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Weekly Gems 17

Shoos Off – Future Heartbreak

ShoosOff

Time to kick your shoes off and get down with this week’s favourite tunes.

First up is Los Angeles-based bedroom collective, Shoos Off.

Led by singer Patrick Killeen, these guys amalgamate synth sounds with delicate, upbeat vocals, in a modest manner.

Listen to ‘Future Heartbreak’ below.

Sounds like: The Knocks, Smallpools, St. Lucia

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Sonata Kay Feat. Novo – Reach

Sonata Kay ft. Novo - Reach

Meet Sonata Kay, a London-based artist with a bright future.

Citing various influences from around the world, Sonata Kay likes to combine the ethos of a traditional singer/songwriter with electro-pop production.

Listen to dramatic ‘Reach’ below, featuring Novo.

Sounds like: Melis, Amethysts

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ARIA – You Got Me Good

ARIA

Continuing to share her desire for electronic, pop and R&B, London-based ARIA shares her latest single called ‘You Got Me Good’.

The track is about a darker realisation of relationship hardships, portrayed through atmospheric guitar riffs and vocal belt-outs.

Sounds like: Emile Sande

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Margot Polo – Turn You, Baby

Margot Polo

Halloween has passed, but we are still jamming to Margot Polo‘s spooky new single, ‘Turn You, Baby’.

Margot says that the throw-back number “is for self-professed werewolves and fans of Michael Jackson, Foster the People, Justin Timberlake, and The Killers” and we couldn’t agree more.

Sounds like: April Towers, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, CHAPPO, The Beatles

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Kastrup – Try It All

Kastrup

You can really see why Kastrup‘s music has been described as creating arena pop.

The Swedish duo’s new single ‘Try It All’ definitely encompasses this, with its longing vocals and an uplifting children’s choir of a chorus to match.

It’s out now via Strandberg/ Westberg Music.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Twenty One Pilots

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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

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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

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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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Tigertown – Warriors

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Meet Australia’s finest new musical export, Tigertown.

Tigertown’s new track ‘Warriors’ manages to reach new euphoric heights. Much like glitter itself, it brightens up and idealises the concept of love, but who cares as everyone loves glitter and love, right?!

The track is out today on Neon Gold and they will be touring with Tove Lo in July and VÉRITÉ in August and September.

Sounds like: Of Monsters and Men, Passion Pit, The Naked and Famous, Tove Lo, St. Lucia, Crystal Fighters

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The Knocks – Trouble Feat. Absofacto

The Knocks - Trouble

The Knocks – Trouble

Noisy New York electronic dance duo and remix gurus, The Knocks, have shared their summery track ‘Trouble’, featuring Absofacto.

Of the track, The Knocks say,

“We originally wrote “Trouble” with Abso in NYC at our studio as a slow, piano ballad, at 90 bpm. The idea was to write something that felt melancholy and classic. After we laid down the original idea, he left and we started experimenting with it – treating it like a sample – totally chopping it up and flipping it. This is the same way we approach some of our earlier songs like “Dancing With The DJ” and “Make it Better” so it was cool to go back to that formula while making a sound that was new and fresh.”

‘Trouble’ is out on Big Beat/Neon Gold and is the first single from their forthcoming EP ‘TESTIFY’, released on 3 February.

Sounds like: RAC, St. Lucia, Cut Copy, Flight Facilities, Passion Pit, Pink Feathers, Chromeo, Holy Ghost!, Penguin Prison

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joan – take me on

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joan

Guys can look good in mom jeans too.

Time for some sumptuous indie from a boy duo called joan (aka Thomas and Steven Rutherford).

Their debut track, ‘take me on’, is a strong contender in the current musical field of pop. Potential BFFs to Shura, ‘take me on’ echoes of retro synths, sending us back to a time where anything was possible.

Co-produced and mixed by Tim Pagnotta (Walk the Moon, St. Lucia, Wild Belle, Saint Motel), ‘take me on’ is “about spending tonight and forever with the one you love.”

Sounds like: Shura, Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok

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FRAME – Love Wasted

FRAME

FRAME

Using music as her drive and passion, drummer-turned-producer, FRAME (aka Caitlin Frame) shares ‘Love Wasted’; the first single from her nine-track album.

FRAME explains, “When I wrote this song I felt secure and balanced with the love I had, but being in an open relationship created space to feel an obsessive and all-encompassing lust at the same time. When those feelings became entangled and borderless it was easy to act out of impulse.”

The album was engineered and produced entirely by Caitlin, while the instrumentation was collaboratively recorded by members of her live band. Mixer Andy Baldwin (Hearts, St. Lucia) added the finishing touches.

Sounds like: The Pretenders, Low Hum, Few Bits, Simple Minds, Heart, Girl Friend

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Savoir Adore – Paradise Gold

Savoir Adore by Sandra Rodriguez

Savoir Adore by Sandra Rodriguez

Savoir Adore is a project led by songwriter/vocalist Paul Hammer.

‘Paradise Gold’ is the lead track from the upcoming album, ‘The Love That Remains’. It’s a ambitious track that tackles themes of love, loss and often-inescapable darkness, despite its danceable attributes and high-flying harmonies.

‘The Love That Remains’ is out on 12 August.

Sounds like: Mirror Talk, VHS Collection, French Horn Rebellion, St. Lucia, Youngblood Hawke

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Exclusive Playlist: Ben Hobbs

Ben Hobbs by Mike Massaro

Ben Hobbs by Mike Massaro

South London producer/multi-instrumentalist Ben Hobbs has put together an epic playlist for Indietronica. If you don’t know of him yet, you soon will!

Still Parade – “Concrete Vision”

An artist I’ve had the pleasure of working with recently, this song reminds me of a time before I was born, in a really good way.

Banks – “Better”

This song gave me chills the first time I heard it. I love the way it builds, and the immaculate production.

Raury – “God’s Whisper”

I imagine Raury’s songs truly sound just like he wants them to sound. It doesn’t matter if they do or don’t fall snugly into a genre. I feel God’s Whisper shows that at its finest.

Jarryd James – “Do You Remember”

I love the moodiness of this song and the relentless groove with Jarryd’s confidently soft vocals.

St. Lucia – “Love Somebody”

The production on this song is great, and the fact it’s a really poppy track but has these old school instrumental sections in it.

Frank Ocean – “Lost”

A song that stays simple and interesting at the same time, I love everything about this.

Cocteau Twins – “Heaven or Las Vegas”

This is one of those songs where I straight away felt like I just knew it, which is weird because I still don’t understand the lyrics very well, but that doesn’t matter in the slightest.

CHINAH – “Minds”

I had ‘Minds’ on repeat many times when I first heard this band. It’s a really warm and nostalgic song.

Matt Corby – “Monday”

His voice is amazing, this is just good honest songwriting.

The Police – “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”

Every little thing The Police did was magic.

Ben’s new single, ‘Cold Sweat’ is all about realisation; when you finally see the truth for how it is and now have the power to change. It is off his forthcoming debut EP ‘Sweet Enough’, out on 6 May. Pre-order it on iTunes.

Sounds like: Tears For Fears, Cape Lion, The Levity

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Exclusive: Chelsea Lankes Playlist

Chelsea Lankes

Chelsea Lankes

Los Angeles-based Chelsea Lankes returns with a hooky new number called ‘Bullet’.

We caught up with Chelsea, who kindly put together a ‘Modern Romance’ themed playlist for Indietronica.

Enjoy!

Majid Jordan – Something About You

It’s a coffee in the morning or last call kind of jam.

The 1975 – The Sound

I’m super excited for their new album and have ultimate respect for a band that is willing to take risks and be pop.

School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes 

Something unique and beautiful about this song. it’s enchanting to me

Allie X – Never Enough

She’s such a rad artist and this song is super retro and vulnerable which I love.

ZAYN – PILLOWTALK
– because he’s sexy. need i say more?

Lewis Del Mar – Malt Liquor

Feels like Alt-J but I love his voice… it’s a good combo for me.

Gang of Youths – Magnolia

It’s rebellious and charming and exciting in all the right ways.

St. Lucia – Closer Than This

I will forever smile and dance to this.

Erik Hassle – Smaller

He’s an incredible talent and can do no wrong in my eyes.

Best Coast – Feeling OK

It’s effortlessly cool and honest. like, not feeling great… i’m feeling OK. Which is most of us most days.

Listen to ‘Bullet’ below.

Pre-order Chelsea’s limited edition 10″ Pink Vinyl via B3SCI Recordshere.

Sounds like: Evvy, Ghost Beach, Kyla La Grange, Ji Nilsson, Tove Styrke, Carousel, Kitten, Nina, Mikky Ekko

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Paperwhite – Unstoppable

Paperwhite

Paperwhite

New York brother-sister duo, Paperwhite, return with the synth-tastic ‘Unstoppable’.

Together, the siblings accurately navigate lush melodies and larger-than-life hooks.

The track appears off the band’s forthcoming second EP ‘Escape’, which will be released later this spring. Mixed by Chris Zane (St. Lucia, Passion Pit, Friendly Fires), ‘Unstoppable’ is “a reminder to find strength in the chaos and beauty in the unknown.”

Sounds like; M83, VÉRITÉ, Evvy, Pawws, Haerts

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