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Weekly Gems 59

ODA – Don’t You Know

ODA

Norwegian artist ODA (pronounced “Oo-da”) takes us on a breathtaking journey with her new single, ‘Don’t You Know’.

Taking influences from an eclectic mix, including a love for the ethereal electronica of Sigur Rós, heartfelt lyrics of Bon Iver, and the indie energy of British bands such as Coldplay and Keane, ODA stands out from the crowd with her own take on electro-pop.

ODA’s highly anticipated EP, ‘Hide’, is out today.

Sounds like: ODESZA, Manila Killa, Louis Futon, Kasbo, Amanda Tenfjord, Dagny

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George Gretton – Tread Water

George Gretton by Imogen Harrison

George Gretton by Imogen Harrison

Nottingham-born multi-instrumentalist and singer George Gretton shares his stunning debut single ‘Tread Water’.

As a musician performing in bands, it wasn’t until he discovered production – which he taught himself – that he unlocked his creative potential. The result is a forward-thinking sound with expansive atypical arrangements, experimental processing and fitful drum samples.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, James Blake, Bon Iver

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Aimée – Don’t Bother

Aimée

Hold up. There is a new pop princess in town, and she goes by the name Aimée.

The Irish artist’s debut single ‘Don’t Bother’ is an anti-break up song, akin to empowering 90s pop such as Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

Sounds like: JoJo, Zara Larsson, Justin Timberlake

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Felix Räuber – Running Out Of Time

Felix Raueber by Michael Miklas

Felix Raueber by Michael Miklas

Felix Räuber is one talent that you cannot ignore.

At the tender age of 13, he founded his first band in his basement that grew to become Polarkreis 18. Fronted by Räuber, their first studio album took them across Europe on tour, the second album achieved gold status, and single Allein Allein became one of the most successful German-language songs of all time (earning platinum status) and a global hit.

Räuber made the move to Berlin in 2012 to realign himself as an artist. Jump forward to 2012 , Räuber shares the video for his genre-pushing cineamtic pop new single, ‘Running Out Of Time’. Watch below.

Sounds like: Thomas Azier, Aquilo, Solomon Grey, Son Lux, Nils Frahm, Ulrich Schnauss

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Broken Back – Young Love

Broken Back by Emma Birski

Broken Back by Emma Birski

Broken Back (aka Jérôme Fagnet) is an advocate of friendly, tropical sounds, which may surprise you considering why he started making music.

His former life as a motivated entrepreneur and business student tragically came to an end when, at just 22 years old, his back gave out and he was confined to a bed. This free time was used to create music.

This flair for feel-good and infectious grooves, is perfectly showcases in his acoustic performance of ‘Young Love’.

Sounds like: Kygo, Kazy Lambist

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The Bliss – Nothing Scares Me Anymore

The Bliss by Zachary Gray

The Bliss by Zachary Gray

The electro-pop project The Bliss is the latest coalition of pop songstress TYSM (Chelsea Davenport) and hip-hop/electronic producer Felix Snow (Leona Lewis, SZA, Kiiara, Gallant, Icona Pop, Rita Ora) of the pop-trio Terror Jr.

While both artists are established within their own realm, this partnership brings them collectively to a whole new level of creativity and wonder.

Listen to ‘Nothing Scares Me Anymore’ below.

Sounds like: The Chainsmokers, Sofi Tukker

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Playlist: Like Swimming

Like Swimming by C. Johan Knobe

Like Swimming by C. Johan Knobe

Swedish indie-pop band Like Swimming has just released the first part of their two-part EP, ‘Resistance / Relations’. The EP is an attempt for the band to get all their political frustration out in the first part, ‘Resistance’, and to make room for the ups and downs of personal battles in the second part, ‘Relations’, coming later this year.

Like Swimming has put together a playlist for us, of tracks that have inspired ‘Resistance’.

CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share

Great inspiration for the synth in ‘Strike a Pose’!

Robyn – Who’s That Girl?

Strike the rhythm!

Robyn – Dancing On My Own

That bass gave us the right feeling for ‘Strike a Pose’.

Gang of Youths – Poison Drums & Phoenix – Lisztomania

Both tracks inspired us to change the drums of ‘The Ground’ completely.

Daughter – Smother

Gave us the right feeling of desolation and frustration for ‘Save Me’.

Jennie Abrahamson – Bloodlines

Inspired us to put the vocal up front in ‘Save Me’.

Like Swimming – Lean on

We liked the space we allowed ourselves to have in this one, so we wanted to do it again.

Vi Va Dom – Familjen

Gave us the right dancing moves for ‘Dead but Dancing’

Beck – Girl

Helped us feel ok with letting ‘Dead but Dancing’ stand out from the rest of the songs.

Bob Dylan – Ballad of a Thin Man

The lyrics from this inspired all of ‘Growing’, so much that we had to lend a phrase even.

Royal Teeth – Wild

Those rim shots are why Petter “missed” the snare on ‘Growing’.

Like Swimming – Cover My Eyes

This is a song that we did and liked so much that we wanted to do again, it turned out to be something very different: ‘Fire on the Fields’.

Sounds like: Chvrches, Chrome Sparks, Of Monsters & Men

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Playlist: Amahla

Amahla - Consider This

Incredible young talent Amahla makes neo-soul music with pure heart.

In times of hardship, authentic voices, stories, and creativity can always thrive, so I suppose there is at least one silver lining to Brexit and the issues of immigration and women’s rights.

Amahla has put together a playlist of a few songs that have influenced her recently. They differ in genre, but all put great vocals to the front.

Nick Drake – River Man
I’m new to Nick Drake but I absolutely love this one, his voice takes you on a journey through the song

Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You
There is so much class in this record, killer pre chorus, chorus and the dynamics flow just right.

Don Bryant – How Do I Get There?
I only discovered this song last week but i’ve not been able to stop playing it! Turns out Don was a songwriter at Hi records (Al Green, Ann Peebles) it just fills me with warmth every time I listen.

Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers
Ed’s language choices in this track are so powerful especially about such mundane things. I guess when you lose someone you do tend to focus on all the little things

Beyonce – Get Me Bodied
I love this song, once it hits the middle 8 it reminds me so much of Chain of Fools by Aretha. An underrated song from B 100%

Brother Brothers – Colorado
I really love the way the melody line sits above the guitar, it glides so effortlessly and makes their sound feel new.

Amahla – Consider This
It’s lovely because every time I play this live I get to reinvent the arrangement, this is definitely a style that I’m hoping to build on in future releases

You can listen to her deeply personal EP below.

Sounds like: Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Grace Carter, Caswell, Lauryn Hill

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Preview: SXSW Festival 2019

SXSW

It’s that time of year. SXSW. One of the biggest music festivals in the world and we have to confess…we are SXSW virgins. Not to worry as we’ve scoured the line up to ensure we don’t miss any music whilst stuffing our faces with tacos.

Here’s a list of ones to check out (in no particular order).

GEORGIA
SXSW Artist Page

Georgia by Rosie Marks

Georgia by Rosie Marks

We are starting out with a strong contender for our all-time favourite artist of 2019.

Her name is Georgia and she writes pop inspired by the Chicago house and Detroit techno of the 80’s era, with pure determination.

Sounds like: Chase & Status, Madonna, New Order, Jungle, Kanye West, Santigold

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APRE
SXSW Artist Page

APRE

London duo APRE (aka Charlie Brown and Jules Konieczny) creates low-slung indie with heart-bonding melodies.

A witty take on alternative pop, these two have spent their days creating music in the backroom of a West London chess club and we can’t wait to see what their live performance has in store.

Sounds like: Kasabian, 10 o’clock Chemical, Everything Everything, April Towers, Fickle Friends, Sea Girls, Nick Mulvey

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ANTEROS
SXSW Artist Page

Anteros

Indulgent rock-pop band Anteros is a London-based four-piece, headed up by frontwoman Laura Hayden who set up the band with Josh in London after her move from Barcelona.

We expect their show to be glorious, glamarous and pushing boundaries.

Sounds like: Blondie, Wolf Alice, Black Honey, Ladyhawke, Blondie, Garbage, The Cardigans

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RUN RIVER NORTH
SXSW Artist Page

Run River North by Stephen Yonsik Lee

Run River North by Stephen Yonsik Lee

We’d not heard of Los Angeles-based trio Run River North until browsing the SXSW schedule but they’ve made the cut due to their hopeful and upbeat approach to indie-pop.

Expect their EP ‘Monsters Calling Home: Part 1’ out in the spring.

Sounds like: Like Swimming, Beauty Sleep, Of Monsters and Men, Grouplove, Fleet Foxes

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GOLDEN VESSEL
SXSW Artist Page

Golden Vessel

We’ve covered Golden Vessel are fair bit on the site. He is currently on tour across North America supporting BAYNK, before making his debut appearance at SXSW.

Check out his newest single ‘DIZZY’ which features the voice of Australian artist Oscar Key Sung, a taste of his forthcoming debut album.

Sounds like: MØ, Brolin, The National, Gang of Youths, Bon Iver, Alex Vargas, TENDER, Kanyon, REFS

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SAM FENDER
SXSW Artist Page

Sam Fender

We are super excited to watch BRITs Critic’s Choice winner, Sam Fender play his rocky and reckless form of abandon to a crowd.

Sam has a rebellious attitude througout his music, as he challenges modern assumptions and actions.

Sounds like: Duran Duran, James Bay, Stereohoney

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SIR SLY
SXSW Artist Page

Sir Sly

Correct us if we are wrong, but we are pretty sure Sir Sly was on an indefinite hiatus the last time we checked a few years back, so to our surprise they are on this year’s SXSW bill.

We are not complaining one single bit – we this authentic and brazen Los Angeles trio explode with frenetic energy on stage.

Sounds like: Growlers, Wolf Gang, All We Are, Gypsy & The Cat, Jagwar Ma, Anteros

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MORGXN
SXSW Artist Page

morgxn by Shervin Lainez

morgxn by Shervin Lainez

Alt-pop morgxn has singing in his blood, which has carved out a path to writing deeply personal lyrics with an smoking, yet upbeat edge.

He wants to break down barriers with his music, so we can stop and look at who we really are – “fierce, loving, beating hearts.”

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, Jack Garratt

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ELDERBROOK
SXSW Artist Page

Elderbrook

Following the success of his massive hit ‘Cola’ with Camelphat, young British artist Elderbrook is set to take over the US.

He creates neo-soul infused with elements of dance, and puts on one hell of a show.

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

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FLORA CASH
SXSW Artist Page

Flora Cash

US/Scandi husband and wife duo Flora Cash write heartfelt ballads with cinematic keys amidst a brooding Scandi backdrop.

They are set to play SXSW and we are really looking forward to seeing the chemistry on stage, whilst they sing of heartache, politics and general struggles.

Sounds like: Laurel, Lana Del Rey, Lucius, Bon Iver, Johnny Cash

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Noé – Color

Noé - Color

Noé uses ‘Color’ as a tool for self-empowerment in her new single.

The Paris-born singer provides us with a moody and raw approach to depression and emotions, and where she reveals some real-life struggles. She has worked alongside music video director Juliette Labrousse and her team back home in France to provide some intriguing visuals.

Sounds like: Noosa, RALPH, Sigrid, Fiona Apple, VÉRITÉ

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Melis – Waves

Melis

Melis by Lucas Christiansen

Melis is going back to her roots with new single ‘Waves’, which arrives with a nostalgic video, shot on 16mm film in her hometown in Prague.

Starting with a simple melody, the track soon builds into a beautifully crafted and intimate assemble of vulnerability and melacholic feelings used to convey a love/hate relationship with someone.

Sounds like: London Grammar, IYES, Grace Carter

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R E L – Back to the River

R E L - Back to the River

R E L is the musical project of 23 years old Los Angeles-native Arielle Sitrick.

Not wanting to fit into a mold, R E L describes her music as EVOCA-POP (evocative pop) and uses it as a powerful tool to heal.

Her new single does just that – it was written shortly after her biggest heartbreak and showcases the highs and lows she faced throughout the relationship and afterwards.

R E L is currently at work on a 3- side visual album, ‘EVOCAPOP’, about self love, recovery and empowerment.

Sounds like: Tessa Dixson, Kllo, Jorja Smith

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PLYA – Dynamite

PLYA - Dynamite

Electro-pop trio PLYA shares new single ‘Dynamite’.

Julia Sykes is one frontwoman not afraid to get intense with her listeners – explosive melodies and powerful synths depict a fiery relationship that may not be good for you, but one that you just can’t get enough of.

Sounds like: Fickle Friends, Draper, Sykes, Broods, Phantogram, Monogem, SADSUN

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Kae Astra – Dreams

Kae Astra

Austin-native Kae Astra shares her effervescent alt-pop debut, ‘Dreams’.

One would be forgiven to thinking this is an ode to Kate Bush and Grimes, with it’s wonderfully expressive and falsetto vocals and painstaking melodies crowned in a lush dream pop soundscape.

Sounds like: CILVR, Kate Bush, Grimes, Beach House

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Jinka – Bare to the Bone Feat. BLVTH

Jinka

Jinka is carving the way for female-led electronic pop from Germany.

Her new single, ‘Bare to the Bone’ features fellow Berlin-based artist, BLVTH and perfectly blends BLVTH’s grungy future bass and Jinka’s happy trip pop.

The singlewill be featured on Jinka’s debut EP ‘Dr. Ara’, which will be released on 8 March.

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES, Billie Eilish

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Chelsea Effect – Tinseltown

Chelsea Effect

We all know many people head to Los Angeles and only a handful make it to stardom, but it doesn’t prevent the never-ending quest by actors, artists and musicians alike.

Chelsea Effect – the music/art/fashion project of Canadian born Emerald Isabella – discusses this such topic in her new single ‘Tinseltown’.

It’s a reflective message about trying to make it in L.A, “the land of almost stars.” It’s out now.

Sounds like: Monogem, Evvy, Ellie Goulding, REMMI

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Dan Crossley – Mind Games

Dan Crossley
Dan Crossley is calling out an ex-lover in his new single ‘Mind Games’.

It’s a R&B pop anthem from the artist who has a knack of writing honest music written from personal experiences, which has rightfully landed him the BBC Introducing’s One To Watch for 2018.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Charley Stride, Cat Burns, Years & Years

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Fred Daniels – Wetlands

Fred Daniels

Swedish artist Fred Daniels shares the gorgeously addictive pop number, ‘Wetlands’ – “an anthem for oral sex”!

After learning to play drums at nine and writing his first song at 11, it’s clear a successful career in music has always been in Fred’s destiny, which has included being a member of Södra Station with Shy Martin and collaborations with Andrew Taggart from The Chainsmokers.

Sounds like: SKOTT, The Weeknd, Years & Years, Lane 8, La Bouquet

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Broken Back – Breathe Slow

Broken Back

It’s been a heavy week for us so time to breathe slow and get some bright emotion back in our lives ahead of the weekend.

Broken Back is a singer, songwriter, producer, and creator…as well as of course an advocate of tropical and uplifting sounds. His new single ‘Breathe Slow’ is “a liberating invitation to focus on the glass half full rather than on the half empty one” and is out now via Ultra Records.

Sounds like: Kygo, Kazy Lambist

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Tropic Harbour – Softness

Tropic Harbour

Amongst the noise, you can find the ‘Softness’.

Tropic Harbour is the dreamy pop project created by Canadian native, Mark Berg.

Using music as a crutch to recover from the daily grind and a reminder to practice self-love, the visuals for his down-tempo single, ‘Softness’, perfectly match this attitude in a bid to slow things down.

Expect the ‘Calm’ EP on 26 April.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, DIIV, Jessy Lanza

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