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REWIND – Hey Child: Euphorically Tensile Progressive House

Think of all the key components needed to create a perfect euphoric Progressive House anthem. Then hit play on the radio edit of REWIND’s club hit “Hey Child” and count them as they work under the deft rhythmic mastery of the up and coming artist and producer.

The Radio Edit of Hey Child makes the high-octane vivid mix perfect for your multi-purpose playlists. But let’s face it, tracks such as Hey Child were born to become floor-filling anthems. Even in the frosty grips of January, Hey Child will have you feeling the Summer festival heat.

Hey Child Kicks off with teasing sauntering rhythms before the track seamlessly switches into a serving of unadulterated tensile energy. Thanks to the almost instantaneous hook which follows the prelude, you’ll be suitably immersed for when REWIND hits you with soaring melodies and dizzying climaxes.

You can check out Hey Child for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Divine Astronaut – Undone: Darkly Ensnaring Alt Electronica

Any fans of Portishead, Massive Attack, and Bjork are going to want to check out the debut single “Undone” from the Electronic duo Divine Astronaut.

There’s a uniquely foreboding atmospheric feel to Undone, but simultaneously, it was also one of the most solacing soundscapes I’ve heard this year. Yes, Undone came with a slightly apocalyptic feel, but the downtempo pacing of the instrumentals meant that even though they were doom-laden, they still provided plenty of catharses.

There’s a succinct delicacy to Undone which has plenty to do with Livvy Holland’s striking yet reassuring vocals; I really don’t make reference to the aforementioned artists lightly. With Holland’s vocals, and Moonhead’s production and multi-instrumentalism combined, Undone was a pioneering feat of Alt Electro ingenuity.

Instead of relying on harsh cacophonous noise to bring weight to the single, the gentle dystopian tones are sobering enough to leave you captivated from the prelude to the outro, and for a fair time after that. Divine Astronaut isn’t the type of Electronic artist easily found, and nor are they the type to be easily forgotten.

You can check out Divine Astronaut’s darkly ensnaring single Undone for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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Normal Tea Drops Their Latest Experimental Electro Mix “Funky Suicide”

Thinking you’ve heard it all before when it comes to music is a pretty dangerous assumption. Which Normal Tea aptly alluded to in their latest experimental live recorded mix “Funky Suicide”.

Any fans of electronica artists who like to play with darker textures such as Otto Von Schirach and DJ Scotch Egg are sure to appreciate what Normal Tea has cooked up with this marathon mix of sonic aural mayhem. But Normal Tea still found plenty of space for indulgent additions of Funk to bring the rhythm to Funky Suicide.

The name of the mix may be SLIGHTLY in bad taste, but there’s a lot to appreciate within the inventive textures of the constantly evolving track.

You can check out Normal Tea’s latest mix for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LAV.ISH – U R: Up-Vibe Funk-Filled Electro

“U R” is the second single to be released by the up and coming electro artist LAV.ISH. With elements of Funk, Hip Hop, and R&B fed into the mix, it’s all too easy to lose yourself within the dexterously produced layers of the vibrant single.

There’s plenty of sterility and monotony in Electronic music. But through combining deep and organically textured bass lines with up-vibe inventive electronic effect LAV.ISH has created a unique and captivating feel-good hit which is even sweeter through the addition of the soulfully fresh vocals.

And its good news for anyone who appreciates what LAV.ISH has brought to the airwaves, as U R is just a taste of what’s to come from the artist’s upcoming sophomore album.

You can check out the latest track from LAV.ISH for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SONA – You must give this a minute of your time

Give Me A Minute exists at a place where electronica meets indie, where underground dance meets mainstream pop, where the cultish meets the commercial. It is a place where the best and most rewarding music experiments happen and SONA is right at the heart of it. The vocals could almost be a slow, charting R&B pop song and as great as her voice is, wandering between haunting and sultry, ethereal and sassy, it is what is going on behind it that really takes your breath away.

A slow clubland groove is layered up with pulsing waves of futuristic electronica, skittering percussion and a wonderful dynamic built through dynamic switches, break downs and crescendos. It is difficult to know where this fits in to the existing musical canon, but you can say that about all the best music. One half of the song screams chart success, the other just wants to be loved by only the most discerning musical tastemakers. That’s going to confuse the A&R teams who will inevitably come calling.

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Brianna Kinsley – Storm Is Rising: An Ode to Chaos

Brianna Kinsley should be the name on everyone’s lips after she brought out her Electro Indie Pop Rock debut track. Her haunting vocals soar over her first ever single release Storm is Rising, dominating this minimalistic electro soundtrack by pouring her heart and soul into the mix. The arrangement of the composition is irresolutely complex, it’s a cacophony of ominous drumrolls and strong piano chords as an ode to her rock & metal influences.

The transgression throughout her debut track is staggering when the chorus hits you truly do feel like you’re in the eye of a storm as you’re swept along by the lyrics which convey pure, unscaled truths.

For anyone with a penchant for melancholic vibes you’re in for a treat, curtesy of the stunningly talented singer songwriter from Washington. It’s so damn refreshing to hear an artist that actually puts life into a track through the lyrics and doesn’t just bust out words because they sound good, as the track fades out it’s evident that there’s a mountain of truth to unfold through Brianna Kinsley’s next releases.

I have a feeling this won’t be the last we hear from Brianna Kinsley.

Her debut track Storm is Rising is now available to listen via Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/0cZLR3mG5vRan7Se67FrRI

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M.R.J – What Can I Say?

Everyone needs a song like Unfinished Business by M.R.J in the soundtracks to their lives. Euphoric, funk dabbled, electro indie pop beats finished with the quintessence of an infectiously upbeat styling, who could beat it? Not many, that’s why stumbling across the gems that make up M.R.J’s track list was a pretty special moment. The contemporary Pop scene is a minefield at best, you never know what mixed bag of overproduced atrocities is waiting for you on the other side of the play button. So I’d like to thank M.R.J in restoring my faith in the Pop scene with this uniquely refreshing style. If you’re a fan of acts such as Alex Cameron & Jack Ladder, you’re going to love M.R.J.

Yet Unfinished Business incorporates the right amount of trepidation in his tracks to make sure you feel the full immersive explosion which accompanies the synthesised chorus.

Whilst the undeniable history of Pop is implored with the styling of M.R.J’s track, it’s clear that he sets his own standard and tone when it comes to his music.

The London based Pop artist always has new tracks in the mix, however in the mean time why not pop across where you can sample his latest hit Unfinished Business?

https://soundcloud.com/mrjmusicuk/unfinished-buisness-2016/s-FQpTS

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Nej!las’ – Future Resolutions

The best music paints pictures, acts like a virtual and instantaneous set builder for a theatre act or suggests a scene from a film yet to be made. If this is the case then Resolution conjures a playground of dystopian hi-jinks, of night times on the decaying streets, of subversion and protest, of industrial wastelands and underground nightclubs, of shadows and neon, light and shade taken to it’s extremes. It is the collision point of the sound of brutal industrial machinations and transient, clinical digital languages, the distant humming of the modern world and the poetry of decay. It is a distant, disembodied opera, which echoes from our technology reflecting the detachment and unease of the world around us.

It is easy to see where they come from, where some of their references lie, but the ability to shape those influences into new statements about the world they find themselves in and comment on where it may be heading is all you can ask of them.

At eight and a half minutes, Nej!las’ dark and creeping instrumental feels more like a soundtrack than a song, it broods and bruises and feels otherworldly or at least futuristic. Not all music needs to be friendly, resolved or positive and if you like music which puts you on edge, makes you think and takes you to other worlds, then this is as great and terrible as it gets.

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Kuzo – Mirage: Sunset Vibes, A Postcard from LA

Kuzo is possibly the freshest act on the Electro Pop scene today. The LA based duo are currently hitting up the underground with their euphoric minimalist beats & pensive lyrical style. Their latest track Mirage follows a seamless progression that you’d be all too happy to listen to as you drive into the sunset. The vibrant beats have a transcendent quality behind them, with poignant lyrical layers for your mind to unravel as you get lost in the music. It’s the perfect mix of downtempo and trance to create music that will motivate even the most melancholic of people to dance. Fans of LCD Sound System, M83, and London Grammar are highly recommended to check out this track.

It’s almost impossible not to be moved by the duo’s impeccable first class sound infused with their striking sleek and sultry image. Electro fans are insatiable for their sound which they have finetuned since their earlier debut hits. With mirage they’ve undoubtedly made their anthem, it’s ridiculously catchy, and comes with the demand that you don’t just listen to the track once.

Check out Kuzo’s latest hit Mirage via the SoundCloud link below:

https://soundcloud.com/kuzo-music