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YONAKA – Bubblegum

YONAKA

Brighton four-piece, YONAKA are back with a video for ‘Bubblegum’.

Directed by Ali Kurr (Loyle Carner), it exposes the chaotic world of YONAKA, both on stage and off (remember the guitarist cutting his head open at The Great Escape this year?!), as the band play to a packed and sweaty room.

Watch below and try and spot the giant bubblegum.

It’s out now on Atlantic Records.

The band will also be playing their biggest headline show to date at The Garage in London, on 28 February. Get your tickets here.

Sounds like: Gwen Stefani, Pat Benatar, Charli XCX, Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Drenge, Black Honey, Skindred

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Elektrisk Gønner – Money

Elektrisk Gønner

Well, this is a cool story about Elektrisk Gønner.

The project was originally formed in 2010 when producer Benjamin Løzninger teamed up with a young unknown Danish singer named to record an album remotely over the course of 12 days from either side of the Atlantic Ocean.

As we know, MØ then went on to be signed to Sony, following which Benjamin relocated to Brooklyn and recruited singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and model Skyler Cocco for the new Elektrisk Gønner line-up.

One of the new tracks is called ‘Money’ and it’s out now via Kaleidoscope / Nordic Records.

Sounds like: Ladyhawke, Austra, Goldfrapp, Karen O

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Kill Paris – Red Lights

Kill Paris

The summer keeps giving this year, thanks to Kill Paris‘ new number, ‘Red Lights’ featuring vocals from animal right’s lover, Dotter.

The track is a dynamic, nu-funk laced one with a floor-filler attitude, lovingly grounded by Dotter’s down-to-earth vocals.

It’s out now on Lowly Palace.

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Dotter, Zella Day

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Daniella Mason – Cruel Summer

Daniella Mason - Cruel Summer

We absolutely love Daniella Mason and everything she stands for.

Her video for ‘Cruel Summer’ will sweep you off you feet with its vibrant and colourful approach to a pool party, courtesy of the all female cast and crew.

Sounds like: Dagny, Evvy, Carly Rae Jepsen

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Ryne Norman – Stranger Things

Ryne Norman

More pop from Nashville (via Phoenix), this time courtesy of Ryne Norman.

Unlike the series, ‘Stranger Things’ is a light-hearted 80’s inspired song with hints of desire in the lyrics. Listen below.

Sounds like: The 1975, Haim, Ryan Adams

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YONAKA – Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya

YONAKA

Whilst watching YONAKA perform at The Great Escape this year, we decided that the band should best described as follows;

“If Gwen Stefani, Pat Benatar, Karen O and Charli XCX had a late night jamming session and Arctic Monkeys turned up with some cocaine, the end result would probably be YONAKA”

The Brighton locals’ latest single, ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya’ sums up this analogy, and has been produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys).

Sounds like: Gwen Stefani, Pat Benatar, Charli XCX, Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Drenge

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LPX – Tightrope

LPX

LPX

LPX is the new solo project of Lizzy Plapinger (frontwoman of MS MR and co-founder of Neon Gold Records).

Lizzy has just released her debut track, ‘Tightrope’. It may feel like a daunting prospect for most, but for Lizzy, she means business,

“I’m here to assert myself – harder, louder, and stronger – as a woman and an artist. A force to be reckoned with, wrapped in amplified distortion, emotion and chaos. To create music that RIPS through your speakers and shakes you to your core, the kind of music that gets into your blood, takes hold and doesn’t let go.”

Fighting talk, and we like it.

Sounds like: MS MR, Christine and The Queens, Austra, Karen O, Florence + The Machine, Metric

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Playlist: Linying

Linying

Linying

Singaporean singer/songwriter Linying has just released her beautiful alt-pop tune called ‘Alpine’.

Like with her own music, Linying has put together a very moving playlist for you to listen to your heart’s content.

Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)

One of my earliest musical influences was Arcade Fire, whose album Funeral I’ve heard countless times, cover to cover, on my old, beat-up iPod. Rebellion (Lies) is, for me, the ultimate anthem for that pre-dawn delirium, of feeling like you’re invincible.

Dawn Golden – Discoloration

Dawn Golden was and still is one of the best discoveries my ears made in 2014; Dexter Tortoriello’s writing and production were very significant in shaping my own sonic sensibilities in dressing up my own songs. I love how intense and emotionally evocative all the songs on his album, Still Life, are, and Discoloration stands amongst the rawest and most heartbreaking of songs in my books.

Charlie Lim – I Only Tell The Truth

Charlie Lim, a musician I’m lucky enough to call my friend and compatriot, takes me places with I Only Tell The Truth. It’s delicate and wistful and it serves up a spectacle, from the stifling insides of an airplane to crashing waters and blinding light.

Bon Iver – Blood Bank

Probably the most definitive in my songwriting, Blood Bank was the very first song I’d ever listened to and felt for without fully understanding. “You were rubbing both my hands / Chewing on a candy bar” taught me to say everything I ever wanted to say in all its specificity without worry for its esotericism. It doesn’t matter that it’s only your picture as long as you paint it right.

The 1975 – Paris

Say what you will about the boyband, but Paris is a painful, purple dream in its tender vocals and balmy bopping beat and, for me, up there amongst the best, the most beautiful, most visually arresting of melancholic pop songs.

How Sad – Young Couple

In a melodramatic wave of despair, I once tweeted Harris Shper, How Sad’s frontman: “We were a young couple driving through beautiful France. I was warned, wasn’t I?” He replied, “Life is everything up and down. Hope the memory is beautiful and the future will be too.” He was right, though. I still think of France’s mountain roads when I listen to this song, and they’re still beautiful.

Midst – Captivate

There’s something subdued but spiritual about midst’s atmospheric, dreamy sound in Captivate. It’s like a red cresting wave in song-form.

Lykke Li – Time Flies

Lykke Li, like Karen O, was one of my favourite female songwriters of sad, strained songs. Listening to Time Flies is like having a heart clenched in smallness and tiredness, having it eventually unfurl into glorious abandon and despair.

Sunset Rubdown – Us Ones In Between

There’s a homemade video somewhere on Youtube of a group of friends playing inside a big deflated balloon the colours of the rainbow to this song. It puts into words, music, and pictures how it feels to be timid, forlorn, and to know it.

Gentle Bones – Geniuses & Thieves

Another Singaporean musician-friend who delivers dark, moody trap vibes best in this track, which samples a hook off Made In Heights’ Wildflowers (Exhale Efreet) and takes it to a whole other level.

Sounds like: Frances, Bon Iver, Rae Morris

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Playlist: Anni

Anni

Anni

New Finn on the block, Anni, writes empathetic, piano-laden music.

Her EP, ‘Redemption Street’ is out now and to celebrate, Anni has put together a playlist for us.

Alicia Keys: In Common

Alicia Keys has always been one of my big role models. She’s a goddess. Once again she shows us her musical genius and eloquence with her new single.

D’Angelo: Another Life

What is there not to love in this song? I play the piano part at home on top of the track and imagine I’m jamming with his band.

Laura Mvula: She

It had been a long time without hearing any new songs that really touched me. Those periods are terrible. You don’t want to overuse the songs you love yet you can’t find anything that feels honest and fresh. Then I heard this and listened it on repeat for days. Learned to play it to understand what’s the magic behind it. This song brought me to life again.

Banks: Warm Water (Snakehips remix)

Just love this.

Låpsley: Falling Short

She’s super cool. If you haven’t heard of her, you should.

James Vincent McMorrow: Higher Love

James Vincent McMorrow’s cover of Steve Windwood 80’s hit breaks my heart every time I hear it. Also, just check out the lyrics. The original song bears such a beautiful message.

Tony Allen: Calling

After hearing Alicia’s new single I had to go back to some classic afrobeat songs. This still brings shivers. (P.s. If you’ve ever listened to early Jamiroquai, you might realise where they got their influences.)

Sérgio Mendes feat. Fergie: Look Of Love

Even more that afrobeat, I love Brazilian music. It’s the combination of dancable rhythms and big, beautiful melodies that simply gets me. The legendary Sérgio Mendes collaborated with Black Eyed Peas and this classic jazz standard is one of the songs I especially love.

Caribou: Can’t Do Without You

I quite rarely like this kind of music. Except Caribou!

Stevie Wonder: Overjoyed

Stevie is greatest inspiration of my music that will ever be. His voice is just otherworldy. And his songs.

Sounds like: Karen O, Feist, VÉRITÉ, Lorde

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Pumarosa – Cecile

Pumarosa

Pumarosa

It’s nearly the end of weekend, so time for some lush indie pop for your ears, courtesy of London five-piece, Pumarosa.

Pumarosa originally started as a duo when drummer Nick was to only musician to turn up to a new project rehearsal in London. After moving to a warehouse in Manor House, they met Henry, Tomoya and Neville and began a period of intensely hot rehearsal in a 10′ x 10′ chipboard room. In the summer of 2015, the band was offered a residency in the cavernous disused cinema of an Italian surrealist, situated within the cliffs of Calabria. Scraping together a van and driving non-stop to Italy, the band worked on new material, and it was in Italy that they settled on the name Pumarosa: in part reflecting Isabel’s Chilean roots, but also the jungle fruit of the same name.

Their new single is a psychedelic disco number called ‘Cecile’, produced by Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Bat For Lashes, Toy).

‘Cecile’ is out via Chess Club/Mom + Pop.

Sounds like: The Editors, Lucius, Goldfrapp, Karen O, Bat For Lashes, Talking Heads

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Foxtrott – Shaky Hands

FOXTROTT

FOXTROTT

FOXTROTT is the sole musical domain of Marie-Helene Delorme; a self-taught singer, songwriter, producer and beat-maker from Montreal.

Her latest track ‘Shaky Hands’ has addictive hooks and vocals with attitude. We caught up with FOXTROTT for a little chat:

You are a self-taught producer and musician. How did this come about?

I received classical musical training as a child, piano and violin, but realized, as a young teenager, that this environment was not for me. I started messing around secretly in my bedroom with an old version of cubase and learned the whole thing by myself. That was before youtube tutorials even existed! Took me 2 weeks to make one sound, and it just went from there. When I realized I could make entire tracks on my own, write all the parts, make all the sounds, I was in heaven! Then, I just kept of exploring, working hard and finding my own sound and voice.

Describe the FOXTROTT sound in three words.

Warm – Phat – Melodic

You are gearing up for the release of your debut album, ‘A Taller Us’. How have you found the process of producing it?

Making a whole record on your own is a lot of work but really satisfying! When I listened to the masters, I couldn’t believe that I made it, which was really fulfilling. It was also a very healing process, since I explored some deep and personal themes. I see this record like almost a journal from my young adulthood.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I don’t like to talk about “influences” because I really find inspiration anywhere. Food, art, feelings… Musically, I am attracted to anything that has soul, that comes from a place that’s real. In whatever style or branch, you can really sense when it’s the case.

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

I’ve been listening to The Internet‘s last record a lot lately! It’s really good. I also really like Little Simz, I’ve been following her for a while now and am always amazed.

The debut album, ‘A Taller Us’ is set for release on 6 November via One Little Indian.

Sounds like: Kate Boy, Dena, Karen O, Ben Khan, Her, Billy Who, Gems, The Magnettes, Rudimental, Jungle, Little Dragon, Björk

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Metric – The Shade

Metric by Justin Broadbent

Metric by Justin Broadbent

Are you ready Pagans?

After a three year hiatus, Metric returns with the official video for ‘The Shade’.

The video has been directed by Lauren Graham and features a sequence of loops in utopian downtown LA.

It has been taken from upcoming album, ‘Pagans in Vegas’, due for release on 18 September via the band’s own label, MMI. Pre-orders here.

Want to stay up to date with Metric? Their ‘The Pagan Portal’ app features advance releases and special announcements.

October
Wed 7th BRISTOL, O2 Academy
Thur 8th BIRMINGHAM, Birmingham Institute
Fri 9th MANCHESTER, Ritz
Sun 11th GLASGOW, O2 ABC
Mon 12th OXFORD, O2 Academy
Wed 14th LONDON, Forum

Sounds like: The Naked and Famous, Karen O, Chvrches, Hot Hot Heat, The Sounds, Rilo Kiley, Wolf Parade

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Foxtrott – Driven

FOXTROTT

FOXTROTT

FOXTROTT is the sole musical domain of Marie-Helene Delorme; a self-taught singer, songwriter, producer and beat-maker from Montreal.

Originally releasing remixes and supplying beats for other local talents, she broke cover as FOXTROTT with her 2012 debut, ‘Shields’, an emotionally arresting three-track EP.

“I was making a lot of beats and stuff, but I needed to express something deeper…My goal was to find the perfect balance between rhythms and frequencies, the production style that I wanted to put forward, and lyrics and emotional presence expressed by the voice. It was a big challenge I set myself”.

Watch below the wicked video for new track ‘Driven’:

The debut album, ‘A Taller Us’ is set for release on 6 November via One Little Indian.

Sounds like: Karen O, Ben Khan, Her, Billy Who

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