter and producer IORA (aka Holly Phelps) shares ‘Brother, Sister’.

Supported by the PRS Open Fund, the project is a futuristic blend of alt-pop with layers of electronica, field recording and punchy samples providing the backdrop for Holly’s top-line.

Sounds like: Georgia, Kate Bush, Aluna, Kito

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LIAS – Need Me Now

LIAS by Arton Sefa

LIAS by Arton Sefa

Classically-trained, Berlin-Based Songwriter LIAS explores vulnerability in new single, ‘Need Me Now’.

Emotionally-charged vocal energies effortlessly blend with a warm production of glorious chord progression that leads to a beautiful interlude of vintage keys.

His new EP ‘Run Boy Run’ is out now via his own label, Moontune Music.

Sounds like: James Blake, Sampha, SOHN, Jamie Woon

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Foals – 2001

Foals by Alex Knowles

Foals by Alex Knowles

Foals release new banger, ‘2001’. Bringing back the naughties inspired hi hats and Chic-worthy disco funk laden riffs, it’s safe to say that summer 2022 has arrived.

The Esteban-directed video depicts summer time antics, hot cruises, ice cream licking delights and beach chats. Watch below.

Expect their seventh album, ‘Life Is Yours’ on 17 June.

Sounds like: The Black Keys, Muse, The Maccabees, The Griswolds, Coasts, Sea Girls, Blossoms, Viola Beach, The Night Café, The Amazons, Klaxons

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girl in red – hornylovesickmess

girl in red by Jacqueline Landvik

girl in red by Jacqueline Landvik

Norwegian grammy-winning artist, Marie Ulven – aka girl in red – shares the video from her album favourite, ‘hornylovesickmess’.

A directorial debut from Euphoria star, Hunter Schafer, the video sees Ulven laying in a bus bed, savaged by self-reflective flashbacks depicted through tangles of red tape amongst a construction site.

Sounds like: Clairo, Mallrat, Wallows, Conan Gray, Frances Forever

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Suave Punk – Petals

Suave Punk by Caitlyn Phu

Suave Punk by Caitlyn Phu

Los Angeles-based Korean artist Justin Kim – aka Suave Punk – releases the deliciously grungy ‘Petals’, out now on Pack Records.

He brings his full bodied shoegaze in the new single – thick, crunchy guitar layers and sultry effect-laden vocal lines. Addictive stuff.

Sounds like: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins

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Magsy – Truth Is

Magsy by Alek Blik

Magsy by Alek Blik

Rising pop artist Magsy releases ‘Truth Is’, out now.

Firmly routing himself nicely amongst the pop heartthrobs of 2022, it follows on from the phenomenal ‘Noisy Mind’ and once again showcases Magsy’s passionate vocals over a plush instrumental of relaxing synths and groovy beats. A recipe for pop perfection.

Sounds like: Majid Jordan, Years & Years, Troye Sivan, No Rome, LANY

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Meagan De Lima – Queen

Meagan De Lima

Introducing Meagan De Lima, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter who crafts heart-centred R&B that spans from her family’s rich cultural and musical heritage.

Forming a natural affinity for music at a young age, her new single ‘Queen’ is dedicated to her mother.

Sounds like: Ariana Grande, Jojo

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Celestial North – When The God’s Dance

Celestial North

Delve into the cosmic world of Celestial North.

Lake District-based, Scottish-born, her musical world is an ethereal-pop landscape bathed in folklore and soaring cinematic melodies. You can listen to her spell binding new single ‘When The Gods Dance’ below.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Bat For Lashes, Kate Bush, Oh Land

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Olive Featherstone – Lie Down

Olive Featherstone

We are absolutely loving the female empowerment movement that’s happening in the commercial rock scene at the moment.

One contender is Bristol-based songwriter and performer Olive Featherstone. Her new single, ‘Lie Down’ is an evocative depiction of Olive’s difficulties with the loss of self. Dark undertones toss and turn with the smooth and delicate guitar and Olive’s soft-toned voice, building into an intense, brassier sound.

Talking about the inspirations of the song, Olive Featherstone shares;

“’Lie Down’ was always one that felt incredibly emotional for me; it covers the time of my life when I was struggling most with depersonalisation. I was bedridden for a week, unable to do most things without feeling overwhelmed by the state I was in. It felt as though I were watching my life through a TV screen somewhere in my brain. The worst part was no one around me being able to relate to how I was feeling; so being able to look at that time retrospectively is so wonderful to see how much I’ve progressed. Calum Wotherspoon, my guitarist, and producer, really helped me breathe life into this track. My favourite bit of this recording is the jangly, gritty guitar tones and the gradual descent towards the end of the track.”

Expect her debut album, ‘I Was Wondering, Lost’ is out in the summer.

Sounds like: ARXX, Queen Cult, Nirvana, Waxahatchee, Marika Hackman, Anna Burch, Julia Bardo

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Milky Chance – Synchronize

Milky Chance by Anthony Molina

Milky Chance by Anthony Molina

Returning from their sold-out US & Canadian tour, German duo Milky Chance share their brand new single ‘Synchronize’.

The nostalgic indie-dance number takes us back to better times and the video exudes joy, to match. It’s out now through their independent label Muggelig Records.

Sounds like: Will Heard, KYKO, Paul Simon, Jagwar Ma

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36Birds – BOY

36Birds

Queer artist 36Birds wants us to fall in love with rave again, and his new single ‘BOY’ does just that.

Interpolating Underworld’s iconic ‘Born Slippy’ and underscoring it with a tough kickdrum while also referencing Bronski Beat’s ‘Hit That Perfect Beat’, his vocals, seduced in autotune, fuse heart-on-sleeve R&B with rave. In a bid to give something back, 36birds wanted his fans to receive it as a free download, which you can get below.

Sounds like: LSDXOXO, serpentwithfeet, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Britney Spears

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Phoebe Green – Make It Easy

Phoebe Green

24 year-old Manchester rock chic Phoebe Green releases ‘Make It Easy’ on Chess Club Records. Bang on trend, Green is establishing herself as one of the UK’s leading contemporary lyricists.

The video, directed by Lillie Eiger, showcases the lighthearted theme behind the song, and lends more towards darker electronic pop than previous guitar heavy endeavours from Green.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Self Esteem, Baby Queen

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The Ology’s – IJWICHTY (I Just Wish I Could Have Told You)

The Ology’s

Introducing The Ology’s, a five-piece indie pop/rock band from the UK.

Echoes of 60’s sentiments, their hazy new single ‘IJWICHTY (I Just Wish I Could Have Told You)’ is a psychedelic journey to a slow-rock, retro world.

Sounds like: Fleetwood Mac, Kings of Leon, The Libertines

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Queen Cult – A Song About Consent

Queen Cult by Debbie Ellis / A Supreme Shot

Queen Cult by Debbie Ellis / A Supreme Shot

Brazen queer pop/rock band Queen Cult are back blasting our eardrums with ‘A Song About Consent’.

It does what it says on the tin, a no nonsense track about the patriarchy, as front-woman Maisie Johnson defiantly calls out to being unheard and sticks two fingers up at typical womanising patterns, as well as more disturbing cases of oppression in the modern age. Maisie says,

“Watching the news about the murder of Sarah Everard by a policeman hit us immensely. Seeing it unfold into what didn’t seem real. We questioned our upbringings, what our mothers told us whilst growing up. Things to remember to keep safe. And realising just how messed up that is. We wrote this song because we were shook by the idea of having to change anything about simply existing as a woman in this world. We do not stand for inequality. We do not stand for abuse. We stand for consent, decency and respect.” – Maisie Johnson

Sounds like: Gwen Stefani

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Milky Chance – Colorado (Icarus Remix)

Icarus

Those who have been reading the blog for a while, know that we don’t often include remixes on the site but we had to share Bristol based producers Icarus‘ new remix of Milky Chance‘s single ‘Colorado’.

It’s taken from the German indie superstar duo’s surprise mixtape, ‘Trip Tape,’ via their own independent record label, Muggelig Records. They’ve also just been nominated for “Best Band” at the German radio award 1live Krone, alongside artists including ÄTNA.

Icarus transform the single into their own world of euphoric synths and downtempo electronic-inspired rhythms and grooves, making this a standout remix.

Sounds like: Bicep, Maribou State, Bonobo, Will Heard, KYKO, Jagwar Ma

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