Casual T delivers first hypnotic single of the year

Titled ‘Transcendence‘, Casual T’s latest release is entirely bewitching. The dark, electro-pop anthem best played at a high volume, “Transcendence” will certainly have you transcended into a realm of hope. Released February 11th, the release has been turning heads within the electronic world with it’s empowering arrangement. Celebrated by the likes of EARMILK, EDM.com, The Daily Texan and many more, it’s no wonder this artist is making waves within the electronic world.

Talking about the release, Casual T mentions, “Transcendence represents a bridge between the Lovers? Ep and the future of Casual T.  I’m moving away from writing love songs and closer toward capturing the visceral, powerful emotions that make electronic music so exciting.  Transcendence is about letting go of the toxic people and habits that stop you from being your best self.  It is about growing greater than you had thought possible and coming into your own.  It’s about transcending and becoming who you are meant to be“.

Out now, on all major platforms, be transcended into the world of Casual T, you won’t be disappointed.

Synth Wiz Wavewulf releases explosive new album ‘Space Art and Angels’

Released January 22nd, ‘Space Art and Angels‘ is the latest release from Synth Wizard Wavewulf. Sounding somewhere between realms of Jean Michel Jarre and Kraftwerk, Wavewulf’s innovative music is a refreshing sound in today’s overly saturated industry. Following in the footsteps of his previous album ‘Green Decay’, there seems to be no stopping this talented artist, and we’re not complaining.

Nicholas Long, the mind behind Wavewulf, has a huge passion for synths and that radiates throughout the release. A mystical journey through time travel, the cosmos, outer space and dimensions behind our own, any track off the album could make for a perfect soundtrack to an episode of The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror.

Exploring human conditions and the soul as well as political, environmental and philosophical themes, Wavewulf’s new album question humanity and what it really is to be a human. An iconic release that will go down in Wavewulf’s history, ‘Space Art and Angels’ is out now, and deserves your attention.

Side I: 

  1. Space Capsule
  2. Waverunner Symphony
  3. Reflections and Refractions
  4. Ar(ificial) 2600
  5. Voyagers
  6. Ride on the Milky Way
  7. Venus’s Winter Light III
  8. Ghosts of the Past

    Side II:
  9. My One True love
  10. Planetarium
  11. Angels Playing
  12. The Motion of Emotion
  13. Streets of My Town
  14. Souls Rush
  15. Aim for the Stars
  16. Floating Above the Night

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/netnik808
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wavewulf/
    Website: https://wavewulf.com/
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nicholas-long-10
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/14Ga39ZZGbQatNaqTcaloq
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGHnDwx0pV_3V9C5FNRHfVg

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Glaswegian artist Leif Coffield unleashes new single ‘Say My Name’

Released February 5th, ‘Say My Name‘ may have only been out for a short amount of time, but it’s certainly turning heads within the electro-pop world. Best described as innovative and easily able to become the next big thing in the industry, Leif Coffield has already gained support from the likes of CLASH, national BBC Radio and many sites across the web.

Say My Name‘ features electronic instrumentations and cutting lyricism. Exploring themes like tackling the feeling of being pressured in a relationship and the yearning to be set free again, the track conveys a mantra of self discovery and assurance.

On creating music and influences, Leif explains: “I try in each of my songs for them to have one unique element, or one distinguishing factor that sounds out of the ordinary and that separates it from the norm. I take a lot of inspiration from artists that endeavour to break the mould and refrain from operating within the confines of the mainstream...

Artists like Flume, FINNEAS, Kanye West, Bon Iver push the boundaries of the creative process. I would describe my music as if hip hop impregnated acoustic and gave birth to a baby that was raised in an electronic family. I always try to evoke emotion in the song whether it be through the instrumentation or accompanying vocal melody and lyrics.”

Say My Name‘ is out now, and deserves your ears to taste on.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeifCoffield
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leifcoffield/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/leif-coffield-1
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1WE7m8KGhnIBIbuaMH50Cm
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LeifCoffield

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Former Eurovision contender Waterflower releases industry-bending new single ‘Palm vs Palm’

To distinguish Waterflower as a unique artist is rather an understatement when considering her methods behind making music.

With a similar sound to that of Bjork and FKA Twigs, Latvian-born art student Sabine Moore (AKA Waterflower) is bending industry norms by using plants to produce her songs (Yes, plants).

Watch: Waterflower’s latest single, ‘Palm vs Palm’.

From using electromagnetic pulses to extract melodies from plants, to playing them live on stage as a living keyboard, Waterflower’s approach to making music is something we’ve never seen before.

“I started working with plant synthesisers in 2015 when I saw the Kickstarter project for the Ototo Synthesiser. I decided that this is what ‘Waterflower’ is all about, playing with plants as synthesiser keys.”

WATERFLOWER, ON HER INTRODUCTION TO PLANT-BASED MUSIC.

‘Palm vs Palm’ is the latest example of her work that previously saw her just miss out on representing her home nation at Eurovision. With the song title derived from the plant which she used to make it, Waterflower’s latest tune is a cacophony of delicate strings, wobbling synthesisers, thudding drums and effortlessly controlled vocals.

Having toured Europe, receiving rave reviews from the likes of The Playground and Resonance FM, Waterflower’s individuality and creativity has seen her gain significant attention.

From the looks of ‘Palm vs Palm’, Waterflower’s upcoming album Balta Gaisma will be innovative, experimental and somewhat extraordinary.

Check out ‘Palm vs Palm’ as part of the new album set to drop on September 28th, or listen now on all major streaming platforms.


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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_water_flower/

Website: http://www.waterflower.lv

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/waterflower

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3hC37A4FC6LS41h5E7VUk7

Youtube: http://youtube.com/waterflower

Bandcamp: https://waterflower.bandcamp.com/

Words: Ellis Maddison.

One to Watch: Marco Dalla Villa

Bursting onto the DJ scene both in London and on the continent, Marco Dalla Villa is bringing a fresh flavor to the dance floor.

Moving to UK from Italy, at the tender age of 19, Marco had big dreams to build a career in music, even if it meant breaking away from his home and his family. Having started performing and exploring his musical talents from 16 years old, it was in London where he developed his sound and experience, playing across the capital. Working as a delivery man to fund his aspirations, the DJ began cross-continental collaborations with artists from all over the globe to create exciting new material.

When gigging, Marco likes to connect with his audience members, saying “Dance music can be much more than just a strong kick and bass” and that he doesn’t “follow any music genre, I put emotions into the dance floor”. His musical ability, however, is not just born from his personal feelings, the producer started learning piano from the age of 4, as well as studying music theory and composition.

He is now preparing to officially release his music for the first time, and with a catalogue of dance tracks inspired by the likes of Eiffel 65 and Klaas, there is no doubt you’ll be hearing him on your next night out. Keep your eyes and ears peeled.

Vispa's 'Cosmic Force'

https://soundcloud.com/user-57714814/cosmic-force
We find a lot of artists these days who take inspiration from bygone eras, particularly the 80s, but Iranian artist, Vispa, has gone full hog in empowering that retro sound in his music.
As an electronic artist, synthesizers are big part of his work and as we all know, the synth was synonymous the 80s period.
‘Cosmic Force’ employs a heavy dance beat with spacey synths and choral-like drones that could have been made 30 thirty years ago. However, this isn’t to say that Vispa’s music is out dated, by any means. He has reignited the flame of this electronic style and there’s sure to be many electronic music lovers who will be pleased to hear it make a comeback.
Since there are no lyrics in ‘Cosmic Force’, there is a definite filmic nature to the track: you can truly imagine it accompanying an action film, or even as a TV theme.
At the age of 19, Vispa decided to attend a music class where he learnt his trade, working primarily with synthesizers and keyboards. As he learnt more, Vispa began experimenting with his own melodies and beats, often just playing things by ear, how he wanted them to sound.
Supposedly, ‘Cosmic Force’ was inspired by Vispa’s daydreams on space and the world beyond, which can be clearly seen when listening to the track.
Check out more on Vispa and his music here:
Links
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWmghhgeg1p6gBxIgyF3hFg
https://www.instagram.com/vispamusic/ 

‘Contour Lines’ debut album from Shield Patterns

Shield Patterns

 

Track ‘Dust Hung Heavy’ features on new album ‘Contour Lines’, the debut album from Manchester based duo, Shield Patterns. 

Only two years on from their first meeting, Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox’s, the pair that make Shield Patterns, release their first album. Creating an alternative mix of dark elctro pop combined with the wonderfully haunting vocals that Brenthall delivers.

Check out one of tracks from the new album here:

Following on from critically lauded lead single ‘Dust Hung Heavy’, Contour Lines carries the listener deeper into their world. Each track is laden with the kind of dark atmospherics most groups take years to unearth. Here, the fragility of Brentnall’s early demos remains, but finds itself imbued with a richness of sound that can only come from studious soul searching and a cathartic creative process. The vulnerability of her intensely personal lyrics is tempered with highly processed strings, subby bass-lines, and ambient passages that brood as much as they shimmer. Lines between aesthetic and content are blurred, so that singer and song are intertwined.

Shield Patterns are set to tour the UK this November.

Find tour dates and venues here http://www.shieldpatterns.com/tour.html

 

Links:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/ShieldPatterns

Twitter –  https://twitter.com/shieldpatterns

Soundcloud – http://www.soundcloud.com/shieldpatterns

ITALIAN DUO M+A STREAM ‘WHEN’ EP + ANNOUNCE HEADLINE LONDON SHOW ON AUGUST 28TH

FOLLOWING THEIR PACKED OUT SHOW AT BEDROOM BAR IN SHOREDITCH RECENTLY, THE GLASTONBURY EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCE THEIR HEADLINE  SHOW AT HOXTON BAR & KITCHEN

 

 Video for ‘When’: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y96Qv41tuj8

 

Hotly tipped duo M+A were handpicked by Michael and Emily Eavis to make their Glasto debut on the West Holts Stage last month alongside M.I.A, Goldfrapp and Disclosure. They also played a secret set backstage right after Bryan Ferry and The Rabbit Hole on the Sunday to round off a trio of performances at Worthy Farm.

 

Their album ’These Days’ was released last September, cleverly combining sunny, European dance-pop and laid back electronic vibes with a unique soulful twist. Think of a young Beck channeling Phoenix at a Brazilian Rave organised by Friendly Fires! 

 

 

Upcoming London Show

 Thursday 28th August

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen

2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU

Doors: 8pm

 

Support by Lisbon Kid

Jugurtha album ‘Orientation’ aims to bring Arabic culture into the spotlight

Out early April, ambitious new LP looks to bridge cultural gaps to the West

Integrating Arabic and Oriental music styles with Western dance music tropes, Jugurtha’s new album has lofty aims to bridge both artistic and political gaps between Arabic culture and the Western world.  ‘Jugurtha’ was the name given to the king of Numidia who fought to free his North African kingdom from Roman Rule.

By mixing traditional Arabic music with a heavy influence of Western house, they hope to keep those traditions alive and thriving in the modern world, showing just how when two different genres combine, they can create something which is versatile yet alluring. Jugurtha’s aim is to deconstruct what they call the ‘derogatory image’ of the Arab world, whilst allowing a new generation to maintain their cultural heritage in an industry that is increasingly dominated by the mainstream pop music. By throwing the spotlight on the Arabic music traditions whilst combining a domineering heavy house beat, the target is to attract new Western audiences as well as keeping the next generation of Arabic musicians interested in musical traditions.

It’s a laudably ambitious aim, backed up by the decision to fund the project completely from scratch – with no outside funding or interference, Jugurtha has had the artistic freedom to produce their own style of dance music. A great example for young people, who they fear will fall into the trap of ‘hyper-consumerism’ and materialism, there is a real independent spirit to the album. It’s no surprise then to learn that the group immersed themselves in anti-establishment culture to inform their work throughout the writing process.

The album’s lead track ‘Arab Lovers’ can be heard below, alongside the oddly compelling video – a collection of Arabic film clips showing the titular ‘Arab Lovers’ from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Video ‘Arab Lovers’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsPFlH5K-XI

Further Links:

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/jugurthamusic

SoundCloud : http://www.soundcloud.com/jugurtha-music

Jordan Crisp v Nana D: African rhythms meet mainstream dance with new single ‘Ngoma’

In one of the most intriguing collaborations in recent memory, superstar producer Jordan Crisp is set to team up with independent Ghanaian artist Nana D for new track ‘Ngoma’.

The track, released December 2nd, sees Crisp’s electronic dance sensibilities married to traditional African drum beats and a hook sung by Nana D, creating a rhythmic, energetic track which has the potential to hit the club charts hard.

The accompanying video, directed by Nana D himself, continues the theme, combining contemporary animation techniques to a traditional African setting. You can check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRwMhIyK-wg

JordancrispJordan Crisp, signed to EMI at age 18 on the strength of self-produced music that got picked up as soundtrack by MTV for the likes of Cribs and My Super Sweet 16, has most recently been developing his reputation in the world of film. His soundtrack for number 1 UK box office hit ‘Streetdance 3D’ saw him win his first Gold LP, and subsequent work on the sequel and the Horrid Henry movie has been well received.

Nana Rolling stoneGrowing up in Ghana, West Africa, Nana D was surrounded by the traditional music of his homeland as well as the Motown, disco and funk in his father’s record collection. A subsequent move to the UK in the 1980’s introduced the young music enthusiast to the hip-hop of NWA and EPMD, and later the UK jungle and garage scenes. This varied musical education saw Nana D form a successful hip-hop act who were among the first UK rap groups to have their video played on MTV Base. He also forged a career in film production, a skill which he now utilises in his most recent music projects with Jordan Crisp and producer Picasso.

Links:

Jordan Crisp –

https://www.facebook.com/officialjcuk / https://soundcloud.com/jordancrisp

https://twitter.com/officialjcmusic

Nana D –

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nana-D/11165757729/ / https://twitter.com/mynameisnanad