Honey Moon – ‘Magic’

London jangle-pop outfit Honey Moon have made a habit of crooning their way way into our hearts with heartfelt, hazy and lackadaisical slice of indie-pop goodness.

This prodigious talent for crafting three minute plus pop gems is evidenced by last year’s wonderful Four More From… EP, and 2019 single ‘If I Could Only Dream’, and they are at it once again. Honey Moon’s latest single ‘Magic’ has liberal dusting of just that. Their trademark doo-wop and crooning enchantment is given a more lavish flavour, one of more grandiose proportions. It is a rich and colourful confection, it is bright and breezy,and swelling with elegant strings, sinuous melodies, lilting hooks and jangly guitars that will please your ears and melt your heart. This is another enchanting and whimsical illustration of classic pop-craft, Honey Moon have got a right knack for creating tunes the right side of familiar.

Listen to ‘Magic’ below – it is exactly what it says it is.

Orla – ‘Breathe’

Orla is an 18 year old Irish musician and producer from Co Meath who has a preference for dreamy, elegant and atmospheric sounds; flashed with exquisite finesse on her debut single ‘dream’.

With new single ‘Breathe’, Orla sticks to this familiar formula for ambient, atmospheric and downtempo sounds. ‘Breathe’ is an elegant, shimmering delight with bags of charm. Striking a delicate and subtle balance between electronic elements with organic instrumentation as lush flowing synths, jovial beat and chiming guitar converge with an entrancing bass line. Subtle and unassuming, warm and alluring, dreamy and intoxicating; ‘Breathe’ will make an indelible mark your soul, and leave you all the better for it.

Listen to ‘Breathe’ and it’s shimmering majesty below:

Blacktop Freak – ‘majordepressivebipolarocdillallowyou’

Blacktop Freak is the alter-ego of Michigan-based musician Nick Marinelli.

Marinelli’s reverb-clad soundscapes are derived from parts woozy dream-pop, swirling psychedelia and whirring shoegaze, a penchant outlined on recently released debut EP, Ibidem. The EP climaxes with ‘majordepressivebipolarocdillallowyou’, which charts the steady, then complete breakdown of a relationship.

Musically, the song is one of constantly rising in tension. Beginning life with a gentle melodic strum, it meanders for a time in a dreamy slumbering wonderland, gradually swelling and before enveloping all in its wake with an increasing hiss, off-key strum and feverish atmosphere as a mesmeric hypnotic pattern emerges as it spills and sprawls over one another in slo-mo fashion. It reaches its peak and then its gone. It is equally beautiful and jarring; raw yet refined; it is a powerful and seductive sound – no mean feat.

Listen to ‘majordepressivebipolarocdillallowyou’ below:

Omaloma – ‘Dywarchen’


Welsh artist Omaloma (aka George Amor) has eked out a rather special place on the musical landscape with a series of singles confirming his standing as a reliable source of blissful, spacey psych-pop.

Latest offering ‘Dywarchen’ is Omaloma’s first release since the magnificent ‘Bubblegum’ last year and it, and b-side ‘Europa B’, continue this predilection for lush, sophisticated cosmic-pop. Conceived during a trip to the Snowdonian lake of the same name, ‘Dywarchen’. Radiating warm summer vibes, ‘Dywarchen’ gently drifts by with a carefree and blissful aura. An alluring blend of mildly funky keys, gushes of lush synth and woozy psych brush strokes, fashion a seductive and dreamy underbelly for Amor’s soft, soothing and alluring vocals to charm you entirely. B-side ‘Europa B’ – a theme tune to an as yet unrealised sci-fi series – is every bit as beguiling. Breezing gracefully by with twinkling electronics and shimmering synth illuminating our way through an ethereal universe of tranquillity; it is a woozy four minute sojourn through a spellbinding interstellar paradise. Two stunning additions to a sublime catalogue and yet further evidence Omaloma brilliance and unique talent.

‘Dywarchen’ is out now via Cae Gwyn Records, tune in below.

MIYNT – ‘Peaches’

Having returned from hiatus with a gloriously rich and sultry slice of ‘riviera pop’ in ‘Vacation With Bond In South Of France Part 2′, Swedish artist MIYNT has another lush, smooth pop song for us with ‘Peaches’.

Channelling hazy psychedelia, ‘Peaches’ is second single lifted from her forthcoming as-of-yet untitled second EP. It is lush, dreamy and suave, warm and sun-kissed it conjures the lucid sound of summer as it slinks along a sultry, seductive groove, ushered onward by a propulsive and throbbing bassline. It weaves its way through a dreamy atmosphere with its hazy synths, frazzled electronics and playful wonky guitar tone, overlaid with MIYNT’s lavish honeyed vocals which whimsically wanders along at a similarly slinking pace. ‘Peaches’ is utterly divine and lush psych-pop that will warm the heart of even the grimmest among us.

Listen to ‘Peaches’ below.

GotSome – ‘Plastic On Acid ft Roxanne Shante’

Bristol’s GotSome, aka Adam Gorsky, is a producer & DJ with a flair for recontextualizing the sounds of various dance sub-genres – disco, dubstep, house, and more – and blending with hip hop influences into hip-house leaning sound.

Gorsky’s latest single ‘Plastic On Acid’ is a floor-filling banger that features the vocal talents of New York musician and rapper Roxanne Shante. Unadulterated fun, it is an uptempo drum-heavy, bass-led retro-fixated house excursion that embraces Shante’s skill for sliding effortlessly between rapping and singing, jacking the propulsion where necessary. It is utterly addicting and danceable as squelchy acid licks, pitch-screwed bass, blurred synth chords and house basslines transfix and get your body grooving (and no doubt dancefloors moving).

‘Plastic On Acid’ is just great, simple as. Listen to it below.

Faux Canada – ‘Stockton’

Faux Canada is a San Francisco-based indie-pop foursome, heavily inspired by the early 00’s Secretly Canadian lineup of indie rockers, the quartets influences also touch on elements of 90’s shoegaze, grunge, and electro-lounge, all wrapped up in a delightfully charming and energetic pop sheen.

The aforementioned brew is the sound of their new EP, Liars’ Teeth, which is led by single ‘Stockton’. It is a charming and melodic delight as sporadic guitars mesh with sweet harmonies, catchy riffs and sharp hooks, propelled onward by drums and meaty bassline, and engulfed in a mild blanket of warm fuzz and distortion. An effortlessly sweet and catchy slice of bright and bouncy indie-pop laden with delicious harmonies and warm fuzz. Faux Canada have figured out the deceptively simple, age-old secret to transcending influences: just write top notch songs.

Listen to ‘Stockton’ below and if that is to you liking, check out their new EP, Liars’ Teeth here.

Aliendawg. & Moon Pics – ‘Give In’

For starters, 10/10 for the name but far from being just a front, Aliendawg. (aka Luiz Spíndola) and Moon Pics (aka Adriano Caiado) have the substance to back up the handle.

The Brazilian duo have joined forces for the release of the excellent two-song split EP, Give In / Paper Heart, out now via Midsummer Madness.With ‘Give In’, a bright, shimmering and melodic tune from the get go, the Brazilian pair proceed to explore the worlds of ‘90s indie rock, shoegaze and dream pop over the course of three-and-a-half minutes bursting with warm, lush melodies. A rich, textured sound, blanketed fuzzy guitars to create spellbinding soundscapes swelling with heart and emotion Layers of guitars, fuzz, distortion and whirring are moulded into something beautiful, lulling you in and transfixing; it is warm, melodic, charming and deeply alluring.

Listen to ‘Give In’ below – it is a gem.

Bels Lontano – ‘Lift the Sun’

Bels Lontano is an electronic music project from US-based composer and producer aka Bret Bohman.

Following on from his stellar introduction with debut EP Kind Decade early doors in 2019, he is back with a sublime new single ‘Lift the Sun’. Bels Lontano’s sonic touch strikes a perfect balance between opposing elements, a juxtaposition that feels natural and seamless, and that is the case once again. Introducing itself is a rather soft manner, it slowly evolves a much more vibrant and energised exploration as the various electronic sounds emerge. While propelled by harsh, crunchy beats the dreaminess never relents fully as cascading twinkling electronics and shimmering synths are never far away, which, along with rich textures and an ear for melody. A track of duality; it is equally at home on a dance floor or solitary consumption – a rich and rewarding experience.

Listen to ‘Lift the Sun’ below 

Psetta – ‘Low Mid Hi’

Psetta is a Los Angeles-based producer with a flair for stunning sonic distillations that eek out a balance between contrasting components; darkness and light, hard and soft, and so on.

Psetta’s proficiency in such matters is born out for all to see on new single ‘Low Mid Hi’. It strikes a perfect balance between the extremes of muscular grooves and whispered intimacy, stitching together melancholic, semi-chanted vocals with murky, sputtering and choppy electronics and burbling synthesizers. Touching on clunky house/techno as well as flirting on the fringes dream pop, it is a marriage of sounds done with clinical precision as intricate blend of bleeps, burbling synthesizers, acid squelches are woven with dreamy tones, delicious crispness and touch of melancholy. With one foot on the dancefloor and the other not far behind, this an absolute treasure.

Listen to ‘Low Mid Hi’ below: