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Weekly Gems 62

FUSHIA – Dreams & Stardust

FUSHIA

Meet intriguing twin sister duo FUSHIA. Both feminists and musical artists in their own right, their music pulls otherworldly inspiration from various continents.

Their highly vulnerable new single ‘Dreams & Stardust,’ is full of empowering messages daring you to believe in yourself and turn your words into actions.

Sounds like: Bat For Lashes, Kae Astra, Kate Bush, Björk

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Augustine – A Scent of Lily

Augustine

Stockholm-based Augustine follows up his debut single with ‘A Scent of Lily’ – a cinematic and melancholic interpretation of Ariana Grande‘s ‘Into You’, and the powerlessness of losing yourself in a relationship.

Once again, Augustine takes us on a journey through a future-retro, bombastic-pop soundscape.

Sounds like: PNAU, Foster the People, James Blake, Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, Tame Impala, Phoenix

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Drinker – Wave

Drinker

Drinker returns with their latest offering called ‘Wave’.

The partnership of bicoastal NY/LA duo of songwriter Aaron Mendelsohn and producer Ariel Loh, Drinker provides a sonic realm of enlightened experimental-pop and ambient productions.

Listen to the addictive ‘Wave’ below, taken from their upcoming debut LP, ‘Fragments’, released on May 3rd via B3SCI Records.

Sounds like: Yoke Lore, Thom Yorke, James Blake, Trentemoller, The Acid, Fever Ray, Sevdaliza, Tame Impala

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Abby Wolf – Change Your Mind

Abby Wolfe

Sometimes the best pop songs are the most simplistic, allowing them to be catchy and emotive.

One of these contenders is ‘Change Your Mind’ by New Zealand-based Abby Wolf. An effervescent track which depicts the internal struggle faced when you’re unsure of the right path. Something we all can relate to.

Sounds like: Bri Clarke

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Sam Feldt & Yves V – “One Day” (feat. ROZES)

ROZES

Exciting EDM and pop vocalist ROZES features on Sam Feldt & Yves V‘s new tune, ‘One Day’.

Sam Feldt fell in love with the vocals of ROZES when he heard it on the track she made with The Chainsmokers. So he decided to work with her on a new track, together with Yves V.

Their studio session resulted in a track with the perfect balance between Yves V’s pop dance sound, the uplifting summer tunes of Sam Feldt and the airy vocals of ROZES.

Sounds like: The Chainsmokers

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2SH – Good Time.

2SH

Norweigan duo 2SH is on a quest to blend their analogue upbringing with forward thinking, digital music-making.

Slotting into the nu-funk realms, their music can win the hearts of dance floor enthusiasts, for fans of Calvin Harris. and the like.

Listen to ‘Good Time.’ below.

Sounds like: Jungle, Chic

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MIG50 & FRANK E MADDOX – Fearless (Gimme The Light)

MIG50 vs FRANK E MADDOX - “Fearless (Gimme The Light)

Finally, to finish the gems off, is the frenetic ‘Fearless (Gimme The Light)’ from a new collaborative project between MIG50 & FRANK E MADDOX.

Both Chicago natives, the track loops in Chicago house basslines with as if it was Sofi Tukker on speed, combined with the fiesty originality of Georgia.

It’s a perfect way of the duo expressing their own artistic style outside of their work with other artists including SIA, NVDES and Empires.

Sounds like: Georgia, Kanye West, NVDES, Sofi Tukker

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Malory – Blue Umbrella

Malory

Rising pop artist Malory shares the beautiful ‘Blue Umbrella’, which we have had on repeat all week.

Seeking inspiration from life actions, ‘Blue Umbrella’’ started life on a tube journey after Malory had observed a family and noticed the father had a sadness in his eyes and seemed strangely discontented.

The Londoner was later in the studio making an experimental instrumental with producer Danny George when they noticed there was a blue umbrella left in the studio, which Malory found represented the image of an unhappy corporate figure in the rain on his way home from work.

Expect her debut album ‘Cornucopia’ out on 1 March.

Sounds like: Zella Day, Aurora

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Noé – Pity Party

Noé

Raised between Hong Kong and Aix en Provence in France, Paris-born singer/songwriter Noé doesn’t want to fit inside a musical box any longer.

Not quite defining her sound, her low-tempo music gathers inspiration from a blend of Pop, R&B and alt-indie sounds, tied together through painfully honest lyrics.

Her new single, ‘Pity Party’ highlights Noé’s tendencies to overthink and sometimes feel sorry for herself.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ

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Crow – Go

Crow

Exciting new Argentinian/American artist Crow shares the sultry single ‘Go’.

The song channels the idea of courage – following brutality at the hands of bullies during Crow’s school years – with hypnotic and melodic soundscapes and introspective reflection.

Sounds like: Gwen Stefani, CHLØË BLACK

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Gold Spectacles – Courtside

Gold Spectacles - Courtside

Forming in London, Gold Spectacles is the collaborative output of two British songwriter/producers who create “baroque-pop”.

Their new single ‘Courtside’ focuses on dependence in a long distance relationship, and uses flute, spanish guitar with analog synths to create a post-modern landscape.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, Bombay Bicycle Club, San Fermin, Fyfe, Astronauts, Carousel, Dan Croll, Nick Leng, Bibio, ROSTAM

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Drinker – Something I Want

Drinker - Something I Want

Brooklyn-based duo Drinker shares ‘Something I Want’ – a track slightly darker than your average musical tipple.

Inspired by a mututal love of James Blake, songwriter Aaron Mendelsohn and producer Ariel Loh “wanted to create a visually diverse and bold message with the video for “Something I Want” and enlisted the help of NY based LGBTQ focused film maker Tyler Byrnes. With the implementation of stop motion animation and found footage, we aimed for a stark and surreal aesthetic to paint America’s multi-generational story of consumerism.“

Sounds like: Thom Yorke, James Blake, Trentemoller, The Acid, Fever Ray, Sevdaliza, Tame Impala

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2CRE8 – Naughty Boy

2CRE8

Dutch DJ/producer duo 2CRE8 has today released their debut single ‘Naughty Boy’.

Having spent their time growing up together at high school, it was until a gig in December 2014 that everything fell into place and they decided to form a duo.

Check out ‘Naughty Boy’ with its bold dance-led lyrics and a catchy flute drop, which definitely hints at their playful side.

Sounds like: Harlee, Just Kiddin, Blonde, The Magician, Calvin Harris, Rihanna

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Ariela Jacobs – Missing You

Ariela Jacobs

Externalising her thoughts, Ariela Jacobs considers the concept of missing her old self in new song ‘Missing You’.

New York born and Melbourne bred, indie-pop singer-songwriter Ariela Jacobs was raised on a diet of literature and art. Her songwriting sends the listener on a journey both intimate and other-worldly; with melodies with clear folk-based lines, underscored by lush chords and pulsing rhythms.

Sounds like: Evvy, Linney, Goldroom, Le Youth

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Patawawa – Patagonia

Patawawa

Patawawa share the bright and infectious video for ‘Patagonia’.

When we first heard the single earlier in the year, we thought the trio were from Paris and not Derbyshire, but it seems we are not the only ones to see this connection – the video has fittingly been created by one of France’s hottest illustrators and animators, Regards Coupables.

Watch below.

Sounds like: Shy Luv, Calvin Harris, Two Door Cinema Club

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Playlist: Patawawa

Patawawa

Patawawa is an exciting British trio. The group create infectious disco for a modern nation.

With a number of blood-pumping releases so far – all of which we can’t stop listening to – we figured we’d pick their brains and ask them for their musical inspirations. It’s an eclectic mix!

RORY’S PICKS

Crazy P – One True Light

Crazy P have had songs in most of my playlists for years now and this one from last year was exactly what I hoped for in a new release from them.

Don Raye – Standing in the Rain

This is one song that I knew I loved the first time I listened to it, all the spacey noises in the background with the disco instrumentation just made it a instant classic for me.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Crawl

Slow songs are few and far between in my music library, but this has something really nice about it, He’s got some other great songs but this is the one that I’ve been listening to a lot recently.

Jad & the – Strings That Never Win

There’s just something about a simple sample with a house beat that appeals to me massively and this song is a perfect example of that.

BETH’S PICKS

Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill

I absolutely love 80’s pop music and this song is the epitome of that genre for me. Its such a ‘cool’ song and its an absolute belter to sing along to.

Fela Kuti – Zombie

Afrobeat is the best music to dance to and also the best music to clean to! Vivd memories of dancing/cleaning my way round the house, and because its 12 mins long you feel like you’re getting a lot of song for your money.

Tensnake – Holding Back (My Love)

This is a great song anyway but when the guitar riff kicks in at the end, oh man, I cant help but get up and start shaking my ass, it’s a disgusting spectacle, but the song’s just too good.

SAM’S PICKS

Rex Orange County – Loving is Easy

I heard this song sometime around December last year and had it stuck in my head for a solid week and was playing it at every opportunity. Such a simple, brilliant song, I’m looking forward to hearing more from him this year!

Benny Sings – Rebuilding The Omega Man

I had couple of songs on my playlist from him (remixes I think) and then one day recently I thought I’d check out his stuff and was super happy I did! This is an absolute banger and I’ve found several more just as good!

Patrice Rushen – Let The Music Take Me

I got into listening to Disco pretty young, but I think again it was Rory who introduced me to Patrice Rushen. I love a lot of her stuff but have been playing this one a lot recently, just a proper feel good tune, a proper Disco banger!

Feist – Inside & Out

Rory first played me this song maybe about a year or so ago, and then it recently popped up in my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify and it has been great listening to it again. I love the chorus, such as beautiful voice with lovely lyrics and I love that synth! Very good tune indeed!

Liv Dawson – Hush

I discovered Liv Dawson in 2017, really with the help of Spotify! I loved her track ‘Searching’ and then she followed it up with this track, ‘Hush’. I think its a really cool song and her vocals work so well on it! It was also produced by Disclosure, so that’s a thumbs up from me!

Like what you hear? Check them out one of the upcoming live dates below:

22 Feb – Leeds, The Lending Room
27 Feb – London, The Sebright Arms
19 Apr – Sheffield, Mulberry Bar and Tavern
20 Apr – London, Camden Assembly

Sounds like: Shy Luv, Calvin Harris, Two Door Cinema Club

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Saavan – Slow

Saavan

Alt-dream pop duo Saavan share their heavenly new single ‘Slow’, taken from their new EP.

‘Slow’ sounds more like a poem with its spiritual lyrics that Saavan wrote during a coming of age road trip. Listen below.

Sounds like: Mome, Petit Biscuit

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Kinship – It’s You

Kinship - It's You

Kinship is the project of North London twosome Tom Butler and Dave Crawford.

Seeking inspiration from past and present electronic spheres, their debut release has a dance energy that works in contrast with its chilled out, minimalist production.

Sounds like: Elderbrook, Caribou, Odesza, Ry X, Kllo, Four Tet, Maribou State

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Kazy Lambist – Be Yourself

Kazy Lambist by Grégoire Alexandre

French newcomer Kazy Lambist shares the video to his motivational track ‘Be Yourself’.

The chic video follows Lambist in two worlds, where blissed out fantasies crash into an intergalactic land full of luxury and excess.

Watch below.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS, Joe Goddard, RAC, Ghost Beach, Goldroom, Zimmer, Jape, Penguin Prison, Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, Calvin Harris

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SUMif – Drifting

SUMif

Time to drift away from the dark and wintery nights onto a sun kissed sandy beach in Calfironia.

SUMif‘s goal with this track is to make you dance, regardless of whether you are at a desk or live show. She’s certainly done that – we can’t stop spinning around on our seats!

Sounds like: REMMI, Cappa, Monogem, Evvy, Noosa, Sizzy Rocket

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Icarus – Machine Heart

Icarus - Machine Heart

Icarus is Swedish producer whose futuristic sound reaches to us from the universe where he originates from.

The dark synth-wave track, ‘Machine Heart’, may well resemble Daft Punk and Lady Gaga but is firmly set out of this world.

Sounds like: Daft Punk, Lady Gaga

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Pope – Dance The Night Away

Pope - Dance The Night Away

Pope – Dance The Night Away

Meet Pope.

Born in the 80’s to two classically trained concert pianists and grandson to a classically trained jazz pianist, Pope has been surrounded by music since birth.

Whilst growing up, Pope inevitably formed a love for the piano, and started developing his own sound as a DJ, producer, and vocalist.

The result is a sound that merges soul and electronica, with a feel-good funk factor.

His video for ‘Dance The Night Away’ shows people feeling free and expressing themselves by dancing in the street.

Sounds like: Chromeo, Supertramp, Calvin Harris

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Interview: Will Joseph Cook

Will Joseph Cook

Will Joseph Cook

Will Joseph Cook is a Kent-based pop act. Although he creates wistful tunes, he often has comedic tendencies.

We had a chat with the young man about growing up and his recent videos.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Will Joseph Cook and how you got into music.

When I was young teenager I went to a lot of gigs with my dad. It was almost every other weekend, I became pretty infatuated with what it meant to be an artist and seeing all the different ways people react to music. Having those experiences definitely made me want to write songs and play my own shows.

Describe your sound in three words.

Your wildest dreams.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Like most, my dad and older sibling’s records had a big influence on me. Some of the early constants were bands like Eels, Beck, Supergrass, Super Furry Animals, Fatboy Slim… Then as i got a bit older and started buying my own records some of the first were Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Darwin Deez, Calvin Harris, Bright Eyes

You like starring in your own videos. The video for ‘Girls Like Me’ shows you taking on various different characters, including a few sassy ladies, whilst your new video for ‘Take Me Dancing’ features you dancing around an office.

Where did the idea behind these two videos come from, and were they fun making?

Both were a lot of fun to make for sure. I find that with most ideas they just come into my head randomly. With the last two I have tried to take the titles of the songs and base the idea around to give the track a second meaning.

You’ve just been signed to Atlantic. How does that feel?

Feels great, anything that helps my music reach more people is awesome.

You’ll be playing the first ever Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester on October 8th. Have you got any other shows lined up this year?

I’m playing Reading & Leeds, Y NOT festival, In The Woods and a bunch of other festival dates this summer. Hopefully I will have some headline show announcements in the coming months.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

I’ve been listening to band called Beatenberg today, not super new but have been enjoying recently. Also the latest Villagers album is great.

Sounds like: Darwiz Deez, Dan Croll

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Youngr – Out Of My System

Youngr

Youngr

It’s the first day of May, and so time for a summery number to start the month off right.

Youngr is a London-based LIPA graduate and musician, who has sought influence from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Miike Snow, NERD and his musician father August Darnell (Kid Creole & The Coconuts).

His new track is called ‘Out Of My System’, and of the track, Youngr says;

“After becoming single over the past year, I was having a lot of fun… whilst racking up a huge visa bill, travelling the world and basically getting it all out of my system. It’s a feel good record about a time in my life that was very much that, getting it all out of my system… I guess I’m probably still in that time in my life!”

‘Out Of my System’ is out on 27 May.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Miike Snow, Flight Facilities

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Digitalism – Go Time

Digitalism

Digitalism

Hamburg duo Digitalism (aka Jens Moelle and Ismail Tüfekçi) return with their third album called ‘Mirage’, which stems from “the ecstasy” of “epic trips around the globe”.

The second single from the album, ‘Go Time’, continues the theme of the album, comfortably sitting somewhere between nostalgia and futurism.

Stemming from one simple loop, this is an anthem for the weekend.

Live Tour Dates

27 April – Paris, France – Badaboum
28 April – London, England – XOYO
6 May – Cologne, Germany – Gebäude 9
13 May – Berlin, Germany – Ritter Butzke
19 May – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
20 May – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
21 May – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
24 May – Chicago, IL – Double Door
25 May – Detroit, MI – Shelter
26 May – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
27 May – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
28 May – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
1 June – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
3 June – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
17 June – Arhus, Denmark – Northside
18 June – Eindhoven, Holland – We Are Electric
24 June – Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
25 June – Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
17 July – Berlin, Germany – !MELT Festival
10 Aug – Acquaviva (Siena), Italy – Live Rock festival

‘Mirage’ is released on 13 May and available for pre-order on iTunes.

Sounds like: LCD Soundsystem, Tom Vek, RAC, Calvin Harris, Youngblood Hawke, Viceroy

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POLYNA – Angel

Polyna

Polyna

Appearing as a ready-made popstar, you wouldn’t expect to hear that 25 year-old singer/songwriter POLYNA was born in a a Plutonium mining town in Siberia.

She is now living in East London and preparing to release her debut album, which has been  produced by Jonas Quant (Hurts, No Doubt), half the album has been engineered and mixed by multiple Grammy winning Phil Tan in Atlanta (Rihanna, Calvin Harris), and the other half by the UK’s hottest mixer, Dan Grech, who works with Lana Del Rey and Radiohead.

‘Angel’ is the first song from the debut album.

Sounds like: Keep Shelly in Athens, Dimond Saints, Nine Inch Nails, Hurts

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