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Get ahead of the curve with HOT PINK!, our brand-new playlist for tabbing tomorrow’s hits. While playing homage to Liverpool’s creative culture, hot pink! has one finger on the pulse of bedroom bop and another behind the glass of the recording studio, offering a broad and comprehensive snapshot of the wide range of genres erupting out of Merseyside.

12th June new additions…

Nutribe – Bludmoon
The Nutribe ‘ness’ is in full flow as the trio return with their latest slice of spiritually infused classic hip-hop. Leaning in with authoritative piano stabs and strutting bass that DJ Premiere would be proud of, the collective of Yloh, Doopsman and Stickydub bring the goodness with their quintessential collage of raps and rhymes dripping with kinetic energy. Yes our kid. (ER)

DENIO – Daydreaming
Indie-synth darlings DENIO never fail to produce mood-enhancing and dance-worthy audible delights. Daydreaming is the latest single from the outfit, who again prove they have all the talent it takes to bring their indie-pop to festival stages worldwide. Twinkling melodies matched perfectly with synths, the track shines bright while continuing to hold charm with its smiles-for-miles attitude. (BW)

Delta Maid – Glow
The return of Delta Maid has been trailed with a number of singles over the past couple of months, each pointing towards a comprehensive and compelling evolution from the sunny Americana of the guitarist’s 2011 album, Outside Looking In. And it’s such a welcome return, even if the Delta Maid of 2011 isn’t the Delta Maid of Katie — the brilliant new LP that finds Katie Foulkes exercising some demons and finding catharsis in downbeat soul moodiness. The production is raw but lush, allowing us in close enough to hear the hurt and see the evening shadows flit across the walls. “You are gonna see me rise up, to the girl I used to know,” she sings on Glow. Katie is that girl — welcome home. (CT)

Dr Orange – These Things (Baby I Know)
These Things (Baby I Know) is the second single from Liverpool-newcomer Dr Orange, whose psych-infused moonrock takes inspiration from the technicolour bliss of the swinging sixties. Utterly catchy, the track sticks in your head as a hummable little diddy as it blends fuzzy guitars with spaced-out vocals. I can only look forward to seeing the magic laced within this song performed live once the pandemic has cleared. (BW)

Lo Five – Man-Made Self
Dropped with very little fanfare on a quiet Sunday afternoon, Lo Five’s new album The Art Of Living has been one of the rare bright spots of recent weeks. A period of trying personal circumstances, both pre and during lockdown, have caused this enveloping sonic world to spew from the mind of Neil Grant, barely six months after the release of his previous soul-searching album. Stoic philosophy has wound its way into Lo Five’s signature liquid electronica here, with the addition of some pulsing inner tribalism that is positively Forest Swordsian, even a bit Four Tet. (CT)

Green Tangerines – Tangerines (EP)
Green Tangerines have been making serious headway on Liverpool’s rapidly burgeoning new jazz scene over the course of the past 12 months. Marking their assent with a debut EP, Tangerines is a saccharine collection of songs that compounds their growing reputation for high spirited, energetic arrangements that have been cascading around the city’s jazz haunts when they take the stage. (ER)

Words: Elliot Ryder, Brit Williams, Christopher Torpey

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