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Weekly Gems 46

WILLA – Cause You Did

WILLA

Much like Charli XCX, Toronto-based pop artist WILLA has music and colour synesthesia; a cross-sensory condition which allows those who have it to experience things with more than one sense.

Channelling a new sparkling colour in ‘Cause You Did,’ WILLA confronts the feelings of pain associated with the person that hurt her the most.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, VÉRITÉ, Charli XCX

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Coach & Ref – Decisions Feat. Mike Taylor

Coach & Ref - Decisions

Boston-based futurist nu-electro/synth-pop duo Coach & Ref team up with Los Angeles-based talent Mike Taylor on their highly optimistic new single, ‘Decisions’.

Speaking of the track,

“Decisions is a song that answers a question people ask me all the time “Why are you so damn happy” and the answer for me is, “I choose to be so damn happy”. It’s as simple as that.”

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Taylor Swift

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RKCB – Know Love

RKCB

RKCB is Los Angeles-based twosome comprised of Riley Knapp and Casey Barth.

Their single ‘Know Love’ is about accepting change, inspired by a book written by Alan Watts during the duo’s time in London, and is full of R&B leaning pop melodies and waves of synths loops and impassioned vocals.

Sounds like: Talos, Aquilo, Solomon Grey

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CUB – Don’t Wanna Know Feat. Clara Hurtado

CUB - Don't Wanna Know

Rising young producer CUB shares his new single ‘Don’t Wanna Know’.

Once again featuring the vocal talents of The Voice UK’s Clara Hurtado, CUB and Hurtado manage to perfectly unite electronic dance and pop realms.

Sounds like: Draper, Jake Alder, Diplo, Mura Masa, Zedd

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Joakim Molitor – Back To You

Joakim Molitor by Niklas Åkerlund

Arguably Sweden’s best kept secret, Joakim Molitor today shares his short and snappy single ‘Back To You’, out on TEN (Zara Larsson, Icona Pop, Niki & The Dove, Benjamin Ingrosso).

All good things come to end, but luckily SoundCloud has a repeat play button for this uplifting romantic, electronic ballad.

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11 – Best Of Me

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South London duo 11 (aka James Lamb and Richard Craker) share their sophomore single ‘Best Of Me’.

Howling vocal harmonies lead the way for some funk-fuelled hooks in the punchy single, about “not allowing negative energy to take you off your path. It’s about mind-state, the internal battles that we all have… It’s a fight between success and failure, where success is landing all the punches.”

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, The 1975, The Hunna, Nick Mulvey

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IDER – Mirror

IDER by Lottie Turner

IDER by Lottie Turner

London duo IDER today share the inspiring visuals for ‘Mirror,’ a breakup anthem reviewing the loss of self-identity following a breakup, which almost always ends in a triumphant celebration of your own personal strength.

Shot by Lily Rose Thomas on Bromley High Street, the visuals are simplistic and honest, perfectly echoing the vulnerability of the song and the instinctive harmony of the girls.

Sounds like: The Japanese House, Imogen Heap, Oh Wonder, Shura, The 1975, Tegan and Sara, MUNA, Aurora, Tourist, Wet, London Grammar

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Georgia – Started Out

Georgia by Rosie Marks

Georgia by Rosie Marks

Next on our Ones to Watch list for 2019 is Georgia.

Georgia was brought up in a housing co-operative with her mum and dad (Neil Barnes from Leftfield). She is now 27, and forging her own musical path.

In her new single ‘Started Out’, Georgia darts between the innocent anxiety of “making it”, giving herself personal pep talks, whilst also trying to tap into a tenacious angst and flair. The track is produced solely using analogue equipment, ripping up house roots, 90’s break beats and attitudes in a risk-taking manner. Funny that, as the track is about embracing the thrills of taking risks and being “young fools”, knowing that at least someone out there will love us for it.

Sounds like: Chase & Status, Madonna, New Order, Jungle, Kanye West, Santigold

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Anthony Lazaro – Neon Soul

Anthony Lazaro - Neon Soul

Italian singer-songwriter Anthony Lazaro is a new kid on the block of chilled, retro-modernist, electronic music.

His new single ‘Neon Soul’ channels some sweet and dreamy Jungle and Chic vibes, livening up those boring sepia colors from the autumn days

Sounds like: Jungle, Roosevelt, Chic

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Dady – Failing

Dady by Chad Griffith

NYC-based Dady is comprised of singer/songwriter Rachel Dady and songwriter/producer Jesse O’Connor.

Born from enemies, these two have somehow put their differences apart and now create delicate dream pop for the masses. ‘Failing’ effortlessly switches between tender moments and an anthemic hook.

Sounds like: Carly Rae Jepsen, Paperwhite, Taylor Swift, Haim

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Hanne Leland – Underdogs

Hanne Leland

Ever feel like an outsider? If so, then Norwegian artist Hanna Leland has your back with her new single ‘Underdogs’.

Fluid, Scandi electro-pop at its finest, ‘Underdogs’ is a call to arms for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.

Listen below.

Sounds like: The Magnettes, Robyn

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Born Stranger – Last Night on Earth

Born Stranger

With it’s deceiving upbeat melody, Born Stranger‘s new single ‘Last Night on Earth’ is surprisingly about the sad topic of suicide.

An ode to those who have left our planet too soon, this track urges you to celebrate, live in the moment and be compassionate with each other.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Prinze George, Sia, The Wombats, Bastille, Major Lazer, Years & Years, M83, Foals, KAPTAN, The Brocks, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Myzica

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Sleep Thieves – Sea of Shadows

Sleep Thieves

Dublin disco-noir trio Sleep Thieves shares new single ‘Sea of Shadows’.

With the song’s minimal lyrical attitude and looping darkly ethereal synths full of nostalgia that completely immerse your mind, it’s hard to believe the threesome met on Twitter.

Sounds like: Vök, Kate Boy, Poliça

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Ben Khan – Ruby

Ben Khan

Ben Khan has been quietly collecting praise from tastemakers across the music scene. The highly talented, multi-instrumentalist has just released the visuals for ‘Ruby’, his favourite track of the recent self-entitled album, out now via Dirty Hit.

Directed and produced entirely by Khan himself, the visuals perfectly marry the track’s synthetic and futuristic themes with his undemanding vocals, silently driven by anger and sadness.

A year ago, he travelled to Kashmir, the home of his father (who works in textiles, and whose floral art inspired some of the album’s artwork), “and I just walked around and took sounds on my daily rituals, and tried to put that in there somehow, so it felt like a journey through places.” The result, he hopes, is a work of “magical realism.”

Sounds like: Leo Kalyan, Twin Shadow, Jai Paul, JUNGLE, Disclosure, Prince, Blood Orange, Harts, Oyinda, Shy Girls

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Harlee – Now I Know

Harlee by Andrew J Attah

We recently discovered rising pop-star, Harlee and we haven’t been able to get enough of her stunning debut four-track EP, ‘It’s Personal’.

The lead single from the EP, ‘Now I Know’, was written when Harlee was just 14 and explores the feelings that she experienced coming out of her first relationship and the first time she had ever felt pain.

Sounds like: Jess Glynne, Blonde, Dua Lipa

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WYVE – Sunset on the Bay

WYVE - Sunset On The Bay

Emphatic electro-pop band WYVE from France share their upbeat debut single, ‘Sunset on the Bay’.

Groovy by nature, WYVE effortlessly bounce between 80’s retro vibes and contemporary drumbeats and sugary synths. Having already made a start on their debut album, we are excited about what’s to come from the musical pioneers.

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Anna Pancaldi – Peace

Anna Pancaldi

Anna Pancaldi releases her guitar-driven song, ‘Peace’.

Since working with producer Matt Ingram (Florence & The Machine, Lianne La Havas, Laura Marling), Pancaldi has really got down to business honing her sound and adding more grit to her already heart-felt songwriting skills.

On ‘Peace’, Pancaldi states,

“A challenge at first but now an exhilarating awakening having discovered and then explored the electric guitar. ‘Peace’ is my first ‘foot stomper’ track which I think will surprise listeners who’ve been on the journey with me so far. It feels a bold evolution for me so here we go.”

Sounds like: London Grammar, Adele, Rhye, Birdy, Maiday, Courtney Barnett

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OSTON – bad

OSTON

We stumbled upon Chicago-based newbie OSTON on SoundCloud randomly this morning and just had to include her debut single ‘bad’ in our weekly gems.

The Chicago-based songstress embraces the misfit world, snuggling up nicely to acts such as Billie Eilish and RALPH, with her captivating take on pop.

Expect her ‘Sitting at the Kids Table,’ EP soon.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, VÉRITÉ, RALPH

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Calper x Latir – Run To The Moon

Calper x Latir - Run To The Moon

Uk producer Calper and North London artist Latir have teamed up on new single ‘Run To The Moon’.

With it’s subtle of hints of dance sensibilities, the track never quite takes off in that direction, but it’s not big deal as we absolutely love the romantic escapism inspired in the track.

Sounds like: Craig David, Bipolar Sunshine, Ayelle

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Tep No – Fighting

Tep No - Fighting

Canadian producer and remixer, Tep No, returns with new single ‘Fighting’.

Summer-ready production, floating vocals, and topics of melancholy make this the perfect way to see through the end of summer.

Speaking about his brand-new single ‘Fighting’, he says,

“‘Fighting’ is about the difficulty of breakups and moving past relationships, feeling like a part is taken away when it’s over, the loneliness, not knowin how to move on.”

Sounds like: Robin Schulz, Klingande, Goldroom, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Bon Iver, Summer Heart, Washed Out, Day Wave

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Super Duper – Horizons

Super Duper

Experimenting with vocal chops and melodic riffs, ‘Horizons’ is upbeat and memorable.

Exciting Nashville producer and creator Super Duper has managed to do something unheard of – create a repetitive song that is quite simply addictive, and in no way annoying. Even Super Duper puts it on repeat, and you should too.

Sounds like: Kasbo, Petit Biscuit, Big Wild

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APRE – Backstreet

APRE

Our first ones to watch for 2019 go by the name of APRE.

A London a duo who create low-slung indie with heart-bonding melodies. A witty take on alternative pop, these two could well be the new Everything (Everything).

Their new single ‘Backstreet’ isn’t an ode to the popular boyband, but rather a darker appeal, “about being lost in relationships through your life whilst trying to find a shortcut through to the backstreets of happiness.”

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November 9 || Bristol || Hy Brasil Music Club (w/ Kawala + Sun Silva)
November 10 || Birmingham || The Actress & Bishop (w/ Kawala + Sun Silva)
November 16 || Manchester || Night People (w/ Kawala + Sun Silva)
November 17 || Sheffield || Record Junkee (w/ Kawala + Sun Silva)
November 23 || London || Camden Assembly (w/ Kawala + Sun Silva)
November 24 || Brighton || Patterns (w/ Kawala + Sun Silva)

Sounds like: Kasabian, 10 o’clock Chemical, Everything Everything, April Towers, Fickle Friends, Sea Girls

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Beacon – On Ice

Beacon - On Ice

Beacon is NYC-based duo Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett.

The new single, ‘On Ice’ showcases Beacon’s signature sound of melodic yet mysterious pop music with a cathartic edge.

Like a beacon of light, the duo use multiple instruments to portray a journey from darker places to those of colour and spirituality.

‘On Ice’ is out now on Ghostly International.

Sounds like: Matthew Dear, Nimmo, Solomon Grey, Junior Boys, Kyson, Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Aquilo

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The Rungs – King of Books

The Rungs - King of Books

The Rungs is a female-fronted, alt-pop, bedroom-based project from Brooklyn NY.

Their new single, ‘King of Books’, is a dreamy, melancholic indie synth song that explores a toxic relationship, capturing that moment when the rose tinted glasses are lifted.

Sounds like: Men I Trust

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ORKID – NoNoh

ORKID

ORKID shares ‘NoNoh’ and it’s every bit of tuned electro-pop you’d expect from a young Swedish act.

Offering sweet fragiity with commanding vocals, it’s beauty will instantly captivate you.

Speaking about the track, ORKID says,

“”NoNoh” is about that moment when you feel you’ve had enough of someone’s bullshit. Singing this song is literally a release for me. It’s an aggressive yet awesome feeling of strength. The song kind of speaks for itself; with the melodies and track combined, “NoNoh” gives you exactly that sense of self-empowerment”

Sounds like: Rihanna, Rita Ora, Harlee

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Tanjier – Lights

Tanjier

Irish trio, Tanjier create perfectly crafted indie pop with a sophisticated attitude about modern day pressures on Generation Y.

Their new single, ‘Lights’ explores the challenges of breaking the typical parental expectations of going to college, getting a 9-5 job, and making enough money to buy a house. It tells the story of someone who has gone through all of these so-called life goals successfully but, ultimately, isn’t happy.

Sounds like: Dead Ceremony, The Kite String Tangle, Foals, George Michael

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ANNALIA – Cycles

ANNALIA - Cycles

Los Angeles-born singer/songwriter ANNALIA has some serious talent.

Described as “organic pop”, she distinguishes herself from the crowd by discussing important topics and using real instrumentation over catchy beats. In her new single, ANNALIA considers the cycles of emotional abuse in a relationship.

If anyone can help you through this, it’s ANNALIA, her killer pipes and “You’ve Got This!” attitude.

Sounds like: Linney, VÉRITÉ, Carly Rae Jepsen

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Twin XL – Good

Twin XL

Meet five kids who go by the name of Twin XL.

Their glistening and gorgeously retro single ‘Good’ maybe a debut, but between the lads, the three have written and produced for artists such as All Time Low, Lindsey Stirling, and Life of Dillon, and have had their music featured in commercials and trailers like Disney’s Christopher Robin and ABC’s Lucifer

Sounds like: Portugal, The Man, Titanics

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Hydromag – P.J.R

Hydromag

Hydromag is the dream-pop project of Falmouth-based producer and multi instrumentalist Josh Best-Shaw.

He has just released an uplifting and almost freeing track called ‘P.J.R’, which unfortunately covers the sad topic of suicide.

Speaking on the release, Hydromag says “It was not easy task to write this song, it took a lot out of me and I spent far longer on it than any other song I’ve written. I’m still not sure that I’m fully happy with it, but it was a good way to address the issues I had locked away.”

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Washed Out

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Gregory Dillon – Painted Blue

Gregory Dillon - Painted Blue

We’ve had a lot of NYC-based artists on this week’s gems, however each of them have something unique to offer us.

Last but not least is Gregory Dillon and his new single, ‘Painted Blue’.

With a driving 80’s backbeat, considering a backdrop of the New York skyline, Gregory explores the city and all its musings.

Sounds like: Du Tonc, Captain Kidd

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Daniella Mason – Emotional Rollercoaster

Daniella Mason

Surprisingly, we’d not heard of Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Daniella Mason, before today, and quite frankly, we are blown away by her talent for crafting beautiful and intelligent pop music.

A journey of loss, Mason’s new record stands as one of four EPs that she’ll be releasing over the course of the next year as part of her State of Mine sound series. Each album — Emotional State, Physical State, Mental State, and Spiritual State — will explore the different parts of our humanity that we tend to suppress and have difficulty embracing.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, The Japanese House, Robyn, Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish

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Charlee Remitz – Forever Like This

Charlee Remitz

Charlee Remitz creates synth pop full of big dreams.

Having recently moved from Nashville to Los Angeles, the singer/songwriter’s music shines. Her new single ‘Forever Like This’ has lashings of 80’s inspired synths and breakaway vocals that tell a story of the first flashes of love.

It is the third single from her upcoming sophomore album, ‘Sad Girl Music’, out on 9 November.

Sounds like: Dominique, CAPPA

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CUB – Obsessed Feat. Clara Hurtado

CUB by Matt Stephens

CUB by Matt Stephens

CUB blends pop and dance sounds.

We featured his new single, ‘Obsessed’ featuring Clara Hurtado, not that long ago and he’s come back with a lively new video for it. These two don’t take themselves too seriously, which is pretty refreshing.

If you follow CUB’s Twitter you will see more videos of him and Clara goofing around.

Sounds like: Jake Alder, Diplo, Mura Masa, Zedd

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Cool Sounds – Cassandra

Cool Sounds

Australian band Cool Sounds ooze a breezy swagger, with a tad of fun awkwardness.

The video for their new single, ‘Cassandra’, is an uncomplicated, rollicking riff-driven track, with a distinctly live feel.

Watch it below.

Sounds like: Kurt Vile, Washed Out, Whitney, Mac DeMarco

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LCMDF – Waterfalls

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Finnish sister duo LCMDF release ‘Waterfalls’, taken from their ‘Sad Bangers’ album, out now.

Don’t be misled by the ironically positive pop keys and resulting euphoric climax in ‘Waterfalls’, as this is an ode to Generation Y, the modern day “baby boom” generation who were born in the 1980s and 1990s…and the ones who struggle in today’s society.

Sounds like: Icona Pop, NONONO

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YOUTH – Fire

YOUTH

Newcomer YOUTH (aka songwriter and producer Steven Mudd) is also one half of the critically acclaimed indie-pop duo, Golden Coast.

His debut single ‘Fire’ is energetic from the get go, with a steady drum beat and finger clicks throughout, perfectly blending with the anthemic feel of the song.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, Golden Coast

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