Introducing: KLANGPLANET

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KLANGPLANET is the moniker of German producer Frieder Mollat.

While Mollat’s work extends back to the mid ’90s, 2017 and KLANGPLANET marks a personal milestone embarking on his solo adventure with he first steps of which, being his aptly titled debut EP, Electronic Journey. KLANGPLANET’s preference is for the chilled, downtempo and meticulously crafted electronic flavours, which are merged with field-recordings from different surroundings to produce an alluring sound collage and musical journey. His latest single ‘Island’ is a prime example with its ambient beats, deep house grooves and relaxing sound of seagulls and lapping waves; delivered with an unwavering precision it is transfixing and tranquil in equal measure. With its lush approach, ‘Downtown’ is so laid-back and chill it is almost a lullaby (even the sound of distance emergency sirens can’t break its spell). Add to that some some lapping waves and pattering beats, you may quickly find yourself destined for the land of nod. This is vivid, cinematic and immersive; music to get lost in, escapism at its very finest.

Stop what you are doing and tune into KLANGPLANET’s EP Electronic Journey, it’s available here right now.

NAH. – ‘Take Me Home’

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NAH. are a five-piece based out of Washington DC, who blend lo-fi indie vibes with a touch of psychedelia.

Together, this five-piece create an expansive sound that is captivating and deeply emotive; and one that is hard not to fall under its spellbinding powers. Capturing this aesthetic is their newest release ‘Take Me Home’, taken from their latest EP Social Meteor. Opening with a hazy and atmospheric sound, ‘Take Me Home’ slowly reveals itself drawing the listener deeper and deeper under its captivating spell. It all builds toward a stunning climax enveloped in guitars, synths, pulsing drum beat and frazzled psych-tones. Matching the stirring and affecting mood of ‘Take Me Home’ is the powerful yet fragile, moving vocals from Emma Bleker. Nothing short of brilliant!

You can listen to ‘Take Me Home’ below & the EP, here.

Penguin – ‘Fiction’

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Penguin are protopunk-influenced alt-rock newcomers from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who made their musical introduction with debit single ‘Not A Problem’ back in May.

On that occasion the Geordie outfit delivered a cut of anthemic, indie-rock brilliance; and they are at it again with latest single. ‘Fiction’ is an irresistible three-minutes of relentless, fast-paced alt-pop fizzing with a lively electricity. Propelled onward by clattering percussion, driven guitars, meaty riffs and playful rhythms, ‘Fiction’ is as infectiously sing-a-long as Futureheads at their very best. And if that comparision where not enough, the wonderfully exuberant breakdown finale brings to mind the late, great Beta Band. An utterly marvellous fun and riff-filled adventure to a place of sheer joy! If this doesn’t warm your heart and plaster a delirious grin across your face, nothing will.

‘Fiction’ is out now, listen to it below.

Introducing: The Psychic Alliance

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The Psychic Alliance are a Canadian band, based out of Vancouver, who excite and enthral with their fuzzy west coast psych.

The Vancouver outfit recently released their third LP, Evil Against Evil – blending psych with stomping sixties garage, b-movie horror tones and touches of The Stooges, MC5, Black Sabbath, Ray Davies & Bowie. Offering a favour of their heady brew is ‘No Fixed Address'; a blistering ’60s garage stormer filled with swinging guitars, scintillating riffs, frenetic organ and percussion; and all delivered with a ‘we-mean-business’ attitude. ‘Yesteryear’ is also full of psychedelic endeavour but offers a more melodic take on their West Coast psych. The organ work is still the driving force, and joined by jazzy drums, spooky feedback and guitar licks a plenty. ‘Yesteryear’ like ‘No Fixed Address’ – something of a feature on their new LP – is prone to full-on psych freak-out at any moment, with a healthy dose of the macabre but with an underlying playfulness or wry humour.

To get a flavour of what The Psychic Alliance are all about, you can listen to ‘Yesteryear’ & ‘No Fixed Address’ below.

Their new record Evil Against Evil is available here.

Wall of Ears – ‘We Go Outside’

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Seattle-based outfit Wall of Ears – comprised of Chris Lott, Tony Pettigrew, Bryant Hammonds, Derrick Wright & Jon Ruseski – introduced us to their sublime and subtly seductive brand of psychedelic pop with single ‘Floating of the Line’, back in May.

Following on from those wonderfully lush undulations, Wall of Ears have returned with another premier piece of West Coast psych-pop pleasure in the shape of ‘We Go Outside’. The new single postures itself in a similar space as early Franz Ferdinand but donned with a psych-tinged shroud. Staccato guitars join disco rhythms, stuttering drum, splashings synth and cymbals to allow the rich, warm, honeyed croon resonate completely. Having released their latest album Hello Beautiful Nothing back in April, ‘We Go Outside’ provides a tidy reminder of what’s in store on that record.

Listen to ‘We Go Outside’ below. Tune into the album here.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #19

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A new regular feature to blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past seven days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more crackin’ tunes. Well, without further ado, here’s #19 – Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist. Enjoy the tunes & enjoy the weekend!

You can follow me on Spotify here.

Retro Kid – ‘Time Waster’ (feat. Emily Bolton)

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Copenhagen outfit Retro Kid introduced themselves to us earlier this summer with a series of irresistible electronic productions in the shape of their self-titled EP.

Not content with that, Retro Kid have shared genre-hopping new single, ‘Time Waster’. It is an enticing blend of folk, pop and electronica, featuring the melodic vocal delights of Emily Bolton atop. Driven by busy, galloping beats which are joined in tandem by fat basslines and electro squelches, ‘Time Waster’ is anything but. The sweet melodies, bouts of breeziness, synthetic acid twists are joyful and playful, reminding us that Retro Kid are one of the finest new discoveries of summer 2017. Bright, sprightly and damn irresistible – ‘Time Waster’ – is all kinds of wonderful.

You can tune into ‘Time Waster’ (feat. Emily Bolton) above. You can check out their debut EP here.

Introducing: Sal Dulu

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Sal Dulu is an emerging Dublin producer with a flair for fantastic hip-hop inspired electronic productions.

Sal Dulu’s fleeting steps into the world have been heralded by two sublime singles – ‘Duluoz Dream’ & ‘Antasma’ – an impressive introduction of simply outstanding quality. Latest single ‘Antasma’ is slick work indeed. Head-nodding beats, twisting vocal sample and hip-hop influenced grooves are met by some guitar funk tones, sax and roughed-up distortion to produce some seriously swaggering funked up and cool jam – one that will bounce around your head all day. Its predecessor ‘Duluoz Dream’ is no less impressive or infectious. Crisp beats, guitar-piano flings, sultry sax and Japanese dialogues mingle to create something rather chilled, captivating and seductive. Sal Dulu’s sound is fresh, original, imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable; one can only imagine time spent in the shadows won’t be for long.

You can check out both ‘Duluoz Dream’ & ‘Antasma’ below now:

 

Rathbone – ‘This Time’

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Based in New Orleans, Rathbone’s ‘This Time’ is a mellow lo-fi electronica gem, with lyrics inspired by the poetry of W.B. Yeats.

It’s deceptively simple on a first listen, but with more listens it reveals expresses a deftness of touch and texture is all. This gentle, sombre synth-driven little gem hits all the right spots required for vivid and vital an electro-pop earworms. While melodically simplistic in nature, ‘This Time’ is layered without coming across in any way dense or laboured. The vocals are hushed and breezy, thus supportive of woozy, hypnotic sound. This subtle mix of sounds is so seductive that it will leave you utterly powerless to resist its allure.

‘This Time’ is the latest single lifted from Rathbone’s current and self-titled EP. You can listen to ‘This Time’ & slightly different but equally beautiful ‘This Heart of Mine’ below & the new EP here.

PS – it’s great!

Night Auditor – ‘No Vacancy’

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Night Auditor is the brainchild of Los Angeles native, Omar Jamal; a multi-instrumentalist and poet at the heart of this funky genre-hopping musical endeavour.

Now based in Brazil with the rest of the Night Auditor troupe, the collective is gearing up to release a new LP called Soul Junk. Ahead of its forthcoming arrival later this year, ‘No Vacancy’ is the first single lifted from the aforementioned album. It is an effortlessly cool and timeless funk/soul delight with all the hallmarks of a modern classic. Whisking together a deliciously seductive brew of strutting funky swagger, soulful vocals, stabs of bass/guitar and to-die-for organ work, with an underlying pop sensibility and a touch of the psychedelic, we’re left with a stunning masterclass in soulful funk. So, so good – which certainly bodes well for the forthcoming LP.

For now, check out the stunning ‘No Vacancy’ below: