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FOURS – Stella

FOURS

Headed up by front woman Edith Violet, best friends, FOURS, have a lot to say on a few topics.

Possibly entitled after the well known alcoholic drink has a reputation for making men lose control, their new track ‘Stella’ is about “calling out all the sleazy men that go out on their own, wait for you and your girls to get drunk, then spend the night non consensually dry humping your leg and ignoring your repeated rejections. Fuck you, and get off my arm.”

Sounds like: Fickle Friends, Florence + The Machine, Foxes, Shura, Wolf Alice, The Hunna, Two Door Cinema Club

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LPX – Tightrope

LPX

LPX

LPX is the new solo project of Lizzy Plapinger (frontwoman of MS MR and co-founder of Neon Gold Records).

Lizzy has just released her debut track, ‘Tightrope’. It may feel like a daunting prospect for most, but for Lizzy, she means business,

“I’m here to assert myself – harder, louder, and stronger – as a woman and an artist. A force to be reckoned with, wrapped in amplified distortion, emotion and chaos. To create music that RIPS through your speakers and shakes you to your core, the kind of music that gets into your blood, takes hold and doesn’t let go.”

Fighting talk, and we like it.

Sounds like: MS MR, Christine and The Queens, Austra, Karen O, Florence + The Machine, Metric

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Au/Ra – Kicks

Au/Ra

Au/Ra

Owing a lot to her differences, the lovely Au/Ra shares the confident ‘Kicks’.

The Antigua resident has a knack for clever lyrics about the things that feed her passions – writing, listening to music or watching a great TV series – and infectious pop melodies.

Sounds like: Florence + The Machine, Charli XCX, The Magnettes

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Au/Ra – Concrete Jungle

Au/Ra

Au/Ra

Let us introduce you to the lovely Au/Ra. She is something quite special.

Combining all the brilliant elements of pop (Florence Welch-esque vocals; minimalistic, but bass-laden production; and feminine melodies), her debut single, ‘Concrete Jungle’ is highly accomplished.

Au/Ra has spent her childhood living on islands (born in Ibiza, and raised in Antigua), but has decided to write a track about growing up in a city.

‘Concrete Jungle’ is out now via 0E0E.

Sounds like: Florence + The Machine, Charli XCX, The Magnettes

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FOURS – Painful To Watch

FOURS

FOURS

FOURS are a female-fronted four-piece band from London.

As well as living and partying together, these best friends create great music.

Their latest single, ‘Painful to Watch’ echoes sounds of early Florence + The Machine, but with slightly more grit.

Lead singer Edith describes ‘Painful To Watch’ as being about, “…constantly contradicting yourself, telling yourself you don’t want someone & that your better without them but never fully being able to tell them to fuck off. I wrote the verses very angry, and then I wrote the chorus as a message, basically reassuring myself that I am actually a functional human and everything’s okay really!”

‘Painful To Watch’ is out now.

Sounds like: Florence + The Machine, Foxes, Shura, Wolf Alice, The Hunna, Two Door Cinema Club

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POWERS – Sunshine

POWERS

POWERS

POWERS is a Los Angeles-based duo comprised of Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru.

Like many of their Californian musical counterparts, they create forward-thinking and invigorating pop.

The track is a really fun rollercoaster of indietronica sounds and melodies.

POWERS are crafting the new album alongside powerhouse producers such as Mark Rankin (Adele, Florence + the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age) and Rich Costey (Foster the People, Muse, Santigold).

Sounds like: X Ambassadors, The Knocks, LANY, Mainland

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AURORA – I Went Too Far

Aurora

19 year old AURORA has come so far this last year, and continues to rise as one of Norwegian’s great musical exports.

She shares her video for ‘I Went Too Far’, which has been directed by directorial duo Arni & Kinski (Florence + The Machine, Editors, Snow Patrol, Sigur Rós).

Aurora is presented as a split personality. An ambitious video, laden with metaphor, it is twinned perfectly with an emotional track that is equally open to interpretation.

Aurora says of the track:

“When I was 9 I wrote most of this song, I watched someone brave and kind not demanding the respect and love they deserved. Growing up I realized these things happen all around us, sometimes worse than others. We shouldn’t be crawling on our knees to be recognized, loved and accepted, because that is no good love. Love should only be beautiful, not horrible. The sooner we learn that, the longer we have to learn to be kind to ourselves. And then demand to be treated kindly.”

UK Tour Dates in October

3rd Glasgow, Art School
4th Manchester, O2 Ritz
6th Newcastle, University
7th Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
8th Bristol, Trinity
10th Brighton, Concorde 2
11th Oxford, O2 Academy 2
13th London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
15th Cambridge, Cambridge Junction
16th Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

Sounds like: Regina Spektor, Susanne Sundfør, Ellie Goulding, First Aid Kit, Enya, Emilie Nicolas

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Dotter – Creatures Of The Sun

Dotter - Creatures Of The Sun

Dotter – Creatures Of The Sun

Dotter is the project of Swedish animal rights advocate and vegan, Maria Jansson.

Not that Dotter’s personal choices should have an impact on whether you like her music or not, but her loving and Sixties attitude does spill across into her music, which can be described as all-embracing pop.

After collaborating with producers online, she decided to head to Stockholm: not only to study music, but to also to benefit from the potential connections that can be found in a capital city. “I found a guy who wanted to record a demo with me,” she recalls. “And then we fell in love, so I’ve stayed in his studio ever since.”

That connection with producer Dino Medanhodzic also sparked a rich creative partnership as they crafted her breakthrough single ‘My Flower’, her follow-up ‘Dive’ and this summer’s new track ‘Creatures of the Sun’.

Talking of the theme behind ‘Creatures of the Sun’ she explains “It’s interesting to think about all of the coincidences that led to us being here on earth. All of my ancestors before me have led to this moment. It could’ve been totally different. Whether you’re a human or an animal or a flower, every second in life we’re important to the earth. And when we die we go back to the earth.”

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, Zella Day, Florence + The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Abba

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JELF – Run

JELF

JELF

JELF is a 21 year old multi instrumentalist from London.

Despite his young age, JELF has been producing and songwriting music for over four years, learning from award winning producers, along the way. He also cites a wide range of influences from Kanye West and Drake to Florence + The Machine and Lana Del Rey; all of which fuse to create JELF’s signature “odd pop” sound.

Listen to the cinematic and piano-laden, ‘Run’.

Sounds like: Dead Ceremony, AlphaCub, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey

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Vaults – Midnight River

Vaults

Vaults

Vaults, a trio from London, release the optimistic ‘Midnight River’ following their run of supports for Jack Garratt.

The video, which appears to have a underlying theme of freedom and empowerment, was filmed in an abandoned school, with awesome choreography to illustrate one hell of a trippy journey.

Live Shows

Mon 11 April – Glasgow Stereo
Tue 12 April – Bristol The Exchange
Wed 13 April – London Heaven
Thu 14 April – Manchester Deaf Institute

Sounds like: Foxes, Florence + the Machine, Jess Glynne, Evvy, Noosa, Remmi, Ella Henderson, London Grammar, Phantogram, Broods, Gems, Kacy Hill, Susanne Sundfør, IYES, Alt-J, Daughter

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