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Playlist: IDER

IDER

IDER

We can’t get enough of North London duo, IDER, so we asked them to put together a playlist for us in order to really get inside their musical brains.

This is the result. An emotional journey of music, past and present.

Banks – Better
Can’t get enough of the sexy, captivating vocals.

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Old school love.

NAO – Inhale Exhale
The vocal melody following the bass line is awesome.

The Clash – Should I stay or Should I Go?
…we’ve been watching ‘Stranger Things’…

Glass Animals – Cane Shuga
Love the new album, love this song.

Bruce Springsteen – Racing in the Street
Always back to Bruce

Geowulf – Saltwater
Excited to play alongside these guys next year. Love the sound of this track!

Julia Jacklin – LA Dream
Saw her play live last month and this song blew us away. Such beautiful lyrics.

Sounds like: The Japanese House, Imogen Heap, Oh Wonder, Shura, The 1975, Tegan and Sara, MUNA, Aurora, Tourist, Wet, London Grammar

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Altamina – Under The Black Sea

Altamina

Altamina

Altamina was originally a side project from US-based, Francois Graham and French-Canadian, Marco Gervais of Montreal’s Surface of Atlantic, but it soon developed into a fully-fledged, international band, following the enlistment of Australian, Matt Davis on drums and French-Canadian, Roxanne Miller on bass in 2014.

Sincere lyrics touched with baritone vocals, steady drum beats, and ambient riffs make ‘Under The Black Sea’ a stand out track from an equally as impressive band.

Their album, ‘Tomorrow Morning Will Be Tonight’ is out now.

Sounds like: The National, War On Drugs, Nick Cave, Joy Division, Phoria

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GRIP TIGHT – Never Enough

GRIP TIGHT

GRIP TIGHT

GRIP TIGHT is the electronic project of English producer Benjamin Gregory.

The video for ‘Never Enough’ is a smooth cinematic replica of the track. Robotic beats of 808 drum machines and the oscillations of synthesisers, with the vocals captured in the crypt of Kirche Luisenstadt, a Polish Church in Berlin.

The track – written about one night in two lovers’ lives – emerged in an apartment by a canal in Berlin’s Neukölln district – Gregory’s home for almost two years, and where he explored abandoned places for inspiration and recorded sounds to document this period of time in his life.

‘Never Enough’ is released June 24th through FEINT (cd, digital) and Musclemilk (cassette).

Sounds like: Kraftwerk, Joy Division, Arthur Russell

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Drangsal – Allan Align

Drangsal

Drangsal

Drangsal is the curious, electronic German producer and “brute pop” artist, Max Gruber. Max realised he wanted to make stimulating music at the age of 14, and soon headed away from his home town of Herxheim to pursue his dream.

The video for his new single, ‘Allan Align’, stars Max himself, alongside Jenny Starring. It was written and directed by Maximilian Wiedenhofer.

Drangsal’s debut album ‘Harieschaim’ will be out on Caroline International on 22 April.

Sounds like: The Cure, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, The Clash, Hurts

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An Indietronica Preview of Iceland Airwaves 2014

Iceland Airwaves

Since the first edition was held in 1999 in an airplane hangar, Iceland Airwaves has become the festival for music lovers, being praised by many as the best music festival in the world.

Set amongst beautiful scenery in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, the festival celebrates homegrown talent as well as musical craft from further afield.

Haven’t got a ticket? Don’t fear! Indietronica is attending to find out what all the fuss is about.

By the powers of the internet we bring you a preview of the lesser known bands and our ones to watch, straight to your computer or phone screens.

ADULT JAZZ

Adult Jazz

Adult Jazz

Adult Jazz is a four-piece from the UK. Their debut album ‘Gist Is’ has taken four years to make and was released via their own label Spare Thought.

They sound like a jazzed-up version of Bombay Bicycle Club or a mellowed out version of Jagwar Ma.

We are definitely looking forward to seeing them play.

Sounds like: Bombay Bicycle Club, Jagwar Ma, Panda Cubs, The 1975, Yeasayer, Saux

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ALICE BOMAN

Alice Boman

Alice Boman

With simple lyrics and ethereal overtones, Alice Boman is a quintessentially Swedish singer.

Have a listen to her stunning cover of War on Drugs‘s ‘Red Eyes’:

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Sounds like: Lykke Li, Kate Bush, Ellie Goulding, Rae Morris

ÁSGEIR

Ásgeir

Ásgeir

For fans of Bon Iver and Deptford Goth looking for something slightly different, meet twenty-two year old Icelandic singer/songwriter, Ásgeir (aka Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson).

Ásgeir’s debut album, ‘Dyrd í dauðathogn’ was mostly written by his 72 year old father and became so popular in his home country, 10% of the Icelandic population is estimated to own a copy.

The English-language version of the album (‘In The Silence’) was translated by John Grant.

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Deptford Goth, RY X

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BALLET SCHOOL 

Ballet School

Ballet School

Berlin-based Ballet School is Irish Rosie Blair on vocals/guitar, Japanese-Brazilian Michel Collet on lead guitar and Louis McGuire on drums.

Blair and Collet met two years ago in Berlin when Blair heard Collet playing his guitar in the U-bahn. Sharing their love of the Cocteau-Twins, she immediately asked him to form a band. In 2012 they began collaborating with McGuire.

A mélange of ’80s pop and R’N’B is always at the forefront of the band’s agenda.

Sounds like: Kitten, Claire, BLSHS, Kavinsky, Madonna, Robyn, Ronika

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BERNDSEN

Berndsen

Berndsen

From modern 80’s inspired music to a musician who sticks to his roots and breathes 80’s electronica.

Berndsen (aka David Berndsen) is a bearded iconic figure in Iceland and regularly works with Hermigervill; one of Iceland’s most notable producers.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, New Order, Tesla Boy, Salt Ashes, Graingerboy, Thomas Azier, Soft Cell

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BIRD

bird

bird

bird is Jon Valur Gudmundsson, a successful 26-year-old singer/songwriter from Iceland who makes electro-infused indie pop.

Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Ásgeir, 1860, Kid Astray

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BLAENAVON

Blaenavon

Blaenavon

Blaenavon is a three-piece indie outfit from Hampshire, UK formed of Harris McMillan, Frank Wright, and Benjamin Gregory.

Heavily guitar-based, it is no surprise that these guys are being written about by the likes of NME and Clash.

Their new EP ‘Koso’ is out now on Transgressive Records.

Sounds like: The Macabees, Two Door Cinema Club, Young Kato, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Editors, White Lies, Daughter

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CARIBOU

Caribou

Caribou

Following the success of ‘Swim’ in 2010, Caribou is finally back!

At first glance, his latest track ‘Our Love’ is a long wave length of dance music beats, but upon further inspection it is a lot more gritty and the R&B hooks remind us of Inner City‘s ‘Good Life’.

Sounds like: Roosevelt, Metronomy, All We Are, New Build, Touch Sensitive, Rufus

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DISA

Disa

Disa

Iceland born Disa writes celestial, synth pop. She left Reykjavik to live in Copenhagen and pursue her dream of singing.

She is now signed to Danish label Tigerspring.

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, I BREAK HORSES, Kate Boy, Death Rattle, Dimond Saints, Brian Eno

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EAST INDIA YOUTH

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East Londoner William Doyle is East India Youth.

His tracks are stark and choate masterpieces with marching and minimal drum rolls.

Sounds like: Sivu, These New Puritans, Conner Youngblood, Brian Eno

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EAST OF MY YOUTH

East Of My Youth

East Of My Youth

East Of My Youth is Herdis and Thelma from Reykjavik.

Citing influences from classical and modern genres, the duo creates experimental pop music.

Sounds like: Austra, Feist, OH Land

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EMILIE NICOLAS

Emilie Nicolas

Emilie Nicolas

Emilie Nicolas is another one of Norway’s amazing exports.

Her voice immediately demands your attention and we have had her atmospheric cover of Norwegian band DumDum Boys‘s 1990 track ‘PStereo’ on repeat in the Indietronica office.


Sounds like: Tove Styrke, KYIKI, BLSHS, Monogem, Tove Lo, Lykke Li, Elliphant, X priest X, La Roux

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FARAO

Farao

Farao

Following on from Nicolas is Farao, another Norweigen singer/songwriter with a knack for combing emotive lyrics and indie-folk sounds.

Sounds like: Poliça, Emilie Nicolas, Bon Iver, Rae Morris, First Aid Kit, Susanne Sundfør

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FURA

Fura

Fura

FURA is an Icelandic project between songstress Björt Sigfinnsdóttir, and producer duo Hallur Jónsson and Janus Rasmussen.

FURA embraces the element of drastic nature, isolation and emotional depth.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Lykke Li, Nina Yasmineh

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FUTURE ISLANDS

Future Islands

Future Islands

The serious electronic Baltimore trio is back.

Advising us about love and loss, and offering up mesmerising performances, we are glad Future Islands will be getting the recognition they deserve at Iceland Airwaves.

Sounds like: New Order, Suzuki Method, Wild Beasts

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HIMBRIMI

Himbrimi

Himbrimi

Himbrini is an Icelandic band comprising of Margrét Rúnarsdóttir on vocal and keys, Birkir Rafn Gíslasson on guitar, Hálfdán Árnason on bass and Skúli Arason on keys and Egill Rafnsson on drums.

Himbrini offers up soft, Scandinavian pop and it is lush. This is one band we cannot wait to watch live.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, Röyksopp, London Grammar, Bat For Lashes, Island Fox, IYES, The XX

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HOW TO DRESS WELL

How To Dress Well

How To Dress Well

How To Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) is an American singer who twists up sensual guitar-based R&B with sparkling synth pop.

He is definitely one to watch.

Sounds like: LANY, Great Good Fine OK, Until The Ribbon Breaks, July Child

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JUNGLE

Jungle

Jungle

The music-by-soul collective Jungle has been bubbling away at the surface for some time now. Their music offers a pinch of Gorillaz-esque bass lines and sexy lyrics.

Sounds like: Rudimental, Disclosure, Le Youth, Clean Bandit, Gorillaz

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KAJAK

KAJAK

KAJAK

We absolutely love Icelandic cousins, KAJAK.

They are heavily influenced by tribal cultures and in their live shows they mix visual arts and theatrics, making it a special and engaging experience to watch.

Sounds like: Coldplay, I BREAK HORSES, Kate Boy, Sia

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KLANGKARUSSELL

Klangkarussell

Klangkarussell

Klangkarussell is Tobias Rieser and Adrian Held; an Austrian electronic dance music production duo who formed in 2011.

They are known for ‘Sonnentanz’, a track that accidentally became a hit last year. We’ve watched Klangkarussell perform live with their band and they put on a good show!

Sounds like: Will Heard, Milky Chance, Klingande, Wankelmut, MÖWE

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KWABS

Kwabs

Kwabs

Vienna-via-London producer Kwabs‘s music is soulful with an electro twist.

Kwabs is a growing artist and we are expecting a number one hit soon!

Sounds like: Azekel, MNEK, SOHN, James Blake, Ben Khan, Banks, Jesse Ware, Kele Okereke

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LILY THE KID

Lily the Kid

Lily the Kid

Lily the Kid is the brainchild of Lilja K. Jónsdóttir (who was the former front woman of Icelandic electro-pop veterans Bloodgroup) and her brother, the producer Hallur Jónsson.

Breathtaking vocals, combined with a bass line bubbling at the surface makes Lily the Kid very special indeed.

Sounds like: Banks, Shura, Blood Orange

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ROOSEVELT

Roosevelt

ROOSEVELT

Roosevelt (aka Marius Lauber) is a Cologne-based electronic artist with a flair for discotronica. He effortlessly emerges warm beats with hypnotic psychedelia.

Sounds like: The Whitest Boy Alive, Caribou, Tourist., Jagwar Ma, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Yellerkin

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SHURA

Shura

Shura

Shura (aka Aleksandra Denton) was born in London to a Russian actress and an English documentary filmmaker.

Her last (but unreleased) track ‘Touch’ gained 3 million hits on Soundcloud.

Her music can be described as a contemporary mix of twinkling, ‘Lucky-Star’-era Madonna with the bedroom-R&B grooves of Blood Orange, filtered through a haze of Balearic synths and swirling, Warpaint-inspired guitars.

Shura has just signed to Polydor.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Massive Attack, Madonna

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SISY EY

Sísý Ey

Sísý Ey

Sísý Ey (pronounced See See Ay) was formed in 2011 by three sisters; Elin, Elisabet and Sigga. Their goal was to sing live house music, and with the help of DJ Oculus, their dream has become a reality.

Sounds like: Gorgon City, Klangkarussell, TIEKS, Celeste

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THE WALKING WHO

The Walking Who

The Walking Who

The Walking Who is a psychedelic rock trio based based in Sydney and is made up by Rohin Brown, Paul Mclean and Jay Drury. Their music is inspired by Byron Bay surf chimes and folk.

Sounds like: War on Drugs, Yellerkin, Jagwar Ma, Roosevelt, Empire of the Sun, The Doors

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VOK

Vök

Vök

Vök is a dreamy electro duo-turned-trio from Iceland.

Taking a slightly different slant on traditional Icelandic electro music, we especially like the smooth tones from the saxophone, courtesy of Andri Már Enoksson.

Sounds like: Death Rattle, Duran Duran, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Chairlift, Poliça, Björk, Tegan & Sara

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YOUNG KARIN

Young Karin

Young Karin

Young Karin is a simple and dreamy art pop production by Reykjavik-based Karin & Logi Pedro.

Having already been nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards, we anticipating brilliant things from the duo.

Sounds like: Banks, July Child

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Having already sold out (apart from limited package deals), this year is set to be as explosive as ever! You can track the event on the Iceland Airwaves 2014 app.

An Indietronica Collaboration With Indieverse

An Indietronica first! A collaboration with Indieverse.

Indieverse has kindly set up a mixtape of 10 hot indietronica tunes for you to listen to at your heart’s content. Here’s a lowdown on each track:

1. The Chain Gang of 1974 – ‘Miko’

The Chain Gang of 1974

The Chain Gang of 1974

The Chain Gang of 1974 is an indietronica project that is the moniker of L.A. based, multi-instrumentalist and DJ Kamtin Mohage.

His track, ‘Miko’ initially has a reflective and heartfelt melody similar to a production that would be displayed by The Postal Service, but it quickly and frantically switches up a notch with a darker and punchier beat.

His upcoming LP is due for release next year.

Sounds like: The Postal Service

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2. Mons Montis – ‘Swept’

Mons Montis

Mons Montis

Mons Montis are Viktor Paulsrud, Herman Båverud Olsson and Julia Hjertström. Forming the band was a 2013 summer project that they decided to share with their friends and families via Soundcloud.

Read more on the track here.

Sounds like: College

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3. The Weeknd – ‘The Party’ (Chi Duly Remix)

The Weeknd

The Weeknd

Slightly more R&B based now.

Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) has been dubbed ‘the songbird of our generation’, despite breaking some of the most accepted rules in the music industry.

The Chi Duly remix of ‘The Party’ has a more energetic feel, without disguising Tesfaye’s smooth vocals.

Sounds like: James Blake, Alex Clare, Jamie Woon, Josef Salvat, SOHN, Gent Mason

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4. Lina Fouro – ‘Bang Bang Baby’

Lina Fouro

Lina Fouro

Lina Fouro is a street smart Afghan-Canadian singer. Her super catchy track, ‘Bang Bang Baby’ is expected to be on her upcoming album ‘The Love Cycle’, which explores the highs and lows of love.

‘Bang Bang Baby’ sounds like it has been produced in Ibiza, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another Balearic-sounding summer hit from an artist across the pond because 1 minute in, ‘Bang Bang Baby’ is flipped on its head and turns into a molten of dubstep inspired bass.

Sounds like: Lady Gaga, Madonna

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5. The New Division – ‘Pride’

The New Division

The New Division

‘Pride’ is the first track on the The New Division‘s four-song digital EP ‘Night Escape’, which is out now on The New Division’s own label, Division 87 Records.

The track immediately engulfs us with weightless and dreamy synths. Then John Kunkel’s vocals start and we are immediately grounded. Close your eyes and imagine a love story unravel just like in an 80’s movie.

Sounds like: New Order, Depeche Mode, Suzuki Method, Delphic, Joy Division

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6. KYLIAN – ‘Remind Me’

KYLIAN

KYLIAN

Violin-trained Emily Holden (aka KYLIAN) has impressed us with her classical twist on electronica. Her first ballad is subtle, yet it gives us a snippet of what is to come from the singer. The primitive synths and towering drums definitely intrigue us.

Sounds like: Death Rattle, OH Land, College, I BREAK HORSES, Us Baby Bear Bones

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7. Futurecop! – ‘Living in a Daydream’

Futurecop!

Futurecop!

British Futurecop! are full impact, disney-loaded electronica. Growing up together, the nostalgic Futurecop! boys, Manzur Iqbal and Peter Carrol, listened to punk pop, but always had an interest in 80’s and early 90’s pop culture.

‘Living in a Daydream’ is no exception with its emo nostalgia.

Sounds like: KAVINSKY, Justice, Daft Punk, Owl City, Hellogoodbye

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8. Stop Drop Robot – ‘Sugar Weep’

Stop Drop Robot

Stop Drop Robot

Stop Drop Robot are an electronic rock band from Sheffield. The band are yet to be signed, but are known for their impressive live shows.

Their track ‘Sugar Weep’ is guitar heavy with echoey vocals and a touch of synths.

Sounds like: Suzuki Method

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9. Cosmonaut Grechko – ‘Singin” (feat. Joywave)

Cosmonaut Grechko

Cosmonaut Grechko

Cosmonaut Grechko is Russian electro wunderkind. His track, ‘Singin” serves up superb synth and pop electro. Grechko constantly mixes the track up so that it doesn’t get tiring. We want more from Greschko!

Sounds like: Joywave, RAC, Cut Copy, Owl City, ROOSEVELT, Goldroom

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10. No Doubt – ‘Don’t Speak’ (cover by Computer Magic)

Computer Magic

Computer Magic

Computer Magic are Brooklyn-based Danielle Johnson (vocals, keyboards), James Morley (guitar), Justin Coles (bass), and Chris Egan (drums).

Sci-fi obsessed Johnson’s vocals are logical and delicate.

For a bit more of an idea about the band, have a listen and a free download of their awesome track ‘Time to Decide’:

As far as we know, there have been no official releases yet.

Sounds like: No Doubt, OH Land, Still Corners, MGMT, Best Coast

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The mixtape is available for free download here, but hurry it’s only limited to 200 downloads a month!

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