Tag Archives: Santigold

Interview with Ripsy May

Ripsy May

Ripsy May

‘Black Wine’ is singer-songwriter Ripsy May’s debut release. The video, created by the same production team behind Joyrich’s campaigns, is a perfect depiction of the song’s more profound message; in which the phrase ‘black wine’ could be seen as synonymous with the role media plays in today’s conflicts of race and identity.

‘Third-culture kid’ aka “Rip” (an Armenian born in Latvia, and raised in London after the Soviet collapse, but currently living in Los Angeles) is hard to pinpoint. With her unconventional background, comes her unconventional sound.

We wanted to find out more…

Why did you start making music?

Hard to answer – I grew up listening to music and always celebrated it. But to be specific, it was about 2 years ago that I decided to pursue music full-time.

We know very little about you, but your music is already picking up a lot of traction on social media. Why do you think this is?

I have absolutely no idea. I wasn’t on social media before the day of the release. It’s hard to say what makes something successful or not – especially if it’s something creative. But I didn’t have any set rules or guidelines when creating the song or working on the visual – I think that can be very freeing, and perhaps that’s what people caught on to. I must say that I have an amazing team – Gabby (Endacott) has worked in management/A&R for a while and Kearra (Nicolle) is a digital media queen – their hustle definitely helped push it forward.

Describe your sound in three words. 

Honest, varied, and sometimes a little weird.

The video to your single, ‘Black Wine’, has an awesome concept behind it. Tell us some more about it!

The video is essentially a group of different people being subjected to different stresses, and then coming out of it. You get to watch them go through the different experiences, and ‘Black Wine’ is my word for propaganda in the song – so it’s watching them fight, or accept it. I could go on, but I want the viewer to have their own experiences of the song, and video.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Definitely the old cats. Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, the Bee Gees, Queen

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

I love Tame Impala – who doesn’t? But I also think the most recent Alabama Shakes’ record is brilliant.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Santigold, SBTRKT, Foxtrott

Website | Twitter | Soundcloud | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Continue reading

Philco Fiction – Runimals

Philco Fiction

Philco Fiction

Clean-cut Oslo duo Philco Fiction shouldn’t be running anywhere, especially when it comes to new single ‘Runimals’; a self-described ‘gospel pop’ jam, adorned by a steady horn section and potent backing vocals.

We are expecting good things from this duo in 2016.

Listen below.

The track is Philco Fiction’s forthcoming sophomore LP ‘Talk/Brag’, out on 29 January via Killing Moon Records.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, Wet, Anna of The North, Santigold

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Instagram

Ryder – Pretty Little Gangster

Ryder

Ryder

EDM NYC-born but now Los Angeles-based Ryder re-releases ‘Pretty Little Gangster’ for our listening delight.

The track, which has been produced by Cali Cleve, is a spiritual number. Get immersed in Ryder’s vibe now.

Sounds like: X&Y, MØ, Lana Del Rey, Hurts, Santigold, MS MR, Linney

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Instagram

Kiera Lawlor – Gold

Kiera Lawlor

Kiera Lawlor

Underground artist, Kiera Lawlor has just released ‘Gold’.

Kiera has been under the radar of BBC Introducing for a little while now and the best way for us to describe her sound is as unique, Madchester electronica.

The video follows Kiera on her holiday in Thailand and is perfectly balanced between city and rural. If you weren’t thinking about summer before, you definitely are now.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Ballet School, Phantogram, Santigold

Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Instagram | YouTube

Continue reading

RAINDEAR – Veins

RAINDEAR

RAINDEAR

Not another Swedish synthpop songstress I hear you scream!

But there is something slightly different and magical about this one. RAINDEAR (aka Rebecca Bergcrantz) is more than another indie electro femme from Scandinavia .

Her new track ‘Veins’ frequently changes tempo and is highly disco in parts. Not your usual ethereal ballad.

She describes the track as being “about that kind of destructive love that you stick with ‘cause you love the rush, but you secretly know it’s bad for you. This is the addictive kind of love you can feel for a lover or for a friend or anything really and it’s of the kind that is almost warlike and comes from a very dark place.”

Have a listen to the WTNSS remix too:

Purchase ‘Veins’ on iTunes here.

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

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Lowell – I Love You Money

Lowell  Photo Credit: by Norman Wong

Lowell
Photo Credit: by Norman Wong

A classically trained musician, Toronto-based singer Lowell suffers from a rare neurological condition known as synaesthesia which causes her to process sound as colours thus having a huge influence on her music and visions.

Despite the fun and chaotic video for ‘I Love You Money’, Lowell writes to empower herself as much as her listeners. Lyrics openly tackle sexual abuse, rape, abortion, and women’s rights. She stridently addresses the lack of LGBT rights in our society as well the ignorance about (and simultaneous obsession with) homosexuality.

Lowell releases her debut album ‘We Loved Her Dearly’ in the UK on 9 March through Arts & Crafts.

Sounds like: M.I.A, Dena, Ji Nilsson, Santigold, Mark Ronson, Icona Pop

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Continue reading

Wildhart – Stuck In A Second

Wildhart - Stuck In A Second

Wildhart – Stuck In A Second

Not another Swedish band! Well, we can’t help it because they are all so good and Wildhart is a new favourite of ours.

Following on from their Swedish counterparts, Little Dragon, Wildhart’s sound can only be described as energetic pulse beats through an electronic haze of synthesizers.

The single was recorded at Svenska Grammofon Studion by Györguy Barocksai and Henrik Alsér (who has cooperated with Robyn, Kleerup and Alicia Keys).

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Kid Astray, Depeche Mode, Phantogram, Santigold, SBTRKT, CSS, Sirena

Website | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube

Continue reading

Tove Styrke – Borderline

Tove Styrke - Borderline

Tove Styrke – Borderline

Tove Anna Linnéa Östman Styrke (aka Tove Styrke) is a Swedish singer and songwriter. She finished third on Swedish Idol 2009, but her latest track ‘Borderline’ is a production far from the cries of a ready-made reality TV show pop princess.

The reggae inspired track is full of tropical vibes, dancehall undertones and those lyrics…we wonder if they are a slight dig at the reality TV show industry?

‘Borderline’ was written by Tove Styrke and Janne Kask, and produced by Johan T Karlsson (Familjen).

The ‘Borderline’ EP is set for release on 23 November via Sony Sweden (and via RCA in the UK).

Sounds like: M.I.A, Santigold, Tove Lo, Lykke Li, Elliphant

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Instagram

Continue reading

Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked

Lykke Li

Lykke Li

The Swedish singer/songwriter is back. This time with her new single called ‘No Rest For The Wicked’.

The spine-tingling video (directed by Tarik Saleh) is beautifully shot and features Lykke Li herself.

The emotional track is the second one taken from her forthcoming third (and last) album of Lykke Li’s 20s and is out on 23 April 2014. ‘I Never Learn’ is out on 5 May 2014. Pre-order on iTunes here.

Sounds like: El Perro Del Mar, Susanne Sundfør, Fever Ray, Bat For Lashes, Oh Land, Chairlift, Uh Huh Her, Santigold

Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

Continue reading

Little Dragon – Paris

little Dragon

Swedish trio Little Dragon received critical with album ‘Ritual Union’ in 2011, and have been working hard on their next full length, having just released the synth-tastic ‘Paris’, as well as recent release ‘Klapp Klapp’, the video for which you can view below.

Little Dragon’s fourth album, ‘Nabuma Rubberband’ will be released on 14th May 2014, and is available to purchase here.

Sounds like; Phantogram, Santigold, SBTRKT, CSS
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Youtube

Continue reading