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Louskylar – Stop, Go (feat. Kavi)

After launching Damaged Goods with local Melbourne act KAVI and eager to start working with feature artists, the duo decided to bring KAVI onboard for Stop, Go. Co-writer and producer Nathan Batham, keen to work with the emerging talent says “He’s such a genuine, humble artist with an amazing songwriting technique and we just knew right from the outset, we should collab. Stop, Go was the perfect opportunity and we love the flavour he brought to the track with his soulful lyrics and unique tone.”

The track kicks in right on point with KAVI’s beautiful voice building up to a harmonic and bassy drop. The production is minimal, yet the vocal chops did an amazing job keeping it melodic.

From the schismatic vocal samples to sharing their platform with peers, LouSkylar are proving that they’re approach to pop music and community matures with every advancement in their repertoire. Stop, Go ft. KAVI shines in the revealing light of their progression.

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Sounds Like: PLS&TY, Running Lights, Effie

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Ariane – Sweatshirt

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French-American pop singer and songwriter Ariane speaks to champion the underdog. Combining Lorde’s dreamy and atmospheric vocals with the moody sound of Banks and Billie Eilish, Ariane creates a refuge for her listeners.

Ariane’s rhythms build up together with a simple drum kit toward a heavy bass/kind of solid drop highlighted with her smooth progressive voice.

Sounds Like: Banks, Billie Eilish, Blood Orange, Lorde

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Tasha Angela – Lost in Nostalgia

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Toronto based Tasha Angela is back with a new single entitled ‘Lost in Nostalgia’ in which she explores groovy productions mixed with tender vocals performance. ‘Lost in Nostalgia’ starts sharp with a minimalist approach that progresses smoothly and perfectly backed by Tasha’s beautiful voice.

Sounds Like: Mahalia, ren, BAYNK

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Aimee Milner – A Little More

‘A Little More’, is the dreamy new collaboration between singer-songwriter Amy Milner and producer Tim Larcombe (Lana Del Rey/Halsey).

The second track from a stunning forthcoming project, it’s a breathtaking piece of electronica that’s right at home among the likes of The Japanese House or Bon Iver. The track is accompanied by a visual, created from clips of Amy & Tim’s process recording the album, showcasing the depth and creative flair involved in their artistic process.

Sounds Like: The Japanese House, Luna Pines, James Blake, Bon Iver

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DAD – Alligator

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DAD debuts her project with her new single ‘Alligator,’ with visuals from designers and illustrators Beverly Johnson & Cam Chan.

‘Alligator’ weaves lush instrumentation, catchy vocals hooks, and cheeky lyrical content as an ode to her ex-boyfriend, who, despite all his questionable actions, she still has to thank for leading her to Los Angeles.

Sounds Like: Lolo Zouaï, Doja Cat, Snow Tha Product, Lil Miquela, Gorillaz

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Ellen Krauss – Let Me Have It

Rising Swedish pop artist Ellen Krauss releases her brand new single ‘Let Me Have it’ through Tiller Inc. licensed to BMG Recorded Music.

An empowering stripped-back track about standing up to your oppressors and your inner demons, the song’s intro is calm. It features beautiful vocal progressions throughout and a guitar-based buildup, all the while reflecting Ellen’s strong and personal songwriting.

Sounds Like: Isak Danielson, Hov1, Smith & Thell, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo

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Kylie Spence – Walk Away

From a small town in Montana, Kylie Spence is a pop artist with a knack for empathy. Starting at the age of 12, she began writing songs telling stories beyond her youth. Over the next few years she would go on to perform covers and originals at local open mics and coffee shops, realizing her passion to connect with listeners. 

Walk Away, kicks in strongly with Kylie’s tender voice, progressing to a catchy bridge building up to a minimalist yet catchy atmosphere backed up with wonderful vocal-chops out of Kylie’s voice.

In the track, Kylie is repeatedly led on by a boy she strikes a connection with at a party who keeps talking to all the other girls in the room. Tired of the games, Kylie decided to walk away from this toxic stranger, setting the tone for an empowering song. 

Sounds Like: LUME, Eden Farrow, Charlee Remitz

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IRIS – Cotton Candy

Norwegian newcomer iris today releases the first track from her upcoming ‘femme florale’ EP. Cotton Candy and its accompanying visual signal a huge step up from this fascinating young talent.  A long way from the gentle, pastoral feel of her previous work, Cotton Candy is a slinky detour, with its shuddering, infectious trap beat.


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The track and its video both tell a story of a romantic encounter iris had long fantasized about, but never quite believed she’d have or had been ready to reveal “I’ve never been a fan of putting labels on my own sexuality,” she says, “but with this song I kind of have. It’s a song about a different kind of love”.

Sounds Like: SHY Martin, Arif, Dagny, Anna of the north, Brenn.

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Hamster feat. Lee – This Is Mine

This Is Mine is a follow-up collaboration between genre-defying indie-electro-pop producer Hamster and brazen genderqueer singer-songwriter Lee. It’s a massive electro-acoustic-flavored track featuring a powerful blend of melodic timbre and heartfelt lyricism from Lee. The track kicks in strongly with a simple guitar lead covered with Lee’s beautiful voice which builds up for a more catchy melodic atmosphere with strong vocal leads all over the way.

 

The track is about finding the inner resolve to be comfortable in your own skin, to succeed on your own terms, and to shed toxic relationships and the harmful expectations of others. This Is Mine is the first track from Hamster’s forthcoming EP, (tentatively titled ‘Old World’), set to release February 2020.

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Sounds Like: LP, Tash Sultana, Simply Falling, Sam Smith

Blush FM – Move

The New York-based artist is a stunner through and through. Nurturing a space without borders, Blush FM has created her own genre of pop-adjacent music that’s unconfined and limitless. Her recently released “Glistening” was the first introduction to her forthcoming EP, due out this fall. Blush FM’s unique sound of dark, alt-pop is instantly memorable.


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The song starts directly with the beautiful voice of Blush FM backed with some chill piano notes. It’ll later build-up to an R&B-Soul-infused kind of atmosphere that blew my mind personally.

On the single, she says, “‘Move’ deals with allowing one’s self the space to develop their own integrity. It was written in a moment of time where I’d began to explore my judgment and instincts more thoughtfully. ‘Move’ encapsulated that trust in myself, while acknowledging that it doesn’t look the same on everyone.”  

Sounds Like: Two Feet, Alina Baraz, Yuna, Sabrina Claudio

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Sainte Barae – Power + Control

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The brilliant Australian artist Saint Barae returns with an intimate and nostalgic offering through his latest single ‘Power + Control’.

In a raw and empowering message behind the song, Saint Barae begins to open up as he takes us into a very personal and intimate tale of handling his sexuality with the people that mean the most to him.

Sounds Like: Téléphonik Muzik, Tame Impala

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Die Orangen – Sonne

Since listening to Die Orangen‘s single, ‘Sonne’, we’ve become slightly obsessed with their psychdelia approach to industrial sounds.

Having originally forged their partnership in the diverse electronic music scene of Australia, Kris  Baha and Angus Gruzman recently decamped to the thriving Berlin scene to develop their dark and pulsing industrial-inspired productions.

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Sounds like: Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine, The Chemical Brothers

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Somebody’s Child – Jungle

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Irish-born, indie artist, Somebody’s Child returns his frenetic new single ‘Jungle’.

Usng music as a platform to discuss topics of mental health, ‘Jungle’ is a nervous yet honest display of indelible guitar riffs and beautifully coarse vocals.

Sounds like: Foals, Mystery Jets, Arctic Monkeys

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Royal Cinema – CHA-CHING

These ladies are having a fun time, and we want to be involved.

Royal Cinema was formed by longtime friends Johanna Cranitch, Isaac Carpenter and Sydney Wayser who, having spent years playing in their own solo projects and in other various touring bands such as The Cranberries, LORDE and Awolnation, decided they wanted an additional musical outlet where they could let loose and have fun.

Their new single is ‘CHA-CHING’ – a self-produced, pulsing pop track.

Sounds like: B52s, Goldfrapp, Sofi Tukker

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Tessa Dixson – Hiding

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Tessa Dixson is back with another bittersweet single, in the form os ‘Hiding’.

Once again produced by Reinhard Vanbergen and mixed by Neil Comber (M.I.A., Charli XCX) is a silky and bittersweet affair.

Tessa’s torn but soulful voice is high up in the mix, locking you in from the first verse. The chorus is huge, there’s a sitar hook and warm backing vocals guiding you through the raw emotions of the song.

Sounds like: The xx, Kllo, Grace Carter, Lorde, Billie Eilish

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HÅN – It’s Better When I Sleep

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Taking more of a The Japanese House vibe, HÂN shares the dreamy new single, ‘It’s Better When I Sleep’.

Considering the topic of sleeping, simply as it is – a necessary process that is both “intimate and reassuring, but also imaginary and illusionary”.

Take shelter and listen now.

Sounds like: Daughter, Skott, The Japanese House

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Aaricia – For Two

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The darker shades of pop music have risen to the top of the pile of late, with artists like Banks consistently enthralling a captivated audience and Billie Eilish sensationalism reaching much of the world. Aiming for a slice of that pie is Montreal’s Aaricia, who balances her darker ethos with a soaring, honeyed vocal.

Her new single is equal parts sugar and spice, with Aaricia outlining ‘For Two’ is about desire and fantasy. It’s about that one person you can’t resist. You can try to play it cool but, in the end, you know you’ll succumb to temptation.

Sounds like: Liyv, CLAVVS, Charlee Remitz, Tessa Rae

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archmotors – Sitcom

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From the west coast of Ireland comes a distinct blend of alternative rock and post-punk that simultaneously rides a wave of nostalgia whilst sitting ahead of the contemporary curve. archmotors, a duo with prowess and skill that extends far beyond their meagre membership, second single to date ‘Sitcom’ is darkly humorous in the most compelling way.

Fans of older video games will be charmed by the ‘point and click’ style video accompaniment – a perfect pairing, tune in below.

Sounds like: The National

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Wolf & Moon – Situations

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Berlin based, Wolf & Moon is a duo comprised of modern day storytelling nomads, Dennis and Stef. Their debut album Before It Gets Dark was released on AdP in January of 2019 to much excitement form German press. Situations is Wolf & Moon’s follow up single, and rides on the tails of successful spring & summer. Wolf & Moon played SXSW this March and have been nominated for the “Best Newcomer” award at the VIA awards during this year’s Reeperbahn festival. 

The track starts chill, building up toward a really catchy and melodic bridge which carries on with a dynamic melody backed up with Stef & Dennis’ incredible vocals. No wonders they were nominated for SXSW’s Best Newcomer award.

Sounds Like: James Vincent McMarrow, Lea Porcelain, Xul Zolar, Ten Fé

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De Rien – Cali

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German producer and multi-instrumentalist De Rien releases debut R&B infused, indie electronic offering with “Cali”. Residing between neo-soul, organic electronica and a splash of nu-disco, “Cali” is built on the foundation of a soulful groove set by a shuffling percussive line and mellow synth line, while lush layers of distorted vocals litter the track.

What personally caught me the most onto the track is despite the fact it is minimal electronics, you can never predict what the next take will be. And that reflects a huge amount of talent within the multi-instrumentalist behind it.

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Sounds like:  SOHN, Joe Hertz, Alina Baraz, Hippie Sabotage

MONOGEM – Soy Lo Que Soy

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‘Soy Lo Que Soy’ is the type of song that gets stuck in your head from the first listen. The intro is significantly long, but MONOGEM‘s progression makes it worth the while as you’ll be met with a real Spanish melodic feel with heart touching vocals.

The song shows that the Los Angeles based artist isn’t afraid of speaking out of her heart through music and you’ll definitely feel that through her catchy rythme.  “Soy Lo Que Soy”, meaning “I am what I am” gives that Jazz / Soul feel mixed with modern electronic music elements, flavored with Jen Hirsh’s own Guadalajaran heritage.

This is a personal and career milestone for Hirsh—it marks the first time she was courageous enough to incorporate her Guadalajaran heritage in her music, all to follow through on a promise she made with her abuela never to lose it.

Soy Lo Que Soy is part of a forthcoming EP called ‘So Many Ways’.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Silk Cinema, ASTR, July Child, Lights, Evvy, Micky Blue

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