Bad Stream – ‘Sex Cities’

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Berlin-based Bad Stream aka Martin Steer is currently prepping the release of a debut album and while we wait, he’s shared ‘Sex Cities’, the second single lifted from the aforementioned album.

‘Sex Cities’, like Bad Stream in general, has a very post-industrial feel to it and offering freeze frames of excess and loneliness. It blends complex layers of guitars and machines vanishing in the spaces filled with bubbling basslines, noisedrums, distorted analog synths and Steer’s experimental whims and distinctive voice. Steer’s vocals do battle to be heard amidst ambient, noise, drone and undulating mild doses of euphoria – but heard they are. Together all these facets coalesce to focus the mind, captivate and transport one to a place of contemplation. Sonically, it’s not far off late ’90s Primal Scream and Holy Pictures era David Homes – impressive company.

Listen to ‘Sex Cries’ below and watch out for the forthcoming LP.

YellowStraps – ‘Blame (feat. VYNK)

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Belgian trio YellowStraps only featured on here with their sublime single ‘Nights Up’, which showcased their soul tinged alt-R&B with downtempo electro sensibilities with perfection.

The trio, comprised of Yvan Murenzi, Alban Murenzi, and Raphael Starkier, are preparing the release a new EP and ahead of which, they have shared the project’s title track ‘Blame’. A hypnotic slowburn guitar ushers in a simple beat before VYNK’s characterful vocals pitched somewhere between chilling, bleak and soulful deliver a tale of two people that are deeply in love, but they can’t make the compromise they need to make it work. While a blend of serene instrumentals and emotional undercurrents radiate jazz-influenced hip-hop sound, its tonal woes and poetic performance mean the vocals chime amid the jazzy instrumental seeds. Five minutes of blissful hypnosis – just wow!

YellowStraps will release their 4-track EP on April 20 via Majestic Casual, and if these past two singles don’t have you salivating, nothing will. Listen to ‘Blame’ below:

Desert – ‘Sense Likes’

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Desert are Barcelona-based producers Cristina Checa and Eloi Caballé.

Buoyed by a flair for rich, dreamy soundscapes, the Catalan duo reside in an enchanted world that is all their own; of sunny beaches, shimmering sands, calming seas and long summer nights. The pair’s latest single ‘Sense Likes’ drifts from a dreampop influenced origin, to traverse altogether more electronic and experimental regions. Opening with a beguiling, textured haze of dreaminess it shifts seductively, as subtle as shifting sands, through flourishes of electronics, Balearic touches to pounding electronic thumps and accelerating ravey tones. A lavish composition with what feels like a lifeblood of its own, it is utterly transformed. With breathtaking dexterity, ‘Sense Likes’ evokes a mixture of romance and melancholy.

‘Sense Likes’ is the lead single from their upcoming three-track release for singles label, CSCN.

Superheart – ‘After Midnight’

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UK-based musician and producer Luke Batt aka Superheart introduced himself toward the end of last year with debut single ‘Count On Me’; a lovely, comforting and dreamy, electronic synthpop jam.

Batt has opened his account for 2018 with equally divine follow-up single ‘After Midnight’. A lush and loved-up cut of dreamy electro-pop that radiates a sentimental energy that is impossible to ignore. Across three-and-a-half minutes of delicate, soft vocals over mildly tropical downtempo instrumentation, all bound together by an inescapable romanticism that will leave you with goosebumps, and make an indelible mark on your soul.

Stick ‘After Midnight’ on and fall in love. You will never want it to end.

Sal Dulu – ‘Tyko’

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Heralded by the impressive introduction of two stellar singles ‘Duluoz Dream’ & ‘Antasma’, Sal Dulu’s fleeting steps in the world have been nothing short of outstanding – and the Dublin-based producer’s latest ‘Tyko’ is nothing short of breathtaking.

Sal Dulu has a flair for fantastic hip-hop inspired electronic productions and mastery is front and centre with ‘Tyko’. A stunning and well weaved work of delicate balearic percussion, evocative field recordings and found sounds, warm synths and vocals by Xao; ‘Tyko’ has a transportative quality. One so powerful, given half a chance, it will have your mind away in the outer reaches of’the upside down’ other-worldliness to glistening, heavenly blissfulness and back again. Through a seductive blend of calming vocals, electronic flavours, Japanese samples and brass, its warm glowing allure is irresistible. As good as Sal Dulu’s earlier releases are, ‘Tyko’ is another level altogether – this is one of 2018’s finest tracks so far.

Waste no more time, listen to ‘Tyko’ below now. The Dublin producer’s other work is available here too, and well worth a moment of your time.