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.
MǾǾD dropped his latest track Vegas 4 ThWeekend just as 2017 drew to a close, offering fans the most twisted mash-up of Dancehall, Electronic and Alternative Rock one could possibly hope for. Forget reaching across genres, MǾǾD’s latest track transcends the foundations of sound by creating his own delectable mix of resonance that regardless of your musical persuasions is a pleasure for you to sink your teeth into.
The talented Singer Songwriter & Producer has utilized his penchant for old-school Alternative Rock with his infinite command over music production to create some of the most fulfilling beats on the Alternative Dance scene today. MǾǾD uses his eclectic list of influences of acts such as Drake, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco & Frank Sinatra to bring his soulful renditions to life. The production to the sound is highly powered by a euphoric mix of Hip Hop Electronica.
In just 5 months, MǾǾD released an album along with 3 mixtapes, in 2018 he’s made it his mission to release a new album every month in 2018, it will be interesting to see if he pulls it off, but with that commitment to the cause, it’s hard to see where the uniquely talented artist can go wrong.
Vegas 4 ThWeekend is just one of the stand out tracks off his latest EP ‘The MǾǾD Life Vol. 1 which you can listen to on SoundCloud now:
Matt Mosquito’s latest track Hard on Me set the record for just how much angst you can squeeze into just one track. The sickeningly talented composer, producer and remixer created the ultimate anthem for fans to stick on their rage pacifying playlists.
There’s a certain magic to this track that you can’t quite put your finger on, well, not before the sound consumes you into an overwhelming state of positive rage. Even without the vocals the beat of the Alternative Electronic Rock track is one of the most cathartic sounds I’ve ever heard it hits with such veracity it’s bound to get your heart pounding.
The lyrics to Hard on Me resonated within me so deeply, I could taste the vehemence in Joe Page’s voice as he spat out the venomous lyrics which accompanied the harsh yet beautifully orchestral track to create the perfect pissed off melody. Hard on Me was written as an ode to a doomed relationship, but it’s not your ordinary post-breakup track, it’s a masterpiece.
This track was engineered to create a pure unscaled cascade of wounded emotion by a composer with the ability to create an orchestral sound and he pulled it off better than I thought was humanly possible.
It’s safe to say he’s blown me away, check out Hard on Me via SoundCloud using the link below:
SuperSymmetric is a project with a very signature dark synthpop sound that is inimitable and unique. This sound is literally nothing like you’ve ever heard before and apart from being very artistically well crafted it is also polished to perfection. Their most recent track “Dawn” is in fact taken from the EP with the same title and is part of something bigger and greater that allows this authentic style to be communicated even further.
“Dawn” starts off with pulsating and swelling synth sounds together with a steady beat that set up the rich intricately textured backdrop in preparation for what’s to come next. A few seconds later, the sonorities get even richer with smooth vocal melodies in combination with some interesting harmonic changes. Later on in the song there is also a brief break followed by even more changes in texture and developmental content. Overall there is something quite dark about the sound of this song but that added element of mystery adds a lot of depth to its character and makes it even more intriguing. The way all the synth sounds, digital elements and vocal lines come together creates something truly unique and one of a kind. Definitely worth checking it out!
With all the attitude of Oasis, E-Fire takes his aggressive Electronic Industrial style and puts it over a hard pounding mix of synthetic effects. It’s almost hard to decipher what the hell you’re listening to. But, if one things for sure Contradict will wake you up in the morning! The effects on the vocals are a little over the top, and the styling is just a touch too brass for the track to be anywhere near a comfortable mix to listen to without reaching for the volume button before you’re met with a migraine.
There are some elements that I really like about the track, it’s clear that he’s got passion, yet it’s not the right kind of passion, it’s passion that leaves you to believe that the angsty lyricist needs some anger management therapy. I’d love to hear some more mellow music from E-Fire that really makes his volatile vocal style pop against the music, or even just a superior sound production that doesn’t allow his voice to be lost in the chaos of the styling.
But if hostile music is right up your street, you’re in for a treat with this one! Check out E-Fires debut hit Contradict via Spotify now for a truly unique listening experience.