Three Thieves – ‘Ivory Coast ft. Ruby Atlanta’

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Three Thieves is the moniker of Cardiff based producer, Tom Clugston, who specialises in a spellbinding synthesis of sound embracing all things hip hop, electronica, drum & bass and a wealth of other electronic beat driven genres.

Clugston’s beat wizardry and melodic, fluid electronic compositions was acutely evident on late 2016’s superb, Zero Hour EP. Three Thieves has kicked off 2019 on a high with brand new single ‘Ivory Coast’ featuring Welsh vocalist Ruby Atlanta. Shifting along a procession of soft, shuffling beats with a gentle swaggering groove, ‘Ivory Coast’ radiates an aura of uplifting positivity and warm vibes. Melodic, fluid and mellow, the single’s beauty is augmented by the stunning, soulful vocals of Ruby Atlanta. An infectious, melodic little earworm – you’ll have it on constant rotation for sure.

Listen to ‘Ivory Coast ft. Ruby Atlanta’ below now:

Bels Lontano – Kind Decade EP

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Bels Lontano is an electronic music project from US-based composer and producer Bret Bohman.

Following on from his stellar introductory single ‘At the Horizon’, Bohman has released debut EP Kind Decade. Comprised of six tracks – incl. ‘At the Horizon’ – it explores concepts of liminal spaces, natural beauty, therapy and personal growth, while taking inspiration from a wide variety of musical and non-musical sources – love, anxiety, beats and ambience.

‘At the Horizon’ finds a sweet spot between beauty and terror, with a steady bass thump and crunchy beats, it carves a way through the ambient atmospheric soundscape and silky melody. Glistening strings mingle with glitchy sounds as the intensity grows; it is elegant but with a foreboding sense of mild eeriness never far away. ‘Tumbleweed’ is cut from a similar, if somewhat more dancefloor ready, ominous cloth as it booms along big and glitchy beats the downtempo ambient sounds and chugging intensity of techno collide to create something both beautiful and fierce. ‘Florid Entanglements’ fizzes by with fluidity and bursts with rushes of euphoria while beats pop and whizz frantically in a sea of tranquil sounds, airy tones and glacial chimes. Penultimate track ‘Citadel’ opens with slowly evolving atmospherics which leads through an epic buildup into heavy, glitchy sounds with chopped vocals flowing over a pulsing bassline and crashing beats. Kind Decade is an aural delight of elegance, ambience and precision beats – a beautiful bout of electronic escapism.

You can sample some choice cuts below or you can find the entire EP here.

Fred und Luna – ‘Nichtmusikalische Stadt Unter Schritten’

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Fred und Luna is the curious project of German musician, lector, poet and photo/video maker Rainer Buchmüller.

“Fred und Luna” are two mannequins residing in a fashion boutique in Karlsruhe, Germany, and they serve as Buchmüller’s muse – an usual backstory, yes but a fruitful one for his self-style “elektrokraut” sounds.

Having previously released the EP ‘Glück Auf’ and debut album ‘Im Klanggarten’ in 2017, Buchmüller is primed to release the project’s second album ‘Im Tiefenrausch’. Ahead of the album, we’ve been presented with taster track ‘Nichtmusikalische Stadt Unter Schritten’ – a perfect exhibition of his “elektrokraut” taking parts electronica and Krautrock, to fashion them together. Shifting along a steady, transfixing winding groove, it is overlaid with cool, chiming chords, laid-back vocals and a funky sense of melody. With its combination of repetitive rhythms, beautiful melodies, electronic soundscapes, irresistible rhythms and dreamy atmospheres, the dusky vibed ‘Nichtmusikalische Stadt Unter Schritten’ wields a rather seductive, spellbinding charm.

Listen to ‘Nichtmusikalische Stadt Unter Schritten’ below now and keep an eye out for the new record coming on February 1st.

Superheart – ‘Talk About It’

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Over the past 18 months or so, UK-based producer Luke Batt aka Superheart has proven a reliable source of comforting and dreamy, electronic synthpop jams with singles ‘Count On Me’, ‘After Midnight’ and ‘Satellite’.

Superheart is kicking off 2019 with an equally elegant, shiny, glittery new single ‘Talk About It’. Moving along a slumber pace, in a dreamlike state of awe ‘Talk About It’ combines gentle hushed guitar, a soothing layer of synths and a pillowy soft bassline with elegant, heavenly vocals and the outcome is just beautiful. All dreamy, blissful vibes and warm, gentle soundscapes, packed with emotion, divine layered vocals, and a beautifully, tranquil and soothing finish – ‘Talk About It’ is a small slice of heaven.

Superheart really is a gift that keeps on giving – listen to ‘Talk About It’ below:

Richard Devine – ‘Takara’

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After a six year break, Atlanta’s Richard Devine returned to the fold in 2018 with new album Sort/Lave, sculpting a sound that is complex, elegant and organic.

Devine’s return was heralded by his ambition to create a record that sounded different to his previous work, which had been more cold, digital, clinical even, in favour of something more organic, detailed, spacious, big and warm; a record to play all the way through that flowed in a seamless fashion. While Devine’s idea of warmth may be open to discussion, Sort\Lave is exquisite, as is the latest track lifted from it ‘Takara’. Something of an ambient lullaby, it is elegant, soft and beautiful. ‘Takara’ is a gorgeous track that twinkles and glistens amid ambient textures, subtle melody and atmospheric gushes – one of the album’s finest moments, perfectly suited to its role as the album closer.

Listen to ‘Takara’ below now – and if that is to your liking why not give Sort/Lave a spin? You can do so here.

Altvater – ‘Quietly, The Sea’

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Throughout 2018, producer Altvater proved a more than reliable source of downtempo electronica; a fusion of cinematic electronica, trip hop, and dark synthwave.

Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, Altvater’s style is marked by an ability to blend colour and warmth to a glacial but imperious ambience, as evidenced by his Walking Creatures EP, and single ‘Moonbird’, and with the release of latest single ‘Quietly, The Sea. Really’, he is insuring he is finishing the year on a high note. Inspired by a picture his grandfather took in the Bahamas in the 80s; one of the sea in its calm, serene state and Altvater set about creating an instrumental interpretation. ‘Quietly, The Sea’ is a beautiful, smooth and chilled out slice of tranquil downtempo electronica. It flourishes with sultry piano and guitar arrangement, driven by a steady drums and seductive melody, all wrapped up by smooth saxophone lines and soulful vocal sample. ‘Quietly, The Sea’ is beautiful, calm and rather easy-on-the-ear while capturing how pensive and meditating the sea can be.

Listen to ‘Quietly, The Sea’ below:

Introducing: Sulkin’ Raven

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Sulkin’ Raven is the brainchild of Kevin De Nicolo, an electronic music producer, composer, and DJ hailing from North Hollywood, California.

Sulkin’ Raven’s intricate and delicately woven, glitchy atmospheric electronica flows from a well of ambient sounds and interspersed with subtle grooves and melodies, and charming computer game synths and 8-bit sounds – a fine and fascinating balance that his recently released Strange Days + Other voices EP is testament to.

‘Help! I’m Ambient’ is, as the name suggests, a work of slow burning ambient sounds. This is one to get lost in, as it evokes moods, feelings and memories on this magical trip through ethereal, atmospheric textures. ‘Not Near Whatever’ is simply gorgeous as it unfolds radiating a sense of awe and wonder as sounds drip, splash and twinkle amid the chiming tones, glitchy sounds and flourishes exuberant light. It bubbles and fizzes with playful computer game synths and 8-bit sounds delighting in delivering irresistible melodies. ‘I Can’t Even’ is a sort of crossing point between the two above; ethereal tones and atmospheric textures abound while slivers of synths and 8-bit sounds create a retro-futuristic vibe. Be they dreamy, playful, or both, Sulkin’ Raven wares are magical and beautiful instrumental electronic jams.

Listen to some choice cuts below and if you like what you hear, check out the new EP here.

R. Seiliog Announces New Album; Shares ‘Opal Drift’

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Welsh producer R.Seiliog aka Robin Edwards has announced he will release a new album Megadoze, on November 30 via Turnstile.

With this most welcome news comes lead track ‘Opal Drift’ which suggests subtle shift from the sonic palette of previous albums Doppler (2013) and In Hz (2016) – both masterful works. ‘Opal Drift’ is a wonderful slice of deep flowing ambient techno that opens with a gently evocative sound of trickling water that flows through ambient textures and synth waves along a subtle beat and gentle pulsing rhythm, swelling to softly envelope all in its carefully sculpted surrounding. Mesmerising stuff that certainly adds to the excitement for the forthcoming album.

Get hypnotised below with ‘Opal Drift’ – Megadoze is out on November 30 via Turnstile.

Little People – ‘Tonight’

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London producer Little People‘s – aka Laurent Clerc – creates a colourful sound collage that is part beats, bleeps and samples that stems from a love of hip hop, it effortlessly combines warm synths, intricate melodies and string arrangements.

Little People has a new album Landloper coming on January 11 2019 via Future Archive Recordings, a first release since 2015, ahead of which we’ve been treated to lead single ‘Tonight’. A slick, smooth and effortlessly cool track as scattered beats dance with clean, crisp bass lines that run underneath a pitched vocal sample amid cascading flourishes of glitchy sounds and colourful, frazzled synth and electronics. A plush, captivating and seductive tune, ‘Tonight’ combines silky production skills with infectious hip-hop inspired beats for a fresh, imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Tune into ‘Tonight’ below:

Pines – ‘Speak’

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Aussie duo Pines – aka Adam Dormand and James Kenneally – hone an elegant fusion of blissful relaxation and lush electronic sounds.

The Adelaide pair’s latest single ‘Speak’ follows ‘Glisten’ and ‘I’ve Been Waiting’ to complete a trilogy of singles calling time on their business for 2018 – and how! ‘Speak’ shimmers majestically as it tips along a lockstep rhythm in a swirling vortex of hypnotic sounds while the breathy vocals not only complement this perfectly but add another layer of frosty, almost glacial elegance. Precise, pristine and hypnotic – the pair once again eke out a space where colour and warmth can coexist with a glacial but imperious ambience.

Pines are planning to release their debut full length some time next year – so keep an eye out for that too.