Our Hot Pink! playlist is your one-stop shop to find the newest, brightest and piping hot music pushing up the mercury on Merseyside. Featuring the latest drops from artists in the region, the mix is updated all the time with a smorgasbord of bangers from a plethora of genres reflecting the plurality of sounds emanating from the recording studios across the area. Here’s a selection of this month’s additions to give you a taste.

Hannah’s Little Sister
Bin Mouth
Heist Or Hit
Nearly two years after the release of their debut 20, it’s a pleasure to welcome back raucous indie poppers Hannah’s Little Sister with this short stab of puerile exhortation. This wonky pop-punk riot features a cathartic crash of brash vocals that bring to mind early-00s chart botherers The Ting Tings, but with much more to delve into and enjoy. Don’t leave it so long next time, please. (MHS)

Crapsons
Clotheslined by A Nun
Society Of Losers
With a genuine claim to most peculiar track of the month, Wirral punks Crapsons bring a real adrenaline shot in this ecumenical hammer. The track stands up to flavours of the month Shame and Life, but comes peppered with Leisure Peninsula humour and aided and abetted by The Wildcard of labelmates Salt The Snail. This one will be a real crowd-pleaser when the duo (plus one) get to perform live once again. (MHS)

Sara Wolff
Cotton Socks
Is Sara Wolff carving out her own niche of ‘knit-pop’? This moody and melancholy indie-folk track follows her equally lovely ode Scarf Song in using woollen wear to derive love life analogies with surrealism, poetic lyrics and dulcet tones. The sparing and simplistic instrumentation combine to make this track a listening experience to keep you as warm as luxuriant autumnal undergarms. (ST)

Novelty Island
Suddenly On Sea
This is an EP that doesn’t concern itself with reality. Bouncing between influences from The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra ballads, the collection of tracks paints a picture of a surreal English seaside town. Through absurd synth melodies and creator Tom McConnell’s hypnotic vocals Suddenly On Sea invites the listener to escape to a summer holiday that never was. Definitely one to check out. (LBE)

François
Young N Dumb
Big beats and Auto-Tune aplenty with pop auteur Francois’ latest offering. Young N Dumb is a bedroom composition which deceptively meanders via lyrics lamenting lost youth while an arsenal of processed beats keeps up the energy and has us yearning for ill-conceived nights on sticky dancefloors. (ST)

Pixey
Just Move
Chess Club
One-woman pop hurricane Pixey continues her triumphant return with an expertly executed exercise in synthesizing the best indie hooks of the last 30 years into a three-minute baggy banger. Just Move could have had the Haçienda dancefloor bouncing in 1991 as it no doubt will for a muddy Somerset field crowd in the not-to-distant future. (ST)

Yammerer
Boa Constrictor
Restless Bear
Those who are looking for Leonard Cohen-esque revelatory lyrics about life, love and the universe should not look to this serpentine post-punk slab from the ever-electric Yammerer. However, those wanting a cathartic tonic of rollicking feedback squalls and wirey guitar licks building over a pummelling rhythm section and JC’s skeletal howls will be more than satisfied. (ST)

Terry Venomous
Sentient
Eggy Records
Slurring a croon like a lobotomised Mark E Smith over de rigueur lounge guitar lines, this debut from the newest Eggy Records signee is a fine tone-setter for EP Video Game Dog Barking. 8 Bit flourishes surface above a laid-back bedroom beat which will reanimate disenchanted fans of Mac DeMarco. (ST)

Red Rum Club
Ballerino
Modern Sky UK
“It’s time to move your feet,” according to Red Rum Club in their newest catchy, feel-good single. Complete with trademark trumpet flourishes and ear-worm chorus, Ballerino implores hands to hold proseccos in the air and forget about any Covid cares. Let’s hope it’s prophetic. (ST)

Words: Marnie Hollerton-Silk, Lily Blakeney-Edwards and Sam Turner 
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