ON REPEAT: Five songs for your playlists

Enjoy these five hand-selected songs rounded up from New Music Friday’s recent releases. As we believe each track deserves repeat consumption, we’re sure you’ll find at least one song in this bunch to add to your playlists.


After the global smash success of debut ‘No Roots,’ Alice Merton releases her follow up – ‘Lash Out.’ And frankly, it’s another huge statement. With towering vocals a la Florence + the Machine and contemporary pop production, Merton delivers thrills with eager potency. As an empowering anthem for speaking up and expressing yourself, the track provides a highly satisfying release for anyone who needs it. Pop music is in good hands when Alice Merton is producing music of this calibre and meaning.


Part of a double release, ‘God Knows Why’ is the wackier, flamboyant brother in the pairing. Establishing the song’s excelling rhythm and tempo straight from go, Tuska translate Greek Mythology in their own way through an iridescent trip of psych-rock wooze. It’s mind-blowing in all the best of ways, this is how we’d like to experience music from now on: immersive and journeying. This track gets full kaleidoscopic, lucid dream status. We couldn’t approve more.


Produced by Dutch Uncles and GoGo Penguin collaborator Brendan Williams, you know this will be a track of instinctive groove and interesting quirk. As a benchmark of where Cocoa Futures are at in 2018, ‘Sink in the Water’ is pretty damn exciting – and colourful, to say the least. Whilst sophisticated, it never loses sight of its energetic pulse, boogieing down to a bop of art-funk and striking beats. Perfect for partying indoors, or as a lead up to a wild night out.


Previewing another slice of the pie from their upcoming EP release on Arts & Crafts, Ellevator tap into the classic essence of pop and rock. Insatiably upbeat and transportive, here the band are taken by the vibrant spirit of Springsteen and have never felt more alive. Billed as a love song, ‘Voices’ is more than just driven by its romantic sentiment and delightful rhythm section, it thrives in atmospheric sensuality and rip-roaring presence. This is movie-worthy storytelling, fragrant and consuming. We love it.


With the party already in full swing, Team Picture let loose another one of their undercover cuts from forthcoming mini-album, ‘Recital’ – due June 1st. ‘Strange Year’ combines the band’s two main focuses: guitar and synth. Inspired by a particular niche: an ’80s coming-of-age movie circa-1986, the song is memorable for its quotable one-liners and retro appeal. The arrangement echoes the dramatization and fluctuates from blitzing stampedes to sparse echo chambers. It’s a great effort, listen once and be prepared to be sucked in.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest additions to our On Repeat playlist by following the Complete Collection on Spotify:

Photo Credit [Cocoa Futures]: Sara Amroussi-Gilissen

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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