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PLYA – Thinking Of You

PLYA

We have some right summery sounds for you, coming from PLYA.

Pronounced as Playa (Spanish for beach), the trio, led by Julia Sykes (Sykes) create music inspired from travels to cities, and of course the beach.

Their new single ‘Thinking Of You’ was inspired by that feeling you have when you are separated someone you have a connection with.

Sounds like: Draper, Passion Pit, Sykes, Broods, Phantogram, Monogem

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Culpriit – Driveway

Culpriit

Remember when you were young and you had nothing to do? Culpritt‘s new single has a sense of nostalgia as they look back to this time, playing in their ‘Driveway’.

Culpritt is the exciting new project by Los Angeles-based Colin Dieden (lead singer of The Mowgli’s) and London-based producer and songwriter Rob Ellmore.

It’s out now via Spinnin’ Records’ latest imprint Congo Records.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, Youngr, Draper

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The New Coast – Sleeptalk

The New Coast

Tunbridge Wells (UK) locals The New Coast share ‘Sleeptalk’.

The addictive indie pop number swirls with heavy synths and echoey riffs, adding to The New Coast’s collection of distinct Southern sounds.

Speaking about the track the guys say,

“Writing ‘Sleeptalk’ felt massively cathartic for us and allowed us to explore a really personal moment in a cinematic, 3 minute pop song. Lyrically, for me, it pin points a delicate moment between two people, people who are just starting to get to know each other, but also notice these colourful and intense emotions in a very short period of time.

Even though the song is reliving a specific moment from last summer, I love the way that someone can take whatever personal vision and meaning they like from the lyrics. It almost feels necessary. I don’t think anyone is going to have the exact same sentiment sonically and lyrically, but thats the best part, its so expressive to create your own idealistic story from thewords. However, we like to make everything in our music feel cinematic and infectious, so we want to set the scene in peoples minds and hopefully it’ll take you to that place. Like you’re watching a cool movie with a soundtrack that sounds like your life.”

Sounds like: Bastille, To Kill A King, Imagine Dragons, Kodaline, KYKO, Draper

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Ben Phipps – Mrs Mr Feat. Lizzy Land

Ben Phipps - Mrs Mr Feat. Lizzy Land

Some things are just meant to be. Take Swedish-born/NYC-residing producer and label owner Ben Phipps and Los Angeles-based Lizzy Land.

Ben discovered Lizzy’s music via his Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify so reached out to her about making a track together. The result is ‘Mrs Mr’, which celebrates Lizzy’s delicate tones and Ben’s ability to create melodic indietronica.

Sounds like: Emma Louise, VÉRITÉ, Draper, NoMBe, Ayer, Evvy, Micky Blue, Josef Salvat, Gryffin, Jack LNDN

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Draper – Worst Of Us

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Kent-born, London-based Draper already has a reputation for choosing excellent singers to collaborate with as well as being a go to producer in the indie-dance world, but he has now turned himself to singing on new track ‘Worst Of Us’, which also features vocals from a mysterious woman “closer to home”.

Energising keys burst into climatic drums as Draper revives his modern pop production roots. With its anthemic melody and original lyrics, ‘Worst of Us’ will lift up the weariest of souls.

Speaking about the track, Draper explains,

“It’s about being part of a team, and no matter how crazy, how stupid, or how drunk you get it doesn’t matter. The worst of us is essentially about falling in love with a person’s flaws, and being 100% ok with every single one of them.”

‘Worst Of Us’ is out today on M:UK.

Sounds like: Will Joseph Cook, Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit, BOA, The New Coast

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Griffin Oskar – Hostage

Griffin Oskar - Hostage

Griffin Oskar – Hostage

21 year old pop producer Griffin Oskar moved to Los Angeles from Portland. This was to be his big break. After Griffin shared his music under the guise of Småland, dance producer, Danrell, reached out to him to remix the track. Millions of plays later, Griffin this signed to Republic Records.

The result is ‘Hostage’, with rocketing vocals and a beautifully heavy chorus.

Sounds like: Draper, KYKO, Honne

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Draper – I.O.U (Feat. KYKO)

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Draper

Oh goodness, UK producer Draper is back with another killer number. This time, he’s enlisted one of our fav male vocalists, KYKO to join him.

Like many of its predecessors, ‘I.O.U’ is an addictive dance-led, indietronica tune (thanks Draper) with rocketing, yet earthy vocals (thanks KYKO).

‘I.O.U’ is taken from Draper’s ‘Luminous’ EP, out now via M:UK. Order on iTunes here.

Draper will be back at KOKO on Friday 3 February. Get tickets here.

Sounds like: Will Joseph Cook, Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit, BOA, The New Coast

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Playlist: Saro

SARO

SARO

Los Angeles-based artist, Saro, tells us not to fall in love on his SoundCloud page, but it’s too late as we already have.

He has just dropped his ‘In Loving Memory’ EP (produced by Robin Hannibal (Rhye, Jessie Ware, Jamie Woon, Quadron) and it’s seven tracks of well-crafted pop, and to celebrate, we’ve asked him to put together a playlist.

His chosen theme is “Sleepwalking & Daydreaming”.

Katie Dey – Fear O’ the Light
I learned about the mysterious Katie Dey this past summer and she has become one of my favorites. Her album Flood Network is perfect.

Okay Kaya – I’m Stupid (But I Love You)
Kaya gives me everything I’ve ever wanted lyrically and melodically. I’m an addict.

Temples – Certainty
I love the psychedelic production and sweeter than candy melodies. Temples puts on the best live show too.

Jenny Hval – Period Piece
I get lost in the beauty of the vocal pads. I also love how the guitar is reminiscent of Morse Code.

iamamiwhoami – Sever
Iamamiwhoami has given me endless sonic and visual inspiration over the years. They have 3 full length visual albums that every artist must see.

Moses Sumney – Seeds
Moses has the voice of a god. It can melt butter, too.

TR/ST – Sulk
TR/ST has been one of my favorite bands for years. I have a man crush on Robert Alfons.

Darondo – Didn’t I
So much pain and longing in his falsetto. I can’t decide whether to dance or cry.

Wild Nothing – Chinatown
An all time favorite. “We’re not happy til we’re running away”.

Portishead – Machine Gun
Probably the most riveting production I’ve ever heard. Beth Gibbons performs a haunting vocal that moves me to the core.

Listen to Saro below.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Jack Garratt, Draper, Clean Bandit, Years & Years

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Retro Culture – Calling

Retro Culture

Retro Culture

Retro Culture is the sweet electronic project of Melbourne based multi-instrumentalist and producer Matt Connelly.

His new single, ‘Calling’, co-produced with Jean Paul Fung (Client Liaison, Bird of Tokyo, Art vs. Science), invites all indietronica lovers to sing its immense chorus at the top of their lungs.

UK dates to be announced shortly.

Sounds like: Draper, KYKO, Fenech-Soler, Hotel Garuda, The 1975, Goldroom, Le Youth

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