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Weekly Gems 69

ROE – GIRLS

ROE

Derry-based ROE releases ‘GIRLS’, a call out out to the unrealistic expectations on social media and loving yourself for who you are.

Things seem to be going pretty well for ROE, having supported SNow Patrol on tour and playing SXSW and The Great Escape festivals this year.

Sounds like: Emma McGrath, Soak, Gabrielle Aplin

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Harry Nathan – Blue Eyed Girl

Harry Nathan

Dream-pop story teller Harry Nathan has just shared his debut EP, ‘Songs About Dreams About Her’, a piece of work true to himself.

A complete DIY project, the Australian producer/singer/songwriter/DJ ends the five-track EP with ‘Blue Eyed Girl,’ a closing and contemplation on the relationship as well as a little peek into the sound and direction of Harry’s production evolution on his next project.

Sounds like: Moby

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M w S – Too Young to Know

M w S

M w S are a songwriting duo from a small town in Italy, that have made London their home for creating their distinctive, soulful-pop sound.

So the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone. And that’s exactly what ‘Too Young to Know’ discusses – a bittersweet nostalgia of love lost.

Sounds like: Marie Dahlstrom, Tom Misch, Oscar Jerome, Honne, Blood Orange

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Naah – Wake Up Feat. C. Gold

Naah - Wake Up Feat. C. Gold

Introducing 22 year old Swedish songwriter Naah, who has dropped an absolute banger with C. Gold, called ‘Wake Up’.

A background in the indie rock and pop world, Naah’s release is refreshingly catchy. Not wanting to be pigeonholed as pop or electro, Naah has born a love child of modern dance-music and old-fashion disco.

Sounds like: Whethan, Daft Punk, Tove Lo, Terror JR, Ninajirachi

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Aaron Taos – Bloom

Aaron Taos by Dave Krugman

Aaron Taos by Dave Krugman

Aaron Taos‘ new single is about forbidden fruit, more specifically about him having a crush on his friend’s sister.

The video shows Aaron and his beau in a typical Sunday morning scene, set in a not so typical field of flowers, one that represent the fanasty of letting their love blossom.

Sounds like: Yoke Lore, MP The Kid

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Hedara – Numb

Hedara

Time to strip it back a little with London-based singer-songwriter Hedara‘s latest single, ‘Numb’.

Hedara (aka Scarlet Billham) graduated London’s famous BRIT School, alongside Freya Ridings and others, and enjoyed some time performing under different alias’ and bands. It was only after a near-death experience, narrowly escaping a diabetic coma, that she learnt a harrowing lesson and took stock of what’s important in life.

Slowly finding her way back into music, she began working with different songwriters and producers on before finding a connection with Carey Willetts (Dua Lipa, Freya Ridings, Dermot Kennedy). Together they co-wrote and produced eight tracks, three of which now form the EP ‘Slow’, which includes the single ‘Numb’.

Speaking of the track, Hedara explains,

“Numb is probably the most honest song I’ve written. I wrote it when I was going through a tough time, and although people were around to support me, I was also being told how to feel. I was feeling everything but being made to feel nothing at all.”

Sounds like: Freya Ridings, Laura Marling, Chloe Foy, Banks, Melis

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0171 – Red Light

0171

Hackney-based duo 0171 release the title track from their debut EP called ‘Red Light’.

It’s the third and final release in the series and considers that love is only powerful when it’s seen through a camera. With that in mind, the visuals for the track looks at a couple who are thriving on the attention and the idea of the world watching them and their love, where they can be superstars.

The three-track ‘Red Light’ EP is out now – it examines aspects of modern life through dramatic songs that are really based on a longing for intimacy.

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

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IDER – Wu Baby

IDER by Lottie Turner

IDER by Lottie Turner

It’s time to move on from the break-up with the help of IDER‘s catchy new number, ‘Wu Baby’.

The track follows the girls’ signature uncomplicated musical sequence, yet remains a completely addictive vocal and melodic montage to listen to.

We didn’t think they could top ‘Mirror’ but they just have. I guess it’s always good to move on…

Expect their debut album very soon.

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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Tailor – Afterglow Feat. Lizzy Land

Tailor

This is an absolute banger – ‘Afterglow’ by Tailor featuring Lizzy Land.

Tailor is a Birmingham based songwriter who has collaborated with the likes of , Peking Duk, BETSY, Blithe and CallMeLoop, and now Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Lizzy Land.

The track showcases Tailor’s innate ability to lay down addictive vocal productions and toplines in a refined pop manner.

Speaking about the track, he states:

“Afterglow is about being in the moment with someone, but with the bittersweet feeling that comes with knowing it might all end. You want to re-assure them that you’ll still be there after the party stops, but can’t really know for sure… so you stay with it for as long as you can.”

Sounds like: Banks, Halsey

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Weekly Gems 67

YAKUL – Blossoming

Yakul

At the forefront of the neo-jazz revolution is Brighton-based fourpiece Yakul.

Echoes of Stevie Wonder courtesy of frontman James’ indulgent vocals, the unexpectedly cohesive new single ‘Blossoming’ offers playful percussion and razor-sharp fills to create a complex yet vibrant song.

Sounds like: Stevie Wonder, Easy Life, Nico Cara

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Lila Drew – take it back

Lila Drew

Lila Drew‘s vocal capacity will instantly melt your heart and that’s why she’s on our ones to watch 2019 list.

The dreamy urban pop single ‘take it back’ is featured on her EP, ‘locket (side one)’ – a musical scrapbook of her life to date.

Sounds like: Ariana Grande, Caswell, Billie Eilish

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ORIION – Ayodele

ORIION

We are intrigued by ORIION‘s genre-bending take on “nostalgic pop”. The musical nomad has lived off a diet of pop icons which has fuelled his cutting edge sound.

His new single ‘Ayodele’ straddles the retro past and the euphoria future. Listen below.

Sounds like: Zayn

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Will & The People – Gigantic

Will & The People

Brighton-based band Will & The People is comprised of Will Rendle, brother Jamie, Jim Ralphs and Charlie Harman.

The new single ‘Gigantic’ is an alt-pop number offering a raw seaside vibe. The video – which you can watch below – showcases their creative side, and features both their hometown and friends and family of the band.

Sounds like: Alt-J

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State Lights – Open Your Arms

State Lights

One of Ireland’s best new acts, State Lights, is destined for big arenas across international gazes.

The catchy indie pop single ‘Open Your Arms’ makes a statement about empowerment and ends this week’s gems on a hugely positive note.

Sounds like: Kodaline, Coldplay, Kygo, Bastille

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Hot Minute – Magic

Hot Minute

All-female synthpop newcomers Hot Minute might well be making music in a DIY manner, but they are here for the long run.

Working their own label called Hotter Than Hell Records, these girls are running the show without being at the mercy of a male-dominated industry.

“Can you imagine an all-male band who can actually play their instruments being told, ‘we can get you a deal based on how you look’, in f-cking 2019? I can’t – and I’ve had label interest from some pretty big hitters in the past”, fires off Hot Minute frontwoman Keely Hutchinson.

“We’ve all experienced these types of comments from male industry members over the years and in many respects, Hot Minute is the culmination of our individual frustrations from receiving such comments whilst apart of other projects we’ve been involved in” agrees Bella (guitar/BVs).

“Even male videographers we’ve met have casually insinuated that without their input into Hot Minute, we’ll end up with nothing professional on a visual level”, states Courtney (keytar/synths).

Word.

Sounds like: Pale Waves, The Aces, The 1975, Charley Stride

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Playlist: AMiR

AMiR

Born in North-London to a Punjabi father and a mother from the Midlands, AMiR has always had a burning passion for music. Since a young age, music has been the only path for the gifted performer. Starting with the drums, he soon found music an addiction taking on the guitar and piano. Since then, he’s worked to become the complete musician.

Ahead of his BBC Introducing performance at this year’s Glastonbury, AMiR puts together a playlist of rising artists to watch out for.

Ta’Shan – Foodie
This song is awesome. Proud of who she is and won’t change for anything. Respect.

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – Late Night City
I just love the rock n roll. No-nonsense guitar pop. Wild stage movements and sick harmonies.

Isaiah Dreads – White Tee
Love the flow and the beat is simple and infectious. Confident summer jam

Easy Life – Nightmares
I’ve known about these guys for a while. The song to me says we all got problems. Everyone says we should talk more but no one gives a f*** about my nightmares.

Ferris and Sylvester – Burning River
Their togetherness vocal is awesome. So in sync and love listening to it.

Billy Lockett – Fading Into Grey
This song spoke to me cos I’ve been here before. Overthinking ruining a good thing.

Celeste – Lately
This vocal music combo makes me make that “filth” face. The flow of her rhythm and voice just sit perfectly to me. It swings.

APRE – All Yours
Love the guitar at the beginning and then the immediacy of the vocal catches you and keeps you there and the guitar line is a hook in itself.

Gus Harvey – Bliss
Really strange backward beat and horror film voice with the electronics. Never heard anything like it.

Kudu Blue – Call Out
Vocal and flow make me feel it. then it drops and pumps your heart. The song I imagine if you stop breathing, the adrenaline brings you back. Beautiful song.

Lauran Hibbard – Call Shotgun
It’s quite punk and that reminds me of my childhood. No frills just here it is. I love that.

Monster Florence – Beautiful Death
Flows and the bars are so real about each of the MCs. My head was bopping and heart beating.

XamVolo – Lose Love
It oozes funk. Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about that funk. The drums and the guitars with simple bass and vocals sit beautifully on top of that.

Sounds like: Trey Songz, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Years & Years, Olly Murs

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RUMOURS – Lights Down

RUMOURS

London-based three-piece Rumours ply us with some smooth R&B-themed vibes on ‘Lights Down’.

Often running the length between indie pop, indie dance and contemporary R&B, they fluidly move from one genre to the next whilst maintaining their distinct sonic identity.

Sounds like: Kllo, The xx

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Michael McQuaid – Alone Lonely

Michael McQuaid - Alone Lonely

Nashville-born singer songwriter Michael McQuaid shares his latest track, ‘Alone Lonely’ – a song that stems from bad relationships filled with isolation.

Taking inspiration from blues and soul, the singer singer uses sparse electronics in order to create a smooth yet impactful composition.

Sounds like: Dan Crossley

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Kean Farrar – On a Roll

Kean Farrar

20 year old Kean Farrer shares his new single about his current city abode, Berlin.

A talent ahead of his years, Farrar has developed a unique approach to alt-R&B that reflects Berlin, a city mixed in hedonistic nightlife and historical isolation. Seems like he might be on a roll…

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Misty Mtn – Drive

Misty Mtn

Dark mountain pop duo Misty Mtn (pronounced misty mountain) shares new single ‘Drive’, taken from their debut EP ‘Missed Your Call’.

As with the rest of the EP, the song is absorbed with lavish synth-pop productions and effervescent vocals. Using five natural elements – moon, fire, water, mountains, forest – Misty Mtn creates a melancholic soundscape full of reflective storytelling.

Sounds like: Maggie Rogers, Gabrielle Aplin, Kllo, Oh Wonder, Sylvan Esso, HAIM, Ralph

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Sea Girls – Damage Is Done

Sea Girls

Sea Girls is smashing it at the moment, getting bigger and bigger gig slots and playing to larger crowds. But perhaps this was the band’s destiny, following front man Henry Camamile’s fateful decision to start a band and play KOKO in London.

The new single ‘Damage Is Done’ is yet another blazing anthem, and perhaps the new soundtrack for the best night of your life.

Sounds like: The Kooks, The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Swimming Tapes, Slow Riot, Two Door Cinema Club

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WITHOUT – I Want You

WITHOUT

Introducing UK-based production duo and record label owners, WITHOUT.

Following closely in the paths of Blonde and Just Kiddin, WITHOUT create infectious dance music with a commercial edge. Their new single ‘I Want You’ perfectly encapsulates this and features some decent soulful vocals.

Sounds like: Just Kiddin, Blonde, The Magician, NVOY, Mura Masa

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