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UK Artist of the Week: Harry Gardner

Kick off the week the right way with Harry Gardner and his infectious new single “Oblivious,” out now. It’s an indie-pop delight from start to finish that is bound to put a smile on your face.

The Kent-based newcomer is already making waves for himself with his latest cut and we’re sure 2021 is going to be a good year for the young artist if “Oblivious” is anything to go by. Channelling the likes of Rex Orange County and slacker-pop faves Easy Life, “Oblivious” combines elements of jazz, pop, and indie, creating a feel-good sound that is upbeat and chill.

The single has already been featured on a bunch of playlists including New Pop UK and Fresh Finds: Pop, so we’re pretty sure this year is going to be an exciting one for Harry—and hopefully we may even get to see him at a festival or two. Lets not tempt fate though…

“Oblivious” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Castells

Kick-start the week the right way with Castells and their infectious new single “Falling For You,” out now.

Channelling the likes of Blossoms and Marsicans, Castells combine guitar-driven indie with celestial synths creating a sound that is totally vibrant and full of fun. Talking about the single, the band explain, “‘Falling for you’ is an honest love letter dressed up as a singalong indie-pop song.”

“Throughout the song you become aware singer, Connor Crooks, is falling in love with someone and is excited to start a relationship with her. The lyrics are very conversational lending the song a relatable feel, which is what we were aiming to do when writing it. The song itself feels like a journey too. Beginning slow and soft whilst steadily progressing through until it ends with a massive, jumpy, upbeat sing along hook.”

Castells are an indie-rock quartet based in Kent and we can’t wait to see what they get up to next.

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UK Artist of the Week: YINYANG

Irish newcomer YINYANGaka Lauren Hannanis definitely one to watch if her latest single “BLOODHOUND / EARTHBOUND” is anything to go by. Lauren creates alternative hip-hop that is tricky to otherwise pigeon-hole, but it’s packed with a punch, that’s for sure. You have been warned.

Influenced by the likes of Little Simz, M.I.A., and even Quentin Tarantino himself, Lauren is most definitely unique in all the right ways. Her newest offering “BLOODHOUND / EARTHBOUND” is full of fire from the offset as Lauren combines hip-hip, experimental and alt-pop sensibilities creating a sound that unapologetically means business.

Currently based in Northern Ireland, Lauren is already making quite the name for herself over there despite having only released two singles to date. As a result. we’re excited to see what 2021 will bring for this sassy songstress, so watch this space…

“BLOODHOUND / EARTHBOUND” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Tom West

We’re dipping our toes in the South Australian sea today and we’re excited to announce Tom West as our Artist of the Week. He’s just dropped the stunning video for his new single “Can You Hear The Birds Calling?” and we are beyond impressed.

Channelling the likes of Neil Young and Iron & Wine, Tom’s latest cut is a poignantly earnest slice of indie-folk that is bound to pull at your heartstrings. Tom immediately captivates the listener with his distinctive vocal style and delicate strums of guitar, before what feels like a whole orchestra joins him toward the end, creating a sound that is undeniably cinematic and powerful.

Talking about the single, Tom explains, “This song arose from a moment where I was watching one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. The sun was shining and the birds were calling at the same time. Like most of the rest of the album it’s drawn from, I wrote it and started arranging it in the box as I went, rather than resolving the words and form of the song first and then building up from there.”

Tom is currently based in Adelaide, Australia as a result of the ongoing Pandemic but hopes to get back on the live circuit saddle soon—so watch this space!

“Can You Hear The Birds Calling?” is in stores now via AntiFragile Music.

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UK Artist of the Week: Raelle

UK R&B newcomer Raelle moves us with her super sultry new single “Purple Skies”—out now—we’re proud to present her as our Artist of the Week.

Combining neo-soul, jazz, and electronic soundscapes, Raelle has created an undeniably delicious blend of R&B-infused goodness. Her latest single “Purple Skies” is a dream from start to finish. Channelling the likes of Solange and Snoh Aalegra, Raelle takes her listeners on a celestial journey of soul-tinged goodness and we can’t get enough.

Talking about the single, Raelle explains, “In between the certainty of the blue skies and the radiance of the sunset, there lies in between this a sky that is a kaleidoscope of purple clouds. These purples skies never seem to stay and can change at an instant although unstable and uncertain, they are remarkably beautiful and a sense of fearful peace washes over me every time I see them.

There is so much beauty in uncertainty. I see this in my own life. In 2020 my life was turned upside down, in terms of love, family, job security and the fear of waking up to find out the pandemic took someone I knew. The uncertainty filled me every day. At first it was hard, and I couldn’t cope with not knowing what my life would look like the following day, but then I started to realise how much of an important time in my life the uncertain periods were.

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UK Artist of the Week: Abby Power

Conscious hip-hop artist Abby Power does North West London proud with the release of her innovative new single “Thoughts Of An Artist,” out now.

The UK hip-hop scene is having an absolute moment right now and what’s better is that it’s jam-packed with some extremely talented females. Abby Power is our latest discovery and we sure are excited to see what she gets up to next. Her latest cut, “Thoughts Of An Artist” is a celestial slice of lo-fi hip-hop that merges the old school with the new, and we’re so here for it.

Talking about the single, Abby explains, “‘Thoughts Of An Artist’ is a song I was drawn to immediately because for some reason it reminded me of the old Marc Ecko game Getting Up… more specifically one of my favourite songs from the game, Mobb Deep “Survival of the Fittest,” so it reminded me of my early teenage years, and turned it into a song about the life me and majority of the world are living right now, adults working a 9-5 and paying the bills.

I don’t care about the fact I’m not flashy and don’t have money like a lot of the rappers out these days, but regardless of how broke I am, it still doesn’t take away from my pen game. In the end I’m just happy to have hip hop in my life, and I’ll be alright as long as I don’t let music leave my side again!”

“Thoughts Of An Artist” is taken from Abby’s second EP “Class of ’94” which is also in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Yoji

Rising R&B songstress Yoji goes retro on new single “Old Fashioned” and it certainly pays off. Special shout-out to the super suave saxophone that’s jamming throughout as well.

London-born newcomer Yoji returns with the release of her third EP “Retro Romance,” of which “Old Fashioned” is the leading single. “Old Fashioned” channels the likes of Alicia Keys with Yoji’s velvet vocals soaring over seductive R&B soundscapes. Talking about the EP, Yoji explains, “‘Retro Romance’ is a soulful classic celebration of love and passion for life unravelling my experiences of true love.”

Born in London and later raised in Suffolk, Yoji is a soulful pop singer, pianist, and award winning songwriter. No stranger to the live circuit (when there was one), she has already performed at the O2 Arena to a 20,000 capacity crowd and supporting Kool & The Gang at the Electric Soul Festival—not a bad start for the young artist! Watch this space…

“Retro Romance” is in stores now.

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Needle Drop:
Josh Thorpe,
Love & Weather

It may be a questionable choice to move from Canada to Glasgow but we won’t hold that against him. Alt-rock newcomer Josh Thorpe recently released his latest album Love & Weather, taking you on an off-kilter journey from start to finish.

Opening with the super lo-fi “Rita and George,” the eight minute long release sets the tone for the album wonderfully. Discordant guitar twangs are met with Josh’s colloquially Canadian vocal tone, allowing Josh to introduce the listener to the release in his own weird and wonderful way.

Next up is Thorpe’s debut single “Manhattan” and probably the most “commercial” rock tune on the album. Channelling the likes of Pulp, Thorpe creates a sound that is both infectious and introspective. The single is a dissonant celebration of New York, idle moments—and not getting to meet Thurston Moore, naturally.

Thorpe’s latest release “Down To The Ground” feels instantly reminiscent of the likes of Lou Reed as Thorpe shows a more vulnerable side to himself and his voice as well. The song is subtle, charming, and a welcome change-up among the already diverse album. “Why Try” then picks up the pace once more with its raucous guitar twangs that gives the track an almost blues-y element to it.

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UK Artist of the Week: Gracie Convert

Neo-soul newcomer Gracie Convert is giving us jazz-fuelled goodness on her new single “Stay” but we’re not going anywhere, that’s for sure.

London-based songstress Convert combines jazz, neo-soul, and R&B sensibilities on new single “Stay” and it’s stunning from start to finish. Fans of the likes of Mae Muller and Cleo Sol will feel at home here.

Talking about the single, Gracie explains, “I really don’t want to be tied down to a genre. Most of what I write is heavily based on improvisation, that’s what I enjoy. I can’t imagine having to monitor the process so heavily whilst writing. I’m influenced by so much and it would take the love out of it.”

Gracie has already shared stages with with Jamie Isaac, Yakul, Jerkcurb, Oscar WorldPeace, Boadi, and Luke Burr, so we can’t wait to see what she gets up to next (post-lockdown of course). She is due to release a catalogue of songs throughout 2021, exploring the topics of vulnerability, love, and mental health.

“Stay” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week:
DD Darillo

Boy Azooga’s Dylan Morgan has decided to helm a brand new musical project and we’re pretty excited about it. DD Darillo deliver a psychedelic masterclass with the release of their debut single “Time Will Tell,” out now.

Channelling the likes of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Pond, DD Darillo create neo-psychedelic soundscapes that are packed with grooving melodies, infectious hooks and glorious harmonies. A song about not feeling at home anywhere, “Time Will Tell” explores the desolate solitude of growing up in the outback of the Welsh hills.

A chiming, fuzz-filled banger scattered with soulful harmonies and uplifting beats, “Time Will Tell” is the perfect introduction to DD Darillo as they showcase a marriage of genres spanning neo-prog, new-wave pop, and college rock.

“Time Will Tell” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: The Actions

We’re getting trippy this week with The Actions and their atmospheric new single “Flourish,” out now. The single is taken from the dynamic duo’s forthcoming album of the same name, due for release on 15th February 2021—just in time for Valentine’s Day no less!

Combining brooding synths with thundering percussion and Marta Argenio’s celestial vocals, “Flourish” is a perfect slice of dark, ambient electronica to usher your mind into a world of self-discovery. Fans of the likes of Portishead and Little Dragon will feel at home here.

Talking about the single, the band explains, “it’s an exhortation and an encouragement in believing in yourself and enjoying the gift of life once again, now that fears seem to fade out. To flourish is an active process. Most of the time you need to find out what is deceiving your sight, what is making you feel bad, and let your heart rule against what your mind is telling you.”

The Action’s forthcoming album Flourish is in stores on 15th February 2021.

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UK Artist of the Week: Mick Dimitri

This week’s artist of the week is Italian singer-songwriter Mick Dimitri. The emerging artist has already made a friend in Ed Sheeran and it’s looking as though 2021 could be a very exciting year for this budding pop star.

Mick’s latest single “End of The Ride” is an infectious slice of anthemic pop that just keeps on giving. Channelling the likes of Shawn Mendes, “End of The Ride” combines synth-laden hooks with rich, warm vocals, creating a fun-filled contemporary pop sound. The single is the first to be released from Mick’s debut EP “Take My Hand,” which is out on 19th March 2021.

Mick’s claim to fame is that he once waited on a table for Ed Sheeran no less, who then invited him to open for him on his Divide tour a few years back. Not a bad claim to fame if you ask us!

“End of The Ride” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Elisa Imperilee

The UK R&B scene is having a real moment right now and we can’t get enough. Our latest discovery is South London’s Elisa Imperilee and her slick new single “Water” which is out now.

Produced by Srigala, the single oozes sass and style as jazz-hop beats hum underneath Elisa’s ethereal vocal effortlessly. Honestly, it’s like honey. Talking about the single, Elisa explains, “people always told me that time was a healer. But sometimes time isn’t enough and the difficult truth is that you have to put in work to heal yourself.”

“When I wrote this song I was in a dark place yet somehow this felt more comfortable than the prospect of facing the feelings I had been avoiding for a long time. I was becoming aware of the trap I was in and this song chronicles my coming to terms with the fact I had to dive into those difficult emotions to get out of it.”

So, what are you waiting for? Lose yourself with Elisa Imperilee and her smokey, R&B-infused single “Water,” in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Cristina Hart

This week’s Artist of the Week is Swiss-born, alt-pop songstress Cristina Hart. She had quite the year last year—despite the chaos—and released her critically acclaimed debut EP “Sell A Dream” in December. Keep an eye on this one, we’re sure 2021 is going to be an exciting year for Cristina.

“Sell A Dream” is a perfect collection of alt-pop vignettes for any pop fanatic looking to spice things up this winter. Opener “I’m a Mess” is a celestial delight from the offset, oozing with infectious melodies that will have you singing along in no time. “Bad Girlfriend” and “Vanilla” similarly follow suit, with Cristina’s relatable lyricism and rich, soulful vocal always on point.

Closing with gorgeous power ballad “Will You,” we’re privy to a more vulnerable side to Cristina that we haven’t seen previously. Her effortless vocals soar over subtle piano chords, creating a sound akin to that of Gabrielle Aplin.

Cristina Hart currently resides in London where she is no doubt a discovery on the live circuit. For now, however, we highly recommend enjoying her ethereal tones from the comfort of your own home.

“Sell A Dream” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Millar Jukes

We’re kicking off 2021 with a powerful new artist who we feel will resonate with many, especially given the current climate. Americana troubadour Millar Jukes is due to release his debut album later this year, but he’s given us a poignant taste of what’s to come with his latest cut “Home”—and it feels like a warm cuppa Joe…

“Home” combines country, blues, and Americana-based soundscapes to create a sound that is undeniably heartfelt and nostalgic. Taking influence from the likes of Ray LaMontagne, Jukes’ beautiful soul-tinged vocal compliments the soft, intricate musicality. This track is best served by a burning fire with a warm mug of whiskey if you ask us, and we won’t be told otherwise.

“Home” is a song about feeling lost in life and burdened with heavy anxiety until you find that one person who picks you up and makes life worth living—something everyone can resonate with in one way or another at the moment, we’re sure.

“Home” is in stores now.

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