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Jamie T – Power Over Men

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Jamie-T

Annnd Jamie T is back.

Working again with Tom Beard (who directed ‘Tinfoil Boy’), the video for his new single, ‘Power Over Men’, explores the day-to-day life of a middle-aged dominatrix.

It’s quintessentially a Jamie T song, with its sharp, witty lyrics, and subtle reggae rhythms.

‘Power Over Men’ is taken from Jamie T’s forthcoming fourth album, ‘Trick’, out on 2 September.

Tour Dates

27 Sept Olympia, Dublin
28 Sept Limelight 1, Belfast
01 Oct O2 Academy, Birmingham
02 Oct University Great Hall, Cardiff
03 Oct Guildhall, Portsmouth
05 Oct De Montfort Hall, Leicester
06 Oct Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
08 Oct Brixton Academy, London
09 Oct Brixton Academy, London
10 Oct Brixton Academy, London
12Oct 02 Academy, Bournemouth
13 Oct Olympia, Liverpool
15 Oct O2 Academy, Leeds
16 Oct O2 Academy, Newcastle
17 Oct O2 Academy, Glasgow
20 Oct O2 Apollo, Manchester
21 Oct O2 Academy, Sheffield
22 Oct Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Sounds like: The Last Shadow Puppets, Palma Violets, Peace, Jack Peñate

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Digitalism – Go Time

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Digitalism

Hamburg duo Digitalism (aka Jens Moelle and Ismail Tüfekçi) return with their third album called ‘Mirage’, which stems from “the ecstasy” of “epic trips around the globe”.

The second single from the album, ‘Go Time’, continues the theme of the album, comfortably sitting somewhere between nostalgia and futurism.

Stemming from one simple loop, this is an anthem for the weekend.

Live Tour Dates

27 April – Paris, France – Badaboum
28 April – London, England – XOYO
6 May – Cologne, Germany – Gebäude 9
13 May – Berlin, Germany – Ritter Butzke
19 May – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
20 May – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
21 May – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
24 May – Chicago, IL – Double Door
25 May – Detroit, MI – Shelter
26 May – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
27 May – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
28 May – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
1 June – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
3 June – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
17 June – Arhus, Denmark – Northside
18 June – Eindhoven, Holland – We Are Electric
24 June – Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
25 June – Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
17 July – Berlin, Germany – !MELT Festival
10 Aug – Acquaviva (Siena), Italy – Live Rock festival

‘Mirage’ is released on 13 May and available for pre-order on iTunes.

Sounds like: LCD Soundsystem, Tom Vek, RAC, Calvin Harris, Youngblood Hawke, Viceroy

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Zola Blood – Play Out

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Zola Blood

 

Zola Blood are getting a lot of attention with their new track ‘Play Out’, and after only one listen you can understand why. With delightfully toneful, pulsating synths underpinning palpable, deep house beats and an addictive, soaring melody delivered with heartfelt, tender vocals, the group have together managed to capture a perfect melody and rhythm, resultant in one of the best tracks to have come out of 2015 so far.

Hailing from the coolest quarter of London; Hackney Wick, the four-piece recently supported Boxed In on their UK tour, off the back of their 2014 debut EP, ‘Meridian.’

Despite evident techno influences, a delicate, ambient sound is provided. With the soaring, ethereal vocals of Matt West, bordering on falsetto, listening to ‘Play Out’ invokes’ Kid A Radiohead, as even Wild Beasts – unsurprising, as Zola Blood have been recording with producer Richard Formby, famed for his work with Wild Beasts, Ghostpoet and Darkstar.

Experimenting with multiple vintage synthesizers, the band claimed they “wanted every sound on the tracks to be totally unique – we even put the drums through a modular synth.”

‘Play Out’ will be released on Pond Life Songs on 4th September.

Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Radiohead, Brolin, Jape, Boxed In
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Hana – Clay

HANA is a LA-hailing newcomer to the Indietronica scene. Lauded by soon-to-be-tourmates Lana Del Rey and Grimes, the latter of which is good pals with Hana, frequently mentioning her online.

HANA’s debut single was produced by frequent Grimes-collaborator Blood Diamonds, and is a alluring, sweet pop-ballad, complete with subtle synths and addictive melodies.

Sounds like: Grimes, Austra, X Priest X, Pawws, Still Corners, Blood Diamond
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Mirror Talk – Some Boys

Mirror Talk

Los Angeles-based music collaborative of Court Alexander, Steven Lopez, Sean Krell and Dave Lewis is the electronic band called Mirror Talk.

Mirror Talk combines new wave with R&B influences in ‘Some Boys’; a synth-heavy power ballad that sounds like something straight off the radio in 1984. Between frontman Court Alexander’s soulful vocals and the A-plus melodic hook, this is one catchy track!

‘Some Boys’ will appear on the band’s upcoming EP ‘1997’, out on 19 May via Yellow Year Records. Pre-order the EP on iTunes.

Sounds like: Scissor Sisters, Monarchy, St. Lucia, Royal Tongues, Savoir Adore

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Susanne Sundfør – Delirious

Susanne Sundfør has released yet another new synthtastic pop song; ‘Delirious’, taken from her forthcoming album Ten Love Songs due for released 16th February 2015 through Sonnet Sound via Kobalt.

The tune is a complex, changing and intense pop song, beginning in fear, building in urgency and ending in pure ecstatic elevation.  Delicious pulsating synths, cinematic string accompaniments are all present in this stunning track, contributing to the only way to describe 'Delirious'; Epic. 

UK and European tour dates are as follows:

March
3rd Scala, London
11th Kerk, Ghent
12th Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Cologne
14th Paradiso, Amsterdam
16th Terrace Hill, Hamburg
17th Berghain Kantine, Berlin
19th Pumpehuset, Copenhagen
20st Kägelbanan, Stockholm

Preorder the album Ten Love Songs here.

Sounds like: Vaults, Young Ejecta, OH Land, Kate Bush, Bat For Lashes, Maps, Young Summer Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | MySpace | YouTube

SUSANNE SUNDFØR – FADE AWAY

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Norwegian songstress Susanne Sundfør’s latest tune ‘Fade Away’ is an 80s-influenced pop song with distinctive, wild vocals at the core, carrying the pain of two lovers drifting apart.

The video, made by Swedish director Laerke Herthoni, is set in a smokey, unfamiliar dystopia, finding Susanne in a dream-like state surrounded by passing silhouettes. Additionally Sundfør has announced a highly anticipated London show at The Lexington 3rd March 2015.

This also follows swiftly on from the release of a remix EP last week, with ‘Fade Away’ being reworked by Big Black Delta, Bjorn Torske, Coucheron and Maps. Her forthcoming new album ‘Ten Love Songs’ released on 16th February 2015 through Sonnet Sound via Kobalt.

Sounds like: Vaults, Young Ejecta, OH Land, Kate Bush, Bat For Lashes, Maps, Young Summer
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CHLØË BLACK – 27 Club

CHLØË BLACK

CHLØË BLACK

Fresh on the London scene is alt-soul singer Chløë Black. Originally from Australia though raised in Los Angeles and Paris, she calls her style nostalgic dark pop as Goth ‘n’ Soul .

Seemingly emerging from nowhere, Chløë has found her debut single ’27 Club’ receive buzzing underground support from the online blogging community, after uploaded the track to SoundCloud. With vocal stylings not too dissimilar to Lana Del Rey, the solemn, poignant synth arrangement of Banks, and the cross-subcultural edginess of Amy Winehouse, Chløë is certainly gathering an eager following with her uber-cool audio-visual aesthetic, which takes a goth semblance.

The song itself is an ode to the musical greats who died at the age of 27; the members of the 27 Club – Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison.

Sounds like; Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse, Banks, Sky Ferreira
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Goldroom – Till Sunrise

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Goldroom

Goldroom aka LA Producer Josh Legg cut his teeth remixing the likes of Charli XCX, Niki & The Dove, Say Lou Lou, ALPINE, Atlas Genius and Chela to name a few, and has now moved to his own produced creations, including ‘Fifteen’, last year.

‘Till Sunrise’ is the latest unveiling from Goldroom, and features Aussie band Mammals. The track is a more mellow, dreamy and hazy summer tune, whereas Goldroom’s last release we blogged about here at Indietronica was ‘Embrace‘ which covered bigger, punchier melodies with a pop edge.

‘Till Sunrise’ has also been remixed by Belarbi, after Goldroom uploaded the vocal stem of his new track before releasing it on the 11th of august, as what he called #thepremix. The remix takes the Balearic edge off the original, adding progressive, crafted guitar and piano tones.

Sounds like: Sohn, Washed Out, Mammals
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Autumn in June – Hey Arnold Premiere!

Autumn in June

Autumn in June is an indie-electronic artist from South Central LA- yes, Indie Electronic music from the hood! Saying he simply wanted to make a song that people could dance to, here at Indietronica we are very pleased to bring you a first listen with the exclusive premiere of ‘Hey Arnold’, which shows off Autumn in June’s fun side with hunts of funk and disco smothered in lovely synth. Inspired by an episode of the cult-famous ‘90s cartoon, Hey Arnold!, in which the main character was having girl problems, Autumn in June focused this single on lady troubles of his own. Turn on the jam and get ready to dance.

The sounds coming from Autumn in June’s backyard studio are in sharp contrast to the music you will hear palpitating from car speakers on the street outside. Hip-Hop reverberates through his South Central neighborhood like the repetitive DVD menu that plays after one has fallen asleep, monotonous and continuous. Taking a chance and breaking from the confines of a rap saturated environment, Autumn In June began creating an innovative fusion of pulsating rhythms and vocals reminiscent of British trip hop. This was an unexpected occurrence in one of LA’s most ghettoized communities, and quickly resulted in him adopting a name to reflect his misplacement in this world, Autumn In June. Growing up on the streets of South Central, Autumn In June’s childhood was saturated by violence, gang culture and a community revere for gangster rap. However, he saw limitations in the genre that dominated his neighborhood and, ultimately, began to experiment with new styles inspired by Daft Punk, XX and British artist, Plan B.

Sounds like; Daft Punk, Foster the People, Pnau, Papertwin, Miami Horror,
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