Psetta – ‘Low Mid Hi’

Psetta is a Los Angeles-based producer with a flair for stunning sonic distillations that eek out a balance between contrasting components; darkness and light, hard and soft, and so on.

Psetta’s proficiency in such matters is born out for all to see on new single ‘Low Mid Hi’. It strikes a perfect balance between the extremes of muscular grooves and whispered intimacy, stitching together melancholic, semi-chanted vocals with murky, sputtering and choppy electronics and burbling synthesizers. Touching on clunky house/techno as well as flirting on the fringes dream pop, it is a marriage of sounds done with clinical precision as intricate blend of bleeps, burbling synthesizers, acid squelches are woven with dreamy tones, delicious crispness and touch of melancholy. With one foot on the dancefloor and the other not far behind, this an absolute treasure.

Listen to ‘Low Mid Hi’ below:

Safetalk – ‘Layback’

Anglo-French trio Safetalk – comprised of two Parisian producers Hugues Tonnet and Thomas Desnoyers and Berlin-based British vocalist, David Harks – have released superb new single ‘Layback’.

On ‘Layback’, the continental trio further indulge in their now recognisable penchant for cosmic vibes but in a somewhat more earthly fashion. While Safetalk lure us into an otherworldly realm, we are brought back down to earth by tribal beats and rhythms. Electronics shimmer alongside, radiant and twinkling synths, swirls of atmospherics, and tender and ethereal vocals; a hypnotic fusion that leaves us with a beautifully melodious affair of coexistence between earthly and heavenly bodies. This is yet another compelling and transfixing electronic excursion, it is smooth and smouldering, rich and soulful, and of course, utterly divine.

Tune into ‘Layback’ below now:

Cavego – ‘Hunderfossen’

Late last year Norwegian producer Cavego released his debut EP Gudbrandsdalen on Eskimo Recordings; it is a gorgeous mixture of field recordings, vintage synths, ambient sounds and bright, sparkling electronica, and it is fair to say, it is pretty damn great.

The same can be said for the latest instalment from Cavego, sprightly new single ‘Hunderfossen’. Named after a famous Norwegian amusement park, ‘Hunderfossen’ is a bright, bouncy and playful slice of Scandi-Disco. Bursting with buoyant, uplifting sounds, it is a feel-good tune that brings party vibes, radiating an air of unquestionable coolness as it swaggers on a funky bassline and buoyant melody – highly infectious and danceable. With its deep irresistible groove, funk-filled bass and colourful beats, this deliciously vibrant, sparkling slice of cosmic disco struts its way onto the dance floor, leaving you hypnotised as it pops along. Magnificent!

Listen to ‘Hunderfossen’ below:

Hessian – ‘Clarity’

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Hessian is the moniker of Bristol-based musician and producer Matthew de Souza who has a preference for blurring the lines between the many intricate sub genres of electronic music.

Taking inspiration from artists such as Four Tet, Floating Points and Jon Hopkins, Hessian’s sound combines organic and synthetic sounds for his captivating compositions and latest single ‘Clarity’ is a spellbinding example of this prowess. It introduces itself softly, with a long ambient spell met with warm base line, twinkling keys and soft, pattering beats – transfixing from the off. ‘Clarity’ swells with lush sounds and jazzy chords, rising to a crescendo of sunburned atmospheric warmth before a hypnotising blend of winding, techno-esque synth, deep house groove and crunchy beats emerge to bewitch completely. A lush, elegant and utterly stunning single – this is the best thing you are likely to hear today, if not all week.

Listen to ‘Clarity’ below:

Paris Love-Child – ‘Don’t Leave it Alone’

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Paris Love-Child (PL-C) is London-based singer, songwriter, DJ and model who is blurring the lines between hip-hop, grime, dancehall & electronic.

Latest single ‘Don’t Leave it Alone’ more heavily indebted to the former irresistible; it is brilliant, cool, staggeringly smooth and funky disco-jam. Shuffling along an irresistible, swaggering groove, crisp, popping neon beats, phasing bursts of frazzled electronics, winding synth and super smooth soulful vocals are all employed to bring about eight-minutes of spacey synth-disco, and it’s one hell of a ride! ‘Don’t Leave it Alone’ is rather special; beautifully crafted it is a real groover of resplendent colour, pulsating and relentless electronics.

Tune into ‘Don’t Leave it Alone’ below now:

Madou – ‘Odo Island’

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Belgian production duo Madou swear by a maxim of “no genres, no expectations, no strings attached”, and their latest single ‘Odo Island’ (a first for East London label Needwant) certainly lives up to that billing.

‘Odo Island’ is a colossus of power and atmosphere, named after the island Godzilla first made landfall on in the 1950s films, it fuses discombobulating trance like synths to cavernous bass, shuffling beats and rhythms that grows to a euphoric and techno thumping climax. A delicious, dance floor ready blend of precision beats, wonderfully melodic progression and euphoric vibes – it is easy to see how the Belgian duo’s previous work has earned comparisons to the producers like Moderat, Four Tet and Jamie xx, and there is plenty more to come from Madou throughout 2019 apparently.

For now there is the not so small matter of ‘Odo Island’ to contend with – tune in below:

Three Thieves – ‘Ivory Coast ft. Ruby Atlanta’

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Three Thieves is the moniker of Cardiff based producer, Tom Clugston, who specialises in a spellbinding synthesis of sound embracing all things hip hop, electronica, drum & bass and a wealth of other electronic beat driven genres.

Clugston’s beat wizardry and melodic, fluid electronic compositions was acutely evident on late 2016’s superb, Zero Hour EP. Three Thieves has kicked off 2019 on a high with brand new single ‘Ivory Coast’ featuring Welsh vocalist Ruby Atlanta. Shifting along a procession of soft, shuffling beats with a gentle swaggering groove, ‘Ivory Coast’ radiates an aura of uplifting positivity and warm vibes. Melodic, fluid and mellow, the single’s beauty is augmented by the stunning, soulful vocals of Ruby Atlanta. An infectious, melodic little earworm – you’ll have it on constant rotation for sure.

Listen to ‘Ivory Coast ft. Ruby Atlanta’ below now:

Bels Lontano – Kind Decade EP

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

Following on from his stellar introductory single ‘At the Horizon’, Bohman has released debut EP Kind Decade. Comprised of six tracks – incl. ‘At the Horizon’ – it explores concepts of liminal spaces, natural beauty, therapy and personal growth, while taking inspiration from a wide variety of musical and non-musical sources – love, anxiety, beats and ambience.

‘At the Horizon’ finds a sweet spot between beauty and terror, with a steady bass thump and crunchy beats, it carves a way through the ambient atmospheric soundscape and silky melody. Glistening strings mingle with glitchy sounds as the intensity grows; it is elegant but with a foreboding sense of mild eeriness never far away. ‘Tumbleweed’ is cut from a similar, if somewhat more dancefloor ready, ominous cloth as it booms along big and glitchy beats the downtempo ambient sounds and chugging intensity of techno collide to create something both beautiful and fierce. ‘Florid Entanglements’ fizzes by with fluidity and bursts with rushes of euphoria while beats pop and whizz frantically in a sea of tranquil sounds, airy tones and glacial chimes. Penultimate track ‘Citadel’ opens with slowly evolving atmospherics which leads through an epic buildup into heavy, glitchy sounds with chopped vocals flowing over a pulsing bassline and crashing beats. Kind Decade is an aural delight of elegance, ambience and precision beats – a beautiful bout of electronic escapism.

You can sample some choice cuts below or you can find the entire EP here.

Patatwawa – ‘Wires’

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UK trio Patawawa spent the past 18 months or so carving out a rep for sublime, sassy and infectious, disco-infused charmers – and they are signing off on 2018 in similar fashion.

It’s been a good year for the trio and Patawawa are ending on a high with floorfiller ‘Wires’. Armed with colossal four-on-the-floor beats, bouncing disco synths, bustling beats, funky organ and horns, ‘Wires’ brings the party vibes. Highly infectious and unequivocally danceable, it radiates an air of unquestionable coolness as it swaggers on a funky bassline and buoyant melody. And last but certainly not least, lead singer, Beth Garrett’s melodious vocal glides effortlessly over this solid disco groove. With a string of infectious, danceable disco groovers behind them already, hopefully we are hearing more of the same in the new year – and perhaps an album beckons for Patawawa?

Listen to ‘Wires’ below:

Bels Lontano – ‘At the Horizon’

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Bels Lontano AKA composer/producer Bret Bohman is an electronic music project from the US.

Taking his inspiration from a wide variety of musical and non-musical sources – love, anxiety, beats and ambience – the project explores concepts of liminal spaces, natural beauty, therapy and personal growth. A steady bass thump and crunchy beats carve a way through the ambient atmospheric soundscape and silky melody. Glistening strings mingle with glitchy sounds and a winding intensity as elegance co-exists with a foreboding sense of mild eeriness lurking in the background. A rich sonic creation, it finds a sweet spot between beauty and terror, and downtempo ambient sounds and chugging intensity of techno. Magnificent!

Listen to ‘At the Horizon’ below and it is but one facet of his forthcoming EP Kind Decade.