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Weekly Gems 41

Sugarcane – Bethnal Green Blues

Sugarcane

Comprised of Robin French (Cuckoo) and Antonia Thomas (Misfits, Lovesick), these two creatives write seductive bossa nova music paired with calypso pop sensibilities that would fit well on the soundtrack of ‘The End of the F***ing World’.

On the motivation behind Bethnal Green Blues, Robin states,

“Sometimes you write a sad song from a happy moment. This came to me while I was flying to South America to see a girl I’d fallen for. It’s about the emotional ice age after a romance fails, but it was written as that ice melted under the Argentine sun..”

Sounds like: Nouvelle Vague, Men I Trust

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Dancing On Tables – Colour Me Good

Dancing On Tables by Lucy Foster-0009

We love an indie anthem, so thank you to five-piece pop-rock, Dancing On Tables.

The band, school friends from school in Dunfermline, a small town just outside Edinburgh, have released ‘Colour Me Good’ – a groove-laced, vintage indie-pop track that encapsulates sun-drenched, dance-able songwriting with a distinct Scottish charm.

Sounds like: Sea Girls, Biffy Clyro, Circa Waves, The 1975

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Slenderbodies – The One

Slenderbodies

Slenderbodies is a California-bred duo who write forward-thinking, dreamy synth-pop.

Their new single ‘The One’ is intricately subtle musical medication, shared in preparation of their upcoming EP, ‘SORAYA’, to be released through Los Angeles indie label Avant Garden, which is also home to Emotional Oranges.

Sounds like: Glass Animals, Alt-J, Milky Chance, Mura Masa, Passion Pit, PVRIS

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Dirty Nice – Always Summer

Dirty Nice

Forget those summer blues.

Mysterious UK-based duo, Dirty Nice, make a positive point in new single – it’s always summer, somewhere.

Released on Kitsuné, the single is an antidote to holiday blues, and the “optimistic twin” to their track ‘Zero Summer’.

Sounds like: Shy Luv, Phoenix, Daft Punk, Jai Paul, Sylvan Esso

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Gavin Haley – Sad Season

Gavin Haley

From summer season to ‘Sad Season’ with former professional cyclist Gavin Haley‘s latest single.

While competing with the national cycling team, Haley suffered an injury that resulted in a collapsed lung, setting back his travel by several months. During his recovery, he explored and found inspiration in Europe’s underground music scene, becoming enamored with energetic live performances filled with a grit and energy.

Starting with a simple West Coast-inspired guitar riff, ‘Sad Season’ soon picks up and exposes determined pop and R&B.

Sounds like: Zayn Malik, Frank Ocean, Ed Sheeran

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ROYAL – Vessel

ROYAL

Canadian songstress ROYAL debuts with ‘Vessel’, the first of six new tracks that appear on her upcoming album, ‘Heart of Shadows’.

Covering the topic of heartbreak, loss of identity and raw self-reflection, this is electro-pop at its finest in 2018.

Speaking about ‘Vessel,’ ROYAL says,

“This song is about heartbreak – having to let go of someone you love, and then realizing the emptiness and loss of identity that ensues. I wrote this song it while trying to find myself after getting lost within a relationship for many years and then feeling shattered by the loss of a love I thought would last a lifetime.”

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Lana Del Rey, Evvy, Noosa, Dominique, The xx

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Von Sell – Scene Of A Crime

Von Sell

Last but not least, our favourite breakthrough act – self-taught producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Von Sell.

After a bout of vocal pain and subsequent treatment, we are pleased to say that Von Sell is on the mend and returning to our stereos with ‘Scene OF A Crime’.

Taken from his forthcoming sophomore EP, ‘Digital Sleep’, the song reflects on unrequited love, but, due to its uptempo nature, it will ultimately leave a taste of confusion in your mouth because you can’t help but dance despite the disconcerting subject matter.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Hazel English, Teen Daze, Peter Gabriel, Alt-J, Thomas Azier

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Feiertag – Tension Feat. Ayelle

Feiertag - Tension Feat. Ayelle

We last spoke with Ayelle over two years ago, so we are especially excited to share her new single with the Dutch live-act and producer, Feiertag.

The dark pop track loops sensuality as it takes over our minds with a predictable yet exciting energy.

The single is out now via Majestic Casual Records.

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

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Gundelach – Control

Gundelach by Fredrik Harper

Having just signed to Terrible Records (Blood Orange, Porches, Le1f), Norwegian producer and artist Gundelach shares the imaginative ‘Control’.

It is taken from the forth-coming ‘Baltus’ LP, and showcases Gundelach’s Nordic-noir sensibilities, using delicate synths, pulsating beats and his effortless falsetto voice to tell a story of deep personal depression.

Sound like: Ásgeir, Bon Iver, Honne, Boxed In, RY X, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, The Presets

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Great News – You’re Mine

Great News

Time for something to lighten the mood from our favourite band of 2018, Great News.

‘You’re Mine’ is a shoe-gazer fan’s dream, a super colourful sonic nod to the 80’s and 90’s, a theme that runs throughout their debut LP ‘Wonderfault’.

Sounds like: Ten Fé, Bruce Springsteen, Sea Girls, SWIMM, Lean, Tame Impala, DIIV

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Benjamin’s Brother – If I Could

Benjamin's Brother

We are excited about Benjamin’s Brother – an interesting indie-pop band from Tel Aviv.

Discussing topics such as violence, death, desire and love, and citing influences across several genres including Arabic, American folk and techno, it’s no surprise that their sound is expansive, yet tender.

Watch their video below, which was shot by Indy Hait, at the Tel Aviv Museum Of Art, on a 16mm film.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, SAMA, Mumford & Sons, Solomon Grey, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Aquilo

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CUT_ – It’s On

CUT_

Dutch electronic duo CUT_ share ‘It’s On’, a song about the denial towards the demise of a relationship.

But they don’t just write about internal issues found in human nature, but also discuss topics on mass psychology and by analysing these aspects of our society, CUT_ attempts to find a way of coping with the messed up world we’re living in.

Sounds like: IYES, Massive Attack, Kllo

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JOHN.K – Best Of Me

JOHN.K

JOHN.K‘s electronic driven pop always catches our attention and ‘Best Of Me’ is no exception.

‘Best Of Me’ is JOHN.K’s fourth single and demonstrates another layer of maturity and artistry. Speaking of the track, he explains,

“‘Best of Me’ is about evolving through young love, admitting to past mistakes and committing to giving someone the best possible version of yourself.”

Sounds like: Sam Smith, Justin Bieber

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Lalibelle – Balance

Lalibelle

Stockholm-based producer trio Lalibelle share their breezy pop track ‘Balance’.

Breaking the silence on mental health, the song tells the story of the childhood experience of having a suicidal parent.

Sounds like: Paperwhite

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Timothy – Fly

Timothy

We don’t know a great deal about Swedish singer/songwriter Timothy, but have really enjoyed listening to his second single, ‘Fly’.

Timothy explains, “The song is a long battle with a ghost of his, he interpreters his own song with a self-written poem. Wanting the listener to create their own story, rather than giving it all away.”

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Alex Vargas, Ry X, The xx, Keaton Henson, Matt Corby

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Klune – Hold On Feat. IVYE

Klune

Klune shares ‘Hold On’ featuring IVYE. It follows on from the release of ‘Nocturnal’, another magnetic pop number from the Italian band who formed in 2014.

Speaking about the track, the band say,

“Unlike our previously released single ‘Nocturnal’, ‘Hold on’ is one of the latest track we recorded for the LP and certainly represents a watershed, compared with the original sonorities of our project. Even with those changes, there is still a search for depth and space, two elements that strongly characterize most of our productions. The track sees the presence of Italian singer Ivye (Francesca Pianini). Her voice perfectly matches with the mood of the song adding to it a powerful combination of visceral moments and elegant vibes.”

‘Hold On’ will be released in January 19th via Factory Flaws.

Sounds like: Joe Goddard, The xx, Kudu Blue, SAMA

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HANDSOME – Late Night Ball Game feat. Joyride

HANDSOME

There are sweet whispers in your ear, inviting you to a ‘Late Night Ball Game’. Would you go?

Of course you would – you can guarantee it’s gonna be well hell of a ride. Well, a HANDSOME Joyride to be exact, from two unique and creative artists in their own right.

The film clip below follows five friends leading the queer revolution in a sequence of raw ‘This Is England’ scenarios.

HANDSOME’s debut EP ‘NO HAT NO PLAY’ will be out in 2018.

Sounds like: The xx, SOAK, IDER, Mura Masa

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Tessa Dixson – Prayer

Tessa Dixson

Tessa Dixson may have roots in Belgium, but she also has ties with the UK and California, which might explain her broad cultural style.

Her debut single ‘Prayer’ has an accompanying video that oozes cool swagger tainted with teenage angst.

Speaking about the track Tessa says, “I have tried to evoke a depth in my lyrics combined with a melancholic melody to mirror the complexity of relationships. Even though there is a certain dark quality to the song I still wanted the sound to be fresh and soulful.”

Sounds like: The xx, Kllo

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Elektrisk Gønner – Money

Elektrisk Gønner

Well, this is a cool story about Elektrisk Gønner.

The project was originally formed in 2010 when producer Benjamin Løzninger teamed up with a young unknown Danish singer named to record an album remotely over the course of 12 days from either side of the Atlantic Ocean.

As we know, MØ then went on to be signed to Sony, following which Benjamin relocated to Brooklyn and recruited singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and model Skyler Cocco for the new Elektrisk Gønner line-up.

One of the new tracks is called ‘Money’ and it’s out now via Kaleidoscope / Nordic Records.

Sounds like: Ladyhawke, Austra, Goldfrapp, Karen O

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Kill Paris – Red Lights

Kill Paris

The summer keeps giving this year, thanks to Kill Paris‘ new number, ‘Red Lights’ featuring vocals from animal right’s lover, Dotter.

The track is a dynamic, nu-funk laced one with a floor-filler attitude, lovingly grounded by Dotter’s down-to-earth vocals.

It’s out now on Lowly Palace.

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Dotter, Zella Day

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Daniella Mason – Cruel Summer

Daniella Mason - Cruel Summer

We absolutely love Daniella Mason and everything she stands for.

Her video for ‘Cruel Summer’ will sweep you off you feet with its vibrant and colourful approach to a pool party, courtesy of the all female cast and crew.

Sounds like: Dagny, Evvy, Carly Rae Jepsen

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Ryne Norman – Stranger Things

Ryne Norman

More pop from Nashville (via Phoenix), this time courtesy of Ryne Norman.

Unlike the series, ‘Stranger Things’ is a light-hearted 80’s inspired song with hints of desire in the lyrics. Listen below.

Sounds like: The 1975, Haim, Ryan Adams

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Kllo – Nylon

Kllo

Australian duo Kllo share the piano-laden ‘Nylon’.

It’s a grown up sound and a song they admit is the most minimal from their upcoming debut album, ‘Backwater’, which is full of sincere pop accounts about coming of age.

‘Backwater’ is due out on 20 October. Pre-order here.

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

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Kllo – Virtue

Kllo - Virtue

Kllo is an electronic pop collaboration between Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam.

Despite the more mature direction than earlier material, you can still expect to hear fusions of R&B, UK garage, and 2-step, as perfectly showcased in new single, ‘Virtue’.

Expect their debut album ‘Backwater’ to be out on 20 October via Different Recordings.

Live Dates

November
12 – Madrid, ES – Costello
13 – San Sebastian, ES – Dabadaba
14 – Barcelona, ES – Sidecar
16 – Paris, FR – Supersonic
17 – Rotterdam, NL – V11
20 – Amsterdam, NL – The Sugar Factory
23 – London, UK – XOYO
24 – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
25 – Manchester, UK – The Soup Kitchen
27 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
28 – Edinburgh, UK – Sneaky Pete’s
29 – Leeds, UK – Headrow House
30 – Nottingham, UK – The Bodega

December
03 – Berlin, DE – Badehaus
04 – Cologne, DE – Yuca
05 – Hamburg, DE – Haekken

Sounds like: The xx, Jamie xx, Jessie Ware, Kudu Blue, Disclosure

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An Indietronica Preview of Wildlife Festival 2017

Wildlife Festival 2017

Wildlife Festival returns for its third year at Shoreham Airport. Headed up by Disclosure and Black Butter Records, expect this be the most fun year yet, not just because you now have an excuse to take the Friday off, but because the line up is quite simply awesome.

We’ve picked out our favourites, so you don’t have to. Check them out below.

ANNE-MARIE
Wildlife Stage, Friday 9th June

Anne Marie

Essex-born artist, Anne-Marie, has had numerous hits over the last couple of years. With her sweet vocals (she performed in Les Miserables when she was younger) and urban swagger, we expect her performance to be very special indeed.

Sounds like: Zara Larsson, K-Stewart, Kiiara, Mabel

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CLEAN BANDIT
Wildlife Stage, Friday 9th June

Clean Bandit

We’ve been following Cambridge collective, Clean Bandit since they began, so it’s with great excitement that we see them playing the big stage Wildlife Festival this year.

They have gone from strength to strength with their collaborations, including a couple of other Wildlife artists.

Sounds like: RAC, AlunaGeorge, Disclosure, Bondax

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DISCLOSURE
Live DJ set. Location & Date TBC.

Disclosure by Catie Laffoon

Reigate brothers, Disclosure, are running the show at Widlife.

Citing a range of influences from classical, rock, funk and soul, their sound is a forward thinking amalgamation of the aforementioned genres.

They will be doing a DJ set at Wildlife.

Sounds like: MNEK, Sam Smith, Gorgon City

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JESS GLYNNE
Wildlife Stage, Friday 9th June

Jess Glynne

Was ‘Hold My Hand’ the best song of 2015? Quite possibly, but regardless, it was definitely the song that put Jess Glynne on the global map, with a number of remixes secured with some key contenders in the dance industry.

With her stunning vocal tone and energy, Jess will be headlining the festival on Friday. Bring it on!

Sounds like: Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie, Ella Henderson

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JOE GODDARD
Tropical / Sounds Of The Future Stage, Saturday 10th June

Joe Goddard by Marc Sethi

Fresh off the release of his album, ‘Electric Lines’ (out on Greco-Roman/Domino Records), UK producer Joe Goddard is set to play Wildlife Festival.

Joe Goddard is the founder member of electronic legends Hot Chip and ½ of DJ duo The 2 Bears, so expect a stellar performance in a similar vein!

Sounds like: Roosevelt, Hot Chip, The xx, Four Tet, Caribou, Jamie XX

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LIV DAWSON
Wildlife Stage, Saturday 10th June

Liv Dawson

Lovely Londoner, Liv Dawson, is one of our favourite newcomers from 2016.

The sound and emotional depth of the late teen prove that she is undeniably wise and confident beyond her years, and it’s therefore no wonder that she’s been picked to play Wildlife amongst such other great acts.

Sounds like: Beyonce, Banks, Jorja Smith

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MURA MASA
Tropical / Sounds Of The Future Stage, Saturday 10th June

Mura Masa

Electronic music producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Alex Crossan is Mura Masa.

He has a huge fan base (most, if not all of his singles have been used in various clothing adverts) and he is renowned for his glitchy production that incorporates Asian instruments, as well as incredible live shows.

Sounds like: Flume, Cashmere Cat, SBTRKT, FØRTE, The Knife

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RAYE
Wildlife Stage, Saturday 10th June

Raye

BRIT School attendee and South Londoner, RAYE, has been making waves with her unique take on R&B.

RAYE has received support from the likes of Years & Years, Charli XCX and Jonas Blue.

Sounds like: Years & Years, Louisa Johnson, Jess Glynne

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RUDIMENTAL
Live DJ set. Location & Date TBC.

Rudimental

With a knack for choosing great vocalists, Rudimental are known for their bold, bassy and brassy sounds. In a massive contradiction to their name choice, this four-piece are anything basic.

They will be doing a DJ set at Wildlife.

Sounds like: Alex Clare, John Newman, Will Heard, MNEK, NIMMO, Leo Stannard, Oli Hannaford

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SHY LUV
Tropical / Sounds Of The Future Stage, Saturday 10th June

Shy Luv

Shy Luv is the project of Manchester based Karma Kid and Armeria.

‘Time’ follows on from their ‘Shock Horror’ EP, but it’s live where the duo showcase their diverse range of influences including LCD Soundsystem, Arctic Monkeys, Metronomy and Friendly Fires.

Sounds like: Honne, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Jagwar Ma, SG Lewis, LCD Soundsystem, Arctic Monkeys, Metronomy, Friendly Fires

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ZARA LARSSON
Wildlife Stage, Friday 9th June

Zara Larsson

It doesn’t seem that long ago since social activist and Swedish electro-pop singer, Zara Larsson hit our screens with the video for ‘Lush Life’.

She later teamed up with MNEK for ‘Never Forget You’, and is now set to get the crowds pumped on the Wildlife Stage.

Sounds like: Rihanna, Tove Lo, Dua Lipa

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TICKETS AND MORE INFO FROM THE Wildlife Festival WEBSITE.