Mothé – Summer’s Almost Gone

LA-based artist and producer Mothé returns today with their new single, ‘Summers Almost Gone’.

The track itself feels beautifully nostalgic and warm, thanks to Mothé’s heavy reliance on analog recording techniques:

“With every single thing I do, I want to take a little bit longer because I put a bit of care into it. I want all of my work to exist outside of the digital sphere, too. I love the idea of having things come to life in a physical form before they make their way to other platforms.”

Mothé

New Music: Pekoe Cat

Canadian talent Pekoe Cat is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who’s style of music-making is truly rather eccentric.

This is indie rock with a unique, fun and quirky edge that leaves you intrigued yet craving to hear more.

“I’ve never recorded a song that is finished being written; I write and record at the same time. So even I don’t know where the songs will end up once the recording process has started.”

Pekoe Cat

New Music: Justin Clancy

Massachusetts-based artist Justin Clancy crafts a style of alt-pop that is truly quite indescribable. This is genre-bending music at it’s finest; a sound full of individualism and charm.

On a deeper level, Clancy’s journey with substance abuse and mental health issues have enabled him to extract the good in the worst of times, and music is his way of expressing those feelings freely.

“‘Noose’ represents the not-so-perfect circle I have experienced throughout my lifetime. Often feeling as if that very same circle is a noose slowly killing me. It’s a summation of my personal struggles and inner turmoil.”

Justin Clancy

Winston Surfshirt – All Of The Little Things (feat. Ramirez)

Iconic Australian collective Winston Surfshirt today return to share their newest single, ‘All Of The Little Things’ featuring Californian rapper Ramirez.

“I got a tweet from Ramirez last year just said ‘u the truth bruh’ I was like how’s he even know me!? We started chatting n throwing music we were working on to each other and I ended making something with him in mind, within a couple of days he’d sent a verse back and we’ve been sitting on it ever since. He put a snippet of it on his story and it’s been my most frequent dm since so I’m glad to be finally releasing it for those people.” – Winston Surfshirt

Winston Surfshirt | Ramirez

The Joy Formidable – Interval

One of the most successful indie-rock outfits to emerge from Wales, The Joy Formidable are still going strong ten years after forming.

Their new single ‘Interval’ is taken from the band’s upcoming album ‘Into The Blue‘, which will be available from the 20th August 2021. Of the album, the band says:

“It’s about opening your eyes to beauty and love again. Making it to the other side. Whilst not conceived as a metaphor for the times we all live in now, it certainly turned out that way.” 

The Joy Formidable

Xander Sol + Lethr – GLOW

Initially connecting through Discord, Xander Sol and Lethr have seemingly formed a perfect musical partnership, as is evident with new single ‘GLOW’.

This is a summery track that carries through a distinctive approach to hip hop that feels lo-fi and hazy. Perfect for the weeks ahead, this is a very easy song to fall in love with.

“We began to share projects back and forth over DMs and email (as Lethr is from India while I am from the U.S.), building our own unique creative relationship while developing a sound that we ourselves felt driven to tackle. The day that ‘GLOW’ came about, I had woken up to this beat that Lethr had sent me. The drive and the mood of the instrumental had me hooked so fast, I wrote the whole song in under 2 hours and had the rough song recorded by the end of that day.” – Xander Sol

Xander Sol | Lethr

New Music: Kevin Hackett

At the age of 22, Canadian talent Kevin Hackett is already an accomplished songwriter, producer, rapper, director, graphic designer, clothing designer, and photographer.

‘After’ is an understated yet moving blend of dream-pop and shoegaze that feels almost timeless in it’s sound, building up to an ending that leaves you wanting to hear so much more from this hugely gifted artist.

Taken from the new EP ‘AWAKE AFTER MIDNIGHT’ which is out now.

Kevin Hackett

New Music: Ben Provencial

One of the most emotive songs to come up this week, Ben Provencial’s ‘PHASES’ is a beautifully honest real-life love story of the many relationships that deal with pain and emotional struggles.

This American talent is already building a name for himself thanks to his uniquely charming style of soft-pop that blends beautifully crafted melodies with catchy lyrics.

Ben Provencial

Xavier White – Slip n’ Slide

Just in time for summer’s peak weeks, Xavier White releases cheeky new single ‘Slip n’ Slide’.

A perfect addition to your summer playlists, this is a sleek fusion of RnB and pop that was co-written by B.Martin & FLYiZDR, and produced by Dan Bravo of Sweden.

“Summer vibes, its 2021 everyone has been vaccinated every thing is opened now, and the song is all about a hot boy hot girl summer, fun in the sun, playing in the water, enjoying each other. Just good sexy vibey energy. “

Xavier White

Misha – Glory (feat. Latrell James & Najee Janey)

Hailing from Helsinki. Misha is half Finnish and half Ukrainian producer who is crafting some of the most finessed blends of hip hop and RnB to emerge from the Nordic nations right now.

And with over ten million streams and support from the likes of BBC Radio 1Xtra/ Jamz Supernova and Okayplayer, this is one talent to watch out for!

Taken from Misha’s new EP ‘Gusto’ which is out now.

Misha | Latrell James | Najee Janey

Neena Rose – Perfect Stranger

Undoubtedly one of my favourite RnB-pop bops this week! Canadian talent Neena Rose is a 19-year old Ontario-based artist who’s debut single ‘Rock N Roll Lullaby’ was recorded at just the age of 12 with Diamond & Platinum producer-songwriter Roy “Royalty” Hamilton III.

Despite her young age, this artist is emerging onto the music scene with a magnetism not encountered every day. On her artistry, Neena says:

“I love it all, but writing lyrics is my favourite part. I want people to gain empowerment from my music. I want it to communicate to them: ‘You’ve got this. You can be different. You can do anything.’”

Neena Rose

New Music: Alana Sukul

Hailing from South West London, Alana Sukul’s approach to music-making crosses several genres, yet still feels easy and relatable to listen to.

‘Be Friends’ showcases luxurious RnB-inflected vocals that sincerely ask ‘can’t we just be friends?’ while respecting the boundaries of a former friend.

“Friendship breakups can sometimes hurt a lot worse than your typical romantic breakup, I hope this song will help listeners to grieve over the loss by dancing it out.”

Alana Sukul

New Music: Public Order

It’s clear that Public Order have their sights set on global indie-rock domination. With a flair for delivering raw yet upbeat sounds, this outfit deliver a new approach to the genre that is exciting and fresh.

Their release of ‘Feels Like Summer’ is a perfect example of what we can expect from the emerging Welsh trio. This is an immediately captivating track that harks back to the classic 90’s Madchester era, while still sounding new and future-forward.

“‘Feels Like Summer’ is about not being a miserable bastard, life’s not that deep, stop making it deep and getting all in your feels about it. The tune’s basically us giving ourselves a good talking to and saying ‘get on with it cos it ‘Don’t get better than this’.”

Public Order

New Music: Devon Again

LA-based pop artist Devon Again brings a refreshingly fun approach to left-of-center pop, infusing her eccentric and magnetic personality into the mix.

With hooky melodies, catchy lyrics and a sweet vocal, this is one talent that is sure to garner a lot of traction over the coming year.

Devon Again

Jon Bryant – Tied Up

Canadian alternative singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Bryant returns today with dreamy new single ‘Tied Up’.

A feeling most of us are all too familiar with, the song is all about those early hours in the morning when the world is sleeping and you’re still wide awake.

“This song is about the early morning after everything is done and most everyone is sleeping. I’ve always been the kind of guy that needs change and new things to happen. It’s like a drug to me. Covid has been the ultimate buzz kill for me, so I’ve come to terms with reality and embraced the routine. As much as I hate it. It helped me write 50 songs in 50 days. Still can’t believe I managed to pull that off.”

Jon Bryant

KWAYE – Kindness

Any day that KWAYE releases a new single is a good day, in my view. A true modern-day visionary, the 25 year old singer from LA (via London and Zimbabwe) has already developed a cult-like fanbase for his ambitious musical explorations, accumulating over 30 million global streams in the process.

“’Kindness’ has got many meanings, but the overall idea is that simple thing that, I think in this day and age, we as human beings tend to stray away from… humans can be so quick to judge, but also be so quick to be sceptical of any kind gestures in public. I make a habit of – if I’ve got something nice to say, I’ll say it to a perfect stranger.”

Taken from the new EP ‘Learning To Swim’ which will be released later this year.

KWAYE

New Music: Lissy Taylor

With a vocal that immediately piques your curiosity, Stoke-on-Trent musician Lissy Taylor is certain to become one of the UK’s next generation of indie-pop starlets.

Powerful new release ‘Carefree’ highlights her insight into the condition of being young, confident and indeed carefree.

“’Carefree’ is a determination to feel free, to feel unapologetic and unafraid. I decided to push myself to make this a reality by tackling my own anxieties and fears. It’s pretty ironic really because I was far from feeling carefree when I wrote it, it was a dream to be carefree.”

Taken from the upcoming EP ‘Undercurrent’ which is out on 30th July 2021.

Lissy Taylor

Ruby Francis – Jasmine

Starting the weekend off with some of the finest emerging UK RnB and soul, courtesy of London-based producer, singer/songwriter and keyboard player Ruby Francis.

Heavily inspired by The Neptunes, ‘Jasmine’ is sleek yet passionate song that tells of an obsession for a girl Ruby never met.

“‘Jasmine’ is a made up name of a girl that I, as a character, have never met, but have fallen in love with online and become obsessed with in secret; idolising and fantasising about life together in reality.

Ruby Francis

New Music: DEVADO

A distinctly unique fusion of pop and RnB, German talent DEVADO created ‘Cloud 11’ using only her vocals and body percussion on the entire production.

“‘Cloud 11’ is a song about falling in love when you expect it least.

This talent takes samples of her voice and other sounds and transforms them into synthesisers, bass, beats and more. With the aim of producing new songs every six to eight weeks, it’s safe to say DEVADO will surely keep 2021 interesting!

DEVADO

Fionn – Take Me Back

My favourite pop duo return today with the release of nostalgic bop ‘Take Me Back’. Co-written and produced by Jared Manierka (who’s also worked with the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen), the song showcases a more melancholic side to Fionn which is utterly charming to listen to.

“‘Take Me Back’ is a nostalgic pop ballad romanticising a life stuck in the past. Specifically we touch on an old relationship that is brought back to the surface and re-analysed. Time is a funny thing, and some days you wake up forgetting where the years have gone, feeling the pain of a loss as if it is new. During covid, we spent a lot of time wishing that we could go back to when the stress of living during a pandemic didn’t follow us on the daily. It also gave us a lot of time to romanticise every bit of our lives before.”

Check out the recent EP ‘Candid Constellations‘ which is out now.

Fionn