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Bright Sparks – Slow Motion

Bright Sparks

Bright Sparks

Bright Sparks share another catchy and shimmering electro pop number, called ‘Slow Motion’.

It perfectly encapsulates that feeling when a relationship makes you feel numb and spaced out, perhaps because one person wants more from it than the other.

Alongside the awesome ‘Wildfire‘, ‘Slow Motion’ appears on their debut EP, out later in the year.

Sounds like: Disclosure, Years & Years, Aluna George, Salt Ashes, Lxury, LA Priest, TCTS, Karma Kid, Le Youth, Moon Boots, Friend Within, Feist, Ben Khan, Oh Wonder

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Pillow Person – On Your Way

Pillow Person

Pillow Person

Time to get snuggled up with the new track by Pillow Person, called ‘On Your Way’.

Pillow Person is the solo project of British musician, Sarah Jones, also the drummer with Hot Chip and NZCA LINES.

‘On Your Way’ is a glitchy and bouncy consideration of an ever paranoid world full of facial recognition technology.

It’s released on 27 January via Moshi Moshi Records.

Sounds like: Crystal Fighters, Aluna George, Hot Chip, NZCA LINES

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Bright Sparks – Wildfire

Bright Sparks - Wildfire

Bright Sparks – Wildfire

Whilst the sound of Bright Sparks might be familiar (they’ve been featured on tracks with Sam Feldt and MÖWE), ‘Wildfire’ is their first ever solo release.

Already working with high flyers (the track has also been produced by Years & Years producer Andy Smith (aka Lxury)), ‘Wildfire’ offers that flying electro pop that we love at Indietronica.

Bright Sparks will release their EP in early 2017.

Sounds like: Disclosure, Years & Years, Aluna George, Salt Ashes, Lxury, LA Priest, TCTS, Karma Kid, Le Youth, Moon Boots, Friend Within, Feist, Ben Khan, Oh Wonder

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Playlist: Secret Weapons

Secret Weapons

Secret Weapons

Brooklyn based, 80’s promoters, Secret Weapons have just shared self-titled their EP. But to top that off, they have also put together a playlist of epic proportions for our lovely readers.

Pasion Pit – Take a Walk
Sonically passion pit stood out from the rest. Buzz saw synths and joyful chord progressions with contradictory lyrics.

Jack Ü – To Ü (feat. Aluna George)
This track ushered in an era of production and a million imitates.

Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
This song is simply thrilling to us. A slow burn filled with so much dramatic tension. It does so much with so little, and builds to final climax like a masterpiece.

Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love
This song redefined corky to us. It’s got such a killer groove and the most playful melodies.

Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
Pure emotion. Soul and personality spew from every singe vocal line and instrument.

Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
An incredible reimagination of this song. you could bring it around a million times and it keeps feeling better and better. the choir harmonies and live energy give us chills.

Selena Gomez – Hands To Myself
Simple pop bliss, haunting guitars.

The Killers – I Can’t Stay
A simple sentiment goes such a long way on this one. Also part of a larger album that we admire greatly.

Shamir – On The Regular
The dopest beat and the dopest visuals. You can’t imagine any other music video for this song.

Coldplay – Lovers In Japan
A beautiful love story, and some of the most heart-racing melodic beauty you can achieve.

The Strokes – You Only Live Once
The crunch of these guitars has influences us heavily. a solid strokes classic from a classic strokes album.

Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg – still d.r.e
Hip hop classic, pure and simple.

Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real
All around an incredible song.

Fifth Harmony – Sledgehammer
Every girl in the group is showcased beautifully here. The perfect girl group.

Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
Pure classic. We admire queen greatly for stepping into so many different genres. it’s hard to pick a favorite Queen song, but my god this is certainly Danny’s. This is also Danny’s favorite song of all time.

Secret Weapons be on tour this month across the U.S with Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, and ending the tour with a date at Lollapalooza on Saturday night.

Sounds like: The 1975, Lionel Richie, The Levity, The Island Club, Ghost Beach, Backstreet Boys, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The Knocks, Dagny

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Playlist: Suns

Suns

Suns

London, alt-pop duo, Suns, have just dropped the brilliantly retro video for ‘Catalyse’.

Using traditional electronic sounds and sonic reverberations, you’d be fooled into thinking this band is straight out of the 80’s.

To celebrate its release, Suns have put together a pretty cool playlist for us.

Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?
Okay, she was born in Manchester, but studied at UCL 😉 And I really like what she does.

AlunaGeorge – Automatic
Like the two step vibe. Very London.

Blood Orange – Best To You
The first track to grab me on the new album. All twinkles and percussion it feels like summer despite the best efforts of the British weather.

SOHN – Artifice
Like a pop take Thom Yorke‘s solo stuff…

Seal – Crazy
Classic. I remember my dad introducing me to Seal on the Portobello Road, so this feels particularly London to me. I don’t know him. Just met him once as a kid.

Kwabs – Wrong or Right
Still feeling this track. That tone though! And Sohn on production… You can’t go wrong.

Deptford Goth – Two Hearts
Just Beautiful.

Honne – Gone Are The Days
They’re great. I love his drawl.

On Dead Waves – California
The sound of an American summer direct from Kentish Town. I’ve been a fan of Polly Scattergood for years and this new record which she collaborates with James Chapman (Maps) sounds like a movie sound track. Great video too.

Bright Light Bright Light – All In The Name
Originally Welsh, but based and developed in London :-/ The Chorus is great on this song. It makes me think of ‘The Wiz’ for some reason. Haha. You believe he’s having fun with it anyway.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Aluna George

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NAO – Fool to Love

NAO

NAO

NAO is a London-based singer, who’s got a busy summer lined up, jam packed up with festivals.

The video for ‘Fool To Love’ features Ashley Walters (Top Boy).

‘Fool To Love’ is out now via Little Tokyo Recordings. Purchase on iTunes.

Autumn Dates

Tue 25th Oct Manchester The Ritz
Wed 26th Oct Glasgow Arts School
Thu 27th Oct Leeds University
Sat 29th Oct Brighton All Saints Church
Sun 30th Oct Birmingham O2 Institute 2
Tue 1st Nov Bristol Motion
Thu 3rd Nov London Shepherds Bush Empire

Sounds like: Lucas Nord, Disclosure, Aluna George, XO, Mura Masa, DemoTaped, Bedlam

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Interview with Women For Hire & Time To Waste

WFH

WFH

Polish band, Women For Hire, approached us a while back about their new EP ‘Time To Waste’, and we’ve had it on repeat ever since.

We had a chat with WFH to find out more about them anf the Polish music scene.

Firstly, great band name. How did you meet and why did you start making music together?

Thanks! We thought that the name of our band has to be easy to remember and that’s why we stick with it. We are brothers – producers Mat and Chris Malart. We have been interested in music since childhood. As kids we were making together our first songs. We had been playing indie rock when we got more into electronic music. When we made a draft of Time To Waste we felt we need something special, a female vocalist to fulfill our vision of the music we wanted to make. Then we started seeking the right person whose vocal will match with Mat’s voice well. So finally, we met Zofia Wypychowska aka Sofii on the Internet, she was searching for people to make music together too. Her vocal was proper, we found out that she’s into new music too and she likes the idea of a band. Sofii stayed with us and now our music sounds complete.

You are from Poland. Tell us more about the Polish indietronica music scene.

This kind of music is gaining more and more popularity in Poland and now it is in the fast developing stage. We have well-known bands like Fair Weather Friends, Kamp or Rebeka and fresh like Pola Rise, Young Stadium Club who make really good music and they play shows abroad too. You should definitely check them out.

Your sound is really unique. Describe it to us in three words.

Rough, warm and dense.

Your ‘Time to Waste’ EP has been on repeat in the Indietronica office. Explain the process of writing and producing such a great debut EP.

We had an idea to make an indietronic music driving by male and female vocals. At the very beginning we started to write lyrics, then we made music. We talked it over and tried to find sounds that will be different and modern. Drafts had richer arrangements than final versions of songs – during the process of production we took away the needless components. That what stays is essential. We were focused on the melody of vocals and compact form of compositions. All the records were made by ourselves at our home studio, including mix and mastering.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We listen to different music. We like electronic sounds from Disclosure to Burial, Four Tet, and Gold Panda. We also like and respect Tycho for melodies, Bombay Bicycle Club for very good compositions, Blood Orange, Phoenix, Jungle, Lorde or Foals, AlunaGeorge, Glass Animal. So as you can see we have quite a wide range of music that we like and we are inspired by. Anyway, we try to find our own sound.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Now we’re listening to Mura Masa, Movement, Shura, George Maple.

The lead track ‘Time To Waste’ really reminds us of the early Cut Copy singles. Think lush vocals over a simple bass line and delicate disco-merged synths.

Sounds like: Oh Wonder, Cut Copy, Fickle Friends, Peter Bjorn & John, Goldroom, Diverting Duo, Pink Feathers, Chela

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Kidnap Kid – Stronger / Like You Used To

Kidnap Kid

Kidnap Kid

Kidnap Kid is Sheffield born and bred, DJ and producer, Matt Relton.

The mellow and slightly euphoric ‘Like You Used To’ is cushioned on Kidnap Kid’s double A-side single right next to the atmospheric and lengthier ‘Stronger’.

Kidnap Kid has played this well as there is no declared B side, and quite rightly so as it is pretty hard to choose between the two tracks. We’d recommend serially listening to both; ‘Like You Used To’ at the pre-party and ‘Stronger’ during the party, but the decision is yours.

The singles are released under the umbrella of The Black Butter label (Rudimental, Solomon Grey, Gorgon City).

Sounds like: London Grammar, Disclosure, Erykah Badu, Aluna George, Ronika, Indiana, Rudimental, The XX, Clean Bandit, Röyksopp

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Kiesza – Hideaway

Kiesza

Kiesza

Shortly before the garage trend of the late 1990s, the UK’s vice was house (acid house, deep house…you name it the UK loved it).

Kiesza is bringing it back with new track ‘Hideaway’ and not surprisingly Annie Mac is a fan.

Originally from Calgary, but now based in NYC, the 25-year old started as a ballerina in her teens before joining the Canadian Navy. Training to be a sniper, she made the dramatic switch to music.

The awesome video for ‘Hideaway’ is filmed in one take and features some of her best dance moves.

The song is the title track to her forthcoming EP which is set for release on March 24 via Lokal Legend.

Sounds like: Disclosure, Aluna George

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