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Jagara – Real Love

Jagara

Jagara are three sisters from London making genre-bending mature pop music, or so their press release says.

When reviewing music, we usually enjoy having a good listen through what we get sent before we even cast our eyes on what we’re supposed to think about it, so putting the press release out of mind is a good starting point.

On first listen nothing about their new single ‘Real Love’ drags us in, then nothing is making us switch off either. Musically it is quite simple with an under-produced feel (in a good way), good arrangements with a strange and interesting appeal. There is a vague but pleasing sense of familiarity and that coupled with that by the third and fourth listens the vocals begin to become really catchy means that we can see how this three piece are building up a great reputation.

Jagara have recently been on tour supporting Bastille on their sold out arena tour and we can see and hear the link to a group like Bastille, and fans of Bastille will definitely be on board, even though we feel ‘Real Love’ displays a more pleasant subtlety to it than most of what we’ve heard from Bastille.

There are definite elements of past pop triumphs with plenty of influences rooted in the 80’s but Jagara have used only hints of these to give a sense of something you might know and their abilities as writers and musicians carry these through to make a good, albeit slightly uninspiring piece of music. On the whole ‘Real Love’ will no doubt push Jagara further to where they need to be, it’s catchy, it’s poppy, it’s familiar but it isn’t pushing the boundaries of their abilities let alone the boundaries of music. We feel there is much more to come from Jagara and we’re really looking forward to hearing how the next single or two develops from here.

Sounds like: Shura, Bastille, New Order, Grimes, Blondie

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Written by Pat Dooner

Nelly’s Crush – Second Souls

Nelly's Crush by Johanna Siring

Step back into time with ‘Second Souls’ by Nelly’s Crush.

The highly energetic Oslo based band, fronted by Nelly Marie Hansen and Karoline Garfjell, create sleek disco with a generous nod to 80’s pop music.

Their album ‘Rumours’ is out now.

Sounds like: Icona Pop, The Magnettes, Susanne Sundfør, Kylie, Miami Horror, ABBA, Madonna, Human League, Capital Cities, Elkka, Blondie, A-ha

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Anteros – The Beat

Anteros by Marc Sethi

Anteros by Marc Sethi

If indulgence is what London-based Anteros have for breakfast, then ‘The Beat’ is the champagne-fuelled brunch that follows shortly after.

Anteros are offering us yet another fabulous video. Again, the focus is on front woman, Laura Hayden, but this time the scenes flip between heavenly shots of Laura lying on a bed, and disco-fevered ones of Laura dancing in a red and purple lit dancehall.

‘The Beat’ is taken from their forthcoming second EP ‘Breakfast’, due out on 19 September via Kissability.

Sounds like: Ladyhawke, Blondie, Of Monsters and Men, Montoya, Bastille, Temper Trap, Garbage, The Cardigans, Actor

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RALPH – Something More

RALPH

RALPH

80’s music lover, RALPH, is questioning whether there is ‘Something More’ in her new track, asking whether the grass is always greener?

“‘Something More’ was inspired by Aziz Ansari’s Netflix show ‘Master of None’,” explains RALPH, continuing “The show honestly narrates the existential issues faced by young adults now. Consumed with social media and dating apps, we’re obsessed with the idea of something more or someone better, often leading us to sabotage the good things we have.”

Sounds like: Sizzy Rocket, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Susanne Sundfør, Lykke Li, Blondie, July Child, Scavenger Hunt

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Ralph – Cold To The Touch

Ralph

Ralph

RALPH returns with her infectious new release, ‘Cold To The Touch’; a retro sounding song about the imbalance often found between two people caught up in a casual fling.

Sounds like: Sizzy Rocket, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Susanne Sundfør, Lykke Li, Blondie

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Premiere: EMYLE – Drunk On You

EMYLE

EMYLE

Introducing Los Angeles-based electropop songstress, EMYLE.

Like an intense lover, ‘Drunk On You’ jumps straight in at the deep end. Layers of sweet, evangelical vocals cast over brooding woven layers of 80’s-inspired synths.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Bronski Beat, Blondie, Goldfrapp, Little Boots

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Superhumanoids – Touch Me

Superhumanoids

Superhumanoids

Critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based, indietronica trio Superhumanoids returns with ‘Touch Me’.

Sarah Chernoff’s eluding vocals are willingly supported by an addictive racing drum beat, courtesy of Max St. John and Cameron Parkins.

It has been taken from the upcoming album ‘Do You Feel Ok?’, out on 11 September via Innovative Leisure.

Tour Dates:

TUE 9/15 – San Francisco, CA; Rickshaw Stop
THU 9/17 – Seattle, WA; Barboza
FRI 9/18 – Portland, OR; Holocene
MON 9/21 – Madison, WI; Frequency
TUE 9/22 – Chicago, IL; Beat Kitchen
WED 9/23 – Cleveland, OH; Euclid Tavern
THU 9/24 – Toronto, ON; The Drake
SAT 9/26 – Montreal, QC; Divan Orange
MON 9/28 – Boston, MA; Great Scott
TUE 9/29 – Philadelphia, PA; Johnny Brendas
WED 9/30 – Washington, DC; DC9
THU 10/1 – Brooklyn, NY; Baby’s All Right
SAT 10/3 – Richmond, VA; Stranger Matter
SUN 10/4 – Asheville, NC; The Mothlight
MON 10/5 – Atlanta, GA; Drunken Unicorn
TUE 10/6 – Nashville, TN; Hi-Watt
WED 10/7 – Houston, TX; Rudyards
THU 10/8 – Austin, TX; The Mohawk
SAT 10/10 – Phoenix, AZ; Pub Rock
TUE 10/13 – San Diego, CA; Casbah
WED 10/14 – Los Angeles, CA; El Rey Theatre

Sounds like: Ski Lodge, Lilies on Mars, Beach House, Races, Haerts, Blondie, Ralph, Salt Ashes, Kylie Minogue

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Nova Heart – Lackluster No.

NOVA HEART by RenHang

NOVA HEART by RenHang

Le Tigre have a huge following, but never quite made it into the mainstream.

Maybe Nova Heart will succeed where Le Tigre fell short.

Nova Heart is the brain child of lead vocalist and former MTV VJ, Helen Feng. Being pushed as the ‘Blondie of China’, we couldn’t resist checking out her new track ‘Lackluster No.’.

The track doesn’t disappoint with its cool bass line and beats, and psychedelic guitar riffs that climax in exploding electronica half way through, not to mention Feng’s luring vocals.

Describing the dance teaser video, Feng says; “A teaser for the upcoming video from Lackluster No This is 4 minutes of improvisation from Beijing based Modern Dance artist Cui Jian. We didn’t do anything just said roll camera and watched mesmerized until I yelled cut. I turned around and the studio was full. That’s how you know you have a great performer, when the show pulls people out of the corners and worlds to become part of something outside of themselves.”

European Tour:

24/07 Grenoble, Festival Cabaret Frappé
28-29/08 Helsinki, Modern Sky Festival

The album is released on 2 October via Caroline International.

Sounds like: Le Tigre, Blondie, CSS

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Ralph – Trouble

Ralph

Ralph

Ralph is electronic artist Raffa Weyman from Toronto, Canada.

Completing the well knit band is Johnny Grieco on keyboard, Nathan Vander​wielen on drums, and Chris Shannon on bass.

There’s a definite Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks vibe going on with their debut track ‘Trouble’. The video follows a group of best girl friends getting up to no good, but having a great time.

Sounds like: Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Susanne Sundfør, Lykke Li, Blondie

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PWNDTIAC – Hey Girl

PWNDTIAC by Sascha Bente

PWNDTIAC by Sascha Bente

We absolutely crave the music produced by this German musketeer, PWNDTIAC. Describing himself on his facebook page as “The PWNDTIAC cruises around with heavy basslines, crispy drumsets and cheesy synths. Nothing new so far, yet there is something about it… and you won’t be able to find out until you hop on for a ride, bitch!”

And that is exactly what Indietronica has done…as have a few others including Aeroplane who has included ‘Hey Girl’ on his ‘Not-So-Monthly Mix July 2014‘.

The video follows Maike Mohr and Tessa Achtermann looking very cool dancing around a city. The track is nu-disco at it’s finest and we especially love the deep sax interlude mixed in with the early 80’s bassline.

The EP was released on 30 June via We Love This Rec and includes a just as infectious track called ‘Ready’ feat digitalfoxglove, as well as remixes by Justin Faust and Douze. You can buy the ‘Hey Girl EP’ here.

Sounds like: Ronika, Aeroplane, Prince, Harts, Blondie, Chromeo, Daft Punk, Justice, Ballet School, Bananarama

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