It’s that time of again. Buckle up and brace yourselves for the sonic delights that are Hidden Herd‘s Tracks of the Year 2018. Dive in below.

Another Sky ‘Forget Yourself’

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What Hidden Herd say: Bewitching Londoners Another Sky are an immersive sonic experience, whipping up electro-pop that’s broodingly atmospheric and eerily emotive.

Blushes ‘Dust’

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What Hidden Herd say: Blushes’ spry blend of RnB, indie-rock and dream-pop is an exuberant mix, with woozy licks and vivacious hooks bubbling over the top of a prismatic backdrop.

Childcare ‘Magazines’

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What Hidden Herd say: Prolific Londoners CHILDCARE never disappoint. The Hidden Herd favourites are back, continuing on their sharp upward trajectory with brand new tune ‘Magazines’ – a progressive slice of Blur-ish art-pop that builds to an emphatic climax.

Circe ‘Under My Skin’

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What Hidden Herd say: Circe’s electro-pop world is distinctively brooding and evocative, a place where each accomplished tune is a synth-washed nocturnal odyssey. Wrap your ears around most recent sonic voyage ‘Under My Skin’, which sounds like an otherworldly and mysterious jaunt through a city’s dark underbelly.

Circe will play Hidden Herd Presents: Sptlght on Friday 26th April at Green Door Store in Brighton. Tickets are available via DICE.

FUKC ‘Time’

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What Hidden Herd say: FUKC are a wondrously off-kilter proposition. Their hook-stacked electro-pop tunes straddle genres and latest release ‘Time’ is no exception.

FUKC will play Hidden Herd Presents: Sptlght on Friday 26th April at Green Door Store in Brighton. Tickets are available via DICE.

GRDNS ‘Night Dance’

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What Hidden Herd say: Picture yourself lying on your back, eyes closed and nodding along to this psych-rock debut release from GRDNS. ‘Night Dance’ exudes a captivating melancholy haze, transporting listeners to euphoric plains above.

Heirloom ‘Femme’

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What Hidden Herd say: With sleazy riffs, stabs of organ and icy boy/girl vocals, Brighton’s Heirloom sound like a decrepit saloon bar’s resident garage rockers, hired to conjure a vampiric atmosphere way out west.

Honey Moon ‘(Why Do You Think You’re So) Special?’

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What Hidden Herd say: Decade-hopping crooners Honey Moon make wide-eyed jangle pop – the sort that rewinds the clock by 60 years, but arrives via a hazy, 21st-century slacker filter. Prepare to swoon.

Kate Lomas ‘Sweet Strange Days’

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What Hidden Herd say: What begins as a nostalgic taste of British music in the golden 90s is immediately complemented with Lomas‘s sincere and honest lyricism; a melancholy style that has us reminiscent of M.I.A, albeit with an English charm.

Mellah ‘Cigarette Lighter’

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What Hidden Herd say: Mellah‘s unique and otherworldly indie-folk blend is odd, eerie and moreish, brimming with wry social observations and hypnotic refrains that burrow deep.

Moon Panda ‘Rabbit’

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What Hidden Herd say: There are times when a track instantly grabs, clutching at your ears from the first 16 and not letting go. ‘Rabbit’ carries the allure of golden, dusty Americana and is fronted with the magnetic vocals of Maddy Myers.

Moon Panda will play Hidden Herd Presents: Sptlght on Friday 22nd March at Green Door Store in Brighton. Tickets are available via DICE.

oh800 ‘Melanin’

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What Hidden Herd say: ‘Melanin”s liquid gold intro captures the sun-kissed Eighties in seconds, drawing listeners seductively into heartfelt harmonies and its otherworldly refrain.

Orchards ‘Age Of You’

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What Hidden Herd say: What happens when you combine angular guitar wizardry with an earworm sensibility? Orchards. The Brighton foursome’s vibrant fusion of experimental math-rock and glittery pop is bedazzling and, more importantly, fun. Dive in below and prepare to fall for their infinite charms.

Pelicandy ‘Waiting Room’

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What Hidden Herd say: Pelicandy’s glitzy electro-pop bangers capture the glamour and excess of sequinned 80s starlets, whilst nodding to a whole host of noughties-spawned favourites at the same time.

Petrie ‘June’

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What Hidden Herd say: Petrie stitch together hip-hop, RnB and more to create a wonderfully vibrant world of prismatic electro-pop bangers. Sophomore EP ‘Self-Destruct’ is their unabashed rebirth; cue irresistible grooves, sun-inflected sonics and unshiftable earworms.

Pizzagirl ‘Favourite Song’

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What Hidden Herd say: Pizzagirl‘s tunes erupt with an instant taste of the 1980s. Instantly recognisable and undeniably familiar, Liam Brown’s penchant for nostalgia with a modern twist is highly infectious.

Saltwater Sun ‘The Wire’

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What Hidden Herd say: Reading quintet Saltwater Sun are back, tackling the turbulent times we live in with tornado guitar lines and towering refrains; the sort that demand to be listened to at window-shaking volume.

ST.MARTiiNS ‘ur so pretty’

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What Hidden Herd say: With mellow jazz flecks, lo-fi lilts and vibrant electronica hurled into their swirling cauldron of musical elements, ST.MARTiiNS‘ weird and wonderful wonk-pop is an ambitious and instantly intriguing stroke of magic.

SUN SILVA ‘Blue Light’

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What Hidden Herd say: Immediately atmospheric, ‘Blue Light’ bleeds with a euphoric and tender likability – as if tickling every single one of your favourite musical preferences all at once.

Swimming Girls ‘Asking For It’

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What Hidden Herd say: Swimming Girls drop shimmering, sun-flecked anthems like they’re going out of fashion. Brand new single ‘Asking For It’ is a case in point, with swirling six-string and hazy 80s vibes that feel like they were ready-made for heatwaves and heartbreak.

Swimming Girls will play Hidden Herd Presents: Sptlght on Friday 22nd March at Green Door Store in Brighton. Tickets are available via DICE.

The Ninth Wave ‘New Kind Of Ego’

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What Hidden Herd say: The Ninth Wave‘s fist-clench rock sound is a pitch black explosion of 80s synths, post-punk guitars, Human League vocals and monster choruses. Plug in the headphones, crank up one of their electrifying tunes and just try to remain unmoved when in public. It’s mission impossible.

Vinyl Staircase ‘Last I Heard’

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What Hidden Herd say: Woozy guitars, timeless melodies and strutting bass combine on Vinyl Staircase‘s latest hazy nugget; the sort of sun-bleached soundtrack that’ll make you want to kick back in a stripey deckchair, crack open a frosty one and get your summer on.

WOOZE ‘Party Without Ya’

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What Hidden Herd say: Infectious new duo WOOZE make experimental pop music of the mind-expanding variety. Brilliantly wonky single ‘Party Without Ya’ is a kaleidoscopic explosion of colourful sound that is as vivid as the eye-popping yellow press shot that accompanies it.

Yawwn ‘Mercy’

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What Hidden Herd say: Yawwn draw on a wide palette of musical touchpoints to make their unique off-kilter pop concoction – and the result is something tropical-tinged and rousing that’ll keep you boogieing until the small hours.

Youth Sector ‘No Adventure’

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What Hidden Herd say: Youth Sector’s frenetic art-rock is a white-knuckle thrill ride, all super-sized hooks and rip-roaring momentum, and single ‘No Adventure’ is no exception – like a tightly-wound fusion of Franz, QOTSA and The Hives hurtling along at breakneck pace.

Listen to Hidden Herd‘s Tracks of the Year 2018 on Spotify and discover older playlists by visiting HIDDEN HERD on SoundCloud.