After a successful debut in 2022, Lily Juniper enriched the London indie electronica scene with her dreamily dance-leaning sophomore single, All Mine.
The ethereally warm vocals inject as much soul into the production as the softly tensile looped progressions as they wrap the vibrant texture around the affectionately uncertain lyrics, which project the compulsion to solidify a relationship when it is in its early stages of romantic hesitation.
We’ve all been there, not wanting to go all in for fear our vulnerability will lead to our greatest fears. But there’s nothing bittersweet as this Four Tet and James Blake-ESQUE soundscape. All Mine is as rich as Musk in its artful beguile, making the deeply evocative context of romantically anxious edge all the more intoxicating while the indietronica poetry in motion is auspiciously unravelling.
Lily Juniper said:
“All Mine is a song about new love and the nervous energy that it brings, about seeing someone you like at a party and then going home alone, about overthinking everything you said and did, reading into every word and look. All of the best (and worst) moments that humans can experience.”
Alt-electronica originators mooncrüe went heavy on the philosophy which will be as euphonic to existential ears as the kaleidoscopic synth-pop beats in their debut single, Animal.
If you have ever looked at the lesser-aware species that roam this scorched earth with us with envy for their habitual simplicity; you will find visceral resonance in this mix. Animal leaves the highs to the instrumentals, and the realism within the lyricism that becomes even more astute with every listen to the spacey psychedelic score.
It isn’t every day that you discover a debut that leaves you desperate for the sophomore, but clearly, the indie psychonauts within this devilishly clever outfit are anything but your run-of-the-mill aural peddlers. They’re on their very own spacey plateau. Hit play and join them.
The Southcoast, UK Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, James Greenfield, released the most essential electronica single of the year with Turn It Off.
With soul bleeding equally through his vocals and the organic indietronica-meets-EBM rhythms, the impact of this single isn’t to be underestimated. You get a real sense that he’s harmonising from a position of experience when he verses on the pervasive negativity being too much.
“Not giving up, just rising above” is a mantra we would all benefit from taking in our stride. Nothing about Turn it Off feels preachy and holier-than-thou. It is clear that his warning comes from a place of deep compassion.
With 20 years working in the industry, Greenfield was primed to create a resoundingly empowering hit with Turn It Off. I, for one, will be heeding his advice to curb my doom scrolling and let more positivity shape my mentality.
“The demands being put on people these days are relentless. On any given day, we are exposed to huge amounts of disproportionately negative news and are constantly targeted and manipulated to buy more stuff.
We also have demands from other people’s expectations and how they want us to behave. We also live in a world where a never-ending stream of addictive content keeps us glued to our devices.”
For your own sake, place the efficacious reminder that you owe it to yourself to turn off and tune out now and again before you existentially burn out firmly on your playlists.
Above and Below is the latest temperately scintillating feat of alt-electronica from the producer Victor Bomi, best known for his collaborations with Universal, Sony and Virgin Records. Now working on his solo work, he’s allowing his autonomy to make strides in his music which is a spectre of synaesthesia.
The supple synth melodies kaleidoscopically create bursts of euphonic energy against the robust rhythms, despite the minimalism. It isn’t every day that you aurally amble across an artist who brings out the softer side of electronica; the Italy, Russia and France descending artist clearly knows how to breed intimacy within his productions that manifest through his love of cinema and synths.
Above and Below was officially released on September 21st; add it to your Spotify playlists.
After the infinitely experimental alt-electronica artist Nocturnal Omissions invited us into the sanctity of his 2021 album, Tempus Destinatum, we’ve been hoping to see a return of his cinematic blends of post-rock, synthwave and chillwave.
The standout single, Local Customs, from his 2022 album, Pareidolia,is quite the departure from the last time we heard the one-man production machine, but a welcome reprieve from the soul-less electronica that floods the internet. The spacey meandering synths kaleidoscopically drift through the soundscape until the first crashing crescendo that lets you know just how immersed you are by pulling you through the tumultuous shift before the ambience creeps back, albeit briefly before another hammering blow of a breakdown.
Alchemic creativity and confidence in autonomy aside, any artist with the humility to describe themselves as perpetually emerging is an artist you should have on your radar.
After a psychedelically soulful introduction to Irish multi-instrumentalist and producer, ReHumanise through his 2020 debut, our eyes and ears have been firmly affixed to the sonic maverick.
In his latest single, Elemental, he stormed in cooler and infinitely more visceral than Editors did when they unleashed Munich; it is a percussive electronic masterpiece with the acoustic snares snapping over the weight of the heavy electro beats. Juxtaposing-ly, every volatile fixture serves to contrast the soulful beckoning of the vocals as they project the canderous outpour of emotion in the celestial love song. It honestly wouldn’t surprise me if he had to travel to a parallel universe to write it.
Inspired by the likes of Depeche Mode, Radiohead and The Smiths, any true romantic with an affinity for unpretentiously humanistic experimental music will want to save space on their playlists.
Polished by the Grammy-award-winning mastering engineer, James Auwarter, Elemental is set to take ReHumanise to even greater heights after he released a top 5 hit in Ireland in 2017 under his real name, Damian Brady, and racked up over 90k streams on his seminal single 2020, Hu Man.
If you are anything like me and you get the majority of your sanctity in aural form, the dreamy guitar-laden electronica single, Meditate, from the producer, Middle Child and guitarist, YHWHHH, will make for the perfect cosy and compassionate home.
With the vocals dripping with the Elliott Smith effect, the accordance of the choral reverb-swathed guitars, which will make any Slowdive fans’ hearts skip a beat, and the soft electronic layers, Meditate moves past catharsis instrumentally.
Lyrically, the single unfolds as a semi-lucid love song, full of proclamations of tenderly sincere affection which rival the sweet nothings that slip into lovers’ ears between consciousness and sleep. With millions of streams between them, something tells me that Middle Child & YHWHHH will be unstoppable from here on out.
The electronica duo Tree Giants, consisting of Oklahoma City’s Daniel Chrisman and Israel Lee, have released another compassionately synthy-sweet dream-pop hit, Better Together. As blissful as Beach House, as momentous as the euphonic hits left behind in Avicii’s wake, it’s a triumph in genre-defying euphoria.
The message of unity behind the spacey sonic elements may be simple but through the honeyed indie RnB vocal lines, reverb-swathed synths and oscillating basslines that surge through enrapturing the progressions, it’s as profound as anything Shakespeare had to say in his time. It’s a stunningly sincere reminder that connection is a fundamental part of the human experience and in dark days, those olive branches can bring us to a new plateau of existence.
Melodic bass artists and producer, Heasuence has unleashed their evocatively charged trip-hop-tinged single, I Find. Despite the lo-fi production, it’s an artfully expressive electronica triumph. When the bass hits, I Find evolves from a melodiously downtempo and almost meditative sonic landscape with elevated indie-pop vocals into a monolithic cage of volatile turbulence.
The avant-garde and emotionally reflective elements certainly weren’t lost on us. It does what so tracks fail to do and brings you right into the artist’s psyche. And perhaps more importantly, in our commodified aural reality, it leaves an unforgettable mark on your consciousness with the ethereal versing of lyrics “I find peace in mystery” before the bass tears the track to asunder.
Guy Like You is the latest soft, sweet, and soulful feat of electronica from The Art Crimes Band. The Blakkheart Remix brings out the best in the reverb-laden 90s-inspired progressions as they well under the harmonic timbre that gives the hit of ego-less catharsis a tranquil dream-pop meets minimalist trance edge.
By taking inspiration from the lives of John Legend, The Roots, Gregory Porter and Nikka Costa and sticking to their ethos of ‘playing the music and loving the people’, Guy Like You is the kind of soundscape you have no issue falling completely into. It’s simple and sparse but still, it resounds.
The remix of Guy Like You will be available to stream from April 8th. You can check it out via Spotify.