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Violet Sands – Unusual

Violet Sands

Having already produced and mixed for artists like MGMT and The Knocks, Violet Sands are gearing up to release their album, ‘Hotel’.

The third track taken from the album is called ‘Unusual’, which frontwoman Deidre Muro describes as “riding the enchanted waves of discovering something or someone new. There’s a lot of magic in that first spark of curiosity – it’s like waking up from a lifelong dream to a completely new heightened reality. This song is that moment in extreme slow motion, reveling in all the emotions, uncertainties, and intrigue.”

‘Unusual’ is out now on YouTooCanWoo. Their album launch party will be on 30 June at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.

Sounds like: Monogem, Cocteau Twins, French Horn Rebellion

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Sacre – The Call

Sacre

Parisian duo Sacre are back with ‘The Call’.

It’s a rousing love song for the dance floor, as the male/female vocals alternate amongst a backdrop of cosmic synths.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Chela, Miami Horror, Autograf, The Knocks, Cut Copy

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The Knocks – Trouble Feat. Absofacto

The Knocks - Trouble

The Knocks – Trouble

Noisy New York electronic dance duo and remix gurus, The Knocks, have shared their summery track ‘Trouble’, featuring Absofacto.

Of the track, The Knocks say,

“We originally wrote “Trouble” with Abso in NYC at our studio as a slow, piano ballad, at 90 bpm. The idea was to write something that felt melancholy and classic. After we laid down the original idea, he left and we started experimenting with it – treating it like a sample – totally chopping it up and flipping it. This is the same way we approach some of our earlier songs like “Dancing With The DJ” and “Make it Better” so it was cool to go back to that formula while making a sound that was new and fresh.”

‘Trouble’ is out on Big Beat/Neon Gold and is the first single from their forthcoming EP ‘TESTIFY’, released on 3 February.

Sounds like: RAC, St. Lucia, Cut Copy, Flight Facilities, Passion Pit, Pink Feathers, Chromeo, Holy Ghost!, Penguin Prison

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Sacre – Gaia

Sacre

Sacre

Parisian duo Sacre share their debut single ‘Gaia’.

Echoes of Goldroom in it’s slow paced and disco-tinged electronica, with the addition of a falsetto-spiked chorus and an extremely catchy hook.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Chela, Miami Horror, Autograf, The Knocks, Cut Copy

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Fenech-Soler – Kaleidoscope

Fenech-Soler

Fenech-Soler

Four-piece-turned-brother-two-piece, Fenech-Soler explode back into our lives with a video for the brilliant, ‘Kaleidoscope’, the lead track from their brand new EP.

The video follows a girl on a bedtime journey of multi-coloured proportions.

Still streamlining indie pop, Fenech-Soler once again share with their listeners, joyous and upbeat music, and the timing feels perfect.

Order the EP on iTunes here.

They play Oslo in Hackney on 27th October, so get yourself down there.

What else is to say? The Duffy brothers are back!

Sounds like: Bag Raiders, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Friendly Fires,The Whitest Boy Alive, Delphic, The Chain Gang of 1974, The Naked and Famous, H A R T E B E E S T, The Jezabels, The Knocks, NONONO, Duologue, Tourist, Bastille

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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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Sofi Tukker – Drinkee

Sofi Tukker

Sofi Tukker

Sofi Tukker is a New York based, indie-dance duo, comprised of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern.

Complete with popping jungle scenes, zebra print and some captivating to camera performances, the vintage video for ‘Drinkee’ showcases the duo’s cool and quirky nature.

If ‘Drinkee’ is the party, ‘Moon Tattoo’ is for the morning after. We’ve included this track as well, just because we love it so!

Their debut EP, ‘Soft Animals’ is out now via Ultra Records, and can be purchased on iTunes.

Upcoming Tour Dates

July 15 – Salacgriva, Latvia @ Positivus Festival (TICKETS)
July 20 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre (w/ Chairlift) (TICKETS)*
July 21 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (w/ Chairlift) (TICKETS)
July 25 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant (TICKETS)*
July 27 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove (TICKETS)*
July 28 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre* (SOLD OUT)
July 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (TICKETS)
August 19 – San Francisco, CA @ Popscene at Rickshaw Stop (TICKETS)
August 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pershing Square (w/ Todd Rundgren) (FREE SHOW)

Supporting M83*

Sounds like: Crystal Fighters, The Knocks

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POWERS – Sunshine

POWERS

POWERS

POWERS is a Los Angeles-based duo comprised of Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru.

Like many of their Californian musical counterparts, they create forward-thinking and invigorating pop.

The track is a really fun rollercoaster of indietronica sounds and melodies.

POWERS are crafting the new album alongside powerhouse producers such as Mark Rankin (Adele, Florence + the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age) and Rich Costey (Foster the People, Muse, Santigold).

Sounds like: X Ambassadors, The Knocks, LANY, Mainland

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Exclusive: King Deco Playlist

King Deco

King Deco

King Deco is a newcomer who writes bubbly indie pop music with heartfelt lyrics.

“A lot of my music has to do with the idea of breaking free and growing the courage to go against the grain when you need to,” Deco says. “It also explores what it’s like to be a woman in number of different situations. I rarely write straight up love songs but when I do I like to approach it in a very fun, comedic, tongue-in-cheek kind of way.”

With that in mind, King Deco created a playlist for us!

Lostboy Crow – Love Won’t Sleep
I love it when a song starts and you think it’s going to be one thing but it seamlessly opens up into something totally different.

Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing
Feels like candles are lit and incense is burning

Kill J – Trickle Trickle
My go to song when I’m getting ready to go out

Miike Snow – Genghis Khan
Obsessed with these lyrics

Great Good Fine Ok – Already Love
Perfect song to start your day

Jeremih – Planez
The opening reminds me of Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” and in the first 3 seconds of the song I never know which one is gonna start playing.

The Knocks – Kiss The Sky
Makes you feel good. Every. single. time.

Imad Royal – Down For Whatever
It’s one of those songs you can play anywhere. Car, club, bedroom, studio.

The Weeknd – As You Are
The little details in the production, like that fluttery synth floating in between the lines of the second verse.

Christine and The Queens – Saint Claude 
Always yes to french vocals.

Sounds like: MØ, Grimes, Sizzy Rocket

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Olivver The Kid – BBBlue

Olivver The Kid

Olivver The Kid

Another one for the Drive soundtrack. It’s ‘BBBlue’ by Olivver The Kid; a song full of romantic synth pop met with perfectly melancholic undertones.

The video occurred after the director contacted Olivver The Kid out of the blue, asking him to direct the video for the track, later flying Olivver The Kid to Chicago to film it.

Watch the result below:

Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok, LANY, The Knocks, Goldroom, RAC, Justin Bieber

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