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Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 03/12/18

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December is finally here. But with 22 days to go until Christmas, there’s still (hopefully) time to free yourself from the impending repetition of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’.

So, with that, we’ve got the best blend of electronic-pop, jazz-funk fusions, and indie influences to get you moving.

Image courtesy of LENN

Call Me Loop – Business

Young, rising pop-star Call Me Loop returns with a fresh slice of defiant soul-stirring sounds in new single ‘Business’. Showcasing her emotive R&B-tinged vocals against an electro-pop background, synth pads and a sultry guitar line, show a softer, more sentimental side to Loop as she slows the pace in comparison to previous singles. Summing up her own style as “sassy, emotive electronic pop”, Call Me Loop’s vibrant presence oozes an effortlessly cool charm as she vocally rises above a tangled past relationship.

LENN – Riding Shotgun

Hailing from Bristol, in which the track was produced, LENN shows her seductiveness in third single, ‘Riding Shotgun’. With candid lyrics brought to life through a nuanced delivery, LENN vocalises her thoughts when sitting in the passenger seat of a car. Her sonic identity pulls the listener into a late night drive illuminated gently by the soft glow of traffic and brake lights. The echoing synths and throbbing drums make ‘Riding Shotgun’ the perfect soundtrack for a car share with your special someone.

TSHA – Sacred

Drenched in pulsating synths, ‘Sacred’ is TSHA’s second release this year. The Bonobo influence is audible in the organic textures she creates in this multi-layered track. ‘Sacred’ offers major tropical sunset vibes alongside chimes and spoken sampling in its near six-minute duration. Hailing from London, the electronic artist and DJ released her debut full-length project in August in the form of an EP entitled Dawn.

Shallou – count on

Rising LA ambient electronic artist Shallou has returned with a new single ‘count on’. Renowned for vocal fragility against pulsating beats and soulful melodies, ‘count on’ is abundantly atmospheric. In tandem with the release, the official music video documents a stunning Icelandic setting, which is curated in a similar vein to his Nomad Series of visual accompaniments, backdropping this textured sound.

Tanners – Venus

Dropping early last week, Tanners follows her self-titled EP with an anthemic psych-pop bop, ‘Venus’. Sitting somewhere between Tove Lo and Tame Impala, the track draws upon otherworldly sounds whilst denoting the confusing time Tanners faced after returning from Asia to busy New York; “dramatic mood-shifts from the verse to the chorus which mirrored a lot of what I was feeling at the time; a massive comedown and a bright afterglow”. True to the artist's own description, ‘Venus’ has moments of pop euphoria that eagerly stick in your head long after listening.

Josh Beech – No Trouble

Showcasing an inspired songwriting and vocal style, new single ‘No Trouble’ shares Josh Beech’s unique approach to alt-rock. The tune is the first release in over three years from the Bromley-born Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter which sees him step aside from folky guitar sounds to create a catchy indie-infused track. Orchestrated passages enrich the soundscape with a polished sheen made in collaboration with Dztriot.

TULA – Glow

With comparisons to the likes of Robyn, ‘Glow’ sees Swedish-born TULA reinvent her forerunner's particular brand of darkly potent and intoxicating pop. Building throughout from a sparse soundscape with jarring basslines, the track shows bolder production and a harsher sound compared to the previous energy of her work. Still, her synth-based vibes amount to a  captivating composition as TULA looks to cement her name in dark-pop.

Lupa J – You’re in My Headphones

Australian artist and producer Lupa J has unveiled compelling new single ‘You’re in My Headphones’, a bright pop paean to her new-found freedom of spirit. Pushing the boundaries of indie-pop, Lupa’s signature lies within a dark electronic sound combined with dance-worthy beats and smooth vocals. She states: “the track is me trying to capture the surprise I felt within myself when my life started to take on a new sense of lightness after a particularly dark and draining period of experiences with relationships”. Ultimately, ‘You’re In My Headphones’ captures a real songwriter’s sensibility with an innovate edge.

Family Jools – Don’t Know

Family Jools infuse jangly pop with northern soul on new single ‘Don’t Know’. The single carries the spirit of the 70s pop-rock scene in the UK whilst vocals soulfully saunter across the mix in a hoarseness and grit that builds on their jangly instrumentation. With the accompanying video showing a more tongue-in-cheek side to the Bristolian band, frontman George plays a photographer in a Twiggy-reminiscent photoshoot, indicative of their classic sound.

SOFIA – Domino

At the age of 18, rising Finnish singer-songwriter has stepped into the spotlight with international debut single ‘Domino’. Her effortless honeyed vocals and honest lyricism reveal a maturity to the expressed emotions, capturing an influence between Billie Eilish’s haunting ballads, Khalid’s pop-R&B, and Anne Marrie’s pop truth-telling. Describing her single, Sofia explains “In the way I write, the songwriting process takes precedence over the production – keeping it soulful & organic. Human first!

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