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Weekly Gems 17

Shoos Off – Future Heartbreak

ShoosOff

Time to kick your shoes off and get down with this week’s favourite tunes.

First up is Los Angeles-based bedroom collective, Shoos Off.

Led by singer Patrick Killeen, these guys amalgamate synth sounds with delicate, upbeat vocals, in a modest manner.

Listen to ‘Future Heartbreak’ below.

Sounds like: The Knocks, Smallpools, St. Lucia

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Sonata Kay Feat. Novo – Reach

Sonata Kay ft. Novo - Reach

Meet Sonata Kay, a London-based artist with a bright future.

Citing various influences from around the world, Sonata Kay likes to combine the ethos of a traditional singer/songwriter with electro-pop production.

Listen to dramatic ‘Reach’ below, featuring Novo.

Sounds like: Melis, Amethysts

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ARIA – You Got Me Good

ARIA

Continuing to share her desire for electronic, pop and R&B, London-based ARIA shares her latest single called ‘You Got Me Good’.

The track is about a darker realisation of relationship hardships, portrayed through atmospheric guitar riffs and vocal belt-outs.

Sounds like: Emile Sande

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Margot Polo – Turn You, Baby

Margot Polo

Halloween has passed, but we are still jamming to Margot Polo‘s spooky new single, ‘Turn You, Baby’.

Margot says that the throw-back number “is for self-professed werewolves and fans of Michael Jackson, Foster the People, Justin Timberlake, and The Killers” and we couldn’t agree more.

Sounds like: April Towers, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, CHAPPO, The Beatles

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Kastrup – Try It All

Kastrup

You can really see why Kastrup‘s music has been described as creating arena pop.

The Swedish duo’s new single ‘Try It All’ definitely encompasses this, with its longing vocals and an uplifting children’s choir of a chorus to match.

It’s out now via Strandberg/ Westberg Music.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Twenty One Pilots

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The Fluids – Creatures

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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

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VHS Collection – The Black

VHS Collection

VHS Collection

NYC synth-rockers, VHS Collection, return with ‘The Black’.

Channelling some Chris Isaak vibes (possibly as a result of only using analogue gear during the track’s recording), the light electronic floor filler is paradoxically about the darkest and ugliest emotions you suffer during a breakup.

It’s taken off their ‘Stereo Hype’ EP.

Sounds like: The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Savoir Adore, Bloc Party, Brandon Flowers, Future Islands, The Bravery, MOTHXR, Empire Of The Sun

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VHS Collection – The Longest Drive

VHS Collection

VHS Collection

NYC-based, electronic synth-rock band, VHS Collection, share new track called ‘The Longest Drive’.

It’s a favourite of theirs to play at live shows, and it’s not surprising as this one apparently makes the crowd go nuts!

The band say ‘The Longest Drive’ is “about never wanting to grow up and about how people like to fake different levels of maturity.”

Listen below and book one of their shows asap.

Sounds like: The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Savoir Adore, Bloc Party, Brandon Flowers, Future Islands, The Bravery

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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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Matthew And The Atlas – On A Midnight Street

Matthew And The Atlas

Matthew And The Atlas

Matthew And The Atlas share the brilliant video for ‘On A Midnight Street’.

The track’s highly topical lyrics stem from Matt Hegarty’s fears about climate change, especially poignant to him as a new father worried about the world his daughter will grow up in. Says Hegarty, “The song is an attempt at writing about climate change from the emotional perspective of being a new father. Trying to understand some of the apathy around it, hopefully without sounding too moralistic”.

‘On A Midnight Street’ has been taken from the ‘Temple’ album, out now via Communion Records.

Tour dates

Fri 8th JULY BRITISH SUMMER TIME (Hyde Park)
Sun 17th JULY CITADEL FESTIVAL (Victoria Park)
Tue 1st NOV BRIGHTON, The Dome (supporting Bear’s Den)
Wed 2nd NOV BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute (supporting Bear’s Den)
Thu 3rd NOV GLASGOW, 02 ABC (supporting Bear’s Den)
Fri 4th NOV MANCHESTER, Albert Hall (supporting Bear’s Den)
Sun 6th NOV NORWICH, UEA (supporting Bear’s Den)
Tue 8th NOV LONDON, O2 BRIXTON ACADEMY (supporting Bear’s Den)
Wed 9th NOV BRISTOL, O2 Academy (supporting Bear’s Den)

Sounds like: Future Islands, Arcade Fire, The Killers

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Fairchild – Breathless

Fairchild

Fairchild

FAIRCHILD are an indie rock six-piece, hailing from Australia, now based in Manchester.

The 1980’s inspired ‘Breathless’ is a slow, sensual, four-to-the-floor rollick into unchartered territory, was produced by friend and collaborator Catherine Marks (Foals, The Killers, Wolf Alice) and recorded on the Gold Coast before they moved to the UK.

‘Breathless’ instigated a series of pre-production sessions, with each band member contributing ideas unhindered by genre expectations. FAIRCHILD worked individually and in small groups, at times swapping instruments, sharing half-baked riffs, beats, bites and grooves during an exacting four-month period of brainstorming and began to recognise parallels between their recordings and the songs of the 1980’s bands they’d always loved.

Speaking on the track, Adam Lyons explains, “Breathless is the most personal song I’ve ever written and it was built inside a computer. We didn’t play it as a band until we recorded live in studio with Catherine. The gap between creation and performance is what gives the song its personality. Or sexuality, as Catherine might say. In the studio we focused on presentation because the song was already there. It always had been.”

Continuing in this vein of musical exploration, brothers Adam and Nathan Lyons also run a label and management company called Canvas Sounds, which encourages collaboration, supports unsigned musicians and trials methods of songwriting and recording, previously unexplored by its artists.

‘Breathless’ is the title track of their new EP, which is set for release in early 2016.

Sounds like: Foals, Hurts, Wolf Alice, Neon Indian, Parachute Youth, Kids of 88, Flume, Last Dinosaurs, The Griswolds, Mothxr

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Hurts – Wings

Hurts

Hurts

Following on from the brilliant video for ‘Lights‘ is another dramatic performance from Hurts in their new video for ‘Wings’.

It was directed by renowned music video director, Dawn Shadforth (Björk, Florence + the Machine, Goldfrapp).

It has been taken from the ‘Surrender’ album, out on 11 December through Columbia Records.

Pre-sale tickets for upcoming European tour available here.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, Brandon Flowers, X&Y, Young Empires, Polyna, Kylie Minogue, Florence + the Machine

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Dive In – Change in the Weather

Dive In - Change In The Weather

Dive In – Change In The Weather

Glastonbury residents, Dive In returns with a clanging indie banger, ‘Change In The Weather’.

“The song is anchored in the idea of hope and coming out of a darker place” explains Matthew Guttridge continuing “We’ve all found ourselves in rut; be it a creative, more personal – this song celebrates the moment in which something happens / clicks and you know you’re back on course.”

Their upcoming EP follows on from an impressive debut, Eighteen, and is out on 9 November via Vagrant/Good Soldier.

Sounds like: Mew, The Temper Trap, Bad Pony, Keane, MS MR, Pistol Shrimp, Futurecop!, Soft Touch, Of Monsters and Men, Fickle Friends, Kid Astray, Young Kato, Anteros, Satellite Stories, The Killers

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Neon Trees – Songs I Can’t Listen To

Neon Trees

Neon Trees

Neon Trees is a new wave band from Provo, Utah.

The video for new track ‘Songs I Can’t Listen To’ co-stars writer, director, producer, and LGBT rights activist, Dustin Lance Black, who won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Milk’.

Sounds like: Brandon Flowers, The Killers, Young The Giant, Youngblood Hawke, Cobra Starship, fun., Echo Smith

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