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Preview: SXSW Festival 2019

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It’s that time of year. SXSW. One of the biggest music festivals in the world and we have to confess…we are SXSW virgins. Not to worry as we’ve scoured the line up to ensure we don’t miss any music whilst stuffing our faces with tacos.

Here’s a list of ones to check out (in no particular order).

GEORGIA
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Georgia by Rosie Marks

Georgia by Rosie Marks

We are starting out with a strong contender for our all-time favourite artist of 2019.

Her name is Georgia and she writes pop inspired by the Chicago house and Detroit techno of the 80’s era, with pure determination.

Sounds like: Chase & Status, Madonna, New Order, Jungle, Kanye West, Santigold

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APRE
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APRE

London duo APRE (aka Charlie Brown and Jules Konieczny) creates low-slung indie with heart-bonding melodies.

A witty take on alternative pop, these two have spent their days creating music in the backroom of a West London chess club and we can’t wait to see what their live performance has in store.

Sounds like: Kasabian, 10 o’clock Chemical, Everything Everything, April Towers, Fickle Friends, Sea Girls, Nick Mulvey

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ANTEROS
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Anteros

Indulgent rock-pop band Anteros is a London-based four-piece, headed up by frontwoman Laura Hayden who set up the band with Josh in London after her move from Barcelona.

We expect their show to be glorious, glamarous and pushing boundaries.

Sounds like: Blondie, Wolf Alice, Black Honey, Ladyhawke, Blondie, Garbage, The Cardigans

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RUN RIVER NORTH
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Run River North by Stephen Yonsik Lee

Run River North by Stephen Yonsik Lee

We’d not heard of Los Angeles-based trio Run River North until browsing the SXSW schedule but they’ve made the cut due to their hopeful and upbeat approach to indie-pop.

Expect their EP ‘Monsters Calling Home: Part 1’ out in the spring.

Sounds like: Like Swimming, Beauty Sleep, Of Monsters and Men, Grouplove, Fleet Foxes

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GOLDEN VESSEL
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Golden Vessel

We’ve covered Golden Vessel are fair bit on the site. He is currently on tour across North America supporting BAYNK, before making his debut appearance at SXSW.

Check out his newest single ‘DIZZY’ which features the voice of Australian artist Oscar Key Sung, a taste of his forthcoming debut album.

Sounds like: MØ, Brolin, The National, Gang of Youths, Bon Iver, Alex Vargas, TENDER, Kanyon, REFS

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SAM FENDER
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Sam Fender

We are super excited to watch BRITs Critic’s Choice winner, Sam Fender play his rocky and reckless form of abandon to a crowd.

Sam has a rebellious attitude througout his music, as he challenges modern assumptions and actions.

Sounds like: Duran Duran, James Bay, Stereohoney

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SIR SLY
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Sir Sly

Correct us if we are wrong, but we are pretty sure Sir Sly was on an indefinite hiatus the last time we checked a few years back, so to our surprise they are on this year’s SXSW bill.

We are not complaining one single bit – we this authentic and brazen Los Angeles trio explode with frenetic energy on stage.

Sounds like: Growlers, Wolf Gang, All We Are, Gypsy & The Cat, Jagwar Ma, Anteros

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MORGXN
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morgxn by Shervin Lainez

morgxn by Shervin Lainez

Alt-pop morgxn has singing in his blood, which has carved out a path to writing deeply personal lyrics with an smoking, yet upbeat edge.

He wants to break down barriers with his music, so we can stop and look at who we really are – “fierce, loving, beating hearts.”

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, Jack Garratt

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ELDERBROOK
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Elderbrook

Following the success of his massive hit ‘Cola’ with Camelphat, young British artist Elderbrook is set to take over the US.

He creates neo-soul infused with elements of dance, and puts on one hell of a show.

Sounds like: Fyfe, Jamie Woon, Hayden James, Bob Moses, Kaasi

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FLORA CASH
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Flora Cash

US/Scandi husband and wife duo Flora Cash write heartfelt ballads with cinematic keys amidst a brooding Scandi backdrop.

They are set to play SXSW and we are really looking forward to seeing the chemistry on stage, whilst they sing of heartache, politics and general struggles.

Sounds like: Laurel, Lana Del Rey, Lucius, Bon Iver, Johnny Cash

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Sam Frankl – Patina

Sam Frankl

Brixton-based Sam Frankl is making waves with his groovy new number ‘Patina’.

Also a thin layer that forms on various metals due to oxidisation, ‘Patina’ is a song about a girl inconspicuously enquiring about her ex-boyfriend’s new relationship, scraping away at the surface to discover the boy’s true emotional state.

Sounds like: Alt-J, ISLAND

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Bit Funk – Getting Worse Feat. Oktavian

Bit Funk - Getting Worse Feat. Oktavian

We’ve all been there, minding our own business listening to a hot new nu-disco track, then suddenly bam! It happens. We fall. Hard.

Well, that’s what happened to us when we first played ‘Getting Worse’ by Bit Funk featuring Oktavian. Listen below!

Sounds like: The Him, Le Youth, Pat Lok, Goldroom, Penguin Prison

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Brett Castro – Much About Sadness

Brett Castro

Wow, does this 21 year old have natural soul or what!

Brett Castro fuses folk music and timeless R&B to tell stories about growing up in a small town. His new single ‘Much About Sadness’ is written to a girl in his hometown who was diagnosed with depression, letting her know she is never alone.

Sounds like: Fleet Foxes, Tame Impala, Bon Iver, Prince

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Mountain Bird – The Wolf

Mountain Bird by Gustav Wiking

Swedish project Mountain Bird (aka Adam Öhman) shares his interpretation of speaking to a lover suffering with mental illness.

Taking a very different musical approach to Brett Castro, Mountain Bird draws on Scandinavian melancholy with synth heavy melodies.

Sounds like: Dead Ceremony, The Kite String Tangle

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LANNDS – Legends

LANNDS - Legends

Time to listen to the soothing vocals of LANNDS on their new single ‘Legends’.

Proving to be legends themselves, Memphis-born artist Rania Woodard and producer/songwriter Brian Squillace have racked up over 2 million streams to date under the project.

“We’re all legends in this town, we don’t sleep through the night,” Woodard slurs over a serene, buoyant synth bed, before teasing, “oh we’ll burn this city down, make room for the fire.”

Sounds like: Björk, Vök, Låpsley, The Japanese House, Daughter, TENDER

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Pizzagirl – Coffee Shop

Pizzagirl

Bedroom pop producer Pizzagirl (aka Liam Brown from Liverpool) shares his floozy track ‘Coffee Shop’, ahead of the release of his debut EP, titled ‘An Extended Play’, set for release on 13 April.

Ironically, Liam doesn’t have any affiliations with pizza, but this pizzaboy likes it that way – quirky, introspective electronica with a DIY atttitude.

Oh and his best mate shoots his videos and his mum takes his press shots.

Sounds like: Roosevelt, Summer Heart

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CAPYAC x MOONZz – Afterhours

CAPYAC

A lot of exciting things happen ‘Afterhours’ and that includes the creation of quirky musical project, CAPYAC, featuring P. Sugz and Potion.

Their new single is a story of unrequited love bouncing around an array of pulsating electronics and percussion rhythms, and features the soulful vocals of MOONZz.

Sounds like: Kudu Blue, Jorja Smith, Flume, Hotel Garuda

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Hot As Sun – I Can Feel Your Love

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Hot As Sun by Naveen Chabaul

Hot As Sun is the electronic pop project of singer-songwriter/composer Jamie Jackson.

Working with Seth Kauffman (Lana Del Rey, Ray La Montagne) and The Gifted, Jamie recorded her ‘Little Friend’ EP in her basement whilst pregnant and the track ‘I Can Feel Your Love’ is about giving birth to her daughter.

Sounds like: Rilo Kiley, Lana Del Rey, Henri, Fleet Foxes, Susanne Sundfør, Foster The People, Phantogram

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The Staves – Steady

The Staves - Steady

The Staves – Steady

British sisters, The Staves have been busy recording a new album in a Wisconsin cabin with Justin Vernon.

New track ‘Steady’ is a hearty dose of folk for our ear drums. Full of atmospheric strings and wild harmonies.

Following on from the ‘Blood I Bleed’ EP, ‘Steady’ is taken from the upcoming album ‘If I Was’. It is out on Nonesuch/Atlantic Records in March.

Sounds like: First Aid Kit, Susanne Sundfør, Kate Bush, Bat For Lashes, Vaults, Grizzly Bear, Say Lou Lou, Of Monsters and Men, Fleet Foxes

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