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.

SACRE – ’10:00PM FIRE IRAE’

Parisian pair SACRE appear to have a flair for bubbly, infectious and elegant synth pop and their latest single, ’10:00PM FIRE IRAE’ is a perfect exponent of this spirit.

The duo are prepping the release of the follow-up to their 2018 debut album, entitled Love Revolution, it will be released later this year and is preceded by lead single ’10:00PM FIRE IRAE’. It is an utterly entrancing track the seamlessly encompassing parts electronica, electro-pop and house under its fluid spell. Shuffling along an irresistible, swaggering groove, crisp neon beats collide with phasing bursts of frazzled electronics, winding synth and squelching basslines creating a transfixing three-minutes of infectious, neon-bright and beautiful electronica. Brimming with breezy, chillout vibes, ’10:00PM FIRE IRAE’ truly flourishes as the elegant, crisp, airy vocals come to the fore.

Listen to ’10:00PM FIRE IRAE’ below:

Touboura – ‘Awakening’

Touboura is an instrumental kraut/space/drone electronica outfit from Greece.

Revolving around the talents of Sofia Touboura, these are experimental, imaginative sounds imbued with of wonderment and awe, and none more so than latest single ‘Awakening’.

A three-and-a-half minute long hypnotic intrepid adventure in sound and space. Opening with an ever-progressing, relentless rhythmic surge, bouyed by a motorik beat, it gains in intensity before stopping abruptly, succumbing to the enveloping blissed-out airy synthscapes before rising again, amid a haze of hissing noise, distortion and fuzz which begins to fade as cosmic sounds cascade and chime, as rhythmic surge electrifies us once more. A heady brew of swirling psych, beautiful spaced-out noise and Motorik rhythms, it is a wonder of imagination and ideas that finds a home in your consciousness. An enthralling, intrepid and awe-inspiring experience.

‘Awakening’ is the second single lifted from (I died so many times that I became) Immortal EP released via To Pikap Records – you can find it here.

Listen to ‘Awakening’ below.

Mesa Luna – ‘Woronoco’

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Mesa Luna, the one-man dream-pop project of multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Justice McLellan is preparing to release debut LP Lash on March 22.

Last we encountered the Vancouver artist was with blissful and shimmering synth-filled lead single ‘Dispel’, and McLellan is back with another taste of the forthcoming record in the shape of ‘Woronoco’. It is a blissed-out, majestic and heavenly slice of shoegaze indebted dream-pop that is equally beautiful and affecting. With ‘Woronoco’, Mesa Luna weaves atmospheric textures, glacial elegance, shimmering electronics, reverberating synth, slowburning guitars, yearning emotion and hushed heartfelt vocals together to create a song that is delicate and pristine yet simultaneously powerful and a compelling wall of noise. Yet another exquisite and emphatic track from Vancouver; things are looking rather well for the album on March 2.

Listen to ‘Woronoco’ below:

High Tides – ‘Summer Reflections’

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The chill of winter briefly reared its ugly head here at the weekend, causing a fair bit of chaos in its wake but High Tides – the hazy synth duo of Warren Kroll & Steven Lutes – provide a different, more welcome type of chill.

From the coastal shores of the mind, by way of the Midwest, the pair have shared ‘Summer Reflections’, the latest single lifted from their forthcoming album Paradise Daze, a gorgeous, summery slice of chillwave, dripping with warmth and sunshine. Bringing all the elegant, chilled and blissfully euphoric vibes, it flits between a mild Balearic tone, shimmering sun-kissed synths and crisp, fresh an frosty elegance. This is tranquil escapism to a place of calmness, warmth and haziness, with a definite late night feel.

You can listen to ‘Summer Reflections’ below & their forthcoming album Paradise Daze, which will be released on March 8th via Rad Cult.

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.

Paris Love-Child – ‘Don’t Leave it Alone’

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Paris Love-Child (PL-C) is London-based singer, songwriter, DJ and model who is blurring the lines between hip-hop, grime, dancehall & electronic.

Latest single ‘Don’t Leave it Alone’ more heavily indebted to the former irresistible; it is brilliant, cool, staggeringly smooth and funky disco-jam. Shuffling along an irresistible, swaggering groove, crisp, popping neon beats, phasing bursts of frazzled electronics, winding synth and super smooth soulful vocals are all employed to bring about eight-minutes of spacey synth-disco, and it’s one hell of a ride! ‘Don’t Leave it Alone’ is rather special; beautifully crafted it is a real groover of resplendent colour, pulsating and relentless electronics.

Tune into ‘Don’t Leave it Alone’ below now:

Death Hags – ‘Electrochemical Communication’

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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 like Brian Eno or Björk.

The latest release from the enigmatic creative force that is Death Hags, is new single ‘Electrochemical Communication’. A hypnotic, futuristic and post-industrial-themed track, it revels in its charmingly monotony and krautrock-esque gripping repetitiousness. A steady drum machine tips along at a metronomic pace and joined by hooks and melody, as synths swarm and cascade to create a rich atmospheric soundscape; a perfect backdrop for Jean’s soothing vocals and poetic lyrics (in both English and French) to thrive. ‘Electrochemical Communication’ is born of a shadowy futuristic world of that is hypnotic, dreamy and filled with spellbinding electronic beats; simply astounding.

Listen to ‘Electrochemical Communication’ below:

Bels Lontano – Kind Decade EP

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Bels Lontano is an electronic music project from US-based composer and producer Bret Bohman.

Following on from his stellar introductory single ‘At the Horizon’, Bohman has released debut EP Kind Decade. Comprised of six tracks – incl. ‘At the Horizon’ – it explores concepts of liminal spaces, natural beauty, therapy and personal growth, while taking inspiration from a wide variety of musical and non-musical sources – love, anxiety, beats and ambience.

‘At the Horizon’ finds a sweet spot between beauty and terror, with a steady bass thump and crunchy beats, it carves a way through the ambient atmospheric soundscape and silky melody. Glistening strings mingle with glitchy sounds as the intensity grows; it is elegant but with a foreboding sense of mild eeriness never far away. ‘Tumbleweed’ is cut from a similar, if somewhat more dancefloor ready, ominous cloth as it booms along big and glitchy beats the downtempo ambient sounds and chugging intensity of techno collide to create something both beautiful and fierce. ‘Florid Entanglements’ fizzes by with fluidity and bursts with rushes of euphoria while beats pop and whizz frantically in a sea of tranquil sounds, airy tones and glacial chimes. Penultimate track ‘Citadel’ opens with slowly evolving atmospherics which leads through an epic buildup into heavy, glitchy sounds with chopped vocals flowing over a pulsing bassline and crashing beats. Kind Decade is an aural delight of elegance, ambience and precision beats – a beautiful bout of electronic escapism.

You can sample some choice cuts below or you can find the entire EP here.

Fred und Luna – ‘Nichtmusikalische Stadt Unter Schritten’

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Fred und Luna is the curious project of German musician, lector, poet and photo/video maker Rainer Buchmüller.

“Fred und Luna” are two mannequins residing in a fashion boutique in Karlsruhe, Germany, and they serve as Buchmüller’s muse – an usual backstory, yes but a fruitful one for his self-style “elektrokraut” sounds.

Having previously released the EP ‘Glück Auf’ and debut album ‘Im Klanggarten’ in 2017, Buchmüller is primed to release the project’s second album ‘Im Tiefenrausch’. Ahead of the album, we’ve been presented with taster track ‘Nichtmusikalische Stadt Unter Schritten’ – a perfect exhibition of his “elektrokraut” taking parts electronica and Krautrock, to fashion them together. Shifting along a steady, transfixing winding groove, it is overlaid with cool, chiming chords, laid-back vocals and a funky sense of melody. With its combination of repetitive rhythms, beautiful melodies, electronic soundscapes, irresistible rhythms and dreamy atmospheres, the dusky vibed ‘Nichtmusikalische Stadt Unter Schritten’ wields a rather seductive, spellbinding charm.

Listen to ‘Nichtmusikalische Stadt Unter Schritten’ below now and keep an eye out for the new record coming on February 1st.