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Rob Bravery – You Take Half

Rob Bravery - You Take Half

Rob Bravery – You Take Half

What’s half of nothing? Well, “nothing” you might answer, but that isn’t strictly true with our next act, Rob Bravery, who is altering perspectives on ‘You Take Half’.

Idiosyncratic in nature, and already drawing comparisons to Porishead and Massive Attack, the video for ‘You Take Half’ follows Rob as he battles with the desire to succeed without compromising in some form or another.

Warning. The scenes in the video will be very familiar to those who have witnessed, or been party to, a disintegration of some sort.

‘You Take Half’ is the lead track from his upcoming EP, out on 2 September via Insanity / Sony Music an available for pre-order on iTunes here.

Rob has worked with Sneaker Pimps‘, Liam Howe (FKA Twigs, Lana Del Rey) on the EP.

Sounds like: Portishead, Radiohead, Massive Attack

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Aeora – Afloat

Aeora

Aeora

Melbourne-based Aeora, writes dynamic pop music with an indie pang.

‘Afloat’ carries a personal and positive message from Aeora, to Aeora, about staying happy. The video has been directed by Jim Muntisov and filmed by Tom Lewis.

Sounds like: Nimmo, Björk, Massive Attack, Oh Wonder

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Sykoya – The Wolf

Sykoya

Sykoya

London dream pop trio, Sykoya, create atmospheric indietronica.

Their new track ‘The Wolf’ will hunt down and cast a spell on any listener. Whether that spell is to make you dance or sit in soft reflection, the rhythmic electronics, melodic synths and brooding vocals of Anna Marcella will immediately captivate.

‘The Wolf’ is taken from their debut EP ‘Strange Night’, out now via Lost People Records and available on iTunes.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Phoria, London Grammar, Massive Attack, The Knife, LOWES, The xx

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Keroscene – Just Like Zero

Keroscene

Keroscene

Keroscene are a dark synth pop from London who like to blitz up genres of electronica and rock.

‘Just Like Zero’ is a heady mix of synth melodies together with lyrics that resonate both a deep and light hearted energy simultaneously.

The band recently signed to Insanity Group (Sigma, Shy FX, New Pharaohs, Icarus, DJ Fresh).

Sounds like: Massive Attack, Portishead, UNKLE, Plastic Flowers, Man of Moon

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Jojee – Think of Anything

Jojee

Jojee

Jojee has released her second single ‘Think of Anything’.

Apart from the obviously cool name, Jojee has a knack of bring calm to the most anxious of listeners.
So it wouldn’t surprise you that ‘Think of Anything’ is about being with someone who makes you feel like you can be and do anything. 

Sounds like: IYES, Massive Attack

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For BDK – My Tears

For BDK

For BDK

Remember the feeling you had when you first heard a Massive Attack track? Stockholm duo For BDK have reinvigorated those feelings with their haunting new song ‘My Tears’.

For BDK consists of Marcus Borrman and Adele Kosman, who met in what they call a “silly club” in Stockholm. “In the midst of hell,” they say “we found each other”. The resulting musical collaboration has created as sound the band describe as “emotional post electronic”.

Sounds like: Massive Attack, James Blake, Little Dragon, London Grammar, The Knife, Crystal Castles, Tula, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Shura

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TULA – River

TULA

TULA


TULA is a Berlin-based Swedish quintet.

Having formed following each of the members moving to Berlin individually within the space of a week and meeting in a local bar, the band converted an abandoned warehouse they stumbled upon into a private studio where they spent years perfecting their sound in front of live audiences.

Continuing their production-collab with Klas Åhlund (RobynMadonna, Kylie Minogue, Tove Lo) is their latest single, ‘River’.

There is no need for TULA to shout about ‘River’; it is a gentle and understated track that exposes TULA’s true qualities in songwriting and timings.

‘River’ is due out on 13 March.

Live Tour Dates Below:

07/03/15 – Berlin – Auster Club
10/03/15 – Paris – Monsigneur
12/03/15 – London – The Stillery
15/03/15 – Amsterdam – Sugar Factory
17/03/15 – Copenhagen – Ideal Bar
18/03/15 – Stockholm – Obaren

Sounds like:Tove Lo, Lykke Li, Robyn, Massive Attack, OH Land, Bastille

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An Indietronica Preview of Iceland Airwaves 2014

Iceland Airwaves

Since the first edition was held in 1999 in an airplane hangar, Iceland Airwaves has become the festival for music lovers, being praised by many as the best music festival in the world.

Set amongst beautiful scenery in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, the festival celebrates homegrown talent as well as musical craft from further afield.

Haven’t got a ticket? Don’t fear! Indietronica is attending to find out what all the fuss is about.

By the powers of the internet we bring you a preview of the lesser known bands and our ones to watch, straight to your computer or phone screens.

ADULT JAZZ

Adult Jazz

Adult Jazz

Adult Jazz is a four-piece from the UK. Their debut album ‘Gist Is’ has taken four years to make and was released via their own label Spare Thought.

They sound like a jazzed-up version of Bombay Bicycle Club or a mellowed out version of Jagwar Ma.

We are definitely looking forward to seeing them play.

Sounds like: Bombay Bicycle Club, Jagwar Ma, Panda Cubs, The 1975, Yeasayer, Saux

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ALICE BOMAN

Alice Boman

Alice Boman

With simple lyrics and ethereal overtones, Alice Boman is a quintessentially Swedish singer.

Have a listen to her stunning cover of War on Drugs‘s ‘Red Eyes’:

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Sounds like: Lykke Li, Kate Bush, Ellie Goulding, Rae Morris

ÁSGEIR

Ásgeir

Ásgeir

For fans of Bon Iver and Deptford Goth looking for something slightly different, meet twenty-two year old Icelandic singer/songwriter, Ásgeir (aka Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson).

Ásgeir’s debut album, ‘Dyrd í dauðathogn’ was mostly written by his 72 year old father and became so popular in his home country, 10% of the Icelandic population is estimated to own a copy.

The English-language version of the album (‘In The Silence’) was translated by John Grant.

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Deptford Goth, RY X

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BALLET SCHOOL 

Ballet School

Ballet School

Berlin-based Ballet School is Irish Rosie Blair on vocals/guitar, Japanese-Brazilian Michel Collet on lead guitar and Louis McGuire on drums.

Blair and Collet met two years ago in Berlin when Blair heard Collet playing his guitar in the U-bahn. Sharing their love of the Cocteau-Twins, she immediately asked him to form a band. In 2012 they began collaborating with McGuire.

A mélange of ’80s pop and R’N’B is always at the forefront of the band’s agenda.

Sounds like: Kitten, Claire, BLSHS, Kavinsky, Madonna, Robyn, Ronika

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BERNDSEN

Berndsen

Berndsen

From modern 80’s inspired music to a musician who sticks to his roots and breathes 80’s electronica.

Berndsen (aka David Berndsen) is a bearded iconic figure in Iceland and regularly works with Hermigervill; one of Iceland’s most notable producers.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, New Order, Tesla Boy, Salt Ashes, Graingerboy, Thomas Azier, Soft Cell

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BIRD

bird

bird

bird is Jon Valur Gudmundsson, a successful 26-year-old singer/songwriter from Iceland who makes electro-infused indie pop.

Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Ásgeir, 1860, Kid Astray

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BLAENAVON

Blaenavon

Blaenavon

Blaenavon is a three-piece indie outfit from Hampshire, UK formed of Harris McMillan, Frank Wright, and Benjamin Gregory.

Heavily guitar-based, it is no surprise that these guys are being written about by the likes of NME and Clash.

Their new EP ‘Koso’ is out now on Transgressive Records.

Sounds like: The Macabees, Two Door Cinema Club, Young Kato, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Editors, White Lies, Daughter

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CARIBOU

Caribou

Caribou

Following the success of ‘Swim’ in 2010, Caribou is finally back!

At first glance, his latest track ‘Our Love’ is a long wave length of dance music beats, but upon further inspection it is a lot more gritty and the R&B hooks remind us of Inner City‘s ‘Good Life’.

Sounds like: Roosevelt, Metronomy, All We Are, New Build, Touch Sensitive, Rufus

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DISA

Disa

Disa

Iceland born Disa writes celestial, synth pop. She left Reykjavik to live in Copenhagen and pursue her dream of singing.

She is now signed to Danish label Tigerspring.

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, I BREAK HORSES, Kate Boy, Death Rattle, Dimond Saints, Brian Eno

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EAST INDIA YOUTH

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East Londoner William Doyle is East India Youth.

His tracks are stark and choate masterpieces with marching and minimal drum rolls.

Sounds like: Sivu, These New Puritans, Conner Youngblood, Brian Eno

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EAST OF MY YOUTH

East Of My Youth

East Of My Youth

East Of My Youth is Herdis and Thelma from Reykjavik.

Citing influences from classical and modern genres, the duo creates experimental pop music.

Sounds like: Austra, Feist, OH Land

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EMILIE NICOLAS

Emilie Nicolas

Emilie Nicolas

Emilie Nicolas is another one of Norway’s amazing exports.

Her voice immediately demands your attention and we have had her atmospheric cover of Norwegian band DumDum Boys‘s 1990 track ‘PStereo’ on repeat in the Indietronica office.


Sounds like: Tove Styrke, KYIKI, BLSHS, Monogem, Tove Lo, Lykke Li, Elliphant, X priest X, La Roux

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FARAO

Farao

Farao

Following on from Nicolas is Farao, another Norweigen singer/songwriter with a knack for combing emotive lyrics and indie-folk sounds.

Sounds like: Poliça, Emilie Nicolas, Bon Iver, Rae Morris, First Aid Kit, Susanne Sundfør

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FURA

Fura

Fura

FURA is an Icelandic project between songstress Björt Sigfinnsdóttir, and producer duo Hallur Jónsson and Janus Rasmussen.

FURA embraces the element of drastic nature, isolation and emotional depth.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Lykke Li, Nina Yasmineh

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FUTURE ISLANDS

Future Islands

Future Islands

The serious electronic Baltimore trio is back.

Advising us about love and loss, and offering up mesmerising performances, we are glad Future Islands will be getting the recognition they deserve at Iceland Airwaves.

Sounds like: New Order, Suzuki Method, Wild Beasts

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HIMBRIMI

Himbrimi

Himbrimi

Himbrini is an Icelandic band comprising of Margrét Rúnarsdóttir on vocal and keys, Birkir Rafn Gíslasson on guitar, Hálfdán Árnason on bass and Skúli Arason on keys and Egill Rafnsson on drums.

Himbrini offers up soft, Scandinavian pop and it is lush. This is one band we cannot wait to watch live.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, Röyksopp, London Grammar, Bat For Lashes, Island Fox, IYES, The XX

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HOW TO DRESS WELL

How To Dress Well

How To Dress Well

How To Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) is an American singer who twists up sensual guitar-based R&B with sparkling synth pop.

He is definitely one to watch.

Sounds like: LANY, Great Good Fine OK, Until The Ribbon Breaks, July Child

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JUNGLE

Jungle

Jungle

The music-by-soul collective Jungle has been bubbling away at the surface for some time now. Their music offers a pinch of Gorillaz-esque bass lines and sexy lyrics.

Sounds like: Rudimental, Disclosure, Le Youth, Clean Bandit, Gorillaz

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KAJAK

KAJAK

KAJAK

We absolutely love Icelandic cousins, KAJAK.

They are heavily influenced by tribal cultures and in their live shows they mix visual arts and theatrics, making it a special and engaging experience to watch.

Sounds like: Coldplay, I BREAK HORSES, Kate Boy, Sia

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KLANGKARUSSELL

Klangkarussell

Klangkarussell

Klangkarussell is Tobias Rieser and Adrian Held; an Austrian electronic dance music production duo who formed in 2011.

They are known for ‘Sonnentanz’, a track that accidentally became a hit last year. We’ve watched Klangkarussell perform live with their band and they put on a good show!

Sounds like: Will Heard, Milky Chance, Klingande, Wankelmut, MÖWE

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KWABS

Kwabs

Kwabs

Vienna-via-London producer Kwabs‘s music is soulful with an electro twist.

Kwabs is a growing artist and we are expecting a number one hit soon!

Sounds like: Azekel, MNEK, SOHN, James Blake, Ben Khan, Banks, Jesse Ware, Kele Okereke

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LILY THE KID

Lily the Kid

Lily the Kid

Lily the Kid is the brainchild of Lilja K. Jónsdóttir (who was the former front woman of Icelandic electro-pop veterans Bloodgroup) and her brother, the producer Hallur Jónsson.

Breathtaking vocals, combined with a bass line bubbling at the surface makes Lily the Kid very special indeed.

Sounds like: Banks, Shura, Blood Orange

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ROOSEVELT

Roosevelt

ROOSEVELT

Roosevelt (aka Marius Lauber) is a Cologne-based electronic artist with a flair for discotronica. He effortlessly emerges warm beats with hypnotic psychedelia.

Sounds like: The Whitest Boy Alive, Caribou, Tourist., Jagwar Ma, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Yellerkin

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SHURA

Shura

Shura

Shura (aka Aleksandra Denton) was born in London to a Russian actress and an English documentary filmmaker.

Her last (but unreleased) track ‘Touch’ gained 3 million hits on Soundcloud.

Her music can be described as a contemporary mix of twinkling, ‘Lucky-Star’-era Madonna with the bedroom-R&B grooves of Blood Orange, filtered through a haze of Balearic synths and swirling, Warpaint-inspired guitars.

Shura has just signed to Polydor.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Massive Attack, Madonna

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SISY EY

Sísý Ey

Sísý Ey

Sísý Ey (pronounced See See Ay) was formed in 2011 by three sisters; Elin, Elisabet and Sigga. Their goal was to sing live house music, and with the help of DJ Oculus, their dream has become a reality.

Sounds like: Gorgon City, Klangkarussell, TIEKS, Celeste

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THE WALKING WHO

The Walking Who

The Walking Who

The Walking Who is a psychedelic rock trio based based in Sydney and is made up by Rohin Brown, Paul Mclean and Jay Drury. Their music is inspired by Byron Bay surf chimes and folk.

Sounds like: War on Drugs, Yellerkin, Jagwar Ma, Roosevelt, Empire of the Sun, The Doors

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VOK

Vök

Vök

Vök is a dreamy electro duo-turned-trio from Iceland.

Taking a slightly different slant on traditional Icelandic electro music, we especially like the smooth tones from the saxophone, courtesy of Andri Már Enoksson.

Sounds like: Death Rattle, Duran Duran, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Chairlift, Poliça, Björk, Tegan & Sara

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YOUNG KARIN

Young Karin

Young Karin

Young Karin is a simple and dreamy art pop production by Reykjavik-based Karin & Logi Pedro.

Having already been nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards, we anticipating brilliant things from the duo.

Sounds like: Banks, July Child

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Having already sold out (apart from limited package deals), this year is set to be as explosive as ever! You can track the event on the Iceland Airwaves 2014 app.

Until The Ribbon Breaks – Goldfish

Until The Ribbon Breaks

Until The Ribbon Breaks

Until The Ribbon Breaks is Cardiff born and bred, Pete Lawrie Winfield.

‘Goldfish’ is a track that starts off optimistic with a rocky edge until the lugubriousness kicks in, reminiscent of Massive Attack’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’. But ‘Goldfish’ suddenly twists and turns again into another direction. It is really hard to nail the direction of this track down, and that is a pretty special talent to have in itself these days. As UTRB puts it, we just can’t connect the sound.

UTRB is a student of film. Combining his desire of film with his deeply emotional beats, we can only imagine how atmospheric his shows are if this video is anything to go by.

His debut EP ‘The Other Ones’ is out now via Casablanca Music.

Sounds like: James Blake, Ben Khan, Sam Smith, Lorde, Le Youth, Massive Attack, Nordic Giants, Harts, Alex Clare, Clean Bandit

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Shura – Touch

Shura

Shura

Shura (aka Aleksandra Denton) was born in London to a Russian actress and an English documentary filmmaker.

Shura’s passion for music came via her brother, who would DJ drum-and-bass at the weekends, and installed an early love of electronic music in his sister.

As funky as Blood Orange‘s ‘You’re Not Good Enough’, the track has gone Top 5 on Hype Machine, and picked up over 100,000 plays in its first week on Soundcloud.

‘Touch’ is a break-up song which captures the sadness of not being with somebody anymore, but also the infinite tenderness of your time together.

The sensual debut video was directed by and starring Shura’s group of friends and features a cameo from Shura herself:

‘Touch’ is also on the Indietronica February playlist.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Massive Attack

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