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Weekly Gems 21

Katherine Evans – Take It Slow

Katherine Evans

Meet 22 year old Katherine Evans. It says on her SoundCloud page that she likes to sing and sleep. We are not sure about her knack of sleeping, but she sings a damn good song!

With plenty of awards under her belt, she is far from taking it slow, unlike her new single, which is about capturing a fleeting and reckless moment.

It’s out now via Afromartian, an indie record label based in Italy.

Sounds like: Dominique, Billie Eilish

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Jarami – Hear This

Jarami

Dynamic Swedish production duo Jarami share the cool new video for ‘Hear This’.

It features a children’s choir singing and dancing alongside a perfect slice of percussive, psychedelic funk with bass heavy tones.

Sounds like: Day Fly, Amber Mark, Everything is Recorded, Love Ssega, Frank Ocean

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Teflon Sega – NEØN

Teflon Sega

Enigmatic singer Teflon Sega is right on point in the modern music scene having wracked up high numbers of streams on Spotify with his previous releases, and we are sure ‘NEØN’ will do just as well.

The track perfectly highlights Teflon Sega’s magnificent range of sultry lows and stirring highs. Listen below.

It’s out now via Majestic Casual.

Sounds like: The Weeknd

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Louis Futon – Restless Sea Feat. Opia

Louis Futon

Louis Futon is bringing the funk with new single, ‘Restless Sea’, featuring rising duo Opia.

Quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, Louis Futon flies high on the track with his buzzy production methods and soft melodic touches.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Gallant, ODESZA, Louis The Child

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Vera – Nobody Else

Vera

Standing firmly on his own two feet is the young Copenhagen-based Vera (aka William Asingh).

His latest single, ‘Nobody Else’, was a collaborative effort with Off Bloom, and is influenced by the Caribbean novel ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys, which is about a landowner’s Jamaican wife who is locked up in an attic for allegedly being mad.

The ‘Good Job – No Conversation’ EP is released on 8 December through Ultra Records/Ministry of Sound.

Sounds like: Banks, Off Bloom, Soleima, MØ, Liss

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FKL – 1-800

FKL

FKL is an experimental London/Seattle-based duo comprised of Joe Gillick and Sage Redman.

We’ve not heard anything like this in a long time, and can’t quite pinpoint their sound, which we think is a great thing!

So…pick up the phone, dial ‘1-800’ and order some sweet, trippy beats blended with highly seductive vocals.

Sounds like: The xx

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Sacre – Stereo Feat. Dopize

Sacre

Sacre are hitting some serious Drake vibes with their new single ‘Stereo’.

It’s not the usual sound we hear from the French duo, but we kind of like it. The contrast between the classic electro vocals works well with the addition of rising French artist, rapper Dopize.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Chela, Miami Horror, Autograf, The Knocks, Cut Copy

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Year of the Brother – Slow One

Year Of The Brother

Finally, we have the brilliant new indie-pop trio from Portland called Year of the Brother.

We are particularly excited about these guys as they seem to have something special about them. Perhaps it’s the soaring, yet delicate production? Perhaps it’s the on-point falsettos? Or perhaps it’s the enticing lyrics? You decide.

The ‘Filling Empty Pools’ EP is out now.

Sounds like: Kyko, Will Joseph Cook, Owl City

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Flor – Unsaid (Instant Karma Remix)

Instant Karma

Instant Karma

Female DJ duo Instant Karma have reworked the gorgeous ‘Unsaid’ by Flor.

Both Instant Karma and Flor reside in Los Angeles, which may explain why it is such a match made in heaven. With Flor’s dream-like vocals and Instant Karma’s progressive flare, this is a remix worth writing about.

Head over to Instant Karma’s Soundcloud page for a free download of the remix.

Sounds like: Goldroom, RAC, Gryffin, Le Youth, Hotel Garuda, Owl City, Death Cab for Cutie, Still Corners, Chrvches, Hello Goodbye, Sleep Lust, Of Monsters and Men, Mew, For Esmé

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FLOR – Let Me In

FLOR by Jade Ehlers

FLOR by Jade Ehlers

Staying on track with straightforward indie pop, Los-Angeles based FLOR returns with another bubbly number, ‘Let Me In’.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, Owl City, Death Cab for Cutie, Still Corners, Chrvches, Hello Goodbye, Sleep Lust, Of Monsters and Men, Mew, For Esmé

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The Japanese House – Clean

The Japanese House by Dave Ma

The Japanese House by Dave Ma

The Japanese House is19 year-old Londoner, Amber Bain.

Remember the feeling you had when you first heard Imogen Heap’s ‘Hide and Seek’? The Japanese House has managed to recreate that same feeling with ‘Clean’.

Having worked on ‘Clean’ with George Daniel and Matthew Healy of The 1975, the track sees The Japanese House expand on the ascending, melancholic electronica showed in previous tracks.

The video for ‘Clean’ contains filtered snapshots of lives, further highlighting her unique and hazy sound.

‘Clean’ is the title track of The Japanese House’s forthcoming EP, which is out on 6 November 2015 via Dirty Hit Records. Pre-order now on iTunes.

October tour dates:

4 – Oxford – The Bullingdon
5 – Bristol – Louisiana
6 – Southampton – Joiners
7 – Brighton – Bleach
9 – Manchester – Fallow Cafe (sold-out)
10 – Glasgow – Nice N Sleazy
11 – Leeds – Oporto
12 – Nottingham – Bodega
13 – Birmingham – Sunflower Lounge
15 – London – Barfly (sold-out)

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, The 1975, Crozet, Owl City, Ben Khan

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Flor – Warm Blood

FLOR by Jade Ehlers

FLOR by Jade Ehlers

The beautiful FLOR is the musical brain child of several writer / producers, originally from Oregon but now residing in Los Angeles.

FLOR is also an aesthetic style, created by the band as an Instagram visual art project. Their Instagram page features 3D, quick-cut renderings of simple moving images, set to soundscapes from the band’s music.

‘Warm Blood’ is the second in a series on monthly singles, following ‘Unsaid’, which was released in May. We can’t wait for July’s single.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, Owl City, Death Cab for Cutie, Still Corners, Chrvches, Hello Goodbye, Sleep Lust

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An Indietronica Collaboration With Indieverse

An Indietronica first! A collaboration with Indieverse.

Indieverse has kindly set up a mixtape of 10 hot indietronica tunes for you to listen to at your heart’s content. Here’s a lowdown on each track:

1. The Chain Gang of 1974 – ‘Miko’

The Chain Gang of 1974

The Chain Gang of 1974

The Chain Gang of 1974 is an indietronica project that is the moniker of L.A. based, multi-instrumentalist and DJ Kamtin Mohage.

His track, ‘Miko’ initially has a reflective and heartfelt melody similar to a production that would be displayed by The Postal Service, but it quickly and frantically switches up a notch with a darker and punchier beat.

His upcoming LP is due for release next year.

Sounds like: The Postal Service

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2. Mons Montis – ‘Swept’

Mons Montis

Mons Montis

Mons Montis are Viktor Paulsrud, Herman Båverud Olsson and Julia Hjertström. Forming the band was a 2013 summer project that they decided to share with their friends and families via Soundcloud.

Read more on the track here.

Sounds like: College

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3. The Weeknd – ‘The Party’ (Chi Duly Remix)

The Weeknd

The Weeknd

Slightly more R&B based now.

Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) has been dubbed ‘the songbird of our generation’, despite breaking some of the most accepted rules in the music industry.

The Chi Duly remix of ‘The Party’ has a more energetic feel, without disguising Tesfaye’s smooth vocals.

Sounds like: James Blake, Alex Clare, Jamie Woon, Josef Salvat, SOHN, Gent Mason

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4. Lina Fouro – ‘Bang Bang Baby’

Lina Fouro

Lina Fouro

Lina Fouro is a street smart Afghan-Canadian singer. Her super catchy track, ‘Bang Bang Baby’ is expected to be on her upcoming album ‘The Love Cycle’, which explores the highs and lows of love.

‘Bang Bang Baby’ sounds like it has been produced in Ibiza, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another Balearic-sounding summer hit from an artist across the pond because 1 minute in, ‘Bang Bang Baby’ is flipped on its head and turns into a molten of dubstep inspired bass.

Sounds like: Lady Gaga, Madonna

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5. The New Division – ‘Pride’

The New Division

The New Division

‘Pride’ is the first track on the The New Division‘s four-song digital EP ‘Night Escape’, which is out now on The New Division’s own label, Division 87 Records.

The track immediately engulfs us with weightless and dreamy synths. Then John Kunkel’s vocals start and we are immediately grounded. Close your eyes and imagine a love story unravel just like in an 80’s movie.

Sounds like: New Order, Depeche Mode, Suzuki Method, Delphic, Joy Division

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6. KYLIAN – ‘Remind Me’

KYLIAN

KYLIAN

Violin-trained Emily Holden (aka KYLIAN) has impressed us with her classical twist on electronica. Her first ballad is subtle, yet it gives us a snippet of what is to come from the singer. The primitive synths and towering drums definitely intrigue us.

Sounds like: Death Rattle, OH Land, College, I BREAK HORSES, Us Baby Bear Bones

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7. Futurecop! – ‘Living in a Daydream’

Futurecop!

Futurecop!

British Futurecop! are full impact, disney-loaded electronica. Growing up together, the nostalgic Futurecop! boys, Manzur Iqbal and Peter Carrol, listened to punk pop, but always had an interest in 80’s and early 90’s pop culture.

‘Living in a Daydream’ is no exception with its emo nostalgia.

Sounds like: KAVINSKY, Justice, Daft Punk, Owl City, Hellogoodbye

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8. Stop Drop Robot – ‘Sugar Weep’

Stop Drop Robot

Stop Drop Robot

Stop Drop Robot are an electronic rock band from Sheffield. The band are yet to be signed, but are known for their impressive live shows.

Their track ‘Sugar Weep’ is guitar heavy with echoey vocals and a touch of synths.

Sounds like: Suzuki Method

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9. Cosmonaut Grechko – ‘Singin” (feat. Joywave)

Cosmonaut Grechko

Cosmonaut Grechko

Cosmonaut Grechko is Russian electro wunderkind. His track, ‘Singin” serves up superb synth and pop electro. Grechko constantly mixes the track up so that it doesn’t get tiring. We want more from Greschko!

Sounds like: Joywave, RAC, Cut Copy, Owl City, ROOSEVELT, Goldroom

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10. No Doubt – ‘Don’t Speak’ (cover by Computer Magic)

Computer Magic

Computer Magic

Computer Magic are Brooklyn-based Danielle Johnson (vocals, keyboards), James Morley (guitar), Justin Coles (bass), and Chris Egan (drums).

Sci-fi obsessed Johnson’s vocals are logical and delicate.

For a bit more of an idea about the band, have a listen and a free download of their awesome track ‘Time to Decide’:

As far as we know, there have been no official releases yet.

Sounds like: No Doubt, OH Land, Still Corners, MGMT, Best Coast

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The mixtape is available for free download here, but hurry it’s only limited to 200 downloads a month!

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