Julz West – Summer’s Not Cancelled
Clearly stating that ‘Summer’s Not Cancelled’, London based singer-songwriter Julz West unleashes his latest positive, feel-good number into the world. Julz has calculated an exceptional online presence, and has hit over 180,000 followers across his socials. After the huge success from his 2016 single ‘Gravity’, the new summer anthem will certainly be turning heads with it’s infectious melody. Armed with a beat that will leave you making your way to a newly, designated dance floor area in your house, the new single from Julz is influenced from his Caribbean roots. On the release, Julz says “Inspired by quarantine, this song is a result of a last minute change in scheduling. With plans to release a different summer song having changed, this song now brings us a ray of sunshine and hope in such uncertain times”
‘Fusing an afro-beat arrangement with an elegant pop aura, this upbeat wonder is destined to bury itself into your head, and you wouldn’t want it any other way. Summer’s Not Cancelled’ is a track we all needed to hear right about now. A track that pauses the chaos of the world, and let’s your head clear with it’s easy-listening, warm vibe. Bringing a ray of light and hope to your head, Julz West’s latest release hears him step his game and prove he is a real contender in the pop world. Will this find its way onto your playlist, as Julz states in this memorable number “yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah”.
La Palma – Infinite Bounce
Philadelphia and San Francisco based duo La Palma dive into a realm of psychedelia coated with dream-pop in newly released single ‘Infinite Bounce’. Taken off their forthcoming second album, the single was written in quarantine, back and forth by the two-piece. Adapting to the current strange times the best way possible, ‘Infinite Bounce’ showcases a powerful duo being resilient. With just over a year as a band, their distinctive sound is best described as dream-pop meeting it’s good friends psychedelia with a nudge from fellow sub-genre lo-fi. Self-produced solely by the band from their homes, there’s something for everyone within La Palma’s sound. The duo had this to say on the track, “It is a song about searching for resilience in this time of global pandemic and movements for collective liberation.”
Layering vibrant textures with it’s experimental arrangement, the track flows through intimate psych-pop and complex indie. Separated into different sections, the track is a rollercoaster ride into the unknown. Weaving through adventurous rhythms, the new colourful anthem from this multi-talented duo is surrounded with charisma and so many possibilities for future releases. A step in a golden direction, if ‘Infinite Bounce’ is anything like the upcoming album, fans across the world will fall head over heels for it. Ending with a gentle, lo-fi soundscape, La Palma fuse all their influences into one to create this absolute gem. Infinite Bounce’ is the first track I’ve heard from La Palma, and it certainly won’t be the last.
French Alps Tiger – Let Me Down
Cardiff based power quartet French Alps Tiger unveil their third single to date “Let Me Down”. First catching your eye with their quirky name, French Alps Tiger are named after the exclusive tiger found in the French Alps of South Wales. Signed to Phwoar & Peace, the track was recorded in the band’s friends garage studio in Swansea, Wales. Mixed and mastered a few thousand miles away in Canada by Chris Dimas (Surf Dads), ‘Let Me Down’ is a dream-pop number with subtle indie-punk sensibilities in it’s mix. A band fuelled with personality, French Alps Tiger showcase their slight vulnerable side. On the release, the outfit stated “‘Let Me Down’ grapples with the gut wrenching heart ache of being well and truly fucked over. Powerless to stop it, and too naive to comprehend it until it’s like it didn’t even happen to you.”
Creating an organic sound, the infectious sound of ‘Let Me Down’ illuminates a band with passion. Sounding along the same lines of the Pixies and FIDLAR, you could picture this quartet easily getting a support slot with either bands and becoming an overnight success. Quickly becoming a favourite discovery in the current scary times, ‘Let Me Down’ exceeds any expectations. Originating in a hazy soundscape, there’s a strong sense of shoegaze in it’s presence, leaving listeners feel transported back to the iconic period of the 90’s. French Alps Tiger are a refreshing band armed with killer tracks, check them out, you won’t be disappointed.
Bella Bradley – Pictures
Already racking up over 130,000 streams on Spotify, ‘Pictures’ is the iconic debut from singer-songwriter Bella Bradley. Based in West Sussex, UK, the ethereal presence of this artist will capture you in her palm. Bella mentioned, “In a time of reflection, we often look back at pictures to familiarise ourselves with poignant memories of the past and present. My song Pictures demonstrates what it feels like to have loved and to have lost love, in particular the strong emotions surrounding the first love. I emphasise feelings of intense heartbreak, living through the emotions it prevails and accepting them. Even though, heartbreak and loss can feel utterly soul-destroying a sense of growth will always shine through and the sadness that once existed will become a lighter and distant memory.”
‘Pictures’ pays ode to artists such as Lana Del Rey and Stevie Nicks, while illuminating itself as a refreshing birth into the industry for Bella Bradley. Featuring heartfelt lyrics, this uplifting synth-pop meets dream-pop soundscape seizes it’s moment and shines. While the lyrics feel delicate, and showcase vulnerability, the overall instrumentation and arrangement is filled with grace and intensity. A track that will go down in history for Bella, the track illustrates heartbreak while Bella’s airy vocals reassure that things do get easier. Taking a snapshot of a special time in Bella’s ever-growing career, ‘Pictures’ hears a songwriter truly connect with not only her music, but her audience too.
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