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Playlist: Captain Kidd

Captain Kidd

Ohio based psychedelic pop quartet Captain Kidd share their new single called ‘Wild’, which is a blissful tune full of calming harmonies and shining production.

Lucky for you lot, Captain Kidd put together a playlist for us.

Blood Orange – Best to You

The hardest part about making this list might have been picking the right Dev Hynes track, but we would be lying if we said we’ve been jamming any other more than this one. The man truly is a genius, especially when it comes to writing parts for female vocalists, which is clearly shown in “Best to You.”

McFabulous – I Live Above the Hobby Shop

We were shuffling through discover weekly once and came across this track and thought maybe this was a live version of Glass Animals. We looked it up and realized they had sampled McFabulous for “Season 2 Episode 3,” and we absolutely loved this jam. Plus, McFabulous is an incredible name.

Ariel Pink – Another Weekend

Ariel Pink is the epitome of an artist pushing the boundaries of their sound. In fact, he has no boundaries. He does whatever he wants. Not many people can make experimental music catchy. This track off his new album is no different.

Porches – Find Me

One of our favorite current artists, still unknown to some. We fell in love with his last album Pool. It’s such a progression from his debut release. His latest, “Find Me,” combines that retro 90s house sound with modern day indie pop. We can’t wait for more from his upcoming full length.

TENDER – Machine

We discovered this U.K. based duo on a sub Reddit a few years back. They had one track out called “Armour.” We immediately fell in love with their production and the low and high vocal melody combo, which seems to have become their signature sound. Nate and Eric had a chance to see them live a few months back in Philadelphia.

La Poré – Sad Girl

La Poré is the fast rising solo project of our drummer, Nick Samson, started about a year ago now. If you’re into anything 80s or Foster the People then check out this track, and keep a look out for more of this tasteful pop coming from our percussionist!

Kanye West – Lost in the World

Kanye has been a favorite artist of ours for a long time, and has accompanied us on many road trips back and forth to Cleveland, so a playlist without him just wouldn’t feel right. Between the Bon Iver intro sample and the heavy driving beat, we have always felt this epic album closer is an underrated banger.

Frank Ocean – Self Control

Frank Ocean released Blonde in August 2016, and we instantly fell in love. His raw, emotive vocal style and minimalistic production caught our attention, and the album as a whole continues to get better with every listen. We like this track in particular because it starts out small and simple, but slowly transforms into one of the most moving songs on the album.

Jamie XX – Girl

Jamie XX has been a huge influence on us as self producers, especially with our percussion. We were obsessed with his album In Colour our last year of college. We lived in this enormous house with 9 people total, constantly jamming “Girl” and other accompanying tracks. The people we lived with that year are still some of our best friends, so the combination of nostalgia and the mark Jamie XX has had on us with our production makes this an important track.

Miguel – waves (Tame Impala Remix)

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala continues to amaze us with his progression as a producer and song writer. I mean, who saw Currents coming when Parker first released Innerspeaker? It seams as though he gets poppier with each release, but somehow still maintains that other worldly psychedelic goodness that many fans initially fell in love with. The “waves” remix isn’t what one would normally think of when thinking about a “remix.” It sounds like Miguel and Parker just teamed up to make a banger psych pop track, with those warm drum tones, luscious synths, and of course, lots of flanger.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS, SAMA

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Weekly Gems 17

Shoos Off – Future Heartbreak

ShoosOff

Time to kick your shoes off and get down with this week’s favourite tunes.

First up is Los Angeles-based bedroom collective, Shoos Off.

Led by singer Patrick Killeen, these guys amalgamate synth sounds with delicate, upbeat vocals, in a modest manner.

Listen to ‘Future Heartbreak’ below.

Sounds like: The Knocks, Smallpools, St. Lucia

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Sonata Kay Feat. Novo – Reach

Sonata Kay ft. Novo - Reach

Meet Sonata Kay, a London-based artist with a bright future.

Citing various influences from around the world, Sonata Kay likes to combine the ethos of a traditional singer/songwriter with electro-pop production.

Listen to dramatic ‘Reach’ below, featuring Novo.

Sounds like: Melis, Amethysts

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ARIA – You Got Me Good

ARIA

Continuing to share her desire for electronic, pop and R&B, London-based ARIA shares her latest single called ‘You Got Me Good’.

The track is about a darker realisation of relationship hardships, portrayed through atmospheric guitar riffs and vocal belt-outs.

Sounds like: Emile Sande

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Margot Polo – Turn You, Baby

Margot Polo

Halloween has passed, but we are still jamming to Margot Polo‘s spooky new single, ‘Turn You, Baby’.

Margot says that the throw-back number “is for self-professed werewolves and fans of Michael Jackson, Foster the People, Justin Timberlake, and The Killers” and we couldn’t agree more.

Sounds like: April Towers, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, CHAPPO, The Beatles

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Kastrup – Try It All

Kastrup

You can really see why Kastrup‘s music has been described as creating arena pop.

The Swedish duo’s new single ‘Try It All’ definitely encompasses this, with its longing vocals and an uplifting children’s choir of a chorus to match.

It’s out now via Strandberg/ Westberg Music.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Twenty One Pilots

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Weekly SubmitHub Gems 1

We receive a huge amount of submissions via SubmitHub, and unfortunately cannot review all of the tracks, so we have decided to compile those tracks into a weekly segment of gems we’ve particularly enjoyed.

Dream Lake – Midnight Sun

Dream Lake

Swedish electro-pop duo Dream Lake share the dreamy ‘Midnight Sun’.

This song perfectly encapsulates the airy, long days of light during the summer in Sweden, with dreamy vocals and romantic keys.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Beach House, M83

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Vanguards – Rosie & The Blackheart

Vanguards

Vanguards are a indie pop focused four-piece from Brighton.

‘Rosie & The Blackheart’ is a bittersweet love song that echoes 80’s guitar legends. The track was recorded live and produced by Steve Harris (Kodaline, Dave Matthews, Kaiser Chiefs).

Sounds like: INXS, Kings Of Leon, The 1975, Kodaline

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Tigers and Thieves – Change Your Mind

Tigers and Thieves

US-based Tigers and Thieves share ‘Change Your Mind’, an indie rock track that has all the markings of a hit, despite being recorded in their garage studio. It’s been mixed by Brian McTear (The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives).

Sounds like: Local Natives, Foster the People, The Neighbourhood, alt-J, Surfer Blood, The Temper Trap, Nick Mulvey

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Gold Fir – Night Walk

Gold Fir - Night Walk

Despite what the name suggests, London duo Gold Fir (aka James and Mabel) play funky tracks for our immediate pleasure, day or night.

Their music is full of sass n soul, and is definitely bold.

Sounds like: Madonna, Little Dragon, Goldfrapp

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Someone – Say Something

Someone

Songstress, Someone is shaking off her cutesy appeal with a more earthy sound on ‘Say Something’.

Jangling beats sway nicely alongside upbeat guitar riffs and catchy vocal leads.

Sounds like: Few Bits, Bryde

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ALKE – Without You

ALKE

Los Angeles-based pop duo ALKE release ‘Without You’.

There is no denying the obvious chemistry shown between Jameson Flood (production, guitar, keys) and AK Karrasch (vocals) on the track as it explores love versus independence.

Sounds like: Monogem, Phantogram, Shura

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Vox Eagle – Sweet Temptations

Vox Eagle

Australian/US duo Vox Eagle share the glistening ‘Sweet Temptations’.

It’s a song about late nights out on the town and those sweet temptations that you may (or may not) encounter.

Expect their EP to arrive next week.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Joe Goddard, Roosevelt, Goldroom, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem

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DVWEZ – Giving Into Us

DVWEZ

DVWEZ (pronounced “Dames”) is making a stand for independence, all the while giving into strong desires.

Lush R&B melodies breathe over unique alt-electro soundscapes in ‘Giving Into Us’.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, Aaliyah

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Saro – Eyelids

Saro

Newcomer Saro continues to produce dark pop music.

His new track ‘Eyelids’ is delicately produced with its brooding falsetto vocals and a soft touch of melancholy.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Jack Garratt, Draper, Clean Bandit, Years & Years

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Wishes – I Want To Be Alone With You

Wishes

Wishes

Combining acoustic and electronic music composition, meet Sydney-based producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Wishes (aka John Towey, formerly of low-fi pop quartet, Convaire).

‘I Want To Be Alone With You’ is a high-inducing number, with an intergalactic video to match.

Directed by Gareth Davies, the video for ‘I Want To Be Alone With You’ tells a visceral love story in an opulent display of smoke, lights and shadows.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Passion Pit, MGMT, Foster the People, Neon Indian

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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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Kid Runner – Give Me Something To Love

Kid Runner

Kid Runner

Happy 4th July to our US readers out there.

To celebrate, whack ‘Give Me Something To Love’ by Kid Runner on your stereo full blast.

Kid Runner are a dynamic synth pop act comprised of Drew Lizon, Fran Litterski, Kurt Keaner, Scott Griffin, and Bobby Heigel.

With scopic vocals worthy of any Passion Pit or Arcade Fire set, this is the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day.

Their ‘Body Language’ EP is out on 12 August.

Sounds like: Pistol Shrimp, Of Monsters and Men, Passion Pit, Arcade Fire, Foster The People, The 1975, COIN, The Griswolds, Beach Tiger

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Landon Williams – Tonight

Landon Williams

Landon Williams

A debut from another talented male singer. The boys are giving the girls are running for their money at the moment.

This time it’s the funky ‘Tonight’ from Landon Williams, which was produced and co-written by PJ Bianco (Demi Lovato, LP, Nick Jonas).

Landon (who was brought up on a cattle ranch, of all places) likes to combine old school influences (Van MorrisonMarvin Gaye, The Rolling Stones, John Mayer) with contemporary vibes.

Of the track, Landon says, ‘Tonight’ is about what might happen if “Foster the People and MGMT were to pick up Lana Del Rey at a club.” He adds “ The song has multiple vibes being happy and upbeat yet looming with a dark edge, which I feel sonically conveys how any good thing can fade or relapse.”

Sounds like: GIRL FRIEND, Sillyboy, Kid Astray

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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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Interview with Young Empires & The Gates LP

Young Empires - The Gates

Young Empires – The Gates

Young Empires is a feel good, Toronto-based indie band, who we cannot get enough of. We have had ‘The Gates‘ single on repeat and now the LP of the same name is about to be released!

We had a chat with Matt from the band:

Why did you start making music?

None of us were fit to work for the ‘man’ and be part of 9-5 economy. We wanted to be part of the generation of young professionals cutting their own cloth and walking to the beat of their own drum. So we started our own business, the House of Young Empires, which includes music creation, curation, brand consulting, fashion, among other things..

Your song ‘The Gates’ is about fighting through depression and self doubt. Has the creative process of making music helped you overcome similar struggles in your personal lives?

More than creative process as a tool to overcome personal issues, is the reaction that the music creates. When our fans feel a sense of connection to our music, it gives us a deep sense of purpose in life. That, for us, is much more potent and healing.

Describe your sound in three words.

Rhythmic. Uplifting. Modern.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We all listen to different music. Very few of us have cross influences. This makes for tension in the creative process and results in something uniquely Young Empires.

Their debut album, ‘The Gates’ is due out on 2 October via HOYE Inc, Exclusively licensed to Votiv Music (excl. Canada)/Pirates Blend Records (Canada). Purchase on iTunes or have a listen to ‘So Cruel’ from the LP.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Foster & The People, The Hurts, Sir Sly, Pistol Shrimp, Gypsy & The Cat, Brotherun, Temper Trap, Dive In, Satellite Stories, Young Kato, Ghost Beach

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Autumn in June – Hey Arnold Premiere!

Autumn in June

Autumn in June is an indie-electronic artist from South Central LA- yes, Indie Electronic music from the hood! Saying he simply wanted to make a song that people could dance to, here at Indietronica we are very pleased to bring you a first listen with the exclusive premiere of ‘Hey Arnold’, which shows off Autumn in June’s fun side with hunts of funk and disco smothered in lovely synth. Inspired by an episode of the cult-famous ‘90s cartoon, Hey Arnold!, in which the main character was having girl problems, Autumn in June focused this single on lady troubles of his own. Turn on the jam and get ready to dance.

The sounds coming from Autumn in June’s backyard studio are in sharp contrast to the music you will hear palpitating from car speakers on the street outside. Hip-Hop reverberates through his South Central neighborhood like the repetitive DVD menu that plays after one has fallen asleep, monotonous and continuous. Taking a chance and breaking from the confines of a rap saturated environment, Autumn In June began creating an innovative fusion of pulsating rhythms and vocals reminiscent of British trip hop. This was an unexpected occurrence in one of LA’s most ghettoized communities, and quickly resulted in him adopting a name to reflect his misplacement in this world, Autumn In June. Growing up on the streets of South Central, Autumn In June’s childhood was saturated by violence, gang culture and a community revere for gangster rap. However, he saw limitations in the genre that dominated his neighborhood and, ultimately, began to experiment with new styles inspired by Daft Punk, XX and British artist, Plan B.

Sounds like; Daft Punk, Foster the People, Pnau, Papertwin, Miami Horror,
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