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Genre Synergy™ is where musical kindred spirits unite!

Each day, we curate the finest and best new tracks across various genres. From Indie-Rock to Alternative Pop to Metal & Hard-Rock, find your next favorite tune here.

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TOP ACOUSTIC & FOLK TRACKS

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Isolation

After two years of apparent of inactivity on his Spotify profile, the gifted English/German singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jody Cooper, based in the beautiful city of Leipzig, Germany, makes his triumphant return to the musical scene with his latest masterpiece, "Isolation."

Throughout this apparent hiatus, Jody was far from idle; he diligently prepared for his comeback, proving that the mind of an artists never sleeps, and "Isolation" stands as unequivocal proof of his dedication.

With a revitalized sound and an incredible level of production quality, this new track distinguishes itself as one of the artist's most notable projects in his discography. It is not merely an enchanting musical piece but is also accompanied by a captivating music video, together creating an immersive experience that explores the challenging scenarios we all faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approaching the theme uniquely, Jody Cooper invites us to reflect on our shared experiences during this time in an emotive and thought-provoking manner, encouraging us to appreciate life in the present moment.

Jody's incredible vocal performance, incorporating various techniques such as a magnificent falsetto and a soulful vibrato, not only showcases his prowess as a singer but also his ability to convey deep emotions with every word. The backing instrumentation, featuring an emotive piano and prominent resonant percussion, aligns perfectly with the theme, evoking an intense sense of nostalgia that transports listeners back in time, only to bring them back to the present but with an important lesson learned at the end of the song.

If I Don't Lie Down

Today, Bad Wolf Records is pleased to welcome the talented and renowned artist, musician, and composer Ben Drysdale, hailing from Canberra, Australia. He has graced us all with his solo debut release titled 'If I Don't Lie Down,' officially launched on December 15, 2023. Ben has left us all amazed with this incredible masterpiece he has brought to light for our auditory delight. His unique style, which blends elements from folk and acoustic rock, in combination with the diverse range of musical and lyrical resources used in this song, reflects his inexhaustible creativity and ability to compose true musical gems that resonate with the listener on deeper levels. It is almost like this song was written for every one of us.

The main theme behind 'If I Don't Lie Down' invites us on a profound journey of reflection about our own inner strength and commitment not to surrender to the difficulties that life presents us. Through his captivating literary composition method, which makes the perfect balance between the use of metaphors and tangible elements, results in an interesting kind of conversation with ourselves; it acts as a true wake-up call that makes us question our actions and their consequences. What would happen if we chose this path? What would happen if we took the other? This aspect is particularly relevant for those of us who not only enjoy music but also compose it because the main inspiration for this piece was originated in the midst of an environment filled with other artists, prompting Ben to reconsider aspects of his life and decide to pursue his artistic dream.

'If I Don't Lie Down' is that advice you always wanted to receive from your close friend, a brother, or that conversation you always wanted to have with your father but never occurred. It invites us to stay grounded and never yield to our most passionate aspirations.

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mia van de loo makes her official debut in the musical panorama with her first-ever release titled "fairytale." This captivating track premiered on November 17, 2023, and delves deep into the complexities of human relationships, particularly the challenges of infatuation with the wrong person.

Skillfully blending an atmospheric aura led by the brilliant sound of string arrangements and an enchanting lyrical composition style, "fairytale" paints a vivid picture of the constant struggle between surrendering to love and maintaining one's sanity. Mia's vocal performance is the key to conveying this message. With her characteristic intricate vocal lines that traverse between soft whispered vocals and an extremely high falsetto technique, she creates an immersive sonic landscape that feels magical—something out of this world. This mirrors the way love feels when it blinds us and makes us naive, aligning perfectly with the main theme of the song.

The enchanting journey of "fairytale" is just a glimpse into mia's artistry, setting the stage for her upcoming debut EP, "Open Book," scheduled for release on December 8th. With a promise of even more emotionally charged compositions, this anticipated EP is poised to showcase mia's depth as both a captivating singer and a gifted composer.

Strawberry Sky

Black River Ghost is a six-piece folk band hailing from Helsinki, Finland. They embarked on their musical journey in 2022 and quickly gained recognition with the release of their first EP titled "Blues Leaves My Heart," which has garnered thousands of plays on Spotify to date. Following this initial success, they decided to unveil their next masterpiece, "Strawberry Sky," which made its debut on November 8, 2023. This song was produced by the multi-instrumentalist artists Bjarki Kaikumo and Pekko Mantzin.

"Strawberry Sky" delves deep into the theme of savoring life in all its flavors and colors. It combines a rich diversity of musical devices and acoustic instruments to create an authentic and emotional sonic experience. The band describes it as a lovely summer lullaby for both kids and adults, a tale of a delightful day spent with loved ones.

Black River Ghost's unique blend of influences has given them a distinctive musical fingerprint, defining their musical identity. This sets them apart in the current music landscape, establishing them as one of the most prominent folk bands of today.

Heaven’s Bride

Mary Knoblock, a talented singer and songwriter hailing from Portland, Oregon, presents her latest masterpiece, titled "Heaven's Bride."

What sets this piece apart is not only its enchanting sound, skillfully crafted to provide an immersive auditory experience by leveraging Mary's musical expertise, but also its exploration of a profound theme that delves into heartbreak through a fictional love story.

By skillfully blending elements from diverse musical genres such as folk and classical music, "Heaven's Bride" stands out as one of Mary's most exceptional projects of the current year. In contrast to her recent releases, this song unfolds as a one-take live performance, showcasing both her prowess as a composer and her remarkable skills as a vocalist and performer.

The seamless integration of pop elements with experimental musical devices in this composition is sure to capture the attention of even the most discerning musical enthusiasts. Mary's characteristic sound, which distinguishes her from the current musical landscape, creates a cinematic and atmospheric experience that swiftly becomes the listener's life soundtrack upon the first encounter with her music.

We extend a warm invitation to all members of our community not only to explore this masterful piece but also to delve into Mary's entire discography, a collection of musical gems that undoubtedly merits your time and attention.

Where Are We Running

Evelí Ray, a talented Spanish Singer and composer unveils her latest masterpiece titled “Where Are We Running”. This song talks about something we all can relate to – our hectic lives and the sense of emptiness pervading our cities. The artist explains: “We run from one place to the other, phone in our hands, more disconnected from ourselves and each other than ever. It's a wake-up call to slow down and find meaning in little things that makes a huge difference”.

Evelí, in collaboration with accomplished musicians from Spain and various Latin American countries, creates a rich mixture of folk and pop music, fusing ethnic and acoustic instruments to craft an authentic sonic landscape that evokes the spirit of Iberian, nordic and Latin American cultures.

Catch My Fall Again

Swiss-born and raised singer-songwriter Chloé Sautereau releases her new single “Catch My Fall Again” on December 8, 2023. After “Ten Thousand Stories” and “Get to Know You Game” (featured on Spotify’s Created By Women) earlier this year, the artist continues her series of self-produced, stripped down singles, highlighting her vivid story-telling and unapologetically intimate tone.

‘Catch My Fall Again’ is about missing that person, hoping they’ll be there even when they haven’t been. It’s about being confused because your feelings manifest in ways you didn’t expect. It’s in part relieving, though, because it’s about accepting what you feel and felt, the moments lived, and that no matter what happens there’s value in those instants. It’s a love song and while it’s a little sad because that comes with the territory, to me it’s hopeful – simply in that there’s growth in finally putting down like “oh that’s
how I feel”. Both lyrically and melodically, this is a playful one to me as well. It’s a song to cozy up to this winter, to walk in the cold, to fall in love, or to heal to.”

“Catch My Fall Again” was written, recorded, and produced by Chloé herself, with the help of Ben Gordon on bass. Stripped back, the stakes are in her voice and grounded guitar. The track was mixed and mastered by Harry Burr.

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Slow Motion

The rising pop star, Hannah Johnson, officially unveils her debut single "Slow Motion." Hailing from the state of Philadelphia, she arrives to captivate us with her incredible voice and charisma. As a singer, songwriter, and instrumental musician, she decided to make the leap into fame officially on December 15th. We say "leap into fame" because this song is sure to become the next hit of 2024.

By blending elements of classic pop, dance, and R&B with modern music production techniques, "Slow Motion" emerges as an authentic auditory gem. Its musical structure, led by a funky bass and an uplifting percussion, sets the perfect stage for Hannah to freely traverse the stereo channel with her delicate and polished vocal harmonies, weaving a unique experience that transports listeners to a state of pure euphoria and catharsis. With her undeniable talent, Hannah Johnson has succeeded in creating a piece that is not only incredible, catchy, and danceable but also endowed with lyrical depth that resonates with the audience.

In "Slow Motion," the young artist addresses an interesting theme that gains relevance in today's world. Although it is common to think that nowadays no one has or wants to have feelings, her lyrics serve as a brave testimony that invites experiencing the incredible magic and fascination of true love.
With this significant milestone marking the beginning of her musical career, Hannah Johnson not only showcases her prowess as an artist but also her ability to create an experience that carries incredible, profound messages. "Slow Motion" is not just a song; it is a declaration of arrival for this new incredible pop star, and its resonance is destined to transcend borders.

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TOP INDIE-POP AND R&B TRACKS

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Be Kind

"'be kind' Musically speaking, it's heavily inspired by 90s rock and contemporary music that pulls from that era (Alvvays, George Clanton, etc). As far as theme goes, it's our farewell to the people we never got a chance to get closure with. "be kind" is our first track to come out since we dropped our EP Garden in June, and it serves as a bridge into our next musical chapter. We went back to our DIY roots for this one and did everything (recording, producing, mixing, etc) on our own. Hope you enjoy, and if you do, we'd love to work together". -Wotts

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Thawed

Arliston, the talented folk-rock musical duo hailing from London, returns to grace us once again with their latest masterpiece, "Thawed." In this captivating track, the band invites us to delve into a thought-provoking experience by narrating the story of a character trapped in a cyclical loop of behavior. This theme becomes even more poignant in the modern era, where it feels like many of us are living through similar struggles, particularly since the onset of the pandemic.

Social media's fake illusions, addiction, and loneliness are aspects that resonate with us all, making this song relatable. "Thawed" skillfully portrays these experiences, not only through its masterful lyrical composition but also by creating an intense dark aura that transports listeners to their deepest emotions, addressing wounds we often overlook and normalize.

By achieving perfect synergy between the unique vocal performance featuring whispered vocals with falsetto harmonies and a robust instrumental background that travels across the stereo channel, "Thawed" immerses listeners in a landscape that vividly paints the inner world of someone left alone to grapple with life. What sets this song apart is its distinctiveness from Arliston's previous releases, showcasing the band's ability to evoke diverse emotions and remain in a state of constant evolution.

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Moonlight

Dani Twice, a gifted singer-songwriter hailing from the vibrant city of Tampa, Florida, is here today to present his most iconic release to date, "Moonlight." This captivating track delves deep into the complexities of love during a breakup and the intense desire to start over again, where "The Moonlight" serves as a symbol of rebirth. Originally released on June 23rd, this song is a continuation of Dani's previous studio work, "When We," which has accumulated over 23,000 plays on Spotify. Seeking to repeat the formula, Dani decided to join forces with music producer Tony Narvaez once again. Nonetheless, "Moonlight" is a totally different new experience, infused with the perfect blend of innovation and authenticity that characterizes both artists.

With strong influences from R&B, Hip-Hop, and Pop music, this combination of musical elements results in an uplifting sonic landscape that leverages not only their skills as musicians but also the synergy between both artists to provide an immersive experience that will keep listeners captivated from start to end. The instrumental arrangements create the ideal scenario for the vocal line to take the center stage, but it never feels off or out of place. On the contrary, both elements merge seamlessly to carry the song's message, generating a balance between lyrics and music.

Let's be honest here... we all want to turn the clock backward and go back to that love that made us feel butterflies in our stomach. Well, this is the perfect soundtrack to give it another chance!

Let me believe (With Dad)

Introducing Lukx, the dynamic Belgian & Swedish Hip-Hop/Pop/R&B/Soul artist making waves from the heart of Belgium. Collaborating with his talented producer and father, "Dad," they bring you their latest creation, "Let me believe" - a groovy, motivational anthem to kick off your autumn with a smile. With a firm belief in the "You only live once" motto, Lukx has already secured an impressive 19 consecutive features on "New Music Friday" (Belgium) and landed 2(4) coveted spots on "Made in Belgium" by Spotify. Plus, he's curated his very own playlist "This is Lukx." which can be found on the links below!

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Sad Times

Grace & Moji bring you "Sad Times," a high-energy, uptempo track that's all about their journey of inner work and self-healing, heavily inspired by their transformative experiences with plant medicine, particularly ayahuasca. This unique pop gem, released on October 19, 2023, playfully explores profound themes with a light-hearted and fun perspective, reminding us that the path to self-discovery can be a lively dance between self-awareness and joy. "Sad Times" It's not just a song; it's a vibrant celebration of life experiences. Listen now and join their journey! 🎵🌿💃

21

December 1st, 2023, marks a significant milestone for the British pop star Matilda Pratt, with the premiere of her latest release, "21.".

After a year of eager waiting, this song arrives at the perfect moment for Matilda's most devoted fans, who were thoroughly captivated by her previous release, "Dear You," which accumulates over 16,000 streams on Spotify. In this way; "21" stands as her 11th addition to her discography and serves as her first release of 2023, highlighting Matilda's commitment to consistently delivering her talent to music enthusiast all over the world.

By seamlessly blending elements from indie pop and pop rock, Matilda's music creates an exciting combination of musical devices that showcases her unique expression of talent. This release not only marks her authenticity but also proves her dedication to the musical path she has chosen. The instrumental backing track of "21" possesses a vivid and organic quality, a rarity in an era dominated by programmed or sampled sounds. This characteristic provides the perfect scenario for Matilda's polished vocal interpretation to shine prominently over the music, leveraging her ability not only as a composer but also as a skilled singer.

In "21," Matilda invites listeners to delve into her life experiences. Through thought-provoking lyrical composition and storytelling, the lyrics encourage reflection on personal growth and a contemplative examination of the path that has led us to the present day. Matilda explains; ‘I wrote “21” envisaging my younger self sitting by my side, thinking about the dreams I had when I was 7, and wondering whether she would be proud of who I am today and where she thought I would be at this stage in my life’.

Alone

Lew McKenzie, the multi-talented artist based in New York City, has released "Alone." With influences from Stevie Wonder, Anderson Paak, and Marvin Gaye, Lew engineers a throwback sound that pays homage to the greats of R&B, Soul, and Jazz.

His journey from a session and backing musician for various artists to a solo career showcases his remarkable musical evolution. "Alone" delves into the blurred lines between the external world and the imaginative realm that emerges when we are alone.

Described as "crafted out of the purest soul stone" and "embellished with funk jewels," Lew's music offers a sense of vintage luxury through his creativity, artistic enrichment, and ability to ignite enthusiasm in various cultures and genres.

Get Roxie

"SmallTalkJu, a talented independent artist hailing from Atlanta, United States, brings us her latest musical gem titled 'Get Roxie.' More than just a great song, 'Get Roxie' provides an immersive experience where musical elements blend in a remarkable way, crafting an instant oasis of calm and relaxation. Drawing inspiration from genres like R&B, Sound, and Hip-Hop, SmallTalkJu is a unique artist, and this song underscores her authenticity as both a singer and a composer.

"Imagine this: sage smoke swirling, herbs grounding your spirit, sunshine caressing your skin, and the ocean whispering secrets. Experience the ambiance of 'Get Roxie,' an auditory voyage that defies the boundaries of music and reality." - SmallTalkJu

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