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Costella – Dream Beach featuring Wyley and Abbin

Summer may be almost drawing to a close, but that’s no reason not to hit play on up and coming Ohio artist Costella’s soulfully sun-soaked single Dream Beach featuring Wyley & Abbin.

If you love getting wrapped up in summertime nostalgia, Dream Beach will prove to be the perfect guide. With acoustic instrumentals around the electronic beats, there’s an incredible depth. With the addition of a stunning Bluesy guitar solo to add to the eclecticism of Dream Beach, it’s safe to say that Costella cooked up one of the most authentic and talent-soaked Summer Pop singles of 2020.

You can check out Dream Beach for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Slip into David Taylor’s transcendently light mix “hours”

Australian Electronica artist and producer David Taylor has recently released their distinctively sweet Lo-Fi Chill EP 050392. The perfect introduction to their catharsis-spilling sound is “hours”.

The hazily blissful track which comes with slight Chill Hop nuances may not easily squeeze into any constrained branch of Electronica, but it does ooze potent and organic good vibes. With the warm tones and the transcendently light textures, hours is an incredibly easy track to slip into and get pulled along by the seamless reverb-soaked progressions.

It’s not every day we can say the Electronica we hear serves up plenty of soul, but discernibly, David Taylor isn’t your average producer. After hearing their latest release, we’re stoked to hear where their sound which drips with commercial potential takes them next.

You can check out David Taylor’s EP 050392 for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tom Algorithm – To Dust: Exploratively Immersive Electronica

Electronic artist and producer Tom Algorithm released their 5-track Minimalist Techno EP “Sequences” on August 9th, the perfect introduction to their captivatingly immersive style is “To Dust”.

The progressive soundscape offers a complexity which is rarely found in Instrumental Electronica. The vibe of the track isn’t immediately obvious, to make To Dust even more intriguing, the nuanced evolutions in tone leave you even more eager to hear what Tom Algorithm will throw your way next.

Despite their moniker, there’s a serious amount of well-rounded human emotion on offer in the deft progressions which are robust despite the delicacy of the neo-classically-inspired notes around the swelling basslines.

You can check out To Dust along with the rest of the Sequences EP for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Oh Balboa – Sing through It with The Ooh Song

EDM. Dance. Electropop. House. They’re all labels that get bandied about a lot, without actually specifying very much at all; “EDM isn’t a genre”, I hear you cry. Well, maybe not, but with “We Sing Through It”, an irreverent, feel-good slice of early ‘90s-style Euro-House, Oh Balboa has probably got closer than anybody to defining, exactly, its essence; if you open up the dictionary for ‘Electronic Dance Music’, there won’t be any words. There’ll just be a sound-clip of this track playing. Repeatedly. Over and over, around your head, on an endless loop. For days.

Sure, there’s not much to it; a catchy-as-fuck simple nine note sampled phrase, rising and falling through the octave, repeated, round and round over some deep synth swell chords and old school Roland beats, smack on the ‘Balearic’ money at 128 BPM. Aside from the drop around the 1 minute mark, that’s about it. And damn, if that’s not enough for you then frankly you’ve never done the Running Man at an Ibiza foam-party; ‘We Sing Through It’ could be this year’s ‘French Kiss’.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Mike Soto drops beautiful trance-y electronica with new single ‘Leslie’

It’s 40 years since Brian Eno’s ‘Music For Airports’, but Eno’s notes around form and atmosphere still hold true; ‘Leslie’, then, is the lead track from Mike Soto’s debut album ‘Memories’, 2’44” of downtempo, chilled wandering piano phrases over a background of electronic beats, swells, and trance-y ambience.

It’s reminiscent of the more melodic parts of Eno, Helios’ ‘Caesura’,  or Anitek’s ‘The Refractory’; downtempo but not downbeat, uplifting but not overpowering. It’s a nicely crafted piece, quiet and unobtrusive, the kicker at 1’39” catching you unawares and snapping your attention back to the repeating piano motif before it fades away to nothingness at 2’44”.

Tastefully done, Lo-Fi, and subtle, Mike Soto’s debut album ‘Memories’ is on iTunes; check out Mike on Facebook here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Augusta Sky – Dreaming: An Entrancingly Funk-Soaked Electronic Pop Debut

https://soundcloud.com/augustasky/dreaming

York, UK-based collective Augusta Sky has dropped their debut single “Dreaming”, with their influences including Nile Rodgers and Jamiroquai, you can imagine just how much Funk has been weaved into the entrancingly soulful mix.

Kymberley Kennedy’s resounding vocals were the perfect fit for the warm and rich instrumentals which carved out arrestingly danceable rhythms. It’s always refreshing to hear a full band in a feat of EDM. The beats may lead the way, but the Funk-laden guitars and brass add an absorbing dynamic to the unforgettably high-vibe mix produced by Steve Wilkinson and mastered by DJ Nick Hussey.

With their second single due to drop in October 2020, you’ll definitely want Augusta Sky on your radar.

You can check out Augusta Sky’s single Dreaming for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alith Berndarn has released their experimentally transfixing infusion of Electronica and Future Pop “Signs”

Vienna-born Hamburg-native artist and producer Alith Berndarn has recently released his third single Signs. If he’s not already on your radar, the unique infusion of Electronica and Future Pop will convince you fairly quickly that he deserves a spot.

With a teasingly downtempo start, Signs gradually and seamlessly gains euphoric momentum. The tight evolutions in the soundscape leave you compelled to hit repeat so that you can be taken on the grooving progressive journey once more.

As far as upbeat earworms go, Signs was unforgettably entrancing. You’ll be hooked by your curiosity of where the sound will go next and by the arrestive progressions which will leave you at the mercy of Alith Berndarn’s ingenuity.

If all artists were as bold with their sound as Alith Berndarn was with Signs, I don’t even know where we’d be aside from leagues apart from where we are now. We already can’t wait to hear what comes next.

Signs is available to stream on all major platforms via this link.

Stay up to date with new releases and news from Alith Berndarn via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Surrender your senses to Darth Athena’s high-energy Trance mix Polyzap

Atlanta-based EDM artist and producer Darth Athena has recently dropped their most entrancing track to date, Polyzap.

It wasn’t long before the high-energy futuristic mix quickly garnered plenty of acclaim from Techno, Tech House and Trance fans alike. Even without clubs to hit, the galvanising track became a playlist staple for anyone looking for a rhythmically hypnotic track to sink into.

The style, structure and execution of the extended-length are typical from what you can expect from Darth Athena, but with Polyzap, they created their most distinctive and daring track yet. Between the euphoric build-ups and the all to satisfying breakdowns, you’ll find doom-laden sonic synths amongst a myriad of other effects and sci-fi vibes which combine to ensure that listening to Polyzap is a full-body experience.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alt Hip Hop artist All_Out_27 has dropped their galvanizing new mix “Spirited Bliss”

Spirited Bliss is just one of the recent releases from up and coming American Hip Hop artist All_Out_27. If you’re looking for fresh new galvanizing beats to add to your Summer playlists, look no further. Spirited Bliss comes with a tropic punch and keeps the tempo steady to ensure that easing into the accessibly melodic mix is as easy as possible while making sure that there’s enough momentum to keep you hooked from the prelude to the outro.

By fusing elements of Old School EDM into their alternative instrumental track, Spirited Bliss offered a euphoric punch but never veered all too far away from the hypnotically rhythmic realms of Hip Hop. The progressive mix is as transcendent as it is rhythmically convictive. There really is no wonder why so many people are giving it repeat attention.

You can check out All_Out_27’s single Spirited Bliss for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ackson – Blue Flux: Ambiently Dark Experimental Electronica

Judging by the hype around Alt Electronica artist and producer Ackson’s latest single “Blue Flux”, I’m not the only one who likes to delve into electronically contorted, genre-melting indulgently unpredictable soundscapes.

Blue Flux is the second single to be released from their EP “9TEEN8E6”, a collection of tracks which ooze ingenuity and will pierce you with the striking distinction. From Hip Hop to Glitch to Jazz to Ambiently Dark Progressive Techno, you’ll find all of that and more in the consistently beguiling instrumental track which becomes more immersive with every new evolution.

If you place any new electronica producer on your radar this year, make it Ackson.  Their ability to spill soul and dystopically cathartic vibes into obscurely arrestive arrangements is unparalleled.

You can check out Blue Flux which dropped on June 25th along with Ackson’s earlier releases by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast