Discover Weekly: “Feel it Still,” Lorde


This week’s Discover Weekly offers alternatives to the summer hit “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man and musicians similar to teen-angst royalty, Lorde.

What started as that catchy song in the Vitamin Water commercial later came to dominate the airwaves. It’s impossible not to tap your toes to the chorus of this summer hit. These lesser-known alternatives capture the same up-tempo vibe that has you dancing when you hear it.

If you like “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man, you should check out …

… “Guru” by Coast Modern

Guru is one of the singles from Coast Modern’s debut album. This Los Angeles band combines elements of electro-pop, hip-hop and indie rock for a unique sound that will have listeners jamming along. Guru is a perfect example of this blend, showcasing a soft voice contrasted against a background of reggae and psych pop.

… “Bad Things” by Milky Chance

Though it is best known for its hit single “Stolen Dance,” Milky Chance has a plethora of other quality songs waiting to be discovered. “Bad Things” is from its most recent album and captures the same summery, feel-good style of “Feel it Still.” Listen to the lyrics “Got me lovin’, all of the time / Keep the bad things out of my mind” next time you’re sunbathing on the quad for a good time.

… “Doses and Mimosas” by Cherub

An oldie, but a goodie. Though the intro is long, it helps build up to a perfect feel-good, care-free song. It combines synth-pop, disco and electronic influences with energetic lyrics that make it a must-hear. Play this song at your next party to have everyone jumping around while they scream the lyrics.

… “Trojans” by Atlas Genius

“Trojans” is perhaps the most classic rock-style song on this list. It features mostly traditional instruments like guitar and drums and, though it may lack the more psychedelic, dreamy quality of the other songs on this list, it makes up for it with a punchy, fast-paced chorus that makes you want to get up and dance along.

If you like Lorde, then you should check out…

Since she burst onto the scene with her hit single “Royals” in 2013, Lorde has been a powerful force in the music industry. The Arcade has compiled some other artists who also manage to capture a similarly powerful, unique style.


Broods and Lorde share striking similarities. Upon first listen, the two may even be confused. Broods’ vocalist Georgia Nott shares Lorde’s same low voice and even, occasionally, her producer. The similarities in sound are clear, both in terms of vocals and indie-pop beats. Start off with Broods’ songs “Bridges,” “Four Walls” and “Sleep Baby Sleep” for a sample of its style.


Also from New Zealand, Kimbra is usually recognized for her work on the number one single “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye. Her solo work, however, is also worth exploring. Kimbra’s music is a unique blend of pop, jazz, R&B and dance that results in a funky, fresh sound that will have you eager for more. Check out “90s Music,” “Settle Down” and “Everybody Knows.”

Oh Land

Oh Land is the stage name of Nanna Obland Fabricius, a former ballerina from Denmark who turned to music after an injury sidelined her dancing career. Her lyrics are poetic and story-like, working in tandem with her romantic voice and fun beats. “Head Up High,” “Renaissance Girls” and “Wolf & I” are great representatives of what she can do.

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