We don’t often feature rock music on the site, but The Fluids have blown us away with their debut single, ‘Creatures’.
It’s a glimpse into the frenetic offerings featured on their debut album ‘No Kidding!’ – witty lyrics and thrashing synths, laced together by lead singer Mike Tony’s punchy yet endearing vocal tone which we find quite reminiscent of David Bowie, Brandon Flowers or David Byrne.
Fuck, this is good!
‘No Kidding!’ is out on 27 October via Axis Mundi Records and available for pre-order here.
Sounds like: David Bowie, Talking Heads, The Killers
Hot damn! Love Ssega is back with ‘Hot Electrolytes’.
The Kat Hassan-directed video bursts with colour, mirroring the warm tones throughout the track.
Explaining the track, Love Ssega says “This track has hopefully raised two eyebrows and a wry smile. To me it feels like a sledgehammer of passion, colour and sound, as that’s what I was going for. If it’s not surprising, it’s not exciting.”
‘Hot Electrolytes’ is taken from Love Ssega’s forthcoming ‘Emancipation!’ EP, which is set for release later this summer.
Sounds like: Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Tom Tom Club, Kindness, LA Priest, Prince
Meet Scottish born, Cocoa Futures, who create deliciously erratic pop.
Led by frontman Greg, and produced alongside Marc Withasee (Micachu & the Shapes), Cocoa Futures’ latest track, ‘The Blue’, was born from a mutual love of messing things up (in this case, gleeful and gloomy feelings) to create a passionate sound.
‘The Blue’ is out now on Lost In The Manor Records, and ‘The Blue’ EP launch will be held on Saturday 3 December at the Sebright Arms.
We wrote about London based, multi-instrumentalist, HudsonScott, a few months back.
Since then, Hudson’s been in the studio with Rodaidh McDonald (Låpsley, KingKrule, Thexx).
Lucky for us, Hudson has taken a little bit of time out of his busy schedule to put together one hell of a playlist for Indietronica.
Talking Heads – Born Under Punches
This is one of my favourite opening tracks of any record for sure- the perfect blend of groove, adventure and hooks.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem
I’m an album listener, I like a body of work to sink my teeth into, but its sometimes nice when a band you love throws you a loose bone as good as this.
Chris Cohen – In A Fable
This song is so good. I love how warm and meandering it is and how the form has hardly any repetition but every melody is beautiful.
Shuggie Otis – Special
Shuggie has been a proper hero of mine for a while now but this one is pretty new to me. Its real bouncy.
Arthur Russell – You And Me Both
Another of my hero’s. This song is another meanderer, loads of breathing room. Arthur Russel has this amazing ability to balance romance and groove without it ever being cheesy and I think I’ll listen to him for my whole life.
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Two things I wanted to get on this list was some 80’s tunes and some synth nerdery so I ticked both boxes with this song. Amazing song and inspired use of what I’m pretty sure is a Roland TB-303 (the synth that birthed acid house) for the bass- you hardly hear that synth in this pop context and it works so well.
Blood Orange – Desiree
Definitely his best record so far- I love it right now and this track is a standout.
Little Cub – Intent
These guys are my best pals an they’re gonna do big things in the next few years. Huge beat at the end.
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
Needs no introduction.
Gwen Guthrie – Padlock (Larry Levan Mix)
I’m telling you to never doubt the triangle as an instrument- you’ve got to be pretty confident to have it pretty much on its own for almost 30 seconds though! This song’s chorus kills it.
UK Tour Dates
September 4 | We Are Your Friends, The Bullingdon, Oxford September 15 | The Victoria, London October 14 | What Became Of Us Festival, The Cookie, Leicester October 15 | What Became Of Us Festival, The Bullingdon, Oxford October 28 | Beacons Metro Festival, Headrow House, Leeds
Sounds like: The Maccabees, Foals, Morrissey, Prince, Simply Red, Simple Minds, Miles Davis, Chet Baker
Brooklyn based, 80’s promoters, Secret Weapons have just shared self-titled their EP. But to top that off, they have also put together a playlist of epic proportions for our lovely readers.
Pasion Pit – Take a Walk Sonically passion pit stood out from the rest. Buzz saw synths and joyful chord progressions with contradictory lyrics.
Jack Ü – To Ü (feat. Aluna George) This track ushered in an era of production and a million imitates.
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain This song is simply thrilling to us. A slow burn filled with so much dramatic tension. It does so much with so little, and builds to final climax like a masterpiece.
Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love This song redefined corky to us. It’s got such a killer groove and the most playful melodies.
Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime Pure emotion. Soul and personality spew from every singe vocal line and instrument.
Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends An incredible reimagination of this song. you could bring it around a million times and it keeps feeling better and better. the choir harmonies and live energy give us chills.
Selena Gomez – Hands To Myself Simple pop bliss, haunting guitars.
The Killers – I Can’t Stay A simple sentiment goes such a long way on this one. Also part of a larger album that we admire greatly.
Shamir – On The Regular The dopest beat and the dopest visuals. You can’t imagine any other music video for this song.
Coldplay – Lovers In Japan A beautiful love story, and some of the most heart-racing melodic beauty you can achieve.
The Strokes – You Only Live Once The crunch of these guitars has influences us heavily. a solid strokes classic from a classic strokes album.
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg – still d.r.e Hip hop classic, pure and simple.
Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real All around an incredible song.
Fifth Harmony – Sledgehammer Every girl in the group is showcased beautifully here. The perfect girl group.
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust Pure classic. We admire queen greatly for stepping into so many different genres. it’s hard to pick a favorite Queen song, but my god this is certainly Danny’s. This is also Danny’s favorite song of all time.
Secret Weapons be on tour this month across the U.S with Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, and ending the tour with a date at Lollapalooza on Saturday night.
Sounds like: The 1975, Lionel Richie, The Levity, The Island Club, Ghost Beach, Backstreet Boys, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The Knocks, Dagny
It’s nearly the end of weekend, so time for some lush indie pop for your ears, courtesy of London five-piece, Pumarosa.
Pumarosa originally started as a duo when drummer Nick was to only musician to turn up to a new project rehearsal in London. After moving to a warehouse in Manor House, they met Henry, Tomoya and Neville and began a period of intensely hot rehearsal in a 10′ x 10′ chipboard room. In the summer of 2015, the band was offered a residency in the cavernous disused cinema of an Italian surrealist, situated within the cliffs of Calabria. Scraping together a van and driving non-stop to Italy, the band worked on new material, and it was in Italy that they settled on the name Pumarosa: in part reflecting Isabel’s Chilean roots, but also the jungle fruit of the same name.
Their new single is a psychedelic disco number called ‘Cecile’, produced by Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Bat For Lashes, Toy).
‘Cecile’ is out via Chess Club/Mom + Pop.
Sounds like: The Editors, Lucius, Goldfrapp, Karen O, Bat For Lashes, Talking Heads
Duck House is the musical project of Cardiff-based Stefan Vincent.
Citing influences from 80’s bands such as Talking Heads, Duck House creates nostalgic disco beats from his…wait for it… car! It’s hard to believe an environment would produce such blissful electronica, but the escapist approach is definitely creating some ever-changing inspiration for Stefan.
‘Closer’ is the lead single from his new EP which will be released through MenoRecords later this year.
24th Oct – Bristol, Simple Things Festival
30th Oct – Manchester, Columns Festival
31st Oct – London, Mirrors Festival
2nd Nov – Leeds, Beacons Metro
6th Nov – Cardiff, SWN Festival Opening Party
Sounds like: RAC, Great Good Fine Ok, Goldroom, Pr0files, Le Youth
Some of you with a keen ear may recognise Ssega’s vocals. He was featured on Clean Bandit‘s ‘Mozart’s House’, which he also co-wrote as a former member of the band, following his time at Cambridge University where he studied chemical engineering.
It seems Ssega has also found some time to extensively study a decent tune. ‘Minds’ cleverly channels a mix of New Wave, 80s hip-hop and NYC disco into smart modern pop.
He is signed to Hometown/Sony.
Sounds like: Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Tom Tom Club, Kindness, LA Priest, Prince