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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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High Math – Hallelujah: Cinematically Ethereal Electronica

High Math have just dropped their latest mix of Hallelujah (Cathedral Mix), the Electronically inclined producer created an ambiently warm rendition of the timeless club classic which would never play to an empty dancefloor. The synergy that’s weaved into the layers of the beat could only be described as cinematically uplifting. High Math’s approach to creating music was never going to result in sub standard mixes given his penchant for abstract in every corner of the art world. High Math doesn’t just create music to listen to, he creates music for his fans to connect with, through his expert knowledge of meter & rhyme. Each track High Maths has put out with a little help from his record label Pythagoras has been a transcendental journey through pacifyingly blissful synth.

You can check out the high-vibe electronica mix Hallelujah by High Math on SoundCloud now & Follow High Math to keep up to date with his latest remixes on Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Broox – Fuck Me Up: When’s the Last Time You Heard An Endearingly Experimental Melody?

I’m not sure there’s a pin sharp enough to put into Broox’s pioneeringly electric Electronica track Fuck Me UP. it’s safe to say that you won’t find many artists with the ability to create such a succinctly melodic track which meanders through such a domineeringly beautiful soundscape. The progression of her latest track Fuck Me Up from her debut EP ‘Out/Through’ is something that no one could anticipate. The loops and seamlessly put together vocals samples create a sound that’s fresh until the very end.

With other tracks from the NY based artist Broox EP such as Someone New, there’s a much more recognisable Synth Indie Pop sound which she uses as a platform to project her harrowingly chilling vocals upon. The 22-year olds vocal ability absolutely blew me away upon first hearing them as they illicit such raw emotion. For her creative explosion of experimental melodies Broox takes inspiration from acts such as Lorde, Lapsley and Sylvan Esso.

You can check out Fuck Me Up along with the rest of Broox’s 6 track EP on SoundCloud or through Broox’s official Website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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14th Avenue – Scar Tissue: A Seamless Spiral of Lo Fi Synth Synergy

With a penchant for pensively composed music, a track titled Scar Tissue was always going to go down well with me. Yet 14th Avenues latest 2018 debut gave me chills. The immersive swirling and muted thrashing of the Electronica beat created a succinct cacophony of tangible sound that you just can’t help but get lost in.  Unlike with most other Electronica tracks 14th Avenue provided a sweet narration of the spiral of despair that was keyed into the synthy sound. It was perhaps 14th Avenues (AKA Cole M) vocals that melted through me the most. His Lo Fi sensibility incited an irresistible charm and fragility to the track. However 14th Avenue isn’t just another Lo Fi band assimilating the same sounds as Pavement, Wavves and Neutral Milk Hotel, he’s added  urban rhythm into the vocals that turn his tracks into more of a story than simply just another superficial track.

My mind was officially blown to learn that 14th Avenue is ‘just’ a high school kid, well, now I feel pretty lazy, I wasn’t a multi-instrumentalist with the ability to play drums, guitar, bass, piano ukulele, trumpet and the harmonica alongside producing my own tracks.

If you want to be put to shame check out out 14th Avenues track Scar Tissue on Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nick West – The Watcher: Resonantly Astounding Indietronica

When you think of Indie music, you don’t normally associate the genre with hard hitting beats that would sound right home in a Hardstyle track, so I don’t think I’ll ever tire of being grateful for Nick West and his stunning debut single ‘The Wachter’ which is a sensationally infectious Indie track fused with Art Pop Electronica sounds.

Every element to his debut hit is flawless, from the cleverly sardonic lyrics that are brought to life by his resoundingly domineering voice. When you put all that up against heavy Indietronica beat you’re left with an almost beguiling sound that will no doubt be universally adored. The heavy drum machines and amplified sound reflect the passion that the UK based artist has poured into his music which will no doubt resonate with many of his listeners.

Nick’s debut EP ‘Restart’ will be released on February 23rd, 2018, until then you can listen to The Watcher on SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/nickwesthere

Keep up to date with Nick’s latest releases & give him a like on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/nickwesthere

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Donny Hills releases a soothing new age song – Neptune

Donny Hill’s Neptune is a very mild and soothing new age song in every sense of it. its shrewd of astute compactness can make you a little more relaxed and composed when you listen to its gentle sound.

To lovers of songs that speak more of serenity and calmness, this should be your perfect choice of new calm when you need to ease off those work stress in everyday life.

Neptune is a gentle and sonorous new age song with just a hearty beat and the magic of a chilly sound combination of those musical strings that summon a restful state of affair.

Hitting the “press-play” button to listening to this song is signing up to be instantly transported to a whole new realm inside a Chevy box with cosmic grill gleaming under a bright sun.

The magic of this song is also capable to  get its listeners detached from the fixation of their ugly past experience. This quite a nice and gentle music beat that shoots its shot with the aim of erupting the feeling of wanting more as the last impression.

For the best relaxation, mediation and on-the-go song for evening jogs this song will perfectly be used to maximum length for such purpose.

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Three Simple Rules: Make Music, Travel, Write About It

The simplest ideas are the best and the most effective, so when E.M Briar woke up in the middle of the night and jotted three things down in her notebook, the next day she took the first steps on a completely new direction in life. Make Music, Travel, Write About It, six words which ushered in a new chapter and which as resulted in some brilliant music.

Since then in the guise of new artist E. M Briar she set about learning a new musical skill set as well as, as she puts it, collaborated with her former self to find her inner alt-dance/pop self and the result is her debut album Dance In The Noise, from which Parity is taken. It is a smooth late night vibe rendered into pop music, but swathed also in dreamy electronica and exotic sound palettes. They say travel broadens the mind, E. M Briar’s exquisite music is certainly living proof of that fact.

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Musical light and shade from New Element Music

Even though dance music might be compartmentalised into numerous sub-genres, those smaller musical territories still cover a broad range of sounds. House music wanders widely between pumping and vibrant techno driven beats and the more progressive and often intricate and ambient sounds. With latest single Duo Apart, New Element Music manage to combine the best of both worlds, walking a fine line between dynamic drive and smoother, more nuanced sound washes.

It is a heady blend of vibrant the beats which reflect the clubland pulse, groovesome, confident and full of energy, and more intricate and deftly produced vibes which are spacious and exotic, sketched only lightly from modern electronica and chilled sound washes. It is this ability to later together these different textures, the dance floor drives and the sultry spaces between that creates a wonderful play off of musical light and shade and the perfect song to bridge the gap between the nights main event and the start of the more chilled early hour vibe. Future clubland classic? It just might be.

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