Radio Europa – Something Beautiful [feat. Gwenllian Anthony of Adwaith] (Conformist Remix)

Conformist is the moniker of Cardiff producer Michael Simmons – taking inspiration from Public Enemy’s Bomb Squad and cut n’ paste pioneers Coldcut, Steinski and The Dust Brothers to name a few – renowned for his leftfield, meticulous, dense and layered productions.

Conformist has returned with a new remix of Radio Europa’s ‘Something Beautiful’ featuring vocals by Gwenllian Anthony of Adwaith – a teaser of more to come, with a third album expected from Conformist later in 2020. Conformist has given it a fresh new look, a makeover blending an intricate palette of synths, glitches and glistening strings, spliced vocal samples and spluttering beats to create something sophisticated, seductive and supremely inventive. In short, the outcome is stunning.

Listen to Conformist’s rework below:

Alps 2 & Simona Drive – ‘Burnt’

Alps 2 & Simona Drive are outfits with pedigree: as performers, Simona Drive have toured with Maribou State; as individuals, they have released on Ralph Lawson’s 2020 Vision and Fatboy Slim’s Southern Fried Records. And as a collective, they’ve launched Selby Sounds, and now,  Alps 2 & Simona Drive have teamed up with Ad Hoc Records proudly for Burnt EP.

The resulting sound is deliciously displayed on title track ‘Burnt’; a lush, feelgood and woozy slice of sunny electronica escapism as the pair marry the exquisite elegance of electronica, dancefloor focus and seductive grooves of house music. ‘Burnt’takes all the aforementioned parts and creates a rich and alluring soundscape. Lush synths fizz with life and effervescence, gushing over soft beats, deep seductive groove and sparkling spurts of electronics, amid a warm, sunny and feelgood dose of escapism. A beautiful, uplifting and lush jam bound together by a smiley feelgood vibe, seductive groove and peppered by bouts of mild euphoria.

An absolute lavish gem, check ‘Burnt’ out below:

 

Peerte Trunt – ‘Trassi’

Peerte Trunt is pedigree; a label head at Basserk Records, former member of the 3-1, Bronstibock, VAN PI and LHISPR., while also producing under the moniker Tholyson – Trunt has found space and time to release music under his own name.

His first EP as Peerte Trunt is called Halfweg – named after the village he lives in close to Amsterdam – and the first track lifted from the EP is called ‘Trassi’. It is beautiful, transfixing and remarkably easy on the ear. It is built upon delicate and melodic keys that are engulfed in a wash of warm synths that rush to meet a swell of lush electronics while a flurry of soft, pattering beats scurry below. ‘Trassi’ is beautiful, lush and dreamy, and designed to whisk your worries away.

Listen to ‘Trassi’ below – it does not disappoint.

BAILE – ‘Cyclical feat. Lukas Oppenheimer (Fake Fever Remix)’

We were introduced to BAILE, the project of New York producer Reed Kackley, who specializes in bouts of lavish, downtempo escapism, with EP, Winte earlier this year.

Hot in the heels of the EP, the Brooklyn-based producer has shared Winte, The Remixes and led by Fake Fever’s rework of ‘Cyclical feat. Lukas Oppenheimer’. It is a woozy and spaced out slice of otherworldly electronic music that expands on the original’s lullaby vibes and music box feels with glistening synths and lavish layers of lush electronics that whisk away to cosmic realms of tranquility. This aesthetic swells and gushes while a rising tide of breakbeats and murmuring bass up the tempo as we take a detour to glitch and psychedelic infused electronica.

You can sample Fake Fever’s Remix of ’Cyclical’ below now and if if that is to your liking, why not try the remix EP here, and original Winte EP here?

Abracadabra – ‘Dirty Pan’

Abracadabra are Oakland-based outfit comprised of core duo Hannah Skelton (cassiopeia) and Chris Niles (Maus Haus) that craft unconventional electro-pop music littered with imaginative ideas and unique sounds.

The pair have just released new single ‘Dirty Pan’ into the world which captures the essence of their exquisite sound in just four-minutes. A reflection on the struggles we face as a society, both in a social and environmental sense, that have been amplified by the current pandemic, ‘Dirty Pan’ radiates an otherworldly dreamlike surrealism that is utterly transfixing. It skips and swaggers along a strutting drum machine led rhythm amid a sea of atmospheric textures, sparkling synth and fizzing electronics while ethereal vocals, mesmerise and enchant in equal measure. A tantalizing and groove-driven slice wonky-electro-pop – magnificent!

Listen to’Dirty Pan’ below, and keep your eyes peeled for their debut album is set to be released on on July 24 on Anniversary . 

Ynys – ‘Aros Am Byth’

Ynys is the moniker of Welsh artist Dylan Hughes (formerly of Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg) who has dazzled us with his work to date; namely singles ‘Mae’n Hawdd’ and  ‘Caneuon.

Teaming up with the excellent Libertino Records once again, Hughes has returned with a super smooth and hypnotic new single; ‘Aros Am Byth’. It is yet another lavish psych-washed synth-pop beauty filled with starry-eyed wonder as Hughes brings together 70s Italian disco synths and power pop harmonies – a magical combo. ‘Aros Am Byth’ washes over you with ease as lush vocals flow above a slinking groove and seductive beats while woozy flourishes of synth ripple amid the psychedelic swirl. A beautiful hypnotic tune tinged with melancholy and swelling heart and soul – another dazzling display from Ynys.

Listen to ‘Aros Am Byth’ below:


Luke Hawker – ‘Uno Mono’

Luke Hawker is a musician and producer from Bournemouth on England’s south coast, mixing it up between electronic, downtempo and trip-hop.

Hawker’s latest single ‘Uno Mono’ came to fruition as an attempt to create “Nintendo meets Tame Impala” – he’s arrived there, and a whole lot more. At its core, it is built upon a charming blend of bright synths, seductive grooves and melodic allure. ‘Uno Mono’ danders along a bed of colour synths and playful melodies (that bring to my mind The Specials) with an airy, carefree vibe while more sounds, riffs and frazzled electronics enter the fray. It is measured, melodic and never overdone – everything has its place to which it fits perfectly for an utterly irresistible electronic excursion.

A beautiful charming delight – listen to ‘Uno Mono’ below:


Death Hags – ‘The Darkest Night’

Death Hags is the moniker of Los Angeles-based, French electronica artist, Lola Jean,  who carefully crafts hypnotic, futuristic and minimal electronica from the secluded hideaway hills of East LA.

An enigmatic creative force, Death Hags output over the past 12 months or so has been stellar and latest single ‘The Darkest Night’, is arguably the best yet. Opening with a slow-burning, intoxicating soundscape, droning synths and hazy kaleidoscopic textures swirl all around while Jean’s hushed vocals emerge and drift elegantly above the enveloping haze, while a deep hypnotic groove and pulsing beats propel us onward in complete captivation. A simply stunning and transfixing darkwave sound; just wow!

Be wowed yourself below with ‘The Darkest Night’ which is lifted from recently released record, Big Grey Sun #2.

Accü – ‘Is There A World?’

Cardiff-based artist Accü aka Angharad Van Rijswijk has returned to the fold with her first new material since the release of her stunning 2018 debut Echo The Red; a beautiful, mysterious, delicate yet strident otherworldly listening experience.

New single ‘Is There A World?’ continues to reside and thrive in a hazy world of psychedelic electronic-pop and warped imagination. It tips along a playful yet eerie, almost nursery rhyme-esque melody while the kaleidoscopic swirl grows and swells, increasing the disorienting otherworldly air as we desperately attempt to cling onto some semblance of reality. This hypnotic and kaleidoscopic adventure waltzes along with warped Casio tones threaded with winding bass lines and flashes of scorched riffs and topped off with hazy vocals. Van Rijswijk is not one to rest on her laurels creatively, always moving forward and exploring, and ‘Is There A World?’ is no different – it is magnificent in fact.

Listen to  ‘Is There A World?’ below – it is out now via the ever reliable Libertino Records. 

Jouska – ‘Born In Cash’

Oslo-based musical duo Jouska – comprised of Marit Othilie Thorvik and Hans Olav Settem – have impressed at every given opportunity with an intriguing and inventive array of tunes as they explore some of the more outer realms of electronica.

The pair are back with a new single ‘Born In Cash’ – the second lifted from their so far unnamed album following the slinky R&B of ‘Bring You Back’ in February – in which they continue to reside and thrive in leftfield climes. That being said, ‘Born In Cash’ has more of club focus than some of its predecessors; big beats bang and bass rumbles beneath as sea of slowburning synths and dark atmospheric swirls, and all peppered with cascading cracking and frazzled electronics. It is a song built on push and pull torn between two stools as evidence by the twin vocal path; one lush and dreamy and the defiant and confrontational. It is an absolute banging club track, albeit dark and somewhat introverted but that is what we’ve come to expect from Jouska; unconventional exceptionalism.

Listen to ‘Born In Cash’ below: