Billie Eilish – hostage

Billie Eilish

Exciting pop star, Billie Eilish shares her latest track called ‘hostage’.

It’s a stripped back song, but despite its all acoustic feel, and much like all of Billie’s music, there is a darker side, as she explains “”hostage” is a song that borders on and explores the unhealthy side of love. Billie points out “when you are so in love that you feel like you can’t be without them and you can’t see them with someone else. It is not a healthy feeling but I think everyone feels it at some point.”

Her “dont smile at me” EP is out now via Darkroom/Interscope Records and has been produced by Billie’s 19-year-old brother Finneas O’Connell.

Sounds like: Dua Lipa, Astronomyy, Ella Vos, Tempers, Charlotte Cardin

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Stalgia – Talk To My Skin

Stalgia - Talk To My Skin

Stalgia seem to be channeling the provactive nature of Banks more and more, and we are definitely not complaining.

Their new single ‘Talk To My Skin’ is our favourite yet – hypnotising vocals repeat as a dirty synth line moans throughout the track until an ultimate climax at the end, resulting in both an inner and outer body musical experience.

Sounds like: Banks, IYES, SOHN, Liv Dawson, Lyves, Harper, LYROE

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Playlist: So Below

So Below

We’ve been fans of New Zealand talent, So Below, for a while now.

We wanted to find out what helps So Below write her incredibly reflective, dark electronic pop, so what better way than her expressing it in a playlist?

“In this playlist I feel like a have a memory or feeling associated with each song, they all have a nostalgic quality to them. Like The Dodos track for example makes me think of sitting on my mums roof at her old house in Auckland and drinking beers with my friends in summer. Or the Trentemoller track makes me think of waiting at the bus stop for the bus to go to work and its pouring down with rain. All such great songs!”

Sounds like: Raindear, Kate Boy, The Naked And Famous, MUNA, Ofelia K, Monogem, Bo Rocha

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Sara Diamond – Unsure

Sara Diamond - Unsure

Meet our new favourite newcomer, Sara Diamond.

The Montreal-based pop artist shares ‘Unsure’, the latest addition to a collection of songs by Sara that looks at the ups and downs of love.

Diamond explains that ‘Unsure’ is “all about all about that mini-freakout you have when you realize things are moving super fast. Sometimes you want to let yourself get caught up in the excitement- you want to act impulsively and do what feels good… But then you remember that if you don’t take a step back and slow down a little, things might just flame out before they get a chance to grow.”

Sounds like: Ji Nilsson, MUNA

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New Carnival – Solid Gold

New Carnival

Bristol quartet New Carnival have just dropped ‘Solid Gold’.

‘Solid Gold’ a luscious indie rock ballad with a fiery underbelly. Much like the fascination of gold itself, the track draws listeners in, immediately turning them into a hypnotic state as lead singer Max Radford purrs “come a little closer, move a little nearer”.

You can catch them at the Omeara in London on 21 September.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Foals, The Maccabees, Coldplay

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Mushroom People – Wisdom Talk

Mushroom People

Mushroom People is a German electronic trio who all used to be in rock bands.

With some decent remixes under their belt (including XYLØ, NoMBe, Rainsford), Mushroom People have released their own track called ‘Wisdom Talk’, which sways more towards the contemporary pop sound than rock, although if you listen carefully you may find some powerful influences in there.

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, NoMBe

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Swim Season – Collide

Swim Season

Melbourne-based five piece, Swim Season, share their most addictive track yet.

A synth pop explosion, ‘Collide’ invites listeners to join singer James on a journey of escapism.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Honne, ISLE, Skies, Two Door Cinema Club, The Wombats, High Tyde, The Griswolds

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JOME – Crystalline

JOME

JOME is the project of Los Angeles-based songwriter, Jesse Marc.

He has teamed up with New Orleanian writer/producer Christoph Andersson (G-Eazy, Olivia O’Brien, Monopol) on ‘Crystalline’.

JOME explains, “Crystalline is a song about getting away from our modern addictions to technology and immediacy. It was written for someone really close to us who was going through a tough time, as a reminder that everything will settle in time.”

Sounds like: Washed Out, Summer Heart

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Trevor James Tillery – Lonely With You

Trevor James Tillery

Nashville-based artist Trevor James Tillery shares ‘Lonely With You’.

It’s another enriched pop track with delicate production techniques that encourage new fans to take listen.

Expect his album ‘Together.Alone’ very soon.

Sounds like: Youngr, James Blake

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Glassio – Papaya

Glassio

International duo, Glassio, share new single ‘Papaya’.

An energetic track that bursts into a vibrant chorus, Glassio have once again managed to perfectly blend indie pop attitudes with trending dance sounds.

Sounds like: Hot Chip, Metronomy, Foals, Jagwar Ma, Rüfüs, Flume, Odesza, Bob Moses, Glass Animals, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Grey Goon Feat. LeyeT – Zodiac

Grey Goon Ft. LeyeT - Zodiac

Los Angeles producer/songwriter Grey Goon shares ‘Zodiac’ featuring LeyeT.

Despite writing behind the scenes for artists such as DJ Khaled and Lauren Ruth Ward, ‘Zodiac’ is Grey Goon’s debut as an artist in his own right.

He has asked singer LeyeT to join him,

“Zodiac is about reflecting on a past relationship that turned sour. In the end, there’s no need to get into all the details of how or why that once great relationship went wrong, whose fault it is…blah blah. In this scenario, it didn’t work out because I didn’t fit into that other person’s perfect plan or mold. Even though our astrology signs were deemed compatible, sometimes that isn’t enough ;)”

Sounds like: Austra, Kate Boy

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Back Talk – Nothing New (Feat. The Fame Riot)

Back Talk - Nothing New (Feat. The Fame Riot)

Los Angeles/Seattle group Back Talk blast out new banger, ‘Nothing New’ featuring The Fame Riot.

‘Nothing New’ offers up fighting lyrics smothered in modern production. Listen below.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Odesza, Louis The Child

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TWINKIDS – Body Wonder

TWINKIDS

TWINKIDS drop ‘Body Wonder’.

It’s a brooding number with elegant pieces of soulful vocals, unexpected harmonies and spare percussion written about how all-consuming love is.

‘Body Wonder’ is out now on Om Records.

Sounds like: Talos, Tame Impala, Oli Hannaford, Boxed In

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Ruben Young – Bad Habits

Ruben Young - Bad Habits

Rising Canadian R&B artist Ruben Young shares the ever so smooth ‘Bad Habits’.

Speaking of the single, Ruben says,

“I wrote it in the fall of 2015, following my “relapse” for a girl I’d been chasing since I was 16 years old. She’s never been good for me, and I’ve known it all along. We kept our ‘relationship’ a secret, and it became more of an affair. She was my forbidden secret – my bad habit. 7 years later, it all came crashing down. I think everyone’s guilty of falling for someone who they couldn’t get over; even though they knew they needed to. For me, she was dangerous, and I loved that about her.”

Sounds like: John Legend

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Tyzo Bloom – Before U Go (feat. Lauren Marie)

Tyzo Bloom

Tyzo Bloom is the brainchild of Los Angeles producer/songwriter, Casey Chen.

He writes progressive music that combines contemporary production, melodic tones and delightful vocals (this time, courtesy of Lauren Marie).

Sounds like: Sylvan Esso, Mura Masa, Ella Vos, Odesza

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Sub-Radio – Was It Good For You

Sub-Radio

DIY band Sub-Radio create uplifting music with a raw edge.

‘Was It Good For You’ creates a feeling of disorder as soon as you listen to it, but this isn’t a bad thing when the falsetto vocals are as good as this!

Sounds like: Smallpools, Young The Giant

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Ricky Remedy x JOHN.k – Gold

Ricky Remedy x JOHN.k - Gold

Introducing JOHN.k, an Orlando-based singer-songwriter who effortless perspires soul.

He has teamed up with Mad Decent-signed and Grammy Award winning producer Ricky Remedy for a new collaborative single, ‘Gold’, in which Ricky brings some serious, crisp production skills to the table.

Sounds like: MNEK, Gorgon City, The Weeknd

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Elderbrook – Woman

Elderbrook

Young UK producer Elderbrook (aka Alexander Kotz) shares his new neo-soul single, ‘Woman’.

A self-reflective, but laid back piece of work, it is the first single from his seven track ‘Talking’ EP and explores the use of Kotz’s vocals as another instrument in it’s own right.

‘Talking’ is released on 1 September via Kobalt

Sounds like: Fyfe, Jamie Woon, Hayden James, Bob Moses, Kaasi

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Queen Alaska – Under My Skin

Queen Alaska

Berlin electronic producer and singer, Queen Alaska (aka Anneli Bentler), shares her debut track called ‘Under My Skin’.

Also a composer and audio visual artist, Queen Alaska uses her skills to create an atmospheric landscape for her classically inspired and progressive music, one that brings the poetry in her songwriting to life.

Watch the beautifully imagined video below, which follows Queen Alaska explore her inner wanderlust, longing for another place close to the moon.

Sounds like: Robyn, Niki and the Dove, James Blake

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