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Jagara – Real Love

Jagara

Jagara are three sisters from London making genre-bending mature pop music, or so their press release says.

When reviewing music, we usually enjoy having a good listen through what we get sent before we even cast our eyes on what we’re supposed to think about it, so putting the press release out of mind is a good starting point.

On first listen nothing about their new single ‘Real Love’ drags us in, then nothing is making us switch off either. Musically it is quite simple with an under-produced feel (in a good way), good arrangements with a strange and interesting appeal. There is a vague but pleasing sense of familiarity and that coupled with that by the third and fourth listens the vocals begin to become really catchy means that we can see how this three piece are building up a great reputation.

Jagara have recently been on tour supporting Bastille on their sold out arena tour and we can see and hear the link to a group like Bastille, and fans of Bastille will definitely be on board, even though we feel ‘Real Love’ displays a more pleasant subtlety to it than most of what we’ve heard from Bastille.

There are definite elements of past pop triumphs with plenty of influences rooted in the 80’s but Jagara have used only hints of these to give a sense of something you might know and their abilities as writers and musicians carry these through to make a good, albeit slightly uninspiring piece of music. On the whole ‘Real Love’ will no doubt push Jagara further to where they need to be, it’s catchy, it’s poppy, it’s familiar but it isn’t pushing the boundaries of their abilities let alone the boundaries of music. We feel there is much more to come from Jagara and we’re really looking forward to hearing how the next single or two develops from here.

Sounds like: Shura, Bastille, New Order, Grimes, Blondie

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Written by Pat Dooner

April Towers – Takes One To Know One

April Towers

This is one of our favourite bands. Nottingham-based April Towers return with a rebellious new number called ‘Takes One To Know One’.

Once again, the duo have cleverly blended new wave sounds with bold, modern electronica.

Expect their debut album ‘Certified Freaky’ (co-produced by Ben Pearce) to be released early next year.

Sounds like: New Order, LCD Soundsystem, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, OMD, Pet Shop Boys

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Playlist: Σtella

Σtella

Σtella

Greek artist, Σtella has just released her highly anticipated sophomore album, ‘Works For You’.

To celebrate, Σtella has put together a playlist for us. Enjoy!

Moscoman, Manfredas – Dévoué (Manfredas Remix)
First time I heard this song I kinda felt like I was tripping, in a good way. I’m happy to have shared the stage with Moscoman once.

Arthur Russell – Springfield
Arthur Russell will always remain a mystery to me. It ‘s music from outer space in a way.

Yello – Oh Yeah
Really don’t know how to comment on this. Just a good listen and a place for phantasies.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
“She don’t want to be a man or a woman”. Good for her.

Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper
I love this song so much. It explodes in my head every time.

Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension
This track takes me back in time, it’s got that heart ache feeling you just can’t miss.

KAYTRANADA – BREAKDANCE LESSON N.1
A DJ and a good friend of mine introduced me to this song by Kaytranada, and now I play it whenever I wanna shake my head a little.

Red Axes, Abrão – Balma (feat. Abrão)
Loving Red Axes this year, they did a show In Athens last month. Good boys.

Jean-Jacques Perrey – Cat In The Night
I sadly found out about Jean Jacques Perrey the day he died, late 2016. This man was a genius and is really worthy to listen to pretty much everything he’s done.

Toro y Moi – Lilly
“This place is up for grabs, I give it to you for free”, that line was stuck in my head for a long time. Really good sound.

Fleetwood Mac – Never Going Back Again – Remastered
The album “Rumours” has been one of my favorite albums ever, but just recently I gave a lot of attention to this track in the album. How sweet.

LA Priest – Lorry Park
LA Priest hit me in the stomach at around 0:50 with that beat, oh man, thanks.

Alan Hawkshaw – Beach Journey
Super fine tune by Mr Alan Hawkshaw. This track takes me places I didn’t know existed.

Vulfpeck – Back Pocket
Bravo, Bravo, Bravo to Volfpeck for this massive funky smart track.

‘Works For You’ is out now via Inner Ear Records and is seriously good. Listen to ‘Way To Go’ below.

Sounds like: Kaleida, Annie Lennox, New Order, Depeche Mode, The Human League, Cash+David, Christine & The Queens

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Rationale – Reciprocate

Rationale - Reciprocate

Rationale – Reciprocate

Taking more of a dance direction with the last release of his ‘Vessels’ EP, Rationale shares ‘Reciprocate’.

A simple, yet punchy track, ‘Reciprocate’ shows how Rationale is really growing from strength to strength. It’s a joy to watch.

Sounds like: Seinabo Sey, Future Islands, New Order, Tracy Chapman, Rhodes, MAALA

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NINA – Beyond Memory

NINA

NINA

Germany-born NINA returns with the video for ‘Beyond Memory’.

The release follows her recent work with esteemed producer, Richard X (Goldfrapp, Erasure, New Order, Lana del Rey, Kylie Minogue).

NINA began singing at the age of six and moved on to classical training during her teens. She then developed a talent for synth-based music. NINA has already supported Erasure, and will be touring with DE/VISION this Autumn.

The EP is out on 27th May via Aztec Records and available for pre-order on iTunes here.

Tour Dates

2nd September, 2016 – Orebro, Sweden Live at Heart
8th October, 2016 – Hamburg, Germany Markthalle (DE/VISION support)
14th October, 2016 – Erfurt, Germany HSD (DE/VISION support)
15th October, 2016 – Frankfurt, Germany Das Bett (DE/VISION support)
28th October, 2016 – Oberhausen, Germany Kulttempel (DE/VISION support)
29th October, 2016 – Munich, Germany Backstage (DE/VISION support)
26th November, 2016 – Dresden, Germany Kleinvieh (DE/VISION support)
2nd December, 2016 – Hannover, Germany Musikzentrum (DE/VISION support)

Sounds like: Aaron, Chelsea Lankes, Christa Vi, Leitbur, Erasure, Depeche Mode, Com Truise, Kavinsky

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Heath – The Outline of You

HEATH

HEATH

HEATH are a reasonably new, self-producing three-piece from Brighton.

Despite the age of band, they create polished, piano-based pop, full of lush melodies and enticing vocals.

Watch the video for ‘The Outline of You’ below, also directed by HEATH.

Sounds like: Police, Half Moon Run, Daughter, Frightened Rabbit, New Order, Jack Garratt

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Interview: April Towers

April Towers

April Towers

Following the huge success of ‘Modern Psyche’, Nottingham duo, April Towers, are back with their ‘Silent Fever’ EP, having worked with award winning producer, Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals).

We caught up with the boys.

April Towers only formed a couple of years a go. Tell us more about how April Towers came about.

We met at school when we were about 15/16 years old. Arctic Monkeys had just exploded and it seemed like everyone was picking up a guitar, We were paired together in a school biology project but just spent most the time writing songs before forming an indie band, Frontiers, of which we were members for about 5 years before our tastes became more electronic and we formed April Towers!

Describe your sound in three words.

Fun, Dance. Pop.

‘Modern Psych’ received a great response from blogs and fans. Have you set the bar too high for yourselves?!

Haha, I think the bar is set by others rather than ourselves. We just write what we feel are the best songs we can and it’s up to you guys to decide how high that bar is!!

Your EP, ‘Silent Fever’ is out in April on Lab Records. Tell us more about it.

Silent Fever is our first EP – it features five tracks (featuring previous singles A Little Bit Of Fear and Modern Psyche) as well as two remixes. We are really proud of it and feels it really represents us well as a band. We are also very honoured that LAB records are putting this EP out – Mark and the team have shown great faith in us and we really are grateful for that.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

It’s a broad range of influences to be honest – from the golden era of the 80s with bands like New Order and Depeche Mode, to modern cutting edge electronic pop like LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip, with a bit of Cut Copy thrown in there!

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

We are really into the new Steve Mason record at the moment – it’s so intelligently put together. Also really loving Theo Kottis, a Scottish producer who is making real waves in the dance scene right now!

If you fancy seeing April Towers perform, check out the dates below.

Tour Dates

18th March// Kasbah, Coventry
24th March//Picture House, Sheffield
26th March//Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
5th April//Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
6th April//King Tuts, Glasgow
9th April// 2Q Festival, Derby
14th April//Moles, Bath

Sounds like: New Order, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy, Hot Chip

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Light Wheel – I Want to Expand

Light Wheel

Light Wheel

Light Wheel is a musical duo from Austin, Texas, comprised of vocalist Tyagaraja and producer Evan Dunivan.

Their latest release is called ‘I Want To Expand’. It’s a dynamic number, and one that perfectly showcases Tyagaraja and Evan’s talents in their individual fields.

On production, we have gorgeous tinges of electronic new wave, eclectic rhythms and colourful soundscapes. On vocals, we have soulful falsettos full of ambition.

They are planning on releasing their six-track EP in April. Watch this space.

Sounds like: New Order, The Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Yeasayer

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Mainland – Not As Cool As Me

Mainland by Matt Salacuse

Mainland by Matt Salacuse

First it was Phoenix trying to be cool, and now it’s NYC boys Mainland claiming that no one is as cool as them.

Watching the video, the claim seems pretty valid. It appears that “don’t give a f**ks” come in a bright shade of yellow.

Watch below.

The new album will be out early 2016 on 300 Entertainment. For now you can purchase ‘Outcast’ on iTunes.

Sounds like: Alkaline Trio, The Colourist, Atlas Genius, X Ambassadors, Strange Talk, Catfish & the Bottlemen, The Cure, New Order, Brandon Flowers, The Beatles

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Nimmo – UnYoung

NIMMO by Fiona Garden

NIMMO by Fiona Garden

Nimmo are a unique electronic five-piece who can be traced back to the decade-long friendship of co-vocalists (and football-obsessives) Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett.

Citing 80’s and 90’s pop influences from the likes of Tears for Fears, New Order, and Everything But The Girl, as well as jungle, and drum n bass, Nimmo have immersed themselves not only with the sounds of the club culture, but also located the moods of aggression, energy and heartache within that which would add depth to their songwriting.

Having already collaborated with Tim Goldsworthy (DFA) and Maya Jane Coles, they have now teamed up with Boxed In (aka Oli Bayston) for more of an infectious pop track with ‘UnYoung’.

Lyrically, the band describe ‘UnYoung’ as “a song about the fear of our parents or loved ones in general dying, and only being remembered in photographs on a mantelpiece. As the instrumentation progressed, ‘UnYoung’ became a celebration of your family and just being alive.”

Nimmo have been shortlisted for MTV Brand New 2016. The annual showcase for MTV Brand New 2016 will be at the Electric Ballroom, London on 27 January.

‘UnYoung’ is out early 2016 via Columbia Records.

Sounds like: Boxed In, Years & Years, Everything But The Girl, Lucas Nord, Honne, Sivu, Jata

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