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Weekly Gems 18

FOXTRAX – Everything’s Changing

FOXTRAX

Born in New York, now residing in Los Angeles, FOXTRAX are an alternative rock trio with an electronic edge.

A third release in their “moving to L.A.” trilogy, ‘Everything’s Changing’ is about taking time to appreciate when good things happen.

Their EP – expected for release in early 2018 – is produced by British production duo Alexander Wolfe and Ben Roulston (Wolf Alice, Florence + the Machine) plus Jim Kaufman (Atlas Genius, Night Riots).

Sounds like: Cage The Elephant, Atlas Genius

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Nightshifts – Karma

Nightshifts

Nighshifts is the cosmic pop project of Toronto-based Andrew Oliver.

His new single ‘Karma’ is about not overthinking the future and sitting back to enjoy the ride, as expressed in the track’s nonchalant off-kilter vocal melody and breezy beats.

Sounds like: Chappo, Steely Dan, Young Empires

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Shenna – Magenta

Shenna - Magnenta

Wow Shenna‘s new single ‘Magenta’ is a sassy pop number, one that will straight-up encourage you to declare your desires to your number one crush.

Full of crimson synths and retro vibes beaming throughout, turn this one up loud!

Her next show is 18 November in New York as part of The National Sawdust’s ‘The Revolution’ series. Tickets can be purchased here.

Sounds like: Le Youth, ALMA, CAPPA

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Argonaut & Wasp – Prove It To You

Argonaut & Wasp

We are big fans of Argonaut & Wasp‘s indie-dance tunes, so we are psyched they have a new single called ‘Prove It To You’.

Once again testifying their ability to produce something catchy, we just can’t get enough of the track’s slurry vocals and groovy sensibilities.

Sounds like: The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, Phoenix

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Glassio – Daydream featuring NAKAYA

Glassio

Electronic duo Glassio are going from strength to strength with each release.

The latest addition to their catalogue, ‘Daydream’, is an ode to their love of early 2000s LA-based Hip/Hop & R&B, and features the delicate vocals of NAKAYA.

The guys says they “were imagining Dre and AIR making a record together”, although we think the vocal loops are more reminiscent of Gorillz‘ ‘Stylo’.

Sounds like: Gorillz, Hot Chip, Metronomy, Foals, Jagwar Ma, Rüfüs, Flume, Odesza, Bob Moses, Glass Animals, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Henry Green – Stay Here

Henry Green

Bristol-based rising star Henry Green shares his dark but ethereal new single ‘Stay Here’.

A lot of greatness comes from dark places, much like this single, which Henry wrote at the site of Berlin’s 1950’s broadcast facility, Köpenicker Chaussee, during a moment of frustration and loss of direction.

It’s out now via Akira Records.

Sounds like: Jon Hopkins, Erased Tapes, Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm

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Iris Lune – Lost In Chatter

Iris Lune

Brooklyn-based art pop quartet Iris Lune share ‘Lost In Chatter’.

Clever percussion throughout depicts chatter overlaid by synth-led harmonies and more of a dance-inspired melody, lyrically inspired by the final chapter of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Deerhoof, Björk, Σtella

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Au/Ra – Outsiders

Au/Ra

Growing up in the middle of nowhere has been the source of songwriting influence for Au/Ra‘s new single, ‘Outsiders’, not only because of her location growing up in Antigua, but also because of her introverted nature.

But this song is a call to arms for all misfits, giving them a chance to escape to a fantasy world.

She plays The Waiting Room in London on 13 November.

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

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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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