77:78 – ‘Love Said (Let’s Go)’


As card-carrying members of the kaleidoscopic musical maestros The Bees, Isle Of Wight musicians Aaron Fletcher and Tim Parkin were responsible for some of the most magical, downright brilliant moments of the last decade.

Back to the present….. and the duo has an entirely new project called 77:78, a debut album called Jellies, penned for release via Heavenly Recordings on July 6th and a taste of said album in the shape of ‘Love Said (Let’s Go)’. It’s a radiant, jaunty and joyous cut of infectious soulful pop with some psychedelic leanings; namely the fluttering flutes and echoing atmosphere which abound on the peripheries. It’s breezy little gem with a subtle swagger that will whisk your mind far, far away to long summer days of glorious sunshine. Like The Bees, 77:78 echo classic pop, folk and psych of the past but just like their previous incarnation, they bring plenty of their own character to make it their own delightfully irresistible sound.

Check out ‘Love Said (Let’s Go) below – the video is a delight too.

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Jumanji – ‘Swings and Roundabouts’


At every juncture thus far, six piece power-punch of indie-pop, Jumanji have proven themselves masterful in the way of bright, breezy and highly melodic indie-pop with dreamy riffs and really infectious feel – the sort sure to be stuck in your head for days.

Based in the south coast seaside town of Brighton, they have cooked up another resplendent piece of indie-pop perfection; sunny, bright and powerful enough to dispel the recent polar conditions. The new single ‘Swings and Roundabouts’ is bouncy, joyous and unbelievably infectious. It exquisitely intertwines a jovial rhythm, neon bright guitars, super-catchy, sing-along choruses and a touch of the tropical, with the final layer of gloss completed by Atkins’ powerful voice, bringing their delightful indie-pop sound to life. A perfectly formed sound; providing addictive, easy listening that is packed with plenty of punch.

Listen to ‘Higher’ below, you won’t regret it and that’s a guarantee.

KA-TYA -‘Little House’


Soviet-born Australian artist and musician living in NYC, KA-TYA has already wowed us with a flagrant and playful defiance of genres, skipping boldly from haunting, synth-driven ballads to joyfully irreverent quirky-pop.

KA-TYA ‘s latest release is a similiarly skittish melting pot of creativity, colour and artistry. Eeking out a space on the indie-pop landscape between the shadow and the light, ‘Little House’ finds KA-TYA in her element. Simultaneously ethereal and gripping, ‘Little House’ is filled with drama and sorrow as the haunting vocals and emotional weight turns the screw, drawing us in. There is a spareness to proceedings, the space endeavours to evoke a sense of intrigue and mystery, while increasing the impact of both piano and vocals. This haunting, mysterious and beguiling single is complimented by a wonderful video, comprised of childhood VHS footage of KA-TYA and her parents in Ukraine in the early ’90s. A compelling, enigmatic and enticing demonstration of KA-TYA’s artistic prowess.

Check out ‘Little House’ below – it doesn’t disappoint.

Beev Rations – ‘Mystic Lover’


Based in Santander, Northern Spain, Beev Rations is the musical alter-ego of Alan James, a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, with a loving flair for psych-tinged, country & western flavoured folk jams.

Beev Rations introduced his wonderful wares with single ‘The Bigger Tricker’ – which as far as introductions go, you couldn’t ask for more. James’ latest ‘Mystic Lover’ is similarly lovable and in under two minutes, it waltzing its way into your heart with an old-word charm and rootsy blend of Doo Wop, Blues and Country. Filled with warmth, the vocals (and indeed the song itself) swoons with joy as the clip-clop percussion meanders through Everly Brothers-esque heavenly harmonies as guitars twang, shimmer and sparkle. There is something extremely familiar but different and original, brought no doubt by James’ unique and peculiar touch.

‘Mystic Lover’ is warm, charming and hard to resist – an incredibly heartfelt bundle of joy!

You can listen to ‘Mystic Lovers’ below now & if that is to your liking, there’s plenty more where that came from, over here.

Lauren Ruth Ward – ‘Sheet Stains’


Baltimore bred, Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, Lauren Ruth Ward, started 2018 on the front foot, releasing her debut album Well, Hell.

The latest track lifted from the album is ‘Sheet Stain’ and we find Lauren Ruth Ward in fine but a little rowdy and loud, form. It is a swaggering slice of americana soul, with its loose swing, stomp and jangly guitar hooks. The rolling and rumbling and rowdy combination provide the energy and propulsion, while Ward’s smokey vocal, casual yet compelling, is given space to breathe. With its rowdy aggressive tones, swing and swagger, ‘Sheet Stain’ makes for a brilliant, catchy and compelling song.

Listen to ‘Sheet Stains’ below and if you like what you hear, Lauren Ruth Ward’s debut album Well, Hell is available here.