Joy Downer – Goddamnit

Joy Downer

Husband/wife duo Joy Downer share the video for ‘Goddamnit’.

The video symbolises the craziness of love inside your head. Resistance is futile!

Sounds like: Lykke Li, The Duke Spirit, KOLARS, OH Land, Alex Maxwell, Lana Del Rey, First Aid Kit

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Oscar and the Wolf – Breathing

Oscar and The Wolf

Belgium artist, Oscar and the Wolf is a bit of a split personality – one half daydreamer, one half a lonely animal – so it’s not wonder his music reflects this.

In the video for ‘Breathing’, his skin is made from diamonds reflecting a sexy sadness for creatures of the night.

‘Breathing’ is available now via Neon Gold / Play It Again Sam.

Sounds like: Ben Howard, Fever Ray, The Weeknd, SOHN, Phoenix

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Birch – Same Colors

Birch

Brooklyn-based, electro-pop duo Birch share ‘Same Colors’.

We’ve come to expect hip-hop beats, lush vocal samples, and groovy synths from Birch, and this track does not disappoint.

A call for change and to rethink your current empathic standards, ‘Same Colors’ is a political pop song.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, Alex Maxwell, Grimes, OH Wonder, Monogem

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Bien – Spinning On Blue

Bien - Spinning on Blue

Bien is a Nashville-based dream-pop trio comprised of Jessie Early, and Angela & Tim Lauer (Kaleo, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Foy Vance, Mikky Ekko).

Bien could be categorised into both lo-fi and hi-fi genres, thanks to their clever blend of synthetic and organic sounds, taken from an amalgamation of synths, strings and vocals.

Bien says about new track, ‘Spinning On Blue’,

“There’s so much going on in the world right now, and we really wanted to write something that encouraged people to remember we’re all sharing this planet. It’s our kind of ‘seize the day’ song that reminds us to take in the beauty and wonder of the world and the people around us.”

Sounds like: Lykke Li, First Aid Kit

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Dirty Nice – Zero Summer

Zero Summer

Making a case for ‘Zero Summer’ is UK duo, Dirty Nice.

We are not entirely sure what the term ‘zero summer’ means, but the lyrics suggest the track maybe politically driven; “…the people are living in a zero-sum game…they accept there will always be a winner and a loser…they don’t try make things work for everyone…they don’t care?”. This despondent attitude is further displayed by the overtly chilled, lo-fi feel throughout the track.

Sounds like: Jai Paul, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Marna – Crossfire

Marna

Meet Marna, an artist from London, whose sound is very much like that of Caswell and Banks.

Her single ‘Crossfire’ hits such beautiful vocal notes, and the atmospheric and vinyl sound/siren effects echo of James Blake.

Sounds like: Caswell, London Grammar, VÉRITÉ, James Blake, Banks

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Evan Crommett – Goldilocks

Evan Crommett

New York-based Evan Crommett has music in his blood.

Brought up by musicians, Evan has always used music to convey his emotions, rather than hide away from them. The result is sensitive songwriting, that combines elements of neo-soul, folktronica and hip hop.

Listen to his new track, ‘Goldilocks’ below.

Sounds like: Chet Faker, Elliot Moss, James Blake

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Sorcha Richardson – 4AM

Sorcha Richardson

Dublin born Sorcha Richardson has shared ‘4AM’.

It’s heavier sound than we are used to from Sorcha, but this change in direction really showcases her contemplative, singer-songwriter talent and ability to create a catchy chorus with simple vocal loops and stand out production.

Sounds like: Poema, Bo Rocha, First Aid Kit

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Count Counsellor – Friends

Count Counsellor

Count Counsellor is the ambitious project of Henry Counsell.

Taking inspiration from the music he listened to growing up (Paul Simon, The Streets and Sade to name a few), the Count aims to counsel listeners with his music, as a form of escapism.

‘Friends’ is a refreshing track of electronically dynamic pop music that instantly creates some sweet summer nostalgia.

‘Friends’ is taken from the full ‘& the Friday Friends’ EP out via Aesop / Quality Time.

Sounds like: Foals, Talking Heads

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XY&O – One More Night (Lemonade)

XY&O

Causing us as much of a crush as ‘Lights On‘, Welsh band, XY&O return with the sensual video for ‘One More Night (Lemonade)’.

Amidst a sensual haze, lead singer Alex serenades a tattoo’d lady with this summery pop number, exploring “the motives of those who seek out carnal pleasures and the expectations people have.”

Sounds like: Kid Astray, Sir Sly, Lost Boy Crow, Nonaphoenix

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