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Playlist: Austel

Austel

London artist Austel creates highly emotive music, so we thought it would be worth asking her to put together a playlist for us of the same! The result is below, and includes her brand new single ‘Crows’.

Crows – Austel

Our debut single, which we’re very excited to be able to share with the world.

Love Me In Whatever Way – James Blake

I had this album on repeat for months after it came out. I love the recurring vocal riff and building tension in the first half of this track. The drop is immense – that saw bass synth riff… so good.

‘Tell me when I have to go / And then love me there’

The End – Daughter

This track embodies everything I love about Daughter – Elena’s cutting lyrics, their trademark washes of guitar and ever-evolving sections and poignant vocal chants.

‘Let’s spend the future talking about the past’

Dry and Dusty – Fever Ray

I’m a big fan of the self-titled Fever Ray record and Karin Dreijer’s androgynous vocal style. On ‘Dry and Dusty’, she combines her tribal voice with developing synth motifs and simple percussion, conjuring a surreal, dream-like mood.

‘I am a capsule of energy’

Sugar Pill – The Japanese House

This track opens with delicate, melancholic piano chords but soon evolves – introducing Amber Bain’s washes of vocoder-treated vocals, glitchy beats and expansive synths.

‘You can use my ribcage as a pillow’

Hazmat Suits – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

I went through a stage of being a bit obsessed by the Stranger Things soundtrack – it’s so hypnotic. The bass synth glide on ‘Hazmat Suits’ is huge and hits me in the stomach every time.

Form By Firelight – Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins’ Immunity is a huge sonic influence on us; it has so much life amongst all the electronic sounds. It’s just brilliant.

This Mess We’re In – PJ Harvey

One of my favourite songs of all time, on one of my favourite albums of all time. The addition of Thom Yorke’s ghostly vocals are a dream collaboration.

‘I have seen the sunrise over the river, the freeway / Reminding of this mess we’re in’

Outlier – Bonobo

Bonobo’s music has a great driving, energetic feel to it. Adam and I were both obsessed with Migration when it came out. The track ‘Outlier’ builds really strongly adding layer after layer. Tracks like this really influenced the Austel production process.

Sleaze – Klangstof

One of my more recent discoveries – I love the expansive space Klangstof create with those pulsing synths and soaring hooks.

‘The tide needs a night to set up and collide’

Europe Is Lost – Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest is one of the most powerful performers of our time – the rising tension and cutting message of this track is profoundly resonant, and a haunting reflection of the days we’re living in.

‘We have learned nothing from history / The people are dead in their lifetimes’

Silhouettes (I, II & III) – Floating Points

Adam’s a big Floating Points fan. ‘Silhouettes (I, II & III)’ has this amazing string part in the middle section which is a wonderful merger of electronic and acoustic instrumentation.

The Eraser – Thom Yorke

This whole record is incredible, another one of my favourites. The opening title track is Thom Yorke at his best – trademark moody piano chords, glitchy rhythms and those beautiful, haunting vocals.

‘You know the answer so why do you ask?’

Teardrop – Massive Attack

‘Teardrop’ was my entry ticket into trip hop. Elizabeth Fraser is one of the greatest singers of all time and this track perfectly exhibits how much power you can create with moments of fragility and dynamic range.

‘Water is my eye / Most faithful mirror’

Sounds like: Kllo, IDER

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Colouring – Time

Colouring by Grace O'Neill

London boys Colouring hit us unexpectedly with new single ‘Time’.

A slick and steady piano beat begins before frontman Jack Kenworthy’s heavenly vocals kick in, soon to be followed by some seriously addictive pop harmonies.

Just. Take. A. Listen. Now.

‘Time’ is the first single to come from Colouring’s debut album expected later this year on Interscope/Polydor.

Sounds like: Youngr, Ten Fé, Bruce Springsteen, Honne, The Japanese House, RÜFÜS, LANY, The 1975, Phoenix, Draper

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Emma McGrath – Butterfly

Emma McGrath by CK Goldiing

Emma McGrath continues to make waves in the pop world with the release of ‘Butterfly’ taken from her ‘Silent Minds’ EP, out on 13 April.

The song shows a more feisty and upfront side of Emma than her last release ‘Love You Better’, inspired about getting rid of fake people in your life and doing what is morally right instead of following the crowd, even though it may be detrimental to your own situation.

Disclosure: I am Emma’s publicist at the time of writing.

Sounds like: Soak, Florence + The Machine, London Grammar, Birdy, FOXES, Ed Sheeran

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BLAKEY – Prism of Love

BLAKEY

Emerging London-based artist, BLAKEY, shares the simple but effective video for ‘Prism Of Love’.

The track is sparse at its core – a seesaw between BLAKEY’s velveteen falsetto/baritone interludes that melt alongside a graceful instrumental.

Opening up about ‘Prism Of Love’, Blakey states,

“It’s a very direct song. I put my most authentic and honest feelings to music. Sometimes I think it’s important to cut through all the bullshit and present exactly how you’re feeling, and not filter yourself for anything or anyone. It’s not vulnerability; it’s liberation.”

Sounds like: Francis and the Lights, Bon Iver, Coldplay

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Emma McGrath

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Wow, Emma McGrath is a North Londoner who, at just 18 years old, already has two PRS grants under her belt!

She started writing music six years ago and is now gearing up to release an EP called ‘Silent Minds’.

The first release from the EP is ‘Love You Better’ is as radio-ready as they come, written with Grammy Award winning Jimmy Hogarth no less.

Disclosure: I am Emma McGrath’s publicist at the time of writing.

The ‘Silent Minds’ EP is expected on 13 April 2018 and can be pre-ordered here.

Sounds like: Soak, Florence + The Machine, London Grammar, Birdy, FOXES, Ed Sheeran

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Y.A.S – Chasing The Dragon

Y.A.S

Scottish-born/London-based artist Y.A.S has just dropped her new single, ‘Chasing The Dragon’.

Much like the meaning behind the title of the song, Y.A.S describes in ‘Chasing The Dragon’ the ongoing search (and obsession) for happiness amidst the chaos, something we can all relate to.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Caswell, JONES, Raye, Jake Alder

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Anteros – Bonnie

Anteros

We love the videos that Anteros put out, and ‘Bonnie’ is another gem to add to the collection.

It’s been co-directed by lead singer Laura Hayden, and focuses on “Love, equality and Women Power: working together instead of against each other”.

Great message! Watch below.

Anteros are currently in the studio working on their debut album with producer Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Marika Hackman, Bloc Party).

Sounds like: Blondie, Wolf Alice, Black Honey, Ladyhawke, Blondie, Garbage, The Cardigans

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PLYA – Thinking Of You

PLYA

We have some right summery sounds for you, coming from PLYA.

Pronounced as Playa (Spanish for beach), the trio, led by Julia Sykes (Sykes) create music inspired from travels to cities, and of course the beach.

Their new single ‘Thinking Of You’ was inspired by that feeling you have when you are separated someone you have a connection with.

Sounds like: Draper, Passion Pit, Sykes, Broods, Phantogram, Monogem

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Stereo Honey – The Bay

Stereo Honey

Stereo Honey are here to fill the void that Wild Beasts left with their announcement last week.

Not afraid to delve into dark and heavy subject matters, their new release ‘The Bay’ is about the people lost their lives at Morecambe Bay in 2004.

It is taken from their debut EP ‘Monuments’ which comes out in November on Beatnik Creative.

Sounds like: Foals, Wild Beasts, Dutch Uncles

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Culpriit – Driveway

Culpriit

Remember when you were young and you had nothing to do? Culpritt‘s new single has a sense of nostalgia as they look back to this time, playing in their ‘Driveway’.

Culpritt is the exciting new project by Los Angeles-based Colin Dieden (lead singer of The Mowgli’s) and London-based producer and songwriter Rob Ellmore.

It’s out now via Spinnin’ Records’ latest imprint Congo Records.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, Youngr, Draper

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