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Phantom Runners – First Time

Phantom Runners

Phantom Runners

Phantom Runners is the moniker of pop producer ADAL (aka Adam Al-Hilali).

Forged through a love of R&B, pop and 80’s music, Phantom Runners are embarking on a journey of collaboration. Working on an album featuring several vocalists, the initial track is the aptly named ‘First Time’, featuring Brooke Bailey.

“‘First Time’ is a track about chasing that first feeling you get with someone, that initial rush,” explains ADAL.

Co-produced by John Beck (Izzy Bizu, Delilah, Corinne Bailey Rae), ‘First Time’ is three minutes of scintillating 80’s nostalgia over fresh electronic beats, boasting retro synths eloquently blended with sun-splashed soulful vocals.

Live Dates

24th July – Sofar Sounds, London
9th July – Lee Fest, Kent
27th August – Victorious Festival, Portsmouth
1st October – Southsea Fest, Portsmouth

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Futurecop!, Years & Years, Caribou, Sky Ferreira, Solange, LANY

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Playlist: Great Good Fine Ok

GGFO

GGFO

Jon Sandler and Luke Moellman are Great Good Fine Ok (or GGFO for regular listeners of their synth-laden music).

They’ve teamed up with Indietronica once again and put together a playlist for us.

Breakbot – Arrested

LUKE: Love the groove on this one. Drums and percussion are sparse and simple but the complexity and funk comes from the synth and guitar rhythms. Lyrics are kind of hilarious to me — likening a romantic encounter to a legal offense? — but it works somehow.

One Republic – Wherever I Go

JON: As a crazy person with a car in NYC, I end up listening to a ton of top 40 radio. When you are suffocated with same 20 songs over and over again, you develop a unique ability to differentiate the “hits” from the HITS. I am not sure what category this song falls into yet, because I’ve only heard it twice, once when they performed it on Jimmy Fallon and once when I just looked it up on Spotify, but I do know one thing, it will soon be on the radio ALL THE TIME. Ryan Tedder is considered one of the best pop songwriters for a reason. From One Republic’s hit “Apologize” in 2006 to their hit “Counting Stars” in 2013 to songs for Beyonce and everyone one else you can think of, this dude never stops killing it. Soon we’ll all be sick of this song and it won’t be cool to talk about it, but for now, enjoy!

Porches – Mood

LUKE: As a producer one of the first things that grabs me about a track is the combination of sounds. The way the elements on this track contrast with themselves in how they give the illusion of space is great. The drums, guitars, bass, and percussion are all super dry, groovy, and right in the front, but the vocals and especially the keyboards are dramatically spacious. The writing is incredibly beautiful as well. Kind of sounds like if Midlake and Prefab Sprout collaborated on a song and James Murphy produced it.

Sia – Cheap Thrills

JON: While I’ve got radio and pop songwriters on the mind, i’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Sia’s latest banger “Cheap Thrills”. Something about a choir of kids singing “I love cheap thrills!” makes me very happy.

Steve Reich – Mallet Quartet: III. Fast

LUKE: Steve Reich has had a huge influence on the music I write. The muted piano part that plays at the beginning of “Always” and continues throughout the track is very Steve Reich to me (although he’d never swing the rhythm quite like that). I grew up playing a lot of mallet percussion, so that’s something that always seems to work its way into my music as well.

Their single, ‘Always’ is out now.

Sounds like: Fenech Soler, Ghost Beach, Yeasayer, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Pistol Shrimp, Penguin Prison, Futurecop!, The Chain Gang of 1974, LANY, Paperwhite

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Handsome Ghost – Graduate

Handsome Ghost

Handsome Ghost

Meet Handsome Ghost.

Originally a folk singer, Handsome Ghost (aka Tim Noyes) has since graduated himself to become an electronic producer.

With Handsome Ghost, the only rule is no electric guitar. Other than that, anything goes;

“The electronic elements were so intriguing to me…Certain things are off limits in other genres. I love Handsome Ghost because we’ll try anything.”

Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok, Futurecop!, Palmedo, Neon Indian, Pr0files, Hellogoodbye

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Great Good Fine Ok – Already Love

GGFO

GGFO

Possibly their poppiest track to date, Great Good Fine Ok return with ‘Already Love’.

It’s a confessional number, written to a new lover who frontman, Jon Sandler, is already in love with.

GGFO will be touring with Handsome Ghost.

Tour Dates

3.1 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 (TICKETS)
3.3 – Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s British Pub (TICKETS)
3.4 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder (TICKETS)
3.5 – Norman, OK @ Opolis Prod (TICKETS)
3.7 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room (TICKETS)
3.8 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry (TICKETS)
3.9 – Chicago, IL -@Schubas Tavern (TICKETS)
3.10 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake (TICKETS)
3.12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (TICKETS)

Sounds like: Fenech Soler, Ghost Beach, Yeasayer, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Pistol Shrimp, Penguin Prison, Futurecop!, The Chain Gang of 1974, LANY, Paperwhite

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TeamMate – Nothing’s Ever Over

TeamMate

TeamMate

This is no ordinary love story.

The new single ‘Nothing’s Ever Over’ by Los Angeles duo TeamMate celebrates the duo’s lifetime of being together and weathering the end of their romantic relationship to forge ahead into their musical relationship.

Scott Simons (keys, synths, vocals) and Dani Buncher (vocals, drums), were romantically involved for close to a decade. Buncher’s coming out ended the years of calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend, and unlike most couples who repel or drift apart after a break up, the duo’s love and chemistry went down a new path and was channeled into their unspeakable musical connection. Having this creative outlet with each other carried the two through the rough patches and acted as their therapy. The duo have mastered the art of writing smashingly catchy and mature pop gems with immense lyrical depth, writing from personal experiences.

‘Nothing’s Ever Over’ is a celebration of the duo’s biggest accomplishment, retaining a close friendship through a break up and starting TeamMate.

It’s out now on Rostrum Records.

Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok, Mew, Dive In, Bleachers, Tegan & Sara, Metric, Futurecop!, Pistol Shrimp, Monogem, Satellite Stories, Young Empires

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Great Good Fine Ok – Take It Or Leave It

GGFO

GGFO

Brooklyn synthpop duo Great Good Fine Ok asks fans to ‘Take it Or Leave It’ with the dazzling visual for their new single. Choreographed by Chris Chawi, who linked with the band on Instagram, the video turns the Santa Monica pier into a dance floor.

Encircled by tourist onlookers, a quintet of A+ dancers break it down to their upbeat, end-of-the summer track..

They start their US tour with Panama Wedding and Scavenger Hunt at the end of November.

Sounds like: Fenech Soler, Ghost Beach, Yeasayer, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Pistol Shrimp, Penguin Prison, Futurecop!, The Chain Gang of 1974

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Dive In – Change in the Weather

Dive In - Change In The Weather

Dive In – Change In The Weather

Glastonbury residents, Dive In returns with a clanging indie banger, ‘Change In The Weather’.

“The song is anchored in the idea of hope and coming out of a darker place” explains Matthew Guttridge continuing “We’ve all found ourselves in rut; be it a creative, more personal – this song celebrates the moment in which something happens / clicks and you know you’re back on course.”

Their upcoming EP follows on from an impressive debut, Eighteen, and is out on 9 November via Vagrant/Good Soldier.

Sounds like: Mew, The Temper Trap, Bad Pony, Keane, MS MR, Pistol Shrimp, Futurecop!, Soft Touch, Of Monsters and Men, Fickle Friends, Kid Astray, Young Kato, Anteros, Satellite Stories, The Killers

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Dive In – Can’t Hold Me Down

Dive In

Dive In

Dive In offers a stream of ‘Can’t Hold Me Down’, ahead of the release of their debut EP titled ‘Eighteen’.

With classic indie influences and a cracking chorus, the song skyrockets into the “catchy pop” category, worthy of any decent radio station playlist.

Listen below:

‘Eighteen’ is out on 25 May via Vagrant.

Sounds like: The Temper Trap, Keane, MS MR, Pistol Shrimp, Futurecop!, Soft Touch, Of Monsters and Men, Fickle Friends, Kid Astray, Young Kato, Anteros, Satellite Stories, The Killers, Genesis, The Police

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Dive In – Eighteen

Dive In - Eighteen

Dive In – Eighteen

Glastonbury is arguably the most well established music festival location in the world. Doing their local residents proud is Dive In (aka Matthew Guttridge, Daniel Hayes & Adam Mason). New indie belter, ‘Eighteen’, has been produced by the band and Andy Green (Keane), and mixed by Alan Moulder (Royal Blood, The Killers). “Eighteen was born from a loop pedal jam in our old residence” explains frontman Guttridge, continuing “it was inspired by another day of watching the village’s festival fences go up.  It was the product of excitement and the, what some may call delusional idea that we could one day amount to the successes of the bands/aritsts that descend upon our village each year.”

‘Eighteen’ is the title track of their debut EP, out 25 May via Vagrant. The band have also announced a London show at The Lexington, London on 5 August. Tickets are £6.00 and can be purchased here.

Sounds like: The Temper Trap, Futurecop!, Soft Touch, Of Monsters and Men, Fickle Friends, Kid Astray, Young Kato, Anteros,  Satellite Stories, The Killers

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Great Good Fine Ok – Too Much To Handle

Great Good Fine Ok - Too Much to Handle

Great Good Fine Ok – Too Much to Handle

It only seemed like yesterday that electropop boys Great Good Fine Ok released their ‘Body Diamond EP’.

They’ve only gone and released another corker called ‘Too Much To Handle’.

The Aman Singh-directed video follows the lead character as he struggles to deal with reality and the constraints of work, money, fear, life and love, but tries to improve his life with a state of the art pixel projector.

The track is taken from their second EP ‘2M2H’, which is due for release on 16 March via Sony Music and Epic Records.

Also have a listen to the Penguin Prison remix:

Sounds like: Fenech Soler, Ghost Beach, Yeasayer, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Pistol Shrimp, Penguin Prison, Futurecop!, The Chain Gang of 1974

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