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Weekly Gems 19

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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Digitalism – Wolves feat. Youngblood Hawke

Digitalism feat Youngblood Hawke

Digitalism feat Youngblood Hawke

Having hinted at a change in direction with a soundcloud-only release at the start of the year, Hamburg duo Digitalism (Jens Moelle and Ismail Tüfekçi) is finally back for our listening pleasure with ‘Wolves’; the first proper single that further underlines this new direction.

The boys spent the early part of this year in L.A., writing and producing new music, road testing new demos and trying out new ideas by going back to their roots and causing havoc amongst fans at their twice monthly East L.A. Warehouse parties.

Despite Digitalism’s European techno and EDM background, ‘Wolves’ is an upbeat and catchy track with American indie-pop vibes, courtesy of vocals from Youngblood Hawke, who focused on the classic EDM from the 70’s.

Track listing:
1. Wolves Feat. Youngblood Hawke (Radio Edit)
2. Wolves Feat. Youngblood Hawke (12” Version)
3. Wolves Feat. Youngblood Hawke (Riton Remix)
4. Wolves Feat. Youngblood Hawke (RAC Remix) – listen below
5. Wolves Feat. Youngblood Hawke (Booka Shade Remix)

The track was released on 14 July under their own Magnetism Records and a new album in 2015 is imminent.

Sounds like: RAC, Calvin Harris, Youngblood Hawke, Viceroy

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