Emerging London-based singer & songwriter briskin returns with a massive new single this weekend, called ‘Rhythm’.
Although the track is lyrically inspired by the concept of unrequited love, its uplifting pop production and memorable melody makes this one of the season’s catchiest bops. Elaborating further on the song, briskin says:
“‘Rhythm’ is a song we wrote over zoom about wanting someone who doesn’t give anyone the time of day but in a tongue in cheek/ playful way. I think though this one is about the vibe more than anything, it’s feels more like painting a picture and scene setting than narrative to me. I wanted it to feel like something you might hear on a night out and I tried to put an emphasis on it being immediate and explosive.”
‘Rhythm’ follows on from the artist’s recently released ‘Circus’ EP, which you can listen to here. briskin recently supported Nessa Barrett live, and earlier in the summer also played his first headline show in Dalston.
We first came across Eighty Ninety back in 2016, and we’re so happy to see that this American indie-pop duo have now seemingly taken over the world.
New single ‘The Hard Way’ is the outfit’s latest offering, and showcases a stripped-back style of sound that is heartfelt and sincere. On the lyricism, the duo explain:
“‘The Hard Way’ is about choosing to love someone no matter how much life intervenes. It’s about being brave enough to make the choice to completely commit to a person, no matter the risk. It’s about looking directly at all your fears about how things could go wrong and knowing that even if they all come to pass, it’s still worth it.”
As the musical project of Brooklyn brothers Abner and Harper James, Eighty Ninety has so far amassed more than 33 million catalogue streams and picked up praise from outlets as noted as Billboard, NME and Ones To Watch.
A debut album is scheduled for release later this year. In the meantime, you can follow the brothers on social media here.
If you’re looking for an energising boost of serotonin to get you through the day, then ‘Block Out The Noise’ from rising Scottish indie-rockers DAYTIME TV is sure to put a smile on your face.
As its title implies, the song encourages listeners to empower themselves for a happier future. Elaborating further, vocalist Will Irvine says:
“This is our anthem for drowning out the chaos. It’s about choosing your own path and not letting negative influences control your life. We live in such a loud world with constant information overload, it’s hard to focus on the things that make you who you are. It’s a song for everyone trying to rise above the voices that say ‘you can’t’ or ‘you’re not good enough.”
Having already amassed close to a million cumulative streams on Spotify alone, DAYTIME TV look set to become one of Scotland’s hottest rock exports.
The band are currently readying themselves for a big tour across Europe (their first headline!) and the UK. Keep these lads on your radars… they’re ones to watch!
California-based husband and wife outfit JUICYPEAR have just unveiled a mesmerising new collaboration with fellow musician Haiva Ru, called ‘Island’.
The song treats listeners to a heady fusion of soul, pop and funky disco, resulting in a sound that is somehow both dreamy and uplifting at the same time.
“Oftentimes, when someone is described as an ‘island,’ there’s a negative connotation around it—like they’re choosing to be alone, isolated, and possibly misunderstood. In this song’s context, we meant it in the best possible way: a pursuit to become more ourselves; independent from what others think of, or want from us. We can be islands living in a peaceful oasis, paradise no matter the circumstance or situation. That peace is always available to us. And to you. We hope you’ll hear this song and experience it as a sonic tropical getaway”.
‘Island’ is not only the perfect song to end the summer season with, but it also has the potential to propel the duo’s name into the mainstream. If you love the track as much as we do, then you’ll be pleased to know that it’s been lifted from JUICYPEAR’s freshly-released debut album, which you can experience right here.
We’re starting the weekend with a punchy slice of dark-pop, courtesy of emerging Californian singer and songwriter Courtney Paige Nelson.
‘COLD LIKE GEMINI’ is a bold and unashamedly intense track which was inspired by the negative impulses that can occur after having a drink. Elaborating further on the lyricism, Courtney explains:
“I made this song after a personal experience that really upset me at the time and I needed to get out in a song. I was seeing someone who had a tendency to change in a negative way whenever they would have a sip of alcohol. One night we got into an argument and they left abruptly, got to the car, left and came back just to sit outside my apartment. They started calling me phone repeatedly and of course at 1am no one wants to experience that kind of turmoil, specially if that’s not how you as a person communicate. So I open the song with exactly how the scene was set in real life. The first verse goes ‘call me up, say your sitting outside where’s your key and your alibi’ and goes onto say ‘won’t come in because you know you won’t win, midnight gonna start a fight’ and finishes with ‘baby what the fuck your drink, your kiss taste like chlorine.”
The track serves as a taster to Courtney’s next wave of releases, which will no doubt boost this talent’s momentum even further. An upcoming EP is also scheduled for release soon.
Acclaimed indie-pop talent Vorsen (aka Oliver Halvorsen) returns with one of the catchiest songs of the summer.
‘Looking Back’ finds the British-Norwegian musician and producer casually reminiscing over his past relationships – and in doing so, reminds us that with every failed romance comes an opportunity for personal growth.
“‘Looking Back’ was written from an impartial viewpoint of reflecting upon old love. Everyone has at some point romanticised past relationships and wondered how things would be in the present given the amount you have both evolved over the years. However, it’s a paradoxical way of thinking because you wouldn’t be who you are now without the learning and change (bad or good) that undergoes during those relationships, which is a beautiful thing in its own right. So ultimately, that way of thinking is in some ways flawed and that’s a large part of what this song is about – recognising and accepting things that have happened in the past rather than tirelessly picking them apart and countless ‘what ifs’”.
Impressively, the song was written, performed and produced buy Vorsen himself in East London. Fans can look forward to an upcoming EP, which is scheduled for release on the 20th October.
Vorsen will also join Christof van der Ven on tour across Europe later this year – more details can be found here.
You’ll probably have come across an M. Maggie song at some point over the last couple of years. As an artist with more than 350 million streams already under her belt, it’s clear to see that this rising starlet’s sound resonates with a huge number of people.
Sultry new single ‘Oh Nah Nah’ is the artist’s first taster to be taken from M. Maggie’s self-titled album, which is scheduled for release soon.
“It’s sexy to want something big in life. But there is always someone who wants you to want them. Oh NAH, NAH. I want the big thing, I can’t do this basic thing. And that’s f*cked up. I don’t want to do the thing you want me to do. I don’t want to behave!”
M. Maggie has picked up praise from outlets as respected as Nylon Magazine, Complex, and Buzzfeed. Her music has also landed spots on nationally broadcast shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Good Morning America.
If you’re a fan of British indie-rock then Rai Kah Mercury might be one of your favourite new outfits.
Hailing from Burton-Upon-Trent, this rising four-piece have been building solid traction – particularly over the past year, thanks to their powerfully arresting and anthemic songs.
‘Dreamworld (Paper Chained in Love)’ is lifted from the group’s newly-released debut EP, called ‘Constraints of Reality’ (listen here). Speaking on the record, they say:
“This is such a special moment for us.. Written as teenagers in our small Staffordshire village and recorded on the beautiful Isle of Lewis in Scotland some years later, it’s so great to finally release this to the world. Thanks to all who have supported us throughout the years. There have been countless beautiful moments and we’re indebted to so many friends and loved ones for their kindness and support.”
Track of the week. We first came across Arizona’s Zac Greer back in 2020, and have been consistently impressed with his work ever since.
‘alive’ is the artist’s new single, and presents listeners with a charming mix of indie and alternative pop. Alongside it’s impressive production, Zac’s unique vocal delivery shines through – specially over that beautifully melodic chorus section.
You can catch Zac on tour across the US this month – more details can be found here.
We are very excited to introduce to you an emerging alt-pop artist from the US, called Dane Schumacher.
Dane’s music has been picking up significant momentum since the start of the year; this talent has already amassed more than 97k cumulative streams to date from the release of just two singles.
And we think his popularity will surge even further with the unveiling of his latest track, ‘Sucker Punch’. If you’re suffering from a summer romance that’s reaching its inevitable end, then this song is for you.
“I was dating a bigger musician and she was going on a three month tour. We just started to like each other a lot when I realised our future didn’t look too optimistic. The song’s about enjoying the time you’ve got with someone before they move on with life.“
Orions Belte have well and truly marked themselves as Norway’s favourite indie-rock trio, and today’s collaboration with emerging Scandi starlet Louien will only further boost their popularity.
Interestingly, ‘When You’re Gone I’ll Be Gone’ portrays a spectrum of emotions. On the one hand, the song feels fragile, melancholic and sombre, while on the other it displays subtle hints of innocence and playfulness.
Orions Belte‘s popularity has risen sharply since their 2019 cover of Ghostface Killah’s iconic ‘Cherchez La Ghost’ (listen here). Fans can look forward to the band’s next album, ‘Women’, which is scheduled for release on the 6th October.
Good Rzn are one of the most exciting discoveries of the week. This promising LA-based duo look set to take over the pop world in the coming months, thanks to their refreshingly unique approach to music-making.
Mesmerising new single ‘Running Out Of Time’ presents listeners with a heady blend of dark, psychedelic electropop and indie, while the lyrics remind us that life is short and that we should chase our dreams.
“We wanted this song to evoke a sense of urgency to chase your dreams and do the things you’ve always wanted to now rather than later. Go dance in the rain, it’s been too long. Don’t waste your time waiting for perfect moment. The tone of the instrumental complements the vocals and lyrics with energetic synths and bold guitar elements and sets a sense of urgency.”
The track is lifted from the outfit’s forthcoming debut EP, called ‘Falling In Slow Motion’ (out 20th October 2023). You can catch the duo performing live in Denver and Las Vegas in the coming weeks – tickets here.
Australian indie-folk star Lawson Hull unveils a new single today, which was written while the world was still on lockdown.
‘Strange’ is a reflective track that focuses on themes like reinvention, personal growth and being fearful of failure.
Through its highly relatable lyricism, this song is sure to touch many hearts and minds who feel lost and uncertain of where life is leading them.
“The song came from the blur of songs written during COVID. Sometimes I wonder if the COVID songs will ever end. They’re like breakup songs from relationships from forever ago. ‘Strange’ is still eerily relevant and gets more so all the time.
During the height of the pandemic, I remember thinking this is as good a time as any to reinvent myself, do something else with my life, maybe take up new hobbies. Everyone was kind of neutralised and put on the same level in some ways. But by the time the world started opening up again, I felt like I wasn’t ready to be the ‘new’ me I was supposedly going to become. I hadn’t done anything out of the ordinary yet. What if I get out there and everything falls apart?”
“The song has shifted meaning personally since that time. Sometimes if you’re lucky as a songwriter, you find yourself going through periods of time between meaningless casual jobs where you have solid blocks of time to write. If you’re unlucky during this time, sometimes the universe decides to not allow a single strand of creative DNA to grow inside your brain (don’t ask me about the science of this). When you don’t put your time to good use, you can get in a rut easily, watching YouTube and scrolling social media. You think, ‘I’ve got all this time’, but it creeps away on you. You eventually get into the habit of not wanting to leave the house or even hang out with friends. The thing is when you snap out of that frozen mind-frame and force yourself out the door, things feel normal again.”
Hull’s music has garnered support from heavyweight tastemakers like The Luna Collective, Ear To The Ground, MILKY and The Indie Machine. The artist currently commands more than 170k monthly listeners on Spotify, and has amassed more than 25 million career streams to date.
US-based musician and self-proclaimed sun faery Dune Moss unveils a sublime piece of cinematic pop today, titled ‘Eyes Inside My Walls’.
If you’re a fan of artists like AURORA and Skott, then chances are high that you’ll also connect strongly with this single.
Both epic and haunting in its tone, the track showcases a production that is not only expertly constructed, but also deeply captivating and emotive to experience. Elaborating on the song’s lyrical inspiration, Moss explains:
“‘Eyes Inside My Walls’ is a song that reflects one of my deepest scars. I grew up in a religion that pinned me down and restricted many aspects of who I am. In my community, when you turned 8, you were baptised and told that you were at the ‘age of accountability’ with the responsibility to repent of all your sins. I was obligated to repent for being a normal, sexually curious teenager. All the men I confessed my sins to were older and compelled me to describe intimate details about what I did sexually. I was made to recount specifics about all encounters, including merely kissing boys. They twisted my innocence and turned it into shame. ‘Eyes Inside My Walls’, though, is not about shaming myself. Instead, it’s the raw feeling of anger and sadness for all the years I spent faithfully following their all-male leadership. My childhood and teenage years were spent with the patriarchy’s eyes watching every move I made. Here I am at 22, only now realising what was done. The patriarchal system within my church imprisoned my soul and influenced every decision I made. As an adult, I am finally on the journey to build myself sexually and spiritually as the woman I want to be from the ground up.”
Dune’s unique style of sound has resonated with a significant number of listeners from all over the world, resulting in her music being streamed more than a million times to date on Spotify alone.
Cambridge-based singer, songwriter and producer CHARLIE returns today with a nostalgic new single called ‘Friends’.
The track reminisces of the bygone days of our childhoods, when life was easier and we had less to worry about.
“Here’s the thing, when you’re younger you don’t realise how good life was. It was so simple, so exciting and part of me misses it so much. I wrote ‘Friends’ inspired by the close knit group of mates I had growing up and how much time we spent together before growing up, moving out of our hometowns and going from seeing each other every day to a few times a year. Yes, this is a personal story to me, but it’s a story shared by every single person and I can’t wait for people to connect with it.”
Alongside its thoughtful lyricism, ‘Friends’ also treats listeners to an energising production that fuses elements of pop with rock.
To date, CHARLIE’s songs and collaborations have found their way onto outlets as noted as BBC Introducing. This talent could well be one of the UK’s new up and comers!