Mama Kokomo – ‘Primavera Feel’

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Los Angeles-based dream pop three-piece Mama Kokomo has just released their hazy first single ‘Primavera Feel’ and it’s bringing the gorgeous, slumbering vibes of a somnolent summer day.

The trio – Krista Michaela, Hank Smith, and Dorvin Borman – have a penchant for atmospheric instrumentation, jangly percussion, and psychedelic soundscapes, something born out perfectly on their debut single. ‘Primavera Feel’ sort of floats, along a warm, dreamy groove in a sea of lush undulations, in which it shimmers and sparkles. While most definitely permeated by a burning sense of longing, there is an understated feeling of defiance as it fizzes with a brimming positivity. A warm, dreamy and downright magnificent delight.

Listen to ‘Primavera Feel’ below – it doesn’t disappoint.

Dobchinsky – ‘Ramabama’

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Dobchinsky are a Moscow-based electronic outfit whose preference is experiment with electronics, oscillating on the energies of funk, lounge, downtempo & chillout.

Their most recent singles ‘Ramabama’ combines all these disparate elements to form a fun-filled and funky fix of upbeat summery vibes. Shuffling along a funky groove and big, bouncy beats it is resplendent with it’s bursts of colour, radiant sunshine and irresistible melody, lead by a electro-violin. Upbeat, fun and funky; and yet nicely chilled, laidback and carefree; a rather nice combo just in time for summer. All in all, it is superb and not to dissimilar to what you would expect from the stellar Mr Scruff.

Get in tune with the fun-filled frolics of ‘Ramabama’ below.

The Charlatans – ‘Totally Eclipsing’

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The Charlatans are a gift that keep on giving; almost three decades of delivering great music and they aren’t about to stop now.

Far from trading on past glories The Charlatans – and indeed front man Tim Burgess – seem to have a real zip about them in recent years; great records, collaborations and books (Burgess’ two books to-date are sublime), and it is the former which concerns us today.

The Charlatans have released new EP ‘Totally Eclipsing’ today (June 8th); and with it, lead single of the same name. ‘Totally Eclipsing’ is a supremely catchy piece of jangle-pop perfection. It whizzes and fizzes along, wrapped up with a sunny disposition matched by a hazy summer feel; a magical mix of bouncy, jovial jangle-pop dripping with smiley melody. This is one of those infectious tunes that will be bobbing around inside your head all day and that, by the way, is a very good thing. ‘Totally Eclipsing’ is up there with the very best of The Charlatans’ output over the past 30 years and that says something!

Check out ‘Totally Eclipsing’ below & the EP can be found in all the usual haunts.

Francobollo – ‘We’re Dead’

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London-based Swedes Francobollo like to mix it up in their fearless quest to create songs which blend, morph and encompass styles by the bucket load; parts indie, part glam, part psych, prog and post-punk, and generally brilliant.

Latest single ‘We’re Dead’ is a taster from an expected second LP; the follow-up to last year’s debut album Long Live Life. While it maintains Francobollo’s unshakable scintillating sparkle and brightness, it is reminiscent of early purveyors of the loud/quiet dynamic, a la The Pixies, ‘We’re Dead’ takes a dig toward the unhealthy obsession with social media. However, well pointed cynicism aside, it is irresistibly catchy as bouts of buoyant pop melodies and buzzing guitars dance  with sporadic but energetic bursts of screeching guitars and swaggering vocals, burning basslines and pounding drums. Francobollo have, what appears to be an innate, natural knack for a toe-tapping melody that worms its way into your head – and will stay there.

Tune in to ‘We’re Dead’ below:

Jenny Mayhem – ‘Pickup Boy’

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Jenny Mayhem is a Toronto-based, Barbados-born musician and songwriter who performs solo and under the collaborative act Jenny Mayhem & The Fuzz Orchestrator.

It is the former that draws our attention on this occasion, and Jenny Mayhem’s brand new single ‘Pickup Boy’. Bright, bouncy and buoyant, it skips along with some irresistible reggae/dancehall vibes as Mayhem’s airy vocals float across a bouncy beat that all combine for what is a super, super catchy tune. Like much of some of the finer reggae/dancehall sounds of old, the lyrical content is more serious than the playful, feelgood tune would suggest as Mayem takes a silly pick-up artist to task. Catchy as they come, the allure of ‘Pickup Boy’ is nigh on impossible to resist.

Listen to ‘Pickup Boy’ below & hopefully wherever you are, you’ve the weather to match it.