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Ottzdigga – WVSND: Bass-Driven Instrumental Trap

While there’s a slight risk of aurally-induced brain trauma if you press play on Ottzdigga’s wavy mix WVSND at full volume, the instrumental bass-heavy trap single comes highly recommended.

No part of WVSND resonates as harsh or discordant – no matter how much reverberance the soundscape throws at you thanks to the smooth spacey polish of the production.

It may only be a short and sweet mix. But the entire duration offers potent amounts of escapism as you lose yourself in the deft creation of Ottzdigga’s ingenuity. WVSND is proof that Trap mixes don’t always need lyrics to deliver the emotive blows. They’re surplus to the requirement if the beats can offer that much immersive catharsis.

You can check out Ottzdigga’s mix WVSND for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Van Den Dries has dropped their latest Acid House Floor Filler “HOT FACE”

With elements of Hardstyle, Synthpop, Acid House, and Ambient EDM laced into the latest drop “HOT FACE” from up and coming artist and producer, you’re treated to a feat of euphoric alchemy like no other.

Finding discernible distinction in EDM isn’t an enviable task. Yet when hitting play on tracks such as HOT FACE you’re generously rewarded with shimmering beats which allow you to taste the ecstasy it was created from.

Even though there are brief glimpses of nostalgia within the soundscape, it still resonates as contemporary thanks to the unbridled curve-creating ingenuity which is more than tangible in the deftly executed mix.

You can check out the official music video to Van Des Dries latest single HOT FACE by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Naked Waste – Solitaria: Dark Choral Experimental Folk

https://nakedwaste.bandcamp.com/track/solitaria

Naked Waste’s standout 2019 single “Solitaria” from the EP “Cursed Light” is jarring enough to give you the compulsion to cry from the very first vocal note.

The Melbourne, Australia-based experimental Folk artist has a perceptible ability to play with tone and textures within their music for maximum evocative effect – it’s a far cry from the two-dimensional music which you’ll commonly hear on the radio. The choral soundscape offers effervescence amongst the bleak sombreness which has been steeped into the melodies in Solitaria.

The wobbly vibrato on the vocals teams up with the bass and digital percussion to create a haunting single full of pensive emotion, which may not be poised. Instead, it’s vulnerable, raw, and definitely worth three minutes of your time.

You can checkout Solitaria for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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George Beck – 90s/High: Nostalgic 90s Vocal Techno/House

George Beck dropped a music video for his song “90s/High” earlier this year. The title track couldn’t have been more self-explanatory: The nostalgia for the 90s rave dance scene kicks in vividly.

And the dance scene isn’t the only item that George Beck sings about in this old-school acid house/techno anthem. He is reciting his lyrics in an Underworld-style delivery, recollecting all the good stuff from the nineties, the clubbing and this song maker’s carefree youth and dominance of free will – representing a whole generation of people for that matter. Realizing that this is a contemporary recording is quite odd; the same goes for the VHS-imagery music video.

Naturally, this is a creation which shall generously give joy to people that dearly treasure these images, this mood, this lifestyle, even though this spiritual wealth might have been transformed to nothing more than a block of memories. Kudos to George Beck for blessing us with some precious name-dropping; everyone who was there/familiar with it all, will acknowledge and instinctively smile, for the rest there’s Wikipedia.

Thank you George Beck. This is “90s/High”, get nostalgic here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Fear Rua – good for the kids: Intelligent Electronic Ambient

Dylan Murphy is a music teacher residing in Rhode Island. He is addressing his artistic concerns by creating music under the alias Fear Rua. Being the jack of all trades that he is -he appears to be a proficient player of the piano, guitar, bass, ukulele & trumpet (!!) my appetite was all stimulated for an intellectual listen. And that is precisely what he delivers with his composition “good for the kids”.

Ambient seems like a suitable tag for this experimental electronic synthesis. With a length of almost 8 minutes long, the song presents an admirable efficiency to have your attention locked under its jaws until the last second. And I can’t say that there are any dramatic transitions taking place, although some parts may bring to mind Aphex Twin. I find this tune rather smart, as it combines the ambient softness with frequent glitches, resulting in a musical landscape that I think it can bring joy even to listeners of the most mainstream music.

This is far from wallpaper music, there are things happening here, ambient electronic music fans do not let this slipped under your radar. Listen to it here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Ink The Octopus – Love Currency: Accordion-fueled Electronic Alternative Rock

Ink The Octopus on their new song called “Love Currency” present an alternative rock track full of electronic beats. Let’s dive into it.

Ink The Octopus is a band from Brooklyn, NYC that apparently loves to blend electronic music with guitar riffs. And the outcome sounds quite nice. On “Love Currency” we hear an electronic beat that sets the tempo, some bluesy guitar licks every now and then that add another flavor to the song. The real deal is the accordion though; I can’t imagine what the song would sound like if its melancholy wouldn’t be there. The song also features some mellow vocals which sing about road trips and the sunlight, among other things.

We have a few elements here that the combination of which gives birth to one very edible result. Some musical aspects that one could be skeptical that they wouldn’t work combined. But eventually they do, all together they make this slightly pale yet sweet song.

Listen to “Love Currency” here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Boorook – Your Name I Call: Indigenous Aboriginal Electronic

Uprising self-produced artist Boorook is presenting quite a unique song here. “Your name I Call” is a chain of hypnotic beats featuring vocals that I wasn’t expecting. I mean the track’s artwork should have given me an idea, as we see the artist wearing traditional indigenous Aboriginal gear but I wasn’t ready for this. This is an interesting piece of artistry.

The type of vocals on “Your Name I Call” is quite a surprise, as it’s not the first vocal style I would expect this Future Garage-type of beat to wear. The vocal delivery has a standard pattern throughout the whole song, and that’s what it should be. Almost no transitions take place during the song, only a standard singing and a beat stays the same throughout the whole track with a few pauses in between. The lack of further action is far from negative, as the electronic nature of the music contradicts the world-music vocals, it’s intriguing as it is.

This is definitely a song to play on your headphones when walking in the woods at night.

If this is where you are now, hop on Soundcloud

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Harmonical – Born Ready: Restoratively Inspiring Soul-Infused Electronic Pop

Up and coming Electronic Soul Pop artist Harmonical has created a myriad of emotively hard-hitting inspiring tracks in recent years. And their R&B-inspired single “Born Ready” comes with an uplifting sting which is even more potent than usual.

Born Ready has already received the attention of BBC Introducing, and there’s little room to wonder why given Harmonical’s natural ability when it comes to orchestrating soulfully catchy hits. The R&B vocals fit perfectly against the tribal electronic rhythms which consistently evolve throughout the duration of the single making sure that you’re as hooked in the prelude as you are in the outro.

Born Ready may come with a slightly vintage R&B Pop feel, but who doesn’t appreciate a 90s Pop Nostalgia hit when they’re looking for some restorative aural alchemy?

You can check out the official music video to Harmonical’s single Born Ready by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Shim AA makes their debut with the Reggae Floor-Filler “About Last Night” ft. Alice Caioli

Breaking Future Pop artist Shim AA teamed up with Pop vocalist Alice Caioli for their sun-soaked debut single “About Last Night” which was an instant hit with Reggae Pop fans looking for a rhythmically flawless floor-filler.

Expect pounding bass, organically tribal percussion, and one of the most vibrant soundscapes which has dropped this year. The EDM beats are intense, but the intensity of the euphoria contained in About Last Night is much more powerful. Debut singles don’t come much stronger than About Last Night. We can only live in hope that this isn’t the last we’ll hear from Shim AA this year.

You can check out Shim AA’s debut track About Last Night for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Short Sharp Scratch – Shark Infested Waters: Eccentrically Experimental

If Otto Van Schirach ventured into Pop, I can imagine that it would sound a little like up and coming artist Short Sharp Scratch’s latest single “Shark Infested Waters”.

While it may take a little while for the melodic hooks to sink their teeth in, the experimental Synth Pop single grabs your attention right from the prelude through the power of the Funk alone. There aren’t many artists brave enough to go so bold with their sound, but perceptibly, Short Sharp Scratch isn’t your average artist.

Even though Shark Infested Waters contains plenty of progressions in sound, it was easy to feel that the four-minute duration was slightly overstretched. Aside from that Shark Infested Waters is a flawlessly eccentric hit. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but distinctive music never is.

You can check out Short Sharp Scratch’s latest single Shark Infested Waters for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud. Just don’t be surprised if the choruses stick to your synapses like superglue.

Review by Amelia Vandergast