#WildCardWednesday: YONAKA – ‘Bubblegum’


   

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YONAKA are a fantastic Brighton-based band who consist of Theresa Jarvis (Vocals), George Edwards (Guitar), Alex Crosby (Bass/Keys) and Robert Mason (Drums). The band refer to themselves as ‘Dark Alt Pop with heavy riffs’ and I couldn’t agree more; their latest track, ‘Bubblegum’ fuses electro-pop vibes with grungy guitars and it’s all topped off with Theresa‘s vocals (which I find have similarities to Charli XCX).

The video has just been released and it really depicts just what YONAKA are all about – it’s visually intriguing and oddly artistic; what more can you expect from a Brighton-grown band eh?!

You must check out this wonderful song and accompanying video – it’s well worth it!

What are your thoughts of this up-and-coming band? Have you got a #WildCardWednesday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or chat to us about it via social media, using the #WildCardWednesday hashtag.

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‘Bubblegum’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/bubblegum/1289319076?i=1289319088


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#FeelGoodFriday: OneRepublic – ‘No Vacancy’


   

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After releasing an open letter to fans, in which Ryan Tedder reveals that he nearly suffered a nervous breakdown and pulled the plug on the band, he informed fans that OneRepublic were changing!

From now on, the band are planning to release new music as and whenever they can – no album cycles, just new music! This is a refreshing outlook for a band and means that they won’t be bound by recording albums in the same way any more.

As such, the first single the band have released (after pretty much abandoning promotion of the uber diverse record, Oh My My) is their new track, ‘No Vacancy’ and my word is it a summer banger!

The track has hints at the current tropical house trend yet still retains that iconic OneRepublic sound – the track is an instant hit and just reinforces the golden nuggets they can produce!

No music video’s been released but the lyric video is below – check it out!

What are your thoughts on OneRepublic’s latest single? Got a #FeelGoodFriday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘No Vacancy’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/no-vacancy-single/id1228942079


#MellowMonday: A R I Z O N A – ‘Electric Touch’


   

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A R I Z O N A are an incredible electro-pop band, who have over 200 million streams on Spotify, to date, and over 9 million monthly listeners, and signed to Atlantic Records just over 12 months ago.

They just dropped their latest single, ‘Electric Touch’ and it’s beautiful. A modern-day love song, crafted perfectly, with a little help from singer and songwriter, Julia Michaels.

Not only in the song incredible, but the music video is too – it is a moving video, starring a true-life young gay couple, and tells their story throughout. The couple contacted the band, asking for a short message, but in turn the band decided to honour them in a music video. It’s a real must-see, so check it out below.

In relation to the video, Hailee Ritcey (one of the two main characters in the story) shared the following on social media:

“For a long time this day has filled me with so much fear and anxiety. I’ve never been really sure what I would say, why I felt like I needed to post, or why it even mattered at all. It’s taken me a long time to come to this level of confidence with myself and with my relationship. I have been so lucky to have wonderful family and friends that have really helped me to this point. And I’ve realized the people that truly love and care about you always will, regardless. So a few months ago Carly and I took a trip to Seattle to see one of our favorite bands. Because their music means so much to us I decided to reach out to them. I knew it was a long shot to even get a response but then they took it one step further. They asked us to tell our story through their music. So this is my girlfriend. And this is A R I Z O N A. Thank you A R I Z O N A for creating this incredible opportunity for us and thank you for your music. So much love!”

What are your thoughts of this electronic band? Got a #MellowMonday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via our social media.

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‘Electric Touch’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/electric-touch/id1221577774?i=1221577961


#FeelGoodFriday: Prides – ‘Away With The Night’


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As you probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of Prides and their latest single is no exception.

‘Away With The Night’ is incredible! Pure indie pop perfection at its best.

This band are remarkable and just go from strength to strength; surely this signals a second album on the way?!

What are your thoughts of their latest release? Are you excited for a potential second album? Read our interview with the band – here!

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‘Away With The Night’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/away-with-the-night-single/id1200831383


#Two4Tunesday: ZAYN – ‘LIKE I WOULD’ & The Starting Line – ‘Anyways’


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ZAYN – ‘LIKE I WOULD’

ZAYN is back with the follow-up single to his massive, debut, smash hit, ‘PILLOWTALK’ and I think this one’s going to be just as big!

Following in the same, mature vein of pop, the song has that edgy sound he’s worked so hard on crafting, since his departure from 1D.

If he can secure another Number 1 with this song, I think he’ll be set to take on the world!

No video has emerged as of yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted when one does.


‘LIKE I WOULD’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/like-i-would/id1087172327?i=1087172345



The Starting Line – ‘Anyways’

After a few years away and a new full-time member, American pop-punk band, The Starting Line, have made a triumphant return! It was in December 2015 that the band released the title-track to their new EP, Anyways ahead of its release in February 2016.

This song is the title-track to their newest EP release and has proven very popular with fans.

I’m so pleased to see this band return as they’ve got something great about them!

What do you think of their recent return? Are you pleased to see them return? Please share this link on your social media accounts!


‘Anyways’ is available on iTunes right now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/anyways/id1065518667?i=1065518671


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#WildCardWednesday: MIAMIGO – ‘PotLuck’


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MIAMIGO are a dark, mature indie-pop duo from our very own hometown, Brighton!

‘PotLuck’ confidently conjures up images of sun-kissed urban-bordered beaches in an American city, with its intriguing blend of 80’s sounding, funky guitars and slightly off-key synths. It’s already got me anticipating the summer, with this uplifting sound. I definitely want to hear more from these guys!

The pair are gathering quite a bit of support right now (and quite rightly so!) and have just announced they are going to be the support on the Hurts European tour. Good luck with the tour lads and keep pumping out the awesome tunes!

What do you think of MIAMIGO’s sound? Have you heard their other songs? Please show your support for them and share this link on your social media accounts with the #WildCardWednesday hash tag.

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‘PotLuck’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/potluck-single/id1081390977


#WildCardWednesday: MisterWives – ‘Our Own House’

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MisterWives are an American indie-pop trio from New York City. The trio consists of Mandy LeeEtienne Bowler and William Hehir. The band have also opened for acts such as American Authors and Twenty One Pilots.

This song, ‘Our Own House’, is taken from their debut album of the same name. The song is a funky little number and the music video is pretty fun…it sees people dancing and acting stupidly in an American diner and various other settings. It really gives a sense of how much fun the band are! It’s definitely a great release!

What are your thoughts on indie-pop? Have you got any similar tracks to share with us? Please leave them in a comment below.

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‘Our Own House’ can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/our-own-house/id957321085?i=957321091