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VILDE – Maintain

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Continuing with his monthly release schedule, VILDE, shares ‘Maintain’.

The music of VILDE – an innovative music project set up by Stockholm-based Thomas Savage, former member of Kins – is dutifully firm and ‘Maintain’ stands by that mentality with its racing drum beat and Savage’s claustrophobic vocals.

Elaborating on the themes behind ‘Maintain’, Vilde explains, “The subject matter of the song is somewhat of a crammed amalgamation of ideas. Part inspired by the film ‘Ace in the Hole’, where a news reporter begins to twist events in a dark way to gain fame through his portrayal of the story. There’s some pretty bleak imagery in the lyrics, yet bits of optimism seep through too, provoking a sense of solitude, release & calm.”

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Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Spektor, Radiohead, Thomas Azier, James Blake, Ulrich Schnauss, TV on the Radio, BØRNS, Tim Hecker, Future Islands

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Fröst – Keratin

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Electronic band, Fröst, share new single, ‘Keratin’.

Fröst is a collaboration between Franco-Swedish sound artist Johanna Bramli (vocalist for Stereolab offshoot Imitation Electric Piano) and Fujiya & Miyagi’s synth player and producer, Steve Lewis.

It’s the duo’s intention to take us on a journey whilst we listen to the ethereal track of colourful proportions rooted amongst minimalistic electronic beats.

Enjoy!

It’s the lead track from a forthcoming new 4 track EP due for release in May under the emerging record label Lost Room Records.

Sounds like: Lilies on Mars, Massive Attack, Kate Boy, Radiohead, Kraftwerk, Warpaint

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Blende feat. Mattie Safer – Back To Summertime

Blende feat. Mattie Safer - Back To Summertim

Time to check out the funky nu-disco number from London based Swedish producer Blende, featuring vocals from Mattie Safer (formerly of The Rapture).

Originally a demo that Blende was about to scrap, it wasn’t until Mattie Safer gave it some sad, soulful vocals that Blende really started to pay attention to what was being created.

You may think ‘Back To Summertime’ reminds you of fun times in the sun, but listen closely, as this track goes deeper than that, considering the complications and burdens of everyday life.

It’s out now via Eskimo Recordings.

Sounds like: The Rapture, Joe Goddard, Hot Chip, The Presets

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Everywhere – Man Up

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UK based band Everywhere share their bright new number, ‘Man Up’, which features vocals by Swedish singer/songwriter Rebecca Nohr.

The band’s name is inspired by the quote “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere” by former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown. Having already played the NME Awards alongside Django Django and Palma Violets, and supporting the Kaiser Chiefs, we suspect Everywhere fit into the latter part of category.

Hardly casual, the track considers what it’s like to be a man in the modern world, delving into themes about unfulfilled expectations.

Expect an album later this year.

Sounds like: ISLAND, Sam Feldt, Gryffin, Fickle Friends, Of Monsters And Men, Kid Astray, Oh Wonder

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Kasbo – Found You (Feat. Chelsea Cutler)

Kasbo - Found You (Feat. Chelsea Cutler)

Swedish producer, Kasbo, has teamed up with US vocalist, Chelsea Culter on new track ‘Found You’.

Soft tropical percussion; sway-inducing, breezy synths; and lush vocals immediately lead you into a dream state.

Kasbo explains,

““Found You” kinda came about with me just sitting by the piano with open windows on a warm sunny day. When I came up with the chord progression and humming melody, I directly felt that it encapsulated the moment I was in– that kind of vibe when the sun comes through the window, everything is still and you can see all the dust particles float in the air. I just wanted to reflect that entire mood, there’s something very magical about it for me.”

Sounds like: Gryffin, Vanic

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SQRD – Together

SQRD - Together

Swedish born and based producer SQRD shares ‘Together’.

The track contains hypnotising loops of lo-fi electronic textures and minimalistic vocals.

SQRD says of the track, “I’d just moved back to Stockholm from Berlin, the winter nights were dark, cold, lonely, I was missing everyone I’d left behind in Germany and frantically listening to FKA Twigs and Låpsley on repeat. One night I’d just started writing ‘Together’ which turned out to be a song about my fear of losing someone very dear to me.”

It’s out now via Sommarhjärta.

Sounds like: Foals, James Blake, Honne, SBTRKT, RÜFÜS, Joe Goddard, The xx

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Ells – Fire It Up

Ells

Introducing Ells, the musical project of Swedish singer/songwriter Isabell Westerlund.

Powerful lyrics of urgency are surrounded by circles of slow driven synths, as Ells begs someone to close those half opened doors that should have been closed long ago.

Sounds like: Broods, Alpines, Kate Bush, Banks, Highasakite, Låpsley

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Tracy Irve – Keep Me Close

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Swedish brother sister-duo Tracy Irve share new track, ‘Keep Me Close’.

It’s another downtempo offering from the siblings, who have written music for two Hollywood movies and radio plays in Sweden and the UK.

Sounds like: IYES, The xx

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Ruby Empress – Escapism Deluxe

Ruby Empress

Ruby Empress

Meet Gothenburg-based band, Ruby Empress.

A refreshing entry to the current music scene of EDM and urban pop, the duo focus on electro-psyche-disco. You could call it an “Escapism Deluxe”.

The Meska directed video for said track follows a girl struggling with her lustful needs in varying different encounters with friends and strangers.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Phoenix

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Violet Days – Suck At Love

Violet Days - Suck At Love

Violet Days – Suck At Love

Violet Days is the project of Swedish singer/songwriter, Lina Hansson.

Asking whether you ‘Suck At Love’ is always going to be tricky to answer, but it’s also highly relatable to the majority of listeners. Luckily for us, Kris Eriksson (The Chainsmokers) is on production duties, helping Violet Days create an anthemic electronic song that almost makes us forget the initial question.

Violet Days will be playing the Ja Ja Ja club night at The Lexington in London on 23 February.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Ellie Goulding, Monogem, Lorde, Chrvches, Evvy, VÉRITÉ, Imogen Heap, Dominique

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