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Lycio – Saharan King

Iycio - Saharan King

Meet Birmingham trio, Lycio.

Effortlessly combining apt songwriting with progressive, electronic textures, Lycio perform everything live to enhance the experience. We can’t wait to see them perform, and we’ll be playing ‘Saharan King’ during the wait.

Sounds like: Dua Lipa, Birdy, London Grammar

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Jacob Banks – Unholy War

Jacob Banks

Jacob Banks

Meet Mr Jacob Banks, a neo-soul artist from the UK.

Updating a genre that’s been part of music for decades, ‘Unholy War’ is a determined track that may just bring soul into the digital age.

Although not a typical indietronica track, we can’t get enough of Banks’ smooth vocals and the track’s punchy riffs and textured beats.

It is the first offering from Jacob’s upcoming EP, ‘The Boy Who Cried Freedom’, out this spring on Interscope Records. He is currently on tour with LÉON in the US, and will be playing SXSW.

Sounds like: Rationale, Aloe Blacc, Rag’n’Bone Man, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Salt Ashes, Ben Khan

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T.O.L.D – Return Forever

T.O.L.D by Hassan Rahim

T.O.L.D by Hassan Rahim

T.O.L.D stands for ‘The Order of Life and Death’ and is the project of the British-born, Dan Smith.

His new track ‘Return Forever’ is gospel synth pop. From timid beginnings, the track has a surprisingly uplifting chorus, reminiscent of his last hit ‘Lucifer’s Eyes’.

Written with Jas from Simian Mobile Disco, T.O.L.D say “we spend a day in his studio in London fucking around with synths & drum machines, three years later this song emerged from a studio in Echo Park. A kind of Nietzchean dance song.”

‘Return Forever’ is released on IAMSOUND Records.

Sounds like: Hurts

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Ekkah – Small Talk



No remixes this time, just disco-based ‘Small Talk’ from Ekkah; an illuminating duo from Birmingham, comprising of Rebecca and Rebekah.

The single was produced by Tourist and is their first release since being signed to Sony/RCA.

The track is an emotive and neon-lit blend of arching melodies, colorful synths, reverberant handclaps and disco groove, with a video to match.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Shalamar, Chela, Shura, Jess Glynne, Ronika, Tourist

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Amateur Best – They Know

Amateur Best

Amateur Best

Amateur Best is the alias of Birmingham-based “personal pop” musician, songwriter, and producer Joe Flory.

His new video for ‘They Know’ has been directed by Effie Pappa and is “inspired by the warmth and paranoia of John Carpenter’s best horror movies” and builds up to the foreboding chorus refrain: “It’s like they know what’s coming next, it’s like there’s not point running. It’s like we’re hanging on the edge of the end, it’s like we never had a chance to run.”

The track has been taken from his long awaited second album ‘The Gleaners’, which will be released on 2 October, as well as the single, via Brille Records (The Knife, Gwilym Gold, John Wizards).

Sounds like: Foals, Future Islands, Clean Bandit

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Ekkah – Last Chance to Dance (Goldroom Remix)



Ekkah is a disco inspired duo from Birmingham, comprising of Rebecca and Rebekah.

Goldroom (aka Josh Legg) has spun his magic on their latest track, ‘Last Chance to Dance’.

Have a listen below to Goldroom’s drum-infused tropical version:

Sounds like: Goldroom, Shalamar, Chela, Shura, Jess Glynne, Ronika

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