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Weekly Gems 15

Nikö Blank – Do U

Nikö Blank - Do U

Meet Nikö Blank.

A Korean native, the rising DJ and producer has shared remixes of the likes of Flume, Disclosure, Portugal. The Man, LAUV, Klangstoff and MOONZz.

His single ‘Do U’ features the polished vocals of Jacob Luttrell and channels some serious soultronica vibes.

Expect ‘The Frame’ EP to be out in November.

Sounds like: Flume, Usher, Medasin, Jacob Banks

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filous – Already Gone ft. Emily Warren

filous

Austrian producer filous has also been an inquisitive soul, and a fast learner, perfecting a number of instruments at the tender age of 10. Fast forward 10 years, and filous finds himself nestled amongst the likes of Flume and ODESZA with his electronic music.

‘Already Gone’ features the delicate vocals of top songwriter Emily Warren (The Chainsmokers, FRENSHIP) and is out now via Ultra Music.

Sounds like: Gabrielle Aplin, Sigrid, Fenne Lily, Flume, ODESZA, Klei

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Blonde Maze – Thunder

Blonde Maze

We get a real sense of nostalgia listening to ‘Thunder’ by NYC songstress, Blonde Maze.

Touching piano keys and ethereal vocals express the beauty of maturity required to grow old and feel comfortable with someone.

Sounds like: Le Youth, Goldroom, Maggie Rogers

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Ella Blixt – WINNERS

Ella Blixt

Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ella Blixt shares her debuts single, ‘Winners’.

It’s ultimately a wise pop song which takes each part of the musical puzzle to write successes.

‘Winners’ is out now on Teto Records in Japan and Squeeze Day Recordings in Europe.

Sounds like: Joe Goddard, Sóley

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MRY – Walking On Fire

MRY

Not happy with the corporate grind, MRY decided to sack his job in engineering and head for the bright lights of the Pacific Coast.

The result is ‘Walking On Fire’, a feel-good indie dance track that easily reminds you of the summer just gone by.

It’s out now via YouTooCanWoo.

Sounds like: The Levity, Cub Sport, Island Club, Lanes

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Lyves – Cover Me

Lyves

Lyves shares ‘Cover Me’, which has been co-produced with Will Night.

It’s another honest and passionate song from the London artist, and is about the push and pulls of a relationship.

Sounds like: Kllo, London Grammar, James Blake, SOHN, The Weeknd, Banks, Jamie XX, Jesse Ware, Shura, Seal, Boards of Canada

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Back Talk – Nothing New (Feat. The Fame Riot)

Back Talk - Nothing New (Feat. The Fame Riot)

Los Angeles/Seattle group Back Talk blast out new banger, ‘Nothing New’ featuring The Fame Riot.

‘Nothing New’ offers up fighting lyrics smothered in modern production. Listen below.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Odesza, Louis The Child

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TWINKIDS – Body Wonder

TWINKIDS

TWINKIDS drop ‘Body Wonder’.

It’s a brooding number with elegant pieces of soulful vocals, unexpected harmonies and spare percussion written about how all-consuming love is.

‘Body Wonder’ is out now on Om Records.

Sounds like: Talos, Tame Impala, Oli Hannaford, Boxed In

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Ruben Young – Bad Habits

Ruben Young - Bad Habits

Rising Canadian R&B artist Ruben Young shares the ever so smooth ‘Bad Habits’.

Speaking of the single, Ruben says,

“I wrote it in the fall of 2015, following my “relapse” for a girl I’d been chasing since I was 16 years old. She’s never been good for me, and I’ve known it all along. We kept our ‘relationship’ a secret, and it became more of an affair. She was my forbidden secret – my bad habit. 7 years later, it all came crashing down. I think everyone’s guilty of falling for someone who they couldn’t get over; even though they knew they needed to. For me, she was dangerous, and I loved that about her.”

Sounds like: John Legend

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Tyzo Bloom – Before U Go (feat. Lauren Marie)

Tyzo Bloom

Tyzo Bloom is the brainchild of Los Angeles producer/songwriter, Casey Chen.

He writes progressive music that combines contemporary production, melodic tones and delightful vocals (this time, courtesy of Lauren Marie).

Sounds like: Sylvan Esso, Mura Masa, Ella Vos, Odesza

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Sub-Radio – Was It Good For You

Sub-Radio

DIY band Sub-Radio create uplifting music with a raw edge.

‘Was It Good For You’ creates a feeling of disorder as soon as you listen to it, but this isn’t a bad thing when the falsetto vocals are as good as this!

Sounds like: Smallpools, Young The Giant

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Ricky Remedy x JOHN.k – Gold

Ricky Remedy x JOHN.k - Gold

Introducing JOHN.k, an Orlando-based singer-songwriter who effortless perspires soul.

He has teamed up with Mad Decent-signed and Grammy Award winning producer Ricky Remedy for a new collaborative single, ‘Gold’, in which Ricky brings some serious, crisp production skills to the table.

Sounds like: MNEK, Gorgon City, The Weeknd

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Kid Astray – Fall To My Knees

Kid Astray

We are super excited that Kid Astray are back, and their defiant new track does not disappoint.

An collective of musical instruments and instantly memorable vocal hooks, ‘Fall To My Knees’ is about why Kid Astray are sharing their music;

“Fall to My Knees” is about a gig we played in Berlin in the spring of 2015. We were having a really tough time, battling some undue negativity in the media and in the people around us. We just wanted to quit, go to sleep, and not play this showcase at a club. But that show just blew up and made us remember why in the world we’re so determined to keep on doing this. It’s pretty big for a couple of 20 year olds to able to play a sold-out show in the hipster capitol of Europe. And this song is a reminder of that.”

It’s out now via Sony Music.

Sounds like: Smallpools, Passion Pit, Pistol Shrimp, M83, Holy Ghost!, Two Door Cinema Club, Young Kato, Ballet School

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Smallpools – Run With The Bulls

Smallpools by Dan Monick

Smallpools by Dan Monick

After a brief hiatus, US band Smallpools return with their first independent release; a frenetic video for ‘Run With The Bulls’.

Working with the track’s producer, Frederik Thaae (Atlas Genius, Saint Motel), for the bulk of their summer, it’s safe to say that Smallpools have definitely ramped things up a bit. Possibly a “so long!” to RCA Records, possibly not. Either way, it’s decent stuff!

Sounds like: The Bravery, Panic! At The Disco, Passion Pit, Phoenix, Matt & Kim

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The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay

The Griswolds

The Griswolds

It’s been a while since we’ve written about Aussie synthpop on Indietronica.

What better reintroduction than with the fun-filled video for ‘If You Wanna Stay’ by Sydney-natives, The Griswolds.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Smallpools, Great Good Fine Ok, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Chromeo, Passion Pit, The Foals, Local Natives, Fenech Soler, Vampire Weekend

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Pistol Shrimp – honey

Pistol Shrimp - honey

Pistol Shrimp – honey

UK/US duo Pistol Shrimp is back with new track ‘honey’.

Like a fine dessert wine that you sip after a heavy indie meal, the summery track trickles with nectar vocals and cute percussion. Delightful!

Have a listen below:

Sounds like: Passion Pit, The Avalanches, Smallpools, Lighthouse & The Whaler, Holy Ghost!, St. Lucia, M83, LANY, Magic Man, Cannons, Imperial Mammoth, Sir Sly, PROM, Jagwar Ma

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Kid Astray – Still Chasing Nothing

Kid Astray - Still Chasing Nothing

Kid Astray – Still Chasing Nothing

Norwegian indiepop six-piece Kid Astray has released brand new single ‘Still Chasing Nothing’.

The catchy track is energetic and the heavier guitar interlude is something that we have not seen from Kid Astray before. I guess that is one of the benefits of having so many influences in one band!

We love these guys!

The track comes from the band’s forthcoming debut album titled ‘Home Before the Dark’, which will see a 2015 release via Cosmos.

Buy the track on iTunes here.

Sounds like: Smallpools, Passion Pit, Pistol Shrimp, M83, Holy Ghost!, Two Door Cinema Club, Young Kato, Ballet School

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Pistol Shrimp – Between Us

Pistol Shrimp

Pistol Shrimp

Pistol Shrimp is back with the video for the strongest track yet. It’s hard to believe a video of this standard was directed by 17 year old Jake Matos.

The beautifully shot video by the 17 year old is about being young, free, having fun and doing what you love. It follows two boys and two girls on their separate dream adventures.

The track has an electro-synth backing with layered vocals sprinkled on top, and includes those dreamy hooks that Pistol Shrimp are renowned for.

Sounds like: Passion Pit, Smallpools, Lighthouse & The Whaler, Holy Ghost!, St. Lucia, M83, LANY, Magic Man, Cannons, Imperial Mammoth, Sir Sly, PROM

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Pistol Shrimp – Where I Go

Pistol Shrimp

Pistol Shrimp

The international duo Pistol Shrimp is back with stunning new track ‘Where I Go’.

The feel-good track takes on more of a tropical vibe; full of trumpets and 80’s-inspired synths. It really is the perfect tune to see summer out with.

The generous duo is offering a free download of the track on their Facebook page, along with the free download of the insanely good debut ‘Hearts EP’.

Sounds like: Passion Pit, Smallpools, Lighthouse & The Whaler, Holy Ghost!, St. Lucia, M83, LANY, Magic Man, Cannons, Imperial Mammoth, Sir Sly, PROM

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Pistol Shrimp – Taking Names

Pistol Shrimp

Pistol Shrimp

Pistol Shrimp (aka UK-based musician David Burreddu and US based musician Aaron Peterson) is back with a new video for ‘Taking Names’; one of the tracks taken from the brilliant debut ‘Hearts EP’.

The beautiful and thought-provoking animated video is directed by Stefan Hollenbach and follows a robot travelling across land and sea to eventually jet off into space.

Go to their facebook page for a free download of the track and rest of the EP!

Sounds like: Passion Pit, Smallpools, Lighthouse & The Whaler, Holy Ghost!, St. Lucia, M83, LANY, Magic Man, Cannons, Imperial Mammoth, Sir Sly

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