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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

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Gold Blooded Woman drops their latest euphoric dance hit “Blood is Blood”

Up and coming Dance House artist Gold Blooded Woman dropped their latest anthemically danceable track “Blood is Blood” on September 24th sharing with the airwaves an accessibly immersive radio-ready hit.

Even though Blood is Blood has plenty in common with hit 90s dance tracks, the artist didn’t fail to weave plenty of fresh, new, vibrant energy into the mix. There’s a fair amount of Disco Funk infused into the beats, giving Blood is Blood an infectious snappy rhythm which may need a little bit of convincing to leave your synapses alone. Any fans of Daft Punk, The Weeknd, and Deadmau5 will definitely want to put Gold Blooded Woman on their radar.

You can check out the official music video to Gold Blooded Woman’s latest single Blood is Blood for yourselves by heading over to YouTube Now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grover Stewart – I’ve Grown: Soulfully Lucid Deep House

If you’re looking for cathartically enamouring music which offers plenty of soul, the last place you’d think to look is the Deep House genre. But Grover Stewart’s debut track “I’ve Grown” which was made in collaboration with Andrew Stephen is a captivating soundscape of nostalgically-inclined groove bedded into a danceable modern mix.

It’s fairly perceptible through listening to the smooth jazzy single that Grover Stewart has been sitting on their talent for far too long. Their ability to orchestrate music which appeals to your rhythmic pulses at the same time as offering authentically sincere resonant expression definitely isn’t something which you hear every day.

It’s going to be incredibly exciting to see how Grover Stewart follows on from I’ve Grown.

You can check out Grover Stewarts soulfully lucid Deep House mix for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Gaisma – Trusting the Light: Alt Ambient Electronica Playlist Essential

Whatever your musical inclinations are, up and coming Indie Electronica artist Gaisma’s single “Trusting the Light” is guaranteed to leave you transfixed.

I’ve heard a fair amount of progressive music as of late, but no soundscape can quite compare to Trusting the Light. The 3-minute orchestration kicks off with darkly explorative neo-classical synthy tones laced with ominous effect. And only when you are mid-way through Trusting the Light does the sense of rhythm grip you. I’d got complacent in my assumption that the single was purely instrumental – the instrumental arrangement never allowed you to dare to believe that there was something missing. But Gaisma’s strikingly stunning vocals kick in towards the end, and they felt like the light at the end of the aural tunnel.

You can check out Trusting the Light along with the rest of Gaisma’s album Empathy for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Taūv has released their darkest soundscape yet with latest single “They Can Tell Us We’re Crazy”

Up and coming Experimental Electronica artist Taūv’s latest single “They Can Tell Us We’re Crazy” invites you into a dark and alchemically dynamic feat of symphonic aural dystopia.

The US-based artist’s track offers eerie reverb-laden dread, tantalising soft electronic percussion, and inventive vocal samples which draw you right into the ominous energy of the single. Through the archaic samples the mix perfectly alludes to our uncomfortable relationships with sanity and the varying definitions of sanity. It’s a raw poignant work which may be subtle in its intention, but Taūv has made sure that They Can Tell Us We’re Crazy” resonates with visceral effect.

You can check out Taūv’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ray Ramon Drops Another Anthemically Charged Single with “Koo Baby”

There was no forgetting up and coming artist Ray Ramon after the release of their anthemically-charged single “Bad Bad Man” in 2018. The urban EDM hit raked in half a million views after hooking listeners in through the infectiously high-octane energy. But for their latest release, they’ve dropped a romantic feat of rhythmic euphoria with “Koo Baby” which saw its official release on September 25th, 2019.

With sonically lush synth lines, plenty of soul, and a solid bass structure Koo Baby carries reminiscences to hits such as Adamski & Seal’s iconic 1989 House hit “Killer”. It would seem that Ray Ramon is one of the very few EDM artists with the ability to create a track which will spill nostalgia from the very first listen.

You can check out Ray Ramon’s latest single Koo Baby for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Julien Fade & M4rk Jordan – Boujee: Brutally Alchemic EDM

There’s EDM, and there’s the brutally alchemic aural beast which German producer Julien Fade created in collaboration with M4rk Jordan.

Right from the prelude, it’s perceptible that “Boujee” wasn’t orchestrated by producers who were a little Ableton curious. It wouldn’t surprise me if Julien Fade & M4rk Jordan had perfectly mapped the human psyche to find out just how to dexterously align their high-octane mix to the body’s rhythmic pulses.

Even though the textures and sheer amount of bass are hard-hitting, Boujee has kept the mix vibrant, danceable, and perhaps most importantly, unforgettable. There’s no droning Techno here, just volatile progressions worthy of losing your mind to on a sticky dancefloor.

So, if you’re looking for a track that leaves you a little too unsure with yourselves after it has left you in a sated daze you can check out Boujee for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lo Digz – Chasing Sunsets: Cathartically Oceanic Future Bass

Of all the Future Bass Summer party anthems I’ve checked out in 2019, there are none which hit with quite the same momentous resonance as the emerging artist Lo Digz’s summer party drop “Chasing Sunsets”; it practically drips with vivid colours of seasonal nostalgia.

Void of any obtusely high-pitched vocals screeching vapid lyrics, the instrumental soundscape unravels at a progressively immersive pace, allowing the sun-soaked vibrantly bass-driven beats to pull you along with the tide of deftly produced Electronica. The US-based artist possesses a palpable amount of stylistic maturity, and while it’s evident in their earlier releases, Chasing Sunsets stands as a testament to their talent when it comes to orchestrating euphorically rhythmic contemporary hits.

You can check out Lo Digz’ summer anthem Chasing Sunsets for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Toyah Hoetzel set to release latest single ‘Together’

Electronic producer Toyah Hoetzel released her last single “Together” on the 8th of August 2019, following up her last work ‘Divine Presence’ in August 2018.

With a promising synth intro, the track opens up to a set of dance-y beats for a sapient mix of house and electronica, all accompanied by melancholic vocals that develop around simple lyrics of a frustrated relationship. “You are not alone”, she sings as the main claim.

Influenced by acts such as Chemical Brothers and Karin Park, Toyah becomes a piece of Melbourne’s dance scene emerging for her commercial pitch, and boldly compares to fellow peers and producers.

Review By Jim Esposito

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Allyson Band Reinvents a Classic with a Cover of “Hellhole Ratrace” (Keith Sweaty Remix)

Any fans of the original “Hellhole Ratrace” by GIRLS (and let’s face it there should be a lot of you) are sure to appreciate Allyson Band’s ambiently mellow cover version which been remixed by the deft rhythmic hands of Keith Sweaty.

The original version carried an ample amount of concordant catharsis which spilt through the slightly vintage soundscape, yet, with Allyson Band’s inventive reimagining, the track has been resurrected with a new contemporary resonance. Despite the contemporary feel on the polished production, none of the blissful original ambience behind Hellhole Ratrace has been lost.

10 years have passed since the track’s original release, yet Hellhole Ratrace still remains the perfect track to put on your vibey playlists thanks to Allyson Band’s dexterous innovative approach.

You can check out Keith Sweaty’s Remix of Hellhole Ratrace for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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