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Harmonical Takes an EDM Turn with Their Latest Single “Caught Up”

The mark of an exceptional artist will always be an ability to never stop surprising you with each new release. While it would be naïve to think we’ve heard the best of Harmonical in 2018, nothing could quite prepare me their latest single “Caught Up” which proves that

While Harmonical typically uses a nostalgic 80s vibe to run through their poignant and reflective Pop singles, with “Caught Up (In this Loop)” featuring Elan Noelle the artist poured EDM energy into the mix to transform her soulful sound into one that you would enjoy on a dancefloor as much as you would listening in your car radio. Yet Caught Up still runs with the slight 80s synth vibe with a dashing of House which allowed Harmonical to create her most infectious single yet.

You can check out Harmonical’s latest single Caught Up for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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PANDDA – Home: The Prodigal Son of Emotive Electro Returns with His Latest Single

PANDDA hooked up with Ariel for their latest track “Home” following up from their last single “Ultimatum”. After checking it out it became all too clear that PANDDA has got encapsulating plaintive emotion within an upbeat soundscape down to a fine art. The ultimate effect of the single being one of resonant catharsis and pure admiration for the artist who can so candidly lay down lyrics which hit as hard as the 808’s.

Perhaps what’s most striking about Home is the contrast between the pensive nature of the lyrics combined with the glitchy break beats in the multi-layered mix which are sure to enamour any fans of Progressive House music. Usually finding an EDM track with mesmeric vocals is like finding a needle in a haystack, but PANDDA isn’t your average artist. Here’s to hoping there’s an album in the pipelines for 2019.

You can check out PANDDA’s latest single Home by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Arcade Daydream – Rainbow Road: Synth-Led EDM Carving Out the Contemporary Curve

There aren’t many soundscapes which are as easy to slip into as Arcade Daydream’s latest single “Rainbow Road”, if you have a lot of love for modular synths, it won’t be all too long before you’re enamoured by the up and coming artist’s instrumental mixes. Even though Rainbow Road doesn’t fall into the ambient category, the single is still melodic enough to provide an aural experience which runs through offering pure catharsis. Thankfully, Arcade Daydream is of the same opinion as me that 80s synth nostalgia had it’s time back in the 80s, but there’s no disputing what century tracks such as Rainbow Road belong in. The standard of the production is exceptional, with every pitch sitting at the perfect level, Rainbow Road is a track you’ll definitely want to crank up to get even deeper into the progressive sound.

You can check out Arcade Daydream’s latest single Rainbow Road via their official website where you can also pick up some awesome merch!

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Flocci – LIMIT BREAK: A Filthy Aural Attack of EDM That’s All About the Bass

Slapping a genre label on up and coming Houston, US-based artist Flocci’s latest single LIMIT BREAK would be completely redundant. To create the filthy aural masterpiece, he incorporated a smorgasbord of bass-heavy EDM styles with an urban edge to create a soundscape that probably won’t be for you if you don’t appreciate harsh high octane beats. But if you love nothing more than hearing dubbed drops weaved into a fast-paced Hardstyle track full of ominous undertones, it won’t be long until you turn to Flocci by default when you’re looking for an attack of harsh snaring electronica. LIMIT BREAK mainly runs through as an instrumental track, yet there are still some Rap-style vocal offerings, and an infinitely endearing addition of a Mario Kart sample.

You can check out Flocci’s latest single LIMIT BREAK for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Egyptian House Artist Amr Salah Mahmoud Impresses With New Releases Lose My Mind and Reality

Rising Electronic artist Amr Salah Mahmoud is well on his way to becoming a major name in the EDM world and his latest offerings Lose My Mind and Reality offer fans a taste of what he has to offer.
Dropped back in December these impressive 80s disco inspired hits have already won him a legion of new fans and Reality is an awesome House track that has clearly been inspired by the likes of Calvin Harris and David Guetta.
It’s a great reworking of an old style perfectly remixed to fit into the modern EDM world. While Lose My Mind offers listeners something a little different thanks to the thumping bass at the opening of the song which leads to a standout electronic production showcasing the wealth of DJ talent Amr has to offer.
Overall Lose My Mind and Reality are two gems which will no doubt win this talented producer a whole new fan base.
Review By Laura Klonowski
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Mport – Emulate: An Introduction of Hybrid Trap

If you’re a fan of dark dubbed beats and Trap music it can be hard to satisfy both tastes at the same time, that was until Mport dropped his insanely hot mix Emulate. I’m pretty sure even the end of the world wouldn’t sound that cataclysmic. I for one am thankful for the artist, DJ and producer’s inability to stick to one genre, because what he cooks up in his beats is beyond anything that anyone that is firmly rooted into one genre could compose. Straight from the prelude to Emulate, you’re set up to embrace the bumpy drops, the track may not always flow seamlessly but the chaos in the mix brings visceral waves of dub energy that would be impossible to find elsewhere.

If you’re looking for the ultimate pick me up amongst heavily dubbed drops you can check out Mport’s single here. Stay tuned for the release by heading over to Mport’s Facebook page.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blooming Fire – Bless My Heart: Primally Euphoric EDM

If you’re looking for an electronic mix is as primally powerful as it is expressively creative, look no further than Blooming Fire’s recently released single “Bless My Heart”.

Any fans of Bjork are sure to appreciate the snaking rhythms of the synth and harsh snare of the drum pads crashing against the concordantly immersive acoustic drums which set the perfect platform for the innocently endearing female vocals.

The extended track packs in plenty of progression from tentative keyboard melodies to relentlessly fluid rap verses, even as you get to the outro of the single the genre-defying soundscape still hits you with plenty of unexpected aural delights as the rhythms contort in a potently euphoric way.

Bless My Heart is just one of the singles from Blooming Fire’s latest EP “Dunia” which proves that with their experimental approach to deep bass-driven tracks they won’t be around on the underground for long.

You can check out Bless My Heart along with the rest of the EP by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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THE NITE – Alienation: Industrially Indulgent EDM

Whilst many may try their hands at the genre, creating a stunningly textured Industrial EDM mix takes a fair amount of aural command. Which is exactly what emerging artist THE NIGHT proved they had in their possession with their debut EP release.

“Alienation” is just one of the seamless, pitch-perfect singles on the 4-track release which will take you right back to the roots of the genre, yet the single will still resonate as more than just an assimilation of already so commonly regurgitated sound. What so many artists EDM artists fail to do is weave some ingenuity into the lyrics, and it’s safe to say THE NITE isn’t lacking in the ability to pen pensively salacious lyrics.

You can check out THE NITE’s single Alienation for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Apklypz -Golden Spiralverse: Vividly Expressive EDM

If you’re looking for a Drum & Bass mix which hits you just as hard at home as on the dancefloor, look no further than the latest release by Apklypz (AKA J Holden) “Golden SpiralVerse”. The short and sweet hit may only be 2:15-minutes long, but there’s plenty of snaringly visceral hooks and drops. Even if you forget the slightly hard to remember name, there’ll be no forgetting the dark, dubbed progressive mix. By blending elements of Bass & Prog Rock, the cinematic sound becomes instantly accessible, yet the allure of Apklypz goes beyond that. With the organic soundscape’s ability to paint vivid expression full of aesthetic, Golden Spiralverse is a resonant attack on all of the senses.

You can check out Apklypz’s latest mix Golden Spiralverse, along with his other dystopian dark mixes for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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TIANI – Bad Enough for You: The Darker Edge o EDM

Every now and again you’ll have the pleasure of stumbling across an EDM Pop artist who possesses as much incandescent attitude in their vocals as they carry experimentalism within their sound.

With a darker approach than most mainstream artists the moody edge which TIANI put behind her soon to be released single “Bad Enough for You” was enough to set her apart from the swathes of EDM artists currently producing music. The rhythm behind the single instantaneously hits you in the ambiently melodic single which pours plenty of lush reverb on the synth whilst the bassy kicks of the drum pads carve out the hooks.

You’ll have to wait a little longer to make your own mind up about TIANI’s latest single, in the meantime, you can check out some of her earlier mixes by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Keep up to date with news of the release by following TIANI via Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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