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Rick van Meijel – Higher Frequencies: A One-Way Ticket to Transcendence

Netherlands-based artist Rick van Meijel’s own brand of electronica is an aural delight that no matter synth lines you’ve been lost in, I can guarantee you won’t have heard the like of before.

The distinctively textured elements in the soundscape to his latest single “Higher Frequencies” serve to funnel visceral emotion into the airwaves making sure that there’s no room for sterility in his sound. Through the utilisation of a number of different genres, you truly get the sense that Higher Frequencies is an exploration of sound which dares to go beyond where Indie artists have dared to travel before.

Many people still see EDM as an unfathomable genre with little accessibility, yet with Rick van Meijel’s ability to weave a tantalisingly immersive instrumental mix, it won’t be all too long before you are wrapped up in the seamless ebbs and flows of the sonically-driven sound.

You can check out Higher Frequencies for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dorin Gatman – Palm Trees: Rhythmically Rendered Waves of Ambient Electronica

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If you’re looking for a smooth and easy electronic soundscape to slip into up and coming artist Dorin Gatman has recently released their latest single “Palm Trees”. For anyone who appreciated the soundtrack to the Beach, it’s probably about time you prick up your ears to the melodic ease of Dorin Gatman’s command of instrumental electronica.

Palm Trees is just one of the tracks of their most recent release “Smooth Waves, Vol. 3”; the title of the album has pretty much done the hard work for me. As there is little else to be understood about Palm Trees, other than how the euphonic synth will hit you in rhythmically rendered waves, never quite dragging you under, but making sure you are fully immersed in the sound.

You can check out Dorin Gatman’s latest single Palm Trees for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lost Aliens – Unified Stream: Prodigally Intergalactic Riff-Infused Electronica

While I was anticipating hearing a slightly Sci-Fi soundscape from Lost Alien’s latest single “Unified Stream”, nothing quite prepared me for the transcendental mesmerism which their latest single contained.

The psychedelically ambient electronic mix combines elements of rock and trance allowing the acoustic instruments to add the wavy texture to the sound around the sonic blasts of the synth around the other intergalactically-inspired electronic effects.

There’s no denying that what Lost Aliens have created with Unified Stream is nothing short of prodigal. The tight arrangement combined with the ease of the melody and levels of harmony brought by the vocals was nothing short of aural catharsis, and I’m fairly certain that’s what they were going for with the single which dropped on January 11th.

You can check out Lost Aliens’ latest single Unified Stream for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now; although I probably wouldn’t recommend doing so when you’re driving.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Myles Jaeger – Fools: Pioneering Fresh Electronica

The prodigal son of experimental electronica Myles Jaeger dropped his latest single “Fools” at the end of 2018, and in the process of doing so he has charmed an international audience with his sporadically visceral, unpredictable mix.

The track kicks off as you’d expect your average ambient lo fi Hip Hop single to unravel, but when it comes to the bridge the drop will definitely take you down with it. There’s plenty of progression packed into the single, as after the build-up Fools takes a more anthemic EDM turn with plenty of harsh and crisp smacks of reverb-drenched electronica.

When it comes to the vocals, it is not only Myles Jaeger’s vocal talent you will want to applaud, it is also the ingenious use of effects which made the vocals as much of an intrinsic part of the track as the 808’s.

You can check out Myles Jaeger’s latest single Fools out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paul Alty Drops His Latest Electronica Album “Behind the Clock 2 – Somewhere Between the Earth and the Stars”

Paul Alty’s latest album Album “Behind the Clock 2 – Somewhere Between the Earth and the Stars” is a work of raw cinematic mesmerism. Each of the tracks from the album will lead you further down the aural rabbit hole.

There’s something tangibly ominous and Lynchian about the instrumental soundscapes which have been constructed by the Liverpool-based self-proclaimed synth geek. Yet, at the same time you’re also treated to the magnetically sonic energy which has been weaved into the hypnotically transient tracks. Each of the singles run through with an extended length to help you to immerse yourself even deeper into the tracks; if you’re looking for an instant hit of catharsis, look no further.

The atmospheric ingenuity in what has been created is something that you’re going to have to check out for yourselves. You can check out Paul Alty’s latest album for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Princey – And This Happens: Experimentally Immersive Lo Fi Hip Hop Electronica

Every now and again you’ll stumble across a new Electronica artist whose sound pushes through the constraints and expectations of the genre as it finds new ways of creating sticky-sweet transiently subtle melodies and new ways to immerse you in raw and reflective soundscapes.

Princey has proven with his single “And This Happens” which is just one of the tracks from his latest project “FIRST LIGHT” that he has the prodigally ambient flair to take his Lo Fi Hip Hop Electronica to the next level. The amount of mesmerism which And This Happens contains stands as a testament to Princey’s talent anyone with a penchant of experimental ambience are sure to find themselves quickly enamoured with his distinctive production style.

Using samples can always be a risky move, but the way in which Princey incorporated them into the structures of his sound was nothing short of genius. For And This Happens he took an iconic speech from one of the most well-known movies of all time and poured effects over the samples to make them fit synergistically with the beat.

You can check out Princey’s latest single And This Happens for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Swaine Delgado – 308: Ambiently Arresting Alternative Electronica

Just how up and coming artist Swaine Delgado managed to infuse so much funk and groove into his ambiently melodic latest single “308” will forever remain a work of alchemy. It would seem that I’m not the only one to be enamoured by the soundscape, in the short time since the release, there’s already tens of thousands of fans plugging into his experimental electronica. The Perth, Australia-based artists vocal style is just as concordantly resounding as the beat behind 308.

Through his experimental style Swaine cooks up a hypnotic amount of catharsis which progresses through layers of harmony against the muted, soft rattle and kicks of the 808s against the lucidly light synth reverb. 308 is just one of the singles to come off Swaine Delgado’s debut 4-track EP “run boy, run” which will make you wonder where the hell he’s been hiding his deft aural command for so long.

You can check out Swaine Delgado’s latest single 308 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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