AuthorHalina Rifai

Cat Pierce: ‘Sometimes You Lose’

With a vocal created to soundtrack the best imagery, Cat Pierce’s latest release is another instance to showcase how promising she is as a solo artist. ‘Sometimes You Lose‘ is a compelling listen and one that beautifully illustrates how bittersweet romance can be. There’s a cynical undertone to it, but there’s a hope in her vocal…

Luke Sital-Singh: ‘Weight Of Love’

It was thanks to Sital-Singh that we were put on the map of a lot of readers outside of Scotland. We had written about one of his releases back in 2012 and The Guardian’s Paul Lester quoted us. We have remained dedicated to his journey and it has been a real pleasure seeing him grow…

Thyla: ‘Blame’

British indie has a new class and Brighton’s Thyla are part of the showcasing committee. The quartet’s new release, ‘Blame‘ is a call back to some of the finest musicians that have helped sculpt a beloved genre. It’s dark, brooding and unexpectedly thrilling in its delivery. Jagged chords, a stunning minor vein and emotional punches…

Gustave Tiger: ‘New Light of Myanmar’

My first foray into the world of Hungarian art-punk has been met with notable success thanks to Gustave Tiger’s latest offering. ‘New Light of Myanmar‘, is a vertiginous climb in energy. It’s arpeggio synths, impassioned vocal delivery and encompassing instrumental backing all have their place. They serve each other wholly and the result is nothing…

Marna: ‘Craving’

A vocal can make or break a song, especially it seems when it comes to the simpler side of electronica. Marna’s voice and it’s subsequent pristine production on her single ‘Craving‘ is bodacious. Her vocal envelopes you, its warmth surrounds you impeccably and with such a sense of safety that you trust in it to…

Einar Stray Orchestra: ‘Last Lie’

There are so many dazzling nuances in Einar Stray Orchestra’s latest release that you feel you need to revisit the song as soon as it’s finished. ‘Last Lie’, touches deeply and is warmly enveloping, there is sonic invention in display here that perfectly marries electronics and organics. It is neo-classicism at its best and shows…

YOWL: ‘Warm (in the Soft White Fire of Modern Living)’

With Gabriel Byrde’s striking vocal, YOWL’s latest release will lead you into a false sense of security before punching you with its frenetic dynamic shift. ‘Warm (in the Soft White Fire of Modern Living)’, is compelling and punchy, it shows a real maturity in sound and a confidence blazing through the slacker haze. The compositional cleverness here…

Tesha: ‘Clever Moments’

Tesha’s follow-up to the hypnotic, ‘Dreams‘ is another foray into her idiosyncratic world. ‘Clever Moments’, blissfully sounds like no one else at present. This is like a challenging lullaby and her intriguing and fearless steps when it comes to production are what elevates this to another sphere. This is overtly challenging but strangely powerful.

A Festival, A Parade: ‘Cold Shower’

Newcastle’s A Festival, A Parade have been making bold statements with breathtaking hit after hit. Latest offering, ‘Cold Shower‘ adds to a faultless run and from the onset creates a heady and unsettling effect. With its expanded sonic pallette, you will have barely enough time to catch your breath with its relentless cavalcade-esque atmospherics. This is…

Petticoat: ‘Ointment’

Petticoat’s notable production is once again seamless on latest release, ‘Ointment‘. With its pumping bassline, enthralling kaleidoscopic synth top line and pulsating percussive backbone, this will provide a soundtrack to elevate the senses. This deftly fastens together to make it a compulsive listen and illustrate one of the most promising producers on our horizon.