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Weslee – Boy Like You

Weslee

Mysterious UK-based duo Weslee share their visuals for ‘Boy Like You’.

Another lip-smacking and dreamy song, the Alexandra Gavillet-directed video for ‘Boy Like You’ takes inspiration from Kanye West and centres on the infatuation of the lead male figure through a series of personal camcorder style shots filmed around a hazy American summer.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Kacy Hill, Blood Orange, Wet, Off Bloom

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Scene Writers vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Real Life Baby

Scene Writers

Exciting Berlin-based duo Scene Writers (aka Christian Huerter and Sebastian Nouvortne) take inspiration from the art amidst the urban sprawl of Berlin.

They have produced a vibrant re-work of 3 Burners‘ ‘Real Life Baby’, which you can listen to below.

Sounds like: Becky Hill, Kungs, Draper

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joan – Tokyo

joan - Tokyo

We are still massively crushing on duo joan.

Continuing their knack for producing heartbreaking pop songs with a retro twist, ‘Tokyo’ is inspired by that moment of falling for someone but your time is running out. ​​​​​​​

Sounds like: Shura, Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The 1975

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Argonaut & Wasp – Radio Sound

Argonaut & Wasp

Boom! Argonaut & Wasp are back with a funky new number called ‘Radio Sound’.

It is part of a double single, and combines elements of alternative, pop, indie, and funk to provide a bright sound, inspired by the bustling streets of Brooklyn.

It is released on the band’s own Bang! Jango Records.

Sounds like: The Strokes, Bad Sounds, Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, Phoenix, Miami Horror, Bag Raiders

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ELD – Desire

ELD - Desire

Swedish trio ELD share their brilliant new single ‘Desire’.

Creating a big emotions and an anthemic sound reminiscent of Arcade Fire and The National, ‘Desire’ amalgamates electronica with post punk elements, and even enters the shoegaze realm in parts.

Listen below and prepare to be blown away.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, The National, Interpol, Ulrich Schnauss

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Amanda Mair – Empty Blockings

Amanda Mair

Rising Swedish teenager Amanda Mair shares ‘Empty Blockings’.

In the video, Amanda broaches the highly important topic of anxiety and depression,

“I wanted to show the feeling of the continuously searchers desperation. The every day hope for running away from anxiety and sorrow but the faith is to weak and puts you in a circle of running and running until you don’t know what you’re running away from.”

It’s out now via Despotz Records.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, OH Land, Zola Jesus

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Vera Blue – Regular Touch

Vera Blue

Moving can be a great form of therapy, so why restrict it? That’s exactly what Vera Blue is doing in the video for her single ‘Regular Touch’.

Vera Blue’s delicate and ethereal vocals in the track are led by her dancing performance in the beautifully shot New Zealand-based location, giving us a glimpse of what it’s like to watch Vera Blue on stage,

“I dance a lot when I’m performing on tour, because the songs make me want to move.” explains Vera. Before this project, I was sort of hiding behind my guitar when I was on stage, but now I can really go for it. That’s what the electronic side adds to the music.”

She heads to the US to support Jacob Banks on his North American tour.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, Zara Larsson

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Bien – Flashback

Bien - Flashback

Nashville-based dream pop trio, Bien share the beautiful new single, ‘Flashback’ with a distinct Scandinavian feel.

Elegant pop hooks and an amalgamation of lo-fi and hi-fi sounds perfectly encompass the sensory-overload of emotion you find when, out of nowhere, you are hit with memories that remind you of a person or time in your life.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, First Aid Kit, Susanne Sundfør

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Birch – Same Colors

Birch

Brooklyn-based, electro-pop duo Birch share ‘Same Colors’.

We’ve come to expect hip-hop beats, lush vocal samples, and groovy synths from Birch, and this track does not disappoint.

A call for change and to rethink your current empathic standards, ‘Same Colors’ is a political pop song.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, Alex Maxwell, Grimes, OH Wonder, Monogem

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Thea & The Wild – City Of Gold

Thea & The Wild

We wrote about scandi-pop project Thea & The Wild back in 2014, so imagine our excitement when we spotted her new track ‘City Of Gold’ pop up in our inbox.

The bittersweet song tells of lost happiness, despite it’s 80’s inspired soundtrack of looping synths and glistening production suggesting otherwise.

Sounds like: Aurora, Susanne Sundfør, Kurt Vile

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Birch – Nobody Lives Forever

Birch - Nobody Lives Forever

Birch is the Brooklyn-based musical project of Michelle Birsky and Mat Towles.

Their latest single ‘Nobody Lives Forever’ is a pertinent track written about how fear keeps us divided.

Birsky’s light vocals carry lyrics of a heavy nature as she sings about policies used to terrify immigrants, women, the disabled, and the poor, but the message (represented in the building synths throughout the track) is clear – we must unite and spread love.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, Alex Maxwell, Grimes

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Nelly’s Crush – Second Souls

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Step back into time with ‘Second Souls’ by Nelly’s Crush.

The highly energetic Oslo based band, fronted by Nelly Marie Hansen and Karoline Garfjell, create sleek disco with a generous nod to 80’s pop music.

Their album ‘Rumours’ is out now.

Sounds like: Icona Pop, The Magnettes, Susanne Sundfør, Kylie, Miami Horror, ABBA, Madonna, Human League, Capital Cities, Elkka, Blondie, A-ha

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Stalking Gia – Siren

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NYC based electro pop artist, Stalking Gia, is sounding a lot like Lorde in her new track, ‘Siren’.

Bright and original vocals and imaginative composition lead intriguing production “about a flesh eating mermaid”. Listen below.

Sounds like: Lorde, Susanne Sundfør, Anna Of The North, Tame Impala, CAPPA, Tove Lo, Banks, Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX

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Alessandra – River

Alessandra by Petorovsky

Alessandra by Petorovsky

If you go down to the ‘River’, you might just fall in love with Swedish singer/producer, Alessandra.

The debut, self-produced track is “a dramatic depiction of a bittersweet summer crush”.

Its beautifully cinematic and expansive sound offset Alessandra’s intimate vocals, and those incredible high notes would give even Kate Bush goosebumps.

Expect an EP very soon.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, Susanne Sundfør, Kate Bush, Lucius, Lana Del Rey, Tove Lo

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Playlist: Alex Maxwell

Alex Maxwell

Alex Maxwell

It’s always good to be clean, and no popstars come as fresh as London-based Alex Maxwell.

Want to know what her secret is? Showering to this playlist of course.

Cat Power – 3,6,9
I love her, her attitude, her power….

Lana del Rey – West Coast
…moody…vibey….right up my street

Only Real – Lemonade
I know all the lyrics to this song. Attempting to rap along to it in the shower gets me hyped up and ready for the day.

Moodoid – Je Suis La Montagne
A perfect symphony of psychedelic madness…especially toward the end.

Grimes – Flesh Without Blood
So obsessed with this girl.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
Their songs never disappoint. Definitely one of my go-to’s… And Karen O is just too cool.

Bishop Briggs – River
I just recently discovered her and I’m hooked. Her voice is SO powerful.

Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
My favourite song by my favourite band. Pure genius.

Father John Misty – Strange Encounter
I could listen to this album on repeat and wouldn’t get bored. The music, the lyrics, his voice… pure and strong.

Russian Red – Cigarettes
The melody, her voice and intricate simplicity of this song is like a breath of fresh air.

Cigarettes after Sex – K
I love their sound. Their full EP is really worth a listen, and they do a sick cover of the classic “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon.

Myself! – No Flight
Out of all my tracks, I think this one fits best with the playlist.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, First Aid Kit, All Saints, Zella Day, Lana Del Rey, Kylie Minogue

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