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Weekly Gems 65

Noé – Rabbit Hole

Noé

Berklee grad Noé shares her blissed-out new single, ‘Rabbit Hole’.

Whilst the song still contains a glimpse of her limitless energy, the main focus is a more raw and free flowing vibe than we are used to. Call it her Frankenstein song.

Noé’s forthcoming debut EP ‘ibynoé’ is set for release on 21 May.

Sounds like: Yelle, Noosa, RALPH, Sigrid, Fiona Apple, VÉRITÉ, Izzy Bizu

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SHY Nodi – Snakes

SHY Nodi

At just under three minutes long, you’ll be easily forgiven for pressing repeat on SHY Nodi‘s new track, ‘Snakes’.

SHY Nodi, aka Nirob Islam, was born in Stockholm in 1993 after his family emigrated to Sweden from Bangladesh. Since then, he has penned some incredible tracks with his songwriting partner, SHY Martin, and won a number of native music awards.

His new single – out now via BLNK Music – is a frank call out to relationship snakes. You know the ones…

Sounds like: SHY Martin, KIDDO

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The Bliss – Happier

The Bliss by Zach Gray

Rising electro-pop duo The Bliss share new single ‘Happier’.

Comprised of pop songstress TYSM (Chelsea Davenport) and hip-hop/electronic producer and guitarist Felix Snow (SZA, Kiiara, Gallant, Icona Pop, Rita Ora, Terror Jr.), their third single is a funky bop number, that effotlessly trailblazes new age synth-pop.

It’s out now via Atlantic Records.

Sounds like: Du Tonc, Joe Goddard, Le Youth, ADAL

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Myo – A Particle

Myo - A Particle

Introducing London-based electro-jazz four-piece Myo.

Curated within a minimal electronic soundscape that includes adventurous songwriting, densely layered harmonies and neo-soul guitar riffs, Myo is on a quest to add a human touch in the world of programmed dance music.

Listen to ‘A Particle’ below.

Sounds like: Kllo, Kudu Blue

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Ed Prosek – So Beautiful

Ed Prosek

Folk singer/songwriter Ed Prosek is a musician that has come to our particular attention and we suggest you take note too.

Using songwriting as a crux, to tap into the things he is too afraid to say to himself, Ed has an array of heartfelt talent that has culminated in millions of streams.

His classically-infused single ‘So Beautiful’ is out now and comes from forthcoming EP ‘Light As A Feather’.

Sounds like: Mumford & Sons, James Vincent McMorrow, Vance Joy, Richard Walters

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Sad Palace – Doom Jacuzzi

Sad Palace

Apart from the brilliant name, Portsmouth-based quartet Sad Palace also writes some decent songs, all with a quirky tinge…obviously.

Like many other bands based on the British South Coast, Sad Palace’s sound has an upbeat mentality stirred with moody jangle-pop. Speaking about the lyrics, frontman Louis explains,

“The lyrics were born from the frustration of failing to communicate with people, of being overloaded with information, and a feeling that you can’t keep up with the sheer amount of things happening around you.”

Their upcoming ‘Longbaby’ EP, out on Friday, takes from tracks written across a period of two years and recorded in four days at Press Play Studio, influencers of the five-track EP include artists such as Peace, American Football, The War On Drugs, Ratatat, and Late of the Pier, and follows a string of singles released by Kissability and Kitsuné.

Sounds like: Bad Sounds, Black Honey, Superfood, Arcade Hearts, The Levity, The War On Drugs, Ratatat

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Weekly Gems 64

Great Mountain Fire – Look UP

Great Mountain Fire

Belgium pop band Great Mountain Fire their shares new single ‘Look Up’.

Comprised of childhood friends, their music echoes of Daft Punk. Tinged with groovy beats, ‘Look Up’ is a fresh, sunny indie pop tune.

Sounds like: Breakbot, Goldroom, Daft Punk, Mirage Club

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0171 – SMTHN RL

0171

0171 is Hackney duo Joe Bedell-Brill and Georgie Hoare.

Creating a beautiful clash of raw and honest music, the nostaglic dark pop duo shares their sophomore single, ‘SMTHN RL’. It explores a yearning for real experiences and real intimacy in a world where you can often feel distant from each other, and from your own life.

Their debut EP is out on 17 May.

Sounds like: Kllo, Kudu Blue, The xx, Myo

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Tropic Harbour – Calm

Tropic Harbour

Canadian artist Tropic Harbour today releases his ‘Calm’ EP.

Not disimilar to his former releases, the lead single continues to serenade the listener, and gives further gravitas to the beat-maker’s own unique take on the chillwave sound.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, DIIV, Jessy Lanza

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Joey Landreth – Cryin’

Joey Landreth

Meet Juno award winning guitarist Joey Landreth.

Also one half of the esteemed roots band The Bros. Landreth, Joey takes a more emotional approach to his solo material, creating a bold and versatile sound that explodes with energy while also remaining captivating throughout.

Listen to ‘Cryin” below, with its James Bay vibes.

Sounds like: James Bay, Hozier

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ORIION – Siren Call

ORIION

If you’re a fan of anything pop, there’s something for everyone in ORIION‘s latest, ‘Siren Call’.

His self-described ‘nostalgia pop’, walks the line from the 80s up to the modern day, with a one-a-kind vocal delivery that really conveys the lovesick motivations.

Sounds like: Zayn

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Manatee Commune – Growing Pains

Manatee Commune by Allen Daniel

Manatee Commune by Allen Daniel

Manatee Commune is exploring music and life in his mid-20s.

His blissful new single ‘Growing Pains’ hits the crux of the issue. Immersed in a sober and earnest landscape, the song features Samuel Eisen-Meyers and is out now via Bastard Jazz.

Sounds like: John Mayer, Teen Daze, Goldroom, Tropic Harbour

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Bokito – Colleen Bawn

Bokito

If there is one thing to do this year, go see Bokito perform live.

Sitting in the gap between tropical indie pop and soulful funk, Bokito’s ‘Colleen Bawn’ is bursting with summery energy and fills you will and irrefutable urge to move. Frontman Moses Moorhouse’s vocal is the perfect compliment to the tasty groove set by the five-piece.

Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Stereohoney, Shiners

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Tally Spear – City Girl

Tally Spear

Folk/pop singer Tally Spear shares her new single, ‘City Girl’.

You’d be forgiven for thinking Spear comes from further afield than London, with her fitting take on US-born country with a pop tinge.

Although Spear’s debut EP, ‘Fade To White’, received critical acclaim in the spring of 2018, she knew that something didn’t feel quite right to her. Despite having attracted nearly 200,000 streams for her single Days Like These, Spear decided to take time out.

During the 5 months she spent crafting her new material alongside acclaimed writer/producer Martin Hollis (Adele, Mark Ronson, Tom Walker, The Staves) at British Grove Studios.

Tally explains, “Something just happened with my taste. I just went through a change of what I was listening to when I was writing. It just became this new sound. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to do in terms of production.”

The result is ‘City Girl’. Listen below.

Sounds like: Dolly Parton, Harry, Wolf Alice, KT Tunstall

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Kudu Blue – Ice Tea

Kudu Blue

Brighton-based electronic-dance four-piece Kudu Blue releases new single ‘Ice Tea’, a love song that plays it cool.

Blending neo-soul sounds with modern dance-led alt-pop, Kudu Blue is influenced by “a bit of 90’s trance and euphoria music, but with a pop twist.”

Expect their ‘Auras’ EP out on 24 May.

Kudu blue Live w/ Vök

15th April – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
16th April – Manchester, UK @ YES
17th April – London, UK @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen

Sounds like: Kllo, Jessie Ware, Nimmo, Mura Masa, Jamie XX, Floating Points, Bonobo, Jungle

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Weekly Gems 60

Máni Orrason - I Swear It's True by Yannic Pöpperling

Máni Orrason – I Swear It’s True by Yannic Pöpperling

We are extremely excited about the first of this week’s gems! The Icelandic “cowboy baby angel” Máni Orasson returns with a reflective video about love in ‘I Swear It’s True’.

The visuals typify the hardships Orrason bravely struggles – agonizing fears for the future, unfulfilled longings, obstacles that life throws in the way of those in love – all within a beautiful, glitter-filled backdrop.

It’s out today via Humming Records.

Sounds like: The 1975, Shy Luv

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Harry Nathan – Sweet Vanilla Sky

Harry Nathan

Australian singer/songwriter Harry Nathan releases his new single, ‘Sweet Vanilla Sky’.

Created following a break-up, the bohemian dream-pop song has bittersweet energy, which effortlessly resides between the lines of reality and fantasy, as Nathan explores love, loss, longing and remembrance.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Moby

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Dan Crossley – Mind Games

Dan Crossley

23-year-old Brit Dan Crossley shares his new video for ‘Mind Games’.

The visuals have a deeply-seated sexual undercurrent throughout, and feature a battered and bruised Crossley in an abandoned warehouse, fuelled up by an angry passion towards an ex-lover.

Sounds like: Charley Stride, Cat Burns, Years & Years

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Onni Boi – Tides

Onni Boi - Tides

…and what a way to finish off this week’s gems! Gorgeous, driving disco-pop courtesy of Finnish artit Onni Boi.

It’s rare to get a warm euphoric feeling that can instantly take over the body, but ‘Tides’ does just that. Boi has achieved the ability to make the whole room dance with his playful machine beats, as well as offering a shoulder to cry on.

Sounds like: Flight Facilities, Joe Goddard, Prince

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Gabrielle Aplin – Nothing Really Matters

Gabrielle Aplin

British music beaut Gabrielle Aplin has just released her catchy new single,’Nothing Really Matters’.

Taking more of a pop direction than her former 2013 self, the recent couple of years for Aplin has really seen her take off as an artist, to put it lightly.

The song has a fun take on the serious subject of love. Listen below:

The single is out now on Aplin’s own record label Never Fade Records.

Sounds like: Dagny, MONOGEM, Ellie Goulding, Chlöe Howl, Hannah Grace

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Weekly Gems 59

ODA – Don’t You Know

ODA

Norwegian artist ODA (pronounced “Oo-da”) takes us on a breathtaking journey with her new single, ‘Don’t You Know’.

Taking influences from an eclectic mix, including a love for the ethereal electronica of Sigur Rós, heartfelt lyrics of Bon Iver, and the indie energy of British bands such as Coldplay and Keane, ODA stands out from the crowd with her own take on electro-pop.

ODA’s highly anticipated EP, ‘Hide’, is out today.

Sounds like: ODESZA, Manila Killa, Louis Futon, Kasbo, Amanda Tenfjord, Dagny

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George Gretton – Tread Water

George Gretton by Imogen Harrison

George Gretton by Imogen Harrison

Nottingham-born multi-instrumentalist and singer George Gretton shares his stunning debut single ‘Tread Water’.

As a musician performing in bands, it wasn’t until he discovered production – which he taught himself – that he unlocked his creative potential. The result is a forward-thinking sound with expansive atypical arrangements, experimental processing and fitful drum samples.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, James Blake, Bon Iver

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Aimée – Don’t Bother

Aimée

Hold up. There is a new pop princess in town, and she goes by the name Aimée.

The Irish artist’s debut single ‘Don’t Bother’ is an anti-break up song, akin to empowering 90s pop such as Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

Sounds like: JoJo, Zara Larsson, Justin Timberlake

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Felix Räuber – Running Out Of Time

Felix Raueber by Michael Miklas

Felix Raueber by Michael Miklas

Felix Räuber is one talent that you cannot ignore.

At the tender age of 13, he founded his first band in his basement that grew to become Polarkreis 18. Fronted by Räuber, their first studio album took them across Europe on tour, the second album achieved gold status, and single Allein Allein became one of the most successful German-language songs of all time (earning platinum status) and a global hit.

Räuber made the move to Berlin in 2012 to realign himself as an artist. Jump forward to 2012 , Räuber shares the video for his genre-pushing cineamtic pop new single, ‘Running Out Of Time’. Watch below.

Sounds like: Thomas Azier, Aquilo, Solomon Grey, Son Lux, Nils Frahm, Ulrich Schnauss

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Broken Back – Young Love

Broken Back by Emma Birski

Broken Back by Emma Birski

Broken Back (aka Jérôme Fagnet) is an advocate of friendly, tropical sounds, which may surprise you considering why he started making music.

His former life as a motivated entrepreneur and business student tragically came to an end when, at just 22 years old, his back gave out and he was confined to a bed. This free time was used to create music.

This flair for feel-good and infectious grooves, is perfectly showcases in his acoustic performance of ‘Young Love’.

Sounds like: Kygo, Kazy Lambist

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The Bliss – Nothing Scares Me Anymore

The Bliss by Zachary Gray

The Bliss by Zachary Gray

The electro-pop project The Bliss is the latest coalition of pop songstress TYSM (Chelsea Davenport) and hip-hop/electronic producer Felix Snow (Leona Lewis, SZA, Kiiara, Gallant, Icona Pop, Rita Ora) of the pop-trio Terror Jr.

While both artists are established within their own realm, this partnership brings them collectively to a whole new level of creativity and wonder.

Listen to ‘Nothing Scares Me Anymore’ below.

Sounds like: The Chainsmokers, Sofi Tukker

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Playlist: Amahla

Amahla - Consider This

Incredible young talent Amahla makes neo-soul music with pure heart.

In times of hardship, authentic voices, stories, and creativity can always thrive, so I suppose there is at least one silver lining to Brexit and the issues of immigration and women’s rights.

Amahla has put together a playlist of a few songs that have influenced her recently. They differ in genre, but all put great vocals to the front.

Nick Drake – River Man
I’m new to Nick Drake but I absolutely love this one, his voice takes you on a journey through the song

Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You
There is so much class in this record, killer pre chorus, chorus and the dynamics flow just right.

Don Bryant – How Do I Get There?
I only discovered this song last week but i’ve not been able to stop playing it! Turns out Don was a songwriter at Hi records (Al Green, Ann Peebles) it just fills me with warmth every time I listen.

Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers
Ed’s language choices in this track are so powerful especially about such mundane things. I guess when you lose someone you do tend to focus on all the little things

Beyonce – Get Me Bodied
I love this song, once it hits the middle 8 it reminds me so much of Chain of Fools by Aretha. An underrated song from B 100%

Brother Brothers – Colorado
I really love the way the melody line sits above the guitar, it glides so effortlessly and makes their sound feel new.

Amahla – Consider This
It’s lovely because every time I play this live I get to reinvent the arrangement, this is definitely a style that I’m hoping to build on in future releases

You can listen to her deeply personal EP below.

Sounds like: Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Grace Carter, Caswell, Lauryn Hill

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Melis – Waves

Melis

Melis by Lucas Christiansen

Melis is going back to her roots with new single ‘Waves’, which arrives with a nostalgic video, shot on 16mm film in her hometown in Prague.

Starting with a simple melody, the track soon builds into a beautifully crafted and intimate assemble of vulnerability and melacholic feelings used to convey a love/hate relationship with someone.

Sounds like: London Grammar, IYES, Grace Carter

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