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Weekly Gems 48

GINEVRA – Forest

GINEVRA

We love a bit of Italian indietronica.

Born surrounded by Turin, and now residing in the city of Milan, singer/songwriter GINEVRA uses conflicting atmospheres of these two worlds to create exposing music with no obvious path.

‘Forest’ is about love and is out now via Factory Flaws.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish

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Billie Black – After All

Billie Black

With comparisons to soul heavyweights, Jessie Ware and Jorja Smith, it’s difficult not to stop and listen to London-based Billie Black.

Taking a slightly different direction to her former releases (including those with Mura Masa), Billie’s ‘After All’ has strings and delicate vocals, perfectly showcasing vulnerability, passion and desire.

Her new EP, ‘The Last Time’ is out now.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Jorja Smith, Jack Garratt, Mura Masa, Banks

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Paul Cook & The Chronicles – Selfies

Paul Cook & The Chronicles - Selfies

People need to stop driving and taking selfies. Look at the road, take in the scenery and put this track by Paul Cook & The Chronicles on.

Inspired by a road trip, Cook wrote the slow-drive track, ‘Selfies’ over a 24 hour period during the heatwave in London in 2018. Expect a new full length in 2019.

Sounds like: Paul Simon, Kurt Vile

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Loyal Lobos – Burn

Loyal Lobos

Loyal Lobos is stripping away her ego and embracing the sadness in ‘Burn’.

The Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter crafts raw, alt-folk songs that break convention, imbued with a hazy melancholy.

Sounds like: First Aid Kit, Maggie Rogers, Laurel, Lana Del Rey

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Rain on Monday – Fever Dream

Rain on Monday

Swedish solo act Rain on Monday shares ‘Fever Dream’, a song about a couple on the run from daily responsibilities.

The song has dreamy and husky vocals laced in washed out lo-fi, retro futuristic sounds. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Sounds like: Washed Out, Summer Heart, Yoke Lore, Still Parade

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Taylor Grey – Heathers

Taylor Grey

Twenty one year old Taylor Grey is getting poetic in her new single ‘Heathers’.

With pop melodies, this girl reminds us of an early VÉRITÉ, using songwriting as a form of therapy and a way to empower the younger generation with her vulnerability.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Selena Gomez, Sabrina Carpetner, Dua Lipa

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Bryony Dunn – I Can’t Look Away

Bryony Dunn

Introducing young singer songwriter Bryony Dunn.

Her new single ‘I Can’t Look Away’ addresses the positive effects of a romantic interest in a blissful manner.

Citing her main influence as being Christine and The Queens, we also sense a huge influence from Marina & The Diamonds in the tone of Dunn’s music as well.

Sounds like: Marina & The Diamonds, Kelly Clarkson, Christine and The Queens, VÉRITÉ

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LPX – Tightrope

LPX

LPX

LPX is the new solo project of Lizzy Plapinger (frontwoman of MS MR and co-founder of Neon Gold Records).

Lizzy has just released her debut track, ‘Tightrope’. It may feel like a daunting prospect for most, but for Lizzy, she means business,

“I’m here to assert myself – harder, louder, and stronger – as a woman and an artist. A force to be reckoned with, wrapped in amplified distortion, emotion and chaos. To create music that RIPS through your speakers and shakes you to your core, the kind of music that gets into your blood, takes hold and doesn’t let go.”

Fighting talk, and we like it.

Sounds like: MS MR, Christine and The Queens, Austra, Karen O, Florence + The Machine, Metric

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Else Born – This Time/Remember

Else Born

Else Born

Sweet sweet Nordic vocals lead ‘This Time/Remember’ by Philco Fiction‘s Turid Alida Solber (aka Else Born).

Although a minimalstic track by nature, you can’t help but think there is a fire burning underneath. We want to hear more!

It’s out now via Eskimo Recordings.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, MØ, Banks, Christine And The Queens

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Klyne – Water Flow

Klyne by Synchrodogs

Klyne by Synchrodogs

Klyne are a duo comprised of 22 year old producer Ferdous Dehzad and singer Nick Klein, who have already supported Years & Years and Christine and The Queens.

New track, ‘Water Flow’, was created in the Dehzad’s childhood bedroom. Both specifically love the muffled sounds of the piano chords. Unintentionally created? Perhaps, but we like the hazy outcome. It works well with the soulful vocals and electronic backdrop.

‘Water Flow’ is out now via Big Beat Records/Because Music.

Sounds like: Honne, Ben Khan, James Blake, Boxed In, Hot Chip, Rhodes

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Playlist: Dragonette

Dragonette

Dragonette

It’s not always about the girls, but sometimes it is.

The lovely Dragonette have put together a playlist for us called “Indietronica – an indie pop girls only mix”.

Listen below!

Santigold – Can’t Get Enough Of Myself (feat. B.C)
I was told that this song was inspired by an Iranian disco song from the 80’s. I’ve been listening to a lot of world music and I love how well they mashed this up. So unique.

Lucius – Born Again Teen
I feel deeply in love with Lucius’ first record. There are so many awesome songs on this new one of theirs Good Grief. But I’m choosing “Born Again Teen” on our playlist because i think its such an strange arrangement. Where’s the chorus!? I don’t know! Who cares?

Dua Lipa – Be The One
Every time I go back to London to work with other musicians I learn about artists who are up-and-coming over there. Last time I was there it was Dua Lipa. Maybe everybody already knows her but I just discovered her and I love the vibe of this tune.

Niki & The Dove – Coconut Kisses
Niki & The Dove’s The Drummer is one of my favourite indie pop albums of all times. I’ve been waiting a long time for their follow up. It almost reminds me of Empire Of The Sun. But with Stevie Nicks‘ voice.

Christine And The Queens – iT
My friend showed me this song the other day, I don’t know anything else of theirs. It’s the beginning of a new love I suspect.

Petite Meller – Barbaric
I think she’s a style genius. We played a show with her in Florence and I drank her up like pink lemonade.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Charli XCX, Gwen Stefani, Icona Pop, OH Land, Little Boots, Girl Friend

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Exclusive: King Deco Playlist

King Deco

King Deco

King Deco is a newcomer who writes bubbly indie pop music with heartfelt lyrics.

“A lot of my music has to do with the idea of breaking free and growing the courage to go against the grain when you need to,” Deco says. “It also explores what it’s like to be a woman in number of different situations. I rarely write straight up love songs but when I do I like to approach it in a very fun, comedic, tongue-in-cheek kind of way.”

With that in mind, King Deco created a playlist for us!

Lostboy Crow – Love Won’t Sleep
I love it when a song starts and you think it’s going to be one thing but it seamlessly opens up into something totally different.

Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing
Feels like candles are lit and incense is burning

Kill J – Trickle Trickle
My go to song when I’m getting ready to go out

Miike Snow – Genghis Khan
Obsessed with these lyrics

Great Good Fine Ok – Already Love
Perfect song to start your day

Jeremih – Planez
The opening reminds me of Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” and in the first 3 seconds of the song I never know which one is gonna start playing.

The Knocks – Kiss The Sky
Makes you feel good. Every. single. time.

Imad Royal – Down For Whatever
It’s one of those songs you can play anywhere. Car, club, bedroom, studio.

The Weeknd – As You Are
The little details in the production, like that fluttery synth floating in between the lines of the second verse.

Christine and The Queens – Saint Claude 
Always yes to french vocals.

Sounds like: MØ, Grimes, Sizzy Rocket

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