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Weekly Gems 62

FUSHIA – Dreams & Stardust

FUSHIA

Meet intriguing twin sister duo FUSHIA. Both feminists and musical artists in their own right, their music pulls otherworldly inspiration from various continents.

Their highly vulnerable new single ‘Dreams & Stardust,’ is full of empowering messages daring you to believe in yourself and turn your words into actions.

Sounds like: Bat For Lashes, Kae Astra, Kate Bush, Björk

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Augustine – A Scent of Lily

Augustine

Stockholm-based Augustine follows up his debut single with ‘A Scent of Lily’ – a cinematic and melancholic interpretation of Ariana Grande‘s ‘Into You’, and the powerlessness of losing yourself in a relationship.

Once again, Augustine takes us on a journey through a future-retro, bombastic-pop soundscape.

Sounds like: PNAU, Foster the People, James Blake, Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, Tame Impala, Phoenix

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Drinker – Wave

Drinker

Drinker returns with their latest offering called ‘Wave’.

The partnership of bicoastal NY/LA duo of songwriter Aaron Mendelsohn and producer Ariel Loh, Drinker provides a sonic realm of enlightened experimental-pop and ambient productions.

Listen to the addictive ‘Wave’ below, taken from their upcoming debut LP, ‘Fragments’, released on May 3rd via B3SCI Records.

Sounds like: Yoke Lore, Thom Yorke, James Blake, Trentemoller, The Acid, Fever Ray, Sevdaliza, Tame Impala

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Abby Wolf – Change Your Mind

Abby Wolfe

Sometimes the best pop songs are the most simplistic, allowing them to be catchy and emotive.

One of these contenders is ‘Change Your Mind’ by New Zealand-based Abby Wolf. An effervescent track which depicts the internal struggle faced when you’re unsure of the right path. Something we all can relate to.

Sounds like: Bri Clarke

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Sam Feldt & Yves V – “One Day” (feat. ROZES)

ROZES

Exciting EDM and pop vocalist ROZES features on Sam Feldt & Yves V‘s new tune, ‘One Day’.

Sam Feldt fell in love with the vocals of ROZES when he heard it on the track she made with The Chainsmokers. So he decided to work with her on a new track, together with Yves V.

Their studio session resulted in a track with the perfect balance between Yves V’s pop dance sound, the uplifting summer tunes of Sam Feldt and the airy vocals of ROZES.

Sounds like: The Chainsmokers

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2SH – Good Time.

2SH

Norweigan duo 2SH is on a quest to blend their analogue upbringing with forward thinking, digital music-making.

Slotting into the nu-funk realms, their music can win the hearts of dance floor enthusiasts, for fans of Calvin Harris. and the like.

Listen to ‘Good Time.’ below.

Sounds like: Jungle, Chic

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MIG50 & FRANK E MADDOX – Fearless (Gimme The Light)

MIG50 vs FRANK E MADDOX - “Fearless (Gimme The Light)

Finally, to finish the gems off, is the frenetic ‘Fearless (Gimme The Light)’ from a new collaborative project between MIG50 & FRANK E MADDOX.

Both Chicago natives, the track loops in Chicago house basslines with as if it was Sofi Tukker on speed, combined with the fiesty originality of Georgia.

It’s a perfect way of the duo expressing their own artistic style outside of their work with other artists including SIA, NVDES and Empires.

Sounds like: Georgia, Kanye West, NVDES, Sofi Tukker

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NOURI – Where Do We Go From Here

NOURI

We are super excited to share the stunning debut from artist NOURI called ‘Where Do We Go From Here’.

Born in a Syrian refugee camp following the bombing of her family’s home in Kurdistan, NOURI and her family were granted refugee status in New Zealand when she was aged three. She now resides in Los Angeles, where she has worked with four time Grammy award-winning producer Brian Kennedy (Rihanna, Lady Gaga), landed a vocal feature in the Hollywood film Daddy’s Home 2, performed the United States National Anthem at the Staples Center for the Knicks v Clippers game and scored the game’s first touchdown in the First Annual Celebrity Football Game for the John Ross II Foundation. Not much then.

The passionate visuals for ‘Where Do We Go From Here’, a song about “the struggle of wanting to be with someone you care deeply for but at the same time wanting to let them go because the timing isn’t right”, features NOURI and model Bennett Jonas.

NOURI is currently working on an EP set to be released in 2019 – expect big things from this unquestionable star.

Sounds like: Ariane Grande, Rihanna, Lady Gaga

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Vera Blue – Regular Touch

Vera Blue

Moving can be a great form of therapy, so why restrict it? That’s exactly what Vera Blue is doing in the video for her single ‘Regular Touch’.

Vera Blue’s delicate and ethereal vocals in the track are led by her dancing performance in the beautifully shot New Zealand-based location, giving us a glimpse of what it’s like to watch Vera Blue on stage,

“I dance a lot when I’m performing on tour, because the songs make me want to move.” explains Vera. Before this project, I was sort of hiding behind my guitar when I was on stage, but now I can really go for it. That’s what the electronic side adds to the music.”

She heads to the US to support Jacob Banks on his North American tour.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, Zara Larsson

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Playlist: So Below

So Below

We’ve been fans of New Zealand talent, So Below, for a while now.

We wanted to find out what helps So Below write her incredibly reflective, dark electronic pop, so what better way than her expressing it in a playlist?

“In this playlist I feel like a have a memory or feeling associated with each song, they all have a nostalgic quality to them. Like The Dodos track for example makes me think of sitting on my mums roof at her old house in Auckland and drinking beers with my friends in summer. Or the Trentemoller track makes me think of waiting at the bus stop for the bus to go to work and its pouring down with rain. All such great songs!”

Sounds like: Raindear, Kate Boy, The Naked And Famous, MUNA, Ofelia K, Monogem, Bo Rocha

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Joshua Moriarty – R.T.F.L.

Joshua Moriarty

Joshua Moriarty may well be best known for his role in Miami Horror, but he is branching out with his own solo project.

His debut track is called ‘R.T.F.L.’ and, whilst there are still clear Miami Horror influences, the overall sound is unfamiliar, as sensual, elongated synths play with Joshua’s impatient vocals throughout.

Joshua explains about the project,

“My current ethos is to create compositions to arouse the senses and make one remember there is no real purpose on this planet other than to imbibe as much sensual pleasure as one can. It is music to make you feel (at least for a moment) that you are not alone, to capture in aural form the ephemeral grace of existence. Yet, on the other hand the music is mere art for art’s sake, completely useless, beautiful for the sake only of beauty. A dichotomy of point and pointlessness. War Is Over is designed as a modern day opus of existential desire, longing, sensuality, and what it means to human.”

It is the first single taken from his eight-track album, ‘War Is Over’, which is due for release in August.

Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Joe Goddard

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Siobhan Sainte – Burn It Down

Siobhan Sainte

Killer eyebrows and killer sounds from New Zealand-based electro-pop newcomer, Siobhan Sainte.

Siobhan takes her musical influence from a love of film noir, haute couture and pop culture, which all in all creates a dramatic performance. Her debut release (produced by Andy Rosen (Meg Myers, Ofelia K)) is called ‘Burn It Down’. It does just that with angst-heavy demands smothered in sentiment.

Sounds like: Dominique, Banks

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B O K E H – Don’t Leave The Fire

B O K E H

B O K E H

Taking us for a ride is B O K E H, the artistic alter-ego of New Zealand-raised, Berlin-based actress/musician, Chloë Lewer.

It’s hard to believe that Chloë grew up being too shy to sing in front of anyone. Instead, she opted for acting. However, this was to later change after an encounter with a filmmaker who persuaded her to start a ukulele busking adventure with him in Berlin. This developed into a touring band called Charity Children.

Chloë was to later team up with Dutch writer/producer, Wouter Rentema (the drummer of Charity Children), and the pair spent the summer of 2016 locked inside various studios about the German capital and recording synths in a disused chapel in The Netherlands under the alias of B O K E H.

The video for B O K E H’s second single, ‘Don’t Leave The Fire’, showcases her sweet harmonies and fuzzy synths, all under a disco-lit backdrop of stolen hearts and go-karts.

‘Don’t Leave The Fire’ is the lead single from her EP, out now.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Ekkah, Goldfrapp

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Alayna – Falling Autumn

Alayna

Alayna

Introducing New Zealand born Alayna.

Alayna now resides in Brooklyn, where she has been working with Astronomyy on her new track, ‘Falling Autumn’.

Reminiscent of a 90’s R&B chart topper (note key change at 2:15), but offering something modern at the same time, ‘Falling Autumn’ is about “finding the stillness and comfort in someone else…It’s about connecting with someone on a deeper level and being confident in what you want, crave and feel.”

It’s out now via 20XX.

Sounds like: MUNA, IDER, Shura, Chinah, Ji Nilsson, Delaire

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Zen Mantra – Remember You At All

Zen Mantra

Zen Mantra

Zen Mantra is the musical moniker of New Zealander, Sam Perry (Yumi Zouma).

The video for ‘Remember You At All’ has been co-directed by Sam Perry with Ben Dodd, Frances Carter, and Lily McRae. What started out as a bit of fun, drinking red wine and having a competition amongst friends to see who could best interpret Michael Stipe’s dance moves in R.E.M‘s ‘Losing My Religion Video’, soon turned into a fog-fuelled, “low budget spaghetti western horror” video, with nods to Yumi Zouma’s debut LP, ‘Yoncalla’.

Zen Mantra’s self-titled album is out now via Flying Nun Records.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Day Wave, The Cure, Stalking Gia

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Playlist: Maya Payne

Maya Payne

Maya Payne

New-Zealand singer, Maya Payne, has just released her debut EP, ‘The Lucky Ones’.

To mark the occasion, she has put together a playlist together for you lot.

Enjoy!

Ookay – Thief

I heard this song on a Spotify playlist and the chorus had me hooked.

PETIT BISCUIT – Sunset Lover

Perfect chill out/summer song.

Whethan – Midnight in Monaco

Love the sounds in the chorus.

Rüfüs – Innerbloom (What So Not remix)

The instrument they use in this is eargasmic.

Bearson – Pink Medicine

I love the summery feeling, good for road tripping these holidays.

Wheathan – Mssingno

Another from these guys just because i can’t get enough of them. Loove the chorus.

Camikaze – Shadows

This dudes from Melbourne and he’s super talented, this track has a trancy uplifting feel that I love.

Jaymes Young – Parachute (P-Williams Remix)

The vibes of this song are great, and the lyrics are better.

L D R U – Keeping Score

The vocals are awesome, and the chorus is super hooky and gets you in a dancing mood.

ROZES – Everything

This chick doesn’t get enough credit. She featured in The Chainsmokers song ‘Roses’. She’s incredible.

Sounds like: Flume, Lorde, Broods, Leena Ojala, Alpines, Years & Years, TDeL2

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