Jan 15th, NMF!

It’s been a quiet month so far on the music front save for the current biggest song in the world, ‘drivers licence’ coming out of the blue and connected on a level we’ve not seen in a while. This week is anything but quiet though, mostly due to Pale Waves’ little gem. Let’s get into the highlights:

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PALE WAVES / EASY

Coincidentally the moment Pale Waves leaned into their influences and embraced what is a very obvious link to classic 00’s Avril Lavigne, the quality of their music has veered upward. ‘Easy’ is so good that I’m tempted to call it career defining, I’d even go as far to say it’d be able to revive the Lavigne comeback quite easily. As 1975 as it is Lavigne, it’s just an inspired romp through gorgeously nostalgic 00s melodies that never once feels false. You’ve done it, Pale Waves. You’ve found your sound.

LEONY / FADED LOVE

The problem with samples of such ubiquitous songs is that it often seizes the song before the artist can even grasp it, leaving nothing much than nostalgia. ‘Faded Love’ is not that. Used in such a way that the melody starts to chew in before you remember exactly what it is, it makes me wonder why Dragostei Din Tei hasn’t been picked up much earlier. If Zara Larsson had this behind her she’d be worldwide in minutes.

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DANNY L HARLE / ON A MOUNTAIN

Taken from his upcoming debut of sorts Harlecore, ‘On a Mountain’ is an absolutely fearless romp through classic dance. The reserved and clean Imogen Heap-esque delivery is quite a stable for PC Music, let alone Harle, and it’s a masterclass of how a throughline even without compromising on the hardcore production. Classic dance music is fearless, and this is already a classic.

KITTEN / DO U STILL LOVE ME?

Kitten have a good ten years under their belt now, so I’ll be surprised if you’ve not bumped into their music in some capacity before. Though the line-up might have shuffled around throughout their time, they have slowly settled back into consistent and regular releases – their latest potentially their greatest yet. Inescapably HAIM but still retaining their own warm and unique style, the only thing left to hope for is that this falls into an album at some point.

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FICKLE FRIENDS / IRL

Swallowing the mild ire at waiting so long for a measly 5 track EP, ‘IRL’ continues the evolution of Fickle Friends’ perfectly matured Reading-Festival-Paramore vibe. Unnaturally charming, ‘IRL’ decries the communicative issues of modern teenage life – lying awake waiting for the screen to flash again. Hardly a generational exclusive though, this is going to be one of the big ones on the stage – trust me.

November 13th, NMF!

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BILLIE EILISH / THEREFORE I AM

Spooktastic heavyweight Eilish rockets back with what is arguably one of her most instant and charismatic releases so far. Taking clear cues from the debut, ‘Therefore…’ presents again the bravado and charisma that’s proven so successful already. Of course, it helps when the song is actually good and… it’s really good. Silky smooth haunting vocals over a sliding synth and pulsating bass, it’s addictive.

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PALE WAVES / CHANGE

All you need to know is this is the best Avril Lavigne song that’s been made in years, so reminiscent of ‘Complicated’ that it’s hard to imagine the song was not an influence. Similarly to how PVRIS tapped those Paramore vibes at the start, taking cues from such an established sound might actually help Pale Waves find that mainstream lane. As Lavigne as it sounds, unescapable as it is, it’s still good enough to make you need more Pale Waves just like this.

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GRACEY / 99%

‘99%’ is the latest big push from GRACEY, we’ll soon see whether that big push is going to pay off but for now the music can do all the talking. Lucky for us, it’s pretty easy to get sucked in to this Charli XCX-esque smooth banger. With that bassline doing all the work, Gracey fades in and out of the shadows like Krampus dancing around and watching you fall into the beat.

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GEORGE MAPLE / FADE

When Maple hits it right, she hits it really right. Unfortunately her releases have been so few and far between that it’s been a bit of a worry where she would go next. Worry no more! ‘Fade’, taken from her new saga MYTH which drops in December, is Dido on steroids – a fine line between dance remix and that heavenly dark dreamland that Maple’s pop tendencies tend to sit within. Ever so subtle, ‘Fade’ takes it time to come really crashing but when it does, it HITS.

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LAUREN AQUILINA / LATEST GHOST

Aquilina’s latest (and greatest so far!) is the emotionally powerful Swiftian-esque ‘Latest Ghost’. Something pretty close to MUNA, the greatest band in the world, it’s a really god damn good song wrapped in some pretty gorgeous production.

A BIG week here! Don’t let the highlights stop here. Get yourself to our playlist of every new release worth listening to!