Beige Banquet – ‘Wired/Weird’

Formed earlier in 2020, East London-based Beige Banquet (aka Tom Brierley) play drum-machine-driven and self-produced outsider/weirdo/art punk.

‘Wired/Weird’ is the first in a collection of tracks written and produced in a dank East-London bedroom during the first part of 2020 in circumstances familiar to many musicians, Brierley switched focus from performing to recording, and this is the first fruit from that labour. The aptly titled ‘Wired/Weird’ is spikey, agitated and drum-machine-driven post-punk. Fuelled by metronomic beat, repetitive guitar lines, jerky riffs and sharp rhythm section, making for an angular, intoxicating and off-kilter jam. This somewhat frenzied sounds perfectly complement the stream-of-consciousness lyrics and manic delivery – it is unique and brilliant with more promised in 2021.

Listen to ‘Wired/Weird’ below – it is out now on Just Step Sideways Records 

Benbo & Michelle Bee – ‘Room In A Box’

UK producer and musician Benbo, and long time collaborator Michelle Be, are a pairing that embraces their quirky nature, and love for music, feeding off one another’s particular penchant which oozes from every fabric of their sound.

Their latest fruit from their collaboration is ‘Room In A Box’, a loose-limbed, seductive, slo-mo groover. It slinks along a super seductive slo-mo disco groove as warped, wobbling beats intertwine with a pulsing synth, as hushed honeyed vocals float gracefully above. Aided and abetted by winding acid squelches, ‘Room In A Box’ winds along that seductive groove as the cosmic soundscape is peppered with subtle bouts of euphoria and ravey undertones. This is a stunning offbeat exploration of imaginative, off-kilter, funk and disco-infused cosmic that will worm its way inside your head and refuse to leave for days and days.

‘Room In A Box’ is out now, complete with a Hannah Holland remix, a shiny new radio re-version. Tune in below:


Ben Xylo – ‘Calculator’

Born out of the anxiety of the lockdown, ‘Calculator’ is the debut single from UK producer Ben Xylo, 1/3 of Bath rockers* The Vacant Official, and he’s gone and cooked up something rather special.

Taking a host of house, techno and electronica influences, Xylo assimilates these familiar traits into otherworldly electronic music that gracefully hovers in an ambiguous hinterland between subtly euphoric and vaguely ambient. Cloaked in a shadowy mystique, ‘Calculator’ opens with a slow patter of grooving beats, burning synth and frazzled electronics cascading from above. This eerie atmosphere begins to fade as the pace increases and synths swirl and pulse, sustaining the rhythm and protracting the promise of a euphoric climax, while keeping you captivated through beautiful hypnotic repetition. A stunning introduction to Ben Xylo, and one that will leave you mesmerised.

Listen to ‘Calculator’ below:

*They are from bath, they are not rockers of baths.

Sherwyn – ‘What’

Sherwyn is a Nashville-raised, Los Angeles-based artist & producer with an undeniable flair for mixing it up and transcending genres, blending hip hop and rap with lashings of funk, new wave funk and alt-rock.

Influenced by artists such as David Byrne, Keith Haring, Andre 3000, and Bootsy Collins, Sherwyn’s output thus far has been superb – ‘My Mind’ & ‘Starfucker’ both irresistible funky, new wave groovers. Latest single ‘What’, while a rather efficient 1:47, is a meatier heavy hitting hip hop meets rock jam. It struts along a bed of seductive big beats and swaggering grooving while a snarling riff and chugging guitar adds to the bite as Sherwyn spits a wishlist for a different world – his delivery confident, defiant and melodic. This is a superb cut with the right amount of everything – just superb!

Listen to ‘What’ below now:


Oddnesse – ‘Hot Air’

We’ve been keeping tabs on Oddnesse for a number of years now, and has impressed at every given opportunity with a a slew of lush, dreamy and alluring indie-pop gems – ‘Are You Down’, ‘I Used To, ‘Donut Shop’ & ‘All American Lie’ instantly spring to mind.

For those of you new to the name, Oddnesse is the fruitful collaboration between musician Rebeca Arango and producer Grey Goon, two east-coast heads based in Los Angeles with a shared affinity for catchy hooks, heavy grooves and apocalyptic hypothetical – and demonstrating their propensity for the brilliant, Oddnesse is signing off 2020 in fine form with stunning single ‘Hot Air’.

With ‘Hot Air’ we find Oddnesse’s penchant for richly melodic and lavish indie-pop pushed to new and exciting levels. We are entranced by the dual powers of Arango’s melodic cooing and entrancing, propulsive groove, as a dazzling blend of glistening guitar-lines, choppy chords, shimmering synths and bubbling basslines create a beautiful, melodic and bewitching splendor.  A stunning way to sign off on 2020 and one that will be bobbing around your head all week.

Listen to ‘Hot Air’ below:

ae inc. – ‘Krystina’

ae inc. is the latest musical project from songwriter & producer David Sanderson (aka David Harks) who has been the recipient of much deserved lavish praise for his work with Safetalk, varying collaborative projects and of course, his solo work.

Adding to this huge diverse and impressive back catalogue is ‘Krystina’; the debut outing for the fledgling ae inc project – and it is up there with the very best of his work to date. ‘Krystina’ struts into view, slinking upon a bed of cushioned beats, deep groove and pulsing synth as hushed melodic vocals flow amid the woozy textures & dreamy harmonies above. It is warm and uplifting, dreamy and seductive as subtle bouts of euphoria and mild ravey undertones illuminate the hazy allure and undercurrent of melancholy. Sanderson already has an enviable back catalogue over supreme quality and ‘Krystina’ is up there with the very best of his work.

Listen to ‘Krystina’ below – it does not disappoint.

Total Rubbish – ‘Someone Else’s Dream’

Philadelphia trio, Total Rubbish, have garnered a serious rep for solid psychedelic garage rock gold throughout 2020 and culminating in debut EP, Triple Negative – a tour de force of psych-rock.

The trio are back with another single called ‘Someone Else’s Dream’. Lifted from the EP and much like the previous singles – ‘Honey Ryder’ & ‘What’s Your Damage?’ – it ekes out a sweet spot between forcefulness and ear for melody, coexisting in a sea of dense atmospheric tones and swirling riffs. ‘Someone Else’s Dream’ sees dreamy vocals float breezily above the buzzing riff, crunchy guitar, slo-mo swagger and rich melodic allure – and all bathed it a thick layer of fuzz and distortion. Yet again, the inappropriately named Total Rubbish have served up an irresistible slice of dreamy yet swaggering psych-infused rock.

Tune in to ‘Someone Else’s Dream’ below now:


Amber Jay – ‘Pencilled Brims’

Amber Jay is a Liverpool-based artist and musician with a real flair in the way of captivating, synth-splashed, electronic alt-pop – and this flair is matched by an enviable embrace for experimentation and pushing the boundaries.

Jay’s latest single ‘Pencilled Brims’ is a perfect case in point; a futuristic alt-pop synth-fueled cut that captivates and transfixes. Opening with Jay’s delicate vocals and elegant strum amid a hazy atmosphere she creates a vacuum for it to quickly evolve, taking a haunting and gritty futuristic turn. Dark beats bubble amid a haunting air while synths squelch and shimmer, and frazzled electronics cascade from above creating a hypnotic back drop for Jay’s vocals to thrive. Marked by poignant lyrics, ‘Pencilled Brims’ transcends genres, effortlessly finding a sweet spot the feisty backdrop with touching bouts of vulnerability.

Listen to ‘Pencilled Brims’ below – it does not disappoint.

Wilding – ‘Swipe Right’

Melbourne psych-pop purveyor Wilding – aka Justin Wilding Stokes – has charmed us with gloriously playful, jovial and off-kilter pop at every given opportunity and following a period of relative quietness, he is back with some life brightening music.

Infectious and jaunty cosmic psych pop is the order of the day with ‘Swipe Right’ – the third single from his new album The Death Of Foley’s Mall – as he leads us through the dispiriting pursuit of finding human connection through online dating amid lockdown. ‘Swipe Right’ is quintessential Wilding as it bops along an infectious groove, bouncing synths and bright syncopated guitars and hooks you could hang your hat on with melodic vocals floating above. It is a sweet and charming sound all wrapped with a delicious pop sensibility that will have you hooked from the get-go. This is irresistible pop eccentricity at its best and a timely reminder of Wilding’s boundless talents, and is an artist that merits such wider acclaim.

Listen to ‘Swipe Right’ below and if that floats your metaphorical boat, why not check out the new album The Death Of Foley’s Mall here.


Vanessa Anne Redd – ‘Dark Minds’

London-based British/German artist Vanessa Anne Redd is preparing to release her third album, Sweet Way Around, in the new year., and ahead of which, Redd has shared lead single ‘Dark Minds’.

As far as intros go, ‘Dark Minds’ is as fine as you could ask for. It sweeps into view with hazy, smokey vocals centre stage as it drifts and meanders along a languid and syrupy groove, aided and abetted by undulating bubbly bass and snare combo before shifting through the gears. The seductive grooves are complimented (rather than overwhelmed) by a surging swell of fuzzed-up riffs and crunchy guitars, with Redds powerful vocals matching the rising tide step for step. It is dreamy, seductive and languid yet ultimately rousing and anthemic by the close – an utterly stunning song.

Tune in to ‘Dark Minds’ below and keep the eyes and ears open for the new record come the new year: