The Matinee July 17th includes six awesome new tracks to kick off your week. We have a mix of indie rock, shoegaze, and synthpop. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today. Artists are representing Japan, New Zealand, Russia, UK, and US.

BEACH RIOT – “Slackers” (London/Brighton, England)

RIYL: Queens of the Stone Age, Blood Red Shoes, Pavement

Beach Riot are back with “Slackers.” We have previously featured the London-based rockers, who continue to impress with each new release. “Slackers” is a mix of awesome scuzzed-out guitars, harmonious vocals, and pounding percussion that makes us want to get out all of our negative energy during the song.

The band share a bit about the track: “Slackers is all about when you are young and start seeing someone, it gets heavy way too quickly, and you start to freak out.. half about them and half about you. It was also written on the fly whilst walking to a gig in like, 5 minutes…”

Beach Riot are Rory O’Connor, Cami Menditeguy, Jim Faulkner, and Jonny Ross.

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Blankenberge – “Disappear” (St. Petersburg, Russia)

RIYL: No Joy, Pinkshinyultrablast, Slowdive

Blankenberge are from Russia, and they just recently dropped an amazing shoegaze album this year titled Radiodaze. “Disappear” is an awesome mix of shoegaze and dream pop. The combination of guitars saturated in reverb along with vocals that are quite angelic makes for a sublime shoegaze/dream pop track. The song also provides an almost meditative cadence that adds to the dream-like feel throughout.

Radiodaze is out now and available via their Bandcamp page.

Blankenberge are Yana (vocals), Daniil (guitar), Dayan (guitar), Dima (bass), and Sergey (drums).

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GEMS – “You In My Dream Pt. 1” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: London Grammar, Phantogram, Coves

You in My Dream Pt. 1” is the latest in GEMS‘ full moon series. This is song #7 in the collection, as they have been releasing a new single each month in conjunction with the full moon. “You in My Dream Pt. 1” is a beautifully dreamy track that floats in and out of an ethereal realm.

The vocals between both Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher create a sultry vibe that brings to life the push and pull of a relationship. GEMS have the talent of providing an emotional reaction with each one of their songs released through transparent lyrics and heartfelt vocals.

This single is available now from Bandcamp and iTunes.

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Racing – “The Bass” (Auckland, New Zealand)

RIYL: Arctic Monkeys, The Neighbourhood, Muse

“The Bass” is the newest release from New Zealand rockers Racing. This is quite a mind-blowing track that combines groovy rock anthems with electronic elements and a weird yet awesome tropical vibe. “The Bass” is quite impressive as it is hard-hitting, in-your-face rock yet with almost a Motown-type feel once the keys kick in.

“The Bass” is a stunning track that proves there are still ways for artists to completely craft a brand new, innovative sound that continues to push boundaries across the indie rock realm.

“The Bass” is the first single off Racing’s forthcoming EP of the same name.

Racing are Edward Knowles, Sven Pettersen, Daniel Barrett, and Izaak Houston.

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Rainsford – “Rendezvous” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Ladyhawke, Human League, Billie Eilish

RAINSFORD is Rainey Qualley, a multi-talented artist (former country star, model and actress) who has finally found her sound as RAINSFORD. She continues to prove her vocal talent and songwriting skills with her newest release.

“Rendezvous” is a luscious indulgence in ’80s-saturated synth-pop. It’s got everything you need to get you moving – groovy beats, sparkling synths, and Ms. Qualley’s sugary yet sultry vocals. The lyrical offering explains a very physical relationship with someone that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

RAINSFORD shares a bit about the motivation behind the track which is quite interesting:

“I wrote Rendezvous with my best friend/producer Nick Dungo last summer in Prospect park. We were taking a break from the studio to get a little sunshine and fresh air when we stumbled upon something very inspirational. Less than 20 yards away from us there was a couple who were very hot for each other, passionately making out, rolling around on top of each other in the grass…only they were probably in their late 60’s. Which we found equally delightful, intriguing, and kind of gross. We playfully messed with them from a distance for a while singing Marvin Gaye, and coming up with pretend scenarios which could have led them here (Were they cheating on their spouses? Probably.) Ultimately we went back to the studio with our eyes and minds deliciously stimulated, and Rendezvous is the result.”

“Rendezvous” is out now on iTunes.

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TWINKIDS – “Overdressed” (Los Angeles, USA & Tokyo, Japan)

RIYL: Astronomyy, BASECAMP, Fractures

TWINKIDS are Matt Young and Tokyo-native singer-songwriter Gene Fukui. The two met while studying at Oberlin College and the Conservatory of Music.

“Overdressed” is the most recent release from the duo, and it’s quite awesome. We have a dreamy track with unique industrial beats surrounding sultry vocals that describes the conflicting feelings of a new relationship. Gene shares a bit about the track:

“It’s about that pendulum feeling at the beginning of a relationship – knowing he’s the best when you’re with him but then full of doubt when you’re apart.”

TWINKIDS’ debut EP, Boys Love, comes out August 18th via Om Records. The EP title pays homage to the gay-romance manga genre of the same name.

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