An Indietronica first! A collaboration with Indieverse.
Indieverse has kindly set up a mixtape of 10 hot indietronica tunes for you to listen to at your heart’s content. Here’s a lowdown on each track:
1. The Chain Gang of 1974 – ‘Miko’
The Chain Gang of 1974 is an indietronica project that is the moniker of L.A. based, multi-instrumentalist and DJ Kamtin Mohage.
His track, ‘Miko’ initially has a reflective and heartfelt melody similar to a production that would be displayed by The Postal Service, but it quickly and frantically switches up a notch with a darker and punchier beat.
His upcoming LP is due for release next year.
Sounds like: The Postal Service
2. Mons Montis – ‘Swept’
Mons Montis are Viktor Paulsrud, Herman Båverud Olsson and Julia Hjertström. Forming the band was a 2013 summer project that they decided to share with their friends and families via Soundcloud.
Read more on the track here.
Sounds like: College
3. The Weeknd – ‘The Party’ (Chi Duly Remix)
Slightly more R&B based now.
Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) has been dubbed ‘the songbird of our generation’, despite breaking some of the most accepted rules in the music industry.
The Chi Duly remix of ‘The Party’ has a more energetic feel, without disguising Tesfaye’s smooth vocals.
Sounds like: James Blake, Alex Clare, Jamie Woon, Josef Salvat, SOHN, Gent Mason
4. Lina Fouro – ‘Bang Bang Baby’
Lina Fouro is a street smart Afghan-Canadian singer. Her super catchy track, ‘Bang Bang Baby’ is expected to be on her upcoming album ‘The Love Cycle’, which explores the highs and lows of love.
‘Bang Bang Baby’ sounds like it has been produced in Ibiza, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another Balearic-sounding summer hit from an artist across the pond because 1 minute in, ‘Bang Bang Baby’ is flipped on its head and turns into a molten of dubstep inspired bass.
Sounds like: Lady Gaga, Madonna
5. The New Division – ‘Pride’
‘Pride’ is the first track on the The New Division‘s four-song digital EP ‘Night Escape’, which is out now on The New Division’s own label, Division 87 Records.
The track immediately engulfs us with weightless and dreamy synths. Then John Kunkel’s vocals start and we are immediately grounded. Close your eyes and imagine a love story unravel just like in an 80’s movie.
Sounds like: New Order, Depeche Mode, Suzuki Method, Delphic, Joy Division
6. KYLIAN – ‘Remind Me’
Violin-trained Emily Holden (aka KYLIAN) has impressed us with her classical twist on electronica. Her first ballad is subtle, yet it gives us a snippet of what is to come from the singer. The primitive synths and towering drums definitely intrigue us.
Sounds like: Death Rattle, OH Land, College, I BREAK HORSES, Us Baby Bear Bones
7. Futurecop! – ‘Living in a Daydream’
British Futurecop! are full impact, disney-loaded electronica. Growing up together, the nostalgic Futurecop! boys, Manzur Iqbal and Peter Carrol, listened to punk pop, but always had an interest in 80’s and early 90’s pop culture.
‘Living in a Daydream’ is no exception with its emo nostalgia.
Sounds like: KAVINSKY, Justice, Daft Punk, Owl City, Hellogoodbye
8. Stop Drop Robot – ‘Sugar Weep’
Stop Drop Robot are an electronic rock band from Sheffield. The band are yet to be signed, but are known for their impressive live shows.
Their track ‘Sugar Weep’ is guitar heavy with echoey vocals and a touch of synths.
Sounds like: Suzuki Method
9. Cosmonaut Grechko – ‘Singin” (feat. Joywave)
Cosmonaut Grechko is Russian electro wunderkind. His track, ‘Singin” serves up superb synth and pop electro. Grechko constantly mixes the track up so that it doesn’t get tiring. We want more from Greschko!
Sounds like: Joywave, RAC, Cut Copy, Owl City, ROOSEVELT, Goldroom
10. No Doubt – ‘Don’t Speak’ (cover by Computer Magic)
Computer Magic are Brooklyn-based Danielle Johnson (vocals, keyboards), James Morley (guitar), Justin Coles (bass), and Chris Egan (drums).
Sci-fi obsessed Johnson’s vocals are logical and delicate.
For a bit more of an idea about the band, have a listen and a free download of their awesome track ‘Time to Decide’:
As far as we know, there have been no official releases yet.
Sounds like: No Doubt, OH Land, Still Corners, MGMT, Best Coast
The mixtape is available for free download here, but hurry it’s only limited to 200 downloads a month!