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Cocovan – Mirage Of Us

Cocovan by Thibault Debaveye

Cocovan by Thibault Debaveye

Parisian artist Cocovan oozes class and sophistication. No wonder, as she splits her time between France and Los Angeles.

Her disco debut, called ‘Mirage of Us’, was self-written and produced by the lady herself.

‘Mirage Of Us’ is the first single off her upcoming EP, and is available for free download on Cocovan’s Soundcloud page.

Sounds like: Madonna, Ronika, Cyndi Lauper, Henri, Blood Orange, Annie Lennox

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Hurts – Wings

Hurts

Hurts

Following on from the brilliant video for ‘Lights‘ is another dramatic performance from Hurts in their new video for ‘Wings’.

It was directed by renowned music video director, Dawn Shadforth (Björk, Florence + the Machine, Goldfrapp).

It has been taken from the ‘Surrender’ album, out on 11 December through Columbia Records.

Pre-sale tickets for upcoming European tour available here.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, Brandon Flowers, X&Y, Young Empires, Polyna, Kylie Minogue, Florence + the Machine

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Kids At Midnight – Electrified

Kids At Midnight - Electrified

Kids At Midnight – Electrified

Melbourne bedroom singer/songwriter/producer Jane Elizabeth Hanley is Kids At Midnight.

After experimenting in her bedroom with sounds and the use of a 80’s Linn Drum machine, Hanley created nostalgic track, ‘Electrified’.

The track is about overcoming the initial shock of love and finally feeling alive.

Sounds like: Shura, Chinah, Blood Orange, Madonna, Ronika, Solange

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Rive – Sleepless

Rive - Sleepless

Rive – Sleepless

Rive is an unsigned electro indie pop duo comprising of Ceri (electric guitar and vocals) and Natascha (keys, vocals and sample pad).

The girls met in London over a mutual love for songwriting and sangria, and instantly formed a sister-like bond. This bond has helped the girls create perfect harmonies in ‘Sleepless’, which also has a slight 80’s, Cyndi Lauper-vibe to it.

Rive gained the attention of the Roundhouse in 2014 through their 30/30 initiative, which pairs the best unsigned and emerging talent with established producers. Their debut single ‘Sleepless’ was co-produced by innovative electronic artist, Tim Exile, and the result has seen Rive invited to join Roundhouse’s exclusive Resident Artist roster.

They made the music video for ‘Sleepless’ with LA director Josh Harms, and it is released on 10 August, with the support of the Roundhouse and Dyne Road Recordings.

It is available for purchase on iTunes now.

Sounds like: Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Broods, Evvy, BLSHS, Daughter, Say Lou Lou, FKA Twigs

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V V – Shift

V V

V V

Continuously evolving, role model, model, survivor and musician, V V (formerly V V Brown) returns with the video for ‘Shift’.

‘Shift’ was written and produced by V V alongside up and coming producer Nearly Native, whom V V discovered on Soundcloud last year.

It is an electrifying, techno-influenced call-to-arms for a disaffected generation, with its feet firmly planted on the dance floor.

‘Shift’ has been taken from V V’s third album, ‘Glitch’, which will be released on 25 September via YOY Records. Pre-order on iTunes now.

She will also play a one-off show at The Brewhouse in London on 16 September.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Madonna, Grace Jones

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Doe Paoro – Nostalgia

Doe Paoro - Nostalgia

Doe Paoro – Nostalgia

Doe Paoro is a female artist from Los Angeles, who has worked with the likes of Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

Her new beat-heavy track, ‘Nostalgia, was co-written with Peter Morén of Peter Bjorn & John.

In her own words, Paoro says;

“I’m interested in the reconstruction of memory — it’s so human to selectively remember either only the good or bad parts of a situation. Personally, replaying those narratives is a way to avoid receiving what’s happening right now, and moving on from the past. So I’m working on staying present, because that’s the safest place for me to be, and I wrote the lyrics to “Nostalgia” as a reminder to myself. I brought them to Peter Morén (Peter, Bjorn & John) in 2013 during a 5-day songwriting bender together in Stockholm and we wrote the song.”

‘Nostalgia’ has been taken from the highly anticipated album ‘After’, released on 25 September.

Sounds like: La Roux, Madonna, Kate Boy, Peter Bjorn & John, Bon Iver, Supreme Cuts, Novah

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R.A.B.B.I.I. – Hang Us High

R.A.B.B.I.I.

R.A.B.B.I.I.

R.A.B.B.I.I. stands for Revolutions Are Best Before Initial Inception, and the duo are starting a small musical revolution in their home country of Sweden.

Felix (one half of R.A.B.B.I.I.) grew up in the town of Lund in an environment rooted in academia while Jo (the other half) was raised in working class Eskilstuna with two deaf parents. While Felix’s path led quite naturally to a career as a professional producer in Stockholm, Jo made a leap of faith at age 15 moving herself to Stockholm to pursue music – all in the face of the sad reality that her parents would never hear her sing; her deepest passion.

Jo’s voice has a obvious innocence to it, as it breezes over sharp synths with sweeping, tropical melodies created by Felix.

Letting the art do the talking is the video for ‘Hang Us High’. It’s a stop motion video made by 3,000 images, shot over two days:

Sounds like: The Knife, OH Land, Chvrches, Shura, Madonna

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Telepathe – Drown Around Me

Telepathe

Telepathe

Telepathe (aka multi-instrumentalists Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais) have quite a history.

The duo initially started recording music in 2006 by moving to a warehouse in Bushwick and recording their first EP ‘Farewell Forest’. This was followed in 2008 with their debut album ‘Dance Mother’, which they worked on with TV on the Radio‘s Dave Sitek.

They later quit their day jobs and relocated to Los Angeles to record the album in a few short and intense months. “Melissa and I decided to leave NY for a couple of months during the winter to write and record this new album,” Busy explains. “We rented an apartment on Sunset Boulevard. At the time we were reading a lot Science Fiction and researching California cults, which became themes that seeped into our music.”

Watch the effortlessly cool video for ‘Drown Around Me’ below:

The track has been taken from their long-awaited second album ‘Destroyer’. Co-produced with Lewis Pesacov and mixed by Matty Green, the girls have started their own label BZML to release their album on their own terms.

Sounds like: Ballet School, Monogem, Madonna, LCD Soundsystem, Tom Vek, Rilo Kiley

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Little Boots – Better In The Morning

Little Boots

Little Boots

Back and meaning business is Little Boots (aka Victoria Hesketh) with her new track, ‘Better In The Morning’

‘Better In The Morning’ is “an ode to ‘the walk of shame’, the morning after the night before”.

We are not entirely convinced that things are better in the morning, but we certainly love the track!

The catchy number was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Madonna, Charli XCX) and has been taken from her third album, ‘Working Girl’, which is out on 10 July via On Repeat Records. Pre-order on iTunes.

Sounds like: St Etienne, Aeroplane, Lindstrøm, Ronika

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Aaron – Interview

Aaron - Letters to Jonny

Aaron – Letters to Jonny

Dreampop princess Aaron has released her ‘Letters to Jonny’ EP.

We featured track two from the EP, ‘Strong‘, a while back and caught up with Aaron to find out some more about life and music…

How and why did you start making music?

I started songwriting at 15, not taking it seriously at all. My grandfather is an incredible jazz musician and inspired me to start creating my own music. After leaving school being an artist was the only thing that seemed engaging to me and so I decided to do it.

Describe your sound in three words.

Awesome alternative pop.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

All over, I grew up on Alt rock and jazz music, artists like TV on the Radio and Miles Davis. My mother was obsessed with early 80s Madonna and Kate Bush and I think that definitely shows in my own work.

There is a lot of other female electronic artists out there. How do you differentiate yourself?

I’m glad you asked that because as an artist I don’t believe I am bound by genre, it’s my writing style that defines me. My next project is far less electronic than ‘Letters to Jonny’.

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

Alabama Shakes‘s new album ‘Sound & Colour’ I absolutely love! Shura is incredible too, I can’t wait for her album. Also a bit late to the party but I’ve had Mac DeMarco‘s ‘Salad Days’ on repeat like crazy.

What is next for you? Are you planning a tour?

I’m straight back in the studio working on my next project, which will be coming out towards the end of summer ’15. I’ll be touring after that for sure.

Have a listen to the EP in full below:

Sounds like: Nina, Paperwhite, Broods, Monogem, M83, VÉRITÉ, Evvy, Pawws, College, Noosa

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