DECEMBER 7 UPDATE: Our last New Electronic Pop update for 2018 features a collection of 30 brand spaking new tracks released over the past three weeks. We begin with the left field funk of ‘Ordinary Pleasure’, the new single from Chaz Bundick aka Toro Y Moi followed by the downtempo beats oriented of ‘Nothing Could Do Better’ from Montreal-based singer-songwriter and musician Peter Sagar aka Homeshake, the new track ‘Vicious Love’ from Sydney based artist and multi-instrumentalist Kirsty Tickle aka Exhibitionist co-written with Sydney punk duo ARSE, the emotive new single ‘Focus’ from Paris based artist Antoine Eynius aka Suna, Phoenix duo Bogan Via with the dual speed driven number ‘Chillin’, Changsha born artist Lexie Liu with her new track ‘Sleep Away’ sung both in Chinese and English and the delicate pop number ‘Don’t Worry’ by another Sydney artist Annabel Weston aka Annie Bass.
Other tracks in playlist order come from Fredrickstad foursome Remington Super 60, San Francisco’s Tycho, Brooklyn artist Abbi Press and Brooklyn trio Violet Sands, Melbourne artist Will Cuming aka LANKS, Montréal outfits Men I Trust and Lesser Evil, Stockholm trio Alembia, Taiwanese artist Stella Chung aka Scintii, the collaboration between Grimes (Claire Boucher and HANA (Hana Pestle), Oakland born and Los Angeles based Tim Atlas & his collaboration with fellow Los Angeles outfit Hablot Brown, Melbourne sibling duo Kllo, Israeli both and New York City based SwuM, Los Angeles artist Majken, London based trio Peluché, Finnish duo Pole Siblings, Norwegian artist girl in red, 18 year old London artist Arlo Parks, Australian producer Ross James aka upsidedownhead, Melbourne producer Tobiahs, Paris based artist Michelle Blades, Los Angeles-based artist Claud Mintz and the gorgeously bittersweet new single from Seattle based artist Perfume Genius the nom de plume of Mike Hadreas.
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NEW INDEPENDENT ELECTRONIC POP: AN INDIE30 PLAYLIST
Updated December 7, 2018
NOVEMBER 6 UPDATE: Been busy across October and early November assembling our New Independent Electronic Pop playlist. Check out the fruits of our labour below. In order of release date, the current ever revolving list contains new tracks from;
San Francisco artist and HEARTWATCH member Claire George, Adelaide electronic duo PINES, Amsterdam’s BEA 1991, NYC’s Emily King, Melbourne’s Ella Thompson, Paris producer Zimmer‘s track with Sydney’s Panama, Portland’s Chromatics, Berlin based Athens artist Sarah P., London duo TENDER, Ghent’s Balthazar, Georgia’s Ernest Greene aka Washed Out, Brisbane’s Harriette Pilbeam aka Hatchie Malmö’s We Float , veteran Baltimore duo Beach House, Chas Bundick’s Toro Y Moi, London artist/producer Sega Bodega and Westerman from the same city, Brooklyn duo Beacon , Edinburgh’s Young Fathers , Zach Condon’s Beirut, London’s Lou Hayter Los Angeles artists Lorely Rodriguez aka Empress Of, Das Kope, and L.A. based Australian Teischa, Chicago artist Jamila Woods, Toronto’s Jen K. Wilson aka Buildings And Food, New York City quartet Mr Twin Sister , Oregon born LP Giobbi‘s work with Californian rapper H3YR LÜCK, Vienna based artist Anja Franziska Plaschg aka Soap&Skin and Czech born English artist Ema Jolly aka Emika.
SEPTEMBER 27 UPDATE: 22 new tracks since the last update. We begin with New York City artist & producer Yaeji who has a fine new track out called ‘One More’ and she’s followed up by London’s Westerman with his self effacing and mathematical new single ‘Albatross’. Then we head back to NYC and Brooklyn in particular with Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Spring with her jaunty keys focused new single ‘Less’ before ‘Moonlight Bounce’ another track we’ve included from Los Angeles artist and producer Daniel T‘s debut album Heliotrope makes its appearance.
Stockholm duo Miljon follows with the warm vibes of ‘What Does It Take’ before Portland’s Lovetechnique make their second playlist appearance with the amazing ‘Right Here’. Brisbane artist Tim Bettison continues independent life after breaking free of a certain Japanese “entertainment” conglomerate late last year. His vehicle Vancouver Sleep Clinic is next with the woozy R&B inspired ‘Mercy’. FADE, the project of Grand Rapids artist Marley Ferguson follows that up with the atmospheric and downtempo ‘Changing’ while Farao, the project of London based Norwegian singer Kari Jahnsen, shares new single ‘Marry Me’ from her forthcoming album Pure-O out October 19 on Western Vinyl.
Madeline Kenney is next with another new single ‘Bad Idea from her upcoming full length for Carpark, Perfect Shapes. Future Generations have released a new single ‘Out Loud’ from their recently dropped album Landscape. Finnish artist Jaakko Eino Kalevi releases his new album on October 12 through Domino. Its called Out Of Touch and laments the dependence that has accompanied the normalisation of 24/7 round the world communications in many parts of the globe.
Swedish artist Seinabo Sey‘s new single ‘Never Get Used To’ is from her new album I’m A Dream and the precedes Yumi Zouma‘s new single ‘Crush (It’s Late Just Stay)’, the Kiwi quartet’s second entrance into this playlist. Das Body are back as well to follow up ‘Graceland’ with the pleading ‘Know My Name as is Marie-Hélène Delorme’s FOXTROTT with Deliver’ from Meditations I-II-III.
Utrecht artist Johanneke Kranendonk’s Jo Marches project unleashes their pysch inspired ‘Monsters’ from the forthcoming EP Day In Day Out next before Melbourne artist Ella Thompson chimes in with the superb ‘Snow’ off her forthcoming EP Hysteria.
Norwegian synthpop duo TGC‘S direct and emotive new single ‘ECG’ then precedes two tracks from Montreal. The lead single from Josianne Boivin aka MUNYA is the gorgeous ‘Hotel Delmano’ from her new EP simply titled Delmano while Anemone, the band led by Chloé Soldevila have the deep ‘Daffodils’ out. The final new addition is from French artist Laura Briard who continually impresses with her unique take on influences far and wide, this time Brazil and Portuguese is the focus with the DIY sounding ‘Jorge’ from her EP Coração Louco on Midnight Special.
AUGUST 28 UPDATE: An absolutely to die for stack of new additions to our New Independent Electronic Pop playlist across the month of August leading off with Sydney artist and producer Jessica Nitties aka Sparrows (Stoney Roads) with the tribal, electronic and house inspired, ‘Over & Out. Christchurch pop quartet Yumi Zouma are next with the upbeat groove of ‘In Camera’ (Cascine), arguably their breeziest song for years while the incredible density and beautiful instrumental mix which merges on the traditional and the electronic ‘Stare Into You’ (Self Released), follows from Canadian artist Patrick Fiore, aka Noble Oak.
Empress Of, the pop project of Honduran-American Lorely Rodriguez is next. She has announced a new album called Us set for October 19 on Terrible Records and the first single, ‘When I’m In With Him is an excellent half English half Spanish sung work of pop perfection. Following that Sydney DIY artist Joannah Jackson aka Sloan Peterson has released ‘Our Love’ from her self titled debut EP (Mirror) set for September 15
Other new tracks are in order of play;
Ariel Engle of Broken Social Scene has released a new single under her new solo project La Force and the first single is the multi-dimensional ‘TBT’ through Arts & Crafts. Montreal producer/multi-instrumentalist Ouri has a stellar new single out on Ghostly International called, ‘Escape’. Pearl Sugar is the synth pop project of American Chris Bugnacki and the slow dance of ‘Scarlet’ (Self Released) is his new single. Mr Twin Sister have been banging’ out the singles, four in all over the last two months and the latest, ‘Power Of Two’ (Self Released) delves beyond skin deep. Brooklyn’s Sandy Davis aka Pecas, returns to the playlist with the second single off her After Dark EP (Broken Circles), Girl Wonder (One More Chance)’ as does Daniel T’s collaboration with Ohara Hale, ‘Call’ off his forthcoming debut album Heliotrope (Cascine). Factory Floor’s Gabe Gurnsey ‘You Can (Dance) is an impressive affair and comes from his new record Physical (PIAS), Maribou State have teamed up with Holly Walker to produce the sleight of hand disco of the title track off their new EP Nervous Tics (Counter).
In a super month of releases by Australian pop artists, the standouts come from the aforementioned Sparrows, JEFFE ‘Undecided’ (Self Released), Hemm ‘Emerging With The Day’ (Spirit Level) and India Sweeney ‘Go Try It’ (Stoney Roads). Lovetechnique return with their new one ‘Right Here’ off their forthcoming self titled EP.
Oshawa’s Dizzy have their new album Baby Teeth (Communion) out and the new single from the Canadian quartet is the melancholy yet endearing ‘Bleachers’. Marius Lauber, the German producer known as Roosevelt has joined with Ernest Greene’s Washed Out to produce ‘Forgive’ the first decent bit of chillwave since 2012 on Greco-Roman. The vocals of Eliza Shaddad (Beatnik Creative) on her expansive new single ‘This Is My Cue’ are as silky smooth as ever. wwoman are from Pittsburgh and self-describe their music as “depression pop”. There’s nothing depressing about their new single ‘FOA’. ‘Chances’ is the third single from Tank Town (Strangers Candy) by Swede Matilda Mård aka Many Voices Speak while finally the sparkly nostalgic pop of ‘Out To Sea’ (Shelflife) from Outerhope who are Manila sibling duo Micaela and Michael Benedicto completes the new tracks.
AUGUST 9 UPDATE: A even dozen absolute drop dead gorgeous electronic pop exhibits added since the last update with Melbourne’s Gregor and L.A.’s Daniel T., two artists we featured earlier in the week getting things started with ‘A Song About Holding Hands’ and ‘Heat-Wave’ respectively. Also from Los Angeles we think are the ultra mysterious Das Cope. Just try to look them up on google! You’ll find squat. L.A.X. is too good for it to be a spotify stooge though surely? Washington D.C.’s Lovetechnique is next with the dark hued electro pop of”Hypnotize’ before Princess Chelsea‘s equally dark throwback pop, ‘Wasting Time’ on Lil’ Chief – see video.
The one and only Robyn is back and it was like she was never away. Her first new music in years ‘Missing U’ is emotional pop gold. Current No. 16 ‘Hunter’ by English artist Anna Calvi is next before Sydney duo Chymes join proceedings with the breezy yet deep ‘Wild’ Los Angeles brothers Jonathan and Michaek Rosen make up Cones and their new single is the starnagely luminsescent ‘Run The Risk.
Finnish eccentric DIY pop maestro Jaakko Eino Kalevi is set to deliver the follow up LP to his impressive self tittled effort from 2016. It takes a while to unfurl itself but ‘Emotions In Motion’ is an excellent first taste off his forthcoming new album Out Of Touch’ – see video
The anthem like ‘Searching’ from UK band LOWES that thankfully is idiosyncratic enough to avoid descending to the commercial depths it easily could have reached. The last new addition is from the Brooklyn’s Pecas with the late night inspired ‘Matchstick.
JULY 30 UPDATE: Some mighty tidy new additions to our Electronic Pop playlist this week. Top billing goes to New York’s Mr Twin Sister with their lush, in the most subtle of ways, new single ‘Echo Arms’. Following that is Toronto artist Katie McBride who released her new EP World Of Dreams on Friday. The driving and dreamy ‘Where Did You Go’ is our pick of its six stellar offerings.
The intense JK directed video for ‘Habitual Love’ from Norwegian artist Okay Kaya was released last week as was the song to streaming services. The exquisitely composed ‘Run’ by English English artist and producer Emika got the same treatment. It comes from forthcoming self released album Falling In Love With Sadness after two albums with Ninja Tune. Watch both below.
Okay Kaya (NOR)
From the single, ‘Habitual Love’, Heavy Body Records.
From the forthcoming album, ‘Falling In Love With Sadness’, Emika Records
They are followed by London’s Austel with the poignant and soulful ‘Anaethesia’ from her new EP Unfold before Cardiff pop outfit Gulp enter proceedings with their melodic fuzz of ‘Claudia’ which was released as a single on E.L.K. earlier this month.
Blood Orange, the project of Devonte Hynes who won our album of 2016 gong with Freetown Sound recently announced that his record is called Negro Swan and will be released on August 24 on Domino. ‘Charcoal Baby’ is an exercise in hopeful yet awkwardly woozy off kilter pop that matches the album’s appropriately weighty subject matter. It also has a video which is below. Hynes has this to say of the record;
“My newest album is an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of color. A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all. The underlying thread through each piece on the album is the idea of hope, and the lights we can try to turn on within ourselves with a hopefully positive outcome of helping others out of their darkness.”
Blood Orange (ENG/USA)
From the forthcoming album, ‘Black Swan’, Domino. Out Aug 24.
Montreal’s Helena Deland is next with her billowing new single ‘Claudion’ and is followed by the deliberative and deep ‘Darling’ by Los Angeles outsider pop duo Ruby Haunt.
The rest of the tracks were added to the list over the past week or so. Tirzah enlisted Coby Sey for the piano laden drama of ‘Devotion’ and if you were wondering where the vibes from the chillwave movement of a few years back have been hiding look no further than the mysterious SwuM, whose track ‘Nothing’s Gonna Hurt U’ has them all over it. Another act carrying the torch for the accompanying downtempo electronic pop movement that spawned Purity Ring is Minneapolis duo Tiny Deaths and they are on the list with the dark and emotive ‘Us’. Cannons make their second appearance in the list with the guitar centred electro-pop shuffle of ‘Holding On’ from their EP In A Heartbeat’. The same day that surfaced so did Colorado DIY artist Sophie Meiers with her heartfelt new track ‘Something About You’ while Young Lost Love’ by Chicago artist Appleby is from his new EP Happiness released last Friday.
PLAYLIST UPDATE JULY 17: Paris artist Zimmer begins our list of new tracks with ‘Landing’, his starry eyed new synth pop single for Roche Musique. Following him is Vesuvio Solo’s Cam Maclean with the sparkling new guitar/synth hybrid ‘Jacob Always’ off his debut record Wait For Love on Atelier Ciseaux. Dublin dream pop duo Hvmmingbyrd self-released a new single recently which was written for all the women who suffered under Ireland’s anti-women abortion laws until the recent referendum. Next is the infectious shuffle of the title track from Melbourne’s Braille Face (Jordan White) from his surprise new EP Malhereaux out through Spirit Level. Gussie is the DIY pop project belonging to a Brooklyn artist known only as Blair and the rolling fragility of ‘End Of The World’ is her third single. Soft grooves abound and French language abounds on the latest Champagne Superchillin’ single ‘DJ Scott’ from the Brooklyn via Nashville outfit’s forthcoming debut Beach Deep out via Soft Junk/ Broken Circle Records this Friday. Brisbane trio Niterunner‘s new single ‘Stay Tonight’ is a big, crisp and gorgeously nostalgic slow burning piece of synth pop out on Stoney Roads. Los Angeles quintet Inner Wave keep the vintage bubbling away teaming up with Banes World for the lovely ‘Whoa before Jacksonville DIY genre defying artist Yuno, who released his new EP Moodie last month for Sup Pop chimes in with the breakup inspired ‘So Slow’. Recently found on the house side of things Abu Dhabi via Beirut artist Moe Turk‘s gleaming new single ‘Deep Down’ on KudoZ veers into downtempo and ambient territory and it completes the new tracks.
UPDATED JUNE 29: Our electronic playlist has been updated and includes new music from The Golden Filter, Mr Twin Sister, Steady Holiday, Exhibitionist, Das Body, Yuno, The Mary Onettes, Lorenzo_BITW & Chikaya, Jim E-Stack, Men I Trust, Cannons, Luxury, Swimm and MADEIRA’s (Kim Pflaum) effort with Boycrush to add to that of her former band Yumi Zouma’s.