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Weekly Gems 20

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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Atlas Genius – Molecules

Atlas Genius by Frank Maddocks

Atlas Genius by Frank Maddocks

Australian indietronica. You can’t beat it!

Stirring up trouble this time is Atlas Genius, formed of brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery.

‘Molecules’ has been taken from their album, ‘Inanimate Objects’, which was recorded in Adelaide, Australia and Studio City, CA. It was mixed by Andrew Maury in Brooklyn and Manny Marroquin in Los Angeles. It was mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound in NYC.

Sounds like: Alkaline Trio, Chvrches, Kid Astray, Phoenix, Them Swoops, The Kooks, Joywave

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The Wombats – Be Your Shadow

The Wombats - Be Your Shadow

The Wombats – Be Your Shadow

Liverpool trio, The Wombats have unveiled their new music video for ‘Be Your Shadows’.

The video, which was directed by James Moore (Coldplay, The Strokes, Catfish and the Bottleman), is fitting to its song title; it features an inspiring and lanky-looking wrestler training for a big fight against his wrestling idol, twice his size.

Download the new album ‘Glitterbug’ now on iTunes. It is out via 14th Floor Records.

Sounds like: The Pigeon Detectives, Circa Waves, The Strokes, Catfish and the Bottleman, Two Door Cinema Club, Of Monsters and Men, The Vaccines, The Kooks, Kopecky

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