A fun weekend full of the fun but bizarre experiences you get in big cities – singing showtunes in a cabaret bar when you should really be back home in bed was fun for one!  Conversations about babies, festivals, music and politics that were passionate but positive and enlightening were among the many highlights. And of course, picking our way through the good-natured carnage that is Parklife Festival is always entertaining – watching people dressing for clubbing but wearing wellies and raincoats because … Manchester!  We had the AnalogueTrash 8th birthday this weekend and seeing so many people that have become our friends over the years was such a heart-warming experience after the last few weeks. There was so much love being shared this weekend it reaffirmed my faith in people – there is always darkness but together on the edge of life but like the song says, We Won’t Hate.  And with that, on to music I’ve loved this week!

First up this week is Skin by Firewood Poetry – very much a part of the revival in trip-hop, it takes the genre in a different direction overlaying chilled beats and  ambient sounds to make a stirring and soulful fusion with its lush mix of spoken word and lavish electronics. If you enjoyed Skin, go check out the previous single, Anterior as well!

Loomis of Loomis & Jones has teamed up with The Anahit on Small Shadows which adds a Balearic touch to a downtempo style track. The vocals set the track apart and the song made me feel like I was sitting on a beach somewhere, watching the sun rise. Blissful!

Ya Tosiba have an amazing take on global electronica – they say their music heavily influenced by old street poetry traditions from Azerbaijan with underground electronic beats. Their sound is inspired by classical Arabic and Persian music, Scandinavian electronic traditions and hip hop – all of which are combined gloriously in tracks like Qocu. It’s from their band’s current album Love Party which has another eights slices of emotive electro and folk inspired fusion!

We rarely feature remixes, but it was hard to when we heard French producer Ténéré taking a meditative approach to Universal by Safetalk. He’s accentuated the smooth and dreamy nature of the original to give it a more late night/early morning feel and it’s very, very good.

Lolahiko have produced another great track in Tender – it sees Lauren Marie and Ike Kawaguchi adding a lighter tone compared to  previous tracks like Funeral and Everleigh, but shows the duo are building a very strong and distinctive style that’s all their own.

Lay Your Lover Down by Native Sons sees the duo combine an industrial edge familiar to fans of Nine Inch Nails with more mellow rock sounds. Their debut single shows that Thomas Fine and Justin Altamura can write music that can effortlessly create music that is hard-hitting yet able to induce a feeling of security in warmth. The track will be featured on their upcoming album Super American which is due out this August.

Norwegian Hanne Leland does a great line in anthemic and spiky electropop and You Don’t Own Me is very much in that vein. Leland says she is influenced by artists such as Robyn, Tove Lo, and Alanis Morissette, which you can hear in this powerhouse pop ballad, serving as an anthem with a strong and clear message that’s driven by her unique and captivating voice. The track is a worthy addition to previous releases like Queen and Keep On Movin.

Downtempo/industrial songwriter Resin has released her track Lie from her upcoming album Fidget, due out this Summer. A one-woman band, Resin wrote and produced all the tracks on her debut. Born and raised in Prague, Niko Antonucci, aka Resin, now resides in Los Angeles. On Lies has conjured up a great mix of dark, catchy electronic beats and lyrical wordscapes which augurs well for the album!

Swedish electro-dreampop act Summer Heart take the dark Scandinavian sound and breathe air, light and freshness to it on 101 – which manages to be wistful yet uplifting in tone. It’s the ability to take melancholia on to the dancefloor that really makes this track something special.  101 will be featured on the album of the same name, due out this summer – you can check out their Bandcamp page for more information.

Closer is the third single from Diamond Field, an 80s-influenced synthwave act from New York. It features the soaring vocals of rising singer/actress Rat Rios and combines the cool stylings of synthwave with the accessibility of synthpop making it a track that shouts out ‘80’s montage’. It’s the first single from the forthcoming Diamond Field album and is the second collaboration between Diamond Field and Rat Rios, following their highly regarded cover of the Twin Peaks classic, The Nightingale.

I hope you found something you liked in this weeks’ roundup – it was certainly an eclectic one and I loved writing about these tracks. Until next week!