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XY&O – One More Night (Lemonade)

XY&O

Causing us as much of a crush as ‘Lights On‘, Welsh band, XY&O return with the sensual video for ‘One More Night (Lemonade)’.

Amidst a sensual haze, lead singer Alex serenades a tattoo’d lady with this summery pop number, exploring “the motives of those who seek out carnal pleasures and the expectations people have.”

Sounds like: Kid Astray, Sir Sly, Lost Boy Crow, Nonaphoenix

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Mating Ritual – Drunk

Mating Ritual

The 90’s was a messy time, and Mating Ritual are channelling such vibes with their new track ‘Drunk’, which lasts a sturdy six minutes 21 seconds. But this track is more about lovemaking than drinking, as the Los Angeles-based band contemplates the dissolution of a relationship following the honeymoon period.

The album, ‘How You Gonna Stop It?’ will be out on 9 June via Smooth Jaws.

Sounds like: M83, The Cranberries, Sir Sly, Huntar, Pacific Air, Ten Fé, Blossoms

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Mating Ritual – Night Lies (Feat. Lizzy Land)

Mating Ritual - Night Lies (Feat. Lizzy Land)

Mating Ritual – Night Lies (Feat. Lizzy Land)

The last time we wrote about Mating Ritual, it was on RAEKO‘s ‘Need 2 Know’. This time around, Mating Ritual have produced a stand out track called ‘Night Lies’, featuring Lizzy Land.

‘Night Lies’ is at the forefront of modern day electronic music, with robust vocals and nostalgic drums that ring of a faraway musical utopia.

The track is the second to be released from the band’s debut album ‘How You Gonna Stop It?’, which will be released as two six-track volumes – Volume 1 on 24 January, and Volume 2 in April.

Sounds like: KYKO, Sir Sly, Goldroom, Huntar, Pacific Air, Ten Fé, Blossoms, VÉRITÉ

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RAEKO – Need 2 Know (Feat. Mating Ritual)

Raeko & Mating Ritual

Raeko & Mating Ritual

One year on from their last single release together, Raeko (Jason Suwito‘s project) and Mating Ritual have teamed up once again, to our delight!

Funky and soulful vocals layered over a sweet, nu-disco backdrop, this is strictly on a ‘Need 2 Know’ basis.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Sir Sly, Collaj, Lane 8, Zimmer, Goldroom, Huntar

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AJÁ ROSE – Paradise Blue

AJÁ ROSE

AJÁ ROSE

AJÁ ROSE is an Los Angeles-based singer/drummer duo.

We know very little about the couple, only that their forthcoming EP is coming out this summer, and has been produced by Jason Suwito of Sir Sly.

Their debut, ‘Paradise Blue’ combines celestial vocals, invigorating synths and rhythmic drums. We can’t wait to hear more.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Monogem, VÉRITÉ, Prinze George, Sleigh Bells

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Playlist: XY&O

XY&O

XY&O

After being heckled at a recent XY&O show, we decided to get the guys onboard with a playlist to show us what they’re all about.

XY&O’s current release, ‘Chameleon’, is about social anxiety, and with that in mind, this playlist is in a bid to help you overcome any social anxiety that you may be suffering.

Daughter – Doing The Right Thing
The atmosphere these guys create in their songs is so hypnotic. I found the lyrics to this song to be particularly emotive after reading up on their meaning.

Mura Masa – Lovesick
We recently attended one of his gigs and the talent on this kid blows us away. He’s bringing something so fresh to the electronic music table.

Rufus – Innerbloom
A 9 minute epic that feels like it lasts for a lifetime and a few seconds at the same time. We can’t wait for their next return to the UK

Kaleo – Way Down We Go
Recently stumbled across this band and have had this single on repeat ever since. There’s so much cool stuff coming out of Iceland right now.

MGMT – Electric Feel
A timeless classic and one of the reasons we decided to start producing music together.

Ben Howard – Small Things
His new album is just too cool.

Parra for Cuva – Majoure
Such easy going, organic sounding electronica. I could (and do) listen to his album on loop.

Nahko and Medicine for the People – Aloha Ke Akua
A spiritual journey guided by words and an acoustic piano.

Coldplay – In My Place
One of my favourite bands of all time. Almost impossible to pick a single song so I simply chose the one that was playing while I wrote this :)

Kygo – Stay
If sunlight could be turned into music Kygo would be the guy able to do it. This song is a one way ticket to good vibes.

GoGo Penguin – One Percent
There’s just so much dark jazzy energy in this song. Easily one of the most immersive live shows we’ve ever experienced.

Bob Marley – Stir It Up
A revolutionary figure in every sense of the word. I’ve grown up listening to his music and a lifetime isn’t enough to get bored of it. Truly timeless music.

Sounds like: Phil Collins, Kid Astray, Sir Sly, Lost Boy Crow, Nonaphoenix

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Gypsy & The Cat – Inside Your Mind

Gypsy & The Cat

Gypsy & The Cat

Gypsy & The Cat are back and they mean business. If their new release ‘Inside Your Mind’ doesn’t tell you that, then you quite frankly don’t deserve to listen to the Australian duo.

We have the usual punchy falsettos and dreamy synths that Gypsy & The Cat have thrown our way before, but their new material has the benefit of an acoustic guitar and cultural influence from their recent travels in Japan.

‘Inside Your Mind’ has also been mixed by mixed by the legend that is Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, Neon Indian, The Flaming Lips).

Sounds like: Empire of The Sun, Cut Copy, Pistol Shrimp, Ghost Beach, Sir Sly, Jagwar Ma, Day Wave, Miike Snow, Bag Raiders, Small Pools, Chromeo

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High Highs – How Could You Know

High Highs

High Highs

High Highs are a Sydney-based band consisiting of Jack Milas and Oli Chang.

Citing influences such as Talk Talk and Fleetwood Mac the duo create a range delicate synth soundscapes overlaid with multi layered vocal harmonies wrapped up an indie pop sensibility.

Jack Milas describes the creative process behind the track as such: “This tune was one of the first ones we wrote when we finished touring and went to the country to start writing. Its a simple song that came out really naturally. It was the song that bridged the gap between the first record and this one. Once we had How Could You Know I think we had the confidence to step further into unfamiliar territory for the rest of the record. We had a lot of fun playing this one in Oli’s living room with just a piano and 12 string guitar, and that method dictated how we wrote a lot of other songs on the album. It was important to us that they sounded great stripped right back.” 

The track has been taken from their new album ‘Cascades’ which is out on 5 February 2016.

The High Highs will be touring Australia and North America early Spring 2016 with UK dates to be announced soon.

Sounds like: Gypsy & The Cat, Empire of The Sun, Cut Copy, Ghost Beach, Sir Sly, Jagwar Ma, Miike Snow, Talk Talk, Fleetwood Mac

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Interview with Young Empires & The Gates LP

Young Empires - The Gates

Young Empires – The Gates

Young Empires is a feel good, Toronto-based indie band, who we cannot get enough of. We have had ‘The Gates‘ single on repeat and now the LP of the same name is about to be released!

We had a chat with Matt from the band:

Why did you start making music?

None of us were fit to work for the ‘man’ and be part of 9-5 economy. We wanted to be part of the generation of young professionals cutting their own cloth and walking to the beat of their own drum. So we started our own business, the House of Young Empires, which includes music creation, curation, brand consulting, fashion, among other things..

Your song ‘The Gates’ is about fighting through depression and self doubt. Has the creative process of making music helped you overcome similar struggles in your personal lives?

More than creative process as a tool to overcome personal issues, is the reaction that the music creates. When our fans feel a sense of connection to our music, it gives us a deep sense of purpose in life. That, for us, is much more potent and healing.

Describe your sound in three words.

Rhythmic. Uplifting. Modern.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We all listen to different music. Very few of us have cross influences. This makes for tension in the creative process and results in something uniquely Young Empires.

Their debut album, ‘The Gates’ is due out on 2 October via HOYE Inc, Exclusively licensed to Votiv Music (excl. Canada)/Pirates Blend Records (Canada). Purchase on iTunes or have a listen to ‘So Cruel’ from the LP.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Foster & The People, The Hurts, Sir Sly, Pistol Shrimp, Gypsy & The Cat, Brotherun, Temper Trap, Dive In, Satellite Stories, Young Kato, Ghost Beach

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Gypsy & The Cat – Hearts A Gun

Gypsy & The Cat

Gypsy & The Cat

Surprise! Australian duo Gypsy & The Cat has dropped their cheeky new EP, ‘Hearts A Gun’. We’ve listened to it a fair few times already, and it’s top notch.

‘Hearts A Gun’, the lead track from the EP, tackles the issue of love head on. Perfect for summer days or winter nights, depending on your international location.

It is released on 25 September.

Sounds like: Empire of The Sun, Cut Copy, Ghost Beach, Sir Sly, Jagwar Ma, Miike Snow, Bag Raiders, Small Pools, Chromeo

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