Posts Tagged ‘tribal’

May 11, 2018
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Still very much cloaked in intrigue and mystery is NAVA, though we have learned a little bit more about the artist since she made her debut last month with mystical RITUAL. As it turns out, NAVA is a solo project created by Nava Golchini, and the Milan based Iranian singer songwriter has followed up her first single RITUAL with another left-field experimental electropop work of art named NAVIGATE. Navigate we do, through its razor-sharp tribal drums, dark nomadic synths, and skittering trip hop beats, absolutely delighted by an enigmatic soundscape and its icy opaque threads. Like RITUAL, NAVIGATE is a near spiritual, thoroughly imaginative experience that evokes Fever Ray and Kill J, but less caustic and more inquisitively meditative. Re-visit our RITUAL feature, here, as we await further treats from this bewitching sonic shaman. 

April 12, 2018

A mysterious new project named NAVA is turning heads and perking ears with their imaginative brand of electronic pop. They dish out a left of center form of icy dark, visceral raw music on RITUAL. Even the song’s music video seems steeped in mysticism. RITUAL’s pounding drums, and its sharp jabbing, caustic twisting repertoire of spine-tingling elements feels nothing short of spiritually ceremonial. Jungle and industrial are interwoven into the track’s electronica. The resulting fusion, alongside NAVA’s bewitching vocals, are like a blend of Kill J with Fever Ray. Though NAVA only has one Instagram post to date, you can keep up with the enigmatic newcomer(s), here.

September 27, 2017
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It was a serendipitous chance encounter the other day that brought my ever searching ears to Elephunk, a producer out of Los Angeles who is a wicked sonic alchemist when it comes to his techno and house thrillers. Desperate Times is his latest original, a guttural banger with bottomless beats and a dark ominous bass line. This is the sort of electronica that takes me back to my younger days, when I used to hit up warehouse raves. As its name suggests, there’s a disconsolate tautness to Desperate Times and its metallic thrumming, acidic whirring soundscape, but the feeling is strangely exhilarating, as if fueled by infernal ecstasy. You can download Desperate Times, here. Continue your mind buzz with another track from Elephunk named Don’t Go Back below, which features soulful vocals and a more meditative tribal vibe.

August 19, 2017
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As long time fans of English folk rock and indie pop outfit Slow Club, we were elated to find out that Rebecca Taylor had launched a new solo project named Self Esteem. Hopefully this doesn’t mean the end for Slow Club, but we’ve always been open to change and the fresh creativity it brings. Rebecca reportedly drew influence from everything and anything to create Self Esteem, be it pop culture, the dark and light within her own life, her experience on the road as part of a band she’s loved for ten years, or the freedom that came away from stepping away from said band. Your Wife is Self Esteem’s debut single, a scintillating, dramatically entrancing burst of left field art pop with unique elements and mesmerizing tribal drums. On production duty is Django Django’s Dave Maclean. Self Esteem explores vulnerability and strength on this first riveting single, which is also the title track from a forthcoming debut EP out September 29th on Kick N Clap. Pre-order, here.

June 22, 2017

I’ve actually been searching for a proper stream of this phenomenal tune for close to two weeks. Back when it first surfaced, the only option available tor sharing was a BBC Radio Hottest Record rip, and Cola is far too fantastic a song to share it in that muddles, low quality state. London based singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Elderbrook recently teamed up with production buzz makers CamelPhat (Whelan & Di Scala) on mesmeric thrumming Cola. It’s a lush swelling, moody gripping masterpiece saturated with lavishly entrancing percussion. Elderbrook’s infectious vocals lure us in with a rhythmic lilt reminiscent of Crystal Fighters and other indie/alt dance bands, but dropped in a luscious garage soundscape much like Jamie xx crossed with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Cola is a jaw dropping collaboration and one of the year’s best electronic tracks I’ve encountered. Grab it from iTunes, here.

June 16, 2017
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If you’ve haven’t listened to PLS&TY’s sensational new original yet, be prepared to be awestruck. The Florida producer, who apparently spends time in California now too, goes tribal worldbeat on Run Wild, possibly his best track ever. And we’ve been with PLS&TY for a few years! He’s certainly raised the incredibly bar high with this innovative future bass and chill trap masterpiece. He sets our souls free and urges us to run wild ourselves with the grand swelling, lush verdurous dazzler. For a moment, we all feel like kings and queens of the jungle, unconfined and unrestrained by the banality of everyday life. Run Wild is a free download, here.

April 27, 2017
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Happened might be one of the most unique and intriguing tunes we’ve encountered for some time. It prowls with a steady pace under cover of dark shadows, mesmerizing us with its tribal drums and ghostly brass. The trip hop, alt electronica, and dark folk concoction comes from Perera Elsewhere, a London born, Berlin based self proclaimed “doom-folk” producer, songwriter, and dungeon DJ. Happened is taken from Perera Elsewhere’s sophomore album All Of This, which arrives on June 2nd. The artist sings about being “insatiable” on the eerie haunting song. I find myself insatiable when it comes to this song. It wiggles its way deep beneath my skin and I can’t get enough of it. Pre-order All Of This from major services and outlets, here.

November 8, 2016

Australian dance duo Pnau make a glitzy return with the most prismatic song you’ve likely heard all year long despite how busy Nick Littlemore must be with Empire Of The Sun’s fabulous new album Two Vines. What else would you name a song like this than Chameleon? This jungle verdant, glamorously tribal track features vocalist Shakira Marshall, previously a dancer and vocalist for Lauryn Hill. Chameleon comes by way of a flashy, splashy music video. You can download the dazzler from major outlets, here.

September 17, 2016
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We continue our journey deep into the labyrinth heart of experimental electronica alongside Alyss, a UK project created by a classically trained singer songwriter and producer. Alyss melds dancehall, R&B, tribal, and pop on her new single T S I E R, short for “This Shit Isn’t Even Real”. T S I E R is bewitching in a titillating manner. It clatters, thumps, wails, and whoops, as if taking us through a magical ritual from which an entrapment spell is cast. T S I E R comes from Alyss’ forthcoming Motherland EP. The single is out now on iTunes.

July 29, 2016
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Drinkee is without a doubt a bewitching dance track, an eccentric genre gender from red hot New York duo SOFI TUKKER that combines Brazilian bossa nova with club floor ready antics. I can’t imagine it’s an easy song to take on for a remix, but producers Vintage Culture & Slow Motion! scoops us up for a deep house ride with a phenomenal edit. The whomping, booming remix is dark and carnal, a four to the floor deep lascivious house transformation. Their remix will be available for purchase and streaming on July 29th.