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Playlist: Secret Weapons

Secret Weapons

Secret Weapons

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

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Pumarosa – Cecile

Pumarosa

Pumarosa

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

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Argonaut & Wasp – Always

Argonaut & Wasp - Always

Argonaut & Wasp – Always

The Burlington boys, Argonaut & Wasp, are back with ‘Always’.

It’s an upbeat indie dance number full of summery vocals, party inserts and drunken choruses.

Sounds like: The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, Phoenix, Pistol Shrimp

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Duck House – Closer

Duck House

Duck House

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.

Tour dates

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

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Love Ssega – Minds

Love Ssega

Love Ssega

Love Ssega releases ‘Minds’.

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

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Lexi Scherr – Interview and Ready Aim Fire (Feat. Cosmic Retro)

Lexi Scherr by Liz Maney

Lexi Scherr by Liz Maney

New York City-based, pop/singer-songwriter, Lexi Scherr, recently released her new single, ‘Ready Aim Fire’, featuring Cosmic Retro.

The track is a racy one, with charming falsetto vocals and clean synths.

Find out a bit more about Lexi and how she met Cosmic Retro by reading our interview with her below:

How and why did you start making music?

I started making music when I was around 2 years old. That was when I started writing little songs. It was mostly for attention, and for the most part, I succeeded in annoying my parents to no end with my racket. I hadn’t realized yet that loud does not equal good. I started playing piano around 9 and really began honing my craft around 13. For some reason I felt like I had a story to tell and that I wanted to do so through song. It was sort of like a sneaky way of telling people how I felt about them.

Describe your sound in three words.

Pretty Damn Catchy.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I learned a lot about classic rock and oldies from our elementary school carpools. It was my introduction to really really solid melodies & hooks. And in college, my roommate introduced me to indie pop & glam rock. Throughout my musical education, I have become inspired by a variety of artists with very different styles; From The Beatles to Bat for Lashes; Radiohead to The Talking Heads.

How did you feel when Joseph Gordon-Levitt chose your track for his HitREcord show?

Stoked & honored!  What more can I say? It’s Mr. Tasha McCauley for crying out loud!

Your new track ‘Ready Aim Fire’ features Cosmic Retro. How did that come about?

Cosmic Retro is this awesome producer who is also part of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s online production company, HitRECord.org (as I am). I am a little bit obsessed with the 80s, so when I found his track on the site I felt compelled to jump on with a melody & lyrics that could do his amazing instrumental justice. He’s fantastic. I’ve only met him once in person, when he was rolling through New York. He was the one wearing the ridiculous yellow boots (his words).

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

Something new from 2015 that I’m diggin’ right now is “Lisa Sawyer” by Leon Bridges. But his whole album is really fantastic retro-soul. I am also loving the delicious indie pop track “10,000 Emerald Pools” by BØRNS.

Sounds like: Eliza Doolittle, Evvy, Noosa, Dominique, Ronika, Broods, Shura, B. Miles, Fiona Apple, Annie Lennox, Annie

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Miami Horror – Love Like Mine Feat. Cleopold

Miami Horror

Miami Horror

The Melbourne-based boys, Miami Horror, return with latest 15-track album ‘All Possible Futures’ and it is good.

The album was produced by Benjamin Plant. Plant describes the album, “We wanted to make something that lasts and grows the more you listen to it; we found a lot of fans overseas had been listening to our first album for years and that’s what made us realise the importance of making something permanent in this day and age.”

Watch the humorous video for ‘Love Like Mine’ featuring Cleopold, below:

Armed with some seriously cool tracks, anything is possible for Miami Horror.

‘All Possible Futures’ is out on Haven SoundsDine Alone Records. Purchase on iTunes.

Sounds like: Van She, Bag Raiders, Grafton Primary, Holy Ghost!, Friendly Fires, Talking Heads, New Order, INXS, Fleetwood Mac, Tame Impala, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson

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Worldwide Premiere of Alphabetic – Human Too

Alphabetic

Alphabetic

Alphabetic has been slowly building up a dedicated following since 2014, when they played a number of shows including a five night stint at Secret Cinema’s production of ‘Back to The Future’.

Their sound, built around the singing partnership of Walter Heale and Becca Lever, fuses ambient pop with the dance savvy beats of mid 80’s disco and soul to create an enrapturing live sound, driven forward by the animated and energetic drummer Jon Baxter.

Following on from ‘Good Lovers‘, their first single from their forthcoming album and produced by Toby McLaren (Led Bib, The Heavy, Kelis), is ‘Human Too’.

Once again, the band is offering up an innovative day and night version of the latest release. The day version is a synth-ridden slow-drive track, whilst the night version is a 90’s new jack remix, courtesy of bassist and synthesist Raph.

Have a listen to the day version below:

Alphabetic is a perfect example of a band that can make waves despite having a shoestring budget.

You can catch Alphabetic at The Great Escape in April.

Sounds like: Talking Heads, The Cure, Metronomy, Talk Talk, Fantastic Fantastic, The Human League, The Macabees

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Alphabetic – Good Lovers

Alphabetic - Good Lovers

Alphabetic – Good Lovers

Inspiration from the 80’s seems to be here to stay in modern day music.

A perfect example of this is Alphabetic; a four-piece band that was initially dreamt up in a Motel bed in the Caribbean. After reworking the music from their childhood in a cabin in Italy, the rest is history.

Fronted by Walter Heale and Becca Lever, who take the vocal leads with effortless retro harmonies, Alphabetic plays very easy listening tracks by fusing 80’s disco and pop.

The uber catchy ‘Good Lovers’ is produced by Toby McLaren (Led Bib, The Heavy, Kelis).

This is the first single taken from their forthcoming album which was released via the bands own label Bibliotheque Records on 21 November 2014.

Sounds like: Talking Heads, The Cure, Metronomy, Talk Talk, Fantastic Fantastic, The Human League, The Macabees

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Brotherun – Wishful Thinking

Brotherun

Brotherun

Meet Nashville-based (by way of Phoenix) up and comers Brotherun (aka Trevor and Nick Tillery).

Taking two very different musical journeys, Trevor embarked on songwriting whilst at college in Seattle and spent years in a rock band in Phoenix that ended up receiving major label attention, whilst Nick taught himself how to play drums by joining a thrash metal band (also in Phoenix).

Like all good rock musicians, the brothers’ lyrics are full of organic emotion. As well as being genetically bonded, both have a real love and knack for songwriting.

Their new track, ‘Wishful Thinking’, started off as a guitar riff that was laid to rest for a few years, then brought back to the table with their producer Josh Niles. The synthy track has an unsteady beat as the brothers sing about an almost unattainable or impossible desire.

The artwork for their debut EP (also entitled ‘Wishful Thinking’) perfectly showcases the imaginary journey through Brotherun’s 4 subtle and ever-humble tracks. The EP is available for purchase on iTunes now. Have a listen below:

Indietronica caught up with the Brotherun boys and asked them some questions – read their answers below;

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