Despite the festive wind down looming, the new music scene is once again bursting with new releases from some of the brightest rising talents. This week's tracks of the week come from Dirty Hit riser beaux, who is riding high on the release of a new EP 'memories written down so I won’t forget them' and South-Londoners Shelf Lives and their impactful new slice of self-expression, plus past OGS tips Circe, Phil Madeley and Dutch Mustard.
Dig in to our top picks below.
beaux - 'won't you take me far?'
21-year old Dirty Hit prodigy beaux's savvy approach to songwriting has set him up as a key name to watch heading into 2022. Pairing alt-pop sensibilities with ambient and candid storytelling, his new EP 'memories written down so I won’t forget them', released this week makes for a defining listen.
New video 'won't you take me far?', filmed in the style of a home movie offers an appetite whetting glimpse into its 8 tracks. Its bouncing electro beats add an addictive energy to the riser's conversational lyrics; making for sneakily infectious listening.
Shelf Lives - 'Mark Twain'
South-London duo Shelf Lives pair punky garage-rock with glitchy electronics on new cut 'Mark Twain'. A preview of a new mini-album, 'Yes offence' due to arrive in April 2022, it's a short but impactful display of the pair's authenticity and self-expression.
Speaking on the new single, Shelf Lives singer Sabrina says: “We’re in an age of self-expression which comes hand-in-hand with opinion. We’re being told by each other who we can and can’t be, what we can and can’t feel and how to express it. Mark Twain is a, sort of, commentary on the confusion and complexity this behaviour creates of something meant to be genuine and authentic. It becomes safer to be emotionless, or at least perceived as, but as we waste these moments of vulnerability and expression a resentment and sadness build. This inevitably leads to the disassociation with these “new norms” and potentially social isolation.”
Circe - 'Mess With Your Head'
London dark-popper Circe has been bobbing along nicely for a while now, but with new single 'Mess With Your Head' she's truly come into her own. Co-produced by Emre Turkmen of Years & Years, the pulsing new cut possessed equal air of Kate Bush and Robyn, while remaining very much Circe's own.
“It's about the extremes that love pushes us to." tells Circe. "The exquisite pain of knowing someone else controls how your heart will fair that day. We are all so often the worst to the people we love the best.There’s a lyric inspired by Shakespeare - ' You gave me your heart, and I gave you a pound of flesh'
For me the line expresses not only the possessive feelings love can cultivate, but the idea of handing over 'flesh' gives physical weight to the emotion of love. The visceral stages from the lightness of a body you know so well, to the heaviness of a battered heart.”
Phil Madeley - 'In Dreams'
Brummy crooner Phil Madeley has pulled off another slice of swaggering nostalgia with 'In Dreams'. The release follows a UK headline tour rounded off nicely with a sold out evening at London's Shacklewell Arms, craftily pairing indie melodies with a nod of 70's nostalgia.
In Phil's own words, “‘In Dreams’ is a mantra for everyone fighting the good fight between expectation and reality, the sheer joy of settling for what is".
Dutch Mustard - 'What The People Want'
Continuing on a sonic path akin to the likes of Wolf Alice & Dream Wife, new London project Dutch Mustard follows up the fuzzy 'A Song For Dreamer's with a slightly harder hitting new single 'What The People Want'. Boasting fierce guitars and a mammoth chorus destined for those eagerly awaited festival stages, it's a bold statement of intent from Sarah-Jayne Riedel.
‘What The People Want’ is about playing the system” says Sarah-Jayne, “A realisation that you can do anything, give the people what they want, and still stay truthful“ - that imagery and mentality is in full flow here, and to maximum effect.