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Playlist: Faradays

Faradays

Faradays is the project of Dutch songwriter and physicist Karindra Perrier.

Her new EP ‘Memories’ is out now and to celebrate the release, Faradays has put together a playlist for us full of honest and vulnerable songwriters, taking inspiration from her fascination for time, the world, and life itself in both music and science.

Maggie Rogers – Alaska

This song grabbed me the first time I heard it because it has very personal vocals and distinct sounds, and yet it’s so catchy, I just wanna dance to it.

Wildhart – We Made up a Dream

The Swedish have such particular pronunciation and vocal timbre, I love it. Beautiful song.

Lorde – The Louvre

I’m a fan of the way Lorde delivers her kind of mainstream yet authentic songs. With this track particularly, I’m just obsessed with the underwater-like bridge with the lush vocals and melancholic melodies.

Flume, Kai – Never Be Like You

This track, it’s such a good hit. Way to ride those faders on the synths! And the variety in drum sounds with the carefully tailored beat, kind of genius to get your track lively like that with few elements. Plus the “never be like you” is just an undeniably good vocal hook.

St. Vincent – New York

St. Vincent has been an inspiration to me since forever. I guess I could have added almost any song by her in this list, and I almost added Cheerleader. But I chose the more recent New York, because it’s so epic and emotional.

ANIMA! – Moving Mountains

I really love that ascending melody in the chorus, and then how the groove takes off after, and back to the darker sounding verse with the lively synth bass. Contrasting parts that come together so harmoniously. Really good.

Frank Ocean – Solo

I was kind of late to discover Frank Ocean. But now I cannot go without. His songwriting is so inspiring, his lyrics, his imagery, the way his hooks work in surprising ways.

Ásgeir – Higher

I don’t listen to this song so often anymore, but when I was writing for our EP Memories I often went to this song for inspiration on a straightforward approach that leads to a magical warm vibe. The way the piano chords are elegantly dragging behind the beat makes this song doesn’t become inert or clunky.

Katie Dey – Fleas

This is so radically uncompromising. It’s strange. It’s sweet. It’s the weirdest bedroom pop, completely out there. I love it.

Klangstof – Sleaze

I’ll end with a fellow Dutchman, because I’m proud of all the beautiful music and awesome artist we have here in the Netherlands. This track of Klangstof is subdued and excited at the same time. And I highly recommend listening to more of their tracks.

Sounds like: CILVR, Bat for Lashes, The Japanese House

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Strong Asian Mothers – Animal

Strong Asian Mothers - Animal

Meet Strong Asian Mothers, your new favourite band of 2017.

Formed by London-based best friends, Amer, Kalim and Josh, these guys have been playing in bands for years, but it’s in Strong Asian Mothers where they have really come into their own.

Speaking on their new track, ‘Animal’, the guys say, “Animal began as a jam between Josh and Amer in a rehearsal. We added some elephant shrieks, a pack of cards being riffle-shuffled, the sound of us opening a can of fizzy pop and saying “Aaaah” then sprinkled some words on top and it became the juicy, bouncy fella it is today.”

It’s a blend of witty lyrics with agitated electronics and trip-hop-influenced pop sensibilities, and just enough rowdiness to encourage you to get up off your feet, but not to start throwing glass bottles.

‘Animal’ is the lead track from their new four track EP, out now.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club

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Caswell – Animal

Caswell

Caswell

Meet Caswell, London’s latest soul sensation, who attended the BRIT School during her teen years, no less.

Now, at just 22, Caswell has already developed her own distinct sound; rich, down-tempo, electronic soul and pop, with a tangible jazz influence; and a knack for sophisticated songwriting.

“I draw from my own personal experiences,” says Caswell. “I find that’s when I really need to write. It’s very much a form of catharsis for me and I like having created something positive like a song out of something negative that has happened in my life. Sometimes it helps me find closure and listening back to songs is like seeing the little milestones of my life.”

As the title of her new track suggests, ‘Animal’ is a song of empowerment, immediately leading us to compare her to the likes of Jorja Smith and JONES.

Disclosure: I am Caswell’s publicist at the time of writing.

Sounds like: Charlotte Cardin, Jorja Smith, JONES, Sasha Keable, Ray BLK

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Aiden Grimshaw – Animal

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This wasn’t something we were expecting to post today, but ‘Animal’ by long-time-ago X-Factor finalist Aiden Grimshaw has turned out to be a very pleasant surprise, with it’s sensual, enticing vocals gently placed over simple 80’s-inspired bass lines.

The track is more rough around the ages than Aiden’s previous material, but we absolutely love his new direction.

Sounds like: Honne, Ben Khan, SOHN, James Blake, The Weeknd

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