no reception. – ‘Door Mat’

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No reception is a one woman pop punk machine, the brainchild of Claire Julian who takes charge of roles as songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, bassist, and drummer.

Julian’s brilliant brand of angsty, lo-fi indie with a pop-punk streak is clear for all to see on new single ‘Door Mat’. Taken from the recently released EP, See Through, ‘Door Mat’ is a super buoyant affair that unleashes a three-minute, power-pop blitz of catchy riffs, crunchy guitars, infectious pop melodies and fast paced drum grooves that are all coated in a light fuzz and imbued with youthful energy and punky aggression. An irresistible power-pop punk nugget!

Listen to ‘Door Mat’ below now – and the entire EP is available here.

BILK – ‘Slob’

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BILK are young Essex trio of Sol Abrahams (vocals/guitar), Luke Hare (bass), and James Holland (drums) who’s preference is an angsty blend of indie, rap and punk; and a fondness for Fred Perry and Adidas.

Their latest single ‘Slob’ is an absolute riot; it is frenetic, feisty, energetic, raw and anthemic.
Crunching, raw guitars and buzz-saw riffs meet furious fast-paced drums to drive the energy forward, providing fuel for the volatile, semi-rapped streetwise lyrics that are brash, mouthy and tongue-in-cheek.Talking themes of youth, unemployment and drugs the trio present a firm middle finger to the people who looked down on them as dosers for choosing music. This is an apologetically raw and lippy indie-punk sound.

Tune into the sound from the suburbs, ‘Slob’ below:

BDRMM – ‘C.U.’

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BDRMM are a Hull based 5-piece who explore the worlds of ‘90s indie-rock, shoegaze, psychedelic-rock and slacker dream pop – demonstrated to perfection with latest single ‘C.U.’.

Armed with the combined power of burning guitars, bubbling basslines and crashing drums, they craft a compelling sulky rock sound that is full of youthful yearning and glistening guitar lines. Amid dreamy synths, gauzy guitars, and heart-filled harmonies, ‘C.U.’ unravels gradually, channelling a cocktail of hurt and numbing anxieties into a sprawling epic of burning guitars and synth-soaked and lethargic vocals splattered with melancholy – for a mesmerizing four-and-a-half minutes that whooshes by with an electrifying, sonic alchemy.

Tune into ‘C.U.’ below:

Rock Eupora – ‘People In My Head’

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Rock Europa is the alias of Nashville-via-Mississippi fuzz pop lover Clayton Waller, who’s sound is bound by a love of – and an ability to produce – timeless and infectious pop songs, with a fair share of “oohs” and “ahhs” thrown in for good measure.

Taken from his self-titled album, latest single ‘People In My Head’ delivers this fast-paced and action packed rock-n-roll experience with a seductive power-pop hook. It is a hyperactive mesh of lively pumped up punk and garage riffs, snappy beats, wonky psych-tones and utterly contagious fuzz-filled adventure. While it is at times comical and tongue-in-cheek, it is a hyper-active punky, power-pop two-fingers to those mocking of a career in music. The allure of ‘People In My Head’ is seductive as hell, it will have you reaching for repeated plays, over and over, and over and over again.

Try it below, see if you can resist…..

O Future – ‘Smell You’

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O Future consists of Katherine Mills Rymer from South Africa and Jens Bjornkjaer originally from Denmark both now living in Los Angeles.

Working under the previous moniker of OOFJ, the synth-pop pairing released two albums, but ‘Smell You’ marks the latest in a string of singles under their new handle. Together, the pair create colourful, imaginative and ethereal electronica that will get firmly lodged in your head, as evidenced by latest single. ‘Smell You’ draws you in with a deep magnetic rumble and disco-esque percussion as Bjornkjaer’s illuminating production dances with Rymer’s heavenly harmonies. Undeniably dreamy but energetic, lush strings a la ’60s James Bond movie scores emerge to add a final alluring touch of cinematic class and sweeping grandeur. A stunning and seductive single.

Tune into ‘Smell You’ below:

Perfect Body – ‘Fields’

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Formed in Cardiff in 2017, Perfect Body take their cue from the sonic experimentation of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Having established a name for themselves locally, the Welsh five-piece have joined up with the much renowned Bubblewrap Collective to release a split EP along with Zac White. Perfect Body’s inclusion is ‘Fields'; a dreamy, glacial shoegazy effort that rustles with the ghosts of their aforementioned influences and woozy 60s psych. ‘Fields’ is characterised by managing to be a number of things simultaneously; it’s noisy, psychedelic guitar is both that and elegant. It is ethereal yet muscular and amid the icy, crisp glacial tones there is warmth from the slowburing guitars and wall of sound. Combining to create a wall of noise, it is funnelled through a hazing mix of fuzz and distortion which doesn’t obscure the delightful pop core, and allure of the single.

Tune into ‘Fields’ below:

Interbellum – ‘Ink’

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Interbellum is the musical project of Lebanese singer-songwriter Karl Mattar, aka Charlie Rayne. Formed in 2015, the project sees him teaming up with multi-instrumentalist and producer Fadi Tabbal and other musicians from Beirut.

Interbellum’s sound is formed from a blend of several familiar elements which at times brings to mind Bob Dylan, Youth Lagoon or Beach House to name but a few, yet it, and it’s appeal, remain very much their own distinct identity. ‘Ink’ is the lead single single lifted from Interbellum’s new album Dead Pets, Old Griefs and it captures this aesthetic perfectly. Opening with a childlike lullaby, it comes in slow, waltzing along a near clockwork rhythm as the swooning emotional swell, underlying melancholy and the whimsical lyrics pull at the heartstrings amid their twinkling surroundings and warm, glowing, organ hum. ‘Ink’ is an irresistibly dreamy, warm and inviting companion filled with a heart-swelling sentiment and all configured in the catchiest arrangement possible.

You can listen to ‘Ink’ below and if you find it to your liking, the new album Dead Pets, Old Griefs can be found here.