Cheaters Cheat

CHEATERS are a five-piece electronic band with members hailing from London and Amsterdam. They combine the live band sound with synths, samplers and sequencers to create something unique in the electronic seen. Only few other groups are doing it successfully in this day of one man band producers who conceive and perform all of their music on a laptop. Not saying that this is the wrong way to go, not at all. But it does give CHEATERS a unique sound for sure.

“Bad Thoughts” is the first single off CHEATERS debut album to be released late next year. The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam approached the group CHEATERS to write a song inspired by Gilbert & George’s ‘Bad Thoughts‘.. The band teamed up with friend and fashion designer Alexandra Frida and director Max Westendorp to accompany the track with a dark, dynamic and minimalist video.

CHEATERS – Bad Thoughts


Inspired And The Sleep: Coming Up For Air

Very happy to report that Inspired & the Sleep have just released their brand new EP entitled Coming Up For Air…. and we’re loving it. Listening to the album adds at least two more weeks to your summer.

You’re probably already well acquainted with the first single “Fly Low” which was released earlier this year. There four other tracks that are just as awesome as that one including the latest single called “Pool Guard.”

Listen to Coming Up For Air on the Inspired & The Sleep’s Bandcamp page and give the band some love by purchasing the record for a mere $4. Well worth the money.


Nicki Minaj sounds like Jay-Z

If you were looking for something to weird-up your Monday playlist, look no further. Thanks to the wonders of the internet and surely copious amounts of weed and Red Bull, a fascinating phenomenon was discovered by a west-coast hoser named Josh Lamb nearly two years ago. It turns out if you slow down Nicki Minaj to just the right BPM, she sounds eerily like Jay-Z. Take a listen!

Haha what the hell? This monstrosity of a mash-up has been affectionately dubbed “Gay-Z”; for his penchant to sing affectionately about boy-toys named Troy. The strange thing: I think I like this song way better than the original.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a whole damned soundcloud page of these gems. Go spook your friends.

(shout out to Aux writer Mark Teo for his post)


Twice Young

Twiceyoung is a three piece band out of Nashville who combine heartfelt lyrics with a darkpop chillwave sound. Their EP Prefer You is set to release on November 11th. “Uncover” is the first single off the album and it’s an electronic anthem. It pulls you in with a gentle melody and soft lyrics at first only to open up with soaring vocals riding on top of a wall of sound.

You can preorder the Prefer You EP on iTunes now.


Good Sunday Listening: Mr Twin Sister

We’ve been fans of the Long Island band Mr Twin Sister for some time over here at TNLF and I thought it was about time we reintroduced you to them. Especially because they have just the right sound to perfectly compliment a lazy Sunday like this one.

They capture that laid back swagger that just goes along with days like these and in a very rich musical way. Chillwave, yes. Trip-Hop, perhaps… they’ve been described as a “dream-pop disco” band but I think it’s more than that when you consider their single “Blush” which is a crooning R&B track, or “Rude Boy” which is a sparkling dream-disco track. It sounds like it could have been made in the late 70s rather than now.

The other question on most peoples mind is “why the name change?” Last time we featured the five-piece on the website they were yet to release their debut album In Heaven and they still called themselves simply “Twin Sister” rather than “Mr Twin Sister.” They were forced to change their name after another band with the same name called them out on trademark infringement saying “Besides sounding good, [the name change] allowed us to sidestep some impending legal trouble involving a different group named Twin Sister…. we didn’t want to operate with a constant cloud over our heads.”

Their second full length album is an 8 track self-titled LP that includes “Rude Boy,” “In The House of Yes,” and “Blush.” Improve your Sunday by 100% by buying Mr Twin Sister on iTunes now.

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Twin Sister – Lady Daydream

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Twin Sister – All Around and Away We Go

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Mr Twin Sister – In The House Of Yes

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Mr Twin Sister – Rude Boy

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Mr Twin Sister – Blush


Saint Pepsi Is No More

Earlier this month I found out that Ryan DeRobertis is putting an end to his project Saint Pepsi.

DeRobertis began producing music under the name Saint Pepsi two years ago, and released his debut album “Hit Vibes” last year in May. After a load of success and features on a bunch of major music websites like Stereogum, The Fader and Pitchfork, DeRobertis released a second EP entitled Gin City and it seemed like there was no stopping him.

That was of course when Pepsi, the soda brand, stepped in and asked him to stop using their name. was approached by Pepsi because of his name. His positive response on Facebook is a testament to his character and is the reason I think we will be hearing from him in the near future (even if it is under a different moniker).

just wanted to briefly let you know that a big boy corporation has a tiny problem with the name of one of my music projects! they were gracious enough to entertain the thought of a possible collaboration, a “meeting of the minds”, but amicably decided that the potential liability of my future actions was too great a risk to consciously allow me to carry own using the moniker.

it’s cool though! in the time i’ve been using this name i’ve met some of the most amazing people in the world, and their love and support has enabled me to grow into a fighting chance of an artist. as such, i am in a very powerful creative stage in my career and could not possibly let a dispute over a name slow down my momentum. i’m currently living in dreams and i can’t thank each and every one of you enough for believing in me and pushing me further into my fantasies. i hope i continue to make you proud no matter what my first album is released under!


Tove Styrke

New Swedish producer on the scene who goes by the name of Tove Styrke. Check out the new single “Borderline” below.

Tove Styrke – Borderline


Chillwave Wednesday LIII

Chillwave Wednesday: a semi-weekly shortlist of chill music around the internet.