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  1. Words: Ellie Ward 

    Nanne Hil (vocals, synths, production) and Dave Sorry (synths, production) who comprise Dutch duo Ohslo, record their sultry soft songs in their bedroom, sitting on the floor amidst synthesizers. You can feel they possibly work best late at night too, such is the chilled out vibe they exude.

    Their first full-length 'Honeymoon' is set to drop on January 29 through Babyrace Records, and ahead of that they offer one of its tracks, 'Wires', as a teaser, together with equally ambient visuals, which Little Indie premieres here.

    "'Wires' originated from a dream I had, in which the world was slowly taken over by an intelligent artificial network," explains Nanne. "This network had a weird physical quality to it. Strangely, I was the only human there. First I resisted the superhuman character of the network, but slowly this changed into a sense of awe and trust. In the AI I had a feeling of deep understanding and unity. So I gave in and became one with the network."

    On the video, which was filmed by Raydrick Feliciana and edited by Nanne herself, she adds:

    "In the video, in a bedroom covered with green screens we tried to find a juxtaposition between the natural and artificial in my movements and the imagery."

    'Wires' highlights Ohslo's dream-worldly melodics; the emerald tinged, surreal visuals here aiding the ghostly, ethereal nature of the work.

    Watch below.


    Live dates

    24 Asteriks, Leeuwarden

    03 Operator Radio, Rotterdam
    14 CAMPO victoria, Gent

  2. Words: Sam Geary 

    Scottish four-piece Neon Waltz step into January with a new single release, 'Thanks For Everything', along with a forthcoming EP, 'Huna', on March 27.

    The four-track record, which will include last year's 'All In Good Time (Live At Freswick Castle)', is the result of recording sessions in the remote Scottish Highlands.

    Listento 'Thanks For Everything' below, and check out their spring tour dates underneath.

    Live dates

    28 Kilmarnock, Bakers
    29 Newcastle, Think Tank
    30 Nottingham, Bodega
    31 Birmingham, Dead Wax

    01 Leeds, Headrow House
    02 Brighton, Green Door Store
    04 London, Omeara
    05 Manchester, YES
    07 Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's
    08 Dundee, Beat Generator Live!

  3. Words: Sam Geary 

    Premiered by John Kennedy on Radio X, Lancastrian indie poppers The Lottery Winners kick off 2020 with a brand new single, ‘21’.

    The track, which is off their incoming self-titled debut album released on March 13 via Modern Sky UK, fields a Britpop-cum-70s retro flavour, with frontman Thom Rylance nailing it on the vocals with his distinctive voice, as he ponders how it feels to be twenty-one. Add that to the running, anthemic guitar lines that are immaculate in their presentation, and you have a real winner.

    Live dates

    26 Nottingham Bodega
    27 Leeds Key Club
    28 Southampton Joiners
    30 Brighton The Prince Albert
    31 London The Lexington

    01 Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
    02 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
    03 Birmingham The Castle & Falcon
    04 Hull Polar Bear
    07 Newcastle Think Tank
    08 Edinburgh Sneaky Pete's
    09 Sheffield The Leadmill
    11 Manchester Ritz

  4. Credit: Neelam Khan Vela 

    The Ninth Wave share the new video for ‘Flower Into Wounds’, taken from their debut album ‘Infancy’, which is out now on Distiller Records.

    The track’s title is taken from the opening line of a chapter in J. G. Ballard’s book ‘Crash,’ in which the protagonist discovers his sexual arousal when his body is harmed in car crashes. As the book progresses, his body becomes more and more maimed by these self-inflicted collisions, with him explaining that his body is “flowering into wounds.”

    The band found inspiration here to write a song about emotional masochism and finding enjoyment in having your heart broken.

    The accompanying video is directed by Joern Utkilen, who won the 2000 BAFTA Award for Best Short Film.

    "[It] is a meditation on suburban living expressed through a surreal interpretation of Cronenberg’s ‘Crash’, all inspired by the lyrics of ‘Flower Into Wounds'," say the band. "Joern Utkilen, Amelia’s uncle, directed the video and helped us present the essence of the song visually.”

    Watch below.

    Live dates

    31 Summerhall, Edinburgh

    07 Annie Mac Presents, The Lexington, London

    23 Church, Dundee
    24 Tunnels, Aberdeen
    25 Oran Mor, Glasgow

  5. Words: Ellie Ward 

    Premiered last night (January 20) on BBC Radio 1 as Annie Mac's Hottest Record In The World, Tom Grennan, as he says himself on Facebook, is "backkk baby".

    Brand new single 'This Is The Place' is the first of a new decade of sound from the Bedford hit-maker, and the first taste of his second album, the follow-up to 2018's 'Lighting Matches'.

    "This song is about finding a place of complete calm and escaping utter chaos and carnage," he says of the new song. "My happy place, my go to place! Whether it’s on my own or with the person I love. The song documents the kind of journey I go on to get there, and one that I would make any time of the day to reach a serene and cleansing state of mind."

    Listen in below, and you can check it out live on February 19 when Tom plays Bush Hall, London as part of BRITs Week.