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Black Marks – Phantom Fear: Evocatively Dystopian Alt Electro Pop

Any fans of Portishead will want to prick up their ears for the pensively captivating feat of Alt Electronic Pop “Phantom Fear” from the up and coming artist Black Marks.

Phantom Fear is just one of the tracks which you’ll find in the debut album “All But Defeated”. With the quality of the production and the seamlessly evocative nature of the soundscapes, there’s little indication that Black Marks are fresh from their inception.

Phantom Fear wouldn’t feel out of place on any dystopian film OST. From hauntedly arresting vocals to cutting semi-orchestral arrangements, Phantom Fear offers everything that you could possibly ask for from a single and more. Faultless rhythm, striking emotion, and expressive lyrics are all reasons why you’ll quickly come to appreciate the artist’s distinctive approach to orchestrating melancholic hits.

You can check out Black Marks’ track Phantom Fear along with the rest of their debut album by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zima – Our Time: A Future Pop Playlist Essential

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As soon as you hit play on up and coming EDM artist Zima’s upcoming single “Our Time”, the sticky-sweet soul of the track hits you like a cathartic tonne of bricks.

Euphoria is perceptibly at Zima’s deft command both when it comes to the anthemic beats and their harmonically magnetic vocals. There’s a slight Indie feel to Our Time which ensures that the Future Pop single could never resonate as saccharine. Expect atmospheric build-ups, meltingly mellifluous melodies, and vocals which will stick to your synapses like superglue. But the key to the mesmerism in Our Times is the charismatic creative soul which Zima pours into the naturally euphoric single.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Zima’s latest single, but in the meantime, head over to Spotify where you can listen to their debut hit “Fly With Me”

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jessy Poncho – Bob Yo Head: Darkly Rhythmic Tech House

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You can practically feel the danceable euphoria drip from the latest mix “Bob Yo Head” by Tech House up and coming producer Jessy Poncho.

Even though the indulgently solid rhythms are danceable, they also possess a slightly darker tone than your average House mix. The ominously magnetic feel to Bob Yo Head should go down incredibly well with any fans of Billie Eilish. It’s filthy, it’s progressive, and it stands as a testament to Jessy Poncho’s ability to arrange experimental beats in a way which speaks to your own rhythmic pulses.

They found the perfect tempo to Bob Yo Head. The momentum is constant and perpetually in flux, but it also incorporates a subtle ambient vibe which makes the beat impossibly easy to hook into.

You can check out Jessy Poncho’s track Bob Yo Head for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joseph Trem has released the Pop hit we all need to hear right now with “I Just Wanna Have Some Fun”

Up and coming Pop artist Joseph Trem has recently released their latest up-vibe Pop single, and it is everything that the airwaves need right now. “I Just Wanna Have Some Fun” is anything but your average feel-good hit. There is a potent amount sincerity and inspiring soul which has been poured into the single to make sure that it’s not just shoving the demand to be happy down your throat.

Usually, Pop songs will try to gloss over the fact that a significant proportion of people are actually incredibly depressed. Joseph Trem makes their acknowledgement of the world’s collective despair and encourages them to embrace life in spite of the crushing sadness.  Sentiment aside, I Just Wanna Have Some Fun is also an incredibly catchy hook-filled EDM Pop mix which contains plenty of Funk amongst the synthy euphoria.

You can check out Joseph Trem’s single I Just Wanna Have Some Fun for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mister Drax releases their latest electrifying floor filler “We Don’t Need to Stop”

Mister Drax has recently released their latest infectiously euphoric electronic hit “We Don’t Need to Stop”. Those who like to squeeze the aural ecstasy out of Electronica will have plenty of fun with this bass-driven progressive dance anthem.

The high-vibe vocals work in complete synergy with the deftly crafted beats, and yes, there’s plenty of drops to remind you that your rhythmic pulses are well and truly at the command of Mister Drax.

The Netherlands-based electronic music producer evidently knows a thing or two about cooking up an aural storm with their tracks. If dancefloor DJs have any taste, they’ll definitely want to include this electrifying floor-filler in their playlists.

You can check out the official video to Mister Drax’s latest track We Don’t Need to Stop for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Anion_Isle – Hexadecimals: Transfixingly Glitchy Synth-Led Electronica

If you appreciate synth lines which simultaneously offer 80s nostalgia while immersing you into a uniquely futuristic tonality, you won’t go far wrong hitting play on Electronica artist Anion_Isle’s latest single “Hexadecimals”.

The simplicity of the structure of Hexadecimals makes the instrumental soundscape easy to delve into. And there’s plenty of heavy, glitchy synth kicks which create an aural minefield of hooks to make sure that the melody stays arrestive.

Even though Hexadecimals is on the slightly harsher side of Electronica, the single still offers transfixing meditative qualities. Anion_Isle clearly has plenty to offer the airwaves with his individualistic take on electronica. Hexadecimal is easily the most accessible track they’ve created; it’s going to be pretty exciting to see what comes next.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Not Uncomplicated – This World is Mine: Ominously Fierce Alt Electronica

Up and coming EDM artist Not Uncomplicated has mixed up their sound once more with the apocalyptically fresh new mix “This World is Mine”. After listening to the ominously fierce Hip Hop and Rock-infused Dark Electronica track, I’m almost inclined to believe them.

There was plenty of lyrical venom spat into the mix, but that was only matched by the conviction in the Rap delivery and the progressive intensity of the harsh beats.

Not Uncomplicated teamed up with Nekro G and Alisa Velasquez to create a track which leaves you with very little autonomous decision on whether or not you crank up the volume. But as hostile as the beats were, Alisa Velasquez’s created the perfect dynamic, her striking harmonic stretches become the humanistic anchor in this aural juggernaut of a single.

You can check out Not Uncomplicated’s latest single This World is Mine for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Illegal NoiZe – Inlimit: Ominously Danceable Instrumental EDM

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Illegal NoiZe (formerly known as DJZ) has recently dropped their atmospherically dark feat of EDM “Inlimit”. With a sound so polished it resonates as cinematic and rhythmic pulses which are caustically compelling, you get little choice in whether or not you get hooked into the sharp electronic track.

It’s not all too often we can say that Instrumental Electronica tracks offer any amount of distinctive appeal. But considering the fact that Inlimit is so ominously danceable, Illegal NoiZe won’t have all too much trouble re-establishing themselves.

The honesty, in the admission of their bootleg misadventure which saw DJZ’s name disappear from the internet makes Illegal NoiZe’s (and they’re incredibly apt name) mixes even more appealing.

You can check out Illegal NoiZe’s mix Inlimit for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Andrei Laszlo – Stuck in the Middle: Infectiously Happy Future House

Andrei Laszlo’s Future House single “Stuck in the Middle” hasn’t failed to attract plenty of hype since its release in September. Many up and coming Electronica artists may struggle to get anyone hooked in their sound, but Andrei Laszlo’s feat of progressively dynamic electronica gives you little choice whether you get immersed in the soundscape.

It’s jazzy, it’s soulful, it’s happy, and perhaps most importantly, it never reminds you that you’re listening to a sequence of electronic effects.

The organic rhythm behind the beats almost gives Stuck in the Middle a tribal feel, but the instantaneously enamouring vocals transform the mix into a catchy Pop EDM hit which you’ll struggle to forget. If you take a chance on any new Electronica artist this year, make it Andrei Laszlo.

You can check out Andrei Laszlo’s single Stuck in the Middle for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BisonBison Release Their Latest Ambiently Rhythmic Electronica Single “Expanded”

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Ahead of the release of their debut album “Hover”, up and coming Electronica artist BisonBison have dropped the perfect teaser with their ethereally ambient single “Expanded” which was released on October 24th.

Expanded finds an enthralling balance between New Age rhythms and contemporary Electronica production which allows the single to unfold as accessibly familiar whilst immersing you in a pioneeringly captivating mix.

With a prelude which shares reminiscence with Ramin Djawadi’s more melodious scores leading into organically contorted meandering Eastern rhythms, the fluidity of the soundscape in Expanded is enough to allow you to feel as though you’ve been separated from your bones.

The vocals also play a heavy hand in transforming Expanded from a cathartically arrestive single into one which will stay with you for long after it has faded out.

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

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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