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Weekly Gems 17

Shoos Off – Future Heartbreak

ShoosOff

Time to kick your shoes off and get down with this week’s favourite tunes.

First up is Los Angeles-based bedroom collective, Shoos Off.

Led by singer Patrick Killeen, these guys amalgamate synth sounds with delicate, upbeat vocals, in a modest manner.

Listen to ‘Future Heartbreak’ below.

Sounds like: The Knocks, Smallpools, St. Lucia

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Sonata Kay Feat. Novo – Reach

Sonata Kay ft. Novo - Reach

Meet Sonata Kay, a London-based artist with a bright future.

Citing various influences from around the world, Sonata Kay likes to combine the ethos of a traditional singer/songwriter with electro-pop production.

Listen to dramatic ‘Reach’ below, featuring Novo.

Sounds like: Melis, Amethysts

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ARIA – You Got Me Good

ARIA

Continuing to share her desire for electronic, pop and R&B, London-based ARIA shares her latest single called ‘You Got Me Good’.

The track is about a darker realisation of relationship hardships, portrayed through atmospheric guitar riffs and vocal belt-outs.

Sounds like: Emile Sande

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Margot Polo – Turn You, Baby

Margot Polo

Halloween has passed, but we are still jamming to Margot Polo‘s spooky new single, ‘Turn You, Baby’.

Margot says that the throw-back number “is for self-professed werewolves and fans of Michael Jackson, Foster the People, Justin Timberlake, and The Killers” and we couldn’t agree more.

Sounds like: April Towers, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, CHAPPO, The Beatles

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Kastrup – Try It All

Kastrup

You can really see why Kastrup‘s music has been described as creating arena pop.

The Swedish duo’s new single ‘Try It All’ definitely encompasses this, with its longing vocals and an uplifting children’s choir of a chorus to match.

It’s out now via Strandberg/ Westberg Music.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Twenty One Pilots

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Playlist: Youngr

Youngr - What's Next

Youngr made his name putting together bootlegs, so guess what, it’s bootleg time ladies and gents!

Check out his bootleg hitlist below.

Ramblin

Simply Red is my favourite band ever. I was listening to his Stars Deluxe album on the plane, and it had these amazing acapellas of old blues songs on the end that I’d never heard. Decided to make a bootleg with one of them.

Silence

Always loved this tune. Used to cover it in an old band. Decided to do it with Youngr.

London Grammar – Hey Now

I was super drunk one night on the night tube in London and had a part of this vocal in my head but had NO idea what the words or song was. So I was just singing it to strangers untill someone told me what they thought it might be … Next day I found the stems and made a bootleg.

Gorillaz – Feel Good and Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

Because it’s the greatest beat in pop, and one of the greatest basslines in pop. It was almost too obvious, I had to check if someone had done it before!

Jungle – The Heat

Always liked Jungle‘s vibe. Actually did a remix with an old band I was in that never turned into anything, so revisited the vocal and made a new mix!

Zhu – Faded

Again, dope vocal. Remember the first time I heard it. Instantly wanted to do my own thing with it.

Daft Punk – One More Time

What an amazing message. And the fact it just repeats it’s self so many times. It’s brilliant.

Craig David – Fill Me In

Cause he’s a UK legend! Grew up with his music. And his vocal style suited mine, so it worked really easily for me.

The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition

I had made a bootleg with a Marvin Gaye sample, and the guitar line I wrote kept reminding me of The Temper Trap song (which I also fucking loved) .. decided last minute to put The Temper Trap vocal over Marvin Gaye and it instantly found its magic.

All Saints – Pure Shores

Pure shores was one of the first CDs I ever bought. Bought it from Woolworths in Manchester and it cost £6.99! I was trying to write a dance song in 3/4 and the chords I was using gave me the same emotion that lure shores did.

Check Youngr’s latest single below:

Sounds like: Phoenix, Miike Snow, Flight Facilities

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Playlist: Violet Days

Violet Days

Violet Days

Stockholm artist, Violet Days (aka Lina Hansson) has been busy collaborating of late (Hotel Garuda, The Chainsmokers, Fraser T Smith), so we thought it was only fair to catch up with her.

The result is a playlist of Violet Days’ current favourites for inducing feels.

Lesley Gore – You Don’t Own Me
Perfect key change, and perfect cheese.

Sufjan Stevens – For The Widows In Paradise
This is my evergreen. Always.

Tame Impala – Let It Happen
Latest obsession.. Love the soundscape

Kavinsky – Nightcall
Genius song from a genius movie.

Troy Sivan – FOOLS
Love the whole idea of Blue neighborhood, it’s beautiful and honest.

The Ronettes – Be My Baby
I’m never getting over this song, it had me ever since Dirty Dancing.

The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
Well, Brian Wilson…

Miike Snow – Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)
The melodies and lyrics are so playful and instantly has my interest.

Moby – When It’s Cold I’d Like To Die
Melancholy perfection.

Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension
This track has all the pieces for all types of modes.

Brandi Carlile – The Story
Her storytelling is stunning.

Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
Nothing feels like that verse.

Bon Iver – 8 (Circle)
HOW GOOD?!

Sounds like: Ellie Goulding, Monogem, Lorde, Chrvches, Evvy, Tove Lo, VÉRITÉ, Imogen Heap

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James Hersey – Miss You

James Hersey

James Hersey

Vienna is a hotpot for dance-led indietronica, and one particular artist who has come to our attention (along with 15 million others, as shown by his Spotify figures) is James Hersey.

Growing up on a recipe of guitars and Michael Jackson, it comes at quite a surprise that James would produce music with such balearic vibes.

James is not afraid of mixing genres, or getting his hands dirty, either; the video for ‘Miss You’ has been co-edited by Hersey himself and directed/shot by Schall & Schnabel in Berlin.

‘Miss You’ was produced with Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran) and mixed by Stephen Fitzmaurice (Sam Smith, Disclosure), with and is out via Glassnote Records.

Honne have also given the track some remix treatment, which you can listen to below.

Sounds like: Gryffin, Honne

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Interview: Bad Pony

Bad Pony

Bad Pony

On a seaside coast far far away from Brighton, are a band called Bad Pony. They may offer similar sounds to those of Brighton-based bands, but will no doubt have better tans.

We caught up with the boys.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Bad Pony and how you all got into music and where the name came from.

We are a 5 piece from Sydney, Australia. Sam and I (Jarred) used to play in a bluesy rock band. I was the drummer and we started writing songs as a side-project so I could have a fang at singing. We sent the tunes around and got asked to do a 20 date tour so we put together a band of former lead singers and multi-instrumentalists to cover all the parts. That was in 2013, so since then we’ve lost a drummer and cover our percussion parts by splitting a drum kit amongst us.

The name came from our guitarist Cron. Back in his motherland of South Africa he was a Shetland trainer. The night we met him he told us this really long winded joke that won us over. I can’t really remember it but the punchline was ‘Bad Pony’.

Describe your sound in three words.

Hurdling. Gyration. Jiu-jitsu.

What’s your current single, ‘Sideways’ all about?

Sideways is about celebrating the diffusion a potentially volatile situation.

Are there any plans to tour further afield than Australia, in the near future?

Not at the moment. We’re pretty keen to get something happening in New Zealand and the UK next year.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We’re all over the place. I grew up listening to a lot of Michael Jackson but I think I’ve learned a lot & taken on influences playing with different bands in different genres over the years. In recent times my favourite artists have been Manchester Orchestra, Closure in Moscow & Swim Season. As a collective I think we lean towards music that is clever, catchy and interesting.

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

Middle Kids ‘Edge of Town’
Swim Season ‘Gold Cloak City’

Sounds like: High Tyde, Dive In, Two Door Cinema Club, The Island Club, Ivy Nations, Swim Season, Local Natives, Phoenix, Prides

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Exclusive: Guns Playlist

Guns

Guns

Guns is 24 year old, Norwegian Gunhild Jarwson Tekle, who is now based in Denmark.

She’s lovingly prepared a chilled pop playlist for us.

See the track list below:

1) Nico – These days

Reminds me of a sort of summery boredom.

2) Texas – Inner Smile

Oh I have been dancing so much to this song, I’m in love with it. I did a terrible version of it in a karaoke bar in Berlin over Christmas.

3) Kylie Minogue – Slow

For some reason this song reminds me of summer. Maybe because of the music video with Kylie by the pool, surrounded by a bunch of men.

4) Sean Nicolas Savage – Promises

I just discovered this artist playing a small concert in ideal bar in Copenhagen, he was so crazy good and charismatic on stage!

5) Blood Orange – Chamakay

I think i just love music that sounds like a jungle.

6) Enya – Boadicea

Think it’s so great how there’s just her vocals and keys, and its so mysterious sounding too. And that there are no lyrics at all.

7) David Lynch – The Line It Curves

Makes me wanna get a drivers license so i can drive around listening to this at night. That goes for the whole album by the way.

8) Michael Jackson – Stranger in Moscow

It’s Michael walking around in bad weather.

9) Burial – Hiders

I’ve just been listening a lot to this this winter.

10) Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing

I find this track so beautiful, and weirdly motivating. (Listened a lot to it while walking to school in the morning).

Like Guns’s vibe? Listen to ‘I Know Exactly How It Feels’ below.

It was released on 22nd January via Tigerspring / +1 Records.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, MAASAI

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Interview with The Hunna

The Hunna

The Hunna

Hertfordshire four-piece The Hunna is causing quite a stir in the music world.

We caught up with the guys following their recent tour with Coasts, and discussed hip hop and rock influences, as well as what it was like working with Tim Larcombe (Lana Del Rey, Halsey) and Dan Grech (Wolf Alice, Circa Waves).

How did you meet and why did you start making music together?

We’ve all been close friends and brothers for a while now. Daniel Dorney (Bandana Dan) and Ryan Potter (Valentino) met in music college 6 years ago pursuing the goal of making great music. Jack Metcalfe (Insta King) also went to the same college a few years before. Jermaine Angin (The Prince) has known Bandana Dan since primary school and learnt how to play the guitar together since secondary school. There’s always been a connection between us even though we all met at different times in our lives. After our first rehearsal together 2 years ago we all knew that this was something really special and almost like it was meant to be. Our love and appreciation for music is something that we can’t put into words, the feeling that we have when playing together is the reason why we started and why we will continue making music together!

Where did the name The Hunna come from?

We all have a big hip hop / rap influence so it originated from that. We believe in keeping it 1hunna in everything we do.

Describe your sound in three words.

Turn Up Rock.

You worked with Tim Larcombe and Dan Grech on ‘Bonfire’. What was it like working with them?

It was a privilege to work with Tim Larcombe. He understood our vision and got to know us on a personal level really quickly which helped in the work environment and was a big reason why ‘Bonfire’ sounds like it does. We can safely say that Tim is a 1hunna guy and a true professional at what he does. He’s a true Hunna squad member! We admire Dan Grech’s roster and the work that he has produced. He was a pleasure to work with and brought a unique element to the track

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Kings Of Leon
Foals
Kanye West
Marvin Gaye
Queen
Michael Jackson
Bob Marley
Prince
Drake

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

Rae Sremmurd
Kendrick Lamar
Wiz Khalifa
Yung Simmie
Dr Dre
Led Zeppelin
AC-DC
The Weeknd
Willow and Jaden Smith
Frank Ocean
Chief Keef

Listen to the epic ‘Bonfire’ below:

Sounds like: Coasts, Florence + The Machine

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Miami Horror – Love Like Mine Feat. Cleopold

Miami Horror

Miami Horror

The Melbourne-based boys, Miami Horror, return with latest 15-track album ‘All Possible Futures’ and it is good.

The album was produced by Benjamin Plant. Plant describes the album, “We wanted to make something that lasts and grows the more you listen to it; we found a lot of fans overseas had been listening to our first album for years and that’s what made us realise the importance of making something permanent in this day and age.”

Watch the humorous video for ‘Love Like Mine’ featuring Cleopold, below:

Armed with some seriously cool tracks, anything is possible for Miami Horror.

‘All Possible Futures’ is out on Haven SoundsDine Alone Records. Purchase on iTunes.

Sounds like: Van She, Bag Raiders, Grafton Primary, Holy Ghost!, Friendly Fires, Talking Heads, New Order, INXS, Fleetwood Mac, Tame Impala, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson

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Roisto – Apart In Love

Roisto

Roisto

Following on from the innovative video for TJH87‘s ‘Good Life‘ Feat. Gamble & Burke, is Youth Control‘s next release;  ‘Apart In Love’ by Finnish producer Roisto.

An electronic creature by nature, Roisto hides away in the dark forests of northernmost Finland. Despite Roisto meaning ‘villain’ in Finnish, the only evil deed carried out by this producer is creating his own stylist brand of disco in his studio and taking inspiration from old analog synths, tape machines, and 12” disco records.

You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking Roisto hails from France. ‘Apart In Love’ is so nu-disco, it conjures up images of a younger Daft Punk dancing in the streets of Paris with Chromeo and Chic as backing dancers.

Pre-order the EP on iTunes here.

Sounds like: TJH87, Chromeo, Daft Punk, The Ugly Club, 8th Grader, PWNDTIAC, Phoenix, Holy Ghost!, Ghost Beach, Cut Copy, Chic, Michael Jackson, Armand Van Helden

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Interview with Monogem

Monogem

Monogem

Monogem is LA-based singer/songwriter Jen Hirsch on the lead and Scott Smith heading up production. We had a chat with the duo.

Where did the name Monogem come from?
Scott and I were playing around with the word mono when trying to come up with a band name.  Monogem stuck, and once we discovered what a monogem actually is…we were sold.

Describe your sound in 3 words.
Groovy / Electro / Pop

What is your favourite Monogem track and why?
I would have to say “The Glow”.  It was the first song we finished which was the start of something exciting.  “The Glow” puts me in a mood every time I hear it — a mood that makes me want to close my eyes and shake my booty.

Why did you choose to have a live band perform with you?
Whenever a full band is an option, it is always the right one for me.  The energy on stage really gets the party going in my opinion.  We have had to play stripped down shows which I still enjoy, but I like the fact that every show can be different and have that certain element of surprise we could only get with a group of talented musicians.

Are there plans for a tour across the pond?
No plans yet, but definitely in the near future.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
New Michael Jackson!!!  And also the new Tycho album.

Sounds like: ASTR, July Child, Mons Montis, Robyn, Lights, Chvrches, Palmedo

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