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Chaos Chaos – Dripping With Fire

Chaos Chaos

New York-based sister act Chaos Chaos share their new single, ‘Dripping With Fire’.

Formerly in the band Smoosh, who performed with the likes of Bloc Party and Cat Power, the siblings are no beginners when it comes to playing in the music scene.

‘Dripping With Fire’ sheds light on sisterhood, and all its conflicts and memorabilia. Watch the video below, directed by Stephanie Dimiskovksi and inspired by Tina Barney’s portraits of families and Crystal Moselle‘s documentary ‘The Wolfpack’.

Tour Dates

30 Nov – Neumos @ Seattle, WA
1 Dec – Biltmore Cabaret @ Vancouver, BC
2 Dec – Obsidian @ Olympia, WA
3 Dec – Aladdin Theater @ Portland, OR
5 Dec – Starline Social Club @ Oakland, CA
6 Dec – Catalyst Atrium @ Santa Cruz, CA
7 Dec – Soho @ Santa Barbara, CA
8 Dec – The Irenic @ San Diego, CA
9 Dec – The Regent Theater @ Los Angeles, CA
10 Dec – Constellation Room @ Santa Ana, CA

Sounds like: Tennis, Emma Louise, IDER, Lucius, Niki & The Dove

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BUNT. – On My Way

BUNT.

Meet German folktronica duo, BUNT..

‘On My Way’ encaspulates the BUNT. ethos – their name does mean ‘colourful’ in German after all. As the song commences, you expect it to branch into another stateside, commercial EDM number, but it quickly fills a happy folk void that you never knew you were missing.

Think Of Monsters & Men meets Avicii. Now take a listen.

Sounds like: Of Monsters And Men, Avicii, One Republic

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Rae Isla – Mexico

Rae Isla

Our hearts go out to those in Mexico at the moment. This one is for them.

‘Mexico’ is a debut song by Seattle-born Rae Isla, who has a family interest in South America. It features guitarist Lito de la Isla and was produced by Gianluca Buccellati (Tei Shi, Yellerkin).

Rae is donating all of her profits from the sale of the song to Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexican Red Cross).

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Laurel

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Motion Trap – The Movement

Motion Trap

Denver duo, Motion Trap (aka Kyle Williams and Nathan Rogers) release spirited new single, ‘The Movement’, and the synth-rock-pop number does just that. Make you move.

Expect their sophomore album ‘Heavenly Bodies’ out soon.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, OMD, Future Islands, Roosevelt, Cut Copy

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REFS – Fool

Refs

REFS is the project of Brooklyn-based producer, Zach Lipkins.

Pure emotion and intimacy oozes from his R&B hit ‘Fool’, all perfectly enveloped with fervorous production.

Sounds like: John Legend, Jack Garratt, Klyne

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Nocturnal Tapes – All I Need

Nocturnal Tapes - All I Need

Wow, Nocturnal Tapes have arrived and aren’t we happy they have!

Their new single ‘All I Need’ takes you on a spacial journey of floaty dreamscapes and psychedelia attitudes. It is about that moment when you realise you have everything you need and suddenly the pressure you’ve been putting on yourself can lift.

Sounds like: Kasabian, Tame Impala, Du Tonc, Cut Copy

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Kendall Morgan – Undertow

Kendall Morgan- Undertow

If Lorde decided to dabble in hip hop, this might be the result – ‘Undertow’ by Kendall Morgan.

Kendall grew up in Nashville, and started writing songs as early as she can remember. Her experience in songwriting has led her to working on tracks with Kendrick Lamar and Yo Gotti.

Listen to ‘Undertow’ below.

Sounds like: Lorde, Kacy Hill

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Strong Asian Mothers – Hard To Find

Strong Asian Mothers - Hard To Find

Tying together elements of hip-hop, pop and electronic sounds Strong Asian Mothers have created a beautiful, rich and textured soundscape as the basis for their new single ‘Hard to Find’.

The single is a follow up to their previous EP releases ‘Lynx Africa’ and ‘Animal‘ which gained a strong following from fans and critics alike.

‘Hard to Find’ is a catchy and instantly pleasing follow up to previous work and is bound to push them nearer to the mainstream. Vocally it’s an appealing, smooth and soulful vocal which sits somewhere between a simpler Nick Mulvey or a safer James Blake. It’s a calm but enchanting tone which never strays too far from where it starts with a careful use of double tracking and harmonies in parts.

Musically it’s simple but effective. There is nothing unnecessary about the production or arrangement with enough going on to keep you gripped from start to finish. The catchy synth riff and smooth bass line coupled with the repeated piano parts are set against a lovely simple but repetitive drum part and lovely pad like textures. They’ve definitely worked on the idea that simple is best, all parts do a job and set out to hep in bringing out the feel of the vocals.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club

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RJ Thompson – Echo Chamber

RJ Thompson

An early Phil Collins sprung to mind as soon as we heard ‘Echo Chamber’ by RJ Thompson.

It is the first release from his upcoming album of the same name and is refined retro pop, that isn’t boastful or brash.

The video is the brainchild of RJ and director Ian West (James Bay, The Lake Poets, The Futureheads). On the video, Ian says,

“We wanted to create something nostalgic but also something that reflected the nature of the song. That feeling music gives you… the way it taps into your memory and reminds you what it’s like to be free and happy without the rules and restrictions of society was really important to highlight. I guess that’s the main theme behind it, for those few minutes you have a freedom, and that creativity and music can’t be oppressed.”

Tour Dates

29 November – City Hall, Newcastle (Jools Holland Support Tour)
30 November – City Hall, Newcastle (Jools Holland Support Tour)
1 December – SECC, Glasgow (Jools Holland Support Tour)
21 December – International Centre, Harrogate (Jools Holland Support Tour)
22 December – First Direct Arena, Leeds (Jools Holland Support Tour)

You can expect RJ’s album on 17 November.

Sounds like: Phil Collins, Ryan Adams, The 1975, Brandon Flowers, Gabrielle Aplin

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Tessa Dixson – Prayer

Tessa Dixson

Tessa Dixson may have roots in Belgium, but she also has ties with the UK and California, which might explain her broad cultural style.

Her debut single ‘Prayer’ has an accompanying video that oozes cool swagger tainted with teenage angst.

Speaking about the track Tessa says, “I have tried to evoke a depth in my lyrics combined with a melancholic melody to mirror the complexity of relationships. Even though there is a certain dark quality to the song I still wanted the sound to be fresh and soulful.”

Sounds like: The xx, Kllo

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Charley Stride – Different Stars

Charley Stride

Introducing UK-based singer and all round talent, Charley Stride.

Having already performed onstage with the likes of Tom Jones and Jools Holland, Charley’s debut single ‘Different Stars’ is definitely one to impress.

It’s full of 80’s inspired synth sounds with a modern electro edge. Listen below.

Sounds like: M83, Ronika

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Melis – Sober (Over You)

Melis

Melis returns with ‘Sober (Over You)’.

Citing her influences of folk, electronica and pop from her multi-national roots, Melis always seems to set a provoking landscape with her contemporary music, one that often juxtaposes between credible and obscure feelings.

Sounds like: London Grammar, IYES

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Playlist: Youngr

Youngr - What's Next

Youngr made his name putting together bootlegs, so guess what, it’s bootleg time ladies and gents!

Check out his bootleg hitlist below.

Ramblin

Simply Red is my favourite band ever. I was listening to his Stars Deluxe album on the plane, and it had these amazing acapellas of old blues songs on the end that I’d never heard. Decided to make a bootleg with one of them.

Silence

Always loved this tune. Used to cover it in an old band. Decided to do it with Youngr.

London Grammar – Hey Now

I was super drunk one night on the night tube in London and had a part of this vocal in my head but had NO idea what the words or song was. So I was just singing it to strangers untill someone told me what they thought it might be … Next day I found the stems and made a bootleg.

Gorillaz – Feel Good and Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

Because it’s the greatest beat in pop, and one of the greatest basslines in pop. It was almost too obvious, I had to check if someone had done it before!

Jungle – The Heat

Always liked Jungle‘s vibe. Actually did a remix with an old band I was in that never turned into anything, so revisited the vocal and made a new mix!

Zhu – Faded

Again, dope vocal. Remember the first time I heard it. Instantly wanted to do my own thing with it.

Daft Punk – One More Time

What an amazing message. And the fact it just repeats it’s self so many times. It’s brilliant.

Craig David – Fill Me In

Cause he’s a UK legend! Grew up with his music. And his vocal style suited mine, so it worked really easily for me.

The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition

I had made a bootleg with a Marvin Gaye sample, and the guitar line I wrote kept reminding me of The Temper Trap song (which I also fucking loved) .. decided last minute to put The Temper Trap vocal over Marvin Gaye and it instantly found its magic.

All Saints – Pure Shores

Pure shores was one of the first CDs I ever bought. Bought it from Woolworths in Manchester and it cost £6.99! I was trying to write a dance song in 3/4 and the chords I was using gave me the same emotion that lure shores did.

Check Youngr’s latest single below:

Sounds like: Phoenix, Miike Snow, Flight Facilities

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Elektrisk Gønner – Money

Elektrisk Gønner

Well, this is a cool story about Elektrisk Gønner.

The project was originally formed in 2010 when producer Benjamin Løzninger teamed up with a young unknown Danish singer named to record an album remotely over the course of 12 days from either side of the Atlantic Ocean.

As we know, MØ then went on to be signed to Sony, following which Benjamin relocated to Brooklyn and recruited singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and model Skyler Cocco for the new Elektrisk Gønner line-up.

One of the new tracks is called ‘Money’ and it’s out now via Kaleidoscope / Nordic Records.

Sounds like: Ladyhawke, Austra, Goldfrapp, Karen O

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Kill Paris – Red Lights

Kill Paris

The summer keeps giving this year, thanks to Kill Paris‘ new number, ‘Red Lights’ featuring vocals from animal right’s lover, Dotter.

The track is a dynamic, nu-funk laced one with a floor-filler attitude, lovingly grounded by Dotter’s down-to-earth vocals.

It’s out now on Lowly Palace.

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Dotter, Zella Day

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Daniella Mason – Cruel Summer

Daniella Mason - Cruel Summer

We absolutely love Daniella Mason and everything she stands for.

Her video for ‘Cruel Summer’ will sweep you off you feet with its vibrant and colourful approach to a pool party, courtesy of the all female cast and crew.

Sounds like: Dagny, Evvy, Carly Rae Jepsen

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Ryne Norman – Stranger Things

Ryne Norman

More pop from Nashville (via Phoenix), this time courtesy of Ryne Norman.

Unlike the series, ‘Stranger Things’ is a light-hearted 80’s inspired song with hints of desire in the lyrics. Listen below.

Sounds like: The 1975, Haim, Ryan Adams

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