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Playlist: Patawawa

Patawawa

Patawawa is an exciting British trio. The group create infectious disco for a modern nation.

With a number of blood-pumping releases so far – all of which we can’t stop listening to – we figured we’d pick their brains and ask them for their musical inspirations. It’s an eclectic mix!

RORY’S PICKS

Crazy P – One True Light

Crazy P have had songs in most of my playlists for years now and this one from last year was exactly what I hoped for in a new release from them.

Don Raye – Standing in the Rain

This is one song that I knew I loved the first time I listened to it, all the spacey noises in the background with the disco instrumentation just made it a instant classic for me.

Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Crawl

Slow songs are few and far between in my music library, but this has something really nice about it, He’s got some other great songs but this is the one that I’ve been listening to a lot recently.

Jad & the – Strings That Never Win

There’s just something about a simple sample with a house beat that appeals to me massively and this song is a perfect example of that.

BETH’S PICKS

Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill

I absolutely love 80’s pop music and this song is the epitome of that genre for me. Its such a ‘cool’ song and its an absolute belter to sing along to.

Fela Kuti – Zombie

Afrobeat is the best music to dance to and also the best music to clean to! Vivd memories of dancing/cleaning my way round the house, and because its 12 mins long you feel like you’re getting a lot of song for your money.

Tensnake – Holding Back (My Love)

This is a great song anyway but when the guitar riff kicks in at the end, oh man, I cant help but get up and start shaking my ass, it’s a disgusting spectacle, but the song’s just too good.

SAM’S PICKS

Rex Orange County – Loving is Easy

I heard this song sometime around December last year and had it stuck in my head for a solid week and was playing it at every opportunity. Such a simple, brilliant song, I’m looking forward to hearing more from him this year!

Benny Sings – Rebuilding The Omega Man

I had couple of songs on my playlist from him (remixes I think) and then one day recently I thought I’d check out his stuff and was super happy I did! This is an absolute banger and I’ve found several more just as good!

Patrice Rushen – Let The Music Take Me

I got into listening to Disco pretty young, but I think again it was Rory who introduced me to Patrice Rushen. I love a lot of her stuff but have been playing this one a lot recently, just a proper feel good tune, a proper Disco banger!

Feist – Inside & Out

Rory first played me this song maybe about a year or so ago, and then it recently popped up in my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify and it has been great listening to it again. I love the chorus, such as beautiful voice with lovely lyrics and I love that synth! Very good tune indeed!

Liv Dawson – Hush

I discovered Liv Dawson in 2017, really with the help of Spotify! I loved her track ‘Searching’ and then she followed it up with this track, ‘Hush’. I think its a really cool song and her vocals work so well on it! It was also produced by Disclosure, so that’s a thumbs up from me!

Like what you hear? Check them out one of the upcoming live dates below:

22 Feb – Leeds, The Lending Room
27 Feb – London, The Sebright Arms
19 Apr – Sheffield, Mulberry Bar and Tavern
20 Apr – London, Camden Assembly

Sounds like: Shy Luv, Calvin Harris, Two Door Cinema Club

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East Of My Youth – Go Home

East Of My Youth

East Of My Youth is experimental pop duo, Herdis and Thelma from Reykjavik.

Their new single ‘Go Home’ is an inspirational ballad that draws influences from classical and modern genres.

Talking about the track, Herdís explains,

“I was sitting in the studio and playing around on my MicroKorg synth, listening to A$AP Rocky. The song came really easily. We were in such a good mood the we went downtown and Thelma bought herself new shoes and then we went back to the studio and had some wine and danced.”

It’s out now via West Of My Future Ltd.

Sounds like: Fiona Apple, Alev Lenz, Feist, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Of Monsters and Men, Rae Morris, Austra

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Upsahl – Can You Hear Me Now

Upsahl

Phoenix-native Upsahl shares progressive pop number, ‘Can You Hear Me Now’.

The track is hella catchy, thanks to Upsahl’s lush harmonies and the addition of continual wooden percussions.

It’s hard to believe this teenager already has three albums under her belt, but it’s practice well spent as she clearly knows what direction she needs to be heading in,

“I like to maintain powerful and complex lyrics that are relatable to a variety of situations. I like to write about relationships, politics, cultural issues. This song is a message to someone on the other end of a failed relationship. It’s the kind of relationship that has been dysfunctional for some time. I’ve watched so many women in my life stay in a relationship that they aren’t happy in, they settle.”

Sounds like: Dagny, Dominique, Feist, Regina Spektor

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Playlist: PATHS

PATHS

PATHS

Proving that there is nothing more powerful than a one woman show is UK indietronica artist, PATHS.

She has put together a playlist for us of her favourites. Enjoy!

Paths – Neoprene 
Started with my own track, its just been released on 21st January, a proud moment for me, so hopefully giving people a taste straight away of who I am!

Thrash Hat – Pandaface 
So Rory Friers aka Thrash Hat is actually my producer. In this song you can really hear essence of what he’s brought into not only my first release but future releases that you’ll here very soon! Cheers Rory!!

Jamie XX – The Rest is Noise 
I absolutely love Jamie XXs album, I constantly play it, I’ve probably racked up the most of my Spotify listens, listening to his music! Its fresh, inventive, creative, yet makes you want to move. Its a big influence in my music, through the use of sampling, especially sampling natural sounds, and manipulating them into dance beats! This is maybe one of the lesser known tracks on this album, but one of my favs!

Santigold – Disparate Youth (The 2 Bears Remix)
I used to do a bit of DJ-ing at some local club nights, and I always found this went do well at the time Santigold was really getting a buzz and I think this was placed in a big advert at the time. The deep synth was bass in this is fab! Turn it up!

Vessels – Had a Love
Just a great chilled out dance vibe to this one. Love the texture of the vocals and the reverb throughout.

Bonobo – Kerala 
I work as a programmer by day, and find Bonobo real feel good, motivating music to code to!!

TV on the Radio – DLZ 
Awesome band, lots of sounds going on, a real dark gritty edge to this song, that really builds up. I found TV on the Radio a few years ago when looking for some indie DJ-ing music. Their track ‘Wolf like Me’ is also a big fav of mine.

Swim Deep – Honey
I don’t know what it is, but theres just something about this song. Its a real summery feel, its relaxing, its very cool, and I just love the chorus! Great band.

Her – Five Minutes
Saw this band at The Great Escape Festival last year, Just a really chilled out but catchy song.

Feist – My Moon, My Man 
I’ve a lot of love for Feist, she really knows how to write a good song! I discovered this track through my DJ-ing, but it was actually the Boys Noize remix I was playing out, that is an excellent remix, check it out!

HAIM – If I Could Change Your Mind
GIRL POWER! – these girls are awesome, they are just genuine, down to earth, really really good musicians. Ive been trying to catch them live for a few years now. I love the catchiness of this track.

St. Vincent – Cruel 
Again GIRL POWER! I saw St Vincent perform about 2 years ago at a big festival in Ireland, I was at the front and it was just awesome!!! Everything is performed perfectly, every quirky dance move, every single amazing riff she churns out of her guitar! A massive influence to me! Love she uses gritty distorted guitar effects, theres so few females down this style of music, its great to watch!

The xx – On Hold 
From the The XX latest album, I’m really loving the new songs, and can really hear their progression in their style. I’ll be seeing them live in Munich next month!!! Cant wait!

Miike Snow – Genghis Khan 
All Miike Snows stuff has been awesome. The had a big hit song that was in a big show in the UK a few years back, and I really got into his last album. Again its fresh innovative catchy music, they really know how to drive a song.

The xx – Loud Places
Just because I love Romys voice and Lyrics in this song. Again a real Jamie XX use of natural sound sampling, that I really love and also use in my own tracks.

Wasps – And So I Watch You From Afar
Again this is my producer Rory Friers full time band. They are a BEAST of a band live.
Their live shows, sweep you up, swirl you around, then spit you out, and leave you longing for me! Everyone should see them once in their lives!! They will be touring again this year, be there!

Anna Meredith – Scrimschaw 
I saw Anna at The Great Escape Festival last year. It was the most innovative band I’ve seen in a long time. Its like she uses an instrumental band with a brass section to create proper dance music. Her live show was awesome, so tight, and really builds ya up. One to watch!

Foals – Albatross 
I’ve listened and loved Foals since their first single was released. They were the energetic, fierce band I really needed at a time when I was loosing my musical direction. I’ve seen them live about 6 times now, from small packed out sweaty venues, to a massive headlining festival slot at Festival, when I was also playing the festival that year on the BBC Introducing stage. It was a real memorable moment for me.

Foals – Olympic Airways
An earlier foot-tapping song of Foals. Again foals really influenced my music right from my early demos of clean guitars with reverb and delay. You can’t help but nod your head to this one. The lyrics are pretty cool too.

Plant Perfecto – Not Over Yet 99
Ok so this is just a pure cheesy one to end with, this is a real classic, and I dare ya not to sing it!!!! Klaxons may have covered it, but this versions still the best for me!

Sounds like: Kate Nash, Lily Allen, HOLYCHILD

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Bright Sparks – Slow Motion

Bright Sparks

Bright Sparks

Bright Sparks share another catchy and shimmering electro pop number, called ‘Slow Motion’.

It perfectly encapsulates that feeling when a relationship makes you feel numb and spaced out, perhaps because one person wants more from it than the other.

Alongside the awesome ‘Wildfire‘, ‘Slow Motion’ appears on their debut EP, out later in the year.

Sounds like: Disclosure, Years & Years, Aluna George, Salt Ashes, Lxury, LA Priest, TCTS, Karma Kid, Le Youth, Moon Boots, Friend Within, Feist, Ben Khan, Oh Wonder

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Dana And The Wolf – Attitude

Dana And The Wolf Press - Attitude

Dana And The Wolf Press – Attitude

Thank goodness for feisty duo, Dana And Their Wolf, for not sharing another love song, but one about more important matters…the work place.

Call it a rant/self help guide that is presented alongside funky basslines and challenging pop lyrics. Dana And The Wolf definitely have the right ‘Attitude’.

Head over to their SoundCloud page for a free download.

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Little Mix

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Bright Sparks – Wildfire

Bright Sparks - Wildfire

Bright Sparks – Wildfire

Whilst the sound of Bright Sparks might be familiar (they’ve been featured on tracks with Sam Feldt and MÖWE), ‘Wildfire’ is their first ever solo release.

Already working with high flyers (the track has also been produced by Years & Years producer Andy Smith (aka Lxury)), ‘Wildfire’ offers that flying electro pop that we love at Indietronica.

Bright Sparks will release their EP in early 2017.

Sounds like: Disclosure, Years & Years, Aluna George, Salt Ashes, Lxury, LA Priest, TCTS, Karma Kid, Le Youth, Moon Boots, Friend Within, Feist, Ben Khan, Oh Wonder

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Shells – Jailbird

Shells

Shells

Meet Shells, a cute and lively singer/songwriter from the UK.

Shells’ new track, ‘Jailbird’ is minimalistic on the surface, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find layers of “percussion, cut-up cymbals, chest-slaps and claps, humming and Kora sounds”, all yearning for freedom.

‘Jailbird’ features on the ‘Shapes’ EP, due for release on 25th November via 5/5.

Sounds like: Sibling, Feist

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NEDA – Prehistoric Love

NEDA

NEDA

NEDA (aka Tenielle Neda) is an Australian songstress with a huge background in music.

Having worked with Mark Myers (The Middle East, Emma Louise), Wayne Connelly (Boy and Bear, Cloud Control) and most recently Neal Sutherland (Bertie Blackman), NEDA is now independent and sharing her new material, which includes ‘Prehistoric Love’; a track written with Perth duo, The Opposite Kids.

What struck us the most with this song is her original vocals, playing carefully with minimalistic beats.

Her second EP is set to drop later this year.

Sounds like: Feist, Emma Louise, Charli XCX, Alice Jemima, Zella Day

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Playlist: Anni

Anni

Anni

New Finn on the block, Anni, writes empathetic, piano-laden music.

Her EP, ‘Redemption Street’ is out now and to celebrate, Anni has put together a playlist for us.

Alicia Keys: In Common

Alicia Keys has always been one of my big role models. She’s a goddess. Once again she shows us her musical genius and eloquence with her new single.

D’Angelo: Another Life

What is there not to love in this song? I play the piano part at home on top of the track and imagine I’m jamming with his band.

Laura Mvula: She

It had been a long time without hearing any new songs that really touched me. Those periods are terrible. You don’t want to overuse the songs you love yet you can’t find anything that feels honest and fresh. Then I heard this and listened it on repeat for days. Learned to play it to understand what’s the magic behind it. This song brought me to life again.

Banks: Warm Water (Snakehips remix)

Just love this.

Låpsley: Falling Short

She’s super cool. If you haven’t heard of her, you should.

James Vincent McMorrow: Higher Love

James Vincent McMorrow’s cover of Steve Windwood 80’s hit breaks my heart every time I hear it. Also, just check out the lyrics. The original song bears such a beautiful message.

Tony Allen: Calling

After hearing Alicia’s new single I had to go back to some classic afrobeat songs. This still brings shivers. (P.s. If you’ve ever listened to early Jamiroquai, you might realise where they got their influences.)

Sérgio Mendes feat. Fergie: Look Of Love

Even more that afrobeat, I love Brazilian music. It’s the combination of dancable rhythms and big, beautiful melodies that simply gets me. The legendary Sérgio Mendes collaborated with Black Eyed Peas and this classic jazz standard is one of the songs I especially love.

Caribou: Can’t Do Without You

I quite rarely like this kind of music. Except Caribou!

Stevie Wonder: Overjoyed

Stevie is greatest inspiration of my music that will ever be. His voice is just otherworldy. And his songs.

Sounds like: Karen O, Feist, VÉRITÉ, Lorde

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