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NEW MUSIC: Vokes – Potential

The five-piece Vokes calls the world’s entertainment capital L.A. their home and there is probably no other place where art and business crash against each other in such intensity. For artists this can be daunting: “Such potential, don’t waste it, are you skeptical, maybe jaded?” But when things get tough,[…]

SONG PICK: Junky Love – Hooked

“Hooked”, the debut single by London-based trio Junky Love is a gloriously fuzzy piece of compelling guitar-driven altrock. The band cites Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club, Nirvana, White Stripes and some more as their inspirations and they truly got inspired well. “Hooked” could totally come from BRMC, one of my[…]

NEW MUSIC: Negative Gemini – Bad Baby EP

Lindsey French aka Negative Gemini comes from danceable, beat-heavy music, but she has more in mind than just providing a soundtrack for a night out in the club. That was obvious in her excellent 2016 debut “Body Works” (Apple Music | Spotify), but even more in her new EP “Bad[…]

SONG PICK: Luwten – Element Of Surprise

When the “Element of Surprise” starts with a gentle guitar chord you would not think that you are up for an excellent future pop track that keeps suspense with sparse electronics, subdued percussions and urgency in the vocals. Tessa Douwstra aka LUWTEN hails from Amsterdam and has released her self-titled[…]

SONG PICK: Dark Dark Horse – And Then We Had Nothing at All

Jamie Ward (producer/multi-instrumentalist) and James Stafford (singer) are Dark Dark Horse, based in Leicester, England, who have just  released “And Then We Had Nothing at All”. Their newest single builds on their strengths of elegantly combining electronics with rock, wrapped in a big slice of pop vibes. In the case[…]

VIDEO PREMIERE: Sophie Colette – Slow Danse

Delicate piano tunes and cotton ball soft, clear vocals lure us into pastel colored visuals, the new video by Brooklyn-based indie-pop artist Sophie Colette. “Slow Danse” is an exceptionally charming video in its harmonic flow and quiet story telling, directed by Curvel Baptiste. Produced by Ben Rice at Degraw Sound (The Candles,[…]

SONG PICK: Patawawa – Patagonia (Bedroom EP)

Thank you, Patawawa! Songs like “Patagonia” and the other four tracks of their debut EP “Bedroom” is exactly what we need at the top of this year. These disco-tinged, upbeat pop songs make you immediately feel the heat, like on a dance floor in a club or a summer night[…]

NEW MUSIC: OTR – Bliss ft. Ashley Leone

Something ethereal and highly desirable is what OTR thrives for with his latest single “Bliss”. In order to accomplish what he had in mind, he enlisted singer Ashley Leone, whose bright vocals seem to go stratospheric heights. About this collaboration, Ryan says:   “When I first started thinking about vocals for ‘Bliss’, I[…]