AfriCali – ‘Daughters of the Sun’

AfriCali is a California-based musical collective embracing a broad base of influences as evidenced by their work to date; a journey of musical exploration and fusion of sounds.

Their latest single ‘Daughters of the Sun’, and indeed the album in which it is lifted from Taught Of A Culture captures the very essence of what Africali and their sound is all about. It is a jazzy and soulful cut with a funky base-line that swaggers along a seductive groove and soft beats while guitars twang amid the sun-kissed shimmering feedback. A genre-hopping jam mixing up afrobeat, rock, pop, and hip-hop and topped with coastal-psych seasoning and catchy melodies. A superb, seductive and sunny groover – tune in below.

Listen to ‘Daughters of the Sun’ below and if that is to your liking, check the album here.

Ynys – ‘Aros Am Byth’

Ynys is the moniker of Welsh artist Dylan Hughes (formerly of Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg) who has dazzled us with his work to date; namely singles ‘Mae’n Hawdd’ and  ‘Caneuon.

Teaming up with the excellent Libertino Records once again, Hughes has returned with a super smooth and hypnotic new single; ‘Aros Am Byth’. It is yet another lavish psych-washed synth-pop beauty filled with starry-eyed wonder as Hughes brings together 70s Italian disco synths and power pop harmonies – a magical combo. ‘Aros Am Byth’ washes over you with ease as lush vocals flow above a slinking groove and seductive beats while woozy flourishes of synth ripple amid the psychedelic swirl. A beautiful hypnotic tune tinged with melancholy and swelling heart and soul – another dazzling display from Ynys.

Listen to ‘Aros Am Byth’ below:


Winter – ‘Healing’

Winter is LA by way of Brazil artist Samira Winter, who’s love for guitar music and nostalgic imagery inspires gorgeous dreamy cuts of pop perfection.

To date, Winter has provided an abundance of woozy, glimmering and wistful dream-pop songs – as evidenced by 2018 album Ethereality – and with new album Endless Space (Between You & I), rescheduled for July 24, we’ve been afforded a second glimpse from the LP, with a fourth single, ‘Healing’. 

The track is typical Winter brilliance, drifting by in a daydream like state, as we are sated by delicate melodies and twinkling pop tones. It is touching and tender as Winter’s light and ethereal vocals glide through a wash of woozy arrangements, shimmering synth and glistening guitars – and we are mesmerised by the hypnotic and hazy allure that is ‘Healing’. Like previous releases have demonstrated, Winter posses a penchant for nostalgic psych-tinged dream-pop and a flair for pushing the limits to explore the outer realms and edges of experimentalism.

‘Healing’ is out now and Endless Space (Between You & I) will release on 24 July via Bar/None Records.


Air Devi – ‘Move Without Place’

Air Devi is the project of Philadelphia singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Devi Majeske.

The project began life as home recorded lo-fi indie pop before releasing debut EP, swanning about, earlier this year. Majeske has followed that up with a brand new single called ‘Move Without Place’. A song about a search for freedom, truth, and belonging. Inspired by a desire to understand and connect with her Indian roots, ‘Move Without Place’ blends a love of punk rock music alongside her Indian heritage into a colourful confection of woozy, starry-eyed dream-pop. Hazy distorted guitars pair with melody dripping vocals above light, bright but quick-paced percussion that brushes through a swirling cloud of hazy and magical charm. It is bright, lush and shimmering delight filled with whimsical charm as it gently see-saws between woozy pop, psych brushstrokes and flourishes of intoxicating Indian sound. It is a richly rewarding and utterly divine single.

Listen to ‘Move Without Place’ below – you won’t be disappointed.   

Seatbelts – ‘Sinful City’

Liverpool outfit Seatbelts introduced their super brand of guitar pop with a slew of super singles – ‘Hey, Hey Tiger!’, ‘Content Crush’, ‘Capitalist Confession’, ‘Black Strings’ & ‘Superstardom’– and charming us beautifully with each and every opportunity.

Comprised from James Madden and Ryan Murphy of Hooton Tennis Club, and Abigail Woods and Alex Quinn, Seatbelts are back with new single ‘Sinful City’ – and the foursome have nailed it again. Opening with a mellow yet mournful haze a seductive rhythmic groove seeps through, picks up pace as a driving beat ushers us forward with help from an unrelenting bass loop. Guitars twang and mournful yet increasingly driven vocals flicker amid the shimmering haze as our protagonist, like the song, longs to escape the den of equality as the latter finally finds its sweet dream-pop home only for it to melt away just a quick. It is yet another fabulous tune from Seatbelts and their quality catalog continues to grow.

Tune in below:


Accü – ‘Is There A World?’

Cardiff-based artist Accü aka Angharad Van Rijswijk has returned to the fold with her first new material since the release of her stunning 2018 debut Echo The Red; a beautiful, mysterious, delicate yet strident otherworldly listening experience.

New single ‘Is There A World?’ continues to reside and thrive in a hazy world of psychedelic electronic-pop and warped imagination. It tips along a playful yet eerie, almost nursery rhyme-esque melody while the kaleidoscopic swirl grows and swells, increasing the disorienting otherworldly air as we desperately attempt to cling onto some semblance of reality. This hypnotic and kaleidoscopic adventure waltzes along with warped Casio tones threaded with winding bass lines and flashes of scorched riffs and topped off with hazy vocals. Van Rijswijk is not one to rest on her laurels creatively, always moving forward and exploring, and ‘Is There A World?’ is no different – it is magnificent in fact.

Listen to  ‘Is There A World?’ below – it is out now via the ever reliable Libertino Records. 

Hooton Tennis Club – ‘Monsoonal Runoff’

Liverpool indie outfit Hooton Tennis Club have been on hiatus since 2016’s Big Box Of Chocolates with primary songwriters Ryan Murphy and James Madden concentrating on their side-project Seatbelts (great in their own right, do check them out).

Hooton Tennis Club were in the midst of planning a full return to business when COVID-19 wreaked havoc across the globe but the band have released a double a-side ‘Monsoonal Runoff’ / ‘People Want People Who Want People’ – and the good news is they have lost none of their charm in the intervening years. In fact, it feels very much like a natural evolution from where they left off as ‘Monsoonal Runoff’ whisks us off on a Jacques Cousteau inspired exploration of hazy guitar jangles, irresistible melodies and breezy vibes with bittersweet, beautiful vocals sailing above. It’s companion, ‘People Want People Who Want People’, opens with a mournful air as gentle strum, rich violin and heartfelt vocals smouldering with emotion before exploding, ripped open by a scintillating riff and powerful rhythm, into a rousing indie-rock jam. It is hard to discern which is the best of the bunch so it’s pretty lucky they released the pair together – and in case it is obvious, it is great to have Hooton Tennis Club back.

Listen to ‘Monsoonal Runoff’ / ‘People Want People Who Want People’ below, along with fun video for the former.

Martha Ffion Announces New Album; shares ‘After the Fact’

Glasgow-based Irish singer-songwriter Martha Ffion (aka Claire McKay) has returned with a wonderful new single ‘After the Fact’.

Working with the excellent Lost Map Records again, ‘After the Fact’ is the first taste of from her forthcoming much-anticipated second album Nights to Forget, which will be released on August 14, 2020.

Ffion’s 2018 debut LP Sunday Best is a beautiful record, filled with gleaming guitar-pop, wistful-ballads, swooning sixties inspired indie-pop and touches of folk & country, and being as it was one the finest records of that year, the expectancy levels for its follow-up are set rather high. New single ‘After the Fact’ is magnificent; it is a glorious ray of gleaming indie-pop with an underbelly of melancholy and disquiet. A fractured pop song, Ffion’s honeyed lilting vocal is juxtaposed by the stuttering groove interspersed with angular riffs and stabs of off-kilter guitar, and the results are a glorious. This captures all that is greatest about Martha Ffion’s work in just three-and-a-half-minutes – a marvelous songwriting wrapped with bittersweet indie-pop.

Check out the new single below – and keep the eyes peeled for the new record coming in August:


Jouska – ‘Born In Cash’

Oslo-based musical duo Jouska – comprised of Marit Othilie Thorvik and Hans Olav Settem – have impressed at every given opportunity with an intriguing and inventive array of tunes as they explore some of the more outer realms of electronica.

The pair are back with a new single ‘Born In Cash’ – the second lifted from their so far unnamed album following the slinky R&B of ‘Bring You Back’ in February – in which they continue to reside and thrive in leftfield climes. That being said, ‘Born In Cash’ has more of club focus than some of its predecessors; big beats bang and bass rumbles beneath as sea of slowburning synths and dark atmospheric swirls, and all peppered with cascading cracking and frazzled electronics. It is a song built on push and pull torn between two stools as evidence by the twin vocal path; one lush and dreamy and the defiant and confrontational. It is an absolute banging club track, albeit dark and somewhat introverted but that is what we’ve come to expect from Jouska; unconventional exceptionalism.

Listen to ‘Born In Cash’ below:

El Levtchenko – ‘Sunday Social’

El Levtchenko are a Brazilian / Portuguese pairing who’s sonic compositions borrow from a world of influences; there’s Cuban guitar music, a touch of hip hop, some Middle Eastern and African influences, funk and soul, and a whole lot of beautiful psychedelia.

In just under three minutes their latest offering  ‘Sunday Social’ encapsulates everything that is utterly wonderful about about El Levtchenko and their sound. ‘Sunday Social’ is a colourful confection of sunny and alluring Latin flavoured psych. It slinks and swaggers along a super seductive groove and soft, brushed hip hop style beats as basslines bubble and guitars twang, pick and riff amid the sunkissed shimmer. ‘Sunday Social’ whisks you away to a vibrant and colourful world of sun, sea and peaceful vibes. It is a masterclass in psychedelia fusion, and one that will no doubt leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Listen to ‘Sunday Social’ below: