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Weekly Gems 24

Weslee – Boy Like You

Weslee

Mysterious UK-based duo Weslee share their visuals for ‘Boy Like You’.

Another lip-smacking and dreamy song, the Alexandra Gavillet-directed video for ‘Boy Like You’ takes inspiration from Kanye West and centres on the infatuation of the lead male figure through a series of personal camcorder style shots filmed around a hazy American summer.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Kacy Hill, Blood Orange, Wet, Off Bloom

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Scene Writers vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Real Life Baby

Scene Writers

Exciting Berlin-based duo Scene Writers (aka Christian Huerter and Sebastian Nouvortne) take inspiration from the art amidst the urban sprawl of Berlin.

They have produced a vibrant re-work of 3 Burners‘ ‘Real Life Baby’, which you can listen to below.

Sounds like: Becky Hill, Kungs, Draper

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joan – Tokyo

joan - Tokyo

We are still massively crushing on duo joan.

Continuing their knack for producing heartbreaking pop songs with a retro twist, ‘Tokyo’ is inspired by that moment of falling for someone but your time is running out. ​​​​​​​

Sounds like: Shura, Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The 1975

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Argonaut & Wasp – Radio Sound

Argonaut & Wasp

Boom! Argonaut & Wasp are back with a funky new number called ‘Radio Sound’.

It is part of a double single, and combines elements of alternative, pop, indie, and funk to provide a bright sound, inspired by the bustling streets of Brooklyn.

It is released on the band’s own Bang! Jango Records.

Sounds like: The Strokes, Bad Sounds, Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, Phoenix, Miami Horror, Bag Raiders

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ELD – Desire

ELD - Desire

Swedish trio ELD share their brilliant new single ‘Desire’.

Creating a big emotions and an anthemic sound reminiscent of Arcade Fire and The National, ‘Desire’ amalgamates electronica with post punk elements, and even enters the shoegaze realm in parts.

Listen below and prepare to be blown away.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, The National, Interpol, Ulrich Schnauss

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Amanda Mair – Empty Blockings

Amanda Mair

Rising Swedish teenager Amanda Mair shares ‘Empty Blockings’.

In the video, Amanda broaches the highly important topic of anxiety and depression,

“I wanted to show the feeling of the continuously searchers desperation. The every day hope for running away from anxiety and sorrow but the faith is to weak and puts you in a circle of running and running until you don’t know what you’re running away from.”

It’s out now via Despotz Records.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, OH Land, Zola Jesus

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Iffy Orbit – Not Good Enough

Iffy Orbit

Norwegian five-piece Iffy Orbit channel Tame Impala vibes in new single, ‘Not Good Enough’, in which Iffy Orbit contemplate the pressure of possible failure.

Like with their former releases, ‘Not Good Enough’ combines psychedelic pop sensibilities with groovy vocals and funky basslines.

The single is out now via Toothfairy and features on their ‘Slow Times’ album.

Sounds like: MGMT, Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, Bad Family, Bad Sounds

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Iffy Orbit – Slow Times

Iffy Orbit

High school, ticked off the list. University, missed off the list. Meet Iffy Orbit, a Sandvika born five-piece who love to write music.

Upon listen to ‘Slow Times’, we are confronted with upfront lyrics about growing up, amidst a fog of carefully crafted, trickling synths and a nonchalant bouncy groove.

It’s out now via Toothfairy, and expect a 10 track album in the summer.

Sounds like: MGMT, Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, Bad Family, Bad Sounds

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HalfNoise – French Class

HalfNoise

HalfNoise

A lot of us probably didn’t pay much attention in French class, but this new track by HalfNoise will definitely keep your concentration levels up.

HalfNoise is the project of Zac Farro, the drummer from Paramore. Perhaps not a sound we would have expected from Zac, but we love the track’s psychedelic synths and swaying falsettos.

His ‘Velvet Face’ EP will be out in March.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Bad Sounds, Day Wave, Foals, Band Of Horses, Summer Heart, Goldroom

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Bad Sounds – Wages

Bad Sounds by Charlotte Patmore

Bad Sounds by Charlotte Patmore

Keeping us in fits of giggles, Bath based band, Bad Sounds are back with ‘Wages’.

Bad Sounds say of the track,

“‘Wages’ is our working in retail ballad, it comes from us getting stuck in situations that we don’t want to be stuck in. It’s just a bit of a sulk and some trumpets…”

We’ve watched these guys live, and the fun-fuelled video for ‘Wages’ fully encompasses the Bad Sounds vibe.

Live Dates
Tues 29th Nov – Camden Assembly, London
Wed 30th Nov – Exchange, Bristol

Sounds like: Wolf Alice, Beach Baby, Pulp, Blur, Black Honey, De La Soul, Beastie Boys

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Black Pulp – Vapour

Black Pulp - Vapour

Black Pulp – Vapour

There is very little we know about Liverpool-based band, Black Pulp, apart from the fact they create illuminating indie pop that reminds us of a “rough around the edges” Foals, or a nodding Bombay Bicycle Club.

Their second ever release, ‘Vapour’, gives us a lesson about the effect girls have on boys.

Sounds like: Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, Two Door Cinema Club, Bad Sounds, The 1975

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Bad Sounds – Avalanche

Bad Sounds

Bad Sounds

We declared Bad Sounds our new favourite band after watching them perform at The Alternative Escape in Brighton last month.

Producing some real badass sounds, the Bath five-piece fuse cheerful pop hooks, fuzzy guitar lines, and addictive choruses, bringing sounds of the 70’s and 80’s into the 90’s Brit-Pop era with a modern twist.

‘Avalanche’ has been co-produced by Duncan Mills (Peace, Spectator).

Watch the psychedelic video below:

UK Tour Dates

24 June – Glastonbury (BBC Introducing Stage)
19 July – The Social, London *
12 August – Club NME, Koko *
2 September – Festival No. 6, Portmeirion

*Headline show

Sounds like: Wolf Alice, Beach Baby, Pulp, Blur, Black Honey

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Harriet – Bring Me When You Go

Harriet by David Kitz

Harriet by David Kitz

Feasting on a rich blend of all things Americana, Harriet have unveiled another album track gem called ‘Bring Me When You Go’.

The forthcoming album, ‘American Appetite’, is produced by Sean O’Brien (The National, Jeff Bridges) and (Nickel Creek, The Replacements), and seeks inspiration from the American condition; the controversy, alienation and fear that it ensues.

Pre-order ‘American Appetite’ on iTunes. It will be released worldwide on 29 January on Harvest Records.

Sounds like: Bad Sounds, MRCH, Local Natives, The National, TW Walsh, Still Corners

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