Posts Tagged ‘minimalist electronica’

April 4, 2018

I’m content now that Sevdaliza has finally made an appearance in San Francisco as part of Noise Pop’s annual festival back in February. Even though I’d seen her at SXSW a few years ago, the already riveting performance at the Sidewinder in Austin pales in comparison to the stunning display she put forth at the Swedish American Music Hall, where she brought along an immensely talented dancer to back up her bewitching performance. The Dutch-Iranian artist, a true master of all things sensual, anguished, and dark, released a new EP last week named The Calling. Among its enticingly captivating songs is this track, Soothsayer, a stringy haunting beauty that exhibits much of Sevdaliza’s magnetism through its serpentine alt-R&B and minimalist trip hop. There’s no turning away when Sevdaliza is baring her soul with her tremendous voice on the other worldly song. She takes us to an outlandish world with the track, yet keeps it intimate and so vulnerably human with her agony and woe. The Calling is available from iTunes, here.

March 8, 2018

Urban folk singer songwriter Aisha Badru swooped out of New York last month to enchant us with her soulful stirring music and her exquisite voice on Bridges, and we’ve been on the lookout for her next release since. Not only has it arrived, but the up and coming talent has also announced her debut album, too! Pendulum will be released on April 27. We swing like a pendulum to the soft beats and dripping percussion on the critically acclaimed artist’s dark new haunter Fossil Fuels. Dense (like oil) electronics create a tense atmosphere on the spacious yet atmospheric, subtle yet potent piece on which Aisha pairs a minimalist aesthetic with her starkly chilling voice. A spell transfixes us as we meld into the delicate yet dynamic hymnal, which serves to further convince us that we should try to catch her at SXSW next week when she performs at “18th OVER AUSTIN” on March 14th. It’s no wonder Aisha Badru has been named by NPR to their prestigious SXSW “Austin 100″ Artists list. Pre-order Pendulum, here.

February 9, 2018
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We were so overjoyed at stumbling upon Jay Lewn earlier today that we knew, his music was a must share and right away, too. The singer songwriter and musician from London tenderizes our hearts with his dreamy silky cooing on his latest slow burning R&B soul jam, The_Night. He takes us on a twilight escapade with the chill sauntering ballad steeped in late night longing and lovesick introspection. The_Night looks to be Jay Lewn’s second single, and it comes on the heels of last month’s Nicotine_Clouds, also an exquisite gem with a more dub heavy atmosphere. The track kindles and sparks softly like a campfire on a dark pensive night. The smoke from the fire clings to our skin, following us around like Jay Lewn’s floaty vocals on the gossamer R&B soul and shadowy minimalist electronica song. It swirls its way into our hearts, leaving us haunted under its weighty embrace. Keep up with the outstanding new artist on Facebook, here.

December 5, 2017
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Sometimes, I feel like I was made to love songs like this one, the latest from London’s The Masks. The band first hooked us over two years ago with a plush electropop song named Save Me. Then they promptly seemed to fall right off the face of the earth, until now. Made To Love You is an evocative slow burner of an electronic/alt anthem, infused with a dusky pacing, sultry simmering form of alt R&B to round out its haunting minimalist soundscape. Dark yet elegant Made To Love You is a striking return for The Masks. With a velveteen touch and a James Blake like spacious aura, as well as a dark despairing bite, The Masks quickly re-position themselves back on the bands to watch closely list. 

October 3, 2017
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It’s hard to believe two whole years have flown by since we last featured new music from TWICEYOUNG. I’d like to say I’ve become twice as young in that time, but I’ll be turning a year older in but a few days from now. At least my spirits are infinitely lifted by the now Philadelphia based Nashville trio’s velveteen electronica and buttery R&B pop on their latest stringy orchestral single Uneven Kind. There’s nothing uneven about this song, it’s one smooth, fluid motion that leaves us swaying and swooning in pure intoxication. Its a soothing, stirring balm not unlike a blend of Rhye’s sensual pop and James Blake’s hauntingly textured soundscapes. Uneven Kind comes off of TWICEYOUNG’s long awaited sophomore EP, Prefer You, due out November 11.

September 23, 2017

Some of you might be familiar with Mai Lan solely through her collaborative work with M83 on his last album, Junk, but this imaginative French-Vietnamese artist has been releasing daring and edgy music of her own for quite some time. Her last EP, Vampire, came out earlier this year, and now she’s shared a trippy yet austere new music video for its opening track. Pas d’amour is a spectral work of art. Its minimalist aesthetics add to its taut intensity, and though I can’t understand the French lyrics of the song, I can’t help but enjoy the delicious sugar laced dread and Mai Lan’s crisp vocals found on the bass wobbling track. Mai Lan plans on releasing her next full length, Autopilote, on November 3rd. We’re thrilled to hear the new material. You can find her Vampire EP, here.

September 23, 2017
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Rich in feels I truly am while I’m lost in the wealth of dusky shuddering bass and lithe coiling synths of LAOISE’s sensual haunting, moody simmering new single. The Dublin based singer songwriter presents us with shadowy electro pop and silky R&B pop on Rich, her first new release since the release of her debut EP Halfway. Rich is our first taste of her next EP, due out next year. Its minimalist soundscape, gossamer vocals, and glossy swells are reminiscent of James Blake but with the more luxuriant and lavish consistency like that of BANKS. Rich can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

September 22, 2017
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It’s been far too long since we’ve heard from RYD, and we’re eager to dive into the deep, tranquil ocean that is this Londoner’s atmospheric indietronica and gossamer dream folk once again. Let Work It Out engulf you with its dewy vocals and haunting beauty as we’re reminded of why we fell so hard for earlier songs like Alter and Simple Place To Be. Work It Out rolls in like a gentle mist, then leaves us stranded with our hearts torn asunder when it departs. RYD’s minimalist electronica is like a mix of pensively ambient Tycho, lush aching Bon Iver, and delicately longing The Acid, all gently braided together. “Work It Out is about the avoidance of confrontation in order to spare yourself from grief.” explains RYD, “The song is addressed to the feeling that most choose to hide from.” I’m not stranger from avoiding conflict. Work It Out is a sublime reminder that complacency and escaping aren’t always the best courses of action. The song comes as a taste of RYD’s forthcoming EP on 37 Adventures, Now There’s Nowhere.

September 11, 2017
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If there’s one thing for certain about mysterious new producer Luke Marzec, it’s that he’s not just “another guy”. He quickly proves he’s an outstanding musician with debut single Another Guy, a minimalist electronic opus that clatters, skitters, and warbles with the organic texture and intricate nuances of Bonobo and Mount Kimbie. For just over four minutes long, Luke Marzec has us thoroughly transfixed with his finespun composition and a scratchy, soulful voice. 

September 7, 2017

Glacial slinking, glitchy twitching electronic minimalism abounds on LUCIANBLOMKAMP’s Nothing, which features willowy & lithesome vocals by Rromarin, one half of Melbourne electronic pop outfit Kult Kyss. It’s only appropriate that the Australian producer and musician’s recent video for the single is also draped in shadows and austerely crafted. Nothing’s sleek skittering electronica and edgy pop is hypnotic yet fierce, like an atmospheric, ambient version of AlunaGeorge and NAATIONS. The song will be on the producer’s three part album Sick Of What I Don’t Understand. Part 1 drops October 13th via Different Recordings. Nothing is available from major outlets, here.