Introducing: Mazoulew

UK-based producer Mazoulew has been creating captivating electronic sounds since 2004.

Drawn from a deep source inspiration from trip-hop, jazz, downtempo, drum&bass and more, his sound continues to evolve and be refined over time. More recently he’s teamed up with the eclectic Stereofox Records for a series of releases (four to date) with the latest being ‘Shogun’ & ‘Overdue’.

The former is a hypnotic, transfixing and dancefloor minded, techno influenced sound. Heavy on mood, texture and atmosphere, relentless oscillations and skittering percussion bend you to its will, leaving you utterly powerless to resist the tempting allure. Although everything is delivered with a pin point accuracy, it has a grainy and dusty atmospheric feel. ‘Overdue’ affords a different but equally exquisite side to Mazoulew’s talent. It is a gorgeous slice of downtempo electronica; all warm tones, lush strings, bright chimes and breathtaking melodies, and swells of brass. It is a swelling, alluring and dreamy downtempo excursion. Both takes help whisk you away, in their different way, taking you on a journey to a place of musical excellence.

You can check out both tracks below:

Altvater – ‘Even Young’

Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, producer Altvater proven a reliable source of downtempo electronica over the past 18 months or so.

His flair for fusing cinematic electronica, trip hop, and dark synthwave is marked by a deft ability to blend colour and warmth to a glacial but imperious ambience – as evidenced by his output thus far. Latest single ‘Even Young’ is of a similar high standard.It is an elegant, moody and emotive journey propelled along a steady drumbeat through a mellow veil of cinematic, ambient atmospheres. It is lush and dreamy as a delicate strum and ambient sounds set the clam tone as exquisite vocals add a lift while a flourish of warm keys and winds brings some illumination. It is rich and textured, deeply emotive and calming; it is a beautiful and meditative track, and one that is rather easy-on-the-ear too.

Listen to ‘Even Young’ below: 

Joviale – ‘Storm’

Joviale is a musician and songwriter from London with a flair for colourful, infectious, effervescent and soulful psych-pop.

She introduced her intoxicating sound with suitably titled ‘Taste Of The Heavens’ ahead of the release of debut EP Crisis, this week. Coincidentally coinciding with this is the unveiling of ‘Storm’, Joviale’s reworking of Rare Silk’s 80s jazz jam for London producer Bullion’s 4 Down compilation – more info on that here. Joviale’s commanding vocal take centre stage, with a slightly haunted tone, pulls heavy as it stridently towers amid a flurry of fizzy electronic beats, flourishes of twinkly synth and increasingly pulsing rhythm. Joviale’s take on ‘Storm’ is nothing short of breathtaking – a stunning track.

Tune into ‘Storm’ below and check out Crisis – it is out now


Simple Kid shares new tracks: ‘The Last Bus Home’ & ‘Lost in Space’

Longstanding patrons will be aware of my adoration for Simple Kid, albeit not offering many opportunities to display it regularly.

The London-based Irish artist (aka Ciaran McFeely) released two brilliant albums in the mid 00s – SK1 in 2003 and SK2 in 2006 – before entering a prolonged period of musical hibernation, disappearing off the radar, only to reappear briefly here and there with ‘The Road’ in 2011, ‘Snakes and Ladders’ in 2014 and ‘Because’ late in 2018.

However, since the latter, his YouTube account has seen something of a flurry of activity and uploads including ‘The Last Bus Home’ & ‘Lost in Space’; which coincidentally are (IMO) the pick of the new material.

‘The Last Bus Home’ is a deliciously infectious and richly melodic blend of folky indie, with country and Americana brushstrokes. A gentle acoustic strum, hand claps and harmonica coalesce in perfect harmony, with warm vocals completing the loveable, swelling, heartfelt allure. ‘Lost in Space’ is the more complex of the pair as lush layers of psych-tones, spacey sounds and cosmic textures swell and swirl to engulf the delicious piano-led melody. Mining brilliant streams of melody and heavenly harmonies it is a roving, hazy and cosmic adventure that swells to beautifully epic climax. With its gorgeous melody, irresistible chorus, blend of guitar and frazzled electronics, and swelling emotion, ‘Lost in Space’ is not easily forgotten. Two differing (but equally stunning) sides to the talents of Simple Kid bound together by an undisputed ear for melody.

While not discounting something more substantial in the future, for now Simple Kid is enjoying crafting new songs in his loft – fingers crossed this fruitful period continues to blossom.

Listen to both ‘The Last Bus Home’ & ‘Lost in Space’ below, and you can listen to the man himself chatting to Dan Hegarty here.

And credit where credit is due: H/T to Dan Hegarty’s ‘The Alternative’ on 2FM & John Barker’s ‘Totally Irish’ on 98FM.

Whyte Horses – ‘Ça Plane Pour Moi’

Manchester psych-pop outfit Whyte Horses are responsible for one 2018’s most enjoyable records in Empty Words, as they whisked us off to a land of blissful, dreamy psychedelia, sounding both familiar yet fresh.

Whyte Horses make a welcome return with a surprise new single ‘Ça Plane Pour Moi’; a cover of Plastic Bertrand’s seminal 1970’s track. Choosing to cover such a classic track reflects the fearless and timeless pop qualities of Whyte Horses. Retaining the playful, melodic and seductive punk-tinged pop energy of the original but is given a modern makeover with lush pop treatment, soft psych brush strokes and intoxicating, dreamy vocals and seductive harmonies. This is Whyte Horses doing what Whyte Horse do best. Their knack for borrowing from the old and creating something new and contemporary, yet simultaneously timeless, is without compare. Hopefully this studio time has also yielded further material too.

Listen to ‘Ça Plane Pour Moi’ below.

Mani Bazaar – ‘Dead’

Mani Bazaar is a musician, singer & songwriter from Ireland with a preference for ethereal goth-infused dream-pop.

It’s not often that a debut single delights, excites and enthrals as much as this but with ‘Dead’, Mani Bazaar has utterly bewitched with this alluring piece of dreamy pop perfection. ‘Dead’ slowly unfurls, washing over you with an ease and breeze as each passing moment reveals itself blissfully surreal, immersive and idyllic. Synths shimmer, guitars glisten and soft beats trickle beneath a cascading wave of warm electronics. It is a lush blend of ethereal, exquisite and heavenly electronica, a suitably beautiful backdrop for the heavenly, hushed and lullaby-esque vocals. ‘Dead’ is transfixing, heavenly electronica; an exquisite beauty tempered by subtle senses of the eerie while building gently to a bout of mild euphoria.

Tune into the blissful sounds of ‘Dead’ below – you will not be disappointed.

Introducing: I Drew Blank

I Drew Blank are Berlin-based outfit comprised of bassist & singer Oyèmi Hessou (Jaguwar), guitarist & singer Dominik Jureschko (White Hand Gibbon) and drummer Eilis Frawley (Party Fears).

Together the trio deliver a special blend of lo-fi fuzzy slacker garage-pop that melodically drifts between early ’90s and west coast vibes – something born out on their addictive new EP; Interesting Life Choices.

While primarily the music is easy on the ear and seemingly carefree, as songs slide by with an effortless ease and general breeze. On repeated listens however, much more bite and greater thematic depth is revealed; dark thoughts and failed relationships meet escapism and reflection over five tracks. This dizzying encounter opens with ‘No Promises Were Made’ which could serve as the archetypal blueprint for the band’s sound. Pumped with meaty riffs, heavy driving bass lines and sappy snare kick combos ‘No Promises Were Made’ has no shortage of bite and punk grunt or melodic pop allure for that matter, provided by the dreamy riffs, sweet licks and hooks. The vocals are passionate, melodic and dance in the remaining space provided in the mild haze of warm fuzz and distortion. Elsewhere ‘What We Need Is Time’ is even more more infectious as it breezes by with an abundance of heavenly harmonies while ‘It’s Winter, It’s Warsaw’ is less breezy, more gallop as it hurtles along a dancey groove with jerky riffs, cowbell and interlocking harmony rich vocals.

This is a dazzling fuzz-filled display of lo-fi, garage-indebted indie-pop. On the right side of infectious and grit, it is a tonic to the overly-polished and ekes out a perfect space on the musical landscape.

Tune into some choice cuts below and the EP can be found here.

Adwaith – ‘Hey!’

Welsh trio Adwaith – Hollie Singer, Gwenllian Anthony & Heledd Owen – released one of 2018’s finest albums in Melyn; intense, compelling and unique; it is a colossus of experimental post punk.

Not wishing to wait around, the Carmarthenshire trio are looking forward with a brand new single, ‘Hey!’; a song that firmly sets the foundations for the next exciting chapter. ‘Hey!’ is wake up call, a call to arms of sorts, or as they put it themselves, it “is a song about people ignoring obvious facts that are right in front of them. Global leaders are not acting upon climate change and they can’t ignore it for much longer!!“. The lyrical message is matched by the musical urgency in ‘Hey!’, a buzzing riff and spiky guitars lead the charge along a bubbling bassline forging a formidable backdrop for the fuzzy, reverb-laden vocals to reign supreme. Powerful, passionate and fearless but most importantly it is a belter of a tune.

Listen to ’Hey!’ below now, it will be part of a double A side single released later this month.

Frankie Knight – ‘Even Though’

Hailing from the South Coast of the UK, Frankie Knight is an electronic pop artist that delves into a dreamworld of haunting melodies and waves of lush tones.

Drawing from a deep well of influences – electronica, hip hop, electro-pop and folk – Knight crafts her brand of beautifully sculpted electronic pop. This propensity for the exquisite is evidenced by new single ‘Even Though’, a second lifted from her forthcoming debut album expected before the close of 2019. It is a bittersweet electronic pop tune built on a bed of skittish hip hop infused beats, while the pop sensibilities are never far away as an elegant shimmering haze of synths and cracking electronics illuminate the path for her vocals to float elegantly overhead. ‘Even Though’ is a transfixing beauty that whisks us away on a dreamy meditative journey that is expansive, fragile and experimental, while simultaneously lush, warm and filled with pop goodness.

Don’t just take my word for it, tune into ‘Even Though’ below, and keep an eye out for the debut album later in the year:

J.R. – ‘PAL’

J.R. is Canadian musician and singer-songwriter (real name Julianna Riolino)

Riolino introduced herself with debut single ‘Be My Man’ back in April and now, three months later, she is serving up an alluring second helping with ‘PAL’.

Fuelled by emotional nostalgia inspired by the feeling of youth and naive invincibility, ‘PAL’ is a gleaming guitar-pop gem that purrs with a rich melodic power. Swooning soft-centered balladry and lush instrumentation combine with seductive hooks as warm, honeyed yet smokey vocals bring the detailed lyrical vision to life. It feels wistful, personal and bittersweet, all with a underlying sense of hope and defiance bubbling away. A marvellously lush and alluring single that purrs with a rich melody that will melt even the coldest of hearts.

You can listen to ‘PAL’ below now and the video is ace too, definitely worth checking out.