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Montreal-based duo Ouri and Helena Deland aka Hildegard share sprawling single ‘Jour 1’, which is lifted from their forthcoming self-titled debut album which was created over an eight day period. Named after the day it was created (“Jour 1” translates to “Day 1”), the enrapturing single boasts a killer club beat that is topped off with Deland’s sweet yet hazy vocals to create an entirely immersive atmosphere. Check out the track and it’s accompanying self-directed music video to the right and keep an eye out for the debut project which drops on June 4th.
Philadelphia-based songwriter and producer Body Meat (aka Christopher Taylor) drops his spectacular new EP ‘Year of the Orc’. Featuring previously released singles ‘ULTIMA’ and ‘4700’, the seven-track project exemplifies the artist’s impeccably intricate and genre-defying sound as glitchy, shape shifting soundscapes are topped up by equally morphing vocals that keep you on your toes at all times. With ‘Year of the Orc’, Body Meat serves up one of the year’s most refreshing and singular projects you’ll hear this year – stream it in full here.
Minneapolis-based interdisciplinary artist Dizzy Fae blends the worlds of R&B with stellar electronics on sparkling new single ‘360 Baby’. With production courtesy of Stelios who lays down a killer beat to serve as the perfect backdrop for Fae’s glitchy and sensual tones to wash over, ‘360 Baby’ is a song about “visualizing what you want and then going out and getting it”. Check out the blistering single here, it’s a bop from start to finish.
Pahua is the solo musical project of Mexican singer, songwriter, producer and DJ Paulina Sotomayor who also serves as one-half of Sotomayor. Today, the artist shares her vibrant new single ‘Vayayó’, taken from her forthcoming EP titled ‘Ofrenda’. Co-produced with Ramón Pérez-Prieto, ‘Vayayó’ finds the perfect sweet spot between latin rhythms and electronica as Pahua’s gorgeous tones sweep across the energetic soundscape. Check out the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for ‘Ofrenda’.
Queens-raised, L.A.-based Chilean-American artist Aalok Bala shares one of the most striking and original projects of the year with ‘Sacred Mirror’. Having already impressed with her magical and enchanting sounds on previous singles ‘Sueño’, ‘Moon Juice’ and ‘The Hive’ this year, the EP is completed with new cuts ‘Body of Light’, ‘Crystal’ and ‘Alone With The Night’. Throughout the EP, Aalok Bala’s powerful and pristine vocals shine across Chilean beats blended wonderfully with soul and pop elements to create a sound that is truly unique – check it out for yourself here.
Las Vegas-based artist and synthesist Isola (aka Ivana Carrescia) unveils her spectacular debut EP ‘EP1’ which is out via L.A. based label GODMODE. From the opener ‘Ischia’ to closing number ‘Ricorda (Tell Me)’, the seven-track project is bursting with electronic-led beats interspersed with magical, haunting vocals that are epitomised by Isola’s signature synths. Created alongside GODMODE founder Nick Sylvester, ‘EP1’ is a stellar introduction to Isola’s work and cements her as one to watch in the years to come.
South African-born, New York-based artist Dasychira (pronounced /ˈdah.see.kira/) unveils transcendent new visual for ‘Swirl’. The spellbinding and otherworldly music video directed and edited by Guille Santos wonderfully captures the song’s magical and awe-inspiring atmospherics which combine celestial electronics with heavenly violins courtesy of Vivek Menon. Check out the brilliant music video to ‘Swirl’ here and be sure to check out their latest album ‘xDream’ if you haven’t already.
Mateo Arias who creates exceptionally rich and intoxicating electronic-led tracks as ¿Teo? marks his return with the explosive ‘UNI2’. Serving as his first taste of new music in well over a year, ‘UNI2’ is one of those tracks that instantly has you hooked from the moment you press play. The Atlanta born artist of Colombian descent lays down his slick vocals over a crisp, bass-heavy hip-hop beat that thumps its way into your heart. Dive into the single here and be sure to keep an eye out for more from ¿Teo?.
Mexican trio Meth Math, comprised of vocalist Angél Ballesteros and producers error.error (Efrén Coronado) and Bonsai Babies (To Robles), share their exceptional EP ‘Pompi’. Featuring previously released cuts ‘Perreando Y Llorando’ and ‘El Vals De La Piedra’, the project is an evocative and captivating take on the three-piece’s refreshing take on reggaeton. Dive into the striking EP here.
Canadian artist and multi-instrumentalist Zanski shares ‘Consequence’, the first single from his forthcoming EP ‘Upon Frigid Water’. With a handful of brilliant EPs released over the years, Tom Probizanski has continually showcased his versatility as a singer, songwriter and producer, and that’s exactly the case with ‘Consequence’. Another sparkling electronically laced R&B cut that boasts some stellar guitar licks and Zanski’s superb falsetto, the single serves as the perfect opener to this next chapter from the rising artist’s discography.
Brooklyn based artist pecas aka Sandy Davis shares sensual and magical new electronic-led single ‘Hired Gun’ accompanied by a striking visual. The sparse production allows breathing space for Davis’ impeccably smooth and icy vocals to sweep across as she sings about “an imperfect human trying to love and be loved by a robotic counterpart”. Check out the luxuriously atmospheric track here.
Montreal based artist Apashe aka John De Buck teams up with LIA on spectacular new single ‘Behind My Eyes’ taken from his newly released album ‘Renaissance’. Soundtracked by a powerful, crunchy, electronic-led beat, the track is given a softer touch by LIA’s impeccably smooth vocals. Check out the hypnotic and uplifting single and be sure to dive into ‘Renaissance’ if you haven’t already done so.
Consider yourself introduced to New York City based singer, songwriter and producer min.a who dazzles on her new EP ‘Hi-Fi’. Written, performed, produced, mixed AND mastered by min.a herself, the four-track project packs quite the punch, showcasing the artist’s striking production and eloquent songwriting skills. From opener ‘Own Up To It’ to closing number ‘Here For You’, each song serves as delicious slice of electronic pop that sounds just as refreshing with each listen.
Grimes shares yet another delightful cut from her forthcoming new album ‘Miss Anthropocene’ in the form of ‘Delete Forever’. Accompanied by an apocalyptic music video (made in collaboration between Grimes, Mac Boucher and Neil Hansen) which sees Grimes sat on a throne of sorts whilst everything around her crumbles, the track is driven by soothing guitar lines and strings that wonderfully carry Grimes’ angelic vocals. Check out the striking visual here and keep an eye out for ‘Miss Anthropocene’ which drops on February 21st.
Chilean-American producer Nicolas Jaar teases new Against All Logic album with double-A side EP ‘Illusions of Shameless Abundance’. The two tracks ‘Alucinao’ (featuring FKA twigs and Estado Unido) and ‘Illusions of Shameless Abundance’ (featuring Lydia Lunch)’ are shape-shifting electronic cuts that twist and turn, dip and dive in all directions. If this EP is anything to go by, the new record (titled ‘2017-2019’ which is out February 7th), is shaping up to be one of the most striking and vivid projects you’ll hear this year.
Colombia-born, Toronto-based artist Lido Pimienta returns with her first new music since 2016’s ‘La Papessa’ in the form of ‘No Pude’. The spectacular single comes accompanied by an other-worldly and utterly vibrant music video directed by Fitto Segura. A mixture of squelchy and sharp electronics coalesce to serve as the ideal backdrop for Pimienta’s slick vocals to gloss over with ease.
Somali-American fashion designer and artist deka shares ‘Tepid’, a dark and twisted fantastical electronic gem produced by frankie bash and RAFA MAYA. Apart from a few (brilliant) mixes, you can only find one other song by the Minneapolis based artist, it’s the mesmerising ‘ESCAPIST’ which dropped in 2017. On latest single ‘Tepid’, deka’s ghostly vocals creep across the moody soundscape creating an absolutely breathtaking atmosphere.
Toronto based DJ and producer Bambii teams up with Pamputtae on the thrilling and utterly captivating dancehall banger ‘NITEVISION’. Serving as the artist’s official debut single, ‘NITEVISION’ packs quite the punch with Bambii laying down the perfect backdrop comprising of pumping basslines, powerful drums and sensational synths for Pamputtae to work her charm.
L.A. based violinist, singer, songwriter and producer Sudan Archives unveils ‘Confessions’, the lead single from her forthcoming debut album. Produced by Sudan Archives and Will Archer, the track follows up last year’s sensational ‘Sink’ EP which featured stand out singles like ‘Nont For Sale’ and ‘Escape’. On ‘Confessions’, Sudan Archives enlists a sporadic and bold beat which creeps its way across whilst her soulful tones add a comforting warmth.
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.