Mark Hill and Nat Slater release Happy Without Me. Yes, it’s another electro pop track in a crowded market but it stands out with it’s raw garage production and its bold chorus. Slater tells Kings, “The songs speaks for itself really – it’s about moving on from a relationship gone wrong…”. Mark Hill notes, “Nat is a brilliant young writer. In Happy Without Me she taps into a universal truth. Most of us know what it’s like to yearn for someone, be left out in the cold. This lyric embodies that completely.” Check out the video here.
I’m liking the melodic-dancey track Opening Up by CRUISR. Think 1975 meets Two Door Cinema Club. The band tells Kings, “Opening Up is a song about our relationship with love. In our youth we usually embrace our first loves, unknowingly exposing ourselves to harm. As we grow wiser, many people try to control or avoid love, for the sake of self-preservation. By doing this, we end up missing out on so much joy, because we fear the pain that comes with it. Opening Up asks the listener to let go and reacquaint themselves with unrestricted love. Opening Up was directly inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s poem, ‘On Love’.”
In fact, the band’s track All Over has just clocked over 10 million Spotify streams which came off their sophomore EP released on Vagrant Records. Moreover, the band toured with The 1975, Imagine Dragons, and PVRIS. Give it a listen.
Bite the Buffalo just released a studio album ‘Bad Habits‘. After listening to the full album the track Deez Zees really stood out. Drawing influences from the seventies rock, the duo attracted Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant who invited them to support him at his Manchester Apollo show. They’ve opened for Fat White Family, Happy Mondays, The Growlers and Skindred performed the the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury. Give it a listen!
Kings favorite Young Optimist releases a new single Halos. Like their previous track Voice, it is cleverly produced and has a great melody. The band tells Kings, “Halos will probably have a different meaning for everyone and it should be subjective.” It’ tough to pin the sound of the band down, but they would fit nicely with The Black Keys and Weezer. Consequently, they’re writing better songs than most of their peers.
Three piece pop act Public releases a fantastic tune called Honest. The haunting pop track which is reminiscent of Echosmith’s Cool Kid was mixed by Paul David Hagar (Miley Cyrus, Beck) and mastered by Emily Lazar (Sia, Foo Fighters). The band tells Kings, “This song is about struggling to come to terms with the realization that something that’s been craved for so long is now completely out of reach. The driving pressure of the bass-line and hi-hat, the dark, foreboding slide guitar, the haunting vocal melodies tinged with jealousy – all make up one last, desperate effort to bring back what’s already gone.” While the track 4Her which came off their 2017 EP recently clocked over a million Spotify streams, the band will head out on tour with The Driver Era fronted by popular actor and musician Ross Lynch.