Trudy and the Romance – “Is There A Place I Can Go” // Vinna Laudico

If you’re gonna be a hopeless romantic, you’re gonna need a heart-wrenching soundtrack. Luckily for us all, Trudy and the Romance are here to indulge all of our maudlin mopes and saccharine sighs. Just try not to cry into your drink.

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Oya Paya – “Put My Record On” // Bompas and Parr

Oya Paya puts their hip-hop influences aside for a moment and lean heavily into the alt rock that’s always informed their music. Clever wordplay and strong melodic hooks will have Jamie T fans doing a double-take. Bite into “Put My Record On”.

For more of Oya Paya’s musical melting pot, get back into “Just A Little Man”, found on VINYL MOON Volume 022: Might.

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Oya Paya – “Trip Advisor” // Sean Norvet

You know those three guys you know through your old coworker who throw great house parties? They mentioned at one of their BBQs that they had a rap project, and you remembered to check them out some slow Sunday afternoon. And you realize it’s….really good. And suddenly you’re playing it anytime the sun is out. And perhaps soon on the turntable

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Oya Paya – “Just A Little Man” // Doug Miller

With origins in Singapore, France, Iran, and England, Oya Paya are a living, breathing (& rocking) example of the importance of a global community. I’d be honored to get beer spilled on me by any of these dudes at their next live show. Especially if they play “Just A Little Man” twice…

p.s. they have a song called “Anthony Kiedis” which if that excites you then its even better than it sounds!

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Natalie McCool – “Cardiac Arrest”

Keep one hand on your pulse and another on your closet door because you are gonna want to cover up that blushing face with a fine outfit for Natalie McCool. As if her last name doesn’t already have you at a disadvantage, “Cardiac Arrest” is a sultry love anthem to put all your schoolboy poetry to shame. Step up your game to her level.

A cardiac arrest so I’ll wear my brand new dress
Red carpet arteries and champagne capillaries
Can I feel your pulse again?
Your blood is my best friend
And now my oxygen is the b-beat of your heart

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The Vryll Society – “Air”

Unbuckle your feet from the ground as The Vyrll Society take you on a floaty journey through their latest hazy jam “Air”. There is something really soothing and cathartic in these guitars. Makes me want to keep it on repeat until all my stress is just washed away.  Read more

Clean Cut Kid – “Vitamin C”

Love and understanding between two people can be hard enough as it is without each pronouncing the word vitamin differently. Communicating your feelings is still one of the most important things there is. Use your words, use a guitar, use that clearing the forest to strip together in and hash it out, but let them know how you feel. Cracking open your heart like that can get messy, but like those pesky vitamins, it is necessary.  Read more

CANVAS – “Growing Up”

Listen close and you will hear the story of a kid who thinks about growing up with alternating fear and excitement. Little does he know, that complicated relationship with aging, responsibility, etc, is one that stays. One that allows us to appreciate more expensive footwear while at the same time dipping back into angular UK indie guitar music like this. As this is Canvas’ debut song, I’m excited to see them grow up.

Growing Up