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Atlas Castle – Falling Slowly: Artfully Serene Downtempo Electronica

“Falling Slowly” is the latest hypnotically track to be released from Copenhagen-based producer Atlas Castle. Any fans of transcendental Electronica are going to want to check out.

Atlas Castle found the perfect balance in tone with Falling Slowly. Allowing it to dark enough to be poignant, explorative and reflective, yet never allowing the track to reach the point of disconcertment for the listener.

There’s plenty of distinction to be found in Falling Slowly. But instead of the track resonating as experimental or alt electronica, it falls into the realms of artful ingenuity through the way Atlas Castle deftly toys with melodies, emotion and layers of aural aesthetic.

You can check out Atlas Castle’s latest track Falling Slowly for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Darth Athena – Exploration: Absorbingly Calmative Trance

With intoxicatingly hypnotic rhythms which will disrupt your own rhythmic pulses, you only need to hit play on Darth Athena’s Trance mix “Exploration” to recognise the ingenuity.

If you’re not already acquainted with the Atlanta-based electronica producer, the arcanely vibrant, cinematically produced track makes for the perfect introduction to Darth Athena’s absorbingly calmative production style. You’ll feel the momentum build right the way through Exploration which will have you on the edge of your seat, or more appropriately, on the dancefloor.

We constantly come across ingeniously creative artists getting a fraction of the acclaim they deserve, but Exploration has been yet another hit for Darth Athena. The track has racked up over 45k on SoundCloud alone since the release. And with the transcendent grips of the soundscape, there’s little room to wonder why. It demands repeat attention.

You can check out Exploration for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Twink Privilege – Daddy: An Atmospheric Ode to 80s Darkwave Electronica

Even in 2020, heteronormative tracks dominate the airwaves. So, it’s incredibly refreshing to come across an artist such as the Alt Electronic Pop act Twink Privilege.

Their most recent release “Daddy” is an atmospheric ode to the 80s Darkwave sound with plenty of contemporary textures thrown in to give Daddy a potent serving of contemporary magnetism.

Once you’re immersed within the gentle melodic electronic rhythms, Daddy becomes a captivating almost transcendentally danceable soundscape. The lyrics give a nuanced nod to a relationship dynamic that we may not all share, but you can still feel the raw, unadulterated passion all the same.

With the stylishly smoky and smooth production, hypnotic vocals, and intricately mesmeric beats, Daddy stands as a testament to the talent of Twink Privilege which we hope to hear more of in 2020.

You can check out the official music video which premiered on February 5th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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We Are/They Are have made their Alt Electronic Debut with “Magnetic Dance”

West Palm Beach-based Indie duo We Are/They Are have made their debut with the synthy sweet Electronic Pop track “Magnetic Dance”.

With melodies which you can melt into, and vocals which will simultaneously appeal to fans of My Bloody Valentine and Stevie Nicks, it’s safe to say, it’s a hit. The Indie power couple created a track which simply drips with authentically harmonic soul. The playful notes don’t force feed you aural optimism, instead, the sticky feel good vibes are incredibly nuanced, yet resonantly efficacious. Electronic Pop debuts don’t get much more accessible or exciting than this.

You can check out the debut single from We Are/They Are for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Thrv – Deaths of Despair: Eclectically Progressive Rock-Infused EDM Synth Pop

As you’d expect from an electronica track titled “Deaths of Despair”, there’s quite the serving of immersive aural despondency within the instrumental mix from up and coming artist Thrv.

Yet, as the mix progresses, you’ll hear the full tonal palette explored as the six-minute soundscape takes you through a journey of happy Synth Pop, snappy Funk-driven Disco, and heavy riff-laden Rock riffs thrown in for good measure.

With the Synthpop and soaring riffs combined, Deaths of Despair feeds you all of the best parts of the 80s simultaneously. Which may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we certainly appreciate the all too palpable ingenuity in Deaths of Despair.

You can check out Deaths of Despair for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Philip STEVENSON – Where’s My Mind? featuring Emarie:

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If you’re always on the lookout for new nostalgic Trance-laced House mixes to get your euphoric fix, look no further than the standout release “Where’s My Mind?” from EDM artist and producer Philip STEVENSON.

Even though there’s plenty of accessibility within the mix which will throw you right back to the golden era of Trance, there’s also a heavy serving of spacey futurism. The effortlessly smooth vocals from Emarie brought transcendent energy to Where’s My Mind? and made it all too easy to get caught up in the mellifluous danceable rhythms.

While it felt that there was an excess of reverb and effects in part, the structure and momentum put behind Where’s My Mind is an affirmation that the up and coming EDM producer has plenty to offer to the airwaves.

You can check out Where’s My Mind for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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So So Sun – Paradise: Progressively Smooth Synthwave Indie

Instead of jumping on an existing trend with their third single “Paradise”, Indie Dance Pop act So So Sun established one of their very own by merging atmospheric Jangle Pop Indie with smoothly danceable EDM.

It’s a sticky sweet genre mash which should go down a treat for any fans of The Midnight and similar artists leading the vanguard of contemporary Synthwave pioneers.

Expect funky acoustic basslines, shimmering nuances of euphoria to spill from the synths, and a plethora of futurism as a courtesy of the digital effects, and of course, the jangly Indie Pop progressions. With vocals which are just as soulful and progressive as the instrumentals, Paradise comes incredibly highly recommended. Especially if you like to have your finger on the pulse of exceptionally distinctive up and coming artists.

You can check out So So Sun’s single Paradise for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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La Roboká – Incel Boy: An Unapologetically Avant-Garde Aural Assault on Incel Culture

Ever since La Roboká appeared on our radars in 2019 with their unapologetically Avant-Garde Alt Pop single “Misophonic”, we’ve eagerly awaited the expressive ingenuity which would undoubtedly follow.

And sure enough, the Berlin-based artist didn’t disappoint with their single “Incel Boy” which dropped on January 31st. If Amanda Palmer and Peaches did a collaborative record, I can’t imagine the results would be far from what you can expect if you hit play on the evocatively sobering track.

If you’re lucky enough to have never previously heard the term ‘incel’ before or encountered one for yourselves, be prepared for a drastic awakening. It’s so much more than your average “friendzone” toxic diatribe women deal with constantly. It’s innocent women, randomly picked out, assaulted, and killed just because men can’t deal with their odious expectation and frustration.

Throughout the track I was torn between absolute awe for La Roboká’s dynamic classical soprano vocal range, acknowledging the empowering chills that creep across me every time I listen to viscerally defiant music and feeling the existentialism over Incels being a very real problem in our society.

I’m not ashamed to say that hearing La Roboká’s vocals whilst seeing real-life CCTV footage of men randomly assaulting women in public had me in tears. Yet, the momentously entrancing beats fed me the disgust-instilled anger which is necessary to feel if Incel Culture is ever going to be stamped out. It’s not going to magically erase itself overnight. It’s going to take having a long and hard look at the way women are objectified and then expected to open their legs on demand just like in the films. THANKS HOLLYWOOD.

In the artist’s own words, here’s what inspired the track:

“With the rise of the Involuntary Celibates (Incels) the Berlin-based alt-pop duo La Roboká is setting a statement against violence and hatred towards women. The new music video “Incel Boy“ is an emotional rollercoaster that lashes out against cowardly attacks from the comfort of the living room, the quick hunt for a cheap laugh that spreads hatred and eventually spills over into the real-life as brutality against women.”

You can check out the official music video for Incel Boy for yourselves via YouTube.

Keep up to date with the latest releases from La Roboká via Facebook.

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Blacktate has made their debut with the transfixing Alt Indie Pop EP “While the World’s on Fire”

Up and coming Alt Indie Pop artist Blackstate has made their debut with the eclectically-inspired endearingly unforgettable debut EP “While the World’s on Fire”.

With the first track “Wolves” allowing you to dive in headfirst into the cathartic instrumental experimentalism and grounding lyrics. You instantly get a taste of Blackstate’s refreshingly distinctive songwriting approach. There’s a palpable visceral feel to each element of the soundscape, from the lyrics to the vocals to the melodies which carry the perfect pinch of melancholy while exuding fragile optimism.

The second track “Lost My Crown” will allow you to imagine what it would sound like if Elliott Smith experimented with synths. If I wasn’t emotional after the first single, I definitely was when I fell into the pensive grips of Lost My Crown.

With track three “The Arsonist” Blacktate has switched up their sound once more, offering a bass-heavy EDM-driven mix which incorporates elements of Darkwave EBM which wouldn’t sound out of place in a sticky goth club.

Track four “Tulips” offers yet another instrumentally-driven mix, this time, there’s elements of glitchy analogue beats which almost flirt with Drum and Bass yet the track never breaks from its mellifluous concordance.

The concluding single “Dancing Wolves” revives 80s Synth Pop under a brand new effervescent guise, if you hadn’t already warmed to the vocals and their charmingly devilish experimentalism, this is where it hits hard.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll deal with the fact that the world is a little bit depressing right now by immersing yourself in resonant music which makes you feel not quite as alone in your existentialism. For this purpose, I can’t recommend Blackstate enough. In their own words, here’s what they had to say about the EP:

“Blackstate is about Friday. Two o’clock. About almost surviving another day. Another week. About the weekend and about getting f*cked. About how social media is great. About eating a burger. About the “good life”. About cat videos. About being sane. About the fact that anxiety is perfectly normal. About the fact that insecurity is (not) a fear of the future self. About more cat videos. About not needing the truth. About being a wolf. About an angry emoji. Love emoji. About how this country sucks, but you’re really okay. You’re happy. You’re sane. One day less alive.”

You can check out Blackstate’s EP which dropped on January 25th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour info from the band via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bistro Boy – Forgive: A Transcendental Electronic Aural Ascension

When an electronica soundscape is so serene it becomes an emotional sensory experience, you know you’ve stumbled across aural gold. Which is exactly what happened when Icelandic Electronica artist Bistro Boy appeared on our radars with the transcendentally ambient release “Forgive”.

The evenly paced, deftly constructed instrumental ambient track may slightly pick up momentum as it progresses. Yet, the essence of Forgive lies in its ability to transport you to a higher plateau courtesy of the sublimely produced softly magnetic beats.

If a four-minute track doesn’t give you enough tension-stripping time to enter a zen-like state, then you’re in luck. Forgive is just one of the soundscapes to feature on Bistro Boy’s forthcoming album which is due to drop in 2020. Get Bistro Boy on your radar to make sure you don’t miss it.

You can embrace the mesmeric catharsis for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud and checking out Forgive for yourselves.

You can follow the artist via Facebook & Twitter.

Review by Amelia Vandergast