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Weekly Gems 16

Magnus Bechmann – Bruises

Magnus Bechmann

We all have those moments at the traffic lights when the amber light strikes. Do we slam the breaks on or speed on through the looming red light? Luckily for us, 21 year old Norwegian native, Magnus Bechmann is willing to take the risk and “go all in” with his music.

The result is the playful indietronica track, ‘Bruises’.

Sounds like: Kid Astray, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club

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VOKES – Screens

VOKES

Los Angeles-based band VOKES question society with their new single, ‘Screens’.

It’s a feel-good number about not such a feel-good subject of addiction to technology, which we are all guilty off, so how about we put down our phones and take a listen?

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MRCH – My Mistake

MRCH

MRCH are seriously doing it for us at the moment.

The video for the Phoenix duo’s new single ‘My Mistake’ takes us on an intergalactic journey exploring NASA found footage and cimenatic-like visions of vocalist, Mickey Pangburn.

Sounds like: Goldfrapp, Wolf Alice, Lilies On Mars, CHVRCHES, Garbage

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Two Islands – Still Life

Two Islands

Liverpool-based Two Islands remain mysterious, but nonetheless we enjoy their indie anthems.

Their new single, ‘Still Life’, is another ambitious release and a bid to “reclaim the romance of falling in love with an artist solely through their songs.”

Their positive attitude and knack of creating groovy bangers definitely sets them apart.

Sounds like: Island Club, Tuska

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Fever High – Good Advice Feat. Jeff Goldblum

Fever High

Time to get nostalgic with ‘Good Advice’ by NYC-based duo Fever High (aka guitarist/singer Anna Nordeen and singer/songwriter Reni Lane).

Apart from bohemian vocals and interludes of joyous guitars and tambourines, the song features anecdotes about bad advice from none other than Jeff Goldblum!

Sounds like: Icona Pop, The Bangles

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MagnusTheMagnus – Calling Feat. KIDDO

Magnus The Magnus - Calling Feat. KIDDO

We finish this week’s gems with Swedish producer MagnusTheMagnus‘ new single, ‘Calling’ featuring KIDDO.

The off-kilter pirate radio station beat throughout the track reminds us a bit of Jamie xx in its innovation. Add KIDDO’s enticing vocals and you have a unique and highly danceable track.

Sounds like: Santigold, Tove Styrke, MØ, Jamie xx, Major Lazer

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DAGNY – Love You Like That

DAGNY

DAGNY charges into October with pop anthem ‘Love You Like That’, and boy is it a declaration of love!

The Norweigian songstress has a knack of creating addictive songs, so sit back, listen to DAGNY and remember, “If you love someone, you should tell them.”

DAGNY continues to support LANY on their US tour.

Sounds like: Evvy, Tove Lo, Icona Pop

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Cardiknox – Bad Boys

Cardiknox

Los Angeles-based duo Cardiknox. Their new single ‘Bad Boys’ is one hell of a pop anthem!

The overall retro feel of the song works perfectly with the disco inspired harmonies . This one goes out to all the disco dads out there!

Sounds like: Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Pink Feathers, RAC, The Knocks

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Betty Moon – Life Is But A Dream

Betty Moon - Life Is But A Dream

Betty Moon may have already released eight albums, but the Toronto-born and Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter shows no signs of slowing down.

Her latest single, ‘Life Is But A Dream’ is a dreamy capture of her new life in the city of angels, having relocated from Toronto.

It’s out now via Evolver Music Inc.

Sounds like: Icona Pop, Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Goldroom, Le Youth

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The Magnettes – So Bad

The Magnettes by Frida Bäcklund Thuneström-

Swedish fuck pop trio, The Magnettes are back with a sultry video for ‘So Bad’.

It explores “people’s fucked up double standards”, especially in the music industry. The song cleverly starts with a high school teacher style ramblings. The video follows suit, as the trio find themselves in a dummy-like state, trying to escape the patriarchy forced upon them.

It’s taken from their debut album, ‘Ugly Youth’, due for release on 30 June via DigSin.

Sounds like: Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Lana Del Rey

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Nelly’s Crush – Second Souls

Nelly's Crush by Johanna Siring

Step back into time with ‘Second Souls’ by Nelly’s Crush.

The highly energetic Oslo based band, fronted by Nelly Marie Hansen and Karoline Garfjell, create sleek disco with a generous nod to 80’s pop music.

Their album ‘Rumours’ is out now.

Sounds like: Icona Pop, The Magnettes, Susanne Sundfør, Kylie, Miami Horror, ABBA, Madonna, Human League, Capital Cities, Elkka, Blondie, A-ha

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Betty Moon – Sound

Betty Moon

Betty Moon is an artist, originally from Toronto, but now residing in Los Angeles.

Her latest release, ‘Sound’ is disco pop with lightly tinged electronic dance and pulsating synths.

It is taken from her eighth album, ‘Chrome’.

Sounds like: Icona Pop, Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Goldroom

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Playlist: Dragonette

Dragonette

Dragonette

It’s not always about the girls, but sometimes it is.

The lovely Dragonette have put together a playlist for us called “Indietronica – an indie pop girls only mix”.

Listen below!

Santigold – Can’t Get Enough Of Myself (feat. B.C)
I was told that this song was inspired by an Iranian disco song from the 80’s. I’ve been listening to a lot of world music and I love how well they mashed this up. So unique.

Lucius – Born Again Teen
I feel deeply in love with Lucius’ first record. There are so many awesome songs on this new one of theirs Good Grief. But I’m choosing “Born Again Teen” on our playlist because i think its such an strange arrangement. Where’s the chorus!? I don’t know! Who cares?

Dua Lipa – Be The One
Every time I go back to London to work with other musicians I learn about artists who are up-and-coming over there. Last time I was there it was Dua Lipa. Maybe everybody already knows her but I just discovered her and I love the vibe of this tune.

Niki & The Dove – Coconut Kisses
Niki & The Dove’s The Drummer is one of my favourite indie pop albums of all times. I’ve been waiting a long time for their follow up. It almost reminds me of Empire Of The Sun. But with Stevie Nicks‘ voice.

Christine And The Queens – iT
My friend showed me this song the other day, I don’t know anything else of theirs. It’s the beginning of a new love I suspect.

Petite Meller – Barbaric
I think she’s a style genius. We played a show with her in Florence and I drank her up like pink lemonade.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Charli XCX, Gwen Stefani, Icona Pop, OH Land, Little Boots, Girl Friend

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Favorite Child – Just Wanna Belong

Favourite Child

Favourite Child

Rebel pop group, Favorite Child release the funky number ‘Just Wanna Belong’, featuring the vocals of Eric Rapp. Slightly ironic, as Favorite Child don’t really appear to be bothered if they fit in or not;

“We have an almost childish approach to putting songs together that really defines our style. As musicians, we reached the point where we no longer care about what’s expected from us. It’s part of ‘why don’t we try this, might sound cool?’ and part ‘fuck you we won’t do what you tell us’. It’s sort of like the rebel and the mad scientist in perfect harmony.”

‘Just Wanna Belong’ will be released later this spring via Roxy Recordings. Go get!

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Icona Pop, Erik Hassle, Chromeo

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MAASAI – Collide

MAASAI

MAASAI

MAASAI is a Stockholm-based duo consisting of Dominique Teymouri and Zackarias Ekelund.

The pair met each other between music projects and soon realised that they should join forces, choosing the name MAASAI as a metaphor for solidarity and inner strength, as it mirrored the values they hold dear.

Their new single ‘Collide’ stirs the emotions to the core, with it’s cinematic touch and sonic beauty. It is a collaboration with the producer, Patrik Berger (Icona Pop, Charli XCX, Robyn).

Their incredible new album ‘Feeling Blue, Seeing Orange’ is out now.

Sounds like: Monogem, Florence + The Machine, SIA, Goldfrapp, Violet Days, Wet, Lykke Li, Skies

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