J.R. – ‘PAL’

J.R. is Canadian musician and singer-songwriter (real name Julianna Riolino)

Riolino introduced herself with debut single ‘Be My Man’ back in April and now, three months later, she is serving up an alluring second helping with ‘PAL’.

Fuelled by emotional nostalgia inspired by the feeling of youth and naive invincibility, ‘PAL’ is a gleaming guitar-pop gem that purrs with a rich melodic power. Swooning soft-centered balladry and lush instrumentation combine with seductive hooks as warm, honeyed yet smokey vocals bring the detailed lyrical vision to life. It feels wistful, personal and bittersweet, all with a underlying sense of hope and defiance bubbling away. A marvellously lush and alluring single that purrs with a rich melody that will melt even the coldest of hearts.

You can listen to ‘PAL’ below now and the video is ace too, definitely worth checking out.

Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullet Band – ‘Planetary Dawn’

Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullet Band are the wonderfully named duo of Thor Rasmussen and Thomas Frederiksen. Hailing from Denmark, the pair have a preference for the 60s / 70s leaning psychedelic sounds, as evidenced by their new single ‘Planetary Dawn’.

It is an intoxicating and eclectic cocktail of strange, exotic and vital instrumental psychedelia. From the opening furious blast of organ, ‘Planetary Dawn’ demands your attention as we barrel off headlong through a frantic organ-led explosion, that swerves and cavorts on its way though an exotic world of kaleidoscopic colour. Aided and abetted by glorious blasts of organ and relentless drum beats, it grooves along at neck-breaking speed, reaching explosive colourful highs before surging toward spectacular climactic eruption. A ferocious, exhilarating and imaginative four-minute trip; ‘Planetary Dawn’ is a phenomenon that will leave you breathless but invigorated to say the least.

Listen to ‘Planetary Dawn’ below – it doesn’t disappoint:

The Nice Nice – ‘Out Of Ideas’

So good they named them twice, The Nice Nice is Munich-based Australian / German duo Tim Sullivan & Tom Appel who have a penchant for pristine pop of the cosmic variety.

The pair are prepping the release of a forthcoming second EP, aptly titled EP II and it is preceded by stunning new single ‘Out Of Ideas’. It is an elegant, breezy and quirky slice of dreamy indie-pop. ‘Out Of Ideas’ drifts along a rich dripping melody with sweet and subtly seductive groove to a lush, blissful spaced out world. Heavenly harmonies and big pop hooks pull you in, and don’t let go amid that shimmering synths and frazzled electronics engulf you in the rapturous allure. This is utterly beautiful, beguiling and all together divine pop perfection – no question.

Tune in below:

Freedom Fry – ‘David Bowie’

We’d be hard pushed to name another pairing that have regularly and consistently dropped into our lives with an abundance of charming, catchy, bright and lovable songs, than LA-based indie-pop duo Freedom Fry.

The duo, Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, released their delightful debut LP, Classic last year and followed it earlier this year with arguably their most buoyant, insatiable and infectious track yet with ‘The Seasons’. The pair have returned with a new EP called Come Bring Your Love, led by charming single ‘David Bowie’. The track is sunny, spritely and filled with infectious toe-tapping pop goodness as a bubbling bassline, gently winding groove, jaunty rhythm and bright hooks coalesce to form a fabulously alluring and catchy earworm. ‘David Bowie’ is – as is normally the case with Freedom Fry – a sparkling and supremely infectious jam filled with their trademark ear for a melody, divine harmonies, charm and shimmering sonic delights.

Listen to ‘David Bowie’ below and the Come Bring Your Love EP – accompanied by two other brand new tracks – can be found here.

Satin Jackets feat. Panama ‘Automatic’ (The Oddness Remix)

German nu-disco purveyor Satin Jackets aka Tim Bernhardt released his latest album Solar Nights a few weeks back on the Belgian label Eskimo Recordings.

A record littered with wonderful collaborations, it is in no way surprising that Satin Jackets is sharing some remixes of tracks from the album by established names and emerging talents. For the penultimate rework, emerging Melbourne producer The Oddness is on remix duties for Satin Jackets’ collaboration with Panama, ‘Automatic’. It is a transfixing sound loaded with echo and reverb and fuelled by a winding, hypnotic groove and chugging, relentless murmuring bass. The vocals from Panama are moody and emotive, adding an extra evocative and pensive touch as The Oddness dials down the tempo but ups the intensity, transforming the track into a cosmic, hypnotic wonder.

Tune in below and see for yourself.

Ynys – ‘Mae’n Hawdd’

Ynys (pronounced ‘un-iss’) is the moniker of Welsh artist Dylan Hughes, ex Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg, who introduced his new project back in April with mildly dizzying and waltzing psych pop song, ‘Caneuon’.

‘Mae’n Hawdd’ (which translates to “It’s Easy”) is another bona fide treasure and picks up where Hughes’ debut single left off; combining a supreme ear for melody and playful approach to song craft. Featuring long time friend Mali Llywelyn on vocal, an abundance of dreamy keys and glorious swooning strings provide a cinematic backdrop for the most seductive melody to lure you in as the warm and alluring vocal, shimmering synths and melancholic harmonies appear through the mist. ‘Mae’n Hawdd’ is richly melodic and charming, as psychedelic flourishes mingle with a classic pop twist, it is an utter joy to behold, and one that envelopes the listener entirely.

Ynys is one of the finds of 2019 – no question – listen to ‘Mae’n Hawdd’ below and tell me otherwise.

Trap – ‘I Want Moor’

Trap is a rapper / emcee from Long Beach, CA whose music explores a whole array of topics and themes, social commentary and cultural criticism but backed and complemented by sublime and seductive grooves and beats.

On his new single, ‘I Want Moor’, the latest lifted from recently released record, Young Basquiat 3: Lost Vibes, Trap brings out the revolutionary raps. There is a weight to his vocals, speaking with authority, an authority that makes you pay attention, his vision is delivered clearly and concisely, without ever sounding preachy or pretentious. His measured and melodic delivery adds lyrical depth and musical allure, it doesn’t miss a beat and the production, supplied by Chicago’s Jerrod Hinton, is of supreme quality. The beat is rooted in the blues, partially due to sampling Nina Simone but also because of its pace and general vibe. It is a heavyweight tune, and one that’s been on constant rotation the past month.

Check ‘I Want Moor’ below and you can listen to Young Basquiat 3: Lost Vibes here.

Captain Moonlight – ‘The Great Austerity Bake Off’

Kilkenny rapper Captain Moonlight, has long been one of Irish Hip Hop’s most prized possessions. Obsessive about politics, philosophy, literature, music and hurling, it has been nine long years since his last album, 2010’s On The Lough (Agroculture Pt 3).

This period of relative radio silence has been brought to a welcome and abrupt close by new single ‘The Great Austerity Bake Off’ – and it is superb. The beats are infectious and snappy, along with the hovering, soft synth provide an toe-tapping and contagious backdrop for his potent lyrical expanses. Moonlight is up there with the finest lyricist’s this country has produced, and ‘The Great Austerity Bake Off’ finds him in fine fettle – and as usual he doesn’t disappoint.

Although there have been singles here and there – incl. a track for our very own GruffWuff compilation (see below) – the new single also comes with news of new album called Offences Against The State Act 1, which is expected before the year is out.

I’ve long been a huge fan of Captain Moonlight and made no secret of this adoration over the years, so needless to say, it is great to have him back in action.

Listen to ‘The Great Austerity Bake Off’ below:

Lauran Hibberd – ‘Frankie’s Girlfriend’

Isle of Wight native Lauran Hibberd has built a solid rep for irresistible fuzz-filled indie pop and even with just some fleeting attention to her recent output, it is easy to see why.

Following on from ‘Sugardaddy’ and ‘Hoochie’ – both wonderful slabs of melodic, indie-pop goodness – Hibberd’s continuing an impressive 2019 with ‘Frankie’s Girlfriend’; a third track from her forthcoming EP, Everything Is Dogs. Marked by her now signature blend of sass, tongue-in-cheek attitude, quirky vibes and love of fuzzed-up meaty riffs, ‘Frankie’s Girlfriend’ is so infectious and bursting with vitality and laced with delicious power-pop tones. It is sweet yet barbed, and all coated in a warm layer of delightful fuzz and distortion, ‘Frankie’s Girlfriend’ is the right side of catchy.

Listen to ‘Frankie’s Girlfriend’ below and it should get you in the mood for Hibberd’s debut EP Everything Is Dogs, set for release September 20, 2019.

Adam Singer – ‘Balance’

Adam Singer is an electronic producer / musician from San Francisco, who has been creating music for over 15 years. Singer’s output is marked by a full spectrum of sound, mood and emotions as tales and experiences are vividly depicted, leaving quite an impression.

His latest single ‘Balance’, the latest lifted from his 2018 album My Only Hope, is a perfect and exquisite example of his craft. It is immersive and hypnotic, majestically blurring the lines between exhilarating electro and subtly propulsive Krautrock leanings. Just shy of seven minutes, this dynamic and pulsing electronic life-force is spearheaded by a spectacular glistening air, warm melodic keys, soft beats and succession of lush synth, swishes and chimes which eventually become consumed by waves of crunching beats, liquid blissfulness and boundless flourishes of crystalline percussion. Lush, glistening and elegant, ‘Balance’ is a futuristic, vividly imaginative and thrilling sound.

Listen to the beautiful sounds of ‘Balance’ below: