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Weekly SubmitHub Gems 14

Seeing Hands – Take Me Back

Seeing Hands

Seeing Hands create lo-fi sounds, ironically with warmer tones than you would expect based on the fact they live in Newcastle.

The video for ‘Take Me Back’ hits you with waves of nostalgia. Watch below.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Washed Out, Day Wave, The War On Drugs, Beauty Sleep

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JNNA – Waking Up With You

JNNA - Waking Up With You

JNNA has always had an ongoing love and passion for music.

Regularly working with Tyzo Bloom, the Los Angeles native’s new single ‘Waking Up With You’ is a pure electro-pop track about young love.

Sounds like: Laurel, Evvy

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TRACE – You Don’t Know Me

TRACE - You Don't Know Me

Another Los Angeles-pop songstress, TRACE has just shared her new single, ‘You Don’t Know Me’ – a song about first impressions.

TRACE is the daughter of Vietnamese pop icon Carol Kim, and has always been surrounded by music. Despite trying not to follow in her mum’s footsteps, TRACE couldn’t resist penning tracks and recording them in the bathroom.

Listen to one of the results below.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Laurel, Tove Lo, Broods, GEMS, Lykke Li, Phantogram, So Below, Jessie Ware, LUEM, Cat Power, Lorde, James Blake, Banks

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Polarbearz – Recognize feat Angelica Larsson

Polarbearz

Rock musicians-turned electronic producers Polarbearz share ‘Recognize’. Despite being located in the distant Lapland and writing a song about being different, the duo have managed to create music that sounds so on point.

It features the vocals of Angelica Larsson.

It’s out now on With Love Recordings.

Sounds like: The Chainsmokers, Kygo

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Strong Asian Mothers – Hard To Find

Strong Asian Mothers - Hard To Find

Tying together elements of hip-hop, pop and electronic sounds Strong Asian Mothers have created a beautiful, rich and textured soundscape as the basis for their new single ‘Hard to Find’.

The single is a follow up to their previous EP releases ‘Lynx Africa’ and ‘Animal‘ which gained a strong following from fans and critics alike.

‘Hard to Find’ is a catchy and instantly pleasing follow up to previous work and is bound to push them nearer to the mainstream. Vocally it’s an appealing, smooth and soulful vocal which sits somewhere between a simpler Nick Mulvey or a safer James Blake. It’s a calm but enchanting tone which never strays too far from where it starts with a careful use of double tracking and harmonies in parts.

Musically it’s simple but effective. There is nothing unnecessary about the production or arrangement with enough going on to keep you gripped from start to finish. The catchy synth riff and smooth bass line coupled with the repeated piano parts are set against a lovely simple but repetitive drum part and lovely pad like textures. They’ve definitely worked on the idea that simple is best, all parts do a job and set out to hep in bringing out the feel of the vocals.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club

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Written by Pat Dooner

Weekly SubmitHub Gems 9

Is 9 your lucky number? We’ve received some great submissions this week.

Enjoy them below!

Labrose – Disguise

Labrose

“When your lips are too thick to speak, sing”. What a great motto to live by. Meet the writers behind this line, Labrose – a UK/US producer/singer/songwriter duo who create delicate electronica.

Ironically, their new single ‘Disguise’ is left wide open with a stripped back approach, giving perspective to the complicated nature of both love’s beauty and its toxicity. Pure bliss.

It’s out now on PM Recordings.

Sounds like: Rhye, Rationale, Jacob Banks, James Blake

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ARY – Already There

ARY - Already There

Step aside ladies, Trondheim-raised / Oslo-based Norwegian solo artist ARY has arrived.

Her new single ‘Already There’ is ARY’s first attempt of a pop song, and it completely works. Pulsating synths worthy of club status and ethereal vocals, you won’t want to stop listening to it.

It’s out now via Petroleum Records.

Sounds like: Aurora, Sigrid, Kvelertak

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Vessels – Deeper In A Sky Feat Harkin

Vessels

Leeds-based five-piece Vessels share robust new single, ‘Deeper In A Sky’ featuring Harkin (aka Sky Larkin’s Katie Harkin), taken from their upcoming new album ‘The Great Distraction’ out on Different Recordings.

Speaking of the new album, Martin says, “The music acknowledges a bleakness and tension, but I think our response is optimistic and euphoric.”

Sounds like: Kate Boy, Caribou, Jon Hopkins

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Child Ivory – Angie

Child Ivory

US duo Child Ivory create uplifting music with a melancholic pinch.

Spacious vocals and a catchy AF guitar riff guide the dreamy ‘Angie’ through to our ears. Lovely.

Sounds like: KYKO, Phil Collins, The New Coast, Beach House, M83, Kurt Vile

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LOVE SICK – Bullet

LOVE SICK

We are all love sick to some degree.

Scottish girl/boy duo LOVE SICK share debut single ‘Bullet’, an ode to both heartbreak and obsession.

The couple met at a work Christmas party when Julie drunkenly let slip to Shaun (who also produced in his spare time) that she always wanted to be a singer. A few weeks later the duo coincidentally bumped into each other at a train station, and the rest is cosmic pop.

Sounds like: ASTR, Dagny, COSBY

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CAMARANO – Ashes

CAMARANO

Another debut, this time from Perth-based artist and multi-instrumentalist, CAMARANO (aka Mat Cammarano).

Having previous been involved in performing with bands as well as producing and recording for other artists, Mat has decided to go it alone and release ‘Ashes’.

It’s a fuzzy masterpiece that would fit well in the lo-fi category, alongside the likes of Tame Impala, Big Scary or Bon Iver.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Big Scary, Bon Iver

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Emmecosta – A Mountain From Us

Emmecosta

Dream pop trio Emmecosta like to dedicate their music ideas to time and place, whether that be in a club during the early hours of the morning, an afternoon walk in the park, or somewhere that is still in your imagination.

These bliss out vibes transpire into their new single, ‘A Mountain From Us’ with its waves of synths and echoing vocals.

Their new EP ‘Velour’ is out now via Icons Creating Evil Art.

Sounds like: Tom Yorke, Bon Iver, Washed Out, James Blake, Phoenix

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Kauf – Limestone

Kauf

It is incredible how some musicians create music that can be so introvert and emotive, yet at the same time be sonic and mind altering.

Kauf is one of those artists. The Los Angeles-based electronic producer makes dance music that is also song led and lyrically deep.

His new single ‘Limestone’ hits you on a deeper level. Kauf says,

“The chorus comes from something my boyfriend and I have proudly said to other people – that ‘we never fight,’ which is true, we don’t yell or get into big heated arguments, but that’s definitely not the only sign of problems in a relationship. In this case it was a lack of communication about things under the surface that slowly built up over a long period of time. And the song is about that claustrophobic feeling when you’re in the same space with someone physically but don’t feel you can really connect, whether it’s caused by events that happened within the relationship or other things in your history.”

Kauf’s album ‘Regrowth’ is out on 13 October.

Sounds like: James Blake, Nordic Giants, Bicep, Jon Hopkins, Caribou, Talos, Bonobo

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Queen Alaska – Under My Skin

Queen Alaska

Berlin electronic producer and singer, Queen Alaska (aka Anneli Bentler), shares her debut track called ‘Under My Skin’.

Also a composer and audio visual artist, Queen Alaska uses her skills to create an atmospheric landscape for her classically inspired and progressive music, one that brings the poetry in her songwriting to life.

Watch the beautifully imagined video below, which follows Queen Alaska explore her inner wanderlust, longing for another place close to the moon.

Sounds like: Robyn, Niki and the Dove, James Blake

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Madeleine Rosenthal – No One’s Gonna Save You

Madeleine Rosenthal - No One's Gonna Save You

Despite being from Los Angeles, Madeleine Rosenthal has a distinct British sound to her electronic music, similar to James Blake.

Her debut single is case in point. It’s a track about Madeleine cutting ties with someone who has been holding her back.

Sounds like: Air, Jorja Smith, London Grammar, Massive Attack, James Blake, Maggie Rogers

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Trevor James Tillery – Numb

Trevor James Tillery

Introducing your next favourite electronic act, 28 year old Trevor James Tillery.

Whilst he currently resides in Nashville, TJT has moved across the US, and there is no denying that this has influenced his sound, which blends raw instrumentation with enriched electronic pop.

His new track, ‘Numb’, is a shout out to the oppressive powers that be. It has been co-written with Grayson Proctor (Biyo) and produced by Joshua D. Niles.

Sounds like: James Blake

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Marna – Crossfire

Marna

Meet Marna, an artist from London, whose sound is very much like that of Caswell and Banks.

Her single ‘Crossfire’ hits such beautiful vocal notes, and the atmospheric and vinyl sound/siren effects echo of James Blake.

Sounds like: Caswell, London Grammar, VÉRITÉ, James Blake, Banks

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Evan Crommett – Goldilocks

Evan Crommett

New York-based Evan Crommett has music in his blood.

Brought up by musicians, Evan has always used music to convey his emotions, rather than hide away from them. The result is sensitive songwriting, that combines elements of neo-soul, folktronica and hip hop.

Listen to his new track, ‘Goldilocks’ below.

Sounds like: Chet Faker, Elliot Moss, James Blake

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