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Kllo – Back to You

Kllo - Back To You

After a quiet 12 months, Kllo shares ‘Back To You’.

A new chapter for the band, the song follows on from its predecessors’ minimalistic approach with subtle, bittersweet twists along the way.

Speaking about the track, Kllo explains,

“‘Back To You’ draws influences from the early 2000s. We had an old school approach when it came to the recording process by incorporating cassettes for the ad-libs and an old sampler for the main riff,” says (Chloe) Kaul. ‘We’d spent some time in LA recently, and being there reminded us of the ‘American sound’ that we both grew up with. ‘Back To You’ is a good insight into what’s to come in our next body of work.'”

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Sounds like: The xx, Jamie xx, Jessie Ware, Kudu Blue, Disclosure, Jorja Smith, Tei Shi

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Sainte Barae – Power + Control

Sainte Barae

The brilliant Australian artist Saint Barae returns with an intimate and nostalgic offering through his latest single ‘Power + Control’.

In a raw and empowering message behind the song, Saint Barae begins to open up as he takes us into a very personal and intimate tale of handling his sexuality with the people that mean the most to him.

Sounds Like: Téléphonik Muzik, Tame Impala

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Die Orangen – Sonne

Since listening to Die Orangen‘s single, ‘Sonne’, we’ve become slightly obsessed with their psychdelia approach to industrial sounds.

Having originally forged their partnership in the diverse electronic music scene of Australia, Kris  Baha and Angus Gruzman recently decamped to the thriving Berlin scene to develop their dark and pulsing industrial-inspired productions.

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Sounds like: Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine, The Chemical Brothers

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Somebody’s Child – Jungle

Somebody's Child - Jungle

Irish-born, indie artist, Somebody’s Child returns his frenetic new single ‘Jungle’.

Usng music as a platform to discuss topics of mental health, ‘Jungle’ is a nervous yet honest display of indelible guitar riffs and beautifully coarse vocals.

Sounds like: Foals, Mystery Jets, Arctic Monkeys

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Royal Cinema – CHA-CHING

These ladies are having a fun time, and we want to be involved.

Royal Cinema was formed by longtime friends Johanna Cranitch, Isaac Carpenter and Sydney Wayser who, having spent years playing in their own solo projects and in other various touring bands such as The Cranberries, LORDE and Awolnation, decided they wanted an additional musical outlet where they could let loose and have fun.

Their new single is ‘CHA-CHING’ – a self-produced, pulsing pop track.

Sounds like: B52s, Goldfrapp, Sofi Tukker

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Tessa Dixson – Hiding

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Tessa Dixson is back with another bittersweet single, in the form os ‘Hiding’.

Once again produced by Reinhard Vanbergen and mixed by Neil Comber (M.I.A., Charli XCX) is a silky and bittersweet affair.

Tessa’s torn but soulful voice is high up in the mix, locking you in from the first verse. The chorus is huge, there’s a sitar hook and warm backing vocals guiding you through the raw emotions of the song.

Sounds like: The xx, Kllo, Grace Carter, Lorde, Billie Eilish

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HÅN – It’s Better When I Sleep

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Taking more of a The Japanese House vibe, HÂN shares the dreamy new single, ‘It’s Better When I Sleep’.

Considering the topic of sleeping, simply as it is – a necessary process that is both “intimate and reassuring, but also imaginary and illusionary”.

Take shelter and listen now.

Sounds like: Daughter, Skott, The Japanese House

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Aaricia – For Two

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The darker shades of pop music have risen to the top of the pile of late, with artists like Banks consistently enthralling a captivated audience and Billie Eilish sensationalism reaching much of the world. Aiming for a slice of that pie is Montreal’s Aaricia, who balances her darker ethos with a soaring, honeyed vocal.

Her new single is equal parts sugar and spice, with Aaricia outlining ‘For Two’ is about desire and fantasy. It’s about that one person you can’t resist. You can try to play it cool but, in the end, you know you’ll succumb to temptation.

Sounds like: Liyv, CLAVVS, Charlee Remitz, Tessa Rae

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archmotors – Sitcom

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From the west coast of Ireland comes a distinct blend of alternative rock and post-punk that simultaneously rides a wave of nostalgia whilst sitting ahead of the contemporary curve. archmotors, a duo with prowess and skill that extends far beyond their meagre membership, second single to date ‘Sitcom’ is darkly humorous in the most compelling way.

Fans of older video games will be charmed by the ‘point and click’ style video accompaniment – a perfect pairing, tune in below.

Sounds like: The National

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0171 – Red Light

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Hackney-based duo 0171 release the title track from their debut EP called ‘Red Light’.

It’s the third and final release in the series and considers that love is only powerful when it’s seen through a camera. With that in mind, the visuals for the track looks at a couple who are thriving on the attention and the idea of the world watching them and their love, where they can be superstars.

The three-track ‘Red Light’ EP is out now – it examines aspects of modern life through dramatic songs that are really based on a longing for intimacy.

Sounds like: Kllo, Kudu Blue, The xx, Myo

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Interview: Tessa Dixson

TESSA DIXSON

Tessa Dixson oozes determination in a chic and playful manner. Her music is often hypnotising and mournful, yet strong.

We had a quick chat with Tessa to find out some more about how she got into music and those visuals.

Describe your sound in three words.
Melancholic. Tauting. Honest.

How did you get into music?
Music has always been a part of my life growing up. I started dancing lessons when I was very young, music would play in our house all year round playing all sorts of different genres and opening my ear to music more and more, I took piano classes as well at a young age then taught myself to play the guitar and shortly after that took singing classes to work on my craft. I always knew I was going to end up making music.

Your music visuals are always exciting and interesting, do you put a lot of effort into planning these?
Absolutely, the visual aspect of Tessa Dixson is as important as the music for me. They go hand in hand. I have surrounded myself with the right people to put my ideas in place and to be honest I wouldn’t say I put a lot of “effort” in the visuals, usually when a song is created I already know how I want it to look and how I want to transcribe it visually.

What was it like winning this year’s De Nieuwe Lichting prize?
It was great. I had the opportunity to meet amazing new people and talents and it’s given me a big boost in my career. I am very grateful!

What are your plans for the rest of 2019?
Performing a lot! This summer will be my first festival season so I’m really looking forward to that because I know it’s a totally different vibe than playing indoors. And really just living my best life, working on music, going out with friends, profiting of my youth and perfecting my craft.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
(A lot of what I’m listening to is not new but stuff I’ve just recently liked)

Tyler the Creator – Earthquake
Leon Bridges – Shy
Peggy Gou – Starry Night
Doja Cat – Juicy
Sunni colon – Mornin Dew
Solange – Weary
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

Her new single ‘Ignited’ is out now on {PIAS} Belgium.

Sounds like: The xx, Kllo, Grace Carter, Lorde, Billie Eilish

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RUMOURS – Lights Down

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London-based three-piece Rumours ply us with some smooth R&B-themed vibes on ‘Lights Down’.

Often running the length between indie pop, indie dance and contemporary R&B, they fluidly move from one genre to the next whilst maintaining their distinct sonic identity.

Sounds like: Kllo, The xx

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Michael McQuaid – Alone Lonely

Michael McQuaid - Alone Lonely

Nashville-born singer songwriter Michael McQuaid shares his latest track, ‘Alone Lonely’ – a song that stems from bad relationships filled with isolation.

Taking inspiration from blues and soul, the singer singer uses sparse electronics in order to create a smooth yet impactful composition.

Sounds like: Dan Crossley

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Kean Farrar – On a Roll

Kean Farrar

20 year old Kean Farrer shares his new single about his current city abode, Berlin.

A talent ahead of his years, Farrar has developed a unique approach to alt-R&B that reflects Berlin, a city mixed in hedonistic nightlife and historical isolation. Seems like he might be on a roll…

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Misty Mtn – Drive

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Dark mountain pop duo Misty Mtn (pronounced misty mountain) shares new single ‘Drive’, taken from their debut EP ‘Missed Your Call’.

As with the rest of the EP, the song is absorbed with lavish synth-pop productions and effervescent vocals. Using five natural elements – moon, fire, water, mountains, forest – Misty Mtn creates a melancholic soundscape full of reflective storytelling.

Sounds like: Maggie Rogers, Gabrielle Aplin, Kllo, Oh Wonder, Sylvan Esso, HAIM, Ralph

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Sea Girls – Damage Is Done

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Sea Girls is smashing it at the moment, getting bigger and bigger gig slots and playing to larger crowds. But perhaps this was the band’s destiny, following front man Henry Camamile’s fateful decision to start a band and play KOKO in London.

The new single ‘Damage Is Done’ is yet another blazing anthem, and perhaps the new soundtrack for the best night of your life.

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

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Great Mountain Fire – Look UP

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Belgium pop band Great Mountain Fire their shares new single ‘Look Up’.

Comprised of childhood friends, their music echoes of Daft Punk. Tinged with groovy beats, ‘Look Up’ is a fresh, sunny indie pop tune.

Sounds like: Breakbot, Goldroom, Daft Punk, Mirage Club

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0171 – SMTHN RL

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0171 is Hackney duo Joe Bedell-Brill and Georgie Hoare.

Creating a beautiful clash of raw and honest music, the nostaglic dark pop duo shares their sophomore single, ‘SMTHN RL’. It explores a yearning for real experiences and real intimacy in a world where you can often feel distant from each other, and from your own life.

Their debut EP is out on 17 May.

Sounds like: Kllo, Kudu Blue, The xx, Myo

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Tropic Harbour – Calm

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Canadian artist Tropic Harbour today releases his ‘Calm’ EP.

Not disimilar to his former releases, the lead single continues to serenade the listener, and gives further gravitas to the beat-maker’s own unique take on the chillwave sound.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, DIIV, Jessy Lanza

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Joey Landreth – Cryin’

Joey Landreth

Meet Juno award winning guitarist Joey Landreth.

Also one half of the esteemed roots band The Bros. Landreth, Joey takes a more emotional approach to his solo material, creating a bold and versatile sound that explodes with energy while also remaining captivating throughout.

Listen to ‘Cryin” below, with its James Bay vibes.

Sounds like: James Bay, Hozier

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ORIION – Siren Call

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If you’re a fan of anything pop, there’s something for everyone in ORIION‘s latest, ‘Siren Call’.

His self-described ‘nostalgia pop’, walks the line from the 80s up to the modern day, with a one-a-kind vocal delivery that really conveys the lovesick motivations.

Sounds like: Zayn

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Manatee Commune – Growing Pains

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Manatee Commune by Allen Daniel

Manatee Commune is exploring music and life in his mid-20s.

His blissful new single ‘Growing Pains’ hits the crux of the issue. Immersed in a sober and earnest landscape, the song features Samuel Eisen-Meyers and is out now via Bastard Jazz.

Sounds like: John Mayer, Teen Daze, Goldroom, Tropic Harbour

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Bokito – Colleen Bawn

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If there is one thing to do this year, go see Bokito perform live.

Sitting in the gap between tropical indie pop and soulful funk, Bokito’s ‘Colleen Bawn’ is bursting with summery energy and fills you will and irrefutable urge to move. Frontman Moses Moorhouse’s vocal is the perfect compliment to the tasty groove set by the five-piece.

Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Stereohoney, Shiners

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Playlist: Tessa Dixson

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Tessa Dixson has just released the emotive ‘Falling’, which one again feature those trademark yearning and goosebumps inducing vocals. To celebrate the release, we asked Tessa to put together a playlist of inspiration for us.

Listen below.

Tessa Dixson – Prayer

This was my first ever release, and it still embodies everything i am today. It’s still so true to what i believe and i feel it’s the kind of anthem for any young adult discovering the beauty and sadness of life.

Frank Ocean – White Ferrari

His album Blonde is the only album i am able to listen to on repeat without getting tired of it, but on the contrary falling in love with it even more every time. He captures your emotions so perfectly and something quite extraordinary happens, he’s a musical genius to me.

Maggie Rogers – Give A Little

I’ve never really been into pop rock, but Maggie is an amazing singer songwriter, and when you hear one of her songs you will directly know it’s hers, and this song is a perfect feel-good-get out of bed-on a sunny morning-dancing in front of the mirror song, start off your morning right with Maggie!

Spooky Black – DJ Khaled Is My Father

I think Spooky Black may be the artist i’ve listened to the most since i was 16 years old. He has this haunting truth telling that is just so sad and he is able to make poetry out of it, that’s beautiful to me. When i listen to this song i feel i am laying on a bed of white roses in the sky slowly falling into a pool of red.

Ama Lou – Tried Up

To me, Ama Lou is the next big thing in the underground world, she has a really strong concept and her latest project DDD is super interesting. Her songs resonate a cool coolness.

Aphex Twin – #3

I have a playlist on my phone called “starfish” and a lot of Aphex Twin’s songs are in it simply because that’s what the songs make me feel like, a starfish underwater, a certain serenity and peace of mind and just gliding with the slow current, i usually listen to this playlist when i’ve smoked a spliff.
The song is 7 minutes long and is very monotonous in the sense that it is the same chords over and over but that is the beauty of the song, it’s not about the chords itself but more about what happens in between.

Bicep – Opal (Four Tet Remix) 

I NEVER GET TIRED OF THIS SONG!!! It has so many ups and downs in it that you never get bored from it. It’s the kind of song you want to listen to when you come back from a party and the sun starts to come up and you still feel a bit buzzed but tired at the same time, thats the feeling i get from this song. Just writing about it gives me sweaty palms and butterflies in my stomach.

James Black / Bon Iver – I Need A Forest Fire

Everything about this song makes me emotional and i don’t know why but that’s why i love it so much. James Blake and Bon Iver is a match made in heaven, everything about this song is perfect, the harmonies, the ad-libs, the beat, the chords, the strength of their voices together, i mean everything.

The Blaze – Virile

If you haven’t yet noticed, i tend to like songs that make me feel some kind of way, that’s usually why i like a song or not. Well this song represents a form of nostalgia and that’s why i like it so much, it tells a story by the atmosphere.

Romeo Elvis/Primero/Tessa Dixson/Halibab Matador – Poliss Massa

Romeo Elvis has really been able to create a sort of empire so i’m very proud to have been a part of it in the very beginning. It’s such a chill song and really makes me think of Brussels somehow.

Sounds like: The xx, Kllo, Grace Carter

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Ayelle – Obvious

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Mellow music-maker Ayelle shares her self-reflecting new single ‘Obvious’.

The Swedish-Iranian R&B singer-songwriter teamed up with producer Jonah Stevens, to delve furhter into her lyrical clarity and sultry vocals.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Banks, 4AM, Wet, IYES, The XX, SOHN

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Jinka – Ghost 2 U

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Jinka’s track ‘Ghost 2 U’ is glitchy trip-pop at its finest.

Ghost 2 U” is the Transylvanian artist‘s most emotionally dynamic track to date.
It juxtaposes a heavy, industrial half-time drop reminiscent of acts like Cashmere Cat, Amnesia Scanner or Tommy Cash with touchingly fragile and intimate tale-telling verses.
Jinka’s vocals evolve over a loop of pluck-sounds that unavoidably take your imagination to an underground stalactite cave hidden in the souterrains of Berlin.

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES

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daste. – SOBER

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Australian trio daste. is comprised of Callum MacDonald, Braxton Tahi & Tyler Harden.

Focusing on the smaller details (with the ‘d’ in daste. standing for detail), their new track, ‘SOBER’ is a summery lo-fi number showcasing simple, yet effective songwriting, and shares the idea that a clear head is always better than a mediocre, intoxicated one.

It’s out now via Mammal Sounds Records.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS DU SOL

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Malihini – Delusional Boy

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There is always an air of romanticism with Italian culture and Italian duo Malihini are no exception to this rule.

Their new single ‘Delusional Boy’ has upbeat drums, neatly undercut by its recurring vocal refrain, “Delusional Boy/Delusional Girl” – the downbeat rejoinder conveyed with a typically euphonious duo vocal melody that juxtaposes between a falsetto male part with baratone-esq female vocals, which all in all, creates an extremely easy-to-listen-to pop track.

Expect their debut album ‘Hopefully, Again’, out on 8 March via Memphis Industries.

Sounds like: SAMA, Beach House, Tennis, Chairlift, Au Revoir Simone

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HighSchool Jacob – Cant Get Enough

HighSchool Jacob

Highschool Jacob is an indie pop artist who has a serious way with words, so don’t mess.

Based out of Los Angeles, this nu-funk extraordinaire weaves catchy and retro melodies and engrossing stories to make head-nod worthy and heartwarming music.

Listen to ‘Can’t Get Enough’ below.

Sounds like: Daft Punk, Du Tonc

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Jesse Hite – When It All Comes Down

Jesse Hite

There is a definite lo-fi, funk theme in this week’s gems. Introducing Jesse Hite – an exciting solo artist who has just shared his debut ‘When It All Comes Down’.

An American artist living in France, Hite effortless blends sounds thanks to this move across the Atlantic, as well as travels through Asia.

‘When It All Comes Down’ is the first single of a three-song EP to be released. The song is full of character, soulful lyrics, in which Mite manages to create as much blooming sound as music troop, Jungle between a large number of them!

Sounds like: Shy Girls, YAKUL, Jungle, LCD Soundsystem

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youthxx – New Frontier

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Taking on the challenge of a new anthem for millennials is youthxx (also one half of Golden Coast).

‘New Frontier’ achieves anthemic territory with an inspiring, unforgettable vocal and sharp contemporary production that mixes synthetic and organic sounds with finesse.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, Golden Coast

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Tessa Dixson – Crystal Waters

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Tessa Dixson by Alice Pallot

Led by effortless strings, Belgian-based songwriter/model Tessa Dixson‘s new single ‘Crystal Waters’ is emotive yet soothing in the same breathtaking moment.

Baring her soul once again, Dixson explains about the song,

“Crystal Waters is a song that I wrote a while ago, and it still stands so true today, it’s all about being crystal clear and people trying to change you none the less. The synths and strings work perfectly together, caught feeling a whirlwind of emotions, you are transposed through sad lyrics but an uplifting arrangement, the strings really brings the whole song together.”

It’s out now on [PIAS].

Sounds like: The xx, Kllo, Grace Carter

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Little People – Skies Turn Blue Feat. Tif Lamson

Little People - Skies Turn Blue Feat. Tif Lamson

Little People is the beautiful project of Laurent Clerc, who has just returned to the UK following a stint of residing in Portland, US.

Little People combines elements of tech with lush instrumental landscapes, which will rightfully draw comparisons to ODESZA (who he supported on their US tour), Little Dragon and Maribou State.

‘Skies Turn Blue’ is the second single taken from his upcoming ‘Landloper’ album and features Tif Lamson of the band GIVERS.

It’s out now on his own label, Future Archive Recordings, which was co-founded with Sun Glitters, Arms and Sleepers and CNJR. It is a collaboratively minded label, that looks to empower artists to release music as they see fit with the help, clout and structure of a label.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, The xx, Bonobo, Maribou State, ODESZA, RJD2

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