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Paul Edward Yu – T Montana: Cinematically Harsh Alt Electronica

With their latest release, songwriter, session guitarist and electronic producer, Paul Edward Yu, proved himself to be in the tragically small minority of artists with the ability to squeeze emotion from electronic sequencing alone.

Their 2020 album, ‘the shape of sound’, is home to a plethora of electrifyingly evocative instrumental tracks, but the perfect introduction to the Boston MA-based artist’s psychedelic stance on electronica is the single, ‘T Montana’.

It’s a progressive minefield of aural curveballs, the cold ambience the prelude serves is soon stripped-back and replaced with harsh cinematically caustic industrial elements contrasted by strikingly bright tonal textures. But discernibly, Paul Edward Yu saved the best for last. After the dub-laden tremulous breakdowns, the guitars tear through to the front of the mix in a way not easily forgotten.

T Montana is available to stream and download via Bandcamp or you can check it out via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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JJ Mickey delivers adrenalizing Techno ingenuity with “Razor Elegant”

Canadian artist and producer JJ Mickey has dropped their most mesmerising release to date, Razor Elegant. From carnivalesque kaleidoscopic whirlwinds to build-ups which will leave you tense with anticipation, you can expect all of that and more.

The excitement I usually reserve for bands such as Nekrogoblikon started to manifest as soon as Razor Elegant hit it’s momentously entrancing peak. With the artist’s proclivity to play around with 8-bit and 16-bit Chiptune along with their affinity for Trance, Industrial and Classical, JJ Mickey delivered an insanely (quite literally) immersive drop with Razor Elegant.

If you have a penchant for experimental producers, you’ll definitely want JJ Mickey on your radar.

You can check out the adrenalizing mix for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Illegal NoiZe – Keep it Trill: Darkly Phantasmal Electronic Hip Hop

When it comes to dark Electronic Instrumental Hip Hop, no one quite beats the ominously captivating tones of Illegal NoiZe. Their recently released single “Keep it Trill” is just one of the hauntedly fresh singles which you will find on their debut album “The Black Album 2”.

Instead of producing a lucid Dreamwave soundscape, they’ve used their experimentalism to take you on a journey of chillingly atmospheric aural alchemy in Keep it Trill. Spooky season is over for this year but Keep it Trill is a chilling mix which will keep on giving. It may be a downtempo track, but there’s little chance your attention will falter from the dystopian single.

You can check out Illegal NoiZe’s single Keep it Trill along with the rest of their album via Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Long Earth Trading Company – The Long World: Darkly Dystopian Tech House

If you’re looking for darkly dystopian soundscapes to delve into, look no further than the tracks found on up and coming Electronica artist Long Earth Trading Company’s debut album “Sifting Through the Wreckage”.

While each of the singles offers their own doom-laden mise en scenes using aural atmospherics alone, the best introduction to Long Earth Trading Company’s sound is “The Long World”. The futuristic Tech House mix always keeps you within a grip of curious disconcertment as you anticipate how the mostly instrumental mix will evolve next. There’s a spacey Sci-Fi vibe behind the beats while the vocal samples will make you feel as though you’ve ended up in a darker old school Doctor Who episode.

You can check out Long Earth Trading Company’s single The Long World for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MAR1 – Thunderstorms: Accessibly Sweet R&B Dark Electro

Even for those who find exploring the EDM scene a little daunting, music fans of all persuasions are bound to find accessibility in MAR1’s latest single “Thunderstorms”. With his latest single the up and coming artist created an Alternative Electronic R&B track which progresses with a moody tonality and crystal-clear vocals which allow you to form a real connection to the vocals as the emotively-steeped lyrics to Thunderstorms are versed.

Alongside the strikingly pensive vocals, the beat constantly switches up in momentum, lacing the single with viscerally raw anthemics. The choice to end the melancholically-mused single on a tentative piano melody was nothing short of genius after the lashings of bass which you are treated to throughout Thunderstorms.

You can check out MAR1’s latest single Thunderstorms for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast