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
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
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
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+TheMachine, Editors, SnowPatrol, SigurRós).
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
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
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