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Mr Little Jeans – Fool 4 You

Mr Little Jeans

Mr Little Jeans

Mr Little Jeans returns with synth gem, ‘Fool 4 You’. Reminding us a little of a Salt Ashes track.

The song is taken from her forthcoming EP due for release April next year. It’s produced with Mr Little Jeans regular, Tim Anderson (Banks, Halsey, Charlotte OC).

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, Party Nails, Banks, Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES, Soft As Snow, Annie, Susanne Sundfør, Charli XCX, Lykke Li, Ryder

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LGHTNNG – Sharks

LGHTNNG

LGHTNNG

When we started Indietronica, we wanted to use it as a platform for underground artists to expose their music.

LGHTNNG produces the exact synth sound that we want to present to our readers.

The trio is from from Groningen in the Netherlands and their video for ‘Sharks’ is a collection of old footage. It has a remiscient tone throughout.

‘Sharks’ has been taken from their upcoming EP, ‘Nights Change Days’.

Sounds like: College, BLSHS, Monogem, Aurora, Crozet, Pistol Shrimp, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, Chromatics, Electric Youth, Annie

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Mr Little Jeans – Waking Up

Mr Little Jeans

Mr Little Jeans

Los Angeles-based Mr Little Jeans (aka Monica Birkenes) returns with a stripped down ‘Waking Up.

The track is being given away as a freebie to celebrate her mini West Coast tour that will also coincide with a four track EP release in November.

November Tour Dates

7 – Santa Ana CA @ Constellation Room
10 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
11 – Seattle WA @ The Crocodile
12 – Portland OR @ Star Theater
13 – San Francisco CA @ Rickshaw Stop (Popscene)
19 – Tuscon AZ @ Club Congress
20 – Phoenix AZ @ Valley Bar
21 – San Diego CA @ Soda Bar
22 – Los Angeles CA @ El Rey

Sounds like: Party Nails, Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES, Soft As Snow, Annie, Susanne Sundfør, Charli XCX, Lykke Li, Ryder

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Neon Indian – Annie

Neon Indian

Neon Indian

To celebrate Neon Indian‘s latest tour, we thought we would time travel back to May when he released 80’s synth jam, ‘Annie’.

Find the tour dates below:

08/20 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Desfilia
08/21 – Mexico City – Semana De Las Juventudes Festival – Zocola Plaza
08/23 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
09/12 – El Paso, TX – Mother Of Pearl Block Party
09/17 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
09/18 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
09/19 – Victoria, BC – Rifflandia Festival
09/20 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial
11/07 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

* = w/ Toro Y Moi (DJ Set)

Sounds like: Ghost Beach, Miami Horror, Tokyo Police Club, Thompson Twins, WAVVES, Wild Nothing, Washed Out, Toro Y Moi

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Lexi Scherr – Interview and Ready Aim Fire (Feat. Cosmic Retro)

Lexi Scherr by Liz Maney

Lexi Scherr by Liz Maney

New York City-based, pop/singer-songwriter, Lexi Scherr, recently released her new single, ‘Ready Aim Fire’, featuring Cosmic Retro.

The track is a racy one, with charming falsetto vocals and clean synths.

Find out a bit more about Lexi and how she met Cosmic Retro by reading our interview with her below:

How and why did you start making music?

I started making music when I was around 2 years old. That was when I started writing little songs. It was mostly for attention, and for the most part, I succeeded in annoying my parents to no end with my racket. I hadn’t realized yet that loud does not equal good. I started playing piano around 9 and really began honing my craft around 13. For some reason I felt like I had a story to tell and that I wanted to do so through song. It was sort of like a sneaky way of telling people how I felt about them.

Describe your sound in three words.

Pretty Damn Catchy.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I learned a lot about classic rock and oldies from our elementary school carpools. It was my introduction to really really solid melodies & hooks. And in college, my roommate introduced me to indie pop & glam rock. Throughout my musical education, I have become inspired by a variety of artists with very different styles; From The Beatles to Bat for Lashes; Radiohead to The Talking Heads.

How did you feel when Joseph Gordon-Levitt chose your track for his HitREcord show?

Stoked & honored!  What more can I say? It’s Mr. Tasha McCauley for crying out loud!

Your new track ‘Ready Aim Fire’ features Cosmic Retro. How did that come about?

Cosmic Retro is this awesome producer who is also part of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s online production company, HitRECord.org (as I am). I am a little bit obsessed with the 80s, so when I found his track on the site I felt compelled to jump on with a melody & lyrics that could do his amazing instrumental justice. He’s fantastic. I’ve only met him once in person, when he was rolling through New York. He was the one wearing the ridiculous yellow boots (his words).

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

Something new from 2015 that I’m diggin’ right now is “Lisa Sawyer” by Leon Bridges. But his whole album is really fantastic retro-soul. I am also loving the delicious indie pop track “10,000 Emerald Pools” by BØRNS.

Sounds like: Eliza Doolittle, Evvy, Noosa, Dominique, Ronika, Broods, Shura, B. Miles, Fiona Apple, Annie Lennox, Annie

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Pink Feathers – Ghosts

Pink Feathers

Pink Feathers

Excited about this one from Pink Feathers.

Pink Feathers is the solo project of Liz Anjos. Described as the Hepburn of indie pop, Liz has previously collaborated with Andre Anjos of RAC (who she is also currently touring with) on a series of saccharine covers and also on the production of her EP, ‘Invisible Lines’.

The title of new track ‘Ghosts’ may conjure up feelings of darkness, but it is far from bleak with Liz’s crisp and 60’s inspired vocals. The glorious and up-tempo tune packs one hell of a pop punch and tastes pretty sweet too.

Sounds like: RAC, Susanne Sundfør, Annie, St. Lucia, Penguin Prison

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Ronika – Marathon

Ronika

Ronika

Nottingham songstress Ronika is back with new track ‘Marathon’ and it’s a corker!

The self-written and produced ‘Marathon’ jumps straight into Ronika’s smooth Chaka Khan reverberating vocals and has a classic disco and soulful electronic vibe to it.

The song’s lyrics refer to that rush of energy you get when falling in love, and the high you get which makes you feel like you could do anything, like running a marathon.

Ronika’s ‘Marathon’ EP is her first new material since this summer’s acclaimed ‘Selectadisc’. The EP will be released on 1 December.

If you want to catch Ronika, she will be performing on 17 October at STFD‘s ‘The Summer After Party’ in Brixton, London. See below for more info and click for link to tickets!

STFD

STFD

Sounds like: Chaka Khan, Aeroplane, Breakbot, Ballet School, Ladyhawke, Color War, The Human League, Little Boots, Bananarama, Annie

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Musique Le Pop – Turn To Sand

Musique Le Pop

Musique Le Pop

Musique Le Pop (MLP) is Norweigen producers and songwriters Elisabeth, Christoffer and Jon.

‘Turn To Sand’ is a racey, 80’s inspired track that was initially released last year, but is now featured on MLP’s debut EP,’l’été’. 

The EP is full of tropical tones as MLP flirts shamelessly with the more luxurious sides of disco, through their own Casio-infused lo-fi disco filter.

‘l’été’ was out on 5 June via Cafe Superstar recordings and can be purchased on iTunes.

Sounds like: Husky Rescue, Goldroom, Chela, I BREAK HORSES, Lana Del Rey, Sykes, Annie

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Indietronica’s Guide to The Great Escape Festival 2014

Our ones to watch at this year’s TGE:

LAUREL

Laurel

Laurel

Laurel is a 19 year old from London who writes tracks about lust and love. She already has an impressive backlog of songs just waiting to be released to the public.

Have a listen ‘To The Hills’.

7pm on Thursday 8 May at Komedia.

Sounds like: Soft as Snow, Broods, Tove Lo, Lorde, Lana Del Rey

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TOVE LO

Tove Lo

Tove Lo

Tove Lo (aka Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson) is Swedish singer/songwriter. The feisty popstar-in-the-making has already written for the likes of Girls Aloud and Icona Pop, but this time it will be her taking centre stage at TGE.

Tove Lo is on a mission to get noticed and there is no doubting she will.

Tove Lo’s debut EP ‘Truth Serum’ was released via Universal Music in March and can be purchased on iTunes.

8.30pm on Thursday 8 May at Komedia.

Sounds like: Laurel, Icona Pop, Indiana

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CHILDHOOD 

Childhood

Childhood

Childhood were originally a duo who formed at Nottingham University. They have an expansive sound that has gradually flourished since their initial bedroom-recording days. We are expecting good things from these guys.

Sounds like: Be Forest, HAERTS, Swim Deep, Metronomy

10pm on Thursday 8 May at The Haunt.

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PAWWS

Pawws

Pawws

Pawws (aka Lucy Taylor) is a singer/songwriter from North London. She is classically trained on the flute and piano, but has branched into a more pop/electronic sound following tours with Kele Okereke and MGMT.

‘Give You Love’ is taken from her forthcoming debut EP ‘Sugar’.

9.15pm on Thursday 8 May at Komedia.

Sounds like: MSMR, RAC, Goldroom, MGMT, Daft Punk, Annie, Robyn

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ALL WE ARE

All We Are

All We Are

Years & Years count themselves as big fans of All We Are.

Rich, Guro and Luis originate from Norway, Ireland and Brazil and describe themselves as ‘Bee Gees on diazepam’.

8.30 pm on Saturday 10 May at The Haunt.

Sounds like: Stealing Sheep, Be Forest, Amason, Sir Sly, Years & Years, Warpaint, Frank Ocean, Metronomy, TV On The Radio, OutKast, Bon Iver, Broken Social Scene, Toro Y Moi

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EYEDRESS

Eyedress

Eyedress

Idris Vicuña is Eyedress. The 23-year-old Filipino largely conducts meetings from his bedroom in his parent’s house, where he makes his music as well. His music has a Nordic-sounding sadness to it, yet twinkles with hazy optimism.

9.15 pm on Saturday 10 May at The Haunt

Sounds like: I BREAK HORSES, Death Rattle, Soft as Snow, The Chain Gang of 1974

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JUNGLE

Jungle

Jungle

The music by soul collective Jungle has been bubbling away at the surface for some time now. With a pinch of Gorillaz-esque bass lines and sexy lyrics, these guys are definitely going to give Rudimental a run for their money. Expect to hear them on an advert near you very soon.

10pm on Saturday 10 May at The Haunt.

Sounds like: Rudimental, Disclosure, Le Youth, Clean Bandit, Gorillaz

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Y.O.U

Y.O.U.

Y.O.U.

Y.O.U (Your Own Universe) (aka Elliott Williams) has worked with Tigersushi owner, Joakim Bouaziz. Think 80s synth pop, nu disco, and house, with a nod to the legendary ‘French Touch’. This eclectic, forward thinking approach has placed Y.O.U in an esteemed class of artists, with Elliot’s ethos mirroring that of Tigersushi’s varied roster.

10pm on Friday 9 May at Blind Tiger.

Matt & Kim, Passion Pit, Miike Snow, Years & Years, Phoenix, GUSH, Holy Ghost!

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PHANTOGRAM

Phantogram

Indietronica wrote about ‘Fall in Love’ by duo Phantogram back in December.

‘Fall in Love’ is a powerful, heavy, track, with bass-driven pulsating sounds, and crunching synths reminiscent of Sleigh Bells. The drums are at times heading down a hip-hop route, all while Sarah Barthel’s vocals drive the melody, pulling the layered sounds together in this really cool track.

9.45pm on Friday 9 May at Digital.

Sounds like; Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric, Sleigh Bells, Charli XCX

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AMBER RUN

There is some good music coming out of Nottingham lately. Amber Run are a Nottingham five-piece with a true talent to whip up indie anthems.

7pm on Thursday 8 May at Concorde 2.
2.30pm on Friday 9 May at Above Audio.

Sounds like: Young Kato, Two Door Cinema Club, Bastille, The 1975, Foals

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GHOST BEACH

Ghost Beach

Ghost Beach

We love a bit of tropitronica at Indietronica and Josh and Eric of NY-based synth pop duo Ghost Beach are no exception. Combing 80’s synth pop and 70’s disco vibes to create ultimate feel good tracks.

We aren’t expecting a visit from Noosa to this year’s TGE, but ‘Close Enough’ is just so catchy, it had to be included.

10pm on Friday 9 May at The Green Door Store.

Sounds like: Passion Pit, July Child, Noosa, Goyte, ASTR, The Knocks, Holy Ghost!, Smallpools, Goldroom, Oliver Nelson

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ULLA NOVA

Ulla Nova

Ulla Nova

Meet diverse London songstress, Ulla Nova.

From the get go, her debut track, ‘Kid From London’, fuses electro pop and hip hop beats, complete with cute snippets of chanson.

This London kid is tipped for big things.

10pm on Saturday 10 May at Sticky Mikes Frog Bar.

Sounds like: M.I.A, Iggy Azalea, Say Lou Lou, Lorde, CHVRCHES

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KIESZA

Kiesza

Kiesza

Shortly before the garage trend of the late 90s, the UK’s vice was house (acid house, deep house…you name it the UK loved it).

Kiesza is originally from Calgary, but is 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.

11pm on Friday 9 May at The Warren.
1.15am on Saturday 10 May at Brighton Coalition.

Sounds like: Disclosure, Aluna George

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WILD BEASTS 

Wild Beasts

With the distinctive falsetto voice of Hayden Thorpe loved and hated by all, Wild Beasts‘ songwriting abilities are unquestionably brilliant.

We are looking forward to watching these guys.

9.45pm on Friday 9 May at the Brighton Dome.

Sounds like; Foals, Antony & the Johnsons, Twin Shadow, Dutch Uncles

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SALT ASHES

Salt Ashes is 22 year old Veiga Sanchez. The Brighton-based dark electronica songstress cites influences from Kate Bush to Daft Punk.

11.30pm on Saturday 10 May at Brighthelm.

Sounds like: Daft Punk, Le Youth, M.I.A, Kavinsky, Kate Bush, Ghost Beach, Ronika, Kylie, Depeche Mode

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BALLET SCHOOL

Ballet School

Ballet School

Berlin-based Ballet School is Irish Rosie Blair on vocals/guitar, Japanese-Brazilian Michel Collet on lead guitar and Louis McGuire on drums.

Blair and Collet met two years ago in Berlin when Blair heard Collet playing his guitar in the U-bahn. Sharing their love of the Cocteau-Twins, she immediately asked him to form a band. In 2012 they began collaborating with McGuire.

With a mélange of 80’s pop and R’N’B at the forefront of the band’s agenda, their tracks provide a meditative driving beat of pop at it’s best and showcases both Irish and Japanese influences.

8.15pm on Thursday 8 May at Brighton Coalition.
12.30pm on Thursday 8 May at The Green Door Store.
3.30pm on Friday 9 May at The Green Door Store.

Sounds like: Cocteau-Twins, The Cure, I BREAK HORSES, The Naked and Famous, Blondie, Claire, BLSHS, Kavinsky, Madonna, Robyn, Ronika, BLSHS

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BROLIN

Brolin

Brolin

Brolin is a UK-based vocalist, songwriter, producer and remixer. To date, he has remained pretty anonymous simply stating on his Soundcloud page; “I am a bedroom producer, self-taught, self-analysing, into beats, space, and melody”.

We are looking forward to watching him play.

3.15pm on Friday 9 May at Komedia.

Sounds like: Rainer, H A R T E B E E S T, Kaleida

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Mr Little Jeans – Good Mistake

Mr Little Jeans

Mr Little Jeans

After being featured on our February playlist, we are pleased to show the Ian Schwartz and Cooper Roberts-directed video of ‘Good Mistake’ by Norweigen Mr Little Jeans (aka Monica Birkenes).

The energetic track has been taken from her debut LP, ‘Pocketknife’, which has been produced by Tim Anderson (Ima Robot, Dead Man’s Bones) in L.A.

The LP is out now on Harvest Records and available to purchase on Amazon.

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES, Soft As Snow, Annie, Susanne Sundfør, Charli XCX, Lykke Li

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