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29 August 2017

Top Tracks: August

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We have put together a list of songs that have stood out this month for a plethora of reasons. Please take the time to invest and immerse yourself in them:

 

Jailbox: ‘A Fork Inside’ 

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Hailing from Maplewood, Missouri, the quartet have produced a heartbreakingly brilliant ballad. This is a provocative and serene piece that is as magnificent played through speakers as it is through headphones. This goes a long way in illustrating the fascinating potential of a new band on our listening block. 

Vilde: ‘Stimuli’ 

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I think I have covered everything that the prodigious Thomas Vilde has produced so far. A unique talent, his production skills alone are something to be admired. The Australian-born, Stockholm-based artist is in a different league to a number of musicians and ‘Stimuli’ is another example of his artistic maturity. 

Said The Whale: ‘Nothing Makes Me Happy ft WILLA’

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As intriguing as it is beautiful, its gutsy production is what catapults it to another level, and what about that hook? This surprises with layers of detail and acts as complete revivalism for a band that have been out of my ears for a while.

Freedom Fry:Strange Attraction’

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My first introduction to the LA-based duo and an awakening of pop music and love. With its carefully nurtured delicate underbelly, this is cocooned in psychedelia and complete confidence.

Mallrat: ‘Uninvited’ 

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Australia’s Grace Shaw aka Mallrat has hit with aplomb. This electro-pop earworm is as visually stunning as it is an addictive listen. Hook-heavy and bathed in hazy vocals, this is the makings of a pop star to keep an eye on. 

Ayo River: ‘Mercedes’ 

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The Atlanta outfit have made quite the impression on us, this is a layered and beautiful work with a lead vocal that you have every chance of falling head over heels for. ‘Mercedes‘ is as much a companion as it is a damn fine listen.

Ghostpoet: ‘Dopamine If I Do’

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It’s been a welcome return to Ghostpoet with the release of his 4th long player Dark Days + Canapés. Here he ups even his own ante with a beautifully conceived production and one that is as much a hypnotizing score as it is further testament to an incomparable artist. 

FYOHNA: ‘Believe You’ 

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Katarina Gleicher and producer Elliot Glasser have made quite the impression between their last two releases. Glasser understands fully how to work with Gleicher’s vocal and how to showcase it at its best. This is smart and completely irresistible. 

Francis: ‘Swing’ 

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The Swedish trio has produced a west coast soundtrack to your summer. Petra Mases’ vocal is a silky temptation and ‘Swing‘ walks the line between indie and pop effortlessly. 

Saunas: ‘My Body’

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The new Nashville outfit cleverly mix trippy space rock, unwavering vocal melodies and synth pop to create one of the more vibrant songs of the summer. There’s an 80s injection here that acts as a derivative and not a dated anchor. Roll on the release of the EP.

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