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Rainsford – Rendezvous

Rainsford by Alex Spencer

RAINSFORD is the solo project of Los Angeles-based Rainey Qualley.

Don’t worry, she doesn’t have a penchant for elderly people getting it on in a park – as seen in the video for her new single, synth pop gem ‘Rendezvous’ – but rather enjoys seeking inspiration everywhere,

“I wrote Rendezvous with my best friend/producer Nick Dungo last summer in Prospect park. We were taking a break from the studio to get a little sunshine and fresh air when we stumbled upon something very inspirational. Less than 20 yards away from us there was a couple who were very hot for each other, passionately making out, rolling around on top of each other in the grass…only they were probably in their late 60’s. Which we found equally delightful, intriguing, and kind of gross. We playfully messed with them from a distance for a while singing Marvin Gaye, and coming up with pretend scenarios which could have led them here (Were they cheating on their spouses? Probably.) Ultimately we went back to the studio with our eyes and minds deliciously stimulated, and Rendezvous is the result.”

Sounds like: Monogem, Jessie Ware

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Jazz Morley – Safe Place

Jazz Morley

UK jazz singer Jazz Morley enters the realms of electro-soul in ‘Safe Place’.

The song considers the idea of Jazz moving back to her seaside hometown of Bournemouth, to escape the stresses of city life;

‘This is a love song written about where I live and who I have in my life. It marks a shift in my own mental health, happiness and creativity. Being a full-time musician, life can be exciting, spontaneous and hugely rewarding but also chaotic, unpredictable and at times, unstable. For the first time in my life, I am happy with who I am, and where I reside – next to the sea, along the beautiful Dorset coastline.’

Sounds like: Shura, MUNA, Chinah, Honne, Jessie Ware, Låpsley, Monogem

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Kllo – Virtue

Kllo - Virtue

Kllo is an electronic pop collaboration between Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam.

Despite the more mature direction than earlier material, you can still expect to hear fusions of R&B, UK garage, and 2-step, as perfectly showcased in new single, ‘Virtue’.

Expect their debut album ‘Backwater’ to be out on 20 October via Different Recordings.

Live Dates

November
12 – Madrid, ES – Costello
13 – San Sebastian, ES – Dabadaba
14 – Barcelona, ES – Sidecar
16 – Paris, FR – Supersonic
17 – Rotterdam, NL – V11
20 – Amsterdam, NL – The Sugar Factory
23 – London, UK – XOYO
24 – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
25 – Manchester, UK – The Soup Kitchen
27 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
28 – Edinburgh, UK – Sneaky Pete’s
29 – Leeds, UK – Headrow House
30 – Nottingham, UK – The Bodega

December
03 – Berlin, DE – Badehaus
04 – Cologne, DE – Yuca
05 – Hamburg, DE – Haekken

Sounds like: The xx, Jamie xx, Jessie Ware, Kudu Blue, Disclosure

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Good Girl and the Bad Times – Keep Your Yesterdays

Good Girl and the Bad Times - Keep Your Yesterdays

Brother/sister duo Good Girl and the Bad Times share brooding new track ‘Keep Your Yesterdays’.

Having lived apart in respective cities, New York and London, the siblings, Jenny and Eli, decided to save up funds to fly Jenny home to record some music.

After borrowing some old synths from a few friends, they built a small studio in Eli’s bedroom and started working on an album. The result is eight songs, including this single, which is “a plea for world-weary hearts to sink into new love.”

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, GEMS, Broods, Monogem

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Kudu Blue – Drink Alone

Kudu Blue

‘Drink Alone’ is the second track from Kudu Blue‘s debut EP ‘Shaded’.

Surprisingly, the Brighton-based band wrote, recorded, and produced ‘Drink Alone’ entirely in one of their bedrooms in their hometown of Brighton.

Originally conceived by singer Clementine Douglas whilst working a bar shift in their home town of Brighton: “The lyrical inspiration came a few years ago now. I was working in a pub in Brighton and we’d often have a drink during our shift. This one day I was trying to be good and decided to stick to some nutritious H2O. The girl that I was working with said “please don’t make me drink alone”, I thought it could be a good song premise so wrote it down, then had a pint.”

Clementine’s timeless vocals work well with the track’s pop-leaning songwriting and electronic production.

You can watch Kudu Blue play Camden Assembly on 3 May. Buy tickets here.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Nimmo, Mura Masa, Jamie XX

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Rudie Edwards – Lover Like You

Rudie Edwards

Meet Rudie Edwards, a London-based artist full of sass and bubbling sounds.

As well as creating her own music and attending the renowned BRIT School, she has also written for the likes of CeeLo Green, Erik Hassle, and Beatrice Eli.

The video for her new track, ‘Lover Like You’, is a funk-fuelled bonanza of colour and sexuality. Of the track, Rudie explains,

“Lover Like You” is about knowing what you want from a lover and not being afraid to express it or ask for it and sees the singer dancing with reckless abandon in the midst of a disco tinged glitter party.

“The mission is to wake people up…I want to make some bloody noise that doesn’t sound like all of the other bloody noise out there.”

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Ronika, ELKKA, Erik Hassle

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Minke – Gold Angel

Minke - Gold Angel

Minke is a London based artist who creates a unique cocktail of alt-rock/R&B.

Her new single, ‘Gold Angel’, aims to push against and raise awareness about the social constraints of women, but just as we get started about feminist issues, Minke’s funky guitar riffs kick in and quickly remind us that at the end of the day, it should be about the music and not about anything else.

It has been produced by Rory Andrew and co-written by Paul Garred (The Kooks).

Sounds like: Lianne La Havas, Jessie Ware, London Grammar, Evvy

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Playlist: Saro

SARO

SARO

Los Angeles-based artist, Saro, tells us not to fall in love on his SoundCloud page, but it’s too late as we already have.

He has just dropped his ‘In Loving Memory’ EP (produced by Robin Hannibal (Rhye, Jessie Ware, Jamie Woon, Quadron) and it’s seven tracks of well-crafted pop, and to celebrate, we’ve asked him to put together a playlist.

His chosen theme is “Sleepwalking & Daydreaming”.

Katie Dey – Fear O’ the Light
I learned about the mysterious Katie Dey this past summer and she has become one of my favorites. Her album Flood Network is perfect.

Okay Kaya – I’m Stupid (But I Love You)
Kaya gives me everything I’ve ever wanted lyrically and melodically. I’m an addict.

Temples – Certainty
I love the psychedelic production and sweeter than candy melodies. Temples puts on the best live show too.

Jenny Hval – Period Piece
I get lost in the beauty of the vocal pads. I also love how the guitar is reminiscent of Morse Code.

iamamiwhoami – Sever
Iamamiwhoami has given me endless sonic and visual inspiration over the years. They have 3 full length visual albums that every artist must see.

Moses Sumney – Seeds
Moses has the voice of a god. It can melt butter, too.

TR/ST – Sulk
TR/ST has been one of my favorite bands for years. I have a man crush on Robert Alfons.

Darondo – Didn’t I
So much pain and longing in his falsetto. I can’t decide whether to dance or cry.

Wild Nothing – Chinatown
An all time favorite. “We’re not happy til we’re running away”.

Portishead – Machine Gun
Probably the most riveting production I’ve ever heard. Beth Gibbons performs a haunting vocal that moves me to the core.

Listen to Saro below.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Jack Garratt, Draper, Clean Bandit, Years & Years

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Shannon Saunders – Pure

Shannon Saunders

Shannon Saunders

We’ve been keeping our eyes on London-based Shannon Saunders ever since we first heard her vocals on Wilkinson‘s ‘Breathe’, so we were pretty happy to learn that she has shared her new video for ‘Pure’.

Shot on a stunning black beach in Iceland, the Damian-Weilers‘ directed video shows both a tough and beautiful side of Shannon (who else would be able to walk bare footed on a freezing beach in Iceland so gracefully?!), which pretty much sums up the meaning behind the track.

As Shannon puts it,

“‘Pure’ is the awakening of the soul when you first experience unconditional love. Musically it is a marriage of heavy underground beats with ambient vocals, taking you on a journey between first heartbreak and first love.”

‘Pure’ is out now via Lovejoy Records.

Sounds like: FKA Twigs, Låpsley, NAO, Delaire, Jessie Ware

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Delaire – Healing In Love

Delaire

Delaire

Delaire shares the dark pop track, ‘Healing In Love’, filling in a gap that Jessie Ware has left behind since being on maternity leave.

A controlled build up to a powerful and immersive experience. Listen to ‘Healing In Love’ below.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Shura, Róisín Murphy, Banks, London Grammar, Rationale

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