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Electronic meets soul on ‘Diddy Bop’ – a new song by Jacob Banks and Louis The Child, as featured on the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack no less.

We’re loving the unique direction both acts are taking with the track – groovy piano chords and a feel good energy.

Listen below.

It’s out now via Republic Records.

Sounds like: Rationale, Aloe Blacc, Rag’n’Bone Man, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Salt Ashes, Ben Khan

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High Hazels – Days Of No One

BBC 6 favourite, breezy indie band High Hazels share their new single ‘Days Of No One’.

Fighting an ever-losing battle of love and being lonely, lead singer James admits that despite the conflicting themes in their music, he is a fan of people; “Weirdly that’s why I think loneliness pops up in our music quite a lot, I suppose it’s more the fear of it.”

Days Of No One - SoundCloud
(211 secs long, 813 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: The Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane, Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Richard Hawley, The Coral, Beach House, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine

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Cape Cub – Come Around

Creating honest, real and emotive music is Cape Cub‘s forte. It seems to be in his blood.

His new single – out today on LAB Records – is called ‘Come Around’ and is a highly thought-provoking song about losing a loved one.

Come Around - SoundCloud
(239 secs long, 65 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: Foals, Passenger, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Tep No, Brandon Flowers, Death Cab for Cutie, Temper Trap,

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Captain Kidd – Bleed

There is a bit of a Drake vibe going on in Captain Kidd‘s new single ‘Bleed’ and we are digging it.

A perfect blend of blissed-out, nostalgic indie with modern pop. Listen below.

BLEED - SoundCloud
(261 secs long, 25592 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: RÜFÜS, SAMA

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Bishat – Unholy Romance

Swedish alt-pop artist Bishat shares the intriguing ‘Unholy Romance’.

It has an intense and destructive undertone and was written in collaboration with producer Damian Ardestani (aka XOV) on a freezing day just outside of Stockholm.

Unholy Romance - SoundCloud
(156 secs long, 537 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: The Weeknd, Robyn, LKA, Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, July Child, Nao, Lorde

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LMBO – Fake It

Classically trained multi-instrumentalist school friends and singer LMBO releases debut single ‘Fake It’.

Music to match a soundtrack, the melodies effortlessly tip toe between the light and dark.

Fake It - SoundCloud
(237 secs long, 5057 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: Hellogoodbye, Owl City, Hotel Garuda

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With a name as unique as Ekaruz, we’d expect the young German duo to produce equally as quirky sounds, and their new single ‘Wild Horses’ doesn’t disappoint.

Produced by Odd Martin (Sigrid, Aurora), it’s a song loaded full of wild pop bullets, being firing at you from all angles, in some sort of DIY manner.

EKARUZ - Wild Horses (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) - YouTube

Sounds like: Sigrid, Billie Eilish

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(240 secs long, 12535 plays)Play in SoundCloud

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Our one to watch in 2018 is BAUM.

The Los Angeles-based pop angel takes control with her defiant anthem ‘This Body’. A song inspired by personal experiences with cat calling and a struggle with an eating disorder, it sends a hugely empowering message.

“One morning, while I was walking to the USC practice rooms on South Figueroa, I got aggressively cat called about my “fat ass.” I’m a fiery person. I talk back. I’m “sassy” and I’m not shy around strangers. I’m typically not someone who is great at “taking the higher road” or letting things go, but in that situation, I felt like a delicate flower. When a man confronts you without batting an eyelash, verbally scrutinizing your body, you feel like nothing. This man was asserting his dominance over me, letting me know that he was entitled to my body — looking, commenting, maybe even touching. So, I went inside the practice rooms with my face red and hot. I grew up in New York City. This was not the first time I had been cat called on a street corner, but for some reason it particularly bothered me that day. It was kind of a perfect storm because I felt like I wanted to yell or cry or something, and I had literally just stepped into a practice room with a piano. I started saying things that I wanted to hear — “I got my power,” “this body is my home” etc. Looking back on that experience, I guess writing the song was my way of getting my power back in the moment.

I recovered from an eating disorder in the summer of 2016, which is when I wrote this song. My whole life I grew up completely buying into the media’s definition of beauty. I thought that I needed to be rail thin (not my body type) and utterly despised any fat on my stomach. I started my first diet around the age of ten, and my battle with food, guilt, and self loathing continued on throughout the next ten+ years. For me, performing “This Body” is a reminder to myself that I’m sexy and I’m beautiful and I have all of my confidence. That’s why I start every show with it. It’s not just like I’m telling these lyrics to other people, but I’m sort of talking to myself as well.

My sophomore year of college, I was extremely lucky in that so many positive elements aligned themselves in my life. I had a boyfriend who loved my body and reassured me while I put on much needed weight and got increasingly healthier. I moved into an apartment with friends who were like family and were more supportive than I could have ever hoped for. That year, I also found the body positivity movement on social media. I read articles and watched videos of women talking about the stuff I had never been able to articulate and would never have felt comfortable articulating. All of these factors in my life came together and really allowed me to grow and to love myself. That kind of opened a door for me and inspired me to write about being a woman in very literal terms.

Honestly, my hope for this song is just that someone, somewhere can listen to it and feel what I feel hearing powerful women talk about loving themselves. When I see a quote that makes smile or a picture of someone owning their body, I feel companionship, knowing that we’re all in it together, and I feel empowered myself. If I can do that for someone else, then I will know I have accomplished something huge.”

This Body - SoundCloud
(223 secs long, 1104 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: Adele, Austra, YONAKA, MUNA, HAIM, Adele

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Introducing Laarsen, an innovative electronic artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

Slotting nicely into the musical realms of James Blake and Frank Ocean, Laarsen samples with the electronic (modern synthesisers, beats and production techniques) and natural (vocal recordings, vinyl samples, and organic instrumentation), merging sounds from the past, present, and future.

Listen to the  ‘Would U’ below, and expect a debut EP in the Spring.

Would U - SoundCloud
(199 secs long, 4526 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: Ben Pearce, Lane 8, James Blake, Burial, Mura Masa, Jim E-Stack, Jacques Greene, Kelela, Frank Ocean

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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.

Waking Up - SoundCloud
(217 secs long, 27389 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: Goldroom, Chela, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Fiora

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Meet Llovers, a Newcastle-based band who write thought-provoking material about disconnection in society.

The soft vocal loops and airy guitar riffs in ‘Just Lust’ gently build to a crescendo of beautiful noise.

Lead singer Jack explains about the songwriting process,

“Just Lust is the sum of a deeply personal exploration in 2017 concerning how I felt within myself. I considered the effect that perception of ‘men’ as a generalised group moulded my own mental health and enforced a feeling of disconnection from a percentage of the population. Musically the track is built to replicate the thought process providing time and thought before erupting in a wave of raw emotion in a cathartic way.”

Just Lust - SoundCloud
(185 secs long, 4295 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: Alt-J, Foals

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Indietronica duo Dana And The Wolf have a good attitude problem, and it’s damn right infectious. But don’t judge too quickly and think all they do is like to party as they also enjoy a good musical!

Their new single ‘Got Me Poly’ tackles the prejudice towards polygamous relationships. As Daniel puts it “At the end of the day being “poly” is just as ridiculous and insatiable as “mono;” the latter is just more boring.”

Got Me Poly - SoundCloud
(190 secs long, 37739 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Little Mix

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Hansaa & Soso – Nights Feat Emma Sameth

Australian outfit Hansaa & Soso shares the new video for ‘Nights’ featuring the delicate vocal tones of Los Angeles-based Emma Sameth.

The visuals, directed by Julian Pircher, watch a young man follow his desires for a lady as she is laid out right in front of him.

Hansaa, soso - Nights ft. Emma Sameth (DEMO LINK) DO NOT USE - YouTube

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Kuru Blue, Banks

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Sunan – Faster

Introducing Sunan, the vibrant new project from Pete Robertson.

Despite taking himself away from the music scene after departing The Vaccines, Sunan has had a “controlled explosion” of ideas from “minimalist string quartets to maximalist 80s-style prog pop.”

One of these results is ‘Faster’,  which covers a kaleidoscope of unshackled themes and variations.

Faster - SoundCloud
(282 secs long, 360 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: LCD Soundsystem, Everything Everything, Alt-J, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads

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MATTIS – The Chain

We absolutely love Copenhagen-based viking soul MATTIS.

His new single ‘The Chain’ is written about the demise of a failed relationship (we’ve all been there). Ultimately life is tough but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

The Chain - SoundCloud
(242 secs long, 6437 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: Rationale, Ben Pearce, James Blake, Sampha, Thomas Azier

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Xie – Habits

We’ve all got ‘Habits’ but none are as positive as Los Angeles-based producer and singer Xie.

Taking a fresh perspective on pop music, Xie is paving the way for female producers with her new song!

Habits - SoundCloud
(204 secs long, 81637 plays)Play in SoundCloud

‘Habits’ is out now via Seeking Blue Records.

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Crystal Fighters, The Knocks, Charli XCX, CHLØË BLACK

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Kuzo – Luna

This laid-back duo have big dreams in their heads. Meet Kuzo.

The video for ‘Luna’ explores nature during the day, epitomising a dream-like state, waiting for the moon to come out.

KUZO - Luna [Official Video] - YouTube

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Noosa

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Shadowlark – See Each Other Right

British trio Shadowlark single ‘See Each Other Right’ blends sounds similar to that of Goldfrapp and Fleetwood Mac.

It’s another hypnotic song to add to their synth-tinged roster, further showcasing front woman Ellen Smith’s mysterious vocals.

Shadowlark See Each Other Right - SoundCloud
(189 secs long, 284 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: Bat For Lashes, Lykke Li, Goldfrapp, Fleetwood Mac

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Giraffes – Basement

Futuristic pop duo Giraffes (aka Mark Hadley and Keeley Bumford) are pinned to grab your attention with their short and snappy production techniques, colourful vocal loops and fresh melodies.

Listen to their debut single, ‘Basement’ below.

Basement - SoundCloud
(174 secs long, 4350 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: Charli XCX, Manila Killa

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Josh Jacobson – Sideline Feat. Gigamesh

Josh Jacobson is effortlessly combining modern R&B with dance-pop in his new single ‘Sideline’ featuring co-production from Gigamesh.

On the subject of the song, he explains,

“Sideline is a song about growth and building in new directions, learning to let go when it’s necessary to move forward. It’s about those inner voices at times of transition that are at once exciting but so challenging emotionally. I think these lyrics will resonate with a lot of people in different ways, so I’m excited to hear how people relate to the song.”

Josh Jacobson - Sideline Feat. Gigamesh - SoundCloud
(227 secs long, 5349 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Sounds like: Le Youth, Drake, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd

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Wow, Emma McGrath is a North Londoner who, at just 18 years old, already has two PRS grants under her belt!

She started writing music six years ago and is now gearing up to release an EP called ‘Silent Minds’.

The first release from the EP is ‘Love You Better’ is as radio-ready as they come, written with Grammy Award winning Jimmy Hogarth no less.

The ‘Silent Minds’ EP is expected on 13 April 2018 and can be pre-ordered here.

Sounds like: Soak, Florence + The Machine, London Grammar, Birdy, FOXES, Ed Sheeran

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