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Mix & Fairbanks – Notions

Kildare buckos drop yet another banger. This time, they twist a sample with a particular Irish angle. Get them Notions.


12.

Henry Green — Another Light

An atmospheric pop track from a new Bristol producer who previously featured here with ‘Stay Here’. It’s from his debut album due in March and of the song he says:

“I had a really vivid image/moment in mind when I wrote “Another Light”. I was sat on a silent beach in the early hours of the morning, slightly hazy from the lack of sleep and I wanted to write about the whirlwind of colours and textures, both in the landscape but also in my mind at that moment. So much change had happened in such a short amount of time and I was just reflecting on it all.”


It’s hard to pick a single highlight from Nils Frahm’s great new album All Melody but ‘Sunsun’ which comes early in the tracklist, stands out for its meandering tones and glacial electronic movements across its nine nimutes.


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Palmbomen II — Seventeen

Memories Of Cindy is five-year long project from the Dutch-born LA producer inspired by a minor character on the X-Files. Really. It has been collected into a full-length now and ‘Seventeen’ is a soft glowing nostalgia-filled ode to youth.


Dublin-based four-piece Pillow Queens’, one of Nialler9’s artists to love in 2018, new EP State Of The State will be out on 16th March on Specialist Subject Records.

The first release ‘Favourite’ is a thrilling introduction to the EP, with distinct lead vocals that are enhanced with harmonies and embedded with catchy guitar riffs, amounting to a infectious energy.


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Soccer Mommy — Your Dog

20-year-old Nashville songwriter Sophie Allison has been building a reputation for her bedroom indie-pop music and has had online outlets touting her for success in 2018. “I don’t wanna be your f–king dog that you drag around,” Allison sings resolutely of a failing relationship on a preview single from her forthcoming album Clean, due in March.


Ballymena artist Lilla Vargen (the name means Little Wolf in Swedish) really came into her own last year with the songs ‘Hold On’ and a cover of Majical Cloudz’ ‘Downtown’. For her first song of 2018, ‘Believe Me’ addresses a messed-up relationship that happened at the wrong time in her life but had a lasting effect on the songwriter. “I never really sung before until I sung about you,” she sings.

The song is a confident step forward for a developing artist.


Before David Kitt officially releases his album Yous physically, he dropped a four-track EP featuring a track from that and a three new ones. ‘Imagination’ is one of those songs that isn’t just B-side material.