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Polarcode – Crossfire Feat. Will Champlin

Polarcode - Crossfire Feat. Will Champlin

Los Angeles duo, Polarcode met at DePaul University’s Music School in Chicago where they both studied jazz and classical percussion.

Fast forward many years, and Polarcode are releasing ‘Crossfire’, featuring Will Champlin, a finalist from The Voice.

‘Crossfire’ is a fighting song, but with the ultimate goal of peace. Listen below.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Mutemath

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IOLITE – Ring Of Fire

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Eighteen year old pop singer, IOLITE shares ‘Ring Of Fire’, a dangerously charming attempt to squeeze in alongside the likes of Dua Lipa and Broods.

The track is about being drawn back to someone, despite knowing that the situation will end up in smoke.

Sounds like: Dua Lipa, Halsey, Broods, Lorde, Zella Day

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Violet Sands – Unusual

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Having already produced and mixed for artists like MGMT and The Knocks, Violet Sands are gearing up to release their album, ‘Hotel’.

The third track taken from the album is called ‘Unusual’, which frontwoman Deidre Muro describes as “riding the enchanted waves of discovering something or someone new. There’s a lot of magic in that first spark of curiosity – it’s like waking up from a lifelong dream to a completely new heightened reality. This song is that moment in extreme slow motion, reveling in all the emotions, uncertainties, and intrigue.”

‘Unusual’ is out now on YouTooCanWoo. Their album launch party will be on 30 June at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.

Sounds like: Monogem, Cocteau Twins, French Horn Rebellion

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Joy Downer – Goddamnit

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Husband/wife duo Joy Downer share the video for ‘Goddamnit’.

The video symbolises the craziness of love inside your head. Resistance is futile!

Sounds like: Lykke Li, The Duke Spirit, KOLARS, OH Land, Alex Maxwell, Lana Del Rey, First Aid Kit

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Birch – Same Colors

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Brooklyn-based, electro-pop duo Birch share ‘Same Colors’.

We’ve come to expect hip-hop beats, lush vocal samples, and groovy synths from Birch, and this track does not disappoint.

A call for change and to rethink your current empathic standards, ‘Same Colors’ is a political pop song.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, Alex Maxwell, Grimes, OH Wonder, Monogem

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Bien – Spinning On Blue

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Bien is a Nashville-based dream-pop trio comprised of Jessie Early, and Angela & Tim Lauer (Kaleo, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Foy Vance, Mikky Ekko).

Bien could be categorised into both lo-fi and hi-fi genres, thanks to their clever blend of synthetic and organic sounds, taken from an amalgamation of synths, strings and vocals.

Bien says about new track, ‘Spinning On Blue’,

“There’s so much going on in the world right now, and we really wanted to write something that encouraged people to remember we’re all sharing this planet. It’s our kind of ‘seize the day’ song that reminds us to take in the beauty and wonder of the world and the people around us.”

Sounds like: Lykke Li, First Aid Kit

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Evan Crommett – Goldilocks

Evan Crommett

New York-based Evan Crommett has music in his blood.

Brought up by musicians, Evan has always used music to convey his emotions, rather than hide away from them. The result is sensitive songwriting, that combines elements of neo-soul, folktronica and hip hop.

Listen to his new track, ‘Goldilocks’ below.

Sounds like: Chet Faker, Elliot Moss, James Blake

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isle&fever – Keep Working

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It’s been a while since we’ve written about some Los Angeles-based nu-disco.

Born from Echo Park, isle&fever are a duo who have a pretty simple way of recording music – “pass around vintage instruments and the mic until a vibe catches. Rinse, Repeat.” – and it appears this method is working as their last single reached number 1 on Hype Machine.

Their latest endeavour is called ‘Keep Working’ and it takes you on a jazz infused, sonic journey. Listen below.

Sounds like: Joe Goddard, Flight Facilities, Chromeo, Roosevelt, Phoenix, Goldroom

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alxxa – Hung Up

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Not only does alxxa have a degree in physics, she also appears to have a pretty good grasp on how the musical universe works.

Her new track ‘Hung Up’ is bang on point, with relatable lyrics that gently flow over soft keys and alxxa’s smooth vocals.

“Hung Up’ is a very special song for me,” shares alxxa. “It was the first song I wrote when I moved to Los Angeles…alone, sitting at the piano, all in about an hour or so. It was a combination of shitty relationships, bad habits, nasty injuries, toxic work environments, poor self-image…you name it. Realizing I needed a change, I packed my things and drove across the country. The week long drive cleared my head and released a lot of the negative energy I had been harboring for a long time. This song describes the toxic cycle I was living in, at war with my surroundings and with myself.”

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Harper, Win & Woo

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Ibexx – Static

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Los Angeles newcomer Ibexx shares her debut pop ballad, ‘Static’.

It’s not showy, or abrasive electro-pop, but that’s what is so appealing about ‘Static’ with it’s soft vocals, apt lyrics and modern production.

Sounds like: Alice Jemima, CAPPA, Ellie Goulding

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