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Bedtime – You Are Good: Organically Euphoric Future Pop

Organically soulful electronica may be harder to find than a needle in a haystack, but Bedtime’s debut euphorically orchestrated hit “You Are Good” more than makes up for the shortfall.

With the accordantly magnetic vocals falling upon the entrancing melodies, You Are Good is immersive from the first hit. The momentum of the hook-laden single makes it the perfect multipurpose track by finding the perfect balance between avidity and melody. Plenty of Future Pop and Electronica fans alike will find plenty of appeal in Bedtime’s futuristic approach to production which gives the soundscape has massive contemporary mainstream potential.

The lyrics explore our obsession with being remembered after we’re gone and gently point out the redundancy of it. I wholeheartedly agree. After you hear it, I’m sure you will too.

You can check out You Are Good which was released on April 10th via Spotify or iTunes via this link, or you’ll be able to catch You Are Good on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od has dropped another new track A5!D JAm

The Brighton-based, Alternative Rock artist 8udDha bl0od has dropped another killer track ‘A5!D JAm’. Whilst also injecting a bit of Electronica and Experimental Rock, this is definitely one to add to your playlist.

Starting off with that smooth electric guitar riff that plays at a slow-pace melody, gravitating from the era of Grunge, having similar elements to the sound of Nirvana. With the eerie vocals and the instrumentation being kept to a low volume, whilst still giving it a lot of power.

There is such a diverse variety of different sounds and styles within this track, it’s mysterious, distorted, slo but yet incredibly compelling to listen too. 8udDha bl0od has created something that takes you back, it takes you on a journey on the evolution of sound and the way in which it can be modernised, it’s an excellent piece of music.

You can listen to 8udDha bl0od new track A5!D JAm by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Karley Myall

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Stefan – The Surface (Radio Edit): Obscurely Progressive Electronica

The feat of aural insanity which breaking Alt Electronica artist Stefan offers through their standout track “The Surface” is not to be missed. Especially for fans of darkly obscure progressive Electronica.

What starts off as a laid-back Instrumental EDM Hip Hop soundscape seamlessly morphs into a high-octane Trance hit complete with plenty of pulsating energy.

I’ve listened to my fair share of experimental electronica. And it’s safe to say that Stefan is offering peerlessly distinctive mixes. Their devilish ability to hook you into a mix which will never allow you to guess what’s coming is all too refreshing. And it’s all the more reason to place The Surface on your playlists so you can give it the repeat attention it will demand once you’ve heard it.

You can check out the radio edit of Stefan’s latest track for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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PowerStateFailure – The Selector: A Hauntingly Fitting Acid House Tribute to Andrew Weatherall

Just one minute into PowerStateFailure’s latest single “The Selector (A Tribute to Andrew Weatherall)”, tears affirmed just how fitting the ode was.

For those unaware, Andrew Weatherall was a British artist, DJ, producer and a pivotal part of the Acid House movement in the 80s. His tragic passing in February 2020 made us all too aware of how much he contributed to the music industry. His deft touch was put upon cult classics by artists such as Happy Mondays, New Order, Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine.

After hearing PowerStateFailure’s tribute, I’m fairly sure Acid House Electronica has never come with such a pensively arresting feel. The Selector perfectly captures the industrious grassroots energy which surrounded the take-off of the Acid House era. It’s a nostalgia trip of how much life Acid House brought to the bleak Thatcher years. Yet, the single sits perfectly on contemporary airwaves and playlists.

With the haunting atmospheric tones, this reflective tribute will leave a lingering resonance long after the 6-minute track has faded to a close.

You can check out PowerStateFailure’s track for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Electronica and Neo-Classical Converge in Ben Alexander’s Strikingly Arrestive Single “Daybreak”

If you’re looking for aural escapism (and let’s face it, in these insane times you probably are), look no further than the latest release “Daybreak” from composer, producer and artist Ben Alexander.

The stunning contemporary take on neo-classical piano soundscapes is peerlessly efficacious at arresting your own rhythmic pulses and making sure that each striking note hits with masterful accuracy.

I would give you spoilers and tell you what to expect from the momentous crescendo, but I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise of what’s in store once Daybreak reaches its climax. And quite honestly, I’m in awe. While it doesn’t bode well for this review that I’m fairly speechless, it definitely bodes well for Ben Alexander’s captivating composition.

You can check out Ben Alexander’s single Daybreak which was released alongside the other single “Upeo” on a 2-track release via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wazi Maret releases album Beats in the Basement: Rap and Electronica combine

Wazi Maret has recently dropped his new nine-track anthology ‘’Beats in the Basement’’. A variety of different sounds combine, from electronica, RnB, Rap and Hip-Hop. Wazi knows how to completely nail a killer beat and this collection proves that.

Each song is so distinct in their own way, some stand out more than others, but there is always a creative and up-beat melody in each one, as for the vocals they’re more of a slow pace Rap rather than being in your face and too quick, the way the beat collides alongside the vocals is excellent and the amount of talent that goes into being able to create the rhythms that Wazi portrays in this album, is impressive and shows a load of potential.

Wazi has created an anthology that shows just how well he can mix a tune together and the lyrical approach is honest and he’s not afraid to get to the point and talk about how he feels, this one is a must if your into really hard-hitting Rap lyrics followed by energetic beats and electronic sound effects.

Check out Wazi’s album for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Karley Myall

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FRNDS AS CMPNY has made their debut with the Indie Synth Wave single “White Flag”

Authentic Indie may be harder to find than a needle in a haystack, but we’ve struck gold with the debut single “White Flag” from FRNDS AS CMPNY.

The synth-led soundscape is as captivating as it is sensuous, as you can imagine, that’s quite the alchemic aural combination. White Flag may borrow an element or two from 80s Synthwave and Darkwave Electronica. Yet, with their distinctive production style, you can fall in love with the transfixing synthesised tones once more.

Any fans of Depeche Mode, New Order, and Kraftwerk will definitely see the appeal in White Flag. There’s a nuanced pinch of moody dark atmospherics, but the shimmering atmospheric production gives White Flag a transcendently rapturous feel which you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

You can check out FRNDS AS CMPNY’s debut single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Johnny Paradiso – Hypermisery: Volatile in Nature, Transcendent in Tone Alt EDM

https://open.spotify.com/track/408VleXBJii4Qg2Z79iFMX

Even the concept of hypermisery is beguiling and thought-provoking. Yet, with his release “Hypermisery”, Johnny Paradiso has created a soundscape which will speak to more than your mind.

Prepare for your rhythmic pulses to be arrested by this progressive feat of experimental electronica. For their debut single, Johnny Paradiso merged elements from a myriad of styles to create a melting pot of danceable euphoria.

Once you find the groove in the mix which is volatile in nature but transcendent in tone, the entrancing essence to the soundscape is all too easy to latch onto. Any fans of ahead of the curve EDM will undoubtedly want to take the time to explore the ingenuity of this artist. He’d go down a storm in Berghain.

You can check out Johnny Paradiso’s debut single Hypermisery featuring Tradavious for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alien Private Eye- No Call: Electronica at it’s finest

Experimental Electronica shines through in Alien Private Eye’s new single ‘’No Call’. It may not be to everyone’s taste but it’s for sure impressive and shows a lot of creativity.

This track takes Electronica to a whole new level, there is so much suspense as you listen, it’s mysterious, dark and even eerie in places. It’s one that you really feel yourself going on a journey through the evolution of sounds and the impact they have on a listener.

Most of the time with this specific style of music it’s either vocals and a mix of sound effects or just sound on its own. Well Alien Private Eye decided to combine the two together by adding this almost hypnotising rhythm as well as these mesmerising vocals that gives the track this dose of up-beat energy.

The melody compliments the vocals and the pitch and pace is so similar that nothing seems out of place, the use of sound effects fits with the vocal ranges perfectly. Be sure to check this one out!

Check out No Call by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Karley Myall

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Pop Meets Darkwave in Skull Smith’s Latest Single “The Ghost of Mr. Hyde”

There were many saccharine love songs released on Valentine’s day. Up and coming artist Skull Smith’s Gothically romantic release “The Ghost of Mr. Hyde” certainly was never in danger of falling into that category.

With lyrics revolving around the ghost of someone’s shadow-side, naturally, the single was a darkly tantalising tale.

The Ghost of Mr. Hyde doesn’t fall into the usual realms of Industrial or Synthwave. Instead, through Skull Smith’s Pop-style vocals mixed with the progressive instrumentals, you’re treated to a soundscape which is far more theatrical.

From ethereal organs to sonic blasts of almost psychedelic synths which would be fitting in a Rock Opera you’ll find a smorgasbord of influence in The Ghost of Mr. Hyde. Evidently, Skull Smith isn’t an artist who concerns themselves with genre constraints.

The instrumentals may be consistently progressive. Yet, one thing which remains as a constant is the captivating nuanced draw of Skull Smith’s effortless vocal harmonies. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but those with darker aural inclinations will undoubtedly appreciate what Skull Smith has to offer.

You can check out Skull Smith’s latest single for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast