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Ricky Akira transcends the notion of genres with his authentically amorous latest single

London-based artist and producer Ricky Akira’s latest single “Donnie We Will Be Stars” proves that the concept of genres is pretty much outdated. Instead of trying to find their own sound within a pre-existing one, Ricky Akira went all-out with the authenticity in this endearingly masterful release which your soul won’t fail to recognise.

With playful polyphonic tones contorted into tranquil and cathartic rhythms, the instrumentals will make sure that you’re hooked into the progressions. While Ricky Akira and their female guest vocalist will run you through a sticky-sweet tale of romanticism and ambition.

The ‘cute factor’ may be high with this release, but Ricky Akira’s sound is anything but novelty, it’s a sure sign of amazing things to come for the charismatically magnetic artist. Watch this space.

You can check out Donnie We Will Be Stars for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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Jungle.wav – Old School analogue ambience with “Jai Guru Deva”

The video to Jungle.wav’s single ‘Jai Guru Deva’ is roughly 100 seconds of dreamy, escapist visions of mountains and alpine forest, all lo-fi shakiness on old-school cine-8.

That’s pretty much the music, too; dreamy, escapist, and low tempo. Sweeping old-school electronica mixes lo-fi beats, soothing chillwave and half-spoken mellow vocals; it’s trancey and reverb-soaked, chilled and psychedelic. Yes, there’s an obvious Eno-like reference in its ambience, but there’s elements of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Youssou N’Dour mixed in with the chiming strings and sweeping, old-school analogue synth. Behind the whispered vocal sit lo-fi, Moog and ARP sounds, and then, all too soon, it’s over.

You can hear ‘Jai Guru Deva’ on YouTube, and find more from Jungle.wav here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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KiDD RicH sets a hazy lustful scene in their latest release “2am”

There’s been plenty of hype around breaking Hip Hop artist KiDD RicH since they made their debut with the single “Comfortable” in 2019. On the heels of their successful singles, they’ve dropped their debut album “The Statement, Vol. 1”.

The track which especially caught our attention with its hazy indulgent tones was 2am, a tale of nocturnal lust which won’t fail to instil the amorous vibes. The lust is inscribed in the sultry, light and melodic Indie Trap beats. They’re also found within KiDD RicH’s soft and mellifluous vocals which project plenty of emotion into the track as they verse the deeply introspective lyrics.

From the first verse, you’re immersed in the scene which KiDD RicH sets with the warm summer tones. You practically feel an increase in the temperature when you hit play.

You can check out 2am along with the rest of KiDD RicH’s debut album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

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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Wanderings – The Light Inside: Tension-Stripping Ambient Electronica

The Light Inside / Burden by Wanderings

South-London based Ambient Electronica artist Wanderings has recently made their debut with the tension-stripping serene single “The Light Inside”.

There may be a quietude to the single, but there’s also a striking amount of passion-driven momentum which resonates between the spaces of the looped piano notes, gentle effervescent guitars and hazy electronic effects. Each seamless burst of sound is delivered with deft execution.

The Light Inside transcends cathartic aural escapism and encompasses true ambient ingenuity in a way which demonstrates Wanderings’ deep understanding of how to appeal to the human psyche.

You can stream and download The Light Inside for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now. Make sure to follow the page as Wanderings’ debut album is set to be released in early 2020.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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small disco – C R W L N G: The Lucid Catharsis of Chillwave DIY Pop

floralscent by small disco

“C R W L N G” is the latest single from Portsmouth, Ohio-based duo small disco. Their ambiently lucid mixes provide a refreshing soundscape of Glitch and Grime seamlessly weaved together. There is plenty of intricacy within the synthesised melodies, yet the heavy reverb dampens the drum machines glitchy kicks to provide a soundscape which you can’t help but be arrested by.  Usually, when it comes to DIY music, the lo fi production hinders the sound, yet small disco have proven that they have no problem producing fluidly resonant beats after composing prodigally experimental soundscapes.  Their expressive style wouldn’t be complete without the melodic vocals, whilst there is an unholy amount of reverb added to them, the talent behind vocalist Cassy Parker’s is still more than palpable.

You can check out C R W L N G from the “floralscent” album for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Follow small disco on Facebook to keep up to date with their latest releases and tour dates.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Can you categorise SAWCE’S Latest Track ‘Years Ago’?

https://youtu.be/pw23kiHyOcg

Sawce is a music project with a sound and a set of aesthetics that are quite hard to really categorize. Their blend of electronic music is textural, haunting and highly atmospheric, with lush reverb tones, sparse beats and deep drones that add harmonies and depth to the mix.

“Years Ago” is a thought-provoking songs that combines the quirks of electronic instrumental music with the airy openness of instrumental rock. The electric guitars come in half-way through the music, at first introducing some gentle clean melodies, but later, allowing the lead guitar to shred away with some cool lead tones with an 80s feel – Think Steve Vai jamming with Explosions In The Sky, with Massive Attack providing a cool beat!

This song has a truly special vibe and an almost nostalgic feel. The main synth riffs are absolutely stunning, as well as the sweet, mellow overtones of the keys and guitars. It’s impressive how this song allows various genres to collide, including math, post-rock, chillwave and guitar-oriented rock!