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Bishat – Under My Skin

Bishat

Wow! What a talent Swedish artist, songwriter and producer Bishat is.

Bishat wrote her first song with José Gonzalez at the tender age of 13, and runs her own label MINAMIN.

Her single ‘Under My Skin’ is an upbeat and melodic pop offering with R&B tinged vocals full of self-worth.

Sounds like: Robyn, LKA, Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, July Child, Nao

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Rachel K Collier – Rust

Rachel K Collier - Rust

Welsh solo artist and producer, Rachel K Collier returns with her addictive track ‘Rust’.

We are obsessed with the song’s beautiful, metallic riffs, and house-influenced percussive grooves, as well as the highly relatable lyrics that discuss how relationships can become stale and deteriorate unless you keep them polished and fresh, “left to rot, things wont changed…polish off, make it shine”.

Expect Rachel’s second EP in early Autumn and debut album early 2018.

Sounds like: All Saints, Little Dragon, NAO

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Shannon Saunders – Pure

Shannon Saunders

Shannon Saunders

We’ve been keeping our eyes on London-based Shannon Saunders ever since we first heard her vocals on Wilkinson‘s ‘Breathe’, so we were pretty happy to learn that she has shared her new video for ‘Pure’.

Shot on a stunning black beach in Iceland, the Damian-Weilers‘ directed video shows both a tough and beautiful side of Shannon (who else would be able to walk bare footed on a freezing beach in Iceland so gracefully?!), which pretty much sums up the meaning behind the track.

As Shannon puts it,

“‘Pure’ is the awakening of the soul when you first experience unconditional love. Musically it is a marriage of heavy underground beats with ambient vocals, taking you on a journey between first heartbreak and first love.”

‘Pure’ is out now via Lovejoy Records.

Sounds like: FKA Twigs, Låpsley, NAO, Delaire, Jessie Ware

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Deliah – Better The Devil

Deliah

Deliah

New track, ‘Better The Devil’ by Deliah is slightly out of the realms of what we would normally post, but we think the Liverpool-based duo have something pretty special.

The jazz-tinged R&B release is, as lead singer Michelle Harris and instrumentalist Alex Dopierala put it, “an almost sarcastic look on being oppressed.”

Honing their live set, Deliah have spent the last year supporting Ady Suleiman and Maverick Sabre
Like what you hear? Catch them at one of the dates below:

19th November – Liverpool, Sound Station Podcast Prize
6th Dec – Snug – Bristol – ILUVLIVE
8th Dec – Fallow’s Cafe – Manchester – ILUVLIVE

Sounds like: Ady Suleiman, Maverick Sabre, NAO, Shakka, Låpsley, Dua Lipa

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Playlist: IDER

IDER

IDER

We can’t get enough of North London duo, IDER, so we asked them to put together a playlist for us in order to really get inside their musical brains.

This is the result. An emotional journey of music, past and present.

Banks – Better
Can’t get enough of the sexy, captivating vocals.

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Old school love.

NAO – Inhale Exhale
The vocal melody following the bass line is awesome.

The Clash – Should I stay or Should I Go?
…we’ve been watching ‘Stranger Things’…

Glass Animals – Cane Shuga
Love the new album, love this song.

Bruce Springsteen – Racing in the Street
Always back to Bruce

Geowulf – Saltwater
Excited to play alongside these guys next year. Love the sound of this track!

Julia Jacklin – LA Dream
Saw her play live last month and this song blew us away. Such beautiful lyrics.

Sounds like: The Japanese House, Imogen Heap, Oh Wonder, Shura, The 1975, Tegan and Sara, MUNA, Aurora, Tourist, Wet, London Grammar

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Playlist: Foreign Air

Foreign Air by Luke Adams

Foreign Air by Luke Adams

Foreign Air are indietronica duo, Jacob Michael and Jesse Clasen.

The boys put together a pretty epic playlist for us, to celebrate the release of their EP, ‘For The Light’.

ANOHNI – Drone Bomb Me

She is fearless on a microphone.

Cashmere Cat / The Weekend / Francis and the Lights – Wild Love

Love the collaboration element of different styles on this track.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Ghosts & Pains

A band favorite before every show.

Snakehips – Money on Me ft. Anderson.Paak

This is constantly stuck in my head. Running around the city, this is the anthem.

Moses Sumney – Lonely World

A whole lot of music going on here.

Okay-Kaya – Damn, Gravity

Watch the video and fall!

NAO – Inhale-Exhale

That voice!!! The future queen of R&B ?

Bon Iver – 22 (OVER S∞∞N) (Bob Moose Extended Cab Version)

An artist in his prime.

Lewis Del Mar – Puerto Cabezas, NI

The heaviest pen in indie rock right now.

Buscabulla – Sono

All the posi latin psych vibes you need to get you up and going in the morning. produced by Dev Hynes.

‘For The Light’ is out now.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, Gryffin, Friendly Fires, Alt-J, Glass Animals, Temper Trap, Two Another, One Republic

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Rachel K Collier – Ships

Rachel K Collier - Ships

Rachel K Collier – Ships

Channeling hip hop, house and soul, Welsh producer and songstress, Rachel K Collier, shares the thwacking tribal track, ‘Ships’.

Vibrant in nature, and even more powerful in presentation, ‘Ships’ is, as Rachel puts it, “a lyrical tale of realisation and acceptance”.

Sounds like: All Saints, Little Dragon, NAO

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NAO – Fool to Love

NAO

NAO

NAO is a London-based singer, who’s got a busy summer lined up, jam packed up with festivals.

The video for ‘Fool To Love’ features Ashley Walters (Top Boy).

‘Fool To Love’ is out now via Little Tokyo Recordings. Purchase on iTunes.

Autumn Dates

Tue 25th Oct Manchester The Ritz
Wed 26th Oct Glasgow Arts School
Thu 27th Oct Leeds University
Sat 29th Oct Brighton All Saints Church
Sun 30th Oct Birmingham O2 Institute 2
Tue 1st Nov Bristol Motion
Thu 3rd Nov London Shepherds Bush Empire

Sounds like: Lucas Nord, Disclosure, Aluna George, XO, Mura Masa, DemoTaped, Bedlam

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Demo Taped – Game On

Demo Taped

Demo Taped

18-year-old Demo Taped shares the juxtaposing, colourful video for his synth pop number, ‘Game On’; a bold shout out to anxiety and depression, which he has suffered for years.

Demo Taped decided, that despite the panic attacks and suicidal thoughts, and despite the heartbreak that lead him to write this song (it’s a love song, but also a “fuck you, mental illness” anthem), he would channel that energy into making music and staying alive.

Sounds like: NAO, XO, Ben Khan, Flume

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XO – Night Time Solace

XO

XO

A new wave of indie R&B male vocalists from the UK continues. This time, it’s 20 year old Staffordshire born producer and songwriter XO (aka Sunil Heera).

His latest release continues to live up to the hype and sees XO play with just as many disparate influences as his first two EP’s — neo soul, funk, hip hop, the faint pulse of deep house – with an added abstract twist.

The A side, ‘Divive Disaster’, features the vocals of Sydney based newcomer James Chatburn, and was also influenced by the story of 2014 film ‘Gone Girl’ with Heera claiming the EP to be about how “our head and heart can sometimes be in two different places, in some cases we confront it and in others we learn to live with it”.

The B-side, ‘Night Time Solace’, favours woozy, blown-out sounds and sample-heavy electronica for a gorgeous slice of twisted soul.

‘Divine Disaster’ / ‘Night Time Solace’ is out now on his own label, He Loves You Not Recordings,

Sounds like: Jai Paul, Ben Khan, The Weeknd, SOHN, Jack Garratt, Alex Vargas, NAO

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