Los Angeles artist Mereki is set to release her new EP Lazy Eye this month, and as you can hear on the new track “Dth Buny”, it’s a searing melange of pop, noise, and garage rock.
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Earlier this summer we premiered a track from young San Francisco phenom Matt Jaffe in which I compared the youngster to Nick Lowe, and you hear that old Stiff Records sound even more vividly on the taut new rocker “Plastic Tears”. Full of tense energy and a contagious hook, Jaffe and his band tear through the track with superbly controlled intensity.
Hailing from Stockport, England but now based in London, singer/songwriter/guitarist JJ Rosa brings a very unique perspective to funk/dance pop on her debut EP Tonight, which will be released on 5 December. With nimble vocals inspired by Michael Jackson, a nasty funk groove reminiscent of Chic and Chaka Khan, and guitar work that evokes Nile Rodgers, the raucous title track is a huge statement by this talented young woman, who’s already garnered high praise from the likes of Christine McVie and Rowetta.
Directly inspired by fka twigs, the xx, and London Grammar, London artist Bela Takes Chase combines dark pop and electronic music in a creative, sumptuous way. She takes to the British seaside on her new video for her current single “Wonderlust”, and it’s a stunningly shot visual complement to the music.