We believe Autograf have just released the song that is going to make them. Big time.
It’s called ‘Sleepless in NYC’ and features New York songstress, VÉRITÉ.
‘Sleepless in NYC’ perfectly showcases who Autograf are, with its layers of detailed production techniques that create a deep sense of familiarity, even on first listen, but also a sound that stands out against the crowd.
Sounds like: Banks, La Roux, Noosa, Evvy, Ellie Goulding, ASTR, MS MR, Gryffin, Le Youth, Goldroom
Introducing Los Angeles-based duo LAYNE (aka lead-singer/guitarist Layne Putnam and drummer Alex Rosca).
Their new song ‘The Fog’ follows on from the viral success of their previous two singles, ‘Good’ and ‘Somebody’, and has everything you’d want from a decent electro pop track – lush vocals, bright lyrics, and catchy hooks sculptured around modern production.
Moscow based Boneage share curious new track ‘G.N.P.M’ which stands for ‘Good Nights – Pale Mornings’. It follows on from the spiritual single, ‘Crystal Rainbows’.
Speaking to the duo, we were told ‘G.N.P.M’ is about MDMA (also the name of their EP – ‘My Dreams Mean All’, out now) – that feeling you have when you are high, followed by the downward spiral of reality the following morning.
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
Original Brighton duo IYES make a surprise return with ‘Feelings’.
Now residing in Berlin, Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanova have begun their new musical journey together, taking more of a dance/electronic direction. The Berlin music scene has definitely shown its influence.
‘Feelings’ is a modern number, although surprisingly, the track was written in 2015. Following many re-works and versions, the pair decided to join forces with upcoming production duo Kilian and Jo to take the song to its maximum potential.
Sounds like: Le Youth, Astronomyy, The XX, Niki & The Dove, Chvrches, Ellie Goulding, Ben Khan
Violet Days is the project of Swedish singer/songwriter, Lina Hansson.
Asking whether you ‘Suck At Love’ is always going to be tricky to answer, but it’s also highly relatable to the majority of listeners. Luckily for us, Kris Eriksson (The Chainsmokers) is on production duties, helping Violet Days create an anthemic electronic song that almost makes us forget the initial question.
Violet Days will be playing the Ja Ja Ja club night at The Lexington in London on 23 February.
Her first release of 2017 is ‘Phase Me Out’, something that we certainly won’t be doing to VÉRITÉ anytime soon.
VÉRITÉ explains about the track,
“The song is about all of the invisible lines I draw in my interactions with others. I wrote ‘Phase Me Out’ on a blind date writing session in London. It was a trip I had taken around a small UK tour, where I decided to completely overbook myself. I had the phrase ‘stand up straighter with my back against the wall’ written in my notes on my phone before the session. I remember feeling exhausted and isolated and confined. I wanted to make a shift into a sound I felt was less trendy and more timeless–a mix of organic and electronic, distorted and pristine, driving and melodic.”
Her debut album is expected later this year.
Sounds like: Banks, La Roux, Noosa, Evvy, Ellie Goulding, ASTR, MS MR
No doubt there is skill in creating a great pop track, but there is also skill in sourcing up and coming artists to collaborate with, and the latter is where UK producer, Draper, really shows his A-game.
Draper has just dropped ‘Jealous’, featuring the talents of singer, BB Diamond.
It’s an electronic tinged track with soulful vocals and a uplifting chorus…enough to make any other producer pretty jealous.
‘Jealous’ is out today via M:UK, and taken off his upcoming EP, ‘Luminous’, out on 13 January 2017.
The EP also includes Draper’s recent track with Sam Sure. Watch the video below.
Disclosure: I am Draper’s publicist at the time of writing.
Catch Draper playing the Camden Assembly in London on 13 December. Limited tickets still available here.
Sounds like: Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne, Katy B, Ella Henderson, Rita Ora, All Saints