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Ben Khan – Ruby

Ben Khan

Ben Khan has been quietly collecting praise from tastemakers across the music scene. The highly talented, multi-instrumentalist has just released the visuals for ‘Ruby’, his favourite track of the recent self-entitled album, out now via Dirty Hit.

Directed and produced entirely by Khan himself, the visuals perfectly marry the track’s synthetic and futuristic themes with his undemanding vocals, silently driven by anger and sadness.

A year ago, he travelled to Kashmir, the home of his father (who works in textiles, and whose floral art inspired some of the album’s artwork), “and I just walked around and took sounds on my daily rituals, and tried to put that in there somehow, so it felt like a journey through places.” The result, he hopes, is a work of “magical realism.”

Sounds like: Leo Kalyan, Twin Shadow, Jai Paul, JUNGLE, Disclosure, Prince, Blood Orange, Harts, Oyinda, Shy Girls

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Sugarcane – Bethnal Green Blues

Sugarcane

Comprised of Robin French (Cuckoo) and Antonia Thomas (Misfits, Lovesick), these two creatives write seductive bossa nova music paired with calypso pop sensibilities that would fit well on the soundtrack of ‘The End of the F***ing World’.

On the motivation behind Bethnal Green Blues, Robin states,

“Sometimes you write a sad song from a happy moment. This came to me while I was flying to South America to see a girl I’d fallen for. It’s about the emotional ice age after a romance fails, but it was written as that ice melted under the Argentine sun..”

Sounds like: Nouvelle Vague, Men I Trust

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Dancing On Tables – Colour Me Good

Dancing On Tables by Lucy Foster-0009

We love an indie anthem, so thank you to five-piece pop-rock, Dancing On Tables.

The band, school friends from school in Dunfermline, a small town just outside Edinburgh, have released ‘Colour Me Good’ – a groove-laced, vintage indie-pop track that encapsulates sun-drenched, dance-able songwriting with a distinct Scottish charm.

Sounds like: Sea Girls, Biffy Clyro, Circa Waves, The 1975

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Slenderbodies – The One

Slenderbodies

Slenderbodies is a California-bred duo who write forward-thinking, dreamy synth-pop.

Their new single ‘The One’ is intricately subtle musical medication, shared in preparation of their upcoming EP, ‘SORAYA’, to be released through Los Angeles indie label Avant Garden, which is also home to Emotional Oranges.

Sounds like: Glass Animals, Alt-J, Milky Chance, Mura Masa, Passion Pit, PVRIS

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Dirty Nice – Always Summer

Dirty Nice

Forget those summer blues.

Mysterious UK-based duo, Dirty Nice, make a positive point in new single – it’s always summer, somewhere.

Released on Kitsuné, the single is an antidote to holiday blues, and the “optimistic twin” to their track ‘Zero Summer’.

Sounds like: Shy Luv, Phoenix, Daft Punk, Jai Paul, Sylvan Esso

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Gavin Haley – Sad Season

Gavin Haley

From summer season to ‘Sad Season’ with former professional cyclist Gavin Haley‘s latest single.

While competing with the national cycling team, Haley suffered an injury that resulted in a collapsed lung, setting back his travel by several months. During his recovery, he explored and found inspiration in Europe’s underground music scene, becoming enamored with energetic live performances filled with a grit and energy.

Starting with a simple West Coast-inspired guitar riff, ‘Sad Season’ soon picks up and exposes determined pop and R&B.

Sounds like: Zayn Malik, Frank Ocean, Ed Sheeran

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ROYAL – Vessel

ROYAL

Canadian songstress ROYAL debuts with ‘Vessel’, the first of six new tracks that appear on her upcoming album, ‘Heart of Shadows’.

Covering the topic of heartbreak, loss of identity and raw self-reflection, this is electro-pop at its finest in 2018.

Speaking about ‘Vessel,’ ROYAL says,

“This song is about heartbreak – having to let go of someone you love, and then realizing the emptiness and loss of identity that ensues. I wrote this song it while trying to find myself after getting lost within a relationship for many years and then feeling shattered by the loss of a love I thought would last a lifetime.”

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Lana Del Rey, Evvy, Noosa, Dominique, The xx

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Von Sell – Scene Of A Crime

Von Sell

Last but not least, our favourite breakthrough act – self-taught producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Von Sell.

After a bout of vocal pain and subsequent treatment, we are pleased to say that Von Sell is on the mend and returning to our stereos with ‘Scene OF A Crime’.

Taken from his forthcoming sophomore EP, ‘Digital Sleep’, the song reflects on unrequited love, but, due to its uptempo nature, it will ultimately leave a taste of confusion in your mouth because you can’t help but dance despite the disconcerting subject matter.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Hazel English, Teen Daze, Peter Gabriel, Alt-J, Thomas Azier

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Ben Khan – 2000 Angels

Ben Khan

Big news. Ben Khan returns with the announcement of his debut album (hurrah!) and a self-directed dystopian video for spine-tingling new single ‘2000 Angels’.

The album – set for release in the summer – was produced alongside Flood (PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails) and mixed by Spike Stent (Björk, Frank Ocean), with Ben playing every instrument on the record.

Always with a creative hands-on approach, Ben also plans to launch his new interactive website, The Foundation, which offers an insight into the richness and depth of the album’s story.

Sounds like: Leo Kalyan, Twin Shadow, Jai Paul, JUNGLE, Disclosure, Prince, Blood Orange, Harts, Oyinda, Shy Girls

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OTR – Close Feat Kai Straw

OTR - Close Feat Kai Straw

OTR manages to get the chilled but tense vibe just right with his latest single, ‘Close’, which includes the soulful vocals by Kai Straw.

The 25-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer uses his mathematical mind as a key component when it comes to his music, producing off-kilter melodies and electronic sounds.

Sounds like: Hotel Garuda, Gryffin, ODESZA, Petit Biscuit, Porter Robinson

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NAVA – Ritual

NAVA

NAVA is the highly energetic project of Persian songwriter Nava Golchini and three other Italian musicians. Visually, NAVA is a mix of horror and fashion inspired by the works of visionary designer Gareth Pugh.

The debut single ‘Ritual’ gives us a glimpse into the NAVA world – full of electro arrangements, tribal instruments and dark metropolitan landscapes.

‘Ritual’ is out now on Factory Flaws.

Sounds like: Nimmo

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Betablock3r – Make You Happy

Betablock3r

It could be 2014 again, and boy it feels good! During your visit, expect luscious vocals, addictive synth drops and and nu-disco undertone. All this, courtesy of Betablock3r and the new single ‘Make You Happy’.

It is the first single off their debut EP Monolith, out now.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Chromeo, RAC, Nightdrive

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Tanners – Holy Water

Tanners

It wouldn’t be a decent weekly gems feature without some pop in there. This week Tanners is the chosen one.

Tanners is the moniker of New York City-based songwriter and producer Tanner Peterson. Leading the way for women in creative music tech, Tanners has also spoken at TEDxTeen.

Inspired by her childhood love for the beach, ‘Holy Water’ celebrates the beauty and electricity born from allowing yourself to be completely vulnerable and enveloped by the ocean. “It’s a thank you song to the ocean for teaching me to embrace vulnerability,” Tanners says of the track.

Sounds like: Shura, Monogem, Ronika, Jessie Ware

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Young Sierra – Next To You

Young Sierra - Next To You

Meet emerging alt-pop trio Young Sierra, who were born from a school friendship, and bonded “over a shared love of low bit-rate Drake mp3s, eighties pop and hot-sauce”.

They have the kind of frantic energy of Arcade Fire and the cheeky nature of The 1975. Naughty.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Electric Youth, The 1975, Night Panther, Bad Sounds

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Dirty Nice – Zero Summer

Zero Summer

Making a case for ‘Zero Summer’ is UK duo, Dirty Nice.

We are not entirely sure what the term ‘zero summer’ means, but the lyrics suggest the track maybe politically driven; “…the people are living in a zero-sum game…they accept there will always be a winner and a loser…they don’t try make things work for everyone…they don’t care?”. This despondent attitude is further displayed by the overtly chilled, lo-fi feel throughout the track.

Sounds like: Jai Paul, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Goss – Soo Bad

Goss

Meet Danish musician, Goss.

Having already written with some of Denmark’s finest musical exports, including on ’s upcoming album, Goss now shares ‘Soo Bad’, taken from his ‘Healthcare’ EP, out on 28 April.

It’s a buzzy pop track that warms you straight in the heart.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, MOTHXR, Mura Masa, Jai Paul

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MOOKHI – Foul Play (Feat. Billy Fox)

MOOKHI

MOOKHI

Meet MOOKHI, the musical project of Australian, Olympia Henshaw.

She’s teamed up with Sydney producer and musician, Billy Fox, for her debut release called ‘Foul Play’.

‘Foul Play’ is essentially an electronic track, but we also enjoy the abstract piano chords, which MOOKHI said she composed during a flight in which she had very little sleep.

It is taken from her ‘Lost & Found’ EP, out on 24 February.

Sounds like: James Blake, Sam Smith, Jai Paul, Ben Khan, Crozet, Brotherun, One Bit, Until The Ribbon Breaks, TDeL2, James Vincent McMorrow

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B.Miles – Running

B.Miles

B.Miles

B.Miles is back with ‘Running’.

A funky and humble track, ‘Running’ is bang on the pop trend for 2017.

It’s the first offering from B.Miles’ self-titled EP, out 17 March. The EP was written in the same storage-unit-turned-studio where ‘Twenty Fifteen’ was recorded, alongside co-songwriter Eric Nizgretsky and Brooklyn-based production duo Noise Club. Producer Matias Quarleri was also added to the mix this time around.

Sounds like: Rhye, Years & Years, Jess Nolan, London Grammar, Banks, Ji Nilsson, Lyves, Broods, SOHN, The Weeknd, Jesse Ware, Shura, Noosa, James Blake, July Child, The xx, Jai Paul, Rationale, Austra

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Leo Kalyan – Daydream

Leo Kalyan

Leo Kalyan

London native, Leo Kalyan, releases the video for ‘Daydream’; a stunning and an emotive track with an equally as mesmerising video.

The hypnotic stock motion visual was animated by Ruth Barrett and directed by Hazlett-Beard. It once again showcases Kalyan’s boundless ability to draw upon ‘close to the bone’ emotions and wrap them perfectly in an infectious soulful R&B pop sheen.

Speaking of the video Kalyan, described how “For the “Daydream” video, I wanted to bring my collage artworks to life. I design all my own song artwork so the colours and textures that I use are chosen to represent how the song feels to me. For this video, I wanted to take it a step further by making it move. Much like my last video there isn’t a specific storyline to follow. It’s more about a mood, a vibe, and an aesthetic. It’s about momentarily letting your mind wander into a different, slightly surreal world – just like a daydream.”

Watch below.

Leo’s four-track EP, ‘Silver Linings’, has been produced by friend and frequent collaborator XO and is out now.

Sounds like: XO, Ben Khan, Xan Young, Jai Paul

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Ryan Egan – Finest Hour

Ryan Egan

Ryan Egan

Another cracking track from Ryan Egan. This one is called ‘Finest Hour’, and we are pretty sure this is Ryan’s finest musical hour to date.

While previous releases have seen Egan share production with Luca Buccellati (Tei Shi), ‘Finest Hour’ see’s Egan take on full production duties.

The result a glistening pop track full of 80’s vibes.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Tei Shi, The Ugly Club, Twin Shadow, Jai Paul, JUNGLE, Shy Girls

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XO – Night Time Solace

XO

XO

A new wave of indie R&B male vocalists from the UK continues. This time, it’s 20 year old Staffordshire born producer and songwriter XO (aka Sunil Heera).

His latest release continues to live up to the hype and sees XO play with just as many disparate influences as his first two EP’s — neo soul, funk, hip hop, the faint pulse of deep house – with an added abstract twist.

The A side, ‘Divive Disaster’, features the vocals of Sydney based newcomer James Chatburn, and was also influenced by the story of 2014 film ‘Gone Girl’ with Heera claiming the EP to be about how “our head and heart can sometimes be in two different places, in some cases we confront it and in others we learn to live with it”.

The B-side, ‘Night Time Solace’, favours woozy, blown-out sounds and sample-heavy electronica for a gorgeous slice of twisted soul.

‘Divine Disaster’ / ‘Night Time Solace’ is out now on his own label, He Loves You Not Recordings,

Sounds like: Jai Paul, Ben Khan, The Weeknd, SOHN, Jack Garratt, Alex Vargas, NAO

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