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Playlist: ZAGATA

ZAGATA

ZAGATA

Meet Montreal-based producer ZAGATA (aka Jesse Proteau).

ZAGATA makes slow embracing synth-led tunes and can put together a wicked playlist together.

On that note, here is said wicked playlist. Enjoy!

Moderat – A New Error
Very inspiring synth bass line and tones.

Porches – Underwater
Like the overall mix from Chris Coady on this. Sometimes less is better.

CHVRCHES – Under The Tide
Just my fav song from them. Definitely one of my fav bands as well.

Adriatique – Space Knights
I’m just so stoked about the mood of this track.

Crystal Castles – Not In Love (Feat. Robert Smith)
This track is the definition of a perfect song. That chorus is just awesome.

College and Electric Youth- A Real Hero
I like the simplicity of this one. Sweet blend. Perfect amount of melancholy and hope.

George Fitzgerald – Full Circle
My favourite song for training. Like the vibe, BPM, synths, tone and vocals. Best album of 2015.

Com Truise – Karova
I just love how Com Truise mixes his drums. Tone reference at all points.

Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
Such an amazing Canadian artist.

Moderat – Finder
1 Moderat song is not enough!

Sounds like: Goldroom, College, The Wild Wild

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For BDK – My Tears

For BDK

For BDK

Remember the feeling you had when you first heard a Massive Attack track? Stockholm duo For BDK have reinvigorated those feelings with their haunting new song ‘My Tears’.

For BDK consists of Marcus Borrman and Adele Kosman, who met in what they call a “silly club” in Stockholm. “In the midst of hell,” they say “we found each other”. The resulting musical collaboration has created as sound the band describe as “emotional post electronic”.

Sounds like: Massive Attack, James Blake, Little Dragon, London Grammar, The Knife, Crystal Castles, Tula, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Shura

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Pale Hands – Fanatic

Pale Hands

Pale Hands

Given that Pale Hands released a full length debut album back in October 2014, it’s somewhat miraculous that the Boston duo haven’t attracted more attention.

Lush, buoyant vocals dance over echo laden guitars and synths to create an electro pop that nestles neatly between the likes of Crystal Castles and Chvrches, only slowed down somewhat to intensify the experience.

‘Fanatic’ is the lead single from the album ‘Spirit Lines’, which was evidently born from a period of pain and suffering. Spacious tracks accompany dark lyrics to create the kind of atmospheric indietronica that we at the Bristol Beats Club and Indietronica simply can’t get enough of.

Post courtesy of Chris Bilko of Bristol Beats Club.

Sounds like: Cocteau Twins, Chvrches, David Lynch, Crystal Castles, Glass Animals

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Crystal Fighters – Love Alight

Crystal Fighters

Crystal Fighters

Time for some more summery and tropical tunes! This time from Crystal Fighters.

Having premiered on BBC Radio 1 as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World, the upbeat ‘Love Alight’ has the Crystal Fighters Spanish-inspired stamp all over it.

As with all Crystal Fighers’ tracks, it’s a shame it has to end.

‘Love Alight’ is released on 4 August via Zirkulo/PIAS and can be ordered on iTunes here.

Sounds like: Is Tropical, The Foals, Crystal Castles, Rudimental, The Naked and Famous

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Trust – Rescue Mister & Capitol

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Darkwave electro-pop meister Trust, has recently released two tracks off his imminent second LP Joyland; ‘Rescue Mister’ a few days ago, and now, ‘Capitol’.

Toronto-based Robert Alfons aka Trust, received glowing praise for the 2012 Juno-nominated debut album ‘TRST’, and the follow up album ‘Joyland’ will be released by Arts & Crafts on March 4, 2014. It is available to pre-order here.

‘Capitol’ reveals a beating heart pulsing beneath the beats, with a space-laser percussion intro leading into layered synths and the distinctive wide-ranging vocals from Alfons. ‘Rescue Mister’ is a jerky, glitchy stomper however, with slicing high pitched synths cutting into the verse, and child-like vocal accompaniments in the chorus.

As well as the above, have a listen to a thudding dance remix of “Rescue, Mister,” by Tarantula X here.

Trust will be embarking on a massive tour, the London leg of which us indietronica lot will be attending and are rather excited about.

Sounds like; Grimes, Crystal Castles, Salem, Kap Bambino
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