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Weekly Gems 51

Mark Diamond – Steady

Mark Diamond - Steady

Seattle-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Diamond shares slow-burning pop song, ‘Steady’.

At just 25, Diamond already oozes so much self-love and confidence, and with this being a debut, we are blown away by his frank approach to welcoming such feel-good emotions.

‘Steady’ is out now via Stardog Records/Republic Records.

Sounds like: Tom Petty, Hootie & The Blowfish

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Stats – Lose It

Stats - Lose It

UK-born band Stats embrace spontaneity by transfusing genres in their music, such as 70’s art rock, 80’s synth grooves, and cosmic disco-pop.

The new single ‘Lose It’ is about temptations to simply vanish into thin air, a desire that most of us have probably faced in life. Let’s hope Stats don’t disappear anytime soon.

Expect their ‘Other People’s Lives’ album shortly.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Pet Shop Boys, Nimmo

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Suzi Island – Halo

Suzi Island - Halo

Brighton trio Suzi Island shares vibrant new single, ‘Halo’.

Produced by Larry Hibbitt (Nothing But Thieves, Sundara Karma, Sea Girls, Marmozets), ‘Halo’ has a bittersweet sound throughout and is a clear bound forward for Suzi Island following their last two singles.

Sounds like: Nothing But Thieves, Sundara Karma, Sea Girls

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Kita Menari – Pretty Sure

Kita Menari by Joram Kaat & Rens Polman

Kita Menari by Joram Kaat & Rens Polman

Kita Menari is the synth-pop project of Dutch artist Micha de Jonge.

His new single ‘Pretty Sure’ is an infectious slice of indie-dance-pop with a big nod to classic Passion Pit-.esq synth effects.

Kita plays Eurosonic Noordeslag on 19 January, so check him out if you can.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Passion Pit, MGMT, Phoenix, The Naked And Famous, Silversun Pickups, Matt & Kim

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Smallpools – Run With The Bulls

Smallpools by Dan Monick

Smallpools by Dan Monick

After a brief hiatus, US band Smallpools return with their first independent release; a frenetic video for ‘Run With The Bulls’.

Working with the track’s producer, Frederik Thaae (Atlas Genius, Saint Motel), for the bulk of their summer, it’s safe to say that Smallpools have definitely ramped things up a bit. Possibly a “so long!” to RCA Records, possibly not. Either way, it’s decent stuff!

Sounds like: The Bravery, Panic! At The Disco, Passion Pit, Phoenix, Matt & Kim

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Y.O.U – Heavy Crown

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‘Heavy Crown’ is the first official release from Manchester artist Y.O.U (Your Own Universe), out soon on Tigersushi.

Elliott Williams aka Y.O.U, was brought to the attention of Parisian tastemaker and Tigersushi founder; Joakim Bouaziz, who immediately invited him over to his Paris studios to record a few tracks that would form the basis of Y.O.U’s forthcoming album out later this year. Both artists bonded over a love of hardware synths and 80s New Wave pop records. It was deemed a logical succession of events for Y.O.U’s first outing to be released on the cult label.

The track is a mix of 80s synth pop, nu disco, and house, with a nod to the legendary ‘French Touch’. This eclectic, forward thinking approach has placed Y.O.U in an esteemed class of artists, with Elliot’s ethos mirroring that of Tigersushi’s varied roster.

The release has even attracted attention from Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan, who has remixed ‘Heavy Crown’

Sounds like; Matt & Kim, Passion Pit, Miike Snow, Years & Years
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Smallpools – Dreaming (Magic Man Remix)

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New on the LA scene of big-chord indietronica is Smallpools. Evidently with a lot of production investment behind them, there is no doubt these guys are going to be very huge, very soon. Which is fine by us, as turns out they sound pretty cool.

The band released debut single ‘Dreaming’ on 16th July 2013 on RCA Records to a very welcome reception, with pop hooks and driving tinny synths, this song certainly gets you in the summer spirit. The track is available to purchase here.

The remix by synth rock band Magic Man from Rhode Island, takes the floaty synths up a notch to sing through over the original’s vocals. These guys are quickly becoming big on the remix scene, and turns out they do some great original tunes too.


Sounds like; Passion Pit, Phoenix, Matt & Kim
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