Posts Tagged ‘dark’

April 11, 2018
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Buzzy Lee is certainly attracting a lot of buzz these days, particularly after the Los Angeles based singer songwriter, who’s also the daughter of renowned film ogul Steven Spielberg, released her last single Coolhand. She reunites with acclaimed producer Nicolas Jaar on her latest single, too, adding fuel to that buzz. No Her, a cimmerian indie pop aria, marches slowly and deliberately, a bewitching and other worldly beauty with murky, dusky production and aching, burning guitars. The entrancing songbird explains: “‘No Her’ is about that piece of myself that I’m worried my partner will discover isn’t really there. That there is an ideal ‘her’; someone’s idea of me is different from who I am, and yet, I’m worried the other ‘her’ is the one who has drawn them in… But to be fully honest it’s about not believing someone loved me.” Re-visit our Coolhand feature, here. No Her is lifted from Buzzy Lee’s forthcoming EP Facepaint, out April 27. Pre-order, here

April 10, 2018

I’m a fan of anything involving Johnny Jewel, but of course my all time favorite Johnny Jewel project is Chromatics. As such, I nearly squealed with glee after encountering a his remix of Zola Jesus’ Ash To Bone. The original track comes off the gothy synthpop queen’s excellent 2017 album Okovi, and now it’s gone the warped synthy, thick soupy course thanks to Johnny Jewel’s caliginous re-imagination. The release is even accompanied by a new music video directed by Zola Jesus and Jenni Hensler. You can find Johnny Jewel’s remix on Zola Jesus’ new B-sides pack, Okovi: Additions, out on Sacred Bones, here

April 6, 2018
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What’s that Pringles jingle? “Once you pop, you can’t stop”? Well, the same can be said of BIJOU’s new jam, also named Pringles. Once you get a taste of the guttural pounding, visceral jouncing G-house erupting from this track, you’ll be hooked. Pringles features deep booming hip hop vocals by Devonyea Marcel. The Phoenix producer hypnotizes and exhilarates with his deliciously pounding assault on our ears, which transfers into electrifying rumbles in our chests. Stream/download Pringles, here.

April 6, 2018
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Our journey into intense electronic euphoria continues tonight with a spine-tingling, suspenseful gripping trap and moombahton take on Elohim and Whethan’s hit collaboration Sleepy Eyes. At the helm of the edit is Los Angeles by way of Philadelphia production whiz NEO FRESCO, who keeps us on our toes with his thrilling rendering of the inebriating original. There’s an exotic feel to NEO FRESCO’s atmospheric twerking, spacious skittering edit. He takes us on a fascinating and intoxicating sojourn with an ever shifting, nomadic roving remix, which you can download, here.

April 5, 2018

Gallant has long graced the pages of IHM with his inimitable voice and incomparable talent. The very first time we featured the artist was well over five years ago, and we’ve since watched with joy as the world picked up on his unrivaled ability to mesmerize and enthrall. He pours himself into his music with a fervency and intensity second to none. The LA by way of NYC singer, currently signed to visionary label Mind Of A Genius alongside the likes of ZHU, THEY., and more, has finally re-emerged from a one year hiatus with a new release. Watch the dark seductive video for Gentleman above, and revel in his perfect falsettos and the slinky winding showstopper of an R&B ballad. Gentleman is our first taste of Gallant’s new _OLOGY project, releasing this summer. The song’s opaque soundscape, whose minimalist skitters evoke Arca, is visceral and intense, like SOHN, yet atmospheric and weighty, like Jon Hopkins. You can stream/download Gentleman, here. With the new EP on the horizon and plenty of excitement down the road, 2018′s shaping up to be yet another huge year for Gallant. 

March 28, 2018
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Dark bewitchment abounds on Burn, a magnificent and dramatic future R&B, trap, and bass opus from talented producer Madeaux. An all star crew of musicians join him on the track, including satin voiced New Yorker, Josh Pan, London seductress FiFi Rong, and new artist on our radar, HOLLY. This four way contingent casts an opaque spell on us with their edge-of-the-seat dusky thriller. Serpentine whizzing synths, sultry drawling vocals, and climactic percussion draw us into their tumultuously blistering world, dripping with longing and anguish. Burn brings together the sharp textures of Arca, SOHN, and What So Not with the sonic sorcery of BANKS and Sevdaliza. The song is the latest single off Madeaux’s album BURN, out now on Fool’s Gold. Stream on Spotify, here.

March 23, 2018
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I’m incredibly grateful to come across Esther Joy, an emerging London-based singer songwriter and producer whose dark, heady left-field electro-pop is acerbic and sharp, jolting and thrilling. That’s right, this is goth tinged, electro-punk inflected electronic deliciousness, exactly the sort of turbulent, menacing, and stormy music that we love. Day 4 (Landing) is her new track from forthcoming The Acid Caves Vol 1 EP, due out April 27th. For another taste of that EP, stream Day 1 (Silipur Leaves Home) below and let it totally transfix you with its icy opaque electronica, much like a mesmeric fusion of all that we love from Alice Glass, Kill J, Zola Jesus, and the likes. Those in the UK can catch a surely electrifying Esther Joy performance at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this May. 

March 21, 2018
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Constine’s debut single is a straight shot for my heart. It’s dark. It’s bewitching. It’s glacial. It’s magical and magnificent. The Swedish singer songwriter, musician, and producer prides herself in having full control of her art, and refuses to follow trends or orders from men. She makes a resolute stand with her first single, a melodramatic effusion of visceral dance beats and glassy chiming electronic pop named DIE. Constine, aka Hanna Lindgren, tells us: “The song is about the feeling of being on the verge… It’s about when you’ve lost yourself, in someone or something. Both those feelings can be completely magical but also so damn unpleasant.”  There’s nothing unpleasant to be found in losing yourself in this splendid song, which comes accompanied by a thoroughly captivating acoustic live video, too, featuring mournful cello strings and haunting drums.  Watch the video below. You can also stream DIE via Spotify, here.

March 8, 2018

Years & Years aren’t the only ones to surprise us with a stunning music video this week. Bipolar Sunshine released a dark cinematic music video, too. And the LA based Manchester artist wades deeper into alt R&B and hip hop territory with his new song Easy To Do, too. It’s a slinky prowling, opaque skittering track that showcases a duskier side to Bipolar Sunshine’s sound. Easy To Do and its gripping video remind me of Sonder mixed with some Sampha. Bipolar Sunshine is working on his next EP, Imaginarium, and it sounds like it’s going to be quite the sonic expedition. Stream/purchase Easy To Do, here.

March 1, 2018

It’s fitting that Dutch-Iranian artist Sevdaliza has released another new track but days after I witnessed her long awaited San Francisco debut last weekend. My only other time catching her live was at SXSW a few years ago, where I made it a priority to experience the visionary talent’s experimental R&B and dark electronic pop live. Throughout all these years, Sevdaliza has mesmerized me with her imaginative music, often dark, seductive, tortured, and anguished, as well as her ability to deliver the most unique and riveting visuals. While that SXSW stint at the Sidewinder was amazing, the tiny stage and the bright sun shining in didn’t afford her a chance to fully perform her multi-faceted art form, but the Noise Pop show she performed at last Saturday blew us away fully. A Sevdaliza show isn’t just about her spectacular vocals, or the glitchy haunting production of her music, but it’s about the movement, the emotion, the aura of it all. Try and imagine taking in new single Human Nature live, and you might get an inkling of what we’re trying to describe. The track arrives on the heels of last single Soul Syncable. Ghostly haunting, gossamer and twisted, but dripping with visceral human emotion, Human Nature is as gripping a song though more hushed than usual for this true definition of an artist. Sevdaliza is a performance art goddess, a superhuman vortex which we gladly fall into. You can’t help but gravitate to every voluptuous turn, every sensuous swipe, and every despairing whorl. Human Nature is available, here. Sevdaliza’s debut album ISON is a must listen, and you can find it, here.