L.A.-based alternative duo Powers recently premiered “Heavy”, a new track taken off their upcoming debut album, Alpha, which is due out later this year on Republic Records. With its late 70’s New York bass line and deliciously retro string arrangements, “Heavy” is a bittersweet number about the struggle of relationships and how toxic they can sometimes be. It’s a “battle between logic and desire” says vocalist Crista Ru, who co-founded Powers with co-vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mike Del Rio back in 2014.
For Powers, bringing songs to life means tapping into their own eclectic backgrounds from playing in underground punk bands in New York City to co-writing for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Selena Gomez. Citing the cut-and-paste art of Robert Rauschenberg and Terry Gilliam among their longtime influences, they’ve taken a collage-like approach to constructing crystalline pop.
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Fenech-Soler released their new album ZILLA on February 3rd on So Recordings. Three years in the making, the band’s third studio album is chock full of bold, shimmering pop gems, which herald a thrilling new chapter for brothers Ben and Ross Duffy.
Loaded with personality and pockets of experimentation, ZILLA is inspired by disco, old soul vocal harmony groups and an unwavering love of pop music. While previous albums have seen the duo collaborate with the likes of Tim Goldsworthy and Starsmith, this album is much more organic, with most of it self-produced.
Fenech-Soler have been touring for the past couple of months, bringing their new tunes to fans across Europe the US. More dates have just been announced in April in May, check out their official site or Facebook for more info. Buy the new album now on
Australian band Safia has been active since 2012, releasing a string of singles as well as remixes for other artists. Band members Ben Woolner, Michael Bell and Harry Sayers met at Radford College in Canberra and cite James Blake, Chet Faker, Purity Ring and Disclosure as their main influences.
“Together, Locked Safely” is taken off Safia’s album Internal, out now on Virgin EMI Records. The album was self-produced and mixed by Eric J Dubowsky and debuted at number 2 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart.
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One of the best acts to come out of Belgium in recent years, Warhola is the moniker of Oliver Symons, a multi-talented musician who writes, produces, and performs mind-bending synthpop with fantastic vocals. Co-produced by Symons and Wouter Souvereyns, Warhola’s new single “Jewels” features Wouter Souvereyns on bass, guitar and live percussion and Moreno Claes on bass.
For the video, Danish director Anders Malmberg created a dark universe inhabited by bejewelled gymnasts. Check it out below!
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Australian electronic duo Nocturnal Tapes has only been working together for about 2 years but their musical palette is quite broad, with influences ranging from hip-hop, blues and funk, to psychedelic, electronic and dance. New single “Pieces” sees them significantly progress by introducing Tech-house influences, drawing inspiration from Caribou, The Presets and LCD Soundsystem.
With solid 4/4 beats, escalating arpeggio and vocals awash with reverb, the track shines a different light on the band’s creative depth but their pop sensibilities and smart approach to songwriting still remain intact.
Bonus track: “Superficial Light”
With more new material up their sleeve, this is an act to keep an eye on in the coming months. Find out more on their Facebook or SoundCloud. Buy the music on