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Weekly Gems 81

R.LUM.R – Cold


Honest and upfront as always, R.LUM.R releases his catchy new song titled ‘Cold’ to the world.

The passionate two-minute track which addresses a romance that went downhill highlights R.LUM.R’s honest and vulnerable lyricism. Watch the official music video for the cathartic tune ‘Cold’ here.

Expect his album – released on Island Records – very soon.

Sounds like: The Weeknd, Blood Orange, LA Bouquet

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LUCIANBLOMKAMP – Sound of the Morning


Classically-trained Australian producer LUCIANBLOMKAMP shares his immersive new single, ‘Sound of the Morning’.

A potent version of the track (of which there are four dramatically different versions), inspired by the opening melody of TAPZ‘s ‘Shadow’, which, ironically, is no longer in the song after a few reworks.

Sounds like: Khalid, The Weeknd, Lastlings, Seekae, TAPZ

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Teö – History


Filipino newcomer Teö shares a stunner of a debut, entitled ‘History’.

Surrounding himself with music from a young age, there is no doubting this 18 year old is wise before his years. Written about living in the present, ‘History’ is a pop ballad with sweet licks of RnB.

Sounds like: Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran


Trove – GTFO (Feather Remix)

Trove - GTFO (Feather Remix)

Upcoming producer Feather – aka the moniker of Minnesota born/Nashville native, Kyle Featherstone – shares his remix of ‘GTFO’ by Trove, a cross-over between anthemic pop and EDM.

Growing up playing piano, Feather was surprisingly inspired by groups such as Coldplay, Jack’s Mannequin, and Augustana. Fascinated by the blossoming electronic genre, he quickly left his touring band and began producing.

Sounds like: Odesza

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Aquilo – Almost Over (Silhouettes Trilogy : Part 3)



UK production duo, Aquilo, are back this week with ‘Almost Over’.

The gritty short film – directed by Eoin Glaister and part of Aquilo’s Silhouettes Trilogy – finalises here…or does it?

Watch below.

Aquilo’s highly anticipated album, ‘Silhouettes’, is out today on Island Records.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler

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Aquilo – Silhouette (Silhouettes Trilogy : Part 2)



UK production duo, Aquilo, share the video for ‘Silhouette’, the lead single from their upcoming debut album, released on 27 January via Island Records.

The video, directed by Eoin Glaister, forms part of Aquilo’s ‘Silhouettes’ video trilogy.

The short film focuses on Perry Benson (This Is England, Sid & Nancy) and continues from Part 1.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler

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Aquilo – You Won’t Know Where You Stand (Silhouettes Trilogy : Part I)



UK production duo, Aquilo, kick off 2017 with a video for their new single ‘You Won’t Know Where You Stand’.

The video, directed by Eoin Glaister, forms part of Aquilo’s ‘Silhouettes’ video trilogy, taken from their debut album of the same name released on 27 January via Island Records.

You may recognise some of the actors in the video – it stars Perry Benson (This Is England, Sid & Nancy), Ruairi O’Connor (What Richard Did, Handsome Devil) and Emily Reid, and follows the inter-connected lives of three characters (an olympic skater, her dad and a young football coach), coming together to a poignant narrative whole.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler

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Youngr – Too Keen



The talent that is Youngr follows up ‘Out Of My System‘ with another great track called ‘Too Keen’.

The video for ‘Too Keen’ showcases what fans can expect from Youngr live. It’s his first release on Island Records, and is about “a past relationship. Everyone can come off too keen sometimes. We have all been there!”

European Tour Dates

21.02: Cologne/YUCA
22.02: Berlin/ Prince Charles
24.02: Paris/Les Etoiles Theatre
25.02: Amsterdam/ Melkweg Theatre
27.02: Glasgow 02 ABC2 Glasgow
28.02: Manchester/ Deaf Institute
02.03: London/Oslo

Sounds like: Phoenix, Miike Snow, Flight Facilities

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BANNERS – Start A Riot



Following a signing to Island Records, it’s the return of Liverpool singer, BANNERS

The third track from his newly announced debut EP is ‘Start A Riot’, which can simply be described as heartfelt, organic, melodic pop.

BANNERS’s songs are almost all geographic in nature. “I tend to write based on the place I’m in and the context,” he says, adding that various cities and the sea are often his primary inspirations. “Water is wild and untamable and a true mystery. I always seem to come back to it.”

Listen below.

Sounds like: The Temper Trap, Dive In, Kid Astray, Keane, Passenger, Arcade Fire, Foxes, Zara Kershaw

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Jack Garratt – Breathe Life

Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt

Breathing life into the mainstream music scene is the confident young British artist/producer and multi-instrumentalist, Jack Garratt, who returns with the video for ‘Breathe Life’.

The video was shot in Los Angeles, and directed by Andrew Donoho (Raury/Willis Earl Beal) who Jack also worked with on the enlightening ‘Weathered’ video.

The track starts off gently with soft steel drums lapping Garratt’s soulful vocals. The video commences in a similar vein, with Garratt floating calmly in the water. He is soon joined by some synchronised swimmers as he becomes swept away from the shore and finds himself alone in open waters. It’s not clear whether this state of being alone is harmonious for Garratt, but it is not long until he is again joined by many more swimmers in a beautiful sequence of moves. Garratt is eventually led back to dry land.

His debut album, ‘Phase’ will be released on 19 February 2016 through Island Records. Pre-order ‘Phase’ on iTunes now.

Tour Dates

17th October – Gothic Centre in Englewood, CO
20th October – Neptune Theatre in Oakland, CA
21st October – Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
23rd October -Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA
25th October – House Of Blues in San Diego, CA
27th October – The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
30th October – Columns in Manchester Cathedral, UK
31st October – The Leadmill in Sheffield, UK
2nd November – Trinity, Bristol, UK SOLD OUT
3rd November – The Library, Birmingham, UK SOLD OUT
4th November – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK SOLD OUT
7th November – Club to Club Festival, Turin, Italy
8th November – Plaza, Zurich, Switzerland
10th November – Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands SOLD OUT
12th November – Les InRocks, Paris, France
13th November – Sonic Visions Festival, Luxembourg
14th November – Botanique Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
16th November – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
17th November – Gretchen, Berlin, Germany
18th November – Mojo Club, Hamburg, Germany
28th November – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (w/ Mumford & Sons)
29th November – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield (w/ Mumford & Sons)
30th November – Genting Arena, Birmingham (w/ Mumford & Sons)
2nd December – 3Arena, Ireland (w/ Mumford & Sons)
3rd December – 3Arena (w/ Mumford & Sons)
5th December – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (w/ Mumford & Sons)
6th December – Manchester Arena (w/ Mumford & Sons)
7th December – Echo Arena, Liverpool (w/ Mumford & Sons)
9th December – O2 Arena, London (w/ Mumford & Sons)
12th December – First Direct Arena, Leeds (w/ Mumford & Sons)
13th December – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (w/ Mumford & Sons)
14th December – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (w/ Mumford & Sons)
15th April 2016 – Brixton Academy, London

Sounds like: Ásgeir, Jamie Woon, The Weeknd, Jamie XX, The XX, alt-J, Ben Khan, Ed Sheeran, Jaymes Young

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Aquilo – Good Girl

Aqulio by Jack Davison

Aqulio by Jack Davison

UK electronic duo, Aquilo returns to our stereos with ‘Good Girl’.

It’s a panoramic number with raw vocals, and harmonic undertones; a change from their usual, more charcoal style.

With a growing fan base, ‘Good Girl’ is their most mainstream pop release to date, and we are pretty sure it won’t be long until Aquilo is the name on everyone’s lips.

It is out now via Island Records. Purchase on iTunes.

Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires

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Flyte – Closer Together

Flyte - Closer Together

Flyte – Closer Together

London four-piece Flyte return with their new single ‘Closer Together’.

Having spent the past six months holed-up in the claustrophobic confines of their gloriously ramshackle Bethnal Green hangout, a home from home which serves as both recording studio and rehearsal space, ‘Closer Together’ sees the band emerge from the process energised and ready to unleash a raft of new material on the world, the end of the album recording process now in sight.

Built on the jittery new wave inspired guitar groove, the track unfurls into cascading chimes before building to its visceral climax as layers of guitars, drums and keyboards clash.

In singer / guitarist Will Taylor ‘s own words:

“If you work on something for longer than necessary it can become overcomplicated and convoluted. If you spend too much time in someone else’s company you begin to resent them. This song came from living in tiny London flats crammed in with too many other people. From feeling claustrophobic and overly obsessive. Closer Together is a request to reconnect with someone by seeing them less.”

The single is released on 31 July via Island Records.

Sounds like: Color Palette, Hinds, Bombay Bicycle Club, Oslo Parks

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Florence + the Machine – What Kind of Man

Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine is back with the fierce new guitar-based track, ‘What Kind of Man’.

Florence’s acting skills are showcased in the intense video and, as always, it is hard to miss her notorious vocals.

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The single is taken from their third album ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’, which is out on 2 June in the US via Republic and 1 June in the UK via Island.

Sounds like: Gems,Marina & The Diamonds, Sia, Lykke Li, Aaron, Letters to Fiesta, Alpines

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