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Weekly Gems 24

Weslee – Boy Like You

Weslee

Mysterious UK-based duo Weslee share their visuals for ‘Boy Like You’.

Another lip-smacking and dreamy song, the Alexandra Gavillet-directed video for ‘Boy Like You’ takes inspiration from Kanye West and centres on the infatuation of the lead male figure through a series of personal camcorder style shots filmed around a hazy American summer.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Kacy Hill, Blood Orange, Wet, Off Bloom

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Scene Writers vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Real Life Baby

Scene Writers

Exciting Berlin-based duo Scene Writers (aka Christian Huerter and Sebastian Nouvortne) take inspiration from the art amidst the urban sprawl of Berlin.

They have produced a vibrant re-work of 3 Burners‘ ‘Real Life Baby’, which you can listen to below.

Sounds like: Becky Hill, Kungs, Draper

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joan – Tokyo

joan - Tokyo

We are still massively crushing on duo joan.

Continuing their knack for producing heartbreaking pop songs with a retro twist, ‘Tokyo’ is inspired by that moment of falling for someone but your time is running out. ​​​​​​​

Sounds like: Shura, Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The 1975

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Argonaut & Wasp – Radio Sound

Argonaut & Wasp

Boom! Argonaut & Wasp are back with a funky new number called ‘Radio Sound’.

It is part of a double single, and combines elements of alternative, pop, indie, and funk to provide a bright sound, inspired by the bustling streets of Brooklyn.

It is released on the band’s own Bang! Jango Records.

Sounds like: The Strokes, Bad Sounds, Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, Phoenix, Miami Horror, Bag Raiders

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ELD – Desire

ELD - Desire

Swedish trio ELD share their brilliant new single ‘Desire’.

Creating a big emotions and an anthemic sound reminiscent of Arcade Fire and The National, ‘Desire’ amalgamates electronica with post punk elements, and even enters the shoegaze realm in parts.

Listen below and prepare to be blown away.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, The National, Interpol, Ulrich Schnauss

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Amanda Mair – Empty Blockings

Amanda Mair

Rising Swedish teenager Amanda Mair shares ‘Empty Blockings’.

In the video, Amanda broaches the highly important topic of anxiety and depression,

“I wanted to show the feeling of the continuously searchers desperation. The every day hope for running away from anxiety and sorrow but the faith is to weak and puts you in a circle of running and running until you don’t know what you’re running away from.”

It’s out now via Despotz Records.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, OH Land, Zola Jesus

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Joy Downer – Goddamnit

Joy Downer

Husband/wife duo Joy Downer share the video for ‘Goddamnit’.

The video symbolises the craziness of love inside your head. Resistance is futile!

Sounds like: Lykke Li, The Duke Spirit, KOLARS, OH Land, Alex Maxwell, Lana Del Rey, First Aid Kit

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Playlist: Dragonette

Dragonette

Dragonette

It’s not always about the girls, but sometimes it is.

The lovely Dragonette have put together a playlist for us called “Indietronica – an indie pop girls only mix”.

Listen below!

Santigold – Can’t Get Enough Of Myself (feat. B.C)
I was told that this song was inspired by an Iranian disco song from the 80’s. I’ve been listening to a lot of world music and I love how well they mashed this up. So unique.

Lucius – Born Again Teen
I feel deeply in love with Lucius’ first record. There are so many awesome songs on this new one of theirs Good Grief. But I’m choosing “Born Again Teen” on our playlist because i think its such an strange arrangement. Where’s the chorus!? I don’t know! Who cares?

Dua Lipa – Be The One
Every time I go back to London to work with other musicians I learn about artists who are up-and-coming over there. Last time I was there it was Dua Lipa. Maybe everybody already knows her but I just discovered her and I love the vibe of this tune.

Niki & The Dove – Coconut Kisses
Niki & The Dove’s The Drummer is one of my favourite indie pop albums of all times. I’ve been waiting a long time for their follow up. It almost reminds me of Empire Of The Sun. But with Stevie Nicks‘ voice.

Christine And The Queens – iT
My friend showed me this song the other day, I don’t know anything else of theirs. It’s the beginning of a new love I suspect.

Petite Meller – Barbaric
I think she’s a style genius. We played a show with her in Florence and I drank her up like pink lemonade.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Charli XCX, Gwen Stefani, Icona Pop, OH Land, Little Boots, Girl Friend

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Millicent – Say You Want Me

Millicent

Millicent

Producer and singer, Millicent (aka Emily Knurr), returns with a simple, yet effective video for ‘Say You Want Me’.

Pushing the “vibe pop” genre, the song is a melodic story of unrequited love.

Watch below:

It’s taken from the ‘Deux’ EP, out now.

Sounds like: Broods, OH Land, Years & Years, Evvy, Noosa, MØ, Monogem, Banks, Imogen Heap

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Kyla La Grange – So Sweet

Kyla La Grange

Kyla La Grange

The lovely Kyla La Grange is back, following the release of the enslaving ‘Cut Your Teeth‘, which was later remixed by tropical house DJ of the moment, Kygo.

Less of a goth princess this time, and more of an 80’s electro star, ‘So Sweet’ is a sugary pop treat. It has a backdrop of minimalistic synth beats, but it is Kyla’s vocals that really take the lead.

“I wrote So Sweet in my kitchen when I was feeling really happy and in love” explains Kyla, continuing “I started out with this arpeggiated jerky tuba type sound that I really liked but then wanted the choruses to feel a bit more cinematic with the dreamy guitars and harmonies, so there is kind of a weird contrast between the verses and the choruses, but I like it.”

If you’re wondering why the song feels different from Kyla’s previous material, she says “I guess 150bpm is pretty fast for a four to the floor track but I think it’s because I felt kind of buzzy when I was writing it. I never really wrote a love song before, at least not one that wasn’t sad.”

It is one of a collection of singles remixed by Jakwob.

Kyla will play Oval Space in London on 19 November; her biggest headline gig to date.

Sounds like: Little Boots, Robyn, Alison Moyet, Oh Land, MØ, Lana Del Ray, Grimes, Indiana, MS MR, Jakwob

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Premiere: Myami – I Oh I

MYAMI

MYAMI

Melbourne-based songstress MYAMI returns with another cracker, ‘I Oh I’.

Like with ‘Soldier‘, this track has been produced by Wayfarer//.

MYAMI still cites influences from old school soul singers with ‘I Oh I’ and this can be see from the trap style drums sneaking in at times, but essentially ‘I Oh I’ is a slightly more modern and edgier take on the traditional R&B.

MYAMI says about the track,

“The confusion of growing up as a competitive teenager and trying to figure out who you are amongst the jungle of voices telling you who to be. The song is a flash back to look at the person I was, growing up in the often toxic surroundings of a teenage girls life”.

Sounds like: B.Miles, Tove Lo, Susanne Sundfør, OH Land, Prinze George, LA+CH

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R.A.B.B.I.I. – Hang Us High

R.A.B.B.I.I.

R.A.B.B.I.I.

R.A.B.B.I.I. stands for Revolutions Are Best Before Initial Inception, and the duo are starting a small musical revolution in their home country of Sweden.

Felix (one half of R.A.B.B.I.I.) grew up in the town of Lund in an environment rooted in academia while Jo (the other half) was raised in working class Eskilstuna with two deaf parents. While Felix’s path led quite naturally to a career as a professional producer in Stockholm, Jo made a leap of faith at age 15 moving herself to Stockholm to pursue music – all in the face of the sad reality that her parents would never hear her sing; her deepest passion.

Jo’s voice has a obvious innocence to it, as it breezes over sharp synths with sweeping, tropical melodies created by Felix.

Letting the art do the talking is the video for ‘Hang Us High’. It’s a stop motion video made by 3,000 images, shot over two days:

Sounds like: The Knife, OH Land, Chvrches, Shura, Madonna

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Dragonette – Let The Night Fall

Dragonette

Dragonette

Canadian synthpop band, Dragonette is back with new single, ‘Let The Night Fall’.

Noting similarities to their huge track ‘Hello’ with Martin Solveig, ‘Let the Night Fall’ has gleaming lead vocals that immediately jump out at you from their dance surroundings.

Listen below:

Tour dates:

2 July // Sumol Summer Fest in Ericeira, Portugal // Tickets
11 July // Summer Sensation Music Festival in Sylvan Lake, Canada // Tickets
19 July // Panamania in Toronto, Canada // FREE

Sounds like: Icona Pop, OH Land, Martin Solveig, Little Boots

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Millicent – Real

Millicent

Millicent

Millicent is a vibe pop project created by Colorado Springs musician, Emily Knurr.

Emily has played music in several different bands over the past few years, but Millicent sets itself apart by being the first project she’s self-produced and created from the ground up. Since the release of her first EP in September of 2013, Millicent has been consistently performing and has shared the stage with acts such as Oh Land and Broods.

‘Real’ is a mollifying track that offers comfort for her listeners.

She is currently working on a new EP with Denver producer, Charlie Fitz, which is expected to be released in August 2015.

Sounds like: Broods, OH Land, Years & Years, Evvy, Noosa, MØ, Monogem

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MYAMI – Soldier

MYAMI - Soldier

MYAMI – Soldier

Melbourne-based songstress MYAMI and electronic producer Wayfarer// have teamed up to create MYAMI’s debut single, ‘Soldier’.

Drawing inspiration from nostalgic roots of Mariah Carey, TLC and Destiny’s Child, the vocally-driven tracks are layered over ambient beats courtesy of Wayfarer//.

The track is available today and MYAMI’s debut EP, ‘Armour, is due for release later in 2015.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Susanne Sundfør, OH Land, Prinze George, LA+CH

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