MEMES – ‘J.O.B.S.’

Glasgow lo-fi post punk noise-makers, MEMES, introduced their fiery, furious and feisty sounds with a series of scintillating singles last year with ‘Blah Blah Blah‘, ‘Funny Man‘ & ‘Happy Shopper’ making them one of the finest new discoveries of 2019.

However, amid the silly season towards the close of 2019, another MEMES single slipped into the world without me noticing, until just recently. ‘J.O.B.S.’ is of a similar ilk to what we’ve quickly come to recognise as MEMES’ sound; fast, feverish and exhilarating post-punk fury – and cousins John and Paul McLinden have nailed it again. Hurtling off at breakneck speed along a frenzied rhythmic surge as meaty, bubbling bass riffs duel with fevered drums and short, sharp, jerky guitars as sneering vocals are spat out above. A thrilling, raw and exhilarating jam that will leave you breathless and have you hooked from the get go.

Check out ‘J.O.B.S.’ below (one especially FFO Sluts of Trust, The Fall & HMHB):

TV People – ‘Kitchen Sinking’

TV People are post-punk foursome – Paul Donohoe, Brendan Clarke, Len Rochford & Rob Kavanagh – from Dublin.

Since their formation in early 2019, the band spent the year honing and refining their sound, and they are kicking off 2020 in style with new single ‘Kitchen Sinking’. While channelling classic post-punk influences, their musings also owe a debt to garage, indie and punk. The single is a bold and peerless bout of slowburning aggression that thrives on the darker side of post punk. Amid burning intensity, ‘Kitchen Sinking’ trundles along driving, meaty basslines with burning guitars and glistening riffs over a rumbling rhythm and skittish groove as raw yet semi-hushed vocals stride above. ‘Kitchen Sinking’ is a massive tune, packed with power and emotion, and one that is utterly superb.

Check ‘Kitchen Sinking’ out below:


Mykel Hawk – ‘The Flows I Know’

Mykel Hawk is a DIY artist in the truest sense of the word; he produces every beat, writes every lyric, records and engineers every song, designs his cover art and creates his own video and multimedia.

We were introduced to his prodigious talents late last year with stylish, slick and swaggering single ’33 1/3′ and with new single ‘The Flows I Know’, Hawk has lost none of the pep from his step. Nor has it lost any of the predecessors allure as it swaggers along a funk-filled stomping, shape throwing groove as a fizzing synthline bubbles away beneath meandering, super smooth and melodic vocal delivery all engulfed in cascading frazzled electronics. It is such an addictive tune, bristling with energy and attitude, it will have you headed straight for repeated listens.

Listen to ‘The Flows I Know’ below – it and ’33 1/3′ feature on Mykel Hawk’s new record which you can listen to here

denzelworldpeace – ‘Float’

Denzelworldpeace is a beat maker and producer from the US with a ear for melody and flair for elegant, rich productions.

The latest single to emerge from the project is ‘Float’ – and all kinds of wonderful. It drifts along with an ease and breeze, unhurried, unhurried and with a gentle swagger as luminescent electronics fizz with life as lush synths and lavish melodies cavort and coalesce to create a bewitching world or rich, colourful and melodic allure that washes over you with such a breathless ease. This is our first introduction to the mysterious beat maker but it’s not one you’re likely to forget in a hurry.

Listen to ‘Float’ below:


Tiphanie Doucet – ‘Under my Sun’ (bi-lingual version)

Tiphanie Doucet is a French singer-songwriter based in New York, singing and writing elegant, tender and mellow folk songs.

In August 2018, Doucet released her debut album Under My Sun – produced by Simone Felice and David Baron – and led by the beautiful single and title-track ‘Under my Sun’. Today, we are concerned with a reworked, re-imagined and bi-lingual version of the single. A song about growth, self discovery, and maintaining a positive outlook throughout life’s tribulations, filled with calming, undulating instrumentation, it tips and skips along a gentle strum and muffled snare, taking us on a pastoral journey through a world of lovely rich folk pop. Beginning in English before sliding to French, Doucet’s dreamy vocal is a revelation both beautifully calm and majestic, it works in perfect harmony with the acoustic driven, melodic and deeply rich folk sounds that reveals Doucet a master of style.

Listen to ‘Under my Sun’ below – it is divine.

Pave The Jungle – ‘Jelly’

‘Jelly’ is the debut single from Newcastle indie-rock foursome, Pave The Jungle, and it is a scintillating introduction by any estimation.

‘Jelly’ is an epic and colossal indie-rock juggernaut. Propelled forward by the oscillating forces of muscular bassline and thunderous drums, it is bursting with unrelenting energy as all manner of guitar heroics are unleashed with abandon. Riffs soar as scintillating vocals fly above, rendering all else secondary. A rousing, defiant and heavy-hitting indie-rock anthem with a dark pop heart which shifts from menacing, threatening riffy rock to the rousing, epic and heart-filled variety. A thrilling and enthralling jam executed with style and exuberance; the soaring guitar lines, thundering rhythms and scintillating vocals are a match made in indie-rock heaven.

Listen to ‘Jelly’ below:


Introducing: Opera23

Opera23 iis the moniker of Barcelona-based producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Vincenzo Germano.

Utilising both analogue and digital instruments, Germano’s sound leans heavily on repetition and minimalism, something explored with great detail on his recently released debut album Internal with Figures, Lights. And Shadows. Capturing the genesis of the album are singles ‘Room 3’ and ‘Blob-Tragedy’. ‘Room 3’ opens with intense flash of transfixing static which flesh out to fuzzy waves of repetitive, fluctuating and glitchy 8-bit sounds which flow to meet a rising soft but strident beat. It is powerfully compelling and epic, moving with an air of awesome (in the truest sense of the word) as it transfixes with cinematic expanse. ‘Blob-Tragedy’ meanwhile is similarly minimal but while the former was awe inspiring and hopeful, this a much more pensive affair. It navigates its was slowly along droning stabs of synths while electronics flicker and hum amid a sea of moody, murky and shadowy swirling textures.

Listen to  ‘Room 3’ and ‘Blob-Tragedy’ below and if you like what you hear, check out the album here.

Death Hags – ‘Be Who You Are (Skyforest edit)’

Death Hags is the multifaceted project of Los Angeles-based, French electronica artist, Lola Jean. Working mostly from the secluded hideaway hills of East LA, Jean crafts hypnotic, futuristic and minimal electronica inspired by the likes of Brian Eno, Björk and Twin Peaks.

An enigmatic creative force for sure, Jean’s singles to date have been nothing short of sublime, and new one ‘Be Who You Are (Skyforest edit)’ is no different. It is lifted from Big Grey Sun #1, the first instalment of an ongoing seven-volume multi-media project, one “centered around the idea of a post-human utopia.” Hushed, dreamy vocals hover above deep, burrowing bassline groove that meanders slow while distorted guitars burn slowly amid a haze of warm fuzz – ‘Be Who You Are’ is lush, lavish and dripping with rich melody. Hypnotic and transfixing, residing in a moody atmospheric world of rich textures and dreamy allure, ‘Be Who You Are’ offers a much less tense and terse take on Death Hags’ brand of dream/synth-pop.

Tune in below:

Sons Of Zöku – ‘Luz / Paralysed’

Adelaide psych-rock trio Sons Of Zöku – Ricardo Da Silva, Ica Quintela and Jordan Buck – have been making a name for themselves, and their free-flowing, energetic and colourful explorations of psych, in their native Australia.

Previous single ‘Dead Poets’ – a 2019 standout and absolute a force of nature – is pretty typical of their wares and they kicked off 2020 in similarly sensational form with double a-side ‘Luz / Paralysed’. The former is a hypnotic haze of colourful kaleidoscopic sounds, propelled by a swirling groove and propulsive rhythm and adorned with dazzling guitars, sitar lush effects as dreamy, hushed vocals glide above, dripping with melody, it is utterly consuming and transfixing. It’s companion ‘Paralysed’ meanwhile, is less melodic and dreamy and more frantic, propulsive and energetic. Guitars twang and sitars sing again but they play second fiddle to the more feverish vocals that breathlessly aim to keep pace with the winding rhythmic grooves as it teems through a sea of feedback, distortion and riffs. Sons Of Zöku have once again struck a balance between thunderous noise and subtle sweetness, and in doing so delivered yet another masterclass in psych-rock.

Tune in to ‘Luz / Paralysed’ below:

Norskye – ‘Universal’

‘Universal’ is the debut single from Hungarian producer Norskye, and oh my, what a way to announce yourself to the world.

‘Universal’ is nothing short of stunning. An imaginative and diverse electronic excursion, it begins with at trickle of glistening tones, chimes and elegant slashes of electronics while a deep, seductive groove bubbles away gently, slowly swelling into a soul consuming joy illuminated further by lush vibes, shimmering synths and the icing on the cake, the sumptuous brass. ‘Universal’ is irresistible, a pure and utter joy from start to finish.

Give it a spin below, it does not disappoint.