Over 80 new tunes have been sent in since the last update – a real eclectic collection this time. As usual, click on the links to find out more.
More artists than ever have been in touch over the last couple of weeks. Here’s a bit about each one, taken from various e-mails and stuff nicked fof t’internet.
Stead – The new album “ucow” is out on December 8th 2018. Mastered by Abbey Road Studios engineer Alex Gordon, mixed by Jeff Knowler at Jak Sound, Barnet, and produced / performed by Stefano Antoci D’Agostino, in collaboration with Italian-Canadian producer Giuliano Dottori, the new album’s sound combines a wide range of influences coming from lo-fi / alternative rock, indie-pop and folktronica environments.
Lola’s Ghost – Songwriter, singer, and producer based in Brooklyn. The single “Hey there, from the 2015 release, Up EP, was featured on many playlists and blogs, including Birp.fm, Indietronica, Lost on Radio, Diamond Deposits, and others. Lola’s Ghosts’s sound has been compared to that of Grimes and Julia Holter.
Patricio Garcia – “The ultimate psychedelic anthem” Anymore is out on December 7th (that’s today, right?)
Sôra‘s new album entitled “Number One” has been released on Colligence Records! Sôra collaborated with established Parisian electronic producer Uppermost doing vocals for his hit single “Step By Step”, which receiving just under 1 Million hits via various streaming platforms.
Caoilfhionn (pronounced Keelin) Rose is a supremely talented singer-songwriter based in Manchester. She has an eclectic taste in music, with influences ranging from The Mummers to Polly Paulusma, Broadcast to Rachel Sermanni, Peter Broderick and many more. She featured on The Durutti Column (Vini Reilly)’s 2014 album ‘Chronicle LX:XL’. Her debut album ‘Awaken’ was released on Friday 12th October.
DJ Phonon is back with a cheery House infused Pop track titled ‘Nobody’. The track starts off slow with bright, sustained chords before kick into to the main groove of the song and giving off a slight tropical summer vibe. What really makes ‘Nobody’ special is the stunning vocals from Krysta Youngs and Julia Ross, the two together are harmonically perfect and emphasises how great this production is.
Fonsi Nieto’s latest album titled ‘Ten’ features two mammoth tracks featuring the silky, soulful voice of Lenell Brown. ‘C’mon’ gives off a 90s slow-jam vibe that’s bass focused and features a half-time chorus that adds a sexy groove to the track where as ‘Summertime’ is an upbeat festival anthem that could get any party started. Both of these tracks showcase Lenell’s stunning vocal capabilities. ‘Ten’ is out now on Spanish label Clipper’s Sound Records.
Mateo Paz has re-released his 2016 hit ‘Mine Alone’, this time with a Progressive House ‘Gain’ mix that features dashes of Tech House elements. Mateo has turned this slow, ballad-style track into a certified club banger. M0narch has also put his spin on the song using dark, gritty synths and thumping bass.
Pierre Reynolds is back with a brand new 4-track EP titled ‘Anima’ full of absolute House bangers. Pierre has made sure to include his signature style in every single production of this EP, including elements and sounds that you would least expect and incorporating them in innovative ways. All 4 of these tracks are absolutely magnificent, dare we say this is the best EP from Pierre Reynolds yet?
Room of Wires – It’s not easy to find out about Room of Wires, they are extremely cautious of their identities, not just to the world but also to each other. Formed in late 2013 after a spontaneous email exchange, the only thing that binds this duo together, is a love of uneasy music. They hail from the UK but that is as far as the detail goes, they don’t talk about themselves they talk only of their love of electronic music. Influences are scattered and include Raime, OPN, Ekoplekz, Test Dept, and SPK to name a few. They’re sound is hard to pin down, but their songs just keep building, creeping up, and eventually intoxicating the listener. Twisted yet beautiful, they create fragile melodic moments that are weaved together with sub-atomic beats and almost inaudible field recordings to maintain their uneasy sound. They’ve already had a host of releases on Section27, have contributed to many compilations and have produced the music for three short films. The one thing they do both agree on is: “there is plenty more to come from Room of Wires”.
Third Floor – After spending the last 18 months battling a chronic illness and spending his time in and out of surgeries and rehab whilst suffering emotional heartbreak, Third Floor, aka Aaron Bannie is back for a brand new EP titled ‘Almost Whole’ featuring 4 tracks including his hit tune ‘Lying Eyes’ featuring Ryan Konline. All 4 songs are beautifully produced and can only be described as silky slow jams, there’s a great selection of talented vocalists and rappers to enhance Third Floor’s productions and stories such as Ryan Konline and Kamaliza.
Jorge Natalin says on his website: I am a musician from Amsterdam. I play guitar. I have recorded and performed with various artists. Currently I mostly operate solo. I play original instrumentals. I play full on techno with electric rock guitar and live band. I play intimate acoustic guitar and voice only solo songs. I play music. Must be dreaming EP is out everywhere since Dec 03 2018.
Berislav is a dancer, model, singer and fashion icon from Croatia, looking to push and bend musical boundaries with his own unique brand of dark pop.
Matt Warren is a legend of house music, who has been labelled its ‘cool uncle’ due to his influence on the scene. For fans of Chicago House, Frankie Knuckles & Naked Music, Matt is now hitting out with his brilliant album ‘Music Is My Life’.
Aemaer – Steeped in a sense of nostalgia, Aemaer is the work of artist Nick Wade. A combination of field recordings and tape loop manipulation provide an ethereal backdrop for melancholy piano, coupled with hypnotic visuals taking inspiration from centuries old film footage.
Synth-composer duo Felsmann + Tiley released a brand new video for ‘October’ a track off their debut album, ‘Tempora’, scheduled for release on December 6, via Rare Ware Co. The new album follows on ‘Tempora’ – ‘October’, ‘April’ and ‘August’ – and is self-composed and produced by Felsmann + Tiley in its entirety. The video was directed by rising star filmmaker Nicole Tsin , who said he wanted the video to convey “beautiful and poetic with nostalgic and slightly surreal environments”.
Daniel Shaw – It may seem improbable that Australian artist, Daniel Shaw, is already a veteran of the music scene at only 20-years old, but this is very much the case. Having released his first album, and touring in America and Europe, at the age of 12, Daniel has already outlasted many whom he considers influencers such as Passenger and has been longer on the scene than Ed Sheeran. Don’t Leave Me Now is the pinnacle of his output so far, a heart-breakingly beautiful track with a stunning video to match, which has already garnered over 75,000 organic views. With Australia already conquered, Daniel has the world at his feet. Daniel is no ordinary musician – whereas most singers who had released an album at just 12-years of age would have already burned out, he has grown into a talent which is impossible to ignore. Like his heroes, Billy Joel and Elton John, his proficiency on the piano gives the impression that the instrument has become a part of him – Don’t Leave Me Now feels like a waterfall of pent-up emotion, the track detailing the break-down of a doomed relationship. Filmed in an abandoned pool and yoga studio in Victoria, Australia the video was inspired by the idea of him sinking deep into his emotions, with the emptiness and minimalistic style portraying his emotional journey as the song progresses. With not just an album planned but also his first tour of the UK on the cards for next year, Daniel Shaw is destined to become a household name. Aged still only 20, his star is set to shine for many years yet.
Our Waves Collide is not so much a band, but rather a unique collaboration of musicians who record in various combinations and permutations. It was conceived by Of Human Bonding as an idea that would allow musicians associated with the label, the creative freedom to write and record material outside the realm of what is expected of them in their regular groups and projects.
OHB also gave Our Waves Collide an over-arching creative mission – to present an honest interpretation of the human condition, through dark, but melodic songs about Love, Loss, Life and Death. Under the direction of OHB, different indie-rock and orchestral musicians were brought together to work on the recordings, along with a revolving line-up of singers, to perform the lead vocal duties. The first offering from Our Waves Collide is a collection of 4 songs called Neural Paths (EP). It features the voices of British and American singers – Hanna Durham, Dawn Berry, Sue Bremner, Alison Lenton and Natasha Bloxham. These are dark, beautiful artsongs that blend a core indie-rock sound with electronic and orchestral instruments. Two of the songs – Neural Paths and Survival Machine – have been built around stunning choral arrangements. In short, this is an atmospheric gem of an EP!
Maria Matveeva & Deep Forest – Electronic music pioneer, Grammy-award-winning artist Deep Forest has teamed up with opera singer Maria Matveeva on their latest offering, “Kalinushka” which has been premiering today via Music Week and will be released on 29th November! Deep Forest was the first French artists to win a Grammy Award and to this day, they only share this honour with Daft Punk. Dubbed as pioneers of “ethnic electronica”, their albums have sold over 10 million copies to date. Matveeva has collaborated with notable musicians such as David Bowie’s pianist, Mike Garson, notable for working with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, just to name a few.
Ales Gehringer AKA DJ Orbith has released a brand new 3 track EP of his latest hit ‘Black’. A Dangerously hypnotic beat with soul-shattering vocal samples laced throughout. Along with this Maxim Dark & Ricky Ebner have given the track a progressive make over while Holy Dory has turned ‘Black’ into another hard-hitting techno masterpiece. The ‘Black EP’ is out now on Dense Audio.
Robey – Formerly known as Eggo, it was in 2011 that Robey started releasing his first tracks. Brought into greater prominence at the french festival Astropolis, his high-flying live performances allowed him to play alongside some of the great names of electronic music such as Vitalic, Agoria or Robert Hood. After a first album unanimously acclaimed 2 years ago, Robey is about to release his 2nd LP, Liberaj on his own label iris recordings.
Ireland-based five-piece Shookrah released their brand new single “Flex” on 30th November via Broken Records. The single follows on from their track “Don’t Wanna Doubt You” continuing their highly successful year of writing and recording. The Irish Times crowned Shookrah, “Best Irish Act of 2017” and “50 People to Watch in 2018” while GoldenPlec named them their Plec Picks for 2016. Shookrah headlined shows at Quarter Block Party, Wigwam and K-Fest and supported music legends Billy Ocean and Theo Katzman (Vulfpeck) on their Irish tours.
Evil Needle – This young, talented Soulection affiliate gained momentous support with the release of his acclaimed previous LP, “Abyssal” featuring collaborators Mo Vibes, Naji, Noah, and songstress Aleisha Lee. Evil Needle has also collaborated with Noah, JMSN, Mr. Carmack, TroyBoi, Sivey and remixed for Midas Hutch and JMSN, collectively getting 7 million views and plays on just SoundCloud and Youtube alone, and Evil Needle’s previous production for Doja Cat’s ‘So High’ has 12 Million Youtube views to date.
B-Movie remixed by Rusty Egan – The band formed in Mansfield, Notts in 1980 and featured Steve Hovington (vocals & bass) Paul Statham (guitars) Rick Holliday (keyboards) and Graham Boffey (drums). After Steve managed to pass a demo tape into the hands of upcoming music impresario, Stevo backstage at a Cabaret Voltaire gig in 1980, the band recorded Moles for the Some Bizzare Album which also featured recording debuts by Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, The The and Blancmange. In January 1981, B-Movie signed to London Records and went on to release three critically acclaimed singles, ‘Remembrance Day,’ (featured in John Peel’s Festive 50 of 1981) ‘Marilyn Dreams’ and ‘Nowhere Girl’. The band supported Duran Duran on their first UK tour and their classic John Peel session became one of the most requested that year.Nowhere Girl went on to be a hit in various territories and the 12” remains a classic of its genre, still a staple favourite on radio and clubs throughout Europe and the U.S. BMovie went on to tour America three times and scored several hits in Europe. The original line-up split in 1983. Steve Hovington formed a new band ‘One’ which briefly featured Holliday on keyboards. Rick also formed Six Said Red with occasional Soft Cell vocalist Cindy Ecstacy. Graham Boffey took his drums to new band Slaughterhouse 5. Paul Statham joined Peter Murphy as both a member of his band the 100 Men and as co writer, including Murphy’s biggest hit “Cuts You Up”. He also began writing for and with other artists including Dido’s breakthrough hit ‘Here With Me”. In 2004 the original line-up reformed for a show at The Metro Club in London. The band went on to perform throughout the UK and Europe and released their first new material for thirty years in 2012 with the album Age of Illusion. They followed this up with the album Climate of Fear recorded in 2015 for US label Cleopatra, the band having evolved their original hard edged melodic pop into a more eclectic mix drawing from a wider range of influences but still with the unmistakable B- Movie sound with elegant synthesisers, Graham’s rock-solid drums, Paul’s beautifully harmonic guitar and Steve’s wonderfully deep, baritone vocals. The new EP is released on guitarist Paul Statham’s experimental music label Loki Records (www.lokirecords.com) and is available on CD and from all recognised digital platforms including itunes and streaming via Spotify, applemusic etc.
Autogramm is a synth-driven, power-pop trio, with members from bands like Black Mountain, Destroyer, Lightning Dust, Blood Meridian, The Spitfires, Black Halos, and Hard Drugs. If you’re a fan of The Cars, The Go Go’s, Gary Numan or Devo, you might like what they’re doing!
:aexattack is a guitar blasting quintet from vienna/austria with elements of noise pop, grunge and indie rock. Their approach to rhythm, harmonics and cross-genre arranging is blessed with soul, dynamics and wit, conquering space for ecstatic peaks and lyrical depth. “SLOW” brings the band back into position after an intense process of self-production – created with persistence and the firm belief in better prospects.
Trunks is back with a slower, more chilled out track titled ‘Nimbus’ in his signature style of an EDM and Trap fusion. ‘Nimbus’ builds gradually from the very first beat; it’s bright with choppy synth chords, with an insanely catchy melody. ‘Nimbus’ is out now on Simplify Records.
Argle Bargle – Following the success of their debut EP “In the Midst of All This Mess”, the Birmingham based 9-piece have continued to further their glowing reputation in and around the West-Midlands, having met at University as music students in Autumn 2015, and look to extend their dedicated following to new audiences in the capital, and beyond, aided by a brand new toe-tapping single, “Why Won’t You Let Me Sleep”, released on December 1st 2018. Their growing presence simultaneously within the Jazz and Pop scenes is testament to their varied repertoire, taking diverse influences and packaging them in a palatable and highly-contagious manner, setting the group aside as a unique entity, yet providing relatability for new audiences in equal measure to their dedicated Birmingham fan base. Their members’ technical proficiency, as semi-professional musicians in their own right, with members studying at some of the UK’s most prestigious music colleges, and inclusive, warming stage-presence, make for a captivating spectacle and one that proves electric particularly in a festival setting. Experience at recent engagements such as The Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2018, and ValeFest, as well as regular fixtures in association with a host of promoters including the O2 Group, have proven key in providing a platform for lofty ambitions on the back of an exciting new single, “Why Won’t You Let Me Sleep”. 2019 is an exciting prospect.
Maddè & Povia – Unleash your inner party animal and work it to Maddè & Povia’s new tune Mi Cuerpo
She The Throne is an experimental electronic duo from Manchester, UK who make one hell of a mesmerisingly harrowing noise. Oscillating between relief and discomfort, the brooding 80’s synth pop of their debut is a beautiful Lynchian nightmare – but what else would you expect with a lead single entitled ‘Sometimes My Arms Bend Back’? Taking further notes from Throbbing Gristle, Sun O))), witch house and director/horror icon John Carpenter, simply follow their siren song as it lulls you towards Hotbed Press.
PiMO – Bringing us 2 new tracks from Warsaw, Poland is house artist PiMO. After a series of projects through out 2018, his latest singles titled Running Man and That Girl are set to be released on the 4th December. The two songs are what he describes as full of bounce for those in need of some Ibiza tunes to get you through the winter. Running Man is an infectious dance floor banger that reminds you of those summer nights filled with parties and romantic flings. That Girl has a smoother side that still appeals to those Deep House lovers but suits that morning after feeling we all know too well. Both songs started out with a beat, much like most of his music, but PiMO wanted to stress the his dynamic melodic ability in these two. He started the mixing process with drums, and along the way wanted to give every instrument it’s own space so kept the mix clear and airy. His earlier career lead him to various successes. In 2011 he paired up with American vocalist John Webb for the nu-disco duo Thrill Kill, merging John’s spectral post-punk vocal stylings with PiMO’s richly dimensional electronic soundscapes. Thrill Kill highlights include producer, and 30 Seconds To Mars lead guitarist, Tomo Milicevic’s remix of the track “Breathe In,” and the jam “The Way You Move” featuring in an episode of the 90210 series reboot. Growing up in a household centred around music, with his early influences ranging from Tina Turner to Pink Floyd, it lead PiMO to explore genre in a way that Polish music hadn’t seen before. His sound today could be compared to the likes of Tensnake and Mylo, with every song of his holding complex electronic components that provide dance floor bangers.
Frederick The Younger – Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, some of Jenni Cochran’s earliest memories are of writing songs. Returning to the USA after working in Vietnam for a few years, she met Aaron Craker (guitar, keys, vocals) who was performing with his band Dr. Vitamin. The two immediately bonded over their shared love of Elliott Smith and The Beatles. They formed Frederick The Younger a few years later, releasing their first full length record “Human Child” in 2017. The band is their bond, formed on groovy garage pop, soulful vocals, a hint of Broadcast and 60s pop with a modern twist. There is an earnestness to their newest songs on a forthcoming EP, due out early 2019, that rings true – the kind of sincerity born from experience. These songs feel alive and well-lived, tragic, nostalgic, beautiful, and contemplative, all with a solid hook. “Everybody Wants To Take You For A Ride”, the first track taken from that EP, is a beautifully delivered, moody alt-pop piece that introduces a slower sound aesthetic to what they have to offer – the track was officially out on November 9th, 2018.
Xylo Aria is a plastic bag hating, keep cup loving, menstrual cup wearing individual. In her opinion there is no better medium than music through which to discuss, as a society, the biggest social and environmental factors that are impacting each one of us and our surroundings in such a significant manner. Her recent move into self production has allowed her to bring these goals to the forefront of her music creation.
DOXBOR – This young star from the centre of Argentina is currently climbing his way up to the top! Doxbor is inspired by all kinds of music dance, you can hear his passionate creativity and drive in every Doxbor (DJ Ak47) production! Recently Universal Music Argentina scouted his talent and signed him because of his unique talents to work with the band Rock-Pop ‘Babasonicos’. Through the years, achievement founding his important Label on Argentine ‘Ak47 Music Recordings’ and his outstanding Label ‘Aktone Records’ partner Beatport LLC. Its incredible Releases came to position it self among the ‘100 Tracks Bestsellers’ of Beatport. The constant growth in her career as a music producer led him to sign with ‘RCA Records UK’ of Sony Music Entertainment and work for advertising campaigns of Nokia Argentina.
Sands have collaborations with artists such as Killing Joke, The Verve, Paul McCartney, The Cult, The Orb, Echo And The Bunnymen, Primal Scream and many others, as well as working with Brett Shaw (Florence and the Machine, Foals, Daughter).
Boston Bun – Following up crossover bangers ‘Spread Love (Paddington)’, ‘Missing You’ & his latest remix of MK’s ‘Back & Forth’ (ft. Jonas Blue & Becky Hill), French house DJ Boston Bun releases his absolute dancefloor smasher ‘Better Together’ on his own imprint Circa ’99. After relocating from Paris to London the French DJ and producer, real name Thibaud Noyer, has found a renewed zest and vigour leading to the success of previous singles ‘Spread Love (Paddington)’ & ‘Missing You’ with a combined 17M+ streams, remixes for Jax Jones, Riton, Metronomy and playlisting on BBC Radio 1, Capital FM & KISS Fresh. Accompanying the track is a highlight compilation of high octane drift racing footage. Filmed via go-pro with some of Europe’s most notorious drift crews, ‘Better Together’ soundtracks a train of cars drifting on some of the windiest roads Europe has to offer. Think a legit DIY drift version of ‘Cosmic Girl’.
Joy Downer – Crafting indie pop full of lush synths, weaving guitars, and effortless catchy vocals – Joy Downer released their new single Plastic Wrap on 11/30/18. A straightforward slice of ear candy with a chorus made to be repeated..and repeated…and you get the idea. Based in Los Angeles, CA – Joy Downer is Joy and Jeff Downer
Circuit3 – Arguably the first Irish synthpop hip hop crossover “For Your Own Good” is released December 10th on all popular digital and streaming platforms alongside a CD available at www.circuit3.com. Circuit3 says “My debut album sold out… so I spent all the money on more synths…. Why not? “. “For Your Own Good” is the lead single from Circuit3’s new album due early 2019 titled “The Price Of Nothing & The Value Of Everything”. Given the Goldy Remix treatment then Irish hip-hop legend Ricki Rawness came in to put his stamp on the track. Circuit3 said “I had no idea where this was going. When I heard what Goldy and Ricki did my mind was melted. My original lyric around privacy and big brother took a sharp right turn into Ricki’s perspective on medication and the 9-to-5 grind”.
Eloquent have perfected their own approach to deep-rooted influences of Pet Shop Boys and Erasure. This duo brings you Modern Synthpop at it’s best. Ultra-catchy synth hooks with great melodies, combined with thought provoking lyrics that will appeal to anyone who likes great pop songs. “Nothing But Trouble” has been remixed by our very own UK Darkwave artists Nature of Wires.