Welcome to Weekly Round-Up No. 42! This week we feature debut releases by Afua Darko, FEVA, Antimaterial and Wylderness. And we review a new single by Victoria Celestine. Enjoy the music!
Afua Darko – It’s True
Within a few bars, you know you’re listening to something very… very special! A bleak new wave rhythm track and a groovy bassline are accompanied by the sultry vocals by mysterious newcomer Afua Darko. Add some sun-drenched synth-melodies and we have a winner debut song. This is true future-soul music that builds on the foundation of great forward-thinking female singers like Janet Jackson and Laura Hill. Enticing music for imaginative people.
FEVA – Blind
Indierock band FEVA from Newcastle, UK start off with an accessible and big sound! Their debut single “Blind” fits perfectly in a wide range of catchy, guitar-heavy pop songs in britpop history: it sounds familiar and hits a spark immediately.
Antimaterial – Fever
A couple of weeks ago, Antimaterial released their debut EP “Mixtape2K17“, with four incredible tracks! They unashamedly put the synthesizer at the centre of their songs, which make their songs (together with delicious grooves!) sound like they were created in our favourite decade: the 80s. Our favourite track is “Fever”, which sounds slightly more contemporary. It has loser drumming, effective guitar reverb and emotional-overwhelming synth-melodies. A killer song to happily drown in. Catch that Fever!! Already one of Indie Pop-Ups’s favourite tracks of 2017.
Wylderness – 72 & Sunny
Anyone up for beat-driven uptempo shoegaze?! London band Wylderness debut with an alternative rock tune that is dream-coated in noise and shoegaze. Energetic and extremely catchy!
Victoria Celestine – Can You Hear The Echo?
Two years ago Victoria Celestine released a couple of singles which were very well received. Her sound was very much electropop. This years’ singles sound brighter and her new one “Can You Hear The Echo?” is an amazing step forward. Rooted in the 80s, the song immediately reminds us of the uptempo synthpop hits of Michael Sambello and Hall & Oates, but with sweet female vocals. A breakthrough single.