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Definitely Not Aliens – Rub Hands Together: hail our new extra-terrestrial aural overlords.

‘Rub Hands Together’ is the latest single by the eccentric aural expressionists, Definitely Not Aliens. While their human status is questionable for the way they explore human behaviour in a detachedly bemused fashion, one thing that isn’t in question is their sonic appeal.

Lyrically, Rub Hands Together is a series of witty one-liners that won’t leave you enamoured by Definitely Not Aliens’ playful way of parodying the reality that so many artists try to sugarcoat and glamorise only to leave us with unrealistic romantic expectations. Ironically, all we needed to bring us down to earth was something extra-terrestrial.

Check out the, quite frankly insane, official video to Rub Hands Together via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

A Higher Place: Fantastic Italian EDM music producer Federico Procopio has us on the path to true elation with ‘Genesis’

Taken off his latest three-track EP, Federico Procopio helps us return to the welcoming roots of all things good and pure with his brand new instrumentally-charged release named ‘Genesis‘.

Federico Procopio is a Rome, Italy-based indie solo electronic artist. He makes a blissful blend of sensually-awakened vibrations which captures your entire imagination, helping you to overcome any self-doubt and tiring anxiousness.

Coming from a jazz education, expanded by arrangement and audio engineering studies, he finally came to the interest in composition and electronic music.” ~ Federico Procopio

On a supremely atmospheric nine-minute hair-lifting escapade into the inviting cloud-covered blue skies above, you feel a sense of exciting exhilaration transform each part of your delighted body. He has that rare ability to take your fragile mind to a happy place, where you may only feel a sense of calming exultation of the highest order.

Soundscapes and visualscapes inspired by the idea of returning to the core of things.” ~ Federico Procopio

Genesis‘ from the Rome, Italy-based indie electronic artist Federico Procopio, is a heart stirring song that washes off any toxic sewage in your life. Made with a bass-thumping flow and featuring a mystic background, this is a song for the movies if there ever was one.

With a translucent experience the whole way through, you might feel like you are floating away into a new world with so many exciting possibilities.

Hear this new single on Spotify and check out the IG music page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Get Moving: Chile music producer Cosme De La Cruz slides up the volume on ‘Body’

After briefly performing under the alias of ZEST, Cosme De La Cruz returns to his roots on his latest flamboyant track full of foot tapping trap combined skillfully with urban latin to soothe all our frustration-filled worries away into the wind called ‘Body‘.

Cosme André De La Cruz García aka Cosme De La Cruz, is a Coquimbo, Chile-based DJ and music producer. He makes that quick-fire dance music, that has been made to boost your mood to its maximum capacity.

This is a track that seems to take your mind back to those parties of yesteryear, with a creative beat which changes up without notice to stun your impressed senses. There is a real intention to get the crowds moving again after a long slumber away from those pulsating nights out like before, as he entertains massively here on this burning-hot track.

Body‘ from the well-respected Coquimbo, Chile-based DJ and music producer Cosme De La Cruz, is an explosive party-starter that has you busting out – and dusting off – those elite dance moves you have hidden away for ages. He displays a real skill on the decks and has put together a real ear-warmer here. There is a stack-full of variety and body sliding rhythm to bathe into heartily, to heat up the soul again after being locked inside for too long.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

HeartFace wants a taste in his hardstyle techno-pop track, Lick It.

Hedonistic tracks are often hit or miss, but HeartFace is right on the money with his infectiously salacious hardstyle techno-pop track, Lick It, which lyrically gives WAP a run for its money. Fans of LMFAO, Showtek, Pitbull and Dickheadz will want to refresh their playlists with the X-rated danceable drop. When Lick it drops in clubs, inhibition will soon fall away from the dancefloor.

Lick It takes a very different tone to HeartFace’s previous releases, but we’re stoked to see him back on the airwaves after a two-year stint. We can’t wait to hear what follows after he has set the bar so anthemically high.

Get a taste for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Wyldher has released her sophomore summer dream-pop single, Sunsets + Smoke

Sunsets + Smoke is the latest trippy dream-pop track from the breaking artist Wyldher; her relatability could easily make her a major part of pop history. Her imploringly sweet vocals are a seamless fit with the sun-soaked melodies as the lyrics yearn to go back to the start to the start of a relationship that burned out too fast.

With the same girl next door vibes as Taylor Swift, the electronic ingenuity of Eilish and the sonic quality of Avicii in her chill hop style, Wyldher hasn’t failed to make an impression since making her debut earlier this year with the release of her debut single, Time Machine.

Stream and download Sunsets + Smoke by heading over to apple music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

That Place: Manx Dreams longs for those stimulating evenings with ‘Nights and Corridors’

With an electrically charged combination of electronic, post-punk, dark wave and industrial dance influences, Manx Dreams shows us what he has been working on through these cold pandemic-filled days on his latest track called ‘Nights and Corridors‘.

Ben Seymour aka Manx Dreams, is an experienced USA-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and music producer.

Returning after 2020’s ‘Hit Parade‘, this is a nostalgic-type of track which takes you to those wild evenings which you will never forget.

Currently, Ben plays all instruments, provides all vocals and manages all production of Manx Dreams. This could potentially change on future projects.” ~ Manx Dreams

With a movie-like soundtrack, this is a beat-driven track with much to like from all angles. The driving energy keeps you hooked the whole way through and those haunting vocals, has you mightily compelled to use your vivid imagination during the whole late-night journey.

In his first solo project, Manx utilizes analog, synth based textures, minimalist guitar and bass, and other elements to tell stories and paint mental pictures. After spending some time in Eastern Europe and other remote regions, Manx incorporates some of these influences and a prior lifetime, to fuel the first album. Prior to Manx Dreams, Ben played guitar for several Coachella and San Diego based artists.” ~ Manx Dreams

Nights and Corridors‘ from the USA-based music producer, vocalist and multi-skilled instrumentalist Manx Dreams, is the story about those long evenings out and about in town. They seem to last forever but before you know it, the sun is up and your heart beats real fast ,and your soul seems to drop a bit as the fun has ended. Sung with a deep tone and with an ominous soundscape, this is a true thunderbolt of exciting flowing energy through your veins.

Enjoy those nights while they last, otherwise you will truly regret not enjoying yourself more.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more on his IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Like A Book With A Missing Page: The Killing Tapes sees them losing control on ‘Dancing With The Devil In You’

Bringing us a haunting tale which is so striking into your knowing soul, The Killing Tapes sing with so much significant meaning on their latest song all about watching another person grow far apart from you, right before your watching eyes on ‘Dancing With The Devil In You’.

The Killing Tapes is a Sweden-based indie alt-dark rock/electronic duo band. They make that movie-like music which has you floating into another word entirely, due to their emotional creations which has you sensing that they are onto something rather unique.

Shortly into the writing process they both realized that the songs were of such quality and importance, they begun the writing and recording of the album Black.” ~ The Killing Tapes

This is the relevant story that hits home hard. You are with someone who you thought was special, as you see that they can’t control themselves and give up too easily in the face of internal conflict, You then agonizingly watch them destroy, the very beauty which made them so wonderful in the first place. Sung with such a rare intensity and backed up with a memorable background sound to truly remember, this is a dark-lit song of truth.

Dancing With The Devil In You‘ from the Swedish alt-rock/electronic duo act The Killing Tapes, sees them witnessing a loved one swimming into the lake of blood and unfortunately turning into someone else. This is the sad story of being around someone change so much, so fast, as you wish you could help them change but know that its probably over.

Made with an 80’s type ambiance, this is a cinematic soundtrack if there ever was one.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more on their IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

LIVE REVIEW: A histrionic evening with Mercury Machine

The Deaf Institute became a welcome sanctum away from the culture-blind chaos that spilt from most venues on bank holiday Saturday in Manchester with the sublimely curated line-up featuring The Last Clouds, Woman You Stole and Mercury Machine.

The Last Clouds kicked off proceedings with their confessional lyrics, imploring vocals and dark indie electronica stylings that will be familiar with any fans of Covenant, VNV Nation and Apoptygma Berzerk. If any artist can prove there is an intrinsic beauty in vulnerability, it is the Last Clouds. Their recently released single, How to Get Up From This, was all it took to allow my curiosity to transpire into fanatic adoration. The theatrical atmosphere of the single wouldn’t be out of place on the end credits of an apocalyptic blockbuster. Yet, it was the heart-wrenching lyrics, “I tried to speak but it is hard because nobody cares/ I’ll tear the books from my shelf just to lie in the words of somebody else”, that cemented a place on my radar for the criminally underrated act.

If anything can spice up a line-up, it is the je ne sais quoi of Woman You Stole. They set themselves apart by an avant-garde mile with their lively debonair set that easily commanded the crowd into feeling what was orchestrating between them – even if it was fascinatingly unpredictable from one progression to the next.

Their capriciously experimental style is arresting on record, seeing it first-hand is something else entirely. Describing Woman You Stole as entrancing may sound hyperbolic but their sophisticated originality that emanates from their authenticity and mind-blowing talent, rather than through diehard determination to find obscurity, is something everyone should make an effort to witness at least once.

It almost seems needless to rave about Mercury Machine; the band that falls outside of the Manchester post-punk assimilative trap and find themselves in far darker territory, one that made me pretty nostalgic about the soundtrack to Cradle of Fear. The Manchester-based dark indie electronica five piece’s set instantly made it obvious why most of the room were sporting their t-shirts and why why so much hype has amassed around them since the release of their critically-acclaimed debut album in 2019.

Their lyrics are too efficacious in allowing you to explore the fucked up avenues of the human psyche while the pace of frenetic rhythms allow you to find euphoria through defiantly dancing to depictions of our mental precariousness. I couldn’t have asked for a better hit of post-lockdown catharsis.

Bands should always be judged by how much they move you emotionally and how much they can make you move; as Mercury Machine got the first post-lockdown dance from me, I can’t give them much higher praise than that.
Their inhibition-stripping histrionic sound still finds space, occasionally, for Marr-style guitars that add even more energy to their caustic industrial sound could fill stadiums. If goths felt more inclined to leave their bedrooms, that is.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Ism has dropped his iconic cross over single, Grey Matter.

Any fans of John Grant’s deadpan witty drawl, Daft Punk’s danceable grooves and Nile Rodger’s guitars will soon get suckered into the latest electrifying indie synthpop track, Grey Matter, by up and coming artist Ism, featuring the soulful vocals from Roo.

Grey Matter is just one of the infectiously experimental singles found on Ism’s latest album, Blue Artist, that seamlessly entwines disco, funk, hip hop, synthpop and indie – to energizing effect. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Grey Matter is one of the best crossover tracks since RZA and Paul Banks formed Banks & Steelz.

Grey Matter is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Dystopic downtempo house meets 60s psych in Timothy and the Apocalypse’s single, The Mindful Cherub.

Timothy and the Apocalypse has been melting minds with their darkly psychedelic revivalist take on downtempo house and acid jazz since making their debut with their album, Future So Bright.

The standout single on the debut album, The Mindful Cherub, is sure to entice anyone who recognises David Lynch as an exceptional electronica artist as well as an incredible filmmaker. There are plenty of odes to the cold psychedelic tones found in Pinky’s Dream, featuring Karen O; the tonally multifaceted track was written as a nod to 60’s Psyche escapism, and that’s exactly what it delivers.

There’s a fine line between ambient electronica and escapism electronica, the Mindful Cherub will transport you to a brand-new world.

The Mindful Cherub is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergas