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Brighton’s most cosmic collective, Tidal Rave, took us on an ‘Astral Escape’ with their neon pop-rock opera

Forget the phallic space race between Musk and Bezos, no one has gone deeper into the cosmos than the Brighton-based collective Tidal Rave in their latest single, Astral Escape (Adventure of a Lifetime), which stirs the soul in a quaintly imaginative style that we could more than get used to. I mean, existence has become synonymous with absurdity; you may as well live it through the oxytocin offered by an act that starts cuddle puddles at shows.

They call it whimsical insanity; we call it sticky-sweet ingenuity decorated in their enthusiasm to better the world through their space rock opera theatrics paired with kaleidoscopically colourful indie-pop hooks.

Astral Escape is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Elias Kopp advocates autonomy in his hooky indie synth-pop single, No One Knows

Elias Kopp declared “normal is the dirtiest of words” in his latest breakbeat synth-pop single, No One Knows; we wholeheartedly agree. There’s nothing quite as tragic as the thought of so many minds coming of age while striving for an ideal that isn’t reachable. But the Brighton/Southeast UK-based artist more than played his part in ensuring that fewer souls tarnish by the quest for normalcy that strips autonomy.

No One Knows isn’t the first single from Kopp to thrive upon dark narratives and came to life through his evocative vocals. Since making his debut, his hooky became a firm fixture on BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 6. We would put money on a bright 2022 for Kopp. His tendency to put his emotional intelligence before his ego is addictive. Save a space on your radar.

No One Knows will officially release on March 15th, 2022. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud and the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast