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Playlist: Harper

Harper

Harper

Eclectic R&B singer, Harper, has put together a wicked playlist for us!

Check it out below.

FKA Twigs – Two Weeks

For me, this track solidified Twigs’ ability to transcend into the mainstream without losing any of her individualism, and therefore made me a serious fan. The production is dark and brooding with a distinctive top-line that evokes all kinds of emotion.

Drake – Now and Forever

I love Drake’s ability to say things as they are without sounding insincere. The female vocal sample loaded with reverb is beautiful and haunting; something I try to emulate with my sound.

Emilie Nicholas – Put Me Down

I was completely floored by this tune! As well as the drop being pretty epic, the opening few lines are breathtaking. (Melodically she hits notes you would really struggle to find naturally when songwriting.)

An inspiring artist.

Kanye West – Blood On The Leaves

Love him, hate him. In my opinion he deserves to be highly credited for his music, especially this tune, sampling the incredibly moving Nina Simone song, ‘Strange Fruit’. Yeezy loves to sample, but he picks ’em well.

Radiohead – Codex

This track takes me on a different journey every time I hear it. The song is simple and not as sonically complex as you would expect from Radiohead, but it doesn’t need to be. Three words: ambient, moving and visual.

M83 Feat Susanne Sundfør – Oblivion (soundtrack)

If you like tunes with an 80’s aesthetic, this is for you. Big drums, big synths and big vocals. It’ll make you want to act out a dramatic scene from a movie in slo-mo, guaranteed.

Björk – All Is Full of Love

For me this is a masterpiece and one of the most beautifully written pieces of music I’ve heard. Dramatic and powerful, as Bjork always is. Electronica meets raw instrumentation = Genius.

Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money

This track has led the way for female pop artists like myself to experiment with elements of Trap music. I have a serious ‘girl power’ moment every time I hear it. It’s fierce, dark and empowering, yet still fits under the pop umbrella.

Major Lazer – Get Free

This is my summer anthem forever! An understated tune for Major Lazer, with a profound sentiment. I love a track you can enjoy for the vibe and the story it tells.

SZA – Babylon

SZA killed me with this track! Her tone is like velvet and her lyrics are quite abstract, which I love.

New wave R&B at its finest.

Beyoncé feat. Drake – Mine

This is my favourite tune from her previous record. Drake’s stamp is all over this track, with simple but energy-inducing melodies. This is met with Bey’s characteristically raw lyrical message and flawless vocals. Slaying all day with this tune!

Harper is playing the Alternative Escape on 21 May at 2pm.

Sounds like: Rihanna, Banks, Sizzy Rocket, Charli XCX

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JELF – Run

JELF

JELF

JELF is a 21 year old multi instrumentalist from London.

Despite his young age, JELF has been producing and songwriting music for over four years, learning from award winning producers, along the way. He also cites a wide range of influences from Kanye West and Drake to Florence + The Machine and Lana Del Rey; all of which fuse to create JELF’s signature “odd pop” sound.

Listen to the cinematic and piano-laden, ‘Run’.

Sounds like: Dead Ceremony, AlphaCub, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey

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Interview: Beaty Heart

Beaty Heart

Beaty Heart

Beaty Heart are a band from Peckham in South London. We caught up with them to discuss their infamous name and latest release, ‘Soft Like Clay’.

Where did the name Beaty Heart come from?

We have never actually told anybody why we came up with the name, mainly because it comes from a pretty lame inside joke. We like the idea that people can attach their own meaning to it.

You are a four piece, but three of you play drums. This is an unconventional set up. Tell us more!

Actually these days there is just three of us, and only one of us is playing drums at the moment. We used to be all about those bongos back in the day, and we used to hand out drums to the crowd at the filthy house parties we used to play, but people kept stealing our stuff, so we had to stop doing that.

Describe your sound in three words.

Wow so amazing.

Your new single ‘Soft Like Clay’ has just been played on Annie Mac. How does that feel?

Yeh it feels great, everybody on the radio has been really supportive.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We listen to a lot of music on the road, and it all filters through to us in some way. Lee Scratch Perry, Arthur Russell, Roots Manuva, Pharoah Sanders, and Floating Points could be a good start!

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

Still listening loads to Archy Marshall‘s record which came out a few months ago. The new Kanye and Kendrick Lamar releases have been getting a lot of play too. Just been listening to the new Dean Blunt record, or Babyfather, whatever he calls him self these days, crazy bastard.

Like what you hear? Then go check the boys out at a gig near you…

April
Fri 8th Reading Oakford Social*
Sat 9th Cardiff dimswn Festival
Sun 10th Oxford Bullingdon*
Tues 12th Guildford Boileroom*
Wed 13th London Electrowerkz*
Sat 30th Leeds Live At Leeds

May
Sun 1st Salford Sounds From The Other City
Thurs 19th London XOYO
Fri 20th Brighton The Great Escape

June
Mon 6th Paris Le Pop Up du label*
Fri 17th Hilvarenbeek Best Kept Secret Festival

July
Fri 15th Groene Ster Welcome To The Village Festival
Fri 29th Kent Leefest

September
Sat 10th Isle Of Wight Bestival

*Headline show

Sounds like: Adult Jazz, Salt Cathedral, Bombay Bicycle Club, Panda Cubs, The 1975, Yeasayer

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Interview with The Hunna

The Hunna

The Hunna

Hertfordshire four-piece The Hunna is causing quite a stir in the music world.

We caught up with the guys following their recent tour with Coasts, and discussed hip hop and rock influences, as well as what it was like working with Tim Larcombe (Lana Del Rey, Halsey) and Dan Grech (Wolf Alice, Circa Waves).

How did you meet and why did you start making music together?

We’ve all been close friends and brothers for a while now. Daniel Dorney (Bandana Dan) and Ryan Potter (Valentino) met in music college 6 years ago pursuing the goal of making great music. Jack Metcalfe (Insta King) also went to the same college a few years before. Jermaine Angin (The Prince) has known Bandana Dan since primary school and learnt how to play the guitar together since secondary school. There’s always been a connection between us even though we all met at different times in our lives. After our first rehearsal together 2 years ago we all knew that this was something really special and almost like it was meant to be. Our love and appreciation for music is something that we can’t put into words, the feeling that we have when playing together is the reason why we started and why we will continue making music together!

Where did the name The Hunna come from?

We all have a big hip hop / rap influence so it originated from that. We believe in keeping it 1hunna in everything we do.

Describe your sound in three words.

Turn Up Rock.

You worked with Tim Larcombe and Dan Grech on ‘Bonfire’. What was it like working with them?

It was a privilege to work with Tim Larcombe. He understood our vision and got to know us on a personal level really quickly which helped in the work environment and was a big reason why ‘Bonfire’ sounds like it does. We can safely say that Tim is a 1hunna guy and a true professional at what he does. He’s a true Hunna squad member! We admire Dan Grech’s roster and the work that he has produced. He was a pleasure to work with and brought a unique element to the track

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Kings Of Leon
Foals
Kanye West
Marvin Gaye
Queen
Michael Jackson
Bob Marley
Prince
Drake

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

Rae Sremmurd
Kendrick Lamar
Wiz Khalifa
Yung Simmie
Dr Dre
Led Zeppelin
AC-DC
The Weeknd
Willow and Jaden Smith
Frank Ocean
Chief Keef

Listen to the epic ‘Bonfire’ below:

Sounds like: Coasts, Florence + The Machine

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Interview with Argonaut & Wasp

argonaut&wasp

argonaut&wasp

argonaut&wasp are an electronic band from Burlington. We’d describe the band’s sound as a funky The XX.

Indietronica caught up with Trey and Theo for a quick chat.

1. Who’s in the band, and how did you form and decide to start making music together?

Our band consists of:

Trey Schibli – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Producer
Theo Klein – Back Up Vocals, Synths, Producer
Alec Donkin – Bass
Kevin Whitehead – Lead Guitar
Willoughby Morse – Drums

Theo: Trey and myself met in the fall of 2012 in our dorm (University of Vermont). We started producing music that consisted of the blend between electronic and rock music. We then found Kevin Whitehead (who brings the funk) and Alec Donkin (who brings the swag). All we needed was a drummer – and a drummer is what we got. Willoughby ‘The Shark’ Morse – The kid is straight fire. In terms of song writing – Trey and I work on electronic production (Using Ableton) and record vocals/keys/and guitar. Then we bring the guys up to the studio and have them collaborate by tracking their instruments and getting their input.

2. What’s the story behind the name Argonaut & Wasp?

Trey: During an English class, Roots of American Journalism, we had a lecture on the journalist/fiction writer Ambrose Bierce. He was the father of famous satirists like Edgar Allen Poe. His bitter wit, fascination with death and horror made his style and prose strangely appealing to me. One of his most famous works was the Devils Dictionary, he took words and phrases and redefined them in his own terms, for example ‘Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic’. However, what obsessively drew me into his story was Bierce’s famous disappearance. To this day no one knows what happened to him, his body has never been found. His last known communication with the world was through a letter he wrote to a close friend, dated December 26th 1913, with which he closed by writing “As to me, I leave tomorrow for an unknown destination”. After doing some personal research into his fiction and journalism works, I discovered a column he wrote for during his early career called, ‘The Argonaut and the Wasp’. I loved the name. Brought it up to Theo and he said we could only be named argonaut&wasp if he was the Argonaut—I didn’t put up too much of a fight.

3. What was it like growing up in Burlington and what is the music scene there like?

The music scene in Burlington is absolutely awesome. We have some great artists coming through here – and it is the home of Phish. It’s quite cold/rainy/snowy most of the time – but that said, it only makes the clubs sweatier. Trey is from Connecticut and I grew up in that New York State of mind…so Burlington is still relatively fresh.

4. Tell us about the song/video for ‘In the Drown’.

This is a great question because the essence of the song changed dramatically the more it was worked on. Shortly before school had ended, I pulled up a very old project file that I hadn’t heard in about a year, showed Theo and we began to revamp it entirely. The song quickly transformed into an interesting fusion of House, and Trap Music. But it wasn’t until we added the guitar that the powerful element of funk surfaced. With the instrumental rapidly developing, I remember sitting in class thinking of lyrics to accompany vocal melodies I had been playing around with. I was wearing a silver cross necklace—I’m not particularly religious—and for that matter, it was the first time I had ever really worn it. And as quirky as this sounds, I began to question why I was even wearing it! So my first verse of lyrics began something like this:

“Lay me down,
I’ve been bearing a silver trust
For way to long,
It’s beginning to weigh me down.
A three-point Pressure on my chest, And a ghost who won’t rest,
Until my heart falls still
In the Drown”

We didn’t sit down to actually record the vocals until summer had started, and at that point I had met Claire Sammut, and simultaneously re-kindled an old musical relationship with the Burlington based artist, Jacob Es. I decided I wanted to work with them on the vocals for “In the Drown”, and the theme of the lyrics quickly changed as the three of us collaborated. To be blunt, they transformed from something bizarrely religious into a song purely about the dangerous nature of passion and sex.

Regarding the making of the actual video for ‘In the Drown’, we worked with the incredibly talented film producer Patrick Elmore from White Ridge. Patrick and I met over the winter of last year during a ski trip out west. The two of us are like brothers—we share the exact same creative drive and when together, our passion seems to manifest into tons of new and creative ideas. I approached him about producing our music video because I loved the work he was doing for his company. Patrick drove up from Maryland to begin working on the project mid summer, we shot for roughly three days. Working with Pat was so much fun, I had never been involved in a video shoot before and he made it the best possible first experience. He knew exactly what he wanted, and how to make it come through in his shots. He even did all the lighting himself! However, the most incredible part about all of this is that he produced such a stellar product with a $0 budget.

5. How do you describe your sound?

It’s kind of like a mix between funk, rock, and electronic – we thought Indietronica would be a great place for our sound to be heard!

6. What did you grow up listening to?

Trey: Radiohead, I am obsessed with Radiohead. Some other large influences are The Strokes, Animal Collective, Modest Mouse, The Rolling Stones, and Kanye West

Theo: James Brown, Wilco

7. What new music are you listening to at the moment?

It seems like we are both really digging Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, Sharon Jones – and the whole contemporary resurgence of the UK Garage scene.

8. What’s next for you musically?

We are planning on the release of our brand new Single ‘Pistol Pump Funk’ with a new music video in about a month. Stay tuned.

For now, you can watch the video for ‘In The Drown’ below:

Sounds like: The Strokes, Modest Mouse, The XX, IYES

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