Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids
Few bands have managed to remain as relevant and as consistently amazing as Pet Shop Boys. While many of their 80s contemporaries now earn a living on the nostalgia circuit, Pet Shop Boys are churning out some of their finest work to date. Taken from their forthcoming Stuart Price-produced LP Super, “The Pop Kids” is an anthem for those that recognise the majesty of pop music.
Tsar B – Myth
Tsar B is your next obsession. “Myth”, the follow-up to the sublime “Escalate”, is a hazy blend of middle-eastern sounds and electronica – lurching from beat to beat. This is a constantly shifting soundscape, an unsettling world that you feel compelled to explore. It’s time to get very excited about Tsar B.
Loyal – House For You
Loyal, who first came to your attention with their killer debut “Blue & The Green”, is back with infectious new track “House For You”. This is a kaleidoscope of genres – each element, from the synths to the guitar hooks, working together to create something quite beautiful. Signed to Good Years, the folks behind BANKS and Francis, Loyal look set for a big 2016.
Chiara Hunter – Hammer
Taken from Chiara Hunter’s debut recording project Strange Relationships, “Hammer” is a deliriously great slice of contemporary pop. There’s a tip of the hat to 90s R&B but “Hammer” is no throwback, it’s a fresh sound that’s oozing with attitude. Strange Relationships is out now.
LL – S A L T
LL’s first official single is the brilliant “S A L T”. LL blends her delicate vocals with a bass driven beat, it’s an ethereal combination. We’re already looking forward to her next move.
Sam Sure – Oh My God
London based singer/songwriter Sam Sure has announced his debut EP Catching Feelings and shared new cut “Oh My God”. Sure is a fierce lyricist and “Oh My God” is fresh meditation on love. Sure has much more to say, and we’ll all be listening. Catching Feelings is released 1 April via Black Butter Records.
Kenton Slash Demon – Dok
Danish duo Kenton Slash Demon, aka Silas Moldenhawer and Jonas Kenton, have shared the euphoric “Dok” – the closing track on their upcoming TT/Dok EP. Kenton Slash Demon started life as a side project to When Saints Go Machine and have gone on to release a string of critically acclaimed EPs. To create electronica that sounds so organic is an impressive achievement. TT/Dok is out 11 March on Future Classic.
Mango – SIBA
“Mango” is SIBA’s follow up to the monstrously good “UR MY <3”. He’s already received support from the likes of Mistajam and Radio 1 doyenne Annie Mac and this track demonstrates exactly why he’s been getting so much love. “Mango” is the first single to be lifted from SIBA’s debut EP Fruits.
Karó – Wolfbaby
Karó, who was born in Reykjavik and then raised in Dundee, makes spellbinding music. Aged 21, she already has a remarkably developed sound. “Wolfbaby” boasts heavy production but one that complements rather than weighs down her incredible vocals.
Arrow Benjamin – Love And Hate
Arrow Benjamin (whose voice will be immediately familiar to fans of Naughty Boy/Beyoncé’s “Runnin’”) has shared the visuals for new track “Love And Hate”. Benjamin possesses a unique voice and has quickly established himself as one-to-watch this year.