NEW MUSIC: The Egg – Deep Sea

The Egg call themselves ‘dance technicians’, playing large scale textural dance music, using electronic and live instruments with video triggers, samples and vocodered vocals to create a sound that’s a perfect fit for summer and beyond. Leading up to the release of their next album and a host of festival appearances, the band have released a new single and accompanying video, Deep Sea.

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The Weekly Roundup 21.05.17

My gigging quota suffered this week, but I did make it to one in the end – even if it was one I was helping promote! As ever, there was talk was about the making and selling of music. One thing I did pick up on was the complete lack of concern about what is being described as the death of the mp3 as a medium to distribute and buy music. Of course it’s not really dead. You can still buy them, it’s the medium of choice/necessity for most people who have iPods and similar. Spotify used them in its early days but has moved on to richer formats, and musicians have never been happy with the way the file strips the track of depth and there’s even evidence that it has a negative effect on how we perceive music. Whilst musicians and the music industry will not mourn the passing of the format, there’s still some life in it and there will continue to be a role for it as long as it is the easiest way for music fans to store music on mobile devices. However, as Spotify and its downloadable functions becomes more affordable and accessible, the day the mp3 gets consigned to a technology museum cannot be too far away.  Anyway, here’s some music!

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NEW MUSIC: Indi. – Precipice

indi. is the solo project of New Zealander Indira Force who also releases music with trip-hop occultists Doprah and ambient/new age duo New Dawn, as well as working on various soundtrack/soundscape projects. After spending much of her musical career collaborating with others, Precipice is the first single from her debut solo album which is due out later this year.

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NEW MUSIC: That Kind – Backroads

The producer and musician behind UK act That Kind has maintained a low-key image so far. There’s no personal details, no back story. But there is a social media presence on Facebook which keeps the mystery going, and there’s this track on Soundcloud – the beautifully haunting debut single Backroads which features singer Taylor Milne.

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NEW MUSIC: Nyiko – Drag Me Down

Nyiko Beguin is the driving force behind Nyiko; a synthpop project that infuses elements of indie-pop and classic ‘Laurel Canyon’ style song-writing in to an electro soundscape to give the listener tracks like Drag Me Down that match an up-tempo feel with starkly confessional lyrics.

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NEW MUSIC: Rein – CAPITALISM

Rein’s C.A.P.I.T.A.L.I.S.M is a full-on, powerful and raw slice of politically infused electro-punk, putting two feet right in to the soft underbelly of what Rein perceives to be a flawed economic system. It’s the lead track from her upcoming EP Freedoom which is released today.

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NEW MUSIC: Maskinpop – Underjord

Music finds inspiration of all sorts of places, and there can often be a tale to tell. Maskinpop main man Bob Nimbe says of Underjord; “It started out as sort of a translated Sisters of Mercy cover but slowly transformed itself into what it is now. The only thing left from Lucretia is the first words of the song which is a direct translation of the intro for Lucretia and I kinda kept it as it was the inspiration for the entire song and theme.”

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