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Weekly SubmitHub Gems 1

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

Dream Lake

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.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Beach House, M83

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Vanguards – Rosie & The Blackheart

Vanguards

Vanguards are a indie pop focused four-piece from Brighton.

‘Rosie & The Blackheart’ is a bittersweet love song that echoes 80’s guitar legends. The track was recorded live and produced by Steve Harris (Kodaline, Dave Matthews, Kaiser Chiefs).

Sounds like: INXS, Kings Of Leon, The 1975, Kodaline

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Tigers and Thieves – Change Your Mind

Tigers and Thieves

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 (The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives).

Sounds like: Local Natives, Foster the People, The Neighbourhood, alt-J, Surfer Blood, The Temper Trap, Nick Mulvey

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Gold Fir – Night Walk

Gold Fir - Night Walk

Despite what the name suggests, London duo Gold Fir (aka James and Mabel) play funky tracks for our immediate pleasure, day or night.

Their music is full of sass n soul, and is definitely bold.

Sounds like: Madonna, Little Dragon, Goldfrapp

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Someone – Say Something

Someone

Songstress, Someone is shaking off her cutesy appeal with a more earthy sound on ‘Say Something’.

Jangling beats sway nicely alongside upbeat guitar riffs and catchy vocal leads.

Sounds like: Few Bits, Bryde

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ALKE – Without You

ALKE

Los Angeles-based pop duo ALKE release ‘Without You’.

There is no denying the obvious chemistry shown between Jameson Flood (production, guitar, keys) and AK Karrasch (vocals) on the track as it explores love versus independence.

Sounds like: Monogem, Phantogram, Shura

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Vox Eagle – Sweet Temptations

Vox Eagle

Australian/US duo Vox Eagle share the glistening ‘Sweet Temptations’.

It’s a song about late nights out on the town and those sweet temptations that you may (or may not) encounter.

Expect their EP to arrive next week.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Joe Goddard, Roosevelt, Goldroom, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem

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DVWEZ – Giving Into Us

DVWEZ

DVWEZ (pronounced “Dames”) is making a stand for independence, all the while giving into strong desires.

Lush R&B melodies breathe over unique alt-electro soundscapes in ‘Giving Into Us’.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, Aaliyah

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Saro – Eyelids

Saro

Newcomer Saro continues to produce dark pop music.

His new track ‘Eyelids’ is delicately produced with its brooding falsetto vocals and a soft touch of melancholy.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Jack Garratt, Draper, Clean Bandit, Years & Years

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The Born Love – Badlands

Badlands by Sahir Khan

The Born Love is a duo who are ready to embrace the music scene with their modern anthems.

Their new radio-ready track, ‘Badlands’, is about mistakes that have led to a waning love.

Sounds like: The Temper Trap, Kings of Leon, Foreign Air, Portugal. The Man, Local Natives, Broken Bells, Grouplove

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Yoke Lore – World Wings

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Yoke Lore collects stories and sounds from the world around him, so it’s no wonder his music has an expansive nature to it.

His latest release is called ‘World Wings’, which Yoke says “is about starting to whip the wings you have to shake things up around you. If you sit still, you’ll be left behind; get up and don’t let anyone tell you to sit down. When things are hopeless, just keep moving.”

The track has Yoke Lore’s prominent off-balanced harmonies, intriguing lyrics, and a steady drum beat throughout. Another great release from an exciting artist.

He’ll be playing SXSW this week.

Sounds like: Band of Horses, Yellerkin, Yeasayer, Local Natives

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Playlist: Someday River

Someday River

Someday River

Someday River are a psych folk band from Florida, who have been together for just one year.

Greyson Charnock, the band’s primary songwriter and frontman, says that their new EP, ‘Sleeping Sideways’ is about “finding good in the face of an insane world” and notes “accepting mistakes and carrying on” as another key theme on the release.

The boys put together a playlist for us. Listen below.

TOPS – Way You Want To Be Loved
This song is an instant go-to for gatherings with friends. A real mood setter… sexy track! I recommend the song “Sleeptalker” from TOPS as well, among others.

Levek – Black Mold Grow
Another song chock full of vibezzz – show this song to someone and they will trust your musical judgment for eternity~~ also see “Look on the Bright Side”

Jude Shuma – Wandering
Up and comers from Chicago, this group just put out a three song EP in December and it is repeat-worthy to say the least. Lo-Fi basement grooves for days.

Local Natives – Past Lives
Most recent single from Local Natives has a massive-bassy presence making it a pure feel-good necessity.

SWIMM – All the Time
Atmospheric ethereality, this song paints a feeling.. it’s the one you’re looking for. Florida-born boys making waves in the Psych/folk/indie world.

Goldensuns – I Feel This Place
Salt Lake City/ LA Transplants, the new Goldensuns EP really holds water, and luckily so. It’s enough to get us through the heat of the summer.

The Shouting Matches – Gallup, NM
Nostalgia in a pure form, this song takes you back wherever you want to go. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon flexing his artistic range with this band, auto-tune not included.

Pinegrove – Old Friends
Found this song on YouTube, immediately hooked.. Pinegrove has several really incredible arrangements. I also suggest “Aphasia” and “Cadmium” among others. Check out some acoustic renditions from this NJ group on-the-rise.

Chad VanGaalen – Peace on the Rise
This tune rolls slow and steady through an apathetic dreamworld.. There is so much subtlety and intentionality behind the arrangement, I think that’s what keeps me coming back.

Sego – Wicket Youth
Contemporary, Pop Sensible, Avant – Sego always delivers on the art-music.. Here’s one of their most catchy tunes. Their songs rise to a new level when you see the videos that accompany them, aaaand go!

Robert Cray – Do That For Me
After hearing this song nearly 15 years ago at a soup kitchen in Atlanta… It was stuck in my head until I more recently discovered who/what it was by Googling the lyrics. Thank goodness I found my way back to this song. The arrangement and musicianship are a ripe source of inspiration for me.

Van Morrison – I’m Not Feeling It Anymore
Van at his finest here. No introduction or explanation needed… an absolute classic, Sunday morning pick me up.

Vulfpeck – Wait for the Moment
Sometimes you want the funk, sometimes you want the soul. Take both from Vulfpeck.. This band has some serious chops, and they do it all while having a damn good time. Positive vibrations are unavoidable on any track of theirs.

Fat Night – Someday
Orlando/Chicago boys really showing range with this track. Soul/Funk with pop sensibilities and a touch of Calypso combine for this unique song. Their live performance can border on Acid-Jazz. Look out for these guys; they are on the rise in a real way.

Julien Baker – Something
I am so enamoured with Julien Baker; her multiplicity of live recordings on you tube go to show that she is the real deal, voice and guitar work that you can rely on 100% every time. All of her songs are moving in their theory as well as delivery.

Nick Mulvey – Fever To The Form
A well know artist from England, Nick Mulvey doing what he does best with this song; potentially a perfect formula of restraint and production. Delivery and Control; this song has one hell of a progressive build for a folk tune.

Dustin Tebbutt – The Breach
Heard this song on some random indie playlist a couple years back. Dustin Tebbutt has his focus and his ideas in order. Beautiful and simple, this arrangement does it for me.

Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
This is the original version of the song. Released in 1987, it was at the top of the pop charts as an A CAPPELLA SONG!! That blows my mind. Unconcerned with rhyming lyrics, its all about meter and imagery with this song.

Milo – Going No Place (feat. Elucid)
Milo is an intellectual rapper to rival all others… follow up this song by checking out some others of his. Along with some serious collabs, his lyricism is sharp witted and rich in symbolism as well as contemporary culture reference. Hip Hop at its finest.

Steely Dan – Reelin’ In The Years
Rounding out this playlist, arguably one of the best songs ever written.. Steely Dan was an obsessive band in the studio, and thank god, because we can enjoy this recording forever.

Sounds like: Day Wave, Summer Heart, Washed Out, The Drums, ROOSEVELT, Yellerkin, Night Drive, Carousel

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Interview: Bad Pony

Bad Pony

Bad Pony

On a seaside coast far far away from Brighton, are a band called Bad Pony. They may offer similar sounds to those of Brighton-based bands, but will no doubt have better tans.

We caught up with the boys.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Bad Pony and how you all got into music and where the name came from.

We are a 5 piece from Sydney, Australia. Sam and I (Jarred) used to play in a bluesy rock band. I was the drummer and we started writing songs as a side-project so I could have a fang at singing. We sent the tunes around and got asked to do a 20 date tour so we put together a band of former lead singers and multi-instrumentalists to cover all the parts. That was in 2013, so since then we’ve lost a drummer and cover our percussion parts by splitting a drum kit amongst us.

The name came from our guitarist Cron. Back in his motherland of South Africa he was a Shetland trainer. The night we met him he told us this really long winded joke that won us over. I can’t really remember it but the punchline was ‘Bad Pony’.

Describe your sound in three words.

Hurdling. Gyration. Jiu-jitsu.

What’s your current single, ‘Sideways’ all about?

Sideways is about celebrating the diffusion a potentially volatile situation.

Are there any plans to tour further afield than Australia, in the near future?

Not at the moment. We’re pretty keen to get something happening in New Zealand and the UK next year.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We’re all over the place. I grew up listening to a lot of Michael Jackson but I think I’ve learned a lot & taken on influences playing with different bands in different genres over the years. In recent times my favourite artists have been Manchester Orchestra, Closure in Moscow & Swim Season. As a collective I think we lean towards music that is clever, catchy and interesting.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Middle Kids ‘Edge of Town’
Swim Season ‘Gold Cloak City’

Sounds like: High Tyde, Dive In, Two Door Cinema Club, The Island Club, Ivy Nations, Swim Season, Local Natives, Phoenix, Prides

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OK SO I MADE A PLAYLIST: Yoke Lore’s Guide to Hip Hop

Yoke Lore

Yoke Lore

Yoke Lore made a playlist for us. We have a feeling hip hop is a big influence for him…

OK SO I MADE A PLAYLIST: Yoke Lore’s Guide to Hip Hop

So I don’t resume to know everything that’s going on, but I love hip hop with a passion and try to keep an eye on people that Kanye and Drake are ripping off.

Hip Hop is a huge part of American culture and a huge part of American history which like many art forms has it’s roots in community identity and subtle insurrection. With the rap demagogues controlling the radio, branding themselves, and becoming pop stars, hip hop is alienated from its foundations in the subversive music of early America.

Like Folk or Hardcore, Hip Hop has in the past always been about and for the community. With Beyonce writing 6 songs about her cheating husband, and Kanye ostentatiously releasing songs called ‘I love Kanye’…the community gets left behind. These are some artists that I think really represent and speak for their communities. Whether or not these songs themselves are socially aware, these artists are (in my humble opinion) keeping real hip hop alive.

Kodak Black – This is the slowest hardest weirdest catchiest song here. Trap gold. Kodak is huuugggee in the south and hasn’t really gotten to much airplay but his shows are nuts and they’re enormous. He really does something no one else does. Get into it.

Anderson Paak – I love this song. This is the banger. This is a real thing. You all know those people who are like fiends when the drugs come out. I love how he takes something so simple and kind of funny and makes it bang, makes it important. He could say anything and it would mean something.

Jay Electronica – This is JAY ELECTRONICA and MOBB DEEP TOGETHER…there’s nothing more to say.

Deathgrips – this song is kind of the dark horse? black sheep? whatever. It’s not like the rest, but it eludes to the bands relationship to hardcore which is so important to their whole identity so I thought i would throw this in there for fans of Guillotine who want to know where the hell it came from.

SZA – Ugh so smooth. ‘I love you like I like to get high’ — perfect.

SZA – I couldn’t resist putting another track from this EP up. Its an old EP that she did and I think she got signed and is going to be huge and those labels will put their claws in, but for now I just want to bask in it.

Thundercat – This song does everything and so does Thundercat. He is almost singlehandedly keeping jazz alive in modern hip hop. Thank you BRAINFEEDER for keeping the world safe.

Princess Nokia – Princess Nokia is dope and she writes a lot about trying to be a strong woman in a world dominated by the glorification of weak women. I dig it and I think its important.

Ratking – These are some friends of mine from NYC. My folk band Poor Remy used to open for them in BK basement shows and we’d thrash together. I was always amazed by the kind of devotion they inspired in these city kids. They sing about their city and its troubles. They were of the people and the people love them for always remembering it.

Antwon – he just keeps it weird, and its important to keep it weird. pc.

‘Safety’ is the 3rd offering from Yoke Lore’s forthcoming debut EP ‘Far Shore’, due out today, 6 May, via B3SCI Records. He’ll also make his US live debut this summer in NYC at The Well on 8 June.

Sounds like: Band of Horses, Yellerkin, Yeasayer, Local Natives

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Tradiio Exclusive: Interview with Birds With Fleas

Birds With Fleas

Birds With Fleas

Birds With Fleas is an indie band, who base themselves out of New York.

We had a little chat with the guys. Read more below.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Birds with Fleas and how you got into music.

Birds With Fleas is mainly me, Matt Siegel (guitar/keys/vox), and Spencer Karges (guitar/percussion/vox). We’re both sort of at the helm, but have been fortunate to have other musicians with us along the way.

Birds With Fleas started when I was a junior in college. I was a music major and had access to the recording studio that was on campus. I wrote a bunch of songs on ukulele and banjo that ended up forming our first album the campfire. I finished the album and went off to find people that could help me play the songs live. The first person I contacted was Spencer because I knew he’d been in bands before, that’s really all I was going on haha.

Spencer and I were in high school choir together for three years and we also sang in a few barbershop quartets together. Spence and I weren’t even great friends but I was desperate for help. It’s really funny looking back at it especially with how close we are now.

After I graduated we moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee and had a couple of great years where we were able to grow. This past January we moved to New York to make a real go at things.

Describe your sound in three words.

Melodic. Thoughtful. Fun.

We discovered you on Tradiio. Do you think free platforms, such as Tradiio, are making it easier for artists to expose their sound to the general public?

Definitely. Over the years we have used a lot of different platforms. There are probably more than a dozen ways someone could find our music online. So we’ve always taken the approach that we want to make it as easy for people to listen as possible, while giving them a way to support us if they can.

Tradiio is great because you listen for free if you want to, but it doesn’t shy away from asking people to support tracks monetarily in exchange for some cool stuff.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Growing up I listened to a lot of Motown and R&B because my dad loves that stuff, really anything from the 70’s. His favorite artist is Luther Vandross so most of those albums were played over and over again.

When I was younger we really only listened to music when we were in the car. The two records we played most in the car were ELO‘s greatest hit and The Jackson 5‘s greatest hits. I’ve probably heard those CDs 200 times each. If we weren’t listening to that stuff we were listening to the top 40 stations. It wasn’t until high school that I started paying attention to what my friends were listening to, that’s when I really started to find things that were resonating with me.

At first I started listening to things like City and Colour, Dashboard Confessional and Snow Patrol. All of that eventually led me to what I listen to now. Some of my favorite bands these days are Bombay Bicycle Club, Sylvan Esso, Daughter, and Local Natives. All of that has accumulated to what now influences our music.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Lately the two albums that have been on repeat in our apartment are Sylvan Esso’s self-titled LP and Good Grief by Lucius.

We’ve invested in Birds With Fleas. Have you? Listen to more of their songs and support them at tradiio.com/birds-with-fleas/circle.

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Ásgeir, James Vincent McMorrow, Vance Joy, Snow Patrol, Band of Horses

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Yoke Lore – Hold Me Down

Yoke Lore

Yoke Lore

Yoke Lore is the new project of Brooklyn-based spiritual artist, Adrian Galvin (Yellerkin).

Amongst the obvious musical talents, Adrian also draws (he drew the ‘Far Shore’ EP artwork), and practices dancing (having danced in the video for ‘Heavy Love‘), meditation, and Taoist yoga.

His debut EP, ‘Far Shore’ is out on 6th May via B3SCI Records. Pre-order here.

Sounds like: Band of Horses, Yellerkin, Yeasayer, Local Natives

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Milo Greene – Never Mean It

Milo Greene

Milo Greene

Teasing us ahead of their album release, Los Angeles-based trio, Milo Greene, have released a cheeky demo of ‘Never Mean It’.

‘Never Mean It’ is a hushed, slow-burner, blending gorgeous vocals against a minimal electronic background.

Speaking on the track, Milo Greene state:

“Never Mean It” started in Robbie’s living room with a minimal bongo groove. We started laying down simple moody guitar lines, and Marlana came up with this flowing verse melody. Robbie and I started singing responses and eventually we created this swell of bellowing vocals that showcased the frustration within the lyric.

The new batch of Milo Greene songs came out of our living rooms. We shared ideas we’d been developing individually, and just sang ideas as loud as we could without pissing off the neighbors. Everything just kind of flowed out of us once we finally got off tour and had time to decompress. .Releasing demos is an experiment. Maybe these songs end up on the next record, maybe they don’t. But it’s nice to throw something out there to share instead of having it sit on our computers, never to see the light of day like so many songs have.”

Sounds like: Bombay Bicycle Club, Local Natives, Lucius, Fickle Friends

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Yeasayer – I Am Chemistry

Yeasayer

Yeasayer

Yeasayer returns with an awe-inspiring, spacey number called ‘I Am Chemistry’.

It has an odd relativity, similar to that of alt-J, but this concoction has more substance to it, courtesy of the wise vocal tones of lead singer, Chris Keating, and layers and layers of hearty Yeasayer sounds.

Pre-order the album, ‘Amen & Goodbye’ here.

Sounds like: alt-J, Broken Bells, Belgrave, Yellerkin, TV on the Radio, Wolf Parade, Local Natives

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