Death Hags – ‘Oublie Moi’

Death Hags is the multifaceted project of Los Angeles-based, French electronica artist, Lola Jean. Working mostly from the secluded hideaway hills of East LA, Jean crafts hypnotic, futuristic and minimal electronica inspired by the likes of Brian Eno, Björk and Twin Peaks .

The latest release from the enigmatic creative force that is Death Hags, is new single ‘Oublie Moi’. Amid a moody atmospheric world, like predecessor ‘Electrochemical Communication’, it is a hypnotic, futuristic and post-industrial-themed track. Fuelled by driving synths and industrial beats, ‘Oublie Moi’ is imbued with a nervous tension that expands, contracts and then evaporates to reveal a sparse shadowy futuristic post-industrial world. It is a hypnotic, transfixing and moody track with Jean delivering an internal monologue, softly spoken entirely in French, from the perspective of character Josie Packard. This is just magnificent, and with ‘Electrochemical Communication’ and now ‘Oublie Moi’ has fast become one of my favourite new finds of 2019.

Listen to ‘Oublie Moi’ below and while your at it, ‘Electrochemical Communication’ comes highly recommended also.

SACRE – ’10:00PM FIRE IRAE’

Parisian pair SACRE appear to have a flair for bubbly, infectious and elegant synth pop and their latest single, ’10:00PM FIRE IRAE’ is a perfect exponent of this spirit.

The duo are prepping the release of the follow-up to their 2018 debut album, entitled Love Revolution, it will be released later this year and is preceded by lead single ’10:00PM FIRE IRAE’. It is an utterly entrancing track the seamlessly encompassing parts electronica, electro-pop and house under its fluid spell. Shuffling along an irresistible, swaggering groove, crisp neon beats collide with phasing bursts of frazzled electronics, winding synth and squelching basslines creating a transfixing three-minutes of infectious, neon-bright and beautiful electronica. Brimming with breezy, chillout vibes, ’10:00PM FIRE IRAE’ truly flourishes as the elegant, crisp, airy vocals come to the fore.

Listen to ’10:00PM FIRE IRAE’ below:

Arms That Fit Like Legs – ‘My Mind is Going’

Arms That Fit Like Legs are an electronic instrumental-rock foursome from Dublin, comprised of Mark Lynch, Gordon McCaughley, Michael McCaughley & Mike Mahon.

Taking their cue from the likes of El Ten Eleven, Redneck Manifesto, Fridge, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Aphex Twin to name but a few, these electronic experimenters leave quite an impression with their immersive and hypnotic genre-blending, majestically blurring the lines between exhilarating electro and propulsive Krautrock leanings. It is a description which aptly fits the Irish outfit’s latest single lifted from album Legwork, entitled ‘My Mind is Going’. Just shy of six minutes, this dynamic and pulsing electronic life-force is spearheaded by a spectacular succession of swishes of looped bells and chimes which eventually become consumed by waves of crunching beats, liquid blissfulness and boundless flourishes of crystalline percussion. Lush, glistening and elegant, ‘My Mind is Going’ is a futuristic, vividly imaginative and unique, shapeshifting sound.

Listen to ‘My Mind is Going’ below and if that is to your liking, get a load of their latest album Legwork, here.

Retro Kid – ‘Sweet Nothings (ft. BRN & Christiane)’

Copenhagen-based outfit Retro Kid have endeared themselves to us with a series of irresistible electronic productions over the past 18 months or so.

Preferring a place between indie-music-to-dance-to and electronica, stylistically their work brings to mind the likes of Caribou, Hot Chip and Mount Kimbie, and with latest single ‘Sweet Nothings’ Retro Kid repeat the trick. Featuring BRN & Christiane, ‘Sweet Nothings’ is an exquisite piece of indie-electronica that is somewhere between club land and chilled electronica. Propelled through the atmospheric haze by an infectious deep house groove, it moves with a glacial elegance amid an ever increasing winding intensity with murmuring synth, samples and succession of slick beats. Intense yet chilled, ‘Sweet Nothings’ is treated to one final coat of gloss by the graceful (and soulful) vocals of Luke Byrne and Christian & Christiane Karoline Kjærgaard.

Listen to ‘Sweet Nothings (ft. BRN & Christiane)’ below now:

Touboura – ‘Awakening’

Touboura is an instrumental kraut/space/drone electronica outfit from Greece.

Revolving around the talents of Sofia Touboura, these are experimental, imaginative sounds imbued with of wonderment and awe, and none more so than latest single ‘Awakening’.

A three-and-a-half minute long hypnotic intrepid adventure in sound and space. Opening with an ever-progressing, relentless rhythmic surge, bouyed by a motorik beat, it gains in intensity before stopping abruptly, succumbing to the enveloping blissed-out airy synthscapes before rising again, amid a haze of hissing noise, distortion and fuzz which begins to fade as cosmic sounds cascade and chime, as rhythmic surge electrifies us once more. A heady brew of swirling psych, beautiful spaced-out noise and Motorik rhythms, it is a wonder of imagination and ideas that finds a home in your consciousness. An enthralling, intrepid and awe-inspiring experience.

‘Awakening’ is the second single lifted from (I died so many times that I became) Immortal EP released via To Pikap Records – you can find it here.

Listen to ‘Awakening’ below.

WOB! – ‘Syncopate’

WOB! is a Serbian/Irish drummer, electronic music producer and DJ with a preference and precocious talent for crafting elegant & fluid compositions encompassing parts electronica, electro-pop, drum & bass and house.

Latest single from WOB!, ‘Syncopate’, is a perfect exponent of this spirit. Shifting along a sea of squiggling, squelching basslines and flurry of fluid beats ‘Syncopate’ moves with a fluid, liquid-like dexterity. Brimming with chill out vibes, stabs of Balearic-esque keys and flourishes of synths and harmonic vocals, this is an utterly transfixing three-minutes of infectious, neon-bright and beautiful electronica.

Also, WOB! teamed up with artists from Poland to create the stunning laser powered visuals on the video for ‘Syncopate’, lead by Okime Emiko – check it and the single itself below now.

WOB! will be performing live with four-piece band on April 12 in Brewery Corner, Kilkenny and June 2 at Vantastival. Tune in below:

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:

Altvater – ‘This Pertains To Solitude’

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Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, producer Altvater proved a reliable source of downtempo electronica at any given opportunity throughout 2018.

His fusion of cinematic electronica, trip hop, and dark synthwave is marked by an ability to blend colour and warmth to a glacial but imperious ambience, as evidenced by recent releases of the Walking Creatures EP, and singles ‘Moonbird’ and ‘Quietly, The Sea. Really’. Altvater’s latest single is the magnificent ‘This Pertains To Solitude’, ensuring 2019 is set to be of a similar ilk. Propelled along a tidy, steady drumbeat ‘This Pertains To Solitude’ is moody, emotive and pensive as it elegantly navigates its ways way through a cinematic, ambient atmosphere. Its mellow shroud never lifts, delicate keys, ambient sounds, chanting vocals and middle eastern touches only add to the pensive procession – a rich and textured one at that. A beautiful, calm and meditative track, and one that is rather easy-on-the-ear too.

Listen to ‘This Pertains To Solitude’ below:

Hessian – ‘Clarity’

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Hessian is the moniker of Bristol-based musician and producer Matthew de Souza who has a preference for blurring the lines between the many intricate sub genres of electronic music.

Taking inspiration from artists such as Four Tet, Floating Points and Jon Hopkins, Hessian’s sound combines organic and synthetic sounds for his captivating compositions and latest single ‘Clarity’ is a spellbinding example of this prowess. It introduces itself softly, with a long ambient spell met with warm base line, twinkling keys and soft, pattering beats – transfixing from the off. ‘Clarity’ swells with lush sounds and jazzy chords, rising to a crescendo of sunburned atmospheric warmth before a hypnotising blend of winding, techno-esque synth, deep house groove and crunchy beats emerge to bewitch completely. A lush, elegant and utterly stunning single – this is the best thing you are likely to hear today, if not all week.

Listen to ‘Clarity’ below:

Mesa Luna – ‘Woronoco’

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Mesa Luna, the one-man dream-pop project of multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Justice McLellan is preparing to release debut LP Lash on March 22.

Last we encountered the Vancouver artist was with blissful and shimmering synth-filled lead single ‘Dispel’, and McLellan is back with another taste of the forthcoming record in the shape of ‘Woronoco’. It is a blissed-out, majestic and heavenly slice of shoegaze indebted dream-pop that is equally beautiful and affecting. With ‘Woronoco’, Mesa Luna weaves atmospheric textures, glacial elegance, shimmering electronics, reverberating synth, slowburning guitars, yearning emotion and hushed heartfelt vocals together to create a song that is delicate and pristine yet simultaneously powerful and a compelling wall of noise. Yet another exquisite and emphatic track from Vancouver; things are looking rather well for the album on March 2.

Listen to ‘Woronoco’ below: