Superheart – ‘Opening Credits’

UK-based producer Luke Batt aka Superheart has proven a reliable source of comforting and dreamy, electronic synthpop jams with a string of suitably sublime singles over the past two years or so.

The most recent of which – ‘Count On Me’, ‘After Midnight’, ‘Satellite’ & ‘Talk About It’ – make up the bones of a new EP called Opening Credits, which is fronted by a new single of the same name. ‘Opening Credits’ has a soul soothing quality and grooves along with a dreamy allure. It floats along a soothing layer of synths, pillowy soft beats and flickers of warm electronics that coalesce beautifully, swelling to create a hopeful and positive vibe. All the dreamy and blissful vibes, warm and endearing soundscapes, are given a last beautifully, tranquil and soothing finish – namely the heavenly (and somewhat hypnotic) vocals. ‘Opening Credits’ is like a breathe a fresh air and utterly divine, and as lush and alluring as anything else Superheart has released to date.

Check out ‘Opening Credits’ below – the entire EP is here too, it comes highly recommended.

Safetalk – ‘I Know’

Since introducing themselves in 2017, Anglo-French trio Safetalk – comprised of two Parisian producers Hugues Tonnet and Thomas Desnoyers and Berlin-based British vocalist, David Harks – have yet to disappoint.

A slew of seductive singles – ‘Universal’, ‘Static’ & ‘Layback’ to name a few – served as a nexus to their lush electronic-pop; of cosmic vibes, inspirational lyrics and shimmering synthesis. The trio’s latest ‘I Know’ is cut from a similar exquisite cloth. It is sonic sculpture that slinks along in a slow mo fashion with some deep heavy future R N B overtures and skeletal beat coupled with a passion for surreal storytelling. Harks’ hypnotic vocal transmit a tale of digital darkness amid gloriously lush backdrop of enveloping flickers of light and shimmers of warm synth. It is a seductive slice of lush and transfixing electronic-pop; and one that will leave you all the better for making its acquaintance.

The superb ‘I Know’ is out now – tune in below:

Introducing: K J M

K J M is the moniker for Irish musician and producer Kevin James Murphy (who also records as The Key Rocks).

The K J M project offers a series of thoughtful and cinematic explorations of electronic sound, utilising only sounds and loops available on Garage Band, as evidenced on debut album Jelacate. The album traverses various electronic musical landscapes, exploring themes of melody and mood as a gorgeous confection of ambient instrumental music that ebbs and flows through lush, atmospheric, cinematic drifts of retro futurism as it depicts a trip to Tokyo. Take ‘Divide’ and ‘The Sea’ as examples. ‘Divide’ harnesses a deep, warm, winding synth, hypnotic phasing sound and floaty atmospherics to create a gripping, transportive and transfixing track; moody, atmospheric and elegant, it will consume you. ‘The Sea’ hypnotises as it opens softly, lapping like its namesake but propelled forward by tidy percussion as a steady release of shimmering warm sounds, cloudy atmospherics and gentle guitar chords complete the lush picture. As an experiment, one could only say it is a success, delivering as it does, an abundance of ethereal beauty and cinematic escapism.

You can check out ‘Divide’ and ‘The Sea’ below and if they are to your liking, you can check out the album here.

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Mindchatter – ‘Kerosene’

NYC producer Mindchatter has been dazzling us with genre-hoping aural delights; ‘Trippy’, ‘Blood’ & ‘Tough as Nails’.

Mindchatter is back with a similarly seductive single ‘Kerosene’. It is a sombre, slumbering sound that gentle meanders through a rich and textured soundscape marked by a bittersweet feel as hushed tones hover above the shimmers of synth and soft, popping beats. There is a tension and unease at play here but it is nicely cushioned by a sweetness and charm, creating a dremay and effortlessly chilled musical atmosphere. ‘Kerosene’ has a devastatingly powerful magnetism and becomes increasingly addictive and alluring with each and every listen.

Listen to ‘Kerosene’ below and if you like what you hear, you can check out previous single here too.

Menik – ‘Long Distance’

Menik is a producer with a preference for music that is colourful, ambient, melodic and driving, and drawing inspiration from everything from blues, rock and hip hop, jazz, house and techno, and everything in between.

Menik introduced himself with the seductive, dreamy and wide-eyed ‘Brothers’ and having released debut album Story Time this month, he’s lifted another single from it ‘Long Distance’ unfurls with poise, shuffling along a soft and seductive hip hop inspired beat. Dripping with melody, it slinks on its merry mellow way through a sea of soothing sounds and dreamy undulations only to be shaken from its slumber by intermittent bouts of frazzled electronics. It is warm and washed-out, chilled and soothing but the beatwork entrusts it is not only transfixing but also infectious.

‘Long Distance’ is below and if you like what you hear, you can listen to the entire album here.

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: