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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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Apsley – Fear

Apsley - Fear

We wrote about Idaho-based Apsley (aka Jacob Apsley) earlier this year and we’re excited to share his latest release, ‘Fear’.

The track has more of an demanding tone than Sold, reminding us of an early The 1975 with its muted guitar riffs and echoey, falsetto vocals.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, SOHN, Aquilo, The 1975, Friendly Fires, Delphic, The Chain Gang of 1974, The Naked and Famous, H A R T E B E E S T, Tourist, Bastille, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires

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Aquilo – Almost Over (Silhouettes Trilogy : Part 3)

Aquilo

Aquilo

UK production duo, Aquilo, are back this week with ‘Almost Over’.

The gritty short film – directed by Eoin Glaister and part of Aquilo’s Silhouettes Trilogy – finalises here…or does it?

Watch below.

Aquilo’s highly anticipated album, ‘Silhouettes’, is out today on Island Records.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler

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Apsley – Sold

Apsley - Sold

Apsley – Sold

Idaho-based Apsley (aka Jacob Apsley) releases his debut track, ‘Sold’, and it’s a stunner.

Originally a drummer (he started at the tender age of six), Jacob later picked up the piano, guitar and singing skills that we today witness on ‘Sold’.

‘Sold’ is about seeing life as it really is, and not being shackled to the conforms of society. With that in mind, we recommend you whack this song on your headphones and go for a walk outside.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, SOHN, Aquilo, Friendly Fires, Delphic, The Chain Gang of 1974, The Naked and Famous, H A R T E B E E S T, Tourist, Bastille, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires

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Aquilo – Silhouette (Silhouettes Trilogy : Part 2)

Aquilo

Aquilo

UK production duo, Aquilo, share the video for ‘Silhouette’, the lead single from their upcoming debut album, released on 27 January via Island Records.

The video, directed by Eoin Glaister, forms part of Aquilo’s ‘Silhouettes’ video trilogy.

The short film focuses on Perry Benson (This Is England, Sid & Nancy) and continues from Part 1.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler

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Aquilo – You Won’t Know Where You Stand (Silhouettes Trilogy : Part I)

Aquilo

Aquilo

UK production duo, Aquilo, kick off 2017 with a video for their new single ‘You Won’t Know Where You Stand’.

The video, directed by Eoin Glaister, forms part of Aquilo’s ‘Silhouettes’ video trilogy, taken from their debut album of the same name released on 27 January via Island Records.

You may recognise some of the actors in the video – it stars Perry Benson (This Is England, Sid & Nancy), Ruairi O’Connor (What Richard Did, Handsome Devil) and Emily Reid, and follows the inter-connected lives of three characters (an olympic skater, her dad and a young football coach), coming together to a poignant narrative whole.

Sounds like: SOHN, Great Good Fine Ok, Hurts, X&Y, Young Empires, Fenech Soler

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HUNNY – Colder Parts

HUNNY

HUNNY

South Californian band, HUNNY, have shared ‘Colder Parts’; the six-piece’s follow up track to ‘Vowels‘.

It’s another slice of late 80’s rock pie, and offers up some serious gleaming synths with Robert Smith-esque vocals.

Tour Dates with The Frights and Gymshorts

8/20/16 – Santa Ana – Constellation Room
8/21/16 – Santa Ana – Constellation Room
8/23/16 – San Francisco – The Rickshaw Shop

Sounds like: The Cure, Temper Trap, The Wild Wild, Blossoms, Young Empires, The Smiths, Twin Wave, The Island Club, The 1975

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Fond of Rudy – The Line

Fond of Rudy

Fond of Rudy

Time for some feel-good indie pop from Brighton’s Fond of Rudy.

Their new track ‘The Line’ blends 80’s synths with a modern, catchy and melodic guitar hooks. It’s a track about frustration within a relationship. Something I’m sure we can all relate to.

Live Dates

10.09 – Printers Playhouse, Eastbourne
17.09 – Willow Festival

‘The Line’ was released on 2 August.

Sounds like: Young Kato, The Maccabees, Young Empires, Two Door Cinema Club, Temper Trap

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BLAJK – Lethal

BLAJK by Jeffrey Ayres

BLAJK by Jeffrey Ayres

Toronto band BLAJK, return with ‘Lethal’, another well put together offering from the four piece.

Of the track, the band say,

“Lethal is a song about a tarnished yet lustful relationship that has kept you going back and forth over time. Constantly yearning for the person while fully aware that reconnecting only leads to trouble and unhappiness. It’s about indulging in the guilty pleasure that is this person and living with the consequences.”

Sounds like: The Neighbourhood, Phantogram, The 1975, MOTHXR, LANY, Young Empires, Banners, KAPTAN

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BLAJK – Good Liars

BLAJK

BLAJK

Toronto indie pop five-piece BLAJK make a tidy return to Indietronica with their latest release, ‘Good Liars’.

The track sees lead vocalist Jordan Radics telling the story of contrived, synthetic lives and personalities broadcast through screens and filters.

“Good Liars was built off another song we had written about a year ago. We had always liked its energy but didn’t really know where to go with it. So when it came time to piece together all the demos we had for the EP, that song quickly evolved and became one of our favourites. The original demo sounded much different and it took a couple nights of writing to really bring it to life. But when Jordan sang over it we knew it was strong and it proves to be whenever we play it live.”

It’s another polished and compelling offering from BLAJK. Listen below:

Tour Dates
May 4 / The Velvet Underground / Toronto, ON (w/ Baio, ROMES, Only Yours and TMPL)
May 6 / Royal Ontario Museum / Toronto, ON
May 8 / Adelaide Hall / Toronto, ON (w/ Big Black Delta, Rolemodel and Wilde)
May 18 / Sugar Nightclub / Victoria, BC (w/ Young Empires)
May 19 / Fortune Sound Club / Vancouver, BC (w/ Young Empires)
May 20 / Habitat / Kelowna, BC (w/ Young Empires)
May 21 / Commonwealth / Calgary, AB (w/ Young Empires)
May 22 / Starlite Room / Edmonton, AB (w/ Young Empires)
May 24 / Amigos / Saskatoon, SK (w/ Young Empires)
May 25 / Park Theatre / Winnipeg, MB (w/ Young Empires)
Jun 12 / Bestival / Toronto, ON

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Sounds like: The Neighbourhood, Phantogram, The 1975, MOTHXR, LANY, Young Empires, Banners

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