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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Little Dragon – Paris

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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
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AlunaGeorge – Best Be Believing

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Alt-RnB Londoners AlunaGeorge released debut album ‘Body Music’ on July 29th 2013 on Island Records, available to purchase here.

They have now unveiled the video for track #9 on the album; ‘Best Be Believing’. The video is based around the classic film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest which is set in a mental asylum. In the video, singer Aluna Francis dances weird and wonderfully as a patient within a psychiatric hospital.

AlunaGeorge will be embarking on a huge UK and European tour throughout October and November, the dates and locations of which can be found on their website.

Sounds like; MØ, Jessie Ware, Santigold, MS MR, Lykke Li
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NYPC – Hard Knocks

NYPC

New Young Pony Club have renamed themselves the shortened down ‘NYPC‘, as a mark of their rebirth as a creative duo with a refined and intelligent sound.

Recorded and self-produced in London, singer Tahita Bulmer and multi-instrumentalist Andy Spence claim “It feels like a new band in one way”,  talking about their decision to be a duo.

New single ‘Hard Knocks’, available for purchase here, is directed by Laurie Lynch, and will be followed by self-titled third album out 7th October 2013.  The video features two flirtatious teenagers at school; a cheeky, playful girl with an attempted suitor hot on her tail. The video is lighthearted and warming and incredibly fun to watch.

Sounds like; CSS, Santigold, Lorde
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MØ – Waste Of Time

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is the effortlessly cool Danish vocalist Karen Marie Ørsted and accompanying producer Ronni Vindahl. She first came to light with debut single ‘Pilgrim‘ at the end of 2012, and ‘Waste of Time’ is an equally catchy accomplishment with punchy beats and her trademark handclap throughout. ‘Waste of Time’ is out on 7th July 2013 through Chess Club Records/RCA Victor, available to preorder here.

Sounds like: Santigold, MS MR, Lykke Li
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