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Weekly Gems 37

Ben Khan – 2000 Angels

Ben Khan

Big news. Ben Khan returns with the announcement of his debut album (hurrah!) and a self-directed dystopian video for spine-tingling new single ‘2000 Angels’.

The album – set for release in the summer – was produced alongside Flood (PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails) and mixed by Spike Stent (Björk, Frank Ocean), with Ben playing every instrument on the record.

Always with a creative hands-on approach, Ben also plans to launch his new interactive website, The Foundation, which offers an insight into the richness and depth of the album’s story.

Sounds like: Leo Kalyan, Twin Shadow, Jai Paul, JUNGLE, Disclosure, Prince, Blood Orange, Harts, Oyinda, Shy Girls

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OTR – Close Feat Kai Straw

OTR - Close Feat Kai Straw

OTR manages to get the chilled but tense vibe just right with his latest single, ‘Close’, which includes the soulful vocals by Kai Straw.

The 25-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer uses his mathematical mind as a key component when it comes to his music, producing off-kilter melodies and electronic sounds.

Sounds like: Hotel Garuda, Gryffin, ODESZA, Petit Biscuit, Porter Robinson

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NAVA – Ritual

NAVA

NAVA is the highly energetic project of Persian songwriter Nava Golchini and three other Italian musicians. Visually, NAVA is a mix of horror and fashion inspired by the works of visionary designer Gareth Pugh.

The debut single ‘Ritual’ gives us a glimpse into the NAVA world – full of electro arrangements, tribal instruments and dark metropolitan landscapes.

‘Ritual’ is out now on Factory Flaws.

Sounds like: Nimmo

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Betablock3r – Make You Happy

Betablock3r

It could be 2014 again, and boy it feels good! During your visit, expect luscious vocals, addictive synth drops and and nu-disco undertone. All this, courtesy of Betablock3r and the new single ‘Make You Happy’.

It is the first single off their debut EP Monolith, out now.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Chromeo, RAC, Nightdrive

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Tanners – Holy Water

Tanners

It wouldn’t be a decent weekly gems feature without some pop in there. This week Tanners is the chosen one.

Tanners is the moniker of New York City-based songwriter and producer Tanner Peterson. Leading the way for women in creative music tech, Tanners has also spoken at TEDxTeen.

Inspired by her childhood love for the beach, ‘Holy Water’ celebrates the beauty and electricity born from allowing yourself to be completely vulnerable and enveloped by the ocean. “It’s a thank you song to the ocean for teaching me to embrace vulnerability,” Tanners says of the track.

Sounds like: Shura, Monogem, Ronika, Jessie Ware

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Young Sierra – Next To You

Young Sierra - Next To You

Meet emerging alt-pop trio Young Sierra, who were born from a school friendship, and bonded “over a shared love of low bit-rate Drake mp3s, eighties pop and hot-sauce”.

They have the kind of frantic energy of Arcade Fire and the cheeky nature of The 1975. Naughty.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Electric Youth, The 1975, Night Panther, Bad Sounds

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Blak Emoji – Honey

Blak Emoji

Blak Emoji

Citing a range of influences from Nine Inch Nails to Björk, Blak Emoji is bound to delight with their adventurous new track.

Soulful vocals, analog synths and crunchy guitar riffs make up the sweet sound of ‘Honey’.

Listen below.

‘Honey’ is taken from the ‘Intro’ EP. The release show will be happening on 27 January at Irving Plaza, so go check them out.

Sounds like: MNEK, Seal, Miike Snow, Blood Orange, Ed Sheeran

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MOK – The House VP

MOK

MOK

Brighton based alt-pop collective, MOK, return with ‘The House VP’; a nearly-twenty minute video that shows a brooding situation developing with a character that encounters different lives and stories throughout suburban Brighton.

Personal lyrics and a haunting video to match, MOK reflect back on “friendship, excess, mental health, everyday life, highs and lows”.

Sounds like: Nine Inch Nails, Die Antwoord, Professor Green, Childish Gambino, Rihanna, Harper

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MOK – Call Carlton

MOK

MOK

Alternative, electronic, rock, rap group, MOK share their new track ‘Call Carlton’; a highly emotive, multi layered and energetic song which truly highlights the band’s uniqueness and originality.

Of the track, MOK say;

“Call Carlton sheds light on the darkest parts of living a life of excess.”

MOK are currently self managed, self promoted, and self funded and are in full control of all creative output, and it remains very difficult to pigeon hole these guys.

The closest we can get is a comparison of Rihanna rapping in torture gear whilst smashing some cars up.

LIVE DATES
20th May, Fiddler’s Elbow, Brighton (Alt Great Escape show)
4th June – The Haunt, Brighton (Headline show)
1st July, Blissfields Festival

Sounds like: Nine Inch Nails, Professor Green, Rihanna, Harper

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HAUS – Blinded

Haus.

Haus.

Haus are a band from North London, who enjoy hosting DIY shows and hanging out at the skatepark.

Produced by Everything Everything’s Alexander Robertshaw and mixed by Cenzo Towndsend, their new single, ‘Blinded’, showcases frontman Ashley Mulimba’s infectious vocal delivery and the band’s knack of dispensing pop hooks on tap, and serves as a quick reminder that Haus will be busy filling venues, airwaves and playlists for a little while yet.

Sounds like: Nine Inch Nails, Jungle, Screaming Peaches, Everything Everything, Oslo Parks

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POLYNA – Angel

Polyna

Polyna

Appearing as a ready-made popstar, you wouldn’t expect to hear that 25 year-old singer/songwriter POLYNA was born in a a Plutonium mining town in Siberia.

She is now living in East London and preparing to release her debut album, which has been  produced by Jonas Quant (Hurts, No Doubt), half the album has been engineered and mixed by multiple Grammy winning Phil Tan in Atlanta (Rihanna, Calvin Harris), and the other half by the UK’s hottest mixer, Dan Grech, who works with Lana Del Rey and Radiohead.

‘Angel’ is the first song from the debut album.

Sounds like: Keep Shelly in Athens, Dimond Saints, Nine Inch Nails, Hurts

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Cash + David – Funn

Cash+David

Cash+David

Cash+David are a British electronic duo.

Like many modern electronic artists, their influences include the Beastie Boys, M83 and The Knife. We are sure there are some Nine Inch Nails influences somewhere there too.

‘Funn’ is a simple but effective juxtaposition between garage rock beats and echoey synths.

The beautifully shot video for new single ‘Funn’ is geared around a dance battle between Johnny Cash & David Bowie lookalikes.

You can purchase the single on iTunes from 10 March.

Sounds like: M83, Sleigh Bells, BOY, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nine Inch Nails, Death Rattle

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