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Madou – Nowhere Else

Madou

Belgium duo Madou share tasty new track, ‘Nowehere Else’.

Jochen Sablon and Vincent De Boeck recently started the “no genres, no expectations, no strings attached” project, despite a working relationship dating back for years.

‘Nowhere Else’ channels plenty of Little Dragon style vibes with light chimes throughout the track, alongside some more old school features that tinker on house, garage and R&B.

The track is out now on NEST HQ / LEKKER.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Tube & Berger, RÜFÜS, The Magician, Jamie xx, Disclosure, Four Tet

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The Kite String Tangle – The Prize Feat. Bridgette Amofah

The Kite String Tangle

Taking more of a contrasting RÜFÜS kind of vibe, singer/songwriter/producer The Kite String Tangle shares ‘The Prize’ featuring Rudimental’s vocalist, Bridgette Amofah.

Full of belated energy, this track explores the intense relationship between two falling lovers, but the question of what if? appears too late.

Expect the release of his debut self-titled album for 14 July on his own newly founded label, Exist Recordings.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS, Dead Ceremony, M83, TDeL2, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, The Weeknd, Active Child, Mount Kimbie, Fever Ray, James Blake, Cloud Boat

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DNKL – Draft

DNKL - Draft

It seems we are on a roll with Swedish music this week. There must be something in the water!

DNKL is a Swedish trio who are sharing their first ‘Draft’ – the result of being locked up in a studio for a year.

With it’s beautiful build up, ‘Draft’ is a magical journey of bright synths and elegant piano keys. Let’s hope it is a sign of things to come.

It’s out now via Different Recordings.

Sounds like: Lucas Nord, Rüfüs, Shy Luv, Honne, Boxed In

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Midnight Mystery Club – Orange County

Midnight Mystery Club

Midnight Mystery Club is the musical project of David Paul Newell, who continues to hit our indietronica buttons with new single, ‘Orange County’.

It’s a steamy, synth-loaded love song with delicate vocals reminiscent of Peter Gabriel.

Sounds like: Goldroom, RÜFÜS, Fenech-Soler, Empire Of The Sun, Gypsy & The Cat, M83, Peter Gabriel

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SQRD – Together

SQRD - Together

Swedish born and based producer SQRD shares ‘Together’.

The track contains hypnotising loops of lo-fi electronic textures and minimalistic vocals.

SQRD says of the track, “I’d just moved back to Stockholm from Berlin, the winter nights were dark, cold, lonely, I was missing everyone I’d left behind in Germany and frantically listening to FKA Twigs and Låpsley on repeat. One night I’d just started writing ‘Together’ which turned out to be a song about my fear of losing someone very dear to me.”

It’s out now via Sommarhjärta.

Sounds like: Foals, James Blake, Honne, SBTRKT, RÜFÜS, Joe Goddard, The xx

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Lastlings – Urges

Lastlings - Urges

Australian brother-sister duo, Lastlings, share new track, ‘Urges’.

It follows on from ‘Time’, You’ and ‘Chills‘, all of which showcase their knack of creating melancholic electronic pop, with airy vocals and lustering melodies.

The track is out now on Exist. Recordings (the label recently launched by Danny Harley of The Kite String Tangle) and is taken from their forthcoming ‘Verses’ EP.

Sounds like: Broods, IYES, Acre Tarn, Sea Change, Glass Animals, Rüfüs

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Glassio – Morning House Feat. Charles Fauna

Glassio

Glassio put together an awesome playlist for us last year, so we’re super excited to share their new electro-pop track, ‘Morning House’ featuring Brooklyn artist/producer, Charles Fauna.

Despite growing up in different parts of the world (Sam between Dubai and London and Charlie in Paris), these musical cultures have merged to form the sound of Glassio that we know today.

‘Morning House’, written out of their bedroom studio, was fuelled by the need to dispel negative energy; “Morning House” is an homage to living in the moment, mindfulness, and self-reflection.”

Sounds like: Aquilo, Foals, Jagwar Ma, Rüfüs, Flume, Odesza, Bob Moses, Glass Animals, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Playlist: Tube & Berger

Tube & Berger by Claudio Oliverio

Tube & Berger by Claudio Oliverio

German duo, Tube & Berger (aka Arndt Roerig and Marko Vidovic) have been producing music for a while now, but it’s only recently that they’ve really sparked our interest. Working hard on evolving their sound from pure club grooves to a more ‘live’ focused indietronica styling, they have quite literally blown us away with their new track, ‘We Are All Stars’.

To help you get used to the transition, the guys have put together a playlist. It fuses indie/electronica/dance into one delicious pot.

GusGus – Crossfade (Maceo Plex Remix)
This has been a huge​ track​ in our DJ sets for over 2 years now​, we ​wish we had made it​!​

Moderat – Running
Big respect to our fellow Germans​, Moderat are ​the best live electronic band​​ in the world right now​.​

Royksopp – What Else Is There? – Trentemoller Remix
Mid Noughties Electro House classic. Sounding just as epically dark and dangerous today​. ​

Mylo – Destroy Rock n Roll
A track to dance and laugh to at the same time​. ​

RÜFÜS ​-​ Innerbloom
Kings of the Electronica new breed smashing it with a chilled masterpiece​.​

Foals – Late Night – Solomun Remix
​Foals are an amazing Indie Rock band​ and with​ Solomon on the ​re​mix​, ​it was always going to be good​…and it is​!​

The Chemical Brothers – Do it Again
Probably our favourite ever band. ​We ​could have chosen loads of their tracks​. ​

SOHN – Conrad
Downtempo brilliance. Spiritual and soulful​.​

The XX – Crystalised
The perfect mix of chiming guitars, indie vocals and electronic beats sensibilities​.​

Justice VS Simian – We Are Your Friends
Not sure any rock band has made a better rabble rousing festival anthem in recent times​.​

Live Dates

Fri 03 Mar – Zero Gravity, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fri 07 Apr – Hehku, Tampere, Finland
Sat 22 Jul – Open Beatz Festival, Herzogenaurach, Germany​

Expect Tube & Berger’s album to drop shortly, via Embassy One. If you can’t wait, take a listen to ‘We Are All Stars’ below.

Sounds like: Justice, Bakermat, RÜFÜS

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Playlist: Gryffin

Gryffin

Gryffin

Los Angeles-based producer/multi instrumentalist, Gryffin, has been going from strength to strength over the last couple of years.

We thought it was about time he put together a playlist for you lot.

Snakehips & MØ – Don’t Leave (Gryffin Remix)
I really love MØ’s raw emotion, and I wanted to be able to amplify in my own way with this remix but with a little bit of a twist from my normal style.

Louis The Child – Love Is Alive (feat. Elohim)
The Louis the Child guys have been on fire recently. “Love Is Alive” has their signature sound but in a indier direction.

RUFUS DU SOL – Innerbloom (What So Not Remix)
This remix is always awesome to play out in my DJ sets.

Illenium – Fractures (feat. Nevve)
Illenium is a great friend of mine and his new track “Fractures” shows exactly why he is one of the best future bass producers out there.

The xx – On Hold
The xx have been a favorite band of mine for a while. Really love this track off their new album.

Twenty One Pilots – Heavydirtysoul
TOP have the perfect blend of rock, electronic, and pop elements in their music. “Heavydirtysoul” is one of my favorite’s from their latest album.

Whethan – Savage feat. Flux Pavilion & MAX
Whethan is one of the most talented young producers out there and I was really excited when he released “Savage.”

San Holo – Light
“Light” is an unlikely crossover track but its been really cool to see it catch onto the commercial crowd.

Gryffin – Whole Heart (Young Bombs Remix)
Young Bombs absolutely crushed this remix of “Whole Heart.” Their Snapchat is hilarious too.

Mura Masa & A$AP Rocky – Love$ick
Mura Masa is hands-down one of the best producers out their. His collaboration with A$AP Rocky is the perfect blend of urban and dance.

Sounds like: Thomas Jack, Goldroom, Bipolar Sunshine

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Playlist: Glassio

Glassio

Glassio

Meet Glassio, the alt-pop project of Sam Rad and Charlie P.

Glassio have put together a playlist for us about the influences behind their recent atmospheric cover of Iggy & The Stooges‘ ‘Search & Destroy’.

You can listen to/find out more below.

“These are 11 songs that played a role in influencing our production of “Search & Destroy,” and that we still often reference when working on new music.

Individually, there might not be much in common with the cover, but there are elements from each that either exist in the cover or that we had on our mind when working on the track.

Most notably is the idm-electro inspired cover of “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” by German producer Schneider TM –originally performed by The Smiths. That served as a specific influence by taking something from one genre and fitting it into another.

I (Sam) have also been listening to a lot of UK garage and 2-step lately. Sticky is one of my favorite producers in that area, and the song we’ve included on here, “War Rhythm” played a big part in influencing a portion of the beat in the cover.

Lately, we’ve both been digging deep into old Philly soul, MFSB, and then lots of 90s and early 2000s R&B. That’s been having a major comeback lately, and you can hear it all over the Chance album. The voices on “Same Drugs” are particularly uplifting, and we wanted our voices in the gospel section of our cover to resemble the same mood.

“Heartbeats” by Joakim and “Transformer Man” by Neil Young are both basically singer-songwriter songs performed through vocoders, and that idea was really attractive to us, so we added that very faintly in the vocals on the first verse.

Our cover ends with a Beach Boys-inspired ending, emanating the trapped feeling that the vocals at the end of “’Til I Die” give off.

The playlist also starts off with a song by a former classmate of ours at Clive Davis. We never spoke in person, but his album is pretty fantastic, and definitely removes you from your current headspace with lots of controlled and orchestrated noise-rock. We wanted the ending of our song to have that same feeling.”

Sounds like: Aquilo, Foals, Jagwar Ma, Rüfüs

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