Albanian-born, London-raised ARXIVN presents ‘EVOLLOVE’. Dark and abstract – the artist (real name Arion Mehmeti) blends hip hop and atmospheric ambience in this tale of love and lies.
Vocally, ARXIVN’s delivery is moody yet melodic. It’s a haunting track of two lovers juxtaposed in their feelings. A relatable sense of melancholy bleeding through. Backed by an electronica soundscape, ‘EVOLLOVE’ is both soothing and unsettling.
For fans of The Weeknd, Post Malone, Young Thug and Juice WRLD. Really look forward to see what ARXIVN does next.
Manchester musician and ‘Head Baker’ at Bread Records, Michael Webster gifts us a double release with ‘Left To Speak/Unacquainted Strangers’.
The A-side is a powerful anthem about climate change. With an acoustic guitar sound and Webster’s no-nonsense vocals – there’s a folky-punk storytelling quality to this one that brings to mind the work of Billy Bragg amongst others.
B-side ‘Unacquainted Strangers’ covers the trials and tribulations of romance. A ballad in which Webster once again utilises his acoustic guitar. A gentler vocal delivery is backed by an ever-building wall of sound – before an intricate guitar solo takes centre stage.
A champion of the local music scene, Webster proves himself to be very much talent in his own right.
With a sound that mixes indie folk/rock and dream pop – Manchester-based duo RUMINA latest release ‘Stained Blue’ is nothing short of dreamy.
Featuring a texture of intricate guitars, percussion and synths – singer Lucy provides vocals which dance across the track delicately. Exploring elements of mental health and trauma, RUMINA’s music is incredibly personal and empathetic.
‘Stained Blue’ evokes an anxiety contrasted with a beautiful sense of calm. The second release before their upcoming self-recorded EP ‘Botanica’ – RUMINA demonstrate growth both mentally and musically.
Liana Condor – Fill Me Up Sheffield-based ‘loop pedal master’ – Liana Condor provides a playful and prayerful tune with ‘Fill Me Up’.
The third single from his upcoming album, this track was recorded during the pandemic and mixes alt-folk and worldbeat – it’s also incredibly catchy. Not just limited to a guitar and a loop pedal – one-man-band Condor layers vocals and percussion to create a fuller sound.
The light, happy and danceable melody is juxtaposed to the pretty heavy lyrical content. A contemplative look at doubt and pain in the world today – Condor looks to God for peace and hope. And it’s this hopefulness shines through.
If you like Jack Johnson and Xavier Rudd – you’ll love this.
Pacific – Spiral Piano-indie rock from Pacific with the euphoric new single ‘Spiral’. At just over 3 and a half minutes in length – this track doesn’t mess about. Grabbing you with a stadium-sized sound from the off. It’s the kind of music meant for a big stage and a huge audience.
Hauntingly powerful vocals echo across flourishing piano notes before a heavier indie rock and roll sound kicks in. The Manchester four-piece have been previously championed by the likes of Manchester United in their matchday playlists and it’s easy to see why – exhilaratingly big in sound, ‘Spiral’ is a soundtrack-worthy track.