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Weekly Gems 28

Vivienne Chi – Blood Brother

Vivienne Chi

Alternative pop artist Vivienne Chi shares the enticing ‘Blood Brother’.

With a broad vocal range and a story to tell, ‘Blood Brother’ is about the correlation between light and love, submerged by driving synth hooks and magical moments throughout.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, London Grammar, GRADES, RUNAH

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LeyeT – Drip Drop

LeyeT

Meet Los Angeles-based pop artist and songwriter, LeyeT (pronounced ‘light’).

Speaking from a hugely painful personal experience, LeyeT’s single ‘Drip Drop’ channels feelings of heartbreak, as if the waves were pummelling over and over again until eventually stopping.

Sounds like: Halsey, Imogen Heap

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LOVE SICK – Hope

LOVE SICK

Scottish cosmic pop duo LOVE SICK share ‘Hope’.

It’s a shout out to everyone who struggles with anxieties of daily life, a supportive song that urges you to maintain your passion and drive, something that LOVE SICK are very much doing within the music industry.

Sounds like: ASTR, Dagny, COSBY

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Me Not You – Eventually

Me Not You

Vintage keys and delicate vocals highlight ‘Eventually’ by Me Not You as a short and sweet song that is straight to the point.

Speaking of the track, “…it’s a personal song for me… a sort of hyping up of myself to the idea of squashing the beef with someone. the baggage of relationships can linger, and it does no one any good to keep that shit around.”

Sounds like: Melis

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ISLAND – Ride

ISLAND by Mel Tjoeng

DIY London band ISLAND take us on a journey with them.

Their new single ‘Ride’ is taken from the upcoming debut album ‘Feels Like Air’, and is led by a guitar riff full of nostalgia that builds throughout the track.

Sounds like: Foals, Amber Run, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Libertines, Mystery Jets, The Lapelles, Circa Waves

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Disco Shrine – Up in the Air

Disco Shrine

Let’s throw it back with Los Angeles-based electro-pop artist Disco Shrine (aka Jessica Delijani) and her new single ‘Up in the Air’.

As Disco Shrine’s first release in a year, ‘Up In The Air’ hits the ground running with infectious synths and a catchy chorus.

Sounds like: Monogem, Jessie Ware, FOXES, Le Youth

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Robokid – Worth It

Robokid

…And finally in this week’s roundup, a truly honest rendition from DJ/producer Robokid.

Robokid makes interesting and progressive indie-pop music with a generous nod to early 2000s sounds.

Listen to ‘Worth It’ below, taken from his debut EP ‘Apart’, out now via Moving Castle.

Sounds like: Hellogoodbye, EXES

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G.Smith – X

G.Smith by Bobby Bruderle

Los Angeles-based artist G.Smith shares her intriguing new single, ‘X’.

Her unique take on production methods (including the use of a washing machine) has led to a sound that borders on grunge and electro pop.

Sounds like: Phantogram, The Japanese House, Imogen Heap, Kate Boy

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Violet Days – Suck At Love

Violet Days - Suck At Love

Violet Days – Suck At Love

Violet Days is the project of Swedish singer/songwriter, Lina Hansson.

Asking whether you ‘Suck At Love’ is always going to be tricky to answer, but it’s also highly relatable to the majority of listeners. Luckily for us, Kris Eriksson (The Chainsmokers) is on production duties, helping Violet Days create an anthemic electronic song that almost makes us forget the initial question.

Violet Days will be playing the Ja Ja Ja club night at The Lexington in London on 23 February.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Ellie Goulding, Monogem, Lorde, Chrvches, Evvy, VÉRITÉ, Imogen Heap, Dominique

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Playlist: IDER

IDER

IDER

We can’t get enough of North London duo, IDER, so we asked them to put together a playlist for us in order to really get inside their musical brains.

This is the result. An emotional journey of music, past and present.

Banks – Better
Can’t get enough of the sexy, captivating vocals.

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Old school love.

NAO – Inhale Exhale
The vocal melody following the bass line is awesome.

The Clash – Should I stay or Should I Go?
…we’ve been watching ‘Stranger Things’…

Glass Animals – Cane Shuga
Love the new album, love this song.

Bruce Springsteen – Racing in the Street
Always back to Bruce

Geowulf – Saltwater
Excited to play alongside these guys next year. Love the sound of this track!

Julia Jacklin – LA Dream
Saw her play live last month and this song blew us away. Such beautiful lyrics.

Sounds like: The Japanese House, Imogen Heap, Oh Wonder, Shura, The 1975, Tegan and Sara, MUNA, Aurora, Tourist, Wet, London Grammar

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Playlist: Violet Days

Violet Days

Violet Days

Stockholm artist, Violet Days (aka Lina Hansson) has been busy collaborating of late (Hotel Garuda, The Chainsmokers, Fraser T Smith), so we thought it was only fair to catch up with her.

The result is a playlist of Violet Days’ current favourites for inducing feels.

Lesley Gore – You Don’t Own Me
Perfect key change, and perfect cheese.

Sufjan Stevens – For The Widows In Paradise
This is my evergreen. Always.

Tame Impala – Let It Happen
Latest obsession.. Love the soundscape

Kavinsky – Nightcall
Genius song from a genius movie.

Troy Sivan – FOOLS
Love the whole idea of Blue neighborhood, it’s beautiful and honest.

The Ronettes – Be My Baby
I’m never getting over this song, it had me ever since Dirty Dancing.

The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
Well, Brian Wilson…

Miike Snow – Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)
The melodies and lyrics are so playful and instantly has my interest.

Moby – When It’s Cold I’d Like To Die
Melancholy perfection.

Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension
This track has all the pieces for all types of modes.

Brandi Carlile – The Story
Her storytelling is stunning.

Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Nothing feels like that verse.

Bon Iver – 8 (Circle)
HOW GOOD?!

Sounds like: Ellie Goulding, Monogem, Lorde, Chrvches, Evvy, Tove Lo, VÉRITÉ, Imogen Heap

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The Japanese House – Face Like Thunder

The Japanese House by Dave Ma

The Japanese House by Dave Ma

The Japanese House (aka Amber Bain) shares the stunning new video for ‘Face Like Thunder’.

It follows a questioning Amber as she struggles to connect with a distanced partner, using expansive sounds and sincere lyrical content to portray her feelings.

‘Face Like Thunder’ is taken off her forthcoming, third EP ‘Swim Against the Tide’, released 11 November through Dirty Hit.

Tour Dates

October

27 – BRISTOL – THEKLA
29 – SOUTHAMPTON – JOINERS
30 – OXFORD – THE BULLINGDON
31 – BIRMINGHAM – O2 INSTITUTE 3

November

1 – NOTTINGHAM – RESCUE ROOMS
2 – MANCHESTER – CLUB ACADEMY
3 – GLASGOW – ORAN MOR
4 – LEEDS – WARDROBE
5 – NORWICH – ARTS CENTRE
7 – LONDON – HEAVEN
10 – PARIS – POP UP DU LABEL
12 – AMSTERDAM – PARADISO (UPSTAIRS)
14 – BERLIN – AUSTER CLUB
16 – VIENNA – B72
18 – BRUSSELS – ROTONDE
21 – BOSTON – GREAT SCOTT
22 – BROOKLYN – BABY’S ALL RIGHT
25 – WASHINGTON – DC9
26 – PHILADELPHIA – THE FOUNDRY
28 – TORONTO – HORSESHOE TAVERN
30 – SEATTLE – THE SUNSET TAVERN

December

1 – VANCOUVER – THE COBALT
3 – SAN FRANCISCO – RICKSHAW STOP
5 – SAN DIEGO – HOUSE OF BLUES VOODOO ROOM
7 – LOS ANGELES – THE ECHO

Tickets can be purchased here.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, The 1975, IDER

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Port Of Spain – Blind

Port Of Spain

Port Of Spain

Meet Port of Spain.

Unlike the name suggests, this male/female duo are not from Spain, but Bondi Beach in Sydney.

Their debut track, ‘Blind’ is a glistening, pop serenade with a huge amount of depth throughout, courtesy of the electronics used.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, Lights, Broods, Death Cab For Cutie

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BOA – Pharaoh

BOA

BOA

Bristol-based synth pop duo, BOA, have shared their glorious new single, ‘Pharaoh’.

It’s another mellow track from the newcomers, with sweet twists of meandering, vocoder-style backing vocals shining through enchanting pop riffs.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Boxed In, Saint Raymond, KYKO, Honne, Great Good Fine Ok, Pistol Shrimp, Girl Friend, Fickle Friends, Ben Hobbs, XY&O, Imogen Heap

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IDER – Pulse

IDER

IDER

Meet ambient pop duo, IDER, aka North Londoners, Lily and Megan.

These girls make music that contains the ingredients to make pop good again; spine tingle-inducing piano keys, elegant harmonies, and wistful lyrics.

The video for their second single, ‘Pulse’, has been directed by Lewis Knaggs.

Sounds like: The Japanese House, Imogen Heap, Oh Wonder, Shura, The 1975, Tegan and Sara, MUNA, Aurora, Tourist, Wet, London Grammar

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The Him – Don’t Leave Without Me (Ft. Gia Koka)

The Him

The Him

The Him is the fresh and experimental production duo of Dutch citizens, Jeroen Kerstens and Steven Berghuijs, who have both managed to appease lovers of indie, deep house, nu disco and pop all in one.

Their new track, ‘Don’t Leave Without Me’ is slightly more dance-based than our usual posts, but it includes the pleasingly rich vocals of pop singer, Gia Koka (who is also a writer and producer), so we couldn’t say no.

Listen below and drift away to warmer climates.

Sounds like: XY&O, Kygo, Sam Feldt, Major Lazer, The Chainsmokers, Gryffin, Imogen Heap

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