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Weekly Gems 30

High Hazels – Days Of No One

High Hazels

BBC 6 favourite, breezy indie band High Hazels share their new single ‘Days Of No One’.

Fighting an ever-losing battle of love and being lonely, lead singer James admits that despite the conflicting themes in their music, he is a fan of people; “Weirdly that’s why I think loneliness pops up in our music quite a lot, I suppose it’s more the fear of it.”

Sounds like: The Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane, Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Richard Hawley, The Coral, Beach House, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine

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Cape Cub – Come Around

Cape Cub

Creating honest, real and emotive music is Cape Cub‘s forte. It seems to be in his blood.

His new single – out today on LAB Records – is called ‘Come Around’ and is a highly thought-provoking song about losing a loved one.

Sounds like: Foals, Passenger, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Tep No, Brandon Flowers, Death Cab for Cutie, Temper Trap,

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Captain Kidd – Bleed

Captain Kidd

There is a bit of a Drake vibe going on in Captain Kidd‘s new single ‘Bleed’ and we are digging it.

A perfect blend of blissed-out, nostalgic indie with modern pop. Listen below.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS, SAMA

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Bishat – Unholy Romance

Bishat - Unholy Romance

Swedish alt-pop artist Bishat shares the intriguing ‘Unholy Romance’.

It has an intense and destructive undertone and was written in collaboration with producer Damian Ardestani (aka XOV) on a freezing day just outside of Stockholm.

Sounds like: The Weeknd, Robyn, LKA, Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, July Child, Nao, Lorde

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LMBO – Fake It


Classically trained multi-instrumentalist school friends and singer LMBO releases debut single ‘Fake It’.

Music to match a soundtrack, the melodies effortlessly tip toe between the light and dark.

Sounds like: Hellogoodbye, Owl City, Hotel Garuda

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Oliver Riot – Ivory Black

Oliver Riot

Oliver Riot

Oliver Riot is the project of Los Angeles-based busking twin brothers, Benjamin and Alexander Moore, originally from New Mexico.

Shortly following their move to Los Angeles, Oliver Riot took home first place in the Grammy’s annual “Rock The Mic Competition”, showcasing emerging California artists, and were awarded studio time with legendary producer, Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Metallica).

‘Ivory Black’ has been taken from their debut EP, ‘Hallucinate’, which has been produced in the back room of a Korean Church. Alexander lived in his van parked outside of the church while creating this record, and continues to do so while recording the duo’s next album.

Sounds like: Honne, James Vincent McMorrow, James Blake, Passenger, FØRTE

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Cape Cub – Closer

Cape Cub

Cape Cub

Some artists seem to wear their heart on their sleeves, and this in turn creates heartfelt and highly emotional music.

One such artist is UK-based Cape Cub (aka Chad Male), who uses his personal experiences and local landscape to make his music.

His cinematic new release, ‘Closer’, is the first song to be taken from his upcoming debut EP of the same name and is about the “fragility and the painful side of love, when you give your all and there seems to be nothing on the other side.”

UK Tour Dates

NEWCASTLE Newcastle Uni SU 23rd March*
GLASGOW QMU 24th March*
LEEDS Leeds Uni Stylus 25th March*
STOCKTON Stockton Calling 26th March
BRISTOL The Louisiana 28th March
MANCHESTER The Castle Hotel 29th March
LONDON The Waiting Room 30th March
LEEDS Live At Leeds 30th April
(*supporting Sunset Sons)

His debut EP, ‘Closer’, is out on 25th March.

Sounds like: Foals, Passenger, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Tep No, Brandon Flowers, Death Cab for Cutie, Temper Trap,

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BANNERS – Start A Riot



Following a signing to Island Records, it’s the return of Liverpool singer, BANNERS

The third track from his newly announced debut EP is ‘Start A Riot’, which can simply be described as heartfelt, organic, melodic pop.

BANNERS’s songs are almost all geographic in nature. “I tend to write based on the place I’m in and the context,” he says, adding that various cities and the sea are often his primary inspirations. “Water is wild and untamable and a true mystery. I always seem to come back to it.”

Listen below.

Sounds like: The Temper Trap, Dive In, Kid Astray, Keane, Passenger, Arcade Fire, Foxes, Zara Kershaw

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Mikky Ekko – Watch Me Rise

Mikky Ekko

Mikky Ekko

Fighting talk from Mikky Ekko with the release of the video for ‘Watch Me Rise; the latest single from his highly anticipated ‘Time’ album.

The colourful video features an 80’s adorned Mikky.

Pre-order ‘Time’ on iTunes now. It has been released via RCA Records.

Sounds like: Years & Years, Blonde Redhead, The Go! Team, Rudimental, Passenger

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