Jouska – ‘Glitter Chaser’

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Jouska is the Oslo-based musical duo consisting of Marit Othilie Thorvik and Hans Olav Settem.

To date the pair have impressed with an intriguing and inventive array of singles and debut EP Frog Fiction, as they explore some of the more leftfield, out-there reaches of electronica. Brand new single ‘Glitter Chaser’ takes on a similarly stellar expedition to the realms of their imagination. Tempered by an airy/spacey atmosphere ‘Glitter Chaser’ sets forth in a sea of kaleidoscopic colour, brimming with divine harmonies and packed with crunchy beats and groovy synths which coalesce to create a super smooth, playful yet dreamy piece of cosmic electronica. Amid the alluring dreamy soundscape a final touch of bewitching beauty is provided by the heavenly vocals.

Jouska’s music is refreshingly inventive and exploratory, qualities marked out by both this and their aforementioned previous EP.

Listen to ‘Glitter Chaser’ below now – and you can tune into their debut EP Frog Fiction right here.

Kan Wakan – ‘Unlucky’

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After a quite a wait, Bulgarian born Los Angeles-based artist Gueorgui Linev, aka Kan Wakan, has delivered Phantasmagoria, Vol. 1 to the world, the first part of his album trilogy.

Recorded with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the calming and enveloping record features some of the sublime singles that held our attention until its release; namely ‘Molasses’ & ‘I Would’ among others. To mark the album’s release, Wakan has shared the opening track ‘Unlucky’ as his latest single. It encapsulates the record perfectly, using a gorgeous blend of organic and electronic layers to create a dark sultry pop sound with a breathy enticing vocal. The tension, the progression and perfect arrangement as it swells beyond any early indication – Wakan’s music just requires your time and patience. Sublime!

Listen to the ‘Unlucky’ below and you can check the album out over here.

Klangplanet – ‘Eternity’

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German producer KLANGPLANET – aka Frieder Mollat – is probably the most frequently featured artist on the blog over the past 12 – 18 months – and why not?

To date, Mollat has been a reliable source of nocturnal, brooding house-inspired wizardry, while more recent single ‘Stars’ offered a slightly different flavour of bubbling positivity set to a glistening backdrop. ‘Eternity’ represents a crossover point, a melding of the two if you will; taking his preference for late-night electronic ambiance and treating it with layers of playful shimmering synths and bouncy beats with some elegant, crystalline vocals adding some more nocturnal chill.

You can check out KLANGPLANET’s latest below & the debut album is available here.

Sal Dulu – ‘Tyko’

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Heralded by the impressive introduction of two stellar singles ‘Duluoz Dream’ & ‘Antasma’, Sal Dulu’s fleeting steps in the world have been nothing short of outstanding – and the Dublin-based producer’s latest ‘Tyko’ is nothing short of breathtaking.

Sal Dulu has a flair for fantastic hip-hop inspired electronic productions and mastery is front and centre with ‘Tyko’. A stunning and well weaved work of delicate balearic percussion, evocative field recordings and found sounds, warm synths and vocals by Xao; ‘Tyko’ has a transportative quality. One so powerful, given half a chance, it will have your mind away in the outer reaches of’the upside down’ other-worldliness to glistening, heavenly blissfulness and back again. Through a seductive blend of calming vocals, electronic flavours, Japanese samples and brass, its warm glowing allure is irresistible. As good as Sal Dulu’s earlier releases are, ‘Tyko’ is another level altogether – this is one of 2018’s finest tracks so far.

Waste no more time, listen to ‘Tyko’ below now. The Dublin producer’s other work is available here too, and well worth a moment of your time.

mikwerdna – ‘Citalopram’

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‘Citalopram’ is the lead single lifted from LA-based producer mikwerdna‘s new album, Mortar and Pastel.

‘Citalopram’ exhibits mikwerdna’s penchant for a peculiar but fruitful approach to making music. It is a silky smooth production, combing jazzy tones with spacey, out-there moments amid a fusion of drone, downtempo and dubstep influenced sounds within the confines of an unconventional, off-kilter construct; creating a unique and surreal atmosphere. mikwerdna manages to marry a crisp elegance with an unfettered playfulness that knows no bounds – the result being an alluring, imaginative and a colourful confection of electronic sounds.

You can listen to ‘Citalopram’ below & it is but one of many treats that await you on Mortar and Pastel, which you can listen to here.

Tomás Novoa – ‘Al Bosque’

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Noted for his penchant for heavy basslines, organic rhythms and emotive soundscapes, Chilean born, Berlin-based producer Tomás Novoa returns with another sublime single of his signature style.

New track, ‘Al Bosque’ is a revelation – plain and simple. Opening along a steady beat and gleaming synth, it reveals itself to be a magnificent shape-shifting beast, fluctuating between vaguely ambient, twinkling elegance and a highly danceable disposition. Taking in a series of tempo shifts, this suitably blissed-out spin through popping corn beats and ravey tones is as refreshing as cool glass of ice-water on a scorching summer’s day and as relaxing as soothing sounds of ocean waves lapping at your feet. Another sublime single Novoa, and one that offers even more reward and insight into the skills at his disposal.

Listen to ‘Al Bosque’ below now:

Cloud – ‘Wildfire’

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Cloud is a Long Island-based project, revolving around chief songwriter Tyler Taormina.

Back in 2013, the US outfit released a well received debut album, Comfort Songs, on Audio Antihero – and five years on, they have teamed up with the same label for their second offering, Plays With Fire. Ahead of the new record, Cloud have shared lead single ‘Wildfire’ – taking us on a colourful adventurous journey through synth pop, psych folk, surf rock, krautrock and electronica. It’s an uplifting, glossy, dream-pop production, mixing its baggy beat with a soft, psychedelic wave of synths which gradually envelopes everything else. This psychedelic wall of sound – with vocal interjections that call to mind The Go! Team and Pinkunoizu – will suck in the most unwilling of ears. The melody lulls you in with a repetitive loop and washed out drums, before raining down a swirling vortex of hypnotic power. A melodious, hook heavy and irresistible confection of sound. Stunning!

‘Wildfire’ is the album’s lead single, which is accompanied by a music video directed by Taormina and an exclusive non-album b-side. You can check them out below now.