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Weekly Gems 37

Ben Khan – 2000 Angels

Ben Khan

Big news. Ben Khan returns with the announcement of his debut album (hurrah!) and a self-directed dystopian video for spine-tingling new single ‘2000 Angels’.

The album – set for release in the summer – was produced alongside Flood (PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails) and mixed by Spike Stent (Björk, Frank Ocean), with Ben playing every instrument on the record.

Always with a creative hands-on approach, Ben also plans to launch his new interactive website, The Foundation, which offers an insight into the richness and depth of the album’s story.

Sounds like: Leo Kalyan, Twin Shadow, Jai Paul, JUNGLE, Disclosure, Prince, Blood Orange, Harts, Oyinda, Shy Girls

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OTR – Close Feat Kai Straw

OTR - Close Feat Kai Straw

OTR manages to get the chilled but tense vibe just right with his latest single, ‘Close’, which includes the soulful vocals by Kai Straw.

The 25-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer uses his mathematical mind as a key component when it comes to his music, producing off-kilter melodies and electronic sounds.

Sounds like: Hotel Garuda, Gryffin, ODESZA, Petit Biscuit, Porter Robinson

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NAVA – Ritual

NAVA

NAVA is the highly energetic project of Persian songwriter Nava Golchini and three other Italian musicians. Visually, NAVA is a mix of horror and fashion inspired by the works of visionary designer Gareth Pugh.

The debut single ‘Ritual’ gives us a glimpse into the NAVA world – full of electro arrangements, tribal instruments and dark metropolitan landscapes.

‘Ritual’ is out now on Factory Flaws.

Sounds like: Nimmo

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Betablock3r – Make You Happy

Betablock3r

It could be 2014 again, and boy it feels good! During your visit, expect luscious vocals, addictive synth drops and and nu-disco undertone. All this, courtesy of Betablock3r and the new single ‘Make You Happy’.

It is the first single off their debut EP Monolith, out now.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Chromeo, RAC, Nightdrive

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Tanners – Holy Water

Tanners

It wouldn’t be a decent weekly gems feature without some pop in there. This week Tanners is the chosen one.

Tanners is the moniker of New York City-based songwriter and producer Tanner Peterson. Leading the way for women in creative music tech, Tanners has also spoken at TEDxTeen.

Inspired by her childhood love for the beach, ‘Holy Water’ celebrates the beauty and electricity born from allowing yourself to be completely vulnerable and enveloped by the ocean. “It’s a thank you song to the ocean for teaching me to embrace vulnerability,” Tanners says of the track.

Sounds like: Shura, Monogem, Ronika, Jessie Ware

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Young Sierra – Next To You

Young Sierra - Next To You

Meet emerging alt-pop trio Young Sierra, who were born from a school friendship, and bonded “over a shared love of low bit-rate Drake mp3s, eighties pop and hot-sauce”.

They have the kind of frantic energy of Arcade Fire and the cheeky nature of The 1975. Naughty.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Electric Youth, The 1975, Night Panther, Bad Sounds

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OTR – Bliss Feat. Ashley Leone

OTR

The emotional grab of music can be as strong as a meteorite crashing to earth and this is certainly the case for Ryan, the 25-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer behind the project called OTR.

Named after his residing neighbourhood on the outskirts of downtown Cincinnati known as “Over-the-Rhine”, the once-neglected area is full of inspiration for Ryan.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Rihanna, Hotel Garuda, Gryffin, ODESZA, Petit Biscuit, Porter Robinson

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Robotaki – Together We’re Screwed Feat. Nevve

Robotaki

Rising producer Robotaki (aka Preston Chin) returns with a ‘Together We’re Screwed’ after taking a number of months out to record new material in the studio.

The song features the light-hearted vocals by Nevve who is quickly establishing herself as the go to singer on EDM productions, as well as easy synths and a brewing bassline.

Robotaki says,

“This song started as a remix but I loved the instrumental so much I wanted to keep it. We tried singer after singer but nothing clicked. One day Nevve sent over some ideas, and with her voice, it instantly clicked. To me, the dynamic across the lows and highs in this track reflect the complexities of love, the tribulations of lust, and everything that falls in between. The turn of the new year has me feeling good, and like now is the right time to put this out in to the world.”

It’s out now on Majestic Casual Recordings.

Sounds like: Gryffin, Hotel Garuda, Louis the Child

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Weekly Gems 26

Troye Sivan – My My My!

Troye Sivan

My My My! Troye Sivan is getting us hot under the collar with his new video.

The video commences by following a peaceful and sweaty Troye dancing in an abandoned warehouse veiled in black and white, before flipping to an equally as sweaty but colourful night in said warehouse.

Sounds like: Years & Years, One Republic

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ADAL – Synthesize feat Alexanderson

ADAL

Rising pop artist ADAL shares his new single ‘Synthesize’, featuring the vocals of Alexanderson of XY&O.

It oozes nostalgia combine with forward-thinking pop sensibilities, and there are even more exciting times ahead for ADAL – he is currently writing a debut album, with an array of featuring vocalists which include FREJA, Indiana, Farida and NINA.

Sounds like: XY&O

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Kid Cupid – Easy

Kid Cupid

New London-based Kid Cupid shares the video for ‘Easy’.

Despite it’s overall blissed-out sound, it’s a song that deeply delves into self-destruction, including the harsh realities of addiction, through pulsating beats and gritty beats.

Sounds like: Kudu Blue

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Paige – Everywhere Feat. Jojee

Paige

Meet US-based DJ/producer Paige. He has teamed up with rising pop singer and fashionista Jojee on new single ‘Everywhere’.

The uplifting song transports you to a distant land where all is good with the world and you can freely open your arms to the sky and spin around.

Sounds like: The Him, Gryffin, July Child

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Atella – Alive

Atella - Alive

Galactic Norwegian producer duo Atella share the dreamy single ‘Alive’.

It is sway-inducing, unadulterated atmospheric cosmic disco with vocals that simply melt into your deeper being. Lovely.

Listen below.

It’s out now on Eskimo Recordings.

Sounds like: Röyksopp, Goldroom, RAC, Joe Goddard, Lindstrøm

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New Shack – Ways and Means

New Shack

New Shack is the synth-wave project from Cat Leavy and Eric Robertson.

They’ve supported Glass Animals, and you can see why due to their quirky attitude to making music. ‘Ways And Means’ has vintage synth notes and retro percussions throughout.

‘Ways And Mean’s is out now via Little Assembly.

Sounds like: Chela, Goldroom, Niki & The Dove

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STITCH – Goodbye Highline

STITCH

UK trio STITCH are giving London Grammar a run for their money with ‘Goodbye Highline’.

The mid-tempo track is about that tricky middle moment where you look back nostalgically on a love lost, but also welcome the bright future ahead. It contains 150 layers of strings, all of which were recorded by band member Kye in their shared living room.

Expect their ‘Welcome To The Dream’ EP in March.

Sounds like: London Grammar, Jessie Ware, Nimmo, Kudu Blue

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Hotel Garuda – Dancing On The Moon feat. Lemaitre

Hotel Garuda - Dancing On The Moon feat. Lemaitre

Rising Los Angeles DJ/producer duo Hotel Garuda take a slightly more commercial direction with their nu-disco led single, ‘Dancing On The Moon’ featuring Oslo-bred electro-pop duo Lemaitre.

The single has surprisingly been two years in the making with all parties being heavily involved in the process – Hotel Garuda adding their classic dance flair stamp, and Lemaitre providing the funk.

It’s out on Mom+Pop.

Sounds like: Gryffin, Goldroom, Le Youth, Jai Wolf

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Gryffin – Nobody Compares To You

Gryffin

Indie dance producer Gryffin releases new single, ‘Nobody Compares To You’.

The longtime guitarist and classically trained pianist has a knack for creating radio-ready and dance-worthy songs and ‘Nobody Compares To You’ doesn’t disappoint.

The single is out now via Darkroom/Geffen Records.

Gryffin has also kicked off his North American tour. Dates and tickets can be found here.

Sounds like: Thomas Jack, Goldroom, Bipolar Sunshine, The Him, Autograf

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Autograf – Sleepless In NYC Feat. VÉRITÉ

Autograf - Sleepless In NYC Feat. VÉRITÉ

We believe Autograf have just released the song that is going to make them. Big time.

It’s called ‘Sleepless in NYC’ and features New York songstress, VÉRITÉ.

‘Sleepless in NYC’ perfectly showcases who Autograf are, with its layers of detailed production techniques that create a deep sense of familiarity, even on first listen, but also a sound that stands out against the crowd.

Sounds like: Banks, La Roux, Noosa, Evvy, Ellie Goulding, ASTR, MS MR, Gryffin, Le Youth, Goldroom

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Ben Phipps – Mrs Mr Feat. Lizzy Land

Ben Phipps - Mrs Mr Feat. Lizzy Land

Some things are just meant to be. Take Swedish-born/NYC-residing producer and label owner Ben Phipps and Los Angeles-based Lizzy Land.

Ben discovered Lizzy’s music via his Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify so reached out to her about making a track together. The result is ‘Mrs Mr’, which celebrates Lizzy’s delicate tones and Ben’s ability to create melodic indietronica.

Sounds like: Emma Louise, VÉRITÉ, Draper, NoMBe, Ayer, Evvy, Micky Blue, Josef Salvat, Gryffin, Jack LNDN

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The Him – Secrets Feat. Cub Rayan

The Him

The Him share their new track called ‘Secrets’.

The Dutch duo are getting a bit of a reputation for creating instantly appealing dance pop spillers with relatable lyrics and tropical flair.

Their new release, ‘Secrets’, features the vocals talents of Cub Rayan and is the type of song that you want to constantly click repeat on.

Sounds like: XY&O, Kygo, Sam Feldt, Gryffin, Spada

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