De Rien – Chimes

German producer and multi-instrumentalist De Rien demonstrates his versatility with hazy sophomore through his new release “Chimes”

“Chimes” is about looking behind your own facade – discovering the flamboyance of thought and mind. As every step towards a dear person can be hard, it is easier to do so while sunken into reveries. – De Rien

Residing between neo-soul, organic electronica and a splash of nu-disco, De Rien not only showcases his ability to create wonderfully warm soundscapes as a producer, but proves he has the vocal chops to boot, with “Chimes” presenting itself as easy-going yet intricate piece of songwriting.

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Sounds Like: Flume, Khalid, Tove Lo

HOFFEY – Holiday

HOFFEY is an indie-electronic duo based out of Vancouver, Canada consisting of songwriters Jordan and Erika Toohey. While writing and performing songs together, they came to the realization that chemistry was not only found in their music but also romantically. In 2016 the couple were married and formed HOFFEY a portmanteau of their last names “Hoffmann and Toohey.”

The track is a combination of relaxed sound, bouncy groove and chilled melodic R&B. The track simply talks about the need of taking a break from real life.

“‘Holiday’ is a song most people can relate to — where you’ve been working at the same job, doing the same shit every day — to the point where you might lose your mind. This song is really about taking that dream vacation, so you can feel refreshed, renewed, and be a better version of yourself.”

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Sounds Like: Alina Baraz, Galimatias, Molly Moore

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Love You Later – Said You’d Be There

Love You Later by Sara Anne Waggoner

Love You Later by Sara Anne Waggoner

Love You Later is the brainchild of Nashville-born, synth-pop artist, Lexi Aviles.

She creates heartbreaker bangers with dreamy landscapes and an infectious pop vulnerability.

Her new single ‘Said You’d Be There’ is about not getting caught up with the small things that happen in life, but to let go, be free, and dance your way through the endless horizon ahead.

Sounds like: The Japanese House, MUNA, Soccer Momm, Snail Mail

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Zoe Konez & Antonio Lulic – Echo

Zoe Konez & Antonio Lulic - Echo

Singer-songwriters Zoe Konez and Antonio Lulic combine on the rousing alternative-pop anthem “Echo”. Drawing on influences from Zoe’s indie background and Antonio’s stadium-filling pop tones, it’s an epic piece of pop-fusion that details a longing for adventure at the expense of personal relationships.

Sounds like: Oh Wonder, Of Monsters and Men, Ben Howard

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Yaeger – I Tried

Yaeger

Extreme sport fanatic and Swedish pop act Yaeger (“hunter”) shares her dynamic single, ‘I Tried’, out now on Chess Club Records.

It’s infectious pop with a solid backbone. Listen below.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Zara Larsson

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STORME – Back To Her

STORME

Scandinavian STORME returns with her new single ‘Back To Her’.

Written in the Swedish wilderness, the track’s topic considers how beautiful the Earth is, but also how fragile it is in it’s current, dying state.

It’s out now via Humble Angel Records.

Sounds like: Rae Morris, KATE BOY, Björk, Aurora, RAINDEAR, CILVR, Bat For Lashes, The Knife, Róísín Murphy, Billie Eilish

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BOII – Footwork

BOII

British duo BOII have us quite taken aback with their ‘Footwork’. Seems like we’re not the only ones expressing our feelings through the mode of movement.

The track focuses on the time when you can truly experience the “moment” by moving away from a challenging place and escaping reality.

Sounds like: Zola Blood, Tourist, Mansionair

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Fruut – R.O.E (Running on Empty)

Fruut

Philadelphia based singer/songwriter/producer Fruut shares her lo-fi take on indie pop and RnB to create the smooth and breezy ‘R.O.E’.

The new single is her first collab with producer Fortunewest and it’s guaranteed to get those ears twitching.

Sounds like: Sorcha Richardson, Mallrat, Vera Blue, Geowulf

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Tensnake – Rules Feat. Chenai

Tensnake

After a two year hiatus, the greatly awaited single from Tensnake arrives. Titled ‘Rules’, the feel good track features vocals from Chenai in an ode to 90s house, with a modern twist.

It’s out now on Armada Electronic Elements.

Sounds like: MNEK, Le Youth, Joe Goddard, Disclosure, Fred Falke, Louis La Roche

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Ben Kidson – Money

Ben Kidson

Self-taught rock fan turned esteemed pop-writer Ben Kidson has given his hand to producing and the result is the energetic ‘Money’.

Featuring heavy sampling of 90s video game sounds hidden throughout the track, ‘Money’ calls on people who have said they can help you to “put your money where your mouth is”.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Yungblud, Twenty One Pilots

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Eli & Fur – Wall To Wall

Eli & Fur

UK-based rising stars Eli & Fur provide lush and haunting vocals in their new single ‘Wall To Wall’.

Released on Big Beat Records/SIKR (Gavin Koolmon from Disciples new label) the progressive electronic track works perfectly listening to at home as it does on the dancefloor.

Sounds like: Luttrell, Kidnap, Henri

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Benji Lewis – New Day

Benji Lewis

Benji Lewis returns with the wonderful ‘New Day’, conjuring up images of happiness and freedome.

Shot around Los Angeles by Chris Weigen, the video for ‘New Day’ features Benji singing in front of various pastel backdrops.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, The Kite String Tangle, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, James Blake, Jack Garratt

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FLØRE – Blue Tide Eyes

FLØRE

Move over Sweden, it seems Germany is knocking on the door of talented electro-pop artists.

One such artist is FLØRE. In almost a whisper, the often lonely FLØRE tells a touching story about the fragileness of growing up in the ethereal new single, ‘Blue Tide Eyes’

Sounds like: CILVR, STORME, Lykke Li, Robyn

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Interview: Nirob Islam

Nirob Islam

A while back we shared Nirob Islam‘s single ‘Snakes’, under the guise of SHY Nodi. Since then, he’s officially reverted his stage name to his birth name.

We decided to chat with Nirob about the reason for the name change and also about his new single ‘Busy Making Plans’, out now via BLNK Music.

1. Describe your sound in three words.

That’s really hard as I always try to push myself to try different things with every song I release, but if I had to use only three words I’d say: smooth, different and moody.

2. Why music?

Music has always been part of my life since very early on in my childhood. My Bengali and Swedish upbringing has given me an environment where music and other aesthetic forms have been ever-present. Music was just something that came naturally to me, and it’s always been the most expressive way to convey my emotions.

3. You’ve recently changed your stage name from SHY Nodi to your birth name, Nirob Islam. Explain some more about the decision.

There’s been a lot of things leading up to this decision. It’s been very difficult for me to navigate living in Sweden with my Bengali heritage. I’ve always felt as if I’m in between two very different cultures, which makes it difficult for me to navigate my identity. In the eyes of people from Bangladesh, I’m Swedish, but in Sweden, I’m seen as a foreigner. So who am I? SHY Nodi was a persona that tried to fit into the mainstream media. I hid my roots and who I really am. I’m the guy in the middle, a third-generation kid stood at a crossroads. Being that person is all I’ve ever needed to be, nothing else. That’s why I decided to change my artist name to my real name, Nirob Islam. Hopefully, I can inspire people to be themselves, and push the industry in a direction where you don’t have to look or act a certain way to be successful.

4. Tell us about your new single ‘Busy Making Plans’.

‘Busy Making Plans’ is a song about the distance that’s created by a lack of communication. Not talking about the issues you have with a partner can make you feel misunderstood. I’ve always had a hard time expressing what I’m feeling when I’m down, or if there’s something’s bothering me. It’s even harder when you’re constantly travelling and not getting the chance to talk things through face-to-face.

5. We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Right now I’m listening to artists like Hazlett, Billy Raffoul, Domenic Fike, Summer Walker and Snoh Aalegra.

Sounds like: SHY Martin, KIDDO

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Alexandria Maillot – Someone To Keep You Warm

Alexandria Maillot

Hailing from Vancouver Island, the genre-blending “swoon rock” artist and hopeless romantic, Alexandria Maillot shares ‘Someone To Leep You Warm’, taken from her sophomore album ‘Benevolence’, out now.

Quirky storytelling and intricate percussion, Maillot is creating music that is truly unique.

Themed around the joy she gained after seeing her ex struggle to find a lover, the singer had this to say about the schadenfreudian number; “It’s a song about watching a former partner struggle to find companionship and getting enjoyment out of it.”

Sounds like: Kelsey Lu, Tei Shi, Georgia, Banks, Feist, Stevie Nicks

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Apidae – Still Life

Apidae

UK-based producer and multi-instrumentalist, Apidae (aka Greg Hummell) releases his introspective single, ‘Still Life’.

Featuring lead vocals from Mazlyn (who also co-wrote the track), ‘Still Life’ is about feeling trapped and hopeless. The continuous musical switch between electronic and acoustic instrumentation represent this ongoing search for contentment.

Expect his ‘Everything Is Alright’ EP to be released in February 2020.

Live

Monday 9th December 2019 – Supporting Pick a Piper
Friday 7th February 2020 – Headline / EP launch at the Waiting Room

Sounds like: Daughter, Thom Yorke, Rhye

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Ben Böhmer Feat. Jonah – Hunting

Ben Böhmer feat. Jonah - Hunting

Berlin-based producer and live artist, Ben Böhmer teams up with neo-folk artist Jonah for the beautiful new single, ‘Hunting’.

Piano chords and synthesisers collide to create a dreamlike arrangement, perfectly depicting the prolific yet deep, “Böhmer sound”.

The track is out now on Anjunadeep and you can pre-order Ben Böhmer’s debut album ‘Breathing’ here.

North American Tour Dates

2/14 – Grasshopper – Detroit, MI
2/15 – Spybar – Chicago, IL
2/16 – REV – Minneapolis, MN
2/21 – Soundcheck – Washington, DC
2/22 – Analog – Brooklyn, NY
2/28 – Coda – Toronto, ON
2/29 – Fairmount Theatre – Montreal, QC
3/6 – Cedar Street Courtyard – Austin, TX
3/7 – Moroccan Room – Houston, TX
4/3 – Audio – San Francisco, CA
4/9 – Q – Seattle, WA
4/10 – Celebs Underground – Vancouver, BC
4/11 – Club Vinyl – Denver, CO

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Sounds like: Lane 8, Solomon Grey, Aquilo, Macious, Joris Voorn

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Tamzene – You’re With Somebody Now

Tamzene

Meet Tamzene, a young singer, writer and multi-instrumentalist from the coastal town of Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands.

Tamzene has already played a number of festivals, including Latitude, The Great Escape, Kendall Calling, and Reeperbahn Festival, after being spotted busking on the streets of Inverness by bookers from Scotland’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

Her new single ‘You’re With Somebody Now’ is full of heartbreak, nostalgia and regret, and you can watch the Archie Short-directed visuals below.

Sounds like: Hannah Slavin, Grace Carter, Keir Gibson, Tallsaint

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Jenny Kern – Satellite

Jenny Kern

We’ve been blown away by Jenny Kern‘s beautiful voice in her new single, ‘Satellite’.

The Canadian-born, New York-based film and TV producer turned singer-songwriter draws on her own experiences as her songs unfold through a confessional-style delivery revealing the strength that can only come through vulnerability.

The new single is produced by Andy Seltzer (Maggie Rogers, Chelsea Cutler). Speaking of the track, Kern explains,

“It’s almost cathartic, sharing emotion. Being open is not an easy feat for anyone. I want people to know that these songs come from an honest place. We all struggle to find comfort in ourselves while being open to the unexpected.”

Sounds like: Chelsea Cutler, Edward + Jane

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