SIIGHTS – DANCE
Swiftly climbing their way to the top, the Scottish-Irish pop duo SIIGHTS deliver their best song yet featuring an utterly hooking chorus. The dual harmonies are on point and the production is just terrific, particularly with the guitars. This is just so addictive, and easily beats most of the stuff in the charts at the moment. Clearly, the industry is in desperate need of more talented acts like this pairing.
THE NINTH WAVE – A WAVE GOODBYE TO THE PEOPLE WHO SAID I’D WIN
One of Glasgow’s most acclaimed rising acts are back with their first release since their fantastic Never Crave Attention EP, and naturally it’s a doozy. As standard of The Ninth Wave, the tune features a huge sound with a touch of vintage 80’s to it. The blended vocals show plenty of passion behind them, and the chorus brings forth an engrossing energy.
FUTURE LIVES – WISH YOU WELL
While Cambridge rock band Lonely The Brave continue to remodel behind the scenes, guitarist Ross Smithwick has taken it upon himself to work on his spinoff project, and our first taste of their upcoming album comes in the form of this lead single , which consists of spirited vocals, a sweeping rhythm, good writing and a hell of a chorus.
LOST IN VANCOUVER – MEADOWS
The Edinburgh indie rock quartet are back it at once again with their third single of the year, which entertains with a bouncy, energetic melody, notable bass lines and fine lyrics.
FORGOTTEN SONS – PENNIES IN THE WATER
Lerwick’s finest rockers are back with yet another smashing single, where the guitars are great and the rhythm is packing a lot of energy, and they only kick it up another notch in the jumping second half.
MICHAEL CASSIDY – YOU’RE GONE
The Paisley singer-songwriter and former SAMA champion prepares us for his upcoming record with this excellent tune, which shines with a superb harmony, crisp chords, great writing and the most magnetic of choruses.
JACK THE ENVIOUS – WALK IN THE DARK
After knocking it out the park with their In Your Own Way EP last year, the London alternative quartet are back with this explosive track that is loud and large, hitting out with fiery riffs, an energised rhythm and a strong chorus.
GIANNI PACI – COMEBACK KID
A regular face in New York’s underground scene, Gianni Paci’s latest single – spawning from his Pie Studios EP – deals with trying to recover from a negative situation and devoting energy to focusing on the positive. In a very short time frame, he impresses with sound harmonies, a nice melody and grabbing lyrics.
ISHANI – DARK ANGEL
One of the most poignant songs of the year comes from this amazing musician raised in India and now based in London. Based on personal experience, this magnetic track tackles the unfortunately very relevant theme of suicide and how hard an impact it makes. Ishani’s voice displays such sheer conviction, the writing is gripping, and the electronics are ravishing.
STARRY SKIES – STARRY SKIES
Quickly becoming a mainstay on Scottish radio as of late, the lead single of The Starry Skies’ forthcoming second album is a fiercely vibrant and melodic tune that is topped off by great vocals, slick guitars and cool lyrics.
HERO FISHER – IF I DIE AND NOTHING HAPPENS
The London musical mistress’ latest single is an utterly captivating song with a dazzlingly dark vibe to it, contributed by her bewitching harmonies, the deep bass and a low-key beat, and the track only builds and gets all the more enjoyable as it goes along.
HYPOPHORA – SMILING (NUMB)
From the south west of the UK, this post-hardcore outfit deliver what is possibly one of the best and freshest tracks to have come from the genre in the British scene this year. The rhythm is very smooth and mesmerising, made up of serene riffs, gentle bass chords and subtle beats, and the number is headed by a stunning vocal performance from Katie.
SHALLOW POOLS – SINKING
The latest single from this Boston alternative trio is a rocking ditty highlighted by a catchy rhythm and features memorable writing, very fine harmonies and excellent riff work.
PRIMES – HAUNTED
The Scottish alternative rock trio’s most recent track is a fantastic one that commences nice and slowly, before diving into a tremendous chorus with a lot of energy to it.
RUN INTO THE NIGHT – THE DEVILS RHYTHM
From a Glasgow noise pop duo who have been picking up a fair amount of attention recently, and deservedly so, this is a spiffing track made up of smooth verses featuring subtle essences of blues that push into catchy choruses. In addition, the distorted guitars are just great and the vocals are delightful.
CHRIS JAMES – COBRA
Glaswegian experimental chum gives a preview of his follow-up record courtesy of his latest single, a riveting five-minute piece comprised of blaring electronics that invokes an atmospheric vibe, with Chris certainly putting a lot of energy behind his vocals. A track that only gets more addictive with each subsequent listen.
HANGSZERES – GONE / ANA MARIA
The Paisley post rock four-piece deliver a great pair of debut singles made up of neat riffs, smooth bass-loaded rhythms and really ardent vocals.
DEREK J MARTIN – CALM BEFORE THE STORM
Hailing from Saltcoats, Derek gives us a showcase of his talents with a brilliant single, where the harmonies are exuding passion and the lyrics are great. The track has a catchy melody and a big sound to it that is especially emphasised by the guitars and drum beats. Here’s hoping the rest of his debut album meets this quality standard.
BLAKE RED – FACE IT
Current based in LA, the Chicagoan hard rock artist is looking to cement herself as one to watch, and she shines with her debut single, where she displays a hard-edged attitude as she spouts out aggressive vocals and potent riffs, not to mention the chorus is pretty loud and large too.
REFUGE ISLAND – ABOVE BOARD
Fresh on the Ayrshire scene, this indie punk quartet make a good first showing with their debut single, a short and snappy track led by fittingly gruff vocals. The rhythm moves at a rapid pace and is carried by gritty guitars and a pounding drum beat.