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Fred Nicolas – Help

Fred Nicolas - Help

Introducing Fred Nicholas, a Swedish songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist who is debuting his single ‘Help’.

Co-produced by Simon Hassle (Skott, Zara Larsson) the song has an underlying pop melody that perfectly matches with Fred’s reassuring vocal tones.

It’s always good to ask friends for help, and have friends give you help when you are your worst self, so this one goes out to you.

Expect his EP in early 2018.

Sounds like: Rationale, Seinabo Sey

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Jacob Banks – Unknown (To You)

Jacob Banks

Welcome the first single from Jacob Banks‘ highly anticipated, upcoming album.

‘Unknown (To You)’ is a cinematic version of ‘Unknown’, which was originally featured on Jacob’s ‘The Paradox’ EP. It again features beautiful string arrangements, but Jacob’s vocals are more rugged and emotive.

Sounds like: Rationale, Aloe Blacc, Rag’n’Bone Man, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Salt Ashes, Ben Khan

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Weekly SubmitHub Gems 9

Is 9 your lucky number? We’ve received some great submissions this week.

Enjoy them below!

Labrose – Disguise

Labrose

“When your lips are too thick to speak, sing”. What a great motto to live by. Meet the writers behind this line, Labrose – a UK/US producer/singer/songwriter duo who create delicate electronica.

Ironically, their new single ‘Disguise’ is left wide open with a stripped back approach, giving perspective to the complicated nature of both love’s beauty and its toxicity. Pure bliss.

It’s out now on PM Recordings.

Sounds like: Rhye, Rationale, Jacob Banks, James Blake

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ARY – Already There

ARY - Already There

Step aside ladies, Trondheim-raised / Oslo-based Norwegian solo artist ARY has arrived.

Her new single ‘Already There’ is ARY’s first attempt of a pop song, and it completely works. Pulsating synths worthy of club status and ethereal vocals, you won’t want to stop listening to it.

It’s out now via Petroleum Records.

Sounds like: Aurora, Sigrid, Kvelertak

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Vessels – Deeper In A Sky Feat Harkin

Vessels

Leeds-based five-piece Vessels share robust new single, ‘Deeper In A Sky’ featuring Harkin (aka Sky Larkin’s Katie Harkin), taken from their upcoming new album ‘The Great Distraction’ out on Different Recordings.

Speaking of the new album, Martin says, “The music acknowledges a bleakness and tension, but I think our response is optimistic and euphoric.”

Sounds like: Kate Boy, Caribou, Jon Hopkins

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Child Ivory – Angie

Child Ivory

US duo Child Ivory create uplifting music with a melancholic pinch.

Spacious vocals and a catchy AF guitar riff guide the dreamy ‘Angie’ through to our ears. Lovely.

Sounds like: KYKO, Phil Collins, The New Coast, Beach House, M83, Kurt Vile

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LOVE SICK – Bullet

LOVE SICK

We are all love sick to some degree.

Scottish girl/boy duo LOVE SICK share debut single ‘Bullet’, an ode to both heartbreak and obsession.

The couple met at a work Christmas party when Julie drunkenly let slip to Shaun (who also produced in his spare time) that she always wanted to be a singer. A few weeks later the duo coincidentally bumped into each other at a train station, and the rest is cosmic pop.

Sounds like: ASTR, Dagny, COSBY

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CAMARANO – Ashes

CAMARANO

Another debut, this time from Perth-based artist and multi-instrumentalist, CAMARANO (aka Mat Cammarano).

Having previous been involved in performing with bands as well as producing and recording for other artists, Mat has decided to go it alone and release ‘Ashes’.

It’s a fuzzy masterpiece that would fit well in the lo-fi category, alongside the likes of Tame Impala, Big Scary or Bon Iver.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Big Scary, Bon Iver

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Martin Luke Brown – Into Yellow

Martin Luke Brown

London based Martin Luke Brown shares his first release on LAB Records.

It’s slightly more restrained than his previous single, ’65 Roses’, but this approach keeps emotional tension throughout the track, whilst Martin Luke Brown continues to showcase his expansive vocal range with the accompaniment of an organ and the rumbling of bass lines.

Sounds like: Will Joseph Cook, KYKO, Sody, Dan Croll, Amaroun, Frank Ocean, DAUNT, Bon Iver, Rationale

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Jacob Banks – Mercy

Jacob Banks by Julie Patterson

Tickets to his New York and London shows sold out in minutes, and now Jacob Banks shares new track ‘Mercy’.

In keeping with his new EP, ‘Mercy’ is a neo-funk track full of soulful vocals that have been cleverly amalgamated with modern production sensibilities.

Upcoming Live Dates

May 4 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
May 18 Los Angeles, CA Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
June 17 Dover, DE Firefly Music Festival
June 23 Rothbury, MI Electric Forest Festival
August 4 Cincinnati, OH Fountain Square
August 5 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
August 6 Montreal, QC Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts
August 13 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

Sounds like: Rationale, Aloe Blacc, Rag’n’Bone Man, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Salt Ashes, Ben Khan

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Jacob Banks – Chainsmoking

Jacob Banks by Julie Patterson

We don’t normally advocate chainsmoking of any kind, but we couldn’t resist sharing Jacob Banks‘ new track after hearing it.

Blues-infused vocals lead into a power ballad that reminds us to keep on pushing through, regardless of what life throws at you. It’s just one facet of the many colours seen in Banks’ new EP.

Sounds like: Rationale, Aloe Blacc, Rag’n’Bone Man, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Salt Ashes, Ben Khan

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MATTIS – Loverboy

MATTIS

Copenhagen-based superstar in the making, MATTIS, shares his stunning debut, ‘Loverboy’.

This self confessed “viking soul” uses somewhat minimalistic production, relying heavily on his vocals (think James Blake or Sampha), but ‘Loverboy’ also tells an emotive story, driven from a dark place that MATTIS found himself in three years ago, having lost his apartment following a break up, and generally feeling like a lone wolf away from the pack.

​The single is out via Sony Music in Scandinavia and Tigerspring/The Orchard elsewhere.

Sounds like: Rationale, Ben Pearce, James Blake, Sampha

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Jacob Banks – Unholy War

Jacob Banks

Jacob Banks

Meet Mr Jacob Banks, a neo-soul artist from the UK.

Updating a genre that’s been part of music for decades, ‘Unholy War’ is a determined track that may just bring soul into the digital age.

Although not a typical indietronica track, we can’t get enough of Banks’ smooth vocals and the track’s punchy riffs and textured beats.

It is the first offering from Jacob’s upcoming EP, ‘The Boy Who Cried Freedom’, out this spring on Interscope Records. He is currently on tour with LÉON in the US, and will be playing SXSW.

Sounds like: Rationale, Aloe Blacc, Rag’n’Bone Man, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Salt Ashes, Ben Khan

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B.Miles – Running

B.Miles

B.Miles

B.Miles is back with ‘Running’.

A funky and humble track, ‘Running’ is bang on the pop trend for 2017.

It’s the first offering from B.Miles’ self-titled EP, out 17 March. The EP was written in the same storage-unit-turned-studio where ‘Twenty Fifteen’ was recorded, alongside co-songwriter Eric Nizgretsky and Brooklyn-based production duo Noise Club. Producer Matias Quarleri was also added to the mix this time around.

Sounds like: Rhye, Years & Years, Jess Nolan, London Grammar, Banks, Ji Nilsson, Lyves, Broods, SOHN, The Weeknd, Jesse Ware, Shura, Noosa, James Blake, July Child, The xx, Jai Paul, Rationale, Austra

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Rationale – Reciprocate

Rationale - Reciprocate

Rationale – Reciprocate

Taking more of a dance direction with the last release of his ‘Vessels’ EP, Rationale shares ‘Reciprocate’.

A simple, yet punchy track, ‘Reciprocate’ shows how Rationale is really growing from strength to strength. It’s a joy to watch.

Sounds like: Seinabo Sey, Future Islands, New Order, Tracy Chapman, Rhodes, MAALA

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