Introducing: KLANGPLANET

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KLANGPLANET is the moniker of German producer Frieder Mollat.

While Mollat’s work extends back to the mid ’90s, 2017 and KLANGPLANET marks a personal milestone embarking on his solo adventure with he first steps of which, being his aptly titled debut EP, Electronic Journey. KLANGPLANET’s preference is for the chilled, downtempo and meticulously crafted electronic flavours, which are merged with field-recordings from different surroundings to produce an alluring sound collage and musical journey. His latest single ‘Island’ is a prime example with its ambient beats, deep house grooves and relaxing sound of seagulls and lapping waves; delivered with an unwavering precision it is transfixing and tranquil in equal measure. With its lush approach, ‘Downtown’ is so laid-back and chill it is almost a lullaby (even the sound of distance emergency sirens can’t break its spell). Add to that some some lapping waves and pattering beats, you may quickly find yourself destined for the land of nod. This is vivid, cinematic and immersive; music to get lost in, escapism at its very finest.

Stop what you are doing and tune into KLANGPLANET’s EP Electronic Journey, it’s available here right now.

Introducing: Sal Dulu

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Sal Dulu is an emerging Dublin producer with a flair for fantastic hip-hop inspired electronic productions.

Sal Dulu’s fleeting steps into the world have been heralded by two sublime singles – ‘Duluoz Dream’ & ‘Antasma’ – an impressive introduction of simply outstanding quality. Latest single ‘Antasma’ is slick work indeed. Head-nodding beats, twisting vocal sample and hip-hop influenced grooves are met by some guitar funk tones, sax and roughed-up distortion to produce some seriously swaggering funked up and cool jam – one that will bounce around your head all day. Its predecessor ‘Duluoz Dream’ is no less impressive or infectious. Crisp beats, guitar-piano flings, sultry sax and Japanese dialogues mingle to create something rather chilled, captivating and seductive. Sal Dulu’s sound is fresh, original, imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable; one can only imagine time spent in the shadows won’t be for long.

You can check out both ‘Duluoz Dream’ & ‘Antasma’ below now:

 

Satin Jackets – ‘Northern Lights’ (ft. David Harks)

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German producer Satin Jackets has joined forces with Brighton-bred/Berlin-based artist David Harks for latest single ‘Northern Lights’.

Inspired by a recent trip to Norway and experiencing the Northern Lights, so moved was Tim Bernhardt aka Satin Jackets, the new single is his attempt to capture some of his experiences in musical form. ‘Northern Lights’ is as spectacular as one would imagine its namesake to be. It is a cruisy, disco-infused indie-electro delight with a chilled vibe, lovely floaty melody, a mild undercurrent of the Balearic and a healthy sprinkling of cosmic pop – due in no small part to some incredibly dreamy vocals courtesy of Mr. Harks. Undeniably infectious, this aural treat is sure to sooth your soul and get your head bopping to its pulsing electro beat groove. David Harks has been delivering the goods – under his solo guise & with Safetalk – for a while now but Satin Jackets is a new intro (for me at least), and one we’re better for.  Such is the high calibre of ‘Norther Lights’, let’s all hope these pair collaborate again in future.

Check ‘Northern Lights’ out below.

Kan Wakan – ‘Phantasmagoria Pt. 1’

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After the release a slew of the outstanding tracks ‘Still Feather’, ‘I Had To Laugh’ and ‘I Would’, to name but a few, Los Angeles-based artist Kan Wakan continues this fine form with ‘Phantasmagoria Pt. 1’.

‘Phantasmagoria Pt. 1’ features Elle Olsun and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, bring his usual deft touch for wonderful electronic sounds with pop vibes and a classical twist. Slow-building, it gradually reveals itself along a clip-clop percussion, this breathtaking and beguiling journey is flanked by sweeping orchestral flourishes and production wizardry culminating to leave us with a lavish and magical five-minute trip. All that said, the pièce de résistance throughout is the sumptuous vocals of Elle Olsun, which are simply stunning – and that is putting it mildly. Kan Wakan has already proven himself on numerous occasions already but with ‘Phantasmagoria Pt. 1’ he has kicked things up another level.

You can listen to ‘Phantasmagoria Pt. 1’ below – it does not disappoint.

Introducing: Little Glass Men

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Little Glass Men is the moniker of San Francisco-based musician/producer Ryan Claus.

Describing his sound as a blend of sampling and synthesis, with live instrumentation, echoing the likes of Mt. Kimbie, Bonobo and Flying Lotus, Claus creates beautiful sound palettes that gently washes over you with ease, leaving you feeling all the better for it. ‘Be So Love’ is both beautiful and tranquil as gently dripping, liquid sounds, dreamily twinkling keys, shimmering synths, flickering clutches of angelic vocal and stuttering percussion that will transport you into the very depths of chill. The beautifully compelling ‘Crystal’ meanwhile, does much the same, transfixing with harmonically rich soundscapes, encapsulating rhythms but with a selection of heavier-hitting beats; this is music that whisks you away, to a place to inspire peace-of-mind. Beautiful, slick and tranquil: ‘Be So Love’ and ‘Cycles’ are both taken from the recent Until It’s Gone EP and demonstrates Little Glass Men’s prowess for world’s of absorbing and relaxing electronic sound.

Check out the two aforementioned tracks below. The EP can be found here.

 

Mowukis – ‘Animals Used To Scare’

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Mowukis is a solo-project of Louis-Louise Kay, a french musician and songwriter based in Montpellier.

Mowukis has just recently released his debut album No Answers No; a collection of songs capturing a broad range of atmospheres, emotions and assumed collision between synthesizers, homemade drum beats and classical instruments.

Lifted from his debut LP is latest single ‘Animals Used To Scare'; as fine an introduction to Mowukis as you could ask for. It is a rich multi-faced sound with constantly shifting musical landscapes, brimming with colourful ideas and influences ranging from modern pop to electronica. The synthesizers, homemade drum beats, and classical instruments shifts the tonality constantly, it is a rare creature than can be all things at once and individual at the same time. It is in the juxtaposition of sound and feeling where Mowukis excels; ‘Animals Used To Scare’ is simultaneously moody, almost sullen, yet bright and hopefully at the same time.

Directed by Titouan Bordeau from studio Folimage, the animated video is a colourful, eccentric and dreamy piece tracing the journey of a mysterious man through ever-changing scenery.

Check ‘Animals Used To Scare’ and its fantastic animated video below:

Safetalk – ‘Universal (Ténéré Remix)’

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Back in March Anglo-French trio Safetalk introduced themselves with their debut release, a cosmic hymn to the ‘Universal’.

The continental trio have followed this first transmission of lush electronic-pop with a remix package; comprised of three wonderful and wildly imaginative remixes from JeanGa and George, Posthuman & Ténéré. Pick of the pile comes French artist Ténéré, who’s re-imagining of ‘Universal’ takes a more meditative approach, delivering an atmospheric take on the track that would be equally comfortable late at night or early in the morning, as dawn unfolds. It, like the original, is a blissed-out love letter of uplifting positivity, gently building until a warm rapture envelopes you and everything else around you. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

Listen to Ténéré’s take on ‘Universal’ below. You can listen to the full remix package here.

Sorcha Richardson – ‘4AM’

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While I might be a later arrival to Sorcha Richardson, the Dublin-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has been carving quite a name for herself with a series of gorgeous slices of guitar pop.

Richardson’s latest single ‘4AM’ is nothing short of phenomenal. While this brooding, late-night anthem marks a significant sonic evolution, Richardson’s vocals and captivating storytelling remains front and centre. The track revolves around a contrast between sweetness and harsher production, as Richardson’s vocals teeter above booming piano, dizzying synths and antagonistic bass. A pensive, introspective and captivating cut with a hazy late night vibe (and the conversational chronicling also brings to mind Kate Tempest).

Better late than never, yeah? In fact my better half is responsible for putting me on to Richardson’s beguiling sounds; she’s got good taste obviously.

Listen to ‘4AM’ below. It does not disappoint.

Xinobi – ‘Skateboarding’

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Portuguese producer and Discotexas label head honcho Bruno Cardoso aka Xinobi released his latest album On The Quiet, an eight-track dancefloor-focused album takin its influence from a wide spectrum of electronica; from leftfield house to pop, techno and spoken word.

The latest latest single from the record, ‘Skateboarding’, gazes backward to a significant turning point in his life for its inspiration. As a kid in the late 80s, he experienced a fatal fracture in his arm resulting in two surgeries; bringing an abrupt and unexpected end to his skateboarding career. For rehabilitation, Xinobi was encouraged to train the muscles in his fingers by playing the guitar. ‘Skateboarding’ is an ethereal ode to that time. A slowly building, all enveloping meditative composition filled with melancholic melodies and spiralling beats, precision percussives; it is blissful, enthralling and all-consuming track. ‘Skateboarding’ is also features a speech from Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Dischord) – one of Xinobi’s heroes – about his perspectives of skateboarding. A simply stunning track and a perfect introduction to Xinobi’s equally stellar new record, On The Quiet.

Check out ‘Skateborading’ and its swish video below. On The Quiet is out now, tune in here.

 

Sean Gadd – ‘Never Be Beautiful’

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Sean Gadd was a founding member of Grouplove and since parting company with the LA-based outfit, Gadd has been ensconced in his solo project under his own name.

Earlier this year he introduced listeners to his new solo work with the single, ‘Radar Sounds’ and following it up with latest single ‘Never Be Beautiful’. On the surface, ‘Never Be Beautiful’ is a cheerful, bouncy and bubbly pop song; all synths and smiles combine with the alluring duet vocals compliments of Hannah Hooper, Gadd’s long-time friend and former Grouplove bandmate. As highly contagious as it is, digging a little deeper, ‘Never Be Beautiful’ is a testament to self-love, belief and acceptance. An upbeat and fast flowing blend of frentic beats, colourful sounds and general infectious pop melodies. This is one that will be stuck in your head for ages.

Time for you to make up your own mind now, check out ‘Never Be Beautiful’ & ‘Radar Sounds’ below now: