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Weekly Gems 31

Gundelach – Control

Gundelach by Fredrik Harper

Having just signed to Terrible Records (Blood Orange, Porches, Le1f), Norwegian producer and artist Gundelach shares the imaginative ‘Control’.

It is taken from the forth-coming ‘Baltus’ LP, and showcases Gundelach’s Nordic-noir sensibilities, using delicate synths, pulsating beats and his effortless falsetto voice to tell a story of deep personal depression.

Sound like: Ásgeir, Bon Iver, Honne, Boxed In, RY X, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, The Presets

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Great News – You’re Mine

Great News

Time for something to lighten the mood from our favourite band of 2018, Great News.

‘You’re Mine’ is a shoe-gazer fan’s dream, a super colourful sonic nod to the 80’s and 90’s, a theme that runs throughout their debut LP ‘Wonderfault’.

Sounds like: Ten Fé, Bruce Springsteen, Sea Girls, SWIMM, Lean, Tame Impala, DIIV

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Benjamin’s Brother – If I Could

Benjamin's Brother

We are excited about Benjamin’s Brother – an interesting indie-pop band from Tel Aviv.

Discussing topics such as violence, death, desire and love, and citing influences across several genres including Arabic, American folk and techno, it’s no surprise that their sound is expansive, yet tender.

Watch their video below, which was shot by Indy Hait, at the Tel Aviv Museum Of Art, on a 16mm film.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, SAMA, Mumford & Sons, Solomon Grey, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Aquilo

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CUT_ – It’s On

CUT_

Dutch electronic duo CUT_ share ‘It’s On’, a song about the denial towards the demise of a relationship.

But they don’t just write about internal issues found in human nature, but also discuss topics on mass psychology and by analysing these aspects of our society, CUT_ attempts to find a way of coping with the messed up world we’re living in.

Sounds like: IYES, Massive Attack, Kllo

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JOHN.K – Best Of Me

JOHN.K

JOHN.K‘s electronic driven pop always catches our attention and ‘Best Of Me’ is no exception.

‘Best Of Me’ is JOHN.K’s fourth single and demonstrates another layer of maturity and artistry. Speaking of the track, he explains,

“‘Best of Me’ is about evolving through young love, admitting to past mistakes and committing to giving someone the best possible version of yourself.”

Sounds like: Sam Smith, Justin Bieber

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Lalibelle – Balance

Lalibelle

Stockholm-based producer trio Lalibelle share their breezy pop track ‘Balance’.

Breaking the silence on mental health, the song tells the story of the childhood experience of having a suicidal parent.

Sounds like: Paperwhite

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Timothy – Fly

Timothy

We don’t know a great deal about Swedish singer/songwriter Timothy, but have really enjoyed listening to his second single, ‘Fly’.

Timothy explains, “The song is a long battle with a ghost of his, he interpreters his own song with a self-written poem. Wanting the listener to create their own story, rather than giving it all away.”

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Alex Vargas, Ry X, The xx, Keaton Henson, Matt Corby

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OJ & Fridel – Feel My Love Feat. BYFYN

OJ & Fridel

Talented Israel-born, London-based producers OJ & Fridel have teamed up with electronic singer BYFYN on ‘Feel My Love’.

The producers have already worked with established Top 40 artists, as well as setting up a creative hub and collaborative project called Soho Sonic, where they help develop young producers and musicians in London.

The first release from the hub is this haunting pop piece, and one that we are very excited about.

Sounds like: Goldfrapp

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Noga Erez – Noisy

Noga Erez by Tonje Thilesen

Meet Israel’s newest shining star, Noga Erez.

Channeling desires of escapism in her music, Noga wants to embrace fun, but also discuss thought provoking topics at the same time.

The video for ‘Noisy’ was filmed and shot by Hen Makhluf at the Ralli Museum in the city Noga grew up in, Caesarea, Israel.

“Noisy is a video that tells the story of a group of girls who can create havoc even in the most peaceful and civilized places” Erez explains. “The group of girls represent the noise that exists in our minds, the voices that are always there and prevent clear and rational thought.”

Noga’s album, ‘Off The Radar’ is out now on City Slang.

Live Dates

July 8 – Belfort, FR @ Les Eurockéennes de Belfort Festival
July 12 – Tel Aviv, IL @ The Teder
July 15 – Gräfenhainichen, DE @ Melt Festival
July 29 – Vasto, IT @ Siren Festival
August 5 – London, UK @ Visions Festival (w/ Sophie, Jenny Hval, Waxahatchee)
August 12 – Berlin, DE @ Summer Slang // Festsaal Kreuzberg
August 16 – Cologne, DE @ C/O Pop Festival
November 1 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Avant Garde

Sounds like: Harry, M.I.A, Björk, FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean

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Donny – Too Crazy To Love You

Donny

A lot of great music has been coming out of Israel. One such contender is Donny, a producer and singer/song-writer who takes inspiration from soul music and turns it on its head with smooth electronic instrumentals.

His new track ‘Too Crazy To Love You’ is about calling it a day “because you realize you’re not doing good for your significant other.”

It’s out now via Majestic Casual Records.

Sounds like: KYGO

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DORJ – Thunder

DORJ

Meet DORJ, an fresh and exciting artist from Tel Aviv.

DORJ studied composition at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music, but he left after two years to pursue his love of other genres, “I got to the point where I really wanted to learn how to write and compose a classical piece, but I was struggling to find a way to express myself. I left the academy and continued working on my own beats, writing music and experimenting in the studio. I get a lot of inspiration from working with musicians and producers that I appreciate – I’m learning a lot from it, and I’m always into exploring new and interesting collaborations.”

The video for his new track, ‘Thunder’, has been inspired by such motivations. Filmed in London, guerrilla-style, with no filming permission, it sums up DORJ’s music; uninhibited.

His ‘Hipnotized’ EP is released 28 April.

Sounds like: James Blake, Sam Smith, Ben Khan

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Von Sell – Ivan (Revisited)

Von Sell

Von Sell

A self-confessed terrorist of love, and now tunes. Von Sell releases the final version of his track, ‘Ivan’, following the “quasi demo version” doing the rounds on blogs in early 2015.

Von Sell has quite an eclectic background, having been born to an Israeli mother (who also sings) and German filmmaker. He lived in New York during his early years before moving to Germany at two, where he was raised. He later returned to the US to study at Berklee College of Music.

Listen to ‘Ivan (Revisited)’ below.

Von Sell is lined up to be one of 2017’s breakthrough acts.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Hazel English, Teen Daze, Peter Gabriel, alt-J

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LIR – Chasing

Lir

Lir

New Melbourne/Tel Aviv based electronic duo LIR (aka Luke Maton and Liron Tru) releases down-tempo, debut track called ‘Chasing’.

“Chasing was written in a moment where I felt everything and nothing at the same time. Where leaving and being left out is the same, like chasing and being chased is the same” says Liron of the new single.

Soft balearic vibes fill this simple track, along with glitches of drums.

Sounds like: Portishead, Sade, Broods, Susanne Sundfør, Massive Attack, First Aid Kit, Noosa

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Roby Fayer – Safety Land (Feat. Rotem Aberbach)

Roby Fayer ft Rotem Aberbach - Safety Land by Eydan-Or Guy

Photo credit: Eydan-Or Guy

Israel born and raised Roby Fayer is a 26 year old musician whose track ‘Safety Land’ popped up in our inbox this morning.

Fayer started making music when he was 18, taking a slightly different direction from his original passion for painting and design. He initially explored the genres of electronica, house and trance, but his tastes now include indie and rock. He cites influences from Alt-J, Lana Del Ray, Coldplay, The Script, Jessie Ware, and Sam Smith.

His super catchy track features Rotem Aberbach and we are looking to hearing more from Fayer.

Sounds like: Evvy, Noosa, LANY, July Child, Sir Sly, Ghost Beach, Cannons,Youngblood Hawke, RAC, Alt-J, Lana Del Ray, Coldplay, The Script, Jessie Ware, Sam Smith, Imperial Mammoth

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