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Weekly Gems 76

fluxx.world – Like Me

Fluxx.world

Introducing the playful duo, fluxx.world.

The multi-faceted talents create infectious, experimental pop in their basements studio in a London warehouse. They also run their own underground audiovisual club nights, as well as producing and remixing for other artists.

Check out ‘Like Me’ below.

Sounds like: Allie X, Sofi Tukker, Phantogram, MØ

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Keir Gibson – Eyes Wide

Keir Gibson

Scottish-born Keir Gibson releases his debut track ‘Eyes Wide’.

Despite being brought up on a dose of Scottish music, the 18 year old’s sound borders the electronic, pop and folk realms in an alt-pop fusion.

‘Mixed & mastered by Grammy-nominated mixer Matty Green and Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Joe LaPorta, ‘Eyes Wide’ showcases what’s more to come from the talented singer/songwriter.

Sounds like: James Arthur, Maggie Rogers, Julia Michaels, Lauv

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Apollo LTD – Man That I Used To Know

Apollo LTD

Indie pop duo Apollo LTD share the sway-inducing visuals for ‘Man That I Used To Know’.

Much like their last single, ‘Misfits‘, this one is incredibly easy listening with its smooth production skills, twinkling synths, and luscious vocals.

Sounds like: LIONLION, Phoenix, Foster The People

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cln – Change My Mind

cln

Australian artist cln shares his downtempo new single ‘Change My Mind’.

Whilst the track’s production appears minimalistic in it’s electronic approach, there is a dark undertone of R&B that lingers throughtout the song in a contemplative manner.

Expect cln’s debut album in September.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Bon Iver

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Zanski – Smoke In My Lungs

Zanski

Zanski is the electro-R&B project of Tom Probizanski.

With a sound captivating and emotive, Zanski’s sound is refreshing, yet relevant. His new single ‘Smoke In My Lungs’ echoes of the wonderous Ben Khan in it’s distinctive groovy sound.

It’s out now via CloudKid.

Sounds like: Ben Khan

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Napoleon Gold – Love Don’t Cut Me Down (feat. Haiva Ru)

Napoleon Gold - Love Don't Cut Me Down

French-born Antoine Honorez aka Napoleon Gold returns with his latest single ‘Love Don’t Cut Me Down’ featuring the vocals of Haiva Ru’s Allie Merril.

The track can be compared to an 80’s Fleetwood Mac song that’s been given an electronic boogie re-skin.

Speaking of the unique late-night feel of his music, Napoleon credits his life-long struggle with insomnia, “During my first year in Brussels for university, my insomnia became more and more frequent. I remember staying awake night after night, making music, watching the sunrise from my music desk – it had this beautiful orange and golden colour, I knew seeing this colour meant I had once again failed to sleep, but it also symbolised a new day, a new beginning. I decided to name that colour ‘Napoleon Gold'”.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Chela, RAC, Le Youth, JackLNDN

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Tom Tripp – TAM

Tom Tripp

Grammy-Award nominated producer and vocalist, and Mura Masa collaborator, Tom Tripp returns with his latest single ‘TAM’, the first release off his forthcoming project ‘FLAG’.

The electro-laced funk track started life back in 2016, undergoing various iterations on Tom’s Laptop until a session with Grades earlier this year led to a final version that the self-proclaimed perfectionist was finally happy to share with the world.

Sounds like: Mura Masa, LISS, Ben Khan

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Thailah – Feels Right

Thailah

Exciting London-based singer Thailah shares the banger, ‘Feels Right’.

Ramping up the BPM, her fourth ever release, has been produced by the up and coming producer J.AR.K. to create a track that will work equally well in the car as in the club.

Sounds like: Just Kiddin, The Him, Tove Lo

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Tropic – Lights Out

Tropic - Lights Out

Brooklyn based duo, Tropic (aka electronic producer & DJ, Phuse, and R&B singer/songwriter Jo-B Sebastian) shares their breezy new tune ‘Lights Out’.

With delicate falsetto vocals that energetically loop around syncopated beats, the track explores the regret and denial that comes after a breakup in both nostalgic and futuristic manner.

Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok

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Daniella Mason – Deepest of Wells

Daniella Mason

Nashville-based alternative pop act, Daniella Mason, is back with a dreamy new visual that continues her ‘Mental State’ EP and ‘State of Mine’ sound series in which she aims to explore different parts of our humanity.

With her latest music video release – shot and edited by Dylan Reyes – Mason aimed to create a dream sequence that visualises the feeling of wandering throughout her mind and expands on its aimlessness.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, The Japanese House, Robyn, Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish, George Gretton, Luna Pines

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Luna Pines – Uneven

Luna Pines

Following their headline show in London this week, hazy dream-pop act Luna Pines shares ‘Uneven’.

DIY through and through, the three-piece produces and mixes all of their own material in their home city of Leeds, UK.

The new release contemplates the monotonicity of normal life. It is also written in remembrance to the song’s co-writer and close friend of band member Lotte van den Berg, who explains,

“It was the last song we ever began writing together. In December, the day after the first demo was completed, he took his own life. I remember taking the song to Ryan (Lead Vocals/Guitar) and Rob (Drums) and just feeling like it needed to be done, and we finished it in about two hours. For that reason, it’s such an important song to us as it’s one that has been through so much during its creation, and I think there’s a certain pain and desperation you can feel because of it.”

Sounds like: The Postal Service, The Japanese House, The 1975, George Gretton

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More Giraffes & Sweater Beats – Playground

More Giraffes

Los Angeles-based duo More Giraffes (aka Mark Hadley and Keeley Bumford) team up with Sweater Beats in the Zac Wolf-directed video for ‘Playground’.

In the video, the crew embrace their inner kids and turn a futuristic pop party into one heck of a playground.

The track is taken from their upcoming EP, ‘Bermuda’ – a signature mix-n-match of synths, chill pop tracks, and infectiously catchy and weird vocals.

Sounds like: Charli XCX, Manila Killa

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HOAX – Could

HOAX

HOAX is an indie pop-rock outfit from Queens, New York, comprised of Michael Raj and Frantz Cesar.

With a sound that is familiar to UK-based indie rock from the naughties, their modern vintage vibe captures, in their own words, “the beautiful sound of sadness”.

Listen to ‘Could’, the first single off their debut album, ‘b?’.

Sounds like: Manic Street Preachers, Hers

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Emma Elisabeth – Cavalry

Emma Elisabeth

Swedish singer/songwriter, Emma Elisabeth gets nerdy in her new single, ‘Cavalry’.

With a classic band set up, the lush unfurling folk track captures stiring indie rock riffs and delicate vocals, all whilst giving a gentle nod to folk-rock kings’n’queens of the 70’s.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Lucy Rose, Laurel, First Aid Kit, Susanne Sundfør, Sunflower Bean, The Japanese House, Jakob Ogawa, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young

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Demetrius – Sacrifice

Demetrius

Reprsenting a new wave of electro-pop music from the tech capital of the world, Berlin-based Demetrius shares his introspective single, ‘Sacrifice’.

A slow burner (like all good tech tracks), ‘Sacrifice’ is a groovy indie dance heartbreak song with hypnotic vocals.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Suntalk

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IDER – Wu Baby

IDER by Lottie Turner

IDER by Lottie Turner

It’s time to move on from the break-up with the help of IDER‘s catchy new number, ‘Wu Baby’.

The track follows the girls’ signature uncomplicated musical sequence, yet remains a completely addictive vocal and melodic montage to listen to.

We didn’t think they could top ‘Mirror’ but they just have. I guess it’s always good to move on…

Expect their debut album very soon.

Sounds like: The Japanese House, Imogen Heap, Oh Wonder, Shura, The 1975, Tegan and Sara, MUNA, Aurora, Tourist, Wet, London Grammar

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Playlist: Dominique Tey

Dominique Tey

Stockholm-based, dreamy pop artist Dominique Tey has just shared her highly anticipated ‘Heartstream’ EP.

The five-track release in part sees the artist in an even more tranquil and atmospheric light, as well as channelling more synth-heavy and dynamic electronica.

Dominique has put together a playlist for us, check it out below.

Björk – Yoga
I love Björk’s music and her ability to be her own artist. Throughout her career, she has stood her ground and refused to compromise when it comes to her unique vision. In my opinion, her music is as relevant today as it was ten years ago. And this song is one of many favorites.

Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
I really like the euphoric yet melancholic vibe in this song and I’m a real fan of Kevin Parkers melodies and productions. Listening to ”Currents” never gets old.

Moses Sumney – Doomed
Sumneys has such a soulful voice, it’s so captivating, calming and silky smooth and the music and lyrics are very touching.

Barrie – Michigan
I just discovered Barrie, a indie pop band from Brooklyn. I really like their sound and vibe and this song is a favorite at the moment.

Frank Ocean – Ivy
I started listening to Frank Ocean when he first released channel ORANGE and I’ve been hocked every since. He’s a true genius in my opinon.

Nina Simone – Sinnerman
Nina Simone has been a big inspiration and I’ve listened to her a lot during my teens. I believe that she was ahead of her time in many ways. Not only did she create some of the greatest masterpieces but she also used her voice to advocate for the civil rights movement and took a stand for what she believed in.

The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
This song takes me back to my childhood. The Beatles was a favorite at home and their songs crack open the door to so many cherished memories.

Nancy Sinatra – Bang bang
I first started listening to Nancy when I was about thirteen and was captivated by her voice and her storytelling.

The Japanese House – Follow My Girl
The Japanese house have a way of combining funky rhythms with modern pop melodies witch I really like. I also have a soft sport for Brains a dreamy sound that really get me.

Sounds like: Shura, Beach House, Cocteau Twins, VÉRITÉ, Banks

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Playlist: Faradays

Faradays

Faradays is the project of Dutch songwriter and physicist Karindra Perrier.

Her new EP ‘Memories’ is out now and to celebrate the release, Faradays has put together a playlist for us full of honest and vulnerable songwriters, taking inspiration from her fascination for time, the world, and life itself in both music and science.

Maggie Rogers – Alaska

This song grabbed me the first time I heard it because it has very personal vocals and distinct sounds, and yet it’s so catchy, I just wanna dance to it.

Wildhart – We Made up a Dream

The Swedish have such particular pronunciation and vocal timbre, I love it. Beautiful song.

Lorde – The Louvre

I’m a fan of the way Lorde delivers her kind of mainstream yet authentic songs. With this track particularly, I’m just obsessed with the underwater-like bridge with the lush vocals and melancholic melodies.

Flume, Kai – Never Be Like You

This track, it’s such a good hit. Way to ride those faders on the synths! And the variety in drum sounds with the carefully tailored beat, kind of genius to get your track lively like that with few elements. Plus the “never be like you” is just an undeniably good vocal hook.

St. Vincent – New York

St. Vincent has been an inspiration to me since forever. I guess I could have added almost any song by her in this list, and I almost added Cheerleader. But I chose the more recent New York, because it’s so epic and emotional.

ANIMA! – Moving Mountains

I really love that ascending melody in the chorus, and then how the groove takes off after, and back to the darker sounding verse with the lively synth bass. Contrasting parts that come together so harmoniously. Really good.

Frank Ocean – Solo

I was kind of late to discover Frank Ocean. But now I cannot go without. His songwriting is so inspiring, his lyrics, his imagery, the way his hooks work in surprising ways.

Ásgeir – Higher

I don’t listen to this song so often anymore, but when I was writing for our EP Memories I often went to this song for inspiration on a straightforward approach that leads to a magical warm vibe. The way the piano chords are elegantly dragging behind the beat makes this song doesn’t become inert or clunky.

Katie Dey – Fleas

This is so radically uncompromising. It’s strange. It’s sweet. It’s the weirdest bedroom pop, completely out there. I love it.

Klangstof – Sleaze

I’ll end with a fellow Dutchman, because I’m proud of all the beautiful music and awesome artist we have here in the Netherlands. This track of Klangstof is subdued and excited at the same time. And I highly recommend listening to more of their tracks.

Sounds like: CILVR, Bat for Lashes, The Japanese House

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Faradays – Snow

Faradays

Dutch physicist and musician Faradays (aka Karindra Perrier) shares her effervescent new electro-pop single, ‘Snow’.

Much like the title suggests, it has glacial tendencies with an upbeat energy encouraging the listener to dance away the vulnerability.

Speaking about ‘Snow’, Faradays explains,

“All of us are here temporarily, like snow falling from the sky. So now that we are here: let’s dance before we touch the ground.”

Sounds like: CILVR, Bat for Lashes, The Japanese House

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Sasha – Ouch!

Sasha

Self-described “tragic” songstress Sasha is speaking a lyrical frankness in her new single, ‘Ouch!’, written about foreseeing being stung in a relationship.

The single blends unique and interesting soundscapes with sweet pop production and has elements of ‘Pure Imagination’ featured in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Tasty.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, VÉRITÉ, Rae Morris, The Japanese House

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Bohnes – Raging On A Sunday

Bohnes

Introducing the new project called Bohnes by Alex DeLeon from the band The Cab.

His new single ‘Raging On A Sunday’ is a frenetic two middle fingers to religion, caught up with an anthemic rock backdrop, glitches of grungy electronica and a retro-inspired, R&B-tipped vocal range.

Get yourself to the mosh pit this Sunday.

Sounds like: The Weeknd, Twenty One Pilots

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The Beamish Boys – Don’t Flatter Yourself (Acoustic Version)

The Beamish Boys

The Beamish Boys are two brothers from Australia who combine uplifting songwriting with harmonious elements of folk, pop and soul.

What started out as jamming sessions in their garage soon turned out to working with international artists and labels, and tours.

The acoustic version of ‘Don’t Flatter Yourself’ is a generous nod to the Ed Sheerans and Emma McGraths of this world.

Sounds like: Ed Sheeran, Emma McGrath

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Maeve – Eden

Maeve

Caymanian-born, London-based R&B newcomer Maeve shares the striking visuals for her new single ‘Eden’.

Directed by Black Dog Films‘ filmmaker Jade Jackman, choreographed by Liv Lockwood and styled by designer Asai (Dazed 100), the hallucinogenic and bestial video borders between what is real and what is not, conveying a sense of abandonment and isolation found in a toxic relationship.

The song is taken from her debut EP ‘Beasts’, out now.

Sounds like: AuRa, The 1975, FKA Twigs, Daughter

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Katy Tiz – Life Feat. Ed Drewett

Katy Tiz

Katy Tiz has teamed up with esteemed songwriter Ed Drewett on new single, ‘Life’, which has a Bonnie & Clyde context.

Recorded whilst suffering with laryngitis, this is a testament to Katy Tiz’s determination, and the result is a raw and enchanting song that is upfront and honest.

Sounds like: Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor, Aly & AJ, Bonnie McKee

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Golden Vessel – MOONSTONE Feat. Elkkle & Akurei

Golden Vessel

Golden Vessel (aka Max Byrne) returns with ‘Moonstone’, featuring friends Elkkle and Akurei.

The upbeat track once again incorporates Byrne’s signature cross-genre style, and futuristic production.

‘Moonstone’ is inspired by the historical investigation of missing moon rocks from NASA trips into space on Apollo 11. Legend has it that the specimens once brought back to earth in 1969 were distributed across the world in the famous Goodwill Moon Rocks initiative, only to, nearly 30 years later, have mostly vanished or become untraceable.

Sounds like: MØ, Brolin, The National, Gang of Youths, Bon Iver, Alex Vargas, TENDER, Kanyon, REFS

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Lincoln Jesser – Undone

Lincoln Jesser - Undone

American producer Lincoln Jesser produces indie synth-pop with sky-high aspirations.

Growing up at school, Jesser would often play in jazz sessions during the breaks, but it wasn’t until he listened to The Strokes that his passion for music was spiked.

Moving slowly into the electronic realms of production brings us to Jesser’s release today, called ‘Undone’, which you can listen to below:

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Joe Goddard, Goldroom

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IDER – Mirror

IDER by Lottie Turner

IDER by Lottie Turner

London duo IDER today share the inspiring visuals for ‘Mirror,’ a breakup anthem reviewing the loss of self-identity following a breakup, which almost always ends in a triumphant celebration of your own personal strength.

Shot by Lily Rose Thomas on Bromley High Street, the visuals are simplistic and honest, perfectly echoing the vulnerability of the song and the instinctive harmony of the girls.

Sounds like: The Japanese House, Imogen Heap, Oh Wonder, Shura, The 1975, Tegan and Sara, MUNA, Aurora, Tourist, Wet, London Grammar

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Daniella Mason – Emotional Rollercoaster

Daniella Mason

Surprisingly, we’d not heard of Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Daniella Mason, before today, and quite frankly, we are blown away by her talent for crafting beautiful and intelligent pop music.

A journey of loss, Mason’s new record stands as one of four EPs that she’ll be releasing over the course of the next year as part of her State of Mine sound series. Each album — Emotional State, Physical State, Mental State, and Spiritual State — will explore the different parts of our humanity that we tend to suppress and have difficulty embracing.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, The Japanese House, Robyn, Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish

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Charlee Remitz – Forever Like This

Charlee Remitz

Charlee Remitz creates synth pop full of big dreams.

Having recently moved from Nashville to Los Angeles, the singer/songwriter’s music shines. Her new single ‘Forever Like This’ has lashings of 80’s inspired synths and breakaway vocals that tell a story of the first flashes of love.

It is the third single from her upcoming sophomore album, ‘Sad Girl Music’, out on 9 November.

Sounds like: Dominique, CAPPA

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CUB – Obsessed Feat. Clara Hurtado

CUB by Matt Stephens

CUB by Matt Stephens

CUB blends pop and dance sounds.

We featured his new single, ‘Obsessed’ featuring Clara Hurtado, not that long ago and he’s come back with a lively new video for it. These two don’t take themselves too seriously, which is pretty refreshing.

If you follow CUB’s Twitter you will see more videos of him and Clara goofing around.

Sounds like: Jake Alder, Diplo, Mura Masa, Zedd

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Cool Sounds – Cassandra

Cool Sounds

Australian band Cool Sounds ooze a breezy swagger, with a tad of fun awkwardness.

The video for their new single, ‘Cassandra’, is an uncomplicated, rollicking riff-driven track, with a distinctly live feel.

Watch it below.

Sounds like: Kurt Vile, Washed Out, Whitney, Mac DeMarco

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LCMDF – Waterfalls

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Finnish sister duo LCMDF release ‘Waterfalls’, taken from their ‘Sad Bangers’ album, out now.

Don’t be misled by the ironically positive pop keys and resulting euphoric climax in ‘Waterfalls’, as this is an ode to Generation Y, the modern day “baby boom” generation who were born in the 1980s and 1990s…and the ones who struggle in today’s society.

Sounds like: Icona Pop, NONONO

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YOUTH – Fire

YOUTH

Newcomer YOUTH (aka songwriter and producer Steven Mudd) is also one half of the critically acclaimed indie-pop duo, Golden Coast.

His debut single ‘Fire’ is energetic from the get go, with a steady drum beat and finger clicks throughout, perfectly blending with the anthemic feel of the song.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, Golden Coast

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