Mating Ritual – “Drunk”

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2017

Los Angeles resident Ryan Marshall Lawhon has a knack for creating some beautiful synth rock under the moniker Mating Ritual, that for a lack of a more creative music blog term, feels larger than life. If you need proof, take a listen to “Drunk” a stunning track from his debut album How You Gonna Stop It?, which was released this summer via his own record label, Smooth Jaws.

The dreamy and lush synth work builds to a big-time rise and is wonderfully accompanied by his confident vocals. Just when you think the track has climaxed it actually takes a surprising side-step into a completely new direction that is life-affirming and totally effective.

The whole album is available to check out over at his soundcloud page, but if you want an instant taste, stream “Drunk” below and get drunk off these delicious sounds.
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Mother Mink – “Coconut”

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2017

Mother Mink is the Stockholm based music duo of Johan Axelsson and Fanny Wistrand. They create a strange but equally effective and catchy style of electronic music that feels like it’s due for an immediate break out.

Take the infectious electro-pop single “Coconut” which has a flair for some colorfully sweet electro pop but also mixes in some oddball vocals that reminded a bit of Danielson here and there as well as some welcome live instrumentation that gave it a real fresh feel and touch that took the track to the next level.

This track is a lot of fun and can be found posted as a stream below.
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Jordan F & Vast Hill – “Ready For The Night”

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2017

When you combine the talent of 80’s-inspired dream pop outfit Vast Hill and producer Jordan F you get a track like “Ready For The Night,” a synth delight that sounds like it was an outtake from the Drive soundtrack.

The Chromatics like synth work and instrumental is complimented beautifully by singer Elle Kress who only furthers the comparison to Chromatics with a dreamy performance that fits the electronic soundscape to perfection. It was the lead single taken off their brand new EP The Win.

You can stream the entire EP right now over at bandcamp and find a stream of “Ready For The Night” posted below.
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Vilde – “Maintain”

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2017 — with 1 comment

Vidle is the operation of Melbourne/Stockholm producer Thomas Savage. He began the project just last year and calls the genre of electronic he creates “study dance.”

That’s quite a genre to live up to, but it doesn’t take too long during your listen of impressive single “Maintain” to see that it’s not too far off. The track gradually builds its electronic musings into something sturdy and focused, yet fun and sprawling. The vocals are uniquely his own, something that bleeds into the world of Wild Beasts if anything else.

You can find “Maintain” on Vilde’s appropriately titled singles compilation album Study Dance which you can stream in full on soundcloud, but first grab a taste of “Maintain” below.
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Ten Sleep – “Roommates”

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2017

Hailing from Kingston, Ontario, Ten Sleep is the brainchild of three pals: Kynan Forsberg, Rob LaPlante and Chris Galambos. This year the group released their new album Suburban Lore and we have a track from the 7-song album to share with you guys today.

It’s a lovely slice of electronic indie-rock by the name of “Roommates” a song about what else but terrible roommates. It starts off with a simple rhythem that builds off some synth working and soon develops into a groovy little jam with a seductive vocal that works its magic on you in no time. It naturally blossoms into something of a indie treasure, revealing fine details each step of the way.

Take a listen to the delicate wonder that is “Roommates” below and go stream/purchase the album over at the band’s bandcamp page.
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Safetalk – “Universal”

By Will Oliver, October 15th 2017

Safetalk is a trio of 2 French producers and a Berlin-based singer. Earlier in the year they released their debut single “Universal.” It’s a dreamy piece of synth pop that is patient but confident in its exploration of its sonic territory.

The track features some colorful synth working and production that gives the lush vocals the room to dazzle and provide warmth and guidance. As far as debut singles go, Safetalk have definitely caught our attention with the rather impressive “Universal.”

For more on Safetalk find them on facebook or soundcloud. But for now, enjoy “Universal,” which is available to stream below.
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Oblik Lines – “Ghost On The Tape”

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2017

Oblik Lines is a French composer and sound designer involved in various music project, one of which is the creation of some ambient electronic music.

This summer Oblik Lines released Call, their first EP, full of songs of introspection and electronic musings, such as the colorful atmosphere of “Ghost On The Tape,” which takes your senses on an unforgettable journey through it’s never lagging four-minute runtime.

Take a listen to the track posted below and head to their soundcloud page for more.
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BNNY RBBT – “Waterfalls Down”

By Will Oliver, August 30th 2017

Earlier in the year we introduced an artist named BNNY RBBT who has his own fair share of mystery behind him. As legend has it, the only footage of his existence is on some old forgotten VHS tapes. Slowly but surely some of his work has been discovered, in the form of tracks like “Big World” and “Bombs.”

Another little nugget has been uncovered ripe for rediscovery in the form of “Waterfalls Down.” It’s another haunting piece of electronic pop with effect-heavy vocals that create a song that’s somewhere between a glorious dream or terrifying nightmare. The song continues the sense of melancholy and loss that the others ones did as well, making us believe that there are plenty more gems just waiting to be found.

For now, enjoy a stream of “Waterfalls Down” below and head to the BNNY RBBT page for more info on the mysterious artist.
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The Analog Girl – “More Than You Know”

By Will Oliver, August 19th 2017

Straight out of The Analog Girl started out as a lo-fi bedroom project using portable synthesizers and cassette tape records. It has since evolved it’s a dreamlike technicolor pop universe, headed by the mind of Singapore musician The Analog Girl.

Take her 80’s indebted track “More Than You Know” a dreamy little electronic excursion that is a pure blissful delight. It’s taken from her new album Golden Sugar Crystals, which was released earlier in the year.

Find it posted below via it’s trippy music video, featuring fashion animation by digital artist LS528 from her virtual fashion fantasy flower show.

2Beeps – “Something Special”

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2017

2Beeps is the project of Brooklyn producer Matt Verzola. This year he returned with a brand new EP titled Little Lights that he self-released via his own 2Beeps Records.

It doesn’t take long for single “Something Special” to live up to it’s name, creating a dreamy swirling world of electronic delight that will let your mind float away from all your worries for the duration of its crisp 3-minute runtime. As an instrumental it ebbs and flows with a ton of emotional layers and heart, all for a one memorable journey that will have you hitting the repeat button in no time.

Take a listen to “Something Special” below and head to his bandcamp to stream/buy the full EP.
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