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Amy Milner – Easier

Amy Milner

Amy Milner

British singing talent, Amy Milner, always sings with great intention.

‘Easier’ is a perfect example of this.

As Amy describes, ‘Easier’ is an “all consuming” track, which makes the listener want to stand up and fight for a positive change.

Sounds like: Amy MacDonald, London Grammar, Rae Morris, Lucy Rose, Laurel, Gabrielle Aplin, Soak

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RAINE – My Dreams

RAINE

RAINE

Nature lover, RAINE, shares ‘My Dreams’.

‘My Dreams’ reminds us a little of 90’s pop with its soft guitar riffs and eloquent piano keys.

Of the track, RAINE explains,

“My Dreams is about a dream I had of a woman who came to me and told me exactly who I was going to be. It was the most beautiful feeling – like meeting your ideal self and knowing what life would be like without doubt or fear for the future.”

“I believe dreams come from our subconscious, so it’s almost like I can’t take credit for writing this one. I just tried to capture the incredible feeling of hope this dream gave me.”

Sounds like: Rae Morris, VÉRITÉ, Laurel, Evvy, Noosa

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Raine – Age Of Innocence

RAINE

RAINE

It’s not surprising that RAINE (aka Jaqui Rae Stewart) creates strong and powerful music, considering that her name has been taken form the word, ‘moraine’, which describes the deposits of rock and soil that are left behind by a glacier as it shifts across the land over time.

Growing up on a small island in the Pacific Northwest, Jaqui surrounds herself with nature; a heavy influence in her new EP, ‘My Dreams’.

Taken from her EP, is ‘Age Of Innocence’, a track that gives out a positive and compelling message.

Sounds like: Rae Morris, VÉRITÉ, Laurel, Evvy, Noosa

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SHAED – Thunder

SHAED

SHAED

Meet SHAED, Washington’s newest indietronica export.

SHAED is a trio comprised of multi-instrumentalist twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and vocalist Chelsea Lee.

New single, ‘Thunder’, is a supreme track full of belting harmonies and blistering synths.

It’s out now via Photo Finish Records (MisterWives,  Mowgli’s, Marian Hill).

Tour Dates

9/09 – Providence, RI @ The Met Cafe (tickets)
9/10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (tickets)
9/11 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater (tickets)
9/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West (tickets)
9/14 – Orlando, FL @ The Social (tickets)
9/16 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (tickets)
9/17 – Austin, TX @ The Parish (tickets)
9/18 – Dallas, TX @ Club DADA (tickets)
9/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Cresent Ballroom (tickets)
9/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater (tickets)
9/22 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory (tickets)
9/27 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom (tickets)
9/28 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theater (tickets)
9/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge (tickets)
10/01 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater (tickets)
10/02 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater (tickets)
10/04 – St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room (tickets)
10/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom (tickets)
10/06 – Minneapolis, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom (tickets)
10/08 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic (tickets)
10/09 – Columbus, OH @ The A+R Music Bar (tickets)
10/11 – Boston, MA @ Royale Boston (tickets)
10/12 – New York, NY @ Webster (tickets)
10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (tickets)

Sounds like: Rae Morris, Sia, Marian Hill, VÉRITÉ, Laura Welsh, Laurel

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Playlist: Linying

Linying

Linying

Singaporean singer/songwriter Linying has just released her beautiful alt-pop tune called ‘Alpine’.

Like with her own music, Linying has put together a very moving playlist for you to listen to your heart’s content.

Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)

One of my earliest musical influences was Arcade Fire, whose album Funeral I’ve heard countless times, cover to cover, on my old, beat-up iPod. Rebellion (Lies) is, for me, the ultimate anthem for that pre-dawn delirium, of feeling like you’re invincible.

Dawn Golden – Discoloration

Dawn Golden was and still is one of the best discoveries my ears made in 2014; Dexter Tortoriello’s writing and production were very significant in shaping my own sonic sensibilities in dressing up my own songs. I love how intense and emotionally evocative all the songs on his album, Still Life, are, and Discoloration stands amongst the rawest and most heartbreaking of songs in my books.

Charlie Lim – I Only Tell The Truth

Charlie Lim, a musician I’m lucky enough to call my friend and compatriot, takes me places with I Only Tell The Truth. It’s delicate and wistful and it serves up a spectacle, from the stifling insides of an airplane to crashing waters and blinding light.

Bon Iver – Blood Bank

Probably the most definitive in my songwriting, Blood Bank was the very first song I’d ever listened to and felt for without fully understanding. “You were rubbing both my hands / Chewing on a candy bar” taught me to say everything I ever wanted to say in all its specificity without worry for its esotericism. It doesn’t matter that it’s only your picture as long as you paint it right.

The 1975 – Paris

Say what you will about the boyband, but Paris is a painful, purple dream in its tender vocals and balmy bopping beat and, for me, up there amongst the best, the most beautiful, most visually arresting of melancholic pop songs.

How Sad – Young Couple

In a melodramatic wave of despair, I once tweeted Harris Shper, How Sad’s frontman: “We were a young couple driving through beautiful France. I was warned, wasn’t I?” He replied, “Life is everything up and down. Hope the memory is beautiful and the future will be too.” He was right, though. I still think of France’s mountain roads when I listen to this song, and they’re still beautiful.

Midst – Captivate

There’s something subdued but spiritual about midst’s atmospheric, dreamy sound in Captivate. It’s like a red cresting wave in song-form.

Lykke Li – Time Flies

Lykke Li, like Karen O, was one of my favourite female songwriters of sad, strained songs. Listening to Time Flies is like having a heart clenched in smallness and tiredness, having it eventually unfurl into glorious abandon and despair.

Sunset Rubdown – Us Ones In Between

There’s a homemade video somewhere on Youtube of a group of friends playing inside a big deflated balloon the colours of the rainbow to this song. It puts into words, music, and pictures how it feels to be timid, forlorn, and to know it.

Gentle Bones – Geniuses & Thieves

Another Singaporean musician-friend who delivers dark, moody trap vibes best in this track, which samples a hook off Made In Heights’ Wildflowers (Exhale Efreet) and takes it to a whole other level.

Sounds like: Frances, Bon Iver, Rae Morris

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Playlist: Leena Ojala

Leena Ojala

Leena Ojala

London-based alternative electro pop singer, Leena Ojala, has put together a playlist for us of ten tracks she has come across when listening to new music.

Of the playlist, Leena says, “I have gone for tracks that use varying influences and mix different styles in production.”

Oh Wonder: All We Do

I like the repetitive piano riff and the vocal melody. They create a sad yet beautiful feel for the song. The minimalistic approach makes the song memorable – it’s a case of less is more.

Dominique: Good Girl

I like the guitar hook she uses throughout the track. The hip hop beat underneath and the interesting distortion she uses are interesting giving the track a nice character. Big up for Dominique for creating her own lovely production!

Anevo: Electric Heart feat. Ameria

The unique sound of the different instruments used in the track come across nicely. Every section has different influences: the verse is more electronic and dance-like whereas the chorus is chilled. The different styles used give the track a nice vibe.

KINGDM: Say It Again

I like the use of drums with African influences. There is a soulful vibe going on with the vocals, melody and the piano which give the song a romantic feel.

MRGD: Skin Deep

I like the use of call and response mixed with the nice vocal hooks. The chorus incorporates different feels i.e. reggae rhythm and drum sound, synth piano and vocal hooks. This gives the track an unusual but unique crossover of styles.

XY&O: Low Tide

The minimal strumming and picking of the guitar in the verses gives the track a nice relaxed feel. I like the four to the floor drums in the chorus giving it kind of dancing in the summertime vibe. The vocals with an echo and a delay effect finish the track off nicely.

Phoria: Undone

I like the use of unusual blending of styles and rhythmic influences – the type you find with FKA Twigs. The track has a nice atmosphere, delivered by whispery vocals, hooks, dark piano tones and reverb effects.

Tess: Love Gun

I like the use of middle eastern feel in the track created by the vocal movement and the acoustic guitar. I can see influences of “Inna” here, but there are also elements of R&B, Pop and Hip Hop.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, YUAR, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Dominique, Amanda Merdzan

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Leena Ojala – Little Place

Leena Ojala - Little Place

Leena Ojala – Little Place

Dramatic songstress, Leena Ojala, returns with ‘Little Place’.

Written by Leena Ojala and produced by BenbrickAella Jordan-Edge was the obvious choice to direct the video (she also directed the video for Leena’s ‘Why‘).

The video was shot in NYC in freezing temperatures, and explores a young couple’s journey as they grapple with life in a new home, far away from their ‘little place’.

Of the video, Aella explains; “I moved to New York at the age of fifteen, so I knew the feeling well: of being awestruck and overwhelmed in a city that sweeps you up, propelling you forward whether you like it or not.”

Aella’s favourite scene is “the moment on the beach – it represents that frustrating time near the end of a relationship where you’re desperately trying to make it work, fighting the last fight.”

‘Little Place’ is out today via 51Den and available for purchase on iTunes.

Whilst you’re at it, check out the awesome Saturday, Monday remix.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, YUAR, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Evvy, Dominique

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Leena Ojala – Together We Have It No More

Leena Ojala - Together We Have It No More

Leena Ojala – Together We Have It No More

Possibly the tallest woman in pop, Leena Ojala, returns with another catchy number called ‘Together We Have It No More’.

The track was written about a pragmatic realisation that a relationship has run its course. This is one mature popstar-in-the-making!

It’s out today via Den Music, and can be ordered on iTunes.

Whilst you’re at it, check out the awesome FØRTE remix.


Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Evvy, Dominique

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James Crooks – Naturally

James Crooks

James Crooks

Meet James Crooks. He creates warm, instrumental hip hop and pop-based tunes.

His brooding debut single, ‘Naturally’, has been mixed by Chris Collins (TIGERTOWN, Gang Of Youths), and features the soulful voice of Paige IV.

Listen below:

Sounds like: Rae Morris, Goldroom, Lorde, Disclosure

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Frances – Borrowed Time

Frances

Frances

Focusing on more of an electronic production, 22 year old Frances (of ‘Grow’ fame) is back with ‘Borrowed Time’.

It was written with Howard Lawrence from Disclosure in his garden studio at home in London and sees Frances stretching herself vocally.

The result is gorgeous silky vocals and emotive minimal piano chords wrapped around a funky and glittery chorus.

It is out on 15 January via Capitol Records.

Live Dates

18th November – TORONTO – Sound Academy*
20th November – TORONTO – Riviera Theatre*
21st November – MINNEAPOLIS – State Theatre*
23rd November – NEW YORK CITY – Rockwood*
18th Feb – LONDON – Union Chapel
*supporting James Bay

Sounds like: Rae Morris, Boxed In, Jess Glynne

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