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  1. Words: Ellie Ward 

    After introducing us last month to the delightful strains of  'My Angel Goes Before Me', Adelaide-based singer/ songwriter and producer Sione Teumohenga - aka Lonelyspeck - shares the second cut off a forthcoming EP work.

    'Drown' is another example of the creative use of genre blending with atmospheric production values and a whole gamut of hypnotising electronic indie pop nuances, that combine to make this artist so entrancing.

    "The refrains in 'Drown' are mantras for trusting myself when I feel held back or discouraged from being my full self," states Lonelyspeck, who has drawn praise from the likes of Troye Sivan and Japanese Wallpaper. "As I’ve become more in touch with myself over the years, there have been times where I’ve felt people in my life didn’t want me to gain confidence because it didn’t fit their expectations of me. At those times I want to remind myself to trust that I know me best.

    "But more than that I think this song is addressing my own persistent fears about owning myself and living my truth. The image of being encased in a decaying skin until I pierce it and free myself is particularly relevant to that."

    'Drown' in all four minutes below.

  2. After earlier this month appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in the US to perform 'I Wouldn’t Ask You', rising Canadian indie-pop star Clairo today made a second TV showing.

    Clairo, aka Claire Cottrill, released her debut album 'Immunity' in early August, and on The Ellen Show, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, she played another track from the record, this time 'Bags'.

    Watch above.

  3. London rapper and Mercury Prize nominee - for her album 'Grey Area' - Little Simz has collaborated with Michael Kiwanuka for a live version of 'Flowers'.

    Recorded at London's Metropolis Studios, the video for the track, below, features Kiwanuka on guest vocals.

    Live dates

    23 Birmingham Mama Roux’s (sold out)
    24 Glasgow SWG3 Studio Warehouse (sold out)
    26 Manchester Academy (sold out)
    28 Bristol Thekla (sold out)
    29 London EartH (sold out)

    11 Leeds University Stylus
    12 Nottingham Rescue Rooms (sold out)
    14 Oxford O2 Academy
    15 London O2 Forum Kentish Town (sold out)

  4. Words: Ellie Ward 

    Following her June debut EP release, 'FIRE ON MARZZ', 19-year-old indie pop New Zealander BENEE unveils the video for her latest single, 'Glitter', taken from the record.

    “I envisioned an animated dream world for BENEE to inhabit along with a monster sidekick and as many bizarre characters as I could cram into the span of three minutes, while using many techniques to give it a unique feel," explains director Steven Mertens. "Our alien forest was created using a combination of live action, stop motion, CGI, photo collage, colored pencil drawings, rear projections and amazing felt sculptures made by Jack Reed.”

    Next month, BENEE will play a slew of headline dates in North America for her “Lil North American Tour", including dates in Brooklyn, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Toronto., and then will later join Conan Gray for dates on his “Comfort Crowd Tour” in December. Scroll down for full list.

    N America live dates

    18 Toronto, ON The Monarch Tavern
    20 Washington, DC Songbyrd
    21 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
    22 Boston, MA Cafe 939 at Berklee College of Music

    02 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre*
    04 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot*
    06 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre*
    07 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo*
    08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater*
    10 Oakland, CA Fox Theater*
    11 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre*
    12 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre*
    13 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre*

    * with Conan Gray

  5. Words: Sam Geary 

    After we took a look at their 'TV Show' back in July, Bristol's Some Bodies now announce their debut album ‘Sunscreen’, out via Funnel Music on November 8.

    The album pulls in sounds from every corner of rock history, from the dulcet lo-fi harmonies of The Beach Boys and Sparklehorse to the contemporary psychedelic leanings of Tame Impala and Beach House. Opener ‘Tired All The Time’ recalls lazy, hazy afternoons before the poignant ‘TV Show’ hits harder with an aggressive krautrock riff and smoky delivery.

    Listen to Beatles inspired track, 'Higher Self', below.

    Live dates

    24 The Exchange, Bristol w/ Fur

    18 Purple Turtle, Reading
    19 Wild Paths Festival, Norwich

    14 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth
    15 The Louisiana, Bristol
    16 Heartbreakers, Southampton
    20 Bobiks, Newcastle
    23 The Hug and Pint / Glue Factory, Glasgow
    25 Headrow House, Leeds
    26 Annies, Worcester
    28 The Waiting Rooms, London