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Rae Isla – Mexico

Rae Isla

Our hearts go out to those in Mexico at the moment. This one is for them.

‘Mexico’ is a debut song by Seattle-born Rae Isla, who has a family interest in South America. It features guitarist Lito de la Isla and was produced by Gianluca Buccellati (Tei Shi, Yellerkin).

Rae is donating all of her profits from the sale of the song to Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexican Red Cross).

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Laurel

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Motion Trap – The Movement

Motion Trap

Denver duo, Motion Trap (aka Kyle Williams and Nathan Rogers) release spirited new single, ‘The Movement’, and the synth-rock-pop number does just that. Make you move.

Expect their sophomore album ‘Heavenly Bodies’ out soon.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, OMD, Future Islands, Roosevelt, Cut Copy

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REFS – Fool

Refs

REFS is the project of Brooklyn-based producer, Zach Lipkins.

Pure emotion and intimacy oozes from his R&B hit ‘Fool’, all perfectly enveloped with fervorous production.

Sounds like: John Legend, Jack Garratt, Klyne

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Nocturnal Tapes – All I Need

Nocturnal Tapes - All I Need

Wow, Nocturnal Tapes have arrived and aren’t we happy they have!

Their new single ‘All I Need’ takes you on a spacial journey of floaty dreamscapes and psychedelia attitudes. It is about that moment when you realise you have everything you need and suddenly the pressure you’ve been putting on yourself can lift.

Sounds like: Kasabian, Tame Impala, Du Tonc, Cut Copy

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Kendall Morgan – Undertow

Kendall Morgan- Undertow

If Lorde decided to dabble in hip hop, this might be the result – ‘Undertow’ by Kendall Morgan.

Kendall grew up in Nashville, and started writing songs as early as she can remember. Her experience in songwriting has led her to working on tracks with Kendrick Lamar and Yo Gotti.

Listen to ‘Undertow’ below.

Sounds like: Lorde, Kacy Hill

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Back Talk – Nothing New (Feat. The Fame Riot)

Back Talk - Nothing New (Feat. The Fame Riot)

Los Angeles/Seattle group Back Talk blast out new banger, ‘Nothing New’ featuring The Fame Riot.

‘Nothing New’ offers up fighting lyrics smothered in modern production. Listen below.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Odesza, Louis The Child

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TWINKIDS – Body Wonder

TWINKIDS

TWINKIDS drop ‘Body Wonder’.

It’s a brooding number with elegant pieces of soulful vocals, unexpected harmonies and spare percussion written about how all-consuming love is.

‘Body Wonder’ is out now on Om Records.

Sounds like: Talos, Tame Impala, Oli Hannaford, Boxed In

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Ruben Young – Bad Habits

Ruben Young - Bad Habits

Rising Canadian R&B artist Ruben Young shares the ever so smooth ‘Bad Habits’.

Speaking of the single, Ruben says,

“I wrote it in the fall of 2015, following my “relapse” for a girl I’d been chasing since I was 16 years old. She’s never been good for me, and I’ve known it all along. We kept our ‘relationship’ a secret, and it became more of an affair. She was my forbidden secret – my bad habit. 7 years later, it all came crashing down. I think everyone’s guilty of falling for someone who they couldn’t get over; even though they knew they needed to. For me, she was dangerous, and I loved that about her.”

Sounds like: John Legend

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Tyzo Bloom – Before U Go (feat. Lauren Marie)

Tyzo Bloom

Tyzo Bloom is the brainchild of Los Angeles producer/songwriter, Casey Chen.

He writes progressive music that combines contemporary production, melodic tones and delightful vocals (this time, courtesy of Lauren Marie).

Sounds like: Sylvan Esso, Mura Masa, Ella Vos, Odesza

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Sub-Radio – Was It Good For You

Sub-Radio

DIY band Sub-Radio create uplifting music with a raw edge.

‘Was It Good For You’ creates a feeling of disorder as soon as you listen to it, but this isn’t a bad thing when the falsetto vocals are as good as this!

Sounds like: Smallpools, Young The Giant

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Ricky Remedy x JOHN.k – Gold

Ricky Remedy x JOHN.k - Gold

Introducing JOHN.k, an Orlando-based singer-songwriter who effortless perspires soul.

He has teamed up with Mad Decent-signed and Grammy Award winning producer Ricky Remedy for a new collaborative single, ‘Gold’, in which Ricky brings some serious, crisp production skills to the table.

Sounds like: MNEK, Gorgon City, The Weeknd

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Refs – Turn Around

Refs

Refs

Refreshingly new sounds from Refs, the musical outlet of Brooklyn-based producer, Zach Lipkins.

‘Turn Around’ is a groovy number with euphoric synths and soulful vocals, and follows on from the equally as intriguing ‘Pain Goes Away’.

Sounds like: John Legend, Jack Garratt, Klyne

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Oli Hannaford – Lily

Oli Hannaford

Oli Hannaford

Devon talent, Oli Hannaford, returns with ‘Lily’.

Another self-produced track, Oli explains “Lily is a slightly complicated way of explaining a period of time where you’re really struggling. I was recently reading about a fish that swims around looking for lily pads to jump on because it breathes air (as well as water? No clue), and there are references to that search for the lily pad throughout. It’s also a bit about taking the struggle and turning it into a positive thing, broadening your mind set a little, but always giving yourself just enough breathing space.”

Sounds like: Boxed In, Tracy Chapman, Rationale, Rudimental, Alex Clare, James Blake, John Legend, Will Heard, The Levity

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Oli Hannaford – Free Things

Oli Hannaford

Oli Hannaford

Stunning debut track, ‘Free Things’, is released by creative newcomer Oli Hannaford.

Vocal, lyrical and melodic comparisons have been made to the likes of Will Heard and Sam Smith, but we think Oli stands as his own contender for musical acclaim.

With over 20 songs to choose from, Oli has been writing for years and has no plans of stopping anytime soon with intentions of creating big electronic live shows to enhance the depth of his already impactful sound.

‘Free Things’ is out via Downtown Artists and available for purchase on iTunes.

Sounds like: Boxed In, Tracy Chapman, Rationale, Rudimental, Alex Clare, James Blake, John Legend, Will Heard, The Levity

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Late Nite Cable – All Nite Girl

Late Nite Cable

Late Nite Cable

Brooklyn-based synth-pop duo, Late Nite Cable, have just released their new single, ‘All Nite Girl’.

It’s a melodic track about meeting someone during a night out that you end up having a real connection with, but knowing that you’ll probably never see them again.

The song comes from the band’s upcoming debut EP, which has been co-produced by Anthony Gallo (Yeasayer, John Legend, Cat Power) and is due out next month.

Sounds like: Yeasayer, St. Lucia, Rose Quartz, Cosby

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X&Y – Rocket Science

X&Y

X&Y

X&Y is Ben (21, keyboard and vocals), Ash (22, guitar) and Rhys (21, drums) from London, Brighton and Wales (in no particular order).

The trio has been busy in the studio with music royalty; Toby Gad (Beyonce, John Legend, Madonna), Josh Record, Johnny Coffer (Emeli Sande, Gorgon City), Nexus (Lana Del Rey, Hurts), and Until The Ribbon Breaks.

New track ‘Rocket Science’ is a type of pop the radio stations and TV channels have been missing of late. Real, ballad-infused, indie pop.

Have a listen.

Sounds like: Temple Trap, Tove Lo, Cloud Fighter, Emeli Sande, Elle Eyre, Hurts, Until The Ribbon Breaks, John Legend, Josh Record, James Bay

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