Superheart – ‘Opening Credits’

UK-based producer Luke Batt aka Superheart has proven a reliable source of comforting and dreamy, electronic synthpop jams with a string of suitably sublime singles over the past two years or so.

The most recent of which – ‘Count On Me’, ‘After Midnight’, ‘Satellite’ & ‘Talk About It’ – make up the bones of a new EP called Opening Credits, which is fronted by a new single of the same name. ‘Opening Credits’ has a soul soothing quality and grooves along with a dreamy allure. It floats along a soothing layer of synths, pillowy soft beats and flickers of warm electronics that coalesce beautifully, swelling to create a hopeful and positive vibe. All the dreamy and blissful vibes, warm and endearing soundscapes, are given a last beautifully, tranquil and soothing finish – namely the heavenly (and somewhat hypnotic) vocals. ‘Opening Credits’ is like a breathe a fresh air and utterly divine, and as lush and alluring as anything else Superheart has released to date.

Check out ‘Opening Credits’ below – the entire EP is here too, it comes highly recommended.

MIYNT – ‘Stay on Your Mind’

Swedish artist MIYNT made a glorious return following a three year hiatus in May, reintroducing herself with the grandiose and sultry ‘riviera pop’ of ‘Vacation With Bond In South Of France Part 2′, and the lush, smooth pop of ‘Peaches’; all in all, a perfect way to announce your return.

It got even better with the Stockholm native releasing the nine-track Stay on Your Mind EP a few weeks back; a beautiful collection of smooth, dreamlike and psychedelia flavoured effervescent-sparking pop. By way of a reminder, MIYNT has released the title-track ‘Stay on Your Mind’ as the third single lifted from the EP. It is a suitably lush, alluring and grandiose sliver of sweeping pop. ‘Stay on Your Mind’ is smooth and suave, deliciously seductive and dripping with melody, as her hypnotic honeyed tone seeps into the track layering a final bewitching quality. ‘Stay on Your Mind’ is utterly beautiful and like the rest of the EP, it is irresistible.

Listen to ‘Stay on Your Mind’ below and the entire EP can be found here.

Frankie Knight – ‘Even Though’

Hailing from the South Coast of the UK, Frankie Knight is an electronic pop artist that delves into a dreamworld of haunting melodies and waves of lush tones.

Drawing from a deep well of influences – electronica, hip hop, electro-pop and folk – Knight crafts her brand of beautifully sculpted electronic pop. This propensity for the exquisite is evidenced by new single ‘Even Though’, a second lifted from her forthcoming debut album expected before the close of 2019. It is a bittersweet electronic pop tune built on a bed of skittish hip hop infused beats, while the pop sensibilities are never far away as an elegant shimmering haze of synths and cracking electronics illuminate the path for her vocals to float elegantly overhead. ‘Even Though’ is a transfixing beauty that whisks us away on a dreamy meditative journey that is expansive, fragile and experimental, while simultaneously lush, warm and filled with pop goodness.

Don’t just take my word for it, tune into ‘Even Though’ below, and keep an eye out for the debut album later in the year:

J.R. – ‘PAL’

J.R. is Canadian musician and singer-songwriter (real name Julianna Riolino)

Riolino introduced herself with debut single ‘Be My Man’ back in April and now, three months later, she is serving up an alluring second helping with ‘PAL’.

Fuelled by emotional nostalgia inspired by the feeling of youth and naive invincibility, ‘PAL’ is a gleaming guitar-pop gem that purrs with a rich melodic power. Swooning soft-centered balladry and lush instrumentation combine with seductive hooks as warm, honeyed yet smokey vocals bring the detailed lyrical vision to life. It feels wistful, personal and bittersweet, all with a underlying sense of hope and defiance bubbling away. A marvellously lush and alluring single that purrs with a rich melody that will melt even the coldest of hearts.

You can listen to ‘PAL’ below now and the video is ace too, definitely worth checking out.

The Nice Nice – ‘Out Of Ideas’

So good they named them twice, The Nice Nice is Munich-based Australian / German duo Tim Sullivan & Tom Appel who have a penchant for pristine pop of the cosmic variety.

The pair are prepping the release of a forthcoming second EP, aptly titled EP II and it is preceded by stunning new single ‘Out Of Ideas’. It is an elegant, breezy and quirky slice of dreamy indie-pop. ‘Out Of Ideas’ drifts along a rich dripping melody with sweet and subtly seductive groove to a lush, blissful spaced out world. Heavenly harmonies and big pop hooks pull you in, and don’t let go amid that shimmering synths and frazzled electronics engulf you in the rapturous allure. This is utterly beautiful, beguiling and all together divine pop perfection – no question.

Tune in below:

Freedom Fry – ‘David Bowie’

We’d be hard pushed to name another pairing that have regularly and consistently dropped into our lives with an abundance of charming, catchy, bright and lovable songs, than LA-based indie-pop duo Freedom Fry.

The duo, Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, released their delightful debut LP, Classic last year and followed it earlier this year with arguably their most buoyant, insatiable and infectious track yet with ‘The Seasons’. The pair have returned with a new EP called Come Bring Your Love, led by charming single ‘David Bowie’. The track is sunny, spritely and filled with infectious toe-tapping pop goodness as a bubbling bassline, gently winding groove, jaunty rhythm and bright hooks coalesce to form a fabulously alluring and catchy earworm. ‘David Bowie’ is – as is normally the case with Freedom Fry – a sparkling and supremely infectious jam filled with their trademark ear for a melody, divine harmonies, charm and shimmering sonic delights.

Listen to ‘David Bowie’ below and the Come Bring Your Love EP – accompanied by two other brand new tracks – can be found here.

Ynys – ‘Mae’n Hawdd’

Ynys (pronounced ‘un-iss’) is the moniker of Welsh artist Dylan Hughes, ex Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg, who introduced his new project back in April with mildly dizzying and waltzing psych pop song, ‘Caneuon’.

‘Mae’n Hawdd’ (which translates to “It’s Easy”) is another bona fide treasure and picks up where Hughes’ debut single left off; combining a supreme ear for melody and playful approach to song craft. Featuring long time friend Mali Llywelyn on vocal, an abundance of dreamy keys and glorious swooning strings provide a cinematic backdrop for the most seductive melody to lure you in as the warm and alluring vocal, shimmering synths and melancholic harmonies appear through the mist. ‘Mae’n Hawdd’ is richly melodic and charming, as psychedelic flourishes mingle with a classic pop twist, it is an utter joy to behold, and one that envelopes the listener entirely.

Ynys is one of the finds of 2019 – no question – listen to ‘Mae’n Hawdd’ below and tell me otherwise.

Maddie Jay – ‘I Got You’

Maddie Jay is a Canadian musician, bassist, producer, writer and multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for jangle pop, experimental music, synthesizers and sloths.

Having grown up in the relative wilderness of the small mountain town of Smithers, British Columbia, Jay traded that for the warmer climes of Los Angeles, where she now resides, crafting music in her bedroom studio.

Jay introduced herself to use earlier in year with ‘Little Love’ – a gentle whirlpool of shimmering and lush dream-pop – and has returned with another suitably lush and woozy wonder in ‘I Got You’. Written for her roommate’s dog, it is a lush and alluring blend of irresistible slinky grooves and woozy tones as a soft wave of hypnotising shimmering synths cascade over a twinkling guitar. ‘I Got You’ is a lavish composition, one of breathtaking and beguiling beauty. The swirling textured haze mellow undulation is the perfect companion for for Jay’s soothing vocals.

Do yourself a favour, give ‘I Got You’ a spin below:

Who Boy – ‘Steve Reich’

Beginning life as a synth pop trio, Detroit-based Who Boy have grown to five – Max Stutz, Phoenix Eller, Sean Mackillop, Max Capasso & Maria French – and purveyors of lush dream-pop.

Following a couple of well received singles over the past 12 months – ‘Toy Plane’ & ‘Golden Reservoir’ – ‘Steve Reich’ is all kinds of wonderful and captures the very essence of the band in under three-minutes of beautiful splendour. It is a warm, woozy and serenely beautiful sound with a gently undulating groove bubbling away beneath the dreamy vibes, dripping melody and hushed, honeyed vocals. ‘Steve Reich’ is lush and alluring, sweetly melodious and glamorous, and smouldering with powerful emotion – utterly divine.

Listen to lush dream-pop personified below, a la ‘Steve Reich’.

Joviale – ‘Taste Of The Heavens’

Joviale is a musician and songwriter from London with a flair for colourful, infectious, effervescent and soulful psych-pop.

Joviale is readying the release of her debut EP ‘Crisis’ September 6th, and has shared the vibrant breath of fresh air that is ‘Taste Of The Heavens’ as a taster. Drawing inspiration the from the Greek legend of Nar­cis­sus, it is an off-kilter confection, unconventional but utterly charming enchanting incantation as it drifts along a shuffling beat, flitting in and out of psych dreaminess with a jerky groove, bouncy beat and splashes of otherworldly oddball synth and sumptuous melodies. Joviale’s vocals are spellbinding as they weave their melodic and soulful spell. ‘Taste Of The Heavens’ is peculiar but in the best way possible; playful and intriguing, soulful and melodic, it is bright, gorgeous and intoxicating.

‘Taste Of The Heavens’ is below. Tune in now.