On The Stereo: June 2022

Natalie Duncan

Our latest collection of new music including songs from Natalie Duncan, Boy In Space, TOLEDO, Lucy McWilliams, Flaurese and more

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AS IT SEEMS BY ALICE ROWE
Bringing together elements of trip hop, soul and jazz, As It Seems finds Hastings-based singer-songwriter Alice Rowe heading down the rabbit hole in search of the truth. Joining Alice on her musical journey, it’s clear that this rising star is beginning to flourish.

TEARS WILL NEVER BE MINE BY JOSEPHINE ONIYAMA
With a stream of rippling electro running through it and blasts of strings creating emphatic splashes, Tears Will Never Be Mine might just be Josephine Oniyama’s most dynamic song to date. We can’t wait to hear new EP Human next month.

BULLFROG BY EMMA GUZMAN
Bullfrog is a stunning shot of indie-folk from Detroit-based musician Emma Guzman. Though the lilting vocals, waltzing rhythm and soothing melody invite you into their welcoming world, the song is actually about learning to stand on your own two feet.

L-TRAIN BY TOLEDO
There’s a vulnerability to L-Train that perfectly suits TOLEDO’s gently urgent sound. Awash with the harmonies of Álvarez de Toledo and Jordan Dunn-Pilz, the indie-folk duo certainly know how to pull at the heartstrings.

BIRTHDAY BY SIV JAKOBSEN
“You were late, sat in the corner, saying nothing,” sings Siv Jakobsen on Birthday. Her delivery is suitably detached, as if reading the pages from someone else’s diary. But this is her special day that’s been ruined and the song is her ode to the ex who did the ruining.

MEDICATION (DEMO) BY LUCY MCWILLIAMS
If you tend to think that the very best songs hold up even when all the polish has been scrubbed off, then you’ll absolutely love Medication (demo) by Lucy Mcwilliams. It takes nothing more than piano and voice to have us completely hooked.

A**HOLE BY BOY IN SPACE
Though delivered in a jaunty pop-punk package, beneath the breezy falsetto and chugging rhythm there’s serious depth to A**hole by Swedish sensation Boy In Space. It’s so catchy that you’ll stay around long enough to find that for yourself.

ARE YOU MINE? BY GORRAN
We can’t always pinpoint the exact moment that we fell in love with a particular song, but we definitely can with Gorran’s sumptuous ballad Are You Mine? It comes on the one-minute mark when the singer-songwriter hits an incredible goosebumps-inducing high note… Wow!

Natalie Duncan

Natalie Duncan: Hearts In A Cage is a soulful delight… A love letter to black women and girls…

WHEN IT’S GONE BY MEXICAN DOGS
When It’s Gone is a dose of classic rock ‘n’ roll that will appeal to fans of The Black Keys and other scuzzy garage bands. It’s the work of Liverpool’s Mexican Dogs, a group packed with big riffs, a dynamite rhythm section and charismatic vocals.

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HOMES IN THE HOMETOWNS BY PAIGE KING JOHNSON
An ode to the hardworking agricultural community of North Carolina, Paige King Johnson’s Homes In The Hometowns is sure to become an anthem for the people it celebrates. It’s also a classic piece of country songwriting, packed with authenticity you just can’t fake.

SISYPHUS BY DC GORE
We’ve enjoyed everything DC Gore has released so far, and Sisyphus might be his best yet. Balancing the classic and the contemporary, there are hints of Depeche Mode in the pulsating synths. Having this on repeat is certainly no task.

NEW EYES BY RISO
The result of free-writing sessions in which RISO’s Matt Rolland and Rebekah Sandoval Rolland put down stories that had been shared by their parents and grandparents, New Eyes is a poignant letter to their daughter from the folk duo.

DRIVING WITH THE BRAKES ON BY JAIME KYLE
With the energy and attitude of classic Shania Twain, Jaime Kyle’s Driving With The Brakes On is one helluva boot-stomping country anthem. Aided by the dynamite lead guitar of Kris Barras, this one’s got us fired up and raring to go.

I WANT YOU BY FLAURESE
Whether from CHARLTON’s sultry guest vocals or the layered sounds that send chills down your spine, there’s an entrancing intimacy to I Want You by Flaurese that is perfect for the moment when eyes lock across a crowded dancefloor.

I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU BY JAY DOUGLAS
I’m In Love With You is a transportive and nostalgic blues number from Jay Douglas. Perhaps better known as a reggae artist, he’s more than capable of taking us to a dusty candlelit club where he can lay it down. Horns and organs help create the vibe.

HEARTS IN A CAGE BY NATALIE DUNCAN
With a production that harks back to the glory days of 90s RnB, Hearts In A Cage is a soulful delight from Natalie Duncan. A love letter to black women and girls, there’s also substance to go with the positively sunny exterior.

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