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Weekly Gems 18

FOXTRAX – Everything’s Changing

FOXTRAX

Born in New York, now residing in Los Angeles, FOXTRAX are an alternative rock trio with an electronic edge.

A third release in their “moving to L.A.” trilogy, ‘Everything’s Changing’ is about taking time to appreciate when good things happen.

Their EP – expected for release in early 2018 – is produced by British production duo Alexander Wolfe and Ben Roulston (Wolf Alice, Florence + the Machine) plus Jim Kaufman (Atlas Genius, Night Riots).

Sounds like: Cage The Elephant, Atlas Genius

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Nightshifts – Karma

Nightshifts

Nighshifts is the cosmic pop project of Toronto-based Andrew Oliver.

His new single ‘Karma’ is about not overthinking the future and sitting back to enjoy the ride, as expressed in the track’s nonchalant off-kilter vocal melody and breezy beats.

Sounds like: Chappo, Steely Dan, Young Empires

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Shenna – Magenta

Shenna - Magnenta

Wow Shenna‘s new single ‘Magenta’ is a sassy pop number, one that will straight-up encourage you to declare your desires to your number one crush.

Full of crimson synths and retro vibes beaming throughout, turn this one up loud!

Her next show is 18 November in New York as part of The National Sawdust’s ‘The Revolution’ series. Tickets can be purchased here.

Sounds like: Le Youth, ALMA, CAPPA

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Argonaut & Wasp – Prove It To You

Argonaut & Wasp

We are big fans of Argonaut & Wasp‘s indie-dance tunes, so we are psyched they have a new single called ‘Prove It To You’.

Once again testifying their ability to produce something catchy, we just can’t get enough of the track’s slurry vocals and groovy sensibilities.

Sounds like: The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, Phoenix

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Glassio – Daydream featuring NAKAYA

Glassio

Electronic duo Glassio are going from strength to strength with each release.

The latest addition to their catalogue, ‘Daydream’, is an ode to their love of early 2000s LA-based Hip/Hop & R&B, and features the delicate vocals of NAKAYA.

The guys says they “were imagining Dre and AIR making a record together”, although we think the vocal loops are more reminiscent of Gorillz‘ ‘Stylo’.

Sounds like: Gorillz, Hot Chip, Metronomy, Foals, Jagwar Ma, Rüfüs, Flume, Odesza, Bob Moses, Glass Animals, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Henry Green – Stay Here

Henry Green

Bristol-based rising star Henry Green shares his dark but ethereal new single ‘Stay Here’.

A lot of greatness comes from dark places, much like this single, which Henry wrote at the site of Berlin’s 1950’s broadcast facility, Köpenicker Chaussee, during a moment of frustration and loss of direction.

It’s out now via Akira Records.

Sounds like: Jon Hopkins, Erased Tapes, Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm

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Iris Lune – Lost In Chatter

Iris Lune

Brooklyn-based art pop quartet Iris Lune share ‘Lost In Chatter’.

Clever percussion throughout depicts chatter overlaid by synth-led harmonies and more of a dance-inspired melody, lyrically inspired by the final chapter of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Deerhoof, Björk, Σtella

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Au/Ra – Outsiders

Au/Ra

Growing up in the middle of nowhere has been the source of songwriting influence for Au/Ra‘s new single, ‘Outsiders’, not only because of her location growing up in Antigua, but also because of her introverted nature.

But this song is a call to arms for all misfits, giving them a chance to escape to a fantasy world.

She plays The Waiting Room in London on 13 November.

Sounds like: Florence + The Machine, Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, The Magnettes

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Magnus Bechmann – Bruises

Magnus Bechmann

We all have those moments at the traffic lights when the amber light strikes. Do we slam the breaks on or speed on through the looming red light? Luckily for us, 21 year old Norwegian native, Magnus Bechmann is willing to take the risk and “go all in” with his music.

The result is the playful indietronica track, ‘Bruises’.

Sounds like: Kid Astray, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club

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VOKES – Screens

VOKES

Los Angeles-based band VOKES question society with their new single, ‘Screens’.

It’s a feel-good number about not such a feel-good subject of addiction to technology, which we are all guilty off, so how about we put down our phones and take a listen?

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MRCH – My Mistake

MRCH

MRCH are seriously doing it for us at the moment.

The video for the Phoenix duo’s new single ‘My Mistake’ takes us on an intergalactic journey exploring NASA found footage and cimenatic-like visions of vocalist, Mickey Pangburn.

Sounds like: Goldfrapp, Wolf Alice, Lilies On Mars, CHVRCHES, Garbage

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Two Islands – Still Life

Two Islands

Liverpool-based Two Islands remain mysterious, but nonetheless we enjoy their indie anthems.

Their new single, ‘Still Life’, is another ambitious release and a bid to “reclaim the romance of falling in love with an artist solely through their songs.”

Their positive attitude and knack of creating groovy bangers definitely sets them apart.

Sounds like: Island Club, Tuska

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Fever High – Good Advice Feat. Jeff Goldblum

Fever High

Time to get nostalgic with ‘Good Advice’ by NYC-based duo Fever High (aka guitarist/singer Anna Nordeen and singer/songwriter Reni Lane).

Apart from bohemian vocals and interludes of joyous guitars and tambourines, the song features anecdotes about bad advice from none other than Jeff Goldblum!

Sounds like: Icona Pop, The Bangles

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MagnusTheMagnus – Calling Feat. KIDDO

Magnus The Magnus - Calling Feat. KIDDO

We finish this week’s gems with Swedish producer MagnusTheMagnus‘ new single, ‘Calling’ featuring KIDDO.

The off-kilter pirate radio station beat throughout the track reminds us a bit of Jamie xx in its innovation. Add KIDDO’s enticing vocals and you have a unique and highly danceable track.

Sounds like: Santigold, Tove Styrke, MØ, Jamie xx, Major Lazer

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FOURS – Stella

FOURS

Headed up by front woman Edith Violet, best friends, FOURS, have a lot to say on a few topics.

Possibly entitled after the well known alcoholic drink has a reputation for making men lose control, their new track ‘Stella’ is about “calling out all the sleazy men that go out on their own, wait for you and your girls to get drunk, then spend the night non consensually dry humping your leg and ignoring your repeated rejections. Fuck you, and get off my arm.”

Sounds like: Fickle Friends, Florence + The Machine, Foxes, Shura, Wolf Alice, The Hunna, Two Door Cinema Club

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Sloan Peterson – 105

Sloan Peterson

Introducing Sloan Peterson (aka 24 year-old Joannah Jackson).

Based in Sydney, Sloan Peterson has grown up recording songs, filming music videos and playing vintage records with her sister and friends. Her music is a nod to the garage rock music of the 50’s.

The video for her single, ‘105’ is the first to be shot in the historic building of The Strand Arcade since scenes from David Bowie‘s music video for ‘Let’s Dance’ and features Sloan Peterson as well as a cast of alumni dancers from the Australian Ballet School and Sydney Dance Company.

This is her debut single taken from her upcoming debut self-titled EP, out on 14 July via Mirror Records.

Sounds like: Marika Hackman, Wolf Alice, Fazerdaze, Laura Marling, Lucy Rose, Courtney Barnett, OH Wonder

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Marika Hackman – Boyfriend

Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman is stepping out of her folk shoes into a pair that now have a better fit.

First on the agenda is ‘Boyfriend’. It’s a brazen track, full of witty innuendoes and squeaky guitar riffs, but the message behind the lyrics of the track is clear – never underestimate a woman’s abilities.

Hackman’s second album ‘I’m Not Your Man’ will be released 2 June through AMF Records and Sub Pop.

Fans that pre-order the album can get access to tickets for an intimate show at a secret London venue on 6 March. Enter here.

Sounds like: Nirvana, Wolf Alice, Laura Marling, Lucy Rose, Courtney Barnett

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Playlist: Alluri

Alluri

Alluri

Classical meets alt-indie. Indian musician, Alluri, is pushing the boundaries of modern music as he merges two worlds.

We asked him to put a playlist together for us. With a name like Alluri, how can you not be enticed?

Francobollo – Wonderful
A dream you want to sink into.

The Beatles – Free As A Bird
Deceptively simple. It is as if you are flying.

JJRM – Aldecide
A song worthy of starting a cult.

Iggy Pop – Sunday
A cure for POST POP DEPRESSION.

Radiohead – Identikit
A cure for people who cant dance.

The Cure – Catch
A warm hug of a song.

Cate Le Bon – Duke
Pure joy. Like the sun in shining through the clouds.

Wolf Alice – Moaning Lisa Smile
Leonardo Da Vinci meets head banging.

Anoushka Shankar – Crossing the Rubicon
A divine intervention.

Nick Cave – Jesus Alone
Thank God for Nick Cave. Makes you travel to the darkest aspects of the human condition.

Neil Young – Don’t Let it Bring You Down
Gets you right in the gut. Unexpected for a song with such clean production.

David Bowie – Alternative Candidate
Bowie at his cheeky best.

William Onyeabor – Atomic Bomb
The most honest dance music.

Jay Munly – Spill The Wine
A song that you can dance to at any time of day.

Roxy Music – Mother of Pearl
The best outro ever. Bryan Ferry at his lyrical best.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Smiths, Tears For Fears, Bon Iver

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Keroscene – I Can’t Do A Thing

Keroscene

Keroscene

London band, Keroscene, are back with ‘I Can’t Do A Thing’.

Whilst their last release channelled some Massive Attack/Portishead vibes, ‘I Can’t Do A Thing’ is a generous nod to 90’s indie and shoegaze.

With this in mind, you’d expect the video to be filmed in black and white, but it’s refreshingly colourful!

Watch below.

Sounds like: Wolf Alice, Peace, Massive Attack, Portishead, UNKLE, Plastic Flowers, Man of Moon

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Bad Sounds – Wages

Bad Sounds by Charlotte Patmore

Bad Sounds by Charlotte Patmore

Keeping us in fits of giggles, Bath based band, Bad Sounds are back with ‘Wages’.

Bad Sounds say of the track,

“‘Wages’ is our working in retail ballad, it comes from us getting stuck in situations that we don’t want to be stuck in. It’s just a bit of a sulk and some trumpets…”

We’ve watched these guys live, and the fun-fuelled video for ‘Wages’ fully encompasses the Bad Sounds vibe.

Live Dates
Tues 29th Nov – Camden Assembly, London
Wed 30th Nov – Exchange, Bristol

Sounds like: Wolf Alice, Beach Baby, Pulp, Blur, Black Honey, De La Soul, Beastie Boys

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FOURS – Painful To Watch

FOURS

FOURS

FOURS are a female-fronted four-piece band from London.

As well as living and partying together, these best friends create great music.

Their latest single, ‘Painful to Watch’ echoes sounds of early Florence + The Machine, but with slightly more grit.

Lead singer Edith describes ‘Painful To Watch’ as being about, “…constantly contradicting yourself, telling yourself you don’t want someone & that your better without them but never fully being able to tell them to fuck off. I wrote the verses very angry, and then I wrote the chorus as a message, basically reassuring myself that I am actually a functional human and everything’s okay really!”

‘Painful To Watch’ is out now.

Sounds like: Florence + The Machine, Foxes, Shura, Wolf Alice, The Hunna, Two Door Cinema Club

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Fickle Friends – Cry Baby

Fickle Friends - Cry Baby

Fickle Friends – Cry Baby

One of Brighton’s best exports of late, Fickle Friends, are back with new single, ‘Cry Baby’.

Channeling some classic rockabilly ‘Cry Baby’ vibes, the track was recorded in Los Angeles with Mike Crossey (Wolf Alice, The 1975, Foals).

It will be released via B3SCI Records (Jungle, Elohim, Skott) in the US and Polydor in the UK.

Sounds like: Harts, Haim, The 1975, Monogem, Paperwhite, Roosevelt, LANY, Broods, Ghost Beach, PROM

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