Archive for February, 2018

February 28, 2018
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Los Angeles based blazing singer songwriter Bishop Briggs, whom we’ve been devout fans of since she made her debut as Bishop what feels like eons ago, is having yet another spectacular year. Sure, it’s only February still, but Bishop Briggs has already contributed a sooty burning INXS cover to that massive Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, and now she’s back with her assured ferocity and sizzling embers on White Flag. We surrender ourselves to her incendiary vocals and her grandiose fusion of alt electronica and bluesy rock on the smoky, fiery heater. Bishop Briggs will be playing several festivals in March before she heads off on tour again across North America this spring. 

February 28, 2018

It’s hard to believe it’s been less than half a year since we’ve been on the receiving end of some moving new music from Matt Woods. It’s felt much longer than that. Maybe we’ve gotten used to having Matt Woods in our lives, which must have something to do with how incredibly smooth his falsettos are, and how immensely affecting his electro-soul always is. Prepare to melt into the floor as the UK artist serenades us with that impeccable voice on his new single and in his first official video, Rearview“The track is built around this idea that as you put more and more distance between you and somebody else they appear smaller and smaller, but no matter how far you drive away from them, they never fully disappear” explains Woods as he documents a saga of chance meetings across the globe with a love interest that led to a whirlwind relationship, doomed from the beginning by the distance they would put between each other while traveling. That anguish is more than palpable on his creamy molten lament, a sleekly rippling song that draws back from the heady electronic production of Woods’ prior “future soul” offerings. Rearview is lifted from Matt Woods’ forthcoming EP, tentatively titled Fauxstalgia. It’s mauve video is inspired by hours spent playing video games at the arcades when Matt was growing up in Newquay, when his dad owned most of the arcades in Cornwall. Catch Matt Woods on tour in Europe this March, tickets can be found, here. Prepare for a stunning treat. Matt Woods is phenomenal live.

February 28, 2018
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It’s been six days since Cleveland’s Cautious Clay dropped his long awaited debut EP, Blood Type, which features a bevy of songs we’ve eagerly featured in the past. The six track release also features this new song, Elsewhere, a rich swelling injection of the artist’s unique blend of R&B, hip hop, electro, and pop, all embedded in an airy atmosphere and punctuated by Cautious Clay’s fluid vocals. Blood Type can be listened to via Soundcloud, here. Support the EP on iTunes, here.

February 28, 2018
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Young Londoner Zoey Lily has taken her sweet time to present us with her music since she made her bewitching debut a year ago with Edges. And all we want is more of the singer songwriter, especially now that she’s released her third single, More, a pensive simmering track with soft tickling beats and contemplative guitar strums. Its willowy, supple pop and haunting shadowplay reminds us of Billie Eilish, but darker, with some smoky Lana Del Rey innuendo, too. The single even takes on a woozy, dusky aura in its closing moments that leaves us thoroughly inebriated. Zoey Lily says of More: “I wrote this song about a guy I met a while ago who left the impression of being the super cool kid everyone admired and wanted to be like. When I got to know him closer I realised that he was struggling a lot to keep up with the image he created himself and actually felt very worthless and empty. In his own way he kept letting me down because he wasn’t able to let me in.” You can purchase the signer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and dancer’s latest single, here.

February 28, 2018
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It’s been more than apparent for the past 12 months that we’ve been getting the “best of” John.K, the Orlando based singer songwriter who’s left us swooning with his R&B pop and electro-soul on songs like Runnin, OT, and more. His music is impassioned and heartfelt, his voice is flawless and smooth, and now he’s back in full force on Best Of Me, a creamy surging, resplendently throbbing pop ballad whose molten sentimentality and fleecy synths recall the likes of Lauv, Wrabel, and Jaymes Young. John.K’s three prior singles have already tallied over 20 million streams across various platforms. Best Of Me is his most poignant single to date, an EDM-driven pop dazzler about evolving through young love, admitting to past mistakes, and committing to giving someone the best possible version of yourself. You can also stream the single via Spotify, here.

February 28, 2018
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I’m more than “cool” with REYNA, the Milwaukee by way of Texas sister duo who enthralled us a year ago with their debut single Ink On My Skin. Now, they’re back with a crunchy chugging alt pop number named Cool With It, and it’s undeniably infectious with its slick melodic sheen and sweet sassy vocals. Slivers of HAIM, The Aces, and even POWERS course through its plucky, funky strut and its saccharine sashay. Previously known as Vic and Gab, these sisters have opened for the likes of BLEACHERS and Death Cab For Cutie while on tour for debut full length, Love Of Mine. They continue to resonate as REYNA with their neon-lit, cool sparkling music. Cool With It, co-written with Grammy-nominated producer Drew Pearson (Kesha) and produced by Dan Gibson and Simon Oscroft from FRILLS, is described as a sly dig at the dichotomy of the idealized “cool girl” and how she’s an unattainable amalgam of contradiction. You can also stream Cool With It via Spotify, here.

February 28, 2018
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If you’re as fond of crisp clarion vocals and synthwavy synthpop as we are, then you’re going to naturally gravitate towards NINA and her slick shimmering, vibrant pulsing single Sleepwalking. The German pop singer-songwriter, who’s based out of London, is a classically trained vocalist who garners musical influence from the likes of Depeche Mode and contemporary artists like Chromatics, Ladyhawke, and Timecop 1983. Sleepwalking also evokes Avec Sans, Robyn, and CHVRCHES with its glistening beats and svelte vocals. It’s the title track from NINA’s debut album, arriving on March 16th. NINA comments more on the title track; “Sleepwalking is one of the more upbeat songs on the album, full of arpeggiators and pulsating synth sequences. This track was produced by Oscillian and it’s about how we subconsciously become protectors of the ones we love and care about, almost as if we were a hunter in a trance, or sleepwalking. It also talks about how people can dramatically change throughout a relationship. I’m very excited to finally release my debut album, which is entirely for my fans. They’ve been super patient and supportive all these years.” Pre-order NINA’s debut album Sleepwalking, here.

February 28, 2018
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London’s RYD continues his ascent in the music world with his signature satin smooth, soft soothing cooing on lush new single Could’ve Been, which follows on last year’s well received debut EP Now There’se Nowhere and recent single Work It Out, which has swiftly amassed more than a million streams on Spotify alone. He drenches us with a more uptempo form of his dreamy stirring folktronica and alt electro while musing over what defines “online-normal”. 

“Could’ve Been is about the online age and it’s control over what is deemed as ‘normal’” explains RYD, “The song also talks of my personal struggle with discovering my own identity growing-up in the boom of the internet and socials and having everybody’s lives constantly thrust in your face questioning whether you’re ever living life ‘correctly’.” He concludes; “The lyrics “Could’ve Been” came to be from wondering if somebody could have been really special if they were not so clouded by the need for approval.” Despite its profound contemplation, Could’ve Been is as gorgeously affecting and verdant layered as any RYD song has been. Could’ve Been is out now via 37 Adventures. Find it on iTunes, here.

February 27, 2018
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We’ve been caught in the tide of Fly By Midnight’s retro hued synthpop and alt pop many times these past two years,and we gladly ride that current once again as the NYC duo explores the darker side of love on their new break up anthem, Just Say It. The duo explores the complexities that come with falling in and out of love on the synth florid, beat whirring heart melter. Fly By Midnight, known for their infectious energy and unique harmonies, continues to pick up momentum this year with their music, which has generated strong independent buzz as well as charted as high as #6 on Spotify’s Viral 50. They’ll be playing Delaware Music Festival this June.

February 27, 2018
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I don’t know what FYEO stands for, but I’d like to think the mysterious Scandinavian duo’s chosen pseudonym is an acronym for “for your ears only”, because their long awaited debut single certainly beckons for my heart with its ethereal synth twizzles and ardent vocals. The pair roused up some intrigue when they announced their project awhile back, but then they took their time to present us with their music. It’s obvious foggy swirling I Wanna Dance (like You) was well worth our curiosity and patience. We’re enveloped by its dreamy, cottony synthpop, a slow spinning, celestial humming, and atmospheric drifting torrent of unadulterated heartache and romantic nostalgia. I Wanna Dance (like You) draws out those long, content sighs, even whilst it tugs at our wounded hearts ever so gently. Watch FYEO’s music video for the song below. You can also stream FYEO’s debut via Spotify, here.