Posts Tagged ‘drag’

April 2, 2017

As you likely well know by now, I have a deep propensity for the dark and twisted, or the witchy and macabre. So when I encountered this unsigned Australian producer and his song Thorns, I fell for it, hard. Thorns comes from WA?STE’s five track Hollow Vessel EP, an inky opaque listen through and through. Thorns is deliciously haunting. Its gothy witch house production and gossamer vocals even evoke some of my favorite horror movie soundtracks, like Disasterpeace’s work for 2015 break out hit It Follows, for one. You can stream WA?STE’s evocative Hollow Vessel EP in full on Soundcloud. It’s out now via the label Genome6.66Mbp.

February 11, 2017
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We’re certainly not cuddling a bright eyed hip hoppity bunny on this tune, a deliciously dark and witchy offering from New Zealand’s POLO. Anguish and lament ooze from Bunny as distended vocal samples draw us into the wavy swelling haunter, an eerie witch house fusion of Grimes, FKA, and Crystal Castles like elements. This Christchurch producer has my full attention. I can’t resist ominous creeping electronica. POLO’s Bunny is a free download, here.

November 18, 2016
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It was but last week that I had my first serendipitous encounter with brothel., a producer out of Colorado who likes to dabble in dark electronica. He had teamed up with UK producer SIDEWALKS AND SKELETONS on a witchy haunting treat named Drowning. Fast forward to this week, and guess who I encounter yet again with another dose of crepuscular deliciousness? brothel.! And this time around, he’s given Flume’s Say It, featuring the ever lovely Tove Lo, a sensationally serrated remix. This one’s right up my alley with its bristling synths and stewing beats. brothel.’s draggy witch trap interpretation of Say It is guttural and ghostly, visceral and eerie. Download the track for free, here.

November 10, 2016
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As ominous as the future may seem right now here in America, I can never resist deliciously dark electronica. Even as a gloom settles upon us and disaster lurks precipitously over the horizon, I can’t help but delight in the sinister trap and witch house-esque wavy electronica on murky simmering Desolate. UK producer SIDEWALKS AND SKELETONS links up with Colorado’s Brothel on this heavy whirring haunter. Instead of leaving me desolate, I find myself comforted and consoled. A need in me grows for more of SIDEWALK AND SKELETONS’ crepuscular electronic music, so let’s dive into morbidly entitled Drowning below. This one’s a slow trawling, introspective quivering treat. Desolate is a free download, here, and Drowning can be downloaded, ” target=”_blank”>here. SIDEWALKS AND SKELETONS leaves me in such a wicked mood that the only proper way to follow up these jams is to watch the new episode of American Horror Story. And by that, I mean the actual television series, not what’s unfurled in our nations’ politics this week. 

July 29, 2016
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21 year old artist SIMONE has me spellbound, nay, planted in awe, with her music. I happened upon her second song Always Get Me High by chance, but as it turns out, many others discovered her due to the fact that Cashmere Cat himself shouted her out on his socials for how impressed he is by her music. Always Get Me High, marked as a “new demo”,  is deliciously dark and abrasive. SIMONE is like Kiiara or Terror Jr gone Ritualz and Shlohmo goth witchy or chop screwy. The song blisters and seethes, but underneath all its warped distortion and droopy synths is the allure of a honeyed brittle voice. I have a feeling we’ll be learning a lot more about SIMONE in the near future. Stream SIMONE’s very first song, Never Satisfied, below. 

April 2, 2016

I’ll never be able to stop extolling the virtues of dark and gothy electronic pop, and Plaitum has proven themselves the perfect match to my blackhearted palette time and time again. The London based duo are ever haunting and bewitching on new single and video Jagwa, the inky title track off a fresh EP due out May 20th. Jagwa’s purring synths and glowing fangs send tingles of bliss across my skin. Its droopy and sludgy droning bring me back to my “witch house” loving days. Plaitum’’s compelling new single is available now from iTunes.

February 23, 2016
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By now, the whole world seems to know about the bitter battle that Kesha is deeply embroiled in, and likely will be for much time to come. While there may be some debate as to some of the accusations involved in the dispute, there’s no doubt that being locked in a situation that makes you uncomfortable or destroys your career is a horrid state of affairs. New York’s We Are Temporary demonstrates his Kesha solidarity by dropping a new remix of Kesha’s most popular hit, Die Young, calling it the “No Luke” remix. That’s right, We Are Temporary cuts out all of Dr. Luke’s production contributions, and I must say, I’m very much digging the end result, a dark and droopy, murky and raw electronic prowler. Download the witchy future pop delight for free, here.

February 2, 2016
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There’s something about Lana Del Rey’s sadcore, melancholic music that lends itself perfectly to darkness. In fact, darkness lurks within her music. Washington producer BLVCK CEILING brings out the inkiness of Lizzy Grant’s Honeymoon hit, High By The Beach, on a haunting and thrilling remix. Gossamer vocals, droning synths, and spacious echos call for my twisted heart on the sinister confection. Download the simultaneously chilling and searing remix direct from BLVCK CEILING’s Soundcloud.

November 6, 2015

Earlier this year, we heard a snippet of Chromatics’ cover of Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, likely one of the most covered songs I’ve encountered as shows. Except, this being Chromatics, their cover of the song takes it to regions hitherto unknown. Johnny Jewel and company announced today that they’ll be dropping the  single tomorrow, along with seven different versions of the cover. They also made this day very special by unleashing one of those renditions through a very oblique, murky video. Girls Just Wanna Have Some is absolutely delicious. It’s as if dark italo disco, chillwave, and “witch house” were melted together seamlessly into one droopy, syrupy, and barbed but sweet treat. I’ve already watched and listened countless times today. In the meantime, I’m still wondering when Chromatics is releasing their next album. Hit up the Italians Do It Better website for more info on tomorrow’s release.

April 16, 2015
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Spectacularly busy at work as usual with a lot of stress to enjoy, but I’m jumping on early for a must share and a huge surprise. I know many of you, like myself, was incredibly sad and desolate when Alice Glass announced her departure from Crystal Castles, a band I’ve loved so dearly for many years now. We all assumed this meant the death of Crystal Castles, since we were so devoted to Ethan and Alice as a team. Well, turns out, CC is not dead in the water after all. A part of me has much mixed emotions about this, as Alice Glass is irreplaceable. But the track that revealed this news, Frail, is so dark and twisted and delicious, that I can’t but help be elated that Crystal Castles is still around. After all, no one can top Ethan Kath’s glitchy, abrasive, spectacular production. Frail features a new singer, Edith, who does a fine job wailing and yelping on the track. Regardless how we ultimately feel, it’s hard not to enjoy this. I look forward to what the future brings. And I hope Alice Glass has a lot in store for us on whatever new projects she may have in the works, too. Hello, new Crystal Castles, welcome. You’ll never be the same as before, but let’s move forward.