Cool Set’s debut single, ‘Summer Retro’, has taken about a year to complete, thanks to Covid. The summery, electronic-pop track serves as a great introduction to the pair and their sound, and comes with a gorgeous music video, shot in and around Los Angeles, and taking in the sights that will be instantly familiar to anyone who’s visited the City Of Angels.
Niko has dropped another exciting single in the lead up to the release of her upcoming album, ‘Electric Union’. There’s something wildly reminiscent of Tubeway Army in her sound, along with Kate Bush, and Debbie Harry – but to us the strongest comparison would be to Lene Lovich. However, in the hands of Niko, all these sounds become her very own, and we are compelled by the urge to get on a train and make our way to The Palace Discotheque.
Released yesterday September 3, ‘Auto-Tune My Love’ is the latest single from Jon Patrick Walker, a name that will be readily familiar to regular readers of Essentially Pop. The track comes ahead of his self-released new album, ‘The Rented Tuxedo & Other Songs’, which is due to drop on October 8. The song also comes with a fun music video, featuring the cutest dog you’ll see all day. There’s also a great outtake at the end.
With an 80s sensibility embodied in industrial synths, alongside a strident backbeat, fuzzy bass, ‘You Used To Have Her’ is the first single from Seattle Washington artist Niko’s upcoming album, ‘Electric Union’. Released on ATIC Records and produced by labelmate and frequent collaborator Aim, Niko manages to all at the same time channel Debbie Harry, Kate Bush, Lene Lovich, and we’re loving it.
In the video for ‘Hold Her Hand’, Summer Rain cover love, in its purest form. It’s wholesome, yet somehow chaotic, and unexplored, while small acts of kindness stand out and show what love is all about. Such small acts include polishing the significant other and refilling their engine oil…because the object of Josh’s affections isn’t a human. It’s a motorcycle. It’s not just any motorcycle, though; she’s a Honda CX500, a special series developed and released in the 1970s.