Orla – ‘Breathe’

Orla is an 18 year old Irish musician and producer from Co Meath who has a preference for dreamy, elegant and atmospheric sounds; flashed with exquisite finesse on her debut single ‘dream’.

With new single ‘Breathe’, Orla sticks to this familiar formula for ambient, atmospheric and downtempo sounds. ‘Breathe’ is an elegant, shimmering delight with bags of charm. Striking a delicate and subtle balance between electronic elements with organic instrumentation as lush flowing synths, jovial beat and chiming guitar converge with an entrancing bass line. Subtle and unassuming, warm and alluring, dreamy and intoxicating; ‘Breathe’ will make an indelible mark your soul, and leave you all the better for it.

Listen to ‘Breathe’ and it’s shimmering majesty below:

GotSome – ‘Plastic On Acid ft Roxanne Shante’

Bristol’s GotSome, aka Adam Gorsky, is a producer & DJ with a flair for recontextualizing the sounds of various dance sub-genres – disco, dubstep, house, and more – and blending with hip hop influences into hip-house leaning sound.

Gorsky’s latest single ‘Plastic On Acid’ is a floor-filling banger that features the vocal talents of New York musician and rapper Roxanne Shante. Unadulterated fun, it is an uptempo drum-heavy, bass-led retro-fixated house excursion that embraces Shante’s skill for sliding effortlessly between rapping and singing, jacking the propulsion where necessary. It is utterly addicting and danceable as squelchy acid licks, pitch-screwed bass, blurred synth chords and house basslines transfix and get your body grooving (and no doubt dancefloors moving).

‘Plastic On Acid’ is just great, simple as. Listen to it below.

Bels Lontano – ‘Lift the Sun’

Bels Lontano is an electronic music project from US-based composer and producer aka Bret Bohman.

Following on from his stellar introduction with debut EP Kind Decade early doors in 2019, he is back with a sublime new single ‘Lift the Sun’. Bels Lontano’s sonic touch strikes a perfect balance between opposing elements, a juxtaposition that feels natural and seamless, and that is the case once again. Introducing itself is a rather soft manner, it slowly evolves a much more vibrant and energised exploration as the various electronic sounds emerge. While propelled by harsh, crunchy beats the dreaminess never relents fully as cascading twinkling electronics and shimmering synths are never far away, which, along with rich textures and an ear for melody. A track of duality; it is equally at home on a dance floor or solitary consumption – a rich and rewarding experience.

Listen to ‘Lift the Sun’ below 

Super Extra Bonus Party – ‘Some Dark Forces’ (feat. Sorcha McGrath)

Super Extra Bonus Party have long been makers of exceptional tunes – indeed some of their choice cuts reside in my all-time favourites list – and that’s not to mention the copious amount of phenomenal live shows.

The Newbridge outfit returned from hiatus in late 2017 with ‘Switzerland’ and followed a few months later by ‘Purple Heart’ – the latter is an infectious groover and the former, it is arguably their finest tune – the second coming has delivered, and looks continue to do so.

SEBP are busy working their third album, which is well overdue but in the meantime, they have released a brand new single and video. ‘Some Dark Forces’ features Sorcha McGrath from Ships on vocal duties; one of Ireland’s foremost vocalists adding a next level touch of class. It’s an upbeat, driving and emphatic electronic indie anthem. Propelled by a stomping drum beat and rhythm, ‘Some Dark Forces’ is littered with glistening synth lines and soft guitars, as cascading electronics and synths gradually fill the remaining space as it swells to an emphatic climax. It is a lush backdrop for McGrath’s stunning vocals to excel, in fact, the subtle swagger of the groove isn’t a million miles away from the cosmic disco vibes of Ships, so it is a perfect paring for McGrath. Another stunning single from SEPB mark II, hopefully work on the new album continues at pace.

There is also a video, directed by fellow Newbridge native Peter Fleming, which is equally magnificent and gorgeously shot. Check out ‘Some Dark Forces’ and video below:

Menik – ‘Brothers’

Menik is a producer with a preference for music that is colourful, ambient, melodic and driving, and drawing inspiration from everything from blues, rock and hip hop, jazz, house and techno, and everything in between.

Menik is plotting the release of his debut album Story Time, which features field recordings from milestone stages of his life. The latest single ‘Brothers’ gazes backward, inspired by Menik’s short time spent growing up in San Francisco. It is elegant, dreamy and wide-eyed, unfurling with a steady, soft and seductive beat, gentle guitar strum ‘Brothers’ intoxicates and woos with a brimming sense of optimism. Soothing soundscapes and dreamy lullabies flow into wave upon wave of gentle fuzz lapping from the side, introducing a next level calm and tranquillity akin to floating among the clouds. So much so that even the glistening riff midway through cannot offset the overwhelming sense of snug dreaminess.

It is blissful, enthralling and all-consuming track; listen to ‘Brothers’ below:

Sal Dulu – ‘Buzzcut’

Dublin-based producer Sal Dulu established a rep for fabulous hip-hop flavoured electronic productions with a string of stellar singles last year; ‘Duluoz Dream’, ‘Antasma’ & ‘Tyko’.

Opening his 2019 account with the atmospheric ‘Xompulse’, the Dubliner indicated a continuation of form and Sal Dulu is back with a new offering called ‘Buzzcut’.Joined by Atlanta-via-Memphis emcee staHHr, who takes command of vocal duties as Sal Dulu weaves together a breezy, dreamy atmosphere, lush cinematic strings, erratic breaks and choral-esque chants. It is an elegant arrangement that glistens and flickers with tranquillity as it stutters with a somewhat fidgety progression, that beneath staHHr’s vocals, only adds to the captivating nature. An atmospheric beauty; an engrossing and transfixing blend of rich, warm sounds.

Sal Dulu’s previous releases have been stellar and ‘Buzzcut’ is up there alongside the very best of them; of his or anyone else’s singles from so far this year – one of 2019’s finest.

Listen to ‘Buzzcut’ below:

Quodega – ‘Design Your Eyes’

Quodega is the moniker of Cardiff-based electronica artist Tom Raybould who crafts propulsive electronica that is marked by decidedly cinematic feel.

Following on from 2017’s The Meanderlux Vessel, Quodega has returned with a brand new album called Only Forward, and the first single lifted from the album is ‘I Design Your Eyes’.

It is a sleek cinematic vision powered by a relentless chugging tempo and propulsive synth, filtered through the unique contours of his own musical imagination. Building from a hardy rhythmic core, he paves a long and winding path through a chilling hinterland between electronica and techno whereby dreams and reality coexist, and offering a perfect backdrop for the driving beats, mutating synths, splashes of neon light and propulsive groove. Upon listening to ‘Design Your Eyes’, it will come as no surprise to find that Raybould has extensive soundtrack experience to his name; it is a marvel that is captivating and immersive, and creates an incredible sense of wonderment and adventure.

Listen to ‘Design Your Eyes’ below and if that is to your liking, the new album can be found here.

Kid Aristides – ‘Summer No 30’

Kid Aristides is a SNES-influenced, synth/vocaloid pop project from surreptitiously mysterious Montreal musician.

Heavily influenced by SNES Square RPGs (like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger) and utilising analog hardware and flair for synthesized vocal-driven art-pop, Kid Aristides serves up a magical confection of beautifully off-kilter electronic-pop, and latest single ‘Summer No 30’ is a case in point.

Peculiar but playful, it flutters along a simmering synth beat through a beautiful imaginative world filled with colourful ideas and kaleidoscopic sounds, and bound together in hypnotic majesty. It’s an eccentric Technicolor pop adventure of playfully experimental arrangements and sounds that are gentle whirring together and filled with breezy ambience and sense of awe. Propped up by that simmering synth beat, the synthesized vocal adds a final and elegant lick of retro-futurist paint for a supreme slice of electronic pop, and one that manages to display a fun, playful side while at the same time captivating your attention completely.

Listen to ‘Summer No 30’ below – it doesn’t disappoint:

Koresma x Marley Carroll – ‘Eucalyptus’

Koresma (aka Ryan Lindberg) is an electronic producer based in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina who favours a blend of chilled electro-acoustic music grounded by strong grooves and inspired by the natural world around him.

Lindberg has teamed up in collaboration with Asheville-based artist Marley Carroll for latest track, ‘Eucalyptus’ which emphasises these aforementioned preferences. ‘Eucalyptus’ is exquisite as percussive grooves project a hypnotic, trance like state of breezy tones, lush colours and soft, precise beats that weave in and out of floating melodies and a burgeoning aura of beauty and tranquillity. A chilled, pleasant and easy on the ear bout of escapism, Koresma has delivered another beguiling and utterly beautiful composition, with a little help from Marley Carroll.

Tune into ‘Eucalyptus’ below:

Kobina – ‘Does It feat. The Sei’

Kobina is an electronic producer from Dublin now residing in Amsterdam and over the past month or so, he’s been slowly teasing material from his 4 Poems EP, which is out now.

Capturing a period where he fell out love with music, ceasing to create and produce, ‘The 4 Poems’ referred to in the title are testament to that period. Kobina shared these poems with four separate vocalists – Bronte, Participant, The Sei & Obskur Mond – serving as the foundation for a fruitful collaboration, resulting in an elegant, slowly unfurling electronic excursion imbued with rich sounds, touching ambience and heartfelt emotion.

Personal favourite and example of what expect from the EP is the stunning ‘Does It feat. The Sei’. It is an elegant and cinematic cut, and one that remains distinctly intimate even as layer upon layer of rich sound enters the fray. Synths creep in as the song progresses, softly twinkling and fizzing by in the background adding texture, warmth and emotion. It is however, the piano chords and The Sei’s (Stacey Gill) vocals that serves as the emotive bedrock from which all else is built. This is a rich, compelling and deeply moving track of beauty, fragility and heartfelt emotion – utterly stunning.

Listen to ‘Does It feat. The Sei’ below – and you can check out there entire EP here too.