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Slip into David Taylor’s transcendently light mix “hours”

Australian Electronica artist and producer David Taylor has recently released their distinctively sweet Lo-Fi Chill EP 050392. The perfect introduction to their catharsis-spilling sound is “hours”.

The hazily blissful track which comes with slight Chill Hop nuances may not easily squeeze into any constrained branch of Electronica, but it does ooze potent and organic good vibes. With the warm tones and the transcendently light textures, hours is an incredibly easy track to slip into and get pulled along by the seamless reverb-soaked progressions.

It’s not every day we can say the Electronica we hear serves up plenty of soul, but discernibly, David Taylor isn’t your average producer. After hearing their latest release, we’re stoked to hear where their sound which drips with commercial potential takes them next.

You can check out David Taylor’s EP 050392 for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tom Algorithm – To Dust: Exploratively Immersive Electronica

Electronic artist and producer Tom Algorithm released their 5-track Minimalist Techno EP “Sequences” on August 9th, the perfect introduction to their captivatingly immersive style is “To Dust”.

The progressive soundscape offers a complexity which is rarely found in Instrumental Electronica. The vibe of the track isn’t immediately obvious, to make To Dust even more intriguing, the nuanced evolutions in tone leave you even more eager to hear what Tom Algorithm will throw your way next.

Despite their moniker, there’s a serious amount of well-rounded human emotion on offer in the deft progressions which are robust despite the delicacy of the neo-classically-inspired notes around the swelling basslines.

You can check out To Dust along with the rest of the Sequences EP for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mike Soto drops beautiful trance-y electronica with new single ‘Leslie’

It’s 40 years since Brian Eno’s ‘Music For Airports’, but Eno’s notes around form and atmosphere still hold true; ‘Leslie’, then, is the lead track from Mike Soto’s debut album ‘Memories’, 2’44” of downtempo, chilled wandering piano phrases over a background of electronic beats, swells, and trance-y ambience.

It’s reminiscent of the more melodic parts of Eno, Helios’ ‘Caesura’,  or Anitek’s ‘The Refractory’; downtempo but not downbeat, uplifting but not overpowering. It’s a nicely crafted piece, quiet and unobtrusive, the kicker at 1’39” catching you unawares and snapping your attention back to the repeating piano motif before it fades away to nothingness at 2’44”.

Tastefully done, Lo-Fi, and subtle, Mike Soto’s debut album ‘Memories’ is on iTunes; check out Mike on Facebook here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Cub\cub has captured the alienating chaos of lockdown in their feat of Ambient Electronica “False Spring”

https://soundcloud.com/user-12064490-607493505/false-spring

Leeds, UK Artist and producer Cub\cub took a unique approach with their COVID-19-inspired latest release “False Spring”. The ambient soundscape captures the chaos and alienation with poignant precision.

With the hazy vocal whispers ethereally floating above the stylishly dreamy synths which carve quiescently consoling melodies, finding resolve in False Spring is all too easy.

As a fellow nihilist, I have to applaud Cub\cub’s tendency to orchestrate mixes containing optimism and hope while never leaving out the relatable dread and fear which resonates in their atmospheric sound.

You can indulge in the smooth ambience of False Spring yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ackson – Blue Flux: Ambiently Dark Experimental Electronica

Judging by the hype around Alt Electronica artist and producer Ackson’s latest single “Blue Flux”, I’m not the only one who likes to delve into electronically contorted, genre-melting indulgently unpredictable soundscapes.

Blue Flux is the second single to be released from their EP “9TEEN8E6”, a collection of tracks which ooze ingenuity and will pierce you with the striking distinction. From Hip Hop to Glitch to Jazz to Ambiently Dark Progressive Techno, you’ll find all of that and more in the consistently beguiling instrumental track which becomes more immersive with every new evolution.

If you place any new electronica producer on your radar this year, make it Ackson.  Their ability to spill soul and dystopically cathartic vibes into obscurely arrestive arrangements is unparalleled.

You can check out Blue Flux which dropped on June 25th along with Ackson’s earlier releases by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zach Kenney – Don’t Forget Me: Ambiently Compelling Electronica

Up and coming Electronic artist and producer Zach Kenney has recently released their debut album Misplaced Thoughts, a collection of stunningly immersive soundscapes which allow you to explore the artist’s expression, your own mental frequencies and the resonance in between.

We’ve all had a little more rumination time than usual recently, Misplaced Thoughts is the perfect soundtrack for those quiet and complacent moments. While each track is a pleasure to get lost in, the best introduction to Zach Kenney’s sound is “Don’t Forget Me”.

Whether it was the title of the instrumental soundscape or the all too potent morose sting of the ambient and almost hopeful electronic notes, Don’t Forget Me ironically became an unforgettable aural experience. Ambient hits of catharsis don’t come much sweeter than what you will find in Don’t Forget Me.

You can check out Zach Kenney’s single Don’t Forget Me along with the rest of their album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indulge in the twilight tones of Star Gazer’s latest neo-classically ambient single “Only a Dream”

With the harsh caustic anger which is coursing through the world right now, tranquilly quiescent soundscapes such as up and coming artist Star Gazer’s single “Only a Dream” feel like a necessity.

The Neo-Classically keyed, futuristically produced instrumental ambient track is just one of the distinctively resolving singles found on Star Gazer’s EP “Within” which stands as a testament to both Star Gazer’s authenticity and ingenuity.

Any fans of Phillip Glass and Nils Frahm will definitely want Only a Dream in their ears and Star Gazer on their radars.

You can drink in the twilight tones of Only a Dream for yourselves via Spotify along with the rest of Star Gazer’s EP. COVID-19 dreams may not be pleasant, but the intoxicatingly ambient EP definitely is.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Take a Transcendent Aural Trip with Alt Electronica Artist Taūv’s Ambiently Atmospheric Debut Album

In 2019 Electronic artist and producer Taūv dropped their debut self-titled album. We’re incredibly glad that the intricately layered soundscapes which take you on a transcendental trip to a completely new aural plateau ended up in our ears.

The ambiently psychedelic tones make it all too easy to immerse yourself within the mixes and follow the unpredictable progressions as they seamlessly contort under Taūv’s deft command.

Each of the tracks was atmospherically arrestive, but within the album, you’ll find a dynamic array of sounds. Each mix unfolds as a snapshot of the artist’s psyche when he orchestrated them. In “A Stroll with Birds” you’ll be fed birdsong and tranquillity. In “Losing My Shit” you’ll get a taste of the artist’s shadow side through the phantasmal layers which are weaved into the futuristic mix.

You can check out Taūv’s album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify. Prepare for 34 solid minutes of electronically crafted alchemy.

Keep up to date with the latest releases from the artist via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Embrace the good vibes in Beanie Duhh’s electronically cathartic single “Open to Christ”

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Prepare to have your preconceptions about Christian music shattered by up and coming artist Beanie Duhh’s Electronic hit “Open to Christ”.

Open to Christ is just one of the singles which you’ll find on the artist’s mould-breaking 2020 album “A Reflection” which provides 42-minutes of cathartic aural escapism.

Open to Christ has the perfect tone, momentum and vibe to feed you tranquil aural ecstasy. The instrumental mix never needed lyrics to convey the feel-good essence of the soundscape. Beanie Duhh’s intent when he crafted the short and sweet ambient jam is all too apparent in the deftly crafted melodies.

We’ll definitely be putting Beanie Duhh on our radar to see what follows their seminal release.

You can check out Open to Christ for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mercury Teardrop – Everlight: 80s Post Punk meets Sonically Absorbing Ambient Electronica

Fans of 80s Post Punk will definitely want to greet the chilling atmospheric synths and analogue guitars featured in Mercury Teardrop’s debut album Apparitions of a Dying Moon.

While each of the soundscapes is a finely orchestrated intricately textured feat of escapism, the best introduction to Mercury Teardrop’s sound is undoubtedly the fourth single, “Everlight”.

With tones which tear through you and the absorbingly unpredictable progressions in the extended-length track, listening to Everlight is a full-body experience. After hearing the album at home, I now have a visceral need for Mercury Teardrops’ walls of deftly crafted noise to hit me live.

Mercury didn’t just pay homage to bands such as Joy Division, the Cure, Depeche Mode and Talk Talk with their debut. He reinvented perpetually cutting energy of Post Punk whilst also weaving their love for Ambient Electronica into the sonically blissful mix.

All songs written, performed and produced by Bradley Roger Baum.

You can stream Everlight along with the rest of Mercury Teardrop’s debut album which was released on June 6th via Spotify.

Connect with the artist and stay up to date with future releases via Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast