[TGIF] – Sun cream and rubberbands

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

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.

Kevin Rumley – For Clifford

Kevin Rumley‘s new track, “For Clifford“, is a captivating journey through an inviting dreamscape, seamlessly blending elements of post-rock and ethereal dream-pop. Released on April 7th, 2024, the track holds significant personal meaning for Kevin. This day marks two critical milestones: twenty years since he narrowly survived a life-threatening event while serving in Iraq, and thirteen years since his recovery from addiction. ‘For Clifford’ echoes this journey of healing with its beautiful guitar riffs that intertwine perfectly with the ethereal vocals, creating a melancholic yet hopeful ambience. The sound builds to a euphoric crescendo, evoking feelings of inspiration and renewal. It’s the perfect soundtrack for dreaming out loud and feeling uplifted over the weekend.

kluhmz – anything for you

Get ready to dive into the haunting yet irresistibly catchy new track, “anything for you” by kluhmz. This standout release finds the perfect balance between commercial appeal and a dark, alternative edge. The song starts with the intimate strumming of a guitar, gradually building into a lush soundscape that feels both melancholic and chilling. With its contagious chorus and immersive melodies, the track’s melancholic undertones intertwine seamlessly with its mesmerizing hooks. The vocals are beautifully delivered, providing an emotional depth that lingers long after the song ends. It’s a captivating journey through sadness and chill vibes that will have you hitting repeat. Don’t miss out on this stunning addition to the alternative music scene.

Leah Haworth x Sam the Zoologist – Would You Love Me

Leah Haworth, a Lancashire native, channels her lifelong passion for music into emotive songwriting and singing. Her latest single “To The Moon And Back“, released under Point Blank Recordings in February, showcases her intimate style. Inspired by lunar energy and personal reflection, each song on her EP, crafted in solitude, delves into themes of heartbreak and enlightenment, marking her transition from adolescence to adulthood.
Haworth and Italian-born artist Sam The Zoologist have joined forces for the indie pop masterpiece “Would You Love Me“, now gracing the airwaves courtesy of Point Blank Recordings. Their collaboration blossomed during their time at Point Blank music school in London, culminating in a submission that caught the keen ear of A&R Manager Kwame Kwaten, leading to an immediate signing.

Magic City Hippies – What We Wanna

Magic City Hippies are back with a new single that’s sure to transport you straight to a sun-drenched poolside. “What We Wanna” is a seamless blend of crisp drum breaks, slinky guitar riffs, and a subtle yet undeniable bass groove that feels both funky and fresh. The early ’70s vibe comes through in the warm tape sizzle, a result of recording with a Tascam 388, giving the track a nostalgic yet contemporary edge. The song’s breezy feel belies its deeper themes of chasing authenticity and reflecting on the cost of living life on your own terms. With lead singer Robby Hunter’s smooth vocals and a rhythm section that can’t help but make you move, this track is not just a great listen—it’s a vibe. It’s got that perfect balance of quirkiness and feel-good energy, making it a stunning start to the band’s upcoming third full-length LP. If you love infectious grooves, soulful melodies, and a touch of retro flair, “What We Wanna” is a track you’ll want to keep on repeat.


Martin Oh has done it again with his latest release, “Better Place”, a vibrant and uplifting track that radiates positivity. Co-produced with SOHN, renowned for his work with Banks and Lana Del Rey, this song brings together a unique blend of rhythmic synths and infectious beats, all infused with a touch of the Spanish sun. It’s an ode to those unsung heroes who work quietly in the background, ensuring our lives are brighter and better. With its upbeat electro-pop vibe, “Better Place” is a joyful celebration of life’s surprises, inviting listeners to embrace the unexpected with open arms. Martin Oh‘s music has a familiar warmth that feels like a cross between Phoenix and Metronomy, with a dash of Parcels for that extra touch of groove. The track’s rhythmic energy, infused with smooth guitar riffs, effortlessly gets you dancing. This latest release is destined to be on repeat, turning any space into a dance floor while filling your soul with positive energy. If you’re looking for a reason to smile and move to the beat, “Better Place” is your soundtrack.

Milly Upton – Suncream

Milly Upton, hails from the musical haven of Brighton and was nurtured on the sounds of legends like Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Armatrading, exuding an aura reminiscent of the Greenwich Village scene circa 1970. Her sophomore album, “Mooch” dropped on April 24, delivering a mesmerizing blend of indie-pop that gently sways listeners into a nostalgic reverie. With each track, Milly‘s evocative vocals and heartfelt lyricism transport audiences through a journey of love, longing, and self-discovery, making “Mooch” a captivating testament to her growth as an artist.
In “Suncream,” Milly Upton unveils a strong ode to her enduring obsession with sun protection, transcending its literal meaning to encapsulate a deeper message of finding solace in life’s simple pleasures. Upton reflects on the transformative power of indulging in seemingly mundane rituals, emphasizing the significance of embracing moments of joy amidst life’s challenges. With each verse, she takes us into her world, where the scent of sun cream serves as a gateway to fleeting moments of tranquility and optimism.

Rubberband Girl – South Suburban Weekend

Originating from Bray in Berkshire, Caitlyn Scarlett, the mastermind behind Rubberband Girl, ventured to London at 17, swiftly establishing herself as a sought-after collaborator for luminaries like Little Simz, Ms Banks, and Rudimental. With Rubberband Girl, Scarlett crafted a sanctuary for her adoration of authentic, organic sounds and retro inspirations.

With “South Suburban Weekend“, Rubberband Girl emerges as a compelling newcomer destined for acclaim. Her soulful delivery, adorned with intricate phrasing, immediately making us turning our heads, drawing us into a world where her voice feels intimately familiar. The music mirrors this enchantment, blending sun-drenched grooves, jazz-infused piano, and brass flourishes into a captivating fusion reminiscent of indie-pop, acid jazz, and trip-hop. Lyrically, the track encapsulates the carefree nostalgia of endless summer weekends in one’s late teens, offering a musical escape to a time when life’s possibilities seemed boundless.

Supercaan – Nagoro

Supercaan returns with a haunting new single, “Nagoro”, from their upcoming album “A Tiger Walks the Streets“. Inspired by a rural Japanese village where life-sized scarecrows outnumber human residents, this track weaves a captivating narrative around the cost of modernity. The lyricist Tom Whitfield sees these eerie dolls as a metaphor for the unsettling impact of modernization, with the track’s lyrics touching on themes of automation and the sense of loss that comes with societal changes. The musical arrangement is both intricate and anthemic, featuring glitchy drum patterns and soaring indie guitar melodies that build and break with a techno-like intensity. “Nagoro” is a sonic exploration of the fragility of our world, where the titular tiger represents the lurking threat of progress at any cost. As part of their sophomore album, Supercaan delivers a poignant commentary on a world in flux, drawing on their collective experiences from London to North Shields. Keep an ear out for this indie anthem—it’s a journey worth taking.