[TGIF] Recommendations and Fetishes

Fresh tracks from up-and-coming artists. It's TGIF!

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Welcome to "Thank God It's Friday" where we dive into the latest musical releases that have been setting our "earing pupils" on fire. As we bid farewell to another exciting week, we can't help but celebrate the incredible tracks that have graced our ears in recent weeks. From infectious pop hits to electronic and rock-ish stirring records, this post is dedicated to showcasing the best of the best. Get ready to discover your new favourite songs and let the music take you on a captivating ride. It's time to turn up the volume and embrace the magic of these incredible releases. Let the music speak, and let the weekend begin in style.

Haz & Miloux – March 12

Haz & Miloux is a dream team collaboration between award-winning Producer Haz (Harry Huavi) and Miloux (Rebecca Melrose). The duo brings together the bold creativity of both artists, with Haz setting the mood and crafting inspired beats while Miloux contributes conscious and soulful lyrics. Her sultry voice and strong female energy breathe life into their perfect pairing.

March 12” is the duo’s latest release and makes way to their anticipated new EP “Brunette“. It was described by Miloux as “a letter to my younger self, a reassurance that pain or trauma doesn’t have to dictate the rest of your life. It’s ok that it might have held you back for a little while and to feel and acknowledge pain is not a weakness but a strength. Pain from the past doesn’t have to stop you from trusting or loving again. There’s no shame in taking your time to heal.”

Hoagie – Recommendations

Meet Hoagie, the Portland, Oregon-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, formerly a lawyer, now fully devoted to his musical passion. With his debut album “Other Folks” set to release on September 29, 2023, Hoagie delivers a bold and headstrong collection of tracks that celebrate inclusivity and individuality. One of the standout pieces from the album is “Recommendations” a powerful ode to accepting one another despite our differences. The track, written and arranged by Dave Holgado himself, boasts the exceptional production skills of Joe Michelini and mastering by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. Featuring Max Kulicke on lead guitar and Shane Luckenbaugh on drums, “Recommendations” promises to captivate audiences with its irreverent charm and undeniable musical brilliance.

Indira May & Saffron – i can see you’re online

Indira May and Saffron are a very captivating duo. Drawing inspiration from musical legends like D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Cookin Soul, and Wayne Snow, their unique blend of Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Electronic music has earned them the title of “ones to watch”. Having performed at Ronnie Scott’s and received support from BBC Radio 1, they continue to make their mark, with their anticipated exciting work, “Disconnected“, pushing boundaries in the Jazz scene and announcing their arrival with confidence.

i can see you’re online” blends eerie bass lines, ethereal vocals, and indie electronic sounds, exploring the compulsion to monitor someone’s social media. It reflects on the complexities of modern relationships and breakups in the digital age.

new body electric – Space

Space” the newest track from the independent band New Body Electric, feels like a gentle breeze on a cool Portland night, full of both serenity and vitality. Rendered in the alluring female voice of their newest band member, the song delicately explores the concept of personal space in a relaxed-smooth vibe, instantly bewitching the listener. The soundscapes, reminiscent of the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, are constructed with intricate layers of guitar and synth, creating a sonic tapestry that engulfs the listener in a dreamy warmth. The intricate flow of the structure is another masterstroke, giving an effortless glide to the track, akin to a river gently meandering its way home. “Space” takes the sensitive subject of needing personal space and paints it with a chilled-out West Coast vibe that is as calming as it is entrancing. As with all of New Body Electric’s creations, the song is a homegrown marvel, freshly baked in Portland, Oregon, with the talented Jason Fritts on drums and a rotation of bassists, adding their unique flavours. A delightful testament to the evolving band’s talent and creativity.

Old Man Canyon – Never Apart

Jett Pace, also known as Old Man Canyon, reveals exciting news about his highly anticipated EP, “So Long Babylon“, set to be released on September 29. To give us a taste of what’s to come, the Canadian artist has just launched the EP’s second single, “Never Apart“. The track revolves around a luminous keyboard melody accompanied by an uplifting groove and dreamy beats, while Jett’s mesmerizing vocals soar in a hypnotic high register, enveloped in reverb. Through “Never Apart“, Jett shares his optimistic vision of a world that has mended its divisions. The song beautifully showcases Jett’s mastery of layered live instrumentation, analogue synths, and ethereal vocals, bringing to life tales and reflections on life’s challenges.

Seja – Time to Brim

Seja Vogel‘s music career began with the synth-punk trio Sekiden in 1998, followed by joining Regurgitator. She released solo albums like “We Have Secrets But Nobody Cares” and “All Our Wires“. In 2013, she received the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship. Besides music, Seja crafted miniature felt replicas of instruments and hosted the popular podcast HearSej. Her highly anticipated third album, “Here is One I Know You Know” showcases her unique future-pop sound with a blend of analogue elements and captivating vocals, featuring collaborations with talented musicians.

Time to the Brim” marks the ultimate single preceding “Here is One I Know You Know“. This mesmerising track is a squelchy, danceable, and incredibly catchy pop sensation, building up to an exhilarating showdown between kaleidoscopic synths and electrifying guitars.

Skyler Day – The Best Worst Thing

Skyler Day‘s latest track, “The Best Worst Thing” emerges as a veritable tempest of intimate revelations one might chance upon in a secret diary. Distinguished by her candid lyricism, the Georgia-born songstress has been praised by American Songwriter, an acclaim that further solidified her position by earning her a prestigious second place in the International Songwriting Competition. Skyler’s confessional style has engendered a devoted following, selling out iconic venues like the Troubadour, and drawing the attention of GRAMMY-winner Kacey Musgraves. It was Musgraves herself who selected Day as a mentee, fostering her progression and landing her a coveted spot at ACL Fest.

Skyler Day‘s journey began in her native Georgia where her love for music and storytelling took root at an early age, blooming with her first song at the age of ten and flourishing when she picked up a guitar at fourteen. With numerous releases to her credit, including her introspective single “Honest” Day is steadily etching her name into the bedrock of the music industry.

spill tab – fetišh

Introducing the highly anticipated project, KLEPTO, by spill tab, a gifted singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer making waves in the world of alt-pop. The EP, out now on Arista Records, features her latest single ‘fetišh,’ which premiered on BBC Radio 1 with Clara Amfo. spill tab’s distinctive bedroom-pop style weaves together diverse emotions, sounds, and bilingual lyrics in English and French. With tracks spanning almost two years, KLEPTO personifies character traits she once felt were inaccessible, creating an unapologetic and assertive world where fantasies and hidden feelings come to life. As she takes center stage with her chaotic alt-pop genius, spill tab’s music opens the door to a brave new world where self-discovery and transformation meet captivating melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. Don’t miss her live shows in the UK & EU, including a headline performance at London’s Camden Assembly this September.

Sundozer – Never Easy

Never Easy” marks the impressive debut single of Sundozer, an indie solo artist hailing from Austin, TX. As part of his debut A/B single “Never Easy//Evergreen”. This is a wonderful piece of alternative pop that beautifully strikes a balance between lo-fi and modern elements. The vocals exude both melancholy and joy, creating an enchanting and carefree ambiance. The song’s captivating lyrics invite listeners on an introspective journey, allowing them to immerse themselves in its emotive depth. The addition of lovely guitars enhances the musical experience, subtly present yet exuding a captivating allure throughout the song.

Sundozer is the brainchild of Christian Luis French, an extraordinary solo project brought to life by the talented multi-instrumentalist and producer from Austin, TX. With this debut single he promises to bring a fresh wave of captivating indie pop to the scene. Listeners can look forward to another exciting musical offering, the second two-track single titled “Charmed // 100 Lives” which is scheduled for release on August 24th.