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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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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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Vasser – To The Wolves

Vasser

The glitchy guitar-based electronica of 2015 (think Ben Khan) never quite made it into the mainstream, but Vasser might be about to change that.

Vasser is the bedroom project of an 18 year old Kent local. His latest release, ‘To The Wolves’, is about an unequal relationship that Vasser struggled with for a year, with the spotlight being on his vocals, as opposed to the production.

Sounds like: Boxed In, James Blake, Dead Ceremony, Jon Hopkins, Ben Khan, Mura Masa

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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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Playlist: Highasakite

Highasakite

Highasakite

These guys must be as high as kites at the moment, following some fantastic reviews of recent releases, ‘Golden Ticket’ and ‘Someone Who’ll Get It’.

Giving us a snippet of their pre-show rituals, Highasakite have shared with us their pre-show playlist.

Enjoy!

The Knife – ‘Silent Shout’

A masterpiece of a song, love the vintage drum-machine and synths, and the vocal effect is dope!

Purity Ring – ‘Obedear’

Like getting sucked down into a dark hole where you get a glimpse of light here and there. Love this band!

FKA Twigs – ‘Water Me’

Beautiful vocal sampling, and the video is amazing too!

Grimes – ‘Dream Fortress’

Violin from another world! So moody and beautiful.

Like The Movie – ‘Cruel Thing’

My little electronic side project. Started working with this when I produced all of the electronic drums for the new

Highasakite album.

Purity Ring – ‘Amenamy (Jon Hopkins Remix)’

Love Jon Hopkins, and Purity Ring… so, this is just perfect!

Highasakite- ‘Golden Ticket’

Our new single, felt like it could fit on this playlist!

Justin Bieber – ‘Where Are Ü Now’

Can´t help it, this is just so cool! Fantastic production by Skrillex and Diplo!

Gordi – ‘Can We Work It Out’

Gordi joined us on our UK tour in May, and you should check it out!!

Emilie Nicolas – ‘Pstereo’

One of the best voices from Norway, and this song must be one of the best pop songs from Norway.

Björk – ‘Hyperballad’

What to say, this is so beautiful! The mix between electronic and acoustic instruments pushing the song forward with Björk’s vocals swimming on top.

Die Antwoord – ‘Ugly Boy’

Some people hate this, we love it!

Sounds like: The Knife, Lykke Li, Kate Boy, MØ, Raindear, Sóley

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Meadowlark – Paraffin

Meadowlark by Giles Smith

Meadowlark by Giles Smith

Meadowlark (aka Kate McGill and Daniel Broadley) return with the brilliant new single called ‘Paraffin’.

We wrote about the duo some time ago, but since then their sound appears to have evolved; gradually building the tracks from simple melodies into dense sonic structures was an experimental process through which Meadowlark have firmly found their creative voice.

Directed by James Beale (All We Are, Phantogram, Jon Hopkins), the video is a dream-like take on a relationship that is skewed both visually and narratively.

Speaking about the concept behind the film, the band explain: “We’ve previously directed all our own music videos and this was the first time we had ever worked with someone else on one of our songs. It was amazing to not only collaborate with a new mind but to also be able to watch the video with fresh eyes for the first time, to enjoy it as someone else would. ‘Paraffin’ is ultimately a song about the ups and downs of a relationship and James has managed to show that intimately and openly between the two characters.”

‘Paraffin’ is the title track from Meadowlark’s forthcoming EP which is set for release on 22nd April via Believe Recordings. The new record is the follow up to Meadowlark’s 2015 released ‘Dual’ EP which was produced by Ant West of Oh Wonder.

Sounds like: IYES, Oh Wonder, LAYLA, July Child, Broods, Elli Goulding

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BATTS – Morals

BATTS

BATTS

BATTS was born via SoundCloud when Australian based artist Tanya Batt and UK producer/musician Alisdair Mason (Ficci) discovered a mutual admiration for one another’s music.

They have never met in person, yet the result of the collaboration is effortless.

The video for ‘Morals’ (directed by Melbourne musician Hayden Calnin) is as minimalistic and hypnotic as the production of the track and compliments Tanya’s experimental vocals.

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

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Turtle – Silent Weapons

Turtle - Silent Weapons

Turtle – Silent Weapons

Glaswegian producer and songwriter Jon Cooper is Turtle.

Latest track, ‘Silent Weapons’, has layers of subtle beats, soft vocals and melodic beauty.

Watch the mesmerising video below:

The track has been taken from his five-track debut EP ‘Colours’, which can be pre-ordered on iTunes here.

Sounds like: Peter Lyons, Phoria, Jon Hopkins, SOHN, Thom Yorke, Lyla Foy, Khushi, Gold Flake Paint

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Apparat – Black Water

Apparat

Apparat

Apparat (aka Sascha Ring) is an electronic producer from Germany, who is now based in Berlin. He is also co-owner of electronic German Record label, Shitkatapult Records.

Apparat has collaborated with a series of artists such as BPitch founder and fellow electronic producer, Ellen Allien, in 2003 on the album ‘Berlinette’, and again in 2006 on the album ‘Orchestra of Bubbles’. He also hooked up with one half of Modeselektor to form the electronic supergroup Moderat.

In 2011, he signed with Mute Records, where he released ‘The Devil’s Walk’, named after a political poem by romantic English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Despite a number of his tracks being featured in various TV shows and films, Apparat is still reasonably unknown in the mainstream music scene, although it is likely a lot of people have come across his music without realising it.

We may be 2 years late, but we still absolutely adore the track ‘Black Water’. The track is as epic as something M83 would produce and a far cry from Apparat’s techno roots. Who would have thought it would be so mesmerising watching sturdy assembles of items being filmed in a candlelit setting. The smoking items are likely to tip at any point, but every dusty relic neatly has its place.

The IDM composer has since taken a more orchestral and ambient approach with his latest album, ‘Kreig Und Frieden (Music For Theatre)’, which is now out via Mute Records. The album is made up of tracks composed for a German theatre production of Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’.

Whether this new direction is ephemeral remains unknown, but that is one of qualities we love about Apparat.

In September this year, he was unfortunately injured in a motorcycle accident with his girlfriend in Berlin, suffering a multiple leg fracture and postponing his tour with Moderat until January 2014. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Sounds like: Moderat, Ellen Allien, Jon Hopkins, M83

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Indietronica Playlist September 2013

The vids for our favourite Indietronica tunes from September 2013 can be watched below. Enjoy!

Tracklisting 

1. Roosevelt – ‘Elliot’
2. Holy Ghost! – ‘Okay’
3. Banks – ‘Waiting Game’
4. Foals – ‘Out of the Woods’
5. Goldroom – ‘Embrace’
6. Twin Shadow – ‘Old Love / New Love’
7. RAC – ‘Let Go ft. Kele and MNDR’
8. MØ – ‘XXX 88 ft. Diplo’
9. Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’
10. Big Black Delta – ‘Money Rain Down’
11. Phoenix – ‘Entertainment’ (A Take Away Show)
12. Banks – ‘This is What it Feels Like’
13. Jon Hopkins – ‘Breathe This Air feat. Purity Ring
14. Sky Ferreira – ‘You’re Not the One’
15. Laura Welsh – ‘Undiscovered’
16. Charli XCX  – Superlove
17. Indiana – ‘Mess Around’
18. Cut Copy – ‘Free Your Mind’
19. Jessy Lanza – ‘Keep Moving’
20. Blood Orange – ‘Chamakay’