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B O K E H – Great Heights

B O K E H

Indietronica continues to discover underground talent, giving a platform for artists like B O K E H to share their music.

B O K E H is the musical project of New Zealand-based Chloë Lewer, who returns with the poignant video for ‘Great Heights’.

Set in the 1980/90s, the slow-drive number is distinctly calmer than her second release ‘Don’t Leave The Fire‘, but a song that highlights Chloë’s polished vocals and knack for purposeful songwriting – something that Chloë should never be too shy to showcase.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Ekkah, Goldfrapp, Mew

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JOHN.K – OT

John.K - OT

We all have to do it. Work overtime. But what if it wasn’t a bummer, but something you wanted to do?

JOHN.K takes a different approach. ‘OT’ is an Autumnal track that is about spending that one extra day with your far away friend.

Sounds like: Sam Smith, Justin Bieber

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REGN – WATR

REGN - WATR

Who is REGN? We’re glad you ask.

REGN (pronounced Reagan) is a Los Angeles-based songstress who has just dropped her latest single, ‘WATR’.

Co-written with Robokid, the song has delicate Nordic-inspired vocals chopped into a romantic format.

It’s out now via Moving Castle.

Sounds like: Dagny, Sigrid

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Martin Luke Brown – Opalite

Martin Luke Brown by Bjorn Franklin

Londoner Martin Luke Brown has seemingly come out of nowhere with a banger of a indie pop track called ‘Opalite’ and he means business!

Speaking of the song, MLB says,

“Opalite as a song began with this hypnotic little drum loop and the words just came out. I write placeholder lyrics all the time and then chip away at them until they’re complete but I pretty much stuck with what rolled on Opalite. It just felt right. It’s about finding hope in something and not wanting to let itgo. Whether you find that hope in superstition or religion or love. Whatever really.”

MLB plays London’s Servant Jazz Quarters tonight and ‘Opalite’ is out now via LAB Records.

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Will Joseph Cook, Dua Lipa, Kyko, Sody, Dan Croll

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courtship. – Tell Me Tell Me

courtship. - Tell Me Tell Me

Well, it’s very sad that summer is over for us here in the UK, but keeping the feeling very much alive is electro pop duo courtship..

They’ve just released their new single, ‘Tell Me Tell Me’, a declaration to not hold emotions back, especially when it comes to those love feelings!

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Van She, Summer Heart, Jagwar Ma, Two Door Cinema Club, MGMT, Passion Pit

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Donkeyboy – Kaleidoscope

Donkeyboy

Goosebumps galore with the new track by Norwegian trio, Donkeyboy.

Driving analogue synths predominate the song, followed by sky-high vocals and a massive chorus. Listen below.

Sounds like: Pnau, Mew, LANY, The 1975

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Sasha – Skin Deep

Sasha

London-based Sasha shares ‘Skin Deep’.

Equally as soft on the electronic side of things as the beautiful ‘Picking Flowers‘, ‘Skin Deep’ is a contemplative track about ways to get over a lover through emotionless actions.

‘Skin Deep’ is out now via Lemon Zen Records.

Sounds like: Lucy Rose, Daughter, Maggie Rogers, The Japanese House, Bon Iver, Fenne Lily

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Loud Forest – Wake Up
Loud Forest - Wake Up

California couple Loud Forest are a force to be reckoned with.

Their new single ‘Wake Up’ is about loving an independent person, who is always slightly out of reach, making it all seem like a dream.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire

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Tailor – Blame

Tailor - Blame

Birmingham-born singer/songwriter Tailor has already written for the likes of , TĀLĀ, Huntar, FTSE and Peking Duk, and his own solo material is pretty decent too.

Bordering on alt-pop and electronic music, Tailor has a knack of discussing both sides of the story. His most recent release is a double-A side single called ‘Disillusion / Blame’.

Whilst ‘Disillusion’ is more upbeat in production, ‘Blame’ is about taking the hit in a relationship to benefit the unit as a whole.

Sounds like: Chet Faker, Francis and The Lights, Toro Y Moi, Lauv, Huntar, Sam Smith

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Jay Pray – Believer

Jay Pray

Jay Pray is the project of Justin P. Romanos who lives in Brooklyn. He sits comfortably alongside the likes of Day Wave and Summer Heart.

The initial slow ridden synths and swelling vocals in his new track, ‘Believer’, soon burst with energy, driving us deep into a near six minute sonic landscape.

Sounds like: Mew, Washed Out, Day Wave, Summer Heart, Goldroom

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KAPTAN – Numbers

KAPTAN

KAPTAN

All good love songs start from a place of heartbreak.

Nashville artist, KAPTAN (aka Andrew de Torres) returns with the highly emotional, but equally as infectious, ‘Numbers’.

Of the track, KAPTAN explains,

“I was sitting inside my bass player’s (Brandon Day) studio and he was showing me a ton of different tracks that he had been working on for fun. Normally when we write together we always start from scratch but he ended up playing a small clip of something he had started and I fell in love immediately. We sat down to write the song and knew that we wanted to do something different from everything else that we had worked on together. The song is really just about feeling like your trapped in limbo and wondering whether or not there are things from the past that can help you in the future. We often find ourselves in relationships that are starting to fall apart and until it finally ends its hard to know where you stand or what will happen.”

Sounds like: Mew, M83, Goldroom, RAC, Pink Feathers, Summer Heart, Great Good Fine Ok, Pistol Shrimp

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Slowes – I Need You

Slowes

Slowes

Slowes are a Danish duo, who formed in 2015 and like to merge alternative psychedelic pop with the dreamy sounds of chillwave.

One of the results is ‘I Need You’; a track comprised of textured lo-fi vocals, phased-out synths, and melodic waves from the retro keys. The trackwas recorded and co-produced by Christian Alex Petersen (Mew, Virgin Suicide, LISS).

‘I Need You’ is released on 8 July. Expect an EP in early 2017.

Sounds like: Sundara Karma, Tame Impala, Day Wave, Jo Marches

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The Wild Wild – When We Were Young

The Wild Wild

The Wild Wild

The Wild Wild (aka Benjamin Dunn) has released another astounding number called ‘When We Were Young’, taken from Ben’s debut EP, ‘Kids’ released on 25 March via Descendent Records.

About Kids, Dunn explains, “The ‘Kids’ EP is my ode to unabashed and unbridled youth…I started hitchhiking when I was 18, that’s when I left the Midwest…I made my way west ended up in Venice beach, for a year and a half or so I just slept on beaches.”

With its Ukulele-styled riffs, inviting and expansive vocals, and soft drums, ‘When We Were Young’ is the perfect summer anthem.

Sounds like: Of Monsters and Men, M83, Bastille, Mew, Dive In, The Temper Trap, Landings, Kid Astray, Sekuoia, Kármán Line, XPLOR, Mackintosh Braun, FLOR, Friendly Fires, MGMT, Walk The Moon

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Flor – Unsaid (Instant Karma Remix)

Instant Karma

Instant Karma

Female DJ duo Instant Karma have reworked the gorgeous ‘Unsaid’ by Flor.

Both Instant Karma and Flor reside in Los Angeles, which may explain why it is such a match made in heaven. With Flor’s dream-like vocals and Instant Karma’s progressive flare, this is a remix worth writing about.

Head over to Instant Karma’s Soundcloud page for a free download of the remix.

Sounds like: Goldroom, RAC, Gryffin, Le Youth, Hotel Garuda, Owl City, Death Cab for Cutie, Still Corners, Chrvches, Hello Goodbye, Sleep Lust, Of Monsters and Men, Mew, For Esmé

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The Wild Wild – Caspian

The Wild Wild

The Wild Wild

Benjamin Dunn is better known as The Wild Wild.

The Wild Wild found a lot of inspiration from an array of opposing influences, whilst spending time on a California beach and his new album has the ability to make it feel you’re sat there right next to him. Benjamin worked tirelessly in the studio with close friends and producers who each helped to add extra levels of sentiment to the album.

The Wild Wild’s new song ‘Caspian’ showcases Benjamin’s powerful song writing, with its soaring vocals over a dazzling indie backdrop. It also takes influence from the Prince Caspian novel by C.S. Lewis.

‘Into The Sea, Into The Stars’ is available via a 2-disc CD album, vinyl and for download from the 11 December.

Sounds like: M83, Bastille, Mew, Dive In, The Temper Trap, Landings, Kid Astray, Sekuoia, Kármán Line, XPLOR, Mackintosh Braun, FLOR, Friendly Fires, MGMT, Walk The Moon

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SP¡ON – Sunset

SP¡ON

SP¡ON

It’s not all about Sweden. Norway also has some incredible music to offer.

One of our ones to watch for 2016 is SP¡ON; a newly formed and highly talented Norwegian electronic trio with all three of its members scattered across different cities throughout Europe.

The first member of SPiON is based in Bergen and has a background in animation; the second is a music producer and songwriter currently working out of London. Co-writes and credits to date include Aurora, Sinead Harnett, Pusha T, Max Marshall, and MNEK. The final member is based in Copenhagen developing sounds and music purposefully for video games.

Although the trio have been collaborating together musically since 2007, ‘Sunset’ is the first track to be revealed under the SPiON moniker. It features the vocals of Ina Sagstuen, an established jazz singer currently basing herself in Oslo, as well as an incredibly atmospheric vocal section from Sølvguttene, the Norwegian National Broadcastings (Norwegian equivalent of the BBC) official choir.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, Violet Days, Mew, Broods, FLOR, Pink Floyd

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The Album Leaf – New Soul

The Album Leaf

The Album Leaf

The Album Leaf returns with ambient electronic track ‘New Soul’, which was out on 9 November.

“I wanted to experiment with my vocals,” Jimmy LaVelle says about the song. “I’ve never been fully comfortable with the inconsistencies of my voice. I’m not a singer, I just choose to sing sometimes. I wanted to keep the honesty and not think about it too much. Lyrically, the song is about moving forward, getting out of your comfort zone.”

The video was directed by Michael Raines, who has previously worked with the band on the 2014 tour documentary ‘Beyond There’, and the award winning cinematographer is Mike Simpson (Alt-J, Lil’ Wayne, SolangeDavid Byrne).

“We had little resources,” LaValle explains, “So we spent a weekend in Joshua Tree desert with friends and family contributing to the making of this video and I’m amazed with the result.”

Raines elaborates: “We never had a conversation about the song’s meaning or intentions, and Jimmy gave me a great deal of freedom when it came to creating the concept. Listening to “New Soul”, I looked to the films of Larisa Sheptiko, American Westerns, and more specifically, a scene from Béla Tarr’s Satantango (which I blatantly ripped off). My hope was to make something that alluded to a larger narrative, as if the video was a slice of a feature film. I wanted to make something that felt expansive, like the song itself, but ultimately let the viewer decide who this women was and whether it was a story about death, rebirth, or both.”

Sounds like: Mew, Nordic Giants, Sigur Rós, Saxon Shore, Explosions in the Sky, Alt-J

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