UK jazz singer Jazz Morley enters the realms of electro-soul in ‘Safe Place’.
The song considers the idea of Jazz moving back to her seaside hometown of Bournemouth, to escape the stresses of city life;
‘This is a love song written about where I live and who I have in my life. It marks a shift in my own mental health, happiness and creativity. Being a full-time musician, life can be exciting, spontaneous and hugely rewarding but also chaotic, unpredictable and at times, unstable. For the first time in my life, I am happy with who I am, and where I reside – next to the sea, along the beautiful Dorset coastline.’
The new single switches it up between chilled jazz and charismatic pop sounds, with an all important message from ZAE,
“‘Faking Love’ is about coming to terms with who you are and learning to embrace your true self. I wanted the song to highlight the importance of breaking through traditional, right wing ‘society norms’ in order to get to a place where you feel comfortable in your own skin. To be able to love fully and openly without fear.”
Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Banks, SZA, July Child, Låpsley, Liv Dawson, Caswell, Jorja Smith
Music is a way to tackle unresolved issues and reach out to the ones you love, both for a writer and listener.
Caswell is doing just that with a very open letter to her ‘Brother’.
As you would expect, it’s powerful and engaging, as Caswell’s unmistakable, ethereal vocals form a distinct jazz melody over a Whirlitzer piano and Mellotron, and the sudden waves of heavy synths and brass, push and pull the listener through the journey with her.
Cleverly the production at the start and end of the track also emulates that of a typewriter.
Sounds like: Låpsley, Skott, Lorde, Charlotte Cardin, Jorja Smith, JONES, Ray BLK, Sigrid, Maggie Rogers
Swedish born and based producer SQRD shares ‘Together’.
The track contains hypnotising loops of lo-fi electronic textures and minimalistic vocals.
SQRD says of the track, “I’d just moved back to Stockholm from Berlin, the winter nights were dark, cold, lonely, I was missing everyone I’d left behind in Germany and frantically listening to FKA Twigs and Låpsley on repeat. One night I’d just started writing ‘Together’ which turned out to be a song about my fear of losing someone very dear to me.”
It’s out now via Sommarhjärta.
Sounds like: Foals, James Blake, Honne, SBTRKT, RÜFÜS, Joe Goddard, The xx
We’ve been keeping our eyes on London-based ShannonSaunders ever since we first heard her vocals on Wilkinson‘s ‘Breathe’, so we were pretty happy to learn that she has shared her new video for ‘Pure’.
Shot on a stunning black beach in Iceland, the Damian-Weilers‘ directed video shows both a tough and beautiful side of Shannon (who else would be able to walk bare footed on a freezing beach in Iceland so gracefully?!), which pretty much sums up the meaning behind the track.
As Shannon puts it,
“‘Pure’ is the awakening of the soul when you first experience unconditional love. Musically it is a marriage of heavy underground beats with ambient vocals, taking you on a journey between first heartbreak and first love.”
‘Pure’ is out now via Lovejoy Records.
Sounds like: FKA Twigs, Låpsley, NAO, Delaire, Jessie Ware
We wrote about London based, multi-instrumentalist, HudsonScott, a few months back.
Since then, Hudson’s been in the studio with Rodaidh McDonald (Låpsley, KingKrule, Thexx).
Lucky for us, Hudson has taken a little bit of time out of his busy schedule to put together one hell of a playlist for Indietronica.
Talking Heads – Born Under Punches
This is one of my favourite opening tracks of any record for sure- the perfect blend of groove, adventure and hooks.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem
I’m an album listener, I like a body of work to sink my teeth into, but its sometimes nice when a band you love throws you a loose bone as good as this.
Chris Cohen – In A Fable
This song is so good. I love how warm and meandering it is and how the form has hardly any repetition but every melody is beautiful.
Shuggie Otis – Special
Shuggie has been a proper hero of mine for a while now but this one is pretty new to me. Its real bouncy.
Arthur Russell – You And Me Both
Another of my hero’s. This song is another meanderer, loads of breathing room. Arthur Russel has this amazing ability to balance romance and groove without it ever being cheesy and I think I’ll listen to him for my whole life.
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Two things I wanted to get on this list was some 80’s tunes and some synth nerdery so I ticked both boxes with this song. Amazing song and inspired use of what I’m pretty sure is a Roland TB-303 (the synth that birthed acid house) for the bass- you hardly hear that synth in this pop context and it works so well.
Blood Orange – Desiree
Definitely his best record so far- I love it right now and this track is a standout.
Little Cub – Intent
These guys are my best pals an they’re gonna do big things in the next few years. Huge beat at the end.
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
Needs no introduction.
Gwen Guthrie – Padlock (Larry Levan Mix)
I’m telling you to never doubt the triangle as an instrument- you’ve got to be pretty confident to have it pretty much on its own for almost 30 seconds though! This song’s chorus kills it.
UK Tour Dates
September 4 | We Are Your Friends, The Bullingdon, Oxford September 15 | The Victoria, London October 14 | What Became Of Us Festival, The Cookie, Leicester October 15 | What Became Of Us Festival, The Bullingdon, Oxford October 28 | Beacons Metro Festival, Headrow House, Leeds
Sounds like: The Maccabees, Foals, Morrissey, Prince, Simply Red, Simple Minds, Miles Davis, Chet Baker
London-based alternative electro pop singer, Leena Ojala, has put together a playlist for us of ten tracks she has come across when listening to new music.
Of the playlist, Leena says, “I have gone for tracks that use varying influences and mix different styles in production.”
Oh Wonder: All We Do
I like the repetitive piano riff and the vocal melody. They create a sad yet beautiful feel for the song. The minimalistic approach makes the song memorable – it’s a case of less is more.
Dominique: Good Girl
I like the guitar hook she uses throughout the track. The hip hop beat underneath and the interesting distortion she uses are interesting giving the track a nice character. Big up for Dominique for creating her own lovely production!
Anevo: Electric Heart feat. Ameria
The unique sound of the different instruments used in the track come across nicely. Every section has different influences: the verse is more electronic and dance-like whereas the chorus is chilled. The different styles used give the track a nice vibe.
KINGDM: Say It Again
I like the use of drums with African influences. There is a soulful vibe going on with the vocals, melody and the piano which give the song a romantic feel.
MRGD: Skin Deep
I like the use of call and response mixed with the nice vocal hooks. The chorus incorporates different feels i.e. reggae rhythm and drum sound, synth piano and vocal hooks. This gives the track an unusual but unique crossover of styles.
XY&O: Low Tide
The minimal strumming and picking of the guitar in the verses gives the track a nice relaxed feel. I like the four to the floor drums in the chorus giving it kind of dancing in the summertime vibe. The vocals with an echo and a delay effect finish the track off nicely.
I like the use of unusual blending of styles and rhythmic influences – the type you find with FKA Twigs. The track has a nice atmosphere, delivered by whispery vocals, hooks, dark piano tones and reverb effects.
Tess: Love Gun
I like the use of middle eastern feel in the track created by the vocal movement and the acoustic guitar. I can see influences of “Inna” here, but there are also elements of R&B, Pop and Hip Hop.
Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, YUAR, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Dominique, Amanda Merdzan