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Ripsy May – Dare

Ripsy May

Ripsy May

London-based Ripsy May is back with the Tigran Tovmasyan-directed video for her third single, ‘Dare’.

‘Dare’ has been co-written and produced by LA duo The Palms, and is a fighting song about feeling disappointment from someone you love.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Santigold, SBTRKT, Foxtrott

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Interview with Ripsy May

Ripsy May

Ripsy May

‘Black Wine’ is singer-songwriter Ripsy May’s debut release. The video, created by the same production team behind Joyrich’s campaigns, is a perfect depiction of the song’s more profound message; in which the phrase ‘black wine’ could be seen as synonymous with the role media plays in today’s conflicts of race and identity.

‘Third-culture kid’ aka “Rip” (an Armenian born in Latvia, and raised in London after the Soviet collapse, but currently living in Los Angeles) is hard to pinpoint. With her unconventional background, comes her unconventional sound.

We wanted to find out more…

Why did you start making music?

Hard to answer – I grew up listening to music and always celebrated it. But to be specific, it was about 2 years ago that I decided to pursue music full-time.

We know very little about you, but your music is already picking up a lot of traction on social media. Why do you think this is?

I have absolutely no idea. I wasn’t on social media before the day of the release. It’s hard to say what makes something successful or not – especially if it’s something creative. But I didn’t have any set rules or guidelines when creating the song or working on the visual – I think that can be very freeing, and perhaps that’s what people caught on to. I must say that I have an amazing team – Gabby (Endacott) has worked in management/A&R for a while and Kearra (Nicolle) is a digital media queen – their hustle definitely helped push it forward.

Describe your sound in three words. 

Honest, varied, and sometimes a little weird.

The video to your single, ‘Black Wine’, has an awesome concept behind it. Tell us some more about it!

The video is essentially a group of different people being subjected to different stresses, and then coming out of it. You get to watch them go through the different experiences, and ‘Black Wine’ is my word for propaganda in the song – so it’s watching them fight, or accept it. I could go on, but I want the viewer to have their own experiences of the song, and video.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Definitely the old cats. Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, the Bee Gees, Queen

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

I love Tame Impala – who doesn’t? But I also think the most recent Alabama Shakes’ record is brilliant.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Santigold, SBTRKT, Foxtrott

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WDL – Stardust ft. Elliphant

WDL

WDL

Sweden is on our radar, yet again. This time it is a new electronic project called WDL by Johan Wedel.

Having already done remixes for the likes of and Tove Lo, ‘Stardust’ is his new single. A trip-hop, jazz-funk-infused cut that uses strings, lazy piano and shuffling percussion to exquisite effect, the track is beautifully elevated by WDL’s collaboration with Swedish vocalist, lyricist and songwriter Elliphant.

Watch the atmospheric video below:

‘Stardust’ is out now on iTunes through TEN/Sony Music.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Nordic Giants, DJ Yoda, The Avalanches, Dragonette, FOXTROTT, MØ

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Foxtrott – Shaky Hands

FOXTROTT

FOXTROTT

FOXTROTT is the sole musical domain of Marie-Helene Delorme; a self-taught singer, songwriter, producer and beat-maker from Montreal.

Her latest track ‘Shaky Hands’ has addictive hooks and vocals with attitude. We caught up with FOXTROTT for a little chat:

You are a self-taught producer and musician. How did this come about?

I received classical musical training as a child, piano and violin, but realized, as a young teenager, that this environment was not for me. I started messing around secretly in my bedroom with an old version of cubase and learned the whole thing by myself. That was before youtube tutorials even existed! Took me 2 weeks to make one sound, and it just went from there. When I realized I could make entire tracks on my own, write all the parts, make all the sounds, I was in heaven! Then, I just kept of exploring, working hard and finding my own sound and voice.

Describe the FOXTROTT sound in three words.

Warm – Phat – Melodic

You are gearing up for the release of your debut album, ‘A Taller Us’. How have you found the process of producing it?

Making a whole record on your own is a lot of work but really satisfying! When I listened to the masters, I couldn’t believe that I made it, which was really fulfilling. It was also a very healing process, since I explored some deep and personal themes. I see this record like almost a journal from my young adulthood.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I don’t like to talk about “influences” because I really find inspiration anywhere. Food, art, feelings… Musically, I am attracted to anything that has soul, that comes from a place that’s real. In whatever style or branch, you can really sense when it’s the case.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

I’ve been listening to The Internet‘s last record a lot lately! It’s really good. I also really like Little Simz, I’ve been following her for a while now and am always amazed.

The debut album, ‘A Taller Us’ is set for release on 6 November via One Little Indian.

Sounds like: Kate Boy, Dena, Karen O, Ben Khan, Her, Billy Who, Gems, The Magnettes, Rudimental, Jungle, Little Dragon, Björk

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Foxtrott – Driven

FOXTROTT

FOXTROTT

FOXTROTT is the sole musical domain of Marie-Helene Delorme; a self-taught singer, songwriter, producer and beat-maker from Montreal.

Originally releasing remixes and supplying beats for other local talents, she broke cover as FOXTROTT with her 2012 debut, ‘Shields’, an emotionally arresting three-track EP.

“I was making a lot of beats and stuff, but I needed to express something deeper…My goal was to find the perfect balance between rhythms and frequencies, the production style that I wanted to put forward, and lyrics and emotional presence expressed by the voice. It was a big challenge I set myself”.

Watch below the wicked video for new track ‘Driven’:

The debut album, ‘A Taller Us’ is set for release on 6 November via One Little Indian.

Sounds like: Karen O, Ben Khan, Her, Billy Who

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