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Weekly Gems 19

Saavan – Slow

Saavan

Alt-dream pop duo Saavan share their heavenly new single ‘Slow’, taken from their new EP.

‘Slow’ sounds more like a poem with its spiritual lyrics that Saavan wrote during a coming of age road trip. Listen below.

Sounds like: Mome, Petit Biscuit

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Kinship – It’s You

Kinship - It's You

Kinship is the project of North London twosome Tom Butler and Dave Crawford.

Seeking inspiration from past and present electronic spheres, their debut release has a dance energy that works in contrast with its chilled out, minimalist production.

Sounds like: Elderbrook, Caribou, Odesza, Ry X, Kllo, Four Tet, Maribou State

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Kazy Lambist – Be Yourself

Kazy Lambist by Grégoire Alexandre

French newcomer Kazy Lambist shares the video to his motivational track ‘Be Yourself’.

The chic video follows Lambist in two worlds, where blissed out fantasies crash into an intergalactic land full of luxury and excess.

Watch below.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS, Joe Goddard, RAC, Ghost Beach, Goldroom, Zimmer, Jape, Penguin Prison, Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, Calvin Harris

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SUMif – Drifting

SUMif

Time to drift away from the dark and wintery nights onto a sun kissed sandy beach in Calfironia.

SUMif‘s goal with this track is to make you dance, regardless of whether you are at a desk or live show. She’s certainly done that – we can’t stop spinning around on our seats!

Sounds like: REMMI, Cappa, Monogem, Evvy, Noosa, Sizzy Rocket

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Icarus – Machine Heart

Icarus - Machine Heart

Icarus is Swedish producer whose futuristic sound reaches to us from the universe where he originates from.

The dark synth-wave track, ‘Machine Heart’, may well resemble Daft Punk and Lady Gaga but is firmly set out of this world.

Sounds like: Daft Punk, Lady Gaga

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Ten Fé – Single, No Return

Ten Fé

Ten Fé return with a delightful new number called ‘Single, No Return’.

Now a five-piece, this band love touring and being on the road, something which comes across in the swagger of the country-motivated track.

Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, Night Drive, The Rapture, Jagwar Ma, CliffLight, War on Drugs, The Cure

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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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PLYA – Thinking Of You

PLYA

We have some right summery sounds for you, coming from PLYA.

Pronounced as Playa (Spanish for beach), the trio, led by Julia Sykes (Sykes) create music inspired from travels to cities, and of course the beach.

Their new single ‘Thinking Of You’ was inspired by that feeling you have when you are separated someone you have a connection with.

Sounds like: Draper, Passion Pit, Sykes, Broods, Phantogram, Monogem

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Shoos Off – Future Heartbreak

ShoosOff

Time to kick your shoes off and get down with this week’s favourite tunes.

First up is Los Angeles-based bedroom collective, Shoos Off.

Led by singer Patrick Killeen, these guys amalgamate synth sounds with delicate, upbeat vocals, in a modest manner.

Listen to ‘Future Heartbreak’ below.

Sounds like: The Knocks, Smallpools, St. Lucia

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Sonata Kay Feat. Novo – Reach

Sonata Kay ft. Novo - Reach

Meet Sonata Kay, a London-based artist with a bright future.

Citing various influences from around the world, Sonata Kay likes to combine the ethos of a traditional singer/songwriter with electro-pop production.

Listen to dramatic ‘Reach’ below, featuring Novo.

Sounds like: Melis, Amethysts

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ARIA – You Got Me Good

ARIA

Continuing to share her desire for electronic, pop and R&B, London-based ARIA shares her latest single called ‘You Got Me Good’.

The track is about a darker realisation of relationship hardships, portrayed through atmospheric guitar riffs and vocal belt-outs.

Sounds like: Emile Sande

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Margot Polo – Turn You, Baby

Margot Polo

Halloween has passed, but we are still jamming to Margot Polo‘s spooky new single, ‘Turn You, Baby’.

Margot says that the throw-back number “is for self-professed werewolves and fans of Michael Jackson, Foster the People, Justin Timberlake, and The Killers” and we couldn’t agree more.

Sounds like: April Towers, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, CHAPPO, The Beatles

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Kastrup – Try It All

Kastrup

You can really see why Kastrup‘s music has been described as creating arena pop.

The Swedish duo’s new single ‘Try It All’ definitely encompasses this, with its longing vocals and an uplifting children’s choir of a chorus to match.

It’s out now via Strandberg/ Westberg Music.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Twenty One Pilots

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David Harks – Avalon

David Harks

Dreams really do come true. Or at least for David Harks of Safetalk, who dreamt up his new solo single ‘Avalon’.

The UK singer is highly reflective in ‘Avalon’, in more ways than one. It’s soft, psychedelic synth-pop that you can imagine dancing to at 2am whilst in your own euphoric state.

‘Avalon’ was recorded with Pete Cattermoul from Teleman and is released on a new French label, Splinter.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Joe Goddard, Roosevelt, Safetalk, Satin Jackets

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Stereo Honey – The Bay

Stereo Honey

Stereo Honey are here to fill the void that Wild Beasts left with their announcement last week.

Not afraid to delve into dark and heavy subject matters, their new release ‘The Bay’ is about the people lost their lives at Morecambe Bay in 2004.

It is taken from their debut EP ‘Monuments’ which comes out in November on Beatnik Creative.

Sounds like: Foals, Wild Beasts, Dutch Uncles

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Strong Asian Mothers – Hard To Find

Strong Asian Mothers - Hard To Find

Tying together elements of hip-hop, pop and electronic sounds Strong Asian Mothers have created a beautiful, rich and textured soundscape as the basis for their new single ‘Hard to Find’.

The single is a follow up to their previous EP releases ‘Lynx Africa’ and ‘Animal‘ which gained a strong following from fans and critics alike.

‘Hard to Find’ is a catchy and instantly pleasing follow up to previous work and is bound to push them nearer to the mainstream. Vocally it’s an appealing, smooth and soulful vocal which sits somewhere between a simpler Nick Mulvey or a safer James Blake. It’s a calm but enchanting tone which never strays too far from where it starts with a careful use of double tracking and harmonies in parts.

Musically it’s simple but effective. There is nothing unnecessary about the production or arrangement with enough going on to keep you gripped from start to finish. The catchy synth riff and smooth bass line coupled with the repeated piano parts are set against a lovely simple but repetitive drum part and lovely pad like textures. They’ve definitely worked on the idea that simple is best, all parts do a job and set out to hep in bringing out the feel of the vocals.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club

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Written by Pat Dooner

RJ Thompson – Echo Chamber

RJ Thompson

An early Phil Collins sprung to mind as soon as we heard ‘Echo Chamber’ by RJ Thompson.

It is the first release from his upcoming album of the same name and is refined retro pop, that isn’t boastful or brash.

The video is the brainchild of RJ and director Ian West (James Bay, The Lake Poets, The Futureheads). On the video, Ian says,

“We wanted to create something nostalgic but also something that reflected the nature of the song. That feeling music gives you… the way it taps into your memory and reminds you what it’s like to be free and happy without the rules and restrictions of society was really important to highlight. I guess that’s the main theme behind it, for those few minutes you have a freedom, and that creativity and music can’t be oppressed.”

Tour Dates

29 November – City Hall, Newcastle (Jools Holland Support Tour)
30 November – City Hall, Newcastle (Jools Holland Support Tour)
1 December – SECC, Glasgow (Jools Holland Support Tour)
21 December – International Centre, Harrogate (Jools Holland Support Tour)
22 December – First Direct Arena, Leeds (Jools Holland Support Tour)

You can expect RJ’s album on 17 November.

Sounds like: Phil Collins, Ryan Adams, The 1975, Brandon Flowers, Gabrielle Aplin

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Charley Stride – Different Stars

Charley Stride

Introducing UK-based singer and all round talent, Charley Stride.

Having already performed onstage with the likes of Tom Jones and Jools Holland, Charley’s debut single ‘Different Stars’ is definitely one to impress.

It’s full of 80’s inspired synth sounds with a modern electro edge. Listen below.

Sounds like: M83, Ronika

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