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SQUARMS – Consequences feat John Dole: Dynamically Divergent Electronic Hip Hop

Newcastle, UK’s most promising Alt Electronica trailblazers SQUARMS’ latest single ‘Consequences’ is a dynamic DIY celebration of the UK underground. With groovingly sharp hooks which will lacerate you with 90s Pop nostalgia amongst elements of Indie Dreampop and gritty Hip Hop, Consequences is a smorgasbord of culture and style.

With every progression, there’s a new unpredictable evolution in the artist’s limitlessly expressive and intimate sound which borrows elements from the past to bridge the gaps between Hip Hop and Electronica scenes.

Newcastle’s aural contributions may frequently be overlooked, but tracks as eclectically indulgent as Consequences are hard to ignore.

You can check out Consequences for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Christopher the Grey – Higher: The Upraising Hit Your Hip Hop Playlists Have Been Waiting For

More often than not ‘high-vibe’ Hip Hop resonates as trite, at best, but Christopher the Grey’s natural charisma interweaves with the playfully inventive beats in their infectiously galvanising latest single ‘Higher’.

Part EDM anthem, part soul-driven Hip Hop hit, the high-octane track will undoubtedly be universally adored. For music fans of a more alternative inclination, you’ll find ensnaring hints of Alt Rock behind the zealous dub drops and harsh 808 snares.

The anthemic intensity of the track might blow cobwebs off your speakers (good god, don’t listen to this on your laptop or phone speakers), but the real power behind Higher is the ardently upraising energy effortlessly exuded by Christopher the Grey.

You can check out Christopher the Grey’s latest track via Spotify.

 

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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SENTO – Lay Back featuring TATONKA: The Soul Driven Ambient Hit That Will Keep Your Synapses Firing

Swiss-Norwegian artist and producer SENTO’s latest soul-instilled Alt Electronica single ‘Lay Back’ featuring TATONKA is a sublimely idyllic feat of aural ingenuity. With enough ambience within the mix to offer you a sense of catharsis and plenty of digitally-orchestrated Funk to keep your synapses firing, Lay Back easily transcends the notion of genre and becomes somewhat of a paradox. It’s a grooving dreamy slow burner and a bass-riding groove-riddled entrancing hit, all in one deftly produced package.

With SENTO’s tendency to weave everything from Funk to Hip Hop to Neo Soul into his tracks, it’s always worth delving into their eclectically inspired sound, and thankfully, there is plenty more in the pipeline.

You can check out SENTO’s latest single via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Saphira takes us for an electronic ride down the Apocalytic Highway

Electronic Alternative Pop comes in many forms, from the wistful and ethereal to the heavy and dance-oriented. Sitting somewhere in the middle is this, the new single from ‘singer-songwriter from another dimension’ Saphira.

Taking in themes around impending environmental disaster, and humans apparent masochistic delight in letting the planet burn in the pursuit of a quick buck, ‘Apocalyptic Highway’ is a charming, ironic little satire set over a sparse melody of chimes, swirls, and swoops. Saphira’s vocal is mercurial, wandering between poetic spoken word and whimsical high-register singing, somewhere between Warpaint, Bjork, and the Cardigans. As much performance art as electronica, ‘Apocalyptic Highway’ is out now on all major streaming platforms.

Hear ‘Apocalyptic Highway’ on Spotify. See the video on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Illmatiq has dropped their entrancing Electro House Viral-Worthy hit ‘Roses’ featuring Fin Music Universal

Dance artist and producer Illmatiq may be new to the industry, but his debut EP, ‘Boy Meets World’, featuring Fin Music Universal, is ablaze with high-octane nuance and maturity.

The EP features the standout single ‘Roses’, there’s a beautiful sense of irony in the fact that the track is an absolute gift to the airwaves. It definitely wouldn’t have been out of place on Chase & Status’ iconic No More Idols collaborative album.

Without a hint of hyperbole, the Trancey Electro House beats deserves to go viral. Whatever mood it catches you in, Roses is going to boost it. With the irresistible blasts of bass finding perfect synergy with the trailblazing artist’s grimy vocals, you’ll want to give Roses plenty of repeat attention every time you want to feel rhythmically instilled euphoria.

You can check out Roses for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sable_Neon captures the 2020 mood with their Alt Indie Future Pop single “Behind Bars”

Electronic artist and producer Sable_Neon has released their latest euphoria-laced single “Behind Bars”, which captures the global mood in 2020 by alluding to the scarcity of safety and security through lyrics which resound over expansive Trancey beats.

Any fans of James Bay, Gotye, The Lumineers, Avicii and Hozier will definitely want to delve into the compelling release which was orchestrated to soothe the soul while simultaneously charging you with adrenaline through entrancing Future Pop beats.

Sable_Neon may share similarities with the aforementioned artists, but there’s a magnetic sense of pioneering authority on offer in Behind Bars. Considering that each of Sable_Neon’s releases is created by transforming thought into emotion and then feeding it into music that’s produced to heal, that comes as no surprise.

Behind Bars is available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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JJ Mickey delivers adrenalizing Techno ingenuity with “Razor Elegant”

Canadian artist and producer JJ Mickey has dropped their most mesmerising release to date, Razor Elegant. From carnivalesque kaleidoscopic whirlwinds to build-ups which will leave you tense with anticipation, you can expect all of that and more.

The excitement I usually reserve for bands such as Nekrogoblikon started to manifest as soon as Razor Elegant hit it’s momentously entrancing peak. With the artist’s proclivity to play around with 8-bit and 16-bit Chiptune along with their affinity for Trance, Industrial and Classical, JJ Mickey delivered an insanely (quite literally) immersive drop with Razor Elegant.

If you have a penchant for experimental producers, you’ll definitely want JJ Mickey on your radar.

You can check out the adrenalizing mix for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Velvet Shakes – WORLD: Ensnaring Indie Electro Pop

Velvet Shakes

Manchester’s most frenetic Indie Electro act, Velvet Shakes, is set to drop their geography-transcending galvanising track, WORLD. If any new release is going to leave you itching to hit a dancefloor, it’s this one.

The sonic energy is only paralleled by their eclectic ingenuity which pulls in elements of Indie, Disco, Psych, Electro Pop and House. With vibrant Indie guitar licks which soar across a kaleidoscopic tonal palette interlacing with synapse-ticking synths and disco grooves, you’d need to be classed as clinically deceased not to get ensnared with the entrancing rhythms in WORLD.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out WORLD for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out their former releases via SoundCloud.

Stay up to date with new releases via Facebook. You’ll definitely want them on your radar for when they’re able to tear up festival stages and live venues once more.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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London’s most promising Melodic House artist P!lot has hit the airwaves with ‘Clouds’

“Clouds” is the tantalisingly ominous latest release from up and coming Electronica artist and producer P!lot which is guaranteed to add ingenuity to your melodic house playlists.

With a constraint-less approach to production, the mix offers a dynamism which is rarely offered through electronically-mastered music. That may have a little to do with the artist’s affinity for a versatile assortment of artists. From Nick Cave to  Chemical Brothers to Radiohead to Daft Punk, their stylistic nuances echo all throughout Clouds.

There’s a slight hint of pensive trepidation lingering in the atmosphere of Clouds, allowing the track to stay true to its title. Yet, the energy within the momentum allows it to unfold as anything but an aural melancholy fest.

You can check out Clouds via Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paravida have us all ‘Thinking Too Much’.

With ‘Thinking Too Much’, Paravida deliver a four-minute slice of insanely catchy electronic-indie rock in this, their sophomore single. Kicking off with some beautiful old-school TR808 drum sounds and a set of vocal samples before dropping in fully with the electronic dance-cum-rock track proper, ‘Thinking Too Much’ sounds a little like Gorrilaz dueting with Mika, but in an updated, modern way, a perfect blend of ‘proper’ instrumentation and electronica.

Catchy, dance-y, and altogether upbeat, there’s some beautifully comped, Celemony-style vocal processing on the chorus contrasting elegantly with the up-front straighter verse lyrical delivery, a bouncy staccato bass-line carrying the whole track and squirming its way deep into your bones. If ‘Thinking Too Much’ doesn’t stay in your head for days after that first listen, then it’s entirely possible that you’re already clinically dead.

Hear ‘Thinking Too Much’ on Spotify.

Review by Alex Holmes.