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Aggressive Swans – Every Teardrop

Aggressive Swans

Some songs, while being well made and well put together, just don’t do it, they don’t hit you, they don’t catch you and pull you in. Some grow on you and with time give you more pleasure than you initially expected but some you feel so disconnected from that you just don’t listen again.

Sadly we’re all part of this world where immediacy counts, people need instant gratification from everything in their lives and if it isn’t instant then it’s on to the next. Weirdly sometimes a song that could be classed as timeless and a song that eventually becomes irritating and subsequently stale will both share that ability to grab you and pull you in to it’s enchanting rhythms from the very start.

‘Every Teardrop’ by the Munich-based duo Aggressive Swans is one of those songs. There is something about its simple, yet driving baseline that really appeals. It has a really simple and understated quality with enough poppy appeal to keep you humming the melody for quite a while.

It’s definitely pop, but it’s got more of an edge than your run of the mill pop song. The instrumentation says 80’s but the feel, fluidity and and space between the melody says more 70’s pop. Either way if you’ll either be drawn into it’s immediate pop charm and subsequently find it either timeless or irritating after a while or you won’t. We suspect we’re going to be closer to the first rather than the latter.

Sounds like: Foals, Modern Talking, Arcade Fire

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Melis – Flower

Melis

Like the process of photosynthesis, Melis manages to capture light and formulate a blooming of beauty with her latest single ‘Flower’ which comes as the first official release from her upcoming debut EP ‘Parallels’.

Melis previously released ‘Love Song Idea‘ to much applause, as her debut grew and flourished across the blogosphere, landing a Hype Machine #1, Spotify New Music Friday playlists and some impressive plays and streams.

Unlike ‘Love Song Idea’, which was actually a demo, saved and repaired from old instrumental stems on her breaking hard-drive, Melis shows her talent in minimalistic electronic production, a hugely intimate vocal and once again, stunningly fragile lyrics. Being in love or been in love, this song will turn the heart on, re-light your emotions and help you love deeper, or move onwards.

You can pre-order her ‘Parallels’ EP, which is very limited 10″ Vinyl, via Qrates now here.

Sounds like: London Grammar, IYES

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ÄTNA – Remission

ÄTNA by Anna Rüstig-Kani Marouf

Is it bad that we want to keep ÄTNA all to ourselves? Why? Because their music creates such intimacy when you listen to it through beautifully sung songs and beaten beats enhanced by bright and bizarre electronic sounds.

Inéz and Demian met in Dresden, Eastern Germany. Inéz loves minimalism and the puristic sound of a piano while Demian loves to mess it up. The two opposing forces combined as ÄTNA.

Listen to ‘Remission’ below.

Sounds like: London Grammar, GEMS, Austra, Enya, Björk, Vök

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Melis – Love Song (Idea)

Melis

You may recognise the photo above, of Berlin-based Melis. She was previously one half of the gorgeous electronic duo, IYES.

Going it alone, Melis has produced a ‘Love Song’. Following a hard drive failure post production, Melis was forced to piece together the stems of the track. We can’t help think this is the perfect representation of love itself.

Listen below.

Sounds like: London Grammar

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Roosevelt – Colours / Moving On

Roosevelt

After watching Roosevelt play Iceland Airwaves some time ago, we’ve been slightly obsessed with the Greco-Roman / City Slang artist (ok, we were obsessed before, but the live show ramped the levels up quite a bit).

His latest retro-styled video (synonymous with Roosevelt’s visuals) has been directed by Elliott Arndt and combines two tracks from Roosevelt’s latest self-titled album. Despite the bursts of colour and dancing, the first section has an underlying sadness running throughout, as Roosevelt contemplates a partner leaving, taking all their colours with them on the way. ‘Moving On’ is the next chapter in the story, but it finishes early, leaving us to question has he really moved on?

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Goldroom, Day Wave, The Whitest Boy Alive, Caribou, Tourist., Jagwar Ma, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Du Tonc, Joe Goddard

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Lia Lia – Olymp

Lia Lia

We know very little about electro pop newcomer, Lia Lia, apart from that she friggin’ rocks on an olympic level.

Very much like the excitement we felt when we first heard GRIMES, Lia Lia offers something fresh in a mundane music industry.

Watch the video below, let go and simply enjoy the journey that Lia Lia takes you on. It’s a bit of a roller coaster, but hey, it’s fun, so you better get used to it!

Sounds like: Stalking Gia, Grimes, GEMS, CAPPA

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B O K E H – Don’t Leave The Fire

B O K E H

B O K E H

Taking us for a ride is B O K E H, the artistic alter-ego of New Zealand-raised, Berlin-based actress/musician, Chloë Lewer.

It’s hard to believe that Chloë grew up being too shy to sing in front of anyone. Instead, she opted for acting. However, this was to later change after an encounter with a filmmaker who persuaded her to start a ukulele busking adventure with him in Berlin. This developed into a touring band called Charity Children.

Chloë was to later team up with Dutch writer/producer, Wouter Rentema (the drummer of Charity Children), and the pair spent the summer of 2016 locked inside various studios about the German capital and recording synths in a disused chapel in The Netherlands under the alias of B O K E H.

The video for B O K E H’s second single, ‘Don’t Leave The Fire’, showcases her sweet harmonies and fuzzy synths, all under a disco-lit backdrop of stolen hearts and go-karts.

‘Don’t Leave The Fire’ is the lead single from her EP, out now.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Ekkah, Goldfrapp

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IYES – Feelings

IYES - Feelings

IYES – Feelings

Original Brighton duo IYES make a surprise return with ‘Feelings’.

Now residing in Berlin, Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanova have begun their new musical journey together, taking more of a dance/electronic direction. The Berlin music scene has definitely shown its influence.

‘Feelings’ is a modern number, although surprisingly, the track was written in 2015. Following many re-works and versions, the pair decided to join forces with upcoming production duo Kilian and Jo to take the song to its maximum potential.

Sounds like: Le Youth, Astronomyy, The XX, Niki & The Dove, Chvrches, Ellie Goulding, Ben Khan

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Playlist: Tube & Berger

Tube & Berger by Claudio Oliverio

Tube & Berger by Claudio Oliverio

German duo, Tube & Berger (aka Arndt Roerig and Marko Vidovic) have been producing music for a while now, but it’s only recently that they’ve really sparked our interest. Working hard on evolving their sound from pure club grooves to a more ‘live’ focused indietronica styling, they have quite literally blown us away with their new track, ‘We Are All Stars’.

To help you get used to the transition, the guys have put together a playlist. It fuses indie/electronica/dance into one delicious pot.

GusGus – Crossfade (Maceo Plex Remix)
This has been a huge​ track​ in our DJ sets for over 2 years now​, we ​wish we had made it​!​

Moderat – Running
Big respect to our fellow Germans​, Moderat are ​the best live electronic band​​ in the world right now​.​

Royksopp – What Else Is There? – Trentemoller Remix
Mid Noughties Electro House classic. Sounding just as epically dark and dangerous today​. ​

Mylo – Destroy Rock n Roll
A track to dance and laugh to at the same time​. ​

RÜFÜS ​-​ Innerbloom
Kings of the Electronica new breed smashing it with a chilled masterpiece​.​

Foals – Late Night – Solomun Remix
​Foals are an amazing Indie Rock band​ and with​ Solomon on the ​re​mix​, ​it was always going to be good​…and it is​!​

The Chemical Brothers – Do it Again
Probably our favourite ever band. ​We ​could have chosen loads of their tracks​. ​

SOHN – Conrad
Downtempo brilliance. Spiritual and soulful​.​

The XX – Crystalised
The perfect mix of chiming guitars, indie vocals and electronic beats sensibilities​.​

Justice VS Simian – We Are Your Friends
Not sure any rock band has made a better rabble rousing festival anthem in recent times​.​

Live Dates

Fri 03 Mar – Zero Gravity, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fri 07 Apr – Hehku, Tampere, Finland
Sat 22 Jul – Open Beatz Festival, Herzogenaurach, Germany​

Expect Tube & Berger’s album to drop shortly, via Embassy One. If you can’t wait, take a listen to ‘We Are All Stars’ below.

Sounds like: Justice, Bakermat, RÜFÜS

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SAINT WKND – Golden

SAINT WKND

SAINT WKND

Beautiful vocals and progressive production form SAINT WKND‘s ‘Golden’.

The track features the Australian indie group Hoodlem and has just enough amount of trip-hop elements.

Speaking of his inspiration behind the track, he explains: “I woke up at 2am and had an urgent feeling to make music. I stared writing and finished the song by 8am. ‘Golden’s’ instrumental was done, but I wanted to add vocals to it. I knew about the indie group Hoodlem and luckily when I was on tour in Australia in 2016 I met them in Melbourne and we recorded the vocals in their home studio. It’s a very honest song and I hope people will enjoy it.”

It’s out now via Ultra Records/ Nothing Else Matters, and is the first single from his debut EP ‘Golden Youth’.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Caswell

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