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Claire – Broken Promised Land

Claire

Claire

Describing themselves as somewhere between synthpop, electronic-pop, half-time beats, hip-hop and indie, Claire intially statrted off as three Munich-based young musicians and producers; Matthias Hauck, Nepomuk Heller and Florian Kiermaier. Singer/songwriter, Josie-Claire Bürkle joined at the beginning of 2012 and a drummer known as Fridl was later recruited for their live shows. The brilliant band we now know as Claire was finally formed!

We have ‘Broken Promised Land’ on repeat in the Indietronica office and you can thank BMW for introducing this track to us, as it has been featured on the advert for their new electric cars.

We aren’t really sure where to begin. This track is just so good. With its typically German-driving industrial beat and melodic vocals from Josie-Claire Bürkle, this is the ideal indietronica track that will make you feel sky high.

For good measure, we’ve posted the incredible Passion Pit remix of ‘Games’ below. It has also been added to our November playlist.

You can buy the ‘Broken Promised Land’ EP on iTunes now. Or we strongly recommend you bite the bullet and go for the whole album, ‘The Great Escape (special Edition)’, which was released in September 2013 and is also available for purchase on iTunes.

Sounds like: College, I BREAK HORSES, Bastille, Of Monsters and Men, CHRVCHES, Mausi, The Naked and Famous, Ladyhawke

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Say Lou Lou – Beloved

Say Lou Lou

Say Lou Lou

Think of your dream girl band and this is it. Twin sisters, Say Lou Lou (aka Elektra and Miranda Kilbey), are quickly hyping up to the be the big sound of 2014.

Since the cracking ‘Julian’, the electronic Charlie’s Angels have gone from strength to strength.

The latest track, ‘Beloved’, is their most radio-ready track to date. ‘Beloved’ is a twinkling pop track full of wispy glacial vocals and lustre.

You can listen to the EP ‘Better in the Dark’ below, or pre order the full EP on iTunes here. The EP is set for release on 25 November 2013 via á Deux / Columbia Records.

Say Lou Lou have also released the EP on 7″ vinyl, which you can purchase here.

Sounds like: Ellie Goulding, The Naked and Famous, Soft As Snow, College, Austra, HAERTS, Tegan and Sara

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An Indietronica Collaboration With Indieverse

An Indietronica first! A collaboration with Indieverse.

Indieverse has kindly set up a mixtape of 10 hot indietronica tunes for you to listen to at your heart’s content. Here’s a lowdown on each track:

1. The Chain Gang of 1974 – ‘Miko’

The Chain Gang of 1974

The Chain Gang of 1974

The Chain Gang of 1974 is an indietronica project that is the moniker of L.A. based, multi-instrumentalist and DJ Kamtin Mohage.

His track, ‘Miko’ initially has a reflective and heartfelt melody similar to a production that would be displayed by The Postal Service, but it quickly and frantically switches up a notch with a darker and punchier beat.

His upcoming LP is due for release next year.

Sounds like: The Postal Service

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2. Mons Montis – ‘Swept’

Mons Montis

Mons Montis

Mons Montis are Viktor Paulsrud, Herman Båverud Olsson and Julia Hjertström. Forming the band was a 2013 summer project that they decided to share with their friends and families via Soundcloud.

Read more on the track here.

Sounds like: College

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3. The Weeknd – ‘The Party’ (Chi Duly Remix)

The Weeknd

The Weeknd

Slightly more R&B based now.

Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) has been dubbed ‘the songbird of our generation’, despite breaking some of the most accepted rules in the music industry.

The Chi Duly remix of ‘The Party’ has a more energetic feel, without disguising Tesfaye’s smooth vocals.

Sounds like: James Blake, Alex Clare, Jamie Woon, Josef Salvat, SOHN, Gent Mason

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4. Lina Fouro – ‘Bang Bang Baby’

Lina Fouro

Lina Fouro

Lina Fouro is a street smart Afghan-Canadian singer. Her super catchy track, ‘Bang Bang Baby’ is expected to be on her upcoming album ‘The Love Cycle’, which explores the highs and lows of love.

‘Bang Bang Baby’ sounds like it has been produced in Ibiza, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another Balearic-sounding summer hit from an artist across the pond because 1 minute in, ‘Bang Bang Baby’ is flipped on its head and turns into a molten of dubstep inspired bass.

Sounds like: Lady Gaga, Madonna

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5. The New Division – ‘Pride’

The New Division

The New Division

‘Pride’ is the first track on the The New Division‘s four-song digital EP ‘Night Escape’, which is out now on The New Division’s own label, Division 87 Records.

The track immediately engulfs us with weightless and dreamy synths. Then John Kunkel’s vocals start and we are immediately grounded. Close your eyes and imagine a love story unravel just like in an 80’s movie.

Sounds like: New Order, Depeche Mode, Suzuki Method, Delphic, Joy Division

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6. KYLIAN – ‘Remind Me’

KYLIAN

KYLIAN

Violin-trained Emily Holden (aka KYLIAN) has impressed us with her classical twist on electronica. Her first ballad is subtle, yet it gives us a snippet of what is to come from the singer. The primitive synths and towering drums definitely intrigue us.

Sounds like: Death Rattle, OH Land, College, I BREAK HORSES, Us Baby Bear Bones

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7. Futurecop! – ‘Living in a Daydream’

Futurecop!

Futurecop!

British Futurecop! are full impact, disney-loaded electronica. Growing up together, the nostalgic Futurecop! boys, Manzur Iqbal and Peter Carrol, listened to punk pop, but always had an interest in 80’s and early 90’s pop culture.

‘Living in a Daydream’ is no exception with its emo nostalgia.

Sounds like: KAVINSKY, Justice, Daft Punk, Owl City, Hellogoodbye

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8. Stop Drop Robot – ‘Sugar Weep’

Stop Drop Robot

Stop Drop Robot

Stop Drop Robot are an electronic rock band from Sheffield. The band are yet to be signed, but are known for their impressive live shows.

Their track ‘Sugar Weep’ is guitar heavy with echoey vocals and a touch of synths.

Sounds like: Suzuki Method

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9. Cosmonaut Grechko – ‘Singin” (feat. Joywave)

Cosmonaut Grechko

Cosmonaut Grechko

Cosmonaut Grechko is Russian electro wunderkind. His track, ‘Singin” serves up superb synth and pop electro. Grechko constantly mixes the track up so that it doesn’t get tiring. We want more from Greschko!

Sounds like: Joywave, RAC, Cut Copy, Owl City, ROOSEVELT, Goldroom

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10. No Doubt – ‘Don’t Speak’ (cover by Computer Magic)

Computer Magic

Computer Magic

Computer Magic are Brooklyn-based Danielle Johnson (vocals, keyboards), James Morley (guitar), Justin Coles (bass), and Chris Egan (drums).

Sci-fi obsessed Johnson’s vocals are logical and delicate.

For a bit more of an idea about the band, have a listen and a free download of their awesome track ‘Time to Decide’:

As far as we know, there have been no official releases yet.

Sounds like: No Doubt, OH Land, Still Corners, MGMT, Best Coast

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The mixtape is available for free download here, but hurry it’s only limited to 200 downloads a month!

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Mons Montis – Swept

Mons Montis

Mons Montis

We stumbled upon Mons Montis on Soundcloud and immediately fell in love with their track, ‘Swept’.

Mons Montis are Viktor Paulsrud, Herman Båverud Olsson and Julia Hjertström; 3 20 year old school friends from Uppsala in Sweden.

Viktor and Herman were originally set on making Britpop until they saw M83 at Swedish festival, Hultsfred. Julia’s ethereal vocals and lyrics fitted perfectly in the constellation, so they recruited her.

This has been a summer project that they decided to share with their friends and families via Soundcloud. However, it has turned into something bigger with the track having received just under 80,000 plays.

We just hope this summer project leads to something more!

Sounds like: College

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