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Introducing: 243 Ida

243 Ida are an electro-pop duo from Manchester, who combine their different musical experiences and backgrounds to create an enchanting, original sound that fuses classic song writing with minimal electronica; melancholic and at times experimental, but always packed with catchy hooks and memorable melodies. We caught up with Lennie and Emma to find out more about the band and what makes them tick musically.

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Introducing: SUMif

San Francisco based Steph Wells has been creating music since high school, taking an eclectic approach to genres, absorbing influences from bandmates as well as the cities she has lived in, and working them in to her own, wry but upbeat version of electropop. She’s been releasing music as SUMif for about two years now, with a series of singles culminating in Hurricane, which also features on Pretty Cage, her debut EP.  We decided to ask her about the track and more.

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Introducing: Conflux Coldwell

Michael Coldwell is the man behind Conflux Coldwell aka CC. Part of a number of solo and group  projects including the Urban Exploration collective based in Leeds, CC is primarily an outlet for his more experimental sounds. We spoke to him about his work and explored the genesis behind his new album AM –  a eulogy to shortwave radio.

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Introducing: PEAKES

PEAKES are Molly Puckering (vocals), Maxwell Shirley (keyboards) and Pete Redshaw (drums). Formed whilst the three were studying in Leeds, since graduating from university they’ve been working solidly on their music; developing what they describe as an ‘atmospheric pop’ sound. The trio say they share very different musical influences and bring together their styles into ‘a melting pot of larger than life pop and trip-hop’. Peakes are at the forefront of the burgeoning Yorkshire synthpop scene and have made waves with their recent Space EP.

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Introducing: Dear Leaders

Dear Leaders are Patrick Burland, Jess Whelligan, Tim Wong and George Wigmore. With Manchester and London roots, the quartet have developed a very international sound, taking elements of  krautrock-influenced electronica, West Coast dream pop and that most English of genres shoegaze to brew up a sound that swirls and captivates. After hearing their new track, we decided to find out more about the band and their sound.

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Introducing: David Harks

Over the past couple of years, David Harks has been quietly building up a reputation with his band Safetalk, in addition to solo releases on labels like Sunday Best, Kitsune and Eskimo Recordings that have seen him tipped by the likes of DIY, Clash, Neon Gold, Thump and many more. On top of his collaborations with other acts, Harks has released a new solo single in the form of Avalon. We decided to catch up with him to find out more about what makes this prolific artist tick!

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Introducing: Lyves

Lyves is the musical alias of London based singer, songwriter and producer Francesca Bergami. After contemplating a career in music, she instead studied psychology and worked in psychiatry and working as a mental health advocate before returning to her first passion, making music. Both Holding Back and the current single Cover Me were released with PRSF funding, as Lyves was recently awarded their ‘Women Make Music’ grant. We caught up with this exciting new artist to find out more.

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Introducing: Johnny Normal

Johnny Normal has been a fan of synthpop and electronica since his mid-teens and has always had a passion for music. Fatherhood encouraged him to turn his own musical ideas in to reality and he has since released numerous albums and has worked with – and become friends with – some of his musical heroes. After a long and serious illness, Johnny is back in the saddle and has numerous projects on the go; as a musician, promoter, radio presenter and more! But we’ll let the man speak for himself, eh?

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