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Jacob Banks & Louis The Child – Diddy Bop

Jacob Banks x Louis The Child

Electronic meets soul on ‘Diddy Bop’ – a new song by Jacob Banks and Louis The Child, as featured on the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack no less.

We’re loving the unique direction both acts are taking with the track – groovy piano chords and a feel good energy.

Listen below.

It’s out now via Republic Records.

Sounds like: Rationale, Aloe Blacc, Rag’n’Bone Man, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Salt Ashes, Ben Khan

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High Hazels – Days Of No One

High Hazels

BBC 6 favourite, breezy indie band High Hazels share their new single ‘Days Of No One’.

Fighting an ever-losing battle of love and being lonely, lead singer James admits that despite the conflicting themes in their music, he is a fan of people; “Weirdly that’s why I think loneliness pops up in our music quite a lot, I suppose it’s more the fear of it.”

Sounds like: The Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane, Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Richard Hawley, The Coral, Beach House, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine

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Cape Cub – Come Around

Cape Cub

Creating honest, real and emotive music is Cape Cub‘s forte. It seems to be in his blood.

His new single – out today on LAB Records – is called ‘Come Around’ and is a highly thought-provoking song about losing a loved one.

Sounds like: Foals, Passenger, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Tep No, Brandon Flowers, Death Cab for Cutie, Temper Trap,

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Captain Kidd – Bleed

Captain Kidd

There is a bit of a Drake vibe going on in Captain Kidd‘s new single ‘Bleed’ and we are digging it.

A perfect blend of blissed-out, nostalgic indie with modern pop. Listen below.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS, SAMA

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Bishat – Unholy Romance

Bishat - Unholy Romance

Swedish alt-pop artist Bishat shares the intriguing ‘Unholy Romance’.

It has an intense and destructive undertone and was written in collaboration with producer Damian Ardestani (aka XOV) on a freezing day just outside of Stockholm.

Sounds like: The Weeknd, Robyn, LKA, Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, July Child, Nao, Lorde

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LMBO – Fake It

LMBO

Classically trained multi-instrumentalist school friends and singer LMBO releases debut single ‘Fake It’.

Music to match a soundtrack, the melodies effortlessly tip toe between the light and dark.

Sounds like: Hellogoodbye, Owl City, Hotel Garuda

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BAUM – This Body

BAUM

Our one to watch in 2018 is BAUM.

The Los Angeles-based pop angel takes control with her defiant anthem ‘This Body’. A song inspired by personal experiences with cat calling and a struggle with an eating disorder, it sends a hugely empowering message.

“One morning, while I was walking to the USC practice rooms on South Figueroa, I got aggressively cat called about my “fat ass.” I’m a fiery person. I talk back. I’m “sassy” and I’m not shy around strangers. I’m typically not someone who is great at “taking the higher road” or letting things go, but in that situation, I felt like a delicate flower. When a man confronts you without batting an eyelash, verbally scrutinizing your body, you feel like nothing. This man was asserting his dominance over me, letting me know that he was entitled to my body — looking, commenting, maybe even touching. So, I went inside the practice rooms with my face red and hot. I grew up in New York City. This was not the first time I had been cat called on a street corner, but for some reason it particularly bothered me that day. It was kind of a perfect storm because I felt like I wanted to yell or cry or something, and I had literally just stepped into a practice room with a piano. I started saying things that I wanted to hear — “I got my power,” “this body is my home” etc. Looking back on that experience, I guess writing the song was my way of getting my power back in the moment.

I recovered from an eating disorder in the summer of 2016, which is when I wrote this song. My whole life I grew up completely buying into the media’s definition of beauty. I thought that I needed to be rail thin (not my body type) and utterly despised any fat on my stomach. I started my first diet around the age of ten, and my battle with food, guilt, and self loathing continued on throughout the next ten+ years. For me, performing “This Body” is a reminder to myself that I’m sexy and I’m beautiful and I have all of my confidence. That’s why I start every show with it. It’s not just like I’m telling these lyrics to other people, but I’m sort of talking to myself as well.

My sophomore year of college, I was extremely lucky in that so many positive elements aligned themselves in my life. I had a boyfriend who loved my body and reassured me while I put on much needed weight and got increasingly healthier. I moved into an apartment with friends who were like family and were more supportive than I could have ever hoped for. That year, I also found the body positivity movement on social media. I read articles and watched videos of women talking about the stuff I had never been able to articulate and would never have felt comfortable articulating. All of these factors in my life came together and really allowed me to grow and to love myself. That kind of opened a door for me and inspired me to write about being a woman in very literal terms.

Honestly, my hope for this song is just that someone, somewhere can listen to it and feel what I feel hearing powerful women talk about loving themselves. When I see a quote that makes smile or a picture of someone owning their body, I feel companionship, knowing that we’re all in it together, and I feel empowered myself. If I can do that for someone else, then I will know I have accomplished something huge.”

Sounds like: Adele, Austra, YONAKA, MUNA, HAIM, Adele

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Magdalena Bay – Waking Up

Magdalena Bay - Waking Up

Close-knit duo Magdalena Bay share the dreamy new single ‘Waking Up’.

Ultimately a love song, ‘Waking Up’ is laden in driving synths and fresh perspectives.

Sounds like: Goldroom, Chela, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Fiora

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Dana and The Wolf – Got Me Poly

Dana And The Wolf

Indietronica duo Dana And The Wolf have a good attitude problem, and it’s damn right infectious. But don’t judge too quickly and think all they do is like to party as they also enjoy a good musical!

Their new single ‘Got Me Poly’ tackles the prejudice towards polyamorous relationships. As Daniel puts it “At the end of the day being “poly” is just as ridiculous and insatiable as “mono;” the latter is just more boring.”

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Little Mix

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Hansaa & Soso – Nights Feat Emma Sameth

Hansaa & soso

Australian outfit Hansaa & Soso shares the new video for ‘Nights’ featuring the delicate vocal tones of Los Angeles-based Emma Sameth.

The visuals, directed by Julian Pircher, watch a young man follow his desires for a lady as she is laid out right in front of him.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Kuru Blue, Banks

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Sunan – Faster

Sunan

Introducing Sunan, the vibrant new project from Pete Robertson.

Despite taking himself away from the music scene after departing The Vaccines, Sunan has had a “controlled explosion” of ideas from “minimalist string quartets to maximalist 80s-style prog pop.”

One of these results is ‘Faster’,  which covers a kaleidoscope of unshackled themes and variations.

Sounds like: LCD Soundsystem, Everything Everything, Alt-J, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads

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MATTIS – The Chain

MATTIS

We absolutely love Copenhagen-based viking soul MATTIS.

His new single ‘The Chain’ is written about the demise of a failed relationship (we’ve all been there). Ultimately life is tough but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sounds like: Rationale, Ben Pearce, James Blake, Sampha, Thomas Azier

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Xie – Habits

Xie - Habits

We’ve all got ‘Habits’ but none are as positive as Los Angeles-based producer and singer Xie.

Taking a fresh perspective on pop music, Xie is paving the way for female producers with her new song!

‘Habits’ is out now via Seeking Blue Records.

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Crystal Fighters, The Knocks, Charli XCX, CHLØË BLACK

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Kuzo – Luna

Kuzo

This laid-back duo have big dreams in their heads. Meet Kuzo.

The video for ‘Luna’ explores nature during the day, epitomising a dream-like state, waiting for the moon to come out.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Noosa

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Shadowlark – See Each Other Right

Shadowlark

British trio Shadowlark single ‘See Each Other Right’ blends sounds similar to that of Goldfrapp and Fleetwood Mac.

It’s another hypnotic song to add to their synth-tinged roster, further showcasing front woman Ellen Smith’s mysterious vocals.

Sounds like: Bat For Lashes, Lykke Li, Goldfrapp, Fleetwood Mac

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More Giraffes – Basement

More Giraffes

Futuristic pop duo More Giraffes (aka Mark Hadley and Keeley Bumford) are pinned to grab your attention with their short and snappy production techniques, colourful vocal loops and fresh melodies.

Listen to their debut single, ‘Basement’ below.

Sounds like: Charli XCX, Manila Killa

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Josh Jacobson – Sideline Feat. Gigamesh

Josh Jacobson

Josh Jacobson is effortlessly combining modern R&B with dance-pop in his new single ‘Sideline’ featuring co-production from Gigamesh.

On the subject of the song, he explains,

“Sideline is a song about growth and building in new directions, learning to let go when it’s necessary to move forward. It’s about those inner voices at times of transition that are at once exciting but so challenging emotionally. I think these lyrics will resonate with a lot of people in different ways, so I’m excited to hear how people relate to the song.”

Sounds like: Le Youth, Drake, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd

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OTR – Bliss Feat. Ashley Leone

OTR

The emotional grab of music can be as strong as a meteorite crashing to earth and this is certainly the case for Ryan, the 25-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer behind the project called OTR.

Named after his residing neighbourhood on the outskirts of downtown Cincinnati known as “Over-the-Rhine”, the once-neglected area is full of inspiration for Ryan.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Rihanna, Hotel Garuda, Gryffin, ODESZA, Petit Biscuit, Porter Robinson

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Kaerhart – For What It’s Worth

Kaerhart

Hot on the heels of The Women’s March last week, US singer Kaerhart shares her gritty new single ‘For What It’s Worth’, a reimagined version of Buffalo Springfield‘s 1987 protest song.

It is a project in collaboration with Los Angeles-based producer Dead Robot.

When speaking on the single Kaerhart share remarks “I was in a session with my good friend and producer, Dead Robot. We were both feeling outraged and upset about the state of the world and everything going on in our political climate. We wanted to convey that feeling into a song and decided that there would be no better way than to cover one of the greatest protest songs of all time – ‘For What Its Worth.'”

Months ago I was in a session with my good friend and producer, @chrisdeadrobot . We were both feeling outraged and upset about the state of the world and decided to channel that angst into covering our favorite protest song: For What It’s Worth. While working on the track, I had this realization that a lot of the issues our culture faced during the 1960s are a lot of the same concerns we are still facing today. This song serves as a reminder that for generations humans have continued to make the same mistakes… But I believe we are living in a critical time, one where we can finally begin choosing LOVE over fear. . The @womensmarch in 2017 had a profound impact on me. It was the first time I  felt that level of unity and hope for our future. I shot this video over the weekend with my partner @luke.vincente to try and capture that same feeling that initially helped inspire this song. We are so much stronger when we stand together than when we are apart. I feel grateful to be living in these times; though they may feel dark, we have the power to come together and change things for a better future. ✊🏻 . Thank you so much for listening + watching. To hear the full version of the song, check the link in my bio and stories. ⛓ Also, for those amazing souls that were in this video with me- please tag yourself in the comments below!! xx

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Sounds like: Harry, CAPPA, Dominique

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Vivienne Chi – Blood Brother

Vivienne Chi

Alternative pop artist Vivienne Chi shares the enticing ‘Blood Brother’.

With a broad vocal range and a story to tell, ‘Blood Brother’ is about the correlation between light and love, submerged by driving synth hooks and magical moments throughout.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, London Grammar, GRADES, RUNAH

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LeyeT – Drip Drop

LeyeT

Meet Los Angeles-based pop artist and songwriter, LeyeT (pronounced ‘light’).

Speaking from a hugely painful personal experience, LeyeT’s single ‘Drip Drop’ channels feelings of heartbreak, as if the waves were pummelling over and over again until eventually stopping.

Sounds like: Halsey, Imogen Heap

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LOVE SICK – Hope

LOVE SICK

Scottish cosmic pop duo LOVE SICK share ‘Hope’.

It’s a shout out to everyone who struggles with anxieties of daily life, a supportive song that urges you to maintain your passion and drive, something that LOVE SICK are very much doing within the music industry.

Sounds like: ASTR, Dagny, COSBY

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Me Not You – Eventually

Me Not You

Vintage keys and delicate vocals highlight ‘Eventually’ by Me Not You as a short and sweet song that is straight to the point.

Speaking of the track, “…it’s a personal song for me… a sort of hyping up of myself to the idea of squashing the beef with someone. the baggage of relationships can linger, and it does no one any good to keep that shit around.”

Sounds like: Melis

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ISLAND – Ride

ISLAND by Mel Tjoeng

DIY London band ISLAND take us on a journey with them.

Their new single ‘Ride’ is taken from the upcoming debut album ‘Feels Like Air’, and is led by a guitar riff full of nostalgia that builds throughout the track.

Sounds like: Foals, Amber Run, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Libertines, Mystery Jets, The Lapelles, Circa Waves

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Disco Shrine – Up in the Air

Disco Shrine

Let’s throw it back with Los Angeles-based electro-pop artist Disco Shrine (aka Jessica Delijani) and her new single ‘Up in the Air’.

As Disco Shrine’s first release in a year, ‘Up In The Air’ hits the ground running with infectious synths and a catchy chorus.

Sounds like: Monogem, Jessie Ware, FOXES, Le Youth

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Robokid – Worth It

Robokid

…And finally in this week’s roundup, a truly honest rendition from DJ/producer Robokid.

Robokid makes interesting and progressive indie-pop music with a generous nod to early 2000s sounds.

Listen to ‘Worth It’ below, taken from his debut EP ‘Apart’, out now via Moving Castle.

Sounds like: Hellogoodbye, EXES

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Mines Falls – In the Rain

Mines Falls

Mines Falls are a brother duo from Los Angeles. They create piano ballads with the addition of electronic instrumentation.

As the title suggests, ‘In the Rain’ is a moody track full of both strength and sadness.

Listen below before buying tickets to one of their East Coast shows.

Sounds like: The National, James Blake, Solomon Grey

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