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Weekly Gems 45

Anthony Lazaro – Neon Soul

Anthony Lazaro - Neon Soul

Italian singer-songwriter Anthony Lazaro is a new kid on the block of chilled, retro-modernist, electronic music.

His new single ‘Neon Soul’ channels some sweet and dreamy Jungle and Chic vibes, livening up those boring sepia colors from the autumn days

Sounds like: Jungle, Roosevelt, Chic

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Dady – Failing

Dady by Chad Griffith

NYC-based Dady is comprised of singer/songwriter Rachel Dady and songwriter/producer Jesse O’Connor.

Born from enemies, these two have somehow put their differences apart and now create delicate dream pop for the masses. ‘Failing’ effortlessly switches between tender moments and an anthemic hook.

Sounds like: Carly Rae Jepsen, Paperwhite, Taylor Swift, Haim

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Hanne Leland – Underdogs

Hanne Leland

Ever feel like an outsider? If so, then Norwegian artist Hanna Leland has your back with her new single ‘Underdogs’.

Fluid, Scandi electro-pop at its finest, ‘Underdogs’ is a call to arms for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.

Listen below.

Sounds like: The Magnettes, Robyn

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Born Stranger – Last Night on Earth

Born Stranger

With it’s deceiving upbeat melody, Born Stranger‘s new single ‘Last Night on Earth’ is surprisingly about the sad topic of suicide.

An ode to those who have left our planet too soon, this track urges you to celebrate, live in the moment and be compassionate with each other.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Prinze George, Sia, The Wombats, Bastille, Major Lazer, Years & Years, M83, Foals, KAPTAN, The Brocks, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Myzica

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Sleep Thieves – Sea of Shadows

Sleep Thieves

Dublin disco-noir trio Sleep Thieves shares new single ‘Sea of Shadows’.

With the song’s minimal lyrical attitude and looping darkly ethereal synths full of nostalgia that completely immerse your mind, it’s hard to believe the threesome met on Twitter.

Sounds like: Vök, Kate Boy, Poliça

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OKKAH – Body of a Swan

OKKAH

Indie pop quartet OKKAH share their new single called ‘Body of a Swan’.

Elegant and melodic in nature, and much like the animal itself, ‘Body of a Swan’ takes you on a dream-like journey full of delicate vocals and gentle keys.

It’s the lead track from the EP of the same title.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, Child Ivory, Crozet, Passion Pit

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Steven Bamidele – Things Could Be Better

Steven Bamidele

Let’s take things nice and slow with Steven Bamidele‘s ever-optimistic new single, ‘Things Could Be Better’.

It’s a stripped-back production with well-timed jazz percussion and emotive, soulful vocals, courtesy of the 23 year old London-based songwriter and producer.

Sounds like: Jamie Cullum, John Legend

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Kasbo – Aldrig Mer Feat TENDER

Kasbo - Aldrig Mer Feat TENDER

Kasbo is an exciting Swedish producer whose music fits nicely alongside the likes of ODESZA and Aquilo.

His current release ‘Aldrig Mer’ (translating to ‘No More’ in English) combines organic elements including real instrument recordings and electronic synths, as well as the boundless vocals of rising UK duo TENDER.

Expect Kasbo’s debut album to come out on Foreign Family Collective/Counter Records on 23 March.

Sounds like: ODESZA, Aquilo, SOHN, Jungle, Glass Animals, HUNTAR, Caribou, Air, Boxed In, Honne

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Emilia Ali – Thick Thighs

Emilia Ali

No one wants thick thighs, unless of course they are coming from Emilia Ali.

Already smashing the charts on Spotify and key YouTube channels, Emilia Ali doesn’t want to go unnoticed, despite her hushed voice in new single.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Alice Jemima, CAPPA, Sia, Dominique, Kiiara, Phoebe Ryan, Laurel, Lana Del Rey

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Cub Sport – Good Guys Go

Cub Sport

Cub Sport‘s new single ‘Good Guys Go’, questions just that – unreciprocated love, unfortunately a common theme in a lot of relationships.

The neon video, directed by Joe Agius is shot in real time with one roaming camera, and tries to capture an intense feeling of loss, inspired by images from fashion magazines and music videos by Michael Jackson, TLC, and Perfume Genius.

Sounds like: MRY

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Elley Duhé – Can You Touch

Elley Duhé - Can You Touch

Think of every single female pop star who has positively impacted your life. Now take a listen to Elley Duhé.

An Alabama-native, growing up Elley always felt like different to other kids her age and used music as a form of creative escapism after receiving a guitar from her father.

It wasn’t long after, that Elley found herself writing for artists like Usher and working with Grammy-Award winning producer Illangelo (The Weeknd).

‘Can You Touch’ is an empowering number, written by Elley and produced by Rahki (Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mac Miller).

The track is out now on A Creative Music Group / Columbia Records.

Sounds like: Charlie XCX, CHLØË BLACK, ALMA, Dua Lipa, Sigrid, Natasha Bedingfield, Sia

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Born Stranger – Cheating Love (Feat Caitlyn Scarlett)

Born Strangers

Nothing beats a beautiful electro-pop duet.

UK-based Born Stranger (aka Maddox-Jones and Raife Hacking) invited emerging vocalist, Caitlyn Scarlett, to join them in the studio. Just 15 minutes later, the verse and lyrics to ‘Cheating Love’ were created.

Caitlyn explains, “The phrase ‘cheating love’ can be perceived as infidelity, but the undertone I wanted to convey was that of cheating love the same way someone might cheat death, a close shave but ultimately avoided.”

The track is co-produced by Yoad Nevo (Sia, Pet Shop Boys, Goldfrapp).

Sounds like: Prinze George, Sia, The Wombats, Bastille, Major Lazer, Years & Years, M83, Foals, KAPTAN, The Brocks, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Myzica

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MILCK – Quiet

MILCK

MILCK

Proving anything but, MILCK shares ‘Quiet’.

It’s not just her vocals in ‘Quiet’ that we are astounding by, but also MILCK’s rise against her own history of physical and sexual abuse.

Ever an advocate for women’s rights, MILCK performed ‘Quiet’ at last Saturday’s Women’s March with 25 other female singers of all different backgrounds and ages in acapella ‘flash mob’ choral performances.

MILCK is also launching a major social media campaign around ‘Quiet’ to raise awareness against abuse of women and minorities. Proceeds from the project will benefit Step Up, an empowering nonprofit that provides after school and mentorship programs for underprivileged girls ages 13-18. More info here.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Brandon Flowers, Prinze George, Gabrielle Aplin, Banks, Sia

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FJER – Better

FJER

FJER

Making us feel a lot ‘Better’ about the beginning of winter, is New York based, Danish artist, FJER (aka Maja Barløse).

We’ve become a fan of FJER’s ability to switch her vocals between celestial falsettos and brooding, R&B flecked tones.

‘Better’ has been produced by Nector.

Expert her debut album to be released in 2017 via QUINTIC.

Sounds like: Banks, Sia, VÉRITÉ, Dominique, Kill J, Kacy Hill, July Child

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ELIZA – Mad For You

Eliza- Mad For You

Eliza- Mad For You

Keen violinist, ELIZA, has shared her beautiful electro pop track, ‘Mad For You’.

Originally recorded as an acoustic piano version about unexpected feelings in September, Latvian producer MKR (Makree) soon got his hands on ‘Mad For You’ and turned up the volume.

ELIZA explains of the track, “Three words that would best describe “Mad For You” are longing, distance and passion.”

The track is out now.

Sounds like: Izzy Bizu, Jake Alder, Kellen, AlunaGeorge, Honne, Sia, Dominique

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SHAED – Thunder

SHAED

SHAED

Meet SHAED, Washington’s newest indietronica export.

SHAED is a trio comprised of multi-instrumentalist twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and vocalist Chelsea Lee.

New single, ‘Thunder’, is a supreme track full of belting harmonies and blistering synths.

It’s out now via Photo Finish Records (MisterWives,  Mowgli’s, Marian Hill).

Tour Dates

9/09 – Providence, RI @ The Met Cafe (tickets)
9/10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (tickets)
9/11 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater (tickets)
9/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West (tickets)
9/14 – Orlando, FL @ The Social (tickets)
9/16 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (tickets)
9/17 – Austin, TX @ The Parish (tickets)
9/18 – Dallas, TX @ Club DADA (tickets)
9/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Cresent Ballroom (tickets)
9/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater (tickets)
9/22 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory (tickets)
9/27 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom (tickets)
9/28 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theater (tickets)
9/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge (tickets)
10/01 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater (tickets)
10/02 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater (tickets)
10/04 – St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room (tickets)
10/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom (tickets)
10/06 – Minneapolis, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom (tickets)
10/08 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic (tickets)
10/09 – Columbus, OH @ The A+R Music Bar (tickets)
10/11 – Boston, MA @ Royale Boston (tickets)
10/12 – New York, NY @ Webster (tickets)
10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (tickets)

Sounds like: Rae Morris, Sia, Marian Hill, VÉRITÉ, Laura Welsh, Laurel

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AM!R – Design

AMIR

AMIR

Every now and then an artist stands out amongst the crowd.

One such artist is AM!R; a half Egyptian, half-Irish American.

AM!R has already produced with Sia and Panic! At The Disco in his short career, and we can immediately draw comparison to the sensual and original talents of the late Prince.

To top that off, his empowering track, ‘Design’ is an ode to strong women out there, saying “How can you not admire and love the design of a strong woman. And lucky for me, New York is brimming with them. One in particular caught me off guard, and this is a celebration of her: her attitude, her heart, her power. An inspiring woman.”

Head over to his Soundcloud page for a free download.

Sounds like: Prince, Ben Khan

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Born Stranger – Fire & The Flame

Born Stranger

Born Stranger

Born Stranger are ultimately a pop band, but with a deeper, darker layer, taking inspiration from such 80’s electronic bands such as Tears for Fears and Depeche Mode, as well as more recent artists such as The Weeknd & Sia.

Listen to their track, ‘Fire & The Flame’ below.

It’s out on 19 August.

Sounds like: M83, Foals, KAPTAN, The Brocks, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Myzica

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