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Weekly Gems 169

DejaVilla – Castle with a View

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DejaVilla is a Jamaica-raised duo made up of David Marston and Sarah Couch. The pair distill the sounds of riddim-tinged electronica with future R&B and worldly aromas. Ahead of their forthcoming studio album ‘Castle With a View,’ DejaVilla unveil the title track to the LP ‘Castle With A View’ due for release Friday, July 16 via Ultra Music.

Sounds like: Katy B, Lily Allen, Jorja Smith

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Mogli – ECHO

Musician and impressive creative force Mogli returns with new single ‘Echo’ . Accompanied by a brilliant dystopian film, created and scored by Mogli, the project bookends a difficult time for Mogli as a musician and as a person.

“I broke out of a toxic relationship and moved to Berlin. Consequently, I was completely on my own trying to find out who I was while battling depression. I passionately dove into touring and working which inevitably led to burn-out. Writing this album became my catharsis, I was able to face my fears. Being brave enough to make yourself vulnerable heals you and brings you happiness.” – Mogli

Sounds like: Phoebe Bridgers. Ex:Re, IDER

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N.O.A.H – Echoes Of The Night

N.O.A.H. is the Irish three-piece behind single ‘Hands Up’. Following huge support from their homeland, N.O.A.H say, “We wanted to try to represent this transitional year for us, in the same way the story of Noah effortlessly separates the old from the new. We feel that EOTN symbolises this change and is a foundation for what is to come from the band”.

 

Sounds like: Coldplay, U2, The Killers

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Airmow – ROUGE

‘ROUGE’ is atmospheric, groovy and spooky – all at the same time. It’s a cinematic new single from Cloudkid signing Airmow. The background boasts sounds associated with film = high-speedy chase noises and beats that sound like whispers.

Sounds like: Coldplay, U2, The Killers

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tstewart  – buena

With photography from Bonobo and his years as Machinedrum, the new Mercury KX signing knows exactly what to do with his new project, tstewart. Using the project as an intentional alter-ego, ‘buena’ is the first single ahead of a wider album that’s inspired by this calmer, restful facet that contrasts to Machinedrum’s heavier beats.

Sounds like: Machinedrum

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Johnny Kulo – Wrong

This is funky, warped, delicious music. The Berlin-based, Indian artist and producer, Johnny Kulo bridges old-school soul and modern R&B with new single ‘Wrong’. His intensely laid-back grooves brim with luscious harmonies and catchy melodies.

Sounds like: Jordan Rakei

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Curse of Lono – Think I’m Alright Now

Taken from Curse Of Lono‘s third album, ‘Think I’m Alright Now’ is an addictive psychedelic rock song that talks of hope. Finding his way in a near-impossible year, in which Felix Bechtolsheimer lost his father, his uncle and his ex-partner, this song was born.

Sounds like: Steve Earle, Chuck Prophet and David Ramirez

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Astral Swans – Astral Swans

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Following on from his comeback singles, ‘Flood’ and ‘Spiral’, the enigmatic singer and songwriter Matthew Swann (aka Astral Swans) now drops his new self-titled album. Channeling bold, technicolour flavours, each song of Swann’s latest full-length operates as an absurdist short story filled with his wry observations of the sad beauty of mundane moments.

Sounds like: Rosali

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LEAP – Energies

‘Energies’ by LEAP (aka Jacky Balfour Scott) is an honest song written to explore his experience being sectioned in a psychiatric ward. It’s a classic alternative rock dive into the current day with hard-hitting themes explored through fiery vocals.

Sounds like: Nothing But Thieves, Yungblud, Sam Fender

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LYR – Cascade Theory

Comprised of a set of talented musicians and Simon Armitage’s (the current poet laureate) spoken word, LYR have delivered another intellectually stimulating release. ‘Cascade Theory’ looks into the social phenomenon of observation and exposure.

Sounds like: Erland Cooper

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Draper – Jealous (Feat BB Diamond)

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Draper

No doubt there is skill in creating a great pop track, but there is also skill in sourcing up and coming artists to collaborate with, and the latter is where UK producer, Draper, really shows his A-game.

Draper has just dropped ‘Jealous’, featuring the talents of singer, BB Diamond.

It’s an electronic tinged track with soulful vocals and a uplifting chorus…enough to make any other producer pretty jealous.

‘Jealous’ is out today via M:UK, and taken off his upcoming EP, ‘Luminous’, out on 13 January 2017.

The EP also includes Draper’s recent track with Sam Sure. Watch the video below.

Disclosure: I am Draper’s publicist at the time of writing.

Catch Draper playing the Camden Assembly in London on 13 December. Limited tickets still available here.

Sounds like: Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne, Katy B, Ella Henderson, Rita Ora, All Saints

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Sasha Keable – Sweetest Talk

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Sasha Keable

You may recognise Sasha Keable‘s vocals from ‘Voices’ by Disclosure. She is now releasing her own material and it is good.

‘Sweetest Talk’ is the soulful third track on her second EP ‘Lemongrass and Limeleaves’. Uncomplicated, it is full of mellow 80’s vibes and R&B beats. Keable is definitely one to watch.

‘Lemongrass and Limeleaves’ is out now on Polydor Records and can be downloaded for free here.

Sounds like: La Roux, BLSHS, Disclosure, Indiana, Iggy Azalea, Katy B, Disclosure, Chromeo, Jesse Ware

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