Black Beach Baby – ‘All I Know’

Black Beach Baby are Stockholm-based duo of Andy and My, who since forming in 2017, have been bringing all the gorgeous, dreamy indie-pop vibes – and with their single ‘All I Know’ delivers all that and more.

We got acquainted with the Swedish pair through previous single ‘Loser’ – a magnificent slice of melodic guitar pop – and ‘All I Know’ follows a similarly joyous path. It is bright, breezy and dreamy as hazy guitar, jangling riffs and snappy beat set the lush and alluring backdrop for the hushed and airy vocal tones to thrive. Dripping with a rich melody, ‘All I Know’ is buoyed by irresistible hooks and pop sensibilities as they charm our ears with their warm and infectious brand of lo-fi indie-pop. What they do is deceptively simple and that is by no means a bad thing; they just craft great songs.

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Springfield Elementary – ‘Machine Fiend’

Springfield Elementary are Manchester-based post-punk powerhouse comprised of Billy Goodwin (Vocals/Guitar), Brad Lewis (Lead Guitar), Liam Moffat (Bass) and Chris Tomkinson (Drums).

The foursome introduce their raw, raucous and thrilling post-punk (with an underlying garage-rock and punk element) sound with new single ‘Machine Fiend’. A frantic and exhilarating opening offering, it explodes into life with a meaty guitar, chugging bassline and furious crashing drum combo, like releasing a coiled up spring. Searing riffs, fuzz, distortion and furious fast-paced insure it becoming even more brash, jagged and caustic as it shoots off with volatility as vocals spat out with venom. It is a short, sharp and muscular intro that is exhilarating and bursting with vitality and will have you headed straight for repeated plays.

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MARTH – ‘Golden Hour’

MARTH is a multi-Instrumental producer/composer from Netherlands who’s sound is born from a preference for Future Beats with hip hop, electronica and jazz influences.

Utilising a mix of electronic and live instruments, with an emphasis on trumpet, MARTH creates a chilled sound brimming with positivity and natural rhythm, and latest single ‘Golden Hour’ is a perfect case in point. Inspired by a painting from Van Gogh, it a trumpet focused chilled three-minutes. A laid-back groove slides along lulling you into this relaxing world, making your mind susceptible the serene mixture of soulful electronics, 90s chill, jazzy vibes with an added hip-hop pulse, and funky, brazen beat beneath. It is quite wistful and thought provoking, set to a scene of serenity, leaving you refreshed, relaxed and chilled.

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Introducing: Memes

Memes are Glasgow lo-fi post punk noise-making duo of cousins John and Paul McLinden.

The pair introduce their fast, furious and feisty post-punk with double A-side debut single, ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ and ‘Funny Man‘ – a thrilling, raw and exhilarating opening salvo. ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ is dismissive and prickly as crunchy guitar, winding riffs, mesmerising meaty bass and furious fast-paced beat provide the backdrop for the barbed tones of the frantic, volatile and sardonic vocals. ‘Funny Man‘ meanwhile, is even more brash, jagged and caustic as it shoots off with a jerky and hyperactive fervour while vocally it is even more agitated and spat out with an increased bite and bark – while tempered with a wee bit more of a melodic sensibility. Two short, sharp and thrilling blasts of attitude filled post-punk vigour (with flashes of parts Sluts of Trust, The Fall & HMHB) that will have you stretching for the repeat button.

Listen to ‘Blah Blah Blah’ & ‘Funny Man’ below:

Kastane – ‘Shimmers’

Kastane is an electronic music project from Irish producer and drummer Alan Walsh, and beginning life as a side project while in Berlin, he has two EPs to his name Tunnels EP (2017) and Trang EP (2018), with a third expected in the future. 

With the latter in mind, Kastane has released ‘Shimmers’; a sophisticated, transfixing and melodic eight-minutes. While heavy on mood, texture and atmosphere with relentless oscillations transfixing, given that he is a card carrying member of drummers union, ‘Shimmers’ true strength and allure is sourced from its rhythmic and percussive power. As it unfolds, layer upon layer of sound evolves, the rhythm remains focused as beats are unleashed with pinpoint precision, while tight drum pads and sharp synth notes dual to create an alternate beat. ‘Shimmers’ is elegant, bewitching and sophisticated and will bend you to its mighty will, leaving you utterly powerless to resist it’s tempting allure.

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Strange Neighbors – ‘Hilltopper’

Strange Neighbors are indie-pop foursome – Aidan (vocals), Tracey (drums), Dana (bass) and Zach (guitar) – based in New York.

Together, they craft effervescent guitar-pop that is sometimes quiet, sometimes loud, and sometimes somewhere in between, but always the sweet sort of sound to paste smiles of faces. Definitely of that ilk is ‘Hilltopper’ – the first lifted from their forthcoming debut album How to Human – and its a bright and breezy three minutes of pristine guitar-pop that cruises along with infectious ease. Bright, buoyant and infectious, it builds upon an enchanting flair for pop and lush, sinuous melodies, and met with an irresistible guitar-jangle, sweet, honeyed vocals and a delicious layer of The Primitives-esque sparkle. A bright and breezy slab of fizzy, energetic guitar-pop – pop perfection personified; it is an allure that is charming, enchanting and altogether impossible to resist.

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BDRMM – ‘Question Mark’

BDRMM are a Hull based 5-piece who reside in a world blurring the lines between ‘90s indie-rock, shoegaze, psych and slacker dream pop.

They introduced intricately weaved dreamy sonics and sentimental tales with singles ‘C.U’ and ‘Heaven’ over the past nine months, and they are back new single ‘Question Mark’. Teaming up with Sonic Cathedral’s Singles Club it is slowburning, gently anthemic and highly evocative as we take a slumbering stroll through a woozy world of layered swirling textures. Anchored by shimmering guitar, ‘Question Mark’ floats like a lackadaisical daydream, the delicate instrumentals the bouncy for the dreamy vocals and bittersweet lyrics. A moving, evocative and elegant slice of dream-pop perfection, yet another exquisite single from BDRMM.

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Sywel Nyw – ‘Jumping Fences’

Sywel Nyw is the new musical project from Welsh musician and Yr Eira frontman Lewys Wyn.

For his new project, Wyn has traded indie-rock wares for a more dreamy synth-based sound experimenting with guitars, synths and drum loops.The first fruits of this new project comes in the form of stellar debut single ‘Jumping Fences’. It gently swaggers along a seductive, slinking groove sprinkled with shimmering guitar tones, psych brush strokes, woozy synth lines, melancholic riffs and heavenly harmonies creating a soothing and hopeful vibe. Marked by melancholy but brimming with optimism, ‘Jumping Fences’ is buoyed by hope and overwhelmed by warmth, beauty and swells with a powerful sense emotional resolution.Vocally meanwhile, ‘Jumping Fences’ shifts between English and Welsh organically, for a thoughtful and introspective look on the effects of social media – a glorious tune that will have you headed straight for repeated listens.

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Heavy Heart – ‘Cry Ice’

London dream-pop outfit Heavy Heart draw their 2019 trilogy of singles to a close on thrilling fashion with ‘Cry Ice’.

Like the previous two transfixing and beautiful singles, ‘Dowsabel’ and ‘Bed Bug’, ‘Cry Ice’ yields marvellous results. Drifting seamlessly along, ‘Cry Ice’ brings an even more intimate and emotive flavour to their vivid songwriting and luscious dream pop. Keyboards gently flicker and guitars glisten as Vincent’s velvety vocals soar above the steady beat, warm blanket of fuzz and melodic allure. It is a heady and potent mix that is fragile yet powerful and forceful yet melancholic, that leaves you powerless as it pulls heavy on the heartstrings. While all three singles arose from the demise of lead singer Anna Vincent and guitarist Patrick Fitzroy’s seven-year relationship, ‘Cry Ice’ feels much more personal and emotional, as it tells a tale of two lovers slowly and painfully freezing to death on a mountain, side by side, but unable to reach the other. Like the previous singles, this one was mixed and co-produced by Gabe Wax (The War On Drugs, Palehound, Soccer Mommy), and is utterly divine.

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Chloe Foy – ‘Without You’

Manchester-based singer, songwriter and folk artist Chloe Foy introduced herself with the beautiful, expansive and melodic folk of ‘Oh You Are Not Well’, and with a debut album in the works, Foy has returned with new single ‘Without You’.

Thoughtfully arranged and elegantly expressed, ‘Without You’ draws power from juxtaposition; it is delicate yet intense, beautiful yet harrowed, sad but resilient and uplifting. It waltzes along a cushioned bass stomp and rhythmic guitar strum amid an elegant yet increasingly intense atmosphere swirl, tempered by lilting melodies and chiming guitars. This exquisite textured backdrop is the perfect and bewitching companion for Foy’s strikingly beautiful voice to bend you to the power of its whim.

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