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AstralDreaming – Laniakea: Melodically Soothing Electronica Catharsis

Any Electronica artist going by the title of AstralDreaming has to be pretty sure in their abilities when it comes to cooking up trippy, transcendental and lucid soundscapes. And it’s safe to say with their latest single “Laniakea” AstralDreaming proved to deliver exactly what it says on the tin.

Although Laniakea carries plenty of melodically soothing catharsis, each note still retains a vibrancy as the track progresses up to the euphoric sweet spot which breaks just before the outro revealing how deeply immersed you had become. To add even more authenticity and organic appeal to their latest single, AstralDreaming added a slight hint of spacey tonality which will ensure that you’re lifted to a higher futuristic aural plateau with Laniakea.

You can check out AstralDreaming’s latest mix Laniakea along with their earlier releases for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nabad Drop Their Debut Single “Aman” – Alt Electronica Fans, It’s Time to Prick up Your Ears

“Aman” is the first single to be released from the latest project Nabad fronted by the awe-inspiringly gifted Electronica producer, guitarist and vocalist Jay Wud.

If you’re trapped in the belief that Electronica is a genre which gives very little room for distinctive approaches to soundscapes, Aman will be the track to change your mind. Instead of drawing influence from other Electronica artists the 4-piece band look to the likes of Foo Fighters, Steve Vai and Nine Inch Nails.

So, you can expect the same amount of potent energy within Nabad’s bass-driven, intricately ingenious progressive mixes which push the boundaries of Electronica through finding new ways to infuse guitar-led magnetism in a bed of indulgently restorative electronic effect.

You can check out Nabad’s latest Electronica mix Aman for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now – listening to Aman on phone/laptop speakers would be a cardinal sin. Don’t miss out on an ounce of the weight which this pioneeringly fresh single offers.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ric Santos – In the Lead Works with the Beast: Darkly Dystopian Electronica

“In the Lead Works with the Beast” is the epically titled latest serving of darkwave electronica from up and coming producer Ric Santos.

Acoustic drums mix with synth as reverb fills the gaps between the beats in the instrumental track; amplifying the indulgently ominous energy which boils at the surface.

Just to make sure your disposition was well and truly affected, mid-way through the track, Ric Santos throws in a cinematic score which would be fitting on any Hitchcock film allowing the mix to progress into a horrorscape.

The producer’s earlier work is equally as mesmerising. The drum sequences paired with volatile synth and reverb in “Controlling(?) Chaos” may just be enough to make you need a cold shower. Although now I’ll be thinking about the Psycho scene in the shower. So, if you want a track which burrows right down into the dank hollows of your psyche, look no further than Ric Santos’ dread-instilled prodigal mixes.

You can check out Ric Santos’ latest mix In the Lead Works with the Beast for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ESHMAN – Like I ❤️U: Emotively Iron Wrought Electronica

Pop artist ESHMAN may be fresh from her inception, yet, it is already evident that she possesses a distinctive alchemic allure behind her style of downtempo ambient Electronica. It really no surprise that her third single “Like I ❤️U” hasn’t failed to amass plenty of attention.

Electronica may not be the first genre which comes to mind when you’re looking for compellingly emotive and cathartically transcendent soundscapes. Yet, ESHMAN was able to curate a digitally orchestrated single which carries the same poignant and pensive allure as the likes of Massive Attack and Portishead. Usually, I see repetition as a cardinal sin. Yet, with Like I ❤️U, each repetition of “like I love you” served to amplify the palpable passion which was put behind this single.

You can check out ESHMAN’s latest single Like I ❤️U for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ltronnika – Fantasia: Cinematically Captivating Instrumental Electronica

Up and coming artist Ltronnika has recently released their self-titled instrumental electronica album and they haven’t failed to amass plenty of attention thanks to their cinematic style of production which simultaneously offers a unique brand of catharsis.

Rather than just setting up an ambiently immersive soundscape, Ltronnika allows the mix to ebb and flow in veracity making sure that each throb of the orchestral layers is as piercing as the last.

While each track on Ltronnika’s debut album is as deftly orchestrated as the last, “Fantasia” acts as the perfect introduction to the artist’s style. Each volatile segment of the track flows with an urgency which has every potential to let you forget how to breathe outside the timing of the single.

You can check out Ltronnika’s latest single Fantasia for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Graftician’s Latest single “cities” allows us to delve into evocatively artful Electronica catharsis

If you’re still carrying the opinion that Electronica is one of the more sterile music genres out there, let up and coming artist Graftician’s latest single “cities” be the track to change your mind. With Electronica as the pulse of her latest track and Neo-Classical elements bringing you into the bloodstream, getting lost in the ambiently ethereal layers is pretty much non-optional.

Graftician may not have used “cities” to prove her vocal strength, but it hits you regardless, all neatly packaged in the pure amount of soul and emotion which has been poured into this track. You’ll be waiting a while before you hear a soundscape as equally cathartic and simultaneously evocative as cities for a while. Or, perhaps you won’t, as Graftician will be releasing her album on June 14th.

To fully appreciate the artist’s (it’s not all too often the use of that word feels literal) latest single “cities” head on over to YouTube and check out the compelling visuals which perfectly pair with the Dreampop Jazz-soaked textures.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Opposite Reaction – Some Notes: Ethereal Neo-Classical Infused Electronica

“Some Notes” is the fairly misleadingly titled latest mix from electronic producer Opposite Reaction who allows his soundscapes to push against the boundaries of electronica by weaving in elements of Neo-Classical. With piercing piano melodies thrown into the mix, Some Notes unfolds with a cinematic magnetism, yet it leaves the listenability and contemporary appeal of the electronica intact.

It may only be a relatively short and sweet track, but everything about Some Notes feels incredibly epic. Whether it’s the tight intricacy of the drums, or the ethereal energy which ebbs and flows around the deeper notes, it’s highly unlikely that you won’t be able to find a reason not to hit repeat on the striking 2018 composition from the Russian artist.

You can check out Opposite Reaction’s latest track Some Notes for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nathan Maurice – Seven Elephants: Cinematically Tranquil Electronica

Fans of Nils Frahm, Phillip Glass, and Steve Reich may want to prick up their ears for the latest ambient offering of Neo-Classical electronica from up and coming composer Nathan Maurice.

Seven Elephants was released on April 8th, 2019 and perfectly fuses Classical melodies with contemporary electronic effect to create a cinematically tranquil soundscape. In the instrumental track the tonality is kept light, ensuring that the ethereal waves of resonance never fail to keep you well and truly immersed in the depth of the multi-layered mix. The progressive nature of the single allows the momentum to gradually build as the tempo of the piano quickens around the constant trickles and transgressions of the synthy electronica. There’s definitely no danger of tuning out when you hit play on Seven Elephants, instead, the celestial energy behind the single will stick around for quite some time after the track has faded out.

You can check out Nathan Maurice’s single Seven Elephants along with their earlier releases for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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LA Electronica Artist PHVNTVCY Drops his Debut Single “There for You”

“There for You” is the debut drop from up and coming electronica artist PHVNTVCY (that’s pronounced Fantasy). Since the release of There for You the artist has had a string of successful singles, yet, their debut still serves as the perfect introduction to their unique brand of electro R&B Pop.

With There for you, you get the smooth and harmonious elements of R&B, the polished production which gives the Pop aspect along with plenty of pioneering digital effects making up the beat and serving up plenty of Electronica euphoria. While There for You served as the perfect testament to the fact that PHVNTVCY clearly doesn’t have trouble cooking up a solidly constructed track which carries emotivity, melody and rhythm, the amount of repetition within the lyrics slightly detracted away from the resonance of the single. I’d love to hear some more lyrical depth which doesn’t depend on so heavily on repetition.

You can check out PHVNTVCY’s debut single There for You for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cielo Pordomingo – Azul Delirio: Rhythmically Eccentric, Soulfully Mesmerising Ambient Electronica

“Azul Delirio” is the latest single from established Argentinian born, Mexico based artist Cielo Pordomingo. The single serves as the perfect introduction to her soulful, eccentric, stylised sound, to which you’ve probably never heard the like of before. Azul Delirio has the capacity to mesmerise you into adoration of this truly exceptional recording artist.

While my lazy uni-lingual brain may not have been able to decipher the lyrics, plenty of resonance stemmed from the conceptual fusing of electronic elements with woody, organic acoustic instrumental arrangements. There’s a primal sense of urgency and command behind the single which is nothing short of hypnotic. It is easy to see how Cielo Pordomingo has become an international touring artist who makes Bjork’s style sound positively archetypal.

You can check out Cielo Pordomingo’s latest single Azul Delirio for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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