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BATTS – Morals



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 (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!


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’

Jon Hopkins – Breathe This Air feat. Purity Ring

Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins is a London-based electronic producer. His album, ‘Immunity’ has been shortlisted for this year’s Mercury Music Prize.

The album features the dusty techno track ‘Breathe This Air’ which has been reworked by Hopkins and now features the choral vocals of Purity Ring‘s Megan James.

The beautiful yet eerie video, directed by Anthony Dickenson, silently follows a story of two parallels. One of a young woman who is cleansing herself in a lake after suffering a loss, and one of a hunter who appears to be struggling during the aftermath of a car crash in which he has injured a deer.

The story lines unfold throughout the track until the abrupt ending. Watch below:

You can listen to the original ‘Breathe This Air’ on ‘Immunity’, which was released on 3 June 2013 via Domino Records.

Sounds like: Purity Ring, Lusine, Apparat, Gold Panda, Tycho, Ulrich Schnauss

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