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STRUAN – Awake

STRUAN

We’ve been desperately searching for some sweet, nostalgic heartbreak songs to play on the radio during our late night drives and we’ve just found one – ‘Awake’ by STRUAN.

Surprisingly written with this in mind, STRUAN explains he created ‘Awake’ because he was out in Los Angeles and couldn’t sleep thinking about his ex.

Sounds like: LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, Joan, The 1975

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Beauty Sleep – The Dark

Beauty Sleep

Rising Belfast dream-pop trio Beauty Sleep creates magical, synth-driven music. The three met at a friend’s party and bonded over a mutual love of G&Ts and music.

They are gearing to release their debut LP, ‘Be Kind’ is set for release on 17th May on Quiet Arch records. Listen to ‘The Dark’ below.

Sounds like: All Tvvins, Pleasure Beach

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Caswell – Surface

Caswell

Following a stint of live shows last year, including Latitude Festival, Caswell releases ‘Surface’, a song of self-discovery and re-empowerment to reach a potential she didn’t realise she had the whole time.

It’s a crisp and clear rendition with definite musical intentions, and sets the tone for her second EP, to be released in April.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Skott, Lorde, Charlotte Cardin, Jorja Smith, JONES, Ray BLK, Sigrid, Maggie Rogers

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O Future – VOYEUR

O Future

Meet O Future (fka OOFJ), an electronic duo mixing electronics with symphony orchestra and voice consisting of Jens Bjornkjaer originally from Denmark and Katherine Mills Rymer from South Africa, now located in Los Angeles.

O Future’s new single ‘VOYEUR’ gains pleasure in watching other people’s vanity from afar in what the duo calls a “global turn on”, and with a gorgeously, exciting looping bass line throughout, what’s not to enjoy?

Sounds like: Grimes, Georgia, Santigold

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Sea Girls – Open Up Your Head

Sea Girls

Current favs, Sea Girls, share their latest single, ‘Open Your Head’ – it’s about unconditional love and is another brilliant addition to their stellar back catalogue

Can’t wait for their album? In the mean time you can catch them at one of their live dates in the UK this February and March…

Sounds like: The Kooks, The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Swimming Tapes, Slow Riot, Two Door Cinema Club

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Leaone – Prairie Fires

Leaone

Meet Leaone (pronounced ‘Lee-own’).

After landing support from the Arts Council England’s International Development fund, Leaone found himself working from Transmitter Park Studios in Brooklyn New York, alongside multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Marsh (of Lana Del Rey’s band) and Abe Seiferth (Yeasayer, Bears In Heaven, James Murphy), on a body of new material.

The result is ‘Prairie Fires’, a deeply devastatingly emotive song that Leaone wrote at a time when he had to leave behind a blossoming romance.

Sounds like: The National

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Girl Crush – Baby Steps

Girl Crush

Last but definitely not least is Girl Crush, the music and fashion project of Swedish/British duo, Ottilia Kjulsten and David Sugar.

These two have a special interest in lost youth, lust-stricken heartbreak and a future that never arrived, which they define as “promcore”. Their new single ‘Baby Steps’ is out now via Brilliance Records.

p.s. Want to be as cool as these guys? Then buy one of their limited edition pieces of merchandise which they offer with every track release.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, LOVE SICK, So Below, Ralph, Anna of the North, Call Me Loop, SUMif

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RKCB – Till We’re In The Sea

RKCB

Los Angeles-based duo RKCB shares the beautiful new single, ‘Till We’re In The Sea’.

RKCB fuses neo-soul, modern electronic R&B and dreamy synth-pop with avant-garde lyrics, resulting in an unparalleled sound that has echoes of Icelandic band, Ásgeir, bringing back memories of long drives by the cold seaside.

The song is taken from their ‘Shores’ EP which aims to tackle global warming and climate change.

Sounds like: Ásgeir, Talos, Aquilo, Solomon Grey

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Like Swimming – The Ground

Like Swimming by C. Johan Knobe

It’s been a minute since we last covered Swedish trio, Like Swimming and goodness aren’t we glad they’re back!

‘The Ground’, the more organic and typical indie-pop style compared to their last single, ‘Strike A Pose’, is released ahead of their double EP Resistance / Relations’, out on DigSin.

Sounds like: Chvrches, Chrome Sparks, Of Monsters & Men

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ROE – Down Days

ROE

Rising folktronica artist ROE has just reeased her new single ‘Down Days’, whilst currently on a UK tour with Snow Patrol.

A song dedicated to those down days, the song is described as “grumpy electro-pop” by ROE herself, but we think this gives herself an injustice as we all suffer down days and there’s nothing wrong with being reflective about that.

‘Down Days’ is out now via Fictive Kin Records.

Sounds like: Emma McGrath, Soak, Florence + The Machine

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Jack Hawitt – Grow

Jack Hawitt

You may not know the name Jack Hawitt, but you soon will.

Despite his HUGE success with previous releases with DJ Lucious and his cover of Dua Lipa‘s ‘Be The One’, his new single ‘Grow’ seems like the first personal release from the solo act – and one that is about “embracing the past and diving into the future.”

Sounds like: Matt Corby, Freya Ridings

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Fintan – Say It Again

Fintan

Meet Canadian busker and soon-to-be-artist, Fintan.

A deeply honest take on modern-day pop music, confessional track ‘Say It Again’ is the closest Fintan has come to knowing himself, being as deeply honest as possible.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan

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Trapdoor Social – The Move

Trapoor Social

Independent band Trapdoor Social are on ‘The Move’ with new single.

Blending Cali surf rock with pop/rock, the band’s music is energetic and passionate, with lyrics that play with love, philosophy, and social critique.

Sounds like: The Kooks, Panic! At The Disco, Great Good Fine Ok

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Lydia Evangeline – Down

Lydia Evangeline

Lydia Evangeline is standing as a quality and thought-provoking songstress.

Never truer to a gritty pop sound, ‘Down’ is about a toxic relationship, full of lyrical sadness and an optimstic sass running throughout.

It’s out now via Bespoke Records.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, NAO

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CILVR – Bound To Die

CILVR

Swedish singer/songwriter CILVR has drawn comparisons to Billie Eilish, Lykke Li and Kate Bush and we can understand why with her delicate take on Scandi-pop.

But don’t be fooled, these dulcet tones quickly transcend into slick and airy pop.

With a genuine ability to write original songs, we are excited of things to come from CILVR.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Lykke Li, Kate Bush, Robyn

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Suns Up – Love You Back

Suns Up

What’s up Suns Up? Sussex country-bumpkin band Suns Up will definitely brighten up your day with ‘Love You Back’.

A perfect indie-pop anthem with sweet guitar melodies, infectious hooks and dizzy vocals. As seen on your next Made in Chelsea episode very soon…

Sounds like: Sea Girls, The Kooks, Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, Phoenix, Sundara Karma

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Chris Ayer – Need Somebody

Chris Ayer - Need Somebody

West Coast dweller Chris Ayer shares ‘Need Somebody’.

It’s a pop song through and through, written about being in a relationship with someone that you know isn’t good for you, a perfect remedy for heartbroken teens across the globe.

Sounds like: XY&O, Charlie Puth, Ed Sheeran

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Dylan Emmet – Memory feat. Constance

Dylan Emmet – Memory feat. Constance

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Dylan Emmet has a gut wrenching story to tell. After discovering about a two year old daughter he never know about, Emmet packed his bags and moved to New York to be a full-time dad and musician.

He has enlisted Candian singer/songwriter Constance (NÉONHÈART) on their emotional song ‘Memory’, and the special chemistry between Emmet and Constance is clear throughout the song.

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Bellhouse – Like You Loved Us

Bellhouse

Bellhouse is the Swedish pop project of Emma-Lee Andersson.

A trained truck driver who would have chosen a career in criminology if it weren’t for her music, it’s perhaps surprising that Bellhouse didn’t notice her musical talent in pop music soon.

Her gorgeously radio-ready ‘Like You Loved Us’ had us at hello and for this reason, Bellhouse is one of our Ones to Watch for 2019.

Sounds like: Allie X, Zella Day, ORKID, Harlee

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Jamie N Commons – Paper Dreams

Jamie N Commons

Following a move to Los Angeles to pursue his now hugely successful songwriting career, Jamie N Commons found his music took an unexpected turn towards the musical greats of the 80’s.

Containing these ingredients, plus the addition of some rock and blues in there, Jamie N Commons’ ‘Paper Dreams’ are certainly proving fruitful.

Sounds like: Rag’n’Bone Man, Jacob Banks

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thanks. – HYHU

thanks.

Berklee Music of College graduates duo thanks. are inspiring musicians around the world with their new single ‘HYHU’ (Hold Your Head Up).

It does exactly what it says on the tin, with an extra dose of groovy indie-pop swagger and electronic melodies.

Sounds like: Coach & Ref, Rudimental

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Clinic Blonde – Fabled

Clinic Blonde

Copenhagen quarter Clinic Blonde are playing it nonchalant with dreamy new single ‘Fabled’.

Their sound is both fresh and nostalgic – think sparkling riffs and sky-high vocals that will warm the warmest of months.

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Sea Girls – All I Want To Hear You Say

Sea Girls by Phil Smithies

Following an epic 2018, the upcoming 2019 is looking like a very exciting year for the young UK-based band, Sea Girls.

Their new single ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ once again firmly instals in our ears, what the Sea Girls’ “sound” is – ambitious and unrelenting guitar-fronted, radio-ready bangers with thought-considering lyrics.

Sounds like: The Kooks, The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Swimming Tapes, Slow Riot, Two Door Cinema Club

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Sea Girls – Eat Me Whole

Sea Girls - Eat Me Whole

It’s yet another banger from British indie rock band, Sea Girls!

Much like the source of its inspiration, ‘Eat Me Whole’ is impulsive and feisty in nature, and was written when vocalist Henry Camamile witnessed a vibe-killing disagreement at a party.

Live dates

18th April Heartbreakers, Southampton (supp. The Academic)
19th April The Garage, London (supp. The Academic)
21st April The Cellar, Oxford (supp. The Academic)
22nd April Mama Roux’s, Birmingham (supp. The Academic)
6th May Liverpool Sound City
17th-19th May The Great Escape, Brighton
15th July Citadel Festival, London
20 – 22nd July Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
4th August Belladrum Festival, Scotland
25th August Reading Festival
26th August Leeds Festival

UK Headline Tour

4th October Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
5th October King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
11th October Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
12th October The Leadmill, Sheffield
13th October Think Tank, Newcastle
18th October Scala, London
19th October The Haunt, Brighton
20th October Joiners Arms, Southampton
21st October Thekla, Bristol
+ further dates to be added. All gigs are 14+ except Scala 16+

Sounds like: The Kooks, The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Swimming Tapes, Slow Riot, Two Door Cinema Club

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Mafalda – Goodbyes

Mafalda

We are loving the husky vocal tones of London-native Mafalda and brisk piano keys in her current single ‘Goodbyes’.

The beautifully constructed ballad is easily something you’d hear in the charts, possibly as a result of Mafalda’s recent work with UK and US based producers.

Sounds like: FOXES, Birdy, Emma McGrath

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Alexx Mack -Your Car Feat. EXES

Alexx Mack - Your Car

After a brief hiatus, Alexx Mack returns to our stereos with her latest release ‘Your Car’, featuring EXES.

Alexx took the year long break to rediscover herself and her music, and the break has done her good. The reformed sound is ruminating and lustrous, everything a modern, dark synth-pop song should be.

Sounds like: Julia Michaels, Halsey, Kate Boy, The 1975, The Magnettes

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Wooshay – Alone Feat. Deanna

Wooshay

It will feel like summer is still here if you take a listen to Wooshay‘s new single ‘Alone’.

A stripped-back and easy house melody bounces throughout the song, as the Californian duo blend Middle Eastern production with the warm and commercial vocals of Deanna.

Sounds like: The Him, Shift K3y, Karen Harding, Le Youth

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Matt Wills – Lights Out

Matt Wills

Matt Wills has backing from all walks of musical life, so who are we to disagree?

Although Matt seeks collaborations from those in electronic music and grime scenes, ‘Lights Out’ is right up Indietronica’s street.

The video has been directed by Chris Parton and firmly showcases Matt’s knack for putting together an incredibly hook with romantic vocals and on point production.

Sounds like: Ed Sheeran, Aquilo, Bastille, The Kooks

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Low Island – The Lines

Low Island

Oxford quartet Low Island share the cleverly choreographed and colourful video for ‘The Lines’, which has a distinct 90’s vibe to it.

It features young dancer Olly Bell and focuses “on the current states of anger, protectionism, division and paranoia that have become so prevalent in today’s society.”

Sounds like: Four Tet, Alt-J, Glass Animals, Shy Luv, Hot Chip, Caribou, Aquilo

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Florda Well – High Love

Florda Well

Meet Canada-based psych-pop band Florda Well.

Despite the deliciously boozy bass-lines and woozy vocals in ‘High’ that conjure up feelings of warm stoner summers, the song was written and recorded during the coldest and darkest part of the year, which is only a testament to Florda Well for their positive outlook.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, MGMT, Goldroom

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Billie Eilish – bitches broken hearts

Billie Eilish

Good ol’ Billie Eilish really does love her fans, so to say thank you, she has uploaded a surprise new track called ‘bitches broken hearts’.

It’s a stripped back, minimalist number that lets Billie’s delicate vocals shine.

Sounds like: Dua Lipa, Astronomyy, Ella Vos, Tempers, Charlotte Cardin

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IDA – 1111

IDA

We are expecting great things from Sydney-based artist IDA based on the sound of her latest single ‘1111’.

Also the vocalist in Little Deed, IDA is well practised in recording and performing. ‘1111’ offers a great second solo single – delicate synths slow-burning beats and yearning vocals.

Expect her debut EP, ‘i’ to be out before the end of the year.

Sounds like: Kaleida, Kllo, Kudu Blue

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Sea Girls – Call Me Out

Sea Girls

Sea Girls are a four-piece from London who have been writing vibrant music since 2015.

The guys have just released their “best pop song” titled ‘Call Me Out’, which has distinctive seaside vibes (Brighton bands The Maccabees and The Kooks immediately spring to mind).

‘Call Me Out’ is the lead track from their debut EP, out now on Sea Girls’ own label Almanac Recordings.

Be sure to catch them at their London headline EP Launch gig on 8 June at The Islington in London.

Sounds like: The Kooks, The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Swimming Tapes, Slow Riot, Two Door Cinema Club

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Minke – Gold Angel

Minke - Gold Angel

Minke is a London based artist who creates a unique cocktail of alt-rock/R&B.

Her new single, ‘Gold Angel’, aims to push against and raise awareness about the social constraints of women, but just as we get started about feminist issues, Minke’s funky guitar riffs kick in and quickly remind us that at the end of the day, it should be about the music and not about anything else.

It has been produced by Rory Andrew and co-written by Paul Garred (The Kooks).

Sounds like: Lianne La Havas, Jessie Ware, London Grammar, Evvy

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Bad Family – My Body Pines

Bad Family by Charlotte Patmore

Bad Family by Charlotte Patmore

Sounds can be deceiving, especially when it comes to Bad Family.

A grungier Mystery Jets, the Brighton based band like to expose pretty music with raw lyrics about heartbreak, sex and addiction.

Don’t expect an electro pop manifesto to be found here.

Their EP is out now via Century City Records.

Sounds like: Mystery Jets, Blossoms, The Kooks, Ten Fé,

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The Lapelles – Grab Life By

The Lapelles

The Lapelles

We’ve just been transported back to the early noughties with this new video for ‘Grab Life By’ by The Lapelles.

It’s very early years for the Glaswegians in respect of their music and their ages (they are only 19 years old), but the foursome are set to support The Last Shadow Puppets on tour, and we do know that they have something very special.

We can’t wait to hear some more.

Sounds like: The Strokes, The Libertines, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Kooks, The Vaccines, Palma Violets

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