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REYNA – The Way I Loved You

REYNA

Starting off this week’s gems is yet another banger of a song from REYNA, called ‘The Way I Loved You’.

With echoes of Tegan & Sara, the Milwaukee siblings keep making delectable tunes that edge on the cooler side of pop. Click play below.

Sounds like: Haim, Tegan & Sara, Lorde, MUNA, Powers, The Aces

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Lyves – Faded

Lyves

British R&B singer Lyves (aka Francesca Bergami) shares her beautifully crafted new single, ‘Faded’.

In the track, Lyves invites us to join her on a bittersweet journey of faded love, complete with a disco-soul fusion and sweet bass lines.

Sounds like: Jesse Ware, Rhye, London Grammar, James Blake, SOHN, The Weeknd, Banks, Jamie XX, Shura, Seal

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The Bliss – Shiny Days

The Bliss by Zach Gray

The Bliss by Zach Gray

Elecro-pop duo The Bliss (aka pop songstress TYSM (Chelsea Davenport) and hip-hop/electronic producer/guitarist Felix Snow) shares new track, ‘Shiny Days’.

Described by Felix as the “dining room table anthem,” ‘Shiny Days’ is a true charmer that encapsulates a summertime love.

Their EP, ‘Heaven If You Want It,’ is out now.

Sounds like: Du Tonc, Joe Goddard, Le Youth, ADAL

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Máni Orrason – Numb

Máni Orrason

Máni Orrason by Yannic Pöpperling

We are huge fans of quirky Icelandic electro-pop provacateur Máni Orrason‘s new single ‘Numb’. In fact, we are slightly obsessed with all of the visuals for his last few releases, portraying a broken yet endearing persona of desperation and a need for love.

The visuals for ‘Numb’ flashback to straying and emotional neglect, “I had this desperate need to be seen and to be comforted. I guess i was really lonely at the time”, Máni recalls.

The EP ‘BABY ANGEL’ is out now via Humming Records.

Sounds like: The 1975, Shy Luv

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TriOrca – Ghost

TriOrca

TriOrca by Preston King

It’s time to end this week’s gems on a funky number from cross Atlantic trio, TriOrca.

Comprised of multi-instrumentalists and writers, who between them have an ecclectic array of work connections – including Jessie J, Sam Henshaw, Empire of the Sun – their modern, yet nostalgic music fuses neo-soul, hip hop and 70’s psychedelica.

Sounds like: Lauryn Hill, Myo, Kudu Blue, Yakul

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Playlist: AMiR

AMiR

Born in North-London to a Punjabi father and a mother from the Midlands, AMiR has always had a burning passion for music. Since a young age, music has been the only path for the gifted performer. Starting with the drums, he soon found music an addiction taking on the guitar and piano. Since then, he’s worked to become the complete musician.

Ahead of his BBC Introducing performance at this year’s Glastonbury, AMiR puts together a playlist of rising artists to watch out for.

Ta’Shan – Foodie
This song is awesome. Proud of who she is and won’t change for anything. Respect.

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – Late Night City
I just love the rock n roll. No-nonsense guitar pop. Wild stage movements and sick harmonies.

Isaiah Dreads – White Tee
Love the flow and the beat is simple and infectious. Confident summer jam

Easy Life – Nightmares
I’ve known about these guys for a while. The song to me says we all got problems. Everyone says we should talk more but no one gives a f*** about my nightmares.

Ferris and Sylvester – Burning River
Their togetherness vocal is awesome. So in sync and love listening to it.

Billy Lockett – Fading Into Grey
This song spoke to me cos I’ve been here before. Overthinking ruining a good thing.

Celeste – Lately
This vocal music combo makes me make that “filth” face. The flow of her rhythm and voice just sit perfectly to me. It swings.

APRE – All Yours
Love the guitar at the beginning and then the immediacy of the vocal catches you and keeps you there and the guitar line is a hook in itself.

Gus Harvey – Bliss
Really strange backward beat and horror film voice with the electronics. Never heard anything like it.

Kudu Blue – Call Out
Vocal and flow make me feel it. then it drops and pumps your heart. The song I imagine if you stop breathing, the adrenaline brings you back. Beautiful song.

Lauran Hibbard – Call Shotgun
It’s quite punk and that reminds me of my childhood. No frills just here it is. I love that.

Monster Florence – Beautiful Death
Flows and the bars are so real about each of the MCs. My head was bopping and heart beating.

XamVolo – Lose Love
It oozes funk. Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about that funk. The drums and the guitars with simple bass and vocals sit beautifully on top of that.

Sounds like: Trey Songz, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Years & Years, Olly Murs

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Kae Astra – Dreams

Kae Astra

Austin-native Kae Astra shares her effervescent alt-pop debut, ‘Dreams’.

One would be forgiven to thinking this is an ode to Kate Bush and Grimes, with it’s wonderfully expressive and falsetto vocals and painstaking melodies crowned in a lush dream pop soundscape.

Sounds like: CILVR, Kate Bush, Grimes, Beach House

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Jinka – Bare to the Bone Feat. BLVTH

Jinka

Jinka is carving the way for female-led electronic pop from Germany.

Her new single, ‘Bare to the Bone’ features fellow Berlin-based artist, BLVTH and perfectly blends BLVTH’s grungy future bass and Jinka’s happy trip pop.

The singlewill be featured on Jinka’s debut EP ‘Dr. Ara’, which will be released on 8 March.

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES, Billie Eilish

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Chelsea Effect – Tinseltown

Chelsea Effect

We all know many people head to Los Angeles and only a handful make it to stardom, but it doesn’t prevent the never-ending quest by actors, artists and musicians alike.

Chelsea Effect – the music/art/fashion project of Canadian born Emerald Isabella – discusses this such topic in her new single ‘Tinseltown’.

It’s a reflective message about trying to make it in L.A, “the land of almost stars.” It’s out now.

Sounds like: Monogem, Evvy, Ellie Goulding, REMMI

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Dan Crossley – Mind Games

Dan Crossley
Dan Crossley is calling out an ex-lover in his new single ‘Mind Games’.

It’s a R&B pop anthem from the artist who has a knack of writing honest music written from personal experiences, which has rightfully landed him the BBC Introducing’s One To Watch for 2018.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Charley Stride, Cat Burns, Years & Years

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Fred Daniels – Wetlands

Fred Daniels

Swedish artist Fred Daniels shares the gorgeously addictive pop number, ‘Wetlands’ – “an anthem for oral sex”!

After learning to play drums at nine and writing his first song at 11, it’s clear a successful career in music has always been in Fred’s destiny, which has included being a member of Södra Station with Shy Martin and collaborations with Andrew Taggart from The Chainsmokers.

Sounds like: SKOTT, The Weeknd, Years & Years, Lane 8, La Bouquet

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Broken Back – Breathe Slow

Broken Back

It’s been a heavy week for us so time to breathe slow and get some bright emotion back in our lives ahead of the weekend.

Broken Back is a singer, songwriter, producer, and creator…as well as of course an advocate of tropical and uplifting sounds. His new single ‘Breathe Slow’ is “a liberating invitation to focus on the glass half full rather than on the half empty one” and is out now via Ultra Records.

Sounds like: Kygo, Kazy Lambist

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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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High Hazels – Days Of No One

High Hazels

BBC 6 favourite, breezy indie band High Hazels share their new single ‘Days Of No One’.

Fighting an ever-losing battle of love and being lonely, lead singer James admits that despite the conflicting themes in their music, he is a fan of people; “Weirdly that’s why I think loneliness pops up in our music quite a lot, I suppose it’s more the fear of it.”

Sounds like: The Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane, Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Richard Hawley, The Coral, Beach House, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine

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Cape Cub – Come Around

Cape Cub

Creating honest, real and emotive music is Cape Cub‘s forte. It seems to be in his blood.

His new single – out today on LAB Records – is called ‘Come Around’ and is a highly thought-provoking song about losing a loved one.

Sounds like: Foals, Passenger, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Tep No, Brandon Flowers, Death Cab for Cutie, Temper Trap,

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Captain Kidd – Bleed

Captain Kidd

There is a bit of a Drake vibe going on in Captain Kidd‘s new single ‘Bleed’ and we are digging it.

A perfect blend of blissed-out, nostalgic indie with modern pop. Listen below.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS, SAMA

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Bishat – Unholy Romance

Bishat - Unholy Romance

Swedish alt-pop artist Bishat shares the intriguing ‘Unholy Romance’.

It has an intense and destructive undertone and was written in collaboration with producer Damian Ardestani (aka XOV) on a freezing day just outside of Stockholm.

Sounds like: The Weeknd, Robyn, LKA, Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, July Child, Nao, Lorde

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LMBO – Fake It

LMBO

Classically trained multi-instrumentalist school friends and singer LMBO releases debut single ‘Fake It’.

Music to match a soundtrack, the melodies effortlessly tip toe between the light and dark.

Sounds like: Hellogoodbye, Owl City, Hotel Garuda

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Hansaa & Soso – Nights Feat Emma Sameth

Hansaa & soso

Australian outfit Hansaa & Soso shares the new video for ‘Nights’ featuring the delicate vocal tones of Los Angeles-based Emma Sameth.

The visuals, directed by Julian Pircher, watch a young man follow his desires for a lady as she is laid out right in front of him.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Kuru Blue, Banks

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Sunan – Faster

Sunan

Introducing Sunan, the vibrant new project from Pete Robertson.

Despite taking himself away from the music scene after departing The Vaccines, Sunan has had a “controlled explosion” of ideas from “minimalist string quartets to maximalist 80s-style prog pop.”

One of these results is ‘Faster’,  which covers a kaleidoscope of unshackled themes and variations.

Sounds like: LCD Soundsystem, Everything Everything, Alt-J, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads

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MATTIS – The Chain

MATTIS

We absolutely love Copenhagen-based viking soul MATTIS.

His new single ‘The Chain’ is written about the demise of a failed relationship (we’ve all been there). Ultimately life is tough but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sounds like: Rationale, Ben Pearce, James Blake, Sampha, Thomas Azier

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Xie – Habits

Xie - Habits

We’ve all got ‘Habits’ but none are as positive as Los Angeles-based producer and singer Xie.

Taking a fresh perspective on pop music, Xie is paving the way for female producers with her new song!

‘Habits’ is out now via Seeking Blue Records.

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Crystal Fighters, The Knocks, Charli XCX, CHLØË BLACK

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Kuzo – Luna

Kuzo

This laid-back duo have big dreams in their heads. Meet Kuzo.

The video for ‘Luna’ explores nature during the day, epitomising a dream-like state, waiting for the moon to come out.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Noosa

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Shadowlark – See Each Other Right

Shadowlark

British trio Shadowlark single ‘See Each Other Right’ blends sounds similar to that of Goldfrapp and Fleetwood Mac.

It’s another hypnotic song to add to their synth-tinged roster, further showcasing front woman Ellen Smith’s mysterious vocals.

Sounds like: Bat For Lashes, Lykke Li, Goldfrapp, Fleetwood Mac

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More Giraffes – Basement

More Giraffes

Futuristic pop duo More Giraffes (aka Mark Hadley and Keeley Bumford) are pinned to grab your attention with their short and snappy production techniques, colourful vocal loops and fresh melodies.

Listen to their debut single, ‘Basement’ below.

Sounds like: Charli XCX, Manila Killa

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Josh Jacobson – Sideline Feat. Gigamesh

Josh Jacobson

Josh Jacobson is effortlessly combining modern R&B with dance-pop in his new single ‘Sideline’ featuring co-production from Gigamesh.

On the subject of the song, he explains,

“Sideline is a song about growth and building in new directions, learning to let go when it’s necessary to move forward. It’s about those inner voices at times of transition that are at once exciting but so challenging emotionally. I think these lyrics will resonate with a lot of people in different ways, so I’m excited to hear how people relate to the song.”

Sounds like: Le Youth, Drake, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd

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Elley Duhé – Can You Touch

Elley Duhé - Can You Touch

Think of every single female pop star who has positively impacted your life. Now take a listen to Elley Duhé.

An Alabama-native, growing up Elley always felt like different to other kids her age and used music as a form of creative escapism after receiving a guitar from her father.

It wasn’t long after, that Elley found herself writing for artists like Usher and working with Grammy-Award winning producer Illangelo (The Weeknd).

‘Can You Touch’ is an empowering number, written by Elley and produced by Rahki (Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mac Miller).

The track is out now on A Creative Music Group / Columbia Records.

Sounds like: Charlie XCX, CHLØË BLACK, ALMA, Dua Lipa, Sigrid, Natasha Bedingfield, Sia

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Katherine Evans – Take It Slow

Katherine Evans

Meet 22 year old Katherine Evans. It says on her SoundCloud page that she likes to sing and sleep. We are not sure about her knack of sleeping, but she sings a damn good song!

With plenty of awards under her belt, she is far from taking it slow, unlike her new single, which is about capturing a fleeting and reckless moment.

It’s out now via Afromartian, an indie record label based in Italy.

Sounds like: Dominique, Billie Eilish

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Jarami – Hear This

Jarami

Dynamic Swedish production duo Jarami share the cool new video for ‘Hear This’.

It features a children’s choir singing and dancing alongside a perfect slice of percussive, psychedelic funk with bass heavy tones.

Sounds like: Day Fly, Amber Mark, Everything is Recorded, Love Ssega, Frank Ocean

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Teflon Sega – NEØN

Teflon Sega

Enigmatic singer Teflon Sega is right on point in the modern music scene having wracked up high numbers of streams on Spotify with his previous releases, and we are sure ‘NEØN’ will do just as well.

The track perfectly highlights Teflon Sega’s magnificent range of sultry lows and stirring highs. Listen below.

It’s out now via Majestic Casual.

Sounds like: The Weeknd

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Louis Futon – Restless Sea Feat. Opia

Louis Futon

Louis Futon is bringing the funk with new single, ‘Restless Sea’, featuring rising duo Opia.

Quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, Louis Futon flies high on the track with his buzzy production methods and soft melodic touches.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Gallant, ODESZA, Louis The Child

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Vera – Nobody Else

Vera

Standing firmly on his own two feet is the young Copenhagen-based Vera (aka William Asingh).

His latest single, ‘Nobody Else’, was a collaborative effort with Off Bloom, and is influenced by the Caribbean novel ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys, which is about a landowner’s Jamaican wife who is locked up in an attic for allegedly being mad.

The ‘Good Job – No Conversation’ EP is released on 8 December through Ultra Records/Ministry of Sound.

Sounds like: Banks, Off Bloom, Soleima, MØ, Liss

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FKL – 1-800

FKL

FKL is an experimental London/Seattle-based duo comprised of Joe Gillick and Sage Redman.

We’ve not heard anything like this in a long time, and can’t quite pinpoint their sound, which we think is a great thing!

So…pick up the phone, dial ‘1-800’ and order some sweet, trippy beats blended with highly seductive vocals.

Sounds like: The xx

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Sacre – Stereo Feat. Dopize

Sacre

Sacre are hitting some serious Drake vibes with their new single ‘Stereo’.

It’s not the usual sound we hear from the French duo, but we kind of like it. The contrast between the classic electro vocals works well with the addition of rising French artist, rapper Dopize.

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

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Year of the Brother – Slow One

Year Of The Brother

Finally, we have the brilliant new indie-pop trio from Portland called Year of the Brother.

We are particularly excited about these guys as they seem to have something special about them. Perhaps it’s the soaring, yet delicate production? Perhaps it’s the on-point falsettos? Or perhaps it’s the enticing lyrics? You decide.

The ‘Filling Empty Pools’ EP is out now.

Sounds like: Kyko, Will Joseph Cook, Owl City

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The Kite String Tangle – This Thing We Got

TKST

Time to start cruising with The Kite String Tangle‘s unusually upbeat new single, ‘This Thing We Got’.

It’s a song about the butterflies you feel when you first get with someone, cleverly represented by the rosy horn section (think Mark Ronson, Rudimental). Originally planned to be 30 b.p.m slower than it now is, the slower melody is sampled in the chorus as a “song within a song”.

Watch the live video below.

‘This Thing We Got’ can be found on The Kite String Tangle‘s self-titled debut album which is available everywhere now via Exist Recordings.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS, Dead Ceremony, M83, TDeL2, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, The Weeknd, Active Child, Mount Kimbie, Fever Ray, James Blake, Cloud Boat

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Nikö Blank – Do U

Nikö Blank - Do U

Meet Nikö Blank.

A Korean native, the rising DJ and producer has shared remixes of the likes of Flume, Disclosure, Portugal. The Man, LAUV, Klangstoff and MOONZz.

His single ‘Do U’ features the polished vocals of Jacob Luttrell and channels some serious soultronica vibes.

Expect ‘The Frame’ EP to be out in November.

Sounds like: Flume, Usher, Medasin, Jacob Banks

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filous – Already Gone ft. Emily Warren

filous

Austrian producer filous has also been an inquisitive soul, and a fast learner, perfecting a number of instruments at the tender age of 10. Fast forward 10 years, and filous finds himself nestled amongst the likes of Flume and ODESZA with his electronic music.

‘Already Gone’ features the delicate vocals of top songwriter Emily Warren (The Chainsmokers, FRENSHIP) and is out now via Ultra Music.

Sounds like: Gabrielle Aplin, Sigrid, Fenne Lily, Flume, ODESZA, Klei

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Blonde Maze – Thunder

Blonde Maze

We get a real sense of nostalgia listening to ‘Thunder’ by NYC songstress, Blonde Maze.

Touching piano keys and ethereal vocals express the beauty of maturity required to grow old and feel comfortable with someone.

Sounds like: Le Youth, Goldroom, Maggie Rogers

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Ella Blixt – WINNERS

Ella Blixt

Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ella Blixt shares her debuts single, ‘Winners’.

It’s ultimately a wise pop song which takes each part of the musical puzzle to write successes.

‘Winners’ is out now on Teto Records in Japan and Squeeze Day Recordings in Europe.

Sounds like: Joe Goddard, Sóley

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MRY – Walking On Fire

MRY

Not happy with the corporate grind, MRY decided to sack his job in engineering and head for the bright lights of the Pacific Coast.

The result is ‘Walking On Fire’, a feel-good indie dance track that easily reminds you of the summer just gone by.

It’s out now via YouTooCanWoo.

Sounds like: The Levity, Cub Sport, Island Club, Lanes

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Lyves – Cover Me

Lyves

Lyves shares ‘Cover Me’, which has been co-produced with Will Night.

It’s another honest and passionate song from the London artist, and is about the push and pulls of a relationship.

Sounds like: Kllo, London Grammar, James Blake, SOHN, The Weeknd, Banks, Jamie XX, Jesse Ware, Shura, Seal, Boards of Canada

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