Flavien Berger – Contre-Temps

August 16

French artist Flavien Berger delivers masterful soundscapes that entice and draw you in on new album ‘Contre-Temps’. Split into two parts, the 31-track project features contributions from Julia Lanoë and Bonnie Banane and takes you on a cosmic journey of scintillating synth pop concoctions that are topped off by Berger’s calming voice. ‘Contre-Temps’ is an album that intrigues and captivates you from start to finish, with each track seamlessly leading into the next.

MIRRROR – FIFTY (like that)

August 14

Rising Bay Area/Japanese duo MIRRROR (comprised of Takumi and Mei) showcase their eclectic sounds with the release of brand new single ‘FIFTY (like that)’. A mellow club track that boasts gorgeous synths and keys, the electronic-led production is given warmth by the pair’s soothing tones. ‘FIFTY (like that)’, follows up the duo’s ‘what it was’ project, which featured stand out cuts like ‘Never Fall In Love’ and ’35’.

Cashmere Cat – EMOTIONS

August 10

Norweigian producer Magnus August Høiberg  aka Cashmere Cat shares ‘EMOTIONS’, the playful and vibrant lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album ‘PRINCESS CATGIRL’. The track is Cashmere Cat’s first taste of new solo music since last year’s ‘Miss You’ with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Embodying Høiberg’s signature pop prowess, ‘EMOTIONS’ is another delectable cut that might just get you crying and on the dance floor – but not necessarily in that order!

Flume – Quits (with Reo Cragun)

Australian beatsmith Flume teams up with singer-rapper Reo Cragun to release ‘Quits’, a staggering and powerful three-track EP. Featuring a new edit of previously released single ‘Friends’, the project opens with title-track ‘Quits’ which boasts Flume’s signature instrumentation giving Cragun the platform to lay down his own slick verses. In the middle, is ‘Levitate’, another tantalisingly smooth and powerful track that opens with the chirping of birds before introducing a pounding bass and synth heavy beat.

mwami – rektless

July 22

If you’re looking for a tune that’s perfect for the dance floor, look no further than ‘rekltess’, the infectious debut single from Kampala based artist mwami which dropped this past April. With a flow that’s reminiscent of Azealia Banks’ infamous ‘212’, mwami navigates through the electronic pulses with a playful delivery that boasts his refreshing songwriting and overall execution. A wonderful introduction to his musical journey, we can’t wait to hear what mwami has in store for us next, for now though, tuck into ‘rektless’ here.

Tamacú – Crónicas de un Alienado

Tamacú is the name of a peculiar character from the Mexican Pacific coast able of taming crocodiles. He is also the inspiration that gave name to an emerging one-man project that takes the form of ancestral alien and arises after an experimentation that fused tribal sounds with rhythm machines. This, opened a gap that, allowing him to travel through time and space collecting sounds of different terrestrial and interplanetary tribes.

The influences on ‘Crónicas de un Alienado’, the Mexican’s debut album – range from sacred texts such as The Bible and novels by Bradbury, Vonnegut and Asimov to films such as ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ by Kubrick.Nuances from all of these permeate throughout the lyrics and sound to create an exogenous and apocalyptic mood.

Lifafa – Jaago

July 2

‘Jaago’ is one of the most critically acclaimed albums to have been released by an Indian independent artist this year. Lifafa is the solo project of Suryakant Sawhney who is also the frontman at Peter Cat Recording Co. that came to life as a part of a quest to find his identity. Adopting a more organic approach, the album builds up as a live set to an audience would, the tracks start off slow with prolonged harmonium and gradually build up to more danceable disco worthy grooves. A perfect combination of vintage soulful Bollywood in a modern electronic setting bridges or eliminates the gap between the highly commercial movie industry and the independent music scene.

Your Chin – Horticulturist

June 25

Mumbai based producer and vocalist Your Chin has recently dropped new single ‘Horticulturist’ his first release in three years. One of India’s most seasoned artists, he has never failed to impress listeners with his whimsical take on electro-pop. His music often comes across as effortless mood music, but there is a solid groundwork of talent and aesthetic sense that supports it all. Rich layered beats with catchy choruses giving out a sombre message disguised in feel good metaphors, resulted in a multifaceted sound totally unique to him. Highlighting a contrast when listening to music, that of being a joyous experience to thought provoking the artist returns to his sonic roots making this the first of many releases lined up for the year.

DJDS & Dijon – Magic Loop

L.A. based duo DJDS (comprised of Same and Jerome) team up with R&B singer Dijon on the magical ‘Magic Loop. Serving as the first taste of music since they released their star-studded sophomore album ‘Big Wave More Fire’ which featured the likes of Amber Mark, Vic Mensa as well as COLORS alumni Marco McKinnis and Empress Of, ‘Magic Leap’ is delectable slice of electro-R&B. Whilst the song encompasses a slightly more mellow and softer sound compared to the pair’s more underground techno sounds, it shines just as bright with Dijon’s exceptional vocals accompanying the infectious “do do do”s that carry the track along.

Aiya – Focus

Aiya are a Melbourne based duo comprised of Ayten + Felicity who create mesmerising electronic-led cuts that draw you in and enchant from start to finish. Since debuting with the glitchy and crisp atmospherics of ‘If I Could Get’ over four years ago, the pair have released just a handful of other tracks in the form of ‘Go’ and ‘Girl’. Marking Aiya’s return, is ‘Focus’, a moody and utterly captivating number which commands your undivided attention as the sparse electronics teeter in and out of the haunting vocals.

W. Y. Huang – Mercy {开光}

Singapore born, New York City based singer, songwriter and producer W. Y. Huang concocts a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere in ‘Mercy {开光}’, the lead single from his forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Crossing The Great Water 利涉大川’. The hypnotic and utterly intoxicating song incorporates Eastern-inspired sounds and moulds them seamlessly with more contemporary inflections to create an entirely immersive sound. It’s one of those rare gems that unravels a new layer with each listen – a masterfully produced song that is further heightened by Huang’s ardent vocals.

Holly Walker – Straight Line

Having lent her stunning vocals to Maribou State’s ‘Tongue’ and most recently ‘Nervous Tics’, London based singer-songwriter Holly Walker steps into the spotlight with the magnificent ‘Straight Line’. Released in November last year, the single sits on a bed of warbling synths that propel the track along its powerful path as Walker’s falsetto-laden vocals enshroud the soundscape with warmth.

Xi – Sentimental Sunset

Some songs are vessels that crack open your imagination and let your mind run wild; that’s exactly the case with ‘Sentimental Sunset, the striking debut single from South London based outfit Xi. An other-worldly experience that’s accompanied by an equally intriguing and captivating visual that’s brought to life by Beatrix Blaise, ‘Sentimental Sunset’ channels an abstract electronic sonic pallet that transports you to a hypnotic and surreal landscape.

Three Oscillators – Drowning feat. Karshni

April 20

Three Oscillators consists of Brij Dalvi and Avit Rane who strive to give their songs an identity and character of their own while narrating stories through this wonderful, limitless medium we call electronic music. Their sound leans toward, but doesn’t limit itself to genres like post-dubstep and glitch hop, sometimes with a slight deviation towards bass music. Having released two EPs, the duo aim to make a lasting impact and have more ears listening to their music in the coming years. ‘Drowning’ is a collaboration with singer song writer Karshni who often makes all her music via an app called Bandlab where the early version of this track was found was built upon adding the finishing touches to the production.

Palmistry – Water

London based producer Palmistry rises above the surface with ‘Water’, his first taste of new music since his spellbinding debut album ‘PAGAN’ which dropped back in 2017. Serving as the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album ‘Afterlife’, the SOPHIE-produced track is another delight which drips and trickles with its subtle electronic touches as Palmistry’s comforting tones are like soft ripples that pervade the soundscape. Check out ‘Water’ here and be sure to look out for ‘Afterlife’ which is out in May.

Mr. Bleat – Del Tiempo Perdido

The city of Medellin, Colombia does not cease to amaze us for being an incessant talent incubator and linker for  all genres. Two of these prodigies, Pablo and Alejandro met in 2007 at university studying music and started making electronic music using a computer, a controller and a guitar. Shortly after, Sara joins in the voices to consolidate a character who likes raw sounds but at the same time is an ally of machines and who’s sound reflects moments of contemplation, noise or can even induce movement of the body; all this accompanied by a female voice that guides the melodic lattices that shape its speech. This character is called Mr. Bleat.

In an exclusive interview, Alejandro comments: “almost always Pablo and I propose a small instrumental passage, a beat, something that has that key moment of the song, and from there Sara begins to provide vocal melodies. Finally we structured the theme and wrote the letter to six hands. We think about a theme and then we build the narration among it”. Their influences beyond being specific musical referents, come from the experiences of each one that, at the moment of expressing them in the form of a song, tends to result in a theme to a certain extent danceable but with a bit of nostalgia or darkness. Mr. Bleat’s latest release, ‘Del Tiempo Perdido’, along with ‘El Buho’, are just the first steps that mark a new path towards what will be a new album. These two singles make part of the sonority that the group reached when creating the album ‘Los Lobos’, a palette of more electronic sounds, synthesizers, rhythm machines and a sensation of dance-able darkness in which we still feel comfortable.

Szjerdene – Rain

Following up last month’s ‘Restart’, London based singer-songwriter Szjerdene has shared ‘Rain’, another sparkling slice of electronic-pop taken from her forthcoming ‘TRACE’ EP. Spearheaded by a powerful electronic beat sprinkled with delicate synths and a serene string section, it’s Szjerdene’s pristine voice that rises above and shines brighter than ever. Piercing through with such clarity, Szjerdene’s voice effortlessly rides the wave of the energetic production as she sings about the overwhelming and numbing emotions that arise from falling in love.

Robyn – Honey

February 23

The world has waited for Robyns’ comeback after being M.I.A. for almost eight years. Even though the physical absence has been a fact, she’s made sure that dance floors all around the world would always be playing her eternal dance tunes that are perfectly decked with powerful lyrics about heartbreak and tough love.

‘Honey’ is the comeback album of the decade. ‘Honey’ is the soundtrack of our lives. ‘Honey’ is the last piece of the puzzle. Released at the end of last year, the 9-track masterpiece, which features stand out singles like ‘Missing U’ and the titular ‘Honey’, sees Robyn embody the power of self love and accept the pain and joy a person goes through in life.

AAAMYYY – BODY

February 22

Tokyo based singer/songwriter AAAMYYY brings more of her refreshing blend of soulful, electronic gems in ‘BODY’, her new released and follow up to last year’s ‘MABAROSI WEEKEND’. The 10-track project, which features contributions from the likes of Computer Magic, MATTON, JIL and CONYPLANKTON, further showcases the artist’s inviting and silky smooth vocals as they coarse through a concoction of emotive atmospheres spearheaded by lush electronics.

Jadu Heart – Purity

Shrouded in mystery, London based duo Jadu Heart first introduced themselves with ‘Wanderflower’, their magical debut EP which was then followed up by the equally impressive and ‘Ezra’s Garden’. In the lead up to their long-awaited debut album, Dina and Faro have now shared ‘Purity’, another dazzling affair which sees the pairs soothing and soulful vocals work through a spirited electronic soundbed.