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London based producer MODEL 86 returns with ‘So We’re Here Then’, a crisp, electronic-led single that serves as a taste of his forthcoming debut album. A striking combination of sounds, the single brings to mind the glittering atmospherics of SOPHIE, the powerful orchestration of Hudson Mohawke and the intricacies of Jamie xx’s concoctions and blends them together to create a sound that further pushes the boundaries of experimental pop. Check out the dazzling single here and be sure to keep an eye out for MODEL 86’s album which is set to be released later this year.
London based producer Haich Ber Na follows up last year’s exceptional project ‘Everywhere’s Home’ with striking new single ‘By Floras’. Laced by intricate electronics that skip and squeeze their way through the soundscape to create an ordered chaos, Haich Ber Na’s delicate, falsetto-laden tones offer a warmth to juxtapose the cool instrumentation as he sings about the growing distance between a friend. Check out the cinematic and otherworldly single here.
Glasgow based production duo VARDI and Rory Comerford team up as Zazim Soundsystem to share their incredible new EP ‘AYÉ’, which means “Life” in Yoruba and “Yes” in Scots. Opening with the lush soundscapes of ‘AYEE’, the three-track project expertly combines UK bass, Latin and West African percussion along with traditional Celtic music to create a sound unlike anything else. Check out the sensational EP which features ‘BAND TUNE’ and ‘EVERYTHING’ here.
Rising London based artist NEO 10Y shares ‘Y’, an ethereal curiosity banger that boasts a powerful electronic soundscape penned alongside S.B.O. The track follows up previously released cut ‘ILY’ and strikes quite a chord from the get go with its pounding bass and NEO 10Y’s inviting and intriguing vocals which ask “Am I right or am I wrong?”. Check out the emphatic single up top and be sure to keep an eye out for more from NEO 10Y.
Consider yourself introduced to the hypnotic and captivating sounds of South London based artist Amani who impresses on ‘Power Games’. The track follows up Amani’s ‘Perpendicular’ EP from 2017, and is soundtracked by blistering electronics that carry her gorgeous falsetto along with ease; creating an entirely immersive and cinematic soundscape. Check out ‘Power Games’ here.
If you’re looking for a record that will quite frankly blow your socks off, look no further than Glaswegian producer, singer and songwriter Sega Bodega’s long-awaited debut album ‘Salvador’. The off-kilter record is a futuristic blend of pop, electronic and R&B that features previously released singles ‘U Suck’, ‘Raising Hell’ and ‘Salv Goes to Hollywood’. Sega Bodega’s infectious production and hypnotic vocals are present throughout ‘Salvador’, but what makes this album hit harder is the songwriting – where Salvador tackles heavy topics like his relationship with alcohol, romance and mental health with a graceful honesty.
Premiering at COLORS, check out the absolutely bonkers music video for ‘How Do You Do It’, the latest single from Glasgow based DJ/producer Peter Ferguson aka Wuh Oh. An amalgamation of powerful and energetic electronics, ‘How Do You Do It’ follows up previous cuts like ‘Pretty Boy’ and ‘Ziggy’, and perfectly exemplifies Wuh Oh’s forward-thinking production style. The same can be said for the track’s accompanying visual, which channels “the style of 90’s/00’s fish-eye lens visuals” a la Hype Williams, but cranks up the energy ten-fold – see for yourself here.
British artist Mura Masa teams up with Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell on ‘Teenage Headache Dreams’, a magnificent cut taken from his new album, ‘R.Y.C.’ (Raw Youth Collage). The song serves as the follow up to previously released singles ‘I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again’ and ‘Deal Wiv It’ which featured Clairo and Slowthai respectively. On ‘Teenage Headache Dreams’ Mura Masa, real name Alex Crosson, continues his evolved sound as gritty guitars and drums build a grungey atmosphere as Rowsell’s delicate tones join Crossons in great harmony. Check out the track here and keep an eye out for ‘R.Y.C.’ which is out next week.
London-based producer and singer Azadi.mp3 shares intoxicating and captivating new EP in the form of ‘Summer In The Crypt’. Combining sparse, crisp electronic beats with smooth R&B infusions, the three-track EP opens with the mellow ‘My Imaginary Friend’ and ‘Honeydew’ which showcases the singer’s soothing tones whilst closer ‘Bloodletting’ encompasses a more explorative aesthetic as well as a killer verse from 24Carot.
Canadian-born, London-based artist Dan Snaith aka Caribou marks his return with the fantastic ‘You and I’. the dazzling single from forthcoming new album ‘Suddenly’.An absolutely roller-coaster of a track, the single opens with a twinkling synth-laden soundscape as Snaith’s dreamy tones enter the foray, that’s before the track takes an unexpected turn and bursts into an amalgam of textures and colours. In contrast, the track’s lyrics echo darker shades as Snaith sings about dealing with the passing of a loved one. Check out the single here and look out for ‘Suddenly’ which is out February 22nd.
London based singer, songwriter and producer Låpsley returns with another gorgeous song in the form of ‘Ligne 3’. Taken from her forthcoming new EP (out December 6th) titled ‘These Elements’, the track follows up lead single ‘My Love Was Like The Rain’, her first taste of new music since releasing her stunning debut album ‘Long Way Home’ back in March 2016. On ‘Ligne 3’, Låpsley’s endearing vocals rise above the sombre soundscape as she sings about a profound breakup and how it isn’t always as simple when it comes to falling out of love.
London based artist Haich Ber Na (formerly known as Haich) follows up previously released single ‘Nowhere Like It’ with the equally enticing and playful ‘Forgetful’. Accompanied by an intriguing and glitchy visual which sees the singer/producer portrayed as a digitised toy, the track opens with futuristic synths which are joined by crisp electronics to serve as the perfect backdrop for Haich Ber Na’s distorted, falsetto laden vocals.
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.
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 new single from South London based outfit Sweat. 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.
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.
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.
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.
London based singer, songwriter and producer Dan Bartlett aka Dan D’Lion stepped into the spotlight in style with his Tame Impala and N.E.R.D-influenced debut single “Give What You Take” towards the end of last year. The track’s vibrant atmospherics are present in follow up single ‘~treading water~’ which boasts again brings together his colourful vocals with a dazzling array of electronic pulses infused with sizzling synths. ‘~treading water~’ is a magnificent example of alternative pop packed with refreshing ideas, cementing Bartlett as one to watch.
On her debut full-length album ‘Devotion’, Tirzah establishes herself as one of the UK’s most intriguing artists. Entirely produced by the esteemed underground producer Mica Levi (aka Micachu), the record builds on Tirzah’s previous dance-infused releases by introducing elements of contemporary alternative RnB, creating a distinctive other-worldly atmosphere through warped samples and looped percussion led by her husky vocals. Her distinctive candid delivery is at once warm and mysterious, driving each track as her melodies are pitched up, multiplied and twisted to create a sound that is truly original in its tripped-out, ethereal intimacy. This graceful electronic sound is highlighted on lead singles ‘Gladly’ and ‘Affection’, but each of the 11 tracks here introduces a fresh dynamic, resulting in a record of genuine depth that showcases the 30-year-old’s versatility and natural chemistry with long-time friend and collaborator Levi.
Leon Vynehall made his name crafting deep, elegant contemporary house, becoming one of dance music’s most talked-about names in the process. However, his latest full-length effort ‘Nothing is Still’ sees the British electronic producer move away from club-oriented music into broader, progressive conceptual territory; it is perhaps notable that despite the success of previous projects ‘Music for the Uninvited’ and ‘Rojus’, he describes this release as his first proper debut album. Following the narrative of his grandparents’ emigration from London to New York in the 1960s, Vynehall vividly scores their journey through rich, instrumental compositions, expertly harnessing his gift for percussion with a gorgeous musicality alongside soaring synths to create a fluid, cinematic piece that has as much in common with classical symphony and ambient electronica as it does with booming house or techno. One of the year’s most adventurous, forward-thinking albums, this is one to be savoured.