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October 2017

In Review: Pham & Austin Paul – Ugly

Pham opens ‘Ugly‘ with a lonely bouquet of deliberately delicate guitar notes to show us he is capable of creating conventional beauty. It’s natural & real, creating expectations that he immediately subverts with a glitchy hi-hat, slightly too loud & too close for comfort, like a harbinger of doom admonishing us that all may not be well here. Read more, here.

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The Weekly Roundup 15.10.17

Another week, another eclectic mix of electronic goodness. I’ve especially enjoyed this week’s selection, especially the more experimental edge of some of the tracks. As the nights draw in, are my tastes getting darker?! Enjoy.

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NEW MUSIC: Sgrow – Kismet

Oslo based Vilde Nupen and Kristoffer Lislegaard are Sgrow – an experimental electronic music duo with their roots in Norway but whose musical vision has taken them to Canada to record their most recent material. They ascribe their unique sound to a fondness for pop, club and contemporary classical music forms.  Kismet is one of a sequence of singles that herald the release of series of mini-albums called Circumstance, due out next year. Check out the amazing video for Kismet below.

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NEW MUSIC: A Different Message – Skydiver

Skydiver is the third single from London-based Norwegian duo A Different Message, a track that offers a real club oriented twist to synthpop. Despite it’s upbeat feel, powersynths and angelic vocals, Sara Karoliussen (Drummer / Producer) and An-Magritt Sakgsård (Vocalist / Songwriter) say the track has an important meaning for them, being about freedom and feeling free in a world that is seemingly turning its back on such ideals. It’s a message that continues into the video for Skydiver.

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NEW MUSIC: Blonde Maze – Thunder

Blonde Maze is the New York based electronic pop project of Amanda Steckler, who says she documents her emotions through ‘synths, bells, and sincere lyrics’. There’s not many bells on Thunder but there’s plenty of synths, emotions and sincerity – and what’s more there’s a real organic mix of uplifting beats and rhythms underneath all that lyrical intensity.

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NEW MUSIC: BAER – River

BAER is a multicultural electropop artist who is currently based in Los Angeles. Born in Taiwan and partially raised in Canada, she feels this exposure to different cultures has expanded her musical horizons, citing genres such as R&B, Hip Hop, electronica, and Pop as influencing her sound. Having made a splash last year with her Breathe The Same EP, BAER is back with River – a new single which showcases her musical mélange, but is at its heart an emotional but epic ballad, with her searing, soaring vocals taking the track higher and higher in heartfelt intensity.  Check out the Drew Kirsch video below.

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NEW MUSIC: Skyepaint – Maybe It’s My Fault

Hailing from Newcastle, Australia Skyepaint is the solo project of indie electronic songwriter and producer Amos Wellings. He cites acts like Depeche Mode, Purity Ring, The Postal Service, Grimes and Jamie xx as inspirations and you can hear that successful combination of pop and indie on his debut track as Skypaint – Maybe It’s My Fault – a song that ploughs a similar musical furrow to the likes of CHVRCHES in its offbeat, uplifting feel.

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NEW MUSIC: Jigiröt – Never Let This End (feat. Syren Franco)

Jigiröt is an electronica artist from San Diego that tags his sound as ‘Ethereal Space’. Whilst some of his work is instrumental, he occasionally works with guest vocalists; in this case Syren Franco on the wonderful Never Let This End. Like a futurist version of Collide, the track takes sonic inspiration from seemingly incompatible genres like bass, trap, chillstep and ambient, but it all results in a track that is simultaneously euphoric and sublime.

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