We know what it’s like, navigating the vast world of music discovery on streaming services can be a scary process. Don’t let it get you down. That’s why we’re here, to guide you through the musical wilderness and into the realm of new music discovery. The best part is? We’re keepin’ it local!

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.

28th May new additions…

Little Grace – OnUrMind
The expansive pop-tinged trio LITTLE GRACE have poured every one of their collective heartbeats into this latest single – a pining, tentative demonstration of their thoughtful songcraft which winds up towards a rewarding close of fizzy beats and arrowing synth. OnUrMind nicely tees up their debut EP which is set for release on 3rd July. (ER)

EloMono – In The Distance
Super smooth grooves from this new soultronic auteur. ELOMONO AKA Jacob Trespass graduated the Levi’s Music Project last year and this stylish debut shows he’s got a bright future. In The Distance features blissed-out 90s RnB rhythms with funk guitar and keys layered with some subtle production flourishes bringing it squarely into 2020. (ST)

Esme Bridie – Sensitivity
Wearing her heart on her sleeve, ESME BRIDIE bears all in Sensitivity, a joy-inducing aria that proves that power is in simplicity. Plaintive yet playful, the authentic nature of Esme’s character shines as it is coupled next to her effortless acoustic guitar playing. (BW)

Seatbelts – Sinful City
The latest dish from Liverpool’s most culinary savvy foursome, SEATBELTS, is drawn straight from the top tier of their menu. Sinful City is a rich assortment of considered rock and roll led by a frontier searching riffs and probing horns, tied together with the band’s free-roaming collage of grooves and Madden’s existential outcry on vocals. One that calls for rolling down the windows when the summer finally rolls in. (ER)

LYDIAH – Holding Back
Another exciting debut this week comes in the shape of LYDIAH’s debut single Holding Back. Fittingly for the title, the power of the track lies in the artist’s use of restraint. While Lydiah has lungs to rival Whitney, Holding Back’s vocal settles effectively on delivering a smokey classic melody over gentle guitar and piano giving it a timeless feel and hints at big things on the horizon. (ST)

Jamie Broad – Breadcrumbs
When it comes to Scouse hip hop, there’s one name that everyone agrees on as an artist who embodies the whole scene. JAMIE BROAD has done it all, and his new album Streams sees him exploring his own wandering thoughts and questioning his place in the world. Dialling down the fast-paced grime (though he can spit bars as well as anyone), Broad indulges in some lush production on the new record, which underpins some unflinching personal reflections. On Breadcrumbs he’s joined by guest vocalist KOF in “trying to find meaning in the meaningless”. If you know, you know. (CT)

The Mysterines – I Win Everytime
Has isolation gotten the best of THE MYSTERINES? Teen angst bleeds through the growl erupting from singer Lia Metcalfe in new single I Win Everytime, a beastly rager with a sure-fire pledge to grab your attention. This rip-roaring 2 and a half minute track will bite your head off and throw it into the mosh pit for annihilation; The Mysterines aren’t holding back this time. (BW)

Words: Elliot Ryder, Brit Williams, Sam Turner, Christopher Torpey

See our playlist picks from 15th May here

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