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Daniella Mason – Emotional Rollercoaster

Daniella Mason

Surprisingly, we’d not heard of Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Daniella Mason, before today, and quite frankly, we are blown away by her talent for crafting beautiful and intelligent pop music.

A journey of loss, Mason’s new record stands as one of four EPs that she’ll be releasing over the course of the next year as part of her State of Mine sound series. Each album — Emotional State, Physical State, Mental State, and Spiritual State — will explore the different parts of our humanity that we tend to suppress and have difficulty embracing.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, The Japanese House, Robyn, Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish

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Charlee Remitz – Forever Like This

Charlee Remitz

Charlee Remitz creates synth pop full of big dreams.

Having recently moved from Nashville to Los Angeles, the singer/songwriter’s music shines. Her new single ‘Forever Like This’ has lashings of 80’s inspired synths and breakaway vocals that tell a story of the first flashes of love.

It is the third single from her upcoming sophomore album, ‘Sad Girl Music’, out on 9 November.

Sounds like: Dominique, CAPPA

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CUB – Obsessed Feat. Clara Hurtado

CUB by Matt Stephens

CUB by Matt Stephens

CUB blends pop and dance sounds.

We featured his new single, ‘Obsessed’ featuring Clara Hurtado, not that long ago and he’s come back with a lively new video for it. These two don’t take themselves too seriously, which is pretty refreshing.

If you follow CUB’s Twitter you will see more videos of him and Clara goofing around.

Sounds like: Jake Alder, Diplo, Mura Masa, Zedd

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Cool Sounds – Cassandra

Cool Sounds

Australian band Cool Sounds ooze a breezy swagger, with a tad of fun awkwardness.

The video for their new single, ‘Cassandra’, is an uncomplicated, rollicking riff-driven track, with a distinctly live feel.

Watch it below.

Sounds like: Kurt Vile, Washed Out, Whitney, Mac DeMarco

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LCMDF – Waterfalls

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Finnish sister duo LCMDF release ‘Waterfalls’, taken from their ‘Sad Bangers’ album, out now.

Don’t be misled by the ironically positive pop keys and resulting euphoric climax in ‘Waterfalls’, as this is an ode to Generation Y, the modern day “baby boom” generation who were born in the 1980s and 1990s…and the ones who struggle in today’s society.

Sounds like: Icona Pop, NONONO

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YOUTH – Fire

YOUTH

Newcomer YOUTH (aka songwriter and producer Steven Mudd) is also one half of the critically acclaimed indie-pop duo, Golden Coast.

His debut single ‘Fire’ is energetic from the get go, with a steady drum beat and finger clicks throughout, perfectly blending with the anthemic feel of the song.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, Golden Coast

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NASAYA – Orange Feat. Cehryl

NASAYA - Orange Feat. Cehryl

French musician and producer NASAYA releases new single ‘Orange’ featuring LA based singer-songwriter Cehryl.

Opposing in directions, ‘Orange’ is both dreamy but danceable with psychedelic vocals and futuristic funk moves full of bass. Listen below.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Le Youth, Autograf, Pat Lok, Kaytranada, Shay Lia

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Hanne Leland – Carry On

Hanne Leland by Maddie Cordoba

Meet Norwegian born, London based electro-pop singer and songwriter, Hanne Leland.

Like many good pop artists out at the moment, Hanne has also experienced a stint of working in Nashville before focusing more on electro-pop sounds that country-pop.

Sounds like: All Saints, Nelly Furtado

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The Hails – Younger

The Hails - Younger

The Hails is a fresh young four-piece from Florida.

They make music that has a generous nod to 70’s groove-oriented pop but maintains a modern perspective on rock and electronic.

Sounds like: Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac

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KIDDO – TROUBLE

KIDDO - TROUBLE

Stockholm-based KIDDO is following in the cool Scandi footsteps of Dagny and Sigrid.

Her brazen new single is a song about escaping relating, as KIDDO reminisces “about a time when I knew I had lost everything but it was too painful to face it so I tried to ignore the truth for a little longer in every possible way.”

It’s out now via Stockholm-based independent label BLNK Music.

Sounds like: Kesha, Billie Eilish, Sigrid, Dagny, Soleima, Icona Pop

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Knox White – You’ve Been My Girl

Knox White

Time to get funky and sexy with Knox White‘s new single ‘You’ve Been My Girl’.

Following some unexpected advice from music kings, Lionel Ritchie and Paul McCartney, the Los Angeles-based Knox decided to hit up New Orleans to gain some creative perspective. Upon his return to Los Angeles, Knox started collaborating and touring with producer Josh Legg aka Goldroom, and the result is an exciting throwback style of chill wave pop.

Sounds like: Prince, Blood Orange, Harts

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Phil Good – Better

Phil Good - Better

Los Angeles-based Phil Good shares a positive new tune called ‘Better’.

As his cover shot suggests, some days Phil wakes up and just can’t face life, but remember you just need to ride it out and things always get better.

Sounds like: Draper, Honne, Joseph Salvat, Miike Snow, Glass Animals, Joywave, Just Kiddin’

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Stage Republic – Rise and Fall

Stage Republic - Rise and Fall

Stage Republic is a two-person music project based in The Netherlands.

Citing a strong influence from the 80’s, the duo’s new single ‘Rise and Fall’ started as a one minute piece of improvisation to test a new synthesiser and the end result now showcases a brilliant way to bridge the gap between indie and pop.

Sounds like: CHAPPO, Steely Dan, Maroon 5

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Year of the Brother – Slow One

Year Of The Brother

Portland-based indie-pop trio Year of the Brother share the video for ‘Slow One’.

Directed by independent filmmaker Derek Mari, the video follows the boys on promo night! Groovy!

Their ‘Filling Empty Pools’ EP is out now.

Sounds like: Kyko, Will Joseph Cook, Owl City

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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

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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.

Disclosure: I am The Magnettes’ publicist at the time of writing.

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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