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Weekly Gems 22

Georgi Kay – Guilty Pleasures

Georgi Kay

Singer Georgi Kay is warning us about guilty pleasures in her new single.

Quintessentially indietronica-based, ‘Guilty Pleasures’ is a song about falling in love with someone who, despite the deep emotional connection being mutual, is romantically tied down by another.

Sounds like: Fjer, Alpines

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Satin Jackets – Mirage

Satin Jackets - Mirage

The story goes something like “when we’re good, we’re good. And when we’re low, we’re low”. Sound familiar?

Satin Jackets is tapping into our relationship insecurities with a strangely upbeat melody in ‘Mirage’. I guess that’s kind of the definition of a mirage!

It’s out now via Eskimo Recordings.

Sounds like: Goldroom, RAC, Le Youth, Pink Feathers

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Slenderbodies – Amnesia

Slenderbodies

Exciting new Californian-based duo Slenderbodies share their new single, ‘Amnesia’.

Their music shares intricate guitar melodies and breathy vocal work that is both nostalgic and forward-thinking at the same time.

This is definitely one act you won’t forget in a long time.

Sounds like: Glass Animals, Alt-J

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LANNDS – Words

LANNDS by Jesse Brantman

LANNDS is Memphis-born artist Rania Woodard and she shares her exciting slow-burner called ‘Words’.

There is nothing brash about this type of music, it’s soothing in its intent as well as thought-provoking.

‘Words’ is the second song off her forthcoming EP, ‘LEGENDS’ (expected March 2018), released on Kobalt/Kitsuné.

Sounds like: Björk, Vök, Låpsley, The Japanese House, Daughter, TENDER

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Von Sell – Hell No

Von Sell

We have been huge fans of Brooklyn-based artist Von Sell for a long time, and we are extremely happy he is back well and singing again after a six month break due to vocal chord issues.

Von Sell takes more of a funky attitude in the production techniques of ‘Hell No’ but we dig it – we’re gonna call it his come-back track!

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Hazel English, Teen Daze

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Jayce Cantor – Done For Now

Jayce Cantor

Singer/songwriter/producer Jayce Cantor shares his radio-ready single ‘Done For Now’.

The song has elements of catchy R&B blended with modern indietronica-influenced production that works brilliantly with Jayce’s soulful vocals as he sings about love and heartbreak.

Sounds like: Craig David, Le Youth

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Bliss Nova – Now

Bliss Nova

…And finally, it’s time for some blissed-out music from Toledo-based duo, Bliss Nova.

Their second single called ‘Now’ hits you instantly with its chilled pop sensibilites and dreamy vocal harmonies.

Some exciting times ahead for these guys.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Porches, Cut Copy, Toro y Moi, Caribou, Wild Nothing, Phoenix, Tame Impala, Tuska

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Ells – Fire It Up

Ells

Introducing Ells, the musical project of Swedish singer/songwriter Isabell Westerlund.

Powerful lyrics of urgency are surrounded by circles of slow driven synths, as Ells begs someone to close those half opened doors that should have been closed long ago.

Sounds like: Broods, Alpines, Kate Bush, Banks, Highasakite, Låpsley

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Nina Luna – String

Nina Luna - String

Los Angeles-based songstress, Nina Luna, has just shared ‘String’.

It’s about the anguish of a romantic connection that cannot be fulfilled. You know the type where you can’t sleep at night thinking about this person over and over again. You can really feel the torment through Nina and co-producer CATALINE‘s use of synths and orchesttral percussion.

Sounds like: Alpines, Broods, Lorde, Ladyhawke

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EMILIE – Never Enough

EMILIE

EMILIE

Is EMILIE Edinburgh’s finest indietronica export? We think so.

EMILIE’s upcoming single, ‘Never Enough’, is straight talking (it tackles themes of unnecessary greed that exist in today’s world), but has a soothing charm that keeps your attention.

It is out on 10 March via Depot Records.

Sounds like: BANKS, Låpsley, Broods, GEMS, MS MR, Alpines, Gabrielle Aplin

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Playlist: Maya Payne

Maya Payne

Maya Payne

New-Zealand singer, Maya Payne, has just released her debut EP, ‘The Lucky Ones’.

To mark the occasion, she has put together a playlist together for you lot.

Enjoy!

Ookay – Thief

I heard this song on a Spotify playlist and the chorus had me hooked.

PETIT BISCUIT – Sunset Lover

Perfect chill out/summer song.

Whethan – Midnight in Monaco

Love the sounds in the chorus.

Rüfüs – Innerbloom (What So Not remix)

The instrument they use in this is eargasmic.

Bearson – Pink Medicine

I love the summery feeling, good for road tripping these holidays.

Wheathin – Mssingno

Another from these guys just because i can’t get enough of them. Loove the chorus.

Camikaze – Shadows

This dudes from Melbourne and he’s super talented, this track has a trancy uplifting feel that I love.

Jaymes Young – Parachute (P-Williams Remix)

The vibes of this song are great, and the lyrics are better.

L D R U – Keeping Score

The vocals are awesome, and the chorus is super hooky and gets you in a dancing mood.

ROZES – Everything

This chick doesn’t get enough credit. She featured in The Chainsmokers song ‘Roses’. She’s incredible.

Sounds like: Flume, Lorde, Broods, Leena Ojala, Alpines, Years & Years, TDeL2

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Alpines – Completely

Alpines by Cyrus Mahboubian

Alpines by Cyrus Mahboubian

London electronic duo, Alpines, are back with the sultry video for ‘Completely’.

Continuing to bleed creativity, Alpines have managed to toe the delicate balance between commercial melodic sensibilities on the one hand (with big, bold and relatable vocals), and cerebral leftfield sounds on the other.

Watch below.

Sounds like: Jamie xx, Kiesza, Jessie Ware, Clare Maguire, Years & Years, Clean Bandit, Gorgon City, London Grammar, Disclosure, ASTR, Ballet School, SOHN, Banks, Shura, The Maccabees

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Maya Payne – Breathe Again

Maya Payne

Maya Payne

New Zealander, Maya Payne, returns with ‘Breathe Again’, a dark electronic track about the pain of a failing relationship that needs reviving.

Maya has been singing since the tender age of 11, and her experience shows.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Flume, Lorde, Broods, Leena Ojala, Alpines, Years & Years, TDeL2

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Florence + the Machine – What Kind of Man

Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine is back with the fierce new guitar-based track, ‘What Kind of Man’.

Florence’s acting skills are showcased in the intense video and, as always, it is hard to miss her notorious vocals.

Watch below:

The single is taken from their third album ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’, which is out on 2 June in the US via Republic and 1 June in the UK via Island.

Sounds like: Gems,Marina & The Diamonds, Sia, Lykke Li, Aaron, Letters to Fiesta, Alpines

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Maya Payne – If Only

Maya Payne - If Only

Maya Payne – If Only

Following hot on the footsteps of Lorde is 17 year old New Zealand singer songwriter Maya Payne, who has just released her bold second single ‘If Only’.

To record the track, Maya ventured out of the garage and into a studio for the first time, but you wouldn’t have guessed it was her debut studio recording experience with an electronic track as substantial as this.

Sounds like: Flume, Lorde, Broods, Alpines, Years & Years, TDeL2

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Alpines – Saviour

Alpines - Saviour

Alpines – Saviour

Alpines is a duo combination of vocalist (and now director) Catherine Pockson and Producer Bob Matthews from Kingston in the UK.

Directed by the groups’ singer Catherine Pockson, the new video for ‘Saviour’ represents Alpines’ most daring and visually stunning effort yet. Shot on the Gower in Wales, the visuals for ‘Saviour’ feature idyllic backdrops, where cascading hills meet restless coastlines to provide the perfect setting for the emotionally charged piece of music produced by the duo.

Speaking of the video, Alpines singer Pockson said, “For me this video came as an all encompassing experience, where it took all of my energy and creative strength to try and represent the track, which is a very important song to me…Saviour is about the strength of a bond that you have with somebody and that bond represents a lifeline and something that is within your blood and veins, which to me is so rich and strong.”

‘Saviour’ is taken from Alpines’ debut album ‘Oasis’ which is out now and available on iTunes.

Like what you hear? Then have a listen the weighty cover of ‘Take Shelter’ by Years & Years:

Sounds like: Kiesza, Years & Years, Clean Bandit, Gorgon City, London Grammar, Disclosure, ASTR, Ballet School, SOHN, Banks, Shura, The Maccabees

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