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BATTS – For Now

BATTS

BATTS is the project of Australian-based artist Tanya Batt.

Cue the beautiful video for their ambient track, ‘For Now’, which has used free footage from NASA’s archives.

“The aim of this song was to try and sonically create a feeling of floating through space, so naturally BATTS wanted to pair it with space footage and spent many hours going through space footage and nasa archives to find footage she felt suited.”

Sounds like: London Grammar, Ficci, GEMS, MS MR, Daughter, James Blake, Jon Hopkins, MØ, SOHN, Broods, M83

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VILDE – Maintain

VILDE by Elin Ghersinich

Continuing with his monthly release schedule, VILDE, shares ‘Maintain’.

The music of VILDE – an innovative music project set up by Stockholm-based Thomas Savage, former member of Kins – is dutifully firm and ‘Maintain’ stands by that mentality with its racing drum beat and Savage’s claustrophobic vocals.

Elaborating on the themes behind ‘Maintain’, Vilde explains, “The subject matter of the song is somewhat of a crammed amalgamation of ideas. Part inspired by the film ‘Ace in the Hole’, where a news reporter begins to twist events in a dark way to gain fame through his portrayal of the story. There’s some pretty bleak imagery in the lyrics, yet bits of optimism seep through too, provoking a sense of solitude, release & calm.”

Live Dates

July 21 – Kantine Am Berghain, Berlin w/ Foreign/National
July 29 – Old Blue Last, London w/ Foreign/National

Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Spektor, Radiohead, Thomas Azier, James Blake, Ulrich Schnauss, TV on the Radio, BØRNS, Tim Hecker, Future Islands

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Fyfe – Belong (Feat. Kimbra)

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Fyfe is the musical project of Paul Dixon, and he returns with a seriously strong new track called ‘Belong’, featuring Kimbra.

It is the first single taken off Fyfe’s second album ‘The Space Between’, which is released on 9 June. The concept behind the album is it begins in a hospital ward and ends at a funeral home.

‘Belong’ was written following Paul’s experience with the separate and sudden deaths of two young friends, then his grandmother passing away, and very quickly a family friend, but also him becoming an uncle three times.

Fyfe describes ‘Belong’ as,

“the desire to find purpose in a transient life. A relationship can be helpful or a hinderance in terms of understanding who you are and ‘Belong’ is documenting someone starting to pose those questions, rather than providing the answers…Kimbra is a real creative force. Our voices are presenting the same narrative rather than a conversation between two members of a relationship.”

Fyfe will be playing a headline show at London’s Omeara on 4 May.

Sounds like: RALPH, Miike Snow, Boxed In, James Blake, Childish Gambino, SOHN, The XX, Ellie Goulding, Bombay Bicycle Club, Death Cab For Cutie, London Grammar, Foals

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Tuvaband – Everything We Do Is Wrong

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Norwegian duo Tuvaband share the video to new single ‘Everything We Do Is Wrong’.

The video explores the theme of being trapped and fits perfectly with the burdened vocals and echoey riffs, that are extremely reminiscent of The xx,

“Everything We Do Is Wrong is coming from an underlying feeling of being trapped and sometimes paralyzed in a world where the normalized, daily stuff we do feels wrong, both for the planet and the people. How and what we eat, buying new clothes, and the stuff we acquire because we think we need it, but actually don’t. “Everything We Do Is Wrong” is a raw and stripped back song with a lot of emotions.”

It’s out now on Diamond Club.

Sounds like: The xx, James Blake, IDER, London Grammar, Björk

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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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SQRD – Together

SQRD - Together

Swedish born and based producer SQRD shares ‘Together’.

The track contains hypnotising loops of lo-fi electronic textures and minimalistic vocals.

SQRD says of the track, “I’d just moved back to Stockholm from Berlin, the winter nights were dark, cold, lonely, I was missing everyone I’d left behind in Germany and frantically listening to FKA Twigs and Låpsley on repeat. One night I’d just started writing ‘Together’ which turned out to be a song about my fear of losing someone very dear to me.”

It’s out now via Sommarhjärta.

Sounds like: Foals, James Blake, Honne, SBTRKT, RÜFÜS, Joe Goddard, The xx

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MATTIS – Loverboy

MATTIS

Copenhagen-based superstar in the making, MATTIS, shares his stunning debut, ‘Loverboy’.

This self confessed “viking soul” uses somewhat minimalistic production, relying heavily on his vocals (think James Blake or Sampha), but ‘Loverboy’ also tells an emotive story, driven from a dark place that MATTIS found himself in three years ago, having lost his apartment following a break up, and generally feeling like a lone wolf away from the pack.

​The single is out via Sony Music in Scandinavia and Tigerspring/The Orchard elsewhere.

Sounds like: Rationale, Ben Pearce, James Blake, Sampha

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Otzeki – All This Time

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London based duo, Otzeki, have just shared the video for ‘All This Time’.

The video is made up of footage recorded on vocalist Mike’s iPhone over the past two years in various locations including LA, London and Cambridge. “It a visual diary of things,” explains Mike. “Like our previous videos the subject matter is contained within everyday reality and gives it a certain enigmatic quality in line with the themes of the song.”

The blues-ridden and minimal intro of ‘All This Time’ slowly envelopes us with its sub soul vocals, sensual bass lines, tribal tones, and echoes of rave culture, eventually leading to an intimate and dreamy climax.

The track has been mixed by Nathan Boddy (James Blake, S.W.E.A.T).

They play the Sebright Arms in London on 23 March.

Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Massive Attack, Nimmo, alt-J, Nimmo, Glass Animals, Metronomy, Jamie XX

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Life Is Better Blonde – Fires

Life Is Better Blonde

Upon first listen of ‘Fire’ by Melbourne-based Life Is Better Blonde, we immediately drew comparisons to Jack Garratt and James Blake.

The track is full of intimate vocal techniques, erratic, but beautiful piano chords, and intrusive, electrocuting production. It’s left our ears buzzing!

It’s out now via Majestic Casual Records.

Sounds like: Jack Garratt, James Blake, Flying Lotus

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Talos – Odyssey

Talos by Brendan Canty

Talos by Brendan Canty

We want to push the new breed of indietronica music in Europe and beyond. Helping us succeed in this quest is Cork based Talos, the musical project of Eoin French.

His new track, ‘Odyssey’ is enticing in nature with ethereal vocals and divine production.

Talos explains about ‘Odyssey’, “In any endeavour we find ourselves at that point of doubt. Those moments where you question yourself. That’s what the line, ‘In this odyssey, it’s hard to leave…’ refers to. It’s a beautiful and testing cycle. “I was asking myself some pretty big questions. Am I doing the right thing? Is this worth it? Am I deluding myself?! And I think in the end, the answer is yes to all three. These feelings come and go. The thoughts pass. Sometimes the delusions get realised. And we move on.”

Talos’s debut album, ‘Wild Alee’ will be out on 21 April.

Sounds like: Broadhurst, Phoria, James Blake, Bon Iver, Aquilo,

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