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Ronika – Marathon

Ronika

Ronika

Nottingham songstress Ronika is back with new track ‘Marathon’ and it’s a corker!

The self-written and produced ‘Marathon’ jumps straight into Ronika’s smooth Chaka Khan reverberating vocals and has a classic disco and soulful electronic vibe to it.

The song’s lyrics refer to that rush of energy you get when falling in love, and the high you get which makes you feel like you could do anything, like running a marathon.

Ronika’s ‘Marathon’ EP is her first new material since this summer’s acclaimed ‘Selectadisc’. The EP will be released on 1 December.

If you want to catch Ronika, she will be performing on 17 October at STFD‘s ‘The Summer After Party’ in Brixton, London. See below for more info and click for link to tickets!

STFD

STFD

Sounds like: Chaka Khan, Aeroplane, Breakbot, Ballet School, Ladyhawke, Color War, The Human League, Little Boots, Bananarama, Annie

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Indietronica’s Guide to The Great Escape Festival 2014

Our ones to watch at this year’s TGE:

LAUREL

Laurel

Laurel

Laurel is a 19 year old from London who writes tracks about lust and love. She already has an impressive backlog of songs just waiting to be released to the public.

Have a listen ‘To The Hills’.

7pm on Thursday 8 May at Komedia.

Sounds like: Soft as Snow, Broods, Tove Lo, Lorde, Lana Del Rey

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TOVE LO

Tove Lo

Tove Lo

Tove Lo (aka Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson) is Swedish singer/songwriter. The feisty popstar-in-the-making has already written for the likes of Girls Aloud and Icona Pop, but this time it will be her taking centre stage at TGE.

Tove Lo is on a mission to get noticed and there is no doubting she will.

Tove Lo’s debut EP ‘Truth Serum’ was released via Universal Music in March and can be purchased on iTunes.

8.30pm on Thursday 8 May at Komedia.

Sounds like: Laurel, Icona Pop, Indiana

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CHILDHOOD 

Childhood

Childhood

Childhood were originally a duo who formed at Nottingham University. They have an expansive sound that has gradually flourished since their initial bedroom-recording days. We are expecting good things from these guys.

Sounds like: Be Forest, HAERTS, Swim Deep, Metronomy

10pm on Thursday 8 May at The Haunt.

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PAWWS

Pawws

Pawws

Pawws (aka Lucy Taylor) is a singer/songwriter from North London. She is classically trained on the flute and piano, but has branched into a more pop/electronic sound following tours with Kele Okereke and MGMT.

‘Give You Love’ is taken from her forthcoming debut EP ‘Sugar’.

9.15pm on Thursday 8 May at Komedia.

Sounds like: MSMR, RAC, Goldroom, MGMT, Daft Punk, Annie, Robyn

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ALL WE ARE

All We Are

All We Are

Years & Years count themselves as big fans of All We Are.

Rich, Guro and Luis originate from Norway, Ireland and Brazil and describe themselves as ‘Bee Gees on diazepam’.

8.30 pm on Saturday 10 May at The Haunt.

Sounds like: Stealing Sheep, Be Forest, Amason, Sir Sly, Years & Years, Warpaint, Frank Ocean, Metronomy, TV On The Radio, OutKast, Bon Iver, Broken Social Scene, Toro Y Moi

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EYEDRESS

Eyedress

Eyedress

Idris Vicuña is Eyedress. The 23-year-old Filipino largely conducts meetings from his bedroom in his parent’s house, where he makes his music as well. His music has a Nordic-sounding sadness to it, yet twinkles with hazy optimism.

9.15 pm on Saturday 10 May at The Haunt

Sounds like: I BREAK HORSES, Death Rattle, Soft as Snow, The Chain Gang of 1974

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JUNGLE

Jungle

Jungle

The music by soul collective Jungle has been bubbling away at the surface for some time now. With a pinch of Gorillaz-esque bass lines and sexy lyrics, these guys are definitely going to give Rudimental a run for their money. Expect to hear them on an advert near you very soon.

10pm on Saturday 10 May at The Haunt.

Sounds like: Rudimental, Disclosure, Le Youth, Clean Bandit, Gorillaz

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Y.O.U

Y.O.U.

Y.O.U.

Y.O.U (Your Own Universe) (aka Elliott Williams) has worked with Tigersushi owner, Joakim Bouaziz. Think 80s synth pop, nu disco, and house, with a nod to the legendary ‘French Touch’. This eclectic, forward thinking approach has placed Y.O.U in an esteemed class of artists, with Elliot’s ethos mirroring that of Tigersushi’s varied roster.

10pm on Friday 9 May at Blind Tiger.

Matt & Kim, Passion Pit, Miike Snow, Years & Years, Phoenix, GUSH, Holy Ghost!

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PHANTOGRAM

Phantogram

Indietronica wrote about ‘Fall in Love’ by duo Phantogram back in December.

‘Fall in Love’ is a powerful, heavy, track, with bass-driven pulsating sounds, and crunching synths reminiscent of Sleigh Bells. The drums are at times heading down a hip-hop route, all while Sarah Barthel’s vocals drive the melody, pulling the layered sounds together in this really cool track.

9.45pm on Friday 9 May at Digital.

Sounds like; Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric, Sleigh Bells, Charli XCX

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AMBER RUN

There is some good music coming out of Nottingham lately. Amber Run are a Nottingham five-piece with a true talent to whip up indie anthems.

7pm on Thursday 8 May at Concorde 2.
2.30pm on Friday 9 May at Above Audio.

Sounds like: Young Kato, Two Door Cinema Club, Bastille, The 1975, Foals

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GHOST BEACH

Ghost Beach

Ghost Beach

We love a bit of tropitronica at Indietronica and Josh and Eric of NY-based synth pop duo Ghost Beach are no exception. Combing 80’s synth pop and 70’s disco vibes to create ultimate feel good tracks.

We aren’t expecting a visit from Noosa to this year’s TGE, but ‘Close Enough’ is just so catchy, it had to be included.

10pm on Friday 9 May at The Green Door Store.

Sounds like: Passion Pit, July Child, Noosa, Goyte, ASTR, The Knocks, Holy Ghost!, Smallpools, Goldroom, Oliver Nelson

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ULLA NOVA

Ulla Nova

Ulla Nova

Meet diverse London songstress, Ulla Nova.

From the get go, her debut track, ‘Kid From London’, fuses electro pop and hip hop beats, complete with cute snippets of chanson.

This London kid is tipped for big things.

10pm on Saturday 10 May at Sticky Mikes Frog Bar.

Sounds like: M.I.A, Iggy Azalea, Say Lou Lou, Lorde, CHVRCHES

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KIESZA

Kiesza

Kiesza

Shortly before the garage trend of the late 90s, the UK’s vice was house (acid house, deep house…you name it the UK loved it).

Kiesza is originally from Calgary, but is now based in NYC. The 25-year old started as a ballerina in her teens before joining the Canadian Navy. Training to be a sniper, she made the dramatic switch to music.

11pm on Friday 9 May at The Warren.
1.15am on Saturday 10 May at Brighton Coalition.

Sounds like: Disclosure, Aluna George

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WILD BEASTS 

Wild Beasts

With the distinctive falsetto voice of Hayden Thorpe loved and hated by all, Wild Beasts‘ songwriting abilities are unquestionably brilliant.

We are looking forward to watching these guys.

9.45pm on Friday 9 May at the Brighton Dome.

Sounds like; Foals, Antony & the Johnsons, Twin Shadow, Dutch Uncles

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SALT ASHES

Salt Ashes is 22 year old Veiga Sanchez. The Brighton-based dark electronica songstress cites influences from Kate Bush to Daft Punk.

11.30pm on Saturday 10 May at Brighthelm.

Sounds like: Daft Punk, Le Youth, M.I.A, Kavinsky, Kate Bush, Ghost Beach, Ronika, Kylie, Depeche Mode

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BALLET SCHOOL

Ballet School

Ballet School

Berlin-based Ballet School is Irish Rosie Blair on vocals/guitar, Japanese-Brazilian Michel Collet on lead guitar and Louis McGuire on drums.

Blair and Collet met two years ago in Berlin when Blair heard Collet playing his guitar in the U-bahn. Sharing their love of the Cocteau-Twins, she immediately asked him to form a band. In 2012 they began collaborating with McGuire.

With a mélange of 80’s pop and R’N’B at the forefront of the band’s agenda, their tracks provide a meditative driving beat of pop at it’s best and showcases both Irish and Japanese influences.

8.15pm on Thursday 8 May at Brighton Coalition.
12.30pm on Thursday 8 May at The Green Door Store.
3.30pm on Friday 9 May at The Green Door Store.

Sounds like: Cocteau-Twins, The Cure, I BREAK HORSES, The Naked and Famous, Blondie, Claire, BLSHS, Kavinsky, Madonna, Robyn, Ronika, BLSHS

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BROLIN

Brolin

Brolin

Brolin is a UK-based vocalist, songwriter, producer and remixer. To date, he has remained pretty anonymous simply stating on his Soundcloud page; “I am a bedroom producer, self-taught, self-analysing, into beats, space, and melody”.

We are looking forward to watching him play.

3.15pm on Friday 9 May at Komedia.

Sounds like: Rainer, H A R T E B E E S T, Kaleida

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TDeL2 – Fearless Youth

TDeL2

TDeL2

TDeL2 is the musical project of Tony DeLuca.

Based out of Omaha, Nebraska, Tony DeLuca creates complex, emotionally-driven songs that incorporate both acoustic and electronic elements.

Tony has had music in his life from a young age, beginning with piano lessons at age 5. At age 10, Tony’s parents gave him a Yamaha F-310 acoustic guitar for Christmas. Tony started teaching himself how to play basic chords and this keen knack for playing music developed further into learning how to play drums and bass.

His debut single ‘Fearless Youth’ showcases a juxtaposition between melancholic lyrics about a summer lost, with upbeat futuristic electronic twists and turns. Have a listen and join the cinematic journey from start to finish.

The track was released on 13 September. Both the single and his upcoming debt album, ‘Barnegat’, were recorded, mixed, and produced by Tony in 2013 at his home studio and were mastered by Shawn Hatfield of California-based Audible Oddities (Natasha Bedingfield, Shakira, Helios, ESKMO, Mike Taylor, The Innocence Mission). The album is heavily instrumental, with occasional lyrical interludes.

Indietronica had a little chat with Tony about life in Nebraska and his music.

1. The name, TDeL2, is a derivative of your actual name, but why the 2?
I wish there was a great story to tell here, but there isn’t.  I’m named after my Grandfather, so my full name is Anthony DeLuca II.  The name really came about without much thought.  I had written a few demo tracks, and as I was signing up to post them on SoundCloud. I needed a username, so I typed in TDeL2 and moved on.  I never really intended for TDeL2 to be the long-term name, but Monkey Records liked it, and so we decided to stick with it.

2. You are from Nebraska. Is there a good music scene there?
I’m originally from Wisconsin, so that’s my true “home”.  But I live in Nebraska now.  People hear Nebraska and a thriving music scene is probably the last thing they consider.  But Omaha is a really vibrant, very metropolitan city.  The music scene, particularly the indie rock scene, is great.  Saddle Creek Records is based here, there are several great music venues, and a good number of well-known bands call Omaha home; Bright Eyes, The Faint, 311, The Mynabirds and Cursive to name a few.  But beyond that, there seems to be great local music turning up on a regular basis, which is good to see – it’s what keeps the city’s music scene going.  Within the last 5 years or so MAHA Festival has been gaining traction; they brought in a really solid lineup this past summer, and the city really seems to be getting behind it, so hopefully the festival continues to grow.   It’s not difficult at all to catch good music and inspiration in Omaha.

3. How would you describe your sound?
I’ve struggled to describe it to people.  My musical tastes sort of span the spectrum.  I really like indie folk music and indie rock, but I’ve always been intrigued by electronic artists that produce pure, clean-sounding music.  So bands that make acoustic-based music which blends in new technology and sounds is something that really stands out to me.  A group that comes to mind is Paper Route.  So I’ve sort of taken all my musical interests, thrown them in a blender, and tried to make music out of it.  Almost all of my songs start out on acoustic guitar or piano, and then I run with the idea, and they usually end up sounding more electronic than not.

4. What instruments do you play and what equipment do you use?
I play piano, guitar, and drums.  And a little bit of bass guitar.   Keyboards are Roland and M-Audio.  I play Yamaha acoustic guitars, and mostly a Fender Strat and Jazzmaster through a Vox Valvetronix for electric.  For pedals, I use a Digitech multi-effects and a JamMan looper, as well as TC Helicon vocal pedals.   I live in the city, and don’t want my neighbors to hate me, so my drums are played on Roland V-drums.   DAW-wise I use Logic X and an old Macbook Pro for production and mixing.

5. Tell us a bit about your debut single; ‘Fearless Youth’.
‘Fearless Youth’ is a track I wrote when I was living down in Missouri.  My wife and I moved down there for a two year period for work, and we really didn’t know many people there, so I had a lot of time to come up with new music.  This song was written at the beginning of the year, and it was miserable outside and had been for a few days.  Cold, rainy, just gloomy.  I wanted summer to return badly, and the song sort of reflects that.  The upbeat, carefree nature of the song and positive vibe reminded me of summer.  So Fearless Youth was, in a way, my mid-winter therapy; a sort of holdover until warmer weather returned.

6. You made a video for ‘Fearless Youth’. Tell us a little about that.
The idea of filming a video came about quickly, and I have a friend who is a filmmaker.  He drove up for a weekend and we tossed around some different ideas.  Initially, we were going to film it in an urban setting, but decided the tone of the song better suited some natural scenery.  The video is a little abstract, but we tried to tell a story with it.  It’s basically two people who are having the same dream, and they end up crossing paths in the middle of some beautiful Midwestern forest.

7. Take us through a journey of your album, which is released in November.
Probably 2/3 of the album was written while I was living in Missouri.  I had been playing drums for an indie rock band down there.   I reached a point where I knew I would be leaving Missouri soon, and wouldn’t be able to play in the band long-term,  and I really wanted to start playing around with different sounds.   So I started writing songs at home and eventually left the band to focus on writing my own music.  I bunkered down in a 10×11 spare bedroom, with all my gear crammed in it, and started writing songs on the weekends.  My songs almost always started out on piano or looping an acoustic guitar, and then I would build on them from there.  The album goes in a few different sonic directions.  There are tracks that are more subtle, ambient songs, some more upbeat electronic songs and others that are more sturdy indie rock tracks that draw on some post-rock influence.  The entire album has electronic influences and undertones, though.  I’m happy with the way it turned out, and with the different influences hopefully it will resonate with a wide audience.

8. Will you be touring at all?
I have a “day” job, so at the moment I don’t have a tour set up as my weekdays are taken up.  But that is something I have definitely considered and if I can make it happen, the label and I would love to organize some sort of tour.  I’d love to do that.

9. We love discovering new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to at the moment?
Oh man, there is way too much good music out there, but I’ve really been enjoying the London EP by Banks.

10. If you could have anyone remix your music, who would it be?
Probably Flume.  It’s rare that I dislike one of his remixes.  Oliver Nelson has also been releasing some very good remixes lately.

‘Barnegat’ has an expected release date of 1 November 2013 via Monkey Records, but it is available for pre-order on iTunes now!

Sounds like: Röyksopp, Jose Gonzalez, M83

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