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Howevever brings the bass-drenched synth lines in their seminal single Movie Night

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Australian Electronica artist Isaac Lee has worked under many guises in his almost decade-long career, this time, he’s gracing the airwaves under his new moniker Howevever and set to unleash their entrancingly soulful Alt-Electronic Pop track “Movie Night”.

If Fidlar jumped from Stoner Garage Rock to spacy synthy experimentalism, you’ll get an idea of what to expect when you hit play. Movie Night may be a little overly reverb-drenched, but there’s no denying that Howevever delivers pure distinction in this droney kaleidoscopically indulgent track.

You’ll be able to check out Howevever’s track Movie Night for yourselves from September 18th via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ondist – So Fragile: Soul-Swellingly Good Synthpop

So Fragile” is just one of the tenderly inviting contained on Electronica trio Ondist’s strikingly unique third album Electricity. All too often in Electronica, sentiments can feel a little synthetic, but So Fragile was never in danger of being unevocative. The vigorously high-vibe feel comes in equal measure through the undemanding yet entrancing Electronic beats and Maya Coppola’s distinctively alluring vocal timbre.

Once you look at the dynamic of Ondist, you may start to understand why their Synthpop sound is as eclectic as it is electric. Corbin Dooley, Nick Poortman, and Maya Coppola are located across Arkansas, New Zealand and New York. The fact this album was released almost feels serendipitous. It’s a collision of contrasting aural vision, you can practically hear the collaborative chemistry.

You can check out So Fragile via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Trak Doe serves up transcendently smooth grooves with “Guitar Smooth”

If it has been a while since a soundscape has left you rhythmically entranced, you’ll definitely want to delve into the transcendent textures offered by up and coming artist Trak Doe’s recently released single Guitar Smooth.

Guitar Smooth finds the perfect balance between ambience and vivaciousness. The vibrance of the notes charge up the energy while the tenderly meandering notes lead you to relaxation. With the crystal clear iridescence, it’s hard not to succumb to the serenity in the instrumental Latin RnB track.

You can check out Trak Doe’s single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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soundslikeLANG has made an indulgently accordant debut with “Hold Tight”

Electronica artist and producer soundslikeLANG has made their 2020 debut with the chill-inducingly stunning single “Hold Tight”.

The past few months have been a bumpy ride for us all, Hold Tight offers a smooth tranquillity to sink into and soak up the stylistic soul which is authentic and sincere enough to fill your own. You practically owe it to yourself to hit play.

After you’re suitably entranced by the deftly reverb-laden instrumentals, the echoed vocals are fed into the indulgently accordant mix to feed us the mantra “Hold Tight” along with timely sparse drippings of vocal optimism.

You can check out soundslikeLANG’s debut and offer it a well-deserved spot on your playlists via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Costella – Dream Beach featuring Wyley and Abbin

Summer may be almost drawing to a close, but that’s no reason not to hit play on up and coming Ohio artist Costella’s soulfully sun-soaked single Dream Beach featuring Wyley & Abbin.

If you love getting wrapped up in summertime nostalgia, Dream Beach will prove to be the perfect guide. With acoustic instrumentals around the electronic beats, there’s an incredible depth. With the addition of a stunning Bluesy guitar solo to add to the eclecticism of Dream Beach, it’s safe to say that Costella cooked up one of the most authentic and talent-soaked Summer Pop singles of 2020.

You can check out Dream Beach for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Slip into David Taylor’s transcendently light mix “hours”

Australian Electronica artist and producer David Taylor has recently released their distinctively sweet Lo-Fi Chill EP 050392. The perfect introduction to their catharsis-spilling sound is “hours”.

The hazily blissful track which comes with slight Chill Hop nuances may not easily squeeze into any constrained branch of Electronica, but it does ooze potent and organic good vibes. With the warm tones and the transcendently light textures, hours is an incredibly easy track to slip into and get pulled along by the seamless reverb-soaked progressions.

It’s not every day we can say the Electronica we hear serves up plenty of soul, but discernibly, David Taylor isn’t your average producer. After hearing their latest release, we’re stoked to hear where their sound which drips with commercial potential takes them next.

You can check out David Taylor’s EP 050392 for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tom Algorithm – To Dust: Exploratively Immersive Electronica

Electronic artist and producer Tom Algorithm released their 5-track Minimalist Techno EP “Sequences” on August 9th, the perfect introduction to their captivatingly immersive style is “To Dust”.

The progressive soundscape offers a complexity which is rarely found in Instrumental Electronica. The vibe of the track isn’t immediately obvious, to make To Dust even more intriguing, the nuanced evolutions in tone leave you even more eager to hear what Tom Algorithm will throw your way next.

Despite their moniker, there’s a serious amount of well-rounded human emotion on offer in the deft progressions which are robust despite the delicacy of the neo-classically-inspired notes around the swelling basslines.

You can check out To Dust along with the rest of the Sequences EP for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Oh Balboa – Sing through It with The Ooh Song

EDM. Dance. Electropop. House. They’re all labels that get bandied about a lot, without actually specifying very much at all; “EDM isn’t a genre”, I hear you cry. Well, maybe not, but with “We Sing Through It”, an irreverent, feel-good slice of early ‘90s-style Euro-House, Oh Balboa has probably got closer than anybody to defining, exactly, its essence; if you open up the dictionary for ‘Electronic Dance Music’, there won’t be any words. There’ll just be a sound-clip of this track playing. Repeatedly. Over and over, around your head, on an endless loop. For days.

Sure, there’s not much to it; a catchy-as-fuck simple nine note sampled phrase, rising and falling through the octave, repeated, round and round over some deep synth swell chords and old school Roland beats, smack on the ‘Balearic’ money at 128 BPM. Aside from the drop around the 1 minute mark, that’s about it. And damn, if that’s not enough for you then frankly you’ve never done the Running Man at an Ibiza foam-party; ‘We Sing Through It’ could be this year’s ‘French Kiss’.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Mike Soto drops beautiful trance-y electronica with new single ‘Leslie’

It’s 40 years since Brian Eno’s ‘Music For Airports’, but Eno’s notes around form and atmosphere still hold true; ‘Leslie’, then, is the lead track from Mike Soto’s debut album ‘Memories’, 2’44” of downtempo, chilled wandering piano phrases over a background of electronic beats, swells, and trance-y ambience.

It’s reminiscent of the more melodic parts of Eno, Helios’ ‘Caesura’,  or Anitek’s ‘The Refractory’; downtempo but not downbeat, uplifting but not overpowering. It’s a nicely crafted piece, quiet and unobtrusive, the kicker at 1’39” catching you unawares and snapping your attention back to the repeating piano motif before it fades away to nothingness at 2’44”.

Tastefully done, Lo-Fi, and subtle, Mike Soto’s debut album ‘Memories’ is on iTunes; check out Mike on Facebook here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Augusta Sky – Dreaming: An Entrancingly Funk-Soaked Electronic Pop Debut

https://soundcloud.com/augustasky/dreaming

York, UK-based collective Augusta Sky has dropped their debut single “Dreaming”, with their influences including Nile Rodgers and Jamiroquai, you can imagine just how much Funk has been weaved into the entrancingly soulful mix.

Kymberley Kennedy’s resounding vocals were the perfect fit for the warm and rich instrumentals which carved out arrestingly danceable rhythms. It’s always refreshing to hear a full band in a feat of EDM. The beats may lead the way, but the Funk-laden guitars and brass add an absorbing dynamic to the unforgettably high-vibe mix produced by Steve Wilkinson and mastered by DJ Nick Hussey.

With their second single due to drop in October 2020, you’ll definitely want Augusta Sky on your radar.

You can check out Augusta Sky’s single Dreaming for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast