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Weekly Gems 35

TESHA – Dreams

TESHA

Brooklyn-based TESHA shares her mesmerising new single, ‘Dreams’.

TESHA effortlessly displays breathless vocal whispers with imaginary Japanese strings and a steady electronic backbeat.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Björk, FKA Twigs, Lykke Li, Joanna Newsom

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LUMINAR – Stand Down

Luminar

Dutch production duo LUMINAR shares ‘Stand Down’,

A slow starter, but bare with it, as ‘Stand Down’ does build and burn into a stream of dream pop with spacious synths and drums.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Sigur Rós, London Grammar

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Nina June – Out to Sea

Nina June - Out To Sea

Finding artistic inspiration during a 700 mile solitary walk through France and Spain, while listening to the film music of Thomas Newman (American Beauty) and Michael Nyman (The Piano), as well as the ethereal pop of Rhye and Zero 7, Nina June has created the cinematic pop song, ‘Out To Sea’.

Listen below.

Nina June’s album BON VOYAGE is out today.

Sounds like: Rhye, Seinabo Sey

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Superheart – After Midnight

Superheart - After Midnight

Superheart‘s new single ‘After Midnight’ has a serious sense of nostalgia to it, despite us not hearing it before today.

It reminds us a little of the music from The Beach soundtrack thanks to its warming vocals and subtly powerful tropical licks.

Sounds like: Brian Eno, Sugar Ray

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Joshua Worden – Tennessee

Joshua Worden

Adorned in flowers and a “no sweat” approach in his press shot, Joshua Worden oozes an effortlessly cool approach to his music.

Joshua’s new single release ‘Tennessee’ is both raw and organic, yet electronic and processed, and we’re not the slightest bit confused…in fact we can’t get enough of his nonchalant vibe.

Sounds like: The Strokes, James Blake, Toro y Moi, Jamie Woon, Sufjan Stevens, Tame Impala

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Retro Kid – Retro Kid (RK Version)

Retro Kid

So it turns out you can make music from literally anywhere, including a studio with equipment sitting on ironing boards!

Usually one for more indietronica stuff, the bedroom producer Retro Kid has pulled this one out the bag for his DJ set, which is to be aired on BBC Introducing’s Big Bangers weekend on 29 March.

The track takes influence from the many late nights in Copenhagen and was largely produced with a headache the day after.

Sounds like: Röyksopp, Jungle, Hot Chip, Little Dragon

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JINKA – Countdown Forever

JINKA

Berlin-based artist JINKA shares the experimental and rather sporadic ‘Countdown Forever’, full of plonky synth sounds.

Speaking about the track, JINKA states,

“Countdown Forever is about an illusional state of infinite hedonistic experience. The title is paradoxical. But just because something is paradoxical it doesn’t mean you can’t explore the idea of it. I think, what I generally do when I’m writing is that I try to take a different perspective on the mundane, dip crude reality into some sort of surreal glossing, romanticize it without smoothening the contours.”

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES

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Fred Nicolas – Lennon Loved Yoko

Fred Nicolas

Swedish songwriter/producer Fred Nicolas has caught our attention with his ability to create great pop music full of catchy melodies and offbeat lyrics.

His new single, ‘Lennon Loved Yoko’ is about “falling recklessly in love and the angst over fumbling every attempt at expressing it.” Damn!

Sounds like: Rationale, Seinabo Sey

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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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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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Lulu James – Falling

Lulu James

Lulu James

Tanzanian-born, London-based, singer, Lulu James, has just returned from touring as vocalist for Gorgon City, only to release her incredible own material.

Produced by DJ Simbad, ‘Falling’ is Lulu James’s lead track from her EP and is a modern take on power, something that Lulu James exudes quite freely in ‘Falling’.

Sounds like: MUNA, Rationale, Seinabo Sey

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Norde – Missing You Ft. Lucas Nord

Norde

Norde

When two Swedes team up, it is dynamite.

Norde has been vibing off of Lucas Nord‘s sound for some time, so decided to make a collaboration happen.

The result is ‘Missing You’; an upbeat electro pop track that remains tireless, regardless of how many times you play it.

Sounds like: Disclosure, Boxed In, Tove Lo, Years & Years, Banks, Jack Garratt, IYES, Le Youth, Sabella, Seinabo Sey

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Maja Francis – Come Companion

Maja Francis

Maja Francis

Newly signed Swede, Maja Francis is back with the video for ‘Come Companion’.

It’s a beautifully crafted pop number with falsetto vocals bursting out of a luscious forest of delicate synths.

A modern day Dolly Parton, perhaps?

The song is the lead single and title track of Maja’s debut EP ‘Come Companion’, released earlier this year via Sweden Music / Universal Sweden.

Sounds like: Dolly Parton, Kate Bush, Robyn, Susanne Sundfør, Tove Lo, Petite Meller, Seinabo Sey, Grimes

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Playlist: POSTAAL

POSTAAL

POSTAAL

POSTAAL are an electronic duo from Paris, who write raw tunes with poignantly robust vocals.

Their EP is out on 3rd June, and to celebrate it’s release, we asked them to put together a playlist for us.

Inüit – Tomboy
Best new band in France.

Judy – Ouzos
Another best new band in France.

Catchment – DJ’s delight

Apparently we’re from London and Paris. we’re not really though.. we’re from Bournemouth and Paris.. these lads are from Bournemouth too and they’re having it.

DJ Koze – XTC

Listened to this track because we thought it was about the band XTC.. turns out its about hard drugs and Meditation.

The Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin Beats

Been listening to this loads recently.. thinking of sampling the drums, but turns out its already samples though, so we’ll probably just sample the original.

Jelani Blackman – Sharp Shooter

Fucking tune.

Tour Dates
5/20: The Great Escape – UK
5/28: Lost Village Festival- Lincolnshire, UK
5/29: Liverpool Sound City-Liverpool, UK
6/4: Curiosities Festival- Toulouse, FR
7/3: Grand Parquet de Fontainebleau, FR
7/15: Out Of The Woods Festival- Weisen, AU
7/16: Positives Festival- Salacgriva, Latvia
7/22: Secret Garden Party- UK
7/30: Leopallooza- Cornwall, UK
8/18: Pstereo Festival- Norway, DK

Sounds like: Rationale, Seinabo Sey, Future Islands, Disclosure

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POSTAAL – Burnin’

POSTAAL

POSTAAL

POSTAAL are a new Parisian duo, who write and produce poignant and robust music.

Their single ‘Burnin” maybe complex in nature, but it is established within the first few quiet seconds. It also features the lofty vocals of Parisian gospel singer Pascal Toussaint, which add another layer to the already extensive production.

Sounds like: Rationale, Seinabo Sey, Future Islands, Disclosure

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Rationale – The Mire

Rationale - Mire

Rationale – Mire

London singer-writer-producer Rationale has wowed us with the evocative ‘Fuel To The Fire‘, and returns with the fourth and final track of his debut EP of the same title.

‘The Mire’ “is a song about a jilted lover, sinking in a self made swamp of unrelenting regret…”.

His exciting debut EP, ‘Fuel To The Fire’, is released via Best Laid Plans on vinyl. Buy here.

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

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