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Playlist: FNP

FNP by Jonathan Wilcox

FNP by Jonathan Wilcox

British electronic artist, FNP (“Fake Name Preferably”), likes his dance music fun and nostalgic. His new single, ‘Weeks Of Rain’ is perfect, disco-infused house with lashings of hazy synthwave and retro drums.

Inspired by indietronica, we asked FNP to put together a playlist for us, and here it is below:

Nina – My Mistake
Love a chugging bassline…Actually heard this first on a Mercedes advert and spent a long long time trying to find out what it was! Beauty…

Baynk – Settle
Really lush mix of organic and electronic elements. Sinead Harnett’s vocal just makes it pop as well.

Shura – 2shy
Massive fan of pretty much everything shura does but this is a favourite for me.. Proper summer vibes on this.

SG Lewis – Chemicals
This one is just summer in a bowl – The lyrics are quite clearly about getting off your bonce as well which is bonus points for me.

Breakbot – Be Mine Tonight
Pretty close to a perfect Nu-Disco track this. Can’t fault it in any way. The little synth melodies are so, so lovely.

Lou Hayter – Cherry on Top
Epic use of a classic sample. Really nice work on this, pure beach vibes and her vocal works perfectly on it.

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Sylvia Says
Charlotte Gainsbourg might just about be the coolest most chic person on Earth…Considering she does a lot of acting and other muse stuff, she ain’t bad at music either. Probably takes from her dad on that.

Confidence Man – Out The Window
Could have chosen any confidence man track to be honest but this one is a bit special. Proper screamadelica, uplifting 90’s vibes on show here.

Blood Orange – EVP
For me, the best of many great Dev Hynes productions – Those chords are just sublime, much prefer this album to the newer stuff, so much more funk.

Frances – Borrowed Time
Simple yet effective – The production here is really lush but there’s really not much to it. Love the chord sound contrasting the sharp vocal.

Chromatics – Cherry
An absolute monster of a tune this. Chromatics are absolutely stellar at what they do and for me, this is their best work. That guitar melody is just..

IRAH – Into Dimensions
Really powerful new artist from the Eastern Bloc – Thick, warm analogue synths are the order of the day on this one.

Sounds like: Bronski Beat, Todd Terje, Theo Kottis, Palms Traxx, Joe Goddard

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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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Tesla Boy – Strong

Tesla Boy by Jurij Treskow

Tesla Boy by Jurij Treskow

Tesla Boy is a Russian four-piece who divide their time between New York and Moscow.

Latest track ‘Strong’ is a soaring 80’s inspired anthem with guitar riffs Prince would be proud of and an infectious bass line Cut Copy would love.

“It’s really important to me to be a person who can make a connection between the cultures – western and eastern,” muses frontman and principal songwriter, Sevidov, about why Tesla Boy’s music has the ability to resonate with listeners. “I’m from Russia, and I travel all over the world, and I sing for different people from different countries. My mission is to unite our cultures. It’s very important for me.”

Tesla Boy remind us of Chromeo back in 2007 stirred up with a bit of Depeche Mode. The band is so quirky, it’s cool!

Sounds like: Chromeo, Cut Copy, Depeche Mode, Prince, The Editors, White Lies, Interpol, Simple Minds, The Eurythmics, Bronski Beat, The Naked and Famous, Delphic

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Brassica – Everything / Hayat Zor EP

Brassica

Brassica, an electronic producer from Tunbridge Wells/ London, UK, also know as makes luscious 80s inspired synth-pop and Italo using analog synths, vintage drum machines, and traditional instruments. His latest release; EP ‘Hayat Zor’, was out 18th November 2013, on Civic Laden, and is available to purchase here.

With breathy vocals and pulsating, sharp synths reminiscent of a Jan Hammer production, opening track ‘Everything’ certainly makes us think of the College & Electric Youth song ‘A Real Hero’, along with influential 80s outfit Bronski Beat.

The EP includes four original productions and two remixes of ‘Everything’ from Gavin Russom and Petrels.  ‘Hayat Zor’ is a collection on which emotional resonance and technical expertise sit side by side.

Below is an album sampler and a  version of ‘Everything’ with talk-over at the end from a radio play, so head over to Spotify to listen to the full EP, or buy from the link above.

Sounds like; College, Electric Youth, The Swiss, Digitalism,
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