Wow! What a song for us to return to after a brief hiatus from blogging.
NVDES‘ ‘Mind Body Soul Music’ is both a divine and raw new song, with an undercurrent of frenetic energy. The video follows “Flocky” dancing his way through different scenes and forms part of an eleven part video series, which will act like a real-life comic book video story alongside the debut album release, and is directed by NVDES and Audrey Vignoles.
NVDES debut album ‘Vibe City Utah’ will be released on 2 November 2018 and available for pre-order here.
Sounds like: MIYNT, Tom Vek, LCD Soundsystem, Pierce Fulton
Josh Jacobson is effortlessly combining modern R&B with dance-pop in his new single ‘Sideline’ featuring co-production from Gigamesh.
On the subject of the song, he explains,
“Sideline is a song about growth and building in new directions, learning to let go when it’s necessary to move forward. It’s about those inner voices at times of transition that are at once exciting but so challenging emotionally. I think these lyrics will resonate with a lot of people in different ways, so I’m excited to hear how people relate to the song.”
Sounds like: Le Youth, Drake, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd
We receive a huge amount of submissions via SubmitHub, and unfortunately cannot review all of the tracks, so we have decided to compile those tracks into a weekly segment of gems we’ve particularly enjoyed.
Dream Lake – Midnight Sun
Swedish electro-pop duo Dream Lake share the dreamy ‘Midnight Sun’.
This song perfectly encapsulates the airy, long days of light during the summer in Sweden, with dreamy vocals and romantic keys.
US-based Tigers and Thieves share ‘Change Your Mind’, an indie rock track that has all the markings of a hit, despite being recorded in their garage studio. It’s been mixed by Brian McTear (TheWar on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, LocalNatives).
Sounds like: Local Natives, Foster the People, The Neighbourhood, alt-J, Surfer Blood, The Temper Trap, Nick Mulvey
Hot damn! Love Ssega is back with ‘Hot Electrolytes’.
The Kat Hassan-directed video bursts with colour, mirroring the warm tones throughout the track.
Explaining the track, Love Ssega says “This track has hopefully raised two eyebrows and a wry smile. To me it feels like a sledgehammer of passion, colour and sound, as that’s what I was going for. If it’s not surprising, it’s not exciting.”
‘Hot Electrolytes’ is taken from Love Ssega’s forthcoming ‘Emancipation!’ EP, which is set for release later this summer.
Sounds like: Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Tom Tom Club, Kindness, LA Priest, Prince
The melon lover creates funky and quirky electronica, and has just shared ‘Can You Not’.
Made in about 30 minutes, bouncing and rhythmic bass lines lead the way for this feel-good track.
“”Can You Not” was made in about 30 minutes. I put up clips on Snapchat as i was building it. I used a filter that said “Can You Not” with broken hearts. Based on the response from snapchat i decided to release this track as a demo and name it after the snapchat filter. It channels a “laptop punk” aesthetic I have been seeking and I also like how there are now lyrics. My intention is that listeners create their own experience with the scratch vocals. This track with also be available on 5 limited edition demo cassette tapes at Vacation vinyl in Silver Lake, CA.”
Sounds like: MIYNT, Tom Vek, LCD Soundsystem, Pierce Fulton
Hamburg duo Digitalism (aka Jens Moelle and Ismail Tüfekçi) return with their third album called ‘Mirage’, which stems from “the ecstasy” of “epic trips around the globe”.
The second single from the album, ‘Go Time’, continues the theme of the album, comfortably sitting somewhere between nostalgia and futurism.
Stemming from one simple loop, this is an anthem for the weekend.
Live Tour Dates
27 April – Paris, France – Badaboum
28 April – London, England – XOYO
6 May – Cologne, Germany – Gebäude 9
13 May – Berlin, Germany – Ritter Butzke
19 May – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
20 May – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
21 May – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
24 May – Chicago, IL – Double Door
25 May – Detroit, MI – Shelter
26 May – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
27 May – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
28 May – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
1 June – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
3 June – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
17 June – Arhus, Denmark – Northside
18 June – Eindhoven, Holland – We Are Electric
24 June – Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
25 June – Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
17 July – Berlin, Germany – !MELT Festival
10 Aug – Acquaviva (Siena), Italy – Live Rock festival
‘Mirage’ is released on 13 May and available for pre-order on iTunes.
Following the huge success of ‘Modern Psyche’, Nottingham duo, April Towers, are back with their ‘Silent Fever’ EP, having worked with award winning producer, Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals).
We caught up with the boys.
April Towers only formed a couple of years a go. Tell us more about how April Towers came about.
We met at school when we were about 15/16 years old. Arctic Monkeys had just exploded and it seemed like everyone was picking up a guitar, We were paired together in a school biology project but just spent most the time writing songs before forming an indie band, Frontiers, of which we were members for about 5 years before our tastes became more electronic and we formed April Towers!
Describe your sound in three words.
Fun, Dance. Pop.
‘Modern Psych’ received a great response from blogs and fans. Have you set the bar too high for yourselves?!
Haha, I think the bar is set by others rather than ourselves. We just write what we feel are the best songs we can and it’s up to you guys to decide how high that bar is!!
Your EP, ‘Silent Fever’ is out in April on Lab Records. Tell us more about it.
Silent Fever is our first EP – it features five tracks (featuring previous singles A Little Bit Of Fear and Modern Psyche) as well as two remixes. We are really proud of it and feels it really represents us well as a band. We are also very honoured that LAB records are putting this EP out – Mark and the team have shown great faith in us and we really are grateful for that.
Where do you cite your musical influences from?
It’s a broad range of influences to be honest – from the golden era of the 80s with bands like New Order and Depeche Mode, to modern cutting edge electronic pop like LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip, with a bit of Cut Copy thrown in there!
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
We are really into the new Steve Mason record at the moment – it’s so intelligently put together. Also really loving Theo Kottis, a Scottish producer who is making real waves in the dance scene right now!
If you fancy seeing April Towers perform, check out the dates below.