Another week flies by and with that we have another roundup for your listening pleasure. Check it out – I hope you like what you hear!
France based duo Bonnie Li have quickly followed up last month’s single Mallory with new track We Should Go To Sleep As The Birds Are Singing. The song sees Bonnie Li and Elia M produce an almost operatic take on dark industrial electronic music, and there’s a quietly epic nature to the song that draws you in to its slightly skewed take on the genre. If IAMX collaborated with Bjork, it might sound a bit like this!
From Chicago but singing about the Big Apple – that’s Autograf with their latest track Sleepless in NYC. Featuring rich and at times plaintive guest vocals from VÉRITÉ, the song is a real early morning number, with wistful waves of mellow trance-inspired electronica reminiscent of Phoria. It’s perfect post-club music with the most subtle of hooks and has hit written all over it. You can find out more about purchasing and streaming the track here.
Addictive TV comprise mainly of London based duo Graham Daniels and Mark Vidler, but the music sometimes encompasses a cast of hundreds, as can be heard the melange of electronica, global beats and world music that can be enjoyed on the musical delicacy that is Hangman. The track includes field recordings made in Tunisia, Brazil, France and Reunion Island (in the India Ocean near Madagascar).
Berlin-based, Swedish artist La Fleur has released her new EP Right Behind You via her own Power Plant label and includes two tracks, Circadian and the title track Right Behind You – both showcasing La Fleur’s personal brand of groovy, vocal techno. Whilst having the driving bass and drum lines of most techno tracks, the minimal vocals and woozy synths give the track a level of warmth and emotion that’s exciting and unusual. A 12” vinyl release of the EP is due on October 6.
Hive Riot have produced a perfectly modern take on electropop on With My Body – an upbeat track which gambols joyfully through early Madonna, 80’s synthpop and the catchiest of CHVRCHES greatest hits, trying it all on to see what fits and making their own pretty special noise. With My Body is one of those songs that’ll bring out your inner dancefloor diva, posing for cameras that probably exist only in your mind. Strike a pose!
Demolate is the latest single from Betty Moon’s latest album Chrome – the track and the new collection of songs from the Toronto-born and Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter sees Moon diving into influences from electronic music, dance, pop and future house. Demolate is a feisty dance track, with enough hooks to please the fussiest of pop fans.
Sometimes a song title amply describes the track itself and that’s what happens with the track Dark Belgian Disco from Frozen Nation. It has a very Belgian sound to it, with echoes of New Beat, Front 242 and A Split Second oozing through layers of modular synths, bass and guitars. The track also features on the album of the same name, which is currently streaming on Soundcloud and Spotify.
New Yorkers Lick Twist have teamed up with Londoners Gold Spectacles on Lights On Lights Out, a track which flows along effortlessly and gently, with the most intoxicating vocal performances, the male and female voices intertwining to imbue the song with a sense of mischievous romance. It’s a song that sounds perfect for a modern musical like La La Land with its perfect blend of indie, pop and dance.
MILKK is the brainchild of Nashville singer/songwriter Pat Kiloran, Minneapolis producer/musician Jack Vondrachek, and touring/session drummer John Ogelby. The band have quickly established their own signature sound, like on tracks IDWK – an easy on the ear confection of light rock, downtempo and 80’s FM radio influences that is emotional, accessible and very catchy.
Last up this week is Here by Daiza – the third single from the American songwriter and producer. She describes her music as ‘art electronic’ and that is a good summation of her sound, and the song Here in particular. The track has the classic song structure yet incorporates left fields sounds and influences that put me in mind of the genius that is Anna-Varney Cantodea. It’s a song that doesn’t sound goth, yet has a gothic feel – dark, majestic and slightly brooding.
That’s all for this week. If you enjoyed the tracks, please do support the artists. See you next time!