Ynys – ‘Aros Am Byth’

Ynys is the moniker of Welsh artist Dylan Hughes (formerly of Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg) who has dazzled us with his work to date; namely singles ‘Mae’n Hawdd’ and  ‘Caneuon.

Teaming up with the excellent Libertino Records once again, Hughes has returned with a super smooth and hypnotic new single; ‘Aros Am Byth’. It is yet another lavish psych-washed synth-pop beauty filled with starry-eyed wonder as Hughes brings together 70s Italian disco synths and power pop harmonies – a magical combo. ‘Aros Am Byth’ washes over you with ease as lush vocals flow above a slinking groove and seductive beats while woozy flourishes of synth ripple amid the psychedelic swirl. A beautiful hypnotic tune tinged with melancholy and swelling heart and soul – another dazzling display from Ynys.

Listen to ‘Aros Am Byth’ below:


Luke Hawker – ‘Uno Mono’

Luke Hawker is a musician and producer from Bournemouth on England’s south coast, mixing it up between electronic, downtempo and trip-hop.

Hawker’s latest single ‘Uno Mono’ came to fruition as an attempt to create “Nintendo meets Tame Impala” – he’s arrived there, and a whole lot more. At its core, it is built upon a charming blend of bright synths, seductive grooves and melodic allure. ‘Uno Mono’ danders along a bed of colour synths and playful melodies (that bring to my mind The Specials) with an airy, carefree vibe while more sounds, riffs and frazzled electronics enter the fray. It is measured, melodic and never overdone – everything has its place to which it fits perfectly for an utterly irresistible electronic excursion.

A beautiful charming delight – listen to ‘Uno Mono’ below:


Death Hags – ‘The Darkest Night’

Death Hags is the moniker of Los Angeles-based, French electronica artist, Lola Jean,  who carefully crafts hypnotic, futuristic and minimal electronica from the secluded hideaway hills of East LA.

An enigmatic creative force, Death Hags output over the past 12 months or so has been stellar and latest single ‘The Darkest Night’, is arguably the best yet. Opening with a slow-burning, intoxicating soundscape, droning synths and hazy kaleidoscopic textures swirl all around while Jean’s hushed vocals emerge and drift elegantly above the enveloping haze, while a deep hypnotic groove and pulsing beats propel us onward in complete captivation. A simply stunning and transfixing darkwave sound; just wow!

Be wowed yourself below with ‘The Darkest Night’ which is lifted from recently released record, Big Grey Sun #2.

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.

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:

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:

Koresma – ‘New Frontier’ (Remix by Nifty Earth)

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.

Over the past 18 months or so, Koresma has treated our ears to a series of hypnotic, chilled and easy on the ear bouts of escapism – and with those qualities, it is as opportune time as any to return with some soothing sounds. Koresma has enlisted the talents of fellow US producer Nifty Earth on remix duties. It is a perfect union; both have a flair for the colorful, the imaginative and chilled-out rhythms and grooves – something born out exquisitely here. Centered around the dual power of the piano melody and mesmerizing beat, we are whisked away to an aura of calm and beauty, as percussive grooves project a hypnotic, trance like state of breezy tones, lush colours and soft, precise beats that weave in and out of lush melodies. This is absolutely stunning, simple as that.

Let the bewitching tranquility of Nifty Earth’s rework of ‘New Frontier’ wash over you below & it is lifted from North Remixes, you can listen to that 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.


Kelly Lee Owens Announces New Album, Shares ‘Melt!’

Kelly Lee Owens released her superb self-titled debut back in 2017 – a bewitching creations oscillating somewhere between the avant-garde, pop, techno and almost everything in between.

Since then, the London-based Welsh producer has busied herself with remixes for St. Vincent and Björk, released two new tracks in the Adult Swim Singles series and joined forces with Jon Hopkins on ‘Luminous Spaces’ in late 2019.

Now though, she’s announced her second album Inner Song, due in May, and this is heralded by lead single ‘Melt!’. It is urgent and intense while simultaneously graceful and elegant. Samples of ice skating and melting ice are intricately weaved with glistening tones and ethereal vocals as we are propelled along winding grooves and thumping techno beat. ‘Melt!’ is mesmerising and Majestic, and a dancefloor ready banger.

Watch and listen below. Inner Song is out May 5th 2020 via Smalltown Supersound.

Introducing: Opera23

Opera23 iis the moniker of Barcelona-based producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Vincenzo Germano.

Utilising both analogue and digital instruments, Germano’s sound leans heavily on repetition and minimalism, something explored with great detail on his recently released debut album Internal with Figures, Lights. And Shadows. Capturing the genesis of the album are singles ‘Room 3’ and ‘Blob-Tragedy’. ‘Room 3’ opens with intense flash of transfixing static which flesh out to fuzzy waves of repetitive, fluctuating and glitchy 8-bit sounds which flow to meet a rising soft but strident beat. It is powerfully compelling and epic, moving with an air of awesome (in the truest sense of the word) as it transfixes with cinematic expanse. ‘Blob-Tragedy’ meanwhile is similarly minimal but while the former was awe inspiring and hopeful, this a much more pensive affair. It navigates its was slowly along droning stabs of synths while electronics flicker and hum amid a sea of moody, murky and shadowy swirling textures.

Listen to  ‘Room 3’ and ‘Blob-Tragedy’ below and if you like what you hear, check out the album here.