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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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Young & Sick – Heartache Fetish

Young & Sick

Young & Sick

There has been a recent change in music direction to more R&B inspired synth pop. Bang on trend (one wouldn’t expect anything less from a fashionista) is Young & Sick; the Los Angeles based music and art project of Dutch Nick Van Hofwegen.

The man is just a bit talented. He has a clothing line and has also created pieces of artwork for bands including Foster The People and Mikky Ekko.

The upbeat and seductive ‘Heartache Fetish’ is layered with soulful grooves and a twinkling chorus. The track is taken from his self-entitled debut album which is out now via Harvest Records.

Sounds like: SOHN, Banks, Years & Years, Two Door Cinema Club, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Night Panther

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MGMT – Your Life is a Lie

MGMT

US indietronica heavyweights MGMT present the video for ‘Your Life is a Lie’; the first track from anticipated self-titled third studio album due for release 17th September on Columbia.

The video is arguably a lot more fun than the track is, and is directed by brilliant music video maker Tom Kuntz, who also directed MGMT’s 2010 mini-epic Congratulations. It is a montage of main members Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, and others, dressing up as various silly characters doing ridiculous things, in surreal situations.  

The track is less than two minutes long, with crashing psychedelic synths, crunchy guitars and stodgy vocals covering four notes during the entire song.

Sounds like: Empire of the Sun, Foster the People, Tame Impala

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