As we continue to embrace new music from some of the most exciting acts out there, we make a return with our favourite releases from the past month.
Ciphers - Enemy
Newcomers Ciphers swim deep into the self-deprecation of one but warm the intimate emotions into a gleam of addictive synth-pop throughout 'Enemy'.
Emerged through the oaths of student halls, London-based duo take on the influences of LANY and Nightly and lift upon the sonic soundscapes of the 80s that they have grown to love and put on a modern twist within their latest release 'Enemy'. Speaking about their latest work, Lewis explained: "'Enemy' came to me when I was having a tough time with anxiety; writing this song was a therapeutic process. The lyrics explain the conflict you sometimes have with yourself, which is something both of us have dealt with."
From their debut single 'Back from the Dead' to the heart of their new era, Ciphers next stage in music will surely break the mould of becoming one to watch.
Sukie - Buffy
Bedroom pop artist Sukie infectious outlook on her everyday life cracks within 'Buffy' and earworms into our ears unapologetically.
Blended between the funny yet sad lyricism with the juxtaposition of upbeat soundscapes, Sukie latest work gracefully puts her on the map of music. Speaking about 'Buffy', she said: "It's just me listing all the things I do to try and distract myself from being anxious. I feel like so many people have experienced a spike in anxiety since the pandemic started, and for me, it got to the point where I was filling my days with meaningless stuff to get me through the day. Trying to convince myself I enjoy doing yoga because my friends have told me it might help, but no matter what I do, it's always in the back of my mind. I wanted to write it in a super fun way, almost like a disco track, because I like the idea of sad songs being something that people dance to."
From the first steps in music within university to her debut EP Hey Cutie, Sukie latest offering is as relatable as ever.
Uninvited - Tomboy
Scotland most promising act, Uninvited, power into the shimmer of indie-pop throughout their debut single, 'Tomboy'.
Delved into their own experiences of growing within society, the four-piece alt-rock band combine the love of summery melodies with velvet vocals, expressed through the freedom of heart on the sleeve lyricism. Speaking about 'Tomboy', Taylor-Ray Dillon said: "When Gill and I wanted to start the band a few years ago, I said ‘We should have a song called ‘Tomboy’. I thought the name was cool, I wanted to write a song called ‘Tomboy', and then we forgot about it. Until last year when Gill mentioned that she’d been writing ‘Tomboy’. When writing the lyrics, I thought of the things that I did when I was growing up - I joined a football team to meet gay girls.”
Though they have no live music to their name, Uninvited are quickly cementing their name across the UK music scene as they push the boundaries of social norms.
Anderson East - Drugs
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Anderson East smooth within the productions of R&B and speaks the truth throughout his latest single 'Drugs'.
Being the second single from his highly anticipated new album, Maybe We Never Die - Anderson East funky yet vulnerable offering tells a story like no other. Of the track, East stated: "Me and my buddy and co-writer Aaron Raitiere were in LA, and we’re cruising around, and you’re like, what is going on here? Where are all these people going? It’s like everybody’s on drugs in this place. You start calling a spade a spade about what drugs mean. Well, I’ve had coffee this morning. Some people go to the gym. Some people are going to church. Some people are on Twitter. I wouldn’t call it a protest song, but it’s like a ‘Is anybody else seeing what I’m seeing right now?’ It’s our inability to interface with reality.”
As he continues to wow the judges, Anderson East latest work is his best work to date.
Emi Wes - Take Me To The Moon
As we lust for the feeling of love, Emi Wes stands in for the time being with the sultry 'Take Me To The Moon'.
Through the embellishment of soulful soundscapes with the taste of overly confident beats, Emi Wes work fulfils the pleasures of desire. Speaking about her latest offering, Emi Wes added: "'Take Me to The Moon' is about a very short-lived fling where you just want to have fun while it lasts, feeling confident in your desires, knowing that you have to go soon. Cause you're too busy."
Whilst she only holds a handful of songs, Emi Wes shows growth through each one and is hitting onto the right path of success.
The Academic - Kids (Don't End Up Like Me)
Irish risers glimpse the soar remembrance of youth and give glimpses to what's next from their upcoming EP Community Spirit within the cut 'Kids (Don't End Up Like Me).'
Screaming flashes of festivals and plain green fields in the summer, The Academic make a roaring return with charming indie-pop that hold tendencies of what's to come. Speaking about the fear of never getting out of his hometown, frontman Craig Fitzgerald explained: "I started looking through all my old notebooks and found this song fully written. I had a gut feeling that it might come to life now with a few more years of living behind me since it was originally written."
Whilst they still have time to grow, The Academics work is at the forefront of the future stars.
With the helping hand of California rapper Caleborate, Zola Courtney summer R&B jam 'Superstar' is a blissful approach to the arrogance of power.
Following her EP Nothing to Lose release, Zola Courtney is bringing the sass to London with a new sound of hip-hop and is ready for what's next. Speaking about 'Superstar', she explained: "The lyrics aren’t specifically about ‘superstars’ but more about self-righteous people, and personal experiences I’ve had where I've been made to feel small from someone with more power or social status than me." She added: " “I hope people enjoy the upbeat, sassiness of the song. It feels like it should be playing in Cher’s car during the scene in Clueless where the girls are all driving around Beverly Hills.”
Alongside upcoming releases and support slots across the UK, Zola Courtney is becoming the artist that's shining throughout 2021.
Michael Gallagher - Time
Hartlepool Michael Gallagher is streaming through with the perfect anthem of summer and delves into the atmospheric feelings of youth throughout 'Time'.
Laden with the punch of indie dancefloor antics with the hint of roaring rock, Michael Gallagher finds the sweet spot in music and treats listeners to his signature work. Speaking about 'Time', Michael added: "'Time' is a song that I wrote in one go, and I think you can hear that energy in the recording. It's a song that nods its’ hat to young love and relationships, but my main intention is to get people dancing.”
As he continues to prove the critics wrong, 'Time' is the perfect fulfilment to the ups and downs of British weather.
Alexander Mountain - Streetlights
Set on the rich balance of pop textures alongside the percussive beats of folk Alexander Mountain finds the right note on love within 'Streetlights'.
Born and raised in the heart of East Sussex, the self-taught artist explores the reservations humans face when delving into the feeling of love and tells his own personal experience through a heart-warming yet relatable offering. As he takes on the inspiration of Maggie Rogers with the delicate styling of Bon Iver, Alexander latest work is his best to come.
From emerging onto the music scene in 2019 to his continuous growth into the chaos of 2021, Alexander Mountain approach to music is a wrenching yet honest take on the world we live in.
MARNEY - Good Man
Following the success of her debut, British based MARNEY once again shows off her potential within 'Good Man'.
Graced on the outlook of mourning the loss of a loved one, the singer-songwriter sprinkles through acoustic guitar riffs with the flow of brooding strings and slowly brings it together with the possession of her ethereal vocal tones. Speaking about 'Good Man', MARNEY said: "It’s a break-up song, but I didn’t want it to be hateful or anything other than sad and true. It’s about the domestic loneliness of breaking up and not hating the other person. I wanted to be honest about what a break-up is when you still think someone is good.”
With the honest anticipation of society and understanding of what life brings, MARNEY is preparing for the highly anticipated debut EP and one that you should keep your eyes on.
Ebhoni - Rep It
Keeping to her well-known tendencies of sweet pop, Ebhoni shifts alongside the darker, auto-tuned production that grace unfiltered within 'Rep It'.
Framed based on a relationship that never existed, the 21-year-old Toronto artist weaves between the honest lyrics with the candid complement of gleaming soundscapes and one that you can't ignore. Speaking about her latest work, Ebhoni added: “Rep It” is truly me reflecting on that relationship and making this song provided me with so much clarity. It is a reflection of that trash relationship and how I’d never allowed myself to get to a place like that again.”
With a series of releases racking the many, Ebhoni is paving new ownership within the oaths of Toronto.
Febueder - May Sun
As they swim between the even balance of unique, different sounds, Febueder finds the perfect amount of alt-pop within their return track 'May Sun'.
Delved into the emergence from a pandemic, the intricate yet relatable duo tip and tap into the over joyous bass that flows into the ambience keyboards. Speaking of their latest work, Samuel Keysell explained: "The track is about stopping the act of taking on people's pains and worries and making them your own. A reminder to recognise beauty and optimism for the future. Like the May sun signalling an approaching summer, brighter things are ahead."
From the wonders of their debut album Tomalin to the breakthrough performances on COLORS, 2021 is slowing becoming the year for Febueder.
Liliana - What Are We Now?
Off the bat of winning over her critics, emerging star Liliana dazzles on her debut single 'What are We Now?'
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Liliana juggles between her adolescent life of school with breaking into the music scene and explores the bitter taste of ending an almost love relationship within her first offering as an artist.
Through the influence of heavyweights’ pop stars, the rising singer-songwriters put her own twist on music as she starts to reach new heights.