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Singaporean songwriter and producer Nat Ćmiel musical project Yeule playing Dublin’s The Academy Greenroom. They take the name Yeule from a character in the game Final Fantasy only spelling it differently by also using their own middle name incorporated into it and their sound is a mix of Asian Post-pop / Ambient / Synth Pop / Glitch …

‘LMK’ is the enigmatic single from Perth-based duo Klaude and it is a dark, foreboding track that nonetheless sparkles with an understated pop sensibility. The deep fuzzy synth bass creates the ominous undercurrent that billows like gathering storm clouds while the vocals are distant with an arctic chill, and yet there is a vibrancy and …

A few weeks back those flawless global beat curators at Soundway Records announced the 21st October release of their next ‘must have’ artefact ‘Síntesis Moderna: An Alternative Vision Of Argentinian Music 1980-1990‘. Meticulously put together by Argentinian DJ/ producers Ric Piccolo and Ariel Harari, a pair of tireless crate diggers turning the spotlight on their …

We are very pleased to premiere the new track ‘School Friends’ from Berlin based alt pop chanteuse Novaa. ‘School Friends’ has a sparse melodic beat with wry observational lyrics that are louche and laid back, capturing the social anxieties of interaction with peers. Novaa has captured a sense of vulnerability in her expression, wrapped up …

In 2013, Canadian quartet Gold & Youth released their very good debut album Beyond Wilderness; then they, er, went into the wilderness. For eight years. We genuinely thought they had broken up – this is, thankfully, not the case. Not only are they still a band, but they’ve also got an imminent new record. Trailed …

I really shouldn’t dwell on the past so much but Barrie‘s single ‘Tal Uno’, reviewed by me here back in 2018 remains one of the most outstanding and perfect slices of pure pop heaven I’ve heard over my years of writing for Backseat Mafia. Subsequent releases displayed the same acute ear for melody, laden with …

Having enticed us with the single ‘Fragile’ last month, Bangalore dream pop duo Us and I have just dropped their debut EP ‘Loveless’, four dollops of exquisite dream pop delights. The band beautifully express their inspirations: In a world doused with melancholia, there is no dearth of inspiration. A lot of ideas were being developed …