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MOTTRON – Lighter


This is not a warning, although it might first seem like that when listening to the debut single by pop impressionist MOTTRON.

MOTTRON creates a dark and melancholic atmosphere in ‘Lighter’ that is confusingly optimistic at the same time – chopped electronics with sobering vocals, woods, strings and pianos.

It’s out now via [PIAS].

Sounds like: Maribou State, Aquilo, SOHN, Thomas Azier

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Little People – Skies Turn Blue Feat. Tif Lamson

Little People - Skies Turn Blue Feat. Tif Lamson

Little People is the beautiful project of Laurent Clerc, who has just returned to the UK following a stint of residing in Portland, US.

Little People combines elements of tech with lush instrumental landscapes, which will rightfully draw comparisons to ODESZA (who he supported on their US tour), Little Dragon and Maribou State.

‘Skies Turn Blue’ is the second single taken from his upcoming ‘Landloper’ album and features Tif Lamson of the band GIVERS.

It’s out now on his own label, Future Archive Recordings, which was co-founded with Sun Glitters, Arms and Sleepers and CNJR. It is a collaboratively minded label, that looks to empower artists to release music as they see fit with the help, clout and structure of a label.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, The xx, Bonobo, Maribou State, ODESZA, RJD2

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Feiertag – Tension Feat. Ayelle

Feiertag - Tension Feat. Ayelle

We last spoke with Ayelle over two years ago, so we are especially excited to share her new single with the Dutch live-act and producer, Feiertag.

The dark pop track loops sensuality as it takes over our minds with a predictable yet exciting energy.

The single is out now via Majestic Casual Records.

Sounds like: Maribou State, Banks, 4AM, Wet, IYES, The XX, SOHN

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Weekly Gems 19

Saavan – Slow


Alt-dream pop duo Saavan share their heavenly new single ‘Slow’, taken from their new EP.

‘Slow’ sounds more like a poem with its spiritual lyrics that Saavan wrote during a coming of age road trip. Listen below.

Sounds like: Mome, Petit Biscuit

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Kinship – It’s You

Kinship - It's You

Kinship is the project of North London twosome Tom Butler and Dave Crawford.

Seeking inspiration from past and present electronic spheres, their debut release has a dance energy that works in contrast with its chilled out, minimalist production.

Sounds like: Elderbrook, Caribou, Odesza, Ry X, Kllo, Four Tet, Maribou State

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Kazy Lambist – Be Yourself

Kazy Lambist by Grégoire Alexandre

French newcomer Kazy Lambist shares the video to his motivational track ‘Be Yourself’.

The chic video follows Lambist in two worlds, where blissed out fantasies crash into an intergalactic land full of luxury and excess.

Watch below.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS, Joe Goddard, RAC, Ghost Beach, Goldroom, Zimmer, Jape, Penguin Prison, Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, Calvin Harris

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SUMif – Drifting


Time to drift away from the dark and wintery nights onto a sun kissed sandy beach in Calfironia.

SUMif‘s goal with this track is to make you dance, regardless of whether you are at a desk or live show. She’s certainly done that – we can’t stop spinning around on our seats!

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

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Icarus – Machine Heart

Icarus - Machine Heart

Icarus is Swedish producer whose futuristic sound reaches to us from the universe where he originates from.

The dark synth-wave track, ‘Machine Heart’, may well resemble Daft Punk and Lady Gaga but is firmly set out of this world.

Sounds like: Daft Punk, Lady Gaga

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MOTSA – Petrichor feat. Sophie Lindinger



Time for some left field electronica from MOTSA, with fresh new track ‘Petrichor’.

It features some seriously splendid piano chords and the ethereal vocals of Sophie Lindinger.

Watch the cinematic visual accompaniment below, which accurately captures the meaning behind the word, ‘Petrichor’. It has been directed by Martyna Trepczyk and Nicola von Leffern.

Sounds like: Moderat, Four Tet, Caribou, Jamie XX, Maribou State, Bonobo

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Tourist – Too Late



Electronic leader and GRAMMY-winning writer, Tourist (aka William Phillips), shares his video for ‘Too Late’.

Harmonious vocals laid over a glitchy bass line, the James Lewis-directed and Jake Robinson-art directed music video fits perfectly.

The only problem is, that it ends too soon.

If you are about for any of the below dates, we strong recommend checking Tourist out if you haven’t already. He puts on a fantastic show.

Live Shows

June 30 – Sibiu, Romania @ Airfield Festival
July 02 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Pitch Festival
July 14 – Scranton, PA @ Camp Bisco
July 15 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
July 22 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Festival
July 23 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
July 24 – New York, NY @ Panorama
Aug 04 – Charlbury, UK @ Cornbury Park
Aug 06 – Oxfordshire, UK @ Wilderness Festival
Aug 10-17 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival
Aug 18-20 – St Pölten, Austria @ FM4 Frequency Festival
Aug 25 – Sydney, Australia @ Oxford Art Factory – SOLD OUT
Aug 26 – Melbourne, Australia @ Howler – SOLD OUT
Sep 10 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
Sep 14 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge – NEW
Sep 17 – Montreal, CAN @ Belmont – NEW
Sep 21 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall – NEW
Sep 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – NEW
Sep 23 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East – NEW
Sep 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry – NEW
Sep 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 – NEW
Sep 29 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall – NEW
Sep 30 – Austin, TX @ The Parish – NEW
Oct 01 – Dallas, TX @ RBC Speakeasy – NEW
Oct 06 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar – NEW
Oct 07 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey – NEW
Oct 08 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent – NEW
Nov 29 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns – NEW
Nov 30 – Leeds, UK @ Wardrobe – NEW
Dec 01 – Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory – NEW
Dec 02 – London, UK @ Oval Space – NEW

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Fenech Soler, ROOSEVELT, Maribou State, NZCA/Lines, Vallis Alps, Chet Porter

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An Interview With Fenech-Soler

Fenech-Soler at Concorde 2, Brighton

Fenech-Soler at Concorde 2, Brighton

Indietronica watched Fenech-Soler in Brighton on their current tour. The band answered some questions before the gig:

1. Tell us how Fenech-Soler started.

Well Ross and I are brothers and Ross went to school with Dan. We started a band years ago and met Andrew at a local studio near our village. We were pretty awful to be fair. Andrew lived just down the road from us so I guess we just grew up in the same area and shared a mutual love of electronic music.

2. Sum up your sound in 3 words.

Umm, electronic, melodic and anything else that rhymes with ‘onic’…

3. Explain why ‘Rituals’ is different to your first, self-entitled album?

I think it represents us becoming comfortable with the space that we occupy within music. It’s always a challenge making the leap from your first album to your second and this period certainly tested us but we weren’t going to finish until we were happy with it. Rituals is a massive leap for us and I guess I feel it’s a more complete piece of a work. It has a start, middle and an end.

4. What is your favourite track off the new album?

‘Somebody’ is a song that was quite quick to write and record. It came quite late in the process but it’s always a lot of fun to play live.

5. Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We predominantly write electronic music but we listen to quite a range. We’ve always had a love for straight up pop music. Pop music that has integrity and character because pop has never been a dirty word for us. It just means that you connect universally. Pop music from the late 70’s early 80’s influences us but then we listen to a lot of current electronic music.

6. We love discovering new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to at the moment?

I’m currently listening to Maribou State at the moment. I really like their productions and sounds. Really forward thinking. Duologue are also an act that have brilliant songs. They’re currently on tour with us and it’s a real pleasure watching them every night. Great musicians.

7. What is next for Fenech-Soler, once you have finished your tour?

America is the next place we’re planning on visiting. It’s been a while since we played in the states so we’re planning to release our first single there and get on the road.

Fenech-Soler at Concorde 2, Brighton

Fenech-Soler at Concorde 2, Brighton

The gig was one of the best gigs I’ve been to recently. As soon as they stepped onto the stage, the crown instantly started clapping their hands and cheering. It was refreshing to hear Ben’s voice sound a bit more grizzly than his usual clean sound. It’s probably more due to the extensive touring the guys have been doing lately, but I liked it.

The band played a mixture of songs from the incredible album, ‘Rituals’, such as ‘Last Forever’ and the new track ‘In Our Blood’, as well as the classics including ‘Lies’ and ‘Stop and Stare’.

It was a mixed up and stripped down performance with a honorary large drum, some dirty bass, synths, and hypnotic lighting chucked into the mix.

I just wish this tour could last forever and I am already at the front of the queue for their next gig.

Fenech-Soler at Concorde 2, Brighton

Fenech-Soler at Concorde 2, Brighton

A special shout out also goes to Duologue and NYPC who warmed the crowd up last night.

Have a listen to ‘In Our Blood’, taken from ‘Rituals’, which was out on 2 September 2013 and is available for purchase here.

Sounds like: Bag Raiders, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Friendly Fires, Delphic, Bastille

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