HIRA KING – Hummingbird

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‘Hummingbird’ is the second single from singer-songwriter Hira King. We have yet to receive much information on the anonymous North Londoner, but this new song proves his first release was no fluke. While the production is a sparse combination of electronic R&B, the dueling male/female vocals fill in the space between with ease. King is currently working on a debut LP with some interesting names, including Craze & Hoax and AK Paul. ‘Hummingbird’ is being released through Chosen People and is available for stream below.

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The Elle – Drifted

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We have found our submission of the week and it comes by way of Chicago singer-songwriter The Elle who presents an irresistibly soulful ballad titled, ‘Drifted’. There is a level of authenticity in her vocals and lyrics that you almost never hear and when combined with the neo-soul, jazzy production, well, its a match made in musical heaven. ‘Drifted’ is off her recently released project, 5 AMwhich features five more tunes and is available for download (name your own price) on BandCamp (click here).

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Jack Garratt – Let Me Love You (Mario Cover) + Chemical

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True story: Last year in LA, I walked by a parking lot where I witnessed the R&B singer, Mario, dancing and singing next to his car, which was blasting what I can only presume to be his own music. One of the stranger sights I’d seen, but that’s Hollywood for you. The point of this story is that Jack Garratt just released one helluva cover of Mario’s single, ‘Let Me Love You’. Recorded for Huw Stephens live during SXSW, this soulful ballad is just a man and his piano, showing off another side of the usually uptempo musician’s exceptional vocal ability. Jack will be releasing his Synesthesiac EP on April 13th via Interscope / Island Records.

Also using this post to make up for a missed opportunity to share Mr. Garratt’s last original release, ‘Chemical’, which came out in February.

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Fickle Friends – Could Be Wrong

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Brighton’s finest, Fickle Friends, just dropped off their first track of 2015 in the form of a bubbling synth pop number titled ‘Could Be Wrong’. If that isn’t exciting enough, the song also serves as the lead track off FF’s debut Velvet EP, set to be released May 25th via Killing Moon Records. If you are still somehow not excited, they also announced a tour hitting a bunch of cities throughout the UK in May and June, which you can purchase tickets for –> HERE <– and view dates for, below.

MAY
25 – Birmingham (Sunflower Lounge)
26 – Nottingham (Bodega)
27 – London (Barfly)
29 – Gloucester (Wychwood Festival)
JUNE
02 – Middlesborough (The Keys) *FREE ENTRY*
03 – Glasgow (Attic)
04 – Manchester (Sound Control)
05 – Leeds (Brudenell Games Room)
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Ghost Loft – Overflow

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SOS covered Ghost Loft quite frequently when we re-launched the blog in the winter of 2013, as both his remixes and original work presented a distinct flavor of spacey electronics I readily enjoyed. Despite this, our coverage of the LA artist has become few and far between since those first few months back, which is why I was thrilled to receive a new song from him via email yesterday. ‘Overflow’ is the first single off his upcoming Chocolate Haze EP and sees a definite progress (as usually happens after 2 years) from songs of old into this current, chilled out pop sphere that even includes an epic brass section. Stream below and check out the official visuals, here.

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Tourist – Holding On (feat. Josef Salvat & Niia)

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Premiered as the Hottest Record in the World on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show, melancholy dance connoisseur Tourist released a gorgeous new tune called ‘Holding On’, featuring vocals from longtime favorite Niia and newcomer Josef Salvat. The track drops on May 24th, but don’t let that stop you from streaming below or copping a digital pre-order, here.

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