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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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Splimis – Midori: If X Files Did EDM It Would Sound A Little Like This

New Jersey based Ambient EDM artist Splimis has just dropped their vexingly resounding latest track Midori. The emerging artists single offers six whole electrifyingly ambient minutes of EDM that won’t only take you to a higher plateau, you’ll feel the ascension to a whole new aural dimension. Very few artists and I mean very few are able to capture such eccentricity into their electronica. Every level in the mix sat at the perfect pitch to allow the fluidity of the soundscapes to wash right over you. Even though Midori was an instrumental only track the emotion driving the soundscapes was palpable from start to finish. Midori is just one of the tracks from Splimis’ latest EP ‘Lunar’ each of the five tracks on the EP is as resoundingly compelling as the last. After I checked out Midori the only question I walked away from the experience was, whether the hell has he been hiding his cinematically stunning talent?!

If you’re on the hunt for some melodically transient mixes to add to your playlists you can check out Splimis’ latest track Midori by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alys Revere – Homecoming: Alternative Electronic Dream Pop

Alys Revere’s latest track Homecoming is Indie in the ultimate definition of the word. The 1:58 track was recorded through Garageband on his phone, as soon as I noted that I prepared myself for something truly distortedly abhorrent. The aural hype that I found within Revere’s latest track Homecoming blew me away. Obviously the quality of the production wasn’t all too terrific, but somehow that fed even further into the waves of Alternative Dream Pop which bled through the soundscapes of the conceptually fresh artist. Now I’m infinitely excited to see what the Dallas, Texas based artist can cook up in a studio after being treated with his experimentally harmonious creation of Lo Fi. Genre wise, you can expect a mix of Trap, Shoegaze, and Electronica.

You can download and stream Alys Revere’s latest single Homecoming which was released on May 21st, 2018 on BandCamp now along with his first single I Don’t know. With his second release it’s clear that Alys Revere is slowly finding a way to stamp down his own elementally experimental style.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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KTOWN – Autopilot: Ambiently Unpredictable EDM

In May 2018 KTOWN treated us to his latest drop Autopilot; an EDM mixed fuelled by ambience, yet alive with melodic, transient progression. The unpredictable multi-layer beat ran through with a smooth flow tinged by the producer’s fluid style.

The Los Angeles, US based EDM artist may be only just emerging onto the scene yet his prodigal styling isn’t failing to gain the up & coming artist the notoriety he deserves. As first single’s go, you couldn’t really expect more from KTOWN, the beat may be a tad too harsh in places where the snare smacks against the bassline. Yet within the track flaws are hard to come by as you’re constantly caught up in the ride of the rise and fall of the build up’s.

If Future Bass is your bag, head on over to SoundCloud where you can check out KTOWN’s latest single which dropped May 2018 on SoundCloud now. You can expect a labyrinth of snaring kicks, dizzying drops and immersive breakdowns that demand your heartbeat falls in line.

You can connect with KTOWN & keep up to date with his new releases by heading over to Facebook & giving him a like.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Less Is More School Of Music At Its Best

Any track originating on an album with a title as majestic as In Absolute Darkness We Brooded on The Origin and Destiny of The Galaxies is going to come from a very different place than most modern music. Appropriately Beneath The Stars comes from a world of music like little else you will have heard before, wandering between modern classical orchestration and post-everything minimalism, it avoids the obvious and the immediate instead revelling in a slow burning majesty capturing its titular concepts in all their glory. Strings brood and bruise rather than drive, chime rather than create melody, often doing little more than painting musical colour to frame the anticipation and atmosphere found in the natural world. And it is this tense reserve which feels like the calm before the storm, the deep breath before the plunge, but tantalisingly the storm and the plunge never happen, not on this track at least.

That is the bravery of the music, that it knows it is the antithesis of most modern music, that is has nothing to say directly to the listener but instead tugs at emotions, dances with the heart and becomes one with your very soul. When was the last time music gave you that experience?

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Welcome to the soundtrack to the last party ever

Anim8 is a strange musical beast and duo R34L is an interesting prospect. They may wield synths and make electronic music, mainly aimed at a dance audience but it seems to come from a very different place than most people working in that territory. They seem to come from the darker corners, the underground and the fringes of the club scene and Anim8 is a strange, fluid blend of styles and scenes, techno genres and eras. It is almost a musical montage, one happy to change its music direction at will, leaning heavily 90’s club and rave culture whilst racing into the future laying out new electronic dance pathways and firing off salvos of sonic art attacks as it goes. But it also blends in dreamier soundscapes, modern house beats, strange alien sounds and futuristic musical visions

This is dance music built from the detritus found scattered across an industrial wasteland, all sharp edges and jagged design and driven by a relentless powerhouse of bruising beats and searing sparks. It is the white-hot groove of factory noise being rendered onto the night club floor, but not the night club that just anyone can find. This one is probably in a decaying warehouse or dead car plant miles away from civilization and possibly even in some sort of parallel universe, and as the clock strikes thirteen this is the sound which hits the sky for probably the last party before the apocalypse. How weird is that?

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