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ANNALIA – Dust

ANNALIA - Dust

Los Angeles-based ANNALIA shares ‘Dust’ – a summertime song for rainy day.

‘Dust’ doesn’t normally glisten, but this definitely does, as the nostalgic, 80’s inspired pop synths swirl around the listener in an infectious manner.

Expect a five-track EP later in the year.

Sounds like: HAIM, Wet, MUNA, The 1975, The Japanese House, Pale Waves, Monogem

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BoTalks – Fuck It Feat. Caroline Pennell

BoTalks

We are loving these two – a former X Factor winner who goes by the name of Alex Lee Kinsey, and a Swedish songwriter/producer Johan Lindbrant. They both run the Los Angeles-based project BoTalks, creating catchy and melodic electronic pop through fluid but fun songwriting processes.

Their sophomore release, ‘Fuck It’ featuring the legendary vocals of singer/songwriter Caroline Pennell, is about letting love slip through your fingers, but somehow embracing all the feelings you tried to ignore.

Sounds like: Fickle Friends, Billie Eilish

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BAUM – This Body

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Our one to watch in 2018 is BAUM.

The Los Angeles-based pop angel takes control with her defiant anthem ‘This Body’. A song inspired by personal experiences with cat calling and a struggle with an eating disorder, it sends a hugely empowering message.

“One morning, while I was walking to the USC practice rooms on South Figueroa, I got aggressively cat called about my “fat ass.” I’m a fiery person. I talk back. I’m “sassy” and I’m not shy around strangers. I’m typically not someone who is great at “taking the higher road” or letting things go, but in that situation, I felt like a delicate flower. When a man confronts you without batting an eyelash, verbally scrutinizing your body, you feel like nothing. This man was asserting his dominance over me, letting me know that he was entitled to my body — looking, commenting, maybe even touching. So, I went inside the practice rooms with my face red and hot. I grew up in New York City. This was not the first time I had been cat called on a street corner, but for some reason it particularly bothered me that day. It was kind of a perfect storm because I felt like I wanted to yell or cry or something, and I had literally just stepped into a practice room with a piano. I started saying things that I wanted to hear — “I got my power,” “this body is my home” etc. Looking back on that experience, I guess writing the song was my way of getting my power back in the moment.

I recovered from an eating disorder in the summer of 2016, which is when I wrote this song. My whole life I grew up completely buying into the media’s definition of beauty. I thought that I needed to be rail thin (not my body type) and utterly despised any fat on my stomach. I started my first diet around the age of ten, and my battle with food, guilt, and self loathing continued on throughout the next ten+ years. For me, performing “This Body” is a reminder to myself that I’m sexy and I’m beautiful and I have all of my confidence. That’s why I start every show with it. It’s not just like I’m telling these lyrics to other people, but I’m sort of talking to myself as well.

My sophomore year of college, I was extremely lucky in that so many positive elements aligned themselves in my life. I had a boyfriend who loved my body and reassured me while I put on much needed weight and got increasingly healthier. I moved into an apartment with friends who were like family and were more supportive than I could have ever hoped for. That year, I also found the body positivity movement on social media. I read articles and watched videos of women talking about the stuff I had never been able to articulate and would never have felt comfortable articulating. All of these factors in my life came together and really allowed me to grow and to love myself. That kind of opened a door for me and inspired me to write about being a woman in very literal terms.

Honestly, my hope for this song is just that someone, somewhere can listen to it and feel what I feel hearing powerful women talk about loving themselves. When I see a quote that makes smile or a picture of someone owning their body, I feel companionship, knowing that we’re all in it together, and I feel empowered myself. If I can do that for someone else, then I will know I have accomplished something huge.”

Sounds like: Adele, Austra, YONAKA, MUNA, HAIM, Adele

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Kaerhart – For What It’s Worth

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Hot on the heels of The Women’s March last week, US singer Kaerhart shares her gritty new single ‘For What It’s Worth’, a reimagined version of Buffalo Springfield‘s 1987 protest song.

It is a project in collaboration with Los Angeles-based producer Dead Robot.

When speaking on the single Kaerhart share remarks “I was in a session with my good friend and producer, Dead Robot. We were both feeling outraged and upset about the state of the world and everything going on in our political climate. We wanted to convey that feeling into a song and decided that there would be no better way than to cover one of the greatest protest songs of all time – ‘For What Its Worth.'”

Months ago I was in a session with my good friend and producer, @chrisdeadrobot . We were both feeling outraged and upset about the state of the world and decided to channel that angst into covering our favorite protest song: For What It’s Worth. While working on the track, I had this realization that a lot of the issues our culture faced during the 1960s are a lot of the same concerns we are still facing today. This song serves as a reminder that for generations humans have continued to make the same mistakes… But I believe we are living in a critical time, one where we can finally begin choosing LOVE over fear. . The @womensmarch in 2017 had a profound impact on me. It was the first time I  felt that level of unity and hope for our future. I shot this video over the weekend with my partner @luke.vincente to try and capture that same feeling that initially helped inspire this song. We are so much stronger when we stand together than when we are apart. I feel grateful to be living in these times; though they may feel dark, we have the power to come together and change things for a better future. ✊🏻 . Thank you so much for listening + watching. To hear the full version of the song, check the link in my bio and stories. ⛓ Also, for those amazing souls that were in this video with me- please tag yourself in the comments below!! xx

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Sounds like: Harry, CAPPA, Dominique

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Mines Falls – In the Rain

Mines Falls

Mines Falls are a brother duo from Los Angeles. They create piano ballads with the addition of electronic instrumentation.

As the title suggests, ‘In the Rain’ is a moody track full of both strength and sadness.

Listen below before buying tickets to one of their East Coast shows.

Sounds like: The National, James Blake, Solomon Grey

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Le Youth – I Could Always Feat. MNDR

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Los Angeles-based producer Le Youth releases a slightly surprising more chilled out track than usual, featuring talented American producer, singer, songwriter MNDR who has worked with the likes of Mark Ronson, RAC and Flume.

Speaking of the track, Le Youth explains,

“…Creatively speaking, ‘I Could Always’ is a bit different from the other songs I’ve put out. It’s not dance and it’s not pop. The music, vocal, and video come together to create a vibe that’s hard to describe, but you just get it… That’s how I knew this needed to come out. I’m so excited to share this one.”

It’s out now via Parametric/Atlantic Records.

Sounds like: RAC, Pink Feathers, Mark Ronson

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Playlist: Chelsea Lankes

Chelsea Lankes

It’s not long until the end of the year, and what better way to see 2017 through with a playlist from Chelsea Lankes. This one goes out to all the ladies, and is probably one of the best playlists we’ve ever had! Lucky you!

“Here are some favorites over the last couple months including songs from favorite albums this year: SZA, Phoebe Bridgers, YOUTH, Lorde and Wolf Alice. Also I put a few singles from female pop artists I love and respect! To be enjoyed while driving at night, at low key parties, showering or anywhere you might sing really loud alone. 🙂”

…And whilst we have you, give Chelsea’s new track a spin too.

Sounds like: MUNA, Wet, Evvy, Ghost Beach, Kyla La Grange, Ji Nilsson, Tove Styrke, Carousel, Kitten, Nina, Mikky Ekko, Remmi, Cappa

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BAUM – Effortless

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Los Angeles native BAUM hits the right notes with her new single ‘Effortless’.

Taking inspiration in the romantic pitfalls of a close friend of the singer-songwriter, who was cheated on by an ex-beau, an “awful dude,” says BAUM, “I saw him do it and it broke my heart.”

BAUM immediately wrote the song after the event – originally a sad song, that soon turned into an angry one,

“I got to the chorus and just got so wildly angry and that tempo change and scream thing came out. I guess I turned the song into how I wanted her reaction to be: empowered, focused more on her anger than her sadness. I wanted her to realize her own strength and self-worth, so I wrote that into the song.”

Sounds like: Austra, YONAKA, MUNA, HAIM, Adele

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Chris Ayer – Heavy

Chris Ayer

Los Angeles native Chris Ayer gets a little ‘Heavy’ with his new indie pop jam.

The track, with it’s brilliant vocal hook and catchy guitar riffs, is addictive, and we can’t help but think Chris has cleverly positioned himself just slightly left of the popular chart music with this track, giving us enough commercial attitude to spark interest, whilst retaining his individuality amongst the crowd.

Sounds like: XY&O, Charlie Puth

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Rainsford – Intentions Feat. Twin Shadow

Rainsford - Intentions Feat. Twin Shadow

Wow Rainsford has pulled this one out of the bag. Her new single ‘Intentions’ is a sensual duet with Twin Shadow nonetheless.

Rainsford’s ever-so sultry vocals sweetly surrender to the nostalgic temptation of Twin Shadow.

Turn the lights down low, slip into something more comfortable and listen below.

Sounds like: Monogem, Jessie Ware, Blood Orange

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