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.

NOGYMX – ‘Nakatomi Plaza’

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It’s fair to say that Galway-based producer NOGYMX (pronounced no-gimmicks) has a slight infatuation with the synthesizer sounds of the ’80s and synth-based cinematic film scores.

Of course, this is not a bad thing at all, and it is from this base that NOGYMX’s sleek, slick and cinematic vision of synth-pop takes shape, as evidenced by ‘Nakatomi Plaza’. Retro yet futuristic, ‘Nakatomi Plaza’ is a fascinatingly imaginative and richly developed electronic excursion to a place where dreams and reality can coexist in the same space as ’80s video games, and sci-fi and adventure movie scores. Propelled forward on a wave of driving beats, kicks, slow-motion chord changes and neon-bright synths, it is smooth, oozes cool and feels a little dangerous. Masterfully pieced together from start to finish, colourfully creating an incredible sense of wonderment and adventure it excels unequivocally in producing a severe case of nostalgia while feeling forward thinking and futuristic too.

Listen to ‘Nakatomi Plaza’ below now & if you like what you hear, there is more where that came from on NOGYMX’s latest album NO EMPERORS – tune in here.

O Future – ‘Voyeur’

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Formerly known as OOFJ, O Future is the pairing of Katherine Mills Rymer from South Africa and Jens Bjornkjaer originally from Denmark, who both now reside in Los Angeles.

Together, the pair have cultivated something of a niche, fusing electronic, orchestral and art pop music to create a colourful, imaginative and dance-y tunes that will get firmly lodged in your head, as evidenced by previous single ‘Smell You’ and latest effort ‘Voyeur’. It is a tantalizing meeting of eerie, somewhat menacing, yet sweeping symphonic sound. ‘Voyeur’ is jittery and claustrophobic as quickfire drumbeat hits first, accompanied by somewhat manic synths and buzzing bass it swells, growing more intense in tandem with Mills Rymer’s breathy but increasingly feverish vocals. A stunning and seductive single that is beautiful yet eerie, with the sweeping orchestra strings adding a final alluring touch of cinematic class and sweeping grandeur.

Listen to ‘Voyeur’ below – and there is more here.

Madou – ‘Odo Island’

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Belgian production duo Madou swear by a maxim of “no genres, no expectations, no strings attached”, and their latest single ‘Odo Island’ (a first for East London label Needwant) certainly lives up to that billing.

‘Odo Island’ is a colossus of power and atmosphere, named after the island Godzilla first made landfall on in the 1950s films, it fuses discombobulating trance like synths to cavernous bass, shuffling beats and rhythms that grows to a euphoric and techno thumping climax. A delicious, dance floor ready blend of precision beats, wonderfully melodic progression and euphoric vibes – it is easy to see how the Belgian duo’s previous work has earned comparisons to the producers like Moderat, Four Tet and Jamie xx, and there is plenty more to come from Madou throughout 2019 apparently.

For now there is the not so small matter of ‘Odo Island’ to contend with – tune in below:

Three Thieves – ‘Ivory Coast ft. Ruby Atlanta’

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Three Thieves is the moniker of Cardiff based producer, Tom Clugston, who specialises in a spellbinding synthesis of sound embracing all things hip hop, electronica, drum & bass and a wealth of other electronic beat driven genres.

Clugston’s beat wizardry and melodic, fluid electronic compositions was acutely evident on late 2016’s superb, Zero Hour EP. Three Thieves has kicked off 2019 on a high with brand new single ‘Ivory Coast’ featuring Welsh vocalist Ruby Atlanta. Shifting along a procession of soft, shuffling beats with a gentle swaggering groove, ‘Ivory Coast’ radiates an aura of uplifting positivity and warm vibes. Melodic, fluid and mellow, the single’s beauty is augmented by the stunning, soulful vocals of Ruby Atlanta. An infectious, melodic little earworm – you’ll have it on constant rotation for sure.

Listen to ‘Ivory Coast ft. Ruby Atlanta’ below now:

Sal Dulu – ‘Xompulse’

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Following up on from a string of stellar singles last year – ‘Duluoz Dream’, ‘Antasma’ & ‘Tyko’ – Dublin-based producer Sal Dulu impresses yet again, returning with the atmospheric ‘Xompulse’.

‘Xompulse’ is a beautiful piano piece punctuated by the classical, jazz and ambient influences ever present in Sal Dulu’s work to date. It is elegant, calming and spacious as we’re lulled into a dreamy opening sequence floating along a graceful reverbed piano that twinkles, ushering a richer, warmer second half as the melody gently shifts to a brighter tone, shimmering like an early morning sunrise. ‘Xompulse’ offers a decidedly calmer side to Sal Dulu’s talent; it is an elegant, tranquil and atmospheric beauty.

You can listen to ‘Xompulse’ below now. The Dublin producer’s other work is available here too, and well worth some of your time.