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Weekly Gems 37

Ben Khan – 2000 Angels

Ben Khan

Big news. Ben Khan returns with the announcement of his debut album (hurrah!) and a self-directed dystopian video for spine-tingling new single ‘2000 Angels’.

The album – set for release in the summer – was produced alongside Flood (PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails) and mixed by Spike Stent (Björk, Frank Ocean), with Ben playing every instrument on the record.

Always with a creative hands-on approach, Ben also plans to launch his new interactive website, The Foundation, which offers an insight into the richness and depth of the album’s story.

Sounds like: Leo Kalyan, Twin Shadow, Jai Paul, JUNGLE, Disclosure, Prince, Blood Orange, Harts, Oyinda, Shy Girls

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OTR – Close Feat Kai Straw

OTR - Close Feat Kai Straw

OTR manages to get the chilled but tense vibe just right with his latest single, ‘Close’, which includes the soulful vocals by Kai Straw.

The 25-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer uses his mathematical mind as a key component when it comes to his music, producing off-kilter melodies and electronic sounds.

Sounds like: Hotel Garuda, Gryffin, ODESZA, Petit Biscuit, Porter Robinson

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NAVA – Ritual

NAVA

NAVA is the highly energetic project of Persian songwriter Nava Golchini and three other Italian musicians. Visually, NAVA is a mix of horror and fashion inspired by the works of visionary designer Gareth Pugh.

The debut single ‘Ritual’ gives us a glimpse into the NAVA world – full of electro arrangements, tribal instruments and dark metropolitan landscapes.

‘Ritual’ is out now on Factory Flaws.

Sounds like: Nimmo

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Betablock3r – Make You Happy

Betablock3r

It could be 2014 again, and boy it feels good! During your visit, expect luscious vocals, addictive synth drops and and nu-disco undertone. All this, courtesy of Betablock3r and the new single ‘Make You Happy’.

It is the first single off their debut EP Monolith, out now.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Chromeo, RAC, Nightdrive

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Tanners – Holy Water

Tanners

It wouldn’t be a decent weekly gems feature without some pop in there. This week Tanners is the chosen one.

Tanners is the moniker of New York City-based songwriter and producer Tanner Peterson. Leading the way for women in creative music tech, Tanners has also spoken at TEDxTeen.

Inspired by her childhood love for the beach, ‘Holy Water’ celebrates the beauty and electricity born from allowing yourself to be completely vulnerable and enveloped by the ocean. “It’s a thank you song to the ocean for teaching me to embrace vulnerability,” Tanners says of the track.

Sounds like: Shura, Monogem, Ronika, Jessie Ware

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Young Sierra – Next To You

Young Sierra - Next To You

Meet emerging alt-pop trio Young Sierra, who were born from a school friendship, and bonded “over a shared love of low bit-rate Drake mp3s, eighties pop and hot-sauce”.

They have the kind of frantic energy of Arcade Fire and the cheeky nature of The 1975. Naughty.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Electric Youth, The 1975, Night Panther, Bad Sounds

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isle&fever – Keep Working

isle&fever

It’s been a while since we’ve written about some Los Angeles-based nu-disco.

Born from Echo Park, isle&fever are a duo who have a pretty simple way of recording music – “pass around vintage instruments and the mic until a vibe catches. Rinse, Repeat.” – and it appears this method is working as their last single reached number 1 on Hype Machine.

Their latest endeavour is called ‘Keep Working’ and it takes you on a jazz infused, sonic journey. Listen below.

Sounds like: Joe Goddard, Flight Facilities, Chromeo, Roosevelt, Phoenix, Goldroom

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The Knocks – Trouble Feat. Absofacto

The Knocks - Trouble

The Knocks – Trouble

Noisy New York electronic dance duo and remix gurus, The Knocks, have shared their summery track ‘Trouble’, featuring Absofacto.

Of the track, The Knocks say,

“We originally wrote “Trouble” with Abso in NYC at our studio as a slow, piano ballad, at 90 bpm. The idea was to write something that felt melancholy and classic. After we laid down the original idea, he left and we started experimenting with it – treating it like a sample – totally chopping it up and flipping it. This is the same way we approach some of our earlier songs like “Dancing With The DJ” and “Make it Better” so it was cool to go back to that formula while making a sound that was new and fresh.”

‘Trouble’ is out on Big Beat/Neon Gold and is the first single from their forthcoming EP ‘TESTIFY’, released on 3 February.

Sounds like: RAC, St. Lucia, Cut Copy, Flight Facilities, Passion Pit, Pink Feathers, Chromeo, Holy Ghost!, Penguin Prison

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Van Bobbi – Morro Bay

Van Bobbi

Van Bobbi

Van Bobbi is a Californian gentleman who enjoys coffees and coconuts, and we’re pretty sure he likes a sunset too.

Van Bobbi’s smooth and enticing vocals taste delicious alongside near-perfect production on his latest release, ‘Morro Bay’. What else is there to like during these dark months?

Head over to his SoundCloud for a free download of the track.

Sounds like: Autograf, Goldroom, Le Youth, Figgy, Prince, Chromeo, Penguin Prison

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Playlist: Jason Gaffner

Jason Gaffner

Jason Gaffner

Los Angeles-based resident, Jason Gaffner, creates danceable, disco-funk tunes with highly emotional content.

His latest release is called ‘Feel Something’, and it’s written about how just one person can make you drop your barriers and learn to love again.

In a bid to get to grips with how Jason manages to balance vulnerability in his music with upbeat vibes, we asked him to put together a playlist for us comprised of his current, favourite songs.

Drona & Nanok – Horizons
I love this song because it really hooked me almost instantly with the vocal production and bass tones.

TV Noise – Think feat Jessame
Just has so much going on that I like. Great vocal production and really cool samples. Fun & funky gets me every time! haha : )

Sam Padrul – Hold On Me feat Mammals
I might me a little biased because I played all the sweet funky guitars on this track, but I think it came together wonderfully. Very good for wrapping up summer.

Jazz Morley – Take Me Down (New Immunity Remix)
Kind of has that looking off into the sunset driving down the coast vibe to it.

THANKS – Dizzy
Like Justice meets Daft Punk— what’s not to like? Will be doing some music with these guys in the future as well! : )

Ark Patrol – Trouble feat. Josh Rubin
Like when you’re wandering aimlessly through a quiet neighborhood on a summer night.

Farleon – Tell Me feat. Jason Gaffner
Yes. Shameless self promotion. But really I think this is a song that will be around for summers to come. I envision this in some sort of 2017 Ray Bans commercial with lots of beautiful beach shots.

Iman Omari – Take Away feat. Good Joon
Love that guitar line. Seriously so dope. We were in the studio trying to figure out if that was a real guitar or a synth for like 3 hrs the other day haha

Lenno – All Eyes On Us
I really don’t understand how this has only 13k plays on soundcloud. I’m perturbed by this fact haha. Anyways LOVE this track. Lenno and I are also working on some music together!

SOHN – Signal
Really this song is just fucking awesome on so many levels. Vibessss : )

Sounds like: RAC, Flight Facilities, Goldroom, NVDES, Raeko, Chromeo

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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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Favorite Child – Just Wanna Belong

Favourite Child

Favourite Child

Rebel pop group, Favorite Child release the funky number ‘Just Wanna Belong’, featuring the vocals of Eric Rapp. Slightly ironic, as Favorite Child don’t really appear to be bothered if they fit in or not;

“We have an almost childish approach to putting songs together that really defines our style. As musicians, we reached the point where we no longer care about what’s expected from us. It’s part of ‘why don’t we try this, might sound cool?’ and part ‘fuck you we won’t do what you tell us’. It’s sort of like the rebel and the mad scientist in perfect harmony.”

‘Just Wanna Belong’ will be released later this spring via Roxy Recordings. Go get!

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Icona Pop, Erik Hassle, Chromeo

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Interview with Pr0files

Pr0files

Pr0files

Sunny electro duo, Pr0files, have released their debut album and to celebrate, we caught up with them for a quick fire interview round, and the answers are hilarious! Check them out below.

1. Album or EP?
Danny – Album
Lauren – Singles!!!

2. “Call Yourself a Lover” or “Abuse U (Feel It)”?
Danny – This is like choosing your favorite child. Call Yourself a Lover.
Lauren – Seriously, they’re both my babies, I just can’t. But CYAL.

3. Audio or video?
Danny – Audio
Lauren – Music video

4. Notepad or laptop?
Danny – Laptop
Lauren – MacBook Pro

5. Pen or pencil?
Danny – Pen, preferably blue ink
Lauren – Thin Sharpie

6. Homemade or readymade?
Danny – Homemade
Lauren – Always DIY

7. Bad hair or bad clothes?
Danny – Never bad hair, bad clothes for sure
Lauren – Bad clothes can be forgiven

8. Girls or boys?
Danny – Girls
Lauren – Tall, dirty blonde boys with blue eyes
Tall, dirty blonde boys with blue eyes

9. Hot or cold?
Danny – Hot
Lauren – Let it snow

10. Home or abroad?
Danny – No place like home
Lauren – Home on the range

Their incredible debut album ‘Jurassic Technologie’ is out now via STRAIGHT A RECORDS.

Sounds like: ASTR, Ronika, Monogem, Color War, Palmedo, Shura, Chromeo, Tep No, Laurel

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Gypsy & The Cat – Inside Your Mind

Gypsy & The Cat

Gypsy & The Cat

Gypsy & The Cat are back and they mean business. If their new release ‘Inside Your Mind’ doesn’t tell you that, then you quite frankly don’t deserve to listen to the Australian duo.

We have the usual punchy falsettos and dreamy synths that Gypsy & The Cat have thrown our way before, but their new material has the benefit of an acoustic guitar and cultural influence from their recent travels in Japan.

‘Inside Your Mind’ has also been mixed by mixed by the legend that is Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, Neon Indian, The Flaming Lips).

Sounds like: Empire of The Sun, Cut Copy, Pistol Shrimp, Ghost Beach, Sir Sly, Jagwar Ma, Day Wave, Miike Snow, Bag Raiders, Small Pools, Chromeo

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OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out

Ok Go

Ok Go

Longstanding band mates and video pioneers, OK Go, return!

We didn’t think the foursome could have topped any of their previous videos, but once again, they have surprised us.

This time, the video for ‘Upside Down & Inside Out’ was filmed at zero gravity in a S7 Airlines plane. Brilliant!

OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out

Hello, Dear Ones. Please enjoy our new video for "Upside Down & Inside Out". A million thanks to S7 Airlines. #GravitysJustAHabit

Posted by OK Go on Thursday, February 11, 2016

As OK Go have quite rightly put it, gravity is just a habit.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Chromeo, 8th Grader, Passion Pit

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