Arminda K – ‘It’s a Good Thing’

Arminda K is an American experimental pop artist currently residing in London, having moved  there from Brooklyn, after growing up in the rural Midwest.

Arminda K’s sound is a beautiful blend of lush electronica, woozy psych, dreamy folk and pop, whisked together with experimentation never ever far away – something manifested perfectly on latest single ‘It’s a Good Thing’. A hypnotic synth-pop delight as cosmic synths and serene vocals gracefully waltz with a dreamlike surrealism, quivering amid the dreamy and spaced-out atmosphere while a soft seductive groove patters below. A tantalizing track; ethereal, cosmic and hypnotic in equal measure.

Listen to ‘It’s a Good Thing’ below and check out the album, It’s Nearly Night Time, here.

Dystopic L. – ‘Caos IV’

Dystopic L., alter ego of Lázaro Pereira, is a Portuguese DJ and producer influenced as much by electronic music as science fiction films and philosophical movements.

The Dystopic L. sound finds a home in a space between techno and minimalism that whisks us off to a futuristic world of darkness, chaos and dissonance. Latest single ‘Caos IV’ is a perfect case in point – a subtle, nuanced and transfixing, dancefloor minded, techno influenced music. Heavy on mood, texture and atmosphere with relentless oscillations, driving techno beat and pulsating synth that captivates and hypnotises in equal measure. Although everything is delivered with a pin point accuracy, it has a grainy and dusty feel, as we are entranced by relentless repetition and groove, leaving us utterly powerless to resist it’s tempting allure. Driving, pulsating and relentless – it is dark and moody but burning with intensity – a triumph.

Listen to ‘Caos IV’ below and if that is to your liking, check out the album ‘Symphony of Dystopia’ here.

El Levtchenko – ‘After Hours’

We were introduced to Brazilian / American pairing El Levtchenko and their lush, sun-kissed and world encompassing sonic distillations throughout 2020 – offering beautiful and beguiling bouts of escapism as they did. 

El Levtchenko’s sound is magpie like, in the very best way possible, borrowing from a world of influences; there’s Cuban guitar music, a touch of hip hop, some Middle Eastern and African influences, funk and soul, and a whole lot of beautiful psychedelia. Their latest single ‘After Hours’ is – like previous singles ‘Hopeton Overton’ and ‘Sunday Social’ – a perfect exposition of their well honed style. It is an intoxicating brew, built on seductive grooves and cool, calm and chilled vibes, offering a zen-like state as it drifts along a funky, hypnotic groove as guitars chime and chords strut their languid wares amid the late night vibes. This is super chill, beautifully addictive and mellow, while oozing nocturnal vibes, it is a tune make the day better no matter the hour.

Check out the sunny delights of ‘After Hours’ below:


Moon Paw Print – ‘Forever’

Irish producer Moon Paw Print crafts music for moonlit walks, dimmed rooms approaching midnight and for the moments that belong to the haze of a daydream.

Fresh from the release of marvelous debut Dreams of Ü – inspired by intensely vivid dreams experienced during lockdown it explores themes such as the nature of dreams; love, insecurities and seeking to find beauty in life – Moon Paw Print signed off on 2020 with ‘Forever’. A single of style and substance, ‘Forever’ is a lush, woozy and warm slice of hazy, spaced-out
daydream tranquility. Dusty beats patter beneath a warm blanket of glistening synths and lavish layers of lush electronics that whisk away to cosmic realms of tranquility and lullaby vibes. This aesthetic knows no bounds as it slinks and shuffles while gushing with warmth and melodic allure while peppered by heart melting trumpet to leave us in a state of pleasant bliss. ‘Forever’ is utterly divine – a sound to soothe the soul.

Listen to ‘Forever’ below now and you can listen to the debut album here too.


Kelp – ‘Spleen’

“I know I’m not the hero you asked for, or wanted.. or needed… also I’m really not a hero. Presenting the misadventures of a miniature deep-sea diver fishbowl figurine.”

So goes the surrealist introduction to Kelp; Belfast-based purveys of loungey cosmic electronica fronted by an inch high, ethereal deep sea diver with a preoccupation for vocoders and additive synthesis. Kelp’s debut single is ‘Spleen’ an ethereal, slumbering and woozy slice of escapism. Anchored by a deep seductive groove, hazy vocoder vocals hover dreamily above a delicious blend of bubbling synths, lush strings and flickering electronics as we are treated to a whirring, cosmic and futuristic synth escape. Is the world ready for a loungey electronica outfit fronted by an inch high, ethereal deep sea diver? Maybe not but we’ve seen strange things happen in 2020 and judging by the music, we would be well to embrace this surreal experiment into our hearts.

Listen to ‘Spleen’ below now – it is an absolute joy.

Ben Xylo – ‘Calculator’

Born out of the anxiety of the lockdown, ‘Calculator’ is the debut single from UK producer Ben Xylo, 1/3 of Bath rockers* The Vacant Official, and he’s gone and cooked up something rather special.

Taking a host of house, techno and electronica influences, Xylo assimilates these familiar traits into otherworldly electronic music that gracefully hovers in an ambiguous hinterland between subtly euphoric and vaguely ambient. Cloaked in a shadowy mystique, ‘Calculator’ opens with a slow patter of grooving beats, burning synth and frazzled electronics cascading from above. This eerie atmosphere begins to fade as the pace increases and synths swirl and pulse, sustaining the rhythm and protracting the promise of a euphoric climax, while keeping you captivated through beautiful hypnotic repetition. A stunning introduction to Ben Xylo, and one that will leave you mesmerised.

Listen to ‘Calculator’ below:

*They are from bath, they are not rockers of baths.

Introducing: Varsity Star

Varsity Star is a Brooklyn-based electronic musician / producer. He grew up in the suburbs of Boston, played jazz through college until becoming comfortable making music alone.

In 2017 he headed to Berlin, partially spurred by a biblical flea infestation in his apartment but also for music and while there, recorded his first album, Model Home.  Now, back on American soil, with a second album under his belt and mostly pest-free, Varsity Star has been occupying his time with shorter form output – singles, EPS, remixes & the like.

Most recently, that has seen the release of That’s Something; a just under 20 minute excursion into a world of electronic goodness built around an ear for melody, playfulness and richness of sound – demonstrated in exquisite fashion by both ‘Ball’ & ‘Treehouse’. ‘Ball’ is playful, pinging here and there, as a bouncing beat dances gleefully with pulsing synth and bendy, playful melodies – it is buoyant, bright and utterly contagious. While ‘Treehouse’ offers a more mellow take on the sound as it slinks and gentle bubbles along richly melodic keys, soft plush beats and twinkly synths as it meanders with a wide-eyed wandering air and peace of mind.

Varsity Star’s most recent release, a rework of ’19TET’ by UK producer Inwards, is a perfect coming together of all these aforementioned attributes. Warm woozy synths drift by like fluffy clouds on a balmy summer day while a flurry of beats – soft and crunchy – rush by like a babbling brook as we are whisked away, transfixed by the serenity, beauty and melodic allure. A wonderfully inventive and masterful producer.

You can sample some choice cuts below and if that’s not enough to sate your appetite, there’s loads more where that came from here.

pantology – ‘Reverie’

Brooklyn pianist/producer, pantology just released his debut EP, 2Q19. which displays an eclectic blend of deftly woven genres, resulting in a lush, expansive and cinematic sound.

Capturing this aesthetic perfectly is the EP’s lead single ‘Reverie’. Opening with solitary keys that set a pensive tone before emerging from this murky origin, blending with lush synths, warm tones and twinkly keys. It is lush, dreamy and spaced-out as it drifts melodically along with a breezy air before jolting into a cinematic crescendo, illuminated by more boisterous beats and  sumptuous brass. It is an absolute delight that is cinematic in scope and scale, and revels in its epic, expansive and lofty ambitions.

Listen to ‘Reverie’ below now and if you like what you hear, there entire EP is here.

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: