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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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Nilambary – Sarvasva Tomar: Celestially Quiescent World Music

World Music trailblazer Nilambary released their debut album “Eternal Players” on February 10th, while each single as elegantly cinematic as the last, the standout single is undoubtedly “Sarvasva Tomar” for the celestial quiescent alchemy it contains.

Tentative piano keys introduce the softly ambient melodies in Sarvasva Tomar. But it isn’t all too long before the soft and sweeping notes are gently dominated by the nuanced, poised, and dynamically harmonic vocals which will keep you transfixed right up to the outro.

If you’re looking for a serene soundscape to slip into, look no further.

You’ll be able to check out Sarvasva Tomar along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to YouTube or the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Up and Coming Ambient Trap Artist Trooley Has Just Dropped Their Smoothest Mix to Date

If you like your Trap on the softer side, you’ll strike gold with the mellow transcendent vibes which up and coming Hip Hop artist Trooley offers through his mixes.

After making their debut in 2019 with the single “Fake Smile”, he’s proven himself to be a prolific production machine on a mission to soak the airwaves with smooth fluid mixes. Each of their tracks comes with a perceptible ability to ease you into a zen-like state, yet the best introduction to his style is the recently released mix “Slimey” produced by Black Mayo.

The textures in the instrumentals may be light, airy, and ambient, but with an immersive infusion of bass and their softly energetic Rap bars, his tracks find the perfect balance between catharsis and conviction.

You can check out Trooley’s tracks for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bistro Boy – Forgive: A Transcendental Electronic Aural Ascension

When an electronica soundscape is so serene it becomes an emotional sensory experience, you know you’ve stumbled across aural gold. Which is exactly what happened when Icelandic Electronica artist Bistro Boy appeared on our radars with the transcendentally ambient release “Forgive”.

The evenly paced, deftly constructed instrumental ambient track may slightly pick up momentum as it progresses. Yet, the essence of Forgive lies in its ability to transport you to a higher plateau courtesy of the sublimely produced softly magnetic beats.

If a four-minute track doesn’t give you enough tension-stripping time to enter a zen-like state, then you’re in luck. Forgive is just one of the soundscapes to feature on Bistro Boy’s forthcoming album which is due to drop in 2020. Get Bistro Boy on your radar to make sure you don’t miss it.

You can embrace the mesmeric catharsis for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud and checking out Forgive for yourselves.

You can follow the artist via Facebook & Twitter.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lydia Virginia Eck – Memory: Tension-Stripping Experimental Electronic Pop

“Memory” is just one of the spacey ambient works which feature on up and coming artist Lydia Virginia Eck’s debut Electronic Pop album “Why Be Interesting?” which is due to drop on February 10th.

The experimental Electronic mix feels like the future of catharsis, but more importantly, it absolutely achieves the desired effect. The lush reverb on the light trickling downtempo production provides a tension-stripping aural experience while Lydia Virginia Eck’s lucid and ethereal vocals lace Memory with plenty of harmonic atmosphere.

She may be fresh from inception, yet the US-based artist has discernibly demonstrated with Memory that the freshness of her inception resonates within her sound. If one of your 2020 goals were to be a little more zen this year, Lydia Virginia Eck will lend an aural hand in getting you there.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MUSTIE – Fantasma; Neo-Soul Meets Experimental Electronica

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Up and coming Sheffield-based experimental artist and producer MUSTIE is set to release their debut album “Chaos Energy” in Spring 2020. They’ve been generous enough to treat us to a preview of the soulful experimentalism contained in the standout single “Fantasma”.

Perceptibly, MUSTIE chose an incredibly apt title for their meltingly mellifluous soundscape. Unlike most genre-defying experimentally orchestrated singles, it’s all too easy to immerse yourself in the unpredictable melodies in Fantasma. If this is the future of soul music, we’re definitely here for it.

You’ll have to wait until March 31st to check out the Chaos Energy album for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out some of their blissfully cathartic earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Soto – Rootstrings: Frenetically Rhythmic World Music

“Rootstrings” is the quite literally hair-raising world music debut from up and coming artist Soto. If they keep creating soundscapes with such sensory appeal, I dare say that they won’t be up and coming for long.

You don’t need the ‘golden ear’ to perceive the ingenuity in Rootstrings. Ut’s perceptible through the way you can’t really tell what’s in control, the rhythm, or the artist. Expect exotic intricate organic beats to frenetically offer warmth and soul – even in the absence of lyrics.

Within the eclectic instrumental arrangement, you’ll pick up on virtuosic fingerpicked guitar progressions, tribal drum beats, classical strings, playful ukulele melodies and plenty more. It’s a seven-minute invitation to a higher plateau. I’d take it if I were you.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Heads or Heads – Nightfall: Lo-Fi Trip-Hop Laced Psych Pop

The intellectualism practically drips from the synth-led latest single to be released by up and coming Alt Psych Pop artist Heads or Heads. “Nightfall” laces the dreamy lo-fi mix with subtle elements of Trip Hop to ensure that it offers plenty of Funk to take with you on your cathartically psychedelic Trip.

The Missouri based artist utilised archaic urban elements, deconstructed them, and revived them in an absorbingly fresh work of ingenuity.  Expect a kaleidoscope of colour to be spilt as it softly unravels.

If you can imagine what it would sound like if Mike Patton started releasing more ambient and melodic music, you’d get an idea of what Nightfall offers. Aural ambient treats don’t come much more indulgent than this.

You can stream or download Heads or Heads latest single Nightfall for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Eve & Lee – Where Are You? Binaural-Style Mind-Bending Beats

Eve & Lee’s latest experimental electronica release may not be everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, it’s more of an aural shot of absinthe which allows your mind to sink into droning catharsis.

Even though “Where Are You” is slightly cold, dark, and dystopian in the endless droning 7-minute stretch, those with an open mind should check it out nonetheless and slap on a pair of headphones before doing so.

The binaural-style beats may not be your archetypal serving of ambient music. But that’s not to say that “Where Are You” is any less efficacious in allowing to feel like flotsam by the time the soundscape has come to a beguiling end.

You can listen to Where Are You? via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Darren Wilson – Echoes: A Chilling Cinematic Debut

Artist and producer Darren Wilson made their discernible talents audible to the world with their debut EP “Echoes” on January 1st 2020. The title track stands as a true testament to just how much chilling emotion can be poured into an instrumental arrangement.

Their compositions vary from full orchestral scores to ambient soundscapes – which you can delve into if you press play on Echoes. It may be harsh, cold, and dystopian, yet, there’s an arrestive air to Echoes which makes every haunted progression feel meaningful.

It’s only a matter of time before you see Darren Wilson’s name in the credits to feature films worthy of their alchemic approach to creating soundscapes.

You can check out Darren Wilson’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast