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KINGDM – Superman

KINGDM - Superman

KINGDM – Superman

KINGDM is a London/Los Angeles-based duo, who write brooding smash hits.

Their latest offering is ‘Superman’; a slow burning sultry number with aspiring harmonies.

Sounds like: The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, The Him, Salt Ashes, Rüfüs, Honne

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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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Olivver The Kid – BBBlue

Olivver The Kid

Olivver The Kid

Another one for the Drive soundtrack. It’s ‘BBBlue’ by Olivver The Kid; a song full of romantic synth pop met with perfectly melancholic undertones.

The video occurred after the director contacted Olivver The Kid out of the blue, asking him to direct the video for the track, later flying Olivver The Kid to Chicago to film it.

Watch the result below:

Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok, LANY, The Knocks, Goldroom, RAC, Justin Bieber

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Interview with Shallows

Shallows

Shallows

If Katy Perry had a child with Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, it would be called Shallows.

The Los Angeles-based duo was formed by singer, Dani Poppitt, and guitarist/producer, Marshall Gallagher, following a meet at an out of control house party.

Their debut single, ‘Summer Sucks’, is a lament of a tired relationship under the slow crushing weight of last year’s Californian heat wave.

We caught up with the duo and discussed the hot weather in Los Angeles, and the array of their musical influences.

Good to meet you Shallows. Tell us more!

MG:  Hi, thanks for talking to us!  We’re a brand new band from the heart of LA, just two friends trying to write some killer songs and have fun.  We’ve been writing together for awhile now and we’re both involved in plenty of other projects, but when we wrote this song it seemed only fitting that we should keep it for ourselves and build a band around this sound.

You’re a new act. How are you going to distinguish yourselves from the competition?

MG:  There are a lot of guy/girl pop duos out there, especially in this city.  It’s going to be difficult to stick out, but what we lack in notoriety we make up for in musicianship.  I think the songs speak for themselves, Summer Sucks is just a little taste of what we’ve got brewing.

DP:  We’re going to distinguish ourselves with well written pop songs.  By marrying shoegaze and indie lyrical content with music that Katy Perry could get behind.  Our songs will dig their way into the heads of our competitors and live there for weeks.

Your debut single is called ‘Summer Sucks’. Does the temperature in Los Angeles have an negative impact on your music, as well as a positive one?

MG:  Haha… it doesn’t affect the music as much as it affects my sleep quality.  We did most of our writing in my apartment this summer and it was crazy hot (like, sometimes it would get hotter in there than it was outside, and it was hovering around 90 every day), but that may have actually made our material more visceral.  I guess there was this desperate urgency to nail takes and crank out quality stuff as quickly as possible, in order to get the hell out of my sauna.  Performance gets better sometimes under pressure, right?

DP:  Temperature changes the state of matter; it has an effect on the mind.  Hot or cold, we use what we can as inspiration.

Describe your sound in three words.

DP:  Moody Glitter Pop.

MG: All the feelings.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

DP:  The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Katy Perry.

MG:  I honestly don’t listen to anything that sounds remotely like Shallows.  Dani gives me shit all the time because I have no idea who is killing it in the Pop world right now.  I grew up on classic rock, 90s alternative and emo for the most part, and I’m a guitar player by trade… so I’m a sucker for anything heavy and pretty.  My favorite band of all time is The Smashing Pumpkins.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

DP: Too much Justin Bieber

MG:  I’m really digging on Basement and Superhumanoids.  There’s this Paerish song called “Undone”  I’m totally obsessed with.  Also just started listening to Schoolboy Q.

‘Summer Sucks’ is self released and available to purchase on iTunes now.

Sounds like: Lorde, GEMS, Monogem, Paperwhite, Ace Of Base, Susanne Sundfør

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KLOE – Touch

KLOE by Alena Jascanka

KLOE by Alena Jascanka

Glaswegian KLOE has been making waves in Scotland and beyond.

Her latest track ‘Touch’ has been produced by Lewis Gardiner of Scottish band Prides, and emulates modern youth, providing an honest insight into KLOE and the teenage generation of today. It features KLOE’s signature whispered vocals lined up over bass-laden synths.

KLOE said, “I’m so excited to finally be releasing new music. Touch is the last piece of the puzzle to my little trilogy – which began last December with Grip. The track is about a guy who introduced me to a lot of vice and made me grow up a lot. This song marks the end of an era – and also the beginning of what’s to come.”

Watch her teenage dream inspired video below.

‘Touch’ has been released through Columbia / IAMSOUND / National Anthem.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Evvy, CAPPA, Chelsea Lankes, Kyla La Grange, Indiana, Leena Ojala, St. Vincent, The Weeknd, Drake, Justin Bieber

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Sunbathers – Intimacy

Sunbathers

Sunbathers

Introducing Baltimore-based band, Sunbathers.

Sunbathers was started by Sean Lynott and Tim Boate, who met while attending the University of Maryland, and began performing as an acoustic duo before embarking on more of an easeful, sun-soaked indietronica sound.

Listen to ‘Intimacy’, the first track from their new, self-entitled EP.

Sounds like: Fenech Soler, Great Good Fine Ok, Young Kato, Strange Talk, Shura, Ben Howard, City & Colour, Justin Bieber

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Tradiio Exclusive: Interview with Isaura

Isaura by Tiago Costa

Isaura by Tiago Costa

Isaura is an electronic Portuguese musician on the country’s one to watch list for 2015. We discovered Isaura whilst on Tradiio.

Her slow pop jam ‘Change It’ has been produced by Ben Monteiro (D’Alva, Mount Keeper) and it was written and composed by the artist herself.

We caught up with Isaura about writing music in English and her love for a variety of artists.

Why did you start making music?

I don’t quite know how to answer that since it is not something I’ve decided to do. I’ve always loved music and most of all I’ve always felt the need to write and compose my own songs. I think that for me it is the best possible way to express myself, to tell my stories and what is going on around me. I don’t think I could write a personal journal or a book, I don’t have enough discipline for that!, but I really like to preserve memories and write down things I do not want to forget; songs are perfect for that.

You are from Portugal, but you write your music in English. Is there a reason behind this?

I love how Portuguese sounds in songs, it is a beautiful, elegant and mysterious language; but I also think that it has a lot of character and personality and I prefer to hear English in this electronic pop world I’m singing. Besides that, my main influences sing in English and that is also a more universal tool to communicate… I think when you like to tell stories you need to believe that somehow the whole world can actually hear them.

Describe your sound in three words.

Electronic, pop, urban.

We discovered you on Tradiio. Do you think free platforms, such as Tradiio, are making it easier for artists to expose their sound to the general public?

Absolutely. Nowadays almost everyone can go online, use social networks and free platforms and upload songs; for good artists that are strongly committed to work hard and to build a music career it can be good and bad at the same time since you have a lot of things going on and sometimes good artist remain hidden under those infinite gigabytes of stuff and labels will never find them. Platforms like Tradiio act not only as a platform where people can hear music and judge for themselves instead of only hearing what big labels and radio stations choose, it also gives the possibility that good artists can be noticed by labels and hopefully earn contracts. I hope the platform can really make a difference and remain parallel to the music industry.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I hear a lot of everything. I do not hear that much music, because for me it can be an extenuating process since I can’t work and hear music or wash dishes and hear music: when I hear music I have to stop everything I’m doing. But I listen to very different artists that can touch me somehow. However, for my work as an artist I go from Jessie Ware, Chet Faker, Honne, Shura, Jack Garrat, Tourist, Haim to Daughter, Disclosure, AlunaGeorge, Rudimental, Flume, Jamie XX, James Blake, , FKA Twigs and so many others.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

I’m just like anybody else that loves electronic music: I’m still stunned with Jack Ü feat Justin Bieber.

We’ve invested in Isaura. Have you? Listen to more of Isaura’s songs and support her at tradiio.com/isaura.

Sounds like: Frances, Daughter, London Grammar

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