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Weekly Gems 18

FOXTRAX – Everything’s Changing

FOXTRAX

Born in New York, now residing in Los Angeles, FOXTRAX are an alternative rock trio with an electronic edge.

A third release in their “moving to L.A.” trilogy, ‘Everything’s Changing’ is about taking time to appreciate when good things happen.

Their EP – expected for release in early 2018 – is produced by British production duo Alexander Wolfe and Ben Roulston (Wolf Alice, Florence + the Machine) plus Jim Kaufman (Atlas Genius, Night Riots).

Sounds like: Cage The Elephant, Atlas Genius

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Nightshifts – Karma

Nightshifts

Nighshifts is the cosmic pop project of Toronto-based Andrew Oliver.

His new single ‘Karma’ is about not overthinking the future and sitting back to enjoy the ride, as expressed in the track’s nonchalant off-kilter vocal melody and breezy beats.

Sounds like: Chappo, Steely Dan, Young Empires

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Shenna – Magenta

Shenna - Magnenta

Wow Shenna‘s new single ‘Magenta’ is a sassy pop number, one that will straight-up encourage you to declare your desires to your number one crush.

Full of crimson synths and retro vibes beaming throughout, turn this one up loud!

Her next show is 18 November in New York as part of The National Sawdust’s ‘The Revolution’ series. Tickets can be purchased here.

Sounds like: Le Youth, ALMA, CAPPA

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Argonaut & Wasp – Prove It To You

Argonaut & Wasp

We are big fans of Argonaut & Wasp‘s indie-dance tunes, so we are psyched they have a new single called ‘Prove It To You’.

Once again testifying their ability to produce something catchy, we just can’t get enough of the track’s slurry vocals and groovy sensibilities.

Sounds like: The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, Phoenix

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Glassio – Daydream featuring NAKAYA

Glassio

Electronic duo Glassio are going from strength to strength with each release.

The latest addition to their catalogue, ‘Daydream’, is an ode to their love of early 2000s LA-based Hip/Hop & R&B, and features the delicate vocals of NAKAYA.

The guys says they “were imagining Dre and AIR making a record together”, although we think the vocal loops are more reminiscent of Gorillz‘ ‘Stylo’.

Sounds like: Gorillz, Hot Chip, Metronomy, Foals, Jagwar Ma, Rüfüs, Flume, Odesza, Bob Moses, Glass Animals, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Henry Green – Stay Here

Henry Green

Bristol-based rising star Henry Green shares his dark but ethereal new single ‘Stay Here’.

A lot of greatness comes from dark places, much like this single, which Henry wrote at the site of Berlin’s 1950’s broadcast facility, Köpenicker Chaussee, during a moment of frustration and loss of direction.

It’s out now via Akira Records.

Sounds like: Jon Hopkins, Erased Tapes, Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm

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Iris Lune – Lost In Chatter

Iris Lune

Brooklyn-based art pop quartet Iris Lune share ‘Lost In Chatter’.

Clever percussion throughout depicts chatter overlaid by synth-led harmonies and more of a dance-inspired melody, lyrically inspired by the final chapter of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Deerhoof, Björk, Σtella

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Au/Ra – Outsiders

Au/Ra

Growing up in the middle of nowhere has been the source of songwriting influence for Au/Ra‘s new single, ‘Outsiders’, not only because of her location growing up in Antigua, but also because of her introverted nature.

But this song is a call to arms for all misfits, giving them a chance to escape to a fantasy world.

She plays The Waiting Room in London on 13 November.

Sounds like: Florence + The Machine, Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, The Magnettes

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Glassio – Papaya

Glassio

International duo, Glassio, share new single ‘Papaya’.

An energetic track that bursts into a vibrant chorus, Glassio have once again managed to perfectly blend indie pop attitudes with trending dance sounds.

Sounds like: Hot Chip, Metronomy, Foals, Jagwar Ma, Rüfüs, Flume, Odesza, Bob Moses, Glass Animals, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Glassio – Morning House Feat. Charles Fauna

Glassio

Glassio put together an awesome playlist for us last year, so we’re super excited to share their new electro-pop track, ‘Morning House’ featuring Brooklyn artist/producer, Charles Fauna.

Despite growing up in different parts of the world (Sam between Dubai and London and Charlie in Paris), these musical cultures have merged to form the sound of Glassio that we know today.

‘Morning House’, written out of their bedroom studio, was fuelled by the need to dispel negative energy; “Morning House” is an homage to living in the moment, mindfulness, and self-reflection.”

Sounds like: Aquilo, Foals, Jagwar Ma, Rüfüs, Flume, Odesza, Bob Moses, Glass Animals, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Premiere: Techniques – Heinous Love

Techniques - Heinous Love

Techniques – Heinous Love

Techniques is the project of Manchester-based multi-instrumentalist, James Mulholland.

Like with all good electronic producers, James started creating and recording music in his bedroom, laying down drums, bass lines, guitars, synths and vocals all using one microphone and ‘whatever else was lying around’.

He has since released music on Kitsuné Music and electronic rumors.

Techniques is now set to share a fine slice of electro-pop, just in time for the summer.

‘Heinous Love’ is a juxtaposing slur of bittersweet vocals against floor-filling and driving synths. It has been produced by Mark Ralph (Hot Chip, Digitalism, Years & Years, Clean Bandit, Hot Natured, Foxes).

Techniques is also crowdfunding a vinyl release. Click here for more info and to support.

The track is out tomorrow.

Sounds like: Hot Chip, Digitalism, Hot Natured, Holy Ghost!, Miami Horror, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Hudson Scott – Gone

Hudson Scott

Hudson Scott

South London via Oxford, carpenter-turned-musician, Hudson Scott has aired ‘Gone’, the third and final euphoric funk/pop track taken from his debut EP ‘Clay’.

He’s been long time practising for his solo career, performing brass with the likes of Foals, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and Petite Noir.

Written in his bedroom, produced by friend and fellow musician Duncan Tootill – with additional production and mixing from Blossoms‘ collaborator Rich Turvey – the ‘Clay’ EP is, at its core, a collection of perfumed love songs and woozy disco-ready jams.

Listen to ‘Gone’ below.

UK Tour Dates

May 18 | The Purple Turtle, Reading
May 27 | Dot To Dot Festival, Manchester – TICKETS
May 28 | Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol – TICKETS
May 29 | Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham – TICKETS
May 31 | The Waiting Room, London – TICKETS
June 4 | The Cellar, Oxford

Sounds like: The Maccabees, Foals, Morrissey, Prince, Simply Red, Simple Minds, Miles Davis, Chet Baker

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Roosevelt – Elliot

Roosevelt

ROOSEVELT

Calling all fans of The Whitest Boy Alive.

Let us take the pleasure of introducing you to the adorable Cologne-based electronic artist, ROOSEVELT and his new track ‘Elliot’.

The track is somewhere in between lounge synth pop and indie dance; perfect for waking you up during the 4am club lull.

The video starts off reasonably slow as we follow a ‘tomb raider’ styled girl to a water pool, where she quickly undresses and dives in leading us to a mirage of beautiful surfers. It is instantly refreshing and leaves us wanting more!

ROOSEVELT’s ‘Elliot’ EP, which also includes his previous tracks ‘Around You’ and ‘Sea’, is out now on iTunes via Greco-Roman (the same label that has brought us Disclosure and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs).

Future Classic have also announced that they will be the new Australian/New Zealand label for ROOSEVELT and the debut EP was locally released on 20 September 2013.

We also throw you his super funky remix of Scenic‘s ‘Shockwaves’, just because we love him!

Sounds like: The Whitest Boy Alive, Caribou, Tourist., Jagwar Ma, Washed Out, Neon Indian

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BANKS – Waiting Game

BANKS

BANKS

Straight talking L.A. based BANKS claims influences from the likes of Fiona Apple, Lauryn Hill and Tracy Chapman, to name a few.

She is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, and songwriter and has been particularly open towards her fans, stating on her Facebook page: “Hello world! I like making connections outside of a computer screen. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have never really been my thing. So my manager is going to run the Social Media stuff. If you ever want to talk call me – (323) 362-2658 – BANKS”.

She has seriously underestimated how many calls she is going to be expecting over these next few months.

The official video for ‘Waiting Game’ was released today and is taken from her forthcoming EP ‘London’, which will be released on 10 September 2013 on IAMSOUND.

There is no denying that the video showcases BANKS’s aesthetic beauty, but this is soon outcasted by her dulcet tone as a drowsy bass line mimics a beating heart. The grayscale shots by Francesco Corrizini set the scene as BANKS wanders the night streets, with a lover on tow.

Despite BANKS’s voice not being particularly indietronica of nature, the track was produced by the enigmatically superb SOHN, and follows on from ‘Warm Water‘, which was produced by one of our favourites,Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (aka TEED).

We’ve found something beautiful and ‘Waiting Game’ is going to be a hit.

BANKS is the main support for the Weeknd on his September-October US tour dates.

Sounds like: Fiona Apple, Jessie Ware, Phlo Finister, Lana Del Rey, SZA, Weeknd, SOHN

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