BLACK FUTURES – TRANCE
The self-proclaimed “future punk” band are back to deliver what may be their finest track yet. A blistering piece that is berserk, slowly building upwards before dropping into huge, outstanding choruses.
AIVIS – LOVE ME
The Scottish/Ohioan electropop pairing return with a great track boasting a smooth yet catchy melody, a suave lead harmony and lyrics that become quickly enticing.
SWAY – ANOTHER LOVER
Following the roaring success of their debut single last year, the Paisley boys are back for a second round which is comprised of a catchy chorus, sleek riffs and distorted rhythms, as well as very fine writing to boot.
MEGAN AIRLIE – MOTHER WHALE
Adding to an already fruitful 2018, the Glasgow singer-songwriter tops herself with one of the most infectious Scottish tracks of the year; owed to elegant vocals, superb writing and a rhythm which only grows and becomes even catchier as it moves along. Fair to say, the replay button gets hit a tonne.
CRAIG-RUSSELL HORNE – SAFE
Still fresh from a successful debut EP, Craig gives us a preview of his follow-up with another catchy track that has plenty of replay value and is donning an irresistably pulsating beat.
VAUREEN – STARE INTO THE SUN
Having achieved a lot thus far since their debut in 2011, the Brooklyn alternative trio begin their push towards their debut album with an astonishing piece featuring stunning vocals that contrast with a cool sound that is an interesting hybrid of rock and shoegaze, not to mention the chorus is just contagious.
RUNRUMMER – GOOD FOR NOTHING
Hailing from the east end of London, the electropop artist makes a heck of a statement with one of the definitive debut singles of 2018 that features fantastic vocals, very good, relatable writing touching upon mental health, and a fiercely hooking melody. For sure, one to keep an eye on in the coming months.
NEONWAVES – WISH TO BE SEEN
Glasgow alternative indie rockers impress with their latest track, which takes it easy with a polished rhythm that goes at a mild pace. Further adding to the song are sleek guitars and the fluent vocals. Simple, yet effective.
THE MULDOONS – LOVELY THINGS
Following a two decade break, this Paisley group have been doing well upon their return with this single, which is highlighted by a bustling energy throughout, a good chorus and some fine drumming in particular.
MODERATE REBELS – I LOVE TODAY
One of the more unique numbers to have come out as of late that has a blunt tone to it. The well-blended vocals are constantly driving and the tune is carried by a subtly stomping beat and continual piano notes. Strangely engaging, and it only gets better with each subsequent listen.
PRETTY LITTLE ENEMY – NEVER SAY GOODBYE
The first single since their Collide EP last year, this is an enjoyably melodic and catchy tune highlighted by terrific harmonies and pelting drum beats that connects with emotional writing dealing with moving on from a tough situation. Perhaps their best song yet.
DARKER DAYS – WORRY LINES
Salem punk rockers make a strong statement with their debut single, notable for some of the most poignant writing of the year, as they recall the unfortunate experience that guitarist Nick endured of witnessing a close friend take his own life. An emotional and lyrically gripping number.
GODEATER – EXSANGUINATED
Surrounded by tonnes of hype for good reason, this is a short, snappy track that drives with an insanely fierce, high-tempo rhythm. The lyrics are blunt, the vocals intense and the riffs are blinding. They arrive, kick all the wind out your body, and leave again, and in the best way possible.
DAMAJ – HARSH REALITY
Closing in on the release of their highly anticipated debut album, the Greenock metal quartet have treated us to this new single, a mammoth track with good riffs, weighty rhythms and a dynamic power driving it all the way. The vocals are a little drowned out under the loud volume, but otherwise a delightfully heavy number.
CORRUPT THE SYSTEM – STRUGGLE INSIDE
The Glasgow metal quartet return with their third offering of the year, which is another cracking tune with solid riffs, great vocals and a damn memorable chorus.