Imagine if BenHoward was transported back to the 80’s in a time machine and you’d be pretty close to imagining what Jake McMullen sounds like.
‘Falling’ maybe a little more upbeat than his last track, ‘Giving Up’, but it still has Jake’s classic folk-inspired lyrics. The honesty found in Jake’s music is something that beautifully shrines through alongside his engaging vocals and retro synths.
It has been produced by MYZICA’s Micah Tawlks.
This is the third track off of his new album that’s set for release on 21 April.
We wrote about London based, multi-instrumentalist, HudsonScott, a few months back.
Since then, Hudson’s been in the studio with Rodaidh McDonald (Låpsley, KingKrule, Thexx).
Lucky for us, Hudson has taken a little bit of time out of his busy schedule to put together one hell of a playlist for Indietronica.
Talking Heads – Born Under Punches
This is one of my favourite opening tracks of any record for sure- the perfect blend of groove, adventure and hooks.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem
I’m an album listener, I like a body of work to sink my teeth into, but its sometimes nice when a band you love throws you a loose bone as good as this.
Chris Cohen – In A Fable
This song is so good. I love how warm and meandering it is and how the form has hardly any repetition but every melody is beautiful.
Shuggie Otis – Special
Shuggie has been a proper hero of mine for a while now but this one is pretty new to me. Its real bouncy.
Arthur Russell – You And Me Both
Another of my hero’s. This song is another meanderer, loads of breathing room. Arthur Russel has this amazing ability to balance romance and groove without it ever being cheesy and I think I’ll listen to him for my whole life.
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Two things I wanted to get on this list was some 80’s tunes and some synth nerdery so I ticked both boxes with this song. Amazing song and inspired use of what I’m pretty sure is a Roland TB-303 (the synth that birthed acid house) for the bass- you hardly hear that synth in this pop context and it works so well.
Blood Orange – Desiree
Definitely his best record so far- I love it right now and this track is a standout.
Little Cub – Intent
These guys are my best pals an they’re gonna do big things in the next few years. Huge beat at the end.
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
Needs no introduction.
Gwen Guthrie – Padlock (Larry Levan Mix)
I’m telling you to never doubt the triangle as an instrument- you’ve got to be pretty confident to have it pretty much on its own for almost 30 seconds though! This song’s chorus kills it.
UK Tour Dates
September 4 | We Are Your Friends, The Bullingdon, Oxford September 15 | The Victoria, London October 14 | What Became Of Us Festival, The Cookie, Leicester October 15 | What Became Of Us Festival, The Bullingdon, Oxford October 28 | Beacons Metro Festival, Headrow House, Leeds
Sounds like: The Maccabees, Foals, Morrissey, Prince, Simply Red, Simple Minds, Miles Davis, Chet Baker
Sydney-based band, RÜFÜS, are back with a new video and a cool remix of ‘Be With You’
Considering RÜFÜS tour non stop, we were pretty lucky to tie them down for an interview. Unfortunately, we still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the name difference in North America and the rest of the world…
Hi RÜFÜS, we are huge fans! For those of you who don’t know you yet, tell us a bit more about yourself and how you all got into music.
Calling the band RÜFÜS was a decision we made because we liked the way it sounded foreign to us, and also because it was quite symmetrical on paper, which we liked also. However, we didn’t think that most people would assume RÜFÜS is the name of the singer in the band. We’ve been trying to get people to realise we are a 3 piece live act for the past few years. They don’t get it even when they come to a show.
Why do you call yourselves RÜFÜS du Sol in North America, but RÜFÜS in the rest of the world?
Our attorney has advised that legal reasons is the appropriate answer.
Describe your sound in three words.
Never ending touring.
Where do you cite your musical influences from?
So many places. They are different for each of us. We listen to a lot of contemporary music to get inspired. Recently, we’ve been listening to a lot of Radiohead, Moderat, HAELOS, BobMoses, LeonVynehall etc. In the past it was Booka Shade in a massive way. They are the godfathers.
Friend Within has just released a remix of your track, ‘Be With You’. How did that come about?
We’ve wanted him to work on a remix for a while.
You are playing your biggest show to date in London in October. Tell UK fans why this will this be such a great show!
We’ve heard the venue is special. The first night sold out so we’ve announced another show, so we’re always in a very good mood when we get to do 2 shows back to back without driving, flying somewhere in between. It’s a real treat for us so we’ll make sure we are good to those who made it possible 😉
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
Answered this one above. But, Anderson Paak and Blood Orange have really nailed it this year.
Phantom Runners is the moniker of pop producer ADAL (aka Adam Al-Hilali).
Forged through a love of R&B, pop and 80’s music, Phantom Runners are embarking on a journey of collaboration. Working on an album featuring several vocalists, the initial track is the aptly named ‘First Time’, featuring Brooke Bailey.
“‘First Time’ is a track about chasing that first feeling you get with someone, that initial rush,” explains ADAL.
Co-produced by John Beck (Izzy Bizu, Delilah, Corinne Bailey Rae), ‘First Time’ is three minutes of scintillating 80’s nostalgia over fresh electronic beats, boasting retro synths eloquently blended with sun-splashed soulful vocals.
24th July – Sofar Sounds, London
9th July – Lee Fest, Kent
27th August – Victorious Festival, Portsmouth
1st October – Southsea Fest, Portsmouth
Sounds like: Blood Orange, Futurecop!, Years & Years, Caribou, Sky Ferreira, Solange, LANY
London, alt-pop duo, Suns, have just dropped the brilliantly retro video for ‘Catalyse’.
Using traditional electronic sounds and sonic reverberations, you’d be fooled into thinking this band is straight out of the 80’s.
To celebrate its release, Suns have put together a pretty cool playlist for us.
Shura – What’s It Gonna Be? Okay, she was born in Manchester, but studied at UCL 😉 And I really like what she does.
AlunaGeorge – Automatic Like the two step vibe. Very London.
Blood Orange – Best To You The first track to grab me on the new album. All twinkles and percussion it feels like summer despite the best efforts of the British weather.
SOHN – Artifice Like a pop take Thom Yorke‘s solo stuff…
Seal – Crazy Classic. I remember my dad introducing me to Seal on the Portobello Road, so this feels particularly London to me. I don’t know him. Just met him once as a kid.
Kwabs – Wrong or Right Still feeling this track. That tone though! And Sohn on production… You can’t go wrong.
Deptford Goth – Two Hearts Just Beautiful.
Honne – Gone Are The Days They’re great. I love his drawl.
On Dead Waves – California The sound of an American summer direct from Kentish Town. I’ve been a fan of Polly Scattergood for years and this new record which she collaborates with James Chapman (Maps) sounds like a movie sound track. Great video too.
Bright Light Bright Light – All In The Name Originally Welsh, but based and developed in London :-/ The Chorus is great on this song. It makes me think of ‘The Wiz’ for some reason. Haha. You believe he’s having fun with it anyway.
Sofi Tukker is a New York based, indie-dance duo, comprised of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern.
Complete with popping jungle scenes, zebra print and some captivating to camera performances, the vintage video for ‘Drinkee’ showcases the duo’s cool and quirky nature.
If ‘Drinkee’ is the party, ‘Moon Tattoo’ is for the morning after. We’ve included this track as well, just because we love it so!
Their debut EP, ‘Soft Animals’ is out now via Ultra Records, and can be purchased on iTunes.
Upcoming Tour Dates
July 15 – Salacgriva, Latvia @ Positivus Festival (TICKETS)
July 20 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre (w/ Chairlift) (TICKETS)*
July 21 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (w/ Chairlift) (TICKETS)
July 25 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant (TICKETS)*
July 27 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove (TICKETS)*
July 28 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre* (SOLD OUT)
July 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (TICKETS)
August 19 – San Francisco, CA @ Popscene at Rickshaw Stop (TICKETS)
August 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pershing Square (w/ Todd Rundgren) (FREE SHOW)
Musical talent and synthologist, Cassicus makes a surprising return to our stereos with his debut EP, ‘Baby’s Coming Back’, and to celebrate he has put together a playlist for the readers of Indietronica.
Shura – White Light
There are so many things I love about her sound. In particular this tune. It’s the way she hooks you in with melodies that snap between short Haim-y bursts and dreamier, slower lines. Super clever writing.
Photay – Reconstruct (feat. Seafloor)
Nothing beats when you just get recommended something by a mate at a party and end up totally digging it. The groove in this tune kills me.
Honne – Gone Are The Days
I’ve known these boys for a long time and they’re two of the hardest working musicians I know. The quality of their songs reflects this – writing & production at it’s most refined.
Twin Shadow – Golden Light
That chorus melody. My friend put this on the stereo when we were driving through LA at 1am and the match seemed perfect.
Todd Terje – Johnny and Mary
As if the Robert Palmer original wasn’t beautiful enough, turning the song on its head and making it a slow jam AND with a Brian Ferry vocal; one of my favourite ever reinterpretations.
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
This song builds in a way that cuts deep. The tension is mad. He uses his voice like a drum, the rhythm of his phrasing makes my head swing like crazy.
Blood Orange – You’re not Good Enough
This guy makes the most beautifully intricate pop songs and this is just one example of many.
Alex Winston – Velvet Elvis
I had the great pleasure of being her touring drummer back in 2011/12, and during our time in studio I helped write this song. A massive part of my musical roots.
Jessie Ware – Running
It was through this record I discovered the production of Dave Okumu, who I learned a lot from listening to. The vocals on this record get me every time – she’s incredible.
The Cure – Close To Me
My Mum and Dad used to play them all the time when I was a kid. Listening to this record was the first time I remember understanding what a hook was.