Romanian DJ Vlad Caia has five tracks in his sleeves released at about the beginning of the year. The EP named ‘Division 2’ (where on Earth are my roman numerals?) invites to a steady stream of sensations and gestures.There’s no journey to there but to here where things happen, yet if you’re not careful, you might miss the plot. It’s a subtle, yet rich world that you must experience.
Second music release comes from French DJ Chloé, who’s only yesterday announced her new EP ‘Sudden Impact’. It’s only three tracks, but enough to keep you satisfied and well fed. Rich in French electro vibes, ‘What Will Be’, ‘Resolve And Dive’ and ‘Last Go Round’ take you on a ‘let’s dance and live the life’ journey, which I’m certain you’ll love it just as much as I do.
Voin Orowu’s music is fairly new to me, yet I was on board as soon as I got my ears on one of his tracks. And here we are, not long after, talking about a new LP with ten works coming from the producer, released on Kvitnu label. ‘Etudes From a Starship’ sounds deep and alien, yet Voin Orowu is all about space sounds. He works with a synthesizer for all the sounds he’s making. ‘Decay Instability’ is the latest release from the LP, so here you have it. You welcome!
And the groove you’ve been waiting for – just in tune for entering Spring, comes from Danish band M.I.L.K. The voice behind ‘Jet Ski’ belongs to vocalist Emil Wilk, who’s singing by himself a very chill, no worries song. The track has it’s very own music video, giving a glimpse of the singer, who looks bohemian and artsy. He stares into your soul while you’re kind of moving to the rhythm. I must say, I’ve already had it on repeat for the most part of today, which is not a surprise, but very good news indeed.
And last but not least release comes from the one and only Parov Stelar. The Austrian extraordinaire musician is releasing music when you’re least expecting. Or it’s just me being overly busy and not keeping with the rest of the world. Thing is, the track is here. From what I’ve read on its social media, this is the very first work from an upcoming brand new album – set for release somewhere at the end of the year. Man, the wait is long but has to be worth it. Till then, we have ‘Gringo’ to keep us company. The music video is said to be the hand-made work of Parov Stelar himself, who’s been creating with more than 1600 pictures a very lively scene. I am suspecting this will not be the last time we get to see the craft, as the whole album is still in ‘hiding’.
French trio dOP is back with a new track, a sensual story of love, featuring Ukrainian artist Alina Pash, the latter also performing in the MV for this lovely release. The title kind of aligns itself with the month of love, however, I’m sure that’s not the reason dOP came with ‘Stone Love’. The sounds are steady, and a bit mysterious, keeping you guessing about what’s to come next. Did I say it is full of sensuality? I did mention it. But that’s what the band does and that’s why we love them so much. Cause it’s so lovey-dovey and modern and groovy and French.
Released: 11 January
Catz ‘n Dogz newest track “New Love” is on repeat on my laptop for maybe the fifth time, and things will be this way for a while. As the Polish duo announced on their social media, this track marks a meaningful 100 release on Pets Recordings, so of course, it’s a big deal. This is the way to celebrate. “New Love” touches every part of your being and invites you to lose yourself and dance it like when you were very young and carefree. But we all are exactly that, don’t we? This release comes with its own MV, so things look very promising.
Official release: 23 January
Ben Böhmer is back at it with brand new masterpieces from the electronic music world, all packed nicely into an already adored and simple titled EP – “Dive”. The producer has had his first ‘Essential New Tune’ on BBC Radio 1 from ‘Morning Falls’ era, which I guess made everyone wait with much anticipation a next successful craft, which is what happened. Released 6th July 2018, the new EP has the perfect playlist to listen to keep you company whenever and wherever. “Vale” and “Dive” are two tracks the German musician has been showing off, and I do not blame him. “Vale” or “see you again” is one beautiful track, where joy and a hint of sadness come together and blend into a smooth journey. Featuring vocals of Margret, ‘Dive’ is a dreamy like experience after which the abstract ‘Sonnenallee’ follows. Even before the official release of this new EP, fans already had a taste thanks to Anjunadeep mixes – a perfect tease before the actual “out now”.
You might know by now how much French Dj Yuksek loves doing remixes, and that has been proven many times. Besides bringing to the world his own tracks in which he invests a lot of his time – his latest album took him about two years to full completion, the DJ gives his own flavor to quality tracks of various artists aligned with the vibe. Same happened today, when a new remix was released, this time on one of the tracks from Bertrand Burgalat, French producer & songwriter. This new remix hasn’t touched much from Burgalat’s style, keeping the beauty of the original track, but making it sound more modern and energized.
Maceo Plex is awakening his Maetrik alter ego by planning on releasing new stuff in late September under, yes, Maetrik name. I’ve been dying on hearing if that’s any news of his comeback, and voila, it happened!
And of course I’ve done my Sherlock work, after which I’ve concluded the following: the new EP is appropriately named ‘Return’, and to make it even better, the artist is giving us the possibility of choosing between a vinyl or digital version. A teaser track came together with the announcement of ‘Return’, giving us a small taste of what’s yet in hiding, till 29 September, date announced by Clash Lion records, the Barcelona-based label, who’s responsible for this release.
On the ‘Cortex 11-B’ teaser track, I first stumbled on its non-poetic name, which has confused my brain cells greatly. Once I’ve got it, everything seemed better, and I obviously very much enjoyed listening to it.
I’ve been happily listening to a couple of new electronic releases this morning, which gave me enough to munch on and be well fed, musically speaking. I will not talk on each one, but about what I really liked, such as Palms Trax’s remix on FaltyDL’s ethereal piece Neeloon (Kiss). Released just last year, the original track sounds slightly exotic, but better falls into an imaginary futuristic vision. Palms Trax took it and extended the two minutes of FaltyDL’s version into an almost six minutes acid house dominated remix, with its own destiny and life.
Second track comes from Valencia based producer and artist Rafa Siles. He recently released a new track, making its debut on the SCI+TEC label, and called it Pez (the track). Just like that. You can expect fancy techno and an almost seven minutes duration of it. You can then continue the journey with a kind of continuity to the track, its second in line after Pez, Vies.
While writing this few lines, I am wondering why have I not been keeping up with what Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar from Bicep have been doing. I must have been consumed by something entirely different, but here I am reporting on their most recent release, Glue. The guys are ready with a self-titled new album, set to be out September 1 and till then Glue has been given to us as a treat, on August 4. Plenty of time to make a pre-order, since the new track is simply outstanding. Noticeably softer and smoother than what they have created for Aura, released back in June, from the same album. Both tracks have received positive reviews, mine included. However, I am more inclined towards Glue, and that’s my final say on the matter.
Label: Ninja Tune
Genre: Electronica, Downtempo
So it’s been a while since 8-9 July when Kappa Futur Festival 2017 happened in Turin. Meanwhile, I’ve been busy procrastinating so here are my top three tracks from the festival, delivered to you better later than never.
Seth Troxler’s b2b set with The Martinez Brothers gave me a tune to love and attach in the depth of my soul. Released by artist Kid Enigma under label Plant 74 on 11 December 2014, Dangerous is an awesome piece with smooth rhythms and lyrics to remember.
The first track from Nina Kraviz’s set is her 2014 release, IMPRV. Simply as that. Or not. Listening to it I got a slightly surreal feeling, a result of Kraviz’s seductive voice played on top of a mysterious sound resembling, in my opinion, an 80’s nostalgy. Then, in the middle of the track, there’s a change of pulse and suddenly everything becomes more awake and alert. Maybe we were in fact dreaming. Then we woke up.
And finally, there’s Joseph Capriati’s ‘one of a kind’ techno track Solar System, released back in 2012, under Drumcode label. The Italian Dj gifted the audience with this powerful tune, slightly mixing the track for the live version.
Although a rare treat for fans and public, Daft Punk is making sure their craft touches the face of Earth once in a while, through music collaborations that land literally out of the blue. Same happened with their most recent music deed, where the French duo partnered up with fresh face Australian band Parcels to create a summer appropriate tune, and so they have.
Parcels has been more outspoken on the release, mentioning Daft Punk as being the producer of the track and themselves as co-producer. To be frank, although at first it may seem so random why Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo have decided to work with a band that has popped out of nowhere, if you have a listen to some of their craft, you can hear the similarity, which I’m sure Daft Punk loved.
The lyrics keep you guessing but is the title that gives a better clue to what’s happening, and yet there is no certainty. You can only keep on dancing to the perfect blend of Daft Punk’s electronic style and Parcels’ outspoken feel.
On June 8, Romanian electronic group ROA aka Rise Of Artificial released their latest track, and this comes after almost two years of heartbreaking silence from these guys. And yes, I am a sentimental person. This new song called “Flow de Vara” translated as ‘summer flow’ arrived just in time for the summer holidays, having good chances at becoming a summer hit darling.
A music video accompanies the track, making things so much more appealing and if you are acquainted with ROA’s previous works, you may expect the same style, but this track is somehow sweeter and features hymn tunes orchestration.
This is their first release since “Cine Visa”, translated ‘(he) who dreamed’, was dropped in October 2015, fully packed with heavy tunes and cool lyrics.
Welcome back ROA!
London-based South African producer ESA has a name that gets you lost when you’re doing a Google search, but once you get to find the electronic producer Esa Williams, well, hello! Lovely to meet you, sir!
While playing at the De Zon Festival 2017 in Amsterdam, the DJ dropped the tunes of one of his May releases, playing it live for the first time since its official release. The live demonstration had been captured and shared on social media, from where the track and the producer received new fans.
Released on May 22nd under Dekmantel label, the track, called “Blast”, is a real turn on, bringing out the beast in the sound. Built with heavy tunes, it lacks sentiment but compensates by giving to the listener a unique experience. The enchanting vocals are worked by Tanzanian vocalist Pendo Zawose, who’s been adding nicely to the collaboration between artist NarchBeats, who is the original creator of the track, and producer Esa, who’s style and craft finalized the original into a more than a bad-ass track.
Juveniles guys are officially back after four years of silence with a 12 track new album called “Without Warning” and just like the title suggests, this album came out of nowhere, without warning.
What to expect: sweet and sensual electro pop mixed with alternative and indie sounds.
Released: March 24
About tracks: As some of you might already know, Someone Better and Decoy have been out before the official release and are two of the best sounding tracks from the album. As collaborations, the guys keep it simple, with Love me Forever being a Yuksek mix and Comfort Girl featuring artist Helen Feng.
This is a their second album.