16 year-old, Grace Mitchell introduces herself with ‘Your Design’ and ‘Broken Over You’

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Lorde, Ariana Grande and First Aid Kit– just a few names of ridiculously talented artists under 21. Now we can add to that list 16 year-old Portland-based singer, Grace Mitchell who proves once again that age is merely a number. Like Lorde, she’s creating moody yet expertly constructed pop tunes. With fiery red hair and an intent stare, her tunes match her presence with exploding percussion and affecting synths. Broken Over You and Your Design are both mid-tempo numbers yet they escalate into huge chorus’ and melody-laden bridges. She sounds far beyond her years, presenting two songs that sit somewhere in between Robyn‘s glowing alt-pop and Lorde’s goth-pop.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/imgracemitchell/your-design[/soundcloud]

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/imgracemitchell/broken-over-you[/soundcloud]



Introducing Kentucky producer Ellie Herring and her new track, ‘Gem Landing’

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Ellie Herring is a producer from Kentucky who has been throwing gold up on her SoundCloud for the better part of a year now. Amongst jittery, atmospheric originals she’s done some stunning remixes of tracks by Janet Jackson and Cat Power proving that the beats still pump in the South. Last year she released her brilliant, Kite Day LP and followed it up this year with the slightly darker, Chipped EP. Now she’s popped a new song, Gem Landing, up on line, seemingly just for the hell of it. It’s a sunshine-induced tune with high-pitched vocal samples that err towards something you might hear on PC Music. It’s a tune for the headphones with plenty of delicious synths and bubblegum beats. File next to Ryan Hemsworth and Chrome Sparks. 

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/ellieh/gem-landing[/soundcloud]

Hear the Chipped EP below:



Cyril Hahn delivers ‘Open’ off new EP

Open ft. Ryan Ashley

Cyril Hahn is gearing up for the release of his new EP Voices out via PMR. A few weeks ago we heard Slow with Rochelle Jordan and today he’s dropped Open with 18 year-old British singer, Ryan Ashley. In line with much of what Hahn does so well, he builds the track around an emotional and soulful vocal sample laying down an atmospheric, club-ready beat alongside. It tracks along without much variation but it’s not needed. The track is smooth and flavoursome enough to keep you entertained for the full four and a half minutes. This SoundCloud user below sums up the listening experience best:

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[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/cyrilhahn/open-ft-ryan-ashley[/soundcloud]


Kelela teams up with Le1f for ‘OICU’

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With only one mixtape to her name, Kelela is already being hailed as the figurehead of future RnB and today she’s teamed up with a rapper of a similarly glowing status, Le1fOICU was produced by P. Morris and sees the pair enter into an altogether unconventional duet. Le1f sounds like Future while Kelela gently works her way around the melody like an early Janet. Meanwhile the beat clicks and slaps, only there to push the song along subtly while Kelela and Le1f do all the ground work. Let’s hope there are albums in the works for both Kelela and Le1f because this is pretty spectacular.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/kelelam/oicu[/soundcloud]


Hear Charli XCX ‘Break The Rules’

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Charli XCX is quickly becoming the queen of anarchy with yet another song that shares the same sense of reckless abandon as I Love It. Break The Rules is lifted from her forthcoming album Sucker and was recorded after time spent listening to Swedish punk records. It’s shows too. While Break The Rules is firmly planted in ’90s pop, there are chaotic undertones to it that align with the punk genre. With a chorus that yells, “going to the discotheque, getting high and getting wrecked”, this one’s sure to reignite ‘that cocaine scene’ from Girls which had I Love It behind it. After the success of her feature on Iggy Azalea‘s Fancy and Boom Clap, Sucker could well be her breakthrough record.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/charlixcx/charli-xcx-break-the-rules[/soundcloud]


Caribou shares the title track from the forthcoming, ‘Our Love’

It feels like it’s been a long and painful wait since Caribou dropped the delicious first track, Can’t Do Without Youfrom his forthcoming album Our Love. Today he’s put an end to that pain by releasing the title track from the new record, Our Love. In the same lane as Can’t Do Without You, it’s a subdued, mellow-burner that utilises delicate vocals before bursting into a club-ready beat. The producer has a knack for chosing how long to hold a song back before releasing it into its full potential and he demonstrates that expertly here. Really it’s just another reason to pick up the new record when it’s released on 3 October in Aus.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/our-love[/soundcloud]



London newbie Shannon Saunders unveils her debut ‘Sheets’

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Though the one-track on her SoundCloud tells a very different story, British songstress Shannon Saunders has been releasing music since she was 14. Starting off on YouTube, she eventually self-released her debut single and made a video from nine pounds. It seems she won’t have the same budgetary constraints now as she’s been snapped up by Warner Records who have released her single Sheets. With a Kate Bush trill and Ellie Goulding‘s electronic stylings, Saunders is set to make a bit of a splash. Sheets is an effortless track that ditches a huge pop chorus in favour of bolstered-up bass and subtle synth-work. It’s a grower and a fast one at that. Watch this space.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/shannonsaunders/sheets[/soundcloud]


Hear ‘PS’, the collaborative single from DJ Q & Flava D

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The start of the week may not sound like the optimum time to drop a deep club throbber, but it seems it’s exactly what we needed. Both hailing from the UK, DJ Q has teamed up with Flava D on PS to mesh garage and grime together with an infectiously massaging bass-line. Alongside skittering yet soulful vocal samples, the pair lay down a tempo-raising, yet paced instrumental. Both of them have released stellar remixes of Tinashe‘s 2 On this year and this seems to be the lovechild of the two. Could it be? Could DJ Q and Flava D have the club going up on a Monday?

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/localactionrecords/dj-q-flava-d-ps-loc018[/soundcloud]


Kindness re-works Royskopp & Robyn’s ‘Monument’

A Monument To Everything (Kindness mix feat. Busiswa)

It’s been a big week for British producer and artist in his own right, Kindness. He announced the release of his sophomore album, Otherness, dropped the first single, World Restart with Kelela and Ade and now has released his re-work of Royksopp and Robyn‘s Monument. The original of the track is almost 10 minutes long but here Kindness cuts it down to six and adds South African poet/singer Busiswa. As such the track takes on a dancehall vibe while retaining Robyn’s brooding chorus, albeit with a slightly pitch-altered voice. It’s also been retitled A Monument To Everything.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/royksopp/a-monument-to-everything-kindness-mix-feat-busiswa[/soundcloud]


Listen to a new track from Panama, ‘Stay Forever’

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Earlier this year Sydney band Panama released their most successful offering to date, the Always EP, with it’s title track seemingly still growing in popularity. Today, they’ve dropped a free track Stay Forever ahead of their North America and Europe tour. Stay Forever is very much what we’ve become accustomed to hearing from the band. It’s a mellow, supremely produced indie-rock track that glistens with breathy vocals. Subtlety is definitely the band’s biggest strength and once again they’ve carved an iconic, eternal chorus with little fanfare.

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/futureclassic/panama-stay-forever[/soundcloud]

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