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Meet The Future of Electronica: Geoffrey Toussaint – Sun & Stars

Geoffrey Toussaint

After spending the last few years trying to find his sound, the 22-year-old indie electronica artist, Geoffrey Toussaint now has a sonic signature well-worth flaunting. Especially if his trip hoppy alchemically modernist track, Sun & Stars, is anything to go by.

The Washington DC-based artist takes inspiration from Porter Robinson, SOPHIE and Ramzoid, but with the robustness of new wave hip hop and the visceral gravity that flows through his hyper-pop proclivities, Sun & Stars is anything but a feat of assimilation. Through the oscillating reverb laced around the robust percussion and deep throbbing basslines, it is as cathartic as it is innately exhilarating.

Sun & Stars will officially release on May 20th; you can check it out for yourselves here.

Keep up to date with new releases from Geoffrey Toussaint via Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sandra Grace has dropped her latest hyper-pop hit, Got 2B Famous.

Sandra Grace

‘Got 2B Famous’ is the latest flawless hyper pop track by the breaking artist Sandra Grace; the low growling bass guitar rumbles against the light, euphoria-instilled beats create the perfect platform for Grace’s effortlessly emotive vocals that pull you in from the very first vocal note.

With her arrestingly unique style, any and all pop icon reminiscence is fleeting. The Ukrainian-born, US-based singer-songwriter has been writing songs for a form of catharsis since the age of 13; discernibly, she had perfected the pop formula by the time she made her debut with her single, Hotel, in 2019.

Got 2B Famous will be available on all major platforms from November 5th. Check out Sandra Grace on her official website, Instagram and Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The London-based singer-songwriter Lilo has released her hypnotic hyper-synth-pop single, Everything I Ever Dreamed of.

London-based singer-songwriter, Lilo, is set to release her 80s synthpop anthem, Everything I Ever Dreamed Of, which brings hyper pop energy, sweet ABBA-Esque piano chords and artful vocal timbre that allows you to imagine how Florence and the Machine would have turned out as an 80s synth-pop outfit.

Under the lush layers of reverb, the dancey beats boast a hypnotic texture, making Everything I Ever Dreamed of the perfect multi-functional indie pop playlist staple.

I’ve heard my fair share of contemporary twists on the 80s sound in the last year; it is safe to say that none left me as enlivened by the ingenuity as Everything I Ever Dreamed of which is due for official release on October 22nd, 2021.

Check out Lilo on her official website, Instagram and SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Eyes Collide: Electrifying Atlanta singer Norwood dazzles our senses alive with that sexy ‘Morning Light’

Recorded in both Atlanta and London during this horrific pandemic which has wreaked the world to its core, Norwood chose to use this time to be creative despite the closed doors as he opens up the ceiling to let in the crisp air of the sizzling ‘Morning Light‘.

Norwood is an Atlanta, Georgia-based experimental-hyper pop/EDM artist who bravely explores important topics about sexuality, empowerment, positive energy, cultural diversity, and creating an atmosphere of only inspiring vibes for the world to embrace.

Recorded in the midst of the pandemic, Norwood and producer Antunes collaborated virtually to make this EDM magic thousands of miles apart.” ~ Norwood

This is a sensual experience from an artist in his prime, as he flexes his vocals in such a romantic way and without too much effort. Everything seems to be so fresh and sexy – with a cheeky eye contact that leads you into this sexy story – about two hearts who just want to be together and feel safe in each others arms.

Morning Light‘ from the flourishing Atlanta, Georgia-based experimental-hyper pop artist Norwood, is that this-love-is-hard-to-explain type of vibe, as the steamy beat and passionately toned vocals has you feeling rather uplifted. This is that romantic track to play when you want to express your emotions to that person who you feel safe with, as you both own the night. Dancing together and being held tight in this scary world, is all you want and desire.

Hear this fine new single on Spotify and see more from the exciting artist via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Get your euphoria fix with MAR1’s alt-electronica single, Someone Else

If it has been a while since you’ve encountered an uplifting track that does what it says on the tin, delve into MAR1’s hyper-pop dance track, Someone Else, which uses distorted vocals that find ubiquitous synergy with the beats.

Someone Else was never orchestrated to fall in line with contemporary trends or style. The Alexandria, Egypt-hailing producer and DJ thrives when his electronic craft knows no stylistic bounds. Experimental it may be, but by no means is MAR1’s evocative sound niche. The artist has counted plenty of successes in his career, including joining big-name acts at festivals such as Firefly Music Festival. Something tells us that MAR1 won’t stop there, considering that his potential leaves us with as much hype as his energetic sound itself.

For the sake of your serotonin levels, safe space on your radar.

Someone Else is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The World Is Ending: BaliAudio reminds us how much better the world was before ‘1999’

After hearing from Mom about how much purer the world was before, BaliAudio sings with much passionate spirit about this topic which so many agree with on ‘1999‘.

BaliAudio is a fresh and talented Utica, New York State-based indie hyper-pop artist who makes music from the cozy bedroom. This is that easy-on-the-ear type of vibe, that captivates all senses.

I’ve made music for almost 5 months but most of my other songs were me testing the waters and finding what type of music fits me best, this single is the first song that my genre is set and stone.” ~ BaliAudio

Bali performs with a real and enthused nature – this music is heartfelt and with much spirited texture – as we are introduced to a quick-fire track to truly wrap collectively into. The words come out with a true nature and you can tell Bali wishes a time machine was available, so the soul could go back and see what it was like in those never-forgotten times.

1999‘ from the non-binary Utica, New York State-based hyper-pop solo musician BaliAudio, is the reminder that things seemed a lot simpler back before that clock to 2000 struck. Somehow the world changed and for many, things have only gone downhill since. Sung with a real insight from hearing about what things were like before, you feel a genuine worry in the voice that the world is in a bad state.

This is a catchy single which will have you pondering the past and the future, whilst looking at the stars and hoping for a more peaceful tomorrow.

Hear this reflective new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Hyper Pop Hip Hop: Rufio Spenz – Adesanya

Hip Hop got a higher vibe with the release of LA-based artist Rufio Spenz’ latest energetic hyper-pop-tinged single, Adesanya, which proves that in our 21st-century, there’s no need to splinter our culture. If everyone could put their differences aside with their love of the Prodigy, they can do the same for the former punk and metal frontman who has transformed his sonic palette in line with the contemporary genre-melting times.

By fusing elements of West Coast hip hop with 90s alt-rock and dance-pop and running them through his melodic hooks, Rufio Spenz finally gave Labrinth some competition.

Adesanya is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sarah Rae has released her hyper dream-pop track, Crimson Rose

https://soundcloud.com/sarahraesings/crimson-rose/s-cgRAsVBR4FH

‘Crimson Rose’ is the latest single from breaking artist Sarah Rae who merges dream-pop with hyper-pop to resounding effect. The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter set out to create an epic dream-pop track that weaves through dissonance; discernibly, she succeeded.

The bitter-sweet emotional tone of the single is amplified by the volatile nature of the soundscape that starts with soft staccato synths before catapulting into a raw balladic outpour of emotion.

Lyrically, the track centres around letting go of things that no longer serve you; if you’re going to break free to any pop track, it is going to be this one.

Crimson Rose was released on August 5th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud, Spotify or Sarah Rae’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Why Do You Keep Me Around: Nvrcallme might fall down on ‘fwb’ (prod. johnnyfriend)

On a highly relevant new song which makes you think why some people act so differently when they are with other people, Nvrcallme wonders deeply if this will cause a deep rift forever on ‘fwb (prod. johnnyfriend).

Nvrcallme is an anime-fused indie hyper-pop artist. He has a striking style which is quick-fire and has your intrigued mind flowing with ideas, as you lock into this roller-coaster of a ride.

Anonymity is one of the most complex yet simplistic things to understand. We hide behind phones and computer screens to escape our reality.” ~ Nvrcallme

This is the true story about loving someone so much as your loved-up eyes lock in so tight – but when they are around certain friends things change – and you feel so insignificant, which makes you upset and at-times rather angry. You care for them intensly but wonder if they truly care about you, or if you are just a side thought who is just being used.

I’m honestly just trying to have fun and make music that I enjoy.” ~ Nvrcallme

You feel the frustration let lose on this fast track, which races into your mind and has you thinking back to when you felt so strange – when you were outside with someone who inside the bedroom – just felt way different. You wonder if they are ashamed to be seen with you or if you are just imagining it, as the vocals spark a detective-type ambiance to get to the bottom of this issue.

fwb(prod. johnnyfriend) from the mysterious hyper-pop musician Nvrcallme, is a movie-like track which is a pleasurable listen and showcases the high skills of this undercover artist who likes to hide his face away. This is a super track which has a really fun beat, which makes this is a real ear-warmer of a single.

Sometimes people are two-faced and like to hide their true feelings, or perhaps some of their friends are making them act like the worst version of themselves. Its your choice to either say nothing, or risk things unraveling if you speak up.

Stream this new single on Soundcloud and see more visuals via his IG music account.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Vekken blows the roof off his progressive house track, Can’t Live, featuring Beverly Anderson.

For his latest radio-ready dance pop release, Can’t Live, electronica artist and producer Vekken collaborated with the sensational American vocalist Beverly Anderson who laced even more soul into the infectiously uplifting melodies.

If Vekken isn’t already on your radar, he soon will be; the number of radio station A-list he features on is growing by the day. His progressive house style revolves around massive production and takes influence from artists such as Kygo, Martin Garrix and Avicii. He may not be afraid to wear his influences on his sleeves, but when you hit play, you will soon find out that authenticity is a major part of Can’t Live.

Can’t Live is due for official release on July 30th; you can check out the official music video by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast