Lauran Hibberd – ‘Boy Bye’

Lauran Hibberd has fast become a reliable go-to name for irresistible blasts of fuzz-filled indie pop with her satiric, tongue-in-cheek approach is wrapped with fuzz, crunchy guitars and anthemic tendencies

The hotly tipped Isle of Wight native has returned with yet another top quality tune in the shape of new single ‘Boy Bye’. While marked with a lot of the recognisable Hibberd characteristics – it is satirical, sarcastic, punchy and hooky – ‘Boy Bye’ takes a more measure tempo as it meanders melodically through swathes of warm fuzz and feedback. It is potent and powerful with roaring guitars complimenting her angry vocals as it swells to anthemic climax. Hibberd has crafted yet another powerhouse  slacker anthem bursting with all that hooky, sarcastic brilliance that we all know and love.

And just a final note, even taking a cursory glance at Hibberd’s existing work and it is easy to see why she’s built a rep for super catchy and fuzz-filled guitar-pop heroics. It has been solid gold tune after solid gold tune, and what’s here is as good as any of them.

Listen to ‘Boy Bye’ below – and if your into this, there is an interview with Lauran Hibberd in the 10 Year Celebratory Zine from a few months back – read it here.



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Swine Tax – ‘Relax’

Newcastle-upon-Tyne outfit Swine Tax have proven their credentials for fiery, jagged and infectious post-punk with a slew of singles that are best described as a bit indie, a bit alternative rock, a bit rough-around-the-edges and a whole lot melodic.

The Newcastle quartet return with a thrilling new single ‘Relax’. Quite possibly their best work to date, it is produced by Barry Hyde of The Futureheads, who approached the band about producing their music following an intense live show in Sunderland last year, and ‘Relax’ is the first fruit to emerge from these sessions. The single itself is a spikey, agitated and hook-driven jam propelled by a throbbing bass groove and a heavy punk stomp as jerky riffs and power-pop chorus duke it out for an intoxicating, off-kilter dance. Yet another rousing, boisterous and brilliant blast of guitar hijinks from Swine Tax.

Listen to ‘Relax’ below:

Stealing Sheep – ‘Barracuda’

Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep – Becky Hawley, Emily Lansley and Lucy Mercer – are always worth keeping an eye on.

Formed in 2010, the electro-pop outfit have three albums to their name – Into the Diamond Sun (2012), Not Real (2015) & Big Wows (2018) – all worthy of your attention. Stealing Sheep’s sound has developed from its sweet and heavenly voiced psych-pop origins, evolving into something a more upbeat, dancey and colourful confection of electro-pop joyfulness. And if there was ever a track (in reality, there is an abundance) to capture the trio’s fun and infectious sound it is ‘Barracuda’ – the 1977 Heart rock jam re-imagined. It struts, swaggers and swerves all across the dancefloor as a steady disco-infused beat centres their colourful confection of sound as the Liverpool trio expand upon their signature three-part harmonies and fresh and breezy  melodies with a glittery blend synths, drum machines, glitches, and fun electronic blips and beeps. ‘Barracuda’ is playful and infectious as they come, stacking irresistible hook upon irresistible hook amid the glittery bounce.

‘Barracuda’ is the first single to be released digitally from the Instant Replay Album, a lovingly curated record of covers from 1971-1981 – including some of the finest funk, folk, punk, pop and ballads of the time – for Lush. You can find out more about the Instant Replay Album here.

Jacqueline Tucci – ‘Home’

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Jacqueline Tucci is a Toronto-based musician with a penchant for 90s indebted alt-rock as evidenced by 2020 singles ‘Fear’ & ‘Sweeter Things’.

Further strengthening this rep, Tucci has released a powerful and potent new single, ‘Home’. It is a powerful and potent alt-rock anthem that is bristling with raw biting emotion and intensity as guitars burn and wind through mild fuzz and feedback with a bouncy bass bass riff for company, with Tucci’s powerful vocals soaring above. It is a huge tune that while meaty, raw and powerful, there is deftness to it too. It once again demonstrates Tucci’s brilliant ear for melody, a catchy chorus and lyricism, wonderfully switching as it does, from softer, more melancholic verses to euphoric, uplifting and anthemic choruses with seamless ease. 

Check out ‘Home’ below – it will not disappoint.

Toledo – ‘Challenger’

Brooklyn-based TOLEDO – AKA the pairing of Dan Alvarez and Jordan Dunn –  have kept us well stocked with irresistible, lush and melodic indie-folk delights.

The pair have returned with a new single called ‘Challenger’, which offers yet another delightfully charming slice of understated melodic indie folk sound. ‘Challenger’ is a woozy and heartfelt jam that wanders, chilled & relaxed, song a meandering groove as subtle bassline bubbles beneath a sea of warm shimmering tones and bright dreamy guitars while soft melodic vocals purr breathily above. It builds and builds, slowly and steadily to climax with a rich swell of organ and heart melting emotional pull with its tender vocal imbued and pang of melancholy. ‘Challenger’ is rich and dreamy, and brimming with sweetness and charm, and bewitching us in the process.

Listen to ‘Challenger’ below now – as per usual, TOLEDO don’t disappoint.

Fax Machine – ‘Motorbike’


Fax Machine is the musical moniker of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK) based songwriter David Turnbull who has a propensity for unconventional, off-kilter and colourful confections of sound as evidenced by 2019 debut Soup.

Turnbull is back with plans for a new album Ouch!, expected on Dec 11, it is preceded by the magical lead single ‘Motorbike’ – a giddy and playful slice of jerky post-punk, art-rock and indie-pop. It buzzes with excitement and exuberance as razor sharp riffs and hyper-active bursts of guitar jerky to-and-fro as a series of earworm hooks and playful melodies swirl around the colourful sound-palette akin to Futureheads meets The Beta Band. ‘Motorbike’ is a wonderfully manic, spikey and infectious jam coated in a fine veneer of power-pop – word of warning, this is a tune that will be stuck in your head for days and days but will leave you all the better for it. 

Listen to ‘Motorbike’ below – and keep an eye out for the new album next month.


Freedom Fry – ‘Human’

Ever prolific LA duo, Freedom Fry released the follow up to their delightful 2018 debut LP, Classic, with Songs from the West Coast back in May and in keeping with their productive tendencies have shared a brand new single called ‘Human’.

Over the past number of years, Freedom Fry, AKA Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, have regularly brightened up our lives with charming, catchy and bright indie-pop songs, and ‘Human’ continues this trend. It is a lush and alluring blend of gently seductive grooves and undulating rhythms percolating amid a sea of woozy tones and textures with a sweet strum for company. It is all whisked together into a beautiful confection of melodic, dreamy and hazy indie-pop which, as is so often the case, topped off by Freedom Fry’s pièce de résistance; the wonderful harmonies and beautiful vocal interplay from the pair. A wonderful song that will leave you all the better for making its acquaintance.

Listen to ‘Human’ below now:

Superheart – ‘LILO’

We’ve been keeping tabs on UK-based producer Luke Batt aka Superheart for quite some time now, and over the past few years, has emerged as a reliable source of comforting and dreamy electronic-pop, and Batt is at it again.

New single ‘LILO’ is yet another uplifting and excellently crafted delight and serving as a nexus to their lush electronic-pop; of cosmic vibes, dreamy vocals, hopeful lyrics and shimmering synthesis. We are transported to a blissed-out world of pulsating synth tones, lofty vocal melodies and cosmic vibes as lush, heavenly vocals and dreamy keys usher us through hazy ambient surroundings as it gently builds, drifting along until a warm rapture envelopes you, lifting you to a higher state of being. Marked by Batt’s signature flair for elegant, blissful and ethereal production, ‘LILO’ is a heavenly, lush and transfixing slice of electronic-pop; and one that will leave you all the better for making its acquaintance.

Listen to ‘LILO’ below now:

Total Rubbish – ‘What’s Your Damage?’

Total Rubbish are Philadelphia-based garage rock trio – Bre Steinfeldt (bass), Cass Nguyen (guitar) and Kiki Schiller (drums) – who have released their debut EP, Triple Negative, and having introduced it, and their wares, with phenomenal debut single ‘Honey Ryder’, they are back with single #2, ‘What’s Your Damage?’.

‘What’s Your Damage?’ carries that same nineties-esque, alt-rock, grunge and psychedelic fuzz which was all over their debut. It stomps and swaggers through a guitar-heavy wall of sound with soft, melodic vocals, buzzing riffs and scorching licks for company. Once again, the inappropriately named Total Rubbish have eked out a perfect balance with powerful, brute force and ear for melody, coexisting in a sea of dense atmospheric tones and swirling riffs.

Listen to ‘What’s Your Damage?’ below now and Triple Negative is out now via Born Losers Records

Monggrel – ‘Dhobi Ghat’

Monggrel is US producer – AKA  B. Wood – who fuses lo-fi beats, dub rhythms, industrial noise, and field recordings into an immersive listening experience.

Monggrel recently released his latest album, Ceremonies, and latest single ‘Dhobi Ghat’ offers a perfect introduction to the record, and the artist. From the first note, Monggrel creates an ominous pitch black soundscape that is suitably murky, eerie and subterranean. Stark, minimal production and haunting repetition creates an eerie vibe for a murmuring malaise of beats, clanking synth and dub infused groove and subterranean tones to swirl around. As ominous as it is, it is super seductive as it thrives amid the sparse, scorched earth tone of the barren atmosphere. ‘Dhobi Ghat’ is bone-chilling but also utterly captivating.

Listen to ‘Dhobi Ghat’ below: