Alan Maguire – ‘Time is Tension’

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‘Time is Tension’ is the latest single from Dublin producer/musician Alan Maguire.

There is a touch of the epic, dramatic even, as ‘Time is Tension’ simultaneously exudes an aura of ethereal wonderment and suspense building tension. A beautifully crafted exploration, it endeavors to enthrall and captivate, winging your thoughts a million miles away from the dullness of daily drabness. Crisp neon beats, phasing guitars and synths, and deep groove are expertly employed by Maguire to bring about an atmospheric, spacey-disco adventure. Delivered with a deft touch, pin point accuracy and flair for the atmospheric; this is a broody, thought-and-emotion evoking and immersive listening experience. In short; ‘Time is Tension’ will dramatically improve your day, no doubt about it.

Listen to ‘Time is Tension’ below and if that is to your liking, there’s plenty more where that came from, over here.

Ave Maria Overdrive & Skiba Shapiro – ‘Shabba’

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Ave Maria Overdrive were born in Zurich in 2016, the creative brainchild of Caccia Schiacciatore (Guitar, Synths & Drums) and Captain Bitrage (Bass, Synths & Drums), the pair do a fine line in off-kilter alt-pop.

The duo’s most recent release is EP, Photogenic Melodies of which latest single ‘Shabba’ is lifted from. The track is marked by a sense of balance between pop and experimental. Albeit a bouncy pop song, within the fabric of ‘Shabba’, there are a variety of disparate musical strains; disco, post-punk, electro, bossa nova and pop. These strands are bound together and intricately woven and adorned with an ear for infectious pop hook, buoyant melodies and an under-stated hint of electro and synth-pop nous. The result is something broody, beautiful and dramatic – an altogether different, intriguing and exploitative sound.

A big thumbs up for ‘Shabba’ – which you can listen to below. And if that is to your liking, why not get acquainted with the duo’s Photogenic Melodies EP? Listen to it here.

 

Wild & Free – ‘Ferns And Stuff’

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Los Angeles duo Wild & Free – comprised of producers, vocalists, and multi-instrumentalists Drew Kramer and George Cochrane – are readying the release of their much anticipated debut album, entitled Shapes On Shapes and penned in for November 17th.

The LP promises to deliver, across 11 tracks, lackadaisical deep house vibes, infused disco, tropical pop and Balearic. Ahead the forthcoming record comes ‘Ferns and Stuff’ – proof of their credentials for crafting addictive sounds. ‘Ferns and Stuff’ is a colourful confection, layered with an an enchanting groove, chugging bassline, beautiful synthesizers, airy vocals – matched by a chilled, atmospheric vibe. As chilled-out as it is, this is electronic music that makes you want to dance; through the combined power of a seductive groove, live percussion and organic instrumentation. A finely tuned and exquisitely crafted track, ‘Ferns and Stuff’ is a sensation.

‘Ferns and Stuff’ is below and complete satisfaction awaits; and remember, Shapes On Shapes is out on November 17 via Discotexas.

Super Extra Bonus Party Return with Scintillating New Single ‘Switzerland’

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Super Extra Bonus Party are a band that will always have a special place in my heart. Not only was their music the soundtrack to a lot of great times, SEBP gigs were always superb, thrilling and often chaotic, and the source of fun times and great memories.

Add to that, they were one of a few Irish bands who did things their own way, not playing the game (whatever the game is) and experimenting without any pretentious bullshit. Needless to say, it was more than a mild disappointment when SEBP parked the project, announcing an indefinite hiatus seven long years ago.

Oh, and in case you’ve missed it, Super Extra Bonus Party have called time on their break with their new single ‘Switzerland’ – and it is a sensational return. It’s not a million miles away from where they left off their criminally underrated second album from 2009, Night Horses. Embracing SEBP’s characteristic strength of live instrumentation meets electronics, it is propelled by a powerful, hypnotic pulsing synth and metronomic beat, injected with meaty guitars, an intense drum machine work-out and all manner of electronic wizardry. ‘Switzerland’ is instilled with an energy that feels electric as it charges forth to a cataclysmic wall of sound. Opting in favour of keeping vocal duties in-house with Gavin Elsted & Stephen Fahey is a revelation too – sublime!

SEBP were always one’s for pushing things, experimenting and avoiding the obvious, safe path. The same can be said for ‘Switzerland’, and I think you’ll agree when I say, it’s great to have them back.

You can get yourself acquainted with ‘Switzerland’ below & the single is out now on 045 Recordings.

Earlier in the week, the band at down with with Headstuff to discuss their feelings about everything that had gone before, read it here – it’s definitely worth some of your time.

NASAYA – ‘Milk (ft. Myra)’

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Born and raised in Reunion Island – next to Madagascar – French musician and producer, NASAYA (aka Theo Hoarau) makes electronic music bursting with ideas, invention and vitality.

that blends influences from a broad range of influences from Jamie xx, Tame Impala, Flume and Michael Jackson to Jimi Hendrix, Supertramp and Chick Corea. These influences evidently run wild on NASAYA’s genre-hopping, musical splicing-and-dicing latest single ‘Milk (ft. Myra)’. It is a colourful, imaginative tune that shuffles over some slick beats with a slinky, super-cool bounce before a blend of glitchy 8/16bit era computer game sounds reveal themselves, adding another dimension to this warped, yet beautiful sound collage. The final touch of class for ‘Milk’? Well, that is an honour reserved for guest vocalist Myra’s irresistible and mellifluous cooing. A sublime, super-colourful introduction to an artist that we hopefully hear plenty more from in the future.

Do your ears a solid and listen to ‘Milk (ft. Myra)’ below.