Mjiri – ‘Stamp City’

Mjiri is the moniker of London-based British-Nigerian producer, performer and educator Mel Uye-Parker.

Uye-Parker has been making music for over 15 years – as a vocalist and writer, working with the likes of Rae & Christian and Yesking – but more recently, under the moniker of Mjiri as explored a flair for stunning sonic distillations that transfix and captivate. Latest single ‘Stamp City’ is a dancefloor ready banger. It is bright, transfixing and utterly addicting as sputtering and choppy electronics and burbling synthesizers are stitched together with acid squelches, house basslines, winding techno and ravey tones. The stuttering beats are delivered with clinical precision as we are utterly captivated by this marriage acid/house/techno which, as it goes, will get your body grooving (and no doubt dancefloors moving).

Listen to ‘Stamp City’ below:

Introducing: Atroxity

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, Atroxity is an electronica producer and composer who embraces the full spectrum of genres and has a preference for cross-pollination.

For almost 20 years, Atroxity has been a part of the local Oslo music scene in varying capacities, culminating in the release of his debut album Newland Punks in November 2016. Today however, we concern ourselves with his latest release, EP Cult Of The Scarab which is buttressed by ‘Outpost 10-3’ and ‘Yeah (It Works)’.

The two pillars provide a perfect example of the differing facets of Atroxity and what binds them together so seamlessly. ‘Outpost 10-3’ is a lush blend of tech-house influenced bass groove, soft pattering percussion and seductive deep house vibes, and bound by a playful synth, that flickers and sparks, bringing some breezy brightness to the fore amid the ambient landscapes. ‘Yeah (It Works)’ is a more uptempo affair, playful yet cinematic, it bounces along a colourful confection of quick step beats and irresistible groove illuminated by acid squiggles, winding synth and bursts of electronics for the more dancefloor ready of the two. Not only is his work bound by a love off of all things electronic, Atroxity’s work is marked by a playfulness, flair for groove and precision beat-work.

You can listen to ‘Outpost 10-3’ and ‘Yeah (It Works)’ below:

Moullinex – ‘The Huggers’

Moullinex is the alter ego of Portuguese producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Luis Clara Gomes.

Moullinex’s preference for summery, tropical-infused sounds revolving mostly around disco house, synth pop, and new wave was born out with stunning effect on most recent album, Hypersex. The Portuguese producer is back with another single lifted from said record, and it bears all the aforementioned fun-filled colourful hallmarks of his sound. ‘The Huggers’ is upbeat, bright and funky as it skips along an infectious disco house groove flanked by wacky sense of fun, playful synths and bursts of neon colours, and most notably, his prodigious imagination. And for all this technical ability, his imagination is the star here. This is music that doesn’t take itself too seriously as he dares to go where others will not, while concocting something utterly contagious that could (and will) rock many a dance floor. A summery, feelgood and utterly infectious jam that will be bouncing around your head all week – pure unadulterated brilliance!

Listen to ‘The Huggers’ below & if that is to your liking, why not give Hypersex a spin here?

Cavego – ‘Hunderfossen’

Late last year Norwegian producer Cavego released his debut EP Gudbrandsdalen on Eskimo Recordings; it is a gorgeous mixture of field recordings, vintage synths, ambient sounds and bright, sparkling electronica, and it is fair to say, it is pretty damn great.

The same can be said for the latest instalment from Cavego, sprightly new single ‘Hunderfossen’. Named after a famous Norwegian amusement park, ‘Hunderfossen’ is a bright, bouncy and playful slice of Scandi-Disco. Bursting with buoyant, uplifting sounds, it is a feel-good tune that brings party vibes, radiating an air of unquestionable coolness as it swaggers on a funky bassline and buoyant melody – highly infectious and danceable. With its deep irresistible groove, funk-filled bass and colourful beats, this deliciously vibrant, sparkling slice of cosmic disco struts its way onto the dance floor, leaving you hypnotised as it pops along. Magnificent!

Listen to ‘Hunderfossen’ below:

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.

Safetalk – ‘Static’

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Anglo-French trio Safetalk – comprised of two Parisian producers Hugues Tonnet and Thomas Desnoyers and Berlin-based British vocalist, David Harks – have released a stellar new single ‘Static’.

It is the title track from their debut EP which collates previous singles, ‘Universal’, ‘Gold of the Highest’ and ‘Mimic’ into a nice, neat package of cosmic electronic-pop. Brooding gloom-pop with murky electronic production, ‘Static’ is a hypnotic fusion of pulsating electronic rhythms, radiant synths and tender vocals combining to create interstellar psych-electronic music brimming with an abundance of heart and soul. The continental trio have delivered yet another compelling and transfixing electronic excursion that will leave an indelible mark on ones soul.

Listen to ‘Static’ below and Safetalk’s EP shall be with us in mid-November.

Introducing: Kettleflower

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Kettleflower is a collaboration between producer-engineer Mike Purcell and singer-songwriter Patrick Rickelton. Together, the Nashville duo craft guitars-meet-synth indie/alternative sound and last year, they released their debut EP Warning Bells.

Following up that EP is new single ‘Now We Acquiesce’, the pair’s first outing in 2018. A soft, melodic indie/synthpop adventure accompanied by an enchanting blend of shimmering synths, flourishes of electronics and a hushed vocal. At points both melancholic and hopeful, it conveys a sense of strength in fragility and imbued with an understated burning possitivity. A magnificent, shimmering indie-electronic delight. The pair have followed it with ‘Dreaming’; a heavenly blend of tranquil, hazy atmospherics. It is simply beautiful and at the hazard of stating the obvious, it glides elegantly by with a beguiling, dreamlike aura.

You’ll be all the better for letting this pair into you life, guaranteed!

Listen to ‘Now We Acquiesce’ and ‘Dreaming’ below; the latter is available free for a limited time from bandcamp.

Yuksek & JD Samson – ‘Don’t Even Try’

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Yuksek and JD Samson have joined forces for a formidable floor-filling new single ‘Don’t Even Try’; one of the best dance tracks you’re likely to hear this summer.

Shifting through a flurry lively drum rhythms and an undeniably danceable groove; ‘Don’t Even Try’ makes for an incredible, irresistible and glorious disco house cut with empowering vocals. It is a funky edged fusion that brings the party, stomping its way onto the dance floor. High on energy, highly infectious and danceable; this is almost five minutes of deliciously vibrant, disco-edged house groover with a deep irresistible groove and big bangin’ beats. If there is any justice at all, ‘Don’t Even Try’ will be lighting up a dance floor near you soon.

You can listen to ‘Don’t Even Try’ below.

Dobchinsky – ‘Ramabama’

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Dobchinsky are a Moscow-based electronic outfit whose preference is experiment with electronics, oscillating on the energies of funk, lounge, downtempo & chillout.

Their most recent singles ‘Ramabama’ combines all these disparate elements to form a fun-filled and funky fix of upbeat summery vibes. Shuffling along a funky groove and big, bouncy beats it is resplendent with it’s bursts of colour, radiant sunshine and irresistible melody, lead by a electro-violin. Upbeat, fun and funky; and yet nicely chilled, laidback and carefree; a rather nice combo just in time for summer. All in all, it is superb and not to dissimilar to what you would expect from the stellar Mr Scruff.

Get in tune with the fun-filled frolics of ‘Ramabama’ below.

Tomás Novoa – ‘Al Bosque’

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Noted for his penchant for heavy basslines, organic rhythms and emotive soundscapes, Chilean born, Berlin-based producer Tomás Novoa returns with another sublime single of his signature style.

New track, ‘Al Bosque’ is a revelation – plain and simple. Opening along a steady beat and gleaming synth, it reveals itself to be a magnificent shape-shifting beast, fluctuating between vaguely ambient, twinkling elegance and a highly danceable disposition. Taking in a series of tempo shifts, this suitably blissed-out spin through popping corn beats and ravey tones is as refreshing as cool glass of ice-water on a scorching summer’s day and as relaxing as soothing sounds of ocean waves lapping at your feet. Another sublime single Novoa, and one that offers even more reward and insight into the skills at his disposal.

Listen to ‘Al Bosque’ below now: