Shannon Saunders – Pure

Shannon Saunders

Shannon Saunders

We’ve been keeping our eyes on London-based Shannon Saunders ever since we first heard her vocals on Wilkinson‘s ‘Breathe’, so we were pretty happy to learn that she has shared her new video for ‘Pure’.

Shot on a stunning black beach in Iceland, the Damian-Weilers‘ directed video shows both a tough and beautiful side of Shannon (who else would be able to walk bare footed on a freezing beach in Iceland so gracefully?!), which pretty much sums up the meaning behind the track.

As Shannon puts it,

“‘Pure’ is the awakening of the soul when you first experience unconditional love. Musically it is a marriage of heavy underground beats with ambient vocals, taking you on a journey between first heartbreak and first love.”

‘Pure’ is out now via Lovejoy Records.

Sounds like: FKA Twigs, Låpsley, NAO, Delaire, Jessie Ware

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Van Bobbi – Morro Bay

Van Bobbi

Van Bobbi

Van Bobbi is a Californian gentleman who enjoys coffees and coconuts, and we’re pretty sure he likes a sunset too.

Van Bobbi’s smooth and enticing vocals taste delicious alongside near-perfect production on his latest release, ‘Morro Bay’. What else is there to like during these dark months?

Head over to his SoundCloud for a free download of the track.

Sounds like: Autograf, Goldroom, Le Youth, Figgy, Prince, Chromeo, Penguin Prison

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Donally – Cozmo Street

Donally - Cozmo Street

Donally – Cozmo Street

Time for a breezy track from Donally.

We know very little about Donally, apart from that she likes cruising on Cozmo Street.

Her track (conveniently, of the very same name) is so chilled, we’re surprised Donally can see where she’s going. Jazz and dance vibes lead this track and it’s simply lush.

Sounds like: Alice Jemima, Mallrat, Soleima, Lana Del Rey, Dagny

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MOK – The House VP

MOK

MOK

Brighton based alt-pop collective, MOK, return with ‘The House VP’; a nearly-twenty minute video that shows a brooding situation developing with a character that encounters different lives and stories throughout suburban Brighton.

Personal lyrics and a haunting video to match, MOK reflect back on “friendship, excess, mental health, everyday life, highs and lows”.

Sounds like: Nine Inch Nails, Die Antwoord, Professor Green, Childish Gambino, Rihanna, Harper

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KEELS – Surrender

KEELS

KEELS

Time for some poetic music from KEELS (aka Niall Keels, formerly of Empire Divide).

A newcomer on the singer/songwriter scene, KEELS fits nicely in place amongst the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Coldplay with his radio ready, but thought provoking material.

Listen to the wintery tune, ‘Surrender’ below.

‘Surrender’ is out on 2 December.

Sounds like: Keane, Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit, Coldplay, Young Guns, Bon Iver, The National, Birdy, Ben Howard

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Keroscene – I Can’t Do A Thing

Keroscene

Keroscene

London band, Keroscene, are back with ‘I Can’t Do A Thing’.

Whilst their last release channelled some Massive Attack/Portishead vibes, ‘I Can’t Do A Thing’ is a generous nod to 90’s indie and shoegaze.

With this in mind, you’d expect the video to be filmed in black and white, but it’s refreshingly colourful!

Watch below.

Sounds like: Wolf Alice, Peace, Massive Attack, Portishead, UNKLE, Plastic Flowers, Man of Moon

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Kauf – Pacify

Kauf by Daniel Trese

Kauf by Daniel Trese

Kauf is the project of Los Angeles-born Ronald Kaufman.

With previous releases on Cutters Records under his belt, Kauf shares his new single, ‘Pacify’.

It’s a melodic and airy track about family issues, specifically a lament on lost opportunities for closeness, but also an offering of help.

This is an ongoing theme throughout his forthcoming debut album, ‘Regrowth’, of which ‘Pacify’ is the opening track.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Cut Copy, Jagwar Ma, Empire Of The Sun, M83

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The xx – On Hold

The xx

The xx

Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the past week, you’ll know that The xx are back with a new single called ‘On Hold’, as well as the announcement of a new album and some shows.

The track samples ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)’ by Hall & Oates (we’re guessing that was Jamie‘s suggestion), all encompassed within an unpredictable melody.

The xx’s album, ‘I See You’, is out on 13 January 2017, and has been produced by Jamie, and Rodaidh McDonald.

Sounds like: Jamie XX, James Blake, London Grammar

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Von Sell – Ivan (Revisited)

Von Sell

Von Sell

A self-confessed terrorist of love, and now tunes. Von Sell releases the final version of his track, ‘Ivan’, following the “quasi demo version” doing the rounds on blogs in early 2015.

Von Sell has quite an eclectic background, having been born to an Israeli mother (who also sings) and German filmmaker. He lived in New York during his early years before moving to Germany at two, where he was raised. He later returned to the US to study at Berklee College of Music.

Listen to ‘Ivan (Revisited)’ below.

Von Sell is lined up to be one of 2017’s breakthrough acts.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Hazel English, Teen Daze, Peter Gabriel, alt-J

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TOPANGA – Shadows

TOPANGA

TOPANGA

Topnaga is a place located in the Santa Monica mountains in California, as well as the name of the main love interest to the protagonist in Boy Meets World.

It is also an indie duo from Los Angeles, who self-produce catchy synth pop.

‘Shadows’ is the first release off TOPANGA‘s debut EP ‘Midnight Jungle’. It’s a track that questions “what it means to let go of one’s memories as a means of living within the present”.

‘Midnight Jungle’ is set to release 3 February 2017.

Sounds like: Kasabian, Twin Wave, Miike Snow

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