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FELICITY GROOM – Burj Khalifa: Mind-Meltingly Arrestive House Groove Indie Pop  

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Is there any better feeling than hitting play on a single and feeling a jolt of awe, curiosity and beguilement? It may not happen often, but you’ll get a potent amount of mesmerism from FELICITY GROOM’s single Burj Khalifa.

The genre-defying soundscape can loosely be defined as House Groove Pop. Yet the soundscape resonates as illimitable from the first verse. And that’s before you’ve been treated to the varying evolutions in the consistently captivating single. Despite its lucidity and easily ingestible ambience, it packs a punch.

You’ll have to wait a little longer to listen to Burj Khalifa for yourselves. It is due to be released in early 2020 along with the rest of FELICITY GROOM’s third studio album. You can check out their earlier releases via their website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sound Lobotomy – The Elephant & The Rider ft. Meraki

Electronica artists frequently drop mind-altering mixes. But Sound Lobotomy has gone one step further and ensured that your perceptions shift thanks to the bass-driven beats in their latest mix and the inspiration behind their monstrous track.

For their latest single “The Elephant & The Rider” they teamed up Meraki to hold up a much-needed mirror to our contemporary societal struggles. The mix addresses our enlightened consciousness and urges the listener to adopt the fundamental ancient Greek concept of Noesis – the exercise of reason. Through our increased awareness of the world, it’s easy to want to slip into an existential black hole. The Elephant & The Rider is an aural olive branch with the ability to pull you out of the void and back to what it truly means to be human.

You can check out the latest mix from Sound Lobotomy for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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KomRon – Peter Pan: A Sticky-Sweet Hip Hop Pop EDM Earworm

“Peter Pan” is just one of the progressively unpredictable Alt Pop singles which you’ll find on up and coming artist KomRon’s latest EP.

While each of the tracks practically drips with viral potential. The standout track has to be the sticky-sweet anthemic earworm “Peter Pan” which was created in collaboration with JP Thornewell. The two artists brought incredibly dynamic chemistry to the Pop Hip Hop EDM mash-up.

It’s easy to see why we’re not the only one hyped by what KomRon is bringing to the airwaves. The aspiring rapper and Orthopedic Surgeon already have plenty of international acclaim. Given the energy and connectable persona poured into each of their tracks, it’s pretty easy to get hooked.

You can check out KomRon’s single Peter Pan along with the rest of their EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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CONST – Horizons: Euphorically Nostalgic Instrumental Future Pop

For their debut, Electronica producer CONST teamed up with the equally as pioneering artist CHOVA to drop a euphoric Future Pop instrumental mix which is sure to inject brand-new life into your playlists.

Horizons is the kind of sun-soaked Electronica mix which will bring your summer nostalgia back like a flood. While there’s plenty of accessibility within the mix as the beats lead up to ecstatic breakdowns in the usual way. There’s also a slightly glitchy chaotic feel to the mix which would definitely be enough to make you want to throw away your dancefloor inhibitions.

After hearing Horizons, we can’t wait to hear what CONST has in store for 2020.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Ian Edson – Elevate: Euphorically Sonic House

With their latest mix “Elevate”  up and coming LA-based producer Ian Edson has given Tech heads another reason to include his House mixes on their playlists.

The high-octane sonic floor filler utters the simple mantra of ‘Elevate’ over the simple, yet extremely effective danceable rhythm. The anticipation is set for the euphoric breakdowns by inventive uses of phasers creating drawn-out caustic sweeping effects throughout the mix.

Elevate may be slightly darker and harsher than your average House mix, but it still does exactly what it says on the tin.

You can check out Ian Edson’s latest Trance mix for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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KBone – ‘Crashing Into You’

Glaswegian musician KBone pairs up with singer Aika Zabala on the aural treat that is ‘Crashing Into You’. Complete with lyrics penned by songwriter Douglas Beardmore, this track is as impressive as it is innovative.

The song begins with a 60s-esque riff, that is slowly joined by a primal beat and a sweet, melodic vocal – courtesy of Zabala. Her voice is reminiscent of Grimes or Katy B and she sings a story well known by all. Addicting, insatiable lust. The lyrics happen to be the first that songwriter, Beardmore, has sold and from the biting poetry contained in the subject matter of the song, it most definitely will be the first of many lyric sheets sold by him.

The chorus crashes in, larger than life. Its metallic instrumental undertones contrast with the gentle timbre that Zabala creates. Then we flow back to the verses. The subtle yet striking tinkles of percussion here add to the psychedelic essence of ‘Crashing Into You’. Although essentially a pop track, it’s the small nuances of genre like these, combined with the day-glow design on the track’s artwork, that suggest KBone has some 60s influences that are filtering through into the track.

I hope that this is not the last collaboration that Zabala and KBone undertake.

Review By Alicia Carpenter

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Darth Athena – Plasmagoria: A Tech House Playlist Essential

Breaking Tech House artist Darth Athena dropped yet another sublime mix “Plasmagoria” onto the airwaves in November 2019.

Their ability to blend shimmering bright transcendental textures with harsh smacks of bass in a constantly evolving House mix is like nothing we’ve heard from any other electronic artist this year. It comes as no surprise that the Atlanta-based producer finds his inspiration from an array of sources, from darkwave to fantasy soundtracks to RnB.

Plasmagoria is a mould-breaking melting pot of danceable euphoric rhythm. From sonic blasts to tribal rhythm you’ll find all that and more in Plasmagoria. It doesn’t just offer high-octane energy, but captivating high-octane emotion too.

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

Make sure to follow their Soundcloud page, as they’ll be dropping more mixes along with an EP in January 2020.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Mike Moonnight – Delicia Tchu Tcha Tcha: Virally Infectious Latino Dance

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If you’ve somehow managed to let the viral hit “Delicia Tchu Tcha Tcha” pass you by, prepare for a Latino Dance mix which definitely isn’t easily forgotten. Mike Moonnight has become renowned for his infectiously energetic hits created by fusing elements of Reggaeton, Latin, and Brazilian. Yet their 2018 hit Delicia Tchu Tcha Tcha has made international waves.

Delicia Tchu Tcha Tcha is a high-octane, highly danceable mix. But thanks to its earworm potential, it’s a track your synapses will crave day or night. The Trance beats sit in a bed of warm, vibrant, intensely rhythmic Reggaeton which will definitely appeal to your own rhythmic pulses.

You can check out Delicia Tchu Tcha Tcha for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Boorook – Your Name I Call: Indigenous Aboriginal Electronic

Uprising self-produced artist Boorook is presenting quite a unique song here. “Your name I Call” is a chain of hypnotic beats featuring vocals that I wasn’t expecting. I mean the track’s artwork should have given me an idea, as we see the artist wearing traditional indigenous Aboriginal gear but I wasn’t ready for this. This is an interesting piece of artistry.

The type of vocals on “Your Name I Call” is quite a surprise, as it’s not the first vocal style I would expect this Future Garage-type of beat to wear. The vocal delivery has a standard pattern throughout the whole song, and that’s what it should be. Almost no transitions take place during the song, only a standard singing and a beat stays the same throughout the whole track with a few pauses in between. The lack of further action is far from negative, as the electronic nature of the music contradicts the world-music vocals, it’s intriguing as it is.

This is definitely a song to play on your headphones when walking in the woods at night.

If this is where you are now, hop on Soundcloud

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Crouton Cannon – Credit: Funky Dance Rock

Indie Rock can have many faces: It can be depressed, it can be spooky, and it can be innovative. The song “credit” doesn’t fall into any of these categories; it’s a fun song featuring some cheerful lyrics and a chorus you can get up and dance to. And it’s splendid!

Crouton Cannon is a band that draws quite apparent influences from acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, Vulfpeck and Steely Dan. Consequently, there’s an apparent funky element to their music. Judging by this song, they must not be the band that takes themselves too seriously or the band that would hesitate to satire themselves. I mean, there are enough bands in the genre that appear all gloomy and serious, so this is a welcoming change, isn’t it?

“Credit” is written by Alex Marshall, their guitarist. It features female vocals that are satisfying but nothing to write home about. It also features a couple of funky guitar riffs and you can dance to the chorus. Nothing to over think, just a song to have a good time. I’ll take it.

Watch the music video for “Credit” here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis