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
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.
New York sibling duo Paperwhite return with dream pop number, ‘Only Us’.
It once again showcases their ability to put together a track full of catchy hooks, transcendent synths and soaring, spirited melodies.
“Whether it’s a global issue or a broken heart, we tend to look back with nostalgia on times that were simpler,” says the band about the song. “With change comes courage, so even with heavy lyrics, we wanted to add a little Paperwhite electricity into the mix. What better way to move forward than with a little spring in your step.”
The track is the third release off their forthcoming third EP.
Los Angeles-based producer, writer, vocalist Elohim is used to making a statement, and so when we heard that her new single ‘Skinny Legs’ is a five minute electronic journey, we weren’t at all surprised.
The song pushes an intentional, techno beat and directional vocals that immediately permeate your brainwaves.
Sounds like: Chvrches, OH Wonder, The Big Pink, Passion Pit, VÉRITÉ, Evvy
Minke is a London based artist who creates a unique cocktail of alt-rock/R&B.
Her new single, ‘Gold Angel’, aims to push against and raise awareness about the social constraints of women, but just as we get started about feminist issues, Minke’s funky guitar riffs kick in and quickly remind us that at the end of the day, it should be about the music and not about anything else.
It has been produced by Rory Andrew and co-written by Paul Garred (The Kooks).
Sounds like: Lianne La Havas, Jessie Ware, London Grammar, Evvy
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