Coach & Ref – 3-D

Coach & Ref

Debut act Coach & Ref is the project of longtime studio partners, BLEU and Daple.

Both music graduates, between them they have had huge musical successes across the film and music board including SpiderMan, Wonder Woman and Friends with Benefits.

Their debut single ‘3-D’ is here to push and confuse genre boundaries with a potent fusion of nostalgic soundscapes, lo-fi tones and melodies. Brooke Tomlinson is on vocals.

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Taylor Swift

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Beacon – On Ice

Beacon - On Ice

Beacon is NYC-based duo Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett.

The new single, ‘On Ice’ showcases Beacon’s signature sound of melodic yet mysterious pop music with a cathartic edge.

Like a beacon of light, the duo use multiple instruments to portray a journey from darker places to those of colour and spirituality.

‘On Ice’ is out now on Ghostly International.

Sounds like: Matthew Dear, Nimmo, Solomon Grey, Junior Boys, Kyson, Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Aquilo

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The Rungs – King of Books

The Rungs - King of Books

The Rungs is a female-fronted, alt-pop, bedroom-based project from Brooklyn NY.

Their new single, ‘King of Books’, is a dreamy, melancholic indie synth song that explores a toxic relationship, capturing that moment when the rose tinted glasses are lifted.

Sounds like: Men I Trust

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ORKID – NoNoh

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ORKID shares ‘NoNoh’ and it’s every bit of tuned electro-pop you’d expect from a young Swedish act.

Offering sweet fragiity with commanding vocals, it’s beauty will instantly captivate you.

Speaking about the track, ORKID says,

“”NoNoh” is about that moment when you feel you’ve had enough of someone’s bullshit. Singing this song is literally a release for me. It’s an aggressive yet awesome feeling of strength. The song kind of speaks for itself; with the melodies and track combined, “NoNoh” gives you exactly that sense of self-empowerment”

Sounds like: Rihanna, Rita Ora, Harlee

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Tanjier – Lights

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Irish trio, Tanjier create perfectly crafted indie pop with a sophisticated attitude about modern day pressures on Generation Y.

Their new single, ‘Lights’ explores the challenges of breaking the typical parental expectations of going to college, getting a 9-5 job, and making enough money to buy a house. It tells the story of someone who has gone through all of these so-called life goals successfully but, ultimately, isn’t happy.

Sounds like: Dead Ceremony, The Kite String Tangle, Foals, George Michael

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ANNALIA – Cycles

ANNALIA - Cycles

Los Angeles-born singer/songwriter ANNALIA has some serious talent.

Described as “organic pop”, she distinguishes herself from the crowd by discussing important topics and using real instrumentation over catchy beats. In her new single, ANNALIA considers the cycles of emotional abuse in a relationship.

If anyone can help you through this, it’s ANNALIA, her killer pipes and “You’ve Got This!” attitude.

Sounds like: Linney, VÉRITÉ, Carly Rae Jepsen

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Twin XL – Good

Twin XL

Meet five kids who go by the name of Twin XL.

Their glistening and gorgeously retro single ‘Good’ maybe a debut, but between the lads, the three have written and produced for artists such as All Time Low, Lindsey Stirling, and Life of Dillon, and have had their music featured in commercials and trailers like Disney’s Christopher Robin and ABC’s Lucifer

Sounds like: Portugal, The Man, Titanics

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Hydromag – P.J.R

Hydromag

Hydromag is the dream-pop project of Falmouth-based producer and multi instrumentalist Josh Best-Shaw.

He has just released an uplifting and almost freeing track called ‘P.J.R’, which unfortunately covers the sad topic of suicide.

Speaking on the release, Hydromag says “It was not easy task to write this song, it took a lot out of me and I spent far longer on it than any other song I’ve written. I’m still not sure that I’m fully happy with it, but it was a good way to address the issues I had locked away.”

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Washed Out

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Gregory Dillon – Painted Blue

Gregory Dillon - Painted Blue

We’ve had a lot of NYC-based artists on this week’s gems, however each of them have something unique to offer us.

Last but not least is Gregory Dillon and his new single, ‘Painted Blue’.

With a driving 80’s backbeat, considering a backdrop of the New York skyline, Gregory explores the city and all its musings.

Sounds like: Du Tonc, Captain Kidd

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Jinka – Don’t Work Like That

JINKA

Jinka just ‘Don’t Work Like That’, or so she is stating in her new single.

On her way to claiming title as the German Sigrid, the producer/singer-songwriter’s trip-hop-pop banger is refreshingly fierce and kitsch. Swedish artist Ossian Melin (Yung Lean, Little Dragon) contributes the artwork to this project.

‘Don’t Work Like That’ will be the second single from Jinka’s debut EP, ‘Dr. Ara’ which is going to be released early January.

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES

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KESMAR – Feel It Again

KESMAR

Reinvented Sydney-based, folk singer Nathan Hughes is KESMAR.

Working towards a more disco-orientated sound, with romantic bass lines and swirling synths, his new single ‘Feel It Again’ explores the darker side of romance, inspired by KESMAR’s recent breakup at the time.

Sounds like: Metronomy, Roosevelt and L’imperatrice, Troye Sivan, Parcels, LEISURE, Miami Horror, Cut Copy, Lanks

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ninazo – Rewind

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We don’t know a great deal about 17 year old German singer ninazo, apart from the fact she creates youthful music that mixes older genres like blues, soul and jazz with house tinged indietronica..

Her new single ‘Rewind’ was written in just two hours with her producer Patrick Wörner, and is damn catchy, perfect for a Boohoo.com generation.

Watch her video for ‘Rewind’ below.

Sounds like: Harlee, Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande

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JØUR – Cut

JØUR

The juxtaposition of light vs dark is not a new concept in music, but exciting newcomer JØUR seems to tackle this with a new vision.

With a mixture of powerful, thought-provoking lyrics and demanding instrumentals, JØUR explains about her new album ‘Chiaroscuro’, of which ‘Cut’ is taken from,

“I am generally very positive and bright, but I have this shadow side that I can only use music to express.”

Listen below.

Sounds like: Hozier, Caswell

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Fjord – Lay Down Your Veil

Fjord

Quebec-based duo Fjord are masters at creating lush, ambient pop, rich in both synthesized and recorded textures.

‘Lay Down Your Veil’ is the first single off Fjord’s forthcoming ‘Shallow Waters’ EP, which was written in Quebec City, produced in London with the help of Tim Bran (Bloc Party, London Grammar, La Roux), and features live string recordings from the Quebec Symphonic Orchestra.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, Japanese House, Daughter, Solomon Grey

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VENZA – Bound Feat. Aalis

VENZA

Spanish beat-maker, VENZA has just released his innovative album ‘Secret Gems’, in which he explores the journey of his own mental health through the sounds of pop, trap, future bass and orchestral composition.

The poetic and melodic lead single from the album, ‘Bound’, is R&B-infused electronica and features the breathy and soulful vocals of Aallis.

Speaking of ‘Bound’, VENZA says,

“I gave the song R&B vibes, filmatic drums, flutes & shake drums to give the song the feeling of a cultural background mixed with a contemporary touch. When the instrumental was produced I knew the song needed Aallis and sent it to her right away. She fell in love, she knew exactly how to finalize the single perfectly and after mixing her vocals we knew we had a hit.”

Sounds like: Odesza

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Tommy Newport – Mr. Angel

Tommy Newport

Meet Tommy Newport.

His new single ‘Mr. Angel’ is a joyful groove with a darker side, for the love interest of the song, Mr. Angel, is not a person, it’s the fix the protagonist can’t get away from.

Offering a slight taste of Alex Turner, Newport’s brassy vocals in the track are laced with a generous piano melody, with delicate strings.

It is taken from his upcoming debut album, ‘Just to Be Ironic’, coming soon.

Sounds like: Arctic Monkeys, Tom Odell

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Daniella Mason – Emotional Rollercoaster

Daniella Mason

Surprisingly, we’d not heard of Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Daniella Mason, before today, and quite frankly, we are blown away by her talent for crafting beautiful and intelligent pop music.

A journey of loss, Mason’s new record stands as one of four EPs that she’ll be releasing over the course of the next year as part of her State of Mine sound series. Each album — Emotional State, Physical State, Mental State, and Spiritual State — will explore the different parts of our humanity that we tend to suppress and have difficulty embracing.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, The Japanese House, Robyn, Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish

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Charlee Remitz – Forever Like This

Charlee Remitz

Charlee Remitz creates synth pop full of big dreams.

Having recently moved from Nashville to Los Angeles, the singer/songwriter’s music shines. Her new single ‘Forever Like This’ has lashings of 80’s inspired synths and breakaway vocals that tell a story of the first flashes of love.

It is the third single from her upcoming sophomore album, ‘Sad Girl Music’, out on 9 November.

Sounds like: Dominique, CAPPA

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CUB – Obsessed Feat. Clara Hurtado

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CUB by Matt Stephens

CUB blends pop and dance sounds.

We featured his new single, ‘Obsessed’ featuring Clara Hurtado, not that long ago and he’s come back with a lively new video for it. These two don’t take themselves too seriously, which is pretty refreshing.

If you follow CUB’s Twitter you will see more videos of him and Clara goofing around.

Sounds like: Jake Alder, Diplo, Mura Masa, Zedd

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Cool Sounds – Cassandra

Cool Sounds

Australian band Cool Sounds ooze a breezy swagger, with a tad of fun awkwardness.

The video for their new single, ‘Cassandra’, is an uncomplicated, rollicking riff-driven track, with a distinctly live feel.

Watch it below.

Sounds like: Kurt Vile, Washed Out, Whitney, Mac DeMarco

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LCMDF – Waterfalls

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Finnish sister duo LCMDF release ‘Waterfalls’, taken from their ‘Sad Bangers’ album, out now.

Don’t be misled by the ironically positive pop keys and resulting euphoric climax in ‘Waterfalls’, as this is an ode to Generation Y, the modern day “baby boom” generation who were born in the 1980s and 1990s…and the ones who struggle in today’s society.

Sounds like: Icona Pop, NONONO

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YOUTH – Fire

YOUTH

Newcomer YOUTH (aka songwriter and producer Steven Mudd) is also one half of the critically acclaimed indie-pop duo, Golden Coast.

His debut single ‘Fire’ is energetic from the get go, with a steady drum beat and finger clicks throughout, perfectly blending with the anthemic feel of the song.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, Golden Coast

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