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Weekly Gems 15

Nikö Blank – Do U

Nikö Blank - Do U

Meet Nikö Blank.

A Korean native, the rising DJ and producer has shared remixes of the likes of Flume, Disclosure, Portugal. The Man, LAUV, Klangstoff and MOONZz.

His single ‘Do U’ features the polished vocals of Jacob Luttrell and channels some serious soultronica vibes.

Expect ‘The Frame’ EP to be out in November.

Sounds like: Flume, Usher, Medasin, Jacob Banks

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filous – Already Gone ft. Emily Warren

filous

Austrian producer filous has also been an inquisitive soul, and a fast learner, perfecting a number of instruments at the tender age of 10. Fast forward 10 years, and filous finds himself nestled amongst the likes of Flume and ODESZA with his electronic music.

‘Already Gone’ features the delicate vocals of top songwriter Emily Warren (The Chainsmokers, FRENSHIP) and is out now via Ultra Music.

Sounds like: Gabrielle Aplin, Sigrid, Fenne Lily, Flume, ODESZA, Klei

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Blonde Maze – Thunder

Blonde Maze

We get a real sense of nostalgia listening to ‘Thunder’ by NYC songstress, Blonde Maze.

Touching piano keys and ethereal vocals express the beauty of maturity required to grow old and feel comfortable with someone.

Sounds like: Le Youth, Goldroom, Maggie Rogers

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Ella Blixt – WINNERS

Ella Blixt

Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ella Blixt shares her debuts single, ‘Winners’.

It’s ultimately a wise pop song which takes each part of the musical puzzle to write successes.

‘Winners’ is out now on Teto Records in Japan and Squeeze Day Recordings in Europe.

Sounds like: Joe Goddard, Sóley

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MRY – Walking On Fire

MRY

Not happy with the corporate grind, MRY decided to sack his job in engineering and head for the bright lights of the Pacific Coast.

The result is ‘Walking On Fire’, a feel-good indie dance track that easily reminds you of the summer just gone by.

It’s out now via YouTooCanWoo.

Sounds like: The Levity, Cub Sport, Island Club, Lanes

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Lyves – Cover Me

Lyves

Lyves shares ‘Cover Me’, which has been co-produced with Will Night.

It’s another honest and passionate song from the London artist, and is about the push and pulls of a relationship.

Sounds like: Kllo, London Grammar, James Blake, SOHN, The Weeknd, Banks, Jamie XX, Jesse Ware, Shura, Seal, Boards of Canada

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RJ Thompson – Echo Chamber

RJ Thompson

An early Phil Collins sprung to mind as soon as we heard ‘Echo Chamber’ by RJ Thompson.

It is the first release from his upcoming album of the same name and is refined retro pop, that isn’t boastful or brash.

The video is the brainchild of RJ and director Ian West (James Bay, The Lake Poets, The Futureheads). On the video, Ian says,

“We wanted to create something nostalgic but also something that reflected the nature of the song. That feeling music gives you… the way it taps into your memory and reminds you what it’s like to be free and happy without the rules and restrictions of society was really important to highlight. I guess that’s the main theme behind it, for those few minutes you have a freedom, and that creativity and music can’t be oppressed.”

Tour Dates

29 November – City Hall, Newcastle (Jools Holland Support Tour)
30 November – City Hall, Newcastle (Jools Holland Support Tour)
1 December – SECC, Glasgow (Jools Holland Support Tour)
21 December – International Centre, Harrogate (Jools Holland Support Tour)
22 December – First Direct Arena, Leeds (Jools Holland Support Tour)

You can expect RJ’s album on 17 November.

Sounds like: Phil Collins, Ryan Adams, The 1975, Brandon Flowers, Gabrielle Aplin

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RUNAH – This Silence

RUNAH

Mental health is a hot topic at the moment, and rightly so.

Speaking out about said issue is rising Manchester-based artist, RUNAH, who describes her new single ‘This Silence’ as one that “explores feelings of isolation, pain and bodily disconnection, which can be felt not only by the sufferer, but also by those who seek to support them. It’s of great importance to me to acknowledge both parties.

Her folktronica-based music has a delicate approach and ‘This Silence’ showcases her ability to write sensitive and forward-thinking music with captivating visuals.

Sounds like: MIEARS, Gabrielle Aplin, Aurora, Bon Iver, Bonobo, Laura Marling

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EMILIE – Never Enough

EMILIE

EMILIE

Is EMILIE Edinburgh’s finest indietronica export? We think so.

EMILIE’s upcoming single, ‘Never Enough’, is straight talking (it tackles themes of unnecessary greed that exist in today’s world), but has a soothing charm that keeps your attention.

It is out on 10 March via Depot Records.

Sounds like: BANKS, Låpsley, Broods, GEMS, MS MR, Alpines, Gabrielle Aplin

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MILCK – Quiet

MILCK

MILCK

Proving anything but, MILCK shares ‘Quiet’.

It’s not just her vocals in ‘Quiet’ that we are astounding by, but also MILCK’s rise against her own history of physical and sexual abuse.

Ever an advocate for women’s rights, MILCK performed ‘Quiet’ at last Saturday’s Women’s March with 25 other female singers of all different backgrounds and ages in acapella ‘flash mob’ choral performances.

MILCK is also launching a major social media campaign around ‘Quiet’ to raise awareness against abuse of women and minorities. Proceeds from the project will benefit Step Up, an empowering nonprofit that provides after school and mentorship programs for underprivileged girls ages 13-18. More info here.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Brandon Flowers, Prinze George, Gabrielle Aplin, Banks, Sia

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Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You

Gabrielle Aplin - Miss You

Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You

Wow, Gabrielle Aplin is back with a complete change in direction, but we like it.

Her instantly recognisable vocals work perfectly with the soft tropical undertones of her new radio-ready and bittersweet love song, ‘Miss You’.

Co-written by Aplin ‘Miss You’ was produced by Mike Spencer (Snakehips, Rudimental  Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding, Jack Garratt), who also produced Aplin’s debut album ‘English Rain’.

Not satisfied with writing new material, Aplin has also started up her very own independent record label Never Fade Records which was founded “in order to give young talent and unsigned artists their first stepping stone in the music industry.”

Aplin’s forthcoming ‘Miss You EP’ will features three original tracks along with a beautiful piano version of ‘Miss You’ in Aplin’s signature style.

Sounds like: Monogem, Ellie Goulding

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Amy Milner – Easier

Amy Milner

Amy Milner

British singing talent, Amy Milner, always sings with great intention.

‘Easier’ is a perfect example of this.

As Amy describes, ‘Easier’ is an “all consuming” track, which makes the listener want to stand up and fight for a positive change.

Sounds like: Amy MacDonald, London Grammar, Rae Morris, Lucy Rose, Laurel, Gabrielle Aplin, Soak

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