Happy Mag’s Staff Picks: Stevan, The Slingers, Kenny Hoopla and more

Welcome back to Happy Mag’s Staff Picks, where every week we highlight our favourite new music releases. 

Another week comes to pass and the weekend awaits, we’ve made it friends! Before we clock off and crack a cold one, we have got another week’s worth of amazing new music releases to share with you.

From the highly anticipated EP releases from Stevan, and Delilah Holliday to the cult stylings of The Slingers ‘Sentamentalism’ and the sweet alt-indie pop of Austyn Jane we have got some real treats for you today; so without further ado, let’s get into that sweet sweet music.

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The Slingers Sentamentalism

Get ready for a vibrant treat as The Slingers announce an exclusive color run of their highly anticipated debut LP, “Sentimentalism,” set to drop today via Flightless Records. With their genre-defying sound and a cult following on platforms like YouTube and Spotify, The Slingers continue to captivate audiences with their latest offering, “Down The Bone,” recorded in Melbourne with analog equipment from the 1970s and 80s, delivering a nostalgic and mesmerizing experience.

Kenny Hoopla, Travis Barker — SABOTAGE//

KennyHoopla, the solo act blending pop-punk, indie rock, and hip-hop, continues to make waves with the upcoming release of his Blink And You’ll Miss It EP, produced once again by Travis Barker. Teasing the project, he drops the hard-hitting single “SABOTAGE//,”  KennyHoopla describes the track as an exploration of how self-awareness can sometimes feel like an aggravating thorn in one’s side. Get ready for a sonic adventure that pushes boundaries and leaves a lasting impact, and Travis Barker on drums, hell yeah!

Delilah Holliday Invaluable Vol. 1

Delilah Holliday, North London’s DIY icon, delivers her highly anticipated EP “Invaluable Vol. 1” – a captivating blend of downtempo electronic art pop, infused with trip hop and irresistible dance floor beats. Prepare to be transported to a realm of fantasy and reality as Delilah’s grounded lyrics keep you in a state of anticipation throughout this sonic journey.

Stevan  — Loners Club

Stevan, the multi-disciplinary artist and producer, has just dropped his latest EP, “Loners Club,” showcasing his fearless experimentation and refined sound. With six tracks, including the recent hits “Hello Goodbye,” “Reptilian,” and the title track, as well as three fresh additions, “4real 4ever,” “Finally Here,” and “If She Stays,” this collection is a testament to his bold musical evolution.

Reiki Ruawai  — Working Title

New Zealand-based Reiki Ruawai effortlessly captures the essence of cool, timelessness, and allure in his latest single, “Working Title,” which serves as the captivating opening track for his upcoming EP. Drawing influences from the likes of Steve Lacy and Perth funk favorites SupaThick, “Working Title” seamlessly blends uptempo beats with shimmering synths, sultry vocals, and crunchy funk guitar solos, creating an addictive and charming ambient soul-pop experience that takes listeners on a refreshing journey.

Austyn Jane  — Over Her

Prepare to be immersed in a world of teenage angst and longing as ‘OVER HER’ takes you on a heartfelt journey through the ache of desiring the unattainable. With its genuine and authentic energy, this captivating track creates vivid and honest portraits of life and love, combining infectious melodies, biting guitar riffs, tantalizing drum tracks, and polished production that will leave you completely hooked.

Logan  Huh

Toss out the dictionary’s definition of ‘charisma’ and replace it with a snapshot of Logan John Priest, better known as Logan, the dynamic 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, dancer, and producer hailing from Southeast Queensland. Today, Logan unleashes his head-bopping second single, “Huh,” along with the exciting news of signing deals with Ivy League/Mushroom, FRNDS MGMT, and Village Sounds, solidifying his place among the ranks of renowned acts like The Teskey Brothers, DMA’S, Vance Joy, and more.

Summer Thieves  Slow Down

Summer Thieves deliver another infectious track that showcases their maturation and signature singalong hooks. “Slow Down” seamlessly blends their indie-rock foundation with pop elements, capturing the bittersweet emotions of love and loss. With unwavering confidence, the band fearlessly pushes the boundaries of their sound, solidifying their place in the music scene.

Tempt  — Burn Me Down

Hailing from NYC, TEMPT has carved out a unique style and captivating energy that sets them apart. Their virtuosic talent evokes the spirit of iconic rock acts from the 70s and 80s, while maintaining a timeless quality that leaves a lasting impression. Following their irresistible May single, “Roses,” which exudes a celebration of human spirit and the uplifting power of positivity, “Burn Me Down” further solidifies TEMPT’s ability to create instantly memorable music.

Valee, Harry Fraud, Action Bronson  — Vibrant

Valee makes a triumphant return, teaming up with Harry Fraud for their highly anticipated collaboration. As a G.O.O.D. Music signee personally chosen by Kanye West, Valee’s original and unorthodox rap sketches have carved out their own sub-genre, inspiring heavyweights in the industry to dissect and emulate his soft-spoken style and flow. Now, embarking on an independent career, Valee joins forces with acclaimed producer Harry Fraud for their upcoming album, “Virtuoso,” set to showcase their unmatched artistry. To kick things off, they drop the album’s first single, “Vibrant,” featuring Action Bronson, serving as a glimpse into the vibrant world they’re about to unveil.

Evie Irie  — I Want It (Danny Devito)

L.A.-based Australian wunderkind Evie Irie ignites a fresh era of pop-punk brilliance with her anthemic hooks and nostalgic power-punk vibes. Her latest single, “I Want It (Danny DeVito),” playfully pays homage to the quirky and enchanting world of this unstoppable artist. Evie humorously sings about her favorite things—chicken strips, French fries, and even Danny DeVito, capturing the fun and irreverent spirit of pop songwriting that she loves. Get ready to embrace the infectious energy of Evie Irie’s new single and dive into a world of pure musical delight.

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