islandman – ‘Lamani’

islandman are the Istanbul-based trio of Tolga Böyük, Eralp Güven & Erdem Başer, who have a flair for Anatolian psychedelic tones, pairing up dancefloor beats with psych-guitars, synth riffs on a bed of irresistible rhythmic grooves.

The trio are preparing to release their second album Kaybola in August, and they are warming us up with lead single ‘Lamani’ – and it’s a doozy. With ‘Lamani’ they have spliced together parts psychedelic surf rock, mildly dancey, kraut-rock grooves with sweet, sweet vocals harmonies, crafting a unique sonic brew of irresistible grooves laced with psych riffs and hypnotic reverb soaked melodies. A final lavish layer is lathered on as it is fizzed through there own unique Anatolian psychedelic prism. A swirling, melodious and harmonious infusion that blends both east and west while sitting somewhere on the spectrum between Django Django, the Beach Boys, Os Mutantes and Ennio Morricone. This is captivating and utterly hypnotic brilliance; those melodies, and harmonies especially, are divine.

Listen to ‘Lamani’ below:

Nødstop – ‘Test Me’

Nødstop are Austrian pair The Unused Word (Anna Schauberger) and Testa (Lukas Ljubanovic), stalwarts of their local hip hop and electronica scenes, they joined forces in December 2017.

With no set plan, the pair began working on tracks together and the collaboration has born its first fruits with the debut seven track EP “Ø” in April of this year. Leading the charge is single ‘Test Me’. Slick, snappy beats and infectious groove converge with some dubby tones, trip hop textures and eerie early Skream-esque subterranean vibes to form an irresistible wonky skank that trundles, urged along by big, rich and bobbing basslines. ‘Test Me’ is a spectral bass heavy and other-worldly electronic excursion graced by Schauberger’s distinctive vocals and Testa’s stylish yet gritty production – a phenomenal track.

Listen to ‘Test Me’ below and while you’re at it, why not check out “Ø” here too?

DRAMAS – ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’

DRAMAS are Austrian duo Viktoria Winter and Mario Wienerroither, who from their Viennese base, cultivate a stunning brew of dreamy electronic-pop.

Lifted from their 2018 LP Nothing is Permanent, ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’ is a beguiling example of their flair for dreamy pop and ethereal electronica being pushed into more experimental, spaced-out zones of bleary psych. Winter’s beguiling vocal floats with a weightlessness above a blanket of hypnotic shimmering synth and frazzled electronics, on contrast to the deep bass groove and snappy beats which propel us onward. Their’s is a sound of consummate balance and ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’ finds an exquisite balance between bright and dark, heavy and light and analog and the digital. This is sweet, hypnotic and dreamy, and its transfixing allure is just irresistible.

Listen to ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’ below and if that is to your liking, why not check out Nothing is Permanent here.

Jack Marko – ‘SCORPIO’

Jack Marko is a Canadian producer from Toronto. Taking inspiration from UK Grime, Hip Hop/Trap, a variety of Electronic genres and 80’s sci fi, Marko’s electronic sound is sculpted using a combination of digital and analog processes.

For his latest single ‘SCORPIO’, Marko utilises all these attributes to create a colossus of earth shattering beats, thick analog drums and shimmering synth sounds. It has an eerily sinister aura that consumes it, dominated by a murky subterranean vibe that is hollowed out by skittish glitchy chimes and beats, before being pulverised into submission but the massive blasts of bass. A massive, massive sound but the versatility and detail afforded to the sound astounding and should not be overlooked. ‘SCORPIO’ is masterfully executed and prepped to prompt eerie chills of fear and unease while simultaneously very, very danceable (albeit at a strut).

Check out ‘SCORPIO’ below now:

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.

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:

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:

Mindchatter – ‘Tough as Nails’

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NYC producer Mindchatter is proving quite the card when it comes to funky genre-defying groovers as evidenced by singles ‘Trippy’ and ‘Blood’, and the latest and third aural delight ‘Tough as Nails’.

Opening with a breezy, flutter of shimmering synths, ‘Tough as Nails’ moves along with an  elegant deep house groove; an incredibly seductive combination. This fresh, airy vibe is punctuated by crisp electronics and crunchy beats, which add a sharpness and increase the allure with a powerful magnetism. ‘Tough as Nails’ is a gift that keeps on giving, revealing itself ever more addictive and alluring with each and every listen.

Listen to ‘Tough as Nails’ below and if you like what you hear, you can check out their previous single here too.

Orla – ‘Dream’

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Orla is an 18 year old Irish musician and producer from Co Meath who has a preference for dreamy, elegant and atmospheric sounds; as demonstrated with exquisite finesse on her debut single ‘dream’.

The aptly titled ‘dream’ is an elegant and calming instrumental track that weaves its way through a dreamy world of truly captivating atmospheric soundscapes. It moves slowly, drifting elegantly with a weightlessness, lulling us into a state of blissful tranquillity as gentle guitar chords chime and reverberate, and keys twinkle amid a rich haze and dripping melody. As the atmospheric mist clears, like clouds parting to reveal the sun following a downpour, ‘dream’ shifts to a brighter, shimmering tone revealing an added layer of wistful heart-strung emotion. A simply gorgeous track.

You can listen to ‘dream’ below now.