1. Manipulation – ‘Worshipers Of Mirage’ 

Manipulation from Poland have been serving the death metal genre since 2001. Tomorrow on June 10th they are releasing their fourth album ‘Mind Control Ultra‘ via Satanath Records.

Mary Kalaitzidou

  1. The Map Dept. – ‘Carousel’

The Map Dept. is a new Scottish, indie pop/dream pop, 4-piece band based in Glasgow, and recently shared their debut single ‘Carousel‘, about a year after the release of their four track demo. Besides the original track, The Map Dept. recorded and shared another 3 versions of ‘Carousel‘. The track is a dream pop gem, familiar to the sound of early 90’s brit indie pop/dream pop featuring dreamy sonic textures, jangly guitar riffs and Arran Southall’s expressive vocals. The promising quartet are Alan Smith (guitar), Arran Southall (vocals, guitar and keys), Ben Brown (Drums) and Lee Murray (Bass).

Eleftheria Gesou

  1. Заговор – ‘Я твой?’

Forgive my Russian are not in good shape but Заговор (Zagorov it is!) are from Moscow and ‘Я твой?‘ (‘I Am Yours?’ that is!) is an ultra addictive lo-fi, post-punk gem destined to be the ultimate soundtrack for all the “creatures of the nite“. The main bassline, the “dead from the grave” vocals and the almost ‘spastic’ rhythm create the absolute modern dystopia for this summer.

Gotta fresh up my Russian I think soon-ish…

Christos Doukakis

  1. Blocktreat – ‘Slow Burn’

Blocktreat is the brainchild of 33 y.o. producer, musician and songwriter Brandon Hoffman from Vancouver, Canada. Think of “psychedelic, lo-fi, indie-electronic, pop and ambient, built from a pallet of sounds like casio keyboards, analog drum machines, and chorus-drenched guitars” like the press aptly reads, accompanied by some great visuals featuring dancing by Chelsea Goddard and you may get an idea about ‘Slow Burn‘. Bollocks! Press the play button below and let this sublime piece of art take you there….

Christos Doukakis

  1. Castorp – ‘Last Night On Earth’

Have to admit I fell instantly in love with ‘Last Night On Earth‘! Now this is a statement, or maybe it isn’t? Well, if The Divine Comedy flirted with lo-fi this magnificent gem by Welsh-blooded, South-London based Steffan Davies, aka Castorp would be the ‘breed’. Davies has this very unique talent of singing the words in absolute style, never covering the heavenly melodies, despite his expressive baritone voice, and then it’s after 2.45 mark when the track literally creates goosebumps. Never before, “the last night on earth“, sounded so great, promising & sexy…. Masterpiece!

Christos Doukakis 

Compiled by Mary Kalaitzidou, Eleftheria Gesou & Christos Doukakis