The Hannah Barberas – ‘Oh Santa Claus!’

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Self-proclaimed “DIY pop partisans”, The Hannah Barberas – Damien, Lucy, Doug & Matthew – an indie-pop foursome from New Cross, London who’ve a knack for charming effervescent indie-pop gems; a rep confirmed by a slew of irresistible singles and EPs throughout the year.

The foursome have returned to see off 2018 with a new and festive minded EP called Christmas Bandwagon with all proceeds donated to Shelter; a charity working to combat homelessness and bad housing in the UK. The latest effort is fronted by ‘Oh Santa Claus!’ which is in keeping with their own tradition of catchy indie-pop jams. ‘Oh Santa Claus!’ sees their dreamy ’60s inspired jangle, met with a wee bit of Christmas sparkle and draped in tinsel. The festive theme is wrapped up in all woozy and breezy vibes and dripping with melody, and those harmonies, they are just a delight. An enchanting and addicting parcel of perfect pop-craft harmony,

You can listen to the cheerful ‘Oh Santa Claus!’ below and if that is to your liking, the EP is available from their Bandcamp, with all proceeds going to UK charity Shelter.

Joy Downer – ‘Plastic Wrap’

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Los Angeles-based Joy Downer aka husband and wife duo Joy and Jeff Downer have been building a rep for cooking up all manner of gorgeous indie-pop.

The creative chemistry between the pair is electric, as evidenced by buoyant, breezy and grooving previous single ‘Stranger Places’. The good news is, Joy Downer are back with a new track and it is just as incredibly addicting and deeply infectious as anything that has gone before it. A catchy-as-hell chorus, mesmerizing melody, seductive groove, lush synths, rhythmic guitars, and pulsing drum machines converge to leave us with a earworm piece of synthy indie-pop perfection. The vocals from Joy meanwhile are like a cool breeze on a hot day, cool, alluring and refreshing.

You’ll find yourself powerless to the infectious feel good vibes and be putting it on “repeat, repeat, repeat.” Get acquainted with ‘Plastic Wrap’ below:

ZENDR & James Chatburn – ‘Simply No Better’

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UK producer ZENDR and Australian artist James Chatburn have joined forces to deliver a fresh cut of future soul in the shape of ‘Simply No Better’.

This new single from the pair is a textured mesh of instrumentals – a chunky breakbeat groove, glowing electronic beats and glistening synths – all pieced together with finesse and peppered with jazzy brass riffs. In doing so, ZENDR has crafted a cocktail that’s the perfect backdrop for Chatburn’s soulful vocals. While ‘Simply No Better’ radiates a mild aura of euphoria, it smoulders with a nagging sense of melancholy – mostly due to Chatburn’s world-weary and soul-soaked vocals. It is a rich and dreamy sound, both mellow and soulful, and oozing with opulent melodies throughout.

Tune in now:

Little People – ‘Skies Turn Blue’

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London-based producer Little People – aka Laurent Clerc – creates colourful sound collages; part beats, bleeps and samples that flow from a love of hip hop, and effortlessly combined with warm synths, intricate melodies and string arrangements.

We witnessed such wizardry on recent single ‘Tonight’ and with latest effort, ‘Skies Turn Blue’ he has repeated the trick. Radiating a cinematic, almost dream-like aura ‘Skies Turn Blue’ shuffles along Clerc’s signature melodic beatwork amid a myriad lush instrumentation; piano chords, subtle bells, haunting synths and glorious strings. The result is a beautiful, stylish disco-indebted tune which is given a final touch of gloss by vocals from Tif Lamson of GIVERS who croons intermittently, cascading over the instrumentals. Sublime.

‘Skies Turn Blue’ is lifted from Little People’s forthcoming new album Landloper, coming on January 11 2019, a first release since 2015, so keep an eye out for that come the new year.

For now, listen to ‘Skies Turn Blue’ below now:

Whyte Horses – ‘Next Year Will Be Mine’

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With their wonderfully uplifting and timeless record Empty Words, Manchester psych-pop outfit Whyte Horses produced one of 2018’s most enjoyable records, whisking us off to a land of blissful, dreamy psychedelia that sounds both familiar yet fresh.

With Christmas fast approaching, Whyte Horses have delivered one of the finest festive tunes in many a year in the shape of ‘Next Year Will Be Mine’. A superb piece of pop music, ‘Next Year Will Be Mine’ is a lush, joyous, hugely uplifting affair, adorned with sleigh bells, sumptuous harmonies, and lyrics sporting a message of hope and unbridled optimism. A magical, timeless and ridiculously catchy single with a cheery chorus that makes you want to sing along instantly.

You can check out Whyte Horses’ Christmas cracker below – and you should most definitely check out their latest album Empty Words here.

Spooky Cigarette – ‘In Due Time’

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‘In Due Time’ is the latest single from San Diego-based outfit Spooky Cigarette.

Formed in 2015, they are something of a pop music recycling plant, melting down bits and pieces from decades past (’60s, ’70s, ’80s & ’90s) and press it all into something new and rather exciting – something their new single ‘In Due Time’ will attest to. An upbeat, jaunty tune comprised of parts Motown, The Specials, Damon Albarn and, well, Spooky Cigarette. Resplendent with twangy guitars, pop melodies, hand-claps-a-plenty, peppy drums and hooks you could hang your coat on – it is simultaneously familiar yet fresh, and both catchy yet chilling. In Short, ‘In Due Time’ is a fantastic song – and one that’ll be going around your head all day.

Listen to ‘In Due Time’ below:

Fleur De Lys – ‘Sbecdol’

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Fleur De Lys are an indie-rock foursome from Anglesey and Morfa Nefyn, North Wales.

Performing in their native Welsh, they’re sound is unashamedly guitar wielding indie rock that flourishes with their catchy riffs, hooks like superglue and an ear for a seductive melody – and in turn make for brilliant songs.

Fleur De Lys were selected as part of the BBC Horizons Project in 2016 and released successful EPs in 2015 Bywyd Braf and 2016 Drysa, and they have an album already written, with more than half of it recorded – the first sample of which, comes in the shape of ‘Sbecdol’. The Anglesey outfit whip up a rock ‘n’ roll storm fueled by a surging energy and powerful, electrifying riffs, ‘Sbecdol’ is an infectious, up-tempo and strident slice of anthemic indie-rock, fueled by a surging energy and powerful, electrifying riffs. A sublime and scintillating slice of guitar wielding sorcery.

Tune in to ‘Sbecdol’ below – and keep an eye for that debut album in the new year.