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SCHWARZ – Outside Looking In

SCHWARZ - Outside Looking In

SCHWARZ is the project of Meyer de Voltaire, who is also lead singer of indie band VOLTAIRE. The name means ‘black’ in English, and so it’s no surprise that his music fits nicely into a dark electronica realm.

Cinematic, provocative, complete with orchestral spheres with electronic beats, united by rare courage to great emotions, to feel self-indulgent.

The video for ‘Outside looking in’ outlines four characters, each at that fragile point in their lives: driven by love and the pressure to perform and searching for acceptance on the edge between breaking and breaking out. Watch below.

Sounds like: Thomas Azier, Depeche Mode, Moderat, Woodkid

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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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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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Zhao – Lifetime

Zhao

Introducing Zhao, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist as pure as they come. Also the producer and vocalist of his solo project, Zhao’s new EP ‘Ride’ takes you on a journey blissful collection of upbeat love songs tinged with regret and doubt, effortlessly combining classical with modern electronic pop.

The first single release from the EP is called ‘Lifetime’ and is probably the most enchanting of the four tracks.

His EP ‘Ride’ is out on 27 October. Pre-order here.

Sounds like: Roosevelt, Summer Heart, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Honne, Thomas Azier, Hurts, Josef Salvat, Goldroom

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Nina June – If We Never Go

Nina June

Dutch artist, Nina June, has just released ‘If We Never Go’.

It’s the fifth track taken from her BON VOYAGE project, which greets a generation that is on a constant quest to overcome loneliness, despite being more interconnected than ever before.

Sounds like: Thomas Azier, Agnes Obel, Rhye, London Grammar, Adele

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VILDE – Maintain

VILDE by Elin Ghersinich

Continuing with his monthly release schedule, VILDE, shares ‘Maintain’.

The music of VILDE – an innovative music project set up by Stockholm-based Thomas Savage, former member of Kins – is dutifully firm and ‘Maintain’ stands by that mentality with its racing drum beat and Savage’s claustrophobic vocals.

Elaborating on the themes behind ‘Maintain’, Vilde explains, “The subject matter of the song is somewhat of a crammed amalgamation of ideas. Part inspired by the film ‘Ace in the Hole’, where a news reporter begins to twist events in a dark way to gain fame through his portrayal of the story. There’s some pretty bleak imagery in the lyrics, yet bits of optimism seep through too, provoking a sense of solitude, release & calm.”

Live Dates

July 21 – Kantine Am Berghain, Berlin w/ Foreign/National
July 29 – Old Blue Last, London w/ Foreign/National

Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Spektor, Radiohead, Thomas Azier, James Blake, Ulrich Schnauss, TV on the Radio, BØRNS, Tim Hecker, Future Islands

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Thomas Azier – Gold

Thomas Azier - Gold

Thomas Azier – Gold

Perhaps his most commercial release to date, Thomas Azier releases ‘Gold’ and announces his sophomore album, ‘Rouge’.

Striking in it’s nature, ‘Gold’ showcases Thomas’s new direction of no compromise piano-led pop. Addressing the joy of love, while acknowledging its pitfalls, ‘Gold’ leads us with celebratory choruses and falsetto vocals.

Disclosure: I am Thomas Azier’s publicist at the time of writing.

TOUR DATES

06.04 FR Rennes, Festival Mythos
19.04 FR Bourges, Théâtre Jacques Coeur
18.05 BE Brussels, Orangerie
22.05 UK London, Electrowerkz
24.05 NL Nijmegen, Doornroosje
25.05 NL Eindhoven, Effenaar
26.05 NL Amsterdam, Melkweg
30.05 FR Nantes, Stereolux
31.05 FR Paris, Le Trianon
01.06 FR Tourcoing, Le Grand Mix
06.06 FR Lyon, Epicerie Moderne
07.06 FR Bordeaux, Rocher de Palmer
09.06 FR Strasbourg, La Laiterie

Thomas’ album will be out on 12 May via Virgin/Universal Music and is available for pre-order here.

Sounds like: Josef Salvat

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Thomas Azier – Winners

Thomas Azier

Thomas Azier

Thomas Azier has just shared the beautiful video for the uplifting ‘Winners’.

The now Paris-based Azier continues to bare his soul and evolve his sound through classical composition, using a single loop to build ‘Winners’ into an unforgettable climax.

Disclosure: I am Thomas Azier’s publicist at the time of writing.

Expect news of his sophomore album very soon.

Sounds like: Josef Salvat

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VILDE – Strictly Speaking

VILDE

VILDE

VILDE is the innovative music project of Stockholm-based Thomas Vilde, former member of Kins.

We have no idea what ‘study dance’ means, but this is how VILDE describes his new single, ‘Strictly Speaking’, and we dig.

It is the third in a series of monthly releases, following ‘Produce’ and ‘Dreamboat’.

Whilst ‘Strictly Speaking’ commences as an energetic rendition (Hayden Thorpe from Wild Beasts comes to mind), it soon takes an unexpected turn down a street of ominous and heavier bass lines, before taking yet another turn into an lighter, more ethereal landscape.

This is song construction that is not often seen within music these days, and it’s a very welcome change.

Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Spektor, Radiohead, Thomas Azier, James Blake, Ulrich Schnauss

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Thomas Azier – Talk To Me

Thomas Azier by Paul Rousteau

Thomas Azier by Paul Rousteau

Thomas Azier has been a busy man since we last shared his music, and his move from Paris to Berlin has had a clear impact on him.

Taking a classical approach, Thomas is focusing more on his songwriting and piano playing skills than ever before.

Watch the stylish video for ‘Talk To Me’ below.

Disclosure: I am Thomas Azier’s publicist at the time of writing.

Sounds like: Josef Salvat

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