New Music Discoveries 16th June: Caroline & Claude, Bombay Bicycle Club, Ducks! and more

Caroline and Claude

It’s hard to believe, but we are nearly halfway through 2023. Anyway, let’s not linger on that thought. This week we’ve added another ten songs to our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music. Our Track of the Week is the dreamy “Slap” from sibling duo Caroline & Claude.

The interplay between the vocals of Caroline and Claude is fabulous. Consistent with earlier tracks from the duo, it has that ethereal dreamy quality about it. They had some total legends involved in the production of the track. It was written in Auckland with Josh Fountain (BENEE), mixed by Simon Gooding (Dua Lipa, Pink), and mastered by Leon Zervos (Pink, Rihanna).

The track is about facing up to challenges and not shying away. They write:  “Slap is about the hard-hitting truths. You need to hear them, but boy does it hurt. Slap explores the idea that everything in your life is going downhill, and it’s just one slap after the other… and the words people say to you, whether it’s true or not, HURT!! I guess Miss Lizzo wasn’t lying when she sang ‘truth hurts’…”

Things are turning a bit disco this week with new tracks from Ducks! and Northern Irish artist Winnie Ama. “Blame” is the new single from the Berlin-based Australian duo of Lani Bagley and Craig Schuftan. We’re big fans of Ducks! at the AU and “Blame” does not disappointment. It’s sleek, shiny, and as is ever the case with the duo a little bit quirky.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Ama returns with her new single “Get On You” – a feel-good, summery slice of disco pop. It’s bright and upbeat with an infectious rhythm and melody which will have you on your feet turning your living rooms into impromptu dance floors in no time. Perfect for the Northern Hemisphere summer.

Bombay Bicycle Club released their debut LP back in 2009, and are on the cusp of releasing their sixth studio album, My Big Day (20th October). Forget their history and credentials however, keeping in theme with our track of the week, their latest song “My Big Day”, the title-track indeed, totally slaps. It’s vibrant, it changes direction when you least expect it, and is impeccably produced.  And do checkout the video while you are at it. It’s pretty special.

Bringing all the energy and more, is Belgium’s Meltheads. These guys have been tearing it up in their homeland, and have a sound that is familiar yet fresh. Their latest track “I Want It All” is catchy AF and full of energy. Fans of Amyl & the Sniffers will love these guys.

“Hali Said” is the sophomore single from Portuguese psychedelic rockers Sun Waahs. The track, a delightfully dreamy slice of shoe gaze, is from the band’s debut album which is set for release in September. It’s really a whole vibe; sitting in that sweet spot of the lo-fi, psychedelia, and shoe gaze Venn diagram. It’s such an enjoyable listen – intricate enough to satisfy, but also perfect to lose yourself in the reverb.

“Make Me Wanna Drink” is the new single from Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Elanor Jane. According to Jane, the song “is about being sober, but experiencing the buzz and intoxication of brand new love and wanting to lean into that and let go of your inhibitions and reservations while revelling in those moments and feelings.” And, that feeling of letting go of your inhibitions filters through to the music really well. There’s a lovely bluesy rock swagger to the whole thing; and a strong vocal from Jane. We’re pretty sure this one goes down well live.

Finally, we have premieres from Jack Biilmann and Liquid Time.

Catch the new music updated every Friday on Apple Music:

and on Spotify:

Here’s the complete list of new additions this week:

Caroline & Claude “Slap” [Track of the Week]
Ducks! “Blame” (feat. Christa Belle)
Winnie Ama “Get On You”
Bombay Bicycle Club “My Big Day”
Meltheads “I Want It All”
Sun Waahs “Hali Said”
Memory Motel “The Search”
Elanor Jane “Make Me Wanna Drink”
Jack Biilmann “Drink The Water” [Exclusive Album Premiere]
Liquid Time “Working Nights” [Exclusive EP Premiere]