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Taka Perry – Slow (Feat. Jordi Davis)

Taka

Taka

Recent student, Taka Perry, has just shared his melodic and fantastical single, ‘Slow’.

Although written some time ago, the track has only just seen the light of day on the blogosphere, partly due to some friends from high school secretly creating a video for Taka, using an older demo version of the song, which obviously took Taka by surprise.

Of the video, Taka explains,

“The video is about a girl that doesn’t actually exist, but a figment of imagination inside the singer’s head. Whilst the video is predominantly comprised of imagery and visuals, the absence of other characters, sets an eerie undertone to the video, whilst bringing the attention back to the main character.”

He has enlisted the vocal talents of his friend, Jordi Davis (String Elephants).

For a limited time, ‘Slow’ is being offered as a free download on Taka’s Soundcloud page.

Sounds like: Chet Faker, Flume, Fort Minor, Bonobo, Solomon Grey

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Interview: Benji Lewis

Benji Lewis

Benji Lewis

Meet Australian singer/songwriter Benji Lewis, who has just released his debut ‘Hearts & Halos’ EP, along with its fourth and final single, ‘Night & Day’.

We had a chat with him to find out more about his music and being Benji Lewis.

Benji Lewis is a singer/songwriter from Melbourne. Tell us more about your day to day life as Benji Lewis?

Right now around the recent release of my EP, it’s a lot of being around the laptop, with emails and sharing to socials. It’s cool though, seeing new fans coming in, finding my music and having great sites and blogs come on board as well. I’m also setting up some features and collabs in Australia and the States, so some more emails, writing lyrics, melodies and getting in the studio when I can to record. In my free time though I’ll be with my sisters or housemates, a gin and tonic if I’m feeling it or I’ll watch a tv show, at the moment it’s Daredevil & Outlander.

Describe your sound in three words.

Emotion, Atmospheric, Vibes.

There’s an incredible amount of emotional energy that is poured into your music. Do you find it a difficult process tapping into such emotions?

I think I did at times, but when some memories are so visual still, everything can come flooding back. With some of the songs, especially ‘Reach You Where You Are.’ That one just came out of me when i was at the piano. You do feel it all again, so it isn’t all easy. But it does feel good to express it and let it out.

Your EP is called ‘Hearts & Halos’. Where did the name come from?

When deciding on the title, I had this huge list. But this one always stood out, from the moment I wrote it down. Well the EP is a lot about matters of the heart and then half of it is about the loss of my Mum, who is definitely now a guardian angel to me, so that’s where Halos came from. Then it just seemed a perfect fit, Hearts & Halos.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Influences and new music styles can always change for me. But when it came to this EP, going into it I definitely had in mind music from James Blake, Tove Lo and some emotion and vocal style from Emma Louise as well. While the other half was more influenced by Gorgon City, Peking Duk and The Weekend.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

About a month or two ago, before he hit the radio here in Australia I came across gnash, I really like stuff from him, especially ‘i hate u i love u’ & ‘leave a message.’ But I’m also liking Joy, Atlas Bound and anything from MNEK, he’s amazing, his production and vocals has all the vibes.

Sounds like: Antony Hegarty, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Yazz, Jack Garratt, Disclosure, MNEK

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Xavier Dunn – Scattered

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Xavier Dunn by Adam Gentry

Xavier Dunn is a Sydney-based talent that you should get to know pretty quickly, because he’s going to become an international hit, rubbing shoulders with the likes of RY X and Solomon Grey.

Xavier’s first original debut, ‘Scattered’ is a seriously strong contender. He shares with us his heartfelt, falsetto vocals, of which are cleverly constructed over just under four minutes of noble and cinematic production.

‘Scattered’ is independently released on 1 April.

Sounds like: Bon Iver, RY X, Solomon Grey, Aquilo

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Solomon Grey – Sweet 84

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Solomon Grey

Solomon Grey have unveiled the new video for ‘Sweet 84’, the latest release taken from their self-entitled LP.

Always offering up cinematic production with expansive electronica, the video for ‘Sweet 84’ features the world through a young child’s eyes growing up in the 80’s.

In their own words; “We wanted to create something with the breadth of emotion and depth that some of our favourite albums encompass. The music and songs just naturally became more and more layered the more we worked on them and bit by bit we learnt how to self-produce and carve out the sound we wanted. The album touches on a lot of things but put together the whole thing ended up reflecting our journey from a very dark place and the metamorphoses we went through over the years of writing and travelling, trying to get it finished.”

The album is out now via Decca Records.

Solomon Grey have also announced a support tour with Above & Beyond and will be appearing live at The Royal Albert Hall on May 5th 2016 amongst other UK dates:

Sunday 3rd April – Eagle Inn, Manchester
Monday 4th April – Green Door Store, Brighton
Tuesday 5th April – The Louisiana, Bristol
Wednesday 6th April – Electrowerkz, London

Sounds like: Heaven 17, Depeche Mode, Ásgeir, Chet Faker, James Vincent McMorrow, Hozier, Lane 8, The National, Son Lux, M83

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Chet Faker – 1998 (Feat. Banks)

Chet Faker - 1998 (Feat Banks)

Chet Faker – 1998 (Feat Banks)

The god of indie, Chet Faker, has teamed up with the goddess of pop for an updated version of Faker’s original track, ‘1998’.

The warmer version features a new verse with vocals from Banks.

Purchase on iTunes now. It has been released via Downtown Records.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Phlo Finister, Lana Del Rey, SZA, Weeknd, SOHN, Cal Zafiro, Lanks, Maala, Solomon Grey

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LANKS – AURELIA

LANKS

LANKS

We are obsessed with the new ‘Banquet EP’ by Melbourne-based artist, LANKS.

The six track collection of songs encompasses LANKS’s signature textured and layered sounds, grounded in intelligent, effortless vocals.

Listen to the stunningly produced ‘Aurelia’, or the whole EP below.

Sounds like: Ásgeir, Bon Iver, Deptford Goth, RY X, Daughter, Hozier, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Action Child, Chet Faker

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Solomon Grey – Miradors

Solomon Grey

Solomon Grey

Solomon Grey is an ambient electronic folk electronic duo from the UK.

The stunning track, ‘Miradors’ was written in isolation in the Australian outback, the song is packed with contemplative nostalgia. In their own words, it was inspired by having the time to reflect on “everything – your childhood, relationships, mistakes, everything.”

The epic live video is now available:

The track will be featured on the soundtrack for the adaptation of JK Rowling’s global bestseller ‘The Casual Vacancy’.

It is also taken from their mini-album titled ‘Selected Works’, which will be released on their own imprint label Elcici Records.

Sounds like: Ásgeir, Chet Faker, James Vincent McMorrow, Hozier, Lane 8, The National, Son Lux

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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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