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Somebody’s Child – Distance

Somebody's Child by Jim Fuller

Somebody’s Child by Jim Fuller

Dublin’s Somebody’s Child re-emerges with his upbeat, yet pensively honest new single ‘Distance’.

A relatively fresh face to the Irish and international music scene, Somebody’s Child has made strides into the fore, despite his part-anonymity. There’s something to be said about artists that separate their identity from their music, and ‘Distance’ truly speaks for itself.

Spinning a tale of young love, ‘Distance’ hits that sweet spot of joyful indie anthemia perfectly.

He plays Reading Festival next month.

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Demetrius – Speed of Life

Demetrius - Speed Of Life

Berlin-based Demetrius releases his haunting and daring new single, ‘Speed of Life’.

Telling about an all-consuming time in Demetrius’ life when he booked a one-way ticket to a detox retreat in Vietnam, which ended up being a full-on rollercoaster ride filled with temptation and signs pointing to the German capital, it’s another example of the electronic wizardry the newcomer has up his sleeve.

It’s taken from his debut EP, out now via new imprint, Black Diamonds Records.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Suntalk

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ROOM8 – Only You Feat. The Sound of Arrows

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Production duo ROOM8 have just shared their new single, ‘Only You’, featuring The Sound of Arrows on vocals, and taken from ROOM8’s album ‘Transduction’, released in October.

The love song interprets the feeling of being uneasy with people out in the world. It’s sway-inducing, timeless synth-pop, worthy of a slot on Stranger Things.

Sounds like: Electric Youth, St Etienne, Aeroplane, Lindstrøm, Ronika, RAC

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UNSECRET – Joyride Feat. Butterfly Boucher

UNSECRET

Who is UNSECRET you ask. Well, it turns out that no one really knows. It could be a producer, it could be a collective. We are not entirely sure, but one thing we do know is that UNSECRET’s new single with Australian singer, Butterfly Boucher is a summer corker!

Conjuring up an image of a ‘Joyride’ in new single of the very name, the retro beat is in a pop race with Boucher’s luscious vocals and anthemic lyricism.

Sounds like: The Knocks, Goldroom

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Ali Horn – Dreamers

Ali Horn

Ali Horn shares his psychedlic new track, ‘Dreamers’.

The ever so radio-friendly track echoes sounds from The Flaming Lips and Beck, in a kalaedscopic state, with a generous nod to the sound of the 60’s.

With a pulsating beat that builds through its verses into an uplifting chorus, it carries the listener through a lyrical journey much darker in content than the music would have you believe at first.

Sounds like: The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Beck, Pavement

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Amahla – Have Mercy

Amahla

Starting with a beautifully addictive bassline, ‘Have Mercy’ by Amahla immediately draws you in, allowing you witness to Amahla’s authentic, modern soulful approach to songwriting.

The honest track – a conversatin between two people about social progress – ebbs and flows between solemn verses and stirring chorus hooks, and has a live performance feel.

Sounds like: Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Grace Carter, Caswell, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R

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Delena – One Night

Delena

Ukrainian-born, London-based singer-songwriter Delena has been declared as one of the most exciting names in pop by a number of key pop publications, so who are we to argue?

Her new single ‘One Night’ is another intense slice of the action with an 80’s style drive and female attitude.

Sounds like: Dagny, Halsey, HAIM

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Gavin Haley – Show Me

Gavin Haley

Gavin Haley shares his incredibly emotive new pop single, ‘Show Me’, out now via Red Bull Records.

A former pro cyclist, Harley discovered an incredible drive to create his own music following a cycling injury.

A geniune lovesong about a love lost, Haley creates another perfect slice of indie-pop in the new single, a gentle burner that builds to a poptastic climax.

Sounds like: Shawn Mendes, Gareth Pugh, Jack Hawitt

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Rosa Ama – Oku

Rosa Ama

Rosa Ama is a collaboration between Berlin-based, British songwriter David Harks and Belgian composer Vicente Milioto da Palma aka Vhyce.

The new release ‘Oku’ offers waves of soft disco-pop with a generous nudge towards those beautiful, euphoric dance floor moments.

It’s out now via Kitsuné.

Sounds like: Joe Goddard, Hot Chip, Du Tonc, Maribou State, Bonobo, Jamie xx

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Constance – By The Summer

Constance

Candian singer/songwriter and dark romantic Constance (formerly of NÉONHÈART) shares her raw and emotional new single, ‘By The Summer’.

Summer is the time for hopes and dreams to come true, and Constance definitely throws herself into the wind – ‘By The Summer’ is a gritty song that poetically portrays the ride or die type of love.

Constance is also the founder of by constance, a line of beautifully hand crafted candles, incense & custom apparel found online, where a portion of all the proceeds goes to the Good Shepherd Women’s Shelter in Los Angeles.

Sounds like: Lorde, NEONHEART, Billie Eilish

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LeyeT – Notice You

LeyeT

Los Angeles-based pop artist and songwriter, LeyeT (pronounced ‘light’) shares ‘Notice You’.

It’s another upbeat pop track from LeyeT – combined with vintage vocals and contagious songwriting. She explains,

“This song is about giving someone recognition; letting them know that they are seen, noticed, and appreciated. In the music video that pairs, I highlight one of my best friends whose story, drive and light really inspire me. Her bright energy is undeniable yet as I got to know her, I learned that the light she radiates is not one marked without profound loss or everyday struggle.”

‘Notice You’ is out now via Nettwerk.

Sounds like: Halsey, Imogen Heap

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Dipha Barus – You Move Me Feat. Monica Karina

Dipha & Monica

Well-regarded Indonesian artist Dipha Barus is giving all the good vibrations in new song ‘You Move Me’ featuring the jovial vocals by Monica Karina.

The groovy AF track fuses together a dynamic blend of world music with everything from Baile, Afro, Soul, R&B to Gospel, and mixed effortlessly with Dipha’s roots of traditional Indonesian instruments.

Speaking about the song, Monica explains,

“In order to be in love and at peace with our surroundings, we should first be in love and at peace with ourselves. That is why “You Move Me” is the anthem we can sing to all those we love, to what we believe in, and most importantly to our very own selves.”

Expect to see Dipha play the main stage at We The Fest in Jakarta.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Le Youth, Theo Kottis

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Playlist: Illyin Pipes

Illyin Pipes

Introducing Illyin Pipes, a blissed-out pop duo from Toronto.

Their mutual affinity for textured soundscapes, layered harmonies and heavy electronic synths, fully presents itself in their melancholic debut EP, ‘Waking Up’.

We asked Illyin Pipes to put together a playlist for Indietronica to coincide with the EP release.

Little Dragon – Feather
Have always loved Little Dragon and Feather feels like a dreamy modern take on 80s synth-pop meets 90s trip-hop. I love a vibey vocal and airy synth over a driving bass line.

Arthur Russel – That’s Us/Wild Combination
I heard this song for the first time two years ago and fell deeply in love with it. I had a challenging couple of months shortly after finding it and truly couldn’t listen to any other song. Just this over and over. And it’s still my very top favourite.

Radiohead – House of Cards
Everything Thom Yorke touches is a dream to me. His solo releases are beautiful and I love his contemporary dance music videos. House of Cards is on this list because it’s so perfectly vulnerable, and my top pick from “In Rainbow’s” which I come back to all the time.

Brian Eno – The Big Ship
I usually listen to Brian Eno’s hour-long tracks, but Big Ship is a cinematic, emotional shorty.

10CC – I’m Not In Love
I discovered this song in high school and burned it onto a CD with a bunch of my other favourites at the time. Still playlisting it a decade later! It’s so soft and I love the weird whisper section partway through.

Hundred Waters – Murmurs
I love Hundred Waters’ quiet vocals and acoustic piano over bold drum choices/effects.

Solange – Losing You
Such a sweet pop song. Dev Hyne’s nails the writing/production.

Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place/Naive Melody
David Byrne’s lyrics are amazing and the repetitive bass line makes me want to listen to it forever. The live version from “Stop Making Sense” is so good.

Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal
This song transports me to a dark club fantasy in my mind. I have closed my eyes and danced to this song many times.

Aphex Twin – #3 (Rhubarb)
This song is what got me into ambient music. Airy/calming/sweet/meditative. I often listen to it when I’m writing.

Blood Orange – Best to You Feat. Empress Of
Another Dev Hynes track but a duet with Empress of. So dancy!

Beach House – Sparks
I love the steady shoegaze-y guitar and alto vocals. I’m also a sucker for songs that don’t change chords at the bridge: altering the melody of the vocal for a moment, or going to an interlude is always my songwriting instinct.

Massive Attack – Teardrop
The vocals are an inspiration: so close they’re almost whispered, then building dynamically at all the right times.

Washed Out – Feel it All Around
Dreamy, lo-fi, psychedelic, synth-pop <3

The Cars – Drive
Total 80s heaven. I love the subtle and emotional lyrics. We’ve covered this live a couple of times and it feels really nice to play.

You can listen to the EP below.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, Lykke Li, RALPH, Vera Blue, BANKS, Washed Out

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Inspired & The Sleep – Getting Through

Inspired & The Sleep

San Diego-based dream-pop band Inspired & The Sleep shares new single, ‘Getting Through’.

With an addictive piano-led melody throughout, ‘Getting Through’ tackles the moment when two formerly close individuals become disassociated and detached from each other.

This one will definitely tug on the heartstrings.

Sounds like: Beauty Sleep, CHAPPO, Lucy Rose, Arcade Fire, Mating Ritual, James Supercave, Arms Akimbo, Sure Sure

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Ellen Krauss – On The Bus

Ellen Krauss

Swedish feminist and LGBTQ advocate, Ellen Krauss shares her bright video for the country-tinged pop song, ‘On The Bus’; a story full of heartbreak that has a kind of teenage nostalgia to it.

Since the age of four, Ellen has been secretly writing songs in her room in Stockholm, or in South Africa where her family occasionally lived. This is the first song released via BMG Recorded Music through a new partnership with the indie label, Tiller Inc..

Sounds like: Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo

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Milk. – Temperature

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Taking cues from modern pop bands The 1975 and Pale Waves, Irish four-piece Milk. creates music that considers many genres, ranging from RnB, to electronic and pop.

The band’s new single ‘Temperature’, does exactly what it says on the tin – raises the heat in a reflection about the unity that’s felt between two people during sex.

Sounds like: Pale Wales, The 1975, Japanese House

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Baker Grace – Sad Summer

Baker Grace - Sad Summer

18-year-old singer/songwriter Baker Grace shares her anti-social media anthem for the summer.

Content with being alone, or with friends, whatever. Baker Grace wants you to spend your time not giving a f*** and embodying her distinct mindset.

Sounds like: CAPPA, Stalking Gia, Charli XCX, The 1975, Cher Lloyd

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Bevan – P.T.L Feat. Holly Moore

Bevan - P.T.L Feat. Holly Moor

Songwriter, producer, vocalist and budding-polymath Bevan shares ‘P.T.L’ featuring the luscious vocals of Holly Moore.

His experimental, disco-infused electronic project seems a far cry from teaching in the coastal town of Bournemouth. Inspired by track catchphrases in 80’s tunes, Bevan decided to create his own catchy number…’Part Time Lover’.

Sounds like: Friendly Fires, Midnight Pool Party, Ok Go, Roosevelt

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Couch Prints – Tell U

Couch Prints

Introducing super chilled out indie synth-pop trio, Couch Prints.

Originating in various apartments across the world and finally finding a home in Queens, New York, the song ‘Tell U’ reflects a feeling of transience and movement and leaving the past behind; whether that’s moving homes or ending a relationship or just changing yourself day by day.

So stop for a minute. Recline, listen, enjoy.

Sounds like: Porches, Men I Trust, Beach House, The Knife

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Exclusive: New Moons – Volume XII

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Today, record label, artist management company, and live promoter Killing Moon releases Volume VII of its New Moons compilation, and Indietronica has the exclusive.

With a solid reputation in the knack of discovering talent – having supported artists on previous Volumes, including first and formative releases from the likes of Slaves, IDLES, Fickle Friends, Laurel, Bad Sounds, Calva Louise, Yonaka, One Bit, Fatherson, Pale Honey, Nadine Shah, and Meadowlark, amongst others – their latest Volume provides twenty sterling tracks of the best of new and emerging talent from around the world.

New Moons – Volume XII Tracklist

1. The Ninth Wave – A New Kind Of Ego (Scotland/UK)
2. Mina Rose – DAYZ (UK)
3. Annabel Allum – You Got It Good (UK)
4. Madge – Fight Or Flight Club (USA)
5. WAAX – Labrador (Australia)
6. Chapter and Verse – Magazines (UK)
7. Kingswood – Creepin (Australia)
8. Farebrother – I’d Be The Worst (UK)
9. Lazy Day – With My Mind (UK)
10. Cleopatrick – Bernard Trigger (Canada)
11. Old Blue Reunion – Social Interaction (UK)
12. Roseanne Reid – I Love Her So (UK)
13. Rick Feds – Wake Up (Latvia)
14. Go Go Berlin – Here Comes The Darkness (Denmark)
15. Superlove – Catch Of The Day (UK)
16. Rebecca Lou – Take Ur Time (Denmark)
17. The Bongo Club – Tell Your Friends (Sweden)
18. Wyldest – Alive (UK)
19. Bad Animal – Oh No (Canada)
20. ROE – Girls (Ireland)

You can listen to and download the compilation here.

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