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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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Exclusive: ROOM8 Playlist

ROOM8

ROOM8

ROOM8 is a Los Angeles based duo composed of Ezra Reich and Nic Johns. They produce ice cold synth pop for late summer nights.

They kindly put together a playlist for us, and we are pleased to say it includes most of the artists already covered on Indietronica at some point!

Giorgio Moroder – From Here to Eternity

The one old classic included on this playlist. The godfather of synth/dance/pop/disco.

Noonie Bao – Pyramids

Much of the modern music we listen to is Scandinavian. Great track from Noonie who writes with Charlie XCX but we like the Kate Bush meets Bjork quirkiness of her voice and vibe.

ROOM8 (Feat. King Deco) – No Hard Feelings

Our single from summer 2015. An ice cold breakup song over a sunny beat.

Ji Nilsson – Nothing

Ji is one of our favorite Swedish singers. Heartbreak Free is one of her best, but Nothing, off her latest EP, is a heart wrenching honest and gorgeous song which always cuts us to the core.

Erik Hassle – Talk About It

One of our favourite modern male vocalists. Minimal and perfect jam.

Kate Boy – Self Control

Kate and Markus are friends of ours and fantastic musicians. This one is one of our favorites they have done. Peter Gabriel beat with Knife-esque vox. Perfect.

Elliphant – Step Down

The latest from our homegirl Elli. This one should be massive. Perfect piece of Caribbean electro pop. “You’re hot, I’m cold thats why I thought we could make a cloud but you can’t get no higher, fuck it, your not my type at all”.

Electric Youth and ROOM8 – Without You

The song we co-wrote and produced with Electric Youth for their debut album Innerworld. About imminent loss.

Niki & The Dove – So Much it Hurts

The new jam from them. Perfect synths, echoes of Fleetwood Mac.

Foxes – Body Talk

A song that didn’t get nearly enough love in 2015. Any music with the words “Body” and “Talk” in it is amazing whether it’s Robyn, Tove Lo, Kix, Ratt, The Deele or, in this case, Foxes.

Whilst we have you, have a listen to ROOM8’s new track with Christina (aka Little Boots).

Sounds like: St Etienne, Aeroplane, Lindstrøm, Ronika, RAC

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Tradiio Exclusive: Interview with Empathy Test

Empathy Test

Empathy Test

Giving us a glimpse into their musical world, we chat with UK electronic duo, Empathy Test, and find out whether they are human or really androids.

Why did you start making music, and where did the name Empathy Test come from?

We’ve known each other since we were kids and both come from creative backgrounds. For us, music was a natural progression from other forms of expression like drawing and writing. We taught ourselves to play guitar in our teens and started writing and recording our own songs. Empathy Test came about many years later, after we’d both worked separately on some other very different projects. One day we just finally found a way for us both to collaborate and a style that suited us both. It probably took us a year from then to find a name that worked for the project. We wanted it to say something about our mutual love of Sci-Fi and the influence that it had had, both on the music and the artwork, which Adam does for us. Isaac was re-watching Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner for the fourth or fifth time, when he heard Tyrell say “Is this to be an Empathy Test?” and there it was. It’s what they use in the film to work out whether someone is a human or an android.

Describe your sound in three words.

Mesmerising future pop.

Despite writing critically acclaimed songs, and having a large fan base, Empathy Test remains unsigned. Has this been a conscious decision?

We’ve always wanted to be described as “critically acclaimed” – thanks! Has it been a conscious decision to remain unsigned? Yes and no. Our game plan was always to release two EPs, then an album. The first EP would be a self-release, the second we’d release via an independent. Then, fingers crossed, we’d release the album via a major. So far, so good. Three month’s after self-releasing Losing Touch (February, 2014) we caught the attention of Stars & Letters Records on Twitter. S&L agreed to release our second EP, Throwing Stones in December 2014. A year later, the album is nearly finished and we’re about to start pitching it to labels. We’ve had a few offers already but as we see it, there’s no point in being “signed” unless the label can do something you can’t do yourself. For us, it’s providing us with a much bigger audience than we already have. Once you’ve made a big enough name for yourself, you may as well just do it yourself.

Why did you decide to release a remix EP?

As a place holder really. We’d released two EPs and people were already hungry for more. We needed to record the album but didn’t want to keep people waiting too long. Over the course of 2014 we’d made a lot of new friends in electronic bands and we thought it’d be fun to get them to remix tracks from the second EP. We asked more people than we needed to, in case they didn’t have time or didn’t come up with anything, and ended up with way too many remixes. Then we felt we couldn’t reject any of them so we ended up putting out a ten track EP, which let’s face it, is basically an album.

Stars & Letters said they’d release it and that we should try and get as much press as possible in order to sell more copies of the original EP, so we planned this insane schedule of fortnightly premières for almost all of the remixes. Midway through the promo period S&L informed us they didn’t have the time or resources to see it through, leaving us to finished the promotion and release it ourselves. The irony was, after all that we had a few fans, particularly in Russia, grumbling that we should stop “rehashing our old tracks” and give people what they wanted – an album – or two!

Your album ‘Demons’ is out this year, as well as securing support slots with DE/VISION. It sounds like you have a good year ahead. Are you excited?

We’ve actually changed the name as we’ve dropped the title track, Demons, for the time being. New working title is ‘Shadows’. There’s no release date as yet because we don’t yet know who is going to release it. We’ve started working with German booking agency Pluswelt, which is home to some pretty big alternative acts like Clan of Xymox, Combichrist and Grendel. DE/VISION are on there too and so yeah, excited to be performing with them at their two pre-album launch shows in Germany in April. There’s also some big shows planned for the end of the year and the possibility of a support slot on a European tour too with another Pluswelt band, fingers crossed. So yeah, it looks set to be another big year for us and we are very excited to finally share some new material with you.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

In a nutshell,’80s Pop and Sci-Fi soundtracks, ’90s guitar bands and UK underground dance music. More recently, Black City Lights, Electric Youth, Chromatics, Chvrches, Purity Ring, FKA Twigs, Avec Sans, Gems, Mt. Wolf.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

We both loved The Japanese House when we played with them at Camden Barfly at the end of last year. ‘Still’ was one of the best tracks of 2015; an amazingly well-crafted track. ‘All The Sad Young Men’ by Spector is also up there, and ‘Leave A Trace’ by Chvrches. Two great albums last year were Agent Side Grinder‘s ‘Alkimia’ and Lord Huron‘s ‘Strange Tails’. Guitar music is definitely making a comeback and there’s a lot of very ’90s sounding bands appearing, which we’re all for, by the way. You can check out Isaac’s top tracks 10 of 2015 here.

We’ve invested in Empathy Test. Have you? Listen to more of their songs and support them at tradiio.com/empathy-test.

Sounds like: School of Seven Bells, Chvrches, Purity Ring, The Chain Gang of 1974, Avec Sans, Cut Once

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LGHTNNG – Sharks

LGHTNNG

LGHTNNG

When we started Indietronica, we wanted to use it as a platform for underground artists to expose their music.

LGHTNNG produces the exact synth sound that we want to present to our readers.

The trio is from from Groningen in the Netherlands and their video for ‘Sharks’ is a collection of old footage. It has a remiscient tone throughout.

‘Sharks’ has been taken from their upcoming EP, ‘Nights Change Days’.

Sounds like: College, BLSHS, Monogem, Aurora, Crozet, Pistol Shrimp, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, Chromatics, Electric Youth, Annie

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Brassica – Everything / Hayat Zor EP

Brassica

Brassica, an electronic producer from Tunbridge Wells/ London, UK, also know as makes luscious 80s inspired synth-pop and Italo using analog synths, vintage drum machines, and traditional instruments. His latest release; EP ‘Hayat Zor’, was out 18th November 2013, on Civic Laden, and is available to purchase here.

With breathy vocals and pulsating, sharp synths reminiscent of a Jan Hammer production, opening track ‘Everything’ certainly makes us think of the College & Electric Youth song ‘A Real Hero’, along with influential 80s outfit Bronski Beat.

The EP includes four original productions and two remixes of ‘Everything’ from Gavin Russom and Petrels.  ‘Hayat Zor’ is a collection on which emotional resonance and technical expertise sit side by side.

Below is an album sampler and a  version of ‘Everything’ with talk-over at the end from a radio play, so head over to Spotify to listen to the full EP, or buy from the link above.

Sounds like; College, Electric Youth, The Swiss, Digitalism,
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