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Oyinda – Restless

Oyinda - Restless

Oyinda – Restless

Oyinda is a Nigeria born but NYC based songwriter/producer/singer. She crafts every aspect of her music from scratch, which is shown in the intricate production of each one of her tracks.

Latest track, ‘Restless’ is the fourth and final track taken from her self-released debut EP, ‘Before The Fall’. ‘Restless’ is the perfect combination of Oyinda’s truly soulful voice with consistent electro beats.

Purchase ‘Before The Fall EP’ on iTunes.

Sounds like: Keep Shelly in Athens, Salt Ashes, Kate Boy, Death Rattle, IYES, July Child, Banks, Ben Khan, One Bit, SOHN, The Weeknd

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POLYNA – Angel

Polyna

Polyna

Appearing as a ready-made popstar, you wouldn’t expect to hear that 25 year-old singer/songwriter POLYNA was born in a a Plutonium mining town in Siberia.

She is now living in East London and preparing to release her debut album, which has been  produced by Jonas Quant (Hurts, No Doubt), half the album has been engineered and mixed by multiple Grammy winning Phil Tan in Atlanta (Rihanna, Calvin Harris), and the other half by the UK’s hottest mixer, Dan Grech, who works with Lana Del Rey and Radiohead.

‘Angel’ is the first song from the debut album.

Sounds like: Keep Shelly in Athens, Dimond Saints, Nine Inch Nails, Hurts

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Color War – SOS

Color War

Color War

COLOR WAR is a Brooklyn-based electronic duo formed of Justin ‘Billy J’ Lin and vocalist Lindsay Mound.

The couple originally started creating music in 2009 and soon began forging songs through hazy improvisational sessions, with J piecing together beats and synth textures reflected with Mound’s lyrical responses.

Last summer, COLOUR WAR shared their first single ‘Obelisk’ with us and now ‘SOS’. Mound’s super cool vocals in ‘SOS’ moody their way through the deep and glimmering soundscapes produced by Lin.

COLOR WAR and their live visuals collaborator, Brandon Sciarrotta, produced the record with co-production and mixing by legendary techno wizard, John Selway.

Their forthcoming album ‘It Could Only Be This Way’ (to be released 4 March 2014 on Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) illustrates the depth and transcendence of their sound.

Watch the ultraviolet Julia Ngeow-directed video for ‘SOS’ below:

Sounds like: Kate Bush, Letters to Fiesta, Ronika, Graingerboy, Chromatics, Keep Shelly in Athens, The Knife

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POLIÇA – Warrior Lord

Polica

Minneapolis synth-heavy indietronica artists Poliça unveiled the new video for ‘Warrior Lord’, on Oct 7th 2013, as the latest release from forthcoming album ‘Shulamith’ which is due for release on 22nd October on Mom + Pop, and available to preorder via their website here, and include a lyric book with each purchase.

The visual which accompany this smooth and alluring song, are two girls swimming in a lake, and the directors Isaac Gale and David Jensen have created a beautiful and entrancing dreamworld.

Poliça was formed in 2011 by Ryan Olson and Channy Leaneagh, who had previously collaborated in the soft-rock band Gayngs. They released their debut album ‘Give You the Ghost’ in 2012, which was well received, and even had Justin Vernon (founder of Bon Iver) say ‘They’re the best band I’ve ever heard’.

Sounds like; Purity Ring, Keep Shelly in Athens, Austra
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Soft As Snow – Halo Heart

Soft As Snow

Soft As Snow

Soft as Snow are Oda Egjar Starheim and Øystein Monsen. Starheim is a Goldsmiths Art graduate who also works with performance, installation and photography, and Monsen, a noise rock drummer and video artist.

The dark electro-pop duo, who are now based in London, met a few years ago at party in Oslo. Their first collaboration happened some time later and was strangely initiated by one of Starheim’s art performances where she was screaming in the streets of Oslo and invited Monsen along to document it all.

With only 3 tracks to their name, the duo claim to be influenced by the “dark Scandinavian mountains, old techno and weird pop”.

If Björk and The Prodigy had a love a child, this would be it…and it’s beautiful!

They are presently focusing on playing live shows and begin a small tour this October, which includes festivals in Oslo and Barcelona, and concerts in Madrid and Berlin. The live shows kick off at Power Lunches in Dalston, London, on 9 October.

Sounds like: Björk, Purity Ring, Death Rattle, Keep Shelly in Athens, The Prodigy

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Sol Flare – Silver Moon

SolFalare

Sol Flare founder Dom Wood had a vision for this act for some time, finally putting into place the perfectly formed style and sound he had longed for, after finding classically trained vocalist Sasha Rakhman who was able to improvise her beautiful vocals over his own tracks. The duo spent time recording throughout 2013 as Sol Flare, and will release their debut album later this year, as well as taking on a string of live performances.

Sol Flare make melodic, ethereal indietronica with powerful, driving layers floating over electronic drums and synths. The production value is exceptional, with each chord and harmony perfectly complementing the next, and Sasha’s delicate soprano vocals shining throughout. The track ‘Silver Moon’ is a progressive journey, modulating between urgency and dreamy repose.

Sounds like; Grimes, M83, Still Corners, Keep Shelly in Athens
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Selebrities – Temporary Touch

Selebrities

Selebrities

With their first US West Coast tour beginning on 15 August 2013, Selebrities are a former Florida, now Brooklyn-based band. Maria Usbeck (vocals), Jer Robert Paulin (guitar, bass) and Max Peterson (keyboards) released their debut album ‘Delusions’ on 10 July 2012.

They have a lot of competition with the 80s new wave comeback in full swing, but no other band seems to sound as original as Selebrities.

Their second album ‘Lovely Things’ throws us even more post-punk 80s flashbacks.

The second upbeat, and slightly grungy track from the album is ‘Temporary Touch‘. The video featured below films Maria Usbeck singing to us in various ways, including with a lion. We have no idea why the lion is in the video, but she is looking incredibly like Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders, which isn’t a bad thing.

The video was directed by Holland Brown.

Fellow Cascine labelmates, Keep Shelly in Athens have also remixed ‘Temporary Touch’ and is it available for free download.

Broken heart? Upload your picture on the Selebrities’ website and join their wall of broken hearts.

Sounds like: Keep Shelly in Athens, Kisses, Fleetwood Mac, New Order, The Pretenders

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