Tag Archives: Electro-pop

ALBRT – With You

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ALBRT is the project of Italian songwriter and producer Alberto Pagnin, born from his urgent desire to express himself by combining electronic pop music with minimal ambient and piano compositions.

His brand-new single, titled ‘With You‘, is a nocturnal electro banger full of dreamy vocals, smooth synths and massive dose of Jamie XX vibes.

Speaking about it, he explains: “I painted a melancholic harmony with the bass; but I wanted something more, something magical and nostalgic. I wanted to create an ethereal modern piece, something that makes you feel like you’re floating on a cloud. So I added harp arpeggio, dreamy vibes, reverb-soaked textures and my beloved piano on top of that. The result is ‘With You’, possibly the most romantic songs I’ve ever written

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HYYTS – Lonely People

Hailing from Glasgow, HYYTS are best friends and flatmates Adam and Sam. Androgynous, inclusive, and ones to watch for 2020 as they unashamedly infiltrate the pop sphere proving pop is no longer a dirty word. Inspired by unconventional sounds and with a sonic palette that traverses genres, their sound draws from underground club culture, production laced with brooding beats and soaring pop ambition alongside frontman Adam’s work as a music therapist in some of Scotland’s toughest prisons providing a deep pool of emotion teamed with the theatre of sonic weaver Sam’s performance, drawing from his time curating and promoting underground nights around Edinburgh.

With their latest single ‘Lonely People‘, they continue to explore their genre-bending sound with the flux of life’s trials and tribulations. It’s a neon-drenched, euphoric banger that builds to a crescendo with soaring production and contrasted with an emotional, coming-of-age narrative.

Chatting about the single, singer Adam says: “Lonely People is about growing up and realising that you should always leave yourself open to be hurt because any kind of happy life needs some sadness in it. It’s better to feel anything than nothing. It’s a coming of age song and basically a wee bit of advice I wish someone had given me when I started going out and getting full of booze and drugs.

Watch the stunning acoustic rendition of track here below:

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Coyote Island – 11

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In the imagination of Maine-based songwriter Mike O’Hehir, Coyote Island is a sound and a place.

It is where he discovered himself as an artist and recognized the crossroads of his musical journey. Where folk meets pop and reggae meets R&B. Rather than choosing one path to follow, Coyote Island stands in the middle weaving them all together.

He’s brand-new but his music is already making waves (Spotify has recently added him on their Fresh Finds playlist and his 2 previously released singles topped the Hype Machine chart).
His third one is titled ‘11′ and it’s another demonstration of his incredible talent in mixing folk and indie vibes with an irresistible pop sensibility.

Speaking about it, he explains: “’11’ portrays the peak of Summer. It’s about discerning Love from lust, catching yourself in the heat, and believe it or not- ‘taking it slow’. “I was making demos in Garageband one day….these chords came to me and I got excited. I put a mic up and the whole song poured out in one shot.

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Billy Vena – Disco Maniac

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Hailing from galaxies far far away, long lost dancer turned recording, artist Billy Vena returns today with ‘Disco Maniac’. Part Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever‘ / part early 00s Neptunes productions (see JT’s Rock Your Body), ‘Disco Maniac‘, as the title suggests, is a modern disco-tinged banger. Press play…and dance 🕺🏻🔥

Speaking about it, he says: “Disco Maniac is essentially about being raised by a television and wishing to live in an era you weren’t alive to experience. It’s about dreaming of a scenario in which you can live out that certain fantasy.

ICYMI, listen also to his previous releases ‘Space Hippie‘ and ‘Wiz

Sounds like: Bee Gees, Pharell Williams, Justin Timberlake

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Clairy Browne – Not The Only

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Australian Pop/RnB artist Clairy Browne has just released ‘Not The Only’, a sticky bop taken from her forthcoming EP ‘ANGEL‘.

The song seduces listeners with a mix of anthemic hooks, infectious vocal swells and a startlingly dystopian resonance. It comes together with an ultra-cool video which perfectly introduces us into Browne’s subversive musical cosmos: an ether devoid of heteronormativity, where queerness is celebrated in all its forms.

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STORME – Kite

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Swedish artist STORME has a unique talent for making luminous electronic pop songs about nature. She spent much of her childhood exploring local woodland – a paradise of pine trees and untouched wilderness, punctuated by lakes that shimmer in sunlight in daytime, then lap quietly beneath sprawling stars at night.

The result of this is pretty evident on her new single ‘Kite‘, a sun-drenched paean to the mindfulness of relaxing made unique by her signature, angelic voice.

Speaking about the song, she explains: ““Kite is the first real Summer song I’ve written – it’s about an inner journey. There was a day in early June when I was walking in the woods. I felt my body relax, and I could really breathe again, for the first time in a long time. I almost felt like a bird chasing the sun.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, AURORA.

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Moonbootica – Say The Word (feat. Andie Nora)

Hamburg based producer duo Moonbootica has just came back with their third offer of the year. A potent electro pop piece titled ‘Say The Word‘ which sees the presence of singer Andie Nora.

Her hypnotic vocals gently float above a cinematic production. It’s a very powerful song, made of big sounds, instant melodies and a massive dose of elegant textures.

Andie Nora says: “‘Say the Word’ is about holding back words, when you’re waiting for the other person to communicate how they feel. By the end of the song though, “say the word if you want nothing at all” is my way of saying: if you don’t appreciate my love- then let me go.

While the two add about the accompanying official video: “Like everybody right now we are yearning to return to our normal & beloved lives, craving for loud music, clubs and dancing – but there is still no real sign of that happening anytime soon. At a certain point we decided to see the covid19 pandemic as a chance. A chance to focus on music that tells a slightly different story – not the club music narrative you might expect …’Say the Word’ tells a more differentiated story of life and love. As we are deeply connected with our home town of Hamburg, we want to show you a less common perspective of this city. Working with the “Hood of Saints” crew is a perfect match: they too stand 100% for Hamburg as it really is.

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Elina Eriksson – I Don’t Wanna Be Mad At You

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Swedish artist and producer Elina Eriksson sings about her own experiences within a long-term relationship on self-written and produced new single ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Mad at You‘.

The follow up to her debut ‘Discover Her‘, is a heartfelt song which explores challenges and struggles that can appear in a relationship with someone. Part scandi-pop, part modern r’n’b: this is a delicious comeback single you shouldn’t miss.

Speaking about the song, she explains: ”You have so much love for that person and the last thing you want is to be mad at that someone, that means the most to you. But certain things keep occurring and sometimes it’s inevitable not to fight. It will either bring you closer or it will take a toll on the relationship and might ruin what was so good about it, in the first place”.

Sounds like: Ayelle, Billie Eilish, Gracie Abrams

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Premiere: Techniques – Heinous Love

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Techniques – Heinous Love

Techniques is the project of Manchester-based multi-instrumentalist, James Mulholland.

Like with all good electronic producers, James started creating and recording music in his bedroom, laying down drums, bass lines, guitars, synths and vocals all using one microphone and ‘whatever else was lying around’.

He has since released music on Kitsuné Music and electronic rumors.

Techniques is now set to share a fine slice of electro-pop, just in time for the summer.

‘Heinous Love’ is a juxtaposing slur of bittersweet vocals against floor-filling and driving synths. It has been produced by Mark Ralph (Hot Chip, Digitalism, Years & Years, Clean Bandit, Hot Natured, Foxes).

Techniques is also crowdfunding a vinyl release. Click here for more info and to support.

The track is out tomorrow.

Sounds like: Hot Chip, Digitalism, Hot Natured, Holy Ghost!, Miami Horror, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Maudlin Strangers – Gingerale

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Maudlin Strangers

Meet dark-disco electro-pop advocate, Maudlin Strangers (aka Jake Hays).

The bedroom songwriter and multi-instrumentalist produces his music in his Agoura Hills bedroom, but despite this, his music would easily resonate in a decent sized venue.

When asked what influenced the first new batch of Maudlin Strangers music since the Overdose EP, Hays cited that it was created by being constantly immersed in a world of his own songs, growing and developing the sound based on the progression of the demos and coined this new phase of Maudlin Strangers as “dark disco”.

Tour Dates

10/18/15 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH #
10/19/15 – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, Canada *
10/20/15 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, Canada *
10/23/15 – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT *
10/24/15 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY *
10/25/15 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC *
10/27/15 – Spirit – Pittsburgh, PA #
10/28/15 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA *
10/29/15 – House of Blues – Boston, MA *
11/4/15 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC #
11/5/15 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA #
11/10/15 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX #
11/11/15 – The Sidewinder – Austin, TX #
11/12/15 – Dada – Dallas, TX #
11/15/15 – Pub Rock – Phoenix, AZ # With Strange Names #

Supporting Cold War Kids *

Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok, The Knocks, Ghost Beach, Phoenix, Bad Suns, Cold War Kids, Arctic Monkeys

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