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Downtempo Electronica

Cast aside embitterment with Anaté’s celestially panoramic sophomore single ‘First Time’

In 2021, it’s harder than usual to create everlasting positive memories, with timely their sophomore release, ‘First Time’, alt-electronic pop duo, Anaté, invite the listener to rekindle the magic of affable memories have become soured by embitterment.

First Time asks the listener to stop throwing previously cherished memories away by the wayside just because the co-creator of them is no longer around. It’s a difficult request to make, but through the celestially panoramic alchemy of this intrinsically stylistic feat of downtempo electronic pop, you won’t just feel yourself become open to suggestion. You’ll feel floods of nostalgic imagery finding synergy with the melodic tides of the sensual yet powerful release.

If the difference between Anaté’s debut and sophomore single tells us anything, it’s to always expect the unexpected. Yet, one constant is the depth of the lyricism which works alongside their intoxicating sound.

First Time may not fit the usual perennial pop earworm mould, but it’s all the more unforgettable for it. Anaté’s succinct command of melodies and ability to offer a resounding directness with their music will undoubtedly see them go far in 2021 and beyond. If you’re sick of artists who only scratch at the surface of superficiality with their music, it’s time to start paying attention to Anaté.

To revel in some amorous nostalgia for yourselves, you can check out First Time which was released on January 13th, 2021 via Spotify.

For more ways to listen and more information on the luminary duo, head over to their official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Dark Electro Pop duo Anaté have debuted their emboldening single ‘Confusion’

Confusion’ is the darkly beguiling standout single from lockdown-born multi-national alt-electro-pop duo, Anaté’s forthcoming debut album, ‘Confessions’. It serves as the perfect introduction to the European artist’s empoweringly soulful style. Given the state of collective uncertainty which 2021 has instilled in psyches across the globe, it has ‘playlist staple’ written all over it.

Confusion opens up the conversation about duality and the conflict which courses between our intrinsic desire and the desires we sate because of societal expectation. There’s been plenty of talk in recent years about ‘living your best life’, Anaté put the emphasis on *your* with their exhilaratingly polished track which allows layers of overlapping vocals to trip over themselves, illustrating the essence of the track.

Confusion also lingers in the trippy downtempo production which mimics the disjointing nature of doubt and uncertainty. The glitchy beats are efficacious enough to resonate with your own experiences of confusion and offer consoling validation by the affirmation that the rest of the world feels exactly the same, despite pretences of togetherness.

With their ability to paint a picture of agitation while also allowing the listener to indulge a track which is powerful enough to remove the shackles of societal pressure, we’re all too eager to hear what the rest of the Trip-Hop-inspired album delivers.

Any fans of Hooverphonic, Morcheeba and Massive Attack will undoubtedly want this trailblazingly emboldening artist on their radar.

Anaté’s single, Confusion, is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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

Norwegian producer Botolv blows down the house with spectacular ”Petrichor”

That smooth down tempo vibe while you are chilling out by the pool, sunglasses are on and you have good company right beside you. This is the summer beat of relaxing magnitude and you have a cold beverage in your hand of course.

Petrichor” is a distinctive, earthy, usually pleasant odor that is associated with rainfall especially when following a warm, dry period. It arises from a combination of volatile plant oils and geosmin released from the soil into the air and by ozone carried by downdrafts. This song sounds and smells very pleasant to me and I want to hear it louder and louder.

Norwegian producer Christian Nerheim Torkelsen aka Botolv is onto a winner here with his progressive and electronic house with a cinematic touch. He is from Bergen where the air is apparently so clear. With music like this his mind must be crystal clear too. ”Petrichor” is a fantastic down tempo song that skyrockets into the mountains with a gold medal wrapped around the vinyl. This is a terrific song that I thoroughly enjoyed and so will you.

Stream this new track via the Soundcloud page.

Review by Llewelyn Screen

U.V.P – Spread Your Wings featuring LiBa: Entrancingly Progressive Leftfield Electronica

https://uvpmusic.bandcamp.com/track/spread-your-wings-feat-liba

Bristol, UK-based Electronica artist and producer U.V.P dropped their latest track Spread Your Wings in collaboration with LiBa on June 12th.

The seductively structured feat of artfully downbeat electronica may be slow to start, but the extended mix carries an arsenal of progressive innovation. After building up to an entrancingly danceable sun-soaked soundscape, Spread Your Wings guides you through a myriad of progressions, each is as adrenalizing as the last.

LiBa’s distinctive and almost genre-less vocals found perfect synergy with U.V.P’s deftly crafted beats and allowed collaborative chemistry to drip from Spread Your Wings.

We may not be celebrating summer dance hits in the usual way this year, but whatever mood the Leftfield earworm catches you in, it will definitely be sweeter by the time you get to the outro.

You can stream and purchase U.V.P’s track Spread Your Wings via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

8udDha bl0od – 50n!c AD<3n7Ur3: 06.2.3 : Cr.:.2Y 8U773rflY fx: Dystopianly Dark Electronica

Fans of dystopic Lynchian ambient soundscapes will definitely want to delve into the entrancingly eerie tones in 8udDha bl0od’s upcoming single 50n!c AD<3n7Ur3: 06.2.3 : Cr.:.2Y 8U773rflY fx.

The instrumental soundscape feels like a calm before an ethereal aural storm. The same chilling sensation you get while watching vintage horror flicks as you wait for the insidiousness to seep manifests through the cold glistening tones and swirling voids of kaleidoscopically monochrome magnetism.

You’ll have to wait until March 12th to check out 50n!c AD<3n7Ur3: 06.2.3 : Cr.:.2Y 8U773rflY fx for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out 8udDha bl0od’s earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sunbeam42 – Mystery Universe: Ambiently Immersive Experimental Electronica

Mystery Universe is just one of the ambiently immersive feats of experimental electronica found on up and coming artist Sunbeam42’s latest EP Journey which was released on April 27th.

Through the US producer’s use of deftly soft tones, intricately unpredictable progressions, and spatial effects, they orchestrated a beguiling mix which is all too easy to slip into. Furthermore, there’s little chance that your consciousness will want to falter from the forbearing rhythms.

Mystery Universe may stray from the mainstream sound, but accessibility is the essence of the stunningly produced tension-stripping soundscape.

There’s a sense of depth and personality in Mystery Universe which is rarely found within instrumental Ambient Electronica. Sunbeam42 is definitely one to watch if you like to keep your downtempo electronica playlists topped up with breaking talent.

You can check out Mystery Universe for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud or Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Atlas Castle – Falling Slowly: Artfully Serene Downtempo Electronica

https://soundcloud.com/atlascastle/falling-slowly

“Falling Slowly” is the latest hypnotically track to be released from Copenhagen-based producer Atlas Castle. Any fans of transcendental Electronica are going to want to check out.

Atlas Castle found the perfect balance in tone with Falling Slowly. Allowing it to dark enough to be poignant, explorative and reflective, yet never allowing the track to reach the point of disconcertment for the listener.

There’s plenty of distinction to be found in Falling Slowly. But instead of the track resonating as experimental or alt electronica, it falls into the realms of artful ingenuity through the way Atlas Castle deftly toys with melodies, emotion and layers of aural aesthetic.

You can check out Atlas Castle’s latest track Falling Slowly for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Bistro Boy – Forgive: A Transcendental Electronic Aural Ascension

https://soundcloud.com/mollerrecords/forgive-by-bistro-boy

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