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Weekly Gems 124

Childe – Just Me

Childe by Scarlett Anderson

Childe by Scarlett Anderson

Childe releases his new single ‘Just Me’, about loneliness in a modern world. It’s a groovy whirl of eclectic synths and darker kaleidoscopic sounds within the chill-pop genres.

Sounds like: MK.Gee, Two Feet, FVLCRVM

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Dugong Jr – Float Feat. Rromarin

Dugong Jr - Float Feat. Rromarin

Chinese/Australian multidisciplinary creative Dugong Jr shares the dreamy new single ‘Float’ featuring Rromarin. Inspired by the UK garage scene, the electronic producer creates a refreshing take on a classic sound.

Sounds like: Jai Wolf, Qrion, Pat Lok, Rome in Silver, Robotaki, Cabu, Thor Rixon, Salt Ashes

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Matt Maltese – madhouse

Matt Maltese by Lainy Black

Matt Maltese by Lainy Black

Kid of the moment, Matt Maltese, is making waves with his soft take on 2020 indie. With a DIY aesthetic and scarily accurate prediction of current times, despite his continuous daydreaming, you can watch his cinematic video for ‘madhouse’ below.

Sounds like: Beach Boys, Oscar Lang, Glass Animals, Rex Orange County, The Last Shadow Puppets

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Hoofa – How Do We Know

Hoofa

Indie duo Hoofa considers the true cost of being a musician in 2020 in new single ‘How Do We Know’. A little more of a slow-burner than their usual ambi-pop take on indie, but this perfectly represents their abilities to consider aptly express real emotions.

Sounds like: Kodaline, Larkins, Sea Girls, PEACE, The Beautiful South, Little Comets

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The Bright Light Social Hour – Ouroborous 20

The Bright Light Social Hour by Jaycee Grover

The Bright Light Social Hour by Jaycee Grover

Austin’s premiere psychedelic-rock connoisseurs The Bright Light Social Hour return with their cosmic, uniquely brilliant new single ‘Ouroboros’. It’s a transcendent journey through psychedelic, distorted guitar licks and spaced out vocal parts.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Jagwar Ma, Jungle, Tame Impala, Pond, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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JYLDA – Impulse

JYLDA by Sophia Payne

JYLDA by Sophia Payne

London-based leftfield alt-pop artist JYLDA shares new single ‘Impulse’. Written about a dark romance, the track rouses in JYLDA’s trademark future-electronica style.

Sounds like: FKA Twigs, Arca, ÄTNA

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Moxley Rey & Jeff Carl – Garden

Moxley Rey

Burgeoning Aussie newcomer Moxley Rey returns with his triumphant sophomore single, a sun-soaked collaboration with Nashville-based alt-pop savant Jeff Carl. A kaleidoscopic cohesion of soothing indietronica, left-of-centre pop and euphoric EDM, it perfectly encapsulates boundless energy perfectly befitting any summer mood.

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Video Age – Blushing

Video Age

We randomly discovered New Orleans-based band Video Age this morning and had to immediately share their new song, ‘Blushing’.

A glorious loop of sweet harmonies and funky basslines, the song instantly delights. Listen below.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Goldroom, Prince, Chromeo, Tame Impala, Hoops, Du Tonc, Barrie

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Michi – Sugarbaby

Michi by Haley Appell

Michi by Haley Appell

Relatively new alt-pop artist Michi continues to dazzle us with every single release. The L.A based songstress returns with her latest offering ‘Sugarbaby’, lifted off her forthcoming debut EP due later this year.

‘Sugarbaby’ is seductively catchy, drawing us in from the opening moments, and leaving you unable to think about anything else. Doo-Wop inspired electric guitar licks and inaudible chatter ease you into Michi’s artistry before you are blown away by her dulcet tones and unique delivery.

Speaking of the release Michi shares,

‘Sugarbaby’ is a sentimental ode to expressing love and admiration for that special someone,” Guerrero shares about the song. “While the task of creating during quarantine was not easy, the song for me was an escape into a colorful place, and the chance to express adoration of a lover in all their beauty and light.”

The music video, dreamt up with the help of Michi’s creative director Haley Appell, is an invitation into Michi’s pastel-coloured world, replete with velvet jumpsuits, metallic electric guitars, ice cream, and of course, sugar, baby.

Sounds like: RALPH, maye, Magdalena Bay, Tei Shi

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Georgie – Chasing Kites

Georgie - Chasing Kites

UK-based Georgie shares the expressive ‘Chasing Kites’ taken from her album, out now. Georgie was the first signing to Soul Kitchen Recordings (the label set up by Jake Bugg’s management company: Soul Kitchen), and it’s the only song on the album that she didn’t write or produce during the lockdown. Listen below for that uplifting feel.

Sounds like: Sigrid, Adele, Emma McGrath

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Kasbo – Play Pretend Feat. Ourchives

Kasbo by Olof Grind

Kasbo by Olof Grind

Swedish artist and producer Kasbo shares his emotionally-charged new single ‘Play Pretend’. Featuring Ourchives’ soaring vocals, the track marks a new chapter ahead of his second studio album ‘The Making of a Paracosm’ will be out on 23 October via Foreign Family Collective / Counter Records, and features a passionate embrace amongst nature.

Sounds like: Frida Sundemo, Talos, Gryffin, Vanic, Shallou

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Jesse Hite – I’m Glad You Called Me

Jesse Hite

American-born French residing Jesse Hite combines music from the West Coast of the US with synth-laden electro inspired by his French antics. His new single ‘I’m Glad You Called Me’ combines poppy hooks with a generous nod to 80s disco.

Sounds like: Róisín Murphy, Shy Girls, Jungle, LCD Soundsystem, Ian Brown, Goldroom

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Dominic Fike – Double Negative (Skeleton Milkshake)

Dominic Fike by Daniel Prakopcyk

Dominic Fike by Daniel Prakopcyk

A new wave of rockstars are taking over, and with Billie Eilish‘s seal of approval, Dominic Fike is making huge waves with his modern take on emo-pop. The track ‘Double Negative (Skeleton Milkshake)’ is one of the more indietronica-friendly tracks taken from his genre-bending new album, ‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong’.

Sounds like: Glass Animals

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Glass Animals – It’s All So Incredibly Loud

Glass Animals by Ollie Trenchard

Glass Animals by Ollie Trenchard

Glass Animals shares the David Wilson (Tame Impala, Christine and the Queens) directed video for new single, ‘It’s All So Incredibly Loud’. Written about three seconds of life, in which during that short heartbreaking moment, devastation creates a deafening silence, followed by a point of no return.

Sounds like: alt-J, Tender, Pale Hands, Foreign Air, Everything Everything, Son Lux

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Muck Spreader – Carnal Tongues

Muck Spreader

Take a ride to sonic ecstasy with Muck Spreader‘s new single, ‘Carnal Tongues’. It’s a collision of genres and ideas, with vocalist Luke Brennan’s curious spoken words luring you into this weird and wonderful world.

Sounds like: Black Midi, Comet is Coming, Fat White Family, Attawalpa, YARD ACT

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Tungz – Go Out

Tungz by Cameron Nicoll

Tungz by Cameron Nicoll

Written in four different places as two of the band members were sofa surfing, Bristol-based outfit Tungz shares their latest single, ‘Go Out’ focuses on anxiety caused by overexertion and bad
routines.

Sounds like: Patawawa, Bamily, Vulfpeck, Tame Impala, Still Woozy

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Jeremy Zucker – supercuts

Jeremy Zucker by Stefan Kohli

Jeremy Zucker by Stefan Kohli

Platinum-Certified singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker shares catchy pop single ‘supercuts’. Named after the hair chopping salon, it’s feel-good summertime anthem co-written and co-produced by Jeremy and Max Martin’s MXM camp in Stockholm.

Sounds like: gnash, Chelsea Cutler, John K, Sasha Sloan

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Afonso – Bloom

Afonso

Soul and jazz-influenced artist Afonso shares ‘Bloom’. A big bold reflection on the first stages of a relationship, as the love grows and develops, set to a beautiful hazy groove.

Sounds like: Lianne La Havas, Nick Hakim, Moses Sumney, Yakul

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White Lights – Body Trap

White Lights

White Lights shares ‘Body Trap’, the lead single from his forthcoming ‘NUMBSKULL’ album. With its dark underbelly, the R&B track borders into the realms of hip hop and emotionally-withdrawn electronica.

Sounds like: MTNS, George Gretton, James Blake

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Amy Milner – Closer

Amy Milner

Amy Milner

Amy Milner shares a tale of inner conflict in her new single, ‘Closer’. Written alongside producer Tim Larcombe (Lana Del Rey, Halsey) between Amy’s home in Suffolk and Tim’s studio in Brighton, “Closer” is the second single from her new EP ‘Big Bad Thoughts’ due later this year.

Sounds like: Amy MacDonald, London Grammar, Rae Morris, Lucy Rose, Laurel, Gabrielle Aplin, Soak, Florence + The Machine

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Chaz Cardigan – Everything’s Wrong

Chaz Cardigan

Hot off the chat with his idol, Imogen Heap, pop artist Chaz Cardigan takes on post-breakdown life with his bombastic new single, ‘Everything’s Wrong’.

Sounds like: Harry Styles, Declan McKenna

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Galdive – Nescience

Galdive

Using fascinating art and interesting musical approaches to portray complicated relationships, Australian-based R&B duo Galdive shares their stunning jazz-fused song, ‘Nescience’.

Sounds like: Caswell, ODESZA

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L.A. Witch – Gen-Z

L.A. Witch by Marco Hernandez

L.A. Witch by Marco Hernandez

Introducing Californian trio L.A. Witch and their reverb-heavy and grunge-laden take on punk and rock’n’roll.

The new album ‘Play With Fire,’ due 21 August via Suicide Squeeze Records, is a collection of intoxicating vintage sounds with jangling guitar chords and gritty swagger.

Their latest release from the upcoming album is called ‘Gen-Z’, inspired by the high rates of suicide amongst the Gen-Z due to the pressures of social media.

 

You can also watch the Bradley Hale-animated video for ‘I Wanna Lose’, which also uses the album artwork by Future Shock.

Sounds like: The Kills, Deap Valley, The Big Moon, The White Stripes

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Gang of Four / JJ Sterry – Day Turns To Night

Gang of Four by Leo Cackett

Gang of Four by Leo Cackett

Gang of Four‘s singer, JJ Sterry shares the serene video for ‘Day Turns To Night’, written in the days following guitarist Andy Gill’s untimely death earlier this year.

Sounds like: The Raincoats, Attawalpa

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LoveLeo – HEAD OVER HEELS

LoveLeo

Charming LoveLeo shares the self-directed visuals for ‘HEAD OVER HEELS’, which follows a miniature Leo getting up to mischief. Another great video from the TikTok star.

Sounds like: Easy Life, Alfie Templeman

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ODDA – MAMA

ODDA

Imperfect indie artist ODDA shares the solemn track, ‘MAMA’, as he deeply explores all that is being human, from the judgement of others to the insecurities of ourselves.

Sounds like: Nirvana, Bon Iver, Phoebe Bridgers

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The Bright Light Social Hour – Enough

The Bright Light Social Hour by Jaycee Grover

The Bright Light Social Hour by Jaycee Grover

Austin quartet The Bright Light Social Hour shares cosmic single ‘Enough’, taking us on a groove-rich journey through 70’s psychedelic rock, with a contemporary production sheen.

Sounds like: Jagwar Ma, Jungle, Tame Impala, Pond, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Matilda Eyre x PALMR – Water

Matilda Eyre x PALMR - Water

The new collaboration between London-based German singer, songwriter and producer Matilda Eyre and Devon-based producer PALMR dives us into a pool of strength and freedom in new single ‘Water’.

Sounds like: Kudu Blue, Kllo, Austra

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Raven Artson – Won’t Forget Just

Raven Artson

Fulfilling the listener in a way they never knew they needed, Raven Artson transports us on a journey through various genre elements and sound design.

A blissful intro welcomes us into a beautifully soft space before the gracious tones of Raven’s voice gently encourage us to keep listening. The real treat arrives after a reversed guitar takes us into a captivating chorus. Once we reach this point, it’s near impossible not to vibe out to the beat that hits different to most modern Pop / RnB if you are brave enough to categorize this under one genre.

About collaborating with producer Mucky (Sevdaliza) and mixer Chris Coady (Beach House), Raven says, “It was crazy and unexpected that two of my favorite producers were into my music and jumped on board. Their input allowed me to color outside the lines and helped me grow both as an artist and a person.”

Sounds like: How To Dress Well, ANOHNI

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Savannah Conley – Never Want To Be In Love

avannah Conley - Never Want To Be In Love

Combining nostalgic guitar-driven musicality, sombre lyricism, unavoidable Southern charm, and a healthy dose of cross-genre inspiration, new kid on the block, Savannah Conley has carved out a sound that feels both fresh yet timeless.

The new track from the Nashville-based sweetheart, ‘Never Want To Be In Love’, has been co-written with songwriter Andrew Petroff (Sheryl Crow, Devon Gilfillian) and songwriter/producer Gabe Simon (Dua Lipa, COIN).

Sounds like: Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, First Aid Kit

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Wild Horse – Don’t Want You To Go

Wild Horse

Kickass trio Wild Horse shares the slow-burning, yet anthemic single, ‘Don’t Want You To Go’.

With it’s soaring and dynamic energy, it gives us a snippet of what’s to come from their upcoming album, ‘We Are In An Identity Crisis… But We Love It!’.

Sounds like: Somebody’s Child, Sam Fender

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CRi x Jesse Mac Cormack – Never Really Get There

CRi

Montreal-based electronic artist CRi is quickly becoming a household name within the ambient electronic scene.

Having already released on TOKiMONSTA’s label, Young Art, and Anjunadeep, his new single ‘Never Really Get There’ is driven by his anxieties and desires for introspection, represented in expansive synths and Jesse Mac Cormack‘s elegant vocals.

Sounds like: Ford, Ben Böhmer, Cubicolor

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Motion Cntrl – EROS

Motion Cntrl

Bi-coastal synthpop duo motioncntrl shares the dreamy and elegant ‘EROS’.

A nod to the spirit of the 80’s and throwback pop, they’ve managed to fine-tune a sound that evokes a future where technology and humanity collide.

Sounds like: Beach House, Chromatics, The XX, Karen O, Joy Division

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Rangleklods – Like That

Rangleklods

Danish artist Esben Nørskov Andersen- aka Rangleklods – shares his beautiful electro/house fusion, ‘Like That’.

Complete with deep club grooves, intended to make you move, the opening track, ‘Like That’, taken from his new EP, is a euphoric rave of melancholy.

Sounds like: WEIRDO, Caribou, Kashmir

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The Endorphines – Home Feat. AMAYA

The Endorphines

Stockholm siblings Alva & August Heldt – aka The Endorphines – continue their fresh take on nostalgic R&B in new single, ‘Home’.

Featuring the vocals of AMAYA, it’s set with a dreamy and euphoric backdrop, as they croon about finally not being lost anymore.

Sounds like: The Magnettes, Banks, Fabich, Pastel, Midnight Pool Party, Keljet, Caswell, JUJ

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Lazy Queen – Sober

Lazy Queen by Lukka Fogie

Lazy Queen by Lukka Fogie

Oslo-based alt-rock/punk outfit Lazy Queen share the potent new single, ‘Sober’.

Discussing the complex nature of addiction – a subject close to lead singer Henrik’s heart – it’s a frenetic and unpredictable beacon of sound as the band explore to find balance and normality.

Sounds like: Nothing But Thieves, The Hunna, The Amazons

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