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Ben Phipps – Mrs Mr Feat. Lizzy Land

Ben Phipps - Mrs Mr Feat. Lizzy Land

Some things are just meant to be. Take Swedish-born/NYC-residing producer and label owner Ben Phipps and Los Angeles-based Lizzy Land.

Ben discovered Lizzy’s music via his Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify so reached out to her about making a track together. The result is ‘Mrs Mr’, which celebrates Lizzy’s delicate tones and Ben’s ability to create melodic indietronica.

Sounds like: Emma Louise, VÉRITÉ, Draper, NoMBe, Ayer, Evvy, Micky Blue, Josef Salvat, Gryffin, Jack LNDN

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Ben Phipps – Don’t Wake Me Up Feat. Mike Ruby

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Ben Phipps is shrinking the distance between dance and indietronica with his unique blend of genres.

The Stockholm-based producer has just shared ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ featuring Mike Ruby, possibly his strongest track to date.

The ease at which Ben creates a track with luscious melodies and a soothing bed of organic instrumentals is perfect for Ruby’s suave vocals to intertwine with.

Sounds like: NoMBe, Ayer, Evvy, Micky Blue, Josef Salvat, Gryffin

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Playlist: Leena Ojala

Leena Ojala

Leena Ojala

London-based alternative electro pop singer, Leena Ojala, has put together a playlist for us of ten tracks she has come across when listening to new music.

Of the playlist, Leena says, “I have gone for tracks that use varying influences and mix different styles in production.”

Oh Wonder: All We Do

I like the repetitive piano riff and the vocal melody. They create a sad yet beautiful feel for the song. The minimalistic approach makes the song memorable – it’s a case of less is more.

Dominique: Good Girl

I like the guitar hook she uses throughout the track. The hip hop beat underneath and the interesting distortion she uses are interesting giving the track a nice character. Big up for Dominique for creating her own lovely production!

Anevo: Electric Heart feat. Ameria

The unique sound of the different instruments used in the track come across nicely. Every section has different influences: the verse is more electronic and dance-like whereas the chorus is chilled. The different styles used give the track a nice vibe.

KINGDM: Say It Again

I like the use of drums with African influences. There is a soulful vibe going on with the vocals, melody and the piano which give the song a romantic feel.

MRGD: Skin Deep

I like the use of call and response mixed with the nice vocal hooks. The chorus incorporates different feels i.e. reggae rhythm and drum sound, synth piano and vocal hooks. This gives the track an unusual but unique crossover of styles.

XY&O: Low Tide

The minimal strumming and picking of the guitar in the verses gives the track a nice relaxed feel. I like the four to the floor drums in the chorus giving it kind of dancing in the summertime vibe. The vocals with an echo and a delay effect finish the track off nicely.

Phoria: Undone

I like the use of unusual blending of styles and rhythmic influences – the type you find with FKA Twigs. The track has a nice atmosphere, delivered by whispery vocals, hooks, dark piano tones and reverb effects.

Tess: Love Gun

I like the use of middle eastern feel in the track created by the vocal movement and the acoustic guitar. I can see influences of “Inna” here, but there are also elements of R&B, Pop and Hip Hop.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, YUAR, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Dominique, Amanda Merdzan

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Leena Ojala – Little Place

Leena Ojala - Little Place

Leena Ojala – Little Place

Dramatic songstress, Leena Ojala, returns with ‘Little Place’.

Written by Leena Ojala and produced by BenbrickAella Jordan-Edge was the obvious choice to direct the video (she also directed the video for Leena’s ‘Why‘).

The video was shot in NYC in freezing temperatures, and explores a young couple’s journey as they grapple with life in a new home, far away from their ‘little place’.

Of the video, Aella explains; “I moved to New York at the age of fifteen, so I knew the feeling well: of being awestruck and overwhelmed in a city that sweeps you up, propelling you forward whether you like it or not.”

Aella’s favourite scene is “the moment on the beach – it represents that frustrating time near the end of a relationship where you’re desperately trying to make it work, fighting the last fight.”

‘Little Place’ is out today via 51Den and available for purchase on iTunes.

Whilst you’re at it, check out the awesome Saturday, Monday remix.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, YUAR, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Evvy, Dominique

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Ben Phipps – Alive (feat. Ashe)

Ben Phipps

Ben Phipps

More and more house producers are entering the realm of indietronica.

Meet Ben Phipps, a twenty-five year old deep house producer from Stockholm, who is doing just that. And successfully might we add.

Born into a family of musicians, Ben Phipps grew up quickly as a young man with a large love of life and an incredible passion for music. He chose to pursue further education overseas in the US and attended the reputable school for music-production, Dubspot in New York City in 2012. Opening doors and opportunities of all kinds through new skills, connections and exciting combinations in sound, Ben Phipps continued strongly through his next two years splitting his time between NYC, Toronto and Montreal refining his craft, songs and style.

He has enlisted the luscious vocals of Ashe on his latest endeavour called ‘Alive’.

Listen below.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Ayer, Evvy, Micky Blue, Josef Salvat, Gryffin

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Pleasure Curses – Under the Moonlight (ft. Christen Cappello)

Pleasure Curses

Pleasure Curses

When we first heard ‘Under The Moonlight’ by Portland-based duo, Pleasure Curses, we knew we had to have them on Indietronica.

The childhood friends founded Pleasure Curses in Washington before moving to Portland. They create pure, indulgent synth pop, influenced by electro, disco, new wave and early hip hop.

‘Under The Moonlight’ features Brooklyn vocalist Christen Cappello, and is said to explore “the coercive attraction of the lunar cycle and the furtive implication of decisions made under the impulse of the night.”

Sounds like: Paperwhite, Monogem, Evvy, Micky Blue, Pistol Shrimp

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Leena Ojala – Together We Have It No More

Leena Ojala - Together We Have It No More

Leena Ojala – Together We Have It No More

Possibly the tallest woman in pop, Leena Ojala, returns with another catchy number called ‘Together We Have It No More’.

The track was written about a pragmatic realisation that a relationship has run its course. This is one mature popstar-in-the-making!

It’s out today via Den Music, and can be ordered on iTunes.

Whilst you’re at it, check out the awesome FØRTE remix.


Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Evvy, Dominique

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MONOGEM – Gone

Monogem

Monogem

Powerful, womanly words in MONOGEM‘s new single, ‘Gone’.

“I wrote ‘Gone’ with all of my single ladies in mind,” says MONOGEM. “I wanted to give my girls something to sing to every asshole they’ve dated to easily say ‘BITCH! I’m out!.’ I really love the production on this track; it shimmers and sparkles in a way that gives it so much life and imagery.”

MONOGEM worked with Scott Smith (who produced MONOGEM’s debut EP) and also Peter Dyer, who plays keyboards live with MONOGEM — “having Peter’s energy on the song adds crazy dimension and I’m looking forward to the three of us making more music together.”

Sounds like: Goldroom, Silk Cinema, ASTR, July Child, Lights, Evvy, Micky Blue

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Leena Ojala – Why

Leena Ojala

Leena Ojala

We are loving the recent rush of female bedroom producers of late.

One that we have an eye on at the moment is Leena Ojala from South London. She was born in Germany to a Finnish father and English mother, was raised in Hong Kong and Essex before arriving in London aged 17.

Not content in the confined walls of her bedroom, Leena also lived in Berlin for six months, and this trip was used as inspiration for her debut single, ‘Why’.

The video has been directed by Aella Jordan-Edge. Of the video, Aella says;

“For me the track is about that fluid time between adulthood and childhood. The dichotomy that comes from missing home, wanting comfort, wanting security, but all the while having the desire to fly away and spread your wings. Distinguish yourself… be you.

One of the most exciting things about this video for me was finding the harmony between Leena’s powerful black and white performance and the dream like narrative in colour. It was a bold choice to keep them so visually separate, but we found links with the smoke and the watch, and we married the two worlds in the grade by using a warm and cold colour palette.”

The track is the lead single from ‘EP1’, out soon.

Sounds like: Rae Morris, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Evvy, Dominique

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Micky Blue – Champagne Reign

Micky Blue

Micky Blue

British-come-US native Micky Blue is a female artist who has made a return to the music industry more independent and stronger than ever.

Her stunning heartfelt new track, ‘Champagne Reign’, has been produced by Mickey Valen and co-written by Joren Van Der Voort.

In Micky’s own words, the track “is about how far some people are willing to go for the glamor and fame. I think you can still reach your dreams without “selling your soul” or loosing yourself, it’s a much harder and longer road but I think the payoff can be much greater.”

We couldn’t agree more. Listen below:

It has been taken from her upcoming EP entitled ‘Wild Things’.

Sounds like: Evvy, Noosa, Linney, Ayer, Ghost Beach, Kyla La Grange, Foxes, Keyes

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