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Weekly Gems 103

daste. – About Us

daste.

Australian trio daste. shares the smooth electro / lo-fi-funk single, ‘About Us’.

As with all things daste., the “d” is in the detail. Delivering an inspiration message, the song is about battling with uncertainty. Listen below.

daste.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS DU SOL, Two Another, LEISURE, Tora

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uomo – All I Hear

uomo

Introducing the new project by Pietro Filippone – aka uomo.

His latest release, ‘All I Hear’, is the first song that Filippone has written by himself for the project. A decent bit of autotune in there, the softer house elements give the song a gorgeously gentle uplift.

Sounds like: Henry Green, Roosevelt, Goldroom, Hayden James, Elderbrook

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Tungz – Can’t We Just Be Friends Again

Tungz - Can't We Just Be Friends Again

Bristol-based quartet Tungz combines effortless funk riffs with infectious vocal melodies and indie-pop sounds in new single, ‘Can’t We Just Be Friends Again’, out now via Heist or Hit.

It speaks of the confusion and the weird frustration that comes with wanting to snap back to being happy with someone you’ve only ever really been cool with before.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Christine & The Queens, Patawawa, Bamily

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Amtrac – So Afraid ft. Alex Metric

Amtrac by Grant Spanier

DJ and producer Amtrac has teamed up with Grammy Award-winning British musician, DJ and producer Alex Metric on vocals in new single, ‘So Afraid’.

Looping vocals contemplate a simple question, “why you so afraid of love?” as Alex Metric’s breathy, enunciated voice lends an edge to the droning synths beneath, forming a steady crescendo of sound and passion that blooms.

Sounds like: Du Tonc, Cut Copy, Lane 8

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Dirty Nice – 100,000 Heartbeats

Dirty Nice

UK duo Dirty Nice releases ‘100,000 Heartbeats’. A synth-wave pop at the core, it’s the perfect counterpart to the more lo-fi B-side, ‘Love Team’.

Originally presented as a special Valentines Day release, Dirty Nice sent a number of personalised cards to fans. Continuing this theme on their Instagram, an intergalactic cartoon epic has unfolded with a new card revealed every day.

Sounds like: Elder Island, Camel Power Club, Gorillaz, Everyone You Know, 10 O’Clock Chemical

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Ekko – Off My Mind

EKKO

Norwegian native, singer/songwriter and producer Rebekka Danielsson – aka EKKO – shares the visuals for ‘Off My Mind’.

Highly energetic, glorious pop with addictive melodic hooks and immaculate production this tune ticks all the boxes to be a serious club anthem and floor filler.

Expect her debut EP ‘Symptoms’ out later in the year.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Chelsea Lankes, Allie X, ALMA, Kim Petras

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Langva – Different Things

‘Different Things’ by Norweigan artist Langva is the perfect antidote in these gloomy days we find ourselves in.

It’s a short and sweet burst of summer, with a groovy bassline that amplifies the affectionate feelings you may have for someone.

Sounds like: Easy Life, Yakul

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ELBA – Remember Me

ELBA - Remember Me

Rising Danish pop songstress ELBA is making waves.

Starting her musical journey in the local choir at the age of six, it was clear her destiny was singing. Her new single ‘Remember Me’ showcases her powerful vocal range, and perfectly fits with the electro-pop production.

Sounds like: Mabel, Harlee, JUJ

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Discrete x Chris Collins – Better Days

Discrete

Creative music producer Discrete teams up with Chris Collins on ‘Better Days’.

With a top-notch level of production and flawless vocals, combined with inspiration from an extensive range of genres, prepare to click repeat.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Le Youth, The Weeknd

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Emilie Nicolas – Who’s Gonna Love You

Emilie Nicolas - Who's Gonna Love You

The Norweigan artists are smashing it this week, and it’s truly great to see Emilie Nicolas return.

Showing a new side to her music – less “cool pop” and more reflective – ‘Who’s Gonna Love You’ is centred around the difficulties of letting go of a relationship, succinctly capturing despair, unbridled joy, and the desire to dance.

Sounds like: Tove Styrke, Tove Lo, Susanne Sundfør, AURORA

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Ed Prosek – Mercy

Ed Prosek

The Berlin-based indie-folk troubadour, Ed Prosek returns with a luscious ode to his love affair with music, lifted from his forthcoming EP.

It plays out like a heart-wrenching ballad and is brought into a tender balance by Ed’s genuine delivery.

Sounds like: Dermot Kennedy, Frightened Rabbit, Bruce Springsteen, Chet Faker, Talos

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Nic Hanson – Crush on You

Nic Hanson
Boy, have we got a little crush on Nic Hanson.

Having just toured with the wonderful Moon Boots and with a flurry of viral Insta covers, Nic Hanson is sending his take on funky pop.

Sounds like: Prince, Ed Sheeran

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The Endorphins – Dead or Alive

The Endorphines

Stockholm siblings Alva & August Heldt are The Endorphins.

As their name suggests, their feel-good future pop is set to induce endorphins. As they put it – “It’s about love, friendship, parties and sex“, and what’s wrong with that!

Listen to self-expressive ‘Dead Or Alive’ below.

Sounds like: The Magnettes, Banks, Fabich, Pastel, Midnight Pool Party, Keljet

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Gotts Street Park – Favourite Kind Of Girl

Gotts Street Park

We have to admit, we hadn’t heard the music of Leeds based fourpiece, Gotts Street Park before this single, and now we can’t get enough.

Having produced for the likes of Mabel, Celeste, Yellow Days, Kali Uchis, Grentea Peng and Rejjie Snow, their new single, ‘Favourite Kind Of Girl’ is a stand out track. It features emerging vocalist Flikka and has been inspired by the DIY ethos of soul music and tackles the theme of self-love.

Speaking on the track Flikka says, “I wrote this song when I was in a place of not feeling seen or listened to. I was continually looking for it in an outside source without result and it made me feel lonely. Sometimes you need to be your own best friend/mother and by greatest support and I wrote this song as a mantra and reminder to myself to be the person I want and need to be.”

It’s out now on Blue Flowers.

Sounds like: First Aid Kit, Marika Hackman

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East Harbor – Highlight of My Week

East Harbor

Meet Florida natives East Harbor. Formed in 2014, the band takes influence from good vibes indie-pop and rock.

Their new single ‘Highlight Of My Week’ has both boy-band, pop-punk and emo tendencies, and that’s why it’s our guilty pleasure of the week.

Sounds like: La Bouquet, The Band CAMINO, The 1975, Manchester Orchestra

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Sophia Gripari – Lesson Learned

Sophia Gripari - Lesson Learned

London-born, now US-based singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sophia Gripari shares her first self-produced single, ‘Lesson Learned’.

The electro-pop track is written about the liberation found in realising and subsequently walking away from a toxic relationship.

Sounds like: Fickle Friends, Gabrielle Aplin

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Daniella Mason – Steady

Daniella Mason - Steady

Nashville-based Daniella Mason continues her left off-centre brand of pop with new single ‘Steady’.

Taken from her forthcoming ‘Physical State’ EP, it is to be used as a buoyancy aid during troubled times.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, The Japanese House, Robyn, Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish, George Gretton, Luna Pines

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REYNA – Clueless

REYNA

REYNA is feeling pretty ‘Clueless’ in their fun new karaoke based video.

The upbeat pop single, taken from their highly anticipated upcoming debut EP in Spring 2020, is written about learning to accept and love yourself even when you’re feeling clueless about life.

Sounds like: Haim, Tegan & Sara, Lorde, MUNA, Powers, The Aces

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la lune – holding onto u

la lune

Effervescent pop maker la lune releases the delectable ‘holding onto u’.

The 20 year-old, London-born singer-songwriter and producer has been releasing music with a DIY ethos since she was 18. Masked beneath her pseudonym and subtle social media presence, la lune is using obscurity to ‘protest’ against the over-sexualisation of women in music, stating that her music should be listened to and judged at ‘face value’.

Sounds like: Shallou, Fickle Friends, The Japanese House

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The Millennial Club – Coffee In The Morning

The Millennial Club by Carly Whalen

The Millennial Club by Carly Whalen

The Millennial Club is SoCal melancholic-synth pop band comprised of friends and jazz musicians, singer/guitarist Andres Owens, bassist/keyboardist Jared Ortiz, guitarist/saxophonist Jake Stevenson, and drummer Tyler Kamei.

Their lovelorn new single ‘Coffee In The Morning’ displays Owen’s wisdom beyond his 23 years of life through his powerfully intimate lyricism which puts listeners directly into the relationship at stake. It features guest vocals from newcomer Tori Romo.

Expect their sophomore EP due out early 2020.

Sounds like: The 1975, No Rome

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Edith – No Matter What You Do

Edith

Romanian-born Edith has been writing songs since at song, and creating music was her only path to express her emotions from a young age.

Her new single, ‘No Matter What You Do’ is an emphatic, contemporary-pop banger that showcases her natural songwriting ability. Drawing on personal experiences, for an upbeat piece of pop bliss.

Sounds like: Blithe, Mabel, Dua Lipa, Baker Grace, Just Kiddin

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More Giraffes – Treehouse

More Giraffes

Songwriting aficionados More Giraffes (aka Mark Hadley and Keeley Bumford) return with their carefree new single, ‘Treehouse’.

Written in an actual treehouse (in Hawaii no less), the vibe carved throughout is carefree music that aims for the sky.

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Charli XCX, Manila Killa

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Gabrielle Aplin & JP Cooper – Losing Me

Gabrielle Aplin & JP Cooper - Losing Me by Louie Banks

Gabrielle Aplin & JP Cooper – Losing Me by Louie Banks

Popstar and advocate for all things healthy and environmentally conscious, Gabrielle Aplin teams up with JP Cooper on new single, ‘Losing Me’.

The heartfelt rendition, produced by Lostboy (Liam Payne, Mabel) and Mike Spencer (Zara Larsson, Tom Walker, Rudimental).

Sounds like: Dagny, MONOGEM, Ellie Goulding, Chlöe Howl, Hannah Grace

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HOAX – Unamerican Dream

Hoax

NYC-based indie-pop outfit HOAX shares their second single from their ‘b?’ album, called ‘Unamerican Dream’.

A satiryical playoff of the “American Dream”, centred around immigration, a topic close to both Michael Raj and Frantz Cesar’s hearts.

Having been close to the subject, HOAX will be donating 50% of royalties from “Unamerican Dream” to KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), an organization that helps immigrant children who entered the U.S. alone find a safe haven.

Sounds like: Manic Street Preachers, Hers

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LOVER – Starving

LOVER

LOVER (aka Oliver Kirby) is taking a pragmatic approach to making music in his new single, ‘Starving’.

A track written about his personal struggle with not being able to afford groceries – something he says is “the classic starving artist cliché” – the laid back groove sets the tone throughout.

Sounds like: Gold Coast, Tanssi

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JUJ – Hollywood

JUJ

Philadelphia’s pop princess JUJ shares her new single, ‘Hollywood’, ahead of her EP ‘JUJ, It’s U’ release tomorrow via Jujitsu Entertainment.

A slower burn than her previous releases, ‘Hollywood’ showcases JUJ’s emotional maturity in using her voice to change things for the better, encouraging both herself and the kids from the suburbs to fight for their dreams.

Sounds like: Mabel, NOURI, Harlee, Demi Lovata, Lady Gaga, Khalid

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Malika – Stranger Things

Malika - Stranger Things

This is the first song by Malika that we’ve heard and we are instantly hooked.

Starting with gorgeous jazz-inspired piano chords, the Jae
Eaux-produced track quickly develops with Malika’s soulful words about a lost long coupled with subtle choir-backing vocals.

Speaking on ‘Stranger Things’, Malika explains,

“Stranger Things is one of THE MOST personal songs I’ve written, it describes a real moment in time for me, and a real struggle between two people. For me it was necessary to tell this story this way. When I got back in the studio to work on new music it was with the idea of saying what I wanted to say, making what I wanted to make, without restriction. And I think you can hear that and feel that on Stranger things. Ultimately my hope is always to connect with people. But especially with this new set of music, I hope that others who have had the same or similar struggles find, or listen to, Stranger Things and the EP ‘Tension’ when it comes out next year and feel connected.”

Sounds like: Jorja Smith, Whitney Houston, Nakala, Mary J Blige, Mabel

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LKA – I’m Fallin’

LKA

Finnish artist LKA has teamed up with HANNAH on her new single, ‘I’m Fallin”. It’s a welcome retreat from the cold weather.

Written about a crush, the stripped-back song showcases LKA’s fruitful vocals, and swirling, tropical production.

Sounds like: MØ, Grimez, Paperwhite, Calypso

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Nat Reed – Flow

Nat Reed - Flow

Boston-based Nat Reed is an exciting new R&B artist.

Her ethereal sensuality works magic with the minimal electronic production used in her music, which creates an otherworldly experience for the listener.

Listen to ‘Flow’ below.

Sounds like: Beyonce, Solange, Banks, Jorja Smith, FKA Twigs, Mabel

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SUMif – In With Me

SUMif

San Francisco-based electro pop up-and-comer SUMif sets off 2018 alight with her new EP called ‘Pretty Cage’.

SUMif has already opened for indie and electro-pop darlings such as VÉRITÉ, Lauv, Ella Vos, Kučka, and Little Boots, and hopefully a headline slot will be hers very shortly.

‘In With Me’ is the lead single.

Sounds like: REMMI, CAPPA, Monogem, Evvy, Noosa, Sizzy Rocket

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namaka – Cellophane

namaka - Cellophane

We don’t hear very much Swiss indietronica, but namaka‘s new song ‘Cellophane’ proves we should be listening to more.

Their music is both feminine and masculine; production both analogical and digital, as the band tackle the conflict of man vs machine in the most delicate and rough ways possible.

Sounds like: Bat For Lashes, Daughter

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Western Scene – Strange But True

Western Scene

Do not be deceived, ‘Strange But True’ by Western Scene is not a Christmas song, despite the countless bells and chimes in the song. Instead, it is a call for decent music.

Formed by front man Tom Pritchard in Los Angeles, Western Scene is an indie rock band through and through, spending years self-producing music that has been written and recorded in bedrooms and studios across the coast.

‘Strange but True’ is out now via Grand Jury Music.

Sounds like: Band Of Horses, Midlake, Lake Jons

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An Indietronica Preview of Wildlife Festival 2017

Wildlife Festival 2017

Wildlife Festival returns for its third year at Shoreham Airport. Headed up by Disclosure and Black Butter Records, expect this be the most fun year yet, not just because you now have an excuse to take the Friday off, but because the line up is quite simply awesome.

We’ve picked out our favourites, so you don’t have to. Check them out below.

ANNE-MARIE
Wildlife Stage, Friday 9th June

Anne Marie

Essex-born artist, Anne-Marie, has had numerous hits over the last couple of years. With her sweet vocals (she performed in Les Miserables when she was younger) and urban swagger, we expect her performance to be very special indeed.

Sounds like: Zara Larsson, K-Stewart, Kiiara, Mabel

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CLEAN BANDIT
Wildlife Stage, Friday 9th June

Clean Bandit

We’ve been following Cambridge collective, Clean Bandit since they began, so it’s with great excitement that we see them playing the big stage Wildlife Festival this year.

They have gone from strength to strength with their collaborations, including a couple of other Wildlife artists.

Sounds like: RAC, AlunaGeorge, Disclosure, Bondax

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DISCLOSURE
Live DJ set. Location & Date TBC.

Disclosure by Catie Laffoon

Reigate brothers, Disclosure, are running the show at Widlife.

Citing a range of influences from classical, rock, funk and soul, their sound is a forward thinking amalgamation of the aforementioned genres.

They will be doing a DJ set at Wildlife.

Sounds like: MNEK, Sam Smith, Gorgon City

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JESS GLYNNE
Wildlife Stage, Friday 9th June

Jess Glynne

Was ‘Hold My Hand’ the best song of 2015? Quite possibly, but regardless, it was definitely the song that put Jess Glynne on the global map, with a number of remixes secured with some key contenders in the dance industry.

With her stunning vocal tone and energy, Jess will be headlining the festival on Friday. Bring it on!

Sounds like: Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie, Ella Henderson

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JOE GODDARD
Tropical / Sounds Of The Future Stage, Saturday 10th June

Joe Goddard by Marc Sethi

Fresh off the release of his album, ‘Electric Lines’ (out on Greco-Roman/Domino Records), UK producer Joe Goddard is set to play Wildlife Festival.

Joe Goddard is the founder member of electronic legends Hot Chip and ½ of DJ duo The 2 Bears, so expect a stellar performance in a similar vein!

Sounds like: Roosevelt, Hot Chip, The xx, Four Tet, Caribou, Jamie XX

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LIV DAWSON
Wildlife Stage, Saturday 10th June

Liv Dawson

Lovely Londoner, Liv Dawson, is one of our favourite newcomers from 2016.

The sound and emotional depth of the late teen prove that she is undeniably wise and confident beyond her years, and it’s therefore no wonder that she’s been picked to play Wildlife amongst such other great acts.

Sounds like: Beyonce, Banks, Jorja Smith

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MURA MASA
Tropical / Sounds Of The Future Stage, Saturday 10th June

Mura Masa

Electronic music producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Alex Crossan is Mura Masa.

He has a huge fan base (most, if not all of his singles have been used in various clothing adverts) and he is renowned for his glitchy production that incorporates Asian instruments, as well as incredible live shows.

Sounds like: Flume, Cashmere Cat, SBTRKT, FØRTE, The Knife

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RAYE
Wildlife Stage, Saturday 10th June

Raye

BRIT School attendee and South Londoner, RAYE, has been making waves with her unique take on R&B.

RAYE has received support from the likes of Years & Years, Charli XCX and Jonas Blue.

Sounds like: Years & Years, Louisa Johnson, Jess Glynne

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RUDIMENTAL
Live DJ set. Location & Date TBC.

Rudimental

With a knack for choosing great vocalists, Rudimental are known for their bold, bassy and brassy sounds. In a massive contradiction to their name choice, this four-piece are anything basic.

They will be doing a DJ set at Wildlife.

Sounds like: Alex Clare, John Newman, Will Heard, MNEK, NIMMO, Leo Stannard, Oli Hannaford

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SHY LUV
Tropical / Sounds Of The Future Stage, Saturday 10th June

Shy Luv

Shy Luv is the project of Manchester based Karma Kid and Armeria.

‘Time’ follows on from their ‘Shock Horror’ EP, but it’s live where the duo showcase their diverse range of influences including LCD Soundsystem, Arctic Monkeys, Metronomy and Friendly Fires.

Sounds like: Honne, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Jagwar Ma, SG Lewis, LCD Soundsystem, Arctic Monkeys, Metronomy, Friendly Fires

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ZARA LARSSON
Wildlife Stage, Friday 9th June

Zara Larsson

It doesn’t seem that long ago since social activist and Swedish electro-pop singer, Zara Larsson hit our screens with the video for ‘Lush Life’.

She later teamed up with MNEK for ‘Never Forget You’, and is now set to get the crowds pumped on the Wildlife Stage.

Sounds like: Rihanna, Tove Lo, Dua Lipa

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