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Weekly SubmitHub Gems 1

We receive a huge amount of submissions via SubmitHub, and unfortunately cannot review all of the tracks, so we have decided to compile those tracks into a weekly segment of gems we’ve particularly enjoyed.

Dream Lake – Midnight Sun

Dream Lake

Swedish electro-pop duo Dream Lake share the dreamy ‘Midnight Sun’.

This song perfectly encapsulates the airy, long days of light during the summer in Sweden, with dreamy vocals and romantic keys.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Beach House, M83

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Vanguards – Rosie & The Blackheart

Vanguards

Vanguards are a indie pop focused four-piece from Brighton.

‘Rosie & The Blackheart’ is a bittersweet love song that echoes 80’s guitar legends. The track was recorded live and produced by Steve Harris (Kodaline, Dave Matthews, Kaiser Chiefs).

Sounds like: INXS, Kings Of Leon, The 1975, Kodaline

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Tigers and Thieves – Change Your Mind

Tigers and Thieves

US-based Tigers and Thieves share ‘Change Your Mind’, an indie rock track that has all the markings of a hit, despite being recorded in their garage studio. It’s been mixed by Brian McTear (The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives).

Sounds like: Local Natives, Foster the People, The Neighbourhood, alt-J, Surfer Blood, The Temper Trap, Nick Mulvey

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Gold Fir – Night Walk

Gold Fir - Night Walk

Despite what the name suggests, London duo Gold Fir (aka James and Mabel) play funky tracks for our immediate pleasure, day or night.

Their music is full of sass n soul, and is definitely bold.

Sounds like: Madonna, Little Dragon, Goldfrapp

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Someone – Say Something

Someone

Songstress, Someone is shaking off her cutesy appeal with a more earthy sound on ‘Say Something’.

Jangling beats sway nicely alongside upbeat guitar riffs and catchy vocal leads.

Sounds like: Few Bits, Bryde

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ALKE – Without You

ALKE

Los Angeles-based pop duo ALKE release ‘Without You’.

There is no denying the obvious chemistry shown between Jameson Flood (production, guitar, keys) and AK Karrasch (vocals) on the track as it explores love versus independence.

Sounds like: Monogem, Phantogram, Shura

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Vox Eagle – Sweet Temptations

Vox Eagle

Australian/US duo Vox Eagle share the glistening ‘Sweet Temptations’.

It’s a song about late nights out on the town and those sweet temptations that you may (or may not) encounter.

Expect their EP to arrive next week.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Joe Goddard, Roosevelt, Goldroom, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem

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DVWEZ – Giving Into Us

DVWEZ

DVWEZ (pronounced “Dames”) is making a stand for independence, all the while giving into strong desires.

Lush R&B melodies breathe over unique alt-electro soundscapes in ‘Giving Into Us’.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, Aaliyah

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Saro – Eyelids

Saro

Newcomer Saro continues to produce dark pop music.

His new track ‘Eyelids’ is delicately produced with its brooding falsetto vocals and a soft touch of melancholy.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Jack Garratt, Draper, Clean Bandit, Years & Years

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Fickle Friends – Glue

Fickle Friends

We are big supporters of Brighton locals, Fickle Friends.

Mixed by Mark Ralph (Hot Chip, Years & Years), the fivesome’s latest release is called ‘Glue’, and it’s the kind of indie pop that will stick fast.

Sounds like: Harts, Haim, The 1975, Monogem, Paperwhite, Roosevelt, LANY, Broods, Ghost Beach, PROM

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Melis – Flower

Melis

Like the process of photosynthesis, Melis manages to capture light and formulate a blooming of beauty with her latest single ‘Flower’ which comes as the first official release from her upcoming debut EP ‘Parallels’.

Melis previously released ‘Love Song Idea‘ to much applause, as her debut grew and flourished across the blogosphere, landing a Hype Machine #1, Spotify New Music Friday playlists and some impressive plays and streams.

Unlike ‘Love Song Idea’, which was actually a demo, saved and repaired from old instrumental stems on her breaking hard-drive, Melis shows her talent in minimalistic electronic production, a hugely intimate vocal and once again, stunningly fragile lyrics. Being in love or been in love, this song will turn the heart on, re-light your emotions and help you love deeper, or move onwards.

You can pre-order her ‘Parallels’ EP, which is very limited 10″ Vinyl, via Qrates now here.

Sounds like: London Grammar, IYES

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YONAKA – Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya

YONAKA

Whilst watching YONAKA perform at The Great Escape this year, we decided that the band should best described as follows;

“If Gwen Stefani, Pat Benatar, Karen O and Charli XCX had a late night jamming session and Arctic Monkeys turned up with some cocaine, the end result would probably be YONAKA”

The Brighton locals’ latest single, ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya’ sums up this analogy, and has been produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys).

Sounds like: Gwen Stefani, Pat Benatar, Charli XCX, Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Drenge

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Melis – Love Song (Idea)

Melis

You may recognise the photo above, of Berlin-based Melis. She was previously one half of the gorgeous electronic duo, IYES.

Going it alone, Melis has produced a ‘Love Song’. Following a hard drive failure post production, Melis was forced to piece together the stems of the track. We can’t help think this is the perfect representation of love itself.

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Sounds like: London Grammar

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Kudu Blue – Drink Alone

Kudu Blue

‘Drink Alone’ is the second track from Kudu Blue‘s debut EP ‘Shaded’.

Surprisingly, the Brighton-based band wrote, recorded, and produced ‘Drink Alone’ entirely in one of their bedrooms in their hometown of Brighton.

Originally conceived by singer Clementine Douglas whilst working a bar shift in their home town of Brighton: “The lyrical inspiration came a few years ago now. I was working in a pub in Brighton and we’d often have a drink during our shift. This one day I was trying to be good and decided to stick to some nutritious H2O. The girl that I was working with said “please don’t make me drink alone”, I thought it could be a good song premise so wrote it down, then had a pint.”

Clementine’s timeless vocals work well with the track’s pop-leaning songwriting and electronic production.

You can watch Kudu Blue play Camden Assembly on 3 May. Buy tickets here.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Nimmo, Mura Masa, Jamie XX

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IYES – Feelings

IYES - Feelings

IYES – Feelings

Original Brighton duo IYES make a surprise return with ‘Feelings’.

Now residing in Berlin, Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanova have begun their new musical journey together, taking more of a dance/electronic direction. The Berlin music scene has definitely shown its influence.

‘Feelings’ is a modern number, although surprisingly, the track was written in 2015. Following many re-works and versions, the pair decided to join forces with upcoming production duo Kilian and Jo to take the song to its maximum potential.

Sounds like: Le Youth, Astronomyy, The XX, Niki & The Dove, Chvrches, Ellie Goulding, Ben Khan

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PATHS – Right Beside You

PATHS

PATHS

Talented songwriter, PATHS, returns with an A/B release of ‘Right Beside You’ and ‘Last One Standing’.

The two tracks follow on from ‘Neoprene‘. They were written and produced in close succession, and although different in sound – varying from serene to engaging synth pop with multi-cultural samples – all three are a lyrical reflection of relationship challenges.

Speaking of ‘Right Beside You’, PATHS explains,

“‘Right Beside You’ is about how you can be with someone 24/7 but it’s as if they don’t truly see you anymore and inside you’re screaming ‘I’m right beside you’.”

Sounds like: Σtella, Kate Nash, Lily Allen, HOLYCHILD

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Bad Family – My Body Pines

Bad Family by Charlotte Patmore

Bad Family by Charlotte Patmore

Sounds can be deceiving, especially when it comes to Bad Family.

A grungier Mystery Jets, the Brighton based band like to expose pretty music with raw lyrics about heartbreak, sex and addiction.

Don’t expect an electro pop manifesto to be found here.

Their EP is out now via Century City Records.

Sounds like: Mystery Jets, Blossoms, The Kooks, Ten Fé,

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Mere Child – Joy Of Joy

Mere Child

Mere Child

We always love discovering great artists from our home town, and Mere Child (aka Aimee Herbert-Smith) is exactly that.

Fuelling our emotional engines, her second solo release, ‘Joy Of Joy’ is a melancholic disco track born as a result of a three year break by Aimee that was filled with “marriage, birth and tragic loss”.

Sounds like: Stevie Nicks, White Sea, Ralph, Robyn, Austra, Robyn Sherwell

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