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
Georgi Kay – Guilty Pleasures
Singer Georgi Kay is warning us about guilty pleasures in her new single.
Quintessentially indietronica-based, ‘Guilty Pleasures’ is a song about falling in love with someone who, despite the deep emotional connection being mutual, is romantically tied down by another.
Sounds like: Fjer, Alpines
Satin Jackets – Mirage
The story goes something like “when we’re good, we’re good. And when we’re low, we’re low”. Sound familiar?
Satin Jackets is tapping into our relationship insecurities with a strangely upbeat melody in ‘Mirage’. I guess that’s kind of the definition of a mirage!
It’s out now via Eskimo Recordings.
Sounds like: Goldroom, RAC, Le Youth, Pink Feathers
Slenderbodies – Amnesia
Exciting new Californian-based duo Slenderbodies share their new single, ‘Amnesia’.
Their music shares intricate guitar melodies and breathy vocal work that is both nostalgic and forward-thinking at the same time.
This is definitely one act you won’t forget in a long time.
Sounds like: Glass Animals, Alt-J
LANNDS – Words
LANNDS is Memphis-born artist Rania Woodard and she shares her exciting slow-burner called ‘Words’.
There is nothing brash about this type of music, it’s soothing in its intent as well as thought-provoking.
‘Words’ is the second song off her forthcoming EP, ‘LEGENDS’ (expected March 2018), released on Kobalt/Kitsuné.
Sounds like: Björk, Vök, Låpsley, The Japanese House, Daughter, TENDER
Von Sell – Hell No
We have been huge fans of Brooklyn-based artist Von Sell for a long time, and we are extremely happy he is back well and singing again after a six month break due to vocal chord issues.
Von Sell takes more of a funky attitude in the production techniques of ‘Hell No’ but we dig it – we’re gonna call it his come-back track!
Sounds like: Summer Heart, Hazel English, Teen Daze
Jayce Cantor – Done For Now
Singer/songwriter/producer Jayce Cantor shares his radio-ready single ‘Done For Now’.
The song has elements of catchy R&B blended with modern indietronica-influenced production that works brilliantly with Jayce’s soulful vocals as he sings about love and heartbreak.
Sounds like: Craig David, Le Youth
Bliss Nova – Now
…And finally, it’s time for some blissed-out music from Toledo-based duo, Bliss Nova.
Their second single called ‘Now’ hits you instantly with its chilled pop sensibilites and dreamy vocal harmonies.
Some exciting times ahead for these guys.
Sounds like: Summer Heart, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Porches, Cut Copy, Toro y Moi, Caribou, Wild Nothing, Phoenix, Tame Impala, Tuska
CAPPA doesn’t like people wasting her time, and we don’t blame her. There are too many time wasters in this goddamn industry.
But how does CAPPA manage to declare this so elegantly in her new single ‘Waste My Time’? It’s gotta be because of her distinguished soft voice, which we love her for.
It’s out now via Congo Records.
Sounds like: Lorde, Lana Del Rey, HOLYCHILD, Purity Ring, Washed Out, Say Lou Lou, The Knife, M83, KLOE, Druzy, Taylor Swift, The Knife
Introducing Zhao, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist as pure as they come. Also the producer and vocalist of his solo project, Zhao’s new EP ‘Ride’ takes you on a journey blissful collection of upbeat love songs tinged with regret and doubt, effortlessly combining classical with modern electronic pop.
The first single release from the EP is called ‘Lifetime’ and is probably the most enchanting of the four tracks.
His EP ‘Ride’ is out on 27 October. Pre-order here.
Sounds like: Roosevelt, Summer Heart, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Honne, Thomas Azier, Hurts, Josef Salvat, Goldroom
Seeing Hands – Take Me Back
Seeing Hands create lo-fi sounds, ironically with warmer tones than you would expect based on the fact they live in Newcastle.
The video for ‘Take Me Back’ hits you with waves of nostalgia. Watch below.
Sounds like: Summer Heart, Washed Out, Day Wave, The War On Drugs, Beauty Sleep
JNNA – Waking Up With You
JNNA has always had an ongoing love and passion for music.
Regularly working with Tyzo Bloom, the Los Angeles native’s new single ‘Waking Up With You’ is a pure electro-pop track about young love.
Sounds like: Laurel, Evvy
TRACE – You Don’t Know Me
Another Los Angeles-pop songstress, TRACE has just shared her new single, ‘You Don’t Know Me’ – a song about first impressions.
TRACE is the daughter of Vietnamese pop icon Carol Kim, and has always been surrounded by music. Despite trying not to follow in her mum’s footsteps, TRACE couldn’t resist penning tracks and recording them in the bathroom.
Listen to one of the results below.
Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Laurel, Tove Lo, Broods, GEMS, Lykke Li, Phantogram, So Below, Jessie Ware, LUEM, Cat Power, Lorde, James Blake, Banks
Polarbearz – Recognize feat Angelica Larsson
Rock musicians-turned electronic producers Polarbearz share ‘Recognize’. Despite being located in the distant Lapland and writing a song about being different, the duo have managed to create music that sounds so on point.
It features the vocals of Angelica Larsson.
It’s out now on With Love Recordings.
Sounds like: The Chainsmokers, Kygo
Dream pop trio Emmecosta like to dedicate their music ideas to time and place, whether that be in a club during the early hours of the morning, an afternoon walk in the park, or somewhere that is still in your imagination.
These bliss out vibes transpire into their new single, ‘A Mountain From Us’ with its waves of synths and echoing vocals.
Their new EP ‘Velour’ is out now via Icons Creating Evil Art.
Sounds like: Tom Yorke, Bon Iver, Washed Out, James Blake, Phoenix
New Carnival – Solid Gold
Bristol quartet New Carnival have just dropped ‘Solid Gold’.
‘Solid Gold’ a luscious indie rock ballad with a fiery underbelly. Much like the fascination of gold itself, the track draws listeners in, immediately turning them into a hypnotic state as lead singer Max Radford purrs “come a little closer, move a little nearer”.
You can catch them at the Omeara in London on 21 September.
Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Foals, The Maccabees, Coldplay
Mushroom People – Wisdom Talk
Mushroom People is a German electronic trio who all used to be in rock bands.
With some decent remixes under their belt (including XYLØ, NoMBe, Rainsford), Mushroom People have released their own track called ‘Wisdom Talk’, which sways more towards the contemporary pop sound than rock, although if you listen carefully you may find some powerful influences in there.
Sounds like: Salt Ashes, NoMBe
Swim Season – Collide
Melbourne-based five piece, Swim Season, share their most addictive track yet.
A synth pop explosion, ‘Collide’ invites listeners to join singer James on a journey of escapism.
Sounds like: Honne, ISLE, Skies, Two Door Cinema Club, The Wombats, High Tyde, The Griswolds
JOME – Crystalline
JOME is the project of Los Angeles-based songwriter, Jesse Marc.
He has teamed up with New Orleanian writer/producer Christoph Andersson (G-Eazy, Olivia O’Brien, Monopol) on ‘Crystalline’.
JOME explains, “Crystalline is a song about getting away from our modern addictions to technology and immediacy. It was written for someone really close to us who was going through a tough time, as a reminder that everything will settle in time.”
Sounds like: Washed Out, Summer Heart
Trevor James Tillery – Lonely With You
Nashville-based artist Trevor James Tillery shares ‘Lonely With You’.
It’s another enriched pop track with delicate production techniques that encourage new fans to take listen.
Expect his album ‘Together.Alone’ very soon.
Sounds like: Youngr, James Blake
Always the ones to make heart-wrenching pop songs for ‘Good Girls’, your favourite boy band LANY share a new video and release their debut, self-titled album.
The video for ‘Good Girls’ focuses on lead singer and songwriter Paul Klein’s hunt for his girl in a bittersweet manner, one that LANY are becoming all too well known for.
‘LANY’ is out now on Polydor Records.
Sounds like: Crozet, Pistol Shrimp, Brotherun, Goldroom, Scavenger Hunt, Still Corners, Paperwhite, Pawws, Sykes, Washed Out, New Navy, X Priest X, Roosevelt, Great Good Fine Ok, Lostboycrow, MOTHXR, X Ambassadors, Halsey, Tove Stryke, Twin Shadow, The 1975
After watching Roosevelt play Iceland Airwaves some time ago, we’ve been slightly obsessed with the Greco-Roman / City Slang artist (ok, we were obsessed before, but the live show ramped the levels up quite a bit).
His latest retro-styled video (synonymous with Roosevelt’s visuals) has been directed by Elliott Arndt and combines two tracks from Roosevelt’s latest self-titled album. Despite the bursts of colour and dancing, the first section has an underlying sadness running throughout, as Roosevelt contemplates a partner leaving, taking all their colours with them on the way. ‘Moving On’ is the next chapter in the story, but it finishes early, leaving us to question has he really moved on?
Sounds like: Cut Copy, Goldroom, Day Wave, The Whitest Boy Alive, Caribou, Tourist., Jagwar Ma, Washed Out, Neon Indian, Du Tonc, Joe Goddard
Jay Pray is the project of Justin P. Romanos who lives in Brooklyn. He sits comfortably alongside the likes of Day Wave and Summer Heart.
The initial slow ridden synths and swelling vocals in his new track, ‘Believer’, soon burst with energy, driving us deep into a near six minute sonic landscape.
Sounds like: Mew, Washed Out, Day Wave, Summer Heart, Goldroom