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.

Altvater – ‘Arcturus’

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Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, Altvater is an electronic music producer who’s downtempo jams are a fusion of electronica, trip hop, and dark synthwave.

Altvater’s style has shades of early techno sharing colour and warmth to a glacial but imperious ambiance, as evidenced by ‘Arcturus'; lifted from the Walking Creatures EP. It slinks along at its own pace, unhurried or bothered by anything else, hissing into life before the throbbing bass permeates the steady drive with a menacing air. This menace is punctured only by twinkles with a glacial aura and crystalline chimes, before the shiver of chilling ominousness returns, with spooky tones and squelches at every turn. Precise, pristine and pulsating – it is a spectacular introduction to Altvater.

Listen to ‘Arcturus’ below – and there is plenty more where that came from, over here.