Posts Tagged ‘alternative electronica’

May 30, 2018

If you haven’t been jamming to Westerman’s latest single for much of the month already, it’s high time you strut your stuff to groovalicious Edison, a slick warbling, funk slinking indietronica and pop song that gives voice to the frail inner monologue of the narcissist. As Westerman says “It’s about ambition, petulance and ill preparation. I imagined myself inside the head of the megalomaniac. I played around with all the unmet need and fear you would find there.“ The Londoner certainly crafts some of the most fascinating music of the moment. On warm glowing Edison, Westerman continues to collaborate with electronic producer Bullion to sculpt his sophisticated experimental sound. Edison even features some moments that remind me of early 80s classics by the likes of Talking Heads, but then Westerman quickly switches up the vibe of the song again with his lush blend of instrumentals. A Westerman album is slated for 2019, which seems like a very long time for us Westerman fans to wait, but we promise we’ll be patient. Edison is out on Apple Music, here.

May 16, 2018

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 15, 2018

After a long hiatus, English experimental folktronica band Tunng are back! They’re preparing to release a new album on August 24th, and they’ve shared a killer new coruscant shimmering tune named ABOP via a vividly colored psychotropic music video. It’s a lavish psych folk and electro song with rhythmic hooking beats. I’ve already watched the video for ABOP several times since I encountered it earlier today. It’s easily one of my favorite pieces of new music this month. I can only imagine what else Tunng has in store for us on their new album Songs You Make At Night, which can be pre-ordered, here. Tunng will head out on a limited UK/EU tour this fall. Dates can be found, here.

April 20, 2018

Nevermind that BRUNSWICK is but 19 years old, this Londoner’s talent obviously outshines his years. He’s described by some as a new breed of performer, a writer & producer who makes totally immersive hybrid music, with roots placed in many music sub-cultures. ‘nevermine’, his explosive new single, showcases that eclectic personage with its “Rhythm & Grunge”, an exhilarating and gritty combination of alt rock, electro, and drum & bass. The song is about momentarily falling in love with someone that was never going to be yours to begin with. “It’s about hoping for something that will never come, and watching it all fall apart in front of your eyes.” In otherwords, it’s an anthem of desperation, crafted with riveting finesse. Perhaps “rhythm & grunge” is an extension of what some have coined “post-EDM” lately, but it’s most certainly a unique and striking new sound that we can’t put down. Follow along with BRUNSWICK’s releases on Soundcloud, here.

January 31, 2018

Swedish project Lines (IIIII), aside having one of the more enigmatic names in the business, have been making a huge impression on the scene with their dazzling electronica, which have spawned some astonishing remixes by other producers like Opvs and Spirix, too. You could say they have their sleek swaggering, synth cinematic sound “locked down” pat. Case in point, Lines’ magnificent new tune, Lockdown. The bold and brazen track defies the boundaries of genre classification with its glacial vocals, quixotic synths, and acute beats. Electro, alt pop, and synthpop intermingle on the vivid and defiant track, an ode to obsession and isolation whose vocals remind me of Sweden’s Sailor & I, but surrounded by an ever shifting, always twitching electronic environment. Lines’ prior releases and some of those aforementioned remixes can be streamed via Soundcloud, here.

January 18, 2018

The Chainsmokers have been on top of the world for quite some time, and though they’re a very divisive duo who seem to be in the gossip columns very often these days, there’s no denying that their reign is going to continue, particularly after Alex and Andrew dropped this new song, Sick Boy. For all the people who complain that their electronic dance tracks sound the same, how about some alt electro and rock? That’s right, The Chainsmoker’s new single is more twenty one pilots meets Transviolet than Roses or Closer. It’s an emphatic beast of a bristling, heart pumping anthem. Grab the jam, a surprise shift in style for the duo, here.

January 17, 2018

Quick, dive into this next transcendental collaboration. I beseech you, do NOT hesitate! Hesitate is that sublime a pensive drifting, introspective wafting electronic piece, on which Australian artist Emerson Leif and fellow Brisbane based production talent Golden Vessel make a heavenly pairing. You’ll leave this song enlightened after exploring the secrets of life in Hesitate’s atmospheric soundscape, alongside Emerson Leif’s satin smooth vocals. Hesitate is almost like if Nick Murphy collaborated with Bonobo or John Hopkins. Stream/download the downtempo electronica/chill electro-soul song, here.

December 20, 2017

We were wildly excited about this highly anticipated collaboration after Whethan and Opia teased its arrival days ahead of Aftertaste’s release, and now we finally get to share the track with you, too. Chicago based producer Whethan has certainly been the man of the hour when it comes to fast rising electronic artists, and he’s thrilled us with his live sets in the past. LA based electro-R&B duo Opia has also been a champion of ours for some time now, and we were lucky to catch them headlining Popscene with their scalding guitar riffs and creamy melting vocals again recently. The two come together and fuse their excellent musical talents on Aftertaste, which expertly balances Whethan’s brisk and frisky future trap and Opia’s soulful, buttery, and guitar smoldering magnetism. It’s a smooth yet electrifying swooner, perky and restless but plush and luxuriant. Watch their lyric video for the swanky, sultry single below. Aftertaste is out on Big Beat, and you can download/stream via major outlets, here.

December 5, 2017

It’s only proper that we’re sharing a song like Nocturnal in the deep inky darkness of a cold wintry night. The mesmeric alt electronic song comes from an Italian trio named Klune, whose ranks include vocalist Giovanni Solimeno, guitarist Giulio Abatangelo, and producer Alberto Pagnin. The group released a bevy of songs two years ago, which we somehow managed to miss out on, and it looks like they’ve just made a resounding return with this fine new song. Soulful vocals and atmospheric production make for a late night seance involving dance ready beats and taut guitar strums. Nocturnal encapsulates those witching hours, when desire blooms to feverish levels and longing rages in the soul. The track is a taste off Klune’s debut album, expected to arrive in 2018. 

November 14, 2017

Melon loving, Josh Ocean lead Los Angeles avant-garde project NVDES seems to march to the beat of their own drum. Their ear perking music is always fresh and unique. They truly “do their thing” when it comes to their psychedelic groove and alt dance music, plus they throw a heckuva show live, too, as I myself experienced recently at the Independent in San Francisco. Come December 8th, NVDES will be releasing their La NVDITÉ, Vol. 2 EP, a six-track collection, and it includes this jungle lush groover, D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing), featuring Nashville’s REMMI on piquant vocals. It’s impossible to keep from moving to this playful bouncing, spicy bumping tune, which sort of comes off like a cross between JAIN and SOFI TUKKER, with a buoyant Jersey bounce. Purchase/stream D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing), here, as we wait for NVDES next EP.