DORJ – Thunder

DORJ

Meet DORJ, an fresh and exciting artist from Tel Aviv.

DORJ studied composition at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music, but he left after two years to pursue his love of other genres, “I got to the point where I really wanted to learn how to write and compose a classical piece, but I was struggling to find a way to express myself. I left the academy and continued working on my own beats, writing music and experimenting in the studio. I get a lot of inspiration from working with musicians and producers that I appreciate – I’m learning a lot from it, and I’m always into exploring new and interesting collaborations.”

The video for his new track, ‘Thunder’, has been inspired by such motivations. Filmed in London, guerrilla-style, with no filming permission, it sums up DORJ’s music; uninhibited.

His ‘Hipnotized’ EP is released 28 April.

Sounds like: James Blake, Sam Smith, Ben Khan

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Bad Wave – 1955

Bad Wave

A juxtaposing theme in Bad Wave‘s new single, ‘1955’; a “nostalgia for the future” if you will.

Much like the melodies within the song, ‘1955’ is split between the progression of the past and hope for the future with it’s echoey harmonies and rocky guitar riffs.

‘1955’ is out now via 10K Islands.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Death Cab for Cutie, GUSH, Hot Chip, The Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Ghost Beach

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Hanne Mjøen – U

Hanne Mjøen - U

Norweigan artist, Hanne Mjøen, brings her modern pop sound to the UK and further afield with her new single, ‘U’.

Following hot in the footsteps of fellow Scandinavian artists Tove Lo and Aurora, ‘U’ showcases her knack for rocketing vocals and sweltering lyrics.

The track is out now on Sailor Music.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Broods, Lorde

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Lupa J – Put Me Back Together

Lupa J - Put Me Back Together

Sydney-based Lupa J shares ‘Put Me Back Together’.

It’s no surprise that the track involves both techno electronics and strings, as Lupa J is a classically trained violinist turned contemporary electronic artist. This combined with her angelic vocals, creates an emancipating groove that challenges the norm about the way girls should act.

Sounds like: Aurora, Daughter, Björk, Emma Louise

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Kiri T – I’m Not Here

Kiri T

We wrote about Berklee College of Music student, Kiri T, last year, and she is now back with the dark and sultry ‘I’m Not Here’.

The track is about overcoming past traumas, and facing your inner demons with grace and irony.

Sounds like: Evvy, Dominique, Tove Lo, Salt Ashes, Cashmere Cat, AlunaGeorge, ASTR, Chelsea Lankes

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Jacob Banks – Chainsmoking

Jacob Banks by Julie Patterson

We don’t normally advocate chainsmoking of any kind, but we couldn’t resist sharing Jacob Banks‘ new track after hearing it.

Blues-infused vocals lead into a power ballad that reminds us to keep on pushing through, regardless of what life throws at you. It’s just one facet of the many colours seen in Banks’ new EP.

Sounds like: Rationale, Aloe Blacc, Rag’n’Bone Man, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Salt Ashes, Ben Khan

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Kid Astray – Fall To My Knees

Kid Astray

We are super excited that Kid Astray are back, and their defiant new track does not disappoint.

An collective of musical instruments and instantly memorable vocal hooks, ‘Fall To My Knees’ is about why Kid Astray are sharing their music;

“Fall to My Knees” is about a gig we played in Berlin in the spring of 2015. We were having a really tough time, battling some undue negativity in the media and in the people around us. We just wanted to quit, go to sleep, and not play this showcase at a club. But that show just blew up and made us remember why in the world we’re so determined to keep on doing this. It’s pretty big for a couple of 20 year olds to able to play a sold-out show in the hipster capitol of Europe. And this song is a reminder of that.”

It’s out now via Sony Music.

Sounds like: Smallpools, Passion Pit, Pistol Shrimp, M83, Holy Ghost!, Two Door Cinema Club, Young Kato, Ballet School

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SQRD – Together

SQRD - Together

Swedish born and based producer SQRD shares ‘Together’.

The track contains hypnotising loops of lo-fi electronic textures and minimalistic vocals.

SQRD says of the track, “I’d just moved back to Stockholm from Berlin, the winter nights were dark, cold, lonely, I was missing everyone I’d left behind in Germany and frantically listening to FKA Twigs and Låpsley on repeat. One night I’d just started writing ‘Together’ which turned out to be a song about my fear of losing someone very dear to me.”

It’s out now via Sommarhjärta.

Sounds like: Foals, James Blake, Honne, SBTRKT, RÜFÜS, Joe Goddard, The xx

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Furniteur – Mysteries

Furniteur

Helping us get back to our synth roots is Washington-based Furniteur and her mesmerising new track, ‘Mysteries’.

The project is headed up by Brittany Sims, who has enlisted former Brett members Mike Toohey and Kevin Bayly.

Much like mystery itself, this track allures with its driving beat and dazzling keys.

It’s taken from Furniteur’s upcoming debut LP ‘Perfect Lavender’, out now via Prince George Records.

Sounds like: Avec Sans, Ladyhawke, Little Dragon, Prinze George, Brett

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B O K E H – Don’t Leave The Fire

B O K E H

B O K E H

Taking us for a ride is B O K E H, the artistic alter-ego of New Zealand-raised, Berlin-based actress/musician, Chloë Lewer.

It’s hard to believe that Chloë grew up being too shy to sing in front of anyone. Instead, she opted for acting. However, this was to later change after an encounter with a filmmaker who persuaded her to start a ukulele busking adventure with him in Berlin. This developed into a touring band called Charity Children.

Chloë was to later team up with Dutch writer/producer, Wouter Rentema (the drummer of Charity Children), and the pair spent the summer of 2016 locked inside various studios about the German capital and recording synths in a disused chapel in The Netherlands under the alias of B O K E H.

The video for B O K E H’s second single, ‘Don’t Leave The Fire’, showcases her sweet harmonies and fuzzy synths, all under a disco-lit backdrop of stolen hearts and go-karts.

‘Don’t Leave The Fire’ is the lead single from her EP, out now.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Ekkah, Goldfrapp

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