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.
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.
0171 is Hackney duo Joe Bedell-Brill and Georgie Hoare.
Creating a beautiful clash of raw and honest music, the nostaglic dark pop duo shares their sophomore single, ‘SMTHN RL’. It explores a yearning for real experiences and real intimacy in a world where you can often feel distant from each other, and from your own life.
Also one half of the esteemed roots band The Bros. Landreth, Joey takes a more emotional approach to his solo material, creating a bold and versatile sound that explodes with energy while also remaining captivating throughout.
Listen to ‘Cryin” below, with its James Bay vibes.
If there is one thing to do this year, go see Bokito perform live.
Sitting in the gap between tropical indie pop and soulful funk, Bokito’s ‘Colleen Bawn’ is bursting with summery energy and fills you will and irrefutable urge to move. Frontman Moses Moorhouse’s vocal is the perfect compliment to the tasty groove set by the five-piece.
Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Stereohoney, Shiners
We challenge you not to become obsessed with ALL THE REST, a band from Georgia comprised of best friends, Caleb Smith (vocals, guitar), Baylee Waller (vocals, guitar), Jud Harris (drums), and Tre Housman (bass).
Their electro-pop catch, ‘Our Youth’ represents captures the essence of the band – loneliness and love while representing those who are “all the rest” of society.
Hailing from Milwaukee, CrystalKnives (aka Spencer Mutsch) is a 22-year-old jazz drummer turned electronic producer and songwriter.
His passion for melody and pop music illuminates through his production sound and style which has gained the attention of many listeners and industry watchdogs alike. He has teamed up with vocalist,
Sarah Warren and the track is out now via Elysian Records.
Moving on from a relationship can be challenging. The best thing to do is to write it into a song. This is exactly what Nashville-based Mokita (aka John-Luke Carter) has done with ‘Til I Don’t’.
Mokita started playing the piano and at the age of six and singing in the choir shortly after. After adding the guitar to his list of skills later on, he eventually ended up in the world of music production; giving him everything he needed to begin crafting his body of work as an artist.
When two talented multi-instrumentalists get together, the result is Triptych Miró.
Effortlessly combining electronic jazz & soul, the duo – comprised of Erez Sivan & Sapphire Adizes from Los Angeles via Tel Aviv – melt boundaries with their ultra cinematic, but heartwarming production.
Production seems to be Sean Turk‘s forte, having already released material on Warner, Spinnin’ Records,and Ultra Records and gained support from some key players.
We wanted to get inside the musical mind of the New York-based #BedroomBass enthusiast to find out where he finds the inspiration for his music.
The result is the below playlist, or in Sean’s own words…
Hey what’s going on y’all! Here is a playlist that kind of encompasses the vibes I’m feeling at the moment. A lot of similar stuff that I am usually influenced by. These songs are my go to for traveling/driving around from day to day. Hope you guys enjoy!
The Erised are a five-piece from Ukraine, comprised of drum & bass producers Detail and Hidden Element, and dancer-turned-singer/songwriter, Sonya.
Although their music stems from drum & bass, this group create a immersive collective of jazz, rock and pop.
You could be tricked into thinking the single ‘Liar’ is an indietronica track with Sonya’s opulent vocals, but every now and then snippets of dark and vibrant instrumentals drum & bass hit our ears, building to a great rocky crescendo at the end. Lovely.
They are releasing their debut album with Hospital Records‘ derivative Med School. Pre-order the album, ‘Room 414’, on iTunes, and you’ll get ‘Liar’ as an instant grat.
ZAYN has met his match, in Norwegian singer and musician Astrid S.
Following on from the epic ‘Paper Thin,’ is the video for ‘Hurts So Good,’ directed by the acclaimed screenwriter and director, Andreas Öhman at Naïve Studio in Sweden.
About the video, Astrid remarks:
“It was a very cool experience to do this music video. I went to Stockholm for two days, and we filmed it by a beautiful summer house outside of the city, as well as in a studio. It felt so uncomfortable doing the scenes with the actor which depict the aspects of a complicated relationship reflected in the song’s lyrics. But after seeing the final result it was so worth it. I’m very happy with the video, and I think it suits both the song and me.”
It’s the lead single from her upcoming, self-titled EP, and was written by Lindy Robbins (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato) and Julia Michaels (Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Little Mix) and produced by Max Martin Studios and MAG. That would explain the strong pop influence!
Of the EP, Astrid says:
“Until now, my fans have had to wait a long time to hear new music from me, one track a year! But, I’ve been in the studio, working hard, and now I have lots to share with you. This May, my first 5 track EP will be coming to you all to listen to whenever and wherever! I am so excited!”
The EP is set to be released on 20 May via Virgin EMI.
BKLYN are an alternative pop trio from Devon, UK, comprised of Josh (lead vocal / guitar), Alex (bass) and Jack (drums).
We caught up the guys to discuss Devon, musical influences and what their sound is all about (in four words, not three!).
For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about yourself and how you got into music.
Hi I’m Josh, I sing and play guitar. You’ve got Jack who plays the drums and Alex who also sings and plays the bass. We’ve all lived most of our lives in a small town on the coast of Devon. All 3 of us started playing music in different bands and through the playing of local shows, you kind-of got to meet and know who everyone was through the music “scene” – ’cause to be honest it doesn’t really exist where we are unless you venture inland a few more miles. But how we actually got into music started when we were all pretty young, I think we’ve now all got an urge/strive and passion to create a sound we can call ours.
Describe your sound in three words.
Lovesick Pop, Electronic, Ambient.
You’ve definitely got a The 1975 vibe going on. Where do you cite your musical influences from?
We have been told that our music resembles theirs and we’re humbled to hear that, but we couldn’t say that we were influenced by them in general. Our influences differ depending on which one of us you ask; we have American Football, Brain Eno, Peter Gabriel, Chairlift, Blood Orange, Sia, Neon Indiana, Bowie, I mean the list can go on. But we do have a huge mutual appreciation for hip/hop and take a lot of narration from the percussion and bass lines. It’s hard to narrow it down to a select few artists.
Tell us who the new release ‘Don’t Even Care’ is about?
Its kind a revenge song in my head, but its pretty self explanatory. I lead more towards it being in your face rather than it being vague and shadowing its truth, which is how I used to like to write. It needed to be more full fontal. Its pretty much about not caring about something special and being blatant about it, when you’re preaching to everyone that you did care. I’m heading down this self righteous road on how I’m writing these songs at the moment and most of the new songs we’ve yet to release will tell you that. Its exciting because we feel like this is the step we need to take in writing new music.
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
Josh – I’m smashing out ZAYN‘s new album, theres some great new sounds I’ve not really heard on songs before which I love.
Alex – been listening to KANO and Deftone’s new albums.
Jack – it been LANY for me.
Sounds like: The 1975, Fickle Friends, BLAJK, High Tyde, SKIES, The Northcoast