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Lyves – Darkest Hour

Lyves - Darkest Hour

Lyves – Darkest Hour

After a brief hiatus of nearly a year, the enigmatic Londoner, Lyves (aka Francesca Bergami), returns with her latest release, ‘Darkest Hour’.

Francesca left her job in mental health, and retreated herself to an attic in her family’s hometown in Italy to focus on her writing and the development of her production.

The result is an impending track, ‘Darkest Hour’, which was co-produced with Crada.

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

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XO – Night Time Solace

XO

XO

A new wave of indie R&B male vocalists from the UK continues. This time, it’s 20 year old Staffordshire born producer and songwriter XO (aka Sunil Heera).

His latest release continues to live up to the hype and sees XO play with just as many disparate influences as his first two EP’s — neo soul, funk, hip hop, the faint pulse of deep house – with an added abstract twist.

The A side, ‘Divive Disaster’, features the vocals of Sydney based newcomer James Chatburn, and was also influenced by the story of 2014 film ‘Gone Girl’ with Heera claiming the EP to be about how “our head and heart can sometimes be in two different places, in some cases we confront it and in others we learn to live with it”.

The B-side, ‘Night Time Solace’, favours woozy, blown-out sounds and sample-heavy electronica for a gorgeous slice of twisted soul.

‘Divine Disaster’ / ‘Night Time Solace’ is out now on his own label, He Loves You Not Recordings,

Sounds like: Jai Paul, Ben Khan, The Weeknd, SOHN, Jack Garratt, Alex Vargas, NAO

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KLOE – Touch

KLOE by Alena Jascanka

KLOE by Alena Jascanka

Glaswegian KLOE has been making waves in Scotland and beyond.

Her latest track ‘Touch’ has been produced by Lewis Gardiner of Scottish band Prides, and emulates modern youth, providing an honest insight into KLOE and the teenage generation of today. It features KLOE’s signature whispered vocals lined up over bass-laden synths.

KLOE said, “I’m so excited to finally be releasing new music. Touch is the last piece of the puzzle to my little trilogy – which began last December with Grip. The track is about a guy who introduced me to a lot of vice and made me grow up a lot. This song marks the end of an era – and also the beginning of what’s to come.”

Watch her teenage dream inspired video below.

‘Touch’ has been released through Columbia / IAMSOUND / National Anthem.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Evvy, CAPPA, Chelsea Lankes, Kyla La Grange, Indiana, Leena Ojala, St. Vincent, The Weeknd, Drake, Justin Bieber

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Honne – Gone Are The Days

Honne

Honne

London-based duo HONNE have unveiled new single ‘Gone Are The Days’.

Upbeat and sweet electronica, new single ‘Gone Are The Days’ was designed for those who can do better; encouraging someone “to move on and find someone who will appreciate you.”

This will form part of an extended EP (originally planned for a Japanese-only release) and available on 22 January 2016 via Tatemae Recordings / Atlantic Records. Pre-order the EP on iTunes now.

Tickets for their show at Electric Brixton on 3 March 2016 are on sale now!

Sounds like: Boxed In, MOTHXR, Harts, The Maccabees,, Frank Ocean, Jams Blake, Hall & Oates, Years & Years, Banks, Jamie Woon, Jamie XX, The Weeknd, SOHN, Until The Ribbon Breaks

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MOTHXR – Touch

MOTHXR

MOTHXR

Brooklyn four-piece MOTHXR returns with ‘Touch’.

Despite having already been placed high in music charts across the world, MOTHXR is a band that is not particularly vocal about its successes, remaining relatively “undiscovered”…but that’s why we like them; they just get on with things.

Penn Badgley (also of Gossip Girl fame) says the band’s music lies “somewhere between DIY punk production aesthetic, new wave and R&B,” naming influences like LCD Soundsystem, the Beastie Boys, and Arthur Russell. He calls their improvised songwriting “meticulous, but totally spontaneous.”

It’s the band’s first new music since signing with Washington Square and Kitsuné Records, but it’s equally as sensual as their last, with a subtle build up to an incredible climax at the end.

UK November Shows:

23rd London Borderline
24th Paris Badaboum

Sounds like: Jungle, Great Good Fine Ok, The Weeknd, HUNTAR

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Interview with The Hunna

The Hunna

The Hunna

Hertfordshire four-piece The Hunna is causing quite a stir in the music world.

We caught up with the guys following their recent tour with Coasts, and discussed hip hop and rock influences, as well as what it was like working with Tim Larcombe (Lana Del Rey, Halsey) and Dan Grech (Wolf Alice, Circa Waves).

How did you meet and why did you start making music together?

We’ve all been close friends and brothers for a while now. Daniel Dorney (Bandana Dan) and Ryan Potter (Valentino) met in music college 6 years ago pursuing the goal of making great music. Jack Metcalfe (Insta King) also went to the same college a few years before. Jermaine Angin (The Prince) has known Bandana Dan since primary school and learnt how to play the guitar together since secondary school. There’s always been a connection between us even though we all met at different times in our lives. After our first rehearsal together 2 years ago we all knew that this was something really special and almost like it was meant to be. Our love and appreciation for music is something that we can’t put into words, the feeling that we have when playing together is the reason why we started and why we will continue making music together!

Where did the name The Hunna come from?

We all have a big hip hop / rap influence so it originated from that. We believe in keeping it 1hunna in everything we do.

Describe your sound in three words.

Turn Up Rock.

You worked with Tim Larcombe and Dan Grech on ‘Bonfire’. What was it like working with them?

It was a privilege to work with Tim Larcombe. He understood our vision and got to know us on a personal level really quickly which helped in the work environment and was a big reason why ‘Bonfire’ sounds like it does. We can safely say that Tim is a 1hunna guy and a true professional at what he does. He’s a true Hunna squad member! We admire Dan Grech’s roster and the work that he has produced. He was a pleasure to work with and brought a unique element to the track

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Kings Of Leon
Foals
Kanye West
Marvin Gaye
Queen
Michael Jackson
Bob Marley
Prince
Drake

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Rae Sremmurd
Kendrick Lamar
Wiz Khalifa
Yung Simmie
Dr Dre
Led Zeppelin
AC-DC
The Weeknd
Willow and Jaden Smith
Frank Ocean
Chief Keef

Listen to the epic ‘Bonfire’ below:

Sounds like: Coasts, Florence + The Machine

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Jack Garratt – Breathe Life

Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt

Breathing life into the mainstream music scene is the confident young British artist/producer and multi-instrumentalist, Jack Garratt, who returns with the video for ‘Breathe Life’.

The video was shot in Los Angeles, and directed by Andrew Donoho (Raury/Willis Earl Beal) who Jack also worked with on the enlightening ‘Weathered’ video.

The track starts off gently with soft steel drums lapping Garratt’s soulful vocals. The video commences in a similar vein, with Garratt floating calmly in the water. He is soon joined by some synchronised swimmers as he becomes swept away from the shore and finds himself alone in open waters. It’s not clear whether this state of being alone is harmonious for Garratt, but it is not long until he is again joined by many more swimmers in a beautiful sequence of moves. Garratt is eventually led back to dry land.

His debut album, ‘Phase’ will be released on 19 February 2016 through Island Records. Pre-order ‘Phase’ on iTunes now.

Tour Dates

17th October – Gothic Centre in Englewood, CO
20th October – Neptune Theatre in Oakland, CA
21st October – Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
23rd October -Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA
25th October – House Of Blues in San Diego, CA
27th October – The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
30th October – Columns in Manchester Cathedral, UK
31st October – The Leadmill in Sheffield, UK
2nd November – Trinity, Bristol, UK SOLD OUT
3rd November – The Library, Birmingham, UK SOLD OUT
4th November – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK SOLD OUT
7th November – Club to Club Festival, Turin, Italy
8th November – Plaza, Zurich, Switzerland
10th November – Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands SOLD OUT
12th November – Les InRocks, Paris, France
13th November – Sonic Visions Festival, Luxembourg
14th November – Botanique Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
16th November – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
17th November – Gretchen, Berlin, Germany
18th November – Mojo Club, Hamburg, Germany
28th November – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (w/ Mumford & Sons)
29th November – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield (w/ Mumford & Sons)
30th November – Genting Arena, Birmingham (w/ Mumford & Sons)
2nd December – 3Arena, Ireland (w/ Mumford & Sons)
3rd December – 3Arena (w/ Mumford & Sons)
5th December – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (w/ Mumford & Sons)
6th December – Manchester Arena (w/ Mumford & Sons)
7th December – Echo Arena, Liverpool (w/ Mumford & Sons)
9th December – O2 Arena, London (w/ Mumford & Sons)
12th December – First Direct Arena, Leeds (w/ Mumford & Sons)
13th December – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (w/ Mumford & Sons)
14th December – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (w/ Mumford & Sons)
15th April 2016 – Brixton Academy, London

Sounds like: Ásgeir, Jamie Woon, The Weeknd, Jamie XX, The XX, alt-J, Ben Khan, Ed Sheeran, Jaymes Young

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Interview with VÉRITÉ & Sober

VÉRITÉ

VÉRITÉ

Electro pop New Yorker, VÉRITÉ continues her musical journey with her latest endeavour; a cover of Childish Gambino‘s ‘Sober’.

It is about time we had a chat with her.

How and why did you start making music?

I started playing music when I was eight or nine. I started out covering The Cranberries, Four Non-Blondes and Nirvana. Eventually that progressed into writing and brought me here. I started because I was capable and loved the challenge of captivating people. Now the challenge has grown into attempts to create a world for people to live in and experience with me.

Describe your sound in three words.

driving dynamic pop.

Your new track is a cover of ‘Sober’ by Childish Gambino. This is your first cover to date. What were the reasons behind the cover?

I don’t particularly like the idea of arbitrarily covering songs. If I work on something that’s not my own writing, I want to be sure I can deliver an original, compelling interpretation that will do the song justice and feel natural to me. I love Childish Gambino and was totally invested in Because the Internet at the time. When I sent the cover demo to Zach Nicita, he was stoked and we worked to build a spinning, trippy soundscape.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I think there are a lot of influences. I grew up on 90’s alternative radio. I fell in love with Bright Eyes, Elliot Smith and Sufjan Stevens when I was fifteen. I studied jazz when I was seventeen and contemporary composition in undergrad. Other than those things, I’ve tried to listen to as much as I can and be open to letting everything influence me.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Recently Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens, The Weeknd, Battles, and Florence and The Machine have been on repeat.

Listen to the cover below, and catch her in the UK before she heads off to this year’s Iceland Airwaves.

03/11/2015 – Underbelly (London)
04/11/2015 – Prince Albert (Brighton)
05/11/2015 – Castle Hotel (Manchester)
06/11/2015 – Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik)

Sounds like: Banks, The Weeknd, La Roux, Noosa, Evvy, Ellie Goulding, ASTR, MS MR

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Aiden Grimshaw – Animal

Aiden Grimshaw by idocreativestuff

Aiden Grimshaw by idocreativestuff

This wasn’t something we were expecting to post today, but ‘Animal’ by long-time-ago X-Factor finalist Aiden Grimshaw has turned out to be a very pleasant surprise, with it’s sensual, enticing vocals gently placed over simple 80’s-inspired bass lines.

The track is more rough around the ages than Aiden’s previous material, but we absolutely love his new direction.

Sounds like: Honne, Ben Khan, SOHN, James Blake, The Weeknd

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Meredith – Levels

Meredith

Meredith

“Australian musician”. That is all we really know about Meredith.

After listening to her two tracks, we’ve come to the conclusion that if you cut Banks in half, she would be the tender, softer part. She is more innocent in respect of her tone and lyrics, but that’s not to say her music isn’t top notch. Just listen to ‘Levels’ and you’ll understand why.

The video explores the often tangled, delicate and fraught dynamic that dictates the course of female friendships. As the pair soundlessly go through the motions of companionship, there’s an instantly-recognisable element of longing for closeness but actively keeping a safe distance. Secretive, ambiguous notes are passed from girl to girl and collected in a delicate crystal jar, representative of the calculated moves we make as we relate to each other on different levels. As Meredith herself puts it, “Ultimately, it’s focusing on all the little things we don’t say to each other”.

Sounds like: Ellie Goulding, Banks, RITUALS, Blooms, VÉRITÉ, Lyon, Ruelle, Frances, Lana Del Rey, The Weeknd, Sohn

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