New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Sep 19, 2022): STR4TA, Shintaro Sakamoto, Italia 90, and more!

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: STR4TA

Song: ‘Turn Me Around’

Album/EP: STR4TASFEAR

Welcome to the temple of bass. This new-school funk tune goes absolutely wild in the lower register – its melodic, virtuosic bass guitar runs completely and utterly amok amongst syncopated drums, blossoming guileless synths, and a cleansing vocal performance. STR4TA don’t mess around with their liquid groove.

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Artist: Shintaro Sakamoto

Song: ‘One Day’

Album/EP: Like A Fable

An adorably genuine duet, sharply rhythmic chording, and a smattering array of lofi guitar backing makes for a simple and bright tune in ‘One Day’. Shintaro Sakamoto carries a nonchalance and charm reminiscent of Mac DeMarco, albeit with a bit more shiny pep in his DIY step.

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Artist: Italia 90

Song: ‘Leisure Activities’

Album/EP: Living Human Treasure

Voluminously layered instrumentals stack and squeal atop each other in the anxious and amorphous ‘Leisure Activities’. A creeping tension edges onward, eventually crescendoing in a noise rock climax wherein the source of each scream becomes difficult to parse out. Italia 90 really eases you in with the thrumming bass and energetic drums before letting hell, and at some points all melody, loose.

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Artist: The Labrit Project

Song: ‘Way Down’

Album/EP: Single

A grounded and woven roots performance is elevated by Randolph Matthews’ haunting vocals in ‘Way Down’, from his new collaboration The Labrit Project with London-based instrumentalist Muca. The pair’s delivery is meditatively sublime, and unshackles brilliantly in the intense percussive culmination.

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Artist: Tungz

Song: ‘Always’

Album/EP: Single

You don’t want to slap the nostalgic label on any ole tune featuring shimmering keys and punchy drum production, but Tungz beg the question with their self-proclaimed 80s ABBA/synthfunk-inspired ‘Always’. The Bristol band pull it off in mellifluous fashion with their smooth crooning and glittering melodic instrumentals.

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Mathew Kahansky

Once upon a time, Mat studied journalism. That's how he became Alan's one-time intern and current-time contributor, and the rest is ongoing history - get it? Mat also studied biology and music, so he has a strangely specific knowledge set that doesn't really apply anywhere other than useless fun facts. He currently works for a music tech start-up in Halifax, and is a big fan of the em dash.

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