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Fyfe – Belong (Feat. Kimbra)

FYFE

Fyfe is the musical project of Paul Dixon, and he returns with a seriously strong new track called ‘Belong’, featuring Kimbra.

It is the first single taken off Fyfe’s second album ‘The Space Between’, which is released on 9 June. The concept behind the album is it begins in a hospital ward and ends at a funeral home.

‘Belong’ was written following Paul’s experience with the separate and sudden deaths of two young friends, then his grandmother passing away, and very quickly a family friend, but also him becoming an uncle three times.

Fyfe describes ‘Belong’ as,

“the desire to find purpose in a transient life. A relationship can be helpful or a hinderance in terms of understanding who you are and ‘Belong’ is documenting someone starting to pose those questions, rather than providing the answers…Kimbra is a real creative force. Our voices are presenting the same narrative rather than a conversation between two members of a relationship.”

Fyfe will be playing a headline show at London’s Omeara on 4 May.

Sounds like: RALPH, Miike Snow, Boxed In, James Blake, Childish Gambino, SOHN, The XX, Ellie Goulding, Bombay Bicycle Club, Death Cab For Cutie, London Grammar, Foals

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Bad Wave – 1955

Bad Wave

A juxtaposing theme in Bad Wave‘s new single, ‘1955’; a “nostalgia for the future” if you will.

Much like the melodies within the song, ‘1955’ is split between the progression of the past and hope for the future with it’s echoey harmonies and rocky guitar riffs.

‘1955’ is out now via 10K Islands.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Death Cab for Cutie, GUSH, Hot Chip, The Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Ghost Beach

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Port Of Spain – Blind

Port Of Spain

Port Of Spain

Meet Port of Spain.

Unlike the name suggests, this male/female duo are not from Spain, but Bondi Beach in Sydney.

Their debut track, ‘Blind’ is a glistening, pop serenade with a huge amount of depth throughout, courtesy of the electronics used.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, Lights, Broods, Death Cab For Cutie

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Sanctuary Sound – One Clear Thought

Sanctuary Sound

Sanctuary Sound

Sanctuary Sound is the project of multi-instrumentalist Cade Sadler, who creates peaceful and reflective music.

It consists only of him, a lap top, and an old Stratocaster, and with these minimal apparatus, he creates dreamy, atmospheric guitar drones underscored by deep back beat grooves.

Despite the track appearing to be ‘One Clear Thought’, the process of production is joyfully flustering; starting off with glitchy gameboy-style keys, followed by contemporary vocals and rhythmic drums, later finishing with distorted interruptions.

His five-track EP, ‘Brass Ring’, is out now.

Sounds like: Jack Garratt, Honne, Tame Impala, Summer Heart, Day Wave, Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, Brian Eno, Bob Dylan

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KYOTI – Curved Edge Straight Line

KYOTI

KYOTI

London based art-pop project KYOTI share the beautiful visuals for ‘Curved Edge Straight Line’.

The trio base their image and artwork on the abstractness of an ordinary, mundane world. Specifically inspired by British Modernist sculptors like Barbara Hepworth and the surrealist optical illusions of M.C. Escher, KYOTI balance their aesthetic with the over-arching impact of contemporary pop music, citing artists like Hot Chip and Joanna Newsom amongst their influences.

Original vocals layered over jazz electronica, alongside intelligent lyrics and minimalistic tendencies, ‘Curved Edge Straight Line’ creatively combines rich synth textures with thoughtful storytelling, exploring the theme of dependency on both substances and other people.

Sounds like: Hot Chip, SOHN, James Blake, Two Door Cinema Club, Death Cab For Cutie, Honne, Dead Ceremony

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Bad Wave – Extraordinary

Bad Wave

Bad Wave

Intermittent roommates-turned-best friends, Bad Wave, share the video for ‘Extraordinary’.

The track is a seemingly pleasant one to start, but it soon changes into a more sinister tone.

The name Bad Wave itself is taken from the Spanish phrase ‘mala onda’, which translates as “bad waves” but you can take it as meaning “bad vibes”. “We’re trying to spread good vibes though,” reassures Patrick.

By releasing their own anxieties through Bad Wave, these two only have great intentions.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Death Cab for Cutie, GUSH, Hot Chip, The Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Ghost Beach

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Cape Cub – Closer

Cape Cub

Cape Cub

Some artists seem to wear their heart on their sleeves, and this in turn creates heartfelt and highly emotional music.

One such artist is UK-based Cape Cub (aka Chad Male), who uses his personal experiences and local landscape to make his music.

His cinematic new release, ‘Closer’, is the first song to be taken from his upcoming debut EP of the same name and is about the “fragility and the painful side of love, when you give your all and there seems to be nothing on the other side.”

UK Tour Dates

NEWCASTLE Newcastle Uni SU 23rd March*
GLASGOW QMU 24th March*
LEEDS Leeds Uni Stylus 25th March*
STOCKTON Stockton Calling 26th March
BRISTOL The Louisiana 28th March
MANCHESTER The Castle Hotel 29th March
LONDON The Waiting Room 30th March
LEEDS Live At Leeds 30th April
(*supporting Sunset Sons)

His debut EP, ‘Closer’, is out on 25th March.

Sounds like: Foals, Passenger, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Tep No, Brandon Flowers, Death Cab for Cutie, Temper Trap,

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Flor – Unsaid (Instant Karma Remix)

Instant Karma

Instant Karma

Female DJ duo Instant Karma have reworked the gorgeous ‘Unsaid’ by Flor.

Both Instant Karma and Flor reside in Los Angeles, which may explain why it is such a match made in heaven. With Flor’s dream-like vocals and Instant Karma’s progressive flare, this is a remix worth writing about.

Head over to Instant Karma’s Soundcloud page for a free download of the remix.

Sounds like: Goldroom, RAC, Gryffin, Le Youth, Hotel Garuda, Owl City, Death Cab for Cutie, Still Corners, Chrvches, Hello Goodbye, Sleep Lust, Of Monsters and Men, Mew, For Esmé

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Born Joy Dead – Chains on You

Born Joy Dead

Born Joy Dead

Born Joy Dead is the new project of Brisbane musician Ben Dalton (also the bassist for Hungry Kids of Hungary).

The video for their latest single ‘Chains on You’ features Sigourney Waver, a remote control surfer babe. The video was produced and directed by two fifths of Brisbane beach-pop outfit The John Steel Singers (Luke McDonald & Scott Bromiley) and features the BJD boys admiring Waver’s sick moves as she shreds her way through the standstill waters of her prisons…but a bathtub, or even a pool, is much too small to ever cage the heart of a surfer.

Sounds like: Hungry Kids of Hungary, Death Cab for Cutie, Phoenix, City & Colour, Two Cartoons, Cub Scouts, CHAPPO

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FLOR – Let Me In

FLOR by Jade Ehlers

FLOR by Jade Ehlers

Staying on track with straightforward indie pop, Los-Angeles based FLOR returns with another bubbly number, ‘Let Me In’.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, Owl City, Death Cab for Cutie, Still Corners, Chrvches, Hello Goodbye, Sleep Lust, Of Monsters and Men, Mew, For Esmé

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