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Jazz Morley – Safe Place

Jazz Morley

UK jazz singer Jazz Morley enters the realms of electro-soul in ‘Safe Place’.

The song considers the idea of Jazz moving back to her seaside hometown of Bournemouth, to escape the stresses of city life;

‘This is a love song written about where I live and who I have in my life. It marks a shift in my own mental health, happiness and creativity. Being a full-time musician, life can be exciting, spontaneous and hugely rewarding but also chaotic, unpredictable and at times, unstable. For the first time in my life, I am happy with who I am, and where I reside – next to the sea, along the beautiful Dorset coastline.’

Sounds like: Shura, MUNA, Chinah, Honne, Jessie Ware, Låpsley, Monogem

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Alayna – Falling Autumn

Alayna

Alayna

Introducing New Zealand born Alayna.

Alayna now resides in Brooklyn, where she has been working with Astronomyy on her new track, ‘Falling Autumn’.

Reminiscent of a 90’s R&B chart topper (note key change at 2:15), but offering something modern at the same time, ‘Falling Autumn’ is about “finding the stillness and comfort in someone else…It’s about connecting with someone on a deeper level and being confident in what you want, crave and feel.”

It’s out now via 20XX.

Sounds like: MUNA, IDER, Shura, Chinah, Ji Nilsson, Delaire

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CHINAH – Even Love

Chinah

Chinah

Danish band, CHINAH, are back with new track, ‘Even Love’.

Echoed vocals fit nicely amongst some laid back synths, yet upbeat and funky riffs.

Sounds like: Shura, Fickle Friends, Madonna, Ellie Goulding, Ayer, Keyes

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Interview: Amanda Merdzan

Amanda Merdzan

Amanda Merdzan

Australian-born and London-based, Amanda Merdzan, has been gearing up to release her ‘Commands’ EP, which is finally out today.

We had a chat with Amanda about its release and her music, in general.

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

I started playing guitar when I was really young, and spent a lot of my younger years at all ages gigs after discovering the world of grunge and pop-punk music! I formed a few bands back then and would always be jamming with them in my parents garage or at one of the other kids houses. One thing lead to another, a punk rock EP, a few folk records later and here I am! It’s been an interesting progression.

Describe your sound in three words.

Dark Electro Pop.

Your EP, ‘Commands’, is coming out on the 25th July. Tell us more about the meaning behind it.

Leading up to writing the EP there were a lot of significant changes taking place in my life, which became the focal point of the songs. The title ‘Commands’ comes from the feeling of having very little control in the situations I was experiencing.

A close friendship of mine was on it’s way out the door, and I was learning that people can change very quickly when being guided by the will of others. I’d also just revealed the relationship with my girlfriend that I had been hiding from everyone for a long time, and I was trying to navigate my way through all the challenges that came with that.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I’ve always had a large folk influence, but when I was writing this EP I was listening to a lot of Broods, Grimes and Fever Ray.

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

Bat For Lashes, Haux, Anna Of The North and Amanda Bergman.

Order ‘Commands’ on iTunes here.

Sounds like: Leena Ojala, Rhye, Emma Louise, MUNA, Shura, Chinah, Wet

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Jazz Morley – Bad Love

Jazz Morley

Jazz Morley

Singer Jazz Morley releases ‘Bad Love’.

On her Soundcloud, Jazz says;

“‘Bad Love’ is about the insecurity and jealousy that comes with new love; the heady cocktail of exciting romance mixed with the fear of being burned.”

Stripped back vocals, and minimalistic production (courtesy of Draper). What’s more to love?

Sounds like: Shura, MUNA, Chinah, Honne, Jessie Ware, Låpsley, Monogem

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Amanda Merdzan – Glow

Amanda Merdzan

Amanda Merdzan

Amanda Merdzan is a London-based artist, originally from Perth, Australia.

An immediately calming and impressive number, the video for her new synth pop single, ‘Glow’, shows Amanda standing under a glowing light in a darkened room, and it’s pretty damn mesmerising!

‘Glow’ is the second single from her upcoming EP, which is due for release in July.

Sounds like: Leena Ojala, Rhye, Emma Louise, MUNA, Shura, Chinah, Wet

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Exclusive Playlist: Ben Hobbs

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Ben Hobbs by Mike Massaro

South London producer/multi-instrumentalist Ben Hobbs has put together an epic playlist for Indietronica. If you don’t know of him yet, you soon will!

Still Parade – “Concrete Vision”

An artist I’ve had the pleasure of working with recently, this song reminds me of a time before I was born, in a really good way.

Banks – “Better”

This song gave me chills the first time I heard it. I love the way it builds, and the immaculate production.

Raury – “God’s Whisper”

I imagine Raury’s songs truly sound just like he wants them to sound. It doesn’t matter if they do or don’t fall snugly into a genre. I feel God’s Whisper shows that at its finest.

Jarryd James – “Do You Remember”

I love the moodiness of this song and the relentless groove with Jarryd’s confidently soft vocals.

St. Lucia – “Love Somebody”

The production on this song is great, and the fact it’s a really poppy track but has these old school instrumental sections in it.

Frank Ocean – “Lost”

A song that stays simple and interesting at the same time, I love everything about this.

Cocteau Twins – “Heaven or Las Vegas”

This is one of those songs where I straight away felt like I just knew it, which is weird because I still don’t understand the lyrics very well, but that doesn’t matter in the slightest.

CHINAH – “Minds”

I had ‘Minds’ on repeat many times when I first heard this band. It’s a really warm and nostalgic song.

Matt Corby – “Monday”

His voice is amazing, this is just good honest songwriting.

The Police – “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”

Every little thing The Police did was magic.

Ben’s new single, ‘Cold Sweat’ is all about realisation; when you finally see the truth for how it is and now have the power to change. It is off his forthcoming debut EP ‘Sweet Enough’, out on 6 May. Pre-order it on iTunes.

Sounds like: Tears For Fears, Cape Lion, The Levity

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CHINAH – Colder

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Chinah

Building upon foundations laid in their previous cuts, and fine tuning their musical direction, ‘Colder’ by CHINAH sees the Danish trio push their sound further than ever before, by cementing intimately layered instrumentation with lush vocals from lead singer Fine Glindvad.

‘Colder’ is the latest track to surface from CHINAH’s long awaited debut EP, ‘Once The Lights Are On’, which is released on 11 February through No 3 Records.

Tour dates

Thu 11 Feb 2016 Sigurdsgade: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fri 12 Feb 2016 Stars: Vordingborg, Denmark
Sat 13 Feb 2016 Where’s the music 2016: Norrköping, Sweden
Tue 16 Feb 2016 The Waiting Room: London, UK
Wed 02 Mar 2016 by:Larm 2016: Oslo, Norway

Sounds like: Ellie Goulding, Shura, IYES, Ben Khan, Ayer, Harts, Keyes

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CHINAH – Minds

Chinah

Chinah

CHINAH returns with the honest track, ‘Minds’, which was written in their small apartment in Copenhagen.

It’s an offbeat electronic track that was partially inspired by a Rihanna song and aims to tackle emotional frustrations and desires.

The band’s debut EP will be out in January via label No.3.

Sounds like: Ellie Goulding, Shura, IYES, Ben Khan, Ayer, Harts, Keyes

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Kids At Midnight – Electrified

Kids At Midnight - Electrified

Kids At Midnight – Electrified

Melbourne bedroom singer/songwriter/producer Jane Elizabeth Hanley is Kids At Midnight.

After experimenting in her bedroom with sounds and the use of a 80’s Linn Drum machine, Hanley created nostalgic track, ‘Electrified’.

The track is about overcoming the initial shock of love and finally feeling alive.

Sounds like: Shura, Chinah, Blood Orange, Madonna, Ronika, Solange

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