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Playlist: Σtella

Σtella

Σtella

Greek artist, Σtella has just released her highly anticipated sophomore album, ‘Works For You’.

To celebrate, Σtella has put together a playlist for us. Enjoy!

Moscoman, Manfredas – Dévoué (Manfredas Remix)
First time I heard this song I kinda felt like I was tripping, in a good way. I’m happy to have shared the stage with Moscoman once.

Arthur Russell – Springfield
Arthur Russell will always remain a mystery to me. It ‘s music from outer space in a way.

Yello – Oh Yeah
Really don’t know how to comment on this. Just a good listen and a place for phantasies.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
“She don’t want to be a man or a woman”. Good for her.

Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper
I love this song so much. It explodes in my head every time.

Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension
This track takes me back in time, it’s got that heart ache feeling you just can’t miss.

KAYTRANADA – BREAKDANCE LESSON N.1
A DJ and a good friend of mine introduced me to this song by Kaytranada, and now I play it whenever I wanna shake my head a little.

Red Axes, Abrão – Balma (feat. Abrão)
Loving Red Axes this year, they did a show In Athens last month. Good boys.

Jean-Jacques Perrey – Cat In The Night
I sadly found out about Jean Jacques Perrey the day he died, late 2016. This man was a genius and is really worthy to listen to pretty much everything he’s done.

Toro y Moi – Lilly
“This place is up for grabs, I give it to you for free”, that line was stuck in my head for a long time. Really good sound.

Fleetwood Mac – Never Going Back Again – Remastered
The album “Rumours” has been one of my favorite albums ever, but just recently I gave a lot of attention to this track in the album. How sweet.

LA Priest – Lorry Park
LA Priest hit me in the stomach at around 0:50 with that beat, oh man, thanks.

Alan Hawkshaw – Beach Journey
Super fine tune by Mr Alan Hawkshaw. This track takes me places I didn’t know existed.

Vulfpeck – Back Pocket
Bravo, Bravo, Bravo to Volfpeck for this massive funky smart track.

‘Works For You’ is out now via Inner Ear Records and is seriously good. Listen to ‘Way To Go’ below.

Sounds like: Kaleida, Annie Lennox, New Order, Depeche Mode, The Human League, Cash+David, Christine & The Queens

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Kaleida – Detune

Kaleida

Kaleida

London-based Kaleida returns with ‘Detune’.

Taking it down a notch, the girls draw deeper into their musical souls to create more of a minimal sound, but one that still has the discernible, powerful lead vocals we love.

‘Detune’ is the first single to be taken from their second EP.

Sounds like: Aquilo, New Order, Depeche Mode, The Human League, VÉRITÉ, Salt Ashes, Evvy, Monogem, Paperwhite, Chvrches, Palmedo, Prinze George, Nina Yasmineh, Day Wave, Poliça, Rhye, MS MR, Roisin Murphy

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Σtella – Picking Words

Σtella

Σtella

There maybe a financial crisis in Greece at the moment, but there certainly isn’t one with their musical offerings.

Athenian electro-pop singer Σtella (pronounced Stella) is making waves.

Her latest track, ‘Picking Words’, is simple yet effective. It has a new wave vibe and a predominant bass line throughout.

Watch the video below and fall in love with Σtella like we have.

Her album, ‘Σtella’, is out on yellow vinyl, cd and digital album from Inner Ear.

Sounds like: Kaleida, Annie Lennox, New Order, Depeche Mode, The Human League, Cash+David

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Kaleida – Aliaa

Kaleida

Kaleida

Continuing in their fight for equal rights through their music, Kaleida returns with ‘Aliaa’.

The track is based on the story of the Egyptian feminist and activist Aliaa Elmahdy, who, in 2011, posted a nude self portrait on her blog as a protest against – in her words – “a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy”. The post received of 2 million hits within a short period during the Arab Spring and was the subject of intense controversy and criticism. Aliaa faced a backlash of death threats, and escaped both a kidnapping and rape attempt. She was eventually granted political asylum in Sweden.

Sounds like: New Order, Depeche Mode, The Human League, VÉRITÉ, Salt Ashes, Evvy, Monogem, Paperwhite, Chvrches, Palmedo, Prinze George, Nina Yasmineh, Day Wave, Poliça, Rhye, MS MR, Roisin Murphy

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West Nile – Turnt 2 Cult

West Nile

West Nile

We love a bedroom band and West Nile is exactly that; a glistening synth pop girl/boy bedroom duo from London, Ontario.

Just starting out, they wish to remain anonymous, but it’s clear that they are determined to make it big.

Their latest single, ‘Turnt 2 Cult’, is a highly energised and 80’s driven gem with echoey vox.

The next single is due out in May, and the EP is set for release in September.

Sounds like: BLSHS, Depeche Mode, The Human League, Chvrches

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Priest – Broken

Priest - Broken

Priest – Broken

It’s been a while since we wrote about some synth pop, but it’s spring time, so why not!

Florida-based synth pop duo Priest (formerly X priest X) have released brand new track ‘Broken’.

It’s modern pop that glides subtly between 80s lo-fi pop and sharply syncopated rhythms that fit like a glove for a John Hughes film soundtrack.

It is second single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Priest’, which is to be released on 5 May via Swedish label Emotion.

Sounds like: BLSHS, The Human League, Crozet, Chvrches, Zola Jesus, Sky Ferreira, Grimes, College

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Kaleida – Ruby

Kaleida

Kaleida

Synthpop duo KALEIDA is the combined talents of London based Christina Wood (vocals,
lyrics) and Cicely Goulder (keys & production, lyrics).

Their music acts as a voice for feminist and political rights.

New track ‘Ruby’ is the perfect showcase for Wood’s rosy and unique vocals, as well as Goulder’s effortless skills on keys. Combined, the girls have created a track worthy of being from the 80s.

KALEIDA will release their debut EP ‘THINK’ on 6 April through LEX Records.

Tour Dates:

11 April – Birthdays, London – Kaleida EP Launch
12 May – Gorilla, Manchester (Roisin Murphy support)
13 May – Concorde 2, Brighton (Roisin Murphy support)
14 May – The Trinity Centre, Bristol (Roisin Murphy support)

Sounds like: New Order, Depeche Mode, The Human League, VÉRITÉ, Salt Ashes, Evvy, Monogem, Paperwhite, Chvrches, Palmedo, Prinze George, Nina Yasmineh, Day Wave, Poliça, Rhye, MS MR, Roisin Murphy

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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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Soft Touch – Swim In The Night feat. Silya

Soft Touch - Swim In The Night feat. Silya

Soft Touch – Swim In The Night feat. Silya

We received a press release in our inbox for Soft Touch‘s new track ‘Swim In The Night’ featuring Norweigen vocalist Silya and we couldn’t stop pressing repeat!

Soft Touch is made up of Chrome Canyon of Stones Throw Records (Peanut Butter Wolf, Aloe Blacc, Dam-Funk) and Saarid of VHS or Beta.

The duo formed in Brooklyn in 2012 with an intention to make adventurous pop music, and it appears that they have succeeded.

‘Swim In The Night’ is the epitome of a nu-disco 80’s track.

Sounds like: Futurecop!, Ronika, Aeroplane, Breakbot, Ballet School, Ladyhawke, Color War, The Human League, Little Boots

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