12 New Music Discoveries – October 2022

Cruising – Black Lips

This Atlanta-based garage rock band have been making music together for over twenty years, and this year we have seen the release of two singles as well as an album this month. The group also had in store for their fans another two songs titled ‘Make It’ and ‘Cruising’. It was hard to pick a favourite to feature but ‘Cruising’ just has that classic old and new blend that makes a song so special.

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Pace Yourself – Joyce Wrice

I had been waiting to feature Joyce Wrice for the longest time, always finding her singles in the wrong month. This October she released an EP however, including her single and duet with KAYTRANADA ‘Iced Tea’, but also a track called ‘Pace Yourself’. There’s a slight 90s feel to the song, where Wrice lets the vocals flow so eloquently.

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Scene 1 – Sebastian Mikael

R&B soul artist Sebastian Mikael has accumulated his collabs and singles on his latest EP ‘PHILEO’, but there’s one song with the name ‘Scene 1’ that fits into neither of these categories. In ‘Scene 1’ the singer channels some funk, demonstrated by a smooth melody and lush vocals which tunefully get lost in each other.

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Dead Hotel – King No-one

‘Dead Hotel’ by Northern alternative rock group King No-one has an amazing hook that dominates the song ever so melodically. I love that it doesn’t feel overproduced, but there is a new detail you notice on each listen.

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It’s Only Love – Be Charlotte

When I started looking for music for this month’s discoveries, I knew I wanted to find a song like this. A refreshing pop single that deserved the energy it gave itself. There’s also that relatability there, matched to a tune that just gets better and better.

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Quiet Waves – Marika Takeuchi

Since reviewing many instrumental artists, I’ve now been on the look out for music belonging to such genres. When I first heard ‘Quiet Waves’, I was taken by how Japanese composer Marika Takeuchi makes something so beautiful with one sole instrument of the piano. And now every time I go back to listen, I can notice another intricacy of one of the perpetually gorgeous piano sequences.

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Something Special – Thouartchi

London musician Thouartchi is not afraid to go straight into the core melody on ‘Something Special’ during the intro, producing a melody and providing vocals that follow whatever emotion she is going for in that moment.

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Bullet – Elizabeth M.Drummond

This month indie songstress Elizabeth M. Drummond has produced a stripped back track entitled ‘Bullet’. Here we get to listen to her elegant vocals close up, accompanied by serenading guitar in the instrumental.

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Waiting For You – Ewan Mainwood

British pop singer Ewan Mainwood repeats the emotion filled line ‘feels like I’ve been waiting for you all my life’ behind a fun instrumental. It’s Mainwood’s first song after his debut EP ‘Broken’, and it seems as if the musician has more in store for his listeners.

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Players Part – Nia Chennai

Nia Chennai is foreshadowing what she is ready to bring to the UK music industry with her debut single ‘Players Part’. So far she has already showcased the alleviating quality of her vocals, the smooth flow of her instrumentals and how she mixes and matches her influences to add her own print on her music.

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The Royal Blackbird – The Unthanks

This sister band have not long released their 2022 album ‘Sorrows Away’, featuring a fascinating track called ‘The Royal Blackbird’. Just by listening to this song I can tell that The Unthanks are making the music they want to make, as it feels freely sang and authentically produced.

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Robert Wyatt – Neil Dexter

Being one of my dad’s favourite singers, the title of this song by Irish soloist Neil Dexter took me by surprise. And so did the music actually, in a good way. I wasn’t expecting the extraordinarily 80s electronic chorus, but I throughly enjoyed it.

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