Worldcub – ‘Here Comes The Moonshadow’

Formerly known as CaStLeS, Worldcub are Welsh psych-pop outfit piloted by brothers Cynyr and Dion Hamer, in addition to new members Carwyn Ginsberg (Hippies V Ghosts / Fauna Twin) on guitar and Dion Wyn Jones (Alffa) on bass.

Under previous guise of CaStLeS, their swirling sonic brew of psychedelic surf rock kraut-rock grooves never disappointed and 2016 debut Fforesteering is magical. To accompany the new handle, Worldcub have released a new single ‘Here Comes The Moonshadow’. With its layers of beautiful vocal harmonies engulfing stomping percussive loops, it is hypnotic and blissful psych.It is underpinned by hazy, reverb-heavy guitars which gradually become more erratic and off-kilter while cosmic flashes and frazzled effects cascade from above as lilting Welsh vocals float above this sonic brew. Beautiful, blissful and utterly bewitching.

Check out ‘Here Comes The Moonshadow’ below, it is out now alongside equally wonderful Welsh language b-side ‘Hel y Hadau’.

PODGE – ‘What Happened’

Beginning life recording in his bedroom at the age of 15, PODGE is the creative tour de force of (now 20 year old) Adam Charo. 

Armed with a synthesizer and a laptop, these sessions gave birth to his self-released debut album The Hero Appears, setting out his predication for the whimsical aesthetics of Japanese pop culture, and all wrapped up in a playful, joyful and colourful confection of catchy electro-pop. The latest record, Eatmore Fruit EP, follows a similar trajectory and is fronted by magical single ‘What Happened’. A big smiley ray of sunshine, ‘What Happened’ is joyous, giddy and uplifting as it playfully flutters along a jaunty beat and and glitchy synth through a beautiful imaginative world filled with colourful ideas and kaleidoscopic sounds, and bound together in hypnotic majesty. It’s an eccentric, off-kilter and Technicolor pop adventure of playfully experimental arrangements and sounds that are gentle whirring together and filled with breezy vibes and sense of joy. A magical, sunshine filled slice of pop perfection.

Tune into ‘What Happened’ below.

Superheart – ‘Heaven’s In Your Head’

UK-based producer Luke Batt aka Superheart has built a rep as a reliable source of comforting and dreamy electronic-pop over the past two years or so, and Batt is at it again.

New single ‘Heaven’s In Your Head’ is yet another delight and serves as a nexus to their lush electronic-pop; of cosmic vibes, dreamy vocals, hopeful lyrics and shimmering synthesis. It is a blissed-out blend of cosmic vibes as lush, layered vocals and dreamy keys usher us through hazy ambient surroundings as it gently builds, drifting along until a warm rapture envelopes you and everything else around you leaving you floating in a dreamlike state. Marked by Batt’s signature flair for elegant, blissful and ethereal production, ‘Heaven’s In Your Head’ is a seductive slice of lush and transfixing electronic-pop; and one that will leave you all the better for making its acquaintance.

Listen to ‘Heaven’s In Your Head’ below:

Cousin Kula – ‘MIMO’

Bristol six-piece Cousin Kula specialise in explorations of dreamy, jazz-influenced psych-tinged pop, and with latest single ‘MIMO’ they do that with aplomb.

MIMO is the final single lifted from second EP STROODLES, follow up to 2017’s OODLES, and it is a smooth, smouldering and seductive slice of proggy psych-pop. Taking in an eclectic blend of music from pop and jazz through to psych and prog, it slinks languidly through a cosmic world of colourful synths, frazzled electronics, bubbling bass and free form rhythms. It is simultaneously laid back and bursting with passion as empowering lyrics flow over this exploration in sound collage. It is an amazing track with layers upon layers of intricately pieced together components revealing more and more with each listen – and by the same virtue, rewarding more with each and every listen. 

Check out ‘MIMO’ below – and the entire EP is here too.

Ardentjohn – ‘I Wasn’t There’

Ardentjohn originally formed in Edinburgh but now it’s membership – Mark Abbott (lead guitar), Seth Marron (drums/percussion), Keiron Mason (vocals/guitar), Alan Shields (vocals/bass) and Linda Tym (cello/vocals) – are scattered far and wide.

Perhaps this dispersal was a catalyst, or at least assisted, in creating the rich vein of longing and melancholy to be mined from their latest album Malin Head; a tribute to the sense of heartache many an Irish person experienced leaving their friends, family and homeland behind. The album, melancholic and mournful as it maybe, it is a beautiful and moving experience filled with timeless songs marked with heart, soul and an ear for melody. The rich and earthy latest single ‘I Wasn’t There’ is a perfect example of their wares. As a softly hushed croon rolls in tandem with dripping melody, it is nigh on impossible to resist the sweet and beautiful harmonic pairing, as the gentle acoustic strums illuminate their tender song-writing, bound by a sense of yearning and longing, depicted with vivid storytelling draped with hushed lilting vocals. Passing with a whisper rather than a roar, it is a charming, rich and moving folky vibes delivered with warmth and confidence.

Listen to ‘I Wasn’t There’ below now – and the album Malin Head, is available here.

Remington Super 60 – ‘Fake Crush’

Remington Super 60 are a Norweigan outfit formed by songwriter and producer Christoffer Schou more than twenty years ago, the band has taken many forms but the other constant has been a predilection for lush, retro-flavoured indie-pop brimming with warmth and dreamy nostalgia.

The current Remington Super 60 lineup includes Magnus Abelsen and Elisabeth Thorsen, and together they are gearing up to release a new EP (out January 24 2020). They already treated us to ‘The Highway Again‘ a wee while ago and have shared another dreamy delight in the shape of ‘Fake Crush’. It is a woozy, slumbering slice of beautiful dream-pop wrapped in a lush, dripping melody as it washes over a gently undulating groove and soft patter of brushed drums. As alluring as this combination is, everything is secondary to the lush, seductive and ethereal whisperings of Thorsen’s vocals. An utterly divine composition that will woo the darkest of hearts.

Listen to ‘Fake Crush’ below and keep an eye out for Remington Super 60’s forthcoming 6 track EP (out January 24 2020).

Kid Indigo – ‘What To Do’ (with DNTST)

Kid Indigo is Los Angeles-based producer and musician Aubrey Ella Hart, who under this moniker, crafts dreamy, hazy and beautiful electronic-pop that delves into a dreamworld of rich melodies and waves of lush tones.

Drawing from a deep well of influences – electronica, hip hop, electro-pop and folk – Kid Indigo’s beautifully sculpted brand of electronic pop is created, as evidenced by latest single ‘What To Do’ (with DNTST). It is an exquisite and utterly transfixing track built on a reverb heavy hip hop inspired beat that carries us through this enchanting, hazy atmospheric wold of fuzz, shimmering synths and harmonious layers of chanting vocals. Crackling electronics twinkle and flicker amid the subterranean haze, illuminating a path for her vocals to float elegantly overhead. ‘What To Do’ is a transfixing, dreamy,and beautifully hazy electronic-pop song that whisks us off to a dreamworld of rich melodies and waves of lush tones.

Listen to ‘What To Do’ below:


Eilis Frawley – ‘illusions’

Eilis Frawley is a name familiar to some eagle eyed regular patrons as the drummer from I Drew Blank / Party Fears.

Working under her own name, Frawley plans to release debut EP ‘Never Too Emotional’ via Reckless Yes early in the new year, and heralding this news comes super single ‘illusions’. Unsurprisingly Anchored in its rhythmic power, Frawley creates an intriguing canvas for thought-provoking and transfixing spoken word narratives. A Krautrock-inspired groove emerges from the atmospheric haze as a cosmic combo of frazzled electronics, laser beam like sounds and fizzing synth create futurist sound collage for Frawley’s vocal. It is a transfixing and beautiful yet jarring musical vision of off-kilter brilliance. 

Listen to  ‘illusions’ below and keep an eye out for the forthcoming debut EP Never Too Emotional out via Reckless Yes early next year.

Adam Melchor – ‘I Choose You’

Adam Melchor is a Jersey-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter with a penchant for rich, melodic and heartfelt old-fashioned pop songs.

On his Plan on You EP, released earlier this year, Melchor displayed a knack for atmospheric dreamy folk-pop and he is back, signing off for 2019 with another alluring pop song ‘I Choose You’. While the folk ingredients remain, Melchor has braided more pop into the mix than before, delivering a colourful confection of sweet and charming ear-worm pop. Melchor’s verses bob along the skipping rhythms, playful percussion and jangly guitar and all sewn together with sinuous melodies – an unshakable blend.

A wonderful, charming single to sign off on – listen to ‘I Choose You’ below:


Glitter Party – ‘Glitter Party’

Glitter Party is a Canadian outfit doing a wonderfully addictive line in fuzzy garage pop. I say ‘outfit’ but Glitter Party is the sole creation of a 19-year-old, Toronto-based musician called Sam, who crafted a whole album in house over the course of a month.

The resulting self-titled record is a whirlwind of hyperactive yet beautifully catchy and sweetly melodic garage-pop goodness bathe in swathes of fuzz & distortion – and this prowess is never better demonstrated than by lead single, also called ‘Glitter Party’.It is a two-and-a-half-minute frenzy of fuzzy, fun-filled and sweetly melodic garagey, noise-pop. Amid the exuberant bursts of energy and scuzzy riffs there is an irresistible alchemy at work. What makes this fuzz-filled racket so ear-pleasing is catchy harmonies and sweet pop hooks that woo the heart entirely. In typical fashion, this magnificent fuzz-fest will be bouncing round your head all day long.

Listen to ‘Glitter Party’ below and if that is to your liking, the album is here too.