Posts Tagged ‘trip pop’

October 19, 2017

I have plenty of faith in Berlin based poet, singer songwriter, and producer Sumera after the wanderer at heart whose heritage consists of Caribbean, Colombian, and Portuguese roots entrapped our hearts with darkly haunting Animal earlier this year. Yet, I’m not sure I was entirely prepared for how truly enthralling her latest single Faith turned out to be. It’s an inky pulsing, sensual heaving, and tense throbbing aria that blends the opaque allure of Sevdaliza with the cinematic grandeur of HÆLOS

‘s trip hop. The moody yet delicate, visceral yet elegant song now comes accompanied with a video which Sumera shot on her own. Faith is out now on Don Diablo’s HExagon imprint. Stream/download, here.

August 19, 2017
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We’re long past Valentine’s Day, but we’re more than happy to accept a valentine from Liverpool three piece HAARM, who’ve delighted us with their fusion of electro tinged trip hop and pop in the past. Jaunty new single Valentine arrives with much percussive rolling energy after HAARM’s prior singles have gone viral, racking up over 250K plays on Spotify in but a few months. Valentine will surely continue this trajectory with its spacey synths and contagiously peppy rhythm. 

Commenting on the track, the band said: “The song is about a purely sexual relationship, but there’s always that one person that wants it to become something more – it’s a classic unrequited love story. We like to open up with this one when we play live, so we made sure it was our first song at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and on the Bloc Party support dates.” HAARM will be playing their first ever headlining hometown show on October 13th at The Magnet in Liverpool. Their new single will hit the shelves on September 15th. 

June 6, 2017
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You might recall that we shared a spellbinding demo named Words earlier this year from a Danish act named School of X. The man behind that project, Rasmus Littauer, who also drums for both Major Lazer and MØ, has released an official version of the captivating treat. The official single once again leaves me in a blissful daze with its tipsy synths, scattered beats, and rickety drums. The strange thing about Words is it seems dark and murky, yet bright and misty, all at the same time. I suppose we can chalk it up to those creative Danes, who seem to have a knack for melding contrasting sounds flawlessly in their music. Words’ alt pop is imbued with slinky alt R&B then topped off with gritty electronica and hints of darkwave & trip hop, kind of like The Neighborhood fused with LISS and some Years & Years, then dusted off with a pinch of TR/ST and a sprinkle of Flume. School of X’s sound is fascinating, and we hope we’ll get to hear more from him soon.

May 4, 2017
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When shadowy alt pop meets trip hop and indie electronica meets R&B pop, I come running. I run even faster towards the cinematic masterpieces that we’ve come to associate with five piece English project Healyum. The project enthralled us with their first singles, Three Months and Fools Eye. They now follow it up with a staggering third track, Lies, which was again produced by Kristofer Harris (Ghostpoet, Bears Den, Smoke Fairies). 16 year old singer songwriter Jeaná Healy icy pure vocals lead us into the lush organic, resolute booming wonderland that is Lies. The xx meets Foals-like stringy plucks, HÆLOS meets Alpines-like dark grandeur, and a London Grammar-like lavish orchestration transfix and arrest. Lies is out now via all major digital retailers. Make sure you visit, or re-visit, Healyum’s splendid first singles, here.

November 9, 2016
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The latest compelling new female artist to surface out of Sweden is Laura Nox. She counts British sounds like Depeche Mode and modern pop as major influences, and these inspirations are more than apparent on her potent wired first single, Save A Little Love, an explosion of taut power that also reminds me of Haelos. This dark trip hop accented grand electro pop number is nothing short of magnificent. It comes as no surprise that the exciting 21 year old newcomer is already signed to Warner Music Sweden. Laura Nox explains that the lyrics for Save A Little Love are based on important current events. They question moral aspects and society standards. 

October 21, 2016
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Atlanta duo CLAVVS are on point when they describe their music as hypnotic alt pop and spectral trip hop on their Soundcloud bio. New single Bloom is deeply entrancing and gossamer ethereal. It’s a striking third single to be lifted from thier sophomore album, World Underwater, one that evokes fond memories of bands like Haelos and London Grammar. CLAVVS explains that the new single is about: “being a woman and a human being. The whole record is an exercise in repurposing typically feminine evils like sirens and serpents into powerful, beautiful symbols”. I have a feeling Trump and CLAVVS wouldn’t mix, and I’m glad. CLAVVS is comprised of four time Grammy winning producer Graham Marsh and writer/vocalist Amber Renee, who has an immaculately magnificent, deeply regal voice. Their lush engaging single is a dazzling taste from the pair’s coming album, which I can’t help but look forward to hearing. 

October 20, 2016
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KYYN arrived nine months ago out of Brooklyn to take our breaths away with a molten cascading electropop song named Walk On Water. We’ve been waiting for her next official release since. Uncontrol arrives as a worthy follow up to that first introduction to KYYN, an extremely talented musician born out of classical Chopin and Debussy. A harmony of dark airy synths, crisp entrancing chillstep, and KYYN’s own crystalline voice lead us into a beautifully ravishing, edgy captivating world. Uncontrol, on which KYYN collaborated with co-writer and producer Pauly G, is a powerful taste from the artist’s forthcoming debut EP, due out late this year. 

October 5, 2016
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Liverpool three piece Haarm gave us a very unique and enticing fusion of electro tinged trip pop earlier this year on their debut single Foxglove, leaving us eager for more of the band’s sound. Haarm has now returned with a rich whirring second single to satiate that hunger. In The Wild is an enthralling tune. It’s palatial grand yet it sails with ethereal ease, evoking Massive Attack and Haelos but in a far more celestial bright manner. In The Wild will be released as a single on November 17th.

September 30, 2016

In case you haven’t heard, long time Sacramento dark electronic outfit Sister Crayon, the same duo who featured on The Glitch Mob’s last album, are now known as Rituals Of Mine. This transformation of sorts came about after some personal loss in the life of one of the members. As Rituals Of Mine, Terra and Dani have begun to unleash some incredible new music. They’ve also revealed a music video that pays homage to Oakland for their song Ride Or Die. Ride Or Die is a silver tongued, serpentine winding fusion of R&B, hip hop, and minimalist electronica. It’s a shiver inducing, transfixing listen that feels gritty and candid despite its pristine smooth velour. For another taste of the duo’s new material as Rituals Of Mine, stream glitch hop enthralling Devoted below, which also happens to be the title track from a debut LP that just dropped this morning on Warner. You can purchase the Devoted LP from iTunes

September 30, 2016

October is going to begin in a rather epic fashion. Not only do I get to see my favorite trip hop and electro-gaze band headline the Fox Theater in Oakland on October 5th, but that very same band, Phantogram, will be dropping their eagerly anticipated new album THREE the Friday after the show! It’s going to be exciting hearing the new material live before the album arrives. We have, after all, already fallen hard for so many tracks revealed off of THREE. And I have a feeling the costumes, lights, and stage persona prepared for Phantogram’s new tour are going to be over the top imaginative. You’re Mine is Sarah and Josh’s latest treat from the LP, an abrupt throbbing pulse of glitchy soulful trip pop. If you haven’t ordered your copy of THREE yet, snag it here on iTunes.