Introducing Zhao, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist as pure as they come. Also the producer and vocalist of his solo project, Zhao’s new EP ‘Ride’ takes you on a journey blissful collection of upbeat love songs tinged with regret and doubt, effortlessly combining classical with modern electronic pop.
The first single release from the EP is called ‘Lifetime’ and is probably the most enchanting of the four tracks.
His EP ‘Ride’ is out on 27 October. Pre-order here.
Sounds like: Roosevelt, Summer Heart, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Honne, Thomas Azier, Hurts, Josef Salvat, Goldroom
Some things are just meant to be. Take Swedish-born/NYC-residing producer and label owner Ben Phipps and Los Angeles-based Lizzy Land.
Ben discovered Lizzy’s music via his Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify so reached out to her about making a track together. The result is ‘Mrs Mr’, which celebrates Lizzy’s delicate tones and Ben’s ability to create melodic indietronica.
Sounds like: Emma Louise, VÉRITÉ, Draper, NoMBe, Ayer, Evvy, Micky Blue, Josef Salvat, Gryffin, Jack LNDN
Perhaps his most commercial release to date, Thomas Azier releases ‘Gold’ and announces his sophomore album, ‘Rouge’.
Striking in it’s nature, ‘Gold’ showcases Thomas’s new direction of no compromise piano-led pop. Addressing the joy of love, while acknowledging its pitfalls, ‘Gold’ leads us with celebratory choruses and falsetto vocals.
Disclosure: I am Thomas Azier’s publicist at the time of writing.
06.04 FR Rennes, Festival Mythos
19.04 FR Bourges, Théâtre Jacques Coeur
18.05 BE Brussels, Orangerie
22.05 UK London, Electrowerkz
24.05 NL Nijmegen, Doornroosje
25.05 NL Eindhoven, Effenaar
26.05 NL Amsterdam, Melkweg
30.05 FR Nantes, Stereolux
31.05 FR Paris, Le Trianon
01.06 FR Tourcoing, Le Grand Mix
06.06 FR Lyon, Epicerie Moderne
07.06 FR Bordeaux, Rocher de Palmer
09.06 FR Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Thomas’ album will be out on 12 May via Virgin/Universal Music and is available for pre-order here.
More and more house producers are entering the realm of indietronica.
Meet Ben Phipps, a twenty-five year old deep house producer from Stockholm, who is doing just that. And successfully might we add.
Born into a family of musicians, Ben Phipps grew up quickly as a young man with a large love of life and an incredible passion for music. He chose to pursue further education overseas in the US and attended the reputable school for music-production, Dubspot in New York City in 2012. Opening doors and opportunities of all kinds through new skills, connections and exciting combinations in sound, Ben Phipps continued strongly through his next two years splitting his time between NYC, Toronto and Montreal refining his craft, songs and style.
He has enlisted the luscious vocals of Ashe on his latest endeavour called ‘Alive’.
Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Ayer, Evvy, Micky Blue, Josef Salvat, Gryffin