KOLAJ (pronounced collage) share sky-lifting new track, ‘First Time With You’.
KOLAJ is a duo headed up by Tessa Houston, who cites a lot of influences from her upbringing. Born in Nagoya, Japan, she was adopted as an infant from Okinawa, Japan to an American military family and grew up all over the U.S. – “I don’t know my full ethnicity, but I do know that I’m Filipino and Polynesian and Japanese and Indian, so that’s a collage right there.”
Sounds like: July Child, Monogem, RAC, Goldroom
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We are big supporters of Brighton locals, Fickle Friends.
Mixed by Mark Ralph (Hot Chip, Years & Years), the fivesome’s latest release is called ‘Glue’, and it’s the kind of indie pop that will stick fast.
Sounds like: Harts, Haim, The 1975, Monogem, Paperwhite, Roosevelt, LANY, Broods, Ghost Beach, PROM
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Having already produced and mixed for artists like MGMT and The Knocks, Violet Sands are gearing up to release their album, ‘Hotel’.
The third track taken from the album is called ‘Unusual’, which frontwoman Deidre Muro describes as “riding the enchanted waves of discovering something or someone new. There’s a lot of magic in that first spark of curiosity – it’s like waking up from a lifelong dream to a completely new heightened reality. This song is that moment in extreme slow motion, reveling in all the emotions, uncertainties, and intrigue.”
‘Unusual’ is out now on YouTooCanWoo. Their album launch party will be on 30 June at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.
Sounds like: Monogem, Cocteau Twins, French Horn Rebellion
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Brooklyn-based, electro-pop duo Birch share ‘Same Colors’.
We’ve come to expect hip-hop beats, lush vocal samples, and groovy synths from Birch, and this track does not disappoint.
A call for change and to rethink your current empathic standards, ‘Same Colors’ is a political pop song.
Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, Alex Maxwell, Grimes, OH Wonder, Monogem
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New York sibling duo Paperwhite return with dream pop number, ‘Only Us’.
It once again showcases their ability to put together a track full of catchy hooks, transcendent synths and soaring, spirited melodies.
“Whether it’s a global issue or a broken heart, we tend to look back with nostalgia on times that were simpler,” says the band about the song. “With change comes courage, so even with heavy lyrics, we wanted to add a little Paperwhite electricity into the mix. What better way to move forward than with a little spring in your step.”
The track is the third release off their forthcoming third EP.
Sounds like: Monogem, Fickle Friends, M83, VÉRITÉ, Evvy, Pawws, Haerts
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Brother/sister duo Good Girl and the Bad Times share brooding new track ‘Keep Your Yesterdays’.
Having lived apart in respective cities, New York and London, the siblings, Jenny and Eli, decided to save up funds to fly Jenny home to record some music.
After borrowing some old synths from a few friends, they built a small studio in Eli’s bedroom and started working on an album. The result is eight songs, including this single, which is “a plea for world-weary hearts to sink into new love.”
Sounds like: Jessie Ware, GEMS, Broods, Monogem
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Violet Days – Suck At Love
Violet Days is the project of Swedish singer/songwriter, Lina Hansson.
Asking whether you ‘Suck At Love’ is always going to be tricky to answer, but it’s also highly relatable to the majority of listeners. Luckily for us, Kris Eriksson (The Chainsmokers) is on production duties, helping Violet Days create an anthemic electronic song that almost makes us forget the initial question.
Violet Days will be playing the Ja Ja Ja club night at The Lexington in London on 23 February.
Sounds like: Tove Lo, Ellie Goulding, Monogem, Lorde, Chrvches, Evvy, VÉRITÉ, Imogen Heap, Dominique
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Charity – Metal Boy
That’s it. We’re saying it. Nashville is the new city of electro-pop.
Cue Charity, a singer and self-taught producer.
Taking inspiration from ‘Blade Runner’, her new release, ‘Metal Boy’, has lush, whispering vocals layered over some sweet analog synths. Listen below.
Sounds like: Monogem, Noosa, Evvy, CAPPA, Chela, Kimbra, Dominique
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Calgary born, 80’s lover, Amy Guess, is back with the brooding ‘Comatose’.
Having been classically trained in voice from a young age, the range of Amy’s vocals is impressive. Combine this with the catchy pop elements of her music, and the adept electronic production, we give Amy top marks all round.
Amy’s debut EP ’10 Times Out of 10′ is set for release on 20 January.
Sounds like: Kelly Clarkson, Monogem, Kyla La Grange, Lights
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Another band with ‘violet’ in their name, but it’s no surprise, the word is alluring.
Meet High Violet.
Focusing on 80’s synth pop, the foursome, vocally led by Emily Smart and Ricky Kradolfer, share ‘All I Want’, arguably their best track to date, showing how they have grown from strength to strength over the last year.
High Violet will be supporting British India on their Australian tour.
Head over to their SoundCloud page for a download of the track.
Sounds like: Monogem, The Levity, Alphabeat
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