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Introducing: To Be We

We admire the drive and passion it takes for all of our artists to continually create new music and get it up online for the world to hear. Lately we have been in awe of German pop act, To Be We, who have been releasing one single per week since October. Yes you read correctly, 16 singles.

Usually when we select an artist to write about for our weekly Spinnup Introducing feature, we have a track or two of the artist’s to choose from, so you can imagine how difficult it was for us to choose between tracks like ‘Hesitate‘, ‘The Autopsy‘ and latest single, ‘Down The Waterfall‘.

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The Stuttgart based duo is made up of Hagen Wagner & Julian Lindenmann, a producer-vocalist duo that mix strong electronic beats with intimate guitar rhythms and sometimes melancholic vocals. Using digital tools and social media to their advantage, Hagen and Julian decided to steer away from a traditional release schedule and produce one single a week to release on Spotify every Friday. The project began in October, but they won’t fill us in on when it will end – and we’re hoping it’s no time soon!

While their tracks are up on all our partner stores, To be We have chosen to focus their efforts on Spotify, curating a playlist which they add each new release into. Crediting our flexibility and ability to get their tracks up on time, To Be We chose Spinnup to put their plan into action, and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of such an ambitious project.

Make sure to listen to their One Single A Week playlist below and follow them on Spotify to stay up to date with their new releases!

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Introducing: Chuchoter

We’re back for 2018, showcasing a different Spinnup artist each week that we think you need to know about with #SpinnupIntroducing.

The first act up for the year is Scottish electronic duo Chuchoter. The Edinburgh based duo immediately caught out attention late last year with their debut Spinnup release, ‘Pieces‘, a buzz-worthy electronic jam packed with disco-pop synths and catchy melodies. Obviously we had to know more about the newcomers, so we got in touch with producer Owen McAllister and vocalist Emily Smith to get to the bottom of who Chuchoter are.

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Growing up in rural Aberdeenshire, Owen and Emily’s met in high school, sharing early musical influences from the likes of like James Taylor, The Smith and Hall and Oates. After moving to the city to study Music at the University of Edinburgh, these influences evolved into something more akin to their musical style, drawing on artists such as Bossy Love, Shamir, Chvrches and Jamie XX.

Having almost finished their studies (Emily) and working as an audio engineer (Owen), these two have made their mark on the local underground scene playing a number of shows, including a support slot for Australian rising stars Kllo. Now the duo are back in the studio and focussed on creating stimulating and accessible pop music. With an EP already under their belt, their new release ‘Pieces’ sees Chuchoter continuing their sonic exploration. If we could use one word to describe the track it would be ‘anthemic’. Emily’s powerful vocal oozes emotion, sitting perfectly over Owen’s layers of retro glitchy synths, drums and claps, creating an appeal for everyone from electronic buffs to pop fans.

Having spent years building their sound together, Owen and Emily feel like they’ve hit on something that really encapsulates their style. We got in touch to ask them about their musical process, here’s what they had to say.

Spinnup: ‘Pieces’ is an incredible track, so many layers and moving parts – how do you guys come up with something like that?

Chuchoter: Usually when we write something, Owen will work on a track and put that all together using Sibelius then ProTools. Owen is a drummer with a background in Jazz and a deep love of Disco, so naturally his work is really rhythmically driven and the music is quite dense, definitely not a standard 4-chord progression. He tries to fiddle with something new every time he writes, whether it’s a sound or a new harmonic direction or a new beat structure that he hasn’t tried yet.

Once Owen is happy with a track, he shoots it over to Emily to listen and come up with some lyrics. This either happens in half an hour or takes months, there’s not really an in between! Emily will get a feel for the track, try to relate it to a feeling or a theme or an attitude and take it from there. Sometimes the lyrics will just come and the song will be done in one session. If it’s a more difficult one, the lyrics take a bit more work to unlock, and it can be months, even up to a year, of working on it. Once it’s done we’re usually absolutely bouncing about it. We then pop into the studio to get the vocals down ASAP, take it home to mix and we usually have the whole thing done in a few days.

Spinnup: How would you describe Chuchoter’s sound, in your own words?

Chuchoter: Emily grew up listening to great singer/songwriters like James Taylor, Carole King, Suzanne Vega, etc. so she’s soaked up that flair for word setting and colourful metaphor. She also doesn’t take shit from anyone and we think that comes across in the latest track ‘Pieces’. The combination between the rhythmic and harmonic complexity that Owen brings, and the attitude and colour that Emily creates is what really makes Chuchoter sound like it does. It’s this combination that also makes it difficult to describe our sound. Usually we go for electronic pop, but there’s bits of everything in there, so it’s difficult to put your finger on exactly what we are.

Spinnup: We’re so glad to have you on Spinnup! How did you find the self-distribution process?

Chuchoter: When we were thinking about releasing ‘Pieces’ we did a lot of research on what would be the best way to release it. As an unsigned band it can be quite daunting putting your product out there, especially when we create every part of each track ourselves, from the writing to the recording to the mix. The internet is so saturated with new bands, it can be difficult to get it to a place where anyone will hear it. That’s what we liked about Spinnup. It’s really easy to use, it gets your music on all the major platforms, everything’s checked by the staff including the cover art, and there are scouts with direct lines to Universal that listen to your stuff and give you really valuable feedback. It was an easy choice really!

Spinnup: Okay, we’re dying to know – what’s up next for you guys?

Chuchoter: We have a few shows lined up for 2018, but nothing’s finalised as of yet, but you can expect to hear from us playing in Scotland and England real soon!

 

Where to find Chuchoter: 

Website: chuchotermusic.com

Facebook: facebook.com/chuchotermusic

Twitter: twitter.com/Chuchotermusic

Instagram: tinyurl.com/chuchoterinsta

Tumblr: tinyurl.com/chuchotertumblr

Youtube: tinyurl.com/chuchotertube

Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/chuchoter

Bandcamp: chuchoter.bandcamp.com

 

 

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Introducing: Karim Alger

For this week’s #Introducing we’re taking you back our home, Sweden. It’s no secret that the local hip-hop industry up and down the country is BOOMING right now, and we are lucky to have some of the best names on the scene as part of our Spinnup family.

Let us introduce you to Karim Alger.

Anyone with an ear for good hip hop in Sweden is sure to have heard of Karim thanks to his previous releases ‘Broder‘, the Abdelaziz Bouteflika EP, and the Spinnup-distributed Cocaina

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The Stockholm-based artist has achieved HUGE success as an independent artist, recently achieving certified GOLD sales in his home country for ‘Jag Kan Dig‘ featuring friend and frequent collaborator, the Gramis-nominated Mwuana.

Make sure to stream ‘Jag Kan Dig’ below, and be on the lookout for future releases from the emcee. Together, artists like Karim, Saimon Kay, Ivory, Mwuana and more are putting Swedish hip hop on the map!

 

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Introducing: Lani Dawson

Sometimes when listening to all the music that comes through Spinnup you stumble upon a debut release that stops you in your tracks, which is exactly what happened earlier this week with Lani Dawson.

The Californian-based songstress released her debut single ‘Visions Of You‘ on Spinnup in early December, accompanied by some gorgeous cover art that reminds us of the golden years of early ’00s R&B.

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We were impressed by the high-quality of the production, a slick R&B track layered with pounding 808s and claps that will have your head nodding in no time. But even such impressive production comes second to Lani’s voice – full of emotion, the vocals stand out beautifully from the beat, showcasing Lani’s range and vocal style.

According to her Instagram, an album is in the works for 2018 and needless to say we will be waiting anxiously to hear it!

Stream or download Visions on your preferred music service here, or stream on Spotify below

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Introducing: Shurk

“The undead wanderer of the cosmos, the masked one. Lost in time; searching for meaning, searching for his eternal soul”

20 year old UK producer Shurk has released his latest track Restless via Spinnup, which – if you do nothing else today – you need to listen to!

With a steady growing underground fanbase, Shurk has released 7 EP’s to date (releasing over 40 songs since 2013) with his most popular track Haunted gaining 2.7 million views on YouTube alone.

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“Restless” manages to innovatively capture a worldly blend of cultures; infusing menacing plucked strings, Asian percussion and face melting rave synths to create a vibe on the production that can only be described by one word: Shurk. Rightfully described as a “tribal dance banger” in its premiere over at EARMILK, “Restless” appears to literally take on its title, constantly developing its grooves, rhythms and sweeps that grab you from the second you press play.

Having had a sneak preview of music to come in 2018, all I can say is that you are going to LOVE Shurk as much as we do! Make sure to check out our Spinnup Scout Picks AND Staff Picks Spotify playlists to listen to “Restless”.

Follow Shurk on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and YouTube to keep up to date with the man behind the mask.

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Introducing: Indigo Palace

If you’ve been keeping your eyes on the Spinnup blog the last few months, then you’ll probably be familiar with Indigo Palace already. The South London based duo Jo Morgen and Dee 93 were kind enough to come along with us and help our friends at Abbey Road launch their first ever app, Topline, a few months ago. Here they met fellow Spinnup artist BLOOM, which resulted in the collaboration for ‘Storm (feat. BLOOM)‘ – the first ever track to be written with Topline!

 

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Not slowing down for a second the Indigo Palace boys are back with what might just be their best track to date, ‘Ego‘. Expanding on their unique blend of alternative hip-hop, the production, brought to us by Jo and Chinsky, whisks in additional electronic and jazz elements reminiscent of Frank Ocean’s ‘Chanel’. Layered overtop are bittersweet lyrics from Jo and Dee, handling vocal and emcee duties respectively on this track, storytelling their experiences of self-destructive behaviour and what that meant for their past relationships.

The result is a track that is both atmospheric and infectious and will have your head nodding from start to finish. Stream ‘Ego’ on Spotify below, or on your preferred music service, and make sure to follow Indigo Palace on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Spotify for new music and updates.

Header photo by Charlie Sarsfield 

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Introducing: Public Order

“Do you only ever dream in black and white? With rose tinted airplane trails and violet skies”

Welsh pop producer collective Public Order have released their debut single ‘Violet Skies’ featuring the poetic lyrics of singer-songwriter Rebecca Hurn and here at Spinnup we are very excited about it!

The up-tempo track takes on a slightly melancholic theme, describing past heartbreak delivered by shimmering and soulful vocals whilst layered over rich Flume-inspired synths and glitch pop vocal samples, displaying mature production skills that far exceed their young age.

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Public Order currently consists of producers David, Jac and Ellis, and with ‘Violet Skies’ being their debut single, the track is a promising indicator of the exciting future they have ahead of them with us at Spinnup. Make sure to check out our Spinnup Scout Picks AND Staff Picks Spotify playlists to listen to ‘Violet Skies’.

Follow Public Order on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with their new releases and announcements.

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Introducing: DFUX

It’s always so exciting when you come across a release that makes you stop what you’re doing and pay attention. That’s exactly what happened this week when the UK team were approving releases and came across ‘Crazy‘ by UK House duo DFUX.

With pitched down vocals and the kind of impressive production we’d expect from seasoned artists, this track has become favourite in the office, drawing similarities to fellow UK house producers Disclosure.

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DFUX is made up of band members George and Joss – beyond that we don’t know much about the mysterious pair, that’s how new they are!

They have now released two tracks with Spinnup, and this week have made it into both the Spinnup Scout Picks AND Staff Picks Spotify playlists.

Follow DFUX on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with their new releases, and listen to ‘Crazy’ on your preferred music service, or stream on Spotify below.

 

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