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Chiffon – Woke Me: Entrancingly Sweet Experimental House

House doesn’t often come as entrancingly sweet as the standout single “Woke Me” from Maryland-based artist Chiffon’s latest EP “Third” which dropped on March 27th.

You can expect a serious serving of soul within the inventively-layered vocals which rest atop of the colourful, modernistic, perpetually evolving beats.

The nuanced ambient air over Woke Me makes it the perfect track if you’re looking for good-vibes but don’t want to be left itching to get on a dancefloor. Instead, Woke Me will work as the perfect playlist staple. Each time you hit play, you’ll be able to unravel a little bit more of the artful intricate alchemy.

If this is the future of Experimental House, we’re here for it.

You can check out Chiffon’s single Woke Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kingdumb – Dancing with the Devil featuring Sophie-Rose Goldsworthy and Jaeh Hall

If there’s any track which will get you feeling nostalgic about dancefloors, it’s up and coming EDM producer Kingdumb’s latest mix “Dancing with the Devil” featuring vocals from Sophie-Rose Goldsworthy and Jaeh Hall.

Luckily, the ecstasy-dripping soundscape is just as effective at feeding you euphoria through your headphones as it would be if it dropped on the dancefloor. The super-charged entrancing Future Pop mix borrows nuances of Acid House, but the true essence of Dancing with the Devil lies in the futuristic gripping of the soundscape. The powerfully connectable lyrics and vocals bring soul and warmth to the track while Kingdumb lays down impeccably rhythmic bass-dripping adrenalizing beats. You’re going to want to make Dancing with the Devil a firm fixture of your EDM playlists.

You can check out Kingdumb’s track Dancing with the Devil along with their earlier releases for yourselves via Spotify.

To stay up to date with their latest releases, follow the artist via Social Media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Zar’s latest Getting Down: an original dance pop hit

An ingenious mix of DJ productions characterized by dance beats merged with house loops is what makes of The Zar’s latest Getting Down an original dance pop hit.

After growing bored of hearing the usual sound-alike club tunes that urge you to hit the dancefloor without any real enthusiasm, The Zar can change your perspective by converging some quality beats and captivating harmonies with a little help from his friend Jessy Milane.

Adorning the already smoothly placid atmosphere of the song, Jessy’s vocals add a glossy tint to the dance mood in a superb and hopefully continuative collaboration.

You can listen to Getting Down for yourself on Spotify.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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YayRaven has dropped I Won’t Go Away Remix (Extended) ft Mhyst

YayRaven has dropped the extended version of the original piece ‘I Won’t Go Away’ ft Mhyst and we’re grateful that it’s longer so we can really hear what YayRaven has to offer.

Keeping that Dance and EDM sound very much alive, through this insanely catchy and uplifting piece. With the heart-pumping beats that pulsate through the background, adding in the electronic style effects to the melody with the vocals tending to distort and fade into the melody.

The rhythm is so well done and so many different sound effects have been incorporated into it, some give it it’s upbeat sound and the way they get louder then disappear into the background to unveil an insane breakdown with the beat cutting through.

It’s energetic and has such a liveliness to it when you listen, having that synthesized effect on the high-pitched soft vocals that go from high to low and flow in and out of the melody perfectly.

So glad that we got to hear an extended version of this track by YayRaven and Myhst.

Review by Karley Myall

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Vince Neel drops a house track we wish we could listen to in a club right now with ‘Lost Your Mind’

DJ and house producer Vince Neel has just released ‘Lost Your Mind’ – a 3:40 club-throbbing track with a title that perhaps feels a little too on the nose since we’re, well, still unable to lose our minds at the club. 

‘Lost Your Mind’ is a strong showing from this Munich house spinner. A mildly ominous bassline builds enough excited suspense before dropping into the first groove and giving a taste of what’s to come. Once things really get in the groove, the track’s vocals – leaning heavily on the house genre’s trademark chops – provide a syncopation that fits well in the beat’s pocket. helping it rise like well baked bread to its snare snapping apex.

Vince Neel’s tight production helps set ‘Lost Your Mind’ apart from a majority of house releases in the last month – it’s just a shame we can’t listen to this at a club anytime soon. Rest assured though, it’s going on the quarantine rave playlist. 

You can like and listen to Vince Neel’s ‘Lost Your Mind’ on his YouTube

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’Boogie Oogie Oogie’ by Renowned DJ Gual: Old treasure made shiny and new!

I would usually be the first person to say, ‘don’t touch a classic’ but in this case I am forced to clarify and amend that statement. A Taste Of Honey released ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ in the summer of 1978 and it became an instant hit and one of the most memorable songs of the era. Dj Gual has touched a classic but he really has the Midas touch. He stays true to the groove of the song and gets authentic and superb vocal assistance by the very talented Cheshy. She is able to sing effortlessly and unhindered over a slick track.

The production is really clean and the musicianship is something to proud about. It really is a successful rejuvenation of a vintage, time-honoured anthem. Obviously a labour of love, DJ Gual proves once again that he has a respectful recollection of Disco mixed with artful innovation. Not everyone can touch a classic but, DJ Gual, you go right on ahead. With a soon-to-be club classic under your belt, we can’t wait to hear more!

Have a listen to ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ by DJ Gual on Soundcloud. You won’t be disappointed.

Review by Susan Harriott

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Figgis has dropped a brand new EP ‘Movement’

Figgis has released his five-track collection ‘Movements’ bringing in many elements from the sound of EDM house.

Each track specialising in it’s own sound, having a different style and tending to keep that energetic flow pulsing out of every second. Combining many sound effects to flow through and bounce off one another to give it that beat that gets you moving.

Using the use of repeating lyrics in a more high-pitched tone over the top, whilst adding in that fast pace melody that tends to lead to a drop in the beat, to get the heart-pumping as the beat picks up the pace and begins to get louder.

Some tracks stand out more than others, ‘Yesterday’s Dance’ is one that is a killer tune, it has a lot more of an impact as you listen, the build-up of suspense, with the powerful drum beat as the electronic style effects begin to disperse. Then adding in the distortion, as the melody begins to fade in and out and this eerie sound begins to take over.

Listen to Figgis EP Movements by heading on over to HERE now.

Review by Karley Myall

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Swissalpz releases latest single Roll Up

Swissalpz releases infectious and upbeat single ‘Roll Up’ infusing that electronic style of music and creating some killer beats to go with it.

From the get go, it takes you on this journey through the use of sound effects and how combining them together in a short amount of time can create an insane piece. Having that suspense fill the air, as you wait for the breakdown to hit and the beat gets higher and more distorted, which it does in certain parts.

There are a lot of eerie sounds and some vocals that sound more robotic and autotuned to add to the melody that flows throughout. The rhythm gives of this heart-pumping feeling as each second is filled with these manic high-pitched melodies that just pulse through every element.

Considering it’s a shorter piece, what has gone into it is impressive each part combines with one and another perfectly and not one bit seems out of place, the use of effects gives it a different tone and it’s not all the same, it makes you feel good as you listen.

Listen to Swissalpz Roll Up by heading on over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Karley Myall

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Alt Synth Pop Artist Catelyst is Dropping Euphoric Ingenuity on the Airwaves with their Debut Release

Alt Dance Pop artist and producer Catelyst made their sonically-charged 2020 debut with the single “Circles” featuring Cristy Santos, the energetic synthy track immediately garnered plenty of acclaim. Considering that the track has more Funk than Daft Punk and searing infusions of Alt Rock, it’s easy to see why.

Yet, the debut single was much more than just flawlessly captivating rhythmic grooves. There was plenty of magnetic soul to attach yourself to alongside the playful eccentric nature of Catelyst’s production and lyrical style.

It wasn’t long before Catelyst followed on from the release of Circles with the release of two more singles which will also be found on their upcoming 10 track EP. Beside You and When I Leave also stand as a striking testament of Catelyst’s ability to throw away archetypal genre constraints and let their artistic expression create high-octane euphoria-awakening soundscapes

If we were still allowed to hit dancefloors, we’d be more than happy to ingest the up and coming artist and producer’s earworms on them.

You can check out Catelyst’s latest tracks for yourselves via Spotify. Make sure to give them a follow, if the first three tracks from their debut EP are anything to go by, you won’t want to miss out on the rest.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joel Christian – Rise from the Grave: Entrancingly Super-Charged Darkwave EBM

Fans of EBM and Darkwave will undoubtedly want to check out the aural insanity contained in up and coming artist and producer Joel Christian’s latest release “Rise from the Grave”.

While it may be dark enough to appease Dance music fans whose playlists consist of the likes of Suicide Commando, Front 242, and VNV Nation, Rise from the Grave also carries a palpable amount of mainstream potential.

Alongside the super-charged euphorically danceable beats, you’ll find overdriven guitar riffs toward the outro giving Rise from the Grave extra added convictive bite.

If any contemporary produced mix could take the shine off iconic hits such as Kernkraft 400’s Zombie Nation, it’s this one.

Rise from the Grave is available to stream via Spotify or you can check out the official music video which premiered on March 22nd via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast