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8udDha bl0od – Yin: Abstract Alt Electronica

Up and coming Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od may have some accordant hits in their discography of Alternative Releases. Yet, for their release “Y!n”, they’ve created a harshly ethereal, abstract soundscape which comes with a magnetic pull.

With the same mind-calming effects of binaural beats when you crank this instrumental mix up high, Y!n does more than provide ambience or catharsis.

The stunningly arcane mesmerism allows you to feel as though you’ve unlocked a higher vibration. And that’s quite the feat considering that Y!n is just over one and a half minutes long.

Each new track you delve into from 8udDha bl0od leaves you more in awe of their tendency to create without constraint.

Check out 8udDha bl0od’s single Y!n for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – 57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD

“57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD” is just one of the most recent releases from Brighton-based Alt Rock 5-piece 8udDha bl0od. You won’t hear another more intensely immersive track on the radio today.

The production has an ambient, light, and dreamy melodic feel, yet, 57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD isn’t a track which you mindlessly slip into. The striking tones of the ethereal electronic effects and overdriven guitars will make sure every seamlessly unpredictable guitar progression has your full attention.

We often speak of tracks being magnetic, but this time, you almost feel as though you’re being pulled into a Lynchian dystopic aural black hole. Their ability to blend melancholy with transcendental energy is unparalleled.

Naturally, we can’t wait to hear the psychotropic wonders 8udDha bl0od have in the pipeline ready to drop in 2020.

You can check out 57rAng3r 7hing5 D0Wn5!D3 Up in the Up5!D3 D0Wn W0rlD via SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tyrone Sanborn Webster – Gallows: Transfixingly Blissful Art Rock

“Gallows” is just one of the transfixing blissful Art Rock singles which features on up and coming artist Tyrone Sanborn Webster’s latest album INTENTION.

The roots of Indie Folk have perceptibly blossomed into a captivating new sound which is defined by the transience the soundscapes such as Gallows can offer when orchestrated through acoustic instrumentals and electronic effect.

If you could imagine what Radiohead would sound like if they got more in touch with their folk side and experimented more with tribal rhythms, you’ll be able to get an idea of just how arrestive the melodies are in Gallows. Combine that with the fact the vocals are as stunning as Elliot Smith’s and you’ll soon see that it’s time to get excited about this Austin, US-based artist’s celestial sound.

You can check out Tyrone Sanborn Webster’s single Gallows for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud. You’ll also be able to check out the rest of their album INTENTION which was released on March 3rd.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Awl – Hold Back: Glacially Entrancing Electronica

Until up and coming Electronica artist Awl dropped their latest mix “Hold Back” Breakbeat Electronica had never felt quite so glacial.

But instead of allowing the cold tones in Hold Back to create a bleak and drab soundscape, Awl was inventive with the ethereal layers of reverb he ran through the mix giving the instrumentals a uniquely nuanced transcendent entrancing vibe.

The London-based artist perceptibly hasn’t failed in stamping down their signature sound through Hold Back which is just one of the tracks which you will find on their 2020 4-track EP “Endless”. We really wish it was endless – there are very few soundscapes which are as easy to siphon the ambient catharsis from as the tracks you will find on Endless.

You can check out Hold Back for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blacktate has made their debut with the transfixing Alt Indie Pop EP “While the World’s on Fire”

Up and coming Alt Indie Pop artist Blackstate has made their debut with the eclectically-inspired endearingly unforgettable debut EP “While the World’s on Fire”.

With the first track “Wolves” allowing you to dive in headfirst into the cathartic instrumental experimentalism and grounding lyrics. You instantly get a taste of Blackstate’s refreshingly distinctive songwriting approach. There’s a palpable visceral feel to each element of the soundscape, from the lyrics to the vocals to the melodies which carry the perfect pinch of melancholy while exuding fragile optimism.

The second track “Lost My Crown” will allow you to imagine what it would sound like if Elliott Smith experimented with synths. If I wasn’t emotional after the first single, I definitely was when I fell into the pensive grips of Lost My Crown.

With track three “The Arsonist” Blacktate has switched up their sound once more, offering a bass-heavy EDM-driven mix which incorporates elements of Darkwave EBM which wouldn’t sound out of place in a sticky goth club.

Track four “Tulips” offers yet another instrumentally-driven mix, this time, there’s elements of glitchy analogue beats which almost flirt with Drum and Bass yet the track never breaks from its mellifluous concordance.

The concluding single “Dancing Wolves” revives 80s Synth Pop under a brand new effervescent guise, if you hadn’t already warmed to the vocals and their charmingly devilish experimentalism, this is where it hits hard.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll deal with the fact that the world is a little bit depressing right now by immersing yourself in resonant music which makes you feel not quite as alone in your existentialism. For this purpose, I can’t recommend Blackstate enough. In their own words, here’s what they had to say about the EP:

“Blackstate is about Friday. Two o’clock. About almost surviving another day. Another week. About the weekend and about getting f*cked. About how social media is great. About eating a burger. About the “good life”. About cat videos. About being sane. About the fact that anxiety is perfectly normal. About the fact that insecurity is (not) a fear of the future self. About more cat videos. About not needing the truth. About being a wolf. About an angry emoji. Love emoji. About how this country sucks, but you’re really okay. You’re happy. You’re sane. One day less alive.”

You can check out Blackstate’s EP which dropped on January 25th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases and tour info from the band via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lydia Virginia Eck – Memory: Tension-Stripping Experimental Electronic Pop

“Memory” is just one of the spacey ambient works which feature on up and coming artist Lydia Virginia Eck’s debut Electronic Pop album “Why Be Interesting?” which is due to drop on February 10th.

The experimental Electronic mix feels like the future of catharsis, but more importantly, it absolutely achieves the desired effect. The lush reverb on the light trickling downtempo production provides a tension-stripping aural experience while Lydia Virginia Eck’s lucid and ethereal vocals lace Memory with plenty of harmonic atmosphere.

She may be fresh from inception, yet the US-based artist has discernibly demonstrated with Memory that the freshness of her inception resonates within her sound. If one of your 2020 goals were to be a little more zen this year, Lydia Virginia Eck will lend an aural hand in getting you there.

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MUSTIE – Fantasma; Neo-Soul Meets Experimental Electronica

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Up and coming Sheffield-based experimental artist and producer MUSTIE is set to release their debut album “Chaos Energy” in Spring 2020. They’ve been generous enough to treat us to a preview of the soulful experimentalism contained in the standout single “Fantasma”.

Perceptibly, MUSTIE chose an incredibly apt title for their meltingly mellifluous soundscape. Unlike most genre-defying experimentally orchestrated singles, it’s all too easy to immerse yourself in the unpredictable melodies in Fantasma. If this is the future of soul music, we’re definitely here for it.

You’ll have to wait until March 31st to check out the Chaos Energy album for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out some of their blissfully cathartic earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Scotton Drive – Short Loop: Ambient Instrumental Glitch Hop  

https://scottondrive1.bandcamp.com/track/short-loop

If your ambient electronica playlists are sounding a little dusty, up and coming US-based experimental artist and producer Scotton Drive’s latest single “Short Loop” is sure to inject plenty of glitchy soul amongst the mix.

Technical Glitch Hip Hop beats, soulfully succinct vocals, and intricately arrestive melodies don’t often go hand in hand. And usually, experimentalism hinders accessibility, but with Short Loop, there’s a real sense that you’re listening to a soundscape constructed through immersive innovation unravelling.

Scotton Drive’s ability to play around with light and deep textures at the same time as throwing you rhythmically off-balance with glitchy breakbeats and still leave you hooked within the mix is a testament to their talent.

You can check out Scotton Drive’s latest track which was released on November 11th for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast