Premiere: Party Fears – ‘Dog Star’ (Rookes Remix)

What better news of a Thursday than to find out that two of your favourite artists have teamed up for an epic new release… ? And that’s the case today, as we have the honour of sharing the brand new remix of Party Fears‘ track ‘Dog Star’, by electro pioneer Rookes.

With eight years’ live experience under her belt (including two gigs for yours truly!), Rookes is set to release her second EP Liminal later this year, and is known for creating immersive electro-pop soundscapes. Party Fears have also wowed us live, and initially formed in South Korea by Irish native Maggie Devlin. Now Berlin based with co-founder Eilis Frawley, they continue to create their unique, jangling art-pop sounds.

This latest edition of ‘Dog Star’ oozes whirring, glitchy hooks and luscious layers of sound, creating a sweeping, glistening soundscape complete with throbbing bass-lines and showcasing the allure of Devlin’s captivating vocals. Interweaving a range of sonic elements to create an anthemic, majestic wall of sound, the remix adds an eerie, propulsive energy to the already soaring power of the original, leaving you utterly spellbound.

Listen to Rookes’ remix of ‘Dog Star’, for the first time, here:


‘Dog Star’ is out tomorrow 16th August. Make sure you also keep an ear out for Rookes’ upcoming EP, Liminal, and Party Fears’ next single ‘Ok. No Problem’, set for release in early Autumn.

Mari Lane


Premiere: Salvation Jayne – ‘Jayne Doe’

Having exploded into our ears with previous singles ‘Burn It Down’ and ‘Cortez’, alt-rockers Salvation Jayne have now shared a riotous new single.

Inspired by feelings of loneliness, ‘Jayne Doe’ is propelled by immense, thrashing beats and a gritty, whirring scuzz as the raw, impassioned vocals of Chess Smith rage. Fuelled by a frenzied energy and catchy hooks, it builds to a ferocious climax, creating a blazing rock anthem, showcasing the driving power of the band’s live shows.

Listen to ‘Jayne Doe’, for the first time, here:

‘Jayne Doe’ is out 26th July.

Mari Lane

Premiere: Sing Again Syren – ‘Cast Away’

Following last year’s debut ‘Kiss The Preacher’, Newcastle’s Sing Again Syren continue to turn the stereotypical idea of “girl group” on its head and explore their eclectic sound with riotous new single ‘Cast Away’.

Propelled by a raging energy, ‘Cast Away’ is filled with immense swirling riffs and blazing, thrashing beats alongside the soaring power of Eliza Lee’s gritty vocals. Oozing a breathtaking, seething potency, it fuses together the intense classic rock of the likes of Metallica with the fiery attitude of the legendary Joan Jett. A tempestuous, angst-driven wall of sound that marks Sing Again Syren out as a true force to be reckoned with. Of the track, the band expand:

“… the basis of it is in that idea of the proverbial devil on the shoulder, as the first lyric mentions… Really it alludes to the fact it can be so difficult to pin down the causation of negativity but convexly has this positive stance of refusing to be defeated.”


‘Cast Away’ is out tomorrow, 21st June, via Veta Records.

Mari Lane

Premiere: Tribes Of Europe and Barbara Stretch – ‘You Don’t Speak For Me’

Following support from BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, Fenland-based Tribes Of Europe – the alter ego of multi-instrumentalist Martin Elsey – has now teamed up with esteemed vocalist Barbara Stretch for a poignant new offering.

Provoked by the way in which the public are increasingly lied to and misled, ‘You Don’t Speak For Me’ flows with a twinkling musicality and Stretch’s soaring, ’60s pop-reminiscent vocals. Oozing a gentle romanticism alongside its empowering message, it’s an instantly catchy and uplifting retro-futuristic creation that’ll leave you ready for action, in these times when we need it most. 

Barbara Stretch would appear to be the perfect spokesperson for delivering this socially poignant message, having been a fixture in the London punk/post-punk socio-political scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s. As part of the group Jam Today, she consciously rejected the male-dominated nature of the industry in favour of creating a totally female band infrastructure – including an all-female crew, and setting up a female focused record label, Stroppy Cow. Of the new collaboration on ‘You Don’t Speak For Me’, Barbara explains:

“I was delighted when Martin asked me to sing You Don’t Speak For Me. It’s a song which, I imagine, in our present political chaos expresses how a lot of us feel.”

Listen to ‘You Don’t Speak For Me’, for the first time, here:


‘You Don’t Speak For Me’ is out 21st June via Integrity Records. A limited run of CDs in hand-printed packaging will feature two additional instrumental tracks – ‘Crab Marsh’ and ‘Ysma Kego​ (​Canning Factory)’ – recorded with Cambridge found-sound artist Karsten Koehler (Second Harmonic Generation).

Mari Lane

Premiere: UV – ‘Wilt’

Following support from the PRS Women Make Music Foundation, award-winning artist Marina Elderton – aka UV – has announced her debut EP, along with sharing a bewitching new single.

Co-produced by Knut Jonas Sellevold, ‘Wilt’ offers an hypnotic, ethereal soundscape. As twinkling hooks and tribal beats provide the backdrop for the soaring soul of Elderton’s impassioned vocals, it builds to an anthemic, emotion-strewn slice of alt-pop, with shades of ’90s favourites Portishead. Showcasing the power this promising artist can create, it’s a truly impressive taste of what’s to come on the upcoming EP.

Listen to ‘Wilt’, for the first time, here:


Defender, the debut EP from UV, is out 19th July. And you can catch her live at the launch show at St Pancras Old Church, that evening.

Mari Lane



Premiere: Kerry Devine – ‘Ariel’ (Oscuro Remix)

Having received acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 2’s Marc Radcliffe and BBC Radio 5 Live, East Anglia artist Kerry Devine (The Baby Seals) has now shared a brand new remix of her captivating single ‘Ariel’.

Using the poetry of the Fenland landscape to inspire her work, Devine captures sounds and conversations to weave beautifully poetic stories, as exemplified in this latest offering. Remixed by fellow East Anglian Oscuro, this version of ‘Ariel’ flows with swooping beats and ethereal chiming hooks accompanying Devine’s soaring, rich vocals. Creating a twinkling, swirling soundscape, it’s a truly dreamy slice of effervescent alt-pop that demands multiple listens.

Of the remix, Oscuro explains:

“I really wanted to create an engaging sonic backdrop to support the vocal, I am always interested in the relationship between vocals and music and like to explore different ways to enhance the meaning of the lyrics with sound choice and processing.”

Watch the euphoric new video for the Oscuro remix of ‘Ariel’, for the first time, here:

‘Ariel’ (Oscuro Remix) is out tomorrow, 14th June, via Trapped Animal Records and Cargo Records UK.

Mari Lane

Premiere: Mia Milla – ‘Little Red House’

Having received acclaim from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, and having received over 50k streams of her debut single last year, Brighton-based artist Mia Milla has now shared a sparkling new single.

Inspired by Milla’s family’s little red cottage in the forests of Sweden, ‘Little Red House’ flows with glitchy beats as her soaring celestial vocals ooze a majestic, twinkling splendour. An exquisite slice of emotion-strewn alt-pop, this latest offering marks the half Swedish artist out as a definite one to watch.

Of the track, Milla expands:

I wrote the track a really long time ago in my teens, and the inspiration behind it was imagining someone being trapped in a house on their own with a sort of love/hate relationship with being trapped, but also feeling safe from the outside world. The Little Red House is her haven but also her nemesis…

Listen to ‘Little Red House’, for the first time, here:


‘Little Red House’ is released tomorrow, 31st May.

Mari Lane

Photo Credit: Rosie Powell