Our intense love for all songs Tyzo Bloom has never stopped “blooming” since we first shared his music two years ago and even premiered one of his singles. The West Hollywood producer, a rising force in the electronic scene, is poised to have an incredible year. Just listen to his new single, SUCKER, featuring crystalline LA siren Gigi. Its sweetly tormented, saccharine pining ambrosiahas been reeling in much viral attention since its release earlier this month. Dreamy plinking electronic production and dewy pop unite on the empyreal beauty. The enchanting song is our first taste of Tyzo Bloom’s debut EP, which he’ll be rolling out over the next several months. You can also stream SUCKER via Spotify, here.
Chris Gavino, the prolific producer whom you know as Manila Killa, continues to be a creative driving force in the electronic landscape after parting ways with Hotel Garuda to focus solely on his solo project. After releasing two standout singles in 2018, including Run Away and his Mansionair featuring track Wake Up Call, Gavino launches headfirst into 2019 with a ravishing new single entitled ALL 2 U, featuring an enrapturing performance by breathy chanteuse Sara Skinner. Despite the bounty of superb releases he’s given us across the last several years, the Moving Castle affiliate still hasn’t released an EP. Our enduring hunger for just such a record will be satiated next month, when Manila Killa drops his very first EP. ALL 2 U is a riveting and invigorating final preview as we look forward to its release. The producer expands on his all wide-ranging production forte with the vibrant smoldering, synth hammering elocution of nectarious electronica and euphonious pop. ALL 2 U is an exhilarating dance anthem, finely executed with zealful chugging guitars, lambent blazing synths, and an amorous indie dance magnetism that we can’t help surrender ourselves to, wholly and fully.
Alongside the new single, Manila Killa also announced his massive 1993 Tour, which will be making 11 stops in major markets across the US. More info on tour dates and tickets can be found via Manila Killa’s website, here. Come May 3rd, he’ll be headlining The Warfield in San Francisco. Purchase/stream ALL 2 U, here.
When Rynx made his debut a year ago with Want You, featuring Miranda Glory, the newcomer immediately marked himself as a new production talent to watch with his robust pumping, vibrant springing fusion of melodic house and future bass. Fast forward to 2019, and the producer, guitarist, and songwriter from Toronto has no teamed up with Drew Love from alt hip hop/R&B act THEY. to present us with insanely infectious new pop and dance hybrid named Hold On. A tidal wave of Gryffin like dance ebullience, Post Malone meets Bipolar Sunshine like hooks, and ZHU meets The Weeknd like seductive flare accompany the vivacious jouncing anthem. Drew Love turns in a swooning performance on vocals. Stream/download Hold On, here.
It’s happening, folks. It’s really happening. In a few hours from now, James Blake, that renowned musical savant that just about everyone I know respects and loves, will be releasing his recently announced new album ASSUME FORM. In fact, in some places around the world, it’s probably out already. The new full length is a star studded affair, featuring the likes of Travis Scott, André 3000, ROSALÍA, Moses Sumney & Metro Boomin. And considering it’s dashing Englishman James Blake, we can expect the release to be a game changer, and a meticulously crafted masterpiece of innovation, as Blake’s music always tends to be. 2019 couldn’t be off to a better start now that we’re about to be on the receiving end of this album. Ahead of its arrival, Blake has unveiled two tracks, a gossamer haunting, sparsely wandering hymnal named Lullaby For My Insomniac, as well as his collaboration with Travis Scott and Metro Boomin, an experimental R&B/hip hop track named Mile High, latter of which can be streamed below. If you haven’t ordered ASSUME FORM for your listening pleasure yet, treat yourself, and get it, here.
James Blake - Mile High feat. Travis Scott and Metro Boomin (Official Audio) - YouTube
Let’s head on north to the hotbed of R&B soul talent that is Toronto as we sink into the balletic beauty of Amaal’s Not What I Thought. Amaal, a young Somali-Canadian artist who’s reportedly working on her first EP, is building a reputation as the epitome of female empowerment, as shown through her evocative haunting music. Her lithe and limber voice mesmerizes while leading us through the rippling electronic production and soft guitar caresses of her new song. Not What I Thought, a gently thumping ballad, with a wistful, melancholic timbre to its somber beauty, comes accompanied by a stunning music video, which you can view below. With all the praise and adoration Amaal has received for her prior songs, there’s no doubt that Amaal is a next big thing out of Toronto. She’s known to draw influences from both her personal life experiences and her travels, including a trip to Uganda where she worked closely with women’s groups across local communities. Purchase/stream Not What I Thought, here.
Somebody’s Child, a songwriting project who hails from Dublin, Ireland has been making his reverberating presence known back home since his debut four months ago. Our chance encounter with the artist’s new sophomore single Toes quickly illuminates why. Somebody’s Child sweeps us away with a moving ballad whose widescreen fusion of pop and alt rock combine the scratchy melodiousness and heartfelt sincerity of Lukas Graham with the heart bursting vistas of acts like Coasts and Banners. Stream Somebody’s Child’s debut single Make You Alright below as we look forward to learning more about the can’t miss newcomer.
With much breezy finesse and balmy charm, Sure Sure makes their fine return today with a new single named Warm Animal. The Los Angeles indie pop band also announced their new EP, ‘What’s It Like?’, for a release in May. Warm Animal, its first single, is Sure Sure’s first love song to date, a warm woolly, fuzzy whiskered guitar pop jam that snuggles its way into our hearts. Its airy saunter and contagious rhythm almost seem to take a page from the cha cha cha, but with the crunchy riffs of The Strokes and the whimsical dalliance of Vampire Weekend. We’re left with a desire to 1, 2, 3-step our night away to Sure Sure. Their new EP is available for pre-order on vinyl from their website, here.
Dutch duo Weval, who last graced the pages of I Heart Moosiq with their spacey electronica over four years ago, reignite our craze for their production brilliance with a new single named ‘Heaven, Listen’. Ham Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers will be making a return to the label Kompakt when they release their new album The Weight on March 8th. ‘Heaven, Listen’ is its lead single, an arpeggiated slice of piano-striated, cosmic warbling left-field electro, with funky flourishes and snappy beats. They take us on an intergalactic odyssey with the percussive ornate, densely textured jam, a peppy song both hypnotic and stimulating. New album The Weight follows on Weval’s breakthrough self-titled debut album, which was acclaimed all around and made many year end lists. Weval will be touring through Europe this spring. Pre-order The Weight, here.
With a new album fast on its way, Methyl Ethel shares a fantastic new single named Trip The Mains, alongside its accompanying video. The Australian psych-pop and art rock troubadours deliver a sharp edged thriller with a new wave sheen in the groovy traipsing track, of which bandmember Jake Webb says:
“behind every eye-twitch, a depleted mainframe barely pulses. ‘Trip The Mains’ is my moment of short circuiting.” Imagine Lucius gone Little Dragon and you might get a parallel taste of this splintered shimmy. The video for Trip The Mains features Webb suspended in time, defying the laws of gravity, and crashing into beds in an abstract fantasy directed by Matt Sav. New album Triage arrives on February 15th via 4AD, and it marks Methyl Ethel’s third full length. Pre-order the record, here.
Norwegian pop phenom and BBC Music Sound of 2018 champion Sigrid has been one of the most exciting artists we’ve been following along with this last year or so. Her talent is more than apparent, and her piquant sass and pop punchiness is nothing short of irresistible. We can also confirm that Sigrid is incredible live, having served us one of our favorite live shows of 2018 when she sold out the Independent in San Francisco. And now, as we inch closer to spring, Sigrid has a behemoth treat in store for us as she prepares to release her wildly anticipated debut album Sucker Punch on Island Records. The 22 year old’s epic songs are described as tales of the unexpected, fearless musical collages and shout-outs to human resilience. Her feel good music is fresh and inspiring, as is her new single Don’t Feel Like Crying. In a way, her music aligns with that of Robyn. They don’t deny the fact that we’re hurt, or that we might be sad, but they take that energy and turns it on its head. It’s an about-face that empowers us such that we can face our demons, acknowledge our heartbreaks, and become more the stronger and wiser for it. Sure, Sigrid’s infectious and crisp new pop anthem might be named Don’t Feel Like Crying, but as Lesley Gore sang on her iconic song, “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to.” “There’s a certain grace to heartache”, says Sigrid, “A sort of…epic grace! I like good, heartfelt pop songs,” which is the foundation of Sigrid’s extraordinary debut Sucker Punch. Pre-order the album, here. Sigrid will be touring through the UK this March with George Ezra in support. All dates are sold out. She’ll also be supporting Maroon 5 in Europe this summer.