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Vök – Night & Day

Vök

One of our favourite bands of all time, Vök, have released the visuals for the title single off the new album ‘Night & Day’.

Their most comfortable space is in continuing to push boundaries, but with the video for ‘Night & Day’, the trio go back to old school roots to really capture the essence and atmosphere of their sound.

Watch below.

Sounds like: Björk, Kate Boy, Poliça, Death Rattle, MUNA, The Knife

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Playlist: Pat Lok

Pat Lok

Canadian dance producer Pat Lok has teamed up with pop artist Kate Stewart on his new single called ‘Know Me’, ahead of his second studio EP campaign soon, out on Kitsuné.

To celebrate the release, we asked Pat Lok to put together a playlist for us. It’s full of

Pat Lok – Know Me ft Kate Stewart
My new song “Know Me” is all about that moment when you first meet someone and there’s chemistry but you’re still trying to play it a little cool, not move too fast. Musically it’s inspired by 80s boogie, an incredible era for music – which is the theme of this playlist.

D-Train – You’re The One For Me
That synth riiff is so SO recognizable, one of the greatest little hooks ever. D-Train has such an emotional tone to his voice. No wonder it’s one of the most sampled records of all time.

Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You
You can’t have 80s without including Janet, her productions with Jam & Lewis still sound pristine today. It’s tough to write rnb classics in a major key but they did it so well here with that simple repeating bassline.

The SOS Band – High Hopes
SOS Band has so many great songs but this is more on the chill and disco side of things, with the live bass holding it down. And then that hook! So groovy I just never want it to end.

Cherelle – I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
When people say 80s boogie, this song is what they mean. A simple unforgettable vocal, huge funky synth stabs, a strutting bassline bouncing between the kick and snare. Untouchable.

Imagination – Just An Illusion
One of the most prolific yet oft forgotten acts of the 80s era, Imagination lived up to their name with terrific songwriting wrapped in sensual mystique and exotic outfits. Their album covers are among my all time favorites, you’ll want to check out their videos.

Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real
Not many songs are recognizable from the very first note. Soundtracking everything from the first NYC vogue contests to your aunt’s wedding. Again a bit more disco with all the horn instrumentation and less synths but with that kick – snare groove I’m sneaking this one in.

Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principle
Yup doubling down on Janet. Written by The Time’s Monte Moir, this one perfectly encompasses the era, that balance between live instrumentation and synths (which were finally becoming mainstream in pop music). Janet’s vocals wander all over the place, which is probably why there are versions near 10 min long but I love every minute of it.

The BB&Q Band – Dreamer
Funky, dreamy, spacey. Those sparkly synth areggios swirling around the sequenced drum machine. One of the unsung classics!

Change – Searching
Featuring a guy named Luther Vandross before he got all famous. This one sets the standard for triplet-time (6/8) dance music.

Pat goes on tour with Party Pupils.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Le Youth, Just Kiddin, Blonde, Ava Max, Gigamesh, SG Lewis, Moulinex

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Aaron Taos – Control

Aaron Taos by Dave Krugman

Aaron Taos by Dave Krugman

Aaron Taos shares ‘Control’, the first single taken from his new project called ‘Birthday Boy’.

The track itself is about the monotony of daily life, think Truman Show. This malaise is reflected in the slurred vocal effect and distant synths.

Sounds like: Yoke Lore, MP The Kid

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Malika – Stranger Things

Malika - Stranger Things

This is the first song by Malika that we’ve heard and we are instantly hooked.

Starting with gorgeous jazz-inspired piano chords, the Jae
Eaux-produced track quickly develops with Malika’s soulful words about a lost long coupled with subtle choir-backing vocals.

Speaking on ‘Stranger Things’, Malika explains,

“Stranger Things is one of THE MOST personal songs I’ve written, it describes a real moment in time for me, and a real struggle between two people. For me it was necessary to tell this story this way. When I got back in the studio to work on new music it was with the idea of saying what I wanted to say, making what I wanted to make, without restriction. And I think you can hear that and feel that on Stranger things. Ultimately my hope is always to connect with people. But especially with this new set of music, I hope that others who have had the same or similar struggles find, or listen to, Stranger Things and the EP ‘Tension’ when it comes out next year and feel connected.”

Sounds like: Jorja Smith, Whitney Houston, Nakala, Mary J Blige, Mabel

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Exmag – In This Feat. Ehiorobo

Exmag

Lay down some vocals, come up with a great disco sound, and party all night long. Jobs a gooden right? Sure, if we are talking about Exmag, as things seem to be super breezy at the moment with this funky hip-hop trio.

In their new video for ‘In This’, which features vocalist Ehiorobo, things are just that. Chilled with celestial harmonies and nostalgic guitar riffs that take you somewhere. You’re not entirely sure where this place is, but you know it’s good.

Speaking of the track, Exmag explains,

“We’re really stoked about this release. We had a great time getting to know Ehiorobo, and producing the track and video for “In This” was a really effortless, communal process…‘In This’ came together really naturally. Ehiorobo was a perfect fit. Everyone came together and we actually had the great party that is being depicted in the video. A big thanks to Ehi, Nesmith Films, and our awesome friends who made this whole production happen so effortlessly.”

It’s part of a two-track release called ‘Glimpses of a Vision’, out now via Majestic Casual Records.

Sounds like: Chromeo, Daft Punk, Yuksek, Blood Orange, Miami Horror

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Dancing on Tables – Stereo

Dancing on Tables

It’s Sunday, so time for a bit of indie rock from the North courtesy of Scottish five-piece, Dancing on Tables.

The band named themselves after arriving at a gig with no band name and noticing that people were dancing on tables, and we’re sure that there will be plenty more opportunities for this to happen again with their rousing anthemic tunes.

Listen to their new single, ‘Stereo’ below:

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King Tuts Wah Wah Hut , Glasgow – 18th January
Live at Leeds, Leeds – 4th May

Sounds like: Sea Girls, Biffy Clyro, Circa Waves, The 1975, Rat Boy, Circa Waves, The Amazons

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Nico Cara – Grounded

Nico Cara

We love supporting local acts, Brighton-based Nico Cara is one such act we are getting super excited about for the coming year.

Combining classic jazz sounds with modern electronic and R&B production, ‘Grounded’ is a slow burning gem that leaves Cara’s vocals to their own devices, ultimately letting them shine through.

Speaking about the track, Cara explains,

“Recording this single has been a new experience for me, trying out a lot of new sounds and instruments to get a solid R&B vibe. I think I’ve taken a lot of different influences and made something that encompasses me as a musician at this time.”

Sounds like: Jordan Rakei, YAKUL

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90’S KIDS – Heartbeat

90'S KIDS

We are suckers for feel-good pop with heartbreaking beats. Cue 90’S KIDS.

The year old trio came up with the name, not because they’re 90s babies, but because they are all experiencing a feeling of nostalgia brought on by growing up in an in-between era, before the mass use of technology, but also witnessing technology become a dominant tool in music production.

Listen to new single, ‘Heartbeat’ below.

Sounds like: The 1975, LANY, Walk The Moon

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Lydia Evangeline – Down

Lydia Evangeline

Lydia Evangeline is standing as a quality and thought-provoking songstress.

Never truer to a gritty pop sound, ‘Down’ is about a toxic relationship, full of lyrical sadness and an optimstic sass running throughout.

It’s out now via Bespoke Records.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, NAO

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CILVR – Bound To Die

CILVR

Swedish singer/songwriter CILVR has drawn comparisons to Billie Eilish, Lykke Li and Kate Bush and we can understand why with her delicate take on Scandi-pop.

But don’t be fooled, these dulcet tones quickly transcend into slick and airy pop.

With a genuine ability to write original songs, we are excited of things to come from CILVR.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Lykke Li, Kate Bush, Robyn

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Suns Up – Love You Back

Suns Up

What’s up Suns Up? Sussex country-bumpkin band Suns Up will definitely brighten up your day with ‘Love You Back’.

A perfect indie-pop anthem with sweet guitar melodies, infectious hooks and dizzy vocals. As seen on your next Made in Chelsea episode very soon…

Sounds like: Sea Girls, The Kooks, Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, Phoenix, Sundara Karma

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Chris Ayer – Need Somebody

Chris Ayer - Need Somebody

West Coast dweller Chris Ayer shares ‘Need Somebody’.

It’s a pop song through and through, written about being in a relationship with someone that you know isn’t good for you, a perfect remedy for heartbroken teens across the globe.

Sounds like: XY&O, Charlie Puth, Ed Sheeran

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Dylan Emmet – Memory feat. Constance

Dylan Emmet – Memory feat. Constance

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Dylan Emmet has a gut wrenching story to tell. After discovering about a two year old daughter he never know about, Emmet packed his bags and moved to New York to be a full-time dad and musician.

He has enlisted Candian singer/songwriter Constance (NÉONHÈART) on their emotional song ‘Memory’, and the special chemistry between Emmet and Constance is clear throughout the song.

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Bellhouse – Like You Loved Us

Bellhouse

Bellhouse is the Swedish pop project of Emma-Lee Andersson.

A trained truck driver who would have chosen a career in criminology if it weren’t for her music, it’s perhaps surprising that Bellhouse didn’t notice her musical talent in pop music soon.

Her gorgeously radio-ready ‘Like You Loved Us’ had us at hello and for this reason, Bellhouse is one of our Ones to Watch for 2019.

Sounds like: Allie X, Zella Day, ORKID, Harlee

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Jamie N Commons – Paper Dreams

Jamie N Commons

Following a move to Los Angeles to pursue his now hugely successful songwriting career, Jamie N Commons found his music took an unexpected turn towards the musical greats of the 80’s.

Containing these ingredients, plus the addition of some rock and blues in there, Jamie N Commons’ ‘Paper Dreams’ are certainly proving fruitful.

Sounds like: Rag’n’Bone Man, Jacob Banks

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thanks. – HYHU

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Berklee Music of College graduates duo thanks. are inspiring musicians around the world with their new single ‘HYHU’ (Hold Your Head Up).

It does exactly what it says on the tin, with an extra dose of groovy indie-pop swagger and electronic melodies.

Sounds like: Coach & Ref, Rudimental

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Clinic Blonde – Fabled

Clinic Blonde

Copenhagen quarter Clinic Blonde are playing it nonchalant with dreamy new single ‘Fabled’.

Their sound is both fresh and nostalgic – think sparkling riffs and sky-high vocals that will warm the warmest of months.

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Playlist: Nakala

Nakala

South Coast-based R&B singer and producer Nakala recently dropped her hefty, eight track ‘GIRL’ EP, which features production from long-term production partner Brad Baker and co-production from Jonah (Ayelle, Dom Mcallister) who at only 19 has been working with Nakala and Brad as part of their in-house production team for the last four years.

To coincide with the ‘GIRL’ release, Nakala has put together a smooth playlist for us. Check it out below.

Nakala – Ringer
I finished this track after I came back from LA and it just gives me good vibes

Mac Ayers – Get To You Again
I loved Mac Ayers from the first single I heard..

Ella Mai – Trip
Ella Mai is out here making waves, fave song from her album.

KHALID, 6LACK, Ty, Dolla $ign – OTW
I love all the artists on this track especially Ty, this track is a vibe.

J.Cole – 1985
J. Cole is my one favourite artists, this was my fave track off his latest album.

Drake – In My Feelings
This isn’t my fav drake track but it makes me happy.

SZA, Travis Scott – Love Galore
I actually love this track because I LOVED the Khalid cover, his cover made me love the original.

Ayelle, Nakala – Actor
This is a vibe, I love Ayelle, she’s my girl and we have some great songs together.

Kehlani, Cardi B – Ring
I LOVE Kehlani and loved the new Cardi album, this was one of the best tracks for me.

Frank Ocean – Solo
This track reminds me of LA, my happy place.

Brent Faiyaz – All I Want
Summer vibes, chills me out and love Brent’s voice.

Sounds like: July Child, Ayelle, Dady

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