Altvater – ‘Arcturus’

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Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, Altvater is an electronic music producer who’s downtempo jams are a fusion of electronica, trip hop, and dark synthwave.

Altvater’s style has shades of early techno sharing colour and warmth to a glacial but imperious ambiance, as evidenced by ‘Arcturus'; lifted from the Walking Creatures EP. It slinks along at its own pace, unhurried or bothered by anything else, hissing into life before the throbbing bass permeates the steady drive with a menacing air. This menace is punctured only by twinkles with a glacial aura and crystalline chimes, before the shiver of chilling ominousness returns, with spooky tones and squelches at every turn. Precise, pristine and pulsating – it is a spectacular introduction to Altvater.

Listen to ‘Arcturus’ below – and there is plenty more where that came from, over here.

Gwenno Announces New Album; Shares New Single ‘Tir Ha Mor’

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Welsh artist Gwenno – former Pipettes front-woman, Gwenno Saunders – is releasing her second album, Le Kov, on March 3 via Heavenly Recordings.

Le Kov is the follow-up to Y Dydd Olaf, Gwenno’s spellbinding debut solo album, which intricately weaved mixture of moods and textures, soft-edged synths, blissed out Krautrock and Motorik rhythms. Ahead of the hotly anticipated record, shared a video for its first single, ‘Tir Ha Mor’. The first single follows a similarly sublime formula, sung in Cornish, it is lush, sweeping, sparkling and brilliant. The video features Gwenno singing and dancing, and reflects ‘Tir Ha Mor’ colourful psychedelic leanings.

The album, Le Kov is sung entirely in Cornish and translates to “land and sea”, and while it has an awful lot to live up to if it’s reach the heady heights of Y Dydd Olaf but judging by ‘Tir Ha Mor’ at least, Gwenno is on the right track.

Sit back and enjoy ‘Tir Ha Mor’ below:

Introducing: Likvid

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Likvid is Slovakian born, London-based musician and producer Allan Vilhan, who’s music is a blend of ambient and beat-driven tunes, with subtly and a deft touch, it is a wonderful hinterland somewhere between trip-hop, d’n’b and electronica; where both industrial and ethereal moments can coexist and thrive.

Themes are loaded with spirituality, illuminated by deep and dark lyrics, and primed to thrust you on a ethereal voyage of tranquil discovery. Recent single, ‘Unreal Lies’ is probably his most outstanding work to date. Working in collaboration with Swedish singer and musician Marta Karis, it is a subtle blend of heavenly atmospherics and sensual sounds, complimented perfectly by Karis’ bewitching vocals, which adds a veil of the mysteriousness to this reposing sojourn to a world of alluring escapism. While retaining the ambient atmospherics, ‘Can You Hear Me?’ has more of a subterranean vibe albeit interspersed with splashes of light. It is much more beat driven, propelled by heavier hitting beats, it is cloaked with a ghostly aura, due in no small part to the haunting vocals of Krisztian Karpati. These are hopefully just two of many delights to come from a potentially very fruitful merging of the industrial and ethereal.

Listen to ‘Unreal Lies’ & ‘Can You Hear Me?’ below – two quality introductions to Likvid.

https://soundcloud.com/likvid_project/can-you-hear-me

Jason Nolan – ‘Late Night City Hawks’

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Jason Nolan is a London born, bred and based young artist whose enigmatic musical style is nothing short of breathtaking.

Nolan’s latest release, ‘Late Night City Hawks’ is a prime example of the powers he possesses, and an apt point of introduction to this comforting, feelgood slice of indie-music-to-dance-to. ‘Late Night City Hawks’ is simultaneously chilled but a mover. Nolan’s soft, inviting, mellow vocals set the tone as twinkling synths, elegant strings and floating flutes coalesce, drawing you into a vast labyrinth of soothing, ear-pleasing and joy-filled jazzy sounds. Nolan transfixes with a sound that is both fresh and familiar; Mr. Scruff meets Hot Chip, with Nolan’s own twist crafting something altogether new.

You can listen to the sublime ‘Late Night City Hawks’ below – and if you like that, there’s plenty more where that came from, over here.

Introducing: Patawawa

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UK trio Patawawa spent the past 12 months carving out a rep for sublime, sassy and infectious, disco-infused charmers – and they’ve kicked off 2018 in a similar stead, with the release of their debut EP, Bedroom.

Really what they do is disco, pure and simple, and they do it rather bloody well. This is old-school disco, with touches of funk and soul, and shades of ’90s/’00s French house – brought together with a modern-twist. ‘Patagonia’ is a shiny, glossy and 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. While delivered at a fraction slower tempo, ‘Song For Sam’ is another instantly infectious gem. A silky piece of slinky disco, worming its way into your consciousness with a shuffling, stuttering, funky bassline, deep irresistible groove and choppy guitar. The final gloss is given by a perfect companion, that being the pleasant, easy-on-the-ear and divine, interchanging vocals. Patawawa dare to disco, and it is a joy!

Listen to the choice cuts from their debut EP below – and the EP, in its entirety can be found here.