Another Los Angeles-pop songstress, TRACE has just shared her new single, ‘You Don’t Know Me’ – a song about first impressions.
TRACE is the daughter of Vietnamese pop icon Carol Kim, and has always been surrounded by music. Despite trying not to follow in her mum’s footsteps, TRACE couldn’t resist penning tracks and recording them in the bathroom.
Listen to one of the results below.
Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Laurel, Tove Lo, Broods, GEMS, Lykke Li, Phantogram, So Below, Jessie Ware, LUEM, Cat Power, Lorde, James Blake, Banks
Rock musicians-turned electronic producers Polarbearz share ‘Recognize’. Despite being located in the distant Lapland and writing a song about being different, the duo have managed to create music that sounds so on point.
The Him is the fresh and experimental production duo of Dutch citizens, Jeroen Kerstens and Steven Berghuijs, who have both managed to appease lovers of indie, deep house, nu disco and pop all in one.
Their new track, ‘Don’t Leave Without Me’ is slightly more dance-based than our usual posts, but it includes the pleasingly rich vocals of pop singer, Gia Koka (who is also a writer and producer), so we couldn’t say no.
Listen below and drift away to warmer climates.
Sounds like: XY&O, Kygo, Sam Feldt, Major Lazer, The Chainsmokers, Gryffin, Imogen Heap
The Manchester four piece, Girl Friend, are back with a new release, ‘Waste My Time’.
The track has been produced with dance producer LVTHER (of the Monstercat label), which may explain the dominant disco tones, however despite the appearance of an upbeat track, ‘Waste My Time’ has selfish connotations, “written from the perspective of a frustrated lover, constantly kept at arms length by the person they desire the most. Despite the emotional neglect, they still find themselves ‘dreaming up schemes’ to inspire change.”
The lovely Kyla La Grange is back, following the release of the enslaving ‘Cut Your Teeth‘, which was later remixed by tropical house DJ of the moment, Kygo.
Less of a goth princess this time, and more of an 80’s electro star, ‘So Sweet’ is a sugary pop treat. It has a backdrop of minimalistic synth beats, but it is Kyla’s vocals that really take the lead.
“I wrote So Sweet in my kitchen when I was feeling really happy and in love” explains Kyla, continuing “I started out with this arpeggiated jerky tuba type sound that I really liked but then wanted the choruses to feel a bit more cinematic with the dreamy guitars and harmonies, so there is kind of a weird contrast between the verses and the choruses, but I like it.”
If you’re wondering why the song feels different from Kyla’s previous material, she says “I guess 150bpm is pretty fast for a four to the floor track but I think it’s because I felt kind of buzzy when I was writing it. I never really wrote a love song before, at least not one that wasn’t sad.”
It is one of a collection of singles remixed by Jakwob.
Kyla will play Oval Space in London on 19 November; her biggest headline gig to date.
Sounds like: Little Boots, Robyn, Alison Moyet, Oh Land, MØ, Lana Del Ray, Grimes, Indiana, MS MR, Jakwob