The Lunar Keys – IF IT Was

From the suburbs of London comes the exciting new single ‘IF IT Was’ by four-piece band The Lunar Keys. This alt-rock track is a message of peace wrapped up in leather jackets, sunglasses, and catchy melodies.

The tune is fairly direct. It’s clear what the band is trying to say, and it’s that we need to think about the changes needed in this chaotic world. It asks you to think about the possibilities to change the world for the better, challenging prejudice as we move through life.

It’s an attempt to inspire change. Even if it isn’t the revolution-driving song it attempts to be, it’s thinking in the right direction.

Rufus – Settle

This mellow track from Edinburgh artist-producer Rufus makes you feel like you’re coasting along in the car on a summer’s day.

Released on 27th November, ‘Settle’ is a deep breath that brings calm in a time of great turmoil and uncertainty. The twinkles of this track float you through a world where you can forget your troubles and bring you out feeling slightly more positive.

Rufus, also known as Ben Lobban, has provided us with a chilled tune to help you get through the day. If you need to take a break from your day and relax to some music, this is definitely a good place to look.

Just John – Open Wound

A genre-bending combination of punk, rap, and hip-hop is brought to us in the form of ‘Open Wound’, the third single from Just John’s debut EP ‘This Is Fate’.

I always try to commend creativity and attempts at being innovative, and here I definitely can. The work of the Toronto-based musician is reminiscent of the out-of-the-box work of Gorillaz.

Just John brings a refreshing EP that attempts to encourage others to not be afraid to be the version of yourself you want to be, even if it means embracing your weaknesses. This really comes across in this well-produced groovy track.

Shopé – Rikiki

‘Rikiki’ is an empowering track from Shopé’s new album of the same name, released back in early October.

The song is a way for the Nigerian-born artist to embrace his identity. He does this through an impressive combination of Nigerian afrobeats with hip-hop/R&B to create afrofusion. You can’t help but want to move to this tune, it’s infectious.

Shopé is a rising star in the Canadian music scene and will likely gain even more traction heading into the future. If this intrigues you the new video for ‘Rikiki’ has recently been released, and you can check it out on Youtube.

The Isolated Brigade – Murmurs of a Mellow Mind

Punchy guitar and distorted solos are probably the best way to summarise this tune from Chicago band The Isolated Brigade.

A message of being yourself in a world built on conformity is packed into 3 minutes and 13 seconds of rock. The band themselves described the song as ‘teetering on the edge of eruption’, and I think that this is almost too correct. It feels like you are waiting for something more to happen, you are waiting for that eruption.

Even despite this, the song is still a decent rock track. You can hear influences of the hard-hitting music from bands like Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters. If this is your kind of music, you might want to check them out.