UPCOMER: Trapdoor Social

Three or four upcomers in the space of about a week? Yep, I’m on Easter break. But Trapdoor Social are a lot different to what we’ve been posting recently – with far slower, emotive music coming from them. They released the video for their single ‘Great Lake’ a couple of weeks ago, and its very well-produced, artistic nature, paints a beautiful backdrop for the accompanying mellow, understated song. With music along the lines of Massive Attack and The XX, you can’t really go wrong.

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UPCOMER: Vox Eagle

Indie-psych pop from an Aussie-American duo. Their latest single, ‘No Sleep’, is bursting full of tropical vibes, putting you in a real happy, holiday spirit. It’s a fun, cheery tune without being too in-your-face or cheesy, transcending the line between chill-out music and indie pop in one clean movement. And if you enjoy this track, then there’s even more good news – they’ve also just released an EP to go with it, so take a listen to that as well!

SONG FOR THE WEEKEND – ‘Clubhouse’ by HABITATS

Your weekend dose of fun, bubbly indie-pop is here, coming from one of our old Band of the Weeks, HABITATS. We used to post what was probably an excess of this kind of stuff, and have cut down recently to spread out a bit more, but this one put a smile on my face and I think it’s worth a listen just for that little mood-lift. Celebrate, it’s Good Friday – dance away to this sprightly new tune.

UPCOMER: ISLAND APOLLO

Brilliant indie rock band out of LA whose fresh new single is extremely impressive and infectious. Produced by Eric Lilavois, who has worked with the likes of Saint Motel and Atlas Genius, it’s up to a high standard, and on listening you’d think they were an established, well-known band if you didn’t know otherwise. Very promising for their future music career – check them out before the world does.

BAND OF THE WEEK – Nick Hakim

Raw, mellow sounds from this Brooklyn-based musician. I have recently discovered him through the release of his single ‘Green Twins’ – a relaxed, ambient tune, with drums to remind you of Groove Armada’s ‘At the River’ – and of course had to listen to more. He’s not released an album as of yet, but has a select few singles out there for you to listen to and enjoy. Particular good ‘uns include ‘Bet She Looks Like You’, with Black Keys-like vocals and a lounging beat, the bluesy ‘I Don’t Know’ and similarly jazzy ‘Cold’. A brilliant artist who we wish we’d found earlier!

VIDEO RELEASE: Syncope by Bitch Falcon

Bitch Falcon, the Dublin trio we featured a few weeks ago, have just recently dropped a new video for their effortlessly cool new single Syncope. The video completely matches their grungey, gutsy image and sound, full of carefree, rebellious attitude. And the song in itself is just as brilliant as their previous one ‘Clutch’ – if you enjoyed them from our last feature, you can’t miss checking this out.

SONG FOR THE WEEKEND – Born Into The Sunset by Temples

Two weeks ago today, Temples returned with their second album ‘Volcano’, after a 3 year break since their debut release ‘Sun Structures’, and they’ve come back in all their summer-soaked psychedelic glory. ‘Born Into The Sunset’ is dazzling affair of crazy carousel sounds and vintage indie rock, the absolute perfect combination for the sudden sunny weather we’re having here in the UK. One of our top picks from the album, so great to have these guys back!

BAND OF THE WEEK – Pixx

Fresh female musician, whose quirky, weird but contagious style is starting to create bigger and bigger waves in the indie world. I first heard her with her song ‘Grip’, released at the end of last year, but she actually began releasing music two years ago now. ‘Fall In’, the title track from her debut EP, is a sombre, dreamy piece, pretty slow and understated in comparison to her following releases ‘Baboo’ and ‘Grip’- both a lot more sparky and textured. But where her true talent really begins to shine through is in her latest track, ‘I Bow Down’: glamorous and strong, it’s an instant indie-pop banger, and one that you won’t be able to stop listening to. Pixx seems to be getting better and better with each new single, and we’re very excited to see where she goes.

BAND OF THE WEEK – Chelou

London artist whose chill, stripped-back songs carry an air of both nostalgia and warmth, which turn out to be quite a stunning combination. He’s been releasing music for 3 years, but I only heard him last year with single ‘Halfway to Nowhere’, which captured my attention immediately and should yours, too. Particularly if you enjoy Talos or FAVELA.