If you remove the urgency out of the modern dance floor template, slow things down and chill things out and replace it with a rolling and hypnotic groove yet retain a sultry grace and understatement you arrive at a musical place where Katie Bates’ Naked is the leader of the pack. Employing the same downtempo minimalism as the likes of such alt-dance pioneers Portishead or Massive Attack, this is a sassy and sashaying piece of music, one which thinks very differently from the by-numbers pop and dance set which it will find itself competing with.
Aloofness, elegance and charm are threaded through shimmering beats, plaintive electronica washes through vocal delicacy, dance floor culture is turned into smoke and anagrams and dream-pop vibes soak into a wholly new sensual and understated EDM sound. It wanders the fringes of so many musical styles it is difficult to pin down, but rather than being a detraction it is actually its strongest selling point.
Ironically the band Hope for the Future does just that for its genre with their debut hit Loaded Gun. A Hope for The Future are a futuristic collective of musician’s which hail from Stockholm, Sweden with their effervescent Alternative Dream Pop Sound. Their New track Loaded Gun alludes to their musical influences. The female lead vocalist has all of the powerful synergy of fellow singers from The Cardigans, and The XX whilst the minimalist in part, monstrous in others is a slight nod to other contemporary Alternative artist such as M83 and Arcade fire.
They create an enriched harmony throughout the track through the effect of the jingling guitar which rattles charismatically all through the track to lead it up to an explosive sound in the chorus. A Hope For The Future have definitely created an anthem through Loaded Gun that wouldn’t be out of place on a Made In Chelsea soundtrack.
The collective have created a universally lovable sound with their relatable and resonant styling that shines with euphoric charisma.
You can check out Loaded Gun, and their other new single Friend on the links below!
The Zero Won are a band from Athens with a very distinctive sound, bridging a link between indie pop and disco through hypnotic sonorities and mesmerising vocals. With a strong electronic influence in their sound, these guys have something fresh to offer and upon first listening to their new track “Lights,” one of the primary things which is noticeable is the image evoking quality in the music. All the elements are blended so well within the texture that the sound created has the ability to take you on a visual journey just by listening to it. In fact, I personally can’t wait for a music video to accompany the song.
Apart from the mesmerising and hypnotic quality expressed in the music, “Lights” also features a variety of sounds ranging from delicate guitar countermelodies, big synth sounds, pointillistic percussions and a strong melodic line in the vocal part. This, in fact, results in a memorable expressive chorus which drives the music constantly forward. As the song reaches the end, momentum is built up towards a final climax which is literally an explosion of sound featuring all the interesting elements of instrumentation chosen and combining everything together through a great mix. Listening to this song is just a hypnotic experience from start to finish.
Sawce is a music project with a sound and a set of aesthetics that are quite hard to really categorize. Their blend of electronic music is textural, haunting and highly atmospheric, with lush reverb tones, sparse beats and deep drones that add harmonies and depth to the mix.
“Years Ago” is a thought-provoking songs that combines the quirks of electronic instrumental music with the airy openness of instrumental rock. The electric guitars come in half-way through the music, at first introducing some gentle clean melodies, but later, allowing the lead guitar to shred away with some cool lead tones with an 80s feel – Think Steve Vai jamming with Explosions In The Sky, with Massive Attack providing a cool beat!
This song has a truly special vibe and an almost nostalgic feel. The main synth riffs are absolutely stunning, as well as the sweet, mellow overtones of the keys and guitars. It’s impressive how this song allows various genres to collide, including math, post-rock, chillwave and guitar-oriented rock!
The Flight , comprised of duo Joe Henson and Alexis Smith, return with the ’Sarah EP’ to be released via Apologetic Recordings. With the creeping deep, bass weight of Massive Attack combined with the synth-lined choral breaks (supplied by Kami Thompson of the The Rails), lead track ‘Sarah’ is available to stream and share below:
The duo of Joe Henson and Alexis Smith are also known for their writing and producing talents, having with some of the industry’s biggest names (including Lana Del Rey). They’re also hugely successful composers, responsible for major soundtracks for games including Assassin’s Creed and Alien Isolation, the latter gaining them a BAFTA Games Awards nomination.