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Weekly SubmitHub Gems 3

Back Talk – Nothing New (Feat. The Fame Riot)

Back Talk - Nothing New (Feat. The Fame Riot)

Los Angeles/Seattle group Back Talk blast out new banger, ‘Nothing New’ featuring The Fame Riot.

‘Nothing New’ offers up fighting lyrics smothered in modern production. Listen below.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Odesza, Louis The Child

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TWINKIDS – Body Wonder

TWINKIDS

TWINKIDS drop ‘Body Wonder’.

It’s a brooding number with elegant pieces of soulful vocals, unexpected harmonies and spare percussion written about how all-consuming love is.

‘Body Wonder’ is out now on Om Records.

Sounds like: Talos, Tame Impala, Oli Hannaford, Boxed In

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Ruben Young – Bad Habits

Ruben Young - Bad Habits

Rising Canadian R&B artist Ruben Young shares the ever so smooth ‘Bad Habits’.

Speaking of the single, Ruben says,

“I wrote it in the fall of 2015, following my “relapse” for a girl I’d been chasing since I was 16 years old. She’s never been good for me, and I’ve known it all along. We kept our ‘relationship’ a secret, and it became more of an affair. She was my forbidden secret – my bad habit. 7 years later, it all came crashing down. I think everyone’s guilty of falling for someone who they couldn’t get over; even though they knew they needed to. For me, she was dangerous, and I loved that about her.”

Sounds like: John Legend

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Tyzo Bloom – Before U Go (feat. Lauren Marie)

Tyzo Bloom

Tyzo Bloom is the brainchild of Los Angeles producer/songwriter, Casey Chen.

He writes progressive music that combines contemporary production, melodic tones and delightful vocals (this time, courtesy of Lauren Marie).

Sounds like: Sylvan Esso, Mura Masa, Ella Vos, Odesza

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Sub-Radio – Was It Good For You

Sub-Radio

DIY band Sub-Radio create uplifting music with a raw edge.

‘Was It Good For You’ creates a feeling of disorder as soon as you listen to it, but this isn’t a bad thing when the falsetto vocals are as good as this!

Sounds like: Smallpools, Young The Giant

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Ricky Remedy x JOHN.k – Gold

Ricky Remedy x JOHN.k - Gold

Introducing JOHN.k, an Orlando-based singer-songwriter who effortless perspires soul.

He has teamed up with Mad Decent-signed and Grammy Award winning producer Ricky Remedy for a new collaborative single, ‘Gold’, in which Ricky brings some serious, crisp production skills to the table.

Sounds like: MNEK, Gorgon City, The Weeknd

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Weekly SubmitHub Gems 1

We receive a huge amount of submissions via SubmitHub, and unfortunately cannot review all of the tracks, so we have decided to compile those tracks into a weekly segment of gems we’ve particularly enjoyed.

Dream Lake – Midnight Sun

Dream Lake

Swedish electro-pop duo Dream Lake share the dreamy ‘Midnight Sun’.

This song perfectly encapsulates the airy, long days of light during the summer in Sweden, with dreamy vocals and romantic keys.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Beach House, M83

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Vanguards – Rosie & The Blackheart

Vanguards

Vanguards are a indie pop focused four-piece from Brighton.

‘Rosie & The Blackheart’ is a bittersweet love song that echoes 80’s guitar legends. The track was recorded live and produced by Steve Harris (Kodaline, Dave Matthews, Kaiser Chiefs).

Sounds like: INXS, Kings Of Leon, The 1975, Kodaline

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Tigers and Thieves – Change Your Mind

Tigers and Thieves

US-based Tigers and Thieves share ‘Change Your Mind’, an indie rock track that has all the markings of a hit, despite being recorded in their garage studio. It’s been mixed by Brian McTear (The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives).

Sounds like: Local Natives, Foster the People, The Neighbourhood, alt-J, Surfer Blood, The Temper Trap, Nick Mulvey

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Gold Fir – Night Walk

Gold Fir - Night Walk

Despite what the name suggests, London duo Gold Fir (aka James and Mabel) play funky tracks for our immediate pleasure, day or night.

Their music is full of sass n soul, and is definitely bold.

Sounds like: Madonna, Little Dragon, Goldfrapp

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Someone – Say Something

Someone

Songstress, Someone is shaking off her cutesy appeal with a more earthy sound on ‘Say Something’.

Jangling beats sway nicely alongside upbeat guitar riffs and catchy vocal leads.

Sounds like: Few Bits, Bryde

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ALKE – Without You

ALKE

Los Angeles-based pop duo ALKE release ‘Without You’.

There is no denying the obvious chemistry shown between Jameson Flood (production, guitar, keys) and AK Karrasch (vocals) on the track as it explores love versus independence.

Sounds like: Monogem, Phantogram, Shura

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Vox Eagle – Sweet Temptations

Vox Eagle

Australian/US duo Vox Eagle share the glistening ‘Sweet Temptations’.

It’s a song about late nights out on the town and those sweet temptations that you may (or may not) encounter.

Expect their EP to arrive next week.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Joe Goddard, Roosevelt, Goldroom, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem

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DVWEZ – Giving Into Us

DVWEZ

DVWEZ (pronounced “Dames”) is making a stand for independence, all the while giving into strong desires.

Lush R&B melodies breathe over unique alt-electro soundscapes in ‘Giving Into Us’.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, Aaliyah

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Saro – Eyelids

Saro

Newcomer Saro continues to produce dark pop music.

His new track ‘Eyelids’ is delicately produced with its brooding falsetto vocals and a soft touch of melancholy.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Jack Garratt, Draper, Clean Bandit, Years & Years

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G.Smith – X

G.Smith by Bobby Bruderle

Los Angeles-based artist G.Smith shares her intriguing new single, ‘X’.

Her unique take on production methods (including the use of a washing machine) has led to a sound that borders on grunge and electro pop.

Sounds like: Phantogram, The Japanese House, Imogen Heap, Kate Boy

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TOLMAN – Chaperone

TOLMAN

TOLMAN

Musicians, Brittany and Andrew Tolman, met in college. They soon formed a jazz band, but their relationship went further than jazz music.

After marrying, the duo performed with the band, Imagine Dragons, but sometimes less is more, and the couple decided to work on their very own, intimate project, aptly going by the name of TOLMAN.

TOLMAN have shared ‘Chaperone’; a track that effortlessly combines retro synths and lush vocals.

Of the track, Brittany explains,

“‘Chaperone’ is about being independent and recognizing your own worth, even when somebody else can’t. One afternoon, we had an intense conference call and I stuck up for myself and it felt really empowering. We were both fired up and needed a way to express our frustration so we immediately went to our Moog synthesizer and wrote the song’s bass line and chorus vocals. It was very cathartic.”

Sounds like: Monogem, Scavenger Hunt, Phantogram, Broods, Imagine Dragons, Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit

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RAINDEAR – Party’s Over

Raindear

Raindear

For those of us over 25, this Swedish songstress is here to tell you that the party is definitely not over, despite what her new track might suggest.

Raindear is back with a well-crafted, self-produced, piece of synth pop called ‘Party’s Over’.

Listen below.

Raindear plays Club NME at KOKO on 12 August.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Ballet School, Kate Boy, Lykke Li, Phantogram, Santigold, SBTRKT, CSS

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Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram return fighting with the Grant Singer-directed video for ‘You Don’t Get Me High Anymore’, which is both gritty and animalistic.

Sweet bridges are soon smashed out of the sea by Sarah Barthel’s killer vocals, as she expresses feelings of loneliness amongst the Bombay Beach setting.

It’s taken from their upcoming album, ‘Three’.

Sounds like: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric, Sleigh Bells, Charli XCX, ASTR

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BLAJK – Lethal

BLAJK by Jeffrey Ayres

BLAJK by Jeffrey Ayres

Toronto band BLAJK, return with ‘Lethal’, another well put together offering from the four piece.

Of the track, the band say,

“Lethal is a song about a tarnished yet lustful relationship that has kept you going back and forth over time. Constantly yearning for the person while fully aware that reconnecting only leads to trouble and unhappiness. It’s about indulging in the guilty pleasure that is this person and living with the consequences.”

Sounds like: The Neighbourhood, Phantogram, The 1975, MOTHXR, LANY, Young Empires, Banners, KAPTAN

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AJÁ ROSE – Paradise Blue

AJÁ ROSE

AJÁ ROSE

AJÁ ROSE is an Los Angeles-based singer/drummer duo.

We know very little about the couple, only that their forthcoming EP is coming out this summer, and has been produced by Jason Suwito of Sir Sly.

Their debut, ‘Paradise Blue’ combines celestial vocals, invigorating synths and rhythmic drums. We can’t wait to hear more.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Monogem, VÉRITÉ, Prinze George, Sleigh Bells

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Interview: Raindear

Raindear

Raindear

Soon to be the name of everyone’s lips, we caught up with Raindear; the musical project of Swedish artist, Rebecca Bergcrantz.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Raindear and how you got into music.

Raindear is the umbrella term for my musical little universe and it consists of songs written, produced and sung mostly by myself. I got into music when I was born as my parents are both musicians and involved me in their projects right away. However I got in to the electronic scene maybe five years ago when I lived in London.

You’ve previously mentioned that you’re not a huge fan of the Swedish music scene. Tell us more!

It’s not that I don’t respect what’s coming out of here and I’m generalising big time when I talk about it. I just sometimes think there are a lot of predictable pop here, it can be very generic and “inside the box”. BUT there are some exceptions for sure. I love and respect some stuff! Niki and the Dove are always great, among a lot of others.

Describe your sound in three words.

Psychedelic, angelic, apocalyptic.

You are playing London in August. What can fans expect from a Raindear show?

You can expect an intense set with harmonies, beats and heavy bass.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I have a lot of world music influences. I’m a huge fan of world music. And I make music by a jazz philosophy.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

I don’t listen to anything brand new at the moment but the best advice I have is that everyone should listen to Ott, he’s a demon! He released an album last year and it’s completely insane.

Raindear is offering a free download of her tribute cover to Prince. How lovely!

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Thandi, Ballet School, Kate Boy, Lykke Li, Phantogram, Santigold, SBTRKT, CSS, Grace Lightman

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Premiere: Rococode – Hunter Gather

ROCOCODE by Lynol Lui

ROCOCODE by Lynol Lui

Vancouver-based indietronica girl/boy duo, Rococode premiere the video for ‘Hunter Gather’ with Indietronica.

The track offers up driving synths and off kilter harmonies, whilst the video for ‘Hunter Gather’ has a mysterious, sexy vibe that tells a completely unexpected story.

The track has been taken from their album, ‘Don’t Worry It Will Be Dark Soon’, which features works with producers Caleb Shreve (Phantogram, Bear Hands) from New York and Ted Gowans (Tegan and Sara, Fences) from Los Angeles.

North American Tour Dates
May 12 | Cleveland, OH | The Red Space
May 13 | Pittsburgh, PA | Club Café
May 14 | Des Moines, IA | Vaudeville Mews
May 15 | Kansas City, MO | Riot Room
May 19 | Englewood, CO | Moe’s Original BBQ
July 15 | Portland, OR | White Eagle
July 18 | San Diego, CA | Soda Bar
July 20 | Los Angeles, CA | Hotel Café/Second Stage
July 21 | Oakland, CA | The New Parish – Popscene w/ Phoebe Ryan
July 23 | Seattle, WA | Funhouse

Sounds like: Phantogram, Little Boots, Pumarosa

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