Electro pop duo Leyya is set for a massive 2018, with over nine million streams to date and their debut album, Sauna, scheduled for release in late January. The Austrians are currently touring all over Europe, and, following the album’s release, they’ll be hitting every major stop until late April.
The duo, comprised of Sophie Lindinger and Marco Kleebauer, really hit the feels on their track “I Want You.” Kicking it off with a layered kick-clap rhythm with some added deep bass, the track smoothly progresses through soothing vocals, harmonizing electro-synths and other experimental sounds.
Scottish producer Sam Gellaitry has been producing music since the ripe age of 12. The genre shapeshifter received recognition through a plethora of bubbling singles and the release of his Escapism I, II, and III, with the third edition Gellaitry’s most unique sonic landscape to date.
Gellaitry’s newest release, “hibernation”, sees him dive further into the ocean of sounds that defined the Escapism series. Left of center drum patterns inject a tropical presence into the tracks carbonated atmosphere, and Gellaitry’s eastern influenced whistles only raise the PH further.
The track is a forthright continuation of Gellaitry’s defining production signatures, and a welcome one at that.
Copenhagen based Anders Trentemøller has a knack for capturing heart-wrenching melodic moments. His exceptional productions are fused with a sonic trademark somewhere between post-punk, indie, and electronic. As a result, he’s established himself as an incredibly unique purveyor over the years. Influences like the shoegazers My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Joy Division, or even Depeche Mode seep from his music in a dazzling decorum.
More recently, the Danish producer has been posting short clips of his favorite tracks from his discography. Now, he’s ended the series with a new song, which is an apt celebration of the holiday season.
“Merry Christmas everyone,” said the producer of the new track. “It’s been fun to share some of my songs with you for the last 24 days. The 24th in every “Julekalender” (as we call it in Denmark) is always something special, a surprise. So here is a new little Christmas tune from me to all of you! Originally I only did 16 bars of the music for the documentary about me, but I kept working on the music and in the last few weeks I made it into a little song for you guys to enjoy this Christmas Day! All the best wishes to you all and thanks for the support.”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as Joris Voorn has delighted listeners with his annual year-end mix.
In a nearly hour long mix, Voorn delves into a spellbinding array of tantalizing tracks and galvanizing grooves. Once more, Voorn proves his skillful production prowess and separates himself from his contemporaries with the most eloquent assemblage. The producer moves with poise on the mix, embracing a blissful atmosphere of uptempo undulations, including tracks like “Rabbit Hole” by Kiwi and transitioning into “Train” by Sven Tasnadi. Here, Voorn is in impeccable form.
“It’s not just about the hits,” said Voorn of the mix. “It’s some great tunes from the last year as well as some classics that I’ve been playing a lot this year.”
Tracklist: Aparde – Siren (Intro) &ME – The Rapture &ME – Avalon &ME – One on One feat. Fink (Bedouin Remix) Shimza – Congo Congo Hagan – Roots Coen – Yellah Radio Slave – Feel The Same (Album Mix) Redlight – City Jams Fells Point – Side Street Coldabank – Lovin’ You (DJ Seinfeld Remix) Dark Science – Prophecy (Josh Butler Remix) Kiwi – Rabbit Hole feat. Cactus Sauna SvenTasnadi – Train Talaboman – Loser’s Hymn Audiofly & Patrice Baumel – Atacama Monkey Safari – Ctrl X Jerome Isma-Ae & Alastor – Fiction Henrik Schwarz – Not You Also Johannes Albert – Cottbus Phonique – Elitess Kölsch – Goodbye Gregor Tresher – Goliath (Alan Fitzpatrick’s WATB Rework) L.S.G. – Netherworld (Oliver Lieb 2017 Main Mix) Woo York – Uranium Echoes Rod – Pull Charlotte de Witte – Closer Hardrive – Deep Inside (Cerillo Warehouse Edit) Dusky – Square Miso (Reprise) Ten Ven – Turn It Up Hyperloop – Resilience Franky Rizardo – Call Upon Me Steve Bug & Cle – Together (Alternative Mix) Stephan Bodzin – Strand Mees Salomé – Equivalence Four Tet – Lush Patrice Baumel – Glutes Mind Enterprises – Idol xxxy – Get Banged Edwin Oosterwal – Elasticity &ME, Rampa, Adam Port, Keinemusik – Muyè Tale Of Us & Vaal – Monument (Stephan Bodzin Remix) Xinobi – Searching For KiNK – Perth (Chord Mix) Bicep – Glue Oneohtrix Point Never – Good Time Oneohtrix Point Never – The Pure and the Damned (feat. Iggy Pop)
Lido has broken through to the mainstream in recent times, garnering critical support for his releases of Portugal, The Man’s seminal pop track “Feel It Still” and a massive collaborative effort with THEY on “Not Enough.” These singles came after a slew of forward-thinking outputs over his years in music that had already made the burgeoning talent a must-watch.
Now, the Norwegian producer has released an official remix of Kris Wu’s sleek single “Deserve” featuring Travis Scott. Scott’s atmospheric vocals act as a heady backdrop to Lido’s saturated bass lines and spaced out synths; the track is a pointed example of why Lido’s artistic progression continues to fuel his global notoriety.
Former Flosstradamus member YehMe2 has also released a funk wave house remix of the track, which features popping synths and instrumental drums that play like an indie dance track.
Squarepusher has constructed some imaginative synth sounds for Nintendo’s latest classic console spawn—the Super NT—created by Analogue. The Seattle based video game hardware company known as Analogue is dubbing the console as “a reimagining of perhaps the greatest video game system of all time,” and their new boot-up tune summons nostalgic memories of playing Super Nintendo in moldy childhood basements. Squarepusher is certainly an apt producer for the contract, masterfully reinventing the quintessential Nintendo bleeps and 8-bit-esque sounds. The fabled IDM producer released a live album earlier this year called Elektrac and also soundtracks another revised Super Nintendo game called Super Turrican.
Following the release of “Premonition” with REZZ for her debut album Mass Manipulation, knodis is an artist that we can’t get enough of. Four months ago, knodis released “Broken Circuit” and today the Toronto-based artist has released his new single “The Machine Is Feeling.” As we can’t get enough of the up and coming producer,
Adam Beyer hit the Vienna Boiler Room decks in late November with an over three-hour-long mix of tantalizing techno and electro. The auditory journey that unfolded is now available for listeners to revel in.
At the helm of the Drumcode label boss’ ever-flourishing career, Beyer was joined by the experimental Hypnobeat duo — which is comprised of James Dean Brown and Helena Hauff. Hypnobeat was originally intended as a one-off solo live show by James Dean Brown at Serendip Festival, held in Paris in 2012, but it has since sustained itself and transformed into a celebrated, eclectic venture. It truly evolved as an act when Hauff joined in 2013.
Presently, the two aid Beyer in a true 808-odyssey with their polyrhythmic approach. Hypnobeat backs up Beyer in their experimental grandeur, truly taking the mix “Into The Dark.”
As the Stockholm-heavyweight serves up his polished brand of techno that’s propelled him as one of the genre’s most-sought-after acts, it becomes readily apparent why his reign as a supreme player in the genre maintains itself after all these years.
Aaron Velasquez, better known as Flamingosis, has released his collaborative single with singer Ehiorobo. The moniker “Flamingosis” derives from a freestyle frisbee move that Velasquez’ father invented. The New Jersey based funk producer is heavily influenced by such genre defining beat makers as J Dilla, Flying Lotus, and Madlib.
“Stowed Away” is a sonic experimentation in synthesizing traditionally instrumental, uplifting funk beats with fervent vocals from Ehiorobo. Laying the groundwork for the track, Velasquez layers a sonic landscape in which synths preside over forthright drum samples.
The track is based around foundational synths that draw from a nostalgic past; Ehiorobo’s dulcet vocal aesthetic is like chocolate wrapping the fruit of Velasquez production labor. “Think alt R&B meets Langston Hughes, meets Slime Time Live, meets a Nigerian boy,” reads Ehiorobo’s digital biography.
Bite into “Stowed Away” and you’ll taste a melody of intertwined synths, melodic vocals, and an overall masterful construction of sonic beauty that invades every taste bud.
When Chilean-American experimentalist Nicolas Jaar released Sirenslast year, Dancing Astronaut regarded it as an enactment of “magical realism.” In a more present act of magic proportions, Jaar has returned to his seminal personal-political workwith the release of a deluxe edition. He’s added three new tracks recorded during the album’s sessions that did not make it to the final version.
“A Coin in Nine Hands,” “Wildflowers,” and “America! I’m For The Birds” each see the experimental artist work outside of his typical M.O.
“A Coin in Nine Hands,” which Jaar originally left off the record because it “scared him” is the most jarring of the artist’s experimental ventures. It has an almost disassociated personality to it. In what seems to be driven by a simple bassline, “A Coin in Nine Hands” transforms into an unlikely tumultuous tale. The searing noise of a synth is met with Jaar almost-rapping lyrics, only to open into an atmospheric magnum opus halfway through.
If “A Coin in Nine Hands” scared off Jaar, it’s no small wonder numbers like “Wildflowers” or “America! I’m For The Birds” were accompaniments. Both are significantly more subdued tunes. “Wildflowers,” while it was previously released as an album bonus track, dabbles in a newfound R&B approach for the artist. At times it trails off like Jaar’s disappeared into a sonic void, only to return again with a roading vengeance.
Nicolas Jaar’s deluxe edition of Sirens arrives in the recent news that the artist is working on an ambient album, and given the expanse styles presented in the latest offering, that’s a release that can’t come sooner.