Tourist is the moniker of London-based songwriter and producer William Phillips. The classically trained musician has released three EP’s between labels Make Mine, Disclosure’s Method Records and his own Monday Records. His brand of bittersweet electronica has evolved along the years from sun-kissed chillwave to darker garage-inspired house music with cut-up vocal samples and bouncy synths. Tourist has also produced high-profile remixes for Years and Years, Haim and CHVRCHES and co-written Låpsley‘s single “Hurt Me”.
With his highly anticipated debut album U, Tourist makes a big statement and takes the listener on a fantastic journey filled with experimental beats, deep grooves and blissful melodies. Thematically it reflects on a failed relationship that ended abruptly after four years. But don’t expect sad ballads here as the album is a mostly wordless affair that will let you fill in the blanks guided only by the emotional content of theses ten tracks.
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On the heels of her hit single “Vi Mot Världen”, Swedish songstress Veronica Maggio released her fifth studio album, Den första är alltid gratis, last month on May 6th. The title track, which can be translated as “The First One is Always Free”, was unveiled in late March and supported by a video directed by Andreas Öhman.
On the new album, Maggio breaks new ground both in terms of songwriting and production. She describes the lyrics as being more honest and personal and significantly darker than her previous material. Together with some of Sweden’s best producers and songwriters, she has translated her vision into a coarser and more distorted sound with clear pop sensibilities. Long-time collaborators Salem Al Fakir and Magnus Lidehäll return for three co-writes with Vincent Pontare and new recruits include Niki and the Dove, Klas Gullbrand amd Petter Winnberg.
Veronica Maggio is confirmed to play at Stockholms Stadion in August. More info on her official site or Facebook. Buy on
Ukrainian singer/songwriter Ivan Dorn (Иван Дорн) released his debut album Co’N’Dorn back in 2012, spawning no less than 8 singles. Two of the most successful tracks were hit single “Стыцамен” and the off-beat “Бигуди”, co-written with Aleksey Kolioglu and nominated for “Song of the Year” at the 2013 Muz-TV Awards.
Иван Дорн - Бигуди
Dorn’s sophomore album Randorn hit the shelves in 2014, further consolidating his position as one of Ukraine’s most promising young artists. In recent years he has released a string of singles and viral videos that have racked up over 12 million views on YouTube.
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Phillipa ‘Pip’ Brown, better known as the one-woman synthpop act Ladyhawke, has just released her third studio album Wild Things, her first new material since 2012’s Anxiety. Unlike previous hits “Sunday Drive” and “Blue Eyes” which were influenced by classic rock and quite guitary, the new songs ditch the brooding for a “more synthy and poppy” sound. “I instantly knew when something inspired me. That’s when we’d run with it,” she said of working with with producer Tommy English.
Wild Things is a slick, well-produced album which delves further into synth-pop territory than any of her previous work. With massive hooks and infectious choruses galore, this exhilarating journey of unabashed exuberance is a powerful, vibrant expression of life.
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“Prettiest Virgin” is the first single from electro pop outfit Agar Agar. Recently signed to Cracki Records, the Paris-based duo consisting of singer Clara Cappagli and producer Armand Bultheel is putting the finishing touches to their debut EP, scheduled for September 2016.
“Prettiest Virgin” is a spellbinding 6-minute late night disco pop jam, laced with layers of icy synths and sleek minimal beats. Singer Clara lights up the dancefloor with her smooth and sultry vocals that tell the same old bittersweet story of unrequited love at the disco.
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