Every week, we’re sent dozens if not hundreds of promotional emails from agents, PR firms, and hopeful artists containing the latest releases from around the world. From the biggest superstars to the ambitious self-starters we comb through it all to highlight to you what we’ve been digging, the tunes that caught our eye, and the recommended selections that make the notifications worth it. This is New Music From The Inbox! (Short on time? Listen to this article in playlist form!)
Artist: Sizzy Rocket & Rossi
Song: ‘Freak U Out’
Bitchy, thumping pop with just enough sleaze and a go-crazy hook make ‘Freak U Out’ a catwalk-ready banger. I especially like the breathy, horny vocals – there’s an intimacy here that draws all of the other highly-produced instrumentals into a cozier feel, like a private dance addressed just to you.
Artist: Dreamer Isioma
Song: ‘Gimme A Chance’
Album/EP: Princess Forever
Neo-soul artistry at its prime, Dreamer Isioma nears perfection in the exceptionally smooth ‘Gimme A Chance’. Crystalline vocals, dreamy backings, glitzy keys, and bank-vault-security-levels of locked-in bass and drums make for a euphoric listen.
Artist: The Mars Volta
Song: ‘Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazon (Acoustic)’
Album/EP: Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazon
The Mars Volta are modern prog legends for good reason, and this is case in point. A complete re-release of the 2022 self-titled album stripped down to an acoustic minimalism, ‘Que Dios’ puts the group’s songwriting chops in the spotlight amidst latin bongos and salsa piano in a thrilling run-through of the packed track that swaps a searing electric guitar climax for a more personal touch.
Artist: Anya Baghina
Song: ‘For Now’
Album/EP: Anya Baghina
Calming bedroom-produced singer songwriter vibes quell the roar in Anya Baghina’s ‘For Now’. The constant low-key strummed electric, swelling slide, and resonant bass guitars melt and shimmer amongst gentle percussion and Baghina’s amicable crooning.
Song: ‘North Of Superior’
Album/EP: The Great Sea
Toronto-based NADJIWAN pens a love letter to their hometown of Thunder Bay in the solemn and impactful ‘North Of Superior’. The deep roots of the track are bolstered by the Chippewa roots of its creator, Marc Meriläinen – Indigenous-language singing mesh perfectly with the grounded, heartily classic folk feel of the tune.