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Zhao – Lifetime

Zhao

Introducing Zhao, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist as pure as they come. Also the producer and vocalist of his solo project, Zhao’s new EP ‘Ride’ takes you on a journey blissful collection of upbeat love songs tinged with regret and doubt, effortlessly combining classical with modern electronic pop.

The first single release from the EP is called ‘Lifetime’ and is probably the most enchanting of the four tracks.

His EP ‘Ride’ is out on 27 October. Pre-order here.

Sounds like: Roosevelt, Summer Heart, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Honne, Thomas Azier, Hurts, Josef Salvat, Goldroom

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Apsley – Fear

Apsley - Fear

We wrote about Idaho-based Apsley (aka Jacob Apsley) earlier this year and we’re excited to share his latest release, ‘Fear’.

The track has more of an demanding tone than Sold, reminding us of an early The 1975 with its muted guitar riffs and echoey, falsetto vocals.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, SOHN, Aquilo, The 1975, Friendly Fires, Delphic, The Chain Gang of 1974, The Naked and Famous, H A R T E B E E S T, Tourist, Bastille, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires

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Aquilo – Almost Over (Silhouettes Trilogy : Part 3)

Aquilo

Aquilo

UK production duo, Aquilo, are back this week with ‘Almost Over’.

The gritty short film – directed by Eoin Glaister and part of Aquilo’s Silhouettes Trilogy – finalises here…or does it?

Watch below.

Aquilo’s highly anticipated album, ‘Silhouettes’, is out today on Island Records.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler

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Apsley – Sold

Apsley - Sold

Apsley – Sold

Idaho-based Apsley (aka Jacob Apsley) releases his debut track, ‘Sold’, and it’s a stunner.

Originally a drummer (he started at the tender age of six), Jacob later picked up the piano, guitar and singing skills that we today witness on ‘Sold’.

‘Sold’ is about seeing life as it really is, and not being shackled to the conforms of society. With that in mind, we recommend you whack this song on your headphones and go for a walk outside.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, SOHN, Aquilo, Friendly Fires, Delphic, The Chain Gang of 1974, The Naked and Famous, H A R T E B E E S T, Tourist, Bastille, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires

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Aquilo – Silhouette (Silhouettes Trilogy : Part 2)

Aquilo

Aquilo

UK production duo, Aquilo, share the video for ‘Silhouette’, the lead single from their upcoming debut album, released on 27 January via Island Records.

The video, directed by Eoin Glaister, forms part of Aquilo’s ‘Silhouettes’ video trilogy.

The short film focuses on Perry Benson (This Is England, Sid & Nancy) and continues from Part 1.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler

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Aquilo – You Won’t Know Where You Stand (Silhouettes Trilogy : Part I)

Aquilo

Aquilo

UK production duo, Aquilo, kick off 2017 with a video for their new single ‘You Won’t Know Where You Stand’.

The video, directed by Eoin Glaister, forms part of Aquilo’s ‘Silhouettes’ video trilogy, taken from their debut album of the same name released on 27 January via Island Records.

You may recognise some of the actors in the video – it stars Perry Benson (This Is England, Sid & Nancy), Ruairi O’Connor (What Richard Did, Handsome Devil) and Emily Reid, and follows the inter-connected lives of three characters (an olympic skater, her dad and a young football coach), coming together to a poignant narrative whole.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler

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Ryder – Fade Away

Ryder

Ryder

NYC electronic artist, Ryder, is back with ‘Fade Away’.

Growing up in New York, Ryder was exposed to a melting pot of culture. This has lead to an eclectic musical style of a wide variety of genres such as classical, urban, and world music.

Sounds like: X&Y, MØ, Lana Del Rey, Hurts, Santigold, MS MR, Linney

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Runaway Zoo – Just To Be Somebody

Runaway Zoo

Runaway Zoo

Runaway Zoo are a “dream big” four-piece from Finland comprised of school friends, Juska Reiman, Miika Mettiäinen, Jesse Hiltunen and Sampo Winberg.

They cite influences from varying musical genres and refuse to pigeonhole themselves.

Although ‘Just To Be Somebody’ fits nicely into the “electro pop” corner, this is just one point on the band’s triangle.

Sounds like: Hurts, Boxed In

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T.O.L.D – Return Forever

T.O.L.D by Hassan Rahim

T.O.L.D by Hassan Rahim

T.O.L.D stands for ‘The Order of Life and Death’ and is the project of the British-born, Dan Smith.

His new track ‘Return Forever’ is gospel synth pop. From timid beginnings, the track has a surprisingly uplifting chorus, reminiscent of his last hit ‘Lucifer’s Eyes’.

Written with Jas from Simian Mobile Disco, T.O.L.D say “we spend a day in his studio in London fucking around with synths & drum machines, three years later this song emerged from a studio in Echo Park. A kind of Nietzchean dance song.”

‘Return Forever’ is released on IAMSOUND Records.

Sounds like: Hurts

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Drangsal – Allan Align

Drangsal

Drangsal

Drangsal is the curious, electronic German producer and “brute pop” artist, Max Gruber. Max realised he wanted to make stimulating music at the age of 14, and soon headed away from his home town of Herxheim to pursue his dream.

The video for his new single, ‘Allan Align’, stars Max himself, alongside Jenny Starring. It was written and directed by Maximilian Wiedenhofer.

Drangsal’s debut album ‘Harieschaim’ will be out on Caroline International on 22 April.

Sounds like: The Cure, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, The Clash, Hurts

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