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TYNI – Late Spring

TYNI - Late Spring

It’s ‘Late Spring’ and the mysterious birds are coming out to play in the woods. One of those is TYNI, a rising Sheffield-based pop artist.

Her latest single – produced by TROY NōKA and co-written by Angel Haze – is indulgent, with its sexy hooks and catchy melodies.

It’s out now on Croydon Boy.

Sounds like: MØ, Elohim, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Robyn

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High Hazels – Joined At the Lip

High Hazels

High Hazels

Sheffield dream pop four-piece High Hazels recently released new track, ‘Joined At The Lip’.

While the swirling guitars and reverb-heavy vocals are sure to remind listeners of bands such as Beach House, Cocteau Twins, and My Bloody Valentine, High Hazels structure ‘Joined At The Lip’ in a way that should capture quite a great deal of attention.

As the song opens, frontman James Leesley croons, “In the backwaters of my bloodstreams nightmares play their violins every night for me.” It is an unsettling statement that is revealed in a chillingly relatable way, given how relaxed his vocal stylings are. According to Leesley, Scott Walker was a big influence on his vocals for the song. “I remember Scott Walker being played a lot around the time of writing ‘Joined At The Lip’ before practices, in the car and stuff – and the way he delivers his voice really got to us,” Leesley said. “That’s how the opening melody came about, really.”

The rest of the band isn’t slacking either. The bass of Paul Barlow is bouncy but has an air of tension to it as well. Drummer Anthony Barlow paces his percussion nicely, particularly with snare hits in the outro. Meanwhile, the guitar contributions of Leesley and Scott Howes are both melodic and intense all the same. This is the kind of song that once first glance seems ideal for drifting off to sleep. However, once it kicks into gear, it doesn’t let up.

High Hazels aren’t completely new to the music landscape, but they aren’t completely known yet. Their self-titled debut was released in 2014 and received very positive attention. The BBC was a fan of theirs early on, playing their music on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music when the only things they had recorded were demos and they hadn’t played a single show.

They also released the ‘Valencia’ EP last year to positive notices. A new EP will be following their single release of ‘Joined At The Lip’ early next year.

On December 17, they will be playing a hometown show at the Leadmill in Sheffield. Tickets available here.

Sounds like: The Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane, Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Richard Hawley, The Coral, Beach House, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine

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Words by Brad Johnson

Playlist: Four Authors

Four Authors

Four Authors

Four Authors are making a bit of an impact in the UK music scene, having already been described as “pop rock at it’s finest” by BBC Introducing.

With that in mind, the boys have put together a wicked playlist for Indietronica. Listen below.

Panic! At The Disco – I Write Sins Not Tragedies

One of their earliest songs and one of their best, although they do keep consistently writing phenomenal music.

Twenty One Pilots – Heavy dirty soul

We love this band for their unique way to blend so many genres of music together including two of our favourites, Rock and Rap.

Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark

We’ve grown up being a huge fan of this band right back from their early punk beginnings. One of our favourite things about this band is their ever evolving sound. We could have chosen any number of songs by FOB but this one best represents their modern pop rock anthems they have had a habit of writing over the past two albums.

One Republic – Counting Stars

Lead single from an album we found while traveling, this song is a pop rock masterpiece and the soundtrack to an amazing time in our lives.

Ed Sheeran – I See Fire

He’s one of the greatest musical talents of the last few years. We’ve been listening to him way before he made it massive and he’s still writing brilliant songs. We love how I See Fire sounds so HUGE with so little actually on it.

Ward Thomas – Carry You Home

Reminds us of American country rock and being in Nashville. Big Chorus!

Taylor Swift – I Know Places

Every one of Taylor’s songs are so musically different, probably down to the different producers and writers she collaborates with. We chose this because of the fantastic melodies she uses in the vocals.

One Republic – Wherever I Go

Pretty much every song Ryan Tedder writes is a lesson on how to write a hit track.

Twenty One Pilots – Stressed out

They’re putting out music that is different and mix different styles in their tracks really well.

Their album is out now via ALYA RECORDS.

Sounds like: Fun, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Temper Trap

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Kidnap Kid – Stronger / Like You Used To

Kidnap Kid

Kidnap Kid

Kidnap Kid is Sheffield born and bred, DJ and producer, Matt Relton.

The mellow and slightly euphoric ‘Like You Used To’ is cushioned on Kidnap Kid’s double A-side single right next to the atmospheric and lengthier ‘Stronger’.

Kidnap Kid has played this well as there is no declared B side, and quite rightly so as it is pretty hard to choose between the two tracks. We’d recommend serially listening to both; ‘Like You Used To’ at the pre-party and ‘Stronger’ during the party, but the decision is yours.

The singles are released under the umbrella of The Black Butter label (Rudimental, Solomon Grey, Gorgon City).

Sounds like: London Grammar, Disclosure, Erykah Badu, Aluna George, Ronika, Indiana, Rudimental, The XX, Clean Bandit, Röyksopp

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An Indietronica Collaboration With Indieverse

An Indietronica first! A collaboration with Indieverse.

Indieverse has kindly set up a mixtape of 10 hot indietronica tunes for you to listen to at your heart’s content. Here’s a lowdown on each track:

1. The Chain Gang of 1974 – ‘Miko’

The Chain Gang of 1974

The Chain Gang of 1974

The Chain Gang of 1974 is an indietronica project that is the moniker of L.A. based, multi-instrumentalist and DJ Kamtin Mohage.

His track, ‘Miko’ initially has a reflective and heartfelt melody similar to a production that would be displayed by The Postal Service, but it quickly and frantically switches up a notch with a darker and punchier beat.

His upcoming LP is due for release next year.

Sounds like: The Postal Service

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2. Mons Montis – ‘Swept’

Mons Montis

Mons Montis

Mons Montis are Viktor Paulsrud, Herman Båverud Olsson and Julia Hjertström. Forming the band was a 2013 summer project that they decided to share with their friends and families via Soundcloud.

Read more on the track here.

Sounds like: College

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3. The Weeknd – ‘The Party’ (Chi Duly Remix)

The Weeknd

The Weeknd

Slightly more R&B based now.

Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) has been dubbed ‘the songbird of our generation’, despite breaking some of the most accepted rules in the music industry.

The Chi Duly remix of ‘The Party’ has a more energetic feel, without disguising Tesfaye’s smooth vocals.

Sounds like: James Blake, Alex Clare, Jamie Woon, Josef Salvat, SOHN, Gent Mason

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4. Lina Fouro – ‘Bang Bang Baby’

Lina Fouro

Lina Fouro

Lina Fouro is a street smart Afghan-Canadian singer. Her super catchy track, ‘Bang Bang Baby’ is expected to be on her upcoming album ‘The Love Cycle’, which explores the highs and lows of love.

‘Bang Bang Baby’ sounds like it has been produced in Ibiza, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another Balearic-sounding summer hit from an artist across the pond because 1 minute in, ‘Bang Bang Baby’ is flipped on its head and turns into a molten of dubstep inspired bass.

Sounds like: Lady Gaga, Madonna

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5. The New Division – ‘Pride’

The New Division

The New Division

‘Pride’ is the first track on the The New Division‘s four-song digital EP ‘Night Escape’, which is out now on The New Division’s own label, Division 87 Records.

The track immediately engulfs us with weightless and dreamy synths. Then John Kunkel’s vocals start and we are immediately grounded. Close your eyes and imagine a love story unravel just like in an 80’s movie.

Sounds like: New Order, Depeche Mode, Suzuki Method, Delphic, Joy Division

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6. KYLIAN – ‘Remind Me’

KYLIAN

KYLIAN

Violin-trained Emily Holden (aka KYLIAN) has impressed us with her classical twist on electronica. Her first ballad is subtle, yet it gives us a snippet of what is to come from the singer. The primitive synths and towering drums definitely intrigue us.

Sounds like: Death Rattle, OH Land, College, I BREAK HORSES, Us Baby Bear Bones

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7. Futurecop! – ‘Living in a Daydream’

Futurecop!

Futurecop!

British Futurecop! are full impact, disney-loaded electronica. Growing up together, the nostalgic Futurecop! boys, Manzur Iqbal and Peter Carrol, listened to punk pop, but always had an interest in 80’s and early 90’s pop culture.

‘Living in a Daydream’ is no exception with its emo nostalgia.

Sounds like: KAVINSKY, Justice, Daft Punk, Owl City, Hellogoodbye

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8. Stop Drop Robot – ‘Sugar Weep’

Stop Drop Robot

Stop Drop Robot

Stop Drop Robot are an electronic rock band from Sheffield. The band are yet to be signed, but are known for their impressive live shows.

Their track ‘Sugar Weep’ is guitar heavy with echoey vocals and a touch of synths.

Sounds like: Suzuki Method

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9. Cosmonaut Grechko – ‘Singin” (feat. Joywave)

Cosmonaut Grechko

Cosmonaut Grechko

Cosmonaut Grechko is Russian electro wunderkind. His track, ‘Singin” serves up superb synth and pop electro. Grechko constantly mixes the track up so that it doesn’t get tiring. We want more from Greschko!

Sounds like: Joywave, RAC, Cut Copy, Owl City, ROOSEVELT, Goldroom

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10. No Doubt – ‘Don’t Speak’ (cover by Computer Magic)

Computer Magic

Computer Magic

Computer Magic are Brooklyn-based Danielle Johnson (vocals, keyboards), James Morley (guitar), Justin Coles (bass), and Chris Egan (drums).

Sci-fi obsessed Johnson’s vocals are logical and delicate.

For a bit more of an idea about the band, have a listen and a free download of their awesome track ‘Time to Decide’:

As far as we know, there have been no official releases yet.

Sounds like: No Doubt, OH Land, Still Corners, MGMT, Best Coast

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The mixtape is available for free download here, but hurry it’s only limited to 200 downloads a month!

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