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!)
‘OGO’, the debut single from south London duo O., mark the newcomers as ones to watch. Frenetic drums and throaty melodic saxophone extract huge sound and energy from such an instrumentally simplistic setup. Syncopated cowbells and splashy hi-hat mix exquisitely with the yelping, layered, and outright catchy brass.
Artist: Chris Lake
Song: ‘In The Yuma’ (feat. Aatig)
Inspired by a 2019 performance in the Yuma tent at Coachella and fine-tuned live on Twitch over the course of pandemic lockdowns, Chris Lake distills the vigour of his sets into a thunderously thumping dance single. Featured vocalist Aatig’s crystalline tone is elegantly interwoven amongst hammering synth strikes and rapid-fire samples.
Artist: Talk Show
Song: ‘Dirt in the Keyboard’ (Baby Rollén Remix)
It’s not often we end up with several (mostly) instrumental tracks in the Inbox’s top spots, but Baby Rollén’s remix of Talk Shows ‘Dirt in the Keyboard’ makes a compelling argument. With its pulsating bass skipping across notes and sample segments taking time to develop and pay off, it demands the attention!
Artist: Lucifer Star Machine
Song: ‘I Wanted Everything’
Album/EP: Satanic Age
German punk mainstays Lucifer Star Machine return for their fifth studio album with ‘I Wanted Everything’, a sprightly hard rock release from the veterans. Chugging power chords and gravelly vocals don’t take away from the brightly melodic, nearly pop-punk leanings of this ripping single.
Artist: Sam Himself
Song: ‘Mr. Rocknroll’
Album/EP: Never Let Me Go
Sam Himself plays with the ‘Mr. Rocknroll’ misnomer in this glistening and temperate single. More along the lines of indie rock, the Swiss artist borrows some shivery synths from 80s gothic pop to balance the coiling guitar melodies in the even-keeled release.