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LÂLKA shares reflective “pristine pop” track Burn It All

Sharing her first new music since a jam-packed 2019, including summer festivals (FOMO Brisbane, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival – Brisbane) and buzzworthy sets at BIGSOUND 2019, LÂLKA explores a more contemplative side of her left-field experimental pop on ‘Burn It All’.

Forest Bees – ‘Forest Bees’ Out June 12th 2020

At a glance, the genesis of Forest Bees (aka San Francisco solo artist Sheetal Singh) reads like standard music biz fare: a critically-acclaimed indie band has a brush with the big time, fizzles in the face of industry frustrations, and a former member goes it alone.

Only Forest Bees is going it alone fifteen years later, as a mother of two and, as she puts it, “a brown woman in what is still a very white indie rock world”. And Forest Bees explores themes rare in such dream pop, from postpartum depression and loneliness within marriage, to cultural expectations and humanity’s intersection with artificial intelligence.


Thrilling multi-instrumentalist and producer, Perth’s Ukiyo returns today with his entrancing new single Good Enough featuring Maribelle – a modest change of pace from the lofi electronic records of his Mixtape series, Ukiyo has produced a sensational blend of ambient indie-tronica and synth-driven future pop. The track is perfectly complemented by a hypnotic video that will take the viewer on a mesmerising journey into a ravaged world, where the video seeks to compare a doomed relationship within the lyrics of the song to the state of the earth – exploring the daunting idea of humans doing the bare minimum to get by – taking on the ‘good enough’ attitude.

Discover the oxymoron : “Hippie Hardcore”

Rissa Boo’s new single is a quirky egotrip that vacillates between madness and depth, both poetic and rough in a Rap/Electro mix.

In short, an oxymoron on its own: a Hippie Hardcore.

Release: Halysis – ‘Cerulean’

Halysis is a metal band from Lahti, Finland. After being formed in 2015, the band started writing their debut album Cerulean, which was released in the spring of 2020. Cerulean is a concept album which tells the story of a desperate man trying to find his meaning in the world. Instruments accompany the feeling of hopelesness and anger with their technical riffing and beautiful acoustic sections. Halysis combines many metal subgenres in their music while maintaining their own distinct sound. Some of the biggest influences include Trivium, Between the Buried and Me, As I Lay Dying and The Faceless.

New music: Dan Croll releases new double a-side singles ‘So Dark’ and ‘Honeymoon’ today

Since his return at the start of the year, the singer and songwriter has continued to release his new offerings in twos, shared chronologically of his experience in moving to Los Angeles. ‘So Dark’ explores the difficulty he found in fitting into his new environment through a lens of fuzzy guitars and space synths, while ‘Honeymoon’ takes us on a more romantic journey as he looks to work through his fears and anxiety over starting and then maintaining a new relationship.


New album “Brightest Blue”, will include a number of recent releases alongside a plethora of new songs, with the album being set in two parts, “Brightest Blue” (executively produced by Ellie Goulding & Joe Kearns) and “EG.0” respectively – see the full tracklist below. Across the two halves Ellie enlisted a number of writers and producers to help create the finished product, including the likes of Tobias Jesso Jr., Starsmith, ILYA, serpentwithfeet, Patrick Wimberly (of Chairlift) and Jim Eliot amongst others.

New music: Indie-psych duo Hi Frisco unveil new single ‘Gold’ today

Following on from the release of their smooth and bouncing singles ‘Snowfall’ and ‘The War’ in recent months, East London-based duo Hi Frisco now look to turn things up a notch as they deliver their brand new cut ‘Gold’.

Arya Zappa unveils latest single “Now Or Always” | Out 12 June

Enigmatic Berlin-based musician, performer and DJ Arya Zappa is set to release her debut album Dark Windows – a gothic, layered, new wave record that plays with the notion of identity. Ahead of that she’s releasing spectacular new track – complete with cinematic video – “Now Or Always”.

Fourward Drop their First LP Single on Elevate

The brand-new album from heavyweight production outfit Fourward has finally arrived on Elevate Records, following the critical success of their earlier ‘Hope’ EP. The Austrian duo are notorious for their streamlined sound, something which enabled them to grow from local DJs in their home city to touring internationally. Having released on a plethora of labels, Elevate is where they’ve been able to crossover into the mainstream, despite never watering down their sound. With support from the likes of Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, where the ‘Hope’ EP’s title track received no less than 10 spins, their profile has grown and with it has come an audience waiting patiently for their next body of work.

Emerging singer-songwriter Gus Harvey drops her latest EP ‘England’

Inspired by recently moving back home to the UK from Berlin, the four-track release commences with ‘Garden’, a hypnotic track written from the point of view of the earth that pairs Harvey’s hushed vocals with a melange of overlapping samples and instrumentation. Next up is the dark-yet-enchanting ‘The Frangipani Fellowship’, which samples traditional Cambodian music and draws inspiration from the Vietnam War, and Brexit-lamenting ‘Bxsit’, featuring the freestyling bars of UK rapper Hypeman Sage. Closing things out is the EP’s lead single ‘Albion’, a wistful ballad inspired by a historic pub of the same name that was once frequented by the Kray twins.

Cameron Hayes unveils new single ‘Superego’

From her stunning debut ‘Drown’, British singer songwriter Cameron Hayes has stepped up yet again to unveil her brand new single – ‘Superego’.

Released today, ‘Superego’ follows in the footsteps of ‘Drown’ as an edgy, pop anthem which shines a light on the human mind, the personalities attached to it and the conflicts that arise between them.

Evelyn Rubio’s “I Am Going To Love You Tonight”

Evelyn’s newest commercial release has begun shipment to radio stations and now the brand new album is available on all the major online retail sites along with subscription radio. Packed with fifteen tracks including the audience pleasing female anthem “He Did Me Wrong But He Did It Right” which female listeners embrace with tremendous bravado. In fact after performing the song in Italy Evelyn received a rousing standing ovation from hundreds of women in the audience. Not forgetting her Hispanic heritage Evelyn includes multiple tracks in Spanish including her rendition of the world famous Besame Mucho.

James Holt returns with new single: ‘PENDULUM’

Glinting jangle-pop churned with the soft-edges and everchanging colours of early summer sunsets, PENDULUM is the latest dopamine hit of hazy melody from multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, James Holt, OUT NOW. A reputed musical revolutionary otherwise painting his own signposts to an artistic peak, Holt switches from self-determined isolation to unholy alliance by enlisting The Coral’s song-wrangler, James Skelly on production duties for the first time alongside the mixing talents of Chris Taylor.

OLIVIER – bringing lyricism back to the UK rap scene – ‘Criss Cross’

The biggest differential that Olivier possesses is his sheer lyrical intelligence. Being a middle-class white boy who grew up in the suburbs of London, he puts an authentic and thought-provoking spin on the genre of hip hop which reminds me of a revived 1990’s Eminem; if he was interested in politics!

Ben Hobbs makes a spine-tingling return with new soulful slow jam ‘How We Care’

Based in South London, Ben fuses bedroom pop with 70s and 80s nostalgia. Think of it as The Weeknd meets David Bowie and Peter Gabriel. His latest project ‘How We Care’ is a rich blend of fiery electric strings, sonic nods and a pulsing drumbeat, which together compliment his gracious vocals.

Anna Vaverková releasing new soft commercial pop song ‘Empty Phrases’

Robot is the alter ego of Berlin based British producer/musician Robbie Moore. ‘Wedding Address’ (24.07.20) will be his 3rd Robot album, following 2017’s ’33.(3)’ and ‘Vedgdbol’.

In 2014 he created Impression Recordings in Berlin, a boutique studio he designed and built from scratch with a nod to the great studios of the 50s and 60s, and housing his enviable collection of musical toys from the past, present and future. His clients in Berlin have included L.A Salami, Peaches, Jesper Munk, Lary, Gemma Ray, Cro, Namika, Donny Benet, Balagan, and many others.

Danish artist Winnie Raeder shares ‘A Quiet Way’

Released in February, ‘Baby’ was Winnie’s first self-produced piece of work and ‘A Quiet Way’ sees her follow suite, piecing together a stark, ethereal dream-pop sound that comprises soft piano, Winnie’s powerful, compelling vocals that are drenched in reverb and experiments with off-kilter, atmospheric electronics. She says of the new single: “‘A Quiet Way’ is really about the admiration and gratitude you can have for someone that’s been a part of your life at some point. It’s paying your respects to someone you hold a great amount of love for, without projecting any desires onto them.”

AMARA ctk100 – Body In A Tank aka “LapTopGirl”

AMARA ctk100 aka the laptopmusicgirl, is a London – based Swiss/Italian future R&B/ Pop singer/producer.

A Fashion Design graduate she moved to London where she taught herself how to produce music and started to get immersed into the London music scene while working as a graphic and fashion designer with musicians and interning at emerging fashion brands.

Polly Money – “Astrid”

Funk-flecked euphoric pop with a retro-tinged twist, Cornish newcomer Polly Money opens up on her candid new single “Astrid”. In her own words, “[it’s] about earth-shattering sex”, “the kind of touch you know you’ll never forget and most likely never recover from!” Building up the heat, “Astrid” sizzles with the ecstasy and the realisations which come with it.

Prince Ink Releases New “Kasket” Single Featuring Nyketown JU

College Park, Atlanta rapper Prince Ink is no stranger to the spotlight. The Exit 60 rapper made waves last year after an interview, where he explains how he received 100k his first day home after serving 7 years in prison. Fast forward to 2020, Prince has now started his own label Brains Before Bullets and is ready to show the world how musically gifted he is. On his newest material to date “Kasket” he reminds us of how unique he is an emcee.

Manchester post-punks NEW LUNA launch potent new single ‘Prunus’ | out May 27th

Reaffirming their undisputed potential at the heart of the city’s alternative scene, Mancunian risers New Luna share compelling new single ‘Prunus’, set for release May 27th.

Concocting a heady mix of post-punk and dream pop to sublime effect, the band’s latest effort channels the influences of Radiohead, Mogwai and The Twilight Sad, and follows several sold-out hometown shows and their debut trip Stateside for New Colossus Festival earlier this year.

Rube & Rake (St. John’s, NL) release prescient new single, “What Will”

“What will carry us through our days with no work and no play?” begins the song, setting the soft vocals of songwriters Josh Sandu and Andrew Laite alongside pining lap steel and a gentle Mellotron hum. Despite its wistful tenor, “What Will” ultimately finds clarity in uncertainty: “There’s no use in knowing what’s down the line / If I’m sewing my ends up I’ll find out in time.”