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MISSIO – Twisted

MISSIO

MISSIO

Meet MISSIO.

Formed by Matthew Brue & David Butler, the duo are feeling a little ‘Twisted’ today, as they release their next single.

Operatic vocals, with dark electronic undertones, Brue from MISSIO opens up to us about the truth behind the track;

“The song is a precursor to the story of my life involving addiction to drugs and alcohol. ‘Twisted’ represents the personal realization that I view myself differently than the rest of the world views me. It describes the unintentional and intentional comments my family made growing up about the type of person they thought I should be. This ultimately leads to the pre-chorus where I confront these comments with the truth of my own reality. I’m uncontrollable, emotional, chaotically proportional, I’m visceral, reloadable, I’m crazy.”

Co-produced with Dwight A. Baker, ‘Twisted’ is out tomorrow via Taste And Tone, a really cool label who release one new track a month.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Jack Garratt, Thom Yorke, Boxed In, Nordic Giants

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DAUNT – Beamish Boy

Daunt by Alex De Mora

Daunt by Alex De Mora

Meet DAUNT; a solo folktronica artist who could accurately be described as a ‘Beamish Boy’.

Coincidentally, this is also the name of his current release.

Elegant production and meandering vocals is on offer from an ever optimistic DAUNT, and it definitely feels like a right move following his previous musical project falling apart.

Sounds like: Josef Salvat, Tender, Shylde, Thom Yorke

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Playlist: Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer is a talented artist from Washington, US.

The tracks on her upcoming EP give us a glimpse into the many facets of her music, and with that in mind, we asked Young Summer to put together a playlist for us, featuring the artists that influence her the most.

Björk – Stonemilker

This song is such a work of art and stretches the traditional framework of song structure. I revisit her and this song whenever I feel I need inspiration.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

I love the lyrics in the beginning, “checked into my heart and trashed it like a hotel room”. The vocals and how they’re layered and affected are perfection. The drum fills are brilliant, I love how they punctuate and separate sections of the song.

Miguel – Waves

This song has one of the best bridges and falls in line with that old songwriting rule that you don’t put an active bridge in a song if it isn’t better than the entire song, otherwise it can ruin it, and this song and its bridge are incredible!

Niki & The Dove – So Much It Hurts

The title alone had me the moment I read it. The song is so emotional but has a groove that doesn’t quit. I am a huge fan of theirs and loved their record “Instinct.” This song and their new album are amazing. Malin Dahlström’s voice has elements of Stevie Nicks but is still all her own and I could listen to it all day long.

Anohni – 4 Degrees

She’s incredible for a myriad of reasons and this song is one of them. There’s a delicate synth and a menacing brass section, which make it so beautifully dynamic. And of course, her vocal is so mesmerizing.

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

I love this song’s gritty, raw guitar tone. His lyrics are direct and unambiguous which is one of many reasons to love him. He brings a direct narrative to his songwriting which I haven’t loved this much since Johnny Cash did it. I have mountains of respect for him and if you get a chance to see him live, do it.

Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

This is a song that feels like you’re living inside a lush breeze for three minutes and 56 seconds. The sentiment is explained immediately and washes over you. It is perfect and beautiful. If you’re paying attention and listen to the entire song you get the reward of a confession at the very end, “And you’re the only thing I think about. It’s all that I can still do. And you know you’re the one I dream about. I couldn’t do without you.”

Maybird – Turning into Water

They’ve got a psychedelic sound and I am so down with that. The guitar tones and ambient vocals are on point. It feels classic but new all at the same time.

Radiohead – No Surprises

It wouldn’t be a playlist without Radiohead. I am a massive fan of theirs. This song is beautifully dark just the way I like ‘em. He [Thom Yorke] sneaks the most desperate of lyrics into a beautiful, shiny almost childlike sounding song. I love to disguise sadness with melody.

Spoon – Inside Out

I love the percussive undercurrent of this song and how it feels as though it dictates its movement and evolution. Britt Daniel’s vocals are just perfection as always.

Listen to the jazzed-out and laid back ‘Paused Parade’ below.

Sounds like: HAIM, MUNA, Wet, VÉRITÉ, Jorja Smith

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Playlist: Suns

Suns

Suns

London, alt-pop duo, Suns, have just dropped the brilliantly retro video for ‘Catalyse’.

Using traditional electronic sounds and sonic reverberations, you’d be fooled into thinking this band is straight out of the 80’s.

To celebrate its release, Suns have put together a pretty cool playlist for us.

Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?
Okay, she was born in Manchester, but studied at UCL 😉 And I really like what she does.

AlunaGeorge – Automatic
Like the two step vibe. Very London.

Blood Orange – Best To You
The first track to grab me on the new album. All twinkles and percussion it feels like summer despite the best efforts of the British weather.

SOHN – Artifice
Like a pop take Thom Yorke‘s solo stuff…

Seal – Crazy
Classic. I remember my dad introducing me to Seal on the Portobello Road, so this feels particularly London to me. I don’t know him. Just met him once as a kid.

Kwabs – Wrong or Right
Still feeling this track. That tone though! And Sohn on production… You can’t go wrong.

Deptford Goth – Two Hearts
Just Beautiful.

Honne – Gone Are The Days
They’re great. I love his drawl.

On Dead Waves – California
The sound of an American summer direct from Kentish Town. I’ve been a fan of Polly Scattergood for years and this new record which she collaborates with James Chapman (Maps) sounds like a movie sound track. Great video too.

Bright Light Bright Light – All In The Name
Originally Welsh, but based and developed in London :-/ The Chorus is great on this song. It makes me think of ‘The Wiz’ for some reason. Haha. You believe he’s having fun with it anyway.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Aluna George

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Turtle – Silent Weapons

Turtle - Silent Weapons

Turtle – Silent Weapons

Glaswegian producer and songwriter Jon Cooper is Turtle.

Latest track, ‘Silent Weapons’, has layers of subtle beats, soft vocals and melodic beauty.

Watch the mesmerising video below:

The track has been taken from his five-track debut EP ‘Colours’, which can be pre-ordered on iTunes here.

Sounds like: Peter Lyons, Phoria, Jon Hopkins, SOHN, Thom Yorke, Lyla Foy, Khushi, Gold Flake Paint

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Keith Varick – Boundless

Photo by Jonathan Levine

Photo by Jonathan Levine

Keith Varick is an alt-electro artist from NYC whose sound is the vein of Radiohead, M83, and Depeche Mode.

Heavily influenced by the introspective melancholia of 90s alternative music with modern electronica, ethereal melodies on top of heavyedgy synths and pulsing beats, Varick lyrically explores themes of advaita, non-duality, and enlightenment.

He has recently released his Boundless EP, the title track for which you can hear below. The stunning video sees Keith running through old doors across lonesome, beautiful landscapes.

Sounds like; Thom Yorke, Depeche Mode, Thomas Azier, M83
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