Bayonne - 'Same'

Considering it's a pretty musically inventive and surprising track, it might surprise you to learn of its origins. Bayonne explains:

"'Same' is a song mostly about the craft of making music and the experience involved with it. It's about progressing as an artist and the struggle to move forward to try new things and not stay the "same". I basically was writing it as I was going along to capture the raw feelings and insecurities that can occur when writing music. The lyrics “I think in the morning / I'm willing to proceed" and "I can’t pick a lane for many more melodies" communicate the frustrations with procrastination and indecisiveness that I was battling, creatively, at the time.”

Nevertheless, he's come out the other side of that tunnel with a song that will keep you captivated through shining notes and an emphatic beat. Check out 'Same' below. - Rob Hakimian


Charly Bliss - 'Capacity'

Sonically, 'Capacity' exiles Charly Bliss' usual explosive guitars in favour of more rhythmic and melodic ones, allowing booming drums and wiggling keyboards to hold the centre of the song. Hendricks' helium voice is measured as she self-examines her past proclivities for bending to others' desires. This quickly turns to a humorously monstrous image of her in the laboratory basement where she's "at capacity/ I'm spilling out of me," ready to turn things around and bite back at the world. - Rob Hakimian


TR/ST - 'Gone’

Five years have passed since LA-based synthpop wunderkind Robert Alfons’ last full-length album. Throughout this timeline, he fed the crowds with three one-off singles to ease expectations. Joyland released in 2014, gathered techno and acid house influences while documenting the energy from extensive touring and the boost of self-confidence that came with it. According to the Canadian musician, the aftermath led him to more introspective grounds and waves of self-reflection. ‘Gone’, the new single from freshly-announced third album The Destroyer, shows TR/ST more grounded and with a flair for melancholy. - Francisco Gonçalves Silva


Barrie - 'Clovers'

'Clovers' is a song that continues to see them jettison into impossibly dense-yet-light soundscapes. They beautifully blend together stately piano with injections of multi-textured synths, appearing from all angles to create a weightless atmosphere. Barrie Lindsay's voice flows perfectly into this setting, starting with some demure self-criticism, before being lifted off into an astral realm, with the squelching synthesizers providing her with boosters into a place of happiness and freedom. - Rob Hakimian


Jamila Woods - 'ZORA'

The track continues to push Woods' genre-layering pop sound in ways that inspire and ignite self-belief. 'Zora' bounces forth on classic-sounding beats, while all around are finely-produced washes of harp and feathered flashes of slick instrumentation. In the centre of it is Jamila Woods, standing tall in her vocal as she expresses herself fearlessly, taking pride in her background and upbringing, before re-settling the focus on her audience as she tells them with grace and fortitude "you will never know everything/ I will never know everything... you will never know me, couldn't possibly." 'Zora' is an uplifting proclamation of everyone's individuality and the multitudes contained within us that can guide us to our own personal freedom if we believe in ourselves. - Rob Hakimian


Grand Pax - 'Bunk'

'Bunk' sounds like a song of transformation from Grand Pax, as it starts in the same woozy down-tempo mode that quickly hooked us on her previous releases. In this guise she contemplates her less desirable traits, but soon 'Bunk' starts to let a little light in and you can practically hear Grand Pax overcoming her struggles as the track blossoms into a propulsive bedroom-electro track. In this latter sound we see new realms of possibility for Grand Pax, both personally and musically, as she takes us on a swirling journey deep into her kaleidoscopic consciousness. - Rob Hakimian


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