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Weekly Gems 52

Ayelle – Obvious

Ayelle

Mellow music-maker Ayelle shares her self-reflecting new single ‘Obvious’.

The Swedish-Iranian R&B singer-songwriter teamed up with producer Jonah Stevens, to delve furhter into her lyrical clarity and sultry vocals.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Banks, 4AM, Wet, IYES, The XX, SOHN

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Jinka – Ghost 2 U

JINKA

Jinka’s track ‘Ghost 2 U’ is glitchy trip-pop at its finest.

Ghost 2 U” is the Transylvanian artist‘s most emotionally dynamic track to date.
It juxtaposes a heavy, industrial half-time drop reminiscent of acts like Cashmere Cat, Amnesia Scanner or Tommy Cash with touchingly fragile and intimate tale-telling verses.
Jinka’s vocals evolve over a loop of pluck-sounds that unavoidably take your imagination to an underground stalactite cave hidden in the souterrains of Berlin.

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES

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daste. – SOBER

daste

Australian trio daste. is comprised of Callum MacDonald, Braxton Tahi & Tyler Harden.

Focusing on the smaller details (with the ‘d’ in daste. standing for detail), their new track, ‘SOBER’ is a summery lo-fi number showcasing simple, yet effective songwriting, and shares the idea that a clear head is always better than a mediocre, intoxicated one.

It’s out now via Mammal Sounds Records.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS DU SOL

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Malihini – Delusional Boy

Malihini

There is always an air of romanticism with Italian culture and Italian duo Malihini are no exception to this rule.

Their new single ‘Delusional Boy’ has upbeat drums, neatly undercut by its recurring vocal refrain, “Delusional Boy/Delusional Girl” – the downbeat rejoinder conveyed with a typically euphonious duo vocal melody that juxtaposes between a falsetto male part with baratone-esq female vocals, which all in all, creates an extremely easy-to-listen-to pop track.

Expect their debut album ‘Hopefully, Again’, out on 8 March via Memphis Industries.

Sounds like: SAMA, Beach House, Tennis, Chairlift, Au Revoir Simone

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HighSchool Jacob – Cant Get Enough

HighSchool Jacob

Highschool Jacob is an indie pop artist who has a serious way with words, so don’t mess.

Based out of Los Angeles, this nu-funk extraordinaire weaves catchy and retro melodies and engrossing stories to make head-nod worthy and heartwarming music.

Listen to ‘Can’t Get Enough’ below.

Sounds like: Daft Punk, Du Tonc

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Jesse Hite – When It All Comes Down

Jesse Hite

There is a definite lo-fi, funk theme in this week’s gems. Introducing Jesse Hite – an exciting solo artist who has just shared his debut ‘When It All Comes Down’.

An American artist living in France, Hite effortless blends sounds thanks to this move across the Atlantic, as well as travels through Asia.

‘When It All Comes Down’ is the first single of a three-song EP to be released. The song is full of character, soulful lyrics, in which Mite manages to create as much blooming sound as music troop, Jungle between a large number of them!

Sounds like: Shy Girls, YAKUL, Jungle, LCD Soundsystem

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youthxx – New Frontier

youthxx

Taking on the challenge of a new anthem for millennials is youthxx (also one half of Golden Coast).

‘New Frontier’ achieves anthemic territory with an inspiring, unforgettable vocal and sharp contemporary production that mixes synthetic and organic sounds with finesse.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, Golden Coast

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Jinka – Don’t Work Like That

JINKA

Jinka just ‘Don’t Work Like That’, or so she is stating in her new single.

On her way to claiming title as the German Sigrid, the producer/singer-songwriter’s trip-hop-pop banger is refreshingly fierce and kitsch. Swedish artist Ossian Melin (Yung Lean, Little Dragon) contributes the artwork to this project.

‘Don’t Work Like That’ will be the second single from Jinka’s debut EP, ‘Dr. Ara’ which is going to be released early January.

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES

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Salt Ashes – Go All Out

Salt Ashes - Go All Out

Salt Ashes takes a slightly different direction in her new single ‘Go All Out’.

Still just as contemplative and spunky as the Brighton artist’s previous releases, ‘Go All Out’ is an ear-catching and uplifting track that reflects on a younger Salt Ashes.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, I BREAK HORSES, Kate Boy, Kylie

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Salt Ashes – Girls

Salt Ashes

There’s no hidden agenda with Salt Ashes.

Her new single, ‘Girls’ – written with Born Stranger – is a dark disco infused song to empower woman, and one that can be listened to both at home in your pjs or in the club.

Speaking on the track, Salt Ashes explains,

“‘Girls’ is about a situation that I’m sure many can relate to; when someone makes an assumption that you want more than just friendship based on their interpretation of how you act or dress. The track is about breaking the stereotypes of people who want to express themselves and their
sexuality freely without the “slut shaming” or being told that they’re “asking for it”. I’d hope for the song to inspire confidence within people to stick to their decisions with who they want to be… I wanted the photo shoot to build on that with a strong message by trying to mess with stereotypes and ‘seeing with the eyes of the other person’ before making assumptions or judgements. The track was produced by Tom Fuller, and I co-wrote it with Born Stranger who are a band I performed with last year, after having experienced that exact situation for the millionth time.”

Sounds like: Tove Lo, I BREAK HORSES, Kate Boy, Kylie

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Weekly Gems 35

TESHA – Dreams

TESHA

Brooklyn-based TESHA shares her mesmerising new single, ‘Dreams’.

TESHA effortlessly displays breathless vocal whispers with imaginary Japanese strings and a steady electronic backbeat.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Björk, FKA Twigs, Lykke Li, Joanna Newsom

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LUMINAR – Stand Down

Luminar

Dutch production duo LUMINAR shares ‘Stand Down’,

A slow starter, but bare with it, as ‘Stand Down’ does build and burn into a stream of dream pop with spacious synths and drums.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Sigur Rós, London Grammar

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Nina June – Out to Sea

Nina June - Out To Sea

Finding artistic inspiration during a 700 mile solitary walk through France and Spain, while listening to the film music of Thomas Newman (American Beauty) and Michael Nyman (The Piano), as well as the ethereal pop of Rhye and Zero 7, Nina June has created the cinematic pop song, ‘Out To Sea’.

Listen below.

Nina June’s album BON VOYAGE is out today.

Sounds like: Rhye, Seinabo Sey

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Superheart – After Midnight

Superheart - After Midnight

Superheart‘s new single ‘After Midnight’ has a serious sense of nostalgia to it, despite us not hearing it before today.

It reminds us a little of the music from The Beach soundtrack thanks to its warming vocals and subtly powerful tropical licks.

Sounds like: Brian Eno, Sugar Ray

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Joshua Worden – Tennessee

Joshua Worden

Adorned in flowers and a “no sweat” approach in his press shot, Joshua Worden oozes an effortlessly cool approach to his music.

Joshua’s new single release ‘Tennessee’ is both raw and organic, yet electronic and processed, and we’re not the slightest bit confused…in fact we can’t get enough of his nonchalant vibe.

Sounds like: The Strokes, James Blake, Toro y Moi, Jamie Woon, Sufjan Stevens, Tame Impala

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Retro Kid – Retro Kid (RK Version)

Retro Kid

So it turns out you can make music from literally anywhere, including a studio with equipment sitting on ironing boards!

Usually one for more indietronica stuff, the bedroom producer Retro Kid has pulled this one out the bag for his DJ set, which is to be aired on BBC Introducing’s Big Bangers weekend on 29 March.

The track takes influence from the many late nights in Copenhagen and was largely produced with a headache the day after.

Sounds like: Röyksopp, Jungle, Hot Chip, Little Dragon

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JINKA – Countdown Forever

JINKA

Berlin-based artist JINKA shares the experimental and rather sporadic ‘Countdown Forever’, full of plonky synth sounds.

Speaking about the track, JINKA states,

“Countdown Forever is about an illusional state of infinite hedonistic experience. The title is paradoxical. But just because something is paradoxical it doesn’t mean you can’t explore the idea of it. I think, what I generally do when I’m writing is that I try to take a different perspective on the mundane, dip crude reality into some sort of surreal glossing, romanticize it without smoothening the contours.”

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES

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Jinka – Flesh To White To Black To Flesh

Jinka

Meet Jinka, a German-based producer/singer-songwriter who creates dark electronica with sensual tendencies.

Written by Jinka in Toronto and produced in Berlin, ‘Flesh To White To Black To Flesh’ is her second single, and also a homage to conceptual art and Bruce Nauman’s video Flesh To White To Black To Flesh from 1968, which she watched during production, heavily influencing her artistic process.

The video explores dissection and reinvention of the varying identities of Jinka.

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES

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Scavenger Hunt – River Runs Dry

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Electro pop duo, Scavenger Hunt (aka Dan Mufson and Jill Lamoureux), make a return with ‘River Runs Dry’.

It’s the first single off their forthcoming EP, and once again offers a driving-beat sound with soaring vocals and xylophone accents.

Sounds like: Priest, Goldroom, Grimes, Ladyhawke, HAERTS, I BREAK HORSES, Carousel, Washed Out, Dragonette, Shura, Capital Cities

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Vanbot – The Way You Say It

Vanbot

Vanbot

Some eight months ago, we had a song on repeat in the Indietronica office. This song was ‘The Way You Say It’ by Swedish, Vanbot.

Fast forward to 2016, and the spine tingling video for the track has finally been released!

Watch below:

Her album ‘Perfect Storm’, was co-written with Adam Olenius (Shout Out Louds, Lykki Li) and Jan Kask (Say Lou Lou, Tove Styrke) and produced by Johannes Berglund (The Knife, I Break Horses).

Sounds like: AlunaGeorge, Robyn, Sirena, Say Lou Lou, Shout Out Louds, Lykke Li, The Knife, I Break Horses

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Mr Little Jeans – Fool 4 You

Mr Little Jeans

Mr Little Jeans

Mr Little Jeans returns with synth gem, ‘Fool 4 You’. Reminding us a little of a Salt Ashes track.

The song is taken from her forthcoming EP due for release April next year. It’s produced with Mr Little Jeans regular, Tim Anderson (Banks, Halsey, Charlotte OC).

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, Party Nails, Banks, Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES, Soft As Snow, Annie, Susanne Sundfør, Charli XCX, Lykke Li, Ryder

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Phoria – Melatonin

Phoria by Thom Novi

Phoria by Thom Novi

Back in 2013, we declared Phoria as one of our ones to watch. Fast forward two years, and although the music industry has shifted, Phoria’s musical standing has remained firmly intact.

‘Melatonin’ will be their first release since 2014. Appropriately named after a hormone that anticipates the daily onset of darkness, this chemical compound adjusts the body’s circadian rhythms. “Somewhere between your dreams and your waking life is a path that you might not notice yourself following” is the band’s motif for the track, along with themes of subconscious time-travel.

We cannot wait for their first full length album in 2016.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Sigur Rós, RJD2, James Blake, Radiohead, Active Child, Years & Years, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Chet Faker, Flume, I Break Horses

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