Welcome to the Moon!
The festival season has already begun, we have been to some amazing festivals and concerts so far, and we hope you had the opportunity to explore some events as well.
In case you didn’t have the possibility to roam a music festival and discover some new acts, don’t worry, we got you covered. Here we are going to present you the best discoveries of the last month and a little bit above as well.
We got some Electronic Pop and some Funky tunes that will make you move and jump and dance like you’re indeed at a very music festival. unfortunately, we don’t have shitty bathrooms and noisy campsites that won’t make you sleep at night, we hope that’s not a problem.
Let the journey to the moon begin.
CHARLEY – “Runnin’”
The first artist that’s gonna open this Best of The Moon article is a singer from New Haven, US called CHARLEY who just put out her second single called Runnin’. This summer vibes tune is extremely catchy merging different genres from 70s Disco Music to Blues.
All done in a seamless way thanks to the incredible production which highlights every instrument and CHARLEY’s vocals at the same time.
The funky guitars and groovy bassline reminded us a bit of Jamiroquai, anyway the vocal style is pure Country energy. No Wonder she’s going to open for acts like Stevie Nicks, Brandi Carlile and Dave Matthew’s band.
This reckless cowgirl definitely stole our heart with her whip and we are looking forward to seeing what she’s going to put out next.
MAYA YENN – “Better Luck Next Time”
Maya Yenn was just selected for the British Independent Film Festival for her last Music Video for “How Much Can You Swallow”, which we covered in one of our past Best Of The Moon articles, but she didn’t stop there.
She indeed released another very catchy tune called “Better Luck Next Time”. Maya Yenn is here wearing an oversized suit, playing the role of a businessman. Through the lyrics of the song, we can imagine this hard-working man still incredibly busy while the airplane was instead crashing down.
Such a relevant theme, about the dichotomy of work and life (or maybe death in this case). We always think that day by day we are following a path and going somewhere, but is it really like this?
That’s why we love Maya Yenn, while singing this incredibly funny track, reminiscing of some of early Billie Eilish tracks, she is able to talk about this very philosophical theme, with a sad verse and over-the-top happy chorus. We are still not sure if the 9-5 option makes sense, but one thing is sure, Maya wearing a suit and drinking a martini in the lyric video (here) is definitely more badass than us.
Tony Zoo – “Night Rider”
TONY ZOO is an incredible independent artist from Athens, Greece, and he says that producing music is just a hobby for him, but it doesn’t seem like that since what we heard so far sounds impressive and very interesting!
What we loved about this artist is his experimentation and development of analog sounds that are difficult to find in the music industry right now, making his music pretty unique and peculiar.
His latest single “Night Rider” is a retro/80s-style song with groovy drum patterns and vintage synths that literally drives you to another dimension thanks to the outstanding mood of the tune and the remarkable sound design.
This is a song that will relax and ease off your mind, definitely the right tune to listen to after a long day of work or a chill evening!
SAHARA BECK – “AND HER KRYPTONITE”
We are insanely glad to host once again here on SpaceSour the incredible talent SAHARA BECK, and finally introduce her brand new EP released just a month ago: a 5 tracks EP called “And Her Kryptonite” and it includes some old and new tracks.
The EP starts with “Crave Me” and “Kryptonite”, the first 2 tracks released in 2021 that truly express inner Sahara’s personality, definitely a great start also for the new listeners to familiarize themselves with her sound and proceed with the listening of the rest of the EP.
“Nothing Wrong With That” comes next, and is a new release that came out with this EP: literally a masterpiece with flawless vocal production and a musical arrangement like no others, this song could easily be a soundtrack of a movie, or maybe just the soundtrack of your life..!
The ep keeps going with “Stillness” ( included on our OuterSpace Vol.2) and “Teenage Dirtbag” which is her latest single and also our favorite tune of this EP. This latest release is quite different from her main style: is an acoustic production with a delicate and cozy touch that left us speechless, with a beautiful and emotional melody and Sahara’s magnificent voice, in our opinion this release shows the “raw” her, and her incredible skills that prove once again that she’s a true talent.
Moon And Aries – “Paradise”
We are delighted to have with us MOON AND ARIES in this Best Of the Month selection, after knowing a bit more of them with a recent Space Discovery (if you missed it you can find the article here), they had the time to work on their latest EP called “Paradise”.
Needless to say that this EP is another piece of art: a total of 5 tracks that will bring us on a dreamy expedition to the moon with their exceptionally unique sound.
“Take Me Home” is the first track, featuring ethereal pads and acoustic drums, graceful vocals, and deep lyrics, definitely the right way to start an EP.
It follows with “Silence”, a slow tempo and soft tune with a more compelling melody, at times melancholic, for sure the kind of song that can calm and reassure you after a bad day.
“Angels And Demons” is the third song, and with it, Moon and Aries will carry us to the exploration of the unknown with thrilling melodies and exquisite plucks.
“Paradise” as the name of the EP, is an enchanting production and that’s also our favorite track: an epic soundtrack that will easily get stuck in your mind with its beautiful vocals.
The ending track “Mercury” is probably the perfect way to end this EP and briefly summarise what we have listened to so far, featuring an enticing instrumental song that let us understand that sometimes we don’t need words to explain something, just let the music talk.
Georgia Hoareau – “GIRL”
Excited to share this young talented singer and songwriter from Gold Coast, Australia, with some releases already aired on the radio we are confident this artist is on the right path to hitting the billboards: welcoming here in this best selection for this month’s GEORGIA HOAREAU.
Her latest release “Girl” is an indie-pop tune that personally left us speechless with its marvelous production, quality of the mix, and creative arrangement, transmitting to our souls’ emotional vibes and vibrant moods. The song has a sound pretty much acoustic, featuring clean/electric guitars, deep basses and punchy drums, electronic keyboards, and, of course, the unreal voice of Georgia.
The song combines stunning vocal lines with sad/melancholic lyrics, singing about a recent break-up relationship the tune fully expresses itself in a perfect manner, transmitting to the listener a package of emotions that will keep us engaged throughout the song.
Incredible tune and we can’t wait to listen to some brand new stuff from her soon!
RED SKIES MOURNING – “Red Skies Mourning”
What does have Zedd, Skrillex, Steve Aoki and MOBY in common with Red Skies Mourning? before diving into the EDM realm they all played in a metal/hardcore band. there must be something inspiring in this extreme genre of rock that keeps all these musicians inspired and make them different from all the artists.
Indeed Red Skis Mourning, produced/multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore, US, was able to release an entire album (named Red Skies Mourning) in these difficult times that sounds extremely sound in each of his parts.
This extremely solid album has some rock roots that are pretty evident in the production. Anyway, this is still an incredibly catchy electronic album that blinks to the pop and rock genres while remaining incredibly consistent. Some of the tracks also take some inspiration from the latest Synthwave wave, especially synths and drums. Do yourself a favor and don’t skip this hidden gem.
MAJA KRISTINA – “Neighboorhood”
Neighborhood is the new single from pop artist Maja Kristina and that’s also her first single out in 2022. If you know just a little bit about music, you probably know that some of the best talents in the world reside in Sweden. Indeed, it comes as no surprise that Maja Kristina is indeed from Stockholm, Sweden.
Completely independent, she already had a couple of songs placed on the Netflix tv series The Bold Type and this new single proves her incredible potential.
Neighborhood is a single about breakup, at that point where you realized there is no way back. The lyrics hit hard, and it is pretty easy to feel in Maja’s shoes, when a relationship that’s now done, ruins the image one has about all the places they have been. So relatable, so melancholic, yet incredibly catchy.
If you are sick of listening to Driving License from Olivia Rodrigo, well that’s an amazing substitute by an artist that is still independent but eventually about to blow.
WOTTS – “6 Shooter”
WOTTS! A name, a talent. We were just waiting for them, I think everyone here was wondering when this moment would arrive. And here it comes, once again nailing all with this rework of the song from The Desert Island Big Band called “6 Shooter”.
This is Wott’s first collaboration with another artist and we can hear how they always manage to keep their sound without compromising someone else work and adding a unique “Wotts character” to something original, giving life to brand new stuff that can’t definitely go unnoticed.
This production gives some vintage retro vibes, with celestial pads and sparkling 80s keys, full of dreamy fxs the tune is capable of bringing you into another dimension, where everything is bright and you can clearly see a pristine and untarnished world.
Their take on the vocals was also incredible, for sure hours of production were spent behind this release.. impressive job from these guys.
HANNAH DORMAN – “Fire”
Time to open the dancefloor with an incredible artist and TikToker from Surrey, UK, with over 350k followers on TikTok we present you HANNAH DORMAN!
Hannah teamed up with Ivon Roberts and Sam Ray to give life to this incredible project, and together brought to life their latest single called “Fire”.
This tune is a real banger, a tropical house production that will definitely let you move all day long with its punchy drums and the summer-ish style melodies, with a very characteristic sound design and some incredible vocals flow: this is the perfect tune to enjoy any time of the day or night.
Hannah’s voice is incredibly warm and clean, she knows how to keep the listeners engaged, with powerful vocal lines and a unique character we are pretty sure that this artist will go quite far in the music industry.
We’ll definitely stay tuned for more!
FIFTH LUCKY DRAGON – “Mango”
It is impossible not to move your bum while listening to Fifth Lucky Dragon‘s single called Mango. This track is a perfect merge of the 80s sound and an indie rock extravaganza. Imagine the band Phoenix with Depeche Mode’s first album-era production.
This incredibly catchy project come from the mind of Louis Imperiale, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Indianapolis, United States. The music video, which you can find here, perfectly represents the mood of the song.
The eclectic production reminded us of early Twenty One Pilots releases, anyway, Fifth Luck Dragon has already an established and peculiar sound. The bright and clean guitars sound amazing next to the 80s vintage synths, creating an anthemic chorus reminiscing Wombats’ early days.
Let’s forget about everything we need to do right now and let’s jump on a trampoline while listening to this song of course.
OZZ GOLD – “Care For”
OZZ GOLD is finally back with another banger, and also this time he couldn’t disappoint us. I don’t think he needs any introduction, after being in many of our articles, we are glad he’s with us also in this best selection for this month! His latest tune “Care For” brings in some fresh breeze of summer, and that’s what we need right now!
This release has a style that at times reminded us a bit of KYGO with a completely brand new sound, and Ozz Gold proved us to be capable of delivering catchy melodies and remarkable tunes also with the use of the vocal chops.
We can hear some stunning vocals that accompany the verses, and the song that slowly builds up around them, leading to the powerful drops full of strong vibes and emotions that are typical of Ozz Gold, I’d say that’s definitely his signature.
If you haven’t listened to this artist before, we highly recommend doing so and getting yourself ready for your favorite summer festival with his music!
SIKA VALMÉ – “Mango”
Don’t worry, that’s not a mistake, that’s indeed the second song we review this month that’s called Mango. This time from Canadian-based artist Sika Valme, and that’s her second single ever being released.
Sika merges, with incredible mastery, sounds from electro-pop to the World Music genre, in a particular song that sounds ethnic yet extremely catchy. her Haitian origins have indeed played a pivotal role in the songwriting of this tune.
The mesmerizing drums, are in fact the ones you might expect from electronic tunes, however, the drum fills are very well arranged together with Sika’s vocal production which plays an important role in the mix.
Her vocals are manipulated in a very peculiar, it indeed sounds like an instrument on its own, immersed perfectly in the mix and accompanying smoothly all the synths. the tune is an immersive experience that merges different cultures in a tune that excites every second.
Alex Slay – “Marathon”
ALEX SLAY is a singer and songwriter based in Nashville, USA, and we can tell you this phenomenal artist doesn’t play around. His style is extremely remarkable and he definitely has the kind of sound that can quickly recall him just by listening to the first seconds of his songs. Alex released a few tracks over the past years, and his last single is in collaboration with the amazing singer CLOVER JAMEZ.
“Marathon” is the name of this release, an R&B tune that mainly focuses on the stunning vocals, but that also gives space to other elements: guitars, synths, drums, and bass are mixed to perfection making the tune sound tremendously clean, deep and sharp.
The song has a slow tempo, perfect to host the incredible flow of the vocals and the sick details of the elements playing in the track.
0% chances to dislike this one, rest assured. Enjoy this tune any time of the day, we already kicked off the evening next to the swimming pool pumping this one on our JBL speaker.
TORTURED SOUL – “Your Body Doesn’t Lie”
Directly from Brooklyn, United States, we are now going to present this incredibly catchy and soulful project name “Tortured Soul“. Born from the mind of John-Christian Urich, they just released a new single called Your Body Doesn’t Lie.
That’s probably the sexiest track we presented today. The groovy guitars and wind instruments set the right mood for a lounge room ready to drink a dry Martini with your girlfriend. Be aware tho, to listen carefully to the lyrics, there might be someone cockier than you trying to get your girl.
The song takes inspiration from the funny and sexy story of how John-Christian got to know his now-wife, and it might give the right energy and inspiration to go and try with that girl at the bar that looks pretty bored with the guy she’s talking with. Perfect summer vibes and charming as hell, Tortured Soul definitely got it right.
KEVIN WHITAKER – “Unpredictable Love”
Last but not least, we are going to introduce you to a fairly new artist called Kevin Whitaker. Kevin released a very energetic tune called Unpredictable Love not long ago. However, today we are presenting you the amazing Remix WLL did for it.
The remix keeps the fierce energy of the original, giving an interesting turn to Kevin’s vocals. This marriage between the more electronic-based instrumentals and Kevin’d gritty vocals, reminded us of the collaboration Rag N’ Bone Man and Calvin Harris had some years ago.
The result is an extremely catchy yet uplifting track that sounds perfect on a Happy Hour session along the shore and on a busy House Club night. The lead synth on the chorus reinforces the original melody in a peculiar way, making the song catchier yet keeping its rock core. Best of luck to these amazing artists.