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QQ – Rain Dogs: A Tom Waits Original Gets the Hardstyle Treatment

It’s easy to think you’ve heard it all when it comes to music, but when you stumble across a Hardstyle cover version of Tom Waits’ “Rain Dogs” every ounce of cynicism you hold for the future of music flies out of the window.

The exceptionally prodigal artist responsible was QQ; a London, UK-based electronic producer who has a deft hand when it comes to creating hard-hitting floor fillers. While high-pitched vocals over electronica mixes are usually a recipe for a grating disaster, QQ pulled it together perfectly. I mean, there’s really no going wrong with the lyrics of Tom Waits, is there?

This track definitely isn’t for the fainthearted, but beat freaks are going to be in heaven with the stylistic aural chaos which QQ has cooked up with this pioneeringly stunning single.

You can check out the official video to QQ’s latest drop Rain Dogs for yourselves by heading over to YouTube Now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lumisaeris Releases Her Lucidly Compelling Single “The One”

“The One” is the second single from up and coming artist Lumisaeris. Given the level of distinction in her sound, the best way to allude to her unique style would be to allow you to imagine if music was visual art, the One would be a watercolour painting; It’s light, it’s vibrant, it’s delicate.

The solo female artist has a mesmeric approach to electronica with a somewhat cinematic feel. But while I can appreciate that the One was orchestrated to offer a wavy, transcendental aural experience, it was easy to feel that the vocals bled into the instrumentals a little too much and prevented them from adding to the soundscape. There also seems to be a slight lack of structure to the single which doesn’t allow you to get caught up within the rhythm. Having said that, Lumisaeris has to be admired for her untraditional approach to sound and the level of experimentalism which The One ran through with. It is perceptible that Lumisaeris has striking vocal talent, keeping it high above the mix would add layers of resonance to her sound.

You can check out Lumisaeris’s latest track The One for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Harmonical’s Aural Answer to Social Media Dread “Communication Nation”

I have no doubt that the sentiment behind Harmonical’s (remix) single “Communication Nation” will resonate with many people. Everyone has felt that horrendous sense of dread build as you are scrolling through your social media feeds as you see just how much hate and hypocrisy is in the world, but now, we have the perfect soundtrack to pair with our disdain.

As proven by Harmonical’s earlier 2018 releases the up and coming artist possesses a palpable talent when it comes to composing solidly structured Pop singles through rhythmic EDM melodies which carry a slightly nostalgic feel. And with such accessibly resonant vocals the sentiment behind Communication Nation hits that little bit harder.

You can check out Harmonical’s remixed single Communication Nation for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Beyond Black’s Latest Transcendentally Sweet Drop is the Perfect Addition to Your Ambient Playlists

It is the ultimate testament of talent for an electronic artist to create a chilled soundscape at the same time as keeping the beat intricately complex, meandering and sharp.

The clear cut of the breakbeats which feed into the multi-layered mix of Beyond Black’s single “Living Sound” from his latest album does exactly that. In the absence of lyrics, the cinematic swells of the sound take care of the immersivity. If you’re looking for deftly mastered immersive beats to add to your playlists, look no further than Beyond Black.

You can check out Beyond Black’s latest single Living Sound for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. Or if you feel like reaching an entirely new plateau you can listen to “The Living Sound” album in full.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Senhouse – With You: Globally-Inspired EDM with an Indie Twist

“With You is the first single to be released by Nigerian born and NYC-based DJ & Producer Senhouse AKA Danny Ora. For his debut release he teamed up with Indie female vocalist Afr0dite whose vocal prowess could never be called into question. Together they created a contemporary hit with seamless flow and pitch-perfect production. Yet, as much as I loved Senhouse’s latest single, I couldn’t help but feel as though it would have been better as an instrumental mix. That’s not to say that the vocals were terrible in any way shape or form, they just did very little to compliment the fast-paced melodic beat. The beat which kicked off with an immersive, intricate prelude was soon lost to the power of the vocals and the instrumental mix soon took a backseat. Regardless, I still can’t wait to hear what Senhouse drops in the future with the soundscapes which will feature on his upcoming EP, due for release in Spring 2019.

You can check out Senhouse’s latest single With You by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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JuWe – Mad Mad World Remix: Bonnie McKee Wasn’t in the House… Until Now

Bonnie McKee’s viral hit Mad Mad World may have had plenty of hype to start with Yet when up and coming producer JuWe got his hands on the Pop hit for one of his remix projects the track learned the definition of euphoria.

When you Compare the two tracks, it becomes evident that the choruses in the original were dampened and more than a little flat which was quickly rectified by the House remix. If it wasn’t a dance floor hit before, then it certainly is now. Just how the Cologne, Germany-based producer managed to allow the vocal highs to resonate with infinitely more power will forever remain an act of aural alchemy.

You can check out the remix of Mad Mad World which was released on September 27th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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HYPERNORMAL – LA PORTLAND: Electronically Infectious Euphoria

Doesn’t the band name just get you excited? Well, if not, the Portland US-based duo’s sound is bound to invoke an infectious euphoric effect. Orbital fans are going to be in heaven with the lucidly chaotic progression of their latest single LA PORTLAND. The fuzzy, experimentally industrious Electro Hip Hop mix is sure to unite audiophiles of all persuasions through the heavy drive of the momentous mix which infuses elements of a myriad of electronically inclined persuasions. LA PORTLAND may only be two minutes long but that’s all the time they need to stamp down their clubfoot style. There may have been no lyrics behind LA PORTLAND, but none were needed, the weighted, solid drive of the digitally rendered beat carried enough of an emotive charge.

You can stream and download LA PORTLAND by heading over to Bandcamp now along with the rest of their latest 2018 EP ‘HYPERNORMAL OVERLORD CORP EP 1.0’ which was released August 4th, 2018.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fifi Rong – The Crown: Lucidly Fluid EDM Tinged with Eastern Asian Influence

The Crown is the latest released from the London-based Electronica artist Fifi Rong. We didn’t need much convincing that she’s a triple threat of an artist with her vocals, song writing and production skills, yet, the Crown is all the proof that you need. Before the track hits the bridge it’s already tangible that she’s not your average EDM artist thanks to her ability to seamlessly fuse her Eastern Asian roots with her ability to weave a solid beat.

Regardless of your aural persuasions, you’re sure to find appreciation for Fifi Rong’s eclectic blend of Electronica, Avant-Garde and Pop. Nothing can quite prepare you or the sensuality of the mix, even when you get to the drops, they are as concordant as they come around the pensively poised vocals and lyrics.

You can check out the Crown which was released August 24th for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now, or, for more info head on over to the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Korfian’s Latest Offering of Darkly Dubbed Lyrical Philosophy

Korfian’s latest single Territorial is one of those rare tracks that manage to perfectly balance doom-impounding beats with devastating introspective which leave you in a state of utter beguilement. Sometimes music is an artform, sometimes it’s pure philosophy and that’s exactly how Territorial unravels as you allow the heavy waves of digitally rendered resonance crash over you. The deep baritone vocals which verse the pensive lyrics are amongst the most captivating I’ve heard from this genre in a long time. As for the beat, well, that’s just an ingeniously progression composed of contrasting concordant symmetry; the reverb from the synth spills over the harsh kicks and snares from the hard hitting electronica beat for the ultimate pacifying effect.

The Athens based artist’s sound is by large incomparable to many contemporary artists yet, any fans of Chase & Status’ iconic album No More Idols, are going to be in absolute heaven with Korfian’s dark, twisted Dub heavy Electronica mix. You can check out the official video to Korfian’s latest single Territorial which was released June 26th on YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dinny Skip – The Stabber Pad: An EP of Chaotic Catharsis

In January 2018 Dinny Skip dropped the first half of his two-part EP ‘The Stabber Pad’ and the wait is almost over for the second half. Whilst I was bowled away by his earlier release, nothing could prepare me for EP part two and the chaotic catharsis which was on offer.

Being a massive Mike Patton fan, it was hard not to appreciate the experimental style of the New Orleans, US based artist as he created  Soundscapes which could almost be described as Lynchian. Whilst the tracks on the EP may be concordantly uplifting in parts, it’s not long before Dinny Skip surprises you and almost terrifies you with his macabre aural alchemy which wouldn’t be out of place in a Horror soundtrack. The progression which fluidly creeps through each of Dinny Skip’s extended tracks is seamless, and what more, it’s polished to perfection.

No two tracks on the second half of the EP are the same or can even be defined by the same genre. Whilst the 10 minute Dreamscape track sold Dinny Skip’s sound for me, My Religion will make me a repeat customer thanks to the level of genius riddled into the mix.

The second part of the EP will be available on BandCamp from July 6th, but you can check out the first part of the Stabber Pad now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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