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Weekly Gems 73

Elina Eriksson – Discover Her

Elina Eriksson

Swedish LGBTQ songwriter/producer Elina Eriksson shares her debut single, ‘Discover Her’, after finding out that a girl she was living with during her time in London, was cheating on her.

Clean and simple in its cut, the nostalgic-pop song has a positive feel throughout, despite the song’s adverse lyrical content.

Sounds like: IDER, Kllo

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Arche – My Only

ARCHE

French indie pop quartet Arche shares the visuals for their first official release, ‘My Only’ – an atmospheric slice of weird, psychedlic dream-pop.

The video features the boys in mismatched outfits, amongst a vintage, nineties backdrop. Watch below.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Tropic Harbour, Summer Heart, DIIV

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R.LUM.R – How This Feels

R.LUM.R

Introducing Nashville creative, R.LUM.R. His music is R&B, underscored by a hip-hop attitude, pop dalliances, and a progressive rock vision.

In ‘How This Feels’, R.LUM.R urges an honest interpretation of the song by its listener. It is taken from his forthcoming album, due this fall via Island Records.

Sounds like: The Weeknd, Blood Orange, LA Bouquet

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JVLY – me&her

JVLY

Australian artist JVLY shares his smooth’n’mellow tune, ‘me&her’, which features some co-production from Swiss producer DRKTMS.

In the song, JVLY channels some serious dream-pop vibes (think Men I Trust) with buzzy analogue synths, that he neatly stumbled upon whilst trying out his brand-new analogue synthesizer.

Sounds like: Men I Trust, Kllo

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Noah Kenton – Walk Feat. Jahn Rome

Noah Kenton

L.A.-based artist Noah Kenton continues his musical journey with the crossover alt-R&B bop ‘Walk’.

Cutting his teeth as an indie-pop singer-songwriter, he traversed to a colourful, crossover sound after his interest in production allowed him much more creative freedom.

The track also features Maryland lyricist Jahn Rome, who brings a welcome, rhythmic energy to the track.

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Tim Rose – Left on Read

Tim Rose

DIY musician Tim Rose shares his video for ‘Left on Read’, the third release in a series of visuals culminating into a short film and showcases his obsession with smooth and soulful guitar licks.

The track considers dating through your smartphone and the pitfalls associated with getting to know someone through technology.

Sounds like: Parliament, Shawn Mendes

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Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent

Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent

Meet Florida fourpiece, Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent.

They’ve just released their EP, ‘My Own Misreable’, which is gospel/synth-rock meets organ-led emo/soul and a kind of heartbreak only fans of The National will understand.

Sounds like: The National, Sea Girls

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Hunkpapa – Cappuccino

Hunkpapa

Northern Irish four-piece Hunkpapa have been kicking up a storm in their native country, as well as across Europe.

Their new single ‘Cappuccino’ is as addictive and energetic as a caffeine high and encapsulates the band’s personal journey from paths of conventional careers to where they find themselves now.

Expect them to play a town near you in the Autumn.

Sounds like: Biffy Clyro, Snow Patrol

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Julietta – Stripes + Squares (Penguin Prison Remix)

Julietta

Meet indie pop alchemist, Julietta.

Her latest single, ‘Stripes + Squares’ has received the remix treatment from producer veteran Penguin Prison (Chris Glover).

Further highlighting Julietta’s independent and spontaneous spirit, the percussive rework from the fellow NYC native injects body-shaking bass and warm tones from marimbas to turn the original rock-influenced bop into a truly anthemic tune.​​​​​​​

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Ralph, Mating Ritual, Morgan Saint, NVDES

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Sacred Animals – Maya Liminal

Sacred Animals

Reintroducing the music world to producer Darragh Nolan (aka Sacred Animals).

As the visuals for his new single, ‘Maya Liminal’ build into an electronic-fused, dream-like state, he draws the listener into an intense world, where one is asked to consider what it means to be a spirit living a human existence.

Expect the forthcoming LP, ‘Odin’s Wain’, out later in the year.

Sounds like: Thom Yorke, James Blake, Son Lux, Ry X & Chromatics

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Felix Sandman – Middle Of Nowhere

Felix Sandman

Swedish 20 year old singer/songwriter/actor Felix Sandman shares his catchy new single ‘Middle Of Nowhere’.

The track is a delicious slice of pop that describes being stuck in the limbo of love.

It’s out now via TEN Music Group.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, Charlie Puth, Khalid, Lauv, ALEXINA, Tove Lo

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Daya – Left Me Yet

Daya

GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum singer/songwriter Daya releases the visuals for her new single ‘Left Me Yet’.

An honest love song to her bae in which Daya highlights her relationship imperfections…not that we believe she has any.

It is taken from her forthcoming album for Interscope Records (coming through Polydor in the UK).

Sounds like: ALMA, Carly Rae Jepsen

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More Giraffes & Sweater Beats – Playground

More Giraffes

Los Angeles-based duo More Giraffes (aka Mark Hadley and Keeley Bumford) team up with Sweater Beats in the Zac Wolf-directed video for ‘Playground’.

In the video, the crew embrace their inner kids and turn a futuristic pop party into one heck of a playground.

The track is taken from their upcoming EP, ‘Bermuda’ – a signature mix-n-match of synths, chill pop tracks, and infectiously catchy and weird vocals.

Sounds like: Charli XCX, Manila Killa

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HOAX – Could

HOAX

HOAX is an indie pop-rock outfit from Queens, New York, comprised of Michael Raj and Frantz Cesar.

With a sound that is familiar to UK-based indie rock from the naughties, their modern vintage vibe captures, in their own words, “the beautiful sound of sadness”.

Listen to ‘Could’, the first single off their debut album, ‘b?’.

Sounds like: Manic Street Preachers, Hers

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Emma Elisabeth – Cavalry

Emma Elisabeth

Swedish singer/songwriter, Emma Elisabeth gets nerdy in her new single, ‘Cavalry’.

With a classic band set up, the lush unfurling folk track captures stiring indie rock riffs and delicate vocals, all whilst giving a gentle nod to folk-rock kings’n’queens of the 70’s.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Lucy Rose, Laurel, First Aid Kit, Susanne Sundfør, Sunflower Bean, The Japanese House, Jakob Ogawa, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young

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Demetrius – Sacrifice

Demetrius

Reprsenting a new wave of electro-pop music from the tech capital of the world, Berlin-based Demetrius shares his introspective single, ‘Sacrifice’.

A slow burner (like all good tech tracks), ‘Sacrifice’ is a groovy indie dance heartbreak song with hypnotic vocals.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Suntalk

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REYNA – The Way I Loved You

REYNA

Starting off this week’s gems is yet another banger of a song from REYNA, called ‘The Way I Loved You’.

With echoes of Tegan & Sara, the Milwaukee siblings keep making delectable tunes that edge on the cooler side of pop. Click play below.

Sounds like: Haim, Tegan & Sara, Lorde, MUNA, Powers, The Aces

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Lyves – Faded

Lyves

British R&B singer Lyves (aka Francesca Bergami) shares her beautifully crafted new single, ‘Faded’.

In the track, Lyves invites us to join her on a bittersweet journey of faded love, complete with a disco-soul fusion and sweet bass lines.

Sounds like: Jesse Ware, Rhye, London Grammar, James Blake, SOHN, The Weeknd, Banks, Jamie XX, Shura, Seal

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The Bliss – Shiny Days

The Bliss by Zach Gray

The Bliss by Zach Gray

Elecro-pop duo The Bliss (aka pop songstress TYSM (Chelsea Davenport) and hip-hop/electronic producer/guitarist Felix Snow) shares new track, ‘Shiny Days’.

Described by Felix as the “dining room table anthem,” ‘Shiny Days’ is a true charmer that encapsulates a summertime love.

Their EP, ‘Heaven If You Want It,’ is out now.

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

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Máni Orrason – Numb

Máni Orrason

Máni Orrason by Yannic Pöpperling

We are huge fans of quirky Icelandic electro-pop provacateur Máni Orrason‘s new single ‘Numb’. In fact, we are slightly obsessed with all of the visuals for his last few releases, portraying a broken yet endearing persona of desperation and a need for love.

The visuals for ‘Numb’ flashback to straying and emotional neglect, “I had this desperate need to be seen and to be comforted. I guess i was really lonely at the time”, Máni recalls.

The EP ‘BABY ANGEL’ is out now via Humming Records.

Sounds like: The 1975, Shy Luv

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TriOrca – Ghost

TriOrca

TriOrca by Preston King

It’s time to end this week’s gems on a funky number from cross Atlantic trio, TriOrca.

Comprised of multi-instrumentalists and writers, who between them have an ecclectic array of work connections – including Jessie J, Sam Henshaw, Empire of the Sun – their modern, yet nostalgic music fuses neo-soul, hip hop and 70’s psychedelica.

Sounds like: Lauryn Hill, Myo, Kudu Blue, Yakul

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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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Apollo LTD – Misfits

Apollo LTD

Meet indie pop duo Apollo LTD.

It’s the first time we’ve heard of the band, but what we can say is their ability to combine retro-smooth production, with electronic synths and falsetto makes a highly addictive, mesmerizing sound.

Listen to their new single ‘Misfits’ below.

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Sounds like: LIONLION, Phoenix, Foster The People

cln – Fade to Grey

cln

Australian artist cln makes a melancholic declaration with his new single ‘Fade To Grey’.

The groovy and downtempo song was born following cln’s experimentation with new sounds and textures, and may not fit his usual “sound”, but that’s the way he likes it.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Bon Iver

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Torn Palk – Juliana

Torn Palk

Torn Palk‘s new single, ‘Juliana,’ is pure, sun-soaked bliss.

The musician, who remains anonmyous, drifts his music between lazy guitar riffs and seaside soundbites.
He describes the single, “Juliana’ is about a situation in which you feel fully connected to your surroundings. This can be a place, a person or memories of both. It’s a simple love song.”

It’s out now on Absent Mind.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Washed Out

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Akurei – Stockholm

Akurei

Exciting new talent, Akurei shares his new single ‘Stockholm’.

Conjured up during his solo trip across Europe, ‘Stockholm’ was actually written on his phone in a hostel in Berlin, and covers the topic of loneliness and the longing for a connection to encounter while travelling alone.

Co-produced with Golden Vessel, the track effortlessly switches between hip-hop and pop worlds. Golden Vessel also filmed the stylist DIY video which can be viewed here.

Sounds like: LANY, The 1975

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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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Mokita – Inside Out

Mokita

Mokita (aka John-Luke Carter) always writes heartfelt music, and his new single ‘Inside Out’ is no exception.

Written during a time when Luke was battling depression, the track studies the battle of being human, and that it’s ok not to be ok.

Speaking on the track, Luke explains:

“I wrote ‘Inside Out’ during a time of my life where I was battling some major depression. I actually wrote the first half of the chorus when I was 17 when someone close to me was going through some major addiction issues. Years later the chorus kept coming back into my head as I was dealing with some similar issues of my own. I felt like I was chasing success simply for the sake of finding meaning. I wasn’t being a good friend because I was only focused on myself, trying to find meaning in places that only let me down. You can have the world, but if you don’t have people to share it with it’s meaningless and empty. I was struggling to believe that someone could love me for me; that if they fully knew me and saw my issues that there wasn’t any way I could be truly loved. This song at its heart is simply about the battle of being human, and knowing that we weren’t meant to have it all together.”

Sounds like: EXES, Handsome Ghost, joan, FRND

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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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