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:

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:

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:

islandman – ‘Lamani’

islandman are the Istanbul-based trio of Tolga Böyük, Eralp Güven & Erdem Başer, who have a flair for Anatolian psychedelic tones, pairing up dancefloor beats with psych-guitars, synth riffs on a bed of irresistible rhythmic grooves.

The trio are preparing to release their second album Kaybola in August, and they are warming us up with lead single ‘Lamani’ – and it’s a doozy. With ‘Lamani’ they have spliced together parts psychedelic surf rock, mildly dancey, kraut-rock grooves with sweet, sweet vocals harmonies, crafting a unique sonic brew of irresistible grooves laced with psych riffs and hypnotic reverb soaked melodies. A final lavish layer is lathered on as it is fizzed through there own unique Anatolian psychedelic prism. A swirling, melodious and harmonious infusion that blends both east and west while sitting somewhere on the spectrum between Django Django, the Beach Boys, Os Mutantes and Ennio Morricone. This is captivating and utterly hypnotic brilliance; those melodies, and harmonies especially, are divine.

Listen to ‘Lamani’ below:

Nødstop – ‘Test Me’

Nødstop are Austrian pair The Unused Word (Anna Schauberger) and Testa (Lukas Ljubanovic), stalwarts of their local hip hop and electronica scenes, they joined forces in December 2017.

With no set plan, the pair began working on tracks together and the collaboration has born its first fruits with the debut seven track EP “Ø” in April of this year. Leading the charge is single ‘Test Me’. Slick, snappy beats and infectious groove converge with some dubby tones, trip hop textures and eerie early Skream-esque subterranean vibes to form an irresistible wonky skank that trundles, urged along by big, rich and bobbing basslines. ‘Test Me’ is a spectral bass heavy and other-worldly electronic excursion graced by Schauberger’s distinctive vocals and Testa’s stylish yet gritty production – a phenomenal track.

Listen to ‘Test Me’ below and while you’re at it, why not check out “Ø” here too?

DRAMAS – ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’

DRAMAS are Austrian duo Viktoria Winter and Mario Wienerroither, who from their Viennese base, cultivate a stunning brew of dreamy electronic-pop.

Lifted from their 2018 LP Nothing is Permanent, ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’ is a beguiling example of their flair for dreamy pop and ethereal electronica being pushed into more experimental, spaced-out zones of bleary psych. Winter’s beguiling vocal floats with a weightlessness above a blanket of hypnotic shimmering synth and frazzled electronics, on contrast to the deep bass groove and snappy beats which propel us onward. Their’s is a sound of consummate balance and ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’ finds an exquisite balance between bright and dark, heavy and light and analog and the digital. This is sweet, hypnotic and dreamy, and its transfixing allure is just irresistible.

Listen to ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’ below and if that is to your liking, why not check out Nothing is Permanent here.

Jack Marko – ‘SCORPIO’

Jack Marko is a Canadian producer from Toronto. Taking inspiration from UK Grime, Hip Hop/Trap, a variety of Electronic genres and 80’s sci fi, Marko’s electronic sound is sculpted using a combination of digital and analog processes.

For his latest single ‘SCORPIO’, Marko utilises all these attributes to create a colossus of earth shattering beats, thick analog drums and shimmering synth sounds. It has an eerily sinister aura that consumes it, dominated by a murky subterranean vibe that is hollowed out by skittish glitchy chimes and beats, before being pulverised into submission but the massive blasts of bass. A massive, massive sound but the versatility and detail afforded to the sound astounding and should not be overlooked. ‘SCORPIO’ is masterfully executed and prepped to prompt eerie chills of fear and unease while simultaneously very, very danceable (albeit at a strut).

Check out ‘SCORPIO’ below now:

Death Hags – ‘Oublie Moi’

Death Hags is the multifaceted project of Los Angeles-based, French electronica artist, Lola Jean. Working mostly from the secluded hideaway hills of East LA, Jean crafts hypnotic, futuristic and minimal electronica inspired by the likes of Brian Eno, Björk and Twin Peaks .

The latest release from the enigmatic creative force that is Death Hags, is new single ‘Oublie Moi’. Amid a moody atmospheric world, like predecessor ‘Electrochemical Communication’, it is a hypnotic, futuristic and post-industrial-themed track. Fuelled by driving synths and industrial beats, ‘Oublie Moi’ is imbued with a nervous tension that expands, contracts and then evaporates to reveal a sparse shadowy futuristic post-industrial world. It is a hypnotic, transfixing and moody track with Jean delivering an internal monologue, softly spoken entirely in French, from the perspective of character Josie Packard. This is just magnificent, and with ‘Electrochemical Communication’ and now ‘Oublie Moi’ has fast become one of my favourite new finds of 2019.

Listen to ‘Oublie Moi’ below and while your at it, ‘Electrochemical Communication’ comes highly recommended also.

WOB! – ‘Syncopate’

WOB! is a Serbian/Irish drummer, electronic music producer and DJ with a preference and precocious talent for crafting elegant & fluid compositions encompassing parts electronica, electro-pop, drum & bass and house.

Latest single from WOB!, ‘Syncopate’, is a perfect exponent of this spirit. Shifting along a sea of squiggling, squelching basslines and flurry of fluid beats ‘Syncopate’ moves with a fluid, liquid-like dexterity. Brimming with chill out vibes, stabs of Balearic-esque keys and flourishes of synths and harmonic vocals, this is an utterly transfixing three-minutes of infectious, neon-bright and beautiful electronica.

Also, WOB! teamed up with artists from Poland to create the stunning laser powered visuals on the video for ‘Syncopate’, lead by Okime Emiko – check it and the single itself below now.

WOB! will be performing live with four-piece band on April 12 in Brewery Corner, Kilkenny and June 2 at Vantastival. Tune in below: