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Weekly Gems 92

Younger Hunger – Second Best

Younger Hunger

Younger Hunger is making waves with new single ‘Second Best’.

Inspired by 90’s indie-rock guitars, chart-topping pop hooks, and emo lyricism, their sound is quite difficult to pin down, especially when they refuse to make the same song twice.

Musically sitting somewhere between APRE and Sea Girls, the Orange Country-based upstarts present us with a perfect contradiction.

Sounds like: APRE, Sea Girls, Low Island

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Urchin – Without No Fear

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Blog-house promoter Urchin (aka London-based producer Leo Appleyard) shares his new single, ‘Without No Fear’, out now on BonFire Records.

‘Without No Fear’ is the third track from the jazz-turned-indietronica musician’s sophomore EP, due out in January 2020, and features luxurious R&B vocals from Black Rose.

Sounds like: Kudu Blue, Kllo, Two Door Cinema Club, Von Sell, Ratatat

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Birthh – Yello / Concrete

Birthh - Yello / Concrete

Jazz and neo-soul musician Birthh (real name Alice Bisi) was raised in Florence on a diet of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan.

The new video for her single ‘Yello / Concrete’ was filmed between the Tuscan countryside and Milan and, as the visuals suggest, merge two unconventional sounds

Sounds like: Mallrat

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I AM KARATE – Hey Love

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Swedish duo I AM KARATE (aka producer and songwriters, Marta Pettersson and Erika Ahlström) shares new single, ‘Hey Love’.

Speaking about insecurity, the girls explain,

“The song is about insecurity and not feeling sure you’re being honest with your love. Like he’s got a secret world when he’s dreaming that you’re not a part of, and you wonder if it’s more than just dreams.”

Sounds like: Ralph, Say Lou Lou, MIYNT, Doe Paoro, Sirena, Susanne Sundfør, Shura, Kyla La Grange

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NoMBe – Paint California

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German born, Los Angeles-based artist NoMBe shares his vibrant new single, ‘Paint California’, the first single from his sophomore breakup album, ‘Chromotopia’.

The leftfield leaning pop single perfectly encapsulates NoMBe’s butter-smooth vocals over the intricately created arrangement.

Sounds like: Du Tonc, Friendly Fires, Jungle, Vampire Weekend, Local Natives

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Ronika – Solitaire

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Nottingham-born singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Ronika is back and sounding distinctively disco-noir.

Continuing Ronika’s inclination for all things funk and dream pop, the track features spoken-word contribution from Lee-Ann Curren (a French female pro-surfer and fellow musician) whilst also forming part of Ronika’s latest longer-form project.

Sounds like: ABBA, Chaka Khan, Aeroplane, Breakbot, Ballet School, Ladyhawke, Color War, The Human League, Little Boots, Bananarama, Annie

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George Eve – One Track Mind

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George Eve‘s music is quite frankly a melting pot of different sounds and rhythms.

From bold, expansive and inventive melodies to candid lyrics touching on love, heartbreak and isolation, it’s clear Eve will be forming his own path in the industry.

He has teamed up with Sam Duckworth as co-producer for the brooding single, ‘One track Mind’.

Sounds like: Metronomy, Glass Animals

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Constance – Work Hard

Constance - Work Hard

Canadian singer/songwriter Constance shares her effervescent sophomore single, ‘Work Hard’.

With smooth electronic production and lush vocals, her music continues to shed light through her raw and emotional lyricism exploring heartbreak, love, and loss.

Sounds like: Lorde, NEONHEART, Billie Eilish

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Nina Chuba – Lips Shut

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20 year old Berlin-based artist Nina Chuba shares her most vulnerable release to date.

Written about treating herself better and muting those negative voices in her head, ‘Lips Shut’ is another urban leaning pop hymn from the unique artist.

Sounds like: Lorde, Billie Eilish, Lauren Sanderson

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KOKO – Freak (Acoustic)

KOKO - Freak

Bristol-born pop three-piece KOKO have a natural wall of energy which they call the “KOKO traingle”.

They’ve just dropped the acoustic version of their debut single, ‘Freak’. Stripping back the electro-tinged original of their debut singl, it’s all about embracing individuality – “It’s a FU to the man!”

Sounds like: Everyone You Know, 10 O’Clock Chemical, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar

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Gigi Rowe – Promises

Gigi Rowe by Chase Leonard

Gigi Rowe by Chase Leonard

Has Gigi Rowe travelled from the 80’s just to release ‘Promises’? We think so.

The bright and eclectic artist brings the retro/futuristic sounds of that decade to life in the new single, as she boldly showcases her hot pink characteristics.

Sounds like: Ralph, Great Good Fine Ok, LANY

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Love You Later – Said You’d Be There

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Love You Later by Sara Anne Waggoner

Love You Later is the brainchild of Nashville-born, synth-pop artist, Lexi Aviles.

She creates heartbreaker bangers with dreamy landscapes and an infectious pop vulnerability.

Her new single ‘Said You’d Be There’ is about not getting caught up with the small things that happen in life, but to let go, be free, and dance your way through the endless horizon ahead.

Sounds like: The Japanese House, MUNA, Soccer Momm, Snail Mail

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Zoe Konez & Antonio Lulic – Echo

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Singer-songwriters Zoe Konez and Antonio Lulic combine on the rousing alternative-pop anthem “Echo”. Drawing on influences from Zoe’s indie background and Antonio’s stadium-filling pop tones, it’s an epic piece of pop-fusion that details a longing for adventure at the expense of personal relationships.

Sounds like: Oh Wonder, Of Monsters and Men, Ben Howard

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Yaeger – I Tried

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Extreme sport fanatic and Swedish pop act Yaeger (“hunter”) shares her dynamic single, ‘I Tried’, out now on Chess Club Records.

It’s infectious pop with a solid backbone. Listen below.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Zara Larsson

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STORME – Back To Her

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Scandinavian STORME returns with her new single ‘Back To Her’.

Written in the Swedish wilderness, the track’s topic considers how beautiful the Earth is, but also how fragile it is in it’s current, dying state.

It’s out now via Humble Angel Records.

Sounds like: Rae Morris, KATE BOY, Björk, Aurora, RAINDEAR, CILVR, Bat For Lashes, The Knife, Róísín Murphy, Billie Eilish

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BOII – Footwork

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British duo BOII have us quite taken aback with their ‘Footwork’. Seems like we’re not the only ones expressing our feelings through the mode of movement.

The track focuses on the time when you can truly experience the “moment” by moving away from a challenging place and escaping reality.

Sounds like: Zola Blood, Tourist, Mansionair

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Fruut – R.O.E (Running on Empty)

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Philadelphia based singer/songwriter/producer Fruut shares her lo-fi take on indie pop and RnB to create the smooth and breezy ‘R.O.E’.

The new single is her first collab with producer Fortunewest and it’s guaranteed to get those ears twitching.

Sounds like: Sorcha Richardson, Mallrat, Vera Blue, Geowulf

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Tensnake – Rules Feat. Chenai

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After a two year hiatus, the greatly awaited single from Tensnake arrives. Titled ‘Rules’, the feel good track features vocals from Chenai in an ode to 90s house, with a modern twist.

It’s out now on Armada Electronic Elements.

Sounds like: MNEK, Le Youth, Joe Goddard, Disclosure, Fred Falke, Louis La Roche

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Ben Kidson – Money

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Self-taught rock fan turned esteemed pop-writer Ben Kidson has given his hand to producing and the result is the energetic ‘Money’.

Featuring heavy sampling of 90s video game sounds hidden throughout the track, ‘Money’ calls on people who have said they can help you to “put your money where your mouth is”.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Yungblud, Twenty One Pilots

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Eli & Fur – Wall To Wall

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UK-based rising stars Eli & Fur provide lush and haunting vocals in their new single ‘Wall To Wall’.

Released on Big Beat Records/SIKR (Gavin Koolmon from Disciples new label) the progressive electronic track works perfectly listening to at home as it does on the dancefloor.

Sounds like: Luttrell, Kidnap, Henri

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Benji Lewis – New Day

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Benji Lewis returns with the wonderful ‘New Day’, conjuring up images of happiness and freedome.

Shot around Los Angeles by Chris Weigen, the video for ‘New Day’ features Benji singing in front of various pastel backdrops.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, The Kite String Tangle, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, James Blake, Jack Garratt

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Interview: Nirob Islam

Nirob Islam

A while back we shared Nirob Islam‘s single ‘Snakes’, under the guise of SHY Nodi. Since then, he’s officially reverted his stage name to his birth name.

We decided to chat with Nirob about the reason for the name change and also about his new single ‘Busy Making Plans’, out now via BLNK Music.

1. Describe your sound in three words.

That’s really hard as I always try to push myself to try different things with every song I release, but if I had to use only three words I’d say: smooth, different and moody.

2. Why music?

Music has always been part of my life since very early on in my childhood. My Bengali and Swedish upbringing has given me an environment where music and other aesthetic forms have been ever-present. Music was just something that came naturally to me, and it’s always been the most expressive way to convey my emotions.

3. You’ve recently changed your stage name from SHY Nodi to your birth name, Nirob Islam. Explain some more about the decision.

There’s been a lot of things leading up to this decision. It’s been very difficult for me to navigate living in Sweden with my Bengali heritage. I’ve always felt as if I’m in between two very different cultures, which makes it difficult for me to navigate my identity. In the eyes of people from Bangladesh, I’m Swedish, but in Sweden, I’m seen as a foreigner. So who am I? SHY Nodi was a persona that tried to fit into the mainstream media. I hid my roots and who I really am. I’m the guy in the middle, a third-generation kid stood at a crossroads. Being that person is all I’ve ever needed to be, nothing else. That’s why I decided to change my artist name to my real name, Nirob Islam. Hopefully, I can inspire people to be themselves, and push the industry in a direction where you don’t have to look or act a certain way to be successful.

4. Tell us about your new single ‘Busy Making Plans’.

‘Busy Making Plans’ is a song about the distance that’s created by a lack of communication. Not talking about the issues you have with a partner can make you feel misunderstood. I’ve always had a hard time expressing what I’m feeling when I’m down, or if there’s something’s bothering me. It’s even harder when you’re constantly travelling and not getting the chance to talk things through face-to-face.

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

Right now I’m listening to artists like Hazlett, Billy Raffoul, Domenic Fike, Summer Walker and Snoh Aalegra.

Sounds like: SHY Martin, KIDDO

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Cape Lion – Deceiving

Cape Lion

Stockholm-based producer Cape Lion shares his new single, ‘Deceiving’.

A groovy masterpiece that expands outside of the current electronic sound space, the track is a sonic journey for the listener from start to finish.

Sounds like: Miike Snow, Amason, Peter Björn and John, Tame Impala, Empire of The Sun, MGMT

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Ariane – Sweatshirt

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French-American pop singer and songwriter Ariane speaks to champion the underdog. Combining Lorde’s dreamy and atmospheric vocals with the moody sound of Banks and Billie Eilish, Ariane creates a refuge for her listeners.

Ariane’s rhythms build up together with a simple drum kit toward a heavy bass/kind of solid drop highlighted with her smooth progressive voice.

Sounds Like: Banks, Billie Eilish, Blood Orange, Lorde

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Tasha Angela – Lost in Nostalgia

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Toronto based Tasha Angela is back with a new single entitled ‘Lost in Nostalgia’ in which she explores groovy productions mixed with tender vocals performance. ‘Lost in Nostalgia’ starts sharp with a minimalist approach that progresses smoothly and perfectly backed by Tasha’s beautiful voice.

Sounds Like: Mahalia, ren, BAYNK

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Aimee Milner – A Little More

‘A Little More’, is the dreamy new collaboration between singer-songwriter Amy Milner and producer Tim Larcombe (Lana Del Rey/Halsey).

The second track from a stunning forthcoming project, it’s a breathtaking piece of electronica that’s right at home among the likes of The Japanese House or Bon Iver. The track is accompanied by a visual, created from clips of Amy & Tim’s process recording the album, showcasing the depth and creative flair involved in their artistic process.

Sounds Like: The Japanese House, Luna Pines, James Blake, Bon Iver

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DAD – Alligator

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DAD debuts her project with her new single ‘Alligator,’ with visuals from designers and illustrators Beverly Johnson & Cam Chan.

‘Alligator’ weaves lush instrumentation, catchy vocals hooks, and cheeky lyrical content as an ode to her ex-boyfriend, who, despite all his questionable actions, she still has to thank for leading her to Los Angeles.

Sounds Like: Lolo Zouaï, Doja Cat, Snow Tha Product, Lil Miquela, Gorillaz

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Ellen Krauss – Let Me Have It

Rising Swedish pop artist Ellen Krauss releases her brand new single ‘Let Me Have it’ through Tiller Inc. licensed to BMG Recorded Music.

An empowering stripped-back track about standing up to your oppressors and your inner demons, the song’s intro is calm. It features beautiful vocal progressions throughout and a guitar-based buildup, all the while reflecting Ellen’s strong and personal songwriting.

Sounds Like: Isak Danielson, Hov1, Smith & Thell, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo

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Phantogram – In A Spiral

Phantogram by Eliot Lee Hazel

Phantogram by Eliot Lee Hazel

Our favourite high energy pop duo, Phantogram is back with their brilliant new single ‘In A Spiral’.

With a rock-inspired edge and nods to rave culture, the track is enticing as it is unnerving.

Sounds like: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric, Sleigh Bells, Charli XCX, ASTR

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STIIR – Heartstrings

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London based alt-pop trio STIIR shares their upbeat new single ‘Heartstrings’.

Produced by the band’s drummer Prem Rupawala, the track – about the dilemas of love – is a delectable dish of psychedelic pop, making for a truly dreamy and warming listen.

Sounds like: Plastic Plastic, temp.

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Blle – Don’t Be Surprised

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Nottingham-based artist Blle is set for the bright lights of pop stardom.

Started out by writing songs in her bedroom, she soon saw herself performing in every venue she could. The most recent result of all her hard work and dedication is ‘Don’t Be Surprised’, written about the downfall of a relationship.

Sounds like: Banks

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Urchin – Night Light

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Jazz turned indie musician Urchin (aka Leo Appleyard) makes his label debut on BonFire Records with ‘Night Light’.

Expect his four-track EP later this year.

Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Von Sell

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TWINKIDS – I Luv You

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Los Angeles queer pop duo TWINKIDS share their second release of 2019 called ‘I Luv You.’

With their bittersweet, nostalgic and cinematic approach to music, the single explores the complicated feelings that follow a breakup in a mid-tempo, yet soaring synth-pop tune.

Sounds like: The 1975, Matt & Kim, Tame Impala, Oli Hannaford, Boxed In

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SHiiVERS – Crook And Flail

SHiiVERS by Karl Andrew

SHiiVERS by Karl Andrew

London-based electro-pop duo SHiiVERS releases dark new offering, ‘Crook And Flail’.

Taking into account the crook and flail symbol used across Ancient Egypt, the song considers the unsettling impact of slavery and exploitation in Ancient, and perhaps, more Modern times.

Sounds like: CHVRCHES

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Emily Litta – +1

Emily Litta

The resurgance of R&B and soul sounds in pop music is well recieved across the board due to it’s multifaceted appeal, and Emily Litta is the perfect example of that.

Inspired by her love of old-school hip-hop, funk and jazz records, her inspirations perfectly collide on latest single ‘+1’.

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KELAA – Serefe

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Growing up in Sweden, surrounded by her Kurdish and very musical family, KELAA naturally gravitated to mixing the bold and sugary sounds of Scandipop with elements of traditional Kurdish folk – breaking new sonic grounds in the best way.

With this being her second single to date, expect this inspired artist to continue pushing boundaries.

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Helax – Tell Me, Tell Me

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Exciting electronic act Helax releases the mysterious and melodic, ‘Tell Me, Tell Me’.

Combining 90’s rave inspirations with modern ambient electronica, the Swedish-born, now Berlin-based producer admits to writing and recording the track in a cheap hotel located on Reeperbahn, the main avenue of Hamburg’s red-light district.

The single is taken from his debut four-track EP – both out now – which were directly inspired by the nocturnal and hedonistic vibe of the strip clubs area as well as by his aimless walks down the harbour, watching the incessant comings and goings of freighters and sailors from all over the world at night.

Sounds like: Cyril Hahn, Tourist, Kllo, Jamie xx

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STORME – Queen

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Swedish project STORME shares the effervescent ‘Queen’, an inspiration song for all the queens out there who need to be moving forward with their lives.

“Queen is inspired by the worst day of my life”, explains lead singer, Amanda Liedberg. “I realized I’d suffered enough, my eyes were dry and I was ready to walk away from a toxic relationship. With this song, I could let my frustration out – but also regain my power. It’s a sort of goodbye letter, with a twist.”

Sounds like: Rae Morris, KATE BOY, Björk, Aurora, RAINDEAR, CILVR, Bat For Lashes, The Knife, Róísín Murphy

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Inspired & The Sleep – Getting Through

Inspired & The Sleep

San Diego-based dream-pop band Inspired & The Sleep shares new single, ‘Getting Through’.

With an addictive piano-led melody throughout, ‘Getting Through’ tackles the moment when two formerly close individuals become disassociated and detached from each other.

This one will definitely tug on the heartstrings.

Sounds like: Beauty Sleep, CHAPPO, Lucy Rose, Arcade Fire, Mating Ritual, James Supercave, Arms Akimbo, Sure Sure

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Ellen Krauss – On The Bus

Ellen Krauss

Swedish feminist and LGBTQ advocate, Ellen Krauss shares her bright video for the country-tinged pop song, ‘On The Bus’; a story full of heartbreak that has a kind of teenage nostalgia to it.

Since the age of four, Ellen has been secretly writing songs in her room in Stockholm, or in South Africa where her family occasionally lived. This is the first song released via BMG Recorded Music through a new partnership with the indie label, Tiller Inc..

Sounds like: Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo

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Milk. – Temperature

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Taking cues from modern pop bands The 1975 and Pale Waves, Irish four-piece Milk. creates music that considers many genres, ranging from RnB, to electronic and pop.

The band’s new single ‘Temperature’, does exactly what it says on the tin – raises the heat in a reflection about the unity that’s felt between two people during sex.

Sounds like: Pale Wales, The 1975, Japanese House

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Baker Grace – Sad Summer

Baker Grace - Sad Summer

18-year-old singer/songwriter Baker Grace shares her anti-social media anthem for the summer.

Content with being alone, or with friends, whatever. Baker Grace wants you to spend your time not giving a f*** and embodying her distinct mindset.

Sounds like: CAPPA, Stalking Gia, Charli XCX, The 1975, Cher Lloyd

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Bevan – P.T.L Feat. Holly Moore

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Songwriter, producer, vocalist and budding-polymath Bevan shares ‘P.T.L’ featuring the luscious vocals of Holly Moore.

His experimental, disco-infused electronic project seems a far cry from teaching in the coastal town of Bournemouth. Inspired by track catchphrases in 80’s tunes, Bevan decided to create his own catchy number…’Part Time Lover’.

Sounds like: Friendly Fires, Midnight Pool Party, Ok Go, Roosevelt

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Couch Prints – Tell U

Couch Prints

Introducing super chilled out indie synth-pop trio, Couch Prints.

Originating in various apartments across the world and finally finding a home in Queens, New York, the song ‘Tell U’ reflects a feeling of transience and movement and leaving the past behind; whether that’s moving homes or ending a relationship or just changing yourself day by day.

So stop for a minute. Recline, listen, enjoy.

Sounds like: Porches, Men I Trust, Beach House, The Knife

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STORME – Ticket To Heaven

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Introducing the wonderful Swedish project, called STORME.

Their new song ‘Ticket To Heaven’ is not your typical Scandi-pop ballad. Oh no. Expect to be fully awakened on a spiritual journey to ethereal rebirth.

Listen below.

STORME plays a London live date at The Slaughtered Lamb on 28 June and will play Latitude Festival in the UK and Virzskana Festival in Latvia later this Summer.

Sounds like: Björk, Aurora, RAINDEAR, CILVR

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