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Weekly Gems 47

Lydia Evangeline – Down

Lydia Evangeline

Lydia Evangeline is standing as a quality and thought-provoking songstress.

Never truer to a gritty pop sound, ‘Down’ is about a toxic relationship, full of lyrical sadness and an optimstic sass running throughout.

It’s out now via Bespoke Records.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, NAO

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CILVR – Bound To Die

CILVR

Swedish singer/songwriter CILVR has drawn comparisons to Billie Eilish, Lykke Li and Kate Bush and we can understand why with her delicate take on Scandi-pop.

But don’t be fooled, these dulcet tones quickly transcend into slick and airy pop.

With a genuine ability to write original songs, we are excited of things to come from CILVR.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Lykke Li, Kate Bush, Robyn

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Suns Up – Love You Back

Suns Up

What’s up Suns Up? Sussex country-bumpkin band Suns Up will definitely brighten up your day with ‘Love You Back’.

A perfect indie-pop anthem with sweet guitar melodies, infectious hooks and dizzy vocals. As seen on your next Made in Chelsea episode very soon…

Sounds like: Sea Girls, The Kooks, Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, Phoenix, Sundara Karma

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Chris Ayer – Need Somebody

Chris Ayer - Need Somebody

West Coast dweller Chris Ayer shares ‘Need Somebody’.

It’s a pop song through and through, written about being in a relationship with someone that you know isn’t good for you, a perfect remedy for heartbroken teens across the globe.

Sounds like: XY&O, Charlie Puth, Ed Sheeran

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Dylan Emmet – Memory feat. Constance

Dylan Emmet – Memory feat. Constance

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Dylan Emmet has a gut wrenching story to tell. After discovering about a two year old daughter he never know about, Emmet packed his bags and moved to New York to be a full-time dad and musician.

He has enlisted Candian singer/songwriter Constance (NÉONHÈART) on their emotional song ‘Memory’, and the special chemistry between Emmet and Constance is clear throughout the song.

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Bellhouse – Like You Loved Us

Bellhouse

Bellhouse is the Swedish pop project of Emma-Lee Andersson.

A trained truck driver who would have chosen a career in criminology if it weren’t for her music, it’s perhaps surprising that Bellhouse didn’t notice her musical talent in pop music soon.

Her gorgeously radio-ready ‘Like You Loved Us’ had us at hello and for this reason, Bellhouse is one of our Ones to Watch for 2019.

Sounds like: Allie X, Zella Day, ORKID, Harlee

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Jamie N Commons – Paper Dreams

Jamie N Commons

Following a move to Los Angeles to pursue his now hugely successful songwriting career, Jamie N Commons found his music took an unexpected turn towards the musical greats of the 80’s.

Containing these ingredients, plus the addition of some rock and blues in there, Jamie N Commons’ ‘Paper Dreams’ are certainly proving fruitful.

Sounds like: Rag’n’Bone Man, Jacob Banks

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thanks. – HYHU

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Berklee Music of College graduates duo thanks. are inspiring musicians around the world with their new single ‘HYHU’ (Hold Your Head Up).

It does exactly what it says on the tin, with an extra dose of groovy indie-pop swagger and electronic melodies.

Sounds like: Coach & Ref, Rudimental

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Clinic Blonde – Fabled

Clinic Blonde

Copenhagen quarter Clinic Blonde are playing it nonchalant with dreamy new single ‘Fabled’.

Their sound is both fresh and nostalgic – think sparkling riffs and sky-high vocals that will warm the warmest of months.

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Troye Sivan – My My My!

Troye Sivan

My My My! Troye Sivan is getting us hot under the collar with his new video.

The video commences by following a peaceful and sweaty Troye dancing in an abandoned warehouse veiled in black and white, before flipping to an equally as sweaty but colourful night in said warehouse.

Sounds like: Years & Years, One Republic

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ADAL – Synthesize feat Alexanderson

ADAL

Rising pop artist ADAL shares his new single ‘Synthesize’, featuring the vocals of Alexanderson of XY&O.

It oozes nostalgia combine with forward-thinking pop sensibilities, and there are even more exciting times ahead for ADAL – he is currently writing a debut album, with an array of featuring vocalists which include FREJA, Indiana, Farida and NINA.

Sounds like: XY&O

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Kid Cupid – Easy

Kid Cupid

New London-based Kid Cupid shares the video for ‘Easy’.

Despite it’s overall blissed-out sound, it’s a song that deeply delves into self-destruction, including the harsh realities of addiction, through pulsating beats and gritty beats.

Sounds like: Kudu Blue

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Paige – Everywhere Feat. Jojee

Paige

Meet US-based DJ/producer Paige. He has teamed up with rising pop singer and fashionista Jojee on new single ‘Everywhere’.

The uplifting song transports you to a distant land where all is good with the world and you can freely open your arms to the sky and spin around.

Sounds like: The Him, Gryffin, July Child

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Atella – Alive

Atella - Alive

Galactic Norwegian producer duo Atella share the dreamy single ‘Alive’.

It is sway-inducing, unadulterated atmospheric cosmic disco with vocals that simply melt into your deeper being. Lovely.

Listen below.

It’s out now on Eskimo Recordings.

Sounds like: Röyksopp, Goldroom, RAC, Joe Goddard, Lindstrøm

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New Shack – Ways and Means

New Shack

New Shack is the synth-wave project from Cat Leavy and Eric Robertson.

They’ve supported Glass Animals, and you can see why due to their quirky attitude to making music. ‘Ways And Means’ has vintage synth notes and retro percussions throughout.

‘Ways And Mean’s is out now via Little Assembly.

Sounds like: Chela, Goldroom, Niki & The Dove

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STITCH – Goodbye Highline

STITCH

UK trio STITCH are giving London Grammar a run for their money with ‘Goodbye Highline’.

The mid-tempo track is about that tricky middle moment where you look back nostalgically on a love lost, but also welcome the bright future ahead. It contains 150 layers of strings, all of which were recorded by band member Kye in their shared living room.

Expect their ‘Welcome To The Dream’ EP in March.

Sounds like: London Grammar, Jessie Ware, Nimmo, Kudu Blue

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Chris Ayer – Heavy

Chris Ayer

Los Angeles native Chris Ayer gets a little ‘Heavy’ with his new indie pop jam.

The track, with it’s brilliant vocal hook and catchy guitar riffs, is addictive, and we can’t help but think Chris has cleverly positioned himself just slightly left of the popular chart music with this track, giving us enough commercial attitude to spark interest, whilst retaining his individuality amongst the crowd.

Sounds like: XY&O, Charlie Puth

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The Him – Secrets Feat. Cub Rayan

The Him

The Him share their new track called ‘Secrets’.

The Dutch duo are getting a bit of a reputation for creating instantly appealing dance pop spillers with relatable lyrics and tropical flair.

Their new release, ‘Secrets’, features the vocals talents of Cub Rayan and is the type of song that you want to constantly click repeat on.

Sounds like: XY&O, Kygo, Sam Feldt, Gryffin, Spada

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XY&O – One More Night (Lemonade)

XY&O

Causing us as much of a crush as ‘Lights On‘, Welsh band, XY&O return with the sensual video for ‘One More Night (Lemonade)’.

Amidst a sensual haze, lead singer Alex serenades a tattoo’d lady with this summery pop number, exploring “the motives of those who seek out carnal pleasures and the expectations people have.”

Sounds like: Kid Astray, Sir Sly, Lost Boy Crow, Nonaphoenix

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North Elements x Wayfarer// – Break (feat. Denitia)

North Elements x Wayfarer// - Break (feat. Denitia)

North Elements x Wayfarer// – Break (feat. Denitia)

Australia meets America with this new track called ‘Break’ by producers North Elements and Wayfarer//, featuring the vocals of singer/songwriter, Denitia.

‘Break’ is a track about embracing those things that do exactly that. It will definitely warm you up over the winter months, gently rocking you into a dreamlike state of art.

Sounds like: Ama Lou, Amethysts, Transviolet, XY&O, Delaire, TEIP, Abraham Tilbury, Tsörf, RÉN

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BOA – Pharaoh

BOA

BOA

Bristol-based synth pop duo, BOA, have shared their glorious new single, ‘Pharaoh’.

It’s another mellow track from the newcomers, with sweet twists of meandering, vocoder-style backing vocals shining through enchanting pop riffs.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Boxed In, Saint Raymond, KYKO, Honne, Great Good Fine Ok, Pistol Shrimp, Girl Friend, Fickle Friends, Ben Hobbs, XY&O, Imogen Heap

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Lanes – You’re Somebody

Lanes

Lanes

Lanes are a four-piece band from Atlanta, initially formed by two friends, Tim Romero and Jon Staff. The duo later recruited Chris and Johnny Beno.

Lanes create upbeat emo full of vintage rock sounds, R&B vocals, and electronic undertones.

Listen to ‘You’re Somebody’ below:

Sounds like: XY&O, The 1975, The Levity, Mothxr, Ten Fé, Great Good Fine Ok, The Starting Line, Dangerous Summer

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Playlist: XY&O

XY&O

XY&O

After being heckled at a recent XY&O show, we decided to get the guys onboard with a playlist to show us what they’re all about.

XY&O’s current release, ‘Chameleon’, is about social anxiety, and with that in mind, this playlist is in a bid to help you overcome any social anxiety that you may be suffering.

Daughter – Doing The Right Thing
The atmosphere these guys create in their songs is so hypnotic. I found the lyrics to this song to be particularly emotive after reading up on their meaning.

Mura Masa – Lovesick
We recently attended one of his gigs and the talent on this kid blows us away. He’s bringing something so fresh to the electronic music table.

Rufus – Innerbloom
A 9 minute epic that feels like it lasts for a lifetime and a few seconds at the same time. We can’t wait for their next return to the UK

Kaleo – Way Down We Go
Recently stumbled across this band and have had this single on repeat ever since. There’s so much cool stuff coming out of Iceland right now.

MGMT – Electric Feel
A timeless classic and one of the reasons we decided to start producing music together.

Ben Howard – Small Things
His new album is just too cool.

Parra for Cuva – Majoure
Such easy going, organic sounding electronica. I could (and do) listen to his album on loop.

Nahko and Medicine for the People – Aloha Ke Akua
A spiritual journey guided by words and an acoustic piano.

Coldplay – In My Place
One of my favourite bands of all time. Almost impossible to pick a single song so I simply chose the one that was playing while I wrote this :)

Kygo – Stay
If sunlight could be turned into music Kygo would be the guy able to do it. This song is a one way ticket to good vibes.

GoGo Penguin – One Percent
There’s just so much dark jazzy energy in this song. Easily one of the most immersive live shows we’ve ever experienced.

Bob Marley – Stir It Up
A revolutionary figure in every sense of the word. I’ve grown up listening to his music and a lifetime isn’t enough to get bored of it. Truly timeless music.

Sounds like: Phil Collins, Kid Astray, Sir Sly, Lost Boy Crow, Nonaphoenix

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Playlist: Leena Ojala

Leena Ojala

Leena Ojala

Disclosure: I am Leena Ojala’s publicist at the time of writing.

London-based alternative electro pop singer, Leena Ojala, has put together a playlist for us of ten tracks she has come across when listening to new music.

Of the playlist, Leena says, “I have gone for tracks that use varying influences and mix different styles in production.”

Oh Wonder: All We Do

I like the repetitive piano riff and the vocal melody. They create a sad yet beautiful feel for the song. The minimalistic approach makes the song memorable – it’s a case of less is more.

Dominique: Good Girl

I like the guitar hook she uses throughout the track. The hip hop beat underneath and the interesting distortion she uses are interesting giving the track a nice character. Big up for Dominique for creating her own lovely production!

Anevo: Electric Heart feat. Ameria

The unique sound of the different instruments used in the track come across nicely. Every section has different influences: the verse is more electronic and dance-like whereas the chorus is chilled. The different styles used give the track a nice vibe.

KINGDM: Say It Again

I like the use of drums with African influences. There is a soulful vibe going on with the vocals, melody and the piano which give the song a romantic feel.

MRGD: Skin Deep

I like the use of call and response mixed with the nice vocal hooks. The chorus incorporates different feels i.e. reggae rhythm and drum sound, synth piano and vocal hooks. This gives the track an unusual but unique crossover of styles.

XY&O: Low Tide

The minimal strumming and picking of the guitar in the verses gives the track a nice relaxed feel. I like the four to the floor drums in the chorus giving it kind of dancing in the summertime vibe. The vocals with an echo and a delay effect finish the track off nicely.

Phoria: Undone

I like the use of unusual blending of styles and rhythmic influences – the type you find with FKA Twigs. The track has a nice atmosphere, delivered by whispery vocals, hooks, dark piano tones and reverb effects.

Tess: Love Gun

I like the use of middle eastern feel in the track created by the vocal movement and the acoustic guitar. I can see influences of “Inna” here, but there are also elements of R&B, Pop and Hip Hop.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, YUAR, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Dominique, Amanda Merdzan

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