Jacqueline Tucci – ‘Fear’

Jacqueline Tucci is a Toronto-based musician readying the release of her debut EP, Jungle Sounds later this year.

Having spent time honing her songwriting abilities as a solo acoustic act, Tucci has heralded a transition to full-band dynamics with lead single ‘Fear’. Opening with a raw bass line, it is a bustling, fuzzed-up jam tempered by a meandering guitar riff and lavish layers of fuzz. It is a powerful and thrilling anthem that snakes its way through the warm fuzz and distortion showcasing Tucci’s brilliant ear for melody and lyricism. Tucci’s warm vocals are filled with emotion and rousing sense of defiance – albeit with a lingering sense of melancholy.

A superb tune and intro to Jacqueline Tucc – tune in below:

Clear Soul Forces – ‘Nine Five’

Detroit hip hop collective, Clear Soul Forces released their fifth and unfortunately final album Forceswithyou on March 13.

Formed in 2009, the hip-hop quartet made their name with a classic combo of head-nodding, shuffling percussion with subtle and melodic instrumental touches – a hallmark stamped all over their final hurrah as they continue to charm us with their swansong ‘Nine Five’. It is melodic, playful and bouncy as hell as as each rapper takes their turn to unleash their own style and cadence, attacking the beat with slick wordplay crammed tight with colourful pop-culture references. The silky wordplay is matched in the hypnotic stakes by seductive, flawless beatwork, colourful bright and glitchy synth sounds, and  bubbling electro -groove, ‘Nine Five’ is an absolute joy, and finding a balance between contemporary creativity and nostalgia.

Tune into ‘Nine Five’ below and if you like what your hear, check out Forceswithyou here.

Jinx Lennon Shares ‘North Louth’; New Album Out Now

Jinx Lennon is a unique talent – a national treasure to be exact – and one of Ireland’s most insightful songwriters who is influenced as much by hip hop and post-punk, Jinx is the embodiment of a modern folk singer. 

Whether it is an acoustic guitar or sampled disco beat, raw garage noise or breakbeats his are songs of raw truth that push us to confront uncomfortable home truths in our society while kicking back against the humdrum bullshit of the modern world. Jinx’s new album Border Schizo Fffolk Songs for the Fuc**d was released on Friday last, and came accompanied by single ‘North Louth’. The tune, and the video, are immense. ‘North Louth’ is a hard-edged tune but one that has more than modicum of infectious allure, not to mention extremely danceable. While bristling with rawness as Jinx delivers his powerful lyrics in his distinct and brilliant manner, fizzing synths, frazzled electronics and break-beat add the dancey grooves.  Jinx Lennon’s music isn’t for everyone, sure but there is no one else quite like him and it hard to be unique nowadays but Jinx does it with ease and is searingly brilliant as always.

Border Schizo FFFolk Songs For The Fuc**d is out now – watch the superb video for ‘North Louth’ below:

BAILE – ‘Cyclical’ feat. Lukas Oppenheimer

BAILE, the project of New York producer Reed Kackley, specializes in bouts of lavish, downtempo escapism.  

If you were (like I) looking for an intro to BAILE’s work, the Brooklyn-based producer has shared new single ‘Cyclical’, which is lifted from the recently released EP,  Winte and featuring Lukas Oppenheimer. ‘Cyclical’ introduces itself with a lullaby vibe as gentle chimes with a music box feel before the dreamy tranquility is swept to one side as breakbeats and murmuring bass up the tempo and add a meaty edge. It is the coming together of these two vibes, dreamy and dancey, and its the ability to present them simultaneously amid a haze of  psychedelic brush strokes and wonky synths, that its true allure is to be found.’Cyclical’ is an intricate and delicately constructed, beat-driven cut of gorgeous, glitchy and otherworldly electronic music.

You can sample’Cyclical’ below now and if if that is to your liking, why not try the new EP,  Winte here.

TOLEDO – ‘Lovely’

Revolving around the Brooklyn-based pairing of Dan Alvarez and Jordan Dunn, TOLEDO have have kept us well supplied with irresistible, lush and melodic indie-folk delights.

The pair have returned with a new single called ‘Lovely’; a charming, sweet and dreamy confection that is, as its name suggests, ‘lovely’. It flows along a gentle, understated melodic groove with a patter of percussion, breezy air, alluring strum and tender vocal imbued with emotion and pang of melancholy. With its dreamy allure, easy-listening vibes and distant brass, we are whisked off to simpler times of hazy summer evenings, and bewitching us in the process.

Listen to the dreamy delights of ‘Lovely’ below:

Jo Marches – ‘Long Term Parking’

Jo Marches – an Utrecht outfit fronted by the inimitable Johanneke Kranendonk – specialise in heady brew of psych-infused swirling synth-pop, sophisticated pop sensibilities and infectious melodies.

Having impressed no end with a seemingly endless supply of excellence, Jo Marches dazzle us again with new single ‘Long Term Parking’. The first single lifted from a third EP, Moon Mirror, expected in October 2020, ‘Long Term Parking’ is all dreamy and ethereal allure. Kranendonk’s breathy, elegant vocals float breezily along, smouldering with emotion, as sparse origins give way to a growing swell of bass, shimmering synths, keys and glistening guitar. It is a gorgeous song filled with woozy vibes and lush melodic allure and all sprinkled with cosmic dust.

‘Long Term Parking’ is another enchanting piece of psych-infused cosmic synth-pop. Tune in below. 

Omaloma announce debut album; share ‘Walk The Dog’

Welsh outfit Omaloma has etched out a rather special place on the musical landscape with a series of sublime singles marking him out as a reliable source of blissful, spacey psych-pop.

Originally the solo-project of Welsh artist George Amor, Omaloma is now a full band operation – including Amor Llŷr Pari (drums, sample pad), Daf Owain (bass), Alex Morrison (synths) & Gruff ab Arwel (guitar) – and together they will release their much anticipated debut album, Swish on April 3, 2020.

Ahead of the forthcoming album, they have shared lead singe ‘Walk The Dog’ and is filled with all the alluring stardust that has charmed us thus far. It gently grooves along a syrupy smooth groove, languidly meandering through an alluring blend of slinky synth-pop amid cascading twinkles of electronics, psych brush strokes, woozy synth lines and Amor’s soft, soothing soft vocals. ‘Walk The Dog’ is a blissful sojourn to a peaceful and tranquil plain in a world gone mad and makes the debut record a mouthwatering prospect.

Listen to ‘Walk The Dog’ below. Swish is out tomorrow (April 3, 2020) via Cae Gwyn Records.

bdrmm – ‘Happy’

Hull-based outfit bdrmm have been blurring the lines between ‘90s indie, shoegaze, psych and dream pop since 2018, and dazzling us in the process.

Following on from their debut EP in 2019, bdrmm are now focused on their debut album. Recorded and mixed by Alex Greaves (Working Mens Club, Bo Ningen) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Slowdive, Beach House) the record is led by new single ‘Happy’. Simultaneously taut and dreamy, ‘Happy’ hares off along a propulsive rhythmic groove with clipped guitar lines and while reverb-drenched vocals float above the shimmering haze of atmospheric splendor. It is whizzes and fizzes by as those guitars glisten amid the glorious cloud of mild fuzz and distortion. An utterly dazzling tune, and one that harnesses its core strength from embracing the combination of seemingly opposites as the lead guitar spirals into the hushed, dreamy vocals and emphatic rhythmic energy.

Listen to ‘Happy’ below – there is no concrete date for the album but expect it sometime later in the year.


CIEL – ‘Days’

CIEL are Brighton-based, Dutch dream-pop trio fronted by Michelle Hindriks (also of Sväva).

Together, Hidrinks and company concoct a heady brew of starry-eyed dream pop with shoegaze, psych and indie brushstrokes – beautifully demonstrated by new single ‘Days’. Lifted from the forthcoming debut Movement EP, ‘Days’ is a swirling cloud of hazy and magical charm as bright guitars soar to heavenly heights while cymbal-heavy percussion plunge in the opposite direction in something of a psych see-saw action. Amid this shimmering haze melodies come flying out at all angles over and lush dreamy vocals fly above while way beneath a bubbling propulsive groove rumbles with motorik precision. It is absolutely stunning – power, procession and beauty in all the right quantities.

Listen to ‘Days’ below:

Introducing: Anton Che

Anton Che is a producer from Khabarovsk, Russia who has a preference for captivating, escapist and cinematic sounds, matched in no small way by a supreme ear for groove.

The latter is a constant, a hallmark or calling card throughout his work, and more specifically on Che’s latest singles ‘UFO’ and ‘Loose. The former is an elegant arrangement that glistens and flickers as minimal flourishes of synths and frazzled electronic radiate a sense of wonderment and awe before the soft and seductive beat emerges to navigate through a world cosmic splendor. ‘UFO’ is an atmospheric beauty; an engrossing and transfixing escape. ‘Loose’ meanwhile is more earthy and grounded as it stutters and shuffles along seductive, bubbling bassline and choppy chords while soft beats click-clack amid a sea of fresh and hazy tones.  Both tracks lean heavily on groove; from the subtle bassy swagger of ‘Loose’ to the relaxing stasis of ‘UFO’ – and are captivating and mesmerizing in their own ways.

Listen to ‘UFO’ & ‘Loose’ below: