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JOHN.K – OT

John.K - OT

We all have to do it. Work overtime. But what if it wasn’t a bummer, but something you wanted to do?

JOHN.K takes a different approach. ‘OT’ is an Autumnal track that is about spending that one extra day with your far away friend.

Sounds like: Sam Smith, Justin Bieber

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REGN – WATR

REGN - WATR

Who is REGN? We’re glad you ask.

REGN (pronounced Reagan) is a Los Angeles-based songstress who has just dropped her latest single, ‘WATR’.

Co-written with Robokid, the song has delicate Nordic-inspired vocals chopped into a romantic format.

It’s out now via Moving Castle.

Sounds like: Dagny, Sigrid

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Martin Luke Brown – Opalite

Martin Luke Brown by Bjorn Franklin

Londoner Martin Luke Brown has seemingly come out of nowhere with a banger of a indie pop track called ‘Opalite’ and he means business!

Speaking of the song, MLB says,

“Opalite as a song began with this hypnotic little drum loop and the words just came out. I write placeholder lyrics all the time and then chip away at them until they’re complete but I pretty much stuck with what rolled on Opalite. It just felt right. It’s about finding hope in something and not wanting to let itgo. Whether you find that hope in superstition or religion or love. Whatever really.”

MLB plays London’s Servant Jazz Quarters tonight and ‘Opalite’ is out now via LAB Records.

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Will Joseph Cook, Dua Lipa, Kyko, Sody, Dan Croll

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courtship. – Tell Me Tell Me

courtship. - Tell Me Tell Me

Well, it’s very sad that summer is over for us here in the UK, but keeping the feeling very much alive is electro pop duo courtship..

They’ve just released their new single, ‘Tell Me Tell Me’, a declaration to not hold emotions back, especially when it comes to those love feelings!

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Van She, Summer Heart, Jagwar Ma, Two Door Cinema Club, MGMT, Passion Pit

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Donkeyboy – Kaleidoscope

Donkeyboy

Goosebumps galore with the new track by Norwegian trio, Donkeyboy.

Driving analogue synths predominate the song, followed by sky-high vocals and a massive chorus. Listen below.

Sounds like: Pnau, Mew, LANY, The 1975

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Sasha – Skin Deep

Sasha

London-based Sasha shares ‘Skin Deep’.

Equally as soft on the electronic side of things as the beautiful ‘Picking Flowers‘, ‘Skin Deep’ is a contemplative track about ways to get over a lover through emotionless actions.

‘Skin Deep’ is out now via Lemon Zen Records.

Sounds like: Lucy Rose, Daughter, Maggie Rogers, The Japanese House, Bon Iver, Fenne Lily

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Loud Forest – Wake Up
Loud Forest - Wake Up

California couple Loud Forest are a force to be reckoned with.

Their new single ‘Wake Up’ is about loving an independent person, who is always slightly out of reach, making it all seem like a dream.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire

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Tailor – Blame

Tailor - Blame

Birmingham-born singer/songwriter Tailor has already written for the likes of , TĀLĀ, Huntar, FTSE and Peking Duk, and his own solo material is pretty decent too.

Bordering on alt-pop and electronic music, Tailor has a knack of discussing both sides of the story. His most recent release is a double-A side single called ‘Disillusion / Blame’.

Whilst ‘Disillusion’ is more upbeat in production, ‘Blame’ is about taking the hit in a relationship to benefit the unit as a whole.

Sounds like: Chet Faker, Francis and The Lights, Toro Y Moi, Lauv, Huntar, Sam Smith

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New Carnival – Solid Gold

New Carnival

Bristol quartet New Carnival have just dropped ‘Solid Gold’.

‘Solid Gold’ a luscious indie rock ballad with a fiery underbelly. Much like the fascination of gold itself, the track draws listeners in, immediately turning them into a hypnotic state as lead singer Max Radford purrs “come a little closer, move a little nearer”.

You can catch them at the Omeara in London on 21 September.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Foals, The Maccabees, Coldplay

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Mushroom People – Wisdom Talk

Mushroom People

Mushroom People is a German electronic trio who all used to be in rock bands.

With some decent remixes under their belt (including XYLØ, NoMBe, Rainsford), Mushroom People have released their own track called ‘Wisdom Talk’, which sways more towards the contemporary pop sound than rock, although if you listen carefully you may find some powerful influences in there.

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, NoMBe

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Swim Season – Collide

Swim Season

Melbourne-based five piece, Swim Season, share their most addictive track yet.

A synth pop explosion, ‘Collide’ invites listeners to join singer James on a journey of escapism.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Honne, ISLE, Skies, Two Door Cinema Club, The Wombats, High Tyde, The Griswolds

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JOME – Crystalline

JOME

JOME is the project of Los Angeles-based songwriter, Jesse Marc.

He has teamed up with New Orleanian writer/producer Christoph Andersson (G-Eazy, Olivia O’Brien, Monopol) on ‘Crystalline’.

JOME explains, “Crystalline is a song about getting away from our modern addictions to technology and immediacy. It was written for someone really close to us who was going through a tough time, as a reminder that everything will settle in time.”

Sounds like: Washed Out, Summer Heart

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Trevor James Tillery – Lonely With You

Trevor James Tillery

Nashville-based artist Trevor James Tillery shares ‘Lonely With You’.

It’s another enriched pop track with delicate production techniques that encourage new fans to take listen.

Expect his album ‘Together.Alone’ very soon.

Sounds like: Youngr, James Blake

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Dan Flynn – Across The Wire

Dan Flynn

Melbourne musician Dan Flynn shares ‘Across The Wire’.

Much like all good folk songs, there is a soft melancholy throughout the song, and the addition of the lo-fi choir makes it an all atmospheric feat.

‘Across the Wire’ is the lead single taken from Dan Flynn’s upcoming solo album ‘Ghost Melodies’, out on 22 September.

Sounds like: The Slow Show, Sufjan Stevens, The National, Arcade Fire

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Aggressive Swans – Every Teardrop

Aggressive Swans

Some songs, while being well made and well put together, just don’t do it, they don’t hit you, they don’t catch you and pull you in. Some grow on you and with time give you more pleasure than you initially expected but some you feel so disconnected from that you just don’t listen again.

Sadly we’re all part of this world where immediacy counts, people need instant gratification from everything in their lives and if it isn’t instant then it’s on to the next. Weirdly sometimes a song that could be classed as timeless and a song that eventually becomes irritating and subsequently stale will both share that ability to grab you and pull you in to it’s enchanting rhythms from the very start.

‘Every Teardrop’ by the Munich-based duo Aggressive Swans is one of those songs. There is something about its simple, yet driving baseline that really appeals. It has a really simple and understated quality with enough poppy appeal to keep you humming the melody for quite a while.

It’s definitely pop, but it’s got more of an edge than your run of the mill pop song. The instrumentation says 80’s but the feel, fluidity and and space between the melody says more 70’s pop. Either way if you’ll either be drawn into it’s immediate pop charm and subsequently find it either timeless or irritating after a while or you won’t. We suspect we’re going to be closer to the first rather than the latter.

Sounds like: Foals, Modern Talking, Arcade Fire

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Hider – Yosemite

Hider

Yosemite is a tranquil place, full of varying landscapes. London-based Hider channels this level of beauty in his new track, ‘Yosemite’.

It’s a feel-good summertime song, that reminds you of sweet holiday romances.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Ben Howard, MÖWE, James Bay, The Lumineers, Arcade Fire

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Playlist: Alluri

Alluri

Alluri

Classical meets alt-indie. Indian musician, Alluri, is pushing the boundaries of modern music as he merges two worlds.

We asked him to put a playlist together for us. With a name like Alluri, how can you not be enticed?

Francobollo – Wonderful
A dream you want to sink into.

The Beatles – Free As A Bird
Deceptively simple. It is as if you are flying.

JJRM – Aldecide
A song worthy of starting a cult.

Iggy Pop – Sunday
A cure for POST POP DEPRESSION.

Radiohead – Identikit
A cure for people who cant dance.

The Cure – Catch
A warm hug of a song.

Cate Le Bon – Duke
Pure joy. Like the sun in shining through the clouds.

Wolf Alice – Moaning Lisa Smile
Leonardo Da Vinci meets head banging.

Anoushka Shankar – Crossing the Rubicon
A divine intervention.

Nick Cave – Jesus Alone
Thank God for Nick Cave. Makes you travel to the darkest aspects of the human condition.

Neil Young – Don’t Let it Bring You Down
Gets you right in the gut. Unexpected for a song with such clean production.

David Bowie – Alternative Candidate
Bowie at his cheeky best.

William Onyeabor – Atomic Bomb
The most honest dance music.

Jay Munly – Spill The Wine
A song that you can dance to at any time of day.

Roxy Music – Mother of Pearl
The best outro ever. Bryan Ferry at his lyrical best.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Smiths, Tears For Fears, Bon Iver

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BF/C – Upstate

BF/C

BF/C

How did BF/C get here? That’s the exact question we find ourselves asking!

We know very little about the band, other than they produce chic and catchy tunes, embodying earlier musical originality, similar to that of French band, Phoenix.

The track has been produced by Californiaman, and expect an album by the end of the year too.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Arcade Fire, Steely Dan

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Cattle & Cane – 7 Hours

Cattle & Cane

Cattle & Cane

Cattle & Cane is an indie pop band, led by siblings, Joe and Helen Hammill.

Perfectly in sync, ‘7 Hours’ showcases their knack for effortless harmonies, and catchy melodies.

Produced and mixed by Luuk Cox at ICP Studios in Brussels and mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios in London, you can listen below.

Support new music and pre-order their upcoming album here on PledgeMusic.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Monogem

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Playlist: Linying

Linying

Linying

Singaporean singer/songwriter Linying has just released her beautiful alt-pop tune called ‘Alpine’.

Like with her own music, Linying has put together a very moving playlist for you to listen to your heart’s content.

Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)

One of my earliest musical influences was Arcade Fire, whose album Funeral I’ve heard countless times, cover to cover, on my old, beat-up iPod. Rebellion (Lies) is, for me, the ultimate anthem for that pre-dawn delirium, of feeling like you’re invincible.

Dawn Golden – Discoloration

Dawn Golden was and still is one of the best discoveries my ears made in 2014; Dexter Tortoriello’s writing and production were very significant in shaping my own sonic sensibilities in dressing up my own songs. I love how intense and emotionally evocative all the songs on his album, Still Life, are, and Discoloration stands amongst the rawest and most heartbreaking of songs in my books.

Charlie Lim – I Only Tell The Truth

Charlie Lim, a musician I’m lucky enough to call my friend and compatriot, takes me places with I Only Tell The Truth. It’s delicate and wistful and it serves up a spectacle, from the stifling insides of an airplane to crashing waters and blinding light.

Bon Iver – Blood Bank

Probably the most definitive in my songwriting, Blood Bank was the very first song I’d ever listened to and felt for without fully understanding. “You were rubbing both my hands / Chewing on a candy bar” taught me to say everything I ever wanted to say in all its specificity without worry for its esotericism. It doesn’t matter that it’s only your picture as long as you paint it right.

The 1975 – Paris

Say what you will about the boyband, but Paris is a painful, purple dream in its tender vocals and balmy bopping beat and, for me, up there amongst the best, the most beautiful, most visually arresting of melancholic pop songs.

How Sad – Young Couple

In a melodramatic wave of despair, I once tweeted Harris Shper, How Sad’s frontman: “We were a young couple driving through beautiful France. I was warned, wasn’t I?” He replied, “Life is everything up and down. Hope the memory is beautiful and the future will be too.” He was right, though. I still think of France’s mountain roads when I listen to this song, and they’re still beautiful.

Midst – Captivate

There’s something subdued but spiritual about midst’s atmospheric, dreamy sound in Captivate. It’s like a red cresting wave in song-form.

Lykke Li – Time Flies

Lykke Li, like Karen O, was one of my favourite female songwriters of sad, strained songs. Listening to Time Flies is like having a heart clenched in smallness and tiredness, having it eventually unfurl into glorious abandon and despair.

Sunset Rubdown – Us Ones In Between

There’s a homemade video somewhere on Youtube of a group of friends playing inside a big deflated balloon the colours of the rainbow to this song. It puts into words, music, and pictures how it feels to be timid, forlorn, and to know it.

Gentle Bones – Geniuses & Thieves

Another Singaporean musician-friend who delivers dark, moody trap vibes best in this track, which samples a hook off Made In Heights’ Wildflowers (Exhale Efreet) and takes it to a whole other level.

Sounds like: Frances, Bon Iver, Rae Morris

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Over Sands – Memory House

Over Sands

Over Sands

Over Sands are a London-based sibling duo, who share ‘Memory House’; the first track taken from their sophomore EP, ‘Roman Rooms’.

The song was conceived into their East London studio, where the duo projected photos and textures on the wall to inspire ideas, and recorded mainly at night.

Strung out guitar riffs, night time recordings within long reverberating corridors make the track a nostalgic, and reflective number that considers how the collection of memories makes up our present, and how the unreliability of memory distorts the view when revisiting the past.

Over Sands’ sophomore EP will be released on 19 August.

Sounds like: Tuska, Tame Impala, Arcade Fire, Future Islands, Editors, Tanlines

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