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Golden Vessel – “BIGBRIGHT”: A Potent Mix of Lucidly Layered, Intricately Weaved Electronica

Golden Vessel (AKA Max Byrne) is back with his latest single “BIGBRIGHT” and this time he hasn’t come alone. He’s teamed up with three vocalists all renowned for their standout styles in their own arenas to tell four different stories within the lyrics. It’s probably safe to say that there aren’t many lyricists who can pull that off. With Rap bars curtesy of DUCKWRTH; an artist who is already receiving high acclaim from Pitchfork, alongside the sensationally poised vocalists Elkkle and E^AST your treated to a smorgasbord of vocal harmony.

The production and mastering to BIGBRIGHT ensured that the polished product was more than fit for radio, which was probably easier said than done when it came to seamlessly blending elements of Pop, Hip Hop, Rap and Electronica. During the bridges the track almost veered into the Dream Wave arena, yet there was plenty of anthemic momentum spilling from the kicks of the 808’s to ensure that the hype was kept alive around the lucidity.

You can listen to BIGBRIGHT which was released September 26th, 2018 via SoundCloud or watch the official music video by heading over to YouTube

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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There are Electro Melodies, and then There’s What Peter Lee Cooked Up in His Latest EP

Who doesn’t love a friendly keyboard? In my not so humble opinion not enough Electronica artists use the instrument’s nostalgically reverberant essence which can contort into atmospheric aural alchemy. Which is exactly what Peter Lee did with his latest EP ‘TESTING TIMES’. Whilst I wouldn’t ever care to hear another archetypal 80’s Electro revival, the soundscape that Peter Lee created was far from anything I’ve heard in the Electronica genre.

Track one ‘Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained’ is a mere appetiser to the dark, fuzzy groove of the layers of lush synth pierced by the deftly placed drum hits contained in track two ‘Nearly Never’ With his concluding track ‘In the Face of Adversity’ there was a dark tonality which served as an indicator towards the deeper more resonant approach behind the up and coming recording artists sound. Each instrumental track on the EP packs a palpably unique punch and comes alive through Peter Lee’s experimental production and composition methods. You really couldn’t ask for more diversity from a 3 track EP.

You can check out the EP for yourselves from September 6th, 2018 on Spotify. Until then, you can take my word on the decadently euphoric groove-addled release.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Static Drives – Cathedral: Viscerally Indulgent Electronica

As someone that spends a fair amount of time getting sucked into YouTube holes of heavy Electronica OSTs, it was easy for me to wish that Static Drives latest single Cathedral would stretch on forever.

The subtle pulls of the progression lead you through the 2:30-minute bass-heavy beat which packed plenty of digital reverb to suck you into the powerfully composed single. The pulses and vibration amplify the precision in the beat and kicks of the rhythm. There really aren’t enough good things to be said about the experimentally pioneering bass-driven serving of ethereal reverberance. Even though the instrumental track is void of vocals and lyrics you could still feel the pure, organic emotion being thrown into the mix.

You can check out Static Drives’ latest single Cathedral for yourselves now by heading over to SoundCloud. If you like what you hear, you can check out the mammoth 17-track compilation ‘The Vapidity Mix’. After you’ve listened to the release from start to finish, I’m sure you’ll join me in saying that it’s rare to happen across such an indulgently visceral Electronica mix.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Reuben J Falle – Nancy: Lucidly Electric Breakbeat

Leftfield fans are in for a treat with Reuben J Falle’s latest single Nancy. It carries the same dizzying amount of Electronica reverb which will have you knees deep in the track before you even get to the build ups and drops.

The instrumental-only mix, carries lucidly electric synergy, as the synths set up an almost hauntingly euphoric aura around the digital effects which lift the melody and set you up for the most intricate, yet subtle drops you’ve heard from an Ambient IDM track in a long time. The drum machine sets a pulsing bassline with the slightest Industrial undertones to make Nancy a track which you don’t just listen to. It reverberates through you.

The Brighton, UK based producer has composed an organically alchemic vibe with his music, and I really can’t express how refreshing the ambience mixed with the hype of Jungle was. I can breakdown the instrumentals, yet that would never tell you how resonant the instrumental mix truly was.

You can check out Reuben J Falle’s single Nancy from his latest EP ‘Blue’ by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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O D Y S S E Y – Days in the Bazaar: Electronically Engineered Sun-Soaked Middle Eastern Beats

My love for Middle Eastern Electronica started with Infected Mushroom, yet, it may end with the up and coming Dark EDM artist O D Y S S E Y. Yet, no matter how much heavy overdrive that is kicked into the electronically fuelled mix, nothing strips away that transiently ethereal emotion which hits you in the form of vibrantly piercing Arabian music.

O D Y S S E Y’s latest single Days in the Bazaar which was dropped July 2018 will bring all of the sun-soaked exotica of the Middle East with some of the most Dub Soaked beats you’ve heard this year (or potentially ever). The progressive beat packs in plenty of dizzying drops and hooks, for you to truly get a taste of how dark Middle Eastern music could have always been.

You can check O D Y S S E Y’s latest single Days in the Bazaar out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Drayn’s Electronica-Heavy Urban Indie New Release

Drayn have just dropped their debut album Storybook, the verdict? The Denver based duo have created the ultimate collection of uniquely organic, sweet urban Indie soundscapes which seem to defy every genre label known to man. Slapping a label on their sound almost feels like an insult, so instead, I’ll tell you that you can expect some electronically tampered melodic rhythm with the perfect amount of Trap attitude to make sure the concepts behind their prodigal project really resonate. When it comes to the lyrics, there’s equal amounts of ingenuity as there is soul.

Each one of the tracks on Drayn’s first album flows with its own momentum, yet the one which really caught my attention was Hypnotize, which was true to the title and carried hypnotic waves of resonance which swelled over the mix to create a mid-tempo, uplifting harmony. Hypnotize gives a visceral indication to Drayn’s playful, inventive style. The track’s production is relatively Lo Fi, yet this just serves to make the overall effect of Hypnotize a little more accessible.

You can check out Drayn’s track Hypnotize for yourselves by heading over to Spotify where you can also find his 18 track album Storybook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Aulvir – Comprehension: Hauntingly Minimalistic Electronica

If you like your music as ambiently blissful as possible, you may want to contemplate tuning into Aulvir’s latest offering of catharsis with his latest single Comprehension. I’ll be honest, I got two minutes into the 7-minute track and I felt the urgent hot prickle of tears forming as I was swamped by the reminiscence to acts such as Hartheim and Sigur Ros. The hauntingly ethereal vocal offerings that rounded Comprehension off as the perfect concordant melody translated as piercingly pensive poetry. The deftly fluid command of electronic sound which Aulvir demonstrates through his soundscapes is enough to leave the most pretentious of audiophiles in awe as he revels in ambient complexity creating a prodigal offering of minimalistic electronica.

Each one of Aulvir’s compositions offer lucid waves of pure aural indulgence, never allowing your attention to slip away. The spaces in between the sound are as just as tantalising as the quiescent echoes of the melancholically grounding reverberation and distortion of the beats.

If you feel like slipping away from the world for just a little while, you can check out Aulvir’s latest single which dropped May 2018 on SoundCloud now. Prepare for seven whole minutes of cathartic bliss.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Flash Jrive – Meant to Be: A Lo Fi Electronica Genre Mashing

Looking for a track that’s fast paced and utterly insane? Look no further than Flash Jrive’s latest Electronic track Meant to Be. His Electronically momentous Lo Fi track was one of the most enigmatic EDM orchestrations that I’ve heard in 2018. Flash Jrive clearly threw out the rule books when he composed his genre-mash EDM hit. The vocals to the track run as more of a spoken word commentary adding even more hype to the cacophonic beat which puts the happy in hardcore. The Lo Fi recording of Meant to Be proved that despite the production, Flash Jrive has the vision necessary to break up the monotony of the tracks put out there by most Electronic artists today.

You can check out Flash Jrive’s latest single Meant to be on SoundCloud, which is just one of the insanely enthralling tracks from his EP ‘Rewind One’ which was released in April 2018 and has everything you could ask for, from Chip Tune to Industrial; Rewind One has it all.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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Empty Flies – Nobody: Dark Wave Industrial Worth Drowning In

I don’t mean to alarm you, but I found an Industrial artist whose vocals are as ethereally astounding as his beats. Nobody was just one of the pensively ambient Electronica tracks from Empty Flies 2018 album SHADOWS that left me hypnotised.

As I immersed myself into Dark Wave tsunami of sound that the Empty Flies deftly composed with their synthesised instrumentals I let the oceanic waves wash over me until the Trap beat picked up momentum and went in an unpredictable direction. The band mixed Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) style vocals, with a beat that almost translated as tribal, which detracted away from he atypical harshness that you’d expect in the Industrial genre. I’ve spent enough time listening to Industrial music to know that beats like this aren’t created every day, and with a style as unfathomably slick as the Empty Flies I have no doubt that they’ll see the same success as their influences which include Massive Attack, Queens of the Stone Age and Depeche Mode.

You can check out Empty Flies single Nobody along with the rest of their album on BandCamp now, follow the band on Facebook to stay up to date with all of their releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Chris Yohei Tokunaga – You and I Feat Nina Rotner

The more Berlin, Germany Electronica acts I hear I get increasingly convinced that they put something in the water to help the producers make such hyped-up beats even when it comes to the more Ambient sounds.

For his latest track Indie Dubstep Club/Dance producer and songwriter Chris teamed up with Nina Rotner who lent her sweet vocal style to perfectly round this ambiently enthralling track. The tracks seamlessly synergetic flow is light as air, yet, the beguiling effects and orchestration allow the sound to transcend above the mediocre. The iridescently clear synth style of the track is bewitchingly beautiful with the iconic stamp of German sterility to the sound. I wouldn’t go as far to say Tokunaga’s sound is pioneeringly ground breaking, instead, it has a familiarity to the sound that allows you to transcend to it without question.

You can check out the new radio mix to Tokunaga’s You and I which was released on March 2nd, 2018 on SoundCloud.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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