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Haløver Releases Her Most Striking Feat of Dark Electronica Yet with Single “Let Me Out”

“Let Me Out” is the latest ominously eccentric electronica track from Russian-born, US-based up and coming artist Haløver which unfolds as a simultaneous offering of disconcertment and catharsis.

Moody electronica often drips with alluringly arrestive qualities, yet, with Let Me Out you get a flood of captivatingly potent expression and perceptibly authentic sentiments. Rather than exaggerating emotion, Haløver allows the frustration of entrapment to resonate around chilling electronica feeding into the artfully dark soundscape.

The lyrics are fairly simplistic in Let Me Out, yet that simplicity amplifies the raw honesty behind the track, Haløver isn’t an artist who doesn’t paint with metaphors, she uses real human sentiment to make a real intrinsic connection with the listener. Lines such as “ I’m More Sane Than All Your Friends” and “why don’t you want me” are extremely effective in making Let Me Out an incredibly resonant track.

You can check out Haløver’s single Let Me Out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jamie Boyd – Seyoc: Transcendentally Ambient, Complexly Immersive Electronica

“Seyoc” is just one of the transcendentally ambient singles which feature on Electronica producer Jamie Boyd’s debut album Poetica. While each track on the album offers a stylistic smorgasbord of lightness, complexity, and immersive tonality, Seyoc acts as the perfect introduction to the London-based artist’s inclination to weave aural alchemy through solid EDM structures dampened with lush reverb.

The mostly instrumental short and hypnotically sweet track may not be lyrically heavy, yet plenty of easy to grasp emotion still seeps through the mix, it isn’t quite on Enya’s ethereal level, yet Jamie Boyd could never be accused of putting out sterile music.

You can check out Jamie Boyd’s single Seyoc along with the rest of their 2019 debut album Poetica for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rogério Baraquet releases their latest experimentally soulful electronica mix “I Like Jobim”

“I Like Jobim” is an exceptionally experimental sun-soaked release from up and coming Electronica Brazilian artist Rogério Baraquet; it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who appreciate fresh conceptual textures in their music, thirsts will be well and truly quenched.

The soundscape bounces from being one which offers smooth jazzy lounge tones to one which allows a playful keyboard melody to take control of the progressive mix. Overall, I Like Jobim is an intriguingly indulgent track to get lost in. Yet there are a few structure issues such as the intro being a touch too long, but, once you’re safely in the verses and in the presence of Rogério Baraquet’s softly expressive vocals you’ll realise that they were definitely worth the wait.

You can check out Rogério Baraquet’s latest release I Like Jobim for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DJ & Producer J Ulster Made their Debut with “R1”; an Arrestive Mix of Genre-Mashing Electronica

DJ and Producer J Ulster has made their debut with the eclectic high-fire EDM drop “R1”.
I’m very well aware that ‘EDM’ isn’t a genre in itself, but that’s the closest label you’ll get to slap on the genre-mashing single which is R1. Rather than restrict the soundscape through genre-conformity, J Ulster created a track which is sure to be appreciated by anyone with a fondness of seamlessly stylised beats with plenty of rhythmic command.

R1 kicks off with light and deft ambiently rendered rhythms which border on hypnotic before making an unpredictable slide into a blazing offering of Drum and Bass. When it comes to debut tracks from EDM artists, finding any level of distinction is like finding a needle in a haystack – especially with instrumental tracks, yet J Ulster’s flawlessly melodious track is a sure sign of big things to come.

You can check out the official music video to J Ulster’s track R1 by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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OIR – control: Cinematically Ambient Downtempo Electronica

“control” is the ambiently orchestrated latest single from up and coming Los Angeles electronica artist OIR. While the airwaves are filled with offerings of ambient electronica, very few resonate in the same way as the cinematically indulgent single which was released in June 2019.

And just because there’s plenty of catharses to swallow courtesy of the downtempo pacing of control, that’s not to say that there isn’t plenty of intricate and provoking textures to unravel in the instrumental mix.

The sporadic placements of unique effects in the bed of seamlessly progressive electronica draws you further into the sound; you’ll only come to realise how deeply you were immersed when control gently draws to a close.

You can check out OIR’s latest mesmeric single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A.Y.F.X. – Building Blocks: Funk Rich Progressive Electronica

“Building Blocks” is just one of the standout singles found on up and coming Alt Electronica artist A.Y.F.X.’s experimental 2017 album “Programmed”.

In Building Blocks, you’ll be able to expect plenty of intricate breakbeats and seamless evolutions in sound which offers you everything from Funk to moderately anthemic House. The instrumental mix gives you a fair enough chance to become fully immersed in the progressive soundscape thanks to the slightly extended duration which shows A.Y.F.X’s commitment to putting out music with the ability to make a visceral connection.

It’s not all too often that you’ll find a track which can simultaneously offer catharsis along with funk rich EDM rhythms. Then again, it’s not all too often that you will come across a track put together with such a deft command of rhythm as what you will find in Building Blocks.

You can check out A.Y.F.X.’s single Building Blocks for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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AstralDreaming – Laniakea: Melodically Soothing Electronica Catharsis

Any Electronica artist going by the title of AstralDreaming has to be pretty sure in their abilities when it comes to cooking up trippy, transcendental and lucid soundscapes. And it’s safe to say with their latest single “Laniakea” AstralDreaming proved to deliver exactly what it says on the tin.

Although Laniakea carries plenty of melodically soothing catharsis, each note still retains a vibrancy as the track progresses up to the euphoric sweet spot which breaks just before the outro revealing how deeply immersed you had become. To add even more authenticity and organic appeal to their latest single, AstralDreaming added a slight hint of spacey tonality which will ensure that you’re lifted to a higher futuristic aural plateau with Laniakea.

You can check out AstralDreaming’s latest mix Laniakea along with their earlier releases for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nabad Drop Their Debut Single “Aman” – Alt Electronica Fans, It’s Time to Prick up Your Ears

“Aman” is the first single to be released from the latest project Nabad fronted by the awe-inspiringly gifted Electronica producer, guitarist and vocalist Jay Wud.

If you’re trapped in the belief that Electronica is a genre which gives very little room for distinctive approaches to soundscapes, Aman will be the track to change your mind. Instead of drawing influence from other Electronica artists the 4-piece band look to the likes of Foo Fighters, Steve Vai and Nine Inch Nails.

So, you can expect the same amount of potent energy within Nabad’s bass-driven, intricately ingenious progressive mixes which push the boundaries of Electronica through finding new ways to infuse guitar-led magnetism in a bed of indulgently restorative electronic effect.

You can check out Nabad’s latest Electronica mix Aman for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now – listening to Aman on phone/laptop speakers would be a cardinal sin. Don’t miss out on an ounce of the weight which this pioneeringly fresh single offers.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ric Santos – In the Lead Works with the Beast: Darkly Dystopian Electronica

“In the Lead Works with the Beast” is the epically titled latest serving of darkwave electronica from up and coming producer Ric Santos.

Acoustic drums mix with synth as reverb fills the gaps between the beats in the instrumental track; amplifying the indulgently ominous energy which boils at the surface.

Just to make sure your disposition was well and truly affected, mid-way through the track, Ric Santos throws in a cinematic score which would be fitting on any Hitchcock film allowing the mix to progress into a horrorscape.

The producer’s earlier work is equally as mesmerising. The drum sequences paired with volatile synth and reverb in “Controlling(?) Chaos” may just be enough to make you need a cold shower. Although now I’ll be thinking about the Psycho scene in the shower. So, if you want a track which burrows right down into the dank hollows of your psyche, look no further than Ric Santos’ dread-instilled prodigal mixes.

You can check out Ric Santos’ latest mix In the Lead Works with the Beast for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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ESHMAN – Like I ❤️U: Emotively Iron Wrought Electronica

Pop artist ESHMAN may be fresh from her inception, yet, it is already evident that she possesses a distinctive alchemic allure behind her style of downtempo ambient Electronica. It really no surprise that her third single “Like I ❤️U” hasn’t failed to amass plenty of attention.

Electronica may not be the first genre which comes to mind when you’re looking for compellingly emotive and cathartically transcendent soundscapes. Yet, ESHMAN was able to curate a digitally orchestrated single which carries the same poignant and pensive allure as the likes of Massive Attack and Portishead. Usually, I see repetition as a cardinal sin. Yet, with Like I ❤️U, each repetition of “like I love you” served to amplify the palpable passion which was put behind this single.

You can check out ESHMAN’s latest single Like I ❤️U for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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