Posts Tagged ‘alt electronica’

May 22, 2018
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DEAD2ME wasn’t what I expected to hear from Robokid when I was first afforded a generous preview of the track earlier this month, but I soon found myself marveling over the Los Angeles producer’s versatile talent and the song’s gripping alt sound. We’re witness to an incredible paradigm shift as Robokid captivates us with a superbly catching tune whose pulsing cadence and gritty vocals evoke The Chainsmokers’ recent music, or twentyone pilots and Blink-182 gone electro. The producer explains: 

in this song i was trying 2 capture my feelings when losing touch with friends whether or not it was by choice or beyond control..i hope it makes u feel some type of way.” It’s a rather poignant and familiar topic. Robokid creates an intimate sense of rapport as he takes us on a whirlwind ride with his dashing new alt electro track. Watch the lyric video for DEAD2ME below. The single is available on all major services, here.

May 22, 2018
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Within the dusky shadows of Two People’s music is much melancholia and woe, as we learned last year when we came across the Australian duo’s song If We Have Time. Phoebe Lou and Joseph Clough, the masterminds behind the project, are well known for their role in now dissolved project Snakadaktal (whom we were huge fans of here at IHM). And now, the pair are back with an exquisite new song named ‘I’m Tied, To You’, a moody smoldering, seductive throbbing alt pop and electro piece brimming with visceral burning, lonely aching saxophone and doused with a kinetic tide of impassioned beats. Of the track, Phoebe says:  “The words are written about being tied to yourself. There is a fragility and frustrated loneliness in that. It’s a kind of dialogue. Here, the ‘you’ is myself. We had a great moment recording the ‘sax’ through our guitar amp and pedals. Joey was improvising in the final stages of production and the room sounded like a big dark rave, it just sounded right, we knew then that it was ready. We used that initial recording on the album, if you listen closely you might hear us yelling wildly and moving around the room.” 

Two People will launch their awaited live show at Splendour In The Grass this July as a three-piece. They aim to create a flowing set that that exaggerates every sound, moment and feeling from their recordings. I can only imagine how arresting ‘I’m Tied, To You’ will be, with its galvanic current and ambulatory flux. Stream/download the sensational single, here.

May 18, 2018
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Movement is our first taste of new music from Oliver Tree since the LA-based singer songwriter and producer gave us his genre-bending EP Alien Boy. And trust me, you’re going to want to get up and “move” to this new one. Oliver Tree serves up a signature blend of gritty hip hop, alt rock, and vehement electronica on the truly unique and fresh tune. He continues to push boundaries and break new ground with his scintillating style of music. 2017 was wild for Oliver Tree. Not only did he join Whethan on select dates of The Chainsmokers’ Memories Tour, but he also teamed up with his friends (and IHM Chicago faves) Louis The Child on select dates of their tour, too. Then there was his solo festival debuts at Lollapalooza and Outside Lands (where I was fortunate enough to dash over in time to the Panhandle Stage to catch a ridiculously large crowd of people going savage to his set). And now 2018′s looking to be more of the same now that Oliver Tree is back with deliciously festering Movement. Download/stream the single via additional outlets, here.

May 17, 2018

You know when you’ve partied too hard and you feel like you’re done with the scene, but your friends aren’t and they’re still trying to twist your arm into going back out? That hasn’t really happened to me in a long time, since, one, I don’t party that much nowadays, and two, I’m the one who actually goes out more than many of my buddies who have started families and are locked down at home. But Marble Skies brings it all back with his brand new song 5am. The 21 year old singer and producer from North London, well known for his expertise in 2-step and jazzy bass lines, returns with much electro-soulful, funky curling panache on the guitar soaked, satiny vocals steeped single. 

5am draws upon his personal experiences of going out to pubs, clubs and parties constantly during his last year at university and not having a great time.  The lyrics describe just going along with things your friends want to do like staying up all night at parties even though you don’t want to. He says: “I think it’s so easy to just get dragged along with things, to the point of having a really bad time but just pretending because you’re with your friends. I’m not very good at saying no to things. I really love singing this song and it connects with me personally every time.” Snag the suave jam, here.

May 16, 2018
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Three weeks have flown by since Couros alighted back on our radar with a song named Young. Though we’re still stuck on that scintillating effusion of electronica and R&B, we find ourselves thoroughly consumed by the London-based producer’s magnificent new song Undertone. His production is flawless on the lustrous swooning track, which features rich summer melodies and silky chord patterns. Wistful yet euphoric, Undertone swirls and swells with tactile warmth. Golden luscious Undertone is nothing short of spectacular, a bedazzling display of lavish electronica and sensuous R&B pop. Plus, singer songwriter Alyss’ sultry sleek crooning is outstanding. Undertone is taken from Couros’ upcoming 5-track EP on PMR Records. 

May 16, 2018
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A new Australian duo named Arroyo unveiled their debut single Please Just Let Me Know earlier this month, and they immediately reeled our hearts in with the moody brooding, dreamy sailing gem. The track is lifted from their forthcoming debut EP, Maiden, out late this year. Arroyo’s slick rolling vocals might remind some listeners ofJames Vincent McMorrow and Mansionair, while I find that the meditative shuffling timbre of their electro-charged rock song also seems to weave together elements from Local Natives, Alt-J, and Phoria. The meticulously constructed, thoroughly intoxicating introduction to this exciting new duo will be met by an accompanying music video in the coming weeks. We’ll be sure to share on Twitter when that happens. 

May 16, 2018
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Galvanizing indeed is this 18 year old producer’s music, who’s been making waves in the EDM community back home in Wisconsin for awhile now, having built a mass of followers all across major music platforms with his prior releases. The young talent, who goes by the name of Galvanic, has more than caught our ears with an inky dark, gritty snarling new release named Ghost that melds together future bass, trap, electro-rock, and darkwave. It’s the producer’s first release in well over a year, and hopefully it won’t be his only single in 2018 considering how much we’re hooked on the spectral blaze that is Ghost. You can find the single on Apple Music, here.

April 30, 2018
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It’s been years since Adrian Lux dropped his hit single Teenage Crime. A bevy of fine remixes cropped up in its wake, too. Swedish multi-instrumentalist and producer STRØM brings back our love for the song with a superb cover that injects the song with a fresh sense of sultry dark intrigue. The sooty splendor of this murky, dusky Teenage Crime is rather deliciously Zhu-like, with some of the curling funk guitars of Ben Khan. STRØM’s electrifying cover seems to befit a mysterious tryst, or a secret rendezvous of some sort. You can also stream the track via Spotify, here. Re-visit some of the artist’s prior originals on Soundcloud, here, including previously featured releases Shay-Ling and Mesmerize.

April 26, 2018
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NYC alt electro purveyors 8 Graves has been dazzling us with their creative forte and scintillating, genre-defying music for a couple of years now, but they’ve certainly taken their sound to a whole new level of anthemic sweeping grandeur on new single SOS. 8 Graves fittingly tags the track “future grunge”, having fused stratospheric future bass with gritty pop and explosive rock on the high vaulting epic. SOS arrives on the heels of their last single, Hang, which took off with over a million streams on Spotify and placement on some of their biggest curated playlists. SOS can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

April 26, 2018
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FUKC already feels like an in-your-face no-punches-pulled sort of name, and the new project certainly leaves it all on the floor and hits us hard with slinky prowling Time To Kill, a darkwave-inflected alt electro/electro-rock thriller that broods stupendously and flexes some major production muscle. It’s a predator of a track, with stalking beats and electrifying rumbles. New duo FUKC consists of Parisian producer DEVOTED and British vocalist Billionaire, who previously proved to be a match made in heaven on their song together, Santa Fe. They’ve chosen to continue that partnership as FUKC, and we can’t be more pleased with this news. The visceral, lascivious single comes on the heels of FUKC’s debut single last month, My Father’s Son, which you can stream below. You can find both tracks on Apple Music, here.