JW Ridley – ‘1990’

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Londoner JW Ridley has returned with a beautifully understated new single ‘1990’.

The new single follows motorik, urgent sliver of alternative-indie-disco collaboration with Dan Carey ‘Everything (Deathless)’, and sees Ridley embark on an immersive journey inwards. More focused on atmosphere and delicate ambience, ‘1990’ is led by rippling piano and warm chimes of guitar, it builds from an origin of fragility into a stunning supernova climax. This is the sort of captivating, emotion-filled song that compels you to listen, demanding all of your undivided attention. Great to hear from JW Ridley again and hopefully we’ll be treated to further new releases in the not so distant future too.

For now, of course there is the no so small matter of ‘1990’. Enjoy its stunning qualities below.

The Floozies – ‘Cosmic Rays’ feat. Ryan Zoidis

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Comprised of brothers Matt Hill (producer/guitarst) and Mark Hill (drums), The Floozies are not short on ideas or self-confidence.

Self-described as the “undisputed kings of electro funk”, it is the duo’s luminescent new single ‘Cosmic Rays’ ads credence to this lofty claim. Lifted from their forthcoming album, Better 4 U, ‘Cosmic Rays’ features Lettuce saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and it is a bright, colourful explosion of fun and ideas. Perfect for summer with its ridiculously sunny disposition, it is bursting with vitality, big beats, samples and funky licks rendering it pretty damn irresistible. Oh, and the stunning sax is just the icing on the cake. Fun, funky and cheesy (in a good way) and you know what, sometimes that is just what’s needed.

Listen to ‘Cosmic Rays’ feat. Ryan Zoidis below.

Wall of Ears – ‘Floating of the Line’

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Seattle-based outfit Wall of Ears – comprised of Chris Lott, Tony Pettigrew, Bryant Hammonds, Derrick Wright & Jon Ruseski – craft sublime and subtly seductive psychedelic pop.

Don’t just take my word for it, the quintet’s latest single ‘Floating of the Line’ provides all the evidence required. Lush undulating ripples of synthesizers and samples mingle with warm, indie-guitar jangle to create a colourful sound which pushes to the fringes of weird. An urgency emerges amid the dreamy, head-bobbing wanderings, driven by powerful, impassioned vocals and drums; that said it at all times remains true to its psych-pop raison d’etre, as it sways and moves in a lush sort of way. An immersive sound with beautiful flourishes, abstract flows and sultry flavors. This is premier West Coast psych-pop pleasures by way of Seattle.

Check out ‘Floating of the Line’ and it’s equally colourful video below. Hopefully there is more where that came from soon.

Introducing: Nia Wyn

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It’s never a bad day when you discover a precocious music talent, especially when it’s going to fill a soulful void in your life.

With that in mind, open yourself to the powerful, raw and soulful sounds of London-based North-Walian artist, Nia Wyn. Wyn has a canny ability for raw and powerful storytelling, set within a kind of unorthodox, rich and engrossing vocal, it immediately marks her out as something rather refreshing. She introduced herself with stunning, folk-tinged blues debut, ‘Help Me’, and actually goes one better with latest single, ‘Do You Love Enough’. The music, as with her voice, channels old blues and soul with a modern twist. These are timeless tales of broken hearts at home and in society, told with her unique and powerful voice. Both singles conjure up a very exciting, defiant charisma that’s simultaneously streetwise, witty, hard and warm. A unique and captivating talent, and one to keep your eye on this year, and beyond, for sure.

A debut EP is in the pipeline for a June release, so keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks. In the meantime, make sure and check out ‘Do You Love Enough’ & ‘Help Me’ below.

Atlas Cedar – ‘In Hollywood’

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Atlas Cedar is the moniker of Glaswegian musician and songwriter Chris Syme.

Syme’s musical influences take in everything from Syd Barrett to Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon to Yes, and more; leaving us with a delightfully charming blend of Americana and folk infused guitar-pop. It is something born out with the latest release from Atlas Cedar is new single ‘In Hollywood’. A layered guitar number, it certainly tips its hat to the 60s, with Syme’s reflective, hushed vocals and hazy instrumentation filling the song with warm and inviting vibes. A breezy jangle with beautiful, irresistible melodies, what’s not to like?

‘In Hollywood’ is out now via RIP Records, the 5th in their new single series, you can sample its aural delights below.

If this one is to your liking, be sure to check out more of Atlas Cedar here.