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Costella – Dream Beach featuring Wyley and Abbin

Summer may be almost drawing to a close, but that’s no reason not to hit play on up and coming Ohio artist Costella’s soulfully sun-soaked single Dream Beach featuring Wyley & Abbin.

If you love getting wrapped up in summertime nostalgia, Dream Beach will prove to be the perfect guide. With acoustic instrumentals around the electronic beats, there’s an incredible depth. With the addition of a stunning Bluesy guitar solo to add to the eclecticism of Dream Beach, it’s safe to say that Costella cooked up one of the most authentic and talent-soaked Summer Pop singles of 2020.

You can check out Dream Beach for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Elta Wave has dropped her eccentrically electric Dance Pop mix “Dance Floor Dance “

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It’s sultry, it’s retro, it’s euphoric, it’s Elta Wave’s eccentrically electric 5th single “Dance Floor Dance”.

Finding distinction within a Dance Pop track may be harder than finding a needle in a haystack, but you can’t help but be hooked in by Elta Wave’s magnetic personality in the danceable high-vibe hit. I should probably warn you now that the melody will stick to your synapses like superglue.

There are nuanced textures of Funk and Disco weaved into the contemporary mix which kicks off and concludes by throwing playful polyphonic notes your way. You’re instantly given the affirmation that Dance Floor Dance is an accessible from the first hit mix.

There’s no understating the commercial potential in Elta Wave’s sound. You’ll have to hear the infectious rhythms for yourselves.

You can check out Elta Wave’s dance mix by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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Producer/Songwriter Chris Punk saunters in with indie-electronic ‘Crazy’ (feat. George)

Chris Punk is back with his signature style on new song ‘Crazy‘ (feat. George).

Over many years in the music game, Chris Punk has been producing music for a myriad of other artists and has done work for most of the big labels around the world. Recently, he finally came to a big decision: “It’s time to start releasing songs with my own name on the cover”. This is the attitude of this experiences singer who riffs in with his passionate style to help us all kick-start the day.

This is his first release as an independent artist-producer with collaborations and releases coming up. The song ‘Crazy‘ is a new style of music, a mix between RnB & House and a touch of early 90’s Electronic music. This radio version will shortly be followed up with remixes in various genres for the dance floor.

Stream this fine song here on Spotify.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Slip into David Taylor’s transcendently light mix “hours”

Australian Electronica artist and producer David Taylor has recently released their distinctively sweet Lo-Fi Chill EP 050392. The perfect introduction to their catharsis-spilling sound is “hours”.

The hazily blissful track which comes with slight Chill Hop nuances may not easily squeeze into any constrained branch of Electronica, but it does ooze potent and organic good vibes. With the warm tones and the transcendently light textures, hours is an incredibly easy track to slip into and get pulled along by the seamless reverb-soaked progressions.

It’s not every day we can say the Electronica we hear serves up plenty of soul, but discernibly, David Taylor isn’t your average producer. After hearing their latest release, we’re stoked to hear where their sound which drips with commercial potential takes them next.

You can check out David Taylor’s EP 050392 for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tom Algorithm – To Dust: Exploratively Immersive Electronica

Electronic artist and producer Tom Algorithm released their 5-track Minimalist Techno EP “Sequences” on August 9th, the perfect introduction to their captivatingly immersive style is “To Dust”.

The progressive soundscape offers a complexity which is rarely found in Instrumental Electronica. The vibe of the track isn’t immediately obvious, to make To Dust even more intriguing, the nuanced evolutions in tone leave you even more eager to hear what Tom Algorithm will throw your way next.

Despite their moniker, there’s a serious amount of well-rounded human emotion on offer in the deft progressions which are robust despite the delicacy of the neo-classically-inspired notes around the swelling basslines.

You can check out To Dust along with the rest of the Sequences EP for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Oh Balboa – Sing through It with The Ooh Song

EDM. Dance. Electropop. House. They’re all labels that get bandied about a lot, without actually specifying very much at all; “EDM isn’t a genre”, I hear you cry. Well, maybe not, but with “We Sing Through It”, an irreverent, feel-good slice of early ‘90s-style Euro-House, Oh Balboa has probably got closer than anybody to defining, exactly, its essence; if you open up the dictionary for ‘Electronic Dance Music’, there won’t be any words. There’ll just be a sound-clip of this track playing. Repeatedly. Over and over, around your head, on an endless loop. For days.

Sure, there’s not much to it; a catchy-as-fuck simple nine note sampled phrase, rising and falling through the octave, repeated, round and round over some deep synth swell chords and old school Roland beats, smack on the ‘Balearic’ money at 128 BPM. Aside from the drop around the 1 minute mark, that’s about it. And damn, if that’s not enough for you then frankly you’ve never done the Running Man at an Ibiza foam-party; ‘We Sing Through It’ could be this year’s ‘French Kiss’.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Sai inspires optimism with their standout downtempo Hip Hop track “Blessings in Time”

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2020 has sucked in pretty much every capacity aside from the new music is being born from these perplexing and anger-inducing times. Breaking Hip Hop artist Sai dropped their new album on XVII on July 10th and poured some much-needed soul onto the airwaves.

Each of the tracks on the release possesses the ability to leave you feeling uplifted, but you’ll practically reach a new plateau when you hit play on Blessings in Time. The Jazz-laden downtempo feat of RnB-infused Hip Hop feels more insightful and inspirational with every listen. And that’s not the only reason while you’ll want to give Blessings in Time plenty of repeat attention.

The authentic, accessible and expressive mix is exactly the kind of music we need on the airwaves today. It’s raw, it’s honest, it’s humble, but most importantly, it has the potential to organically offer good vibes.

You can check out Sai’s single Blessings in Time via Apple Music now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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BiggslimeMO has given the evolution of Hip Hop a brand-new direction with “On the Way”

Floridian Rap artist BiggslimeMO has dropped one of the freshest new evolutions in Hip Hop we’ve heard so far this year. On the Way may just have the power to unite fans of the Old School with Trap kids.

With their most arrestive track released to date, you’ve got the fresh, snappy, high-vibe instrumentals paired with clean, steady and notably ingenious Rap bars. Yet, the first thing that will hit you when you hit play on the smooth and polished mix is the vibe which BiggslimeMO effortlessly offers. They’ve dialled back the swagger to serve up a lyrically raw and laidback feat of Hip Hop which feels more candid and intimate with every listen.

You can check out BiggslimeMO’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blanka Barbara stomps in the door with techno’s ‘Lunar Passage’

Nature-inspired Melodic Techno producer and DJ, Blanka Barbara invites you on a journey through alternate realities and she is here with her latest track that stomps through the speakers called ‘Lunar Passage‘ that has been released by Rabbit Records.

After recently becoming a resident of 4AM Events in London, you feel like this is this DJ’s time to shine. Will she take her opportunity or let it slip? I am confident that this young lady will take her chance and become one of Europe’s best Techno producers.

The Melodic Techno producer and DJ from London takes us on a space-filled journey of galaxy-finding music that is so perfect for a night time party. This is a song that is so vibrant and the beat takes you on a fun trip with the stars up the sky. This is perfect for partying with friends and when this song drops in the club, expect things to heat up real hot.

Blanka Barbara is on top form for ‘Lunar Passage‘ and I love the techno vibes here. She is a supremely talented producer with bags of talent to make anyone blush.

Stream this new song here on Soundcloud.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Digital Head morph the speakers into our brains on fantastic ‘To Whom it May Concern’

Electronica beats with a catchy flow is the name of the game here from the mysterious producer named Digital Head as he drops his latest album called ‘To Whom it May Concern‘.

Now living in Austin, Texas, Digital Head has used his platform wisely as an artist to contribute to indie creative projects, with his last album raising funds for charity donations. A fine deed indeed.

To Whom it May Concern‘ is the fantastic third album to come from the wildly wonderful experimental artist Digital Head. Viewing this album as the third installment of the trilogy, ‘To Whom it May Concern‘ progresses the personal story of Digital Head as well as considering the effects of the divisive politics currently at play in America, and in the world more widely.

Growing up playing piano and drums, Digital Head has always had a fierce passion for creating great music. Releasing his first single at the age of 15 as an indie artist, he has since gone on to release two albums.

The highlights of this powerful album are definitely ‘Without You‘, ‘Permission‘ and ‘I Surrender‘. The beat is hauntingly ominous and the vocals stunning. You feel like you are in a different world and floating in the sky like a skydiver who just cruises in the air. My body feels relaxed and I let the beat take me to a different world. The skills on the production are quite wonderful.

Digital Head’s ‘To Whom it May Concern‘ is a tech house/edm wonder-wall of beauty and thoughtfulness. This is music that needs to be in movies and this is cinematic dream. One of the best albums of 2020 in the dance category without doubt.

Stream the full album here on Spotify.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen