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8udDha bl0od – YAng: Experimental Electronic Transcendence

If your usual transcendent soundscapes don’t allow you to reach the same plateau anymore, you’ll want to check out up and coming experimental artist 8udDha bl0od’s uniquely upraising single “YAng”.

YAng was ingeniously released alongside their similar mix “Y!n” in March 2020. The tones are slightly more ominous in Yang, however, both of the immersive instrumental mixes efficaciously dominate your consciousness. So, even though you can detect phantasmal hints of melancholy and conflict, by the time you reach the outro, you’ll feel suitably aurally cleansed.

Tracks such as YAng which require a deep intrinsic investment may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But we can definitely appreciate 8udDha bl0od’s ability to lock into your psyche and arrest your emotions.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s single Yang for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – Yin: Abstract Alt Electronica

Up and coming Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od may have some accordant hits in their discography of Alternative Releases. Yet, for their release “Y!n”, they’ve created a harshly ethereal, abstract soundscape which comes with a magnetic pull.

With the same mind-calming effects of binaural beats when you crank this instrumental mix up high, Y!n does more than provide ambience or catharsis.

The stunningly arcane mesmerism allows you to feel as though you’ve unlocked a higher vibration. And that’s quite the feat considering that Y!n is just over one and a half minutes long.

Each new track you delve into from 8udDha bl0od leaves you more in awe of their tendency to create without constraint.

Check out 8udDha bl0od’s single Y!n for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Slacksons – PLASTIC BAGS FOR SHOES: Archetype-Smashing Indie Electronica

The Slacksons have moved away from the usual aural archetypes with their latest EP “PLASTIC BAGS FOR SHOES”. If you think that the EP title is a little eccentric, just wait to hear what each of the attention piquing, mind-altering soundscapes have to offer.

Even though distinctive and truly innovative music is a hard sell in 2020, I have no doubt that The Slacksons will go far with their sublime mix of Trip Hop, Disco, Funk, Indie, and Psych.

With each track offering a discernibly different vibe and sound, the EP stands as a testament to the diversity of this exceptionally exciting up and coming UK-based artist. As difficult as it was to pick a standout favourite track, there’s just something engrossingly appealing about the ominously slicing organ wails and crunching Hard Rock riffs being instilled into the feel-good track “WAKE UP“.

You can check out the EP for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pop Meets Darkwave in Skull Smith’s Latest Single “The Ghost of Mr. Hyde”

There were many saccharine love songs released on Valentine’s day. Up and coming artist Skull Smith’s Gothically romantic release “The Ghost of Mr. Hyde” certainly was never in danger of falling into that category.

With lyrics revolving around the ghost of someone’s shadow-side, naturally, the single was a darkly tantalising tale.

The Ghost of Mr. Hyde doesn’t fall into the usual realms of Industrial or Synthwave. Instead, through Skull Smith’s Pop-style vocals mixed with the progressive instrumentals, you’re treated to a soundscape which is far more theatrical.

From ethereal organs to sonic blasts of almost psychedelic synths which would be fitting in a Rock Opera you’ll find a smorgasbord of influence in The Ghost of Mr. Hyde. Evidently, Skull Smith isn’t an artist who concerns themselves with genre constraints.

The instrumentals may be consistently progressive. Yet, one thing which remains as a constant is the captivating nuanced draw of Skull Smith’s effortless vocal harmonies. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but those with darker aural inclinations will undoubtedly appreciate what Skull Smith has to offer.

You can check out Skull Smith’s latest single for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kotal and Koffi – Icey/Ideas: A Double-Drop of Urban Alt Electronica

Kotal & Koffi double-dropped their two latest Alt Electronica singles Icey and Ideas in one pioneeringly stylistic music video on February 29th. It’s so fresh, you can almost feel a drop in the temperature when you hit play.

The tracks may be hazy and mellow, yet, there’s still an artful Machiavellian air to Icey/Ideas which allows the tracks to transcend the usual vibe-out releases. If David Lynch started producing Trap music, I could imagine the end result wouldn’t be all too far from what Kotal & Koffi offer through their inventive tracks.

You can check out the official music video for Kotal & Koffi’s latest singles via YouTube.

They’ll be dropping 2 new tracks every 2 months, so they’re well worth putting on your radar. Especially if every mix is as transfixing as Icey and Ideas.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nmwbu – Shots: Experimental Electronic Hip Hop

Up and coming Experimental Electronica artist Nmwbu has recently released their 2020 EP “Nani”. While every track on the EP stands as a testament to their bold adventurous approach to Electronica, the perfect introduction is the standout single “Shots”.

The track kicks off with a minimalistic prelude before seamlessly switching into a glitchy, modern and stylistic soundscape which Nmwbu uses to sporadically lay down their Rap vocals.

There definitely no complaints when it comes to the instrumentals and the atmospheric allure which Shots contained. Yet, it was hard to find any synergy between the vocals and the instrumental melodies. That being said, Shots offers exactly the kind of experimentalism we endeavour to find in new music. So, we’re all too excited to see where Nmwbu takes his transcendentally spacey brand of Electronic Hip Hop next.

You can check out Shots for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Shimmering Indie Tones Meet Trap, Electronica & RnB in L9cket’s Single “La Heroina”

Rather than hitting you with mesmerising experimentalism straight off the bat, up and coming Alternative artist L9cket allowed the ingenuity to slowly emerge in the standout single La Heroina from their EP Butterfly Calling.

You’ll be able to expect a Saul Williams level of authenticity in La Heroina. But, the reminiscences in the sound to other artists are few and far between. La Heroina plays with warm reverb-soaked elements of Electronica, infuses shimmering Indie tones in the melodies, and weaves in plenty of sticky sweet resonance through the RnB vocals. It is a must for anyone on the hunt for refreshingly immersive soundscapes.

The spoken word versing on the outro was the cherry on the cake of a superbly produced record. The emotion contained in those lines was as subtle as a brick to the face. The poetry will stay with you for long after the track has faded to a close.

You can check out La Heroina along with the rest of the EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DAGREYMATTER – Escape Run: Progressively Immersive Experimental Electronica

Canadian Experimental Electronica artist DAGREYMATTER’s latest feat of Downtempo Breakbeat Hip Hop “Escape Run” is a darkly despondent driving work of progressive ingenuity.

Their artist title gives you plenty of clues as to what you can expect on any of their singles. But Escape Run acts as the perfect introduction to their trance-inducing production style. It was quite a struggle staying lucid enough to string coherent thoughts together to review Escape Run while listening to the alchemic ambience in the full-bodied sound.

If you ask your average person to check out a track by an unknown artist, they’ll probably greet you with the same enthusiasm you’d get if you asked for a lift to the airport. It’s understandable, acquainting yourselves with new artists can be an excruciating endeavour. But with Escape Run, the payoff is instantaneous.

You can check out DAGREYMATTER’s progressively immersive single Escape Run for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud. The only criticism that you’ll have is that it didn’t stretch on for longer.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dream Mode – Film: Sweet Glitchy Aural Transcendence

You could try to imagine what happens when an Electronica artist draws from Jazz, Psych Rock, and Hip Hop and takes to his synth’s to create hypnotically immersive soundscapes. Or, you could hit play on Dream Mode’s (JJ Giurano) latest single “Film”.

The sweet glitchy futuristic aural transcendence in the instrumental mix doesn’t just get points for ingenuity. The warmth of the gentle textures offers ample amounts of spacey ambient catharsis which will envelop you for the entire 6-minute duration.

Expect seamless progressions, a shimmering cinematic tone throughout, and perhaps most importantly, the realisation that you’ve just stumbled on exceptionally promising up and coming talent.

You can check out Dream Mode’s latest single Film for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Atlas Castle – Falling Slowly: Artfully Serene Downtempo Electronica

“Falling Slowly” is the latest hypnotically track to be released from Copenhagen-based producer Atlas Castle. Any fans of transcendental Electronica are going to want to check out.

Atlas Castle found the perfect balance in tone with Falling Slowly. Allowing it to dark enough to be poignant, explorative and reflective, yet never allowing the track to reach the point of disconcertment for the listener.

There’s plenty of distinction to be found in Falling Slowly. But instead of the track resonating as experimental or alt electronica, it falls into the realms of artful ingenuity through the way Atlas Castle deftly toys with melodies, emotion and layers of aural aesthetic.

You can check out Atlas Castle’s latest track Falling Slowly for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast