Jesse Saint John – “FAKE IT” // Art: Huntz Liu

Have you ever heard of song that is stuck just because it’s so catchy? This is that song. With a very upbeat groove and natural pop vocals, it’s no wonder Jesse Saint John has written for big named pop stars such as Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.  I don’t even have to ‘fake it’ to pretend that ‘fake it’ is a smash. Pardon me while I hit repeat and work out some sweaty new dance moves…

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[PREMIERE] Mushroom People – “LOWWS”

The fun loving German trio Mushroom People have just dropped the perfect jam to kick off this weekend! “LOWWS” is 7 different kinds of hip swinging fun as it bounces through hip hop and funk with its positive message of supporting your lover. That is a vibe we can get down with all day (and night) long. Love, dance, repeat. Sounds like a plan.

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ELOHIM – “Hallucinating” // Art: César Pelizer

It’s time to pack away your coats and scarves, because ELOHIM has released her new album and it contains this undeniable summertime jam. From the surf guitar to the mariachi brass, if you aren’t poolside when this song comes on, you’ll want to be. Just don’t slip as you dance your way past those lounge chairs.

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Inspired & the Sleep – “First Time” // Art: Lisa Lloyd

“First Time” is a straight-forward song – light guitar chugs follow the constant bass and simple drum pattern – but the lack of complicated instrumentation leaves lots of space for the earnest voice and the big payoff of the chorus. It’s the rare pop song that feels familiar and new at the same time, which means you’ll be singing along by the second chorus. If you’re in the midst of a new romance, this should go on the first playlist you make for that lucky someone.

If you need more great songs for that playlist, we recommend Inspired & The Sleep’s “Sleeps Well On Knives” from VINYL MOON Volume 008: Seedshine.

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Erki Pärnoja – “Leva” // Art: Hedvig Jenning

With a beginning that could have been written by Sigur Rós, a middle that could be a Warpaint song, and a ripping finale that sounds indebted to Jack White, Erki Pärnoja covers a lot of ground in “Leva”. But despite these three very different musical touchpoints, the song is a cohesive journey guaranteed to have you stomping along. And while I won’t guarantee air guitar, I will caution that it’s a strong possibility, and you should prepare accordingly. Best move the people who you need to impress out of the room: there’s no holding back from the imaginary shredding you may feel compelled to perform.

To calm yourself down after “Leva”, try revisiting “EFTERGLOW” from VINYL MOON Volume 023: Metamorphose.

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Bear Hands – “Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide)” // Art: Levalet

“Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide)” draws on the synths of Passion Pit-era indie rock and pop punk vocals for a song that makes it hard not to clap along. It’s all about the gang vocals on this one, so find yourself a crowd to sing it with. Even if that crowd is just three of your friends yelling together and pissing off your upstairs neighbors.

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Superheart – “Satellite” // Art: Refik Anadol

Superheart is one of our recent favorites and they deliver again. Superheart describes themselves as “dreamy underwater anti-gravity flying music”, and they check every one of those boxes on “Satellite”. The song doesn’t so much play as it floats, buoyed along by bottomless synths, airy guitar passages, and sighed vocals. If you weren’t daydreaming, you are now.

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Koresma – “The Overlook (Common Tiger Remix)” + “Forest Sang” (Good Lee Remix) // Art: Julian Glander

This remix of TBE favorite “The Overlook” starts off faithful to the original, but the DJ flips, re-pitching, and new parts grow as you make your way through, leaning more fully into the trip-hop elements present in the original and giving it an attitude that was missing before. Common Tiger helps us rediscover something we thought we knew.

You can download this track for free HERE.

Koresma gets another tasty remix from Good Lee, this time on a more drastic scale. Good Lee reimagines “Forest Sang” entirely, as if changing the perspective of the forest from the chorus of treetop birds as seen from above to the low fog gathering calmly at the base of the tree trunks. It’s a dramatic shift, but it still feels distinctly at home with the rest of Koresma’s music.

Download the remix for free HERE, and listen to the original on VINYL MOON Volume 031: The Nature Of Inner Space.

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