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Hazlett – Suncats

Hazlett

Australian artist Hazlett creates indie songs with outstanding depth and beauty.

A well-toured musician and confessed self-therapist, Hazlett has a tendency to find beauty in the mundane of modern life, which is why I think we find his music so endearing.

His new single ‘Suncats’, produced by Freddy Alexander, is inspired by dancing sun reflections, and was born from a moment of post-break-up depression – “We all feel death but we don’t live life, heavy hearts have a crazy side.”

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Dermot O’Kennedy, Ben Howard

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fluxx.world – Like Me

Fluxx.world

Introducing the playful duo, fluxx.world.

The multi-faceted talents create infectious, experimental pop in their basements studio in a London warehouse. They also run their own underground audiovisual club nights, as well as producing and remixing for other artists.

Check out ‘Like Me’ below.

Sounds like: Allie X, Sofi Tukker, Phantogram, MØ

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Keir Gibson – Eyes Wide

Keir Gibson

Scottish-born Keir Gibson releases his debut track ‘Eyes Wide’.

Despite being brought up on a dose of Scottish music, the 18 year old’s sound borders the electronic, pop and folk realms in an alt-pop fusion.

‘Mixed & mastered by Grammy-nominated mixer Matty Green and Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Joe LaPorta, ‘Eyes Wide’ showcases what’s more to come from the talented singer/songwriter.

Sounds like: James Arthur, Maggie Rogers, Julia Michaels, Lauv

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Apollo LTD – Man That I Used To Know

Apollo LTD

Indie pop duo Apollo LTD share the sway-inducing visuals for ‘Man That I Used To Know’.

Much like their last single, ‘Misfits‘, this one is incredibly easy listening with its smooth production skills, twinkling synths, and luscious vocals.

Sounds like: LIONLION, Phoenix, Foster The People

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cln – Change My Mind

cln

Australian artist cln shares his downtempo new single ‘Change My Mind’.

Whilst the track’s production appears minimalistic in it’s electronic approach, there is a dark undertone of R&B that lingers throughtout the song in a contemplative manner.

Expect cln’s debut album in September.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Bon Iver

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Zanski – Smoke In My Lungs

Zanski

Zanski is the electro-R&B project of Tom Probizanski.

With a sound captivating and emotive, Zanski’s sound is refreshing, yet relevant. His new single ‘Smoke In My Lungs’ echoes of the wonderous Ben Khan in it’s distinctive groovy sound.

It’s out now via CloudKid.

Sounds like: Ben Khan

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Napoleon Gold – Love Don’t Cut Me Down (feat. Haiva Ru)

Napoleon Gold - Love Don't Cut Me Down

French-born Antoine Honorez aka Napoleon Gold returns with his latest single ‘Love Don’t Cut Me Down’ featuring the vocals of Haiva Ru’s Allie Merril.

The track can be compared to an 80’s Fleetwood Mac song that’s been given an electronic boogie re-skin.

Speaking of the unique late-night feel of his music, Napoleon credits his life-long struggle with insomnia, “During my first year in Brussels for university, my insomnia became more and more frequent. I remember staying awake night after night, making music, watching the sunrise from my music desk – it had this beautiful orange and golden colour, I knew seeing this colour meant I had once again failed to sleep, but it also symbolised a new day, a new beginning. I decided to name that colour ‘Napoleon Gold'”.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Chela, RAC, Le Youth, JackLNDN

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Tom Tripp – TAM

Tom Tripp

Grammy-Award nominated producer and vocalist, and Mura Masa collaborator, Tom Tripp returns with his latest single ‘TAM’, the first release off his forthcoming project ‘FLAG’.

The electro-laced funk track started life back in 2016, undergoing various iterations on Tom’s Laptop until a session with Grades earlier this year led to a final version that the self-proclaimed perfectionist was finally happy to share with the world.

Sounds like: Mura Masa, LISS, Ben Khan

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Thailah – Feels Right

Thailah

Exciting London-based singer Thailah shares the banger, ‘Feels Right’.

Ramping up the BPM, her fourth ever release, has been produced by the up and coming producer J.AR.K. to create a track that will work equally well in the car as in the club.

Sounds like: Just Kiddin, The Him, Tove Lo

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Tropic – Lights Out

Tropic - Lights Out

Brooklyn based duo, Tropic (aka electronic producer & DJ, Phuse, and R&B singer/songwriter Jo-B Sebastian) shares their breezy new tune ‘Lights Out’.

With delicate falsetto vocals that energetically loop around syncopated beats, the track explores the regret and denial that comes after a breakup in both nostalgic and futuristic manner.

Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok

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Daniella Mason – Deepest of Wells

Daniella Mason

Nashville-based alternative pop act, Daniella Mason, is back with a dreamy new visual that continues her ‘Mental State’ EP and ‘State of Mine’ sound series in which she aims to explore different parts of our humanity.

With her latest music video release – shot and edited by Dylan Reyes – Mason aimed to create a dream sequence that visualises the feeling of wandering throughout her mind and expands on its aimlessness.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, The Japanese House, Robyn, Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish, George Gretton, Luna Pines

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Playlist: Roland Tings

Roland Tings by Alex Johnstone

Roland Tings by Alex Johnstone

Introducing Sydney-born, Melbourne-based producer Roland Tings. He has just dropped his single ‘Always Rushing’, the second release to emerge from his eagerly anticipated upcoming album ‘Salt Water’.

To celebrate the upcoming release, Roland has put together a pretty epic playlist for us.

Lord Echo – In Your Life
I love Lord Echo, a guy truly devoted to authentic production techniques and keeping alive the spirit of dub, while maintaining a fresh spin

Dip In The Pool – On Retinae
An obscure Japanese record now reissued and having a bit a of a resurgence, lovely Balearic vibe!

Eurythmics – Take Me To Your Heart
I had never dug into Eurythmics until recently, this tune gets me every time. I found this tune when looking through things Holger Cuzkay had worked on, his freaky stamp is all over it

John Maus – Bennington
This John Maus track came out a long time ago but still sounds super fresh, amazing dreamy synths and vocal combo in typical monotone Maus style

Suicide – Cheree
The original innovators of electronic indie music, New York duo Suicide did it all before everyone else

Doug Hream Blunt – Caribbean Queen
This is such an evocative song, really send you out there into the Caribbean!

Ruins – Elegant Shout
Not sure how I came by this one, it has a few of my favourite things going, freaked out organ drum machines, big synth lines and new waves vocals.

Jaakko Eino Kalevi – I Wann Win
Freak disco at its finest. Jaakko Eino Kalevi, I love this song since I first heard it on Beats In Space almost 10 years ago. One of the all-time great sax solos!

Baba Stiltz – Can’t Help It
Keeping it Scandinavian, Baba Stiltz is another all-time favourite. You never really know what he’s gonna do next, my money is on a country record.

Vanderschrick – Ongehoord
A deep and weird dubbed out droner from Vanderschrick, an 80s referencing post-punk vibe out on the exceptional Stroom label from Germany.

AC Marias – Just Talk
This is the real deal, shoegazing and ethereal pop from Wire collaborator Angela Conway from the mid-80s

Roland Tings – Always Rushing Feat. Mild Minds
Had to include my new one! It pales in comparison to the masterpieces in this playlist, but hopefully, you can hear where I’m coming from with this list of great songs!

His new single is out now via Sony/Cascine and taken from his forthcoming album ‘Salt Water’.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Rufus Du Sol, Caribou, Bicep, Dusky

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Elina Eriksson – Discover Her

Elina Eriksson

Swedish LGBTQ songwriter/producer Elina Eriksson shares her debut single, ‘Discover Her’, after finding out that a girl she was living with during her time in London, was cheating on her.

Clean and simple in its cut, the nostalgic-pop song has a positive feel throughout, despite the song’s adverse lyrical content.

Sounds like: IDER, Kllo

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Arche – My Only

ARCHE

French indie pop quartet Arche shares the visuals for their first official release, ‘My Only’ – an atmospheric slice of weird, psychedlic dream-pop.

The video features the boys in mismatched outfits, amongst a vintage, nineties backdrop. Watch below.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Tropic Harbour, Summer Heart, DIIV

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R.LUM.R – How This Feels

R.LUM.R

Introducing Nashville creative, R.LUM.R. His music is R&B, underscored by a hip-hop attitude, pop dalliances, and a progressive rock vision.

In ‘How This Feels’, R.LUM.R urges an honest interpretation of the song by its listener. It is taken from his forthcoming album, due this fall via Island Records.

Sounds like: The Weeknd, Blood Orange, LA Bouquet

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JVLY – me&her

JVLY

Australian artist JVLY shares his smooth’n’mellow tune, ‘me&her’, which features some co-production from Swiss producer DRKTMS.

In the song, JVLY channels some serious dream-pop vibes (think Men I Trust) with buzzy analogue synths, that he neatly stumbled upon whilst trying out his brand-new analogue synthesizer.

Sounds like: Men I Trust, Kllo

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Noah Kenton – Walk Feat. Jahn Rome

Noah Kenton

L.A.-based artist Noah Kenton continues his musical journey with the crossover alt-R&B bop ‘Walk’.

Cutting his teeth as an indie-pop singer-songwriter, he traversed to a colourful, crossover sound after his interest in production allowed him much more creative freedom.

The track also features Maryland lyricist Jahn Rome, who brings a welcome, rhythmic energy to the track.

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Tim Rose – Left on Read

Tim Rose

DIY musician Tim Rose shares his video for ‘Left on Read’, the third release in a series of visuals culminating into a short film and showcases his obsession with smooth and soulful guitar licks.

The track considers dating through your smartphone and the pitfalls associated with getting to know someone through technology.

Sounds like: Parliament, Shawn Mendes

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Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent

Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent

Meet Florida fourpiece, Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent.

They’ve just released their EP, ‘My Own Misreable’, which is gospel/synth-rock meets organ-led emo/soul and a kind of heartbreak only fans of The National will understand.

Sounds like: The National, Sea Girls

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Playlist: Benji Lewis

Benji Lewis

Introducing the bright and summery sounds of Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Benji Lewis. We asked Benji to take a break from songwriting and put together a list of his favourite songs for us.

“I keep this playlist updated, always adding new favourites I’m listening to. These ones below are on repeat at the moment for me.”

Ariana Grande – Needy
Have over the last few years become a fan of Ariana, her vibe and flow. I love how simple the beats and instruments are. And her vocal just flows effortlessly over the top. It’s pretty, beautiful, a vibe and fun to sing along to and with her.

SZA, The Weeknd, Travis Scott – Power Is Power
I absolutely love SZA, she is very cool to me. She gives so much attitude and feeling to her performance. She makes this song for me. The energy though of the entire song, everything comes together to just hit you with this big energy. Pumps me up for the day.

Duckwrth, Rico Nasty, Medasin – LOVE IS LIKE A MOSHPIT
Duckwrth is sick, in the best way. Have loved his music and vibe for a while now, since I saw him live at SXSW 2018. Was more into his upbeat stuff. But this song hit me, I really connected with the energy and emotion he gives in this one. Hits you with all the vibes.

Tayla Parx ft Duckwrth – Read Your Mind
I became aware of Tayla Parx recently for her collab and writing efforts behind some of the biggest songs from Ariana Grande recently. Then I saw her from this album, ‘We Need To Talk.’ And this song connected with me the most. It’s so vulnerable and really hit me in the feels. It’s beautiful. And the featured vocal from Duckwrth gives it that extra kick it didn’t even need but you secretly wanted.

Conan Gray – Lookalike
I’ve know Conan Gray more for his Youtube covers. As I slowly started listened to him more recently. His music, vibe and vocal is something else. He’s completely doing his own thing and killin it. I guess I connect with this one as I’m sure many others do as we all wish someone that we really loved still thinks of us, misses us and possibly sees us in others as we move on. It’s really honest and totally relatable.

JP Saxe – Save Room
This guy is one of the most vulnerable artists I’ve come across over the last few years. I saw him live opening for Freya Ridings a year or two ago and been a fan since. This song is so honest and heartfelt, his feelings all spilling out, all out in the open for us to relate to, feel and almost give us a sense of safety while we go through the same emotions getting over a breakup.

Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter
This song off her latest EP just has this strength and power to it that I love and connect with. Love her vocal delivery. It’s a good listen. I support what she’s doing and creating right now.

Jeremy Zucker and Chelsea Cutler – you were good to me
Love both of these beautiful voices and all their collabs. This one is the most recent from an EP they just released this year. Love how their harmonies intertwine and sound just beautiful together. It’s a little bit of magic. I’m sure a lot of effort and thought went into the production and lyrics, and they make it all sound so simple and effortless. It’s an art, and they do it so well.

SZA and Willow – 9
I just love the vibe of this song. There is such a natural flow of the simple music going on underneath and their vocals in and out over the top. Both their vocals go really nicely together.

Beyonce – Diva – Homecoming Live
I mean who doesn’t like Beyonce. If you don’t it does make it a little harder for me to be friends with you a ha …but for real. Ok, this song just gives so much energy, some of what you get from watching or listening to anything from Beyonce. She’s a boss. All the power, strength and mood she exudes and gives us. Thank you

MEDUZA and Goodboys – Piece Of Your Heart
I was only shown this one recently from a friend of mine who goes by TACHES in LA while we were driving away from a great writing session. It makes you want to move and dance so much, I love it. My favourite part is the where one of the guys says’ “Hold on sorry, how about.” And Then comes the main hook. So smart. I can only imagine that moment in the studio where whoever came up with that main melody. It would have been very cool and special.

Sounds like: The 1975, The Kite String Tangle, Antony Hegarty, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Yazz, Jack Garratt, Disclosure

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Hayden James & NAATIONS – Nowhere To Go

NAATIONS & Hayden James

You can’t go wrong with a Future Classic release. Cue ‘Nowhere To Go’ – the new collab between Australian talents, Hayden James & NAATIONS.

NAATIONS is a duo made up of singer/songwriter Nat Dunn who co-wrote Marshmello & Anne-Marie’s hit track ‘FRIENDS’ + Charli XCX’s single, ‘5 In The Morning’ and ex-Van She member + DJ Nicky Night Time also has been producing and writing for the likes of Purple Disco Machine and Kaz James.

Check out the video below:

Catch them supporting Hayden James on his North American and Australian tour in September.

Sounds like: Blonde, Just Kiddin, Goldroom, Lights

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Apollo LTD – Misfits

Apollo LTD

Meet indie pop duo Apollo LTD.

It’s the first time we’ve heard of the band, but what we can say is their ability to combine retro-smooth production, with electronic synths and falsetto makes a highly addictive, mesmerizing sound.

Listen to their new single ‘Misfits’ below.

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Sounds like: LIONLION, Phoenix, Foster The People

cln – Fade to Grey

cln

Australian artist cln makes a melancholic declaration with his new single ‘Fade To Grey’.

The groovy and downtempo song was born following cln’s experimentation with new sounds and textures, and may not fit his usual “sound”, but that’s the way he likes it.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Bon Iver

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Torn Palk – Juliana

Torn Palk

Torn Palk‘s new single, ‘Juliana,’ is pure, sun-soaked bliss.

The musician, who remains anonmyous, drifts his music between lazy guitar riffs and seaside soundbites.
He describes the single, “Juliana’ is about a situation in which you feel fully connected to your surroundings. This can be a place, a person or memories of both. It’s a simple love song.”

It’s out now on Absent Mind.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Washed Out

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Akurei – Stockholm

Akurei

Exciting new talent, Akurei shares his new single ‘Stockholm’.

Conjured up during his solo trip across Europe, ‘Stockholm’ was actually written on his phone in a hostel in Berlin, and covers the topic of loneliness and the longing for a connection to encounter while travelling alone.

Co-produced with Golden Vessel, the track effortlessly switches between hip-hop and pop worlds. Golden Vessel also filmed the stylist DIY video which can be viewed here.

Sounds like: LANY, The 1975

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Charlz – Amaze Me

Charlz

Australian artist Charlz is one of our ones to watch for 2019.

Her new single ‘Amaze Me’ will do just that – it’s iridescent, addictive and evocative pop of the finest calibre – and considers Charlz’s continuing quest for her ideal relationship.

It’s not surprising that Charlz is heading to pop stardom, with her musical roots running deep – her father is a guitarist and her cousin, Brody Dalle (The Distillers) is married to rock god Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), but she’s been making her mark as an artist on her own terms from the age of 12.

The single ‘Amaze Me’ out now via Risqué Music/TMRW.

Sounds like: Jesse Ware

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Mallrat – Groceries

Mallrat

Following her tour with Maggie Rogers, we’ve decided to share Mallrat‘s ‘Groceries,’ which we think is one of her best releases yet.

The Australian pop-rap sensation delivers bittersweet records layered with danceable relatable disconsolation – a unique slice of modern nostalgia with a lyrical maturity, way beyond her years.

Sounds like: Alice Jemima, Grimes, Yung Lean, Charli XCX, Izzy Bizu, Uffie, Sofi Tukker, Maggie Rogers

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Midnight Pool Party – With You

Midnight Pool Party – With You

Midnight Pool Party gives us a further taste of their EP on new single, ‘With You’.

A labour of love for the Australian duo, ‘With You’ was initially written in 2014 as just a chord progression. Gradually over the years, the pair have kept coming back to the track, matching their development and maturity as producers and songwriters.

The result is a nu-disco jam through and through. This will certainly ease your mind away from stresses of the day.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, Goldroom, Tourist, Roosevelt

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