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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!

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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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ASTR – It’s Over (Feat. Mick Jenkins)

ASTR

ASTR

Urban pop duo ASTR returns with ‘It’s Over’, featuring the vocals of Mick Jenkins.

‘It’s Over’ is an upbeat jam, but it is also about being drawn into a destructive relationship time and time again. This type of subversion is exhibited by the acceleration and deceleration of the track’s b.p.m. throughout, and we love the fact ‘It’s Over’ keeps us guessing on whether it really is over.

ASTR’s ‘Homecoming’ EP will be released in November.

Sounds like: Holychild, Carvaro, Outkast, Disclosure, Lights, Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding, Ulla Nova, The Naked and Famous, I BREAK HORSES, BANKS

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Mr Little Jeans – Waking Up

Mr Little Jeans

Mr Little Jeans

Los Angeles-based Mr Little Jeans (aka Monica Birkenes) returns with a stripped down ‘Waking Up.

The track is being given away as a freebie to celebrate her mini West Coast tour that will also coincide with a four track EP release in November.

November Tour Dates

7 – Santa Ana CA @ Constellation Room
10 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
11 – Seattle WA @ The Crocodile
12 – Portland OR @ Star Theater
13 – San Francisco CA @ Rickshaw Stop (Popscene)
19 – Tuscon AZ @ Club Congress
20 – Phoenix AZ @ Valley Bar
21 – San Diego CA @ Soda Bar
22 – Los Angeles CA @ El Rey

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

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Kate Boy – Midnight Sun

Kate Boy - Midnight Sun

Kate Boy returns with new track, ‘Midnight Sun’ which will be featured on their debut album ‘ONE’, set for release this November.

‘Midnight Sun’ was written and recorded by Kate Boy in Stockholm last December and draws inspiration from the endless days of sunlight during Swedish summers, often described as a magical experience.

Kate Boy enlisted esteemed Swedish producer Christoffer Berg (Depeche Mode, Fever Ray, I Break Horses) to assist on the production of the track, together the collaboration created brooding synth lead verses that erupt into an explosive, anthemic chorus.

It is out on 10 August via [FICTION RECORDS], but can be purchased now on iTunes.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Death Rattle, I BREAK HORSES, MSMR, Soft as Snow, The Knife, Chvrches, Grimes, Color War, Graingerboy, Mr Little Jeans, Kate Bush

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Cajsa Siik – Change Of Heart

Cajsa Siik

Cajsa Siik

Following her last album ‘Contra’, Swedish singer-songwriter Cajsa Siik releases her new video for ‘Change of Heart’, taken from her new double A-side single ‘State Of Low / Change Of Heart’.

The track is subtle, as is Silk’s vocals, and the ethereal and harmonious production gently bubbles away at the surface never quite emerging. We like that.

The single has been released via Birds Will Sing For You/X5 Music Group.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, Kate Boy, Robyn, I Break Horses, SIA, Noosa

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