Lawrence Lui – “Requiem For Vega”

By Will Oliver, December 29th 2017

Lawrence Lui is a producer out of New York who just released his debut EP Retroism. It’s a wonderous, genre-defying release that combines lo-tech house with some classic avant-rock of greats such as Suicide, Spacemen 3 and Brian Eno.

Take his sublime effort “Requiem For Vega,” a tribute to the late great Alan Vega of Suicide, who passed last year. The track opens with a wistful electronic hum that could’ve been included in Blade Runner 2049 and then soon opens up to a flood of lively atmosphere and instrumentals that act like a true beam of light and hope. It’s a rather beautiful listen that offers many surprises along the way.

It can be found streaming below and the whole EP is available to hear and buy over at Lui’s bandcamp.
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Firstworld – “Firstworld”

By Will Oliver, December 29th 2017

Firstworld is the moniker for Kris Alvarez, a 26-year-old producer out of Miami, Florida. Taking influence from the likes of chillwave artists such as Toro y Moi, Neon Indian and even playing as a part of Millionyoung’s live band, there’s a natural gravitation towards this genre for sure.

His self-titled track “Firstworld” was written in the summer of 2016, during some downtime with his former band, Sigh Kicks. It definitely carries over the influence of chillwave with a late night vibe that deserves some listening with the lights dim and a good set of headphones to help guide you through his world.

You can find “Firstworld” available to stream below and grab the track over at his bandcamp page.
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Telete – “Basketball Boy”

By Will Oliver, December 29th 2017

Telete is the duo of Perth, Australia’s Mai Barnes and Hayley Ayres. They make chamber-pop/synth-gaze inspired music that they say is maybe best described as, “like being slowly mown down in a field of violets.”

There’s definitely a familiar warmth and glow to this lovely synth sound that definitely reminds a bit of acts like Beach House. On the songs’ soundcloud page description, the duo say that “the song was written and recorded on the stolen land of the Whadjuk Noongar people. We pay our respects to elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.” Not only that, but the song has a powerful message at its core:

We are hoping this track highlights the enormous emotional burdens/amount of emotional labor women/gnc are expected to do, even to simply justify their own feelings – and reclaim the right to not have to do that anymore.

It’s a beautiful listen, one deserving of your time. Find it posted below and go grab it from their bandcamp page for whatever price you’d like.
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Kate Boy – “True Colours”

By Will Oliver, December 29th 2017

This month Swedish/Australian duo Kate Boy returned with their first new song in two years with single “True Colours.”

They maturely ease into their return, deliver slow-burn ballad that has some nice atmospheric sonic touches that call to mind some of The Knife here and there throughout its production. It’s just good to have them back and to return with such a thoughtful, layered song is good to see.

Take a listen to “True Colours” with it’s official music video below or grab it right now from iTunes.
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Ariel Beesley – “Slower Than Usual”

By Will Oliver, December 29th 2017

23-year-old Ariel Beesley channels 80s new wave and electronic pop with confidence and ease on her single “Slower Than Usual.” It’s a winning formula that results in a refreshingly sincire and bright-minded delivery that a lot of mainstream pop is missing.

“Slower Than Usual” was recorded uring a songwriting retreat at Aviici’s studios in Stockholm, and the influence of Swedish pop on the track can definitely be felt in the tracks DNA. Plain and simple, this is pop music done right folks.

Enjoy a stream of “Slower Than Usual” below and you can grab the track over at iTunes.
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Teen Daze – “Kilika”

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2017

Teen Daze was arguably a product of those good old blog days, he’s no stranger to these parts. He’s one of the few still going strong with his music, just releasing his new album Themes For Dying Earth earlier in 2017.

In November he returned with Themes For A New Earth, an album of instrumentals and ambient pieces that were also made during the recording ofThemes For Dying Earth. One of those is the stunningly beautiful atmospheric piece in “Kilika” that sounds like a quiet, meditative dream, just bursting with life and energy.

You can stream “Kilika” below and find the whole album available to hear and purchase over at bandcamp.

Amera – “Connected”

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2017

Amera are an electronic out hailing from Los Angeles that returned this year with a new self-titled EP full of lively electronic offerings that take listeners on a true sonic journey with big epic soundscapes and moments that stand out. Take the track “Connected,” a big track that slowly emerges into its worldview before welcoming you with the lovely vocals of Brooke Adams, before it slowly picks up pace and atmosphere. It has this wild kinetic energy and percussion that feels like it would fit in a big John Wick style chase or fight scene.

The track is posted below for your streaming pleasure and the EP can be streamed in full and purchased over at the Amera bandcamp page.

Reflexson – “Shattered”

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2017

Reflexson is the project of Houston-based producer Paul Cox. On his lovely track “Shattered,” Reflexson takes his listeners down a rabbit hole of sonic exploration and textured atmosphere.

It leads off his new EP It’s Broken, which was released this fall via Cox’s very own 226 Recordings. The track slowly opens up its world of sound and slowly but surely builds up into something hypnotic and full of color and life.

You can stream “Shattered,” with the stream that is posted below and you can also find the entire EP available to listen to/purchase over at bandcamp.
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Yvan Poisson – “Latent Period”

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2017

What struck me about “Latent Period” a track from Switzerland based produced Yvan Poisson, is the jazzy-influence that he so effortlessly blends into his electronic sound.

What results is a wild and colorful soundscape that is way beyond most of the traditional electronic music that the masses pump out. It’s a thoughtful and carefully constructed effort that pushes boundaries and creates something very alive and free. The track is taken from his newly released EP of the same name which can be heard in full over at his bandcamp page.

You can find a stream of “Latent Period” posted below.
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Agency – “Backwards”

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2017

Agency hits back on his latest track “Backwards,” a politically charged effort with something to stay.

What starts off as an electronic effort shifts gears with some passionate and soulful vocals that have something to say about today’s world at large, all while creating a lively electronic journey for these ideas to bounce off of. “Resist” isn’t quite focused or limited to just one genre, but rather combines many to create something personal and rich that he can call his own.

You can find a stream of “Backwards” posted below
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