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Lake Jons – Colors

Lake Jons

We are blown away by Finnish trio Lake Jons‘s new song ‘Colors’.

Much like their other releases, ‘Colors’ effortlessly combines delicate guitar progressions (with some banjo thrown in there for good measure) with vintage rock beats and soulful vocals. Who would have thought that could work?!

‘Colors’ is the lead single from Lake Jon’s self-titled debut album, out on 19 January via AntiFragile Music, which was recorded in an isolated cabin in the woods – also a running theme throughout the album.

Sounds like: Paul Simon, Ásgeir, Band Of Horses, Bon Iver, Nick Mulvey

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Jake Alder – Chasin’ Time Feat LKA

Jake Alder - Chasin' Time Feat LKA

Jake Alder – Chasin’ Time Feat LKA

Well this is a great collaboration, isn’t it? The UK meets Finland as Jake Alder invites LKA to join him in ‘Chasin’ Time’.

The track is a sultry number with epic synth surges and fulfilling drum beats, all of which create an emotional experience. LKA’s intentions when writing the lyrics for ‘Chasin’ Time’ were to help her advance forward in all endeavours, and this song proves that both parties are doing just that.

The track is being offered as a free download from Jake’s SoundCloud page.

Sounds like: Violet Days, Dominique, MØ, Grimes, Paperwhite, Calypso

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LKA – Underwater

LKA

LKA

Teaming up once again with HANNAH, LKA shares ‘Underwater’.

The passionate number is about LKA’s love for her husband. who totally gets her introverted nature. Too sweet!

‘Underwater’ is offered as a free download on LKA’s SoundCloud page.

Sounds like: MØ, Grimez, Paperwhite, Calypso

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LKA – Wildfire

LKA

LKA

Meet our new favourite pop star, the unsigned, but very talented, LKA.

LKA creates swaggering pop, so get ready to pace to ‘Wildfire’; a track about how happiness can combust into a state of euphoria when you are surrounded by people you love.

‘Wildfire’ was written and produced by LKA and her collaborator, HANNAH, and is out now.

Sounds like: MØ, Grimez, Paperwhite, Calypso

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The Wrecking Queens – Children Of The Sun

The Wrecking Queens by Päiviö Omwami

The Wrecking Queens by Päiviö Omwami

Playing together since 2004, The Wrecking Queens are a tight-knit and highly energetic indie-pop band from Finland.

With a name like The Wrecking Queens, you’d expect their latest release to be slightly more ruinous, but ‘Children of the Sun’ is the band’s “make love, not war” statement.

Sounds like: Black Kids, Stevie Nicks, Susanne Sundfør, BESTMAN

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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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Runaway Zoo – Just To Be Somebody

Runaway Zoo

Runaway Zoo

Runaway Zoo are a “dream big” four-piece from Finland comprised of school friends, Juska Reiman, Miika Mettiäinen, Jesse Hiltunen and Sampo Winberg.

They cite influences from varying musical genres and refuse to pigeonhole themselves.

Although ‘Just To Be Somebody’ fits nicely into the “electro pop” corner, this is just one point on the band’s triangle.

Sounds like: Hurts, Boxed In

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Terminé – Sideways

Terminé

Terminé

Finnish duo Terminé is a collab between DJ/producer Anton Sonin and singer/songwriter, Ben Andreas.

Together the pair has created an EP that sits at the intersection of indie-rock and dance music, self-described as “new-wave indie-rock meets the infamous Panorama Bar at Berghain…influenced by the moody and epic atmosphere of french indie music, combined with 4/4 beats of kinda early-morning afterhours somewhere in East Berlin”.

Their new EP is called ‘Sideways’. The title track is full of echoing guitar riffs and a repetitive xylophonic bassline, with glimpses of tropical-house for good measure.

Their five-track EP is out now via Youth Control.

Sounds like: Roisto, Paperwhite

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Phantom – Over

Phantom by Ekla Vaacutely

Phantom by Ekla Vaacutely

Meet Finnish electronic duo Phantom.

Fans include The xx, and now Indietronica.

New track ‘Over’ is about the dangers of complacency in your life, which ultimately leads to anxiety which you then cannot escape from.

It was written by Hanna Toivonen whilst waiting for a twisted ankle to recover, it features the duo’s trademark dark and ominous sound. Repetitive synths, samples and echoing percussion provide a backdrop for her clear, powerful voice, with producer and sound engineer Tommi Koskinen’s drum patterns taking on an almost tribal feel as the song builds to an overwhelming crescendo.

It is out now via VILD Recordings.

Sounds like: MAASAI, Sea Change, Bonobo, SOHN

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White Balance – Flock

White Balance

White Balance

White Balance is an electro-pop duo based in Helsinki.

‘Flock’ is the first single from their upcoming EP.

The Pietari Vappula-directed video follows four characters (including front woman Maaria Nuoranne) performing a series of movements in time with the music.

They are unsigned, but we are sure this wont be the case for very long.

Sounds like: Broods, July Child, Shura, Niki & The Dove, MØ, Major Lazer, Ellie Goulding

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