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Art of Algebra – Mask my Movement: Downtempo Electronica

When you sit down to listen to a track by an artist called “Art of Algebra” you’re hardly expecting him to be a gospel musician. No, you’re a reasonable person, you’re expecting something in the IDM/electronica realm, and that is indeed what you’re going to get.

“Mask my Movement” is a pretty standard 4/4 beat composition, all dressed up in some beautiful, exquisite loops. I would bet that this track was made during after-hours, as this is the time when I can picture myself enjoying this song the most. It features some random vocal samples that if I’m not terribly mistaken are Japanese phrases.

It’s the kind of tune that you’re craving to listen to when driving in the middle of the night; you can’t help but get hooked on this delicate sound that sounds like furniture being slightly moved, a very mild squeak, but illustrated in a warm way. This is, to me, the track’s chorus.

Listen to “Mask my Movement” on Spotify

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Luuk Lagrange – 4Weeks: A Euphorically Melodic Winter Warmer

London-based producer Luuk Lagrange hit the airwaves with a potent dose of euphoria through their latest mix “4Weeks” which dropped on October 29th.

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean our need for aural ecstasy has to go unsated. The track audibly oozes infectious and commanding feel good vibes which pump out between the stylised atmospheric melodic house beats and synth hooks.

The lyrics may be minimalistic, yet they’re magnetically hypnotic and will stick to your synapses like superglue. If you’re looking for a club hit to help you embrace the nostalgia of summers gone by, consider 4Weeks as an antidote to the winter blues.

You can check out the official music video to Luuk Lagrange’s track 4Weeks by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SBX – Vipers: Ambiently Dystopian Alt Electronica

“Vipers” is the latest mix to be released by up and coming London-based Alt Electronica artist SBX. If you’re looking for chilled Electronica which comes with plenty of bite, your playlists will thank you for putting SBX on your radar.

Finding distinction in instrumental electronica is usually like looking for a needle in a haystack, but there is a perceptible amount of authenticity within Vipers. While there are some elements of ambience infused into the single, there’s also an ensnaring amount of veracity which has weaved its way into the mix through the almost tribalistic and warm percussion. Combine that with spacey transcendental effects and a slightly dystopian soundtrack feel and Vipers is an electronic mix not easily forgotten.

You can check out SBX’s single Vipers for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Divine Astronaut – Undone: Darkly Ensnaring Alt Electronica

Any fans of Portishead, Massive Attack, and Bjork are going to want to check out the debut single “Undone” from the Electronic duo Divine Astronaut.

There’s a uniquely foreboding atmospheric feel to Undone, but simultaneously, it was also one of the most solacing soundscapes I’ve heard this year. Yes, Undone came with a slightly apocalyptic feel, but the downtempo pacing of the instrumentals meant that even though they were doom-laden, they still provided plenty of catharses.

There’s a succinct delicacy to Undone which has plenty to do with Livvy Holland’s striking yet reassuring vocals; I really don’t make reference to the aforementioned artists lightly. With Holland’s vocals, and Moonhead’s production and multi-instrumentalism combined, Undone was a pioneering feat of Alt Electro ingenuity.

Instead of relying on harsh cacophonous noise to bring weight to the single, the gentle dystopian tones are sobering enough to leave you captivated from the prelude to the outro, and for a fair time after that. Divine Astronaut isn’t the type of Electronic artist easily found, and nor are they the type to be easily forgotten.

You can check out Divine Astronaut’s darkly ensnaring single Undone for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Arswain – Pleasure: Pensively Raw Progressive House

https://arswain.bandcamp.com/track/pleasure

Ahead of their forthcoming album LA artist Arswain has provided the perfect aural teaser with their pensively raw single “Pleasure”.

It’s not all too often I’ll hear vocals in Progressive House which captivate me. But through a mix of strikingly evocative lyrics and bitingly convictive vocals, Pleasure was a track which didn’t fail to let the melancholy it was born from resonate.

While the constant evolutions in the soundscape play a heavy hand in ensuring that you’re as arrested by the prelude as you are in the outro, ultimately, Pleasure finds its distinction in its ability to spill emotion from caustic and futuristic tones. Even though Pleasure is seamlessly melodic, there’s still a stormy sense of chaos within the soundscape which stays with you long after it has faded out.

You can stream and download Arswain’s latest single by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Black Marks – Phantom Fear: Evocatively Dystopian Alt Electro Pop

Any fans of Portishead will want to prick up their ears for the pensively captivating feat of Alt Electronic Pop “Phantom Fear” from the up and coming artist Black Marks.

Phantom Fear is just one of the tracks which you’ll find in the debut album “All But Defeated”. With the quality of the production and the seamlessly evocative nature of the soundscapes, there’s little indication that Black Marks are fresh from their inception.

Phantom Fear wouldn’t feel out of place on any dystopian film OST. From hauntedly arresting vocals to cutting semi-orchestral arrangements, Phantom Fear offers everything that you could possibly ask for from a single and more. Faultless rhythm, striking emotion, and expressive lyrics are all reasons why you’ll quickly come to appreciate the artist’s distinctive approach to orchestrating melancholic hits.

You can check out Black Marks’ track Phantom Fear along with the rest of their debut album by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zizzo World – Hate You Now: Fiercely Progressive Future Pop

It’s not all too often that you’ll get to hear guitars in a Pop single which rival the atmospheric aural treats served up by Post Punk and Shoegaze artists. But the prelude to artist and producer Zizzo World’s upcoming single “Hate You Now” instantaneously gripped our attention with the cold jangling notes.

Yet, it wasn’t all too long before Hate You Now had evolved into a high-octane mix of future pop. The build-ups are palpitatingly suspenseful, in fact, each new sequence in this constantly surprising and veracious mix will leave you gripped by the authentic energy. Even though Hate You Know is an angst-driven single, there’s plenty of biting catharsis found within the single for anyone looking to aurally vent.

We should be getting as excited about Zizzo World as we got about Chase & Status.

You can check out Zizzo World’s progressively fierce track Hate You Now for yourselves. You can also head over to SoundCloud where you’ll be able to check out earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Future Pop Meets Techno in DIA’s Second Single “Call from Space”

“Call from Space” is the second evocatively visceral Electronica single to be released by up and coming artist DIA. With emotive Pop Rock vocals fading in over Minimalistic Techno beats, the single offered all of the accessibility of a Pop track alongside the multi-layered progressive nature of a Techno track.

Expect plenty of atmospheric build-ups before DIA allows the euphoria to break along with a succinct amount of soul being poured into the otherwise alien mix through the vocals.

With most tracks finding a tone or emotion is as easy as hitting play, but with Call from Space, there was a lamentable subtle moroseness entwined with the slight spills of euphoria from the softly sonic electronic effects. The depth of the soundscape didn’t fail to give me chills, and I’m fairly certain I won’t be the only one.

You can check out DIA’s single Call From Space for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Long Earth Trading Company – The Long World: Darkly Dystopian Tech House

If you’re looking for darkly dystopian soundscapes to delve into, look no further than the tracks found on up and coming Electronica artist Long Earth Trading Company’s debut album “Sifting Through the Wreckage”.

While each of the singles offers their own doom-laden mise en scenes using aural atmospherics alone, the best introduction to Long Earth Trading Company’s sound is “The Long World”. The futuristic Tech House mix always keeps you within a grip of curious disconcertment as you anticipate how the mostly instrumental mix will evolve next. There’s a spacey Sci-Fi vibe behind the beats while the vocal samples will make you feel as though you’ve ended up in a darker old school Doctor Who episode.

You can check out Long Earth Trading Company’s single The Long World for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ENTT – Gonna Rain Anyway ft. IAMSUUBI: Flawlessly Absorbing Alt EDM

When it comes to Electronica, finding any amount of distinction can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Up and coming London-based Alt Electro trio ENTT’s latest single “Gonna Rain Anyway” ft. rapper IAMSUUBI is an indulgently magnetic exception to that rule.

The artfully arrestive vocals hook you in from the prelude and evolve in-line with the captivatingly progressive soundscape which gains momentum leading into a genre-mash of EDM, Rock, Pop, and Rap.

Genre-contorting may not be anything new. But there’s no one else around right now creating music which is accessible as it is authentic with the same blend of tones as found in Gonna Rain Anyway.

Hit play and expect powerfully dynamic vocals, absorbing beats, and a fiery tonality. ENTT even found room in the mix to throw in a few intricate riffs for the more Rock-inclined listeners.

You can check out the official music video to ENTT’s latest single Gonna Rain Anyway via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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