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Weekly Gems 22

Georgi Kay – Guilty Pleasures

Georgi Kay

Singer Georgi Kay is warning us about guilty pleasures in her new single.

Quintessentially indietronica-based, ‘Guilty Pleasures’ is a song about falling in love with someone who, despite the deep emotional connection being mutual, is romantically tied down by another.

Sounds like: Fjer, Alpines

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Satin Jackets – Mirage

Satin Jackets - Mirage

The story goes something like “when we’re good, we’re good. And when we’re low, we’re low”. Sound familiar?

Satin Jackets is tapping into our relationship insecurities with a strangely upbeat melody in ‘Mirage’. I guess that’s kind of the definition of a mirage!

It’s out now via Eskimo Recordings.

Sounds like: Goldroom, RAC, Le Youth, Pink Feathers

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Slenderbodies – Amnesia


Exciting new Californian-based duo Slenderbodies share their new single, ‘Amnesia’.

Their music shares intricate guitar melodies and breathy vocal work that is both nostalgic and forward-thinking at the same time.

This is definitely one act you won’t forget in a long time.

Sounds like: Glass Animals, Alt-J

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LANNDS – Words

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LANNDS is Memphis-born artist Rania Woodard and she shares her exciting slow-burner called ‘Words’.

There is nothing brash about this type of music, it’s soothing in its intent as well as thought-provoking.

‘Words’ is the second song off her forthcoming EP, ‘LEGENDS’ (expected March 2018), released on Kobalt/Kitsuné.

Sounds like: Björk, Vök, Låpsley, The Japanese House, Daughter, TENDER

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Von Sell – Hell No

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We have been huge fans of Brooklyn-based artist Von Sell for a long time, and we are extremely happy he is back well and singing again after a six month break due to vocal chord issues.

Von Sell takes more of a funky attitude in the production techniques of ‘Hell No’ but we dig it – we’re gonna call it his come-back track!

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Hazel English, Teen Daze

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Jayce Cantor – Done For Now

Jayce Cantor

Singer/songwriter/producer Jayce Cantor shares his radio-ready single ‘Done For Now’.

The song has elements of catchy R&B blended with modern indietronica-influenced production that works brilliantly with Jayce’s soulful vocals as he sings about love and heartbreak.

Sounds like: Craig David, Le Youth

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Bliss Nova – Now

Bliss Nova

…And finally, it’s time for some blissed-out music from Toledo-based duo, Bliss Nova.

Their second single called ‘Now’ hits you instantly with its chilled pop sensibilites and dreamy vocal harmonies.

Some exciting times ahead for these guys.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Porches, Cut Copy, Toro y Moi, Caribou, Wild Nothing, Phoenix, Tame Impala, Tuska

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Premiere: Techniques – Heinous Love

Techniques - Heinous Love

Techniques – Heinous Love

Techniques is the project of Manchester-based multi-instrumentalist, James Mulholland.

Like with all good electronic producers, James started creating and recording music in his bedroom, laying down drums, bass lines, guitars, synths and vocals all using one microphone and ‘whatever else was lying around’.

He has since released music on Kitsuné Music and electronic rumors.

Techniques is now set to share a fine slice of electro-pop, just in time for the summer.

‘Heinous Love’ is a juxtaposing slur of bittersweet vocals against floor-filling and driving synths. It has been produced by Mark Ralph (Hot Chip, Digitalism, Years & Years, Clean Bandit, Hot Natured, Foxes).

Techniques is also crowdfunding a vinyl release. Click here for more info and to support.

The track is out tomorrow.

Sounds like: Hot Chip, Digitalism, Hot Natured, Holy Ghost!, Miami Horror, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Nimmo – UnYoung

NIMMO by Fiona Garden

NIMMO by Fiona Garden

Nimmo are a unique electronic five-piece who can be traced back to the decade-long friendship of co-vocalists (and football-obsessives) Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett.

Citing 80’s and 90’s pop influences from the likes of Tears for Fears, New Order, and Everything But The Girl, as well as jungle, and drum n bass, Nimmo have immersed themselves not only with the sounds of the club culture, but also located the moods of aggression, energy and heartache within that which would add depth to their songwriting.

Having already collaborated with Tim Goldsworthy (DFA) and Maya Jane Coles, they have now teamed up with Boxed In (aka Oli Bayston) for more of an infectious pop track with ‘UnYoung’.

Lyrically, the band describe ‘UnYoung’ as “a song about the fear of our parents or loved ones in general dying, and only being remembered in photographs on a mantelpiece. As the instrumentation progressed, ‘UnYoung’ became a celebration of your family and just being alive.”

Nimmo have been shortlisted for MTV Brand New 2016. The annual showcase for MTV Brand New 2016 will be at the Electric Ballroom, London on 27 January.

‘UnYoung’ is out early 2016 via Columbia Records.

Sounds like: Boxed In, Years & Years, Everything But The Girl, Lucas Nord, Honne, Sivu, Jata

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KITSUNÉ HOT STREAM by Mrzyk & Moriceau

KITSUNÉ HOT STREAM by Mrzyk & Moriceau

Well known for its famous compilations and quality talent since its creation, Kitsuné delves further down the innovative and musical curation path with its new Kitsuné Hot Stream channel on YouTube and other platforms like Apple Music, Deezer and Spotify.

Every week, Kitsuné Hot Stream will offer its community fresh musical discoveries highlighted by the works of an emerging visual artist (an illustrator, a photographer, a graphic artist, or even a painter).

Along with this digital project initiated by the record label, Kitsuné will invite the chosen illustrator each month to expose his or her work at the Café Kitsuné (Filles du Calvaire, Paris). The virtual gallery will become an actual exhibition.

Find out more below!

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Digitalism – Wolves feat. Youngblood Hawke

Digitalism feat Youngblood Hawke

Digitalism feat Youngblood Hawke

Having hinted at a change in direction with a soundcloud-only release at the start of the year, Hamburg duo Digitalism (Jens Moelle and Ismail Tüfekçi) is finally back for our listening pleasure with ‘Wolves’; the first proper single that further underlines this new direction.

The boys spent the early part of this year in L.A., writing and producing new music, road testing new demos and trying out new ideas by going back to their roots and causing havoc amongst fans at their twice monthly East L.A. Warehouse parties.

Despite Digitalism’s European techno and EDM background, ‘Wolves’ is an upbeat and catchy track with American indie-pop vibes, courtesy of vocals from Youngblood Hawke, who focused on the classic EDM from the 70’s.

Track listing:
1. Wolves Feat. Youngblood Hawke (Radio Edit)
2. Wolves Feat. Youngblood Hawke (12” Version)
3. Wolves Feat. Youngblood Hawke (Riton Remix)
4. Wolves Feat. Youngblood Hawke (RAC Remix) – listen below
5. Wolves Feat. Youngblood Hawke (Booka Shade Remix)

The track was released on 14 July under their own Magnetism Records and a new album in 2015 is imminent.

Sounds like: RAC, Calvin Harris, Youngblood Hawke, Viceroy

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The Knocks – Savior (featuring Wes Miles of Ra Ra Riot)

The Knocks

The Knocks

The Knocks are a noisey electronic music duo consisting of Ben ‘B-Roc’ Ruttner and James ‘JPatt’ Patterson.

The guys chose the name after neighbours were forced to knock on their door and complain to them for making much noise.

The remix gurus have now teamed up with with Wes Miles of Ra Ra Riot to create a smooth modern track with a classic 90s vibe.

It’s completely fitting that the track has been taken from their new EP, ‘Comfortable’, which is released today via Neon Gold Records.

To celebrate the EP release and also reaching 50,000 fans on Facebook, the guys are playing a DJ set a Le Pousson Rouge this Thursday. If you are in the area, it’s definitely worth going and offering up your residence for an afterparty!

And for old time’s sake, check out the video for ‘Modern Hearts’ (featuring St. Lucia) which is also on our June playlist.

Talking of St. Lucia…like The Knocks remix of ‘Elevate’ on Hype Machine and get a free download of the track.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, Smallpools, St. Lucia, Cut Copy, Flight Facilities, Passion Pit

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Years & Years – Real

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London electro-pop trio Years & Year release second single ‘Real’, on Kitsuné on Feb 17th. Co-produced by Lxury, B-side is by ‘Eyes Shut’, which is a more sombre take on the band’s sound, written in a remote beach house on the Sussex coast.

Frontman Olly Alexander comes from a classicist musical upbringing, and draws on iconic pop culture figures such as Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, David Lynch and Raymond Carver – wrapping them in his crooning, melodic tones.

‘Real’ follows the trio’s debut single, ‘Traps’, which earned the fast-rising threesome a welcome response from the blogging community. Listen to ‘Traps’ here

Sounds like: How to Dress Well, Lxury, Bondax, Sohn, Flume, Phoenix, Citizens!

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Graingerboy – Silent Universe EP & Interview


Electronic-music veteran Simon Grainger aka Graingerboy is from Leeds, UK, and has recently unveiled 7-track EP ‘Silent Universe’ out now on PopCrisis and is available for purchase here.

Having worked with Kitsune’s DJ Jerry Bouthier, Ian Catt (Saint Etienne), Simon Phipps and Jagz Kooner (Primal Scream/Sabres Of Paradise), Graingerboy is certainly getting a lot of attention and is one to watch over the next few months.

The EP is a product of a challenging couple of years in Grainger’s personal life. As a whole, it is a varied, melodic masterpiece, and there are clear 90s sampling influences within, yet the use of overdriven synths and straight up drum loops gives an additional 80s feel, ranging from disco to Balearic.

Graingerboy was kind enough to give Indietronica an interview, the answers from which you can read below. 

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Years & Years – Traps

Years & Years

Years & Years

London based rising stars Years & Years present the video for their latest track, ‘Traps’.

‘Traps’ commences with an elongated synth as dramatically sounding as something taken from Mogwai’s soundtrack for ‘The Returned’, but the beat soon loosens up as frontman and actor Olly Alexander tenderly recites ‘will you lay a trap for me?’.

The video initially lures us into a bit of a depressing setting, but soon drives the watcher into a world of synth pop and illuminous triangles. This is a true electronic love song.

The band’s second EP, also entitled ‘Traps’, was written during the band’s recent retreat to a remote cabin on a secluded Sussex seafront, and follows on from the debut EP ‘I Wish I Knew’ which was suitably released a year ago.

‘Traps’ is out 9 September on Kitsuné.

Sounds like: Cloud Boat, Yes Cadets, Citizens!

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Chela – Romanticise



Meet the gorgeous Chela.

Chela’s are usually short, but mighty, and wow does this Chela kick a tuneful punch. Chela’s tend to break hearts and party harder than average. All this wooing must have paid off as Chela has collaborated with Ben Ely (REgurgitatOR) to produce ‘Plastic Gun’, and Benjamin LeBruce (Clubfeet) for ‘Full Moon’ and ‘Guts’. Chela has also featured on ‘Fifteen’ by LA Producer, Josh Legg (aka Goldroom); Viceroy‘s ‘Dream of Bombay’; and ‘Heartbreak’ by fellow Aussie, Clubfeet.

You can pre-order the ‘Romanticise’ remixes EP via Kitsune on iTunes now. Main release is set for 26 August 2013.

With the help of some crafty remixes, Chela seems to effortlessly alter between dirty beats reminiscent of DENA, to dreamy electronica that is displayed in ‘Fifteen’, which we simply cannot get enough of.

Sounds like: Charli XCX, Ladyhawke, DENA

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