This last week or so has seen political upheavals and the office cat shedding copious amounts of fur over every possible surface. Maybe that is why so much of the music in this weeks’ playlist has such a superficially fluffy vibe to it, but generally the tracks have positive messages. So here are ten of the best tracks we’ve heard in the last week that we think you’d enjoy.
First up is Tel Aviv trio Isadora beguiling us with 80s synths, power pop charm and thoughtful songwriting on Let It Burn. Isadora Kaufman weaves compelling vocal melodies over the prominent and throbbing synths of Dotan Moshanov. Add in the pulsating beats that drummer Yaron Goren layers beneath Kaufman’s airy vocals the whole thing just drives along with and energy and charm that Robyn at the top of her game would find hard to match.
Paths are up next with their debut single. Neoprene is a bright and bouncy number with some interesting vocal sampling techniques that will catch your attention. A nice balance of synths and percussion, the track still has an airy lightness to it which is very much complimented by the jangly guitar lick. The track surpasses its influences to build its own musical space and shows that a bright future lies ahead for Paths.
Saint Marilyn describe themselves as an analogue synthesizer pop band from Brooklyn and their new track Frustrate Me is a lovely, wonky, woozy love song from vocalist/drummer Che Houston and bassist/keyboardist Kevin Marksson. It has a lovely, classy late night bar feel to it and is all the better for that.
Prodigal Daughter is the latest solo release from Grog; aka Grog Lisee the singer and bassist of Die So Fluid. It’s a poppy number with a bit of an attitude that speaks about female empowerment and being true to yourself. It’s a feminist anthem in the making, that’s for sure.
Liverpool based duo Halem have come up with the goods again in the form of Unstoppable – it’s a bright poppy number with Katy Bryson’s vocals lifting the track to another level. It’s unashamedly accessible and infectious and sends a positive message in its lyrics. Halem are very much a band to watch.
Night Games offer a very different vibe on their track Replicant. It’s poppy, but in a very mellow and seductive way. With rich and textured vocals that border on operatic at times, Replicant offers up a very sleek and sophisticated form of pop that is sure to please the soul.
Very much a song for our times, Everybody Loves When You’re Dead: The Sequel is an addictive and witty update of the previously released track, with reworked lyrics that are clever and subversive. Not a track for fans of Ted Nugent, it must be said. It’s a track very much in the musical mould of classic artists like Serge Gainsbourg and an instant favourite for us here at Electronic North.
Tangerine is a very summery track Melbourne artist Letargik: it’s a synth driven number, with a really cool guitar solo (provided by guest artist Dali) that gives the song a real drive. In fact this is a song is probably best listened to on a long late night drive. It’s a very evocative and emotional track in that sense, a track that tells a story, and does that very well indeed.
Pykari has a stellar history on the Finnish music scene, but usually working with others as a musician or producer. On RUN he works with one of those other artists – Mio, otherwise known as Mia Kemppainen from LCMDF. They collaborate a lot on his upcoming album and if this bright and uptempo number is anything to go by the album will be bursting with poppy synth goodness.
Last up is Berlin-based indie-electronica artist Joplyn with a very emotional and thought provoking new track Against the Stream. Co-written with electronic music heavyweights Booka Shade, the track seamlessly blends elements of pop, R&B and future pop to create a track that is very evocative and positive in its feel and lyrical content.