Single Review: Emma Dilemma – Bed All Day

Emma Dilemma, the self-proclaimed “patron saint of self-sabotage” hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, brings a refreshing and quirky flavour to the music scene with her latest track, ‘Bed All Day’. This playful tune, centred around the unexpected sound of a kazoo, seamlessly fuses rock and hip-hop influences, reminiscent of the dynamic styles of The Beastie … Continued

Single Review: Uno Mas – Jungle

“I’m out enjoying the pace of this open asylum,” vocalist Olly Thornton sings on Uno Mas’ February released single ‘Jungle’. He’s talking about the electricity in the air during a night out. Something we’ve all come to miss in the last year or so. There’s a confidence that comes with the delivery of the track. … Continued

Single Review: Retro Video Club – Faking

They’ve supported the likes of The Libertines, Bastille and The Vaccines, collected sync royalties thanks to Made in Chelsea and earned airplay from BBC Scotland, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and Amazing Radio. Retro Video Club, hailing from Edinburgh, are already on their way to becoming one of the most discussed Scottish names with a sold-out … Continued

Single Review: Luke Royalty – Blue Peter

“Welcome to my blue room,” Luke Royalty’s Spotify bio reads as he proclaims thoughts we’ve all shared with him and kept to ourselves, like the light jab of, “I think I’m boring when I’m sober”. ‘Blue Peter’ feels like you’re travelling from its genuine, good-hearted lyricism alone. “Living our fairytales in football shirts,” the Darlington … Continued

Album Review: SPINN – Outside of the Blue

Juggling dizzying climaxes, fluttering guitars and feel good eagerness, SPINN have delivered an album built upon Buddha’s liberating teachings while, meanwhile, looking to break free from any predetermined labels on their second LP Outside of the Blue via Modern Sky UK. SPINN is collectively vocalist Johnny Quinn, guitarist Luke Brickett, Sean McLachlan on bass and … Continued

Single Review: Tom A. Smith – Dragonfly

Tom A. Smith’s debut EP drops next month on February 25th, produced by Larry Hibbitt (Nothing But Thieves/The Snuts/Sea Girls/Lauren Hibberd). While apparent that Smith has been stockpiling for this release for some time, asking for guitar lessons long before taking the stabilisers off, the musician assures each future release will be distinct from the … Continued

Single Review: Stay Lunar – Keeping Me Up All Night

You get a feel for Stay Lunar’s sound even before pressing the play button. The cover artwork is sombre. A black and white shot of a train station platform. A radiant pink hue runs through it without obliterating the mood.  The dream-pop outfit Stay Lunar, hailing from Bristol, formed in 2019. Since then, they’ve released … Continued

Single Review: James Marriott – Wake Up!

With the amount of new content arriving via the rise of TikTok, it would be shortsighted to think this was the only musician hub as of late. James Marriott is one of many YouTubers to try his hand at songwriting, releasing his debut single ‘Slow Down’ in 2020, followed by a three-track EP, ‘No Left … Continued

Single Review: Big Image – Parallel Love Affair

With no live shows in the near future, Ivory Wave, an already established live band found themselves with plenty of free time to turn everything on its head and fit the jumbled pieces back together. In doing so alternatively named, Big Image was born and the four-piece conceived the joyous ‘Parallel Love Affair,’ a painted … Continued

Single Review: Flechettes – Make Your Mistakes

Flechettes have their finger on the trigger with their newest outing, ‘Make Your Mistakes’. The group from Wigan, Greater Manchester have all the components for that firey indie-rock sound that’s on every A&R scout’s wishlist.  The last year held a lot of firsts for the Flechettes, including playing their first tour and signing to Sound … Continued

Single Review: The France – California

The Manchester-based The France have created something both familiar-sounding and vibrant. Based on a trip the band took in 2017, their fourth single, a three-minute indie-pop take named ‘California,’ sounds like the essence of San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles if they combined into a sort of West Coast eccentric cocktail. The band also … Continued

Single Review: Candid – Wasted Time

Commercial music is always one to reinvent itself, deviating between genres and styles frequently as traditional forms of pop become predictable and tiresome. Through 2020, the charts became packed with resurgences similar to the ’70s and 80’s synth-wave sound, mimicking old sounds and creating fresh ones in the same breath. Both indie-pop acts Chvrches and … Continued

Single Review: Wynona – Get Back To Myself

Written inside their 0saka based studio apartment, Wynona, formed of bedroom-pop partners Natalie and Rich, tinkered with the early idea of ‘Get Back To Myself’. Accounting present times, the track recalls the challenges of internal belonging and being a world away from familiarity during a worldwide pandemic. The song’s meaning shifting halfway through its creation.  … Continued

Single Review: Sarpa Salpa – Your House

You can connect the dots between Sarpa Salpa’s songwriting and the overall meaning of their newest track, ‘Your House’, in a similar fashion to a detective and a piece of red string.  Lyrically focusing on a strained environment and someone changing right in front of you, Sarpa Salpa succeeds in performing with a similar sentiment … Continued

EP Review: Pacific – You Don’t Know

With both singles released this year gaining traction across UK radio stations, Manchester-based indie rock outfit Pacific have released their brand new You Don’t Know EP.  Currently touring their new material, the four piece are eager to follow in the footsteps of their sold-out pre-lockdown dates. Unlike their heavily guitar-driven indie-rock counterparts, Pacific have a … Continued

Single Review: Elephant Castle – Rocket To The Moon

Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Phil Danyew has leaned heavily into the similar tendencies of trippy, psych-rock connoisseurs Tame Impala, Temples and Zac Farro of Paramore’s side project, HalfNoise to commence his newest project, Elephant Castle. Phil, previously known for playing keys in Foster the People, ventured into creating original music. This decision, a direct response to … Continued

EP Review: Jessica Luise – Going In Blind

If you found yourself in the middle of the jangly pop stylings of The Sundays and the dream-pop tendencies of Mazzy Star, you’d most likely stumble upon Manchester-based Jessica Luise. The indie-pop artist who emerged onto the North West music scene in 2019.  ‘Going in Blind‘ is Jessica Luise’s debut EP, released in July following … Continued

EP REVIEW: The Covasettes – The Cova Guide To Sunset Vibes

‘The Cova Guide to Sunset Vibes’, Indie-rock heads The Covasettes’ September EP, earned them recognition from the likes of BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. They’re a band who are sure to feel right at home on any festival circuit. The four piece’s most recent release is packed full of sun-drenched hooks and upbeat, infectious melodies … Continued

Album Review: Brown Horse – Reservoir

‘Reservoir’ is the debut album from six-piece country rock band Brown Horse. Following the teasing release of singles ‘Shoot Back’, ‘Stealing Horses’ and ‘Sunfisher’, ‘Reservoir’ quenches our thirst for the complete series as the ten tracks gift a dark and sultry reflection of the more gloomy sides of human nature. In their infancy, Brown Horse … Continued

Single Review: Alex Hopkins – Life Keeps Going

After a childhood growing up in Worcestershire and then Hong Kong, Ale Hopkins has certainly seen a lot in his young life, a factor which always helps towards writing some great lyrics. Which is exactly what Alex has done here with his latest single ‘Life Keeps Going’.  After huge support from BBC Radio with a … Continued