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ZAE – Faking Love

ZAE - Faking Love

West London ZAE shares ‘Faking Love’.

The new single switches it up between chilled jazz and charismatic pop sounds, with an all important message from ZAE,

“‘Faking Love’ is about coming to terms with who you are and learning to embrace your true self. I wanted the song to highlight the importance of breaking through traditional, right wing ‘society norms’ in order to get to a place where you feel comfortable in your own skin. To be able to love fully and openly without fear.”

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Banks, SZA, July Child, Låpsley, Liv Dawson, Caswell, Jorja Smith

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ZAE – Letting Go

ZAE

ZAE

London is kicking out some sexy indietronica of late.

West London based ZAE is one such artist we have our eyes on.

ZAE’s second single, ‘Letting Go’, was the first song she ever wrote. Inspired by Banks, it is about a difficult period in ZAE’s current relationship.

Sounds like: Banks, SZA, July Child

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Playlist: Harper

Harper

Harper

Eclectic R&B singer, Harper, has put together a wicked playlist for us!

Check it out below.

FKA Twigs – Two Weeks

For me, this track solidified Twigs’ ability to transcend into the mainstream without losing any of her individualism, and therefore made me a serious fan. The production is dark and brooding with a distinctive top-line that evokes all kinds of emotion.

Drake – Now and Forever

I love Drake’s ability to say things as they are without sounding insincere. The female vocal sample loaded with reverb is beautiful and haunting; something I try to emulate with my sound.

Emilie Nicholas – Put Me Down

I was completely floored by this tune! As well as the drop being pretty epic, the opening few lines are breathtaking. (Melodically she hits notes you would really struggle to find naturally when songwriting.)

An inspiring artist.

Kanye West – Blood On The Leaves

Love him, hate him. In my opinion he deserves to be highly credited for his music, especially this tune, sampling the incredibly moving Nina Simone song, ‘Strange Fruit’. Yeezy loves to sample, but he picks ’em well.

Radiohead – Codex

This track takes me on a different journey every time I hear it. The song is simple and not as sonically complex as you would expect from Radiohead, but it doesn’t need to be. Three words: ambient, moving and visual.

M83 Feat Susanne Sundfør – Oblivion (soundtrack)

If you like tunes with an 80’s aesthetic, this is for you. Big drums, big synths and big vocals. It’ll make you want to act out a dramatic scene from a movie in slo-mo, guaranteed.

Björk – All Is Full of Love

For me this is a masterpiece and one of the most beautifully written pieces of music I’ve heard. Dramatic and powerful, as Bjork always is. Electronica meets raw instrumentation = Genius.

Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money

This track has led the way for female pop artists like myself to experiment with elements of Trap music. I have a serious ‘girl power’ moment every time I hear it. It’s fierce, dark and empowering, yet still fits under the pop umbrella.

Major Lazer – Get Free

This is my summer anthem forever! An understated tune for Major Lazer, with a profound sentiment. I love a track you can enjoy for the vibe and the story it tells.

SZA – Babylon

SZA killed me with this track! Her tone is like velvet and her lyrics are quite abstract, which I love.

New wave R&B at its finest.

Beyoncé feat. Drake – Mine

This is my favourite tune from her previous record. Drake’s stamp is all over this track, with simple but energy-inducing melodies. This is met with Bey’s characteristically raw lyrical message and flawless vocals. Slaying all day with this tune!

Harper is playing the Alternative Escape on 21 May at 2pm.

Sounds like: Rihanna, Banks, Sizzy Rocket, Charli XCX

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OK SO I MADE A PLAYLIST: Yoke Lore’s Guide to Hip Hop

Yoke Lore

Yoke Lore

Yoke Lore made a playlist for us. We have a feeling hip hop is a big influence for him…

OK SO I MADE A PLAYLIST: Yoke Lore’s Guide to Hip Hop

So I don’t resume to know everything that’s going on, but I love hip hop with a passion and try to keep an eye on people that Kanye and Drake are ripping off.

Hip Hop is a huge part of American culture and a huge part of American history which like many art forms has it’s roots in community identity and subtle insurrection. With the rap demagogues controlling the radio, branding themselves, and becoming pop stars, hip hop is alienated from its foundations in the subversive music of early America.

Like Folk or Hardcore, Hip Hop has in the past always been about and for the community. With Beyonce writing 6 songs about her cheating husband, and Kanye ostentatiously releasing songs called ‘I love Kanye’…the community gets left behind. These are some artists that I think really represent and speak for their communities. Whether or not these songs themselves are socially aware, these artists are (in my humble opinion) keeping real hip hop alive.

Kodak Black – This is the slowest hardest weirdest catchiest song here. Trap gold. Kodak is huuugggee in the south and hasn’t really gotten to much airplay but his shows are nuts and they’re enormous. He really does something no one else does. Get into it.

Anderson Paak – I love this song. This is the banger. This is a real thing. You all know those people who are like fiends when the drugs come out. I love how he takes something so simple and kind of funny and makes it bang, makes it important. He could say anything and it would mean something.

Jay Electronica – This is JAY ELECTRONICA and MOBB DEEP TOGETHER…there’s nothing more to say.

Deathgrips – this song is kind of the dark horse? black sheep? whatever. It’s not like the rest, but it eludes to the bands relationship to hardcore which is so important to their whole identity so I thought i would throw this in there for fans of Guillotine who want to know where the hell it came from.

SZA – Ugh so smooth. ‘I love you like I like to get high’ — perfect.

SZA – I couldn’t resist putting another track from this EP up. Its an old EP that she did and I think she got signed and is going to be huge and those labels will put their claws in, but for now I just want to bask in it.

Thundercat – This song does everything and so does Thundercat. He is almost singlehandedly keeping jazz alive in modern hip hop. Thank you BRAINFEEDER for keeping the world safe.

Princess Nokia – Princess Nokia is dope and she writes a lot about trying to be a strong woman in a world dominated by the glorification of weak women. I dig it and I think its important.

Ratking – These are some friends of mine from NYC. My folk band Poor Remy used to open for them in BK basement shows and we’d thrash together. I was always amazed by the kind of devotion they inspired in these city kids. They sing about their city and its troubles. They were of the people and the people love them for always remembering it.

Antwon – he just keeps it weird, and its important to keep it weird. pc.

‘Safety’ is the 3rd offering from Yoke Lore’s forthcoming debut EP ‘Far Shore’, due out today, 6 May, via B3SCI Records. He’ll also make his US live debut this summer in NYC at The Well on 8 June.

Sounds like: Band of Horses, Yellerkin, Yeasayer, Local Natives

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Chet Faker – 1998 (Feat. Banks)

Chet Faker - 1998 (Feat Banks)

Chet Faker – 1998 (Feat Banks)

The god of indie, Chet Faker, has teamed up with the goddess of pop for an updated version of Faker’s original track, ‘1998’.

The warmer version features a new verse with vocals from Banks.

Purchase on iTunes now. It has been released via Downtown Records.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Phlo Finister, Lana Del Rey, SZA, Weeknd, SOHN, Cal Zafiro, Lanks, Maala, Solomon Grey

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BANKS – Waiting Game

BANKS

BANKS

Straight talking L.A. based BANKS claims influences from the likes of Fiona Apple, Lauryn Hill and Tracy Chapman, to name a few.

She is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, and songwriter and has been particularly open towards her fans, stating on her Facebook page: “Hello world! I like making connections outside of a computer screen. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have never really been my thing. So my manager is going to run the Social Media stuff. If you ever want to talk call me – (323) 362-2658 – BANKS”.

She has seriously underestimated how many calls she is going to be expecting over these next few months.

The official video for ‘Waiting Game’ was released today and is taken from her forthcoming EP ‘London’, which will be released on 10 September 2013 on IAMSOUND.

There is no denying that the video showcases BANKS’s aesthetic beauty, but this is soon outcasted by her dulcet tone as a drowsy bass line mimics a beating heart. The grayscale shots by Francesco Corrizini set the scene as BANKS wanders the night streets, with a lover on tow.

Despite BANKS’s voice not being particularly indietronica of nature, the track was produced by the enigmatically superb SOHN, and follows on from ‘Warm Water‘, which was produced by one of our favourites,Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (aka TEED).

We’ve found something beautiful and ‘Waiting Game’ is going to be a hit.

BANKS is the main support for the Weeknd on his September-October US tour dates.

Sounds like: Fiona Apple, Jessie Ware, Phlo Finister, Lana Del Rey, SZA, Weeknd, SOHN

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