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SONG PICK: Reigning Days – Inhaler

With all the talk about rock music’s current relevance along comes a band who makes you forget about this kind of chatter and listen, really listen. UK trio Reigning Days have just released their new single “Inhaler” ahead of their upcoming debut album “Eclipse”, out on April 13th via Marshall Records. “Inhaler”[…]

SONG PICK: RubēHill – Apartment

Drawing from seemingly contrasting influences, “Apartment” is as appealing as it is refreshingly different. It is the new single by Toronto-based singer/songwriter and producer Alex Stavropoulos-Laurie, who goes by RubēHill and cites Frank Ocean, Gorillaz, and Run the Jewels as his inspirations for this track. If this sounds… intriguing, then just start[…]

SONG PREMIERE: Lial – Midas

According to the legend, “Midas” was a famous Phrygian king who got a wish granted: everything he touched turned to gold, including his food, which ultimately led to his demise. There is an obvious lesson here, but London-based singer/producer Lial puts a different spin on it. She explains: I’ve always[…]

SONG PICK: CLARA-NOVA – Echo

CLARA-NOVA is the stage name of Sydney Wayser, a multi-media artist based in Los Angeles. She does photography and art installations, but also pop music that retains enough edge to stand out from current trends. “Echo” is a new track from her excellent upcoming 4-track EP “The Iron Age”, due[…]

SONG PICK: Disco Shrine – Up In The Air

What kind of music does an artist make who goes by the name Disco Shrine? Not exactly 70s disco but something that is totally alluring and highly infectious. Jessica Delijani the musician behind the moniker has been experimenting with what she calls ‘bedroom pop’ for a while but is leaving that[…]

SONG PICK: Abi Wade – A Bit Like Love

Photos show singer/songwriter Abi Wade often with a cello, but this is by far not the only instrument she employs in her debut single “A Bit Like Love”. Starting quietly with a piano, the song swells with orchestra, synths, a choir and marching drums to a shiver-inducing finale. Abi wrote[…]

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: Haux – Heartbeat (video)

Listen to a new song by Haux aka Woodson Black. “Heartbeat” is an elegant, restrained piece of electronic music with Haux’ vocals creating suspense and keeping you on the edge. The video doubles as a preview of a short film that will be released together with a new EP “Something[…]

SONG PICK: RANN – Copycat

The new single “Copycat” by Brooklyn-based indie pop quartet RANN is crazy irresistible from the get-go. The verse already grabs you but wait for the super catchy chorus. There is also enough edge and spark in “Copycat” to not make you drown in sugar pop-sweetness but to enjoy this gritty[…]

SONG PICK: Golden Age Of TV – Beast

“Although I’m scared I still admire the chill it gives me down my spine” sings Bea Fletcher of U.K. five-piece The Golden Age of TV about the titular “Beast”, which she imagined as a child lurking in every dark corner. Nothing too dramatic – most of us probably have similar[…]