Black Sails – ‘Musk Lazarbaby’

Black Sails is a Ventura, CA-based producer/artist with a preference for computer-generated electronic experimentation with touches of middle eastern, symphonic and dance/club influences.

The fourth release from Black Sails is three-track EP, entitled Alt+Fn, it is led by ‘Musk Lazarbaby’, a tune inspired by Elon Musk. Bob Lazar. Area 51. Space X. Indestructible CyberTrucks. Nanochips. Implants.Propelled by robotic rhythms, a winding synthline and big club beats, ‘Musk Lazarbaby’ drives along a seductive groove and peppered by flashes of frazzled electronics, glistening tones and psychedelic reels, bleeps and bloops with breezy vocals, dash of euphoria and some middle eastern flourishes completing this stunning excursion. In short, it all translates into something captivating, dancey and utterly irresistible – and one that really reminds of the more psychedelic side of The Chemical Brothers – which is no bad thing.

Tune in to ‘Musk Lazarbaby’ below and the EP is here too.

Samoun – ‘Chakchouka’

‘Chakchouka’ is the debut single from Parisian pairing Samoun. Composed of two ‘famous’ producers, they are described as “the investigators of the Techno Raï genre” – whatever the back story, their debut single is a mouthwatering slice of minimalist heaven. 

Delivered with a deft touch that brings to mind the golden age of French electro (think Mr Oizo, Justice & a slew of other Ed Banger luminaries & early Daft Punk), metallic percussion, peculiar vocal and woozy, ghostly synth creates an otherworldly environment before the bassline drops and things lift off as it swaggers, grooves and moves. It is an absolutely stunning track, one that is not only addicting but destined to get people moving.

Tune in to the stunning powers of ‘Chakchouka’ below – the video is pretty great too:

https://open.spotify.com/track/71N3YYdTgwlCRSKLMmHBRJ


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.

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


bad tuner – ‘Fluid Borders’

Born in Yugoslavia, raised in Russia and is now residing in Brooklyn, bad tuner is moniker of musician and producer Jozef Sergei Dimitrov.

Bad tuner’s specialty appears to be woozy dancefloor focused electronica and introduced said penchant with ‘Adelaide’s Voyage’, and he’s returned with a similarly a stunning sonic distillation in the shape of ‘Fluid Borders’. Shuffling along a sweet and seductive groove, it basks in a shimmering, sunkissed haze peppered with warm synths, lush textures and bright chimes riding a woozy wave of soft beats and danceable allure. With a protracted promise of the euphoric, the rhythmic oscillations woo the soul as the deep groove bewitches the listener into a state of blissful stupor. Yet another lavish, woozy wonder from Dimitrov.

Listen to  ‘Fluid Borders’ below, it is lifted from his new record Operational Interference, you can listen to that here.


Otha – ‘Tired and Sick’

Born and raised on the west coast of Norway, producer Otha’s (aka Othalie Husøy) sound draws on a rich vein of Scandinavian pop and electronica.

Following on from her 2018 double bill of dreamy and hazy dance tracks ‘I’m on Top’ and ‘One of the Girls’ comes ‘Tired and Sick’; equally danceable but more a more hyperactive, muscular and jittery experience. ‘Tired and Sick’ is a manic, stress-induced stream-of-consciousness transformed into an irresistible dancefloor ready jam. She recounts her internal monologue of life’s anxieties over an addictive pulsing and driving club beat. Or, as Otha succinctly puts it, “It’s an outburst song. And I hope that one day we can all be a little nicer to each other.” While previous singles are while less manic / more dreamy, all three songs have a commonality; they look to the dance-floor to explore ideas about the outsider, control, public identity, and a private, more hidden self – and, of course, are phenomenal tunes.

Listen to ‘Tired and Sick’ below:

Vertigo Inc.- ‘The Not Now’

Vertigo Inc. is the moniker of Canadian producer Leon Louder who, under this guise, brews lush and alluring House/Disco sounds get lost in.

Latest single ‘The Not Now’ is one such sonic brew. A spellbinding example of his prowess, it is a captivating composition that introduces itself softly, with an ambient spell flowing seamlessly over seductive grooves and lush dreamy synth. It is hypnotising as warm bubbly base line, twinkling keys and soft, pillowy and pattering beats peak through the atmospheric warmth. A lush, elegant and utterly bewitching single – this is the best thing you are likely to hear today, if not all week.

Listen to ‘The Not Now’ below now. The full EP is here too.

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: