If I had a penny for every week that I think we have hit the absolute pinnacle of discovering the best in emerging talent, I would probably be doing rather well for myself.
But since myself, Turtle Tempo, Indie Central Music and Its All Indie keep getting given amazing releases, I suppose this week will have to take the place of the last! Either way, I suppose I will have to channel my inner Del Boy and just say that “this time next year we’ll all be millionaires”, right?
You can be sure to find something you’ll like, alongside a lot of what you’ll come to love in the various selections this week. So, enjoy this week’s selections and be sure to let us know what you think!
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whattodo – CHANGEINFORM
Now, let me take a second to get you positioned for this release. I don’t need you to be in any sort of mood to enjoy this weeks selection. whattodo has just released an EP this week titled CHANGEINFORM which is both experimental, chilled, progressive and a formulation of some of the most wonderful sounds I’ve had the pleasure of hearing this past week. This EP has that old school Kid Cudi vibe, with some Frank Ocean, a bit of Childish Gambino and some early Bon Ivor. And still, the release is individual enough to fill a niche in the market that people spanning multiple genres will enjoy.
Just press play, just add it to your playlist and stop messing around, come on people!
Chaos In The Tea House – Mr Milligram
Remember the name – “Chaos In The Tea House”, the youthful quintet based in London and have just released a huge, indie banger of a debut single in Mr Milligram, prepare to be blown away by this band who have glowing originality with fun and light-hearted lyricism, we can’t wait to hear more from these guys. Despite only just putting out their first official release, the band already have a growing legion of fans. Most notably seeing growth after playing in front of 100,000 people at a YouthStrike4Climate march in 2019. Their next London show is a slightly more intimate setting at The Grace, supporting Valeras on 1st February at The Grace in London for CloseUp.
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Lauran Hibberd – ‘Bang Bang Bang’
Back with an explosive new single, Lauran Hibberd drops ‘Bang Bang Bang’ ahead of a bunch of UK shows.
Last year’s ICM Ones To Watch artist brings a beautiful, nostalgic taste to the modern indie scene. Dispensing sweet vocals and her trademark grit of guitar and synths.
Speaking to Billboard for the premiere of the single, Lauran said:
“ ‘Bang Bang Bang‘ is my favourite song of date, and after writing songs about wanting a sugar daddy and being a hoochie, I feel like this has to be a great achievement.
It’s my ‘Crash’ by the Primitives, my ode to the ’90s teenager and the soundtrack to every mistake I’ve ever made and how I can laugh at that now.
Shout out to Brian Jonestown Massacre for heavily influencing the second verse.”
15 – Joiners, Southampton
16 – Louisiana, Bristol
18 – Bodega, Nottingham
19 – Deaf Institute, Manchester
20 – Camden Assembly, London
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Love Fame Tragedy – “Riding A Wave”
Kicking off the new decade in style, Love Fame Tragedy opens with the release of latest single “Riding A Wave”, out now via Good Soldier Songs/AWAL. The track is the latest offering from The Wombats frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy’s solo project. Whilst being the third from his sophomore EP “Five Songs To Briefly Fill The Void”, which is out next month.
If you’re a fan of The Wombats, this new project isn’t too far off what they’ve sounded like over the past two albums. Also, don’t worry, The Wombats aren’t splitting up any time soon!