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Upsahl – Can You Hear Me Now

Upsahl

Phoenix-native Upsahl shares progressive pop number, ‘Can You Hear Me Now’.

The track is hella catchy, thanks to Upsahl’s lush harmonies and the addition of continual wooden percussions.

It’s hard to believe this teenager already has three albums under her belt, but it’s practice well spent as she clearly knows what direction she needs to be heading in,

“I like to maintain powerful and complex lyrics that are relatable to a variety of situations. I like to write about relationships, politics, cultural issues. This song is a message to someone on the other end of a failed relationship. It’s the kind of relationship that has been dysfunctional for some time. I’ve watched so many women in my life stay in a relationship that they aren’t happy in, they settle.”

Sounds like: Dagny, Dominique, Feist, Regina Spektor

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Strong Asian Mothers – Don’t Know Why

Strong Asian Mothers

UK-based, friend-led band Strong Asian Mothers share their new single, ‘Don’t Know Why’, which once again sees the trio successfully blending electronic, hip hop and pop into danceable melodies.

It also gives us a real snippet into what to expect from their live shows as each of the members is “seen as an irreplaceable front man in their own right.”

They’ll be playing a round of festivals this summer, including Latitude this weekend.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club

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isle&fever – Keep Working

isle&fever

It’s been a while since we’ve written about some Los Angeles-based nu-disco.

Born from Echo Park, isle&fever are a duo who have a pretty simple way of recording music – “pass around vintage instruments and the mic until a vibe catches. Rinse, Repeat.” – and it appears this method is working as their last single reached number 1 on Hype Machine.

Their latest endeavour is called ‘Keep Working’ and it takes you on a jazz infused, sonic journey. Listen below.

Sounds like: Joe Goddard, Flight Facilities, Chromeo, Roosevelt, Phoenix, Goldroom

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Bad Wave – 1955

Bad Wave

A juxtaposing theme in Bad Wave‘s new single, ‘1955’; a “nostalgia for the future” if you will.

Much like the melodies within the song, ‘1955’ is split between the progression of the past and hope for the future with it’s echoey harmonies and rocky guitar riffs.

‘1955’ is out now via 10K Islands.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Death Cab for Cutie, GUSH, Hot Chip, The Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Ghost Beach

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Strong Asian Mothers – Animal

Strong Asian Mothers - Animal

Meet Strong Asian Mothers, your new favourite band of 2017.

Formed by London-based best friends, Amer, Kalim and Josh, these guys have been playing in bands for years, but it’s in Strong Asian Mothers where they have really come into their own.

Speaking on their new track, ‘Animal’, the guys say, “Animal began as a jam between Josh and Amer in a rehearsal. We added some elephant shrieks, a pack of cards being riffle-shuffled, the sound of us opening a can of fizzy pop and saying “Aaaah” then sprinkled some words on top and it became the juicy, bouncy fella it is today.”

It’s a blend of witty lyrics with agitated electronics and trip-hop-influenced pop sensibilities, and just enough rowdiness to encourage you to get up off your feet, but not to start throwing glass bottles.

‘Animal’ is the lead track from their new four track EP, out now.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club

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Dappled Cities – Stone Men

Dappled Cities

Dappled Cities

Let’s slow it right down in preparation for the upcoming weekend.

Cue Dappled Cities; a Sydney-based indie band creating warm synth sounds.

Their new track, ‘Stone Men’ takes us back in time with its light guitar strokes and airy vocals that remind us a little of Damon Alban. Joyous!

Expect their forthcoming and fifth studio album titled ‘Five’ (stylised as |||||), out on 5 May via Chugg Music.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Washed Out, Gorillaz, Daft Punk, Phoenix

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Ruby Empress – Escapism Deluxe

Ruby Empress

Ruby Empress

Meet Gothenburg-based band, Ruby Empress.

A refreshing entry to the current music scene of EDM and urban pop, the duo focus on electro-psyche-disco. You could call it an “Escapism Deluxe”.

The Meska directed video for said track follows a girl struggling with her lustful needs in varying different encounters with friends and strangers.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Phoenix

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Smallpools – Run With The Bulls

Smallpools by Dan Monick

Smallpools by Dan Monick

After a brief hiatus, US band Smallpools return with their first independent release; a frenetic video for ‘Run With The Bulls’.

Working with the track’s producer, Frederik Thaae (Atlas Genius, Saint Motel), for the bulk of their summer, it’s safe to say that Smallpools have definitely ramped things up a bit. Possibly a “so long!” to RCA Records, possibly not. Either way, it’s decent stuff!

Sounds like: The Bravery, Panic! At The Disco, Passion Pit, Phoenix, Matt & Kim

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GIRL FRIEND – Call Me If You’re Lonely

GIRL FRIEND

GIRL FRIEND

Hurray GIRL FRIEND are back with another killer floor filler!

‘Call Me If You’re Lonely’ is taken from their box of tales of nights out, chance romantic adventures and walking the hazy line between wasted-chic glamour and spectacular chaos.

Sounds like: Kid Astray, Fickle Friends, Pistol Shrimp, Swiss Lips, Passion Pit, Bastille, Phoenix

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Youngr – Too Keen

Youngr

Youngr

The talent that is Youngr follows up ‘Out Of My System‘ with another great track called ‘Too Keen’.

The video for ‘Too Keen’ showcases what fans can expect from Youngr live. It’s his first release on Island Records, and is about “a past relationship. Everyone can come off too keen sometimes. We have all been there!”

European Tour Dates

21.02: Cologne/YUCA
22.02: Berlin/ Prince Charles
24.02: Paris/Les Etoiles Theatre
25.02: Amsterdam/ Melkweg Theatre
27.02: Glasgow 02 ABC2 Glasgow
28.02: Manchester/ Deaf Institute
02.03: London/Oslo

Sounds like: Phoenix, Miike Snow, Flight Facilities

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