Night Hikes – ‘Belltown’

Night Hikes is the Seattle-based duo of Olivia Godby and Matthew Farrell who’s preference for lush and fuzz-flavoured dream-pop is utterly beguiling.

The latest fruit from this dynamic partnership comes in the shape of brand new single ‘Belltown’. Sparse to begin with, it is a gentle and dreamy affair built around Godby’s lush vocals that float over a woozy wash of shimmering synth, glimmering guitar, seductive undulating groove and purrs with a rich melodic allure. It is a magical, timeless and stirring as the veil of melancholy and swell of emotion really pulls heavy on the heartstrings. A hazy, late-night lullaby that will transfix your mind and melt your heart.

Listen to ‘Belltown’ below:

O Future – ‘Control The Rain’

O Future have cultivated something of a niche for themselves, fusing electronic, orchestral and art-pop music to create a captivating brand of colourful, imaginative and danceable sounds.

Comprised of Katherine Mills Rymer from South Africa and Jens Bjornkjaer originally from Denmark, who both now reside in Los Angeles, O Future have served up a steady feast of seductive sounds and the pair’s latest single ‘Control The Rain’ is no different. It is a tantalizing array of lush atmospheric synths, seductive beats, elegant breezy vocals and sweeping symphonic sounds. ‘Control The Rain’ is a stunning single that is beautiful and ethereal, as flourishes of orchestral strings adding a final alluring layer of cinematic class and sweeping grandeur.

Listen to ‘Control The Rain’ below – and there is more here.

Seazoo – ‘Heading Out’

Welsh indie maestros Seazoo never cease to amaze with their effervescent indie-pop sounds.

The North Walian outfit are back with a new single as they gear up to release the follow up to their sublime 2018 debut TRUNKS, in Spring 2020. ‘Heading Out’ is vintage Seazoo. Bursting with all that recognisable exuberance and fizzy with energy, lively guitars whizz around addictive melodies and splashes of spurting, colourful synths. It is sweet, charming and bright, and such is its earworm powers, it will compel you  to hum, whistle, sing-along from the off. An utterly addictive and contagious ball of fizzy joy, ‘Heading Out’ will be spinning around your head for days.

Listen to ‘Heading Out’ below, and previous single ‘Throw It Up’ for full new album seduction.

Seatbelts – ‘Black Spring’

Liverpool outfit Seatbelts introduced their joyful brand of guitar pop with singles ‘Hey, Hey Tiger!’, ‘Content Crush’ and more recently ‘Capitalist Confession’

Comprised from James Madden and Ryan Murphy of Hooton Tennis Club, and Abigail Woods and Alex Quinn, Seatbelts are back with new single ‘Black Spring’. Inspired by the writings of Henry Miller, there is a subtle undercurrent of unease and tension amid the overwhelming charming, mellow and melodic vibe. Familiar yet fresh, ‘Black Spring’ touches on Brexit fears against a melancholic, twangy acoustic strum. There is an almost haunting air to it at times, especially with the mixing of vocals but their is light in the twinkling keys / synth and warm glow from (what I think is) organ hum. The dusky feel is brightened further by the instrumental bridges, coincidentally when that the song is at its most vibrant, colourful and experimental. ‘Black Spring’ is yet another wonderful track in an ever growing an impressive catalog. 

Tune in to ‘Black Spring’ below, and if it is to your liking, there is plenty more of the same over here.

Magdalena Bay – ‘Killshot’

Magdalena Bay is an LA-based duo comprised of Mica Tenenbaum (songwriting, vocals) and Matthew Lewin (songwriting, vocals, production), who have a flair for lush and infectious electro-pop. 

Drawing inspiration from retro pop songwriting and contemporary production, the pair began writing together in high school and started making music under the Magdalena Bay moniker in 2016. The result has been a stellar streak of upbeat and synth-driven singles, none more so than latest single ‘Killshot’. A flawless, lovesick electro-pop anthem, Tenenbaum’s lush and alluring vocals glide above a seductive slinking synth line, slick beats, colourful bursts electronics and flourishes of sumptuous strings. ‘Killshot’ is as close to perfection as pop can get, by the time the chorus blooms you are utterly powerless to the persuasive allure of the rich melody, seductive groove and delightful harmonies; it is quite mellow, yet with one foot firmly on the dance floor – soothing yet energised.

Listen to ‘Killshot’ below – it does not disappoint:

The JUNGLES!!! – ‘Roller Coaster’

The JUNGLES!!! are Japanese noisemaking outfit comprised from members of Red Bacteria Vacuum.

Together this trio make one hell of a noise as evidenced by furious new single ‘Roller Coaster’. Released as part of a new Japanese compilation called Tokyo Chikatetsu Vol 2, ‘Roller Coaster’ is wild! It is just under four minutes of furious, unrelenting energy and thunderous noise as pounding drums fearlessly keep a frantic tempo as scintillating riffs, meaty guitars and screeching vocals wield a furious and powerful spell. The potency and pace never lets up, it is an absolute riot, and all cloaked in layers of fuzz and distortion. 

Listen to ‘Roller Coaster’ below – and turn it up loud!

Mayfly – ‘Selfish Girl’

London’s Mayfly (aka Elena Garcia) captivates and transfixes with deceptively sad but spellbinding electronic pop songs.

Debut track ‘Losing You’ and follow up ‘Breathe’ served as a breathtaking introduction to what the 22-year-old Londoner has to offer – and with ‘Selfish Girl’, conjures up another truly glorious single. Written and produced by Garcia, ‘Selfish Girl’ ratchets things up a gear or two. While retaining the icy, steeliness of her previous work, this glacial excursion is anchored by a propulsive groove and steady beats that drive the track forward as simmering synths and pulsing electronics illuminate a path for Garcia’s exquisite and steely vocals to mesmerise. Mayfly has already proven a reliable source of spellbinding sounds but this is her finest yet, and demonstrates a knack for crafting infectious alt-pop but with bite.

Check out the stunning new single below:


NANCY – ‘Clic Clac’

Based in the North East of England, NANCY have demonstrated a propensity for audacious sonic adventures in art-rock meets post-punk.

This enigmatic talent has already afforded us an insight with furious and colourful whirlwind EP The Mysterious Visions last year and weird and wonderful single ‘When I’m With You’. NANCY has returned with another super single; raucous new foot-stomper ‘Clic Clac’. Clocking in just shy of two-minutes, ‘Clic Clac’ is a spectacular return, a hyperactive frenzied blitz of bone rattling drums, furious, jerky guitars, buzzing riffs and fizzing effects as slightly deranged vocals roar above. A chaotic, wild and arresting jam.

‘Clic Clac’ is out now – tune in below:

Otha – ‘Tired and Sick’

Born and raised on the west coast of Norway, producer Otha’s (aka Othalie Husøy) sound draws on a rich vein of Scandinavian pop and electronica.

Following on from her 2018 double bill of dreamy and hazy dance tracks ‘I’m on Top’ and ‘One of the Girls’ comes ‘Tired and Sick’; equally danceable but more a more hyperactive, muscular and jittery experience. ‘Tired and Sick’ is a manic, stress-induced stream-of-consciousness transformed into an irresistible dancefloor ready jam. She recounts her internal monologue of life’s anxieties over an addictive pulsing and driving club beat. Or, as Otha succinctly puts it, “It’s an outburst song. And I hope that one day we can all be a little nicer to each other.” While previous singles are while less manic / more dreamy, all three songs have a commonality; they look to the dance-floor to explore ideas about the outsider, control, public identity, and a private, more hidden self – and, of course, are phenomenal tunes.

Listen to ‘Tired and Sick’ below:

Milly – ‘People Are Forever’

Centred around songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Dyer, Milly is an Los Angeles outfit that blends elements of shoegaze, slowcore, and lo-fi indie into an intense brew of singular musical impression.

Milly have a succinctly titled EP, Our First Four Songs, out on November 6th which promises a feast of the aforementioned attributes and is preceded by lead single,  ‘People Are Forever’. It is slowly enveloping blitz of yearning, slow-burning guitars and smouldering emotion. Dyer’s voice rides along a wave of fuzzed-out guitars, gently uttered forward upon an off-kilter, stumbling but alluring melody, as the fuzz, distortion and raw emotion swells to climactic explosion. It is many things at once; raw yet beautiful, tense yet free and hard-hitting yet dreamy but one thing is for sure, it is phenomenal tune.

Check out  ‘People Are Forever’ below and keep an eye out for the EP coming on November 6th.