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Weekly Gems 38

OTR and Blondage

OTR x Blondage - Cold Facts

We are super excited to share OTR‘s new single in which he has teamed up with Blondage.

Despite what the name suggests, ‘Cold Facts’ is a sensitive and positive piece of work, written about shedding toxic relationships, just as the snow melts and hearts thaw.

Sounds like: Charli XCX, Hotel Garuda, Gryffin, ODESZA, Petit Biscuit, Porter Robinson

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Anna Pancaldi – What I’ve Become

Anna Pancaldi

Luxury gin brand owner, Anna Pancaldi releases her new single ‘What I’ve Become’.

Much like it takes time to create a distinguished bottle of gin, Anna finely tunes her music, and constantly evolves as a singer/songwriter. This time round she gives the electric guitar a go.

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RAINDEAR – Coins

RAINDEAR

One by one the coins fall by the wayside. RAINDEAR‘s latest jam continues the theme of authentic, experimental melodic pop.

It’s written about “the last efforts you give to someone before you (not a day too soon) give them up completely. Just like when you pay your last coins to something, you don’t really care where they go anymore cause you’re so exhausted and broke and have zero fucks left to give.” Damn right girl!

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

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Fred Nicholas – C’est la vie

Fred Nicolas

From one pop-loaded self-examining Swede to another. Singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Fred Nicholas shares new single ‘C’est la vie’.

The track is lyric-driven and pop-loaded, and perfect for chilling out to with a nice glass of vino. Cheers!

Sounds like: Rationale, Seinabo Sey

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SHE Major – Quiet House

SHE Major

Let’s slow it down a bit. Belgium-based artist SHE Major shows her quiet and more mature side in ‘Quiet House’.

Listen out for sultry vocals and R&B-infused electronica.

‘Quiet House’ will be part of SHE Major debut ‘Music In’ EP, which will be released on 6 July via [PIAS].

Sounds like: Banks

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Louis Fulton – Kevin’s Heart Feat. Bellah, BXRBER & Armani White

Louis Fulton

Finally this week is ‘Kevin’s Heart’ by LA-based producer Louis Fulton.

We have no idea who Kevin is, but one thing this song does do is showcase Louis’s ability as a smooth talker and beat-maker, effortlessly flipping the J. Cole cover.

Sounds like: Ariana Grande

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An Indietronica Preview of NOS Alive 2018

NOS Alive

We do like a good festival, and after hearing that NOS Alive in Lisbon, Portugal is up there as one the world’s best music festivals, we decided to plan a trip in July to find out what all the fuss is about!

In the mean time, buckle up and check out our ones to watch within the indietronica genres (looks like we’ll mainly see you at the Sagres Stage then!).

THURSDAY 12 JULY

Friendly Fires, Sagres Stage

Friendly Fires

Energetic Brit boys Friendly Fires return to the festival circuit after a hiatus.

Having already had massive success with hits such as ‘Paris’, ‘Jump In The Pool’ and ‘Skeleton Boy’, their new single ‘Love Like Waves’ doesn’t disappoint and continues the theme of tropical-tinged synth sounds.

Expect a highly fun and bold performance at NOS Alive.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, Two Door Cinema Club

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Jain, Sagres Stage

Jain

Jain is a multi-cultural singer/songwriter and self confessed beat-maker, originally from France, but who has also spent time in Dubai and The Congo.

Jain means achieving liberation of the soul, and that’s exactly what this music embodies with its flecked sounds of African rhythms with simple, yet vibrant vocals.

Watch the video for highly recognised song ‘Makeba’ below and catch Jain at the Sagres Stage on Thursday.

Sounds like: Brigitte, Santigold, L.E.J, Yodelice, Lilly Wood & The Prick

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Khalid, Sagres Stage

Khalid

One artist we are super stoked to check out live is Khalid.

The American singer/songwriter originally started writing music during his college years, where he was also declared prom king. Amalgamating an array of sounds from classical, pop to hip hop, Khalid shows a real sense of urgency in his music.

We can’t get enough of his track with Billie Eilish, and can’t wait to see him perform at NOS Alive.

Sounds like: Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Father John Misty, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Lorde, James Blake, Billie Eilish

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Wolf Alice, Sagres Stage

Wolf Alice

Indie rockers Wolf Alice have been our firm favourites from the UK for some time now. They never disappoint at a live show, fronted by a fresh-faced Ellie Rowsell’s seemingly blasé but endearingly nervous attitude.

Expect a set full of their most brilliant tunes…so that’s all of them then!

Sounds like: Black Honey, Peace, Superfood, Foals, Circa Waves, Harry

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Sampha, Sagres Stage

Sampha

Sampha is to be one of the UK’s best musical exports in 2018.

He has a knack for writing songs with deep and personal lyrics of pain and reflection, some of which have unfortunately has stemmed from health hardships suffered with his family at home, and we can’t help but think we are supporting him on this journey.

Truly thought-provoking stuff, definitely worthy of a slot at NOS Alive.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Frank Ocean, Solange, Moses Sumney, James Blake, Chet Faker, SBTRKT, Dallas Green

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FRIDAY 13 JULY

Two Door Cinema Club, NOS Stage

Two Door Cinema Club

We have watched Irish electro-poppers Two Door Cinema Club play live countless times, and that’s why they’ve made this list.

It’s hard to believe these youngsters have been around for over eight years. Still full of energy and banging tunes, catch them on the Friday!

Sounds like: Phoenix, Hot Chip, Passion Pit

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Future Islands, NOS Stage

Future Islands

Future Islands‘ front man Samuel T Herring’s dancing is reason enough to go watch these guys at NOS Alive. And of course, the US synthpop band are wildly brilliant in as many unique, refreshing and inspiration ways possible.

Expect big things on stage!

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Perfume Genius, Twin Shadow, Sylvan Esso, Austra

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CHVRCHES, Sagres Stage

CHVRCHES

Feisty feminist attitudes and catchy lyrics is what CHVRCHES brings to the table.

Lauren Mayberry has faced her fair share of trolls online, but to her testament, the Scottish trio continue to go from strength to strength. We are very much looking forward to this show!

Sounds like: Kate Boy, Avec Sans, Purity Ring, Vogue Dots, R.A.B.B.I.I., Kaleida, Gems, IYES, For Esmé, ALMA, Pale Hands, Acre Tarn, Prinze George, Leitbur, Monogem, PALMEDO, NONONO, Still Corners, MUNA

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Portugal. The Man, Sagres Stage

Portugal. The Man

Bold American rock band Portugal. The Man have been making serious waves of late, and if you haven’t heard of them, you soon will.

An iPhone soundtrack waiting to happen; expect goosebumps, sway inducing vocal harmonies and a fist pumping bass line.

Sounds like: Foster The People, Broken Bells, Grouplove, Circa Survive, MGMT

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Surma, Coreto Stage

Surma

Imagine if M83 and Joanna Newsom met one day and decided to make some music. The result would be the quirky and ambient tones of Portuguese Surma (aka Débora Umbelino).

Working with loop pedals, the solo artist works with analogue and digital sounds creating a primal yet sonic environment.

Sounds like: Yellerkin, Yoke Lore, M83, Joanna Newsom

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SATURDAY 14 JULY

Lotus Fever, Coreto Stage

Lotus Fever

Kicking off Saturday’s ones to watch are Lisbon natives, Lotus Fever.

They fit somewhere in-between Alt-J and Pink Floyd and it’s really refreshing to hear. We are expecting a super tight performance, thanks to their longstanding stint together since 2011 and it being their local city.

Sounds like: Alt-J, Pink Floyd

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Mighty Sands, Coreto Stage

Mighty Sands

Mighty Sands is a Lisbon-based quintet.

Their music has tendencies to sway in the 60’s, psychedelic market – imagine riding on a surfboard in space. However, we expect their set at NOS Alive to be a relaxed affair, where you can chill out and have a cider…or ride a surfboard in space, whatever takes your fancy!

Sounds like: Father John Misty, Tame Impala, MGMT

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MGMT, NOS Stage

MGMT

Less under the radar than the counterparts in this piece, but still worthy of a slot on one’s to watch at this year’s NOS Alive. The mighty MGMT!

The eclectic US-based duo are known for their otherworldly take on modern indie rock music, often combining psychedelic synths, crunchy guitars and stodgy vocals with fun videos.

Sounds like: Empire of the Sun, Foster the People, Tame Impala, Portugal. The Man

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Perfume Genius, Sagres Stage

Perfume Genius

Covering topics such as sexual abuse, suicide and alcohol abuse, Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) is one such musical role model we want to be more involved with.

His music represents such struggles and recoveries in a camp but delightfully magnificent way.

Sounds like: Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Kate Bush, M83, David Bowie, Future Islands, Fever Ray

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Bernado, Coreto Stage

Bernardo

Wow, Bernado‘s vocals have blown us away after watching her live performance of ‘The Boy Is Mine’.

The London based British/Portuguese singer/songwriter effortlessly combines modern attitudes from London attitude with a jazzy flair.

Sounds like: Amy Winehouse, Jorja Smith

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Real Estate, Sagres Stage

Real Estate

With a warming lo-fi sound, Brooklyn-based dream team, Real Estate is our last act to consider watching at NOS Alive.

Run by childhood friends who played in their backyards during the summer months, Real Estate write simple and endearing songs full of luminous guitar riffs and delicate synths.

We envisage this show to be a perfect end to a perfect weekend.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Washed Out, MGMT

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RAINDEAR – SKY

RAINDEAR

Electro-pop princess RAINDEAR today releases ‘SKY’, a song inspired by escapism and self-determination.

It follows on from the huge success of ‘Diamonds In My Chest’, and reminds us just how adventurous and quirky RAINDEAR is in both her songwriting and production skills.

Disclosure: I am RAINDEAR’s publicist at the time of writing.

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

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RAINDEAR – Diamonds In My Chest

RAINDEAR

Self-proclaimed desert electro-pop princess RAINDEAR is back with a new single called ‘Diamonds in My Chest’.

The daughter of two jazz musicians, RAINDEAR has been singing and writing since a young age. She also produces her own music, having self-produced her debut album ‘Embers’ in 2016.

The majority of RAINDEAR’s music has a dark undertone (perhaps it is the dark winters in her home town of Malmö?), but we absolutely love this, especially the deeply low falsettos in ‘Diamonds In My Chest’, as she continues to battle gritty topics such as feelings of desperation, destruction and uncomfortable desire.

Disclosure: I am RAINDEAR’s publicist at the time of writing.

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

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Magnus Bechmann – Bruises

Magnus Bechmann

We all have those moments at the traffic lights when the amber light strikes. Do we slam the breaks on or speed on through the looming red light? Luckily for us, 21 year old Norwegian native, Magnus Bechmann is willing to take the risk and “go all in” with his music.

The result is the playful indietronica track, ‘Bruises’.

Sounds like: Kid Astray, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club

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VOKES – Screens

VOKES

Los Angeles-based band VOKES question society with their new single, ‘Screens’.

It’s a feel-good number about not such a feel-good subject of addiction to technology, which we are all guilty off, so how about we put down our phones and take a listen?

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MRCH – My Mistake

MRCH

MRCH are seriously doing it for us at the moment.

The video for the Phoenix duo’s new single ‘My Mistake’ takes us on an intergalactic journey exploring NASA found footage and cimenatic-like visions of vocalist, Mickey Pangburn.

Sounds like: Goldfrapp, Wolf Alice, Lilies On Mars, CHVRCHES, Garbage

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Two Islands – Still Life

Two Islands

Liverpool-based Two Islands remain mysterious, but nonetheless we enjoy their indie anthems.

Their new single, ‘Still Life’, is another ambitious release and a bid to “reclaim the romance of falling in love with an artist solely through their songs.”

Their positive attitude and knack of creating groovy bangers definitely sets them apart.

Sounds like: Island Club, Tuska

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Fever High – Good Advice Feat. Jeff Goldblum

Fever High

Time to get nostalgic with ‘Good Advice’ by NYC-based duo Fever High (aka guitarist/singer Anna Nordeen and singer/songwriter Reni Lane).

Apart from bohemian vocals and interludes of joyous guitars and tambourines, the song features anecdotes about bad advice from none other than Jeff Goldblum!

Sounds like: Icona Pop, The Bangles

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MagnusTheMagnus – Calling Feat. KIDDO

Magnus The Magnus - Calling Feat. KIDDO

We finish this week’s gems with Swedish producer MagnusTheMagnus‘ new single, ‘Calling’ featuring KIDDO.

The off-kilter pirate radio station beat throughout the track reminds us a bit of Jamie xx in its innovation. Add KIDDO’s enticing vocals and you have a unique and highly danceable track.

Sounds like: Santigold, Tove Styrke, MØ, Jamie xx, Major Lazer

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Aadae – River Of Tears

Aadae

Aadae

Introducing London based Aadae.

Combining musical influence from her Nigerian roots and British upbringing, Aadae’s music could be described as Afrobeat pop.

Her debut ‘River Of Tears’ is not just a song, but a “declaration of strength”. It started as a simple scribble on a notepad, but now encourages all to “stand defiantly in your own truth – and dance away your fears”.

Sounds like: Santigold, Little Dragon

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Playlist: PATHS

PATHS

PATHS

Proving that there is nothing more powerful than a one woman show is UK indietronica artist, PATHS.

She has put together a playlist for us of her favourites. Enjoy!

Paths – Neoprene 
Started with my own track, its just been released on 21st January, a proud moment for me, so hopefully giving people a taste straight away of who I am!

Thrash Hat – Pandaface 
So Rory Friers aka Thrash Hat is actually my producer. In this song you can really hear essence of what he’s brought into not only my first release but future releases that you’ll here very soon! Cheers Rory!!

Jamie XX – The Rest is Noise 
I absolutely love Jamie XXs album, I constantly play it, I’ve probably racked up the most of my Spotify listens, listening to his music! Its fresh, inventive, creative, yet makes you want to move. Its a big influence in my music, through the use of sampling, especially sampling natural sounds, and manipulating them into dance beats! This is maybe one of the lesser known tracks on this album, but one of my favs!

Santigold – Disparate Youth (The 2 Bears Remix)
I used to do a bit of DJ-ing at some local club nights, and I always found this went do well at the time Santigold was really getting a buzz and I think this was placed in a big advert at the time. The deep synth was bass in this is fab! Turn it up!

Vessels – Had a Love
Just a great chilled out dance vibe to this one. Love the texture of the vocals and the reverb throughout.

Bonobo – Kerala 
I work as a programmer by day, and find Bonobo real feel good, motivating music to code to!!

TV on the Radio – DLZ 
Awesome band, lots of sounds going on, a real dark gritty edge to this song, that really builds up. I found TV on the Radio a few years ago when looking for some indie DJ-ing music. Their track ‘Wolf like Me’ is also a big fav of mine.

Swim Deep – Honey
I don’t know what it is, but theres just something about this song. Its a real summery feel, its relaxing, its very cool, and I just love the chorus! Great band.

Her – Five Minutes
Saw this band at The Great Escape Festival last year, Just a really chilled out but catchy song.

Feist – My Moon, My Man 
I’ve a lot of love for Feist, she really knows how to write a good song! I discovered this track through my DJ-ing, but it was actually the Boys Noize remix I was playing out, that is an excellent remix, check it out!

HAIM – If I Could Change Your Mind
GIRL POWER! – these girls are awesome, they are just genuine, down to earth, really really good musicians. Ive been trying to catch them live for a few years now. I love the catchiness of this track.

St. Vincent – Cruel 
Again GIRL POWER! I saw St Vincent perform about 2 years ago at a big festival in Ireland, I was at the front and it was just awesome!!! Everything is performed perfectly, every quirky dance move, every single amazing riff she churns out of her guitar! A massive influence to me! Love she uses gritty distorted guitar effects, theres so few females down this style of music, its great to watch!

The xx – On Hold 
From the The XX latest album, I’m really loving the new songs, and can really hear their progression in their style. I’ll be seeing them live in Munich next month!!! Cant wait!

Miike Snow – Genghis Khan 
All Miike Snows stuff has been awesome. The had a big hit song that was in a big show in the UK a few years back, and I really got into his last album. Again its fresh innovative catchy music, they really know how to drive a song.

The xx – Loud Places
Just because I love Romys voice and Lyrics in this song. Again a real Jamie XX use of natural sound sampling, that I really love and also use in my own tracks.

Wasps – And So I Watch You From Afar
Again this is my producer Rory Friers full time band. They are a BEAST of a band live.
Their live shows, sweep you up, swirl you around, then spit you out, and leave you longing for me! Everyone should see them once in their lives!! They will be touring again this year, be there!

Anna Meredith – Scrimschaw 
I saw Anna at The Great Escape Festival last year. It was the most innovative band I’ve seen in a long time. Its like she uses an instrumental band with a brass section to create proper dance music. Her live show was awesome, so tight, and really builds ya up. One to watch!

Foals – Albatross 
I’ve listened and loved Foals since their first single was released. They were the energetic, fierce band I really needed at a time when I was loosing my musical direction. I’ve seen them live about 6 times now, from small packed out sweaty venues, to a massive headlining festival slot at Festival, when I was also playing the festival that year on the BBC Introducing stage. It was a real memorable moment for me.

Foals – Olympic Airways
An earlier foot-tapping song of Foals. Again foals really influenced my music right from my early demos of clean guitars with reverb and delay. You can’t help but nod your head to this one. The lyrics are pretty cool too.

Plant Perfecto – Not Over Yet 99
Ok so this is just a pure cheesy one to end with, this is a real classic, and I dare ya not to sing it!!!! Klaxons may have covered it, but this versions still the best for me!

Sounds like: Kate Nash, Lily Allen, HOLYCHILD

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Ripsy May – Dare

Ripsy May

Ripsy May

London-based Ripsy May is back with the Tigran Tovmasyan-directed video for her third single, ‘Dare’.

‘Dare’ has been co-written and produced by LA duo The Palms, and is a fighting song about feeling disappointment from someone you love.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Santigold, SBTRKT, Foxtrott

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Alyss – T S I E R

Alyss - T S I E R

Alyss – T S I E R

Alyss is an exciting new project from a classically trained singer/songwriter/producer.

Her latest single, ‘T S I E R’ is short for This Shit Isn’t Even Real, and is inspired from shamanic teachings.

Of the track, Alyss says “I’d been studying shaman teachings around that time and there was one principle that I couldn’t get out my head: dreams are real and reality is a dream. Both are equally as real as they are hallucination. The more I dissected the concept, the more it tripped me out. In a good way. It’s mad how such simple words have completely changed how I view existence. I guess making T S I E R was like an audible screenshot of that perspective shift”.

‘T S I E R’ is taken from her forthcoming ‘Motherland’ EP, out on PMR.

Sounds like: Santigold, Sofi Tukker, Powers, Little Dragon, SG Lewis

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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.

Disclosure: I am RAINDEAR’s publicist at the time of writing.

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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