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Weekly Gems 83

Sainte Barae – Power + Control

Sainte Barae

The brilliant Australian artist Saint Barae returns with an intimate and nostalgic offering through his latest single ‘Power + Control’.

In a raw and empowering message behind the song, Saint Barae begins to open up as he takes us into a very personal and intimate tale of handling his sexuality with the people that mean the most to him.

Sounds Like: Téléphonik Muzik, Tame Impala

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Die Orangen – Sonne

Since listening to Die Orangen‘s single, ‘Sonne’, we’ve become slightly obsessed with their psychdelia approach to industrial sounds.

Having originally forged their partnership in the diverse electronic music scene of Australia, Kris  Baha and Angus Gruzman recently decamped to the thriving Berlin scene to develop their dark and pulsing industrial-inspired productions.

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Sounds like: Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine, The Chemical Brothers

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Somebody’s Child – Jungle

Somebody's Child - Jungle

Irish-born, indie artist, Somebody’s Child returns his frenetic new single ‘Jungle’.

Usng music as a platform to discuss topics of mental health, ‘Jungle’ is a nervous yet honest display of indelible guitar riffs and beautifully coarse vocals.

Sounds like: Foals, Mystery Jets, Arctic Monkeys

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Royal Cinema – CHA-CHING

These ladies are having a fun time, and we want to be involved.

Royal Cinema was formed by longtime friends Johanna Cranitch, Isaac Carpenter and Sydney Wayser who, having spent years playing in their own solo projects and in other various touring bands such as The Cranberries, LORDE and Awolnation, decided they wanted an additional musical outlet where they could let loose and have fun.

Their new single is ‘CHA-CHING’ – a self-produced, pulsing pop track.

Sounds like: B52s, Goldfrapp, Sofi Tukker

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Tessa Dixson – Hiding

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Tessa Dixson is back with another bittersweet single, in the form os ‘Hiding’.

Once again produced by Reinhard Vanbergen and mixed by Neil Comber (M.I.A., Charli XCX) is a silky and bittersweet affair.

Tessa’s torn but soulful voice is high up in the mix, locking you in from the first verse. The chorus is huge, there’s a sitar hook and warm backing vocals guiding you through the raw emotions of the song.

Sounds like: The xx, Kllo, Grace Carter, Lorde, Billie Eilish

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HÅN – It’s Better When I Sleep

HÂN

Taking more of a The Japanese House vibe, HÂN shares the dreamy new single, ‘It’s Better When I Sleep’.

Considering the topic of sleeping, simply as it is – a necessary process that is both “intimate and reassuring, but also imaginary and illusionary”.

Take shelter and listen now.

Sounds like: Daughter, Skott, The Japanese House

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Aaricia – For Two

Aaricia

The darker shades of pop music have risen to the top of the pile of late, with artists like Banks consistently enthralling a captivated audience and Billie Eilish sensationalism reaching much of the world. Aiming for a slice of that pie is Montreal’s Aaricia, who balances her darker ethos with a soaring, honeyed vocal.

Her new single is equal parts sugar and spice, with Aaricia outlining ‘For Two’ is about desire and fantasy. It’s about that one person you can’t resist. You can try to play it cool but, in the end, you know you’ll succumb to temptation.

Sounds like: Liyv, CLAVVS, Charlee Remitz, Tessa Rae

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archmotors – Sitcom

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From the west coast of Ireland comes a distinct blend of alternative rock and post-punk that simultaneously rides a wave of nostalgia whilst sitting ahead of the contemporary curve. archmotors, a duo with prowess and skill that extends far beyond their meagre membership, second single to date ‘Sitcom’ is darkly humorous in the most compelling way.

Fans of older video games will be charmed by the ‘point and click’ style video accompaniment – a perfect pairing, tune in below.

Sounds like: The National

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GINEVRA – Burning

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Italian artist GINEVRA shares her Francesco Fugazzaco-produced new single, ‘Burning’.

It’s gentle poetry of spoken word flowing amongst minimalistic and delicate melodies.

She says about the single, “‘Burning’ is the last sunset of the summer, running to catch the train just to see your lover and share that one last kiss, the feeling that – for one moment – everything is possible. It makes me feel light, like dancing under a pink sky, until the sun sinks into the sea. It’s a song I’m very proud of, just like I’m of the close team that works with me.”

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, HÂN

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Mike Dignam – Under The Influence

Mike Dignam - Under The Influence

Manchester-based artist Mike Dignam challenges himself by self-producing his first-ever single. Titled ‘Under the Influence,’ it contemplates the idea of heartbreak having control over you like an addiction.

Tt marks a soulful turn for the British songwriter, as well as his new role as producer.

Sounds like: Lewis Watson, JP Cooper, Gavin James, Zak Abel

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Midoca – Dry of the Rose

Midoca by Jennica Mae

Midoca by Jennica Mae

Crossing emo with dance can be a tricky one, but Midoca has no trouble in ticking this box in his latest single ‘Dry of the Rose’.

Described as “a visceral journey through complex sound”, the song is unique in it’s style – a deeply personal encounter with melodic and melancholic tendencies.

Sounds like: Vorsa, CloudNone, Jaron, Matt Van

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Lost Frequencies & Mokita – “Black & Blue”

Belgian DJ/Producer and EDM prodigy Lost Frequencies teams up with Nash-ville based Mokita the instrumentals start to release a modern music gem titled ‘Blue’.

The melodic composition is quite simple, yet the chorus is super catchy in a way that showcases the talent from the two up artists. ‘Black & Blue’ is definitely a gem that’ll hang out onto your personal playlists for a while!

Sounds like: EXES, Handsome Ghost, joan, FRND

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Demetrius – Keep Going

Berlin-based New Yorker Demetrius serves up a soulful, retro take on electronica that perfectly marries his past and present.

His new single ‘Keep Going’ is out now via Black Diamonds Records. It’s a beautiful fusion of the darker and brighter sides of electronic music.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Suntalk

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Elise Hayes – New York City

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Elise Hayes’ new single, ‘New York City’ is a dreamy, danceable mid-tempo that chronicles distance in a relationship, and the spontaneous choices that are made as a remedy.

Speaking on the track, she explains; “This song is a true story. In my own relationship, we are both touring constantly. I have a fierce desire to be independent, but missing someone makes you so vulnerable at the same time. Sometimes you’ll fly to New York City on a whim, or do something out of the blue just because you miss your person.”

Sounds like: Lennon Stella, Birdy, Maggie Rogers

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Aimée – Break Me (Acoustic)

The Dublin-based singer and songwriter Aimée hits us again with a beautiful acoustic piece untitled ‘Break Me’, featuring The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir who is one of Ireland’s most renowned gospel choirs.

Once again, her beautiful voice is backed by a great piano melody and spiritual vibrancy that sets her apart from other pop stars of her generation.

Sounds like: JoJo, Zara Larsson

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All Tvvins – Divine

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Irish duo All Tvvins (aka Conor Adams and Lar Kaye) shares their ‘Divine’ new single.

In a mild existential crisis, the delightful indie-pop banger is a real repeat treat and considers taking into account how others might view you.

They begin their Irish tour in October, with support from Somebody’s Child.

Sounds like: APRE, Foals, The Editors, White Lies, Jungle, Arcade Fire, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective

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The Academic – Aftertaste

The Academic by Cian Duignan

The Academic by Cian Duignan

Irish alt-rock quartet The Academic leaves a glorious ‘Aftertaste’ with their new single.

Comprised of Craig Fitzgerald, Dean Gavin, and brothers Matthew and Stephen Murtagh, the tight-knit group focus on blistering indie-pop songs underpinned by a hidden layer of emotional manoeuvring.

Their guitar-pop track ‘Aftertaste’ was co-produced by the band alongside Dublin producer, Cormac Butler.

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Sounds like: Sea Girls, All Tvvins, Viola Beach

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Margot Polo – Let’s Get Out

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Margot Polo (aka David Provenzano) releases his new single, ‘Let’s Get Out’.

A song about breaking out of routine ruts (something he is guilty of), Polo has teamed up with esteemed producer, Brad Wood, and their main goal with the track was to create a fun and huge chorus…and they have definitely succeeded.

Expect a five-song EP out this fall.

Sounds like: Von Sell, Foster the People, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, CHAPPO, The Beatles

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Holt – Tower

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We all have safe pillars in our lives and London based self-taught singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Holt is no exception.

Using her father as the reference in her new single, the lyrics tell a non-linear story about that is capable of transporting the listener to another world.

Sounds like: RUNAH, Bat for Lashes, Björk, Enya, Massive Attack, Nils Frahm

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Bokito – Freckle

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Indie-funk band Bokito releases their new single ‘Freckle Leather’. Often mistaken for a heavy metal band, Bokito bring back their combination of signature hooks, unshakeable melodies and playful lyrics. A tightly-packaged, uproarious mix of indie, rock and perfect pop cadence that hooks listeners in straight at the first beat.

At first, ‘Freckle Leather’ reminds of Vampire Weekend, however, the five-piece stand their ground pretty quick and combine a lot of different styles. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Jeff Buckley and Justin Timberlake, the group created a completely new sound of modern indie regulated by ergonomic melodies.

Sounds like: Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club, Stereohoney, Shiners

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The Hails – Sugar

The Hails

Inspired by the cool glamour and fast life of the Miami Vice era, The Hails share their new song ‘Sugar’.

With its danceable beats and 80’s synth pop influence, ‘Sugar’ is a crafty juxtaposition that melds truth and fiction with the lyrics telling the story about a girl who lives life brazenly and recklessly.

The five-piece from Miami have met at Florida University and since then have dedicated their unique sound with classic drum machines to create an irresistible trademark sound of their own.

Sounds like: Sade, Hippo Campus, Kid Bloom

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Halfloves – Polvo

American indie band Halfloves releases their latest release ‘Polvo’ from their forthcoming sophomore album ‘Dazer’, out on August 30.

‘Polvo’ is a fresh new indie addition with melodic riffs and upbeat drums. With its carefree instrumentals and dreamy lyrics, the song is only a taster of what the upcoming album has to promise.

“We recorded this song in a barn in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa where the classic NY studio ‘Magic Shop’ has found a new home, now dubbed the ‘Magic Barn’.”

The band praise themselves on having recorded ‘Polvo’ in the same studio that Bowie, Björk, Coldplay and many others used to make some of the most defining records of our time.

Sounds like: Clinic Blonde, Two Door Cinema Club

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Vacation Club – Always or Never

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‘Always Or Never’ is the latest single released by the edgy, yet colourful band Vacation Club.

Written and produced by the band themselves, the laid back and catchy pop song elevates the perfect combination of upbeat beats and Helena Hahn’s beautiful vocals. The band has taken a raw and youthful approach towards the journey of love heightening both the highs and the lows.

Sounds like: LANY, Pale Waves, The 1975, Donna Lewis

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Noble Oak – Evaporate

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Canadian-born, singer-songwriter Noble Oak has released his latest single ‘Evaporate’.

The song features his melancholic, beautiful vocals combined with captivating instrumentals he’s Oak yet again managed to create a dreamy release that will sound even better performed live on a big stage.

Noble Oak’s full-length debut album with Last Gang is set for worldwide release in 2020.

Sounds like: Luna Pines, Tame Impala

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Somebody’s Child – Distance

Somebody's Child by Jim Fuller

Somebody’s Child by Jim Fuller

Dublin’s Somebody’s Child re-emerges with his upbeat, yet pensively honest new single ‘Distance’.

A relatively fresh face to the Irish and international music scene, Somebody’s Child has made strides into the fore, despite his part-anonymity. There’s something to be said about artists that separate their identity from their music, and ‘Distance’ truly speaks for itself.

Spinning a tale of young love, ‘Distance’ hits that sweet spot of joyful indie anthemia perfectly.

He plays Reading Festival next month.

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Hunkpapa – Cappuccino

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Northern Irish four-piece Hunkpapa have been kicking up a storm in their native country, as well as across Europe.

Their new single ‘Cappuccino’ is as addictive and energetic as a caffeine high and encapsulates the band’s personal journey from paths of conventional careers to where they find themselves now.

Expect them to play a town near you in the Autumn.

Sounds like: Biffy Clyro, Snow Patrol

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Julietta – Stripes + Squares (Penguin Prison Remix)

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Meet indie pop alchemist, Julietta.

Her latest single, ‘Stripes + Squares’ has received the remix treatment from producer veteran Penguin Prison (Chris Glover).

Further highlighting Julietta’s independent and spontaneous spirit, the percussive rework from the fellow NYC native injects body-shaking bass and warm tones from marimbas to turn the original rock-influenced bop into a truly anthemic tune.​​​​​​​

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Ralph, Mating Ritual, Morgan Saint, NVDES

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Sacred Animals – Maya Liminal

Sacred Animals

Reintroducing the music world to producer Darragh Nolan (aka Sacred Animals).

As the visuals for his new single, ‘Maya Liminal’ build into an electronic-fused, dream-like state, he draws the listener into an intense world, where one is asked to consider what it means to be a spirit living a human existence.

Expect the forthcoming LP, ‘Odin’s Wain’, out later in the year.

Sounds like: Thom Yorke, James Blake, Son Lux, Ry X & Chromatics

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Felix Sandman – Middle Of Nowhere

Felix Sandman

Swedish 20 year old singer/songwriter/actor Felix Sandman shares his catchy new single ‘Middle Of Nowhere’.

The track is a delicious slice of pop that describes being stuck in the limbo of love.

It’s out now via TEN Music Group.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, Charlie Puth, Khalid, Lauv, ALEXINA, Tove Lo

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Interview: Beauty sleep

Beauty Sleep

Irish trio Beauty Sleep recently released their debut album, ‘Be Kind’ – a soundtrack to your summer, full of positive affirmations about self-love and good intentions.

We had a chat with them about music, and being kind.

Describe your sound in three words.

Groovy optimism with synths!

Your debut album ‘Be Kind’ is out now. What has the journey been like in writing and recording it?

We started writing/recording it early last year. We always said that when we do an album we’re gonna write it from scratch and try and tell a story. So we started with a blank page, which we naively thought we’d fill in a couple of weeks, but it took a bit longer than that!!

It was essentially just me and Ryan in a room, often late at night, writing and recording as much as we could for months. After a while, that scenario really burnt us out. This album really pushed us to make a decision on what we wanted our sound to be and what we wanted to say and it was a challenge! A good challenge, I’m so proud of the outcome and so much more confident about Beauty Sleep’s sound, but it was definitely a journey!!

We started super excitable, writing and recording a huge amount of songs we were really into. We got a quite burnt out, introspective and doubtful in the middle, we felt like we lost perspective on what we wanted to say. So we went to Donegal and shut ourselves away from the world – jumped in the sea and climbed cliffs and suddenly the music started flowing again. When we went back into the studio we could suddenly see what we were trying to say and what the album was about. That was super magical. It all came together and got finished really quickly after that!

What is the theme throughout the album?

The theme throughout the album is about being kind. Hence the name! This band and this album have marked a time in our lives where we really felt like we were growing up and changing. That awkward mid 20s era of trying to settle into the adult human version of yourself. We were learning how to be the best people we could be while facing challenging times – dealing with disappointment and fear and responsibility in ways we hadn’t before. Walking through anxiety and stress and loss. We were trying to be honest to ourselves and our loved ones, stay true to who we were but grow at the same time. These songs are a really honest depiction of that journey for us.

The overarching lesson we learnt was a mantra we would often repeat to each other – ‘just be kinder to yourself.’ Stop beating yourself up for no reason, it only holds you back. Extend that kindness and empathy to others, try to find the joy in the tough times. These felt like the most important lessons to hold onto and send out into the world in our music. So it felt fitting to call the album Be Kind. We hope people get some empowering comfort from the songs as they walk through their own journey. The whole album is a celebration of us feeling down and getting back up again!

What does 2019 and beyond have in store for Beauty Sleep?

We’re finishing off our album launch tour in our hometown Belfast in The Mac on June 29th! We’re so excited as the rest of the tour has been so amazing. The energy in the rooms has been insane! So this will be a big homecoming celebration.

For the next few months, we’ll be playing lots of festivals and shows across UK, Ireland and Europe, celebrating Be Kind whenever we go! Beyond that, more songs, more albums, more shows. This band has been such an adventure for us and seeing the joy it brings others makes us want to do it forever!

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

At the minute we’ve been listening to a lot of new releases from WHY?, Two Door Cinema Club, Chaka Khan, Pillow Queens, Hex Hue and Soak. We’ve got extra long playlists at the minute from all the touring, so I could go on for ages!!

Sounds like: All Tvvins, Pleasure Beach, Passion Pit, Bleachers

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ROE – GIRLS

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Derry-based ROE releases ‘GIRLS’, a call out out to the unrealistic expectations on social media and loving yourself for who you are.

Things seem to be going pretty well for ROE, having supported SNow Patrol on tour and playing SXSW and The Great Escape festivals this year.

Sounds like: Emma McGrath, Soak, Gabrielle Aplin

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Harry Nathan – Blue Eyed Girl

Harry Nathan

Dream-pop story teller Harry Nathan has just shared his debut EP, ‘Songs About Dreams About Her’, a piece of work true to himself.

A complete DIY project, the Australian producer/singer/songwriter/DJ ends the five-track EP with ‘Blue Eyed Girl,’ a closing and contemplation on the relationship as well as a little peek into the sound and direction of Harry’s production evolution on his next project.

Sounds like: Moby

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M w S – Too Young to Know

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M w S are a songwriting duo from a small town in Italy, that have made London their home for creating their distinctive, soulful-pop sound.

So the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone. And that’s exactly what ‘Too Young to Know’ discusses – a bittersweet nostalgia of love lost.

Sounds like: Marie Dahlstrom, Tom Misch, Oscar Jerome, Honne, Blood Orange

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Naah – Wake Up Feat. C. Gold

Naah - Wake Up Feat. C. Gold

Introducing 22 year old Swedish songwriter Naah, who has dropped an absolute banger with C. Gold, called ‘Wake Up’.

A background in the indie rock and pop world, Naah’s release is refreshingly catchy. Not wanting to be pigeonholed as pop or electro, Naah has born a love child of modern dance-music and old-fashion disco.

Sounds like: Whethan, Daft Punk, Tove Lo, Terror JR, Ninajirachi

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Aaron Taos – Bloom

Aaron Taos by Dave Krugman

Aaron Taos by Dave Krugman

Aaron Taos‘ new single is about forbidden fruit, more specifically about him having a crush on his friend’s sister.

The video shows Aaron and his beau in a typical Sunday morning scene, set in a not so typical field of flowers, one that represent the fanasty of letting their love blossom.

Sounds like: Yoke Lore, MP The Kid

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YAKUL – Blossoming

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At the forefront of the neo-jazz revolution is Brighton-based fourpiece Yakul.

Echoes of Stevie Wonder courtesy of frontman James’ indulgent vocals, the unexpectedly cohesive new single ‘Blossoming’ offers playful percussion and razor-sharp fills to create a complex yet vibrant song.

Sounds like: Stevie Wonder, Easy Life, Nico Cara

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Lila Drew – take it back

Lila Drew

Lila Drew‘s vocal capacity will instantly melt your heart and that’s why she’s on our ones to watch 2019 list.

The dreamy urban pop single ‘take it back’ is featured on her EP, ‘locket (side one)’ – a musical scrapbook of her life to date.

Sounds like: Ariana Grande, Caswell, Billie Eilish

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ORIION – Ayodele

ORIION

We are intrigued by ORIION‘s genre-bending take on “nostalgic pop”. The musical nomad has lived off a diet of pop icons which has fuelled his cutting edge sound.

His new single ‘Ayodele’ straddles the retro past and the euphoria future. Listen below.

Sounds like: Zayn

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Will & The People – Gigantic

Will & The People

Brighton-based band Will & The People is comprised of Will Rendle, brother Jamie, Jim Ralphs and Charlie Harman.

The new single ‘Gigantic’ is an alt-pop number offering a raw seaside vibe. The video – which you can watch below – showcases their creative side, and features both their hometown and friends and family of the band.

Sounds like: Alt-J

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State Lights – Open Your Arms

State Lights

One of Ireland’s best new acts, State Lights, is destined for big arenas across international gazes.

The catchy indie pop single ‘Open Your Arms’ makes a statement about empowerment and ends this week’s gems on a hugely positive note.

Sounds like: Kodaline, Coldplay, Kygo, Bastille

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