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:

GREYFIELD WOODS – ‘Soulless (feat. CliveTV)’

GREYFIELD WOODS is the solo project of Sam Holloway, raised near Bristol and based in South London.

Taking its name from a woodland near where he grew up, GREYFIELD WOODS create ominous pitch black soundscapes that blend atmospheric post-dubstep and deep grooving trip hop as evidenced by latest single ‘Souless’. Lifted from the album SANKTA LUCIA – inspired by the martyred Saint Lucy, and the Swedish tradition of honouring her to bring light to the dark winter months – it is suitably murky, eerie and subterranean. Stark, minimal production and haunting repetition creates an eerie vibe for a murmuring malaise of beats to usher vocals from CliveTV (Clive Browne) to the fore. That song itself, and vocals thrive amid the sparse, scorched earth tone of the barren atmosphere. ‘Soulless’ is bone-chilling, ominous but also utterly captivating.

Check out ‘Soulless (feat. CliveTV)’ below.

Swimming TV – ‘Airtaste’

Swimming TV is a producer from Dortmund, Germany who displays a penchant for woozy and transfixing late-night lullabies.

These downtempo electronic excursions embrace an eclectic blend of deftly woven genres, resulting in a lush, expansive and cinematic sounds – and capturing this aesthetic perfectly is ‘Airtaste’. Lifted from a compilation of recently formed collective ‘Dortmund Dance Division’ – a wonderfully named collective of under the radar multi genre producers from Dortmund, Germany – ‘Airtaste’ is utterly divine. It washes over you with an easy as lush synths, warm tones and twinkly keys trickle along, lulling you into a sated state of blissful escape before harder edged synths and crunchy beats emerge, and engulfed by a rising tide of swelling atmospherics conspiring for a cinematic crescendo. It is a massive track, one that can be dreamy and ethereal yet cinematic in scope and scale, and revels in its epic, expansive and lofty ambitions.

Listen to ‘Airtaste’ below and find more from the ‘Dortmund Dance Division’ here


Mazoulew – ‘Retrospective’

UK-based producer Mazoulew has been crafting captivating electronic sounds since 2004. Drawing from a deep well of inspiration from trip-hop, jazz, downtempo, drum&bass and more, his sound has mutated, evolved and refined over time.

More recently he’s joined forces with the eclectic Stereofox Records for a series of releases, the fifth, and latest is ‘Retrospective’. Heavy on mood, texture and atmosphere, carefully coaxed out, this trifecta create a hypnotic, transfixing and nocturnal, techno infused sound. Fluctuating oscillations and seductive grooves coalesce with crunchy beats and floating, flutters of synths to whisk you far away, transfixed and bewitched, with you left powerless to resist the tempting allure of ‘Retrospective’. It is elegant, melodic and emotive, it is the perfect companion to zone out with as distant vocal chants whisper amid the instrumental flourishes and grainy, dusty atmospheric aura.

Another captivating slice of escapism – check ‘Retrospective’ below.

Jinx Lennon Shares ‘North Louth’; New Album Out Now

Jinx Lennon is a unique talent – a national treasure to be exact – and one of Ireland’s most insightful songwriters who is influenced as much by hip hop and post-punk, Jinx is the embodiment of a modern folk singer. 

Whether it is an acoustic guitar or sampled disco beat, raw garage noise or breakbeats his are songs of raw truth that push us to confront uncomfortable home truths in our society while kicking back against the humdrum bullshit of the modern world. Jinx’s new album Border Schizo Fffolk Songs for the Fuc**d was released on Friday last, and came accompanied by single ‘North Louth’. The tune, and the video, are immense. ‘North Louth’ is a hard-edged tune but one that has more than modicum of infectious allure, not to mention extremely danceable. While bristling with rawness as Jinx delivers his powerful lyrics in his distinct and brilliant manner, fizzing synths, frazzled electronics and break-beat add the dancey grooves.  Jinx Lennon’s music isn’t for everyone, sure but there is no one else quite like him and it hard to be unique nowadays but Jinx does it with ease and is searingly brilliant as always.

Border Schizo FFFolk Songs For The Fuc**d is out now – watch the superb video for ‘North Louth’ below:

BAILE – ‘Cyclical’ feat. Lukas Oppenheimer

BAILE, the project of New York producer Reed Kackley, specializes in bouts of lavish, downtempo escapism.  

If you were (like I) looking for an intro to BAILE’s work, the Brooklyn-based producer has shared new single ‘Cyclical’, which is lifted from the recently released EP,  Winte and featuring Lukas Oppenheimer. ‘Cyclical’ introduces itself with a lullaby vibe as gentle chimes with a music box feel before the dreamy tranquility is swept to one side as breakbeats and murmuring bass up the tempo and add a meaty edge. It is the coming together of these two vibes, dreamy and dancey, and its the ability to present them simultaneously amid a haze of  psychedelic brush strokes and wonky synths, that its true allure is to be found.’Cyclical’ is an intricate and delicately constructed, beat-driven cut of gorgeous, glitchy and otherworldly electronic music.

You can sample’Cyclical’ below now and if if that is to your liking, why not try the new EP,  Winte here.

Jo Marches – ‘Long Term Parking’

Jo Marches – an Utrecht outfit fronted by the inimitable Johanneke Kranendonk – specialise in heady brew of psych-infused swirling synth-pop, sophisticated pop sensibilities and infectious melodies.

Having impressed no end with a seemingly endless supply of excellence, Jo Marches dazzle us again with new single ‘Long Term Parking’. The first single lifted from a third EP, Moon Mirror, expected in October 2020, ‘Long Term Parking’ is all dreamy and ethereal allure. Kranendonk’s breathy, elegant vocals float breezily along, smouldering with emotion, as sparse origins give way to a growing swell of bass, shimmering synths, keys and glistening guitar. It is a gorgeous song filled with woozy vibes and lush melodic allure and all sprinkled with cosmic dust.

‘Long Term Parking’ is another enchanting piece of psych-infused cosmic synth-pop. Tune in below. 

Omaloma announce debut album; share ‘Walk The Dog’

Welsh outfit Omaloma has etched out a rather special place on the musical landscape with a series of sublime singles marking him out as a reliable source of blissful, spacey psych-pop.

Originally the solo-project of Welsh artist George Amor, Omaloma is now a full band operation – including Amor Llŷr Pari (drums, sample pad), Daf Owain (bass), Alex Morrison (synths) & Gruff ab Arwel (guitar) – and together they will release their much anticipated debut album, Swish on April 3, 2020.

Ahead of the forthcoming album, they have shared lead singe ‘Walk The Dog’ and is filled with all the alluring stardust that has charmed us thus far. It gently grooves along a syrupy smooth groove, languidly meandering through an alluring blend of slinky synth-pop amid cascading twinkles of electronics, psych brush strokes, woozy synth lines and Amor’s soft, soothing soft vocals. ‘Walk The Dog’ is a blissful sojourn to a peaceful and tranquil plain in a world gone mad and makes the debut record a mouthwatering prospect.

Listen to ‘Walk The Dog’ below. Swish is out tomorrow (April 3, 2020) via Cae Gwyn Records.

Introducing: Anton Che

Anton Che is a producer from Khabarovsk, Russia who has a preference for captivating, escapist and cinematic sounds, matched in no small way by a supreme ear for groove.

The latter is a constant, a hallmark or calling card throughout his work, and more specifically on Che’s latest singles ‘UFO’ and ‘Loose. The former is an elegant arrangement that glistens and flickers as minimal flourishes of synths and frazzled electronic radiate a sense of wonderment and awe before the soft and seductive beat emerges to navigate through a world cosmic splendor. ‘UFO’ is an atmospheric beauty; an engrossing and transfixing escape. ‘Loose’ meanwhile is more earthy and grounded as it stutters and shuffles along seductive, bubbling bassline and choppy chords while soft beats click-clack amid a sea of fresh and hazy tones.  Both tracks lean heavily on groove; from the subtle bassy swagger of ‘Loose’ to the relaxing stasis of ‘UFO’ – and are captivating and mesmerizing in their own ways.

Listen to ‘UFO’ & ‘Loose’ below: