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.
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.
A lot of music acts break onto the scene claiming to be uniquely styled and following their own flavour yet sound exactly like every other outfit in that genre. So, when I say Fernweher are pioneering masterminds of the dark side of Electronica, you can definitely take my word for it.
The German bands contemporary, yet nostalgic composition of sound, is exactly the kind of resurrection the Alternative Electro scene has been waiting for. Their sound is somewhat of a juxtaposition of parallel lines which the band use to pave their way to notoriety with their downtempo haunting beats.
Frozen Beauty is somewhat reminiscent of bands such as Cell Dweller, Apoptygma Berzerk and Shiny Toy Guns, yet their style is far more palpably paced and twanged with the slightest touch of romanticism.
Check out the official video to Frozen Beauty via YouTube using the link below:
The Wonderlust is a fresh, new pioneering project by the minds of two talented Downtempo electronica aficionados from Oakland, US. With Mo Corleone’s deft DJ and production skills mixed with David Shakiban’s ethereal acoustic strumming, the pair create beat driven electronica like you’ve never heard before. Their latest track, which also happens to be the first track they’ve dropped ‘I Said Maybe’ is a smooth, transient mix that combines the melody of deep acoustic guitar with the warped fusion of electronica. At 5:33 minutes long, it’s the perfect length for you to fully surrender yourself to the sound before it fades out and your dragged back to reality and hope that The Wonderlust hurry up with their debut album!
The Wonderlust have perfected the chill/lounge sound, that any prog rock, or electronica fan would love to slip into. The instrumentals guide you through waves of euphoria, as you meander through the subtle drops and swirling ring of the guitar, introducing you to an eclectic mix of sampled vocals that really draw you back into the beat.
If downtempo minimalist Electro is right up your street, check out The Wonderlusts debut track on SoundCloud using the link below:
Released on January 26th, 2018, No One Else is potentially one of the most soul fuelled tracks to bring in the year. With his quiescent R&B & Soul upbeat vibes Zander Merone, otherwise known as Brandon Alexander Malone is destined to become a household name in no time at all, his deep echoes reverberate romanticism right into the heart of your soul. The rounded beats behind the track are like nothing I’ve ever heard before, they’re beyond rounded, they stretch into infinity takig your mind with them, with stylish beatdowns and complex layers of pure electronic bliss.
Iowa based student turned Beat Master Merone promises more beats over the coming months, I can’t wait to hear the fresh Utopian mixes he blasts out next if No One Else is anything to go by. His sound is succinctly mature given his age, proving once and for all, age doesn’t matter when it comes to music, he found his own place in the underground R&B scene, and track by track, he’s going to tear it apart.
If sweet sonorous R&B is up your street, check out No One Else via Soundcloud using the link below:
MBM dropped their latest track ‘Light & Shadows’ on Jan, 17, 2018. Their debut trippy mix has you instantly gripped by the first verse as you wait for the hooks to snag you and drag you further into transcendence. The female vocals have that iconic Electronica Synth Pop Styling which is certainly not a sound that’s hard to miss on the radio these days. Yet the power of the vocals puts MBM in a league of their own, while listening to Light & Shadows you’re gripped by every twee pronunciation of every syllable which draws you deeper into the uplifting cacophony of sound.
If you’re a fan of Slowdive, London Grammar, My Bloody Valentine or Angel Olsen, you can’t go wrong with this track and it’s immersive, ambient beats. You could hear a pin drop against the muted, yet monolithically rounded sounds that are weaved into the seamless progression of this track.
Check out the official lyric video for Light & Shadows via YouTube:
A true disruption in the Indie music world, “About A Bot” is a completely wild, quirky, and outlandish song that is very unique to say the least. An electronic pop song with rapping, plenty of synthesizers, and a sequenced horn section. This might be just the fun, playful, and joyous sound that 2018 needs!
“About A Bot” has a pretty cool story within the lyrics. A guy who keeps constantly being rejected by normal human girls decides to build a robotic girlfriend and programs her to love him. The selling point in this song is in the sheer absurdity of it! Where else are you going to find an electronic pop/rap song about a rejected guy who builds a robotic girlfriend? You’re not! Not even the wild ‘80s music scene offered this kind of song!
As difficult as it may be to take Dinny Skip seriously with “About A Bot”, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to argue that Dinny Skip may actually be quite the genius in his endeavors. You will find yourself talking about this one, whether you know it or not!
“Save Yourself” is an Electronic single from Radiant Devices. This track is a true melting pot of inspiration as it combines influences ranging from Electronica, Hip-Hop, Industrial, and Rock music. When you combine weird and trippy sounds with strong drum and bass grooves, dark vocal harmonies, strong lead vocals, and the occasional lead guitar playing octaves over a moving chord progression, you have a strong recipe for a mind opening (or mind altering experience).
Chicago-based Radiant Devices open the creative envelope in a strangely satisfying way with with “Save Yourself”. Upon first listen, you may not be entirely sure what it is that you are listening to, but give it a spin or two, and it finds an oddly satiating way to give your brain the mental workout that you may or may not have been desiring. The trippy sounds act as a hook, which grabs your ears at the core and drags you into the web. Once the full band kicks in, you find yourself entangled in this sonic web that simply will not let go, no matter how hard you may find yourself wanting to fight it.
“Save Yourself” is far from a typical Hip-Hop, Rap, Rock, or any other genre-style song. A unique listen that gives a glimpse into the underground, yet has such an appeal that casual music fans will find themselves joyfully partaking in the sonic stew.
Bicircular are perhaps the most poignantly talented Depeche Mode cover collective on the planet. The New Wave, Electropop aficionados hail from Copenhagen, Denmark, yet the waves of euphoria behind their debut release World Full of Nothing is reaching international shores. Whilst their stance on Electronica is an ode to Depeche Mode, they create one of the most uniquely styled arrangements through their compositions. The band is made up of seven female artists all looking to put their make on the Depeche Mode classics, 30 years after their original, to breathe more life into the tracks, and prove that women aren’t as good as men in the field of New Wave, they are better, the female lead vocals are as chillingly haunting as they come, they invoke plaintive emotion from start to the sweet finish of this hit.
In the run up to Bicirculars release of World Full of Nothing check out an exclusive preview to their debut track here:
Soulful pop? Ambient R&B? Chilled Dance? Minimalist Electro? Which ever way you slice it, No Control is a great song, one that swerves all of the cliches and uses well established musical building blocks to create something fresh and new. It isn’t as if Sweden’s Odd are really doing anything different, they are not creating whole new genres and tearing up the rulebook, they just seem to have found a way to use pop and dance elements to create wonderfully restrained, slick and infectious music.
You could argue that it has been done before, perhaps, but rarely has it been done this well. Whilst so many contemporary acts are trying their hardest to be cutting edge, ground breaking and heading off into new musical territories, Odd have remembered that sometimes you can go over old territory and still find new musical avenues to explore. And as the club winds down or the sun comes up, you won’t find a better soundtrack for the moment, one which is both a reflective lyrical outpouring and a wonderfully understated tune.