The Hannah Barberas – ‘I Like You In Blue’

Over the past 18 months or thereabouts, self-proclaimed “DIY pop partisans”, The Hannah Barberas have treated us to a steady stream of irresistible singles and EPs and in doing so, this London-based indie-pop foursome have forged a rep for home-brewed charms, with a knack for charming effervescent indie-pop gems.

Following up this early promise, the New Cross outfit have released album The Hannah Barberas Get Physical, fronted by lead single ‘I Like You In Blue’. It continues with their winning formula for crafting charming indie-pop. A light and hazy jangle is smothered with woozy and breezy vibes, creating an enchanting and addicting parcel of pop-craft that’s dripping with melody and brimming with heavenly harmonies. There’s a simplicity to their songs, they don’t over complicate things and it works like a dream for The Hannah Barberas. This is timeless indie-pop gold.

Give a listen to ‘I Like You In Blue’ below and the whole album available to stream/purchase on Bandcamp.

Honey Moon – ‘If I Could Only Dream’

London jangle-pop outfit Honey Moon croon their way into 2019 with new single ‘If I Could Only Dream’; and a first jangly serving since last year’s wonderful Four More From… EP.

Honey Moon have a real talent for crafting three minute plus pop gems and teaming up with Manchester’s Heist or Hit label again, ‘If I Could Only Dream’ is a joyous sunny gem that will please your ears and melt your heart. Hazy, bright and breezy, it is brimming with sinuous melodies, lilting hooks and jangly guitars. ‘If I Could Only Dream’ is quite lackadaisical for the most par but punctuated by a swelling sense of intensity vocally, which is matched by fervent riffs and pulsating percussion. This is another enchanting and whimsical illustration of classic pop-craft, Honey Moon have got a right knack for creating tunes the right side of familiar.

Tune into ‘If I Could Only Dream’ below now:

Telephone Explosions – ‘Still Water’

Telephone Explosions are experimental dream-pop duo Dolores Fogarty and Adrian Mee, formed in Maynooth in 2016.

After a brief hiatus in 2018, the Kildare pair will return with a new full-length album for 2019, and one heralded by new single ‘Still Water’. Outwardly, ‘Still Water’ appears to be dreamy affair laced with bewitching atmospheric tones, swirling textures and mesmerising elegance; however, beneath this chic veneer, there is bubbling undercurrent of apprehension and dread. While the beguiling qualities of Fogarty’s soothing silky vocals never falters, the serene ambience is pricked and prodded by manic bells, flurries of unsettling electronics and steamy drum beats. A dreamy meditative journey that is simultaneously beguiling, beautiful and foreboding; the juxtaposition is an instant hook and one that makes for an altogether wonderful song.

Listen to ‘Still Water’ below now and a new album is promised later in 2019.

Eyesore & The Jinx – ‘Swill’

Liverpool post-punks Eyesore & The Jinx introduced their wares with politically charged cacophony of pent up fury that is ‘On An Island’ back in February, and they have made a swift return with new single ‘Swill’.

Turning their cross-hairs and ire towards the peddlers of moral panic as they rail against the right-wing press, the Liverpool trio’s Eyesore & The Jinx’s latest single is as highly charged and exhilarating as its predecessor. Produced by Daniel Fox of Girl Band alongside Matthew Freeman at Fresh Goods Studio in Birkenhead, ‘Swill’ sets off at a furious, rollicking pace before settling into a jagged groove fuelled by panicky drums and bass shuffle, whilst vocalist Josh Miller barks his aggrieved fury toward, as he says himself, “the odious, perpetrators of moral panic, in all of its loathsome forms”. A frantic, caustic post-punk belter that’s nothing short of phenomenal

Listen to ‘Swill’ below:


Nødstop – ‘Test Me’

Nødstop are Austrian pair The Unused Word (Anna Schauberger) and Testa (Lukas Ljubanovic), stalwarts of their local hip hop and electronica scenes, they joined forces in December 2017.

With no set plan, the pair began working on tracks together and the collaboration has born its first fruits with the debut seven track EP “Ø” in April of this year. Leading the charge is single ‘Test Me’. Slick, snappy beats and infectious groove converge with some dubby tones, trip hop textures and eerie early Skream-esque subterranean vibes to form an irresistible wonky skank that trundles, urged along by big, rich and bobbing basslines. ‘Test Me’ is a spectral bass heavy and other-worldly electronic excursion graced by Schauberger’s distinctive vocals and Testa’s stylish yet gritty production – a phenomenal track.

Listen to ‘Test Me’ below and while you’re at it, why not check out “Ø” here too?

Alexandros Kilias – ‘My Idea’

Alexandros Kilias is a Greece born, London-based producer who’s music is marked by a diversity of sound, existing as it does in hinterland somewhere between trip-hop, dubstep and electronica.

Killas’ latest single is ‘My Idea’ encapsulates his musical mantra perfectly. It is a beat-driven, deep, bassy sound, with a dark, subterranean vibe; crafted with subtly and a deft touch. Propelled along a slowly swaggering deep bass groove and rumble, its dark and sunken sounds are joined by flourishes of drums, bass and glitchy mastery, with chinks of light and flickers of electronics, and floaty dub tones. While peppered with specks of light, ‘My Idea’ is cloaked with a predominately chilling subterranean vibe, due in no small part to the eerie whispering vocal sample.

Listen to ‘My Idea’ below now.

Lauran Hibberd – ‘Hoochie’

Isle of Wight native Lauran Hibberd has built a rep for irresistible fuzz-filled indie pop.

Hibberd kicked off 2019 with pulsating and satirical anthem for the financially troubled with ‘Sugardaddy’ and she is back parading the irresistible facets of her brand of melodic, indie-pop goodness with new single ‘Hoochie’. This is three-minutes of guitar-pop perfection. It is endearingly ramshackle, garage-indebted slacker-pop with an fizzy energy and that signature tongue-in-cheek humour and attitude. ‘Hoochie’ is sweet and coated in a warm layer of fuzz, adorned with hooks you could hang your hat on and those riffs, they are just sensational.

Listen to ‘Hoochie’ below:

DRAMAS – ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’

DRAMAS are Austrian duo Viktoria Winter and Mario Wienerroither, who from their Viennese base, cultivate a stunning brew of dreamy electronic-pop.

Lifted from their 2018 LP Nothing is Permanent, ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’ is a beguiling example of their flair for dreamy pop and ethereal electronica being pushed into more experimental, spaced-out zones of bleary psych. Winter’s beguiling vocal floats with a weightlessness above a blanket of hypnotic shimmering synth and frazzled electronics, on contrast to the deep bass groove and snappy beats which propel us onward. Their’s is a sound of consummate balance and ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’ finds an exquisite balance between bright and dark, heavy and light and analog and the digital. This is sweet, hypnotic and dreamy, and its transfixing allure is just irresistible.

Listen to ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’ below and if that is to your liking, why not check out Nothing is Permanent here.

Jack Marko – ‘SCORPIO’

Jack Marko is a Canadian producer from Toronto. Taking inspiration from UK Grime, Hip Hop/Trap, a variety of Electronic genres and 80’s sci fi, Marko’s electronic sound is sculpted using a combination of digital and analog processes.

For his latest single ‘SCORPIO’, Marko utilises all these attributes to create a colossus of earth shattering beats, thick analog drums and shimmering synth sounds. It has an eerily sinister aura that consumes it, dominated by a murky subterranean vibe that is hollowed out by skittish glitchy chimes and beats, before being pulverised into submission but the massive blasts of bass. A massive, massive sound but the versatility and detail afforded to the sound astounding and should not be overlooked. ‘SCORPIO’ is masterfully executed and prepped to prompt eerie chills of fear and unease while simultaneously very, very danceable (albeit at a strut).

Check out ‘SCORPIO’ below now:

Super Paradise – ‘6:30’

London-based Milanese outfit Super Paradise fuse shoegaze, dream-pop and garage rock elements, to forge an edgy, gritty and powerful sound of their own, brilliantly showcased by brand new single ‘6:30’.

‘6:30’ is a furious and arresting four-and-a-half minutes of ever-evolving, tight and restless instrumentation of razor sharp garage guitar riffs that shoot off at a frenzied pace, leading the charge towards a full on out of control spiral to a plateau of distorted, murmuring bass, meandering guitars and feedback. Amid the squall, you can just about make out the feint slightly distant vocals from Francesco Roma’s. This is garage-influenced psych-rock of epic proportions – a colossus of a tune! Super Paradise are one to keep an eye on for sure.

6:30 is out now via Spring Chicken Records – tune in below: