YellowStraps – ‘Nights Up’


YellowStraps are the Belgian trio comprised of Yvan Murenzi, Alban Murenzi, and Raphael Starkier – together this holy trinity whisk together soul tinged alt-R&B with downtempo electro sensibilities.

For their newest release, single ‘Nights Up’, the trio have roped in the delectable vocal talents of Australian singer St. South – with beguiling results. Sculpted around dizzying synths, a click-clack rhythm, elegant and mildly euphoric piano and slowly shuffling bass, with a click-clack rhythm, ‘Nights Up’ trickles fluidly forward, paving the way for a sensual duet to unfold, amid the seductive groove and ethereal soundscape.

A powerful, captivating cut of electronic-infused soul music, moving at a slinky slo-mo pace, unhurriedly bringing a hazy vibe of nocturnal euphoria.

KA-TYA -‘Little House’


Soviet-born Australian artist and musician living in NYC, KA-TYA has already wowed us with a flagrant and playful defiance of genres, skipping boldly from haunting, synth-driven ballads to joyfully irreverent quirky-pop.

KA-TYA ‘s latest release is a similiarly skittish melting pot of creativity, colour and artistry. Eeking out a space on the indie-pop landscape between the shadow and the light, ‘Little House’ finds KA-TYA in her element. Simultaneously ethereal and gripping, ‘Little House’ is filled with drama and sorrow as the haunting vocals and emotional weight turns the screw, drawing us in. There is a spareness to proceedings, the space endeavours to evoke a sense of intrigue and mystery, while increasing the impact of both piano and vocals. This haunting, mysterious and beguiling single is complimented by a wonderful video, comprised of childhood VHS footage of KA-TYA and her parents in Ukraine in the early ’90s. A compelling, enigmatic and enticing demonstration of KA-TYA’s artistic prowess.

Check out ‘Little House’ below – it doesn’t disappoint.

Beev Rations – ‘Mystic Lover’


Based in Santander, Northern Spain, Beev Rations is the musical alter-ego of Alan James, a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, with a loving flair for psych-tinged, country & western flavoured folk jams.

Beev Rations introduced his wonderful wares with single ‘The Bigger Tricker’ – which as far as introductions go, you couldn’t ask for more. James’ latest ‘Mystic Lover’ is similarly lovable and in under two minutes, it waltzing its way into your heart with an old-word charm and rootsy blend of Doo Wop, Blues and Country. Filled with warmth, the vocals (and indeed the song itself) swoons with joy as the clip-clop percussion meanders through Everly Brothers-esque heavenly harmonies as guitars twang, shimmer and sparkle. There is something extremely familiar but different and original, brought no doubt by James’ unique and peculiar touch.

‘Mystic Lover’ is warm, charming and hard to resist – an incredibly heartfelt bundle of joy!

You can listen to ‘Mystic Lovers’ below now & if that is to your liking, there’s plenty more where that came from, over here.

Lauren Ruth Ward – ‘Sheet Stains’


Baltimore bred, Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, Lauren Ruth Ward, started 2018 on the front foot, releasing her debut album Well, Hell.

The latest track lifted from the album is ‘Sheet Stain’ and we find Lauren Ruth Ward in fine but a little rowdy and loud, form. It is a swaggering slice of americana soul, with its loose swing, stomp and jangly guitar hooks. The rolling and rumbling and rowdy combination provide the energy and propulsion, while Ward’s smokey vocal, casual yet compelling, is given space to breathe. With its rowdy aggressive tones, swing and swagger, ‘Sheet Stain’ makes for a brilliant, catchy and compelling song.

Listen to ‘Sheet Stains’ below and if you like what you hear, Lauren Ruth Ward’s debut album Well, Hell is available here.

Born in October – ‘No Friend of Mine’


Based between Sydney and Nundle NSW, Born in October are indie/folk lovers Rachel Webster (vocals, guitar, ukulele & tambourine) & Matt Thomson (vocals, guitar).

The pair’s love of indie/folk has had beautiful and beguiling results, as evidenced their recently released debut EP, Running in Bare Feet. The latest taste of their deliciously irresistible indie-folkish jangle is ‘No Friend of Mine’ – whisking us far, far away, over mountain streams and spacious valleys. Perfectly intertwined and emotive harmonies, mingle graciously with wistful finger picking and splashes of delicate rhythms, and all coated in an alluring veneer of classic ‘60s/’70s pop melodies. This beautiful and meticulously pieced together popcraft is brushed aside, and complimented, by some fleeting moments of mild but delightfully lush psych-sonics and guitar twangs coming to the fore. An utterly divine creation of rather splendid allure.

Tune in to ‘No Friend of Mine’ below and while you’re at it, why not check out the debut EP, Running in Bare Feet over here?