The Haunted Youth – Coming Home

The Haunted Youth

Coming Home


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Jami Selikow

Published:
Jun 11, 2021

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Sounds like:

Empire of the Sun,
Miami Horror,
Cut Copy

Tags:

indie rock
,
dream pop
,
shoegaze

Why do we like this?

No one really wants to revisit teenagehood, right? Those gangly legs, acne cheeks, drama by the spoonful, and a list of firsts — no thanks.

But then this happens: you hit play on The Haunted Youth’s “Coming Home” and you’re right back on that smelly, innocent, and half-conscious dancefloor. Drink in hand, drink slipping out of hand, drink downed; and just like that, being a teenager again doesn’t feel so bad, right?

For some teenage escapism, one only needs to press play; maybe even close your eyes, light a cigarette (not at the same time), sip back a drink, and enjoy the nostalgia. The good news and the bad news: those days are never coming back. So enjoy.




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Jungle – Talk About It

Jungle

Talk About It


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Jami Selikow

Published:
Jun 03, 2021

Total plays:

236

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Sounds like:

Kraak & Smaak,
Miami Horror,
Django Django

Tags:

Electronic
,
indie pop
,
jungle

Why do we like this?

Do you ever stumble upon a song that feels like a prayer? Yep, just like that, we trip over it, land on our knees, and everything feels like devotion without ever intending for it. Have you experienced that?

If yes, you will relate, and if no, I can relate, because before Jungle’s “Talk About It,” I can’t say that has ever happened to me.

In some schools of philosophy, there’s a lot of discourse around the inner and external worlds and whether they are as separate as we generally take them to be. When I pause for a minute to listen along to the lyrics of “Talk About It,” I’m no longer wholly convinced of that separation.

With lyrics that perhaps can speak to anyone on any level, the upbeat and high-quality sound will allow us to be touched without being dragged down. Gorgeous vocals and great percussion equate to the balloon and its little knot around our wrist, allowing us to float through space…through the highs and lows.




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Flight Facilities – Lights Up (Ft. Channel Tres)

Flight Facilities

Lights Up (Ft. Channel Tres)


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Author:

Stacy Klein

Published:
May 13, 2021

Total plays:

200

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Sounds like:

Cut Copy,
Miami Horror,
Amtrac

Tags:

hip-hop
,
house
,
deep house

Why do we like this?

It’s pretty rare for a track to get you on your feet and grooving your butt off a mere 30 seconds in, but that’s Flight Facilities for you. With the addition of Compton rapper Channel Tres, this hip-hop-inspired deep house track knows no bounds and completely knocked me off my feet from the get-go. ‘Absolute banger’ does not even begin to cover the brilliance that “Lights Up” oozes.

The 90’s Detroit house and West-Coast hip hop influences are obvious and intricately intermingle in a way that is equal parts nostalgic and new-school. Flight Facilities echo this sentiment in a statement explaining:

“We felt it was important to keep enough of our sound and influence in the track, to avoid it sounding too derivative, so we wanted to include some 90’s and 00’s elements to give the song its own character.”

And they absolutely freaking nailed it.

In that same statement, the duo says about Tres:

“His voice has a magical ability to make songs that are made for strutting.”

They’re damn right, too. This track is dripping with swag. Have a listen, and get strutting.




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Franc Moody – Losing Touch

Franc Moody

Losing Touch


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Author:

Stacy Klein

Published:
Mar 24, 2021

Total plays:

194

Saved:
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Sounds like:

Miami Horror,
Jamiroquai,
Poolside

Tags:

dance
,
disco
,
electro dance

Why do we like this?

London-based duo Ned Franc and John Moody have bequeathed unto us a gift of the most euphoric kind – an electronic, dance-pop, disco-rave-inspired track replete with grooving synths, funky basslines, and some dope-ass heavy beats.

Irresistibly bold and simple, “Losing Touch” is a dance track that makes it difficult to sit still. The songwriting is simple, but the rhythms are so fun and colourful that anything more complicated wouldn’t do the track justice. It’s designed to get you moving and doesn’t take itself too seriously – a pertinent reminder for me to do the same, especially on those more challenging days.

In a statement, the band had the following to say about this bouncy, glittering slice of disco pie:

“The song tries to capture the euphoria you feel when you’re able to lose touch, to zone out, to really live in the moment, and escape from a sometimes mundane and repetitive reality. ‘Losing Touch’ feels a lot more linear than anything we’ve put out up to date. We wanted to try and create a hypnotic groove that you can lose yourself in.”

“Losing Touch” is the first single released from Franc Moody’s upcoming EP, House of FM, and is due out May 19th, 2021.




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Miami Horror – Emagination

Miami Horror

Emagination


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Dylan Heneck

Published:
Mar 04, 2021

Total plays:

257

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Sounds like:

Thomas Bangalter,
Daft Punk

Tags:

disco-house
,
daft punk
,
french house

Why do we like this?

If you’re like me, then you might have also thought, after reading the song’s title, that it was going to be a nu-disco remix of John Lennon’s “Imagine”. It’s not though. Instead, “Emagination” is a French house pearler that reminds me of some early Thomas Bangalter I’ve listened to. Bangalter is one half of Daft Punk. Which makes this song extra appropriate in light of Daft Punk officially retiring.

“Emagination” comes as part of a release package celebrating the 10th anniversary of Miami Horror’s 2010 album, Imagination. As a reminder, you can check out Imagination here. Just make sure to check back with us on Indie Shuffle in ten years time for your reminder about the album’s 20th anniversary.




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Roosevelt – Lovers

Roosevelt

Lovers


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Author:

Mikky Noire

Published:
Mar 01, 2021

Total plays:

389

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Sounds like:

Mika,
Daft Punk,
Miami Horror,
Amtrac

Tags:

synth-pop
,
synth
,
indie electronic

Why do we like this?

Joyous Journey Spaceman

With the crazy news of synth-wave and electronica duo, Daft Punk, having blown out the torch, I wasn’t expecting anything to fill my synth-wave needs anytime soon. Especially not within the context of the pop sounds I was so used to from Daft Punk. That was until this little fluctuating gem of a song came my way.

This flagship single from Roosevelt’s latest album, Polydans, pays homage to the romantic sounds of pop electronica — light cotton candy beats mixed into a galactic soundscape of a festival in space. “Lovers” made me feel like an astronaut with a streaming service straight to an electronica festival.

I love me some joyous space tracks and this has truly filled the galactic gap in my heart for it!




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